Amputation Hazard Follow Up- Logan Clutch Door Interlock

September 16, 2015

Our recent post on the latest OSHA Emphasis program on Amputations brought us a comment from Michael Krizmanich at PMPA Technical Member Logan Clutch  about avoiding  violations (and potential amputations) through door interlocks. “Some screw machine customers use the Logan Clutch control for machine guarding.  The CS2001 Microprocessor Control has two pairs of inputs for two Door Interlock Switches.”

As staff providing member assistance to companies when OSHA visits and cites guarding, we have found that typically OSHA insists on door  interlocks, despite the Kershaw Exemption which we have written about here.

So the Logan Cutch Door interlock is a potential solution to the OSHA identified guarding issue.

Door interlocks make the OSHA folks happy.

Door interlocks make the OSHA folks happy.

CS2001 Door Start Interrupt Switch Inputs: How They Work

The CS2001 Microprocessor Control has two pairs of inputs for two Door Interlock Switches. Each pair of is designed for one normally opened switch contact and one normally closed switch contact. The control senses both inputs together and has an override/defeat checking feature to monitor door input functionality.

CS2001 Safety Features & Safety Relay
The CS2001 Control has a stop circuit which integrates a Pilz Category 4, EN 954-1, model PNOZ X2.1 Safety Relay. The safety relay, provides dual-channel E-STOP with monitored manual reset.  One channel of the Pilz Safety relay is connected to an output of the CS2001 microprocessor control.  One channel of the Pilz Safety relay is connected in series to multiple, maintained contact, red mushroom head push buttons.  A second separate contact of the red mushroom head buttons is wired in series into a CS2001 Microprocessor Control input.  The reset input of the Pilz Safety relay is connected to an output of the CS2001 Microprocessor Control.  All control power outputs to all external machine devices are wired thru the Pilz Safety Relay Safety Contacts.

Additional functionality included:

  • Stock Load Position Selector Switch
  • Thread Check Failure System
  • Short Part & Broken Tool Detectors
  • Stock Depletion Detector Inputs
  • Machine Lock-up Detection

Here’s a link with more information:

PMPA Introduces Bernie Nagle as Executive Director

September 9, 2015
Bernie Nagle (left) is welcomed to PMPA Headquarters by PMPA President Tom Bernstein

Bernie Nagle (left) is welcomed to PMPA Headquarters by PMPA President Tom Bernstein


The Precision Machined Products Association announced today that it has appointed Bernie Nagle to be the organization’s next Executive Director. Nagle, co-author of the book “Leveraging People & Profit- The Hard Work of Soft Management,” has spent much of his career in a variety of executive and leadership roles with Fortune 500 manufacturing companies and as Senior Consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

“After a very thorough and comprehensive search process, PMPA is pleased to have found the best individual to assume the Executive Director role for PMPA,” said Tom Bernstein, President of PMPA. “Bernie will bring the benefit of his years of experience in manufacturing and process improvement, as well as his strategic focus to his leadership role with PMPA.”

The selection of Nagle caps a search process initiated by a board appointed search committee of member company executives and facilitated by Dise & Company, Northeast Ohio’s premier global human resource consulting firm. “The process involved not only the Search Committee, but PMPA’s Staff Directors, and utilized the SHL assessment and measurement process to define and characterize both the position and the candidate’s attributes,” said Doug Coster, one of the members on the PMPA’s Search Committee. “It was a very rigorous and time consuming process, but it clearly identified Bernie as the best candidate for PMPA from a number of applicants.”

“I’m honored and very excited to assume the role of Executive Director for PMPA. I have been a passionate advocate for manufacturing throughout my career, and I am eager to help PMPA provide the information, resources, advocacy, and networking opportunities to help the manufacturing companies in PMPA to become more productive and profitable. I see the Executive Director role at PMPA as requiring a number of hats- first to listen and develop an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the organization and the challenges facing the industry. Second, third, and fourth, I see my role as serving staff by providing purpose, focus, and constructive guidance. Together with staff and members, I am convinced that we can make a difference- adding value and growing membership and influence of the PMPA. I am anxious to meet as many members as possible at the October Annual Meeting and in my travels in the weeks and months ahead.”

