NTMA Labor Law & HR Compliance Event

The San Diego Chapter of NTMA (National Tooling & Machining Association) will be holding a Chapter Meeting tomorrow night on the subject of Labor Law and HR Compliance at the Barrel Harbor Brewing Company. The event is in Vista CA and starts at 5:30 p.m., so be sure to plan accordingly for traffic, and bring $15 for the event, which includes dinner. There is a discount price of $10 for students, and you can register for the event by clicking the photo below.

NTMA September 2016Attorney James Roth (also goes by Jim) will be heading the event to talk about “labor policies for everything from overtime pay, to social media, to anti-discrimination and harassment” issues in the workplace. Jim is an expert in this field and will be discussing in particular new overtime rules that will be going into effect December 1st of this year.

Jim will be there to speak and to answer any business-legal related questions you may have for him. The event is hosted by Tim St. Martin (formerly of AlphaTec Spine and current CEO of Barrel Harbor Brewing Company).

$15 for dinner AND legal insight from an expert? That is truly a bargain and yet another example of NTMA providing amazingly helpful events. You can read coverage of another NTMA event Shop Floor Automations attended with Workshops for Warriors here.

Events NTMA has going on in October of 2016 are a Free Technology Career Institute special event on October 6th in Carlsbad from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with no admission price listed, but it looks like RSVPs are needed. They will also have a Chapter Meeting October 27th at Open Source Maker Labs at 5:30 p.m. in Vista CA with a $15 cost per person (again, it includes dinner). More details on these events are on NTMA’s San Diego based website here.

Going to any of these events? Tweet us at @SFA_inc or interact with us on Facebook. You can also call us to discuss what your shop floor is up to at (877) 611-5825.

MFG Day 2016 is Coming

Shop Floor Man Comic 9-23-16Shop Floor Automations (SFA) will present to our audience a week-long celebration of MFG DAY, which takes place October 7th. The National Holiday is a celebration of how the industry has evolved in recent years, with a heavy focus on pulling in a future generation to keep the job field thriving.

SFA will roll out the red carpet for MFG DAY by providing followers a day-to-day parade of content relative to the Holiday the week it occurs. Informative blogs, a video, maybe even an infographic, will be just some of the fun content to experience. We may even give out one of their hilarious G-code T-Shirts, but definitely count on a discount to celebrate the Holiday in our online store!

Could an MFG DAY related strip from our new comic series called “Shop Floor Man” (which is pictured to the top left and may be clicked on to magnify) be coming? We are also reaching out to some of their amazing customers in the Manufacturing field to get their stories and insight from the work they do, which will hopefully be included in these celebrations.

Follow what we will be up to on Twitter at both @SFA_inc and @ShopFloorHumor. We are also on Instagram and Facebook under the username ShopFloorAutomations. Look for all of our MFG Day related content on our website blog.

We are also be exhibiting at FABTECH from November 16th to 18th in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Check us out in the Center Hall of the Metalform section at Booth number C13109.

Remember – when tweeting about MFG Day, please use the tag #MFGday16 or use it to keep up with the fun events on this momentous day!

IMTS 2016 is Complete

SFA at IMTS 2016Shop Floor Automations enjoyed a very successful IMTS 2016 tradeshow in Chicago IL. We loved running into so many of our customers in the Windy City, as well as meeting potential new customers that we look forward to serving for years to come. We encourage you to click the photo to your left to see in better detail a collage of some of our favorite moments of the show.

One highlight of the show was the unveiling of the Multi Connect to the public. With its sleek look in a beautiful acrylic case, a shiny black footing, and its beckoning stack light, it was definitely eye catching. Many of our leads from the show want to know more about this fascinating piece of technology, which is specifically compatible with the MTConnect protocol, as news becomes available.

A great number of our visitors were definitely interested in Machine Monitoring, as well as Wireless DNC and our other solutions. We enjoyed educating machinists on how to make their shop floors and CNC machines run more efficiently and eliminate downtime, even with legacy machines.

IMTS 2016 SFA Contest WinnersDuring our time at IMTS, we were letting guests know that by getting their badges scanned, they were also entered into our drawing for various Shop Floor Automations prizes. We were giving away some of our Hardware solutions, as well as our very popular G-code T-Shirt.  The list of winners, who have been notified, is in the image to the right, which you can click on to magnify.

Other than the business we conducted, we also found rare free time to do some things of a tourist’s nature. Four of our employees went on a nighttime field trip to the top of the Sears Tower AKA the Willis Tower to take in the 103rd story views. We also ate at many great restaurants, such as the exclusive Frontera, and interacted with many interesting local Chicagoans. The architecture of this grand city during our many back-and-forth drives from downtown to McCormick Place made our commute worthwhile.

UPDATE, as of 9-27-16: We pulled three new winners for this contest, since three previous winners did not get back to us in a timely manner. See the list HERE.

If you would like to see what we got to do in Chicago:

  • Check out our Marketing video from the event on YouTube HERE
  • Look at our Facebook photo album (and Like our page) HERE
  • We also posted a few shots on our Instagram page HERE
  • If you visited our Booth and grabbed a USB drive, or did not have time to stop and chat, call us at (877) 611-5825

 

SFA & MTConnect at IMTS 2016

SFA IMTS 2016 MTCONNECTThe MTConnect Institute, whose goal is to “enable the ease of access to manufacturing device data,” will be on deck at IMTS 2016. They will be touring IMTS to help spread the message of their three big goals:

1) Reduce the complexity of interfacing equipment, devices, and software applications.

2) Facilitate the adoption, implementation, and expansion of this standard.

3) Create a sustainable funding strategy.

As part of their tour, they will be visiting booths that exemplify their message. Shop Floor Automations is proud to be part of that tour, and part of their Members Roster.

Visit us at Booth E-3240, where we are happy to discuss with you these possibilities for your shop floor! We will also have the Multi Connect on display at our booth, which specifically is MTConnect compatible! Click here for our IMTS 2016 homepage to see more details, or call 877-611-5825.

More from our resource page:

MTConnect is an open, royalty-free, universal factory floor communication standard that is designed specifically for the shop floor environment to enable the efficient transfer of data between devices (such as CNCs) & software applications similar to Predator MDC & Scytec DataXchange. Some users have referenced this as the “Bluetooth” technology we currently experience with our smartphones & daily electronic devices. By establishing an open & extensible channel of communication for plug-and-play interconnectivity between devices, equipment, & systems, it allows sources to exchange & understand each other’s data.  It’s like speaking a common language!

If you want propriety software & solutions, this is not for you! This new standard will bridge your factory shop floor & link you to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).  Think of the equipment on your shop floor now that has limits on how they connect, can they connect, can you get real-time data from them, & what if you could make them all speak to eachother?  While some equipment would be limited on what can come from it, the information can quickly be displayed on dashboards, smart phones, ERP/MRP systems, & other equipment.

As a member for on MT Connect Technology Advisory Board (TAG), we have been part of the development and review of the standards of the solution. Many machine tool builders, such as Mazak, Okuma, DMG Mori Seki, and more, are part of the on-going development and support for this standard. We strongly recommend you purchase machines with this standard for future support of automation.This standardized solution has the capability to work with many MTConnect-enabled machine—even monitoring multiple factories in real-time! Call 877-611-5825 for more information about this standard.