PFI Precision News

PFI Precision Machining has been providing the highest quality, on-time and most cost-effective custom-machined parts for over 50 years. In PFI Precision News, we share our expertise and industry news.  If you have any suggestions, share them.  Your input helps us make decision and continuously improve.  

The Gatekeepers of Supply Chain Quality

Posted by Colleen Janek on Jun 23, 2017 2:32:00 PM

If you've experienced post-sale product failure or equipment downtime in your manufacturing operation due to out-of-tolerance parts, you know all too well the pains of poor quality. In an effort to make delivery schedules and keep part cost down, machine shops are under the gun constantly to work faster and more efficiently. If raw materials are of poor quality, part manufacturing costs go up in terms of decreased tool life, machine downtime and material scrap. It's in your best interest to find an experienced supplier who vets their raw material as much as you vet them. It ensures the best quality part, fastest delivery and lower total procurement cost.

Quality is a term that is thrown around a lot. Even if a company is ISO 9000-certified, it doesn't always mean their controls are best-in-class. Manufacturers can reduce the risk of poor quality or late delivery by working with an experienced machine shop. In an effort to reduce their own downtime and scrap, these shops have already had the burden of vetting raw material suppliers.

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Topics: Manufacturing, PFI Company News, Supply Chain, Quality

Reduce Your Stress: Consider Reshoring Your Machined Parts

Posted by Colleen Janek on Jun 22, 2017 1:02:53 PM

The topic of reshoring is hot on the minds of many U.S. manufacturers. ReshoreNow.org has reported that the tide is now turning. In their latest report, this organization, which helps companies assess their total cost of offshoring, estimates that reshoring exceeds offshoring by 27,000 jobs. This is good news for American manufacturing.

Manufacturers might consider reshoring for various reasons, as reported by ReshoreNow.org:

  • Shorter lead time
  • Higher product quality and consistency
  • Rising offshore wages
  • Skilled workforce
  • Freight costs
  • Image of being Made in USA
  • Lower inventory levels, better turns
  • Better responsiveness to changing customer demands
  • Minimal intellectual property and regulatory compliance risks
  • Improved innovation and product differentiation
  • Local tax incentives

We've seen a lot of new business from companies looking to reduce the total cost (and the headache) of using offshore suppliers. In one case a commodity buyer worked with PFI Precision Machining to develop a solution that resulted in significantly lower total procurement cost and improved assembly cell uptime.  

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Topics: Manufacturing, Reshoring, PFI Company News, Supply Chain

Inconel Machining takes expertise and careful consideration

Posted by Colleen Janek on May 23, 2017 12:33:00 PM
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Topics: inconel, aerospace requirements, Inconel machining, work hardening, inconel 625

Welcome Back to the "Two Tylers"

Posted by Colleen Janek on May 22, 2017 12:45:00 PM

We're happy to welcome back the "Two Tylers" to the shop. Tyler M(left) is a machinist and Tyler K (right) is a maintenance technician. We know they are top-notch since we trained them. We also have several open positions in manufacturing as well as sales and production support. PFI Precision Machining continues the legacy of hiring the most skilled team members and letting them do what they do best.

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Topics: PFI Company News, careers

PFI Member of Dayton Region Manufacturers Association

Posted by Colleen Janek on Apr 21, 2017 11:17:14 AM
PFI is proud to be a member of DRMA.   We are excited to be a part of manufacturing growth in the Dayton region.
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Topics: PFI Company News

PFI Precision Attending Precision Machining Technology Show

Posted by Colleen Janek on Apr 21, 2017 11:02:08 AM
We're excited to be attending the nation’s only event dedicated to the precision machining industry next week in Columbus, OH.  Addressing new technology, process innovations and business development, PMTS  will be a great show. If you’re attending, look for PFI’s Greg Ison. He’ll be ready to discuss your next project and more.
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women in manufacturing

Posted by Colleen Janek on Apr 21, 2017 10:34:06 AM
Recently PFI Precision’s President, Colleen Janek,  attended the Precision Machined Products Association's (PMPA) Management Update Conference in Nashville. The conference had a record number of attendees, including the highest number of women attendees ever. While in Nashville, Colleen attended the Women of PMPA session where she met many other women industry leaders and made strong connections for mutual education and support.  Read this article  written by Bernie Nagle of PMPA about the wisdom of feminine leadership
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Topics: PFI Company News

CASE STUDY:Continuous Improvement Yields Cost Savings for Customer

Posted by Tyler Rose on Apr 10, 2017 2:07:03 PM

Looking for ways to simplify, PFI Precision Machining reduces unit cost.

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Cutting Tool Consumption Down in 2016

Posted by Colleen Janek on Feb 6, 2017 7:50:23 AM

In a report compiled by the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), U.S. tooling consumption was down 5.7% in 2016. This figure is based on totals reported by companies who participated in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR).

As a leading consumable in the manufacturing process, cutting tool consumption is seen as a leading indicator of overall manufacturing ups and downs.  Tooling performance is identified as a strong indicator because it's a true measure of actual production levels.

What does that mean for the year ahead?

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Topics: Manufacturing, News, Industry Outlook, Industry News

PFI Named 2016 Semi-finalist for Family and Private Business Award

Posted by Colleen Janek on Feb 2, 2017 11:49:12 AM

 

Our greatest resources are our employees. It has been a time of transition since taking over running the company after Tom's unexpected death.  We couldn't have made it through this transition without such an amazing workforce. I am truly honored to be in a position to lead such an innovative, committed and caring group of people. 

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Topics: Awards, PFI Company News

About PFI

PFI is a privately-held, woman-owned company located near Dayton, Ohio.  We are ISO 9001:2008 Certified and have a 99% on-time delivery record and excellent customer service.

We invest in competitive technologies and excellent cost control systems to provide our customers with high quality, cost-effective close tolerance component parts and mechanical assemblies.  

With a staff of highly-skilled workers, over 50 years of custom machining experience and the confidence to take on your complex part projects, PFI is ready to be your custom machine shop. We look forward to being your first choice for your small-diameter machining needs. Learn more about our projects.

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