Nagle holds a bachelor’s in chemistry from Gannon University, where he was named Distinguished Alumnus. He earned a management certificate from Northeastern University Graduate School of Business and a certificate in Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence from CWRU Weatherhead School. He has a number of publications and has been an active volunteer and passionate advocate for a number of social causes. He is the principal at

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Labor Day- Not For A Record Number Of Americans

September 9, 2015

The number of Americans NOT in the workforce is at record levels, and yet the talking heads assure us that the unemployment rate is just 5.1%

Fred Graph of 10 year civilian workforce participation rate

So much for Happy Labor Day!

The headline rate “conveniently” ignores the folks that have given up trying to find a job, and so does not count them.

Poof Graphic courtesy

Magically 10.3% unemployment rate becomes 5.1%!

Data here.

How many Americans “are not in the labor force?”

According to BLS, over 94 million.

Precision Machining Industry is looking for skilled workers, while over 94million people are "not in the workforce."

Precision Machining Industry is looking for skilled workers, while over 94 million people are “not in the workforce.”

If you would like to join the workforce, are comfortable with Math and can learn by experience, perhaps you should consider a career in precision machining.

Our shops are scheduling overtime, pay well, and often will help with your training costs.

Where to go for training.

NOT Labor Day- Process Owner Day

September 3, 2015

Labor doesn’t add much value. In my experience, it only moved stuff around. The labor jobs went away. Today, I celebrate the process owners  like the machinists that can tear down and set up a multi-spindle cam machine in under 2 hours. They own their process and own their craft.

Process Owners are what I will celebrate.

Process Owners are what I will celebrate.

Today, as PMPA’s director of industry research and technology, I compile a survey and report on the wages for the member companies of the Precision Machined Products Association. It covers almost 6 percent of the industry’s employment, according to the U.S. Census. I just reviewed our latest report, and we don’t even have a job title for “laborer.”

Process Owners, Not Laborers

The day of laboring for a living is done. In my career, it was gone by the 1980s. In our industry, the last labor jobs left during the 2009 recession. Today, our shops rely on process owners to operate, set up our equipment, produce parts and inspect them to the highest standards. Today, our shops’ process owners are the go-to men and women that we turn to for understanding when making control plans and corrective action plans, as well as matching machine and process capability to the new jobs we quote.

Here’s what I see when I walk into a PMPA member shop:

  • I see esprit de corps every day observing the handoff between purchasing, planning, operations, quality control, shipping and the customer.
  • I see our team achieve just-in-time, zero PPM routinely.
  • I see our folks are using, viewing, studying, programming and coding using computerized technology, and often doing so in more than three axes.
  • I see the pride in our craftsmen and craftswomen when they gage the part, look at the reading, dial an offset into the control, hit start and the next part measures exactly what was required. I share their joy when the parts come back with a green tag and not a red tag.
  • I see when they look at the part magnified 50 times or 100 times and the geometric form matches the template perfectly, that tiny smile shows they love their craft and their accomplishments with the technology they use.
  • I see our people adding value by assembling components, packaging them securely and getting the correct information in and out of the computer and onto the shipping documents, labeled, then loaded on the correct truck.

The people of the precision machining industry don’t “labor,” they own processes. They master their processes. They are process experts. They use their talent, insight and craft to add value. So automobiles go and stop. So planes fly and land. So people can be healed and reassembled.

I will not be celebrating Labor Day this year. But Process Owners Day- you can bet that I will be appreciative of the craftsmen and women that make our modern lives possible because they own, and have mastered their Craft.

Happy Process Owner Day!

Original Article in Production Machining


ISM PMI – Growth Slows In August Manufacturing

September 1, 2015

At 51.1% the August PMI came in below the anticipated value of 52.8%.

The numbers indicate growth, but the change indicates that in the manufacturing sector growth is slowing, and new orders and exports in particular are vulnerable. This was the 32nd consecutive month of growth of manufacturing, and the 75th consecutive month of expansion in the broad economy.


Manufacturing growth is slowing in August 2015.

Manufacturing growth is slowing in August 2015.

