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Sentient Science Educates ABMA Members on Computational Testing

On Thursday, October 3,Sentient Sciencehosted an event for all ABMA members that focused on how computational testing can significantly improve bearing life and performance. The event took place at their facility in Buffalo, NY and there were approximately 30 people in attendance. Based on initial feedback, the attendees found the presentations very informative and applicable to their current role with bearings.

Ward Thomas, President of Sentient, kicked off the day by providing a high-level overview of the company and the services they provide. Sentient has developed new technology that evolves past methods of the physical testing paradigm to 'smart testing' - an optimal blend of computational and physical testing. This new paradigm offers manufacturers a way to test more rigorously in half the time and at a fraction of the cost, leading to a higher confidence in product performance.

Following Ward's presentation, attendees heard from multiple key members of the bearing supply chain that currently utilize the technology and shared the benefits and value of their investment.

One of the major benefits of being a supplier member of ABMA is having access to the primary manufacturers through these events and Sentient definitely capitalized on this opportunity.

"The value of this service is very clear and we can introduce innovation faster using computational testing" - Attendee

"We have already referred a few of our customers to Sentient" - Attendee

ABMA would like to extend a special thank you to Sentient Science for hosting such a successful event and to all of the presenters for their time and insights.

Videos of the presentations will be available on ABMA's website in the coming days.

For more details on Sentient Science, please visit their web site by clicking here


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 guided tours. 

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.

Enhancing Supply Chain Relationships - Hosted by Specialty Ring Products

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.

Specialty Ring Products is a supplier of forged seamless rolled rings and shapes used in the most demanding aerospace, defense, and industrial applications such as jet turbines, helicopter gearboxes, paper mills, windmills, and other high stress environments.

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.


Energy Efficiency Day at Ajax Rolled Ring & Machine

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.

The overall response from participants was excellent…

"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”

"Valuable use of my time on several fronts."

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 facility.

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.

Following the presentation, all attendees received a comprehensive tour of their LEED certified building. SKF USA is the first commercial building in Pennsylvania to achieve Platinum level certification under LEED for Commercial InteriorsTM - and one of only 60 worldwide. LEED is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

"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”

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