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…

24 Nov: SPM Quality Assurance

SPM started in 1979, and its Quality Department [much like most starts-up companies], did more Quality Control Activity, rather than Quality Assurance. Quality Control Activity, by definition requires a lot of inspecting, sorting and rework. This approach is adequate in the beginning, but over time is very costly. Over time, SPM has adopted a Quality Assurance approach. Quality Assurance is a discipline that anticipates what failures may occur and puts in place the safeguards to off-set the financial impact. This…

21 Jul: Growth in the Surgical Device Market & Minimally Invasive Procedures

At Swiss Precision Machining, our capabilities include applications within the medical device industry. By utilizing the latest technology in CNC Swiss Style Screw Machines and CNC Vertical Machining Centers, we are able to stay competitive while still offering quality products. We’re proud to be involved in this most-important of industries. As such, we follow developments within it very closely. Below, a sampling of the latest trends: The Surgical Equipment Market Is Growing The market for surgical handheld instruments has recently…

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,…