I spoke with a stamper last week who found one of the few areas for growth in this economy: takeover work. Jim Schwartz, general manager of marketing at Eagle Wings Industries, Rantoul, Ill., recently implemented magnetic die clamping, a technology that has allowed the company to take on new work in a hurry, reducing press retooling time to a matter of days. We"ll cover how the company does it in a future print edition of The FABRICATOR, but the surge in takeover work implies a larger trend. Companies that adapt quickly win; those that don"t lose and, as we"re seeing, sometimes shutter their doors.
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By: Dan Davis
In my editorial coming up in the September 2008 issue of The FABRICATOR, I write about Die Tech Services Inc., basically an agency that sends out tool and die experts, machine builders, and CNC machinists on a temporary basis.
Like most entrepreneur stories, the company"s genesis is some other company"s screw-up. The founders of Die Tech Services were being sent out on contract assignments by their employer to help automotive components manufacturing facilities with die tryouts. In 2002 Jim Warner and Casey Darby were laid off, but they still recognized a need for contract employees with specialized skills in tool and die and machine tools.