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Swarfcast Ep. 30 – Developing a Machining Culture with Victor and Betty DaCruz

April 17, 2019 - 1:45pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
episode 30

On today’s podcast, we interviewed Victor and Betty DaCruz, owners of DaCruz Manufacturing in Bristol, Connecticut. Victor and Betty have transformed their company over the last three decades from a multi-spindle screw machine shop with ACMEs and New Britains into a high-tech CNC turning operation. While other companies complain about not being able to find quality employees, DaCruz has created a culture that attracts high level young people to work at the company.

Gildemeister Sprint 42/10 Linear - Graff-Pinkert's Video of the Week

April 17, 2019 - 11:40am -- Nijazi Kuksi

Gildemeister Sprint 42/10 Linear

Mfd. 2013
2-Spindle CNC Turning Automatic Lathe
Rapid traverses of 40 m/min and 1g acceleration for every axis
Turret tool holder capacity of 16 positions for machining on the main and sub-spindle
Glass scales on the 3 main axis for precision and reliability
DMG Slim Line Panel with TFT 15" Monitor

Swarfcast Ep. 33 – Aneesa Muthana, the Success of a Woman in the Machining

March 26, 2019 - 5:50pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
episode 33

On today’s podcast, we interviewed Aneesa Muthana, owner of Pioneer Service Inc., a CNC machine shop that features 26 Star CNC Swiss lathes. Aneesa shared her fond memories of being raised on the floor of a centerless grinding shop, M&M Quality Grinding, founded by her Yemeni immigrant parents.

Wickman 1-3/4" 6 Spindle - Graff-Pinkert's Video of the Week

March 11, 2019 - 10:49am -- Nijazi Kuksi

Wickman 1-3/4" 6 Spindle

SN: 16013
mfd. 1976
with motor and controls, stock reel and stand, chip conveyor.
Refurbished with new spindle bearings installed, toggles rebuilt, pins and bushings replaced
back end of machine rebuilt, electromagnetic clutch rebuilt, cross slides removed and refitted
machine cleaned and painted machine tool gray

Swarfcast Ep. 28 – Bryan Batten, Mechanical Pyschologist

February 11, 2019 - 2:50pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
Bryan Batten, Mechanical Pyschologist

On today’s podcast, I interviewed Bryan Batten, CEO of Palmetto Precision Machining, located in Anderson, South Carolina. Palmetto Machining is a precision machining/fabrication shop specializing in tooling and automation for the automotive industry. Bryan, who jokingly refers to himself as a mechanical psychologist, discusses the difference between working with automotive companies in different countries, his experience purchasing a machining company, and the manufacturing boom in the South.

Swarfcast Ep. 27 – Dave Thuro on Growing a Machining Business (Part 2)

February 11, 2019 - 2:46pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
Dave Thuro on Growing a Machining Business (Part 2)

Today’s podcast is Part 2 of our interview with Dave Thuro, second-generation owner of Thuro Metal Products. In this episode, Dave discusses his growth philosophies. He believes in aggressively acquiring as many job opportunities as possible, but then saying no to most of them. The company tries to acquire at least two long term accounts per year that will bring in monthly sales of $50,000 to $100,000.

Swarfcast Ep. 26 – Dave Thuro on Growing a Machining Business (Part 1)

January 26, 2019 - 5:39pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
Swarfcast Ep. 26 – Dave Thuro on Growing a Machining Business (Part 1)

Today’s podcast is part one of a two-part interview with Dave Thuro, second-generation owner of Thuro Metal Products, a successful job shop in Long Island, New York. The business produces parts for a variety of industries, including aerospace, fuel injectors, HVAC, bearing and linear and, more recently, optics and lighting.

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Swarfcast Ep. 25 – Brett May on Keeping Cam Screw Machines Relevant

January 22, 2019 - 6:49am -- Nijazi Kuksi
Brett May on Keeping Cam Screw Machines Relevant

We interviewed Brett May of BME Inc. Screw Machine Attachments for today’s podcast. Brett’s mission in business is to make old cam multi-spindle screw machines like National Acmes, Wickmans, and New Britains into productive money makers in today’s competitive machining environment.

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Swarfcast Ep. 24 – Albert Lettman on Lean Manufacturing Around the Globe

January 16, 2019 - 2:13pm -- Nijazi Kuksi

On today’s podcast, I interviewed Albert Lettmen, a Lean Six Sigma and Quality Systems consultant and educator who has worked for decades with prominent manufacturing companies around the world. Albert grew up in Jamaica, studied business in Scotland, and then worked for companies in Europe, China, Canada and the United States. I was surprised when Albert explained to me that a company eliminating waste and boosting efficiency does not necessarily translate to firing a lot of workers...


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