A Busy 2017 for Perfection Spring & Stamping

What does it take to be a market leader?

Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp. believes that it is the relentless pursuit of excellence and a true understanding of client needs. In short, what is important to the customer also needs to be of paramount importance to the supplier. This is the only way to ensure long-lasting, productive relationships that transcend factors like market volatility.

Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp. has retained the mantle of a profitable and dominant provider of high-volume custom metal progressive stampings, coiled springs, fourslide parts, wireforms and mechanical assemblies for global markets and OEM’s through upheavals like the recession and periodic downturns by focusing on quality, fast turnarounds, and continuous improvements.

2016 has reaffirmed our place as a reliable partner for industries that require the supply of finely engineered metal parts that require ISO/TS 16949 registration, which we are now in the process of upgrading to the replacement IATF 16949 standard.  Additionally, we continue to maintain our ISO-14001 standards. We predict that 2017 will be no different!

How Perfection will Assist HVAC & Appliance Vendors:

The Global and US HVAC Market (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Research Report, 2016-2017 is optimistic about the growth estimation of the HVAC space. Low unemployment, record dips in oil and gas prices, and a slowdown in replacements over the past few years will spur demand from those who are now more confident of their purchase power. This includes both commercial and residential constructors. Experts are looking forward to an increase of at least 5% in the net value of the HVAC market over 2017.

Even the general appliance market which is one of the largest users of metal stampings is expected to grow in 2017 despite a rocky third quarter of 2016.

These sectors will be rejuvenated by the inflow of a fresh stream of clients who are eager to leave the constraints of the economic doldrums behind and are looking forward to taking advantage of the relatively improved international dynamics of the country.

Perfection Spring & Stamping is geared to be a cost effective source of serving all their needs – from handling tailored designs to stringent quality control and assurance during the actual fabrication to J.I.T deliveries. We assist our customers to be more agile and responsive as the markets gain momentum.

Are you interested in staying abreast of trends and need metal stamping, springs, and wireform industries? Please follow Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Reflecting Back on 2016: Another Successful Year at Perfection

As we prepare for another exciting year at Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp., we’re also taking the time to look back on the past year’s successes. In our blogs, we shared major news and helpful advice for those involved in metal stamping projects; below, we’ll delve into some special highlights from the past year.

Blog Highlights

Guiding the Next Generation of Manufacturers

At Perfection Spring & Stamping, we believe that we have as much of a responsibility to our clients as we do to the next generation of manufacturers. In our September blog highlighting National Manufacturing Day, we discussed the future of manufacturing and provided a glimpse into the tours we gave for local high school students. Over 60 students got the chance to see our equipment in action and talk with our skilled apprentices, engineers, and setup personelle about careers in manufacturing.

As part of our commitment to mentorship, we’re also proud to offer several internal apprentice training programs for young people interested in manufacturing. In July, we celebrated one of our apprentices graduating from his related theory classes on our blog and detailed the many opportunities he was granted at Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp.

How Policy Affects the Manufacturing Industry

Understanding the importance of keeping abreast of national and international policy, we published a couple of blogs over the past year highlighting industry concerns and news.

Last month, we broke down the effects of the election on the world of manufacturing. Between 1998 and 2013, the United States lost more than 5.7 million manufacturing jobs due to growing trade deficits, and during the final two quarters of 2015, only slow growth was reported. However, the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation forecasts a sizable increase from 2016 to 2017. With manufacturing making up 88% of U.S. jobs, Perfection Spring is proud to provide opportunities for our community and aid in the growth of the industry.

Earlier in the year, we discussed the skilled labor shortage, which occurred as a result of offshoring initiatives that began in the 1980s. While efforts are underway to bring jobs back to the United States, many schools are implementing stronger STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs to prepare students for exciting careers in manufacturing. As discussed before, our apprentice program also serves to bolster reshoring efforts by ensuring that we have a strong national workforce.

Wrapping up 2016

Since 1955, Perfection has been providing high-quality precision metal formed components, and we look forward to serving you again in 2017 — and for many years to come. From our team, we wish you a happy, healthy holiday season!

Have some time to yourself over break? Don’t forget to read the latest on our industry and capabilities by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn!

