The intent of all technological advancements in the machining universe is to increase productivity and precision with less involvement of the endangered species known as the Machinist. Connectivity, data, and digitization are providing opportunities for significant improvements in modeling, programming, simulation, machine/people productivity, and real-time decision making. Advances in chip technology and processing speeds yield more sophisticated controls. Software enhancements create advanced CAM systems which interpret more complex models and produce higher precision programs. This book demonstrates how to integrate these technological advancements with Lean /Six Sigma, CNC Programming, Quality, and machining best practices to create an agile machining organization capable of winning against competition anywhere in the world. Technology by itself is not the answer. It is an enabler. This book is not about cutting speeds or vibration analysis. It’s about the business of machining and how to develop the infrastructure and people to provide not only profits and growth but long term sustainability. Whether machining is just part of your business or “all” of your business this book is for those at all levels of the company who must develop the machining strategy or execute the machining strategy. While most publications are written for executives the author has deliberately designed this publication for the entire organization. The role of everyone on the organizational chart or in the shop is discussed and reviewed. The premise of the book is that the demands of global competition on the modern machining organization are so great that success requires a foundation of Leadership, People, Equipment, Quality, IT, robust processes, and all employees executing to yield exceptional quality, delivery, and profits. I provide the architecture and blueprint for high performance.
With more than three decades of expertise in the business of machining Patrick Tarvin constructs a blueprint for machining organizations of all types to achieve success and growth. He completed the Machinist training program from one of the all-time great machine tool builders – Cincinnati Milacron. He financed his engineering education as a machinist and went on to earn an MBA and complete numerous Lean and Six Sigma related programs. He has been a customer and supplier of machined components at both large and small organizations. He has lead numerous acquisitions and turnarounds of machining facilities and he has held every management and engineering position from Machinist to Plant Manager. A machining industry expert who has proven experience integrating technology with lean processes and traditional machining fundamentals to create strong, agile, and winning organizations. A veteran of the aerospace, medical, automotive, and capital equipment industries. His exposure to nearly all types of machine processes, all levels of volume, push/pull, and five ERP installations, provides the platform for Mr. Tarvin to bridge theoretical business practices with the real world problems faced by machining organizations in a hyper-competitive global economy. His passion is to help western machining companies succeed and anchor a revitalized manufacturing sector based on innovation and technology.
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