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    The Power of One WHY NOT ME?


    January flew by. For those of you who missed it, we had a great night at the Golden Gloves event this year. There were over 500 attendees and some great boutsI sat right up front this year, which definitely was a new perspective. The MPMA again donated $4,000 toward the good work this organization does on behalf of the youth in our communities. News flash: the MPMA officially has a new executive director in Angela Petersen. She has been learning the ropes as our assistant executive director for almost a year, and is bringing great energy and new ideas to her work on our behalf. Congratulations, Angela!

    State update: Minnesota was ranked #1 by Gallup in its job creation index for 2015, adding more than 40,000 jobs last year.

    The Power of One: Why Not Me?

    Steve Wise of Cass Screw Machine Products Company recently shared a great article and video, courtesy of the great work done by Pete Zelinski and Modern Machine Shop. This video highlights local manufacturers including MRS Machining, Cardinal Manufacturing and CVTC, and Chippewa Valley Technical College to highlight career opportunities in manufacturing. In the video, young people and their mentors describe manufacturing careers. I doubt any of the mentors began their work with this end in mind. Regular people reaching out to youth makes such a great story. Check it out at:

    Update On My Own Power of One:

    I recently had lunch with a young woman I had mentored throughout her high school years, as her confirmation leader at church. This young woman is now 26 years old and married. And yet, she still makes it a point to call me for lunch on a regular basis, just so we can catch up. At this past lunch, Brooke shared the good newsshe is about to be a mom. Wow, the next generation really IS grown up. Frankly, I never thought I brought anything profound to my work with these teens all those years ago. In fact, I have wondered if I even made an impact. At lunch last month, Brooke took the time, out of the blue, to tell me how much my mentoring has meant to her. That really made me pause; who knew? I was mentoring these young women as a way to stay connected to my daughter; I never thought my work would last beyond those years. And yet, perhaps even in spite of myself, it did. And Brooke, at least, my One, is the better for it. How cool is that?

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    I want to introduce you to an index I find helpful as I monitor the overall economy and the manufacturing sector in particular. Thanks to Dan Meyer, International Precision Machining, Inc., for bringing it to my attention. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) regularly releases an index that measures production within the manufacturing sector nationwide. As a loose rule, anytime the index is over 50, manufacturing is expanding. Anytime the index is under 50, it is contracting. Dan tells me that anytime he sees the index over 55, almost everyone is busy; and when its over 60, everyone is busy! In 2009, it went well under 40 and we all should remember what things were like then. In looking back over the index back to 1948, it is amazing how accurately this has mirrored the expansion and recession cycles of the U.S.

    In January, the PMI was at 48.2 percent. According to the ISM, economic activity in the manufacturing sector nationwide contracted in January 2016, for the fourth consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 80th consecutive month. Curious statistic. This goes back to the cover story in the January/February issue of Precision Manufacturing about the shift in the economic engine away from the industrial, agriculture, and energy sectors to more consumer-driven sectors.

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    By: Dayton Rogers

    Dayton Rogers of Minnesota, LLC, a contract manufacturer since 1929, saw the unique opportunity to advance the guarding of our Amada HDS Press Brake machine. As Dayton Rogers advances, our offering to customers includes a multitude of complex sheetmetal assemblies along with stampings. The unique, tightly tolerance, and complex shapes required additional options for safety and speed. We turned to Lazer Safe Pty. Ltd. for assistance.

    For the past two decades, Lazer Safe has been at the forefront of press brake guarding and safety technology. Through years of industry collaboration with press brake manufacturers and operators, the company understands the importance of maintaining machine productivity without compromising the safety of the machine operator.

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    Expo in Chicago. Sentinel Plus represents the very latest in retrofit guarding and safety technology, and Dayton Rogers was the first company in the United States to adopt the new technology on their Amada HDS press brake.

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    slowed down by as much as 50 percent, so that the machine can stop within a safe overrun distance. However, through the advanced camera technology and rapid response time of Sentinel Plus, the HDS can operate safely at its maximum closing speed and without any performance restrictions, enabling a speed change point as low as 2mm about the pinch point. All of this is possible with the machine still being able to stop within a safe and monitored overrun distance limit.

