Increasing Production Velocity in a Lean Environment - IMTS11
Domestically, our industry has seen improvement since the downturn of 2008-2009 but there are now fewer shops to handle the load. A weakened dollar has also provided a boost to help make U.S. manufacturing more competitive and there is evidence that previously "offshored" manufacturing is now being "reshored". Combine this with high customer expectations and a shortage of skilled labor, and the result is growing backlogs and shops pushing capacity levels.
As a result, job shops and manufacturers are facing potential operational pitfalls including throughput challenges, machining efficiency, controlling cost and more. John’s presentation will help shops evaluate their core strengths and will discuss concepts, processes and sourcing considerations to help them increase production velocity and become a truly lean operation.
DATE: Tuesday, September 11 from 9:00 AM - 9:55 AM ROOM: W192B
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TCI Precision Metals
John Belzer is the president of TCI Precision Metals in Gardena, California. TCI is a value added materials distributor and metals service center with extensive job shop services such as precision milling, grinding, and CNC machining, producing both precision machine-ready blanks and finished machined parts for its OEM and sub-prime customers. John is second generation in the company, which was started by his father in 1956.
He graduated from Colorado College in 1973 with a B.A. in Economics and has been president of the company since 1988.
TCI Precision Metals has been a member of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) since 1976. John has been an active member of the Los Angeles Chapter board since 1989, serving as president in 1994 and 1995. He served on the national association’s executive team for 6 years and served as Chairman of the Board in 2002.
Since 2004, John has served the NTMA national organization as the chairman of its Budget & Finance Team and has served on several ad hoc teams in the interim. Also since 2004, John has served the manufacturing industry as a member of the board of trustees of the LA/NTMA Training Centers of Southern California, serving as its chairman in 2007 and 2008.
Apart from industry-related activities, John has actively served on several other non-profit boards over the past 25 years.
John is married to Lesley Silverstone and has three great kids, all graduates of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. His middle son, Ben, has worked with him in the company since graduating in 2003.