May 16-18, 2017 | Eastern States Exposition | West Springfield, MA

Thursday, May 14, 2015

10:45 am – 11:20 am

Regrind Cost Savings for Cutting Tools
Bruce Williams, US Tool Group

Bio: Bruce Williams was not the founder of US Tool, but he made it what it is today. After completing an Electrical Engineering Degree at Georgia Tech and experience early success as an engineer, he accepted a position at US Tool, a company founded by his father. It was a leap of faith giving up a career opportunity at a fortune 500 company to join a small tool grinder. Bruce modified, innovated or invented nearly every manufacturing process used at US Tool today. Bruce grew the company from a small local shop, to the largest cutting tool re-conditioner in the world. In addition to engineering, he made his mark on the company though effective management style.

1:30 pm – 2:05 pm

Options in Aluminum Casting for Production and Prototyping
Charles Simmons, Casting Development Associates LLC

Bio: With 37 years of experience in the Aluminum Casting and Tooling Industry, Charles provides great benefit to those seeking in-depth knowledge and support when comparing the various options that are available in this field. He has extensive knowledge of the alloys tooling and processes used to produce case and ready to assembly aluminum components. This includes V Process, Sand Cast, Pressure Diecast, Permanent Mold casing (both Low Pressure and Tilt Pour), Plaster mold and lost wax castings. His expertise also includes the application of CAD tools, Solidifaction Modeling and various pre-product and prototyping methods.

2:15 pm – 2:50 pm

Integrating Lean Concepts While Increasing Safety
John Perrotti, Fuss & O’Neill Manufacturing Solutions, LLC

Often, when companies integrate lean methodologies, they look to remove waste. Sometimes during this process it produces new hazards and risks. The concept of removing waste during a manufacturing process or looking for ideas to reduce set up times often inadvertently exposes hazards and dangerous conditions.

This presentation discusses how you can employ lean tools and use them to become more efficient while increasing safety. Time is spent discussing the following topics and how lean and safety can be integrated:

The presentation utilizes examples where while employing lean, new hazards were exposed and examples of alternate methods that could have increased safety and reduced waste.

The target audience for this presentation is; the VP of Manufacturing, Facility Managers, Maintenance Managers, Production and Maintenance supervisors, safety and quality professionals. The audience comes away from this presentation with some tools and techniques that will help them to perform improved and more consistent continuous improvement activities while maintaining compliance.

Bio: Mr. Perrotti is a Vice President in the Manchester office and leads various disciplinary efforts for the Manufacturing Solutions group. He is an expert in reliability and has developed methods and approaches to evaluate systems for achieving maximum performance.

He is an expert in electrical safety – NFPA 70E compliance, and Lock Out/Tag Out Procedures. Mr. Perrotti has extensive knowledge within the metalworking industry, providing support solutions for regulatory compliance and methods for increasing production.

Mr. Perrotti is also a trainer for increasing production on clients’ factory floors. He has led many Total Productive Maintenance sessions. He has also performed training and support in Maintenance Manager 101, Troubleshooting Techniques, Set Up Reduction and Utilizing a Lean Approach to Safety.