    While laser based guarding systems are not new to the industry, Sentinel Plus takes a huge leap forward in terms of advancing machine safety and operator protection to levels far beyond current safety standards requirements. The system also was developed and optimized for application to high speed performance press brakes, such as the Amada HDS, to enable these types of machines to be operated at their maximum performance capabilities without the enhanced safety functions impacting productivity.

    Sentinel Plus delivers a number of advanced safety technologies that enhance machine and operator protection; they include automatic tool scan, BendShield and AutoSense technology, Special Tools Mode, automatic mute point management, and high speed tool collision protection.

    The Sentinel Plus system comprises a laser transmitter and high speed camera receiver that are fixed to the upper ram of the press brake with an adjustable linear alloy mounting bracket system. A continuous block-shaped laser field is projected along the upper tool and the camera receiver processes images within the field. The camera receiver contains the latest in safety image processing technology that enables tool profile detection, automatic tool alignment, and high speed obstruction detection. The small 2mm resolution of the protective field and rapid response time enable the operator to hold the work piece close to the tooling and operate the machine at maximum high speed.

    After a tool change and setup, the machine operator simply presses the tool align button on the camera receiver. The camera scans the upper tool to determine the tool tip location, and then automatically adjusts the protective zone. If the tool tip is outside of viewing range,

    the system provides visual indicators via a graphics user interface for the operator to adjust the receiver position up or down.

    Once the tool tip is identified, the system employs BendShield technology which dynamically configures the protective zone so that it envelops the punch tip. This means that there are no gaps around or below the tool tip, so it is completely protected. The protective zone has a small object detection resolution of only 2 mm and senses obstructions entering the hazardous area from any direction. This automated alignment process takes the set-up responsibility out of the operators hands and ensures the protective zone is always positioned correctly according to the tool tip location.

    When using non-v tooling, such as radius or hemming tools, the system can be set to Special Tools Mode. In this mode, the system scans the upper tool to determine the size and profile. If the tool is outside the normal target area, then the size and shape of the protective zone automatically is reconfigured to suit the tool profile. In cases where the tools are very wide (e.g. large hemming or flattening tools), the system automatically will adjust the mute point based on the material position and the machine will operate with an earlier and monitored slow speed transition for an added level of operator protection.

    Many of the bending operations at Dayton Rogers utilize various setups that include multi-stage tooling with various tool heights and different tool profiles in the same setup. Normally, this would prove to be challenging with conventional guarding solutionshowever, Sentinel Plus scans the upper tools and automatically configures the protective zone according to the overall tool profile. The automatically configured muting point also takes into account any staggered die heights to ensure safe operation and eliminates the possibility of a high speed tool collision if the operator were to make a mistake during tool setup.

    Sentinel Plus is not only fully compliant with the latest ANSI B11.3-2012 press brake safety standard, but it also exceeds many of the minimum requirements outlined by the standard. Two critical requirements of the standard include automatic monitoring of machine safe speed and overrun. With laser based

    guarding systems, certain operations could interfere with the protective zone. This could include bending awkward shaped material, use of chains for multi-v die rotation, etc.

    In these situations, the protective zone can be muted when the tool opening is greater than inch, provided the machine closing movement is restricted to a safe speed, which is 10 mm per second (23.6 inches per minute). The standard requires that the speed of the machine must be monitored automatically to ensure the safe speed limit is not exceeded. Automatic overrun monitoring ensures that the machine is, at all times, capable of stopping within a pre-defined safety distance limit whenever a stop command is issued.

    The standard states a minimum requirement for machine overrun to be monitored on startup and periodically every four hours; however, it also recommends that machine overrun can be monitored automatically on startup and every time the machine is stopped (eg. sensor obstruction, foot pedal released, etc). Sentinel Plus utilizes AutoSense technology that not only provides constant automatic monitoring of safe speed and overrun (on every machine stop), but also exceeds the requirements of B11.3-2012 by monitoring machine control commands automatically, operation, and performance in real time. This adds an extra level of safety by detecting potential failures in the machine controls and hydraulic systems that could lead to an unsafe operating condition.


    Lazer Safe is a technology company specializing in the development and manufacture of control, safety, and operator protection systems for press brakes. As an industry leader, the company is committed to the development and understanding of international safety standards and has representation on several international standards committees including the European CEN/TC committee, the United States ANSI B11.3 sub-committee, the ISO Standards Committee, and also is involved in a consultative capacity for other international standards committees.

