Stecker Machine Blog

Quality Assurance of Several Concurrent Projects

07/01/2020 | Brian Theisen

Quality stems from design, processes and culture. It can't be "tested in" to a product or process. The quality assurance (QA) team leads the charge to ensure design, manufacturing process, and culture is capable and the product is reproducible. The new part production approval process (PPAP) requires several steps and lots of effort from the QA team. Running several concurrent new projects compounds this effort and shows the teams true capability. 


G-Code and M-Code: What Do They Mean In CNC Machining?

05/21/2020 | Dan Karbon and Tom Herr

G-code is the programming language used to control CNC machinery. A program is a sequence of codes and data that tells the machine what to do. The programmed codes, along with the right tooling in a CNC machine center, allow for correct and repeatable part manufacturing. G-code makes CNC machines consistent to program and flexible, able to produce different parts.


How Does a Precision CNC Machine Shop Tackle New Work?

05/06/2020 | Jason Schuh

Not every CNC machine shop is the same. That may sound like typical “marketing speak,” but it really makes a difference, especially when it comes to taking on new work.

Some shops are content with machining what they know and handling familiar project types and quantities. Their work is solid, and they create a fine, safe business.


CNC Machine Training: Strategies, Schedules, and Success

04/21/2020 | Steve Johnsen

Pre-programmed computer software dictates the movements of a milling machine, lathe, robot, or other types of machines. Precision can be incredible — cutting to 0.001” or about 1/4 the width of a human hair — and their repeatability makes CNC machining so efficient.

That complexity may intimidate someone unfamiliar with CNC machine operations, but it shouldn’t. Expert CNC machine training can quickly get a new operator up to speed, producing precise and valuable machined parts and components.


CNC Milling: The Biggest Benefits For Customers and Machinists

04/02/2020 | Rob Schmitt

Simply put, modern CNC milling transforms metal castings into finished parts. Yet, CNC milling machines are anything but simple.

Computer software controls the machine, automating production to increase throughput with consistent quality. That precise repeatability makes CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining efficient.

The end results? Custom machined parts that meet exact specifications in large quantities while achieving extremely tight tolerances. Plus, highly skilled machine operators who understand CNC milling’s importance to the manufacturing industry and the world’s economy.


Awareness and Action: Promoting a Positive Work Environment

03/18/2020 | Lori LaTour

You likely don’t need a Harvard Business Review article to tell you that a positive work environment is more productive

It’s no secret that a positive work culture is crucial in retaining employees, but did you know that businesses with highly engaged employees enjoy 100% more job applications (according to Queen’s University and Gallup, Inc.)? So, word gets around about a company’s solid culture and attracts great employees, too.


CNC Machining Centers: What You Need to Know and Why They’re So Valuable

03/04/2020 | Matt Oswald

There’s never been a time in American manufacturing when efficiency has been more highly valued than it is today.

Using CNC machining for the production of parts is efficient because computer software controls the machine, automating production to increase throughput with consistent quality.

A CNC machine center — featuring software programming, a pallet changer, and the ability to automatically exchange machining tools — is a high-end investment to increase a machine shop’s efficiency to meet customers’ volume, time, and budgetary needs.


How to Harness the Power of a Technical Sales Process

02/19/2020 | Scott Waak

Today’s CNC machine shops can approach sales as just another part of doing business, or they can do more to stand out.

For the most successful shops, the sales process is really seen as a “technical sales” process – a way to share technical know-how, add a unique value proposition to the business relationship, and become a true trusted partner as sales occur. A skilled team and a customer-friendly, technical process give customers a comfort level that things are being done right, and people with deep technical backgrounds are handling the most important aspects of the partnership.


2020 CNC Machining Industry Outlook: Customers, Market, Technology, & People

02/05/2020 | Brad Kurtzweil

Involved in the CNC machining market? Take a quick look at our CNC machining industry outlook for 2020.


Production Management Checklist: 5 Ways to Maximize Machine Shop Inventory

01/22/2020 | Matt Oswald

What fuels the nightmares of machine shop production managers?

Machine downtime.

Efficiency is always the goal, so when machine shop equipment experiences prolonged periods of downtime, it can test the sanity of even the most professional and experienced shop manager.