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How the Presidential Election is Affecting Manufacturing

Presidential elections can have a dramatic impact on many industries, including manufacturing. Here at Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp., we understand that during an election year, people tend to count their money, making fewer purchases and saving more as our country undergoes major change. This type of behavior affects many industries from retail to manufacturing. We can see the uncertainty of elections from Wall Street down to the local market. According to Forbes magazine, “the S&P drops an average of 2.8% when a two-term president leaves office,” such as with what is happening in this year’s election. Other outside elements like Hilary Clinton’s email investigation throughout her campaign has also proven to currently affect the stock market. With the investigation closed as of this past weekend, we saw the stock market begin to bounce back again. Others predict what could happen to the future economy if one candidate is elected over the other.

Contenders aside, manufacturing is important to any economy, and the U.S.A. is no different. According to the Economic Policy Institute, manufacturers employ over 8.8 percent of U.S. workers. Manufacturing industries also account for 12.5 percent of the U.S. GDP. Between 1998 and 2013, the U.S. lost more than 5.7 million manufacturing jobs due to growing trade deficits, including those with Mexico, China, and other nations with lower wages. Part of this was also due to the weak recovery since the recession of 2009. Since the recession, there has been growth in manufacturing, although it has been slow.

During the final two quarters of 2015, the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) found there was virtually no change in the manufacturing industry. This was due to a strong dollar (meaning higher prices for other countries), high inventories, dropping commodity prices, and risk aversion, which all contribute to slow growth. Some predictions show growth won’t really begin again until the third quarter of 2017. The MAPI’s forecast for manufacturing shows a strong increase from 2016 to 2017, with a less sizable growth forecast from 2017 to 2018.

At Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp. we manufacture high volume custom metal stampings, springs, fourslide parts, wireforms and mechanical assemblies for global markets and OEM’s. We take pride in being involved in the manufacturing industry and providing jobs to strengthen our community, and we look forward to aiding the growth of the manufacturing industry in the future.

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A Day in the Life of: A PSS Tool & Die Maker

The Tool & Die Makers – A nondescript title if you ask us. They could be called the “oversee-ers,” “team leaders,” “problem solvers,” and some may even say “the backbone” of our corporation. If anyone in the company needs something, they head to the tool room.

Our Tool & Die Department Lead, Dennis, sets the scene for us — getting in at 6AM, our toolmakers light up the production floor and pick up where we all left off the night before. Working together to prep for daily production, whether that is prepping the presses, blocks, or starting work on a tool that’s needed, it all comes down to coordination and organization. The most important aspect of the job is ensuring all of the departments have the proper equipment to get going for the day. In order to ensure this, often times the team will make tools, sharpen or repair existing tools, dies, machine parts, and assist in setting up the dies for the punch press.  Often the detailed schedule is set aside to react to customer emergencies and unexpected events and schedule changes.  It’s all taken in stride as part of a normal day to service our customers.

Another aspect of the job includes maintenance and upkeep of tools and dies. The team continues to impress us with their experience in problem solving and troubleshooting as problems arise. Each individual shows just how unbelievably knowledgeable they are in the function of all of our materials.  In fact, Dennis’s knowledge has allowed him to be our trusted department lead, in which not only does he oversee the department, but also is training our apprentices. He passes along his knowledge and strong work ethic to these bright individuals that are seeking a lifelong career.  And the feedback that we get from the department… The variety of work is what keeps them coming back!

Our PSS perception – we utilize their expertise to ensure great quality. A toolmaker’s crucial oversight helps ensure that parts are made correctly. They work closely with our in-house staff of engineers to conclude that parts are set to print. Ultimately, they are the string that ties everything together.

We thank all of our Tool & Die Makers that serve the Perfection Spring and Stamping team because we believe everyone in our company works as a unit to get things done, and ultimately keep the customers coming back for more.

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Manufacturing Day Ignites Students to Visit Perfection Spring & Stamping Over the Next Few Months

We’re looking forward to the next couple months at Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp. asmfgday16-courtesy-of-mfgday-website we expect over one-hundred students, from several local high schools, to tour our facility for National Manufacturing Day.

As recent as a few decades ago, manufacturing was considered a lackluster, labor-intensive career. Today, businesses across the industry work to show the many differences in the field between then and now. The intention of Manufacturing Day, typically held on the first Friday of October, is to inspire the next generation to get involved.