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    The Arc Emission Spectrometer uses an electric current to detect additives, contaminants, and wear metals in fluids. The current is sent through a carbon rod to a carbon disc, which is rotating through a sample of the fluid. As the sample passes through the current, the fluid is atomized by the heat (5000-6000C) and the individual atom's electrons are excited. As the electrons fall back to their ground states, they emit light at characteristic wavelengths. A detector picks up this light and determines the concentration of each individual element.

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    PM: Tell us about your career path that led you to your current role as a manufacturing engineer at Domaille Engineering.

    AD: I started working at K&G Manufacturing while attending my first year of school at South Central College. Our class was taking tours of local manufacturing companies, and Gene Tatge, the vice president of K&G at the time, had mentioned that they

    were hiring. During my time at K&G, I received many wonderful opportunities and had many wonderful mentors. I started out running some manual machines and drill press operations for production parts. After I finished my second year of school, I received an opportunity to go into the CAD/CAM room. In that role, I learned how to program the machines as well as do process drawings for the parts. I then became the supervisor of that department. Throughout my time at K&G, I managed the horizontal machining department; was the supervisor of the quality department; and then moved back onto the shop floor and managed the horizontal department. In 2014, I was managing all of the CNC machines on the shop floor. I also worked with interviewing, recruiting, and trying to get out to local high schools and discuss the need for students to go into manufacturing careers. With over 19 years of experience at K&G, I had a wealth of knowledge and experience that I then used in my new role as a manufacturing engineer at Domaille Engineering. It was a tough decision to make (to leave K&G), but my opportunity at Domaille is allowing me to continue to learn.

    PM: What is your educational background?

    AD: I went to high school in Waseca, Minn., and graduated with honors. While I was in high school, I took a variety of classesfrom welding, automotive, and drafting to accounting and business classesto see what classes I liked the best. I then attended South Central College from 1995-1997 in the machine tool career program (which currently is called CIM). I graduated from SCC with honors, and went on to receive my Green Belt training through a customer-supplied training opportunity while working at K&G.

    PM: What is your favorite part about going to work every day?

    AD: The thing I enjoy about going to work every day is that there will most likely be a new problem to solve, and a new opportunity to learn something new to get that problem solved. There is never really a dull moment in manufacturing. That is what makes it fun and exciting.

    PM: What is the most challenging part of your job?

    AD: Currently, I have so much to learn, as I need to learn the capabilities of all the resources and then use them to their


    Adam Draheim DOMAILLE ENGINEERINGby Molly Barrett

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    The thing I enjoy about going to work every day is that there will most likely be a new problem to solve, and a new opportunity to learn something new to get that problem solved.

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    potential. So, trying to do that as quickly as possible is my current challenge, which comes with any job change.

    PM: Where did you grow up? Tell us more about your personal life.

    AD: I was born and raised in Waseca, where I still live today. It is a small town, but it has been a good place to grow up, and now we enjoy raising our kids here as well. I have been married to my wife, Jodi, for 13 years. We have two kids: Dalton who is 9, and Ilamay, who will be turning 7 in March.

    PM: What are some of your favorite things to do in your free time?

    AD: I really enjoy tinkering with small engine items. I enjoy taking things that may not be running or working, and trying to get them working again. We also like spending time with the kids and doing different activities in all the different seasons of the year. Family time with all parts of our family is always very important.

    PM: What would a perfect weekend be like for you?

    AD: To work as a family and help someone with a task or project to get it completed. I would always rather stay busy and get something accomplished than just sit down. I relax more when Im staying busy, as strange as that may sound! Our kids are also very willing to help others. They enjoy making sure peoples lawns are mowed or that their driveways are shoveled clean.

    PM: What do you love most about living in Minnesota? What do you like the least?

    AD: I love how in just a few hours of driving, you can see all different types of landscapes. We are so lucky to have all of the different areas to be able to visit in such a short period of time. What I like the least is the hot, sticky summer days, especially when the mosquitos are out in full force.

    PM: What else would you like our readers to know?

