05 Apr: Medical Device Tax Suspension

Branded a job-killer when it was introduced, the Medical Device Excise Tax was temporarily suspended starting January 1st of 2016, until the end of 2017. The tax was created to impose an excise tax on the sale of certain medical devices by the manufacturer or importer of the device.  This tax had been fought over for years, since it was implemented as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2013. Interestingly enough, the suspension of the tax…

09 Mar: Positive Signs for Manufacturing Job Growth

The manufacturing sector has been riding a rollercoaster when it comes to jobs over the last few years. During the global recession, there was a massive loss of jobs, but since recovery began, manufacturing has been seeing growth in stops and starts. In 2015, a net gain of 33,000 jobs was seen in manufacturing.  The number rose and declined throughout the year, with much of the gain occurring in the last few months.  This was accepted by most as a…

09 Feb: The Medical Industry is Growing & Swiss Precision Machining is Ready

Unprecedented demand for medical equipment and healthcare services are forecasted for the very near future. In fact, the medical industry is booming, and is considered to be “recession-proof” because of its importance. The aging population is probably one of the most significant trends affecting the medical industry right now. Recent news reports quote U.S. Census Bureau statistics and forecasts stating that by the year 2020, the number of people between the ages of 65 and 74 will increase 74 percent….

10 Aug: The Skills Gap

The re-emergence of the manufacturing sector has, unfortunately, highlighted the fact that America has some skills gap issues to work on moving forward. The most obvious of these issues has been shown to be fitting skilled workers into the right job. Due to the spread of manufacturing, the evolution of necessary skills, and new processes, this skills gap has made it difficult for manufacturing businesses to fill all the positions they need. To address the skills gap, manufacturers must first…

01 Jun: Safety at Work Takes Center Stage

Safety at work is often viewed as a compliance practice – something businesses are forced to contend with to avoid legal hassles. But its genuine importance lies elsewhere. It is universally accepted that employees who return home to their families safe and sound end up being more productive, loyal and accountable. Yet the institutionalization of work place safety is mired in bureaucracy. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), across the globe 270 million men and women lose their lives…

01 May: STEM Is Vital To Precision Machining

The Need For STEM The fact is this: Without an educated and skilled pool of domestic workers, firms such as Swiss Precision Machining would soon cease to exist. It is vital that we, as concerned citizens and certainly as parents, encourage those who are leaders in education to institute a vigorous national agenda promoting a focus on the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, aka “STEM.” Our Future The future prospects of our nation’s children are dependent upon…

13 Apr: Illinois Manufacturing

Swiss Precision Machining has been part of the Illinois manufacturing community for over 30 years, and in that time, we have seen the rise and the fall of manufacturing in the state. It might surprise you to know that Illinois is one of the most important states in the United States in regards to contributing to the nation’s manufacturing output. How important? Well, let’s take a look at 10 facts about Illinois manufacturing. As of 2011, Illinois was ranked as…

09 Mar: CNC Swiss Machining

At Swiss Precision Machining, we specialize in two methods of CNC Machining – Swiss, and Vertical Machining. Today, we’ll take a look at what CNC Swiss machining is and how you can benefit from our usage of Swiss machining. What is CNC Swiss Machining? CNC Swiss Machining involves the use of a Swiss-style lathe. These lathes hold the bar stock in place with a collet and guide brushing. The tools are right up against the guide bushing which gives us…

02 Feb: Gingival Recession Bows to the Chao Pinhole Technique

The gingival recession is not a chronic disease. However it is capable of marring the beauty and perfection of a smile resulting in exposed roots of teeth. It is a common problem in individuals over the age of 40 and it has been estimated that almost half the adults in the United States suffer from this discomfiting condition. Gum recession (as gingival recession is commonly referred to as) can be corrected by dentists but the procedure is lengthy, invasive and…

12 Jan: Fiber Optic Collimator Sales Soar

According to a study initiated by the ElectroniCast Consultants, U.S.A fiber optic collimator sales are expected to surge over a five year period from 2013 right through to 2018. The hard numbers say that the average spike every year can be as high as 45%. This phenomenal growth mustn’t be viewed in isolation as it doesn’t do justice to the real impetus behind the sudden expansion. Collimators are an integral part of any fibre optic assembly! Be it a modulator…