A common belief is that manufacturing is an industry lacking opportunity for comfortable and successful living when, in fact, those of us maintaining jobs in the field know that it is profitable, rewarding, and secure all the while making up the backbone of the US Economy and job opportunities. Austin Poly High School is planning to visit our facility in November, and we are currently in the works of confirming several other schools such as Oak Forest High School, Wheeling High School, and more! We can’t begin to express how excited we are to show our advances in the industry and uphold the fact that students can have successful careers in manufacturing.

In fact, manufacturing is a great option for students looking for a niche field post graduation and for those who don’t think college is the right fit for them. Read through our past blogs and you will see all that we offer in regards to apprentice work, mentoring programs, and internships.

Perfection Spring & Stamping has seen many changes in manufacturing since our founding in 1955.  We continue to change, adapt and reinvent ourselves as we offer the finest stampings, springs, and assemblies on the market. If you are a student or know of someone that may be interested in learning more about our company or starting a career, take a look around the Perfection Spring & Stamping website (http://www.pss-corp.com/index.html) or call today: 847-437-3900 x 411.

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Safety First at Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp.

Today we’d like to follow up on safety. June was designated National Safety Month (NSM) by the National Safety Council (NSC). Designating the month of June as such raises awareness of the necessary means to prevent accidents. During NSM, the NSC and organizations throughout the country focus on reducing the leading causes of injury and death while we are at home, at work, and on the roads. In the industry, we are all individually responsible for our own safety and, often times, the safety of others.

In a manufacturing setting such as ours, safety has always been a part of our culture. Our Safety Director is in charge of keeping employees informed of safety procedures through regular safety training. One important program is fire safety training. This program makes every worker aware of proper fire procedures–from where and how to exit the building to locations of fire extinguishers. Each employee takes an active part in the training program to ensure that everyone knows what to do in an emergency. Proper training is the best way to prevent injuries and to keep people safe.

Another aspect of job safety is the understanding of how to properly handle hazardous substances used in manufacturing processes. We train employees to be aware of the proper procedures, personal protection equipment to use, and where to find and understand all of the hazard communication information for any substances in the building. We use the guidelines developed by the United Nations, known as the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This system is a logical and comprehensive approach to identifying, labeling and classifying chemicals. In the U.S. GHS falls under the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In our May blog, we explained important terms to know and detailed Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and Safety Data Sheets (SDS). Through GHS, documents we have known as MSDSs are now known simply as an SDS. By standardizing information regarding hazardous substances, it is easier to identify potential dangers and occupational hazards. At Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp., we provide all SDSs in the First Aid room and they are maintained by the company’s Safety Director. Moreover, along with providing all of the information for our employees to have a right to understand, we have worked hard to eliminate any chemicals that are carcinogenic to further protect our people.

Summertime is an ideal period to revisit safety programs and procedures to ensure workplace safety as recommended by the NSC. At Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp., safety is an important aspect of our workplace every day of the year. Our goal is an accident-free facility and through our diligence and the awareness of our employees, that goal is attainable. Taking safety seriously allows us to continue to work hard for you!  Visit www.pss-corp.com for more information.

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Tool & Die Apprentice Graduation Shaping the Future of Perfection!

Tool & Die Maker Apprentice moves forward in his career!

Since 1955, Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp. has been committed to the education of
young people with a career path for lifetime success. Our internal apprentice training Making Perfection Proud Image 1programs have been combined with outside education to provide the education and certification needed to prosper. One such program is our “Tool & Die Maker Apprentice Program”, a sought after skill with great demand as the older generations move towards retirement. On May 26, 2016 the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) celebrated the latest group of successful Tool & Die students as they graduated from their related theory program.

As part of our nationally accredited Tool & Die Maker Apprentice Program, one of Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp.’s apprentices, Darryl, was sent to related theory courses through the TMA at night, after a full week of work in our Tool Room. Therefore, when an invitation was received for graduation day, we were ecstatic to be able to join Darryl and celebrate the Making Perfection Proud Image 2bright future ahead of him by learning a skilled trade to last a lifetime.