    AD: I would like to emphasize the importance of making sure you keep in touch with your local high schools, junior highs, etc. Make sure to provide a gateway that will allow students to get exposed to as many different career opportunities

    as possible. Students need to know what options are out there, and that they all dont require a four-year degree. In my experience, for many years, almost all manufacturing companies have had a struggle finding skilled workers, and this wont be any easier in the near future with the general shortage of workers. We need to all do our part to ensure that students

    know what we do, and that we have a strong need for skilled workers. To be a successful country, we need to produce products that people want and need. PM


    MOLLY BARRETT is the editor and publications manager for the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association. She can be reached at [email protected]





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    As a U.S. senator from Minnesota, my top priority always has been to advocate on behalf of the people, communities, and businesses in my home state. And it should be no surprise that my Senate colleagues from other states do the same for their constituents.

    While our differing priorities can make for some lively Senate debates, there is one important issue that almost all senators agree on: we have a chronic skills gap in this country, and its hurting the ability of businesses to expand and help strengthen our economy.

    In short, U.S. employers have millions of positions they cant fill because they cant find workers with the right education or training. According to the manufacturing consulting group Enterprise Minnesota, there are more than 6,500 unfilled manufacturing jobs in Minnesota. And manufacturers from across the state have told me they are desperate to hire good peoplewith the right skillsfor jobs that can support a middle-class life for workers and their families.

    A 2015 Enterprise Minnesota survey found that 71 percent of Minnesota manufacturers were finding it difficult to attract qualified candidates to fill job

    vacancies. Forty-four percent said the main reason was that applicants lacked the needed skills or education.

    And the problem can be costly. One Minnesota manufacturer responded to that same survey that he expected a 10 percent increase in revenues in 2015. That sounds pretty good, until you find out that he could have achieved a 100 percent increase if only he could have found enough qualified workers to help his company grow. Other manufacturers in our state are paying as much as $5,000 in bonuses to current employees who help recruit qualified candidates.

    The industrys skills gap presents a significant problem for our state, where manufacturing is a huge economic driver and is responsible for 14 percent of our states Gross Domestic Product. According to a recent Manufacturing News Inc. report, our states 9,600 manufacturers support 475,000 good Minnesota jobs.

    In other words, by not effectively addressing this problem, we are crippling the ability of Minnesota manufacturers and other important industries to grow, thrive, and create new jobs that support many thousands of families.

    Not Dark, Dirty, and Dangerous

    Since Ive been in the Senate, part of my effort has been to work to change the image of manufacturing careers among students and their parents. Many believe manufacturing is dark, dirty, and dangerous, as it may have been decades ago; but if you visit any Minnesota manufacturer today, youll realize those days are long gone.

    Thats why I often take manufacturers and business owners with me when I visit schools across Minnesota. They help me tout the great career opportunities represented by todays manufacturing jobs. While these high-skilled jobs often require technical training and STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), students can move into a good-paying manufacturing career without having to earnor pay the cost ofa traditional four-year degree.

    And manufacturing jobs pay well. As of 2010, the most recent year for which data are available, the average annual wage for a manufacturing job was over $56,000, or about 22 percent higher than the average wage for all industries.

    by U.S. Sen Al Franken

    We Need to Address the Skills Gap Now

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    Last year, Kim Arrigoni, from Haberman Machine, a successful precision machining shop in Oakdale, accompanied me to nearby Tartan High School, where we met with STEM teachers and students and visited the schools impressive metals fabrication classroom and chemistry lab. She joined other business owners in telling the students about the great career opportunities at companies like hers.

    It was later that she told me how frustrating it is to not be able to find qualified workers, and how important it is that more young people make manufacturing a career choice. She said, We are still suffering from a skills gap For my company specifically, it no longer is a capacity issue because of equipment, but one with people. We are limited in what we can produce and ship out the door because we dont have enough master level machinists Imagine what this very ripple effect is causing my state and our country as a whole.

    Making STEM Skills a Priority

    A key part of closing the skills gap is ensuring more students are armed with the STEM skills theyll need to compete for 21st century jobs when they graduate. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly every one of the top 30 fastest-growing professions requires STEM skills.

    In December 2015, after years of effort, Congress finally enacted a bipartisan reform of the nations No Child Left Behind law. As a member of the Senate Education Committee, I helped negotiate the final measure and was pleased that it included my bipartisan provisions to enhance STEM education.

    My STEM Master Teacher Corps provision will incentivize our best STEM teachers to stay in the classroom, where they can prepare students for 21st century jobs, not only in manufacturing, but also in health care, energy, IT, and other sectors. Often these teachers sought-after STEM skills would allow them to earn much more in the private sector, so my measure would help bump their pay, as well as allow them to mentor other less-experienced and less-effective STEM teachers. A

    STEM Master Teacher Corps will help ensure students get a world-class STEM education by rewarding excellent teachers and elevating the status of the profession.

    My second provision will provide Minnesota and other states with resources to support partnerships between local schools, businesses, universities, and nonprofits to improve student learning in STEM subjects.

    Building Partnerships to Close the Skills Gap

    As Ive visited manufacturers across Minnesota, Ive seen firsthand how many of them are attacking the skills gap in ways that connect skilled workers with jobs, help make college more affordable, and boost our competitiveness in a global economy.

    By forging new and stronger partnerships between businesses and two-year community and technical colleges, many communities are training not only high school graduates looking for careers, but also current workers who need to upgrade their skills as technology advances and industries evolve. When employers work with schools, they can help shape training programs to fit their real-world needs.

    In October, to recognize National Manufacturing Day, I visited EJ Ajax, an innovative precision metal forming company in Fridley, Minn. Co-owner Erick Ajax long has championed such partnerships and invested in his workers to build a very successful business.

    He and other local manufacturers actively participate in the M-Powered and Precision Sheet Metal fast-track training programs at Hennepin and Anoka technical colleges. These partnerships have put dozens of Ericks entry-level employees on a career ladder that otherwise would not be available to them. Hes hired veterans, single moms, first-generation Americans, ex-offenders, and the long-term unemployed. Often, with training and education gained on the job, they double their starting pay within five to seven years.

    At a time when college is becoming increasingly unaffordable, Erick has covered the cost for employees pursuing two- and four-year degrees. The result:

    they graduate with sought-after skills, a postsecondary degree, a higher-paying job, and no college debt.

    By seeing Minnesota examples like Ericks company, I have been pushing Congress to incentivize such partnerships so that employers in industries like manufacturing, health care, and information technology can find the workers they need to grow and compete.

    Thats why late last year, I re-introduced my Community College to Career Fund Act to provide competitive grants that help businesses and community colleges work together to train workers for high-skill, good-paying jobs. These partnerships help ensure that schools are training students for the jobs that employers need to fill.

    The bill would fund job training programs, such as registered apprenticeships, on-the-job training opportunities, and paid internships for low-income students that allow them to earn credit for learning while in an in-demand, high-skill field while gaining on-the-job experience with employers. Grants would be awarded based on how many jobs a partnership would create, the value of those jobs, and how much skin in the game the businesses have.

    My legislation builds on the work we did in 2014, when we enacted the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which made long-overdue workforce development reforms and advanced school-business partnerships.

    Businesses and community and technical colleges across the state support this effort because they know firsthand the difference such partnerships can make. My Community College to Career Fund Act also has been introduced in the House, and Ill keep working to pass it until employers in Minnesota and across the country can find all the workers they need.

    The good news is that for several years manufacturing has been growing and creating jobs in our state. But its urgent that we remove one of the industrys biggest obstacles to growththe skills gapif we want to continue to provide good Minnesota jobs. PM

    Al Franken represents Minnesota in the U.S. Senate.


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    Compatible Technology InternationalHELPING THE WORLD'S POORby Molly Barrett

    In Minnesota, the manufacturing sector is the backbone of our states economy. With so many manufacturing companies in our state that are at the forefront of modern technology, its hard to imagine a place like Pene & Fils, a family-run business that makes farming machinery and simple metalwork, from a modest neighborhood shop in Thies, Senegal.

    Compatible Technology International (CTI), located in Saint Paul, Minn., is working with Pene & Fils to source materials and produce high quality grain threshing technologies for local farmers. CTI is a nonprofit organization that provides small farmers in developing countries with simple tools to process crops and helps local manufacturers supply them. Alexandra Spieldoch, CTIs executive director, had just returned from a trip to Malawi when she sat down to discuss what CTI is doing to bring empowerment to farmers around the world.

    CTI was founded in the Twin Cities in 1981, by a group of engineers and researchers from local food companies like General Mills. This group teamed up to use their ingenuity, hard work, and compassion to help the world's poor. Today, the organization has five full-time staff members at its Saint Paul office, with four additional volunteers who come in to work on a daily basis.

