Gearing Up: IMTS 2016

Precision Plus

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.

Looking Forward to IMTS 2016

Precision Plus

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.

The 16th Annual Goombay Bash

Precision Plus

When Horton’s Home Lighting of Chicago lost their friend and co-worker, 31-year old Pamela Herts in 2001 to cancer, a determined group of friends started The H Foundation to raise money and find a cure for this terrible disease. Since its start, the organization has raised $6.4 million. All proceeds benefit Basic Science Cancer Research, which supports the early, novel ideas that in turn lead to additional grants.The money this group has raised together with the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University, so far, has resulted in over $35 million in additional research funding. However, until there is a cure to stop this disease that does horrible things to a person and their family, there is still much work to be done.



Representatives from EAHS SkillsUSA presenting at Precision Plus (Pictured left to right: Mason Holder, Cameron Bunne, Matt Engelbrecht, Josh Henry and Mr. Ganter)

On April 20th, four students from the Elkhorn Area High School’s (EAHS) SkillsUSA Club and their advisor Mr. Fred Ganter came to Precision Plus and made a presentation to a small group of our employees. They came here to show off their accomplishments and garner financial support for their first-year club.

Breakfast Food Drive is a Success!


All over the country, and even in our own community, there are families who struggle to put breakfast on the table.  When MaryEllen Wright, Social Worker for the Elkhorn Area School District (EASD), visited Precision Plus last December to pick up donations for the Angel Tree project, she made the comment to Dale Wittlieff, Director of Quality & Continuous Improvement, that the cereal that was contributed is especially helpful for families in need during times when the school is closed such as weekends and holiday breaks. Unfortunately, for many children, having breakfast at school is their only option.

Comet Creations Fab Lab with Engineering Design and Development Students

Michael Reader


In December 2015, Precision Plus’ Mark Beilman asked Delavan-Darien High School Technology Education teacher Mike Fellin if he would like to participate in a research project. The project consisted of the DDHS Engineering Design & Development students researching how to attach machine numbers to our CNC machines.  The students came up with 6 different ideas.  Mark was then invited to Delavan High school to watch the student’s presentations. On February 19, the 2 best groups came in to give a presentation to Mark, Tom Lankford (Production Supervisor), Steve Dues (Process Engineer), Terry Mumper (Swiss Cam Process Engineer), Sam Kirkland (Miyano Supervisor), Mary Spaight (HR Administrator) and Luann Dall (Administrative Assistant).

Youth and Workforce Readiness

Michael Reader

Ensuring that our country has a skilled workforce in manufacturing is key to a variety of industries and to our country as a whole. To that end, on January 28, Mike Reader presented at the “Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness,” at Milwaukee Area Technical College – Oak Creek Campus. This event allowed the Speaker’s Task Force to explore new ways to encourage Wisconsin youth to pursue careers in the trades, manufacturing industry, and technical fields.

Meet Adam Rosseland, Second Shift Tsugami Machine Operator

Michael Reader

Adam Rosseland has always taken pride in what he does–from serving our country as Private First Class in the U.S. Army for three years, to continuing his education, heading a great family, and excelling as a machine operator on the Tsugami Swiss Micromachining Platform at Precision Plus (PPI).

Adam Rosseland joined the PPI Team in 2004, after receiving an Associate Degree in Electrical Mechanical Technology at the Elkhorn Campus of Gateway Technical College. Prior to that, Adam worked as a welder and troubleshooter at Stack-On and at Motorola on equipment that placed computer chips on boards to make mobile phone communication possible.

Gateway Technical College’s Manufacturing Center in Elkhorn, Wisconsin is Up and Running!

Michael Reader

On January 11, 2016, the Spring Semester began at all three campuses of Gateway Technical College (GTC) in Racine, Kenosha, and Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

The event had a deep significance for the Walworth County community and, particularly, the precision micromachining industry, as students and instructors at the Elkhorn Campus were able to hold classes in the brand new Manufacturing Center.  The Center becomes the second college facility in the country to offer Swiss precision-specific programs.

One of the key ingredients for bringing this project to life has been the support provided by the industry.  Recently, Starrett, a precision tools manufacturer, announced joining the Elkhorn Center as a precision measurement certification partner, which allows graduates to earn Precision Measurement (PM) certifications. Conversations with possible partners in the engineering and additive manufacturing areas are also taking place.

The GTC Board supports the new endeavor, and has approved an additional $100,000 for updates in the welding lab to include new welding equipment along with a complete makeover of the space.

Christmas Reflections by Mike Reader

Michael Reader

Time through the Hands of the Young of Yesteryear

To me, and many others of my generation, the notion that time goes by more quickly the older we get, is actually becoming a reality.

When we were young, there seemed to be an eternity from one Christmas to the next. Remember when you were “five and a quarter” or “six and a half?” Looking back, I have fond memories of waiting for the Sears and the JC Penney Christmas catalogs to arrive—by U.S. Postal Service—sometime in early September. Plenty of time to dream about Christmas presents…   My sisters and I would flip through every page, front to back, looking for the latest in toys, so we could show our parents and put them on our Christmas lists.

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