15 May: Where is U.S. Manufacturing Headed?

The sharp loss of manufacturing jobs has triggered legitimate concern that America’s best days are behind us. And in the years 2001 through 2008, about 40,000 U.S. manufacturing plants closed, resulting in the loss of good-paying jobs. From 2001 to 2007, 2.3 million jobs were lost just from the U.S.’s huge trade deficit with China. Two million more jobs were lost in 2008-2009 alone. At its peak in 1979, manufacturing accounted for slightly less than 20 million jobs – but…

07 Apr: Boost Efficiency with Automation – FIVE Steps

For many years, mills shut down to move operations overseas. For the most part, these moves were done to take advantage of cheap labor in foreign countries—labor so cheap that it offset the logistical challenges, freight costs and quality issues that exist in operating a manufacturing facility overseas. But recently, we are seeing companies learn to boost efficiency with automation. Now we see what’s called “reshoring,” — manufacturing coming back stateside. Automation is one of many reasons why. It’s a…

19 Feb: How to Get the Most Out of a Trade Show

In manufacturing, there’s so much more to your business than making a good product. Equally important is getting out there, making face-to-face connections, networking, and showcasing your products to the right audience. Of course one of the best ways to do this is by attending and exhibiting at an industry trade show. In fact, according to data, “88 percent of the attendees at a trade show usually haven’t been seen by a member of your company’s sales staff in the…

23 Jan: Precision Machining, No matter What the Industry

Our 30+ years of precision machining experience means we are the go-to choice for countless clients in a number of industries. In fact, it may surprise some to know that our technology and services are utilized for applications ranging from aerospace parts to dental equipment (and lots in between!) So what makes us capable of this, and how exactly do these industries benefit from our services? Well, beyond our years of finely honed experience, our meticulous focus on quality, and…

19 Dec: CNC Swiss Machining Vs. CNC Vertical Machining

Oftentimes, customers in need of our services have questions about the difference between CNC Swiss machining and CNC vertical machining. They wonder how similar they are, and which is right for them. While there are distinct advantages and applications for both types of CNC machining, they are actually completely different processes, and choosing which one depends on the specific job. CNC Swiss machining involves the use of a Swiss-style screw machine, running off bar stock to typically create a cylindrical…

27 Nov: Keeping Employees Safe and Healthy, Throughout the Year

Employee health and safety is critical in manufacturing, and is not something to be taken lightly. Employers must adhere to strict guidelines covering many areas and types of safety. In fact, OSHA just recently added a new chapter to their technical manual, addressing noise. This aims to give both guidance and information on noise hazards and issues in the workplace, helping to keep employees safe and employers in compliance. At Swiss Precision Machining, we take safety very seriously. We have…

18 Oct: Teeth, Technology and The Dental Industry

  Times are changing, and the dental industry is paying attention! According to a recent article on DentalEconomics.com, “three primary factors — economics, demand, and supply — will converge to shape the industry’s future.” The article also reveals that by 2025, patient demographics will be greatly changed: Census data shows that the number of people ages 60-79 will grow to more than 68 million by 2025, and that’s an increase of 87 percent! More people in this 60+ age group,…

13 Sep: The Return of American Manufacturing

Today’s conversations about American manufacturing are revolving around its welcome comeback. Following years of outsourcing and subsequent loss of business to overseas competitors, we are now seeing a return of manufacturing to our shores. The reasons for this are not arbitrary, and it’s not accidental. According to experts, and articles such as this one, the main reasons for its return are threefold: 1)      Demand for American-made products is rising throughout the world 2)      Cheap overseas labor is no longer so…

30 Aug: Automation

A century ago, Ford Motor Company revolutionized the production industry by introducing the concept of automation in the form of an assembly line. It allowed them to produce their cars 8 times faster and made the work environment much safer for employees. Since then, we’ve figured out how to make production even faster by using machines to carry out complicated and tedious tasks that used to be done by hand. That process, known as automation, is quickly becoming an essential…

08 Jul: Fresh Ideas and Collaboration Top ‘Customer Wants’ List

We’ve always believed that offering our customers the type of service and solutions that go the extra mile is a “win-win” scenario for everyone involved. A recent article on Inc.com, 10 Things Every Customer Wants, confirms our beliefs. Author Geoffrey James cites new research explaining why customers buy from one vendor rather than another. Topping the list is a seller’s ability to offer a fresh perspective and new ideas, something we never hesitate to do for our customers.  We have…