MANAGING CHANGE IN THE INDUSTRY

Cost Vs Value Article

Each year brings new innovation in manufacturing, and with it higher standards for fabricators. At times, changes that strongly impact the stamping industry – such as new material challenges, labor issues and higher production demands – can make it seem hard to be profitable.

The resources below suggest ways to step up your performance without adding cost to your operation. 

“An Overlooked Way to Keep Up with Industry Change” in Fabricating & Metalworking explores the steps you can take to get ahead of some of the recent challenges in the stamping world.

The “Cost vs Value in the Stamping Industry” video from the Technically Speaking series explores this topic in an engaging visual format. Watch it below.

Cost Vs Value Video

We want to help your operation succeed. Would you like to discuss your particular challenges with a seasoned team of problem solvers? Contact the stamping tooling technicians at stamping@wilsontool.com or 800-944-4671.

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT 2018!

We want to sincerely thank you for your business in 2018. It's been one filled with learning, growing, success and troubleshooting. Thank you for your partnership along this journey. Here’s a summary of 2018’s highlights and a preview of what’s in store for 2019.

2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW
The Stamping division began its year at the SHOT SHOW Supplier Showcase, where we explored the million-hit draw punches and extra-durable bunter tools with our colleagues in the ammunition industry.

2018 Stamping Events

Wilson Tool sent tooling professionals to four Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) events in Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Tennessee where they were able to collaborate with industry professionals and exhibit product highlights. The PMA is an important organization for connecting and training sheet metal working professionals and we are grateful for the forum they offer.

wilsontool.com emphasized the Stamping division's two tooling lines – Exacta Tooling Solutions™ and Impax Tooling Solutions® – to help metal stampers understand they have choice when it comes to the type of tooling they purchase from Wilson Tool. With Impax as the high-production-run line from the United States and Exacta as the local Canadian option, fabricators can make tooling selections based on the needs of their application.

Spanish Stamping Ideas

Wilson Tool is proud to have launched a number of new resources for Spanish-speaking customers. The new Spanish website allows visitors to explore tooling solution ideas, search for products, find their local representative and learning materials in Spanish. Wilson Tool launched a Spanish LinkedIn page, where Spanish-speaking industry members can receive daily updates on products, articles, and events from the world of metal fabrication. We have also continued to add to the collection of Spanish videos on the Wilson Tool YouTube page.

Customers participated in two successful LEAN seminars at the Wilson Tool Minnesota headquarters. These events discussed basic lean manufacturing principles like one-piece flow, 5S, kaizen, and shared outcomes from Wilson Tool’s LEAN journey. Attendees shared practical LEAN tips that we could all apply to our own operations.

See later in this newsletter for recaps of Manufacturing Day and FABTECH® 2018.

2019: WHAT’S IN STORE
Some big news on the horizon is that Wilson Tool’s new e-Business website will be launching mid-year in 2019. Customers will be able to purchase tooling on a slick, user-friendly platform, as well as manage order history online.

The Stamping division will host a new industry forum on March 20 with professionals speaking on current metal stamping topics. Cost vs value, 2019 industry projections, and discussions related to metallurgy and gas springs will be featured. The event will be free and open to all Wilson Tool stamping customers, and we look forward to having you attend.

2019 Stamping Shows

As in 2018, Impax looks forward to greeting customers at the SHOT Show Supplier Showcase in January, continuing to participate in PMA shows, and exhibit at FABTECH® 2019. Stay tuned for updates on these 2019 events.

From all of us at Wilson Tool International, we sincerely thank you for your business in 2018 and wish you the very best for a productive 2019!

FABTECH® HIGHLIGHTS

FABTECH is such a fanfare of sights, sounds and information that the experience can be hard to describe. Here, we try our best to summarize this year’s 3-day event. Take a look.

The Wilson Tool Stamping division booth encouraged customers to “explore the surface,” with an emphasis on how tooling design and maintenance can greatly impact outcomes. Spotlights were on:

We want to sincerely thank all the customers who stopped by our booth, and we look forward to working with you toward a successful 2019.

View the FABTECH Stamping booth highlights below:

Stamping Booth at Fabtech

WELCOME FUTURE FABRICATORS

On Friday, October 5, 2018 Wilson Tool International opened its doors to welcome students and community members into the shop. As part of the Manufacturing Day movement in North America, the event sheds light on what modern day manufacturing looks like so future workers can get inspired to pursue a career in the industrial sector.

MFG Day 2018

Below are some highlights from the event at Wilson Tool:

What was showcased?

  • A historical overview of 50+ years in manufacturing
  • “Working in Manufacturing” by the Human Resources team
  • Exhibits on how we make our tools
  • Machine demonstrations
  • Tours of the 350,000 sq. ft plant
  • Lunch/Breakfast with employees available to answer questions

Who attended the event?

  • 106 students
  • 11 educators
  • 3 government officials
  • 3 community members
  • 25+ Wilson Tool employee volunteers

Manufacturing Day is a valuable event for manufacturers and the public. Are you interested participating in Manufacturing Day next year? Explore the resources available to manufacturers and students alike.

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GET TO KNOW WILSON TOOL INTERNATIONAL

Jay Slipper

Jay Slipper is a regional sales manager for the Stamping division. He has been with Wilson Tool since 1997 and has also worked as a sales engineer and the National Sales Manager for the Press Brake division.

The work accomplishment he is most proud of: I have been lucky to work with some dedicated, hardworking sales engineers over the years, and I’m so proud of their success. 

His favorite Wilson Tool story: My second week on the job, I was very nervous to meet my biggest customer, Maysteel Industries. It was one of the first sales calls I made on my own. I still remember what [then Project Engineer] Jay Toth told me when I met him: “You’re lucky… you just got a great job. Wilson Tool is an outstanding company.” He was right!

His favorite thing to do outside of work: Go to Wisconsin Badger football games. On Wisconsin!

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SAVE THE DATE

Calendar

HOLIDAY CLOSURES
Wilson Tool’s Minnesota, USA headquarters will be closed on the following dates for the seasonal holidays.

  • November 22 – 23, 2018
  • December 24 – 25, 2018
  • January 1, 2019

We thank you sincerely for your business in 2018 and wish you all a happy holiday season.

SHOT WEEK
The SHOT Week Supplier Showcase is a dedicated event for suppliers to present their products to shooting, hunting and outdoor manufacturers before the upcoming SHOT Show. This is the third year the Stamping division of Wilson Tool will exhibit ammunition tooling to the industry.

Details:
January 21–22, 2019
Palazzo Ballroom, 5th Floor
Venetian Hotel Meeting Rooms
Las Vegas

LEARN MORE

STAMPING INDUSTRY FORUM
Join us for a customer training event featuring discussions of current stamping industry topics, such as:

  • cost vs value
  • 2019 industry projections
  • metallurgy
  • gas springs
  • and more...

The free event will be open to all Wilson Tool stamping customers.

March 20, 2019
North Carolina

Stay tuned for more details!