Alongside Darryl’s family members, his “Perfection Family” was honored to be at the ceremony to show our support and pride for on this big day. Joshua Kahn- Executive Vice President, Rachel Kahn- Training Administrator, Linda Wolff- Director, Human Resources and Safety, Kenny McLaren- V.P. Operations, and Dennis – Tool Room Lead/Mentor attended Darryl’s graduation ceremony. This was a proud day for us all and we can’t wait to see our other apprentices graduate as Darryl did to become our next generation of skilled Tool & Die Makers.

To learn more about Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp. and our job opportunities and apprentice programs, visit our website at www.pss-corp.com or call 847-437-3900 x 411.

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Perfection Shares at Sales and Marketing Round Table 2016

Coming together to strengthen the metal forming industry!

PSS at PMA Round Table 2016Last month the Precision Metalforming Association’s annual Sales and Marketing Round Table took place in St. Louis, Missouri. This is something that the Perfection Spring and Stamping (PSS) team has been participating in and looks forward to each year. The round table provides us with the opportunity to meet with others in the industry, vendors and competitors, to openly and honestly discuss what our industry has seen with new marketing methods and technologies, as well as sales strategies, to better communicate better with our customers’. We see this annual meeting as one of the many great benefits of being a part of the association.

Rachel Kahn, Sales/Marketing, and Joshua Kahn, Executive Vice President Sales/Marketing, shared their unique perspectives and experiences with the group. Rachel comes as the “Marketing Millennial”, and Joshua as the seasoned professional. Together they make a great team to align and adjust marketing programs for the new generation of prospective customers. The discussion topics range(d) from specific marketing strategy successes and downfalls, new technologies, to common sales obstacles we as have seen as custom metal manufacturers in today’s global marketplace. Rachel remarked that, “We always leave there [the round table discussion] learning something new, along with plenty of great ideas and suggestions. Also, you can feel the camaraderie between competitors as it becomes apparent that we all have similar struggles and there is a common goal to make U.S.A. Manufacturing strong again.”

Being able to continually improve and provide a clear message to educate our customers and prospects about who we are, what we do, and what sets Perfection Spring & Stamping apart is key to our continued success over the last sixty-one years in business. We pride ourselves on our knowledge and expertise, and continue to share our new and proven strategies in various conferences and round tables- such as PMA’s events, to make the industry better as a whole. In fact, you can read about how Rachel was invited to be on the “Expert Panel” at last year’s PMA Sales and Marketing Conference here, as Perfection has always been on the forefront of marketing methods within the industry.

To learn more about Perfection Spring & Stamping, visit our website at www.pss-corp.com. Learn about the “Perfection Advantage” on how we can help you with your custom metal components. To speak with a Perfection Sales Team member, contact us today!

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“Future Business Leaders of America” High School Class Mentored by Perfection Spring & Stamping Executive

We believe the future is in the hands of our children, you know “Those millennials”. While many appear to loath the millennial generation with preconceived conceptions about their drive and motivation, Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp. is reaching out to guide and work side-by-side to encourage their success.

Stevenson High School, in Lincolnshire, IL, has created a unique class to train tomorrow’s generation with a non-traditional method. This class entitled “Entrepreneurial Tactics” is lead by Joeseph Reinmann, a Business Education Teacher. Instead of learning from a book, the students are learning from mentors and business leaders through a real-world teaching method as they are lead through a business development process. The program builds on lessons students have learned in their classes, inspires imagination, fosters conceptual thinking, and prepares them for public speaking, and the process of creating a “Start-up” business based upon a product or service. Perfection Spring & Stamping’s Executive Vice President, Joshua Kahn, was asked to participate in Mr. Reinmann’s class representing the “Manufacturing” portion of business.

Future Business Leaders of America Image 1From a concept, they create a “Business Plan” for a product or service. The 4-5 person student teams work with business leaders and mentors through a process of idea generation, feasibility, market research, marketing, manufacturing, legal, finance and selling. The mentors are brought in to guide, assist, educate and reinforce the main concepts of business development, the risks and rewards, perils, and opportunities. The semester ends with a “Shark-Tank” like presentation to judge their plan, concept and feasibility for their final grade.

