|Member Hosted Events|
Universal Stainless Hosts Supplier Event in North Jackson, OH
On Thursday, October 25, Universal Stainless and Alloyed
Products hosted an ABMA supplier event at their new facility in North Jackson,
OH. The event was attended by approximately 20 individuals, representing 10
different primary manufacturers and supplier members. Attendees learned about
their current capabilities and witnessed the new facility in action through
The North Jackson plant is a state of the art facility that produces specialty steels, including nickel alloy, stainless steel and low alloy steels melted via vacuum induction melting (VIM) followed by either electro-slag re-melting (ESR) or vacuum-arc re-melting (VAR). The facility also has a bar finishing shop with an SMX 650 Radial Forge for the production of both semi-finished and finished long products supplied both the North Jackson premium melt shop and the Universal Stainless’ Bridgeville facility's melt shop and also provides forging conversion services on the radial forge. The hydraulic radial forge is the first one of its kind in North America.
This year, the facility achieved both AS 9100 certification and Nadcap Materials Testing Laboratory (MTL) accreditation.
Based on initial feedback, the attendees found the event educational and many saw potential opportunities for the future.For more information about Universal Stainless, please click here.
ABMA and Specialty Ring
Products hosted Enhancing Supply Chain Relationships on Thursday, April 26 at
SRP’s facility in Bensalem, PA (just outside of Philadelphia). The event was
attended by approximately 25 individuals and included presentations from Specialty
Ring Products and SKF Hanover along with a tour of their facility.
Over the past few years, Specialty Ring Products has focused on ways to add value to the bearing supply through strategic investments and altered processes. This includes the creation of new machining capabilities which can free up the primary manufacturer to focus on value add
SKF Hanover looked at this issue from the
primary manufacturer side and realized that working directly with their key
suppliers to upgrade their systems and train key employees would lead to more
efficiency and positive impact to everyone’s bottom line. They trained members
of SRPs team to the level of Sigma Sigma Green Belt and assisted them with two
projects focused on inventory efficiency and shipping cost reductions. Through
these projects, SRP reduced lead times from weeks to three days.
Following the presentations, attendees were given a tour of SRP’s facility to see the new investments and their capabilities first hand. These great examples show the importance of building and enhancing supply chain relationships and one of the key reasons why ABMA recently opened our membership to the supplier community.
ABMA held its first ever Energy Efficiency Day on April 24, 2011. The event was hosted by AJAX Rolled Ring & Machine at their facility in York, SC and had
approximately 20 individuals, representing 9 member companies, in
attendance. The focus of the day was to share best practices on energy
efficiency and sustainability as well as environmental initiatives.
Presentations were given by AJAX, NHBB, Kaydon, Koyo, and NSK. AJAX also
took the group on a tour of their plant, which was well received by all.
"It was great to see that so many companies have attacked the area of energy conservation and, while using different methods, all succeeded in making improvements that is transferrable to other companies. The varieties of presentations were a good fit and prevented duplications.”
"ABMA provided a highly focused forum in which member
companies could exchange best practices on two critical topics, energy and
environmental, to the benefit of all”
Green Building Event hosted by SKF USA, Inc.
ABMA's Green Building
Event, hosted by SKF USA, took place on Tuesday, September 27 and had
approximately fifteen individuals, representing eight member companies, in
attendance. The focus of the day was on SKF's efforts around energy,
sustainability and the environment and included a tour of their LEED certified
Bill McGlocklin, Director of Environmental Affairs, gave a
presentation on SKF's sustainability efforts along with a presentation on their
success around their new facility in Russia, as it is a key manufacturing
facility that has many LEED features.
"I found Bill's sustainability discussions very valuable in that they presented a model for "top-down" implementation, and provided any number of bench-marking perspectives.”
"The event was extremely valuable and I came away with many ideas that can be incorporated at our company”
"An eye-opening experience”