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Tradeshow vs. Internet: In Person Always Wins

POST DATE: December 12, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I was recently lucky enough to attend the Japanese Machine Tool Show in Tokyo, Japan. I’ve been to a lot of machine tool shows but this one seemed different right from the start. http://moderneng.com/blog/2016/12/tradeshow-vs-internet-person-always-wins/


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Committing Harakiri as a Manufacturer

POST DATE: September 28, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I have wanted to write this article for awhile. You see, nothing boils my blood faster than encountering living proof of Darwin’s theory of natural selection, especially when that living proof is a customer service rep on the other end of the phone. This … http://moderneng.com/blog/2016/09/committing-harakiri-manufacturer/


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Paperwork Maintenance: It’s Also as Stupid as It Sounds

POST DATE: August 09, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

Wow. The virtual ink had not yet dried on my last blog post about piecemeal maintenance when I started getting an influx of emails from readers. Clearly, many people identified with the issue about maintenance not being performed the way it should be. Mos… http://moderneng.com/blog/2016/08/paperwork-maintenance-its-also-stupid-it-sounds/


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Piecemeal Maintenance is As Stupid As It Sounds

POST DATE: July 28, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I was talking with an old friend recently who also works in the manufacturing industry, and has been in it almost as long as I have. Both of us remember when dirt was first invented and mass manufactured. As usual, sitting in my living room, we bantered a… http://moderneng.com/blog/2016/07/piecemeal-maintenance-stupid-it-sounds/


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The Professional Consequences of a Lack of Integrity

POST DATE: July 07, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I attended a trade show in Portland, Oregon a number of years ago. The show was three days long and by the third day, I was exhausted. Standing on that cushionless black trade show carpet for 8 - 10 hours a day is a bit painful. Your feet feel like you ju… http://moderneng.com/blog/2016/07/professional-consequences-lack-integrity/


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You Can’t Handle the Truth About Global Competition

POST DATE: April 12, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

Chances are, unless you were born under a rock, you remember a very famous Tom Cruise movie where he plays a lawyer who cross-examines a General, played by Jack Nicholson. In the climax of the movie, Tom’s character asks Jack’s for the truth. Jack Nichols… http://moderneng.com/blog/2016/04/you-cant-handle-truth-about-global-competition/


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When my father immigrated to North America in the early 1960s, he got his first job at a large machine shop. When he reported to work on his first day, the shop foreman took him to a turret lathe and asked him if he had ever worked on a sophisticated piec… http://moderneng.com/blog/2016/03/save-outdated-technology-your-dinner-dates-not-your-machine-shop/


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Are Robots Gunning for Your Job?

POST DATE: December 08, 2015

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I was fortunate enough to visit Milan, Italy this autumn. It was a very busy time of year, with the Expo going on as well as the International Machine Tool Show (EMO). There were literally thousands of people around you at all times. It really puts into p… http://moderneng.com/blog/2015/12/are-robots-gunning-your-job/


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Be Careful What You Wish For!

POST DATE: April 09, 2015

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

In business and in life, we are formed by a set of experiences that are unique to each of us. Many of these experiences are so minor that we forget them, but there are also those that stand out and will never leave our consciousness until we die. These ev… http://moderneng.com/blog/2015/04/be-careful-what-you-wish/


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The first thing I ask of any company or business I'm considering working with is, “Does your company have a sense of community?” Modern Engineering works hard to build community and I'm proud to be part of it, as well as see the positive effects first han… http://moderneng.com/blog/2015/02/our-secrets-building-community-manufacturing-company-shhhhdont-tell/


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Are you angered by “so called” Think Tanks? You should be.

POST DATE: January 23, 2015

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I’ve been in manufacturing my entire working life, making widgets for people used in various industries. There are many manufacturers like me out there. We’ve worked hard to become globally competitive, because we have to be competitive in order to surviv… http://moderneng.com/blog/2015/01/are-you-angered-so-called-think-tanks-you-should-be/


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Throw Some Labour At It!

POST DATE: October 22, 2014

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

Once in a while I come across a situation where manufacturing companies are doing things that don’t make sense in today’s competitive environment. These companies usually do well for themselves and are quite busy. But they all get to a point where they ne… http://moderneng.com/blog/2014/10/throw-some-labour-it/


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Why Do They Keep Calling Us Losers?

POST DATE: September 11, 2014

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I, like many of you, work very hard to be innovative and progress in my career and my company. Hours are spent reading and exploring new ideas to implement and take it to that next level. Many sacrifices are made in order to do this. In reality, same as y… http://moderneng.com/blog/2014/09/why-do-they-keep-calling-us-losers/


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The Business Yo-Yo

POST DATE: July 02, 2014

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

There are many things that can bother a person in their work and business life, but there’s one that really drives me crazy. I call it, “The Business Yo-Yo”. Every day I speak with business acquaintances and in these conversations we always seem to ask th… http://moderneng.com/blog/2014/07/business-yo-yo/


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Made in North America?

POST DATE: May 08, 2014

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

When was the last time you saw a “Made in Canada” (or USA) on anything? Our company decided to have hats made so we came up with a brilliant idea. Why don’t we have them designed and manufactured in Canada since we are, after all, Canadian. We found ours… http://moderneng.com/blog/2014/05/made-north-america/


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My View on 3D Printing

POST DATE: February 12, 2014

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

It seems like every day, at one point or another, I encounter something written about 3D Printing. It's getting so much publicity it seems to be the rock star of manufacturing. 3D Printing is touching every industry, and many have called it the global gam… http://moderneng.com/blog/2014/02/my-view-3d-printing/


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Strange But True, in the Machining Industry

POST DATE: January 15, 2014

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

Over many years in the manufacturing and machining business I've encountered what, in my opinion, can be somewhat perplexing or, in some cases, humourous facts. http://moderneng.com/blog/2014/01/strange-true-machining-industry/


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I was very lucky to visit some European Manufacