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, LLC 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…

13 Apr: Illinois Manufacturing

Swiss Precision Machining, LLC 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…

09 Mar: CNC Swiss Machining

At Swiss Precision Machining, LLC, 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…

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…

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, LLC, 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…

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…