SFA’s Top 10 Moments of 2016

Top 10 Moments of 2016 - A Happy New Year SFA Blog

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2016 was a pretty crazy year! With 2017 racing toward us, we here at Shop Floor Automations wanted to share our Top 10 Moments of 2016, whether they were inspiring, or just sentimental to us!

MOMENT # 10: The NTMA Business Expo night at the Belching Beaver Brewery. We had a lot of fun, and great food, at this NTMA event. We also gave away a USB Connect and the winner was Eddie from Aerotek! You can read more about the event by clicking here.

MOMENT # 9: Visiting OSML (Open Source Maker Labs) via NTMA. We loved getting to visit this maker workshop. At OSML, people of all ages get to learn about 3D printing, welding, making robots, woodworking, and much more. You can read about how to participate in what they do at OSML by clicking here.

MOMENT # 8: Getting inspired by a visit to Workshops for Warriors. Hernán Luis y Prado founded this program where they wish to combat the manufacturing skills gap and give veterans much-needed work that is not only stable but well paying. If you want to help this amazing organization, you can read about our visit here. We also got to interview Hernán at FABTECH 2016, which you can watch here.

Shop Floor Man Comics in the MediaMOMENT # 7: Another big moment for us was when we premiered our comic character Shop Floor Man. Not only was it a cute idea, but it was also a statement from us that we really want to delve into the new media movement that is growing within the manufacturing industry.

“This is great for social media,” Christina M. Fuges of MoldMaking Technology stated about Shop Floor Man’s creation. She wrote about how our Marketing Coordinator “heard how social media isn’t valuable for this line of business, but believes this could not be further from the truth.”

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MOMENT # 6: Social events at our company, such as our office parties, the bowling night we had, and going to the top of Willis Tower in Chicago, were all a hoot. Because some of our employees work in other offices around the country, it can be difficult for all of us to get together. We are grateful for all of the moments we have been able to have all our employees under one roof to get together and enjoy each other’s company.

MOMENT # 5: Halloween was a lot of fun this year. Everyone brought in snacks and we had a costume contest. The winners were Amanda as Beetlejuice, Amy as Wonder Woman, and Greg as a Minecraft character.

MOMENT # 4: Seeing Blue Man Group in Las Vegas during FABTECH 2016. Sam and Greg were “dragged” to see Blue Man Group by Amanda, who is a big fan of the crazy music trio. The guys ended up loving the show and everyone stayed afterward to meet some of the Blue Men. It was a fun bonding experience and our faces were sore from smiling and laughing during the show.

MOMENT # 3: Farewell to John. This is one of the bittersweet moments of 2016. John had been with our company for five years, but he decided that it was time to move on and pursue some of his dreams. We definitely support that he wanted to spread his wings, so we threw him a farewell party at Fuddruckers, one of his favorite places to grab a burger.

Top 2016 Moments from SFA

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MOMENT # 2: Premiering the Multi Connect at IMTS 2016. Although the device is not ready for purchase yet, setting it up for display at IMTS and FABTECH has garnered a lot of interest. We look forward to the possibilities it has, and as you can see, it definitely is a good looking piece of tech!

MOMENT # 1: We love all of the moments this year in which we got to interact with our amazing customers. Whether it was over the phone, at a shop visit, or at a trade show, thank you for making us who we are today.

Honorable mention to Michael at MiniMachine, who posed for this great photo for us at IMTS 2016.  He uses Predator DNC through us and loves our G-code shirts. He actually came to that show already wearing the shirt, and he filmed this customer success story, too!

Happy New Year from Shop Floor Automations! If you want to make 2017 great for your shop floor, call us at (877) 611-5825. 

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.

Military Veterans in Manufacturing

Workshops for Warriors entraceEvery day, the manufacturing industry furthers its legacy by attracting a younger generation to pick up the future mantle. The industry is also being empowered by the organization Workshops for Warriors, who seeks to obtain for military veterans these current, and future, crucial jobs.

On June 23rd, Shop Floor Automations got to attend an NTMA (National Tooling & Machining Association) event where the organization spoke of the resources it provides to veterans who come home from serving us. Workshops for Warriors also prides itself on helping those soldiers who come home wounded, who can have anxieties about re-joining the workforce due to physical limitations and PTSD.

The event drew a sizable crowd who met in the main office, which was a large, sunny room with communal desks and awards scattered throughout. Hernán Luis y Prado, the founder of the program, was all smiles as he shook everyone’s hand and led them on a tour of the facilities outside.

“It’s great to love our veterans,” Hernán said during the tour. “But love alone doesn’t get our vets these jobs.”

Hernán definitely means business when it comes to helping out his fellow veterans. Having served in the Navy, he saw firsthand that transitioning from serving in the military to civilian life was a struggle. The current Workshops for Warriors center, with a large workstation of computers, $6 Million worth of equipment donations (from Haas and Reliance Steel & Aluminum), and various other niches of the manufacturing field to learn about, is truly “the school that America built,” as Hernán puts it. Read more below!

