IMTS 2016 – By the Numbers

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Last week marked another record-breaking show for the International Manufacturing Show (IMTS). The 31st edition of this event took place September 12 through 17 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Gearing Up: IMTS 2016

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Next week is the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and well over 100,000 registrants. From September 12th through 17th, manufacturing industry professionals from all over the world will be able to see the latest and greatest in machine tools, control, computers, software, systems and processes that can improve their efficiency.

If you plan on attending next week’s show, Gear Technology has created a helpful guide where you can find a listing of all vendors along with a section that points out interesting things to be aware of throughout the week. You’ll also find a booth preview, so you can plan your visit and be ready before you even get there. Click the link below to find your downloadable guide.

Something fun to look out for is the return of Local Motors, who in 2014 3-D printed a functioning car called the Strati, during the course of the show. This year, Local Motors will be setting up a racetrack where attendees can ride in the Strati, along with other cars designed by the company.

IMTS 2016 is a must for those in the industry or for young adults looking to become part of our industry. The equipment and technology is amazing, and you will never see so much in one place. This is also a great place to connect with others, whether that means catching up with friends in other companies or networking with new contacts. It is sure to be a great show, and we hope to see you there.

Labor Day: Celebrating the History of the American Worker

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Most people consider Labor Day an end-of-summer three-day weekend. It’s back to school, cooling temperatures, and the start of football season. Of course, Labor Day was actually created in the late 19th century to honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Meet Jeri Spangler, Quality Assurance Technician and Triathlete


Merriam-Webster defines a go-getter as a person who works very hard and who wants very much to succeed. At Precision Plus, we define it in two words: Jeri Spangler. Jeri is a Quality Assurance Technician who started with Precision Plus in 2007, and she has made it a point to continue her training and education. She learned to program OASIS (Optical Inspection System), received an Associate Degree in Mechanical Design Engineering Technology from Gateway Technical College in 2011, and has now completed the BYU Pathway Program, allowing her to receive another online degree from BYU-Idaho. Jeri has always enjoyed working with numbers and subjects like algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. She says that working with blueprints and Swiss Machine components “is geometry in the real world.”

Precision Plus to Implement New LED Lighting Systems

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In our industry, we are constantly looking for improved manufacturing technology and techniques, and Precision Plus continues to make significant investments in our manufacturing and inspection equipment. It is also important to invest in improvements of buildings and facilities, and we realized our lighting systems, while once sufficient, have not kept pace. As new technologies in lighting have been introduced, there has been a huge learning curve: less talk about wattages and more about lumen output and light efficacy. Not only that, a business needs to guarantee a better return on investment (ROI) when making these major decisions.

Precision Plus Says Goodbye to Our Summer Interns

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Summer is coming to an end, and it is time for Precision Plus to say goodbye to our summer interns. Over the last few months, we have gotten to know these intelligent and talented students, as they received a real “hands-on” education. They now have the opportunity to apply what they have learned on the shop floor to what they are studying in school. Some interns will be returning to school, some will be graduating soon, and some will move onto other internships.  No matter where they are headed, we feel fortunate that we were a part of their journey.

Looking Forward to IMTS 2016

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The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, and is attended by more than 100,000 people from over 112 countries. This year’s biennial conference takes place September 12th through 17th, and if you have never attended before, you definitely have never seen anything like it.

Scholarships Geared Toward Our Industries

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It is very clear to every student and parent that the cost of higher education is rising far faster than our pay stubs, yet there are so many scholarships and grant opportunities that go unknown and often underutilized. According to Sallie Mae, the nation’s leading provider of student loans, about a third of American families used scholarships and grants to pay for college in 2015-2016, but roughly $100 million in scholarship funds go unclaimed every year.

Precision Plus Invests in Our Team: Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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Precision Plus knows just how important it is to invest in the health of their employees. A healthier, more motivated workforce is a happier, more productive workforce. For quite some time, Precision Plus has been encouraging team members to improve their health and fitness levels and make all-around smart lifestyle choices. There are many ways Precision Plus makes the health of their employees a priority: contracting a full-service wellness provider, choosing an outcomes-based employee insurance plan, providing First Aid and First Responder training, and purchasing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) are just some of the ways we promote healthy choices.

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