 “The August PMI® registered 51.1 percent, a decrease of 1.6 percentage points from the July reading of 52.7 percent. The New Orders Index registered 51.7 percent, a decrease of 4.8 percentage points from the reading of 56.5 percent in July. The Production Index registered 53.6 percent, 2.4 percentage points below the July reading of 56 percent. The Employment Index registered 51.2 percent, 1.5 percentage points below the July reading of 52.7 percent. Inventories of raw materials registered 48.5 percent, a decrease of 1 percentage point from the July reading of 49.5 percent. The Prices Index registered 39 percent, down 5 percentage points from the July reading of 44 percent, indicating lower raw materials prices for the 10th consecutive month. The New Export Orders Index registered 46.5 percent, down 1.5 percentage points from the July reading of 48 percent.”- Bradley J Holcomb, Chair, Institute for Supply Management, August Report on PMI.

Generally speaking, values above 50 percent correlate with a growing manufacturing sector.

In the August report, Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Fabricated Metal Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; and Machinery Markets showed growth, while Primary Metals; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Petroleum & Coal Products; Computer & Electronic Products; and Transportation Equipment all showed declines.

The Prices index (reflecting raw material prices)was down five percentage points from July to come in at 39 percent. Normally this would be good news for manufacturers, but  is actually reflective of a weakness in demand for products worldwide.

Business Insider reports that two PMI indicators from China also fell in August:  China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) fell to a three-year low of 49.7 in August from 50.0 in July. The unofficial Caixin-Markit manufacturing PMI slipped to 47.3 in August from 47.8 in July. Any reading below 50 signals contraction. Business Insider

Graph courtesy Calculated Risk Blog

Twenty-Five Years of Software Success- Henning Software

August 28, 2015

It’s not every post that I write that I can start with a reference to DOS desktop computing, but in 1990 that was the engine for Henning Software’s Job Estimating Software.

Sony Discman 1990's music

This is how we got our music in 1990 when Henning started writing job shop software.

After successfully creating job estimating software, Henning Software realized it would need to keep expanding their software offerings into a fully developed ERP system in order to grow in the market.

“At the time, most of ERP software available was minicomputer based and priced upwards of $50,000, which was too expensive for smaller shops,” Mrs. Henning says, co-owner of Henning Software. “We thought we could make something better, but we needed more than job estimating software. We needed our software to manage all operational and accounting areas of a manufacturing business.”

In their 25 years in the job shop manufacturing business, the Henning’s and their company have been active participants and supporters of PMPA, especially  through our technical conferences where, as likely as not, they are presenting on IT and leading edge technological developments.

Today, Henning Software’s customer base spans all across the U.S. and Canada. And at PMPA conferences, many of the Henning’s customers will be in attendance. Job shops, contract manufacturers, screw machine shops, tool and die shops, and metal fabricating companies are among the kinds of manufacturing companies that rely on Henning Software for their ERP, Estimating, and Accounting software needs.

For more information about Henning Software and their ERP solutions click here

Article in September issue of Production Machining on Henning Software Long Time Success

How do you remember the 1990's?

How do you remember the 1990’s?

For some PMPA members, 1990 was when they first started managing their shop using Henning Software.

You do remember the 1990’s right?

Discman photo courtesy wikimedia

Fashion photo credit

OSHA National Emphasis Program on Amputations Updated

August 27, 2015

“The intent of this NEP is to target workplaces with machinery and equipment that cause (or are capable of causing) amputations, while maximizing the Agency’s inspection resources.”

OSHA Natiomnal Emphasis Program on Amputations 2015

OSHA updates NEP for amputations.

OSHA recently issued an updated National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Amputations. The NEP has been in existence since 2006 and is targeted to industries with high numbers and rates of amputations.

In this latest update NAICS code 332710 Machine Shops  and most other 332 NAICS code Categories are listed as Targets.

See Appendix C in the PDF

What else did we note when we looked at this?

-They will be asking for your DUNS Number

-They will be checking compliance on the new requirements for reporting work-related fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations, or losses of an eye.

Updated Directive

Change to Reporting requirements that went into effect January 1, 2015: Updated Employer Reporting Requirements 2015


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