Crazy idea for learning perhaps, but it sounds awfully similar to the student business plan written in 1965 by a Yale University student named Fred W. Smith. Mr. Smith’s term paper was the crazy idea, at-the-time, for a direct air-flight system to accommodate time-sensitive shipments, such as medicine, rather than being transported as fright on a traditional passenger plane and their non-direct routes. He received a below average grade and his professor who insisted it was “economically unfeasible”. Fred Smith went on to prove his professor wrong and invented an industry of next-day delivery with a “package only air fleet”. Perhaps you have heard of FedEx?

For the 2016 Spring term, Joshua Kahn, of Perfection Spring & Stamping, discussed “Revenue Streams and Cost Structures” so the students could build their business plan including actual cost and profit models. Mr. Kahn taught in two classes related to real world Future Business Leaders of America Image 2experiences and challenges not included in textbooks. He continued as a mentor for students who came to Perfection Spring & Stamping to meet with himself and engineering staff. Together, they brainstormed about manufacturing costs and economically feasible designs and manufacturability. Joshua commented, “The ideas of these young minds is limitless and their imagination is refreshing. The student’s products and service ideas range from a “Double-sided Thermos”, a “Custom Motivational LED Bracelet”, and “Hair Salon Imaging Systems for Styles & Cuts Previews”.

Kahn noted, “Sharing my knowledge and experiences to prepare them for their journey ahead is like passing the baton. I feel encouraged by the passion and drive of these young minds, giving me confidence for success from the Millennial Generation.” This is one of the many Future Business Leaders of America Image 3programs that supports how STEM education leads to a brighter future for career opportunities. It is extremely important, as members of the manufacturing community that we work toward introducing students to potential careers in the businesses. Perfection Spring & Stamping encourages outreach, training, and teaching, and does so as its normal course of business. We offer apprenticeship programs and support events such as Manufacturing Day that bring students into our facility to see what it is that we actually do.

Through our 61 years in business in manufacturing the finest stampings, springs, four-slide components and assemblies, our commitment to our customers is matched by our commitment to our employees and the community. Contact us to learn more about “The Perfection Advantage” at www.pss-corp.com.

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Speaking the Perfection Language Part 2: Further Terms to Know

In our October 2015 blog we presented some terms that are essential industry language to learn for optimal and clear communication. By having an understanding of shop lingo, it is easier to find the results you want and need. We have a few more vocabulary terms for you to learn as you may come across in the manufacturing industry.

5s Methodology 

Based on a Japanese method of organizing and managing a shared workspace; its key targets being workplace morale, safety, and efficiency. The 5S’s are Sorting, Straighten, Sweeping, Standardizing, and Sustaining. A sixth S, sometimes referred to as the “6s” Methodology, would be Safety. A clear understanding of workplace organization instills in employees ownership of the process, promotes work flow to improve efficiency, and creates a safe working environment.

Poka-yoke

Another Japanese terms that means fail-safing, foolproof, or mistake-proofing. It is a behavior shaping control that prevents errors by limiting how an operation can be performed so that there is only one way to complete the job. Poka means ‘inadvertent errors’ and yokeru means ‘avoiding’. Not just found in manufacturing operations, we encounter this method in our everyday lives, for example, a car that won’t start unless the brake pedal is pressed.

MSDS and SDS

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a form that provides guidance on handling a hazardous substance as well as a reference on its composition and properties. Intended to provide workers and emergency personnel with procedures on how to handle working safely with the substance, they are an important components of product stewardship and workplace safety procedures.

As part of the synchronization with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, the name has been changed to Safety Data Sheet (SDS). The content and formatting of SDS standardized the information that would be previously found on an MSDS into 16 sections with strict ordering. Worker safety and occupational hazards are the primary goals of SDS information and signage.

APQP

Advanced Product Quality Planning is a framework of procedures and techniques for developing new products that are similar to Design for Six Sigma. Initially a process for the automotive industry, APQP is suitable for any industry. Its purpose is to produce a product quality plan that supports development of a product or service to satisfy the customer. APQP consists of five phases, five major activities, and seven major elements that focus on up-front quality planning and output evaluation to determine if customers are satisfied.

With over 60 years of experience, we have the knowledge and experience to meet your every need. Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp. doesn’t just talk the talk, but we walk the walk. We challenge you to give us a call and test our expertise! Contact us today.

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