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NTMA Poker Run Event

ntma poker run eventJoin us at the Belching Beaver for an exciting NTMA poker run event where participants draw cards from table to table while enjoying some craft brew!

Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m.

The grand prize winner will receive a Portable USB Connect, retail value of $700!

This device acts as an interface between USB memory drives and any CNC machine. Click below to learn more about the Portable USB Connect.

Where: 
Belching Beaver Brewery, 
980 Park Center Drive, Suite A 
Vista, California 92081
 
Cost: $15 (Includes dinner)
More info at the newsletter link HERE

More about NTMA:

Shop Floor Automations is a proud associate member of the San Diego Chapter of NTMA. The National Tooling & Machining Association works to create allies within the San Diego region of the local machining and tool industry by fostering mutual success through education, technology and communication.

We encourage you to take advantage of what this great organization has to offer. Please check the schedule below in order to find upcoming events held by NTMA.

Are You Improving Operations With Data Collection?

Bigfoot and DataXchange Data Collection integration“Cloud” applications can be found virtually everywhere today, and for good reason. Join us on April 14th at 12:00 p.m. PST to learn how cloud-based machine monitoring and data collection can make predictive maintenance a reality in your operations.

The webinar will be hosted by Smartware Group, Inc., makers of Bigfoot CMMS, and Scytec, makers of DataXchange. These experts will introduce the latest technologies to monitor and collect asset data and integrate this data for actionable and results-oriented operations and maintenance management.

Register for this machine monitoring webinar to glean real-world examples of the benefits of cloud-based machine monitoring and asset management, and see how high your utilization and asset management strategy can soar.

Get more information and to register, click here.

Manufacturing Day, October 2, 2015

Manufacturing Day is almost here, and Shop Floor Automations is excited to celebrate the manufacturing industry with our friends and community!

THE MFG DAY MISSION

Manufacturing Day Banner ImageMFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

For more information click here. We also invite you to follow Shop Floor Automations on our social media channels. We would love suggestions about what you would like to see on our blog, and on our YouTube channel! Click here to see where you can find us on social media.

2015 WESTEC & CNC West Ads

WESTEC & CNC West Ads 2015Shop Floor Automations will be exhibiting at WESTEC 2015 in Los Angeles, located at Booth #1935. SFA also appeared in CNC West Magazine’s August/September 2015 issue, speaking about automation solutions in the advertisement.

Trade shows are always a time of the year in which SFA looks forward to meeting with peers and clients, present and future alike, to exhibit how they can help move the manufacturing industry forward.

You will be able to see SFA’s event photos from attending WESTEC 2015 on their Facebook page HERE. It will be sure to be a fun and enlightening trip!

SFA looks forward to attending future WESTEC trade shows in the future! Check out what trade shows you can see SFA at by clicking here You can also tweet Shop Floor Automations on Twitter at @SFA_inc

More about SFA – Shop Floor Automations is appropriately positioned to provide our customers with a complete technology environment. Customers are not looking for products so much as they are seeking solutions to their business problems. Our total solution approach for manufacturing customers provides hardware and software packages, installation and support services, and expert consultation where required. Our principal goal is to help customers save time and make money.

Del Mar Electronics & Design Show

Del Mar Electronics and DesignShop Floor Automations will be in Booth #561 at the Del Mar Electronics & Design Show 2015 on May 6th and 7th.

SFA will be demonstrating our software and hardware solutions to help machine shops operate more efficiently.

Tradeshows are the best time of year, as far as SFA is concerned. They proudly display which shows they will be attending, which you can see at this link.

SFA is based in La Mesa, CA –  a suburb of San Diego County (the same county where Del Mar is located). They are happy to connect with clients, potential and present, all across social media. The quickest method is to tweet @SFA_inc

Plant Maintenance Management Webinar

BigfootShop Floor Automations will be hosting a webinar on our Plant Maintenance CMMS Management Software in the near future. Please join us to learn more about this useful product.

Via our Plant Maintenance landing page:

What is CMMS Software? Otherwise known as a “computerized maintenance management system”, a CMMS is when a company’s maintenance operations are maintained as a database of information within a software program. SFA has been specializing in CMMS and wants to help your organization!

SFA has scalable CMMS configured for any size business, a mobile app, management of purchasing/inventory, management of work orders/assets, preventive & predictive maintenance management, safety management, & reporting plus analysis of performance. It is, simply put, an amazing shop floor investment.

Get the Bigfoot CMMS program here.

Bigfoot CMMS Webinar

SFA at Houstex 2015

SW MFG NEWS June 2015After opening our Houston office earlier in the month, Shop Floor Automations will be at the Houstex 2015 trade show in Booth #239.

SFA enjoys visiting trade shows all over the United States to meet with present,and future, clients. Getting the change to preview new technology and feature solutions for the ever growing manufacturing industry is SFA’s speciality. They often will also hold contests to give away prizes, such as their G-code T-Shirt!

Please stop by and visit the Houston team to asay hi. Visit us on Facebook, too!

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