A&E Endorses Work with KCKCC-TEC

I am writing to thank KCKCC-TEC, Mark Moehlman, you and your staff for the great work in completing the customized beginner and advanced Laser training for A & E Custom Manufacturing last December, 2014.

As we are aware it was a long process from letter writing and attaining the grants for funding, to picking the appropriate equipment, purchasing the equipment, installing the equipment, training the trainer and setting the curriculum for the classes. I assume it was an enormous task to accomplish these tasks while moving to a new location and continuing to educate students, all simultaneously.

I am happy to report, in the short time since completing the training our beginning laser operators have been applying their new skills and we are seeing great results. One student that had not operated a Laser prior to the training is now running a dual 4000 watt laser cell with full automation. I am told from several of my more experience Laser Techs that the information on advanced cutting condition was extremely helpful. We also have had a beginner student with minimal experience advance to the EMLK Laser/Punch Combination machine with success.

I know that the training received from KCKCC-TEC had a big part in accelerating our employee’s advancement in machine operating experience. With this success we look forward to more training with new operators in the future.

We are also excited about the possibility of KCKCC-TEC adding Press Brake training to their curriculum. This training is a service we could utilize immediately. A&E is on call to help in any way we can to realize this training.

Thank you.

John Jaixen

General Manager

A&E Custom Mfg.

Emerging Leaders Complete Tier 1

Nineteen members of the inaugural Emerging Leaders program celebrated completion of their first phase of development as leaders in their manufacturing companies on February 11, 2015. The Emerging Leaders Program, championed by Ben Troja of Webco Manufacturing, and KCMN advisory board member, featured a 6 session course offered in partnership with Johnson County Community College, and with input and participation with the Kansas City Chapter of the National Tooling and Machine Association.
Emerging Leaders Tier 1

The goal of the program is to provide a foundation for learning the basic concepts of Leadership in a setting that encourages support and application of the concepts taught. Participants were provided with a blend of classroom instruction, materials to utilize/retain the concepts taught, and an opportunity to apply what is learned in their workplaces. Sharing of successes, lessons learned and challenges was both encouraged and part of the curriculum in order to encourage accountability. “We are learning ways to communicate and finding others who share the same issues”, noted one participant. Several noted “The instruction is very specific to problems we face in the real world” and “We are learning new and better ways to be a leader.”

Tier one participants will have the opportunity to continue learning and networking in a Tier 2 program that launches on April 1. For more information, contact Donna Gordon, 816-304-7958 or donna@kcmn.org

3D printing: Revolution or hype?

KCMN April Meeting

3-D Printing is not new, but the recent growth and attention in the last few years is creating buzz in many sectors, not just manufacturing.  Industry analysts estimate the market size at around $3 billion, and growing on the heels of lower costs and improved functionality.  Whether growth is in the realm of the hobbyist, retailer, manufacturer or all of the above is a question many are weighing in, on both sides of the revolution or hype discussion.

Join us at our April meeting to hear Greg Austermann from CATI to share his view of the industry:

־         Current State and Definitions – 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing
־         Advantages & Disadvantages
־         Maximizing the Benefit
־         Future Developments

Greg will bring a MOJO (FDM) 3D Printer to demo as well.

Scott Browning, Prototype Studio Manager at Hallmark will discuss Hallmark’s utilization of 3-D Printing, benefits for them, and lessons learned as they have expanded their use of the technology.

Tuesday, April 14, 2014  
7:30-9:00 AM
Commerce Bank 1000 Walnut Street, 17th Floor Kansas City, MO  64106

Please note the location change – our usual venue was not available – thank you to Commerce Bank who has agreed to host us for this meeting!

Cost is $15 for KCMN and KCIC members and $25 for manufacturing company guests, $50 for service provider guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up no later than April 10 BY CLICKING HERE, or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

Speakers   

Scott Browning leads Hallmark’s Prototype Studio. His teams are responsible for product exploration, development, feasibility testing and short-run commercialization of Hallmarks 2-D and 3-D product.  He also operates two innovation labs for Hallmark employees.  The first is the LEaP (Learning, Exploring and Prototyping) lab, which is a space for employees to innovate using the latest hardware, software and technology in rapid prototyping processes.  The second is the Digital Training and Prototyping lab where Hallmarkers learn app development and digital prototyping on a variety of devices and platforms.

Greg Austermann is the Regional Sales Manager for CATI specializing in 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing.  With over 5 years of experience focusing on FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and Polyjet Technologies, Greg brings a wide range of Additive Manufacturing knowledge including Materials, Applications, and Systems.

Computer Aided Technology (CATI) creates a competitive advantage for manufacturing clients by leveraging an industry-experienced team and leading technology solutions.  From 3D solid modeling/analysis to enterprise-wide data management, and 3D Printing, CATI has the tools, the experience, the knowledge, and the dedication to bring your business vision to reality. CATI is the nation’s original resource for SolidWorks with the Midwest’s leading support & services team. We serve customers in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Iowa and Minnesota.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST MEP Network-affiliate sponsors.

Due to limited space, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event. Cancellations of reservations paid by credit card will be assessed a $10 processing fee by the registration service, or contact us for event credit for a future event.

Change, Development and Reporting

Holland Integrated Metal Solutions Plant Tour
KCMN March Meeting  

Holland1916 is proud to open our doors to the Kansas City Manufacturing Network.  With the tremendous growth experienced over the last 3 years, Mike Stradinger, CEO and Owner, will highlight how the development of people and communications are vital for business in a changing world.  Your tour of Holland Integrated Metal Solutions will highlight the constant need to assess every aspect of manufacturing and why it is so important to constantly change to meet the customer’s need.

Tuesday, March 3
7:30-9:00 AM
Holland Nameplate
2901 Heartland Drive, Liberty, MO 64068

About Holland Integrated Metal Solutions

Holland Integrated Metal Solutions (HIMS) is one of the newest business segments under the Holland Family of Companies (Holland 1916).  In keeping with the 100 years of tradition and values of Holland Nameplate, HIMS offers complete plug and play solutions for operator cabins, consoles, enclosures, panels, metal fabrication and electro-mechanical assemblies that are custom built to our customer needs.  Built around the principles of Lean Manufacturing, our values and culture simply demands that we provide our customers what they want, when they want it, with exceptional quality and value.

 

Limited to the first 35 people to sign up. This tour will be open to KCMN members only until February 10, after which we will open it to the wider mailing list if there are still spaces left.

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for manufacturing company guests, $50 for service provider guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up today at BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

 

AGENDA

7:30 – 7:45            Sign in, registration, and networking.  Rolls, fruit and coffee will be provided

7:45 – 8:00           Company presentation by Mike Stradinger, CEO and owner, Q &A

8:10                        Tour begins

8:50                        Conclusion, wrap up Q & A

Please wear closed toed shoes, and bring protective eyewear.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise,  are our NIST MEP Network-affiliate sponsors.

Due to limited space, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event. Cancellations of reservations paid by credit card will be assessed a $10 processing fee by the registration service, or contact us for event credit for a future event.