    CTI is creating jobs and making it easier for poor farmers to process high quality food. This means families can improve their nutrition and raise their incomes, Spieldoch said.

    CTIs TechnologiesCTI currently is bringing three

    practical technologies to developing countries: a grinder, a hand-operated burr mill that can produce flour from grains and make a creamy paste from roasted nuts; a water chlorinator, which is an affordable, non-electrical water treatment device designed for gravity supply water systems; and a grain thresher, a three-in-one tool that strips, threshes, and winnows

    grain, enabling farmers to reduce their post-harvest losses and processing time.

    CTI also has a set of technologies being developed for harvesting, stripping, and selling peanuts. Other early-stage prototypes include a pepper eater, which is a hand-operated device that shreds dried peppers into higher-value flakes while limiting contact with hot pepper dust and oil. CTI also has a hand-operated prototype for shredding starchy, caloric fruits and vegetables.

    CTI implements these technologies through programs in Senegal in West Africa and Malawi in Eastern Africa. CTI also has a water chlorination program that has provided safe water to more than 350,000 people in Nicaragua. In those countries, farming, harvesting, and post-harvest activities still are done by hand, with a mortar and pestle, or with crude tools.

    A Human-Centered ApproachFrom the beginning, CTI has listened

    to local farmers to understand their concerns, their needs, and their culture. Since women do most of the post-harvest processing work, CTI prioritizes technology development that will make the most difference to improve their lives. Once these needs have been identified, the staff and volunteers at CTI then move on to the engineering and prototyping process to make these tools a reality.

    The tools that are created need to be desired, effective, and fully accepted into the communities where they will be used. CTI also strives to ensure that the tools

    and equipment are affordable, well-built, easy to use, and culturally appropriate.

    We develop very simple technologies with parts that you usually can find in the country where we are working. A lot of the design work is done right here in Saint Paul by staff and volunteer technical experts who come from manufacturing, engineering, agronomy, and food science backgrounds, Spieldoch said.

    We often will source our materials from Menards, from local junk yards really, what were trying to do on this end is get the concepts and testing down and make sure that we have an understanding of how it could potentially work. From Minnesota, we source materials for prototypes and provide quality insurance for production samples, Spieldoch said. Meanwhile, we work with developing countries to manufacture the tools.

    Empowerment Through Technology Getting tools into the hands of

    small farmers is challenging. African manufacturers struggle to provide customers with quality tools and to complete large orders in a timely fashion. CTI provides technical support and financial training to help these manufacturers realize their potential.

    These simple technologies give families a way to improve the quality and quantity of their food. This provides a powerful opportunity to reduce hunger in some of the poorest regions of the world, Spieldoch said.

    Looking toward the future, Spieldoch hopes to improve the lives of a million farmers and their families in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2025. Above all, CTI is committed to making a difference in people's lives, Spieldoch said. We're proud to make a difference with the help from generous people and corporations right here in Minnesota. PM

    Hand Operated Grinder

    MOLLY BARRETT is the editor and publications manager for the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association. She can be reached at [email protected]

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    It was a decade marked by sharp contrasts, wild protests, social gains, and technological leaps. At the dawn of the decade, in 1960, a charismatic young senator from Massachusetts named John F. Kennedy took control of the nation's highest office; women and African-American citizens began demanding equal rights; gas cost 31 cents per gallon; and the Soviets sent the first man into space.

    By the end of the decade Kennedy, along with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., had been assassinated. Television had gone from a novelty to the dominant medium of the age. The country watched as droves of young activists, occasionally armed with bombs, denounced social inequalities, the Vietnam War, and other issues. By 1969, the United States became the first nation to send humans to the moonthanks in part to manufacturers such as 3M, which made the synthetic material that went into the soles of the space boots.

    Transistor radios, Barbie dolls, G.I. Joe action figures, and Chevrolet Impalas were in particularly high demand. In fact, Chevrolet set an all-time auto industry sales record in 1965 by selling 1 million Chevy Impalas in one year.

    Paving the wayThe big news in our industry

    was the worldwide demand for U.S. products, said Dr. Fred Zimmerman, professor emeritus of engineering at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul. U.S. computers and peripherals were sold all over the world. The Control Data computers were quite advanced, but IBM, RCA, General Electric, and Burroughs were mostly slow, unsophisticated pieces of equipment, though the IBM printers and tape drives were quite good.

    Zimmerman said he and a colleague at IBM wrote a short multi-variate regression computer program which ran on one of the showcase IBM computers in 1963. The program ran for six minutes.

    He wrote a similar program for Control Data Corporation soon afterward, which processed the same amount of data in only six seconds.

    Control Data clearly had the technological lead, Zimmerman said.

    Adding to the pervasive sense of change in culture and technology were a host of process improvements and technological breakthroughs in manufacturing. In 1960, a U.S. patent was issued for ultrasonic welding and the world's first fully automatic production line for transistors was designed by IBM engineers. A year later, the Kanban system was introduced by Toyota to some of its outside parts suppliers. In 1967, the first hand-held calculator was invented by Texas Instruments at a cost of $2,500 each. In 1968, the world's first Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) was introduced, setting the stage for significant gains in productivity.

    Local companies, big impactsMeanwhile, several manufacturers in

    Minnesota were on the verge of explosive growth. After introducing the Kurt Vise a decade earlier, Kurt Manufacturing became a visible supplier to the burgeoning disk drive industry and other high-tech industries.

    Honeywell was busy developing ring laser gyros (RLGs), changing airborne navigation by replacing mechanical and fiber-optic gyroscopes. Today, Honeywell RLGs are the technology standard for inertial measurement units in commercial and military aircraft.

    Medtronic moved its operations out of a garage and apartment and began expanding its expertise in electrical simulation to treat other parts of the body. By the end of the decade, annual sales skyrocketed to more than $12 million, a clean room was built for assembling implantable products, and the company moved its operations again, this time to Fridley, Minn.

    3M was concerned with silver microfilm, which was introduced in the 1960s, along with photographic products, carbonless papers, and overhead projection systems. It also was trying to meet demand for a rapidly growing health care business of medical and dental products.

    The Ford plant celebrated 50 years in Minnesota in 1962 with 350 gold Galaxies shipped to state dealers. Four years later, Ford expanded its total floor space to 1.2 million square feet.

    Experimenting with new technology Numerical Control (NC) machines

    were a mysterious new technology to many in the industry.

    Chuck Hales, co-founder of Hales Machine Tool and Productivity Inc., recalls when he first laid eyes on Kearney & Trecker's Milwaukee-Matic II. It was a contour mill that could change up to 24 cutting tools under numerical control. The control happened to be bigger than the machine itself.

    Said Hales, The key thing back in those daysand still iswas we had to know how to program the equipment, because hardly any customers had any NC experience. If you didn't have service from a local distributor, your machine could be down for a month if you waited for someone in Milwaukee to get back to you.

    Though the first commercial NC machines were built in the 1950s and ran from punched tape, the concept was so different that it was slow to catch on with manufacturers. In order to promote more rapid adoption, the U.S. Army bought 120 NC machines and loaned them to various manufacturers so they could become more familiar with the idea.

    By today's standards, however, the NC machines were laughably slow. Back then it still took a couple of minutes to change a tool versus seconds today, Hales said.

    The concept of automated, computer-aided design and manufacturing

    A Look Back AT MANUFACTURING IN THE 1960Sby Melissa DeBilzan

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    systems was not yet a reality. In the 1960s, automation systems, which were primarily mechanical, were not very far along, Zimmerman said. Computer-aided design and manufacturing systems did not become prominent until the late 1970s. The cutting tools were unimpressive by todays standards.

    In many ways, the '60s were about challenging the status quowhether on the shop floor, Senate floor, or House floor. Perceptions evolved, laws changed, and technology improved the lives of people at home and at work. Manufacturers churned out new and innovative products, tested out novel machines and processes, and helped make the country a better place for future generations.

    Twin City Tool and Die Journal Headlines from the 1960s:

    Eide Saw & Tool Services Installs Instant Ordering Service

    World Components to Support Lem on Moons Surface

    Tool Crib Triples Space and Facilities

    Thoughts and reflections on running a shop in the 60s ...

    IN THE 1960s ...

    Many people looking for work would come to Dayton Rogers for an interview and, if accepted, they would start after the interview. We had rows of people piercing multiple small holes into steel parts. This was the place where new employees started. They could smoke at the press and were assigned a mentor to help them learn the process. If they did well, they moved on to other operations including forming or larger presses.

    We hired a pair of hands to move product. Most companies did not engage the minds of the workers. Today we want the whole person. We want the mind to help think of new ways to produce the product, we want the hands to safely produce the product and we want the heart to be engaged in the success of both the person and the company.

    We did not have drug screening or three hours of safety training before the new member stepped out on the manufacturing floor. Hearing protection was available, but few people used it. Technology was limited; therefore, it was augmented with strong backs and lots of hands.

    -- John Madsen, Minnesota General Manager, Dayton Rogers, Minneapolis

    IN THE 1960s ...Factories had many more workers

    than are necessary today because so much of the work did depend on human labor. The IBM plant in Lexington, Ky., where I (Fred Zimmerman) worked from 1961 to 1963, had around 3,500 employees. But they were good employees who were much appreciated by their employer. Every person in that plant went through a full week course in work simplification, which was really an introductory course in industrial engineering. IBM had a substantial suggestion award program which paid 10 percent of the first years saving to the employees. The company also had many free after-hours classes in technical subjects available to employees.

    Generally speaking, running a manufacturing plant in the 1960s was more spiritual and less literal than it is today. There were not nearly as many

    1960 A U.S. patent is issued for ultrasonic welding.

    The world's first fully automatic production line for transistors is designed by IBM engineers. It produces and tests 1,800 individual transistors in an hour.

    Physicist Theodore H. Maiman creates the first laser

    1961 The first industrial robot application takes place at a General Motors plant in New Jersey

    1963 Ultrasonic plastic welding is invented

    A GPS concept is first discussed Touch-tone telephones and cassette tape recorders debut

    John Deere becomes the world's largest manufacturer of agricultural and industrial equipment

    1964 IBM rolls out the OS/360, the first mass-produced computer operating system.

    1965 Digital Equipment introduces the PDP-8, the world's first computer to use integrated circuit technology. Because of its relatively small size and its low $18,000 price tag, Digital sells several hundred units.

    1966 Xerox unveils the first fax machine

    1968 The first computer mouse is demonstrated

    The first PLC is introduced

    1969 Boeing unveils the 747 jumbo jet

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    rules regarding who could be hired or who could be fired. Although there were no doubt some personnel practices that deserved to become outmoded, a manufacturing plant was by and large a family. Employees helped hire and fire people who did, and did not, fit in. There was an opening for minorities, too. The Ford Motor Company had aggressive minority employment programs in the

    1920s. IBM was a leader in affirmative action in the late 1950s. But people did have to be productive.

    Now, there are so many rules. They may be good rules, in some instances, but our industrial systems seem to have morphed into some sort of a huge bureaucracy where compliance seems to have edged out a genuine appreciation for both workers, companies, and the

    communities in which manufacturing takes place.

    Also, companies did not have to worry about so much of the monkey business on Wall Street. We didnt have credit default swaps, hedge funds, auction rate securities, or private equity organizations taking over businesses they do not understand.

    -- Fred Zimmerman, professor emeritus of engineering at the University of St. Thomas

    IN THE 1960s ...

    Foreign imports were perceived as cheap and unreliable. Your customers were all American.

    Information was slow to arrive, and slow to process. A customer would call and say, Did you get my PO yet? And if it didnt arrive in the mail, you did not have an order yet.

    When it did arrive, it seemed like there was plenty of lead time.

    Orders arrived, we would run and ship the entire order. No partials or holding inventory. Receiving parts in lard cans was just fine for our customers.

    Employees had extreme tenure. Most had decades in the same jobs.

    Our customers had single points of access: one purchasing agent, and one engineer sometimes the same person.

    For clerical and executives, drinking at lunch (sometimes at your desk!) was commonplace.

    There were rumors of some lathes out there that could be set up with punch cardsweird.

    We offered lifetime health insurance for any employee who retired with 25 years under their belt. The practice was terminated in the early 1980s.

    -- Steve Wise, Cass Screw Machine Products LLC, Brooklyn Center, Minn.

    MELISSA DEBILZAN is a contributing writer for IntrinXec Management, Inc. She can be reached at [email protected]



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