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2013 - Cutting Tool Engineering Articles


Published: December 2013
Our German intern experience
Author: Keith Jennings
Like many in the machining world, I’ve dealt with more than enough serious issues in 2013, so it’s cool to have been part of a fun experience.
Published: October 2013
Shifting gears to manage crises
Author: Keith Jennings
I’m a big a supporter of my local community college’s machining programs. There’s one facet of machine shop management a classroom can’t prepare a student for, though: the constant, yet unexpected, gear shifting that goes on when you’re running a shop.
Published: September 2013
Bigger is not always better
Author: Keith Jennings
After working in the machining and fabrication business for 21 years, Keith Jennings, the Manager's Desk columnist for Cutting Tool Engineering, has concluded that million-dollar jobs don't guarantee big profits.
Published: August 2013
What goes around, comes around
Author: Keith Jennings
Representing your company through community involvement accomplishes two goals. Hopefully, you’re doing something positive and, in return, raising the reputation of you and your company. You may also gain access to another network of valuable contacts and potential leads.
Published: July 2013
When business slows, time to tweak
Author: Keith Jennings
This month's Manager's Desk column suggests that good managers are able to shift gears and take maximum advantage of all business cycles, up or down.
Published: June 2013
Keeping distance when managing
Author: Keith Jennings
A challenge arises when a worker is promoted to manage a group of what were previously his coworkers. It's not an easy situation to tackle and much thought should be given to how this arrangement may impact personal relationships.
Published: May 2013
Health-care law is daunting
Author: Keith Jennings
The future of machining is bright, but perhaps with a different generation of employees and a leaner business model than before.
Published: April 2013
Protecting the small valuables
Author: Keith Jennings
If an employee makes up his mind to borrow or take something without permission, chances are he’ll get away with it, cautions the Manager's Desk column in the April 2013 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine.
Published: March 2013
Dealing with the unexpected
Author: Keith Jennings
My recent past has, unfortunately, included the passing away of several acquaintances, one only 38 years old. I also read an obituary in the local paper about a machinist we formerly employed, a man only in his 50s. In addition, an employee’s wife was diagnosed with cancer, completely changing his priorities. Around this same time, my youngest brother had a medical scare, and my mother fell in her backyard and broke a shoulder, requiring a 4-week recovery and making it almost impossible for her to take care of her 90-year-old mother. These events have brought a sobering degree of reality into my life. That is, the realization that time marches on for everyone and, eventually, something unexpected will impact our lives and our businesses.
Published: February 2013
Doing the shop hop
Author: Keith Jennings
Over the past few months, I’ve experienced an increasing number of friends, acquaintances and even referred strangers hitting me up for jobs. Most ask about employment opportunities for their kids, dad, brother or even neighbor.
Published: January 2013
Striving to achieve your vision
Author: Keith Jennings
The January 2013 Manager's Desk column ponders what it takes to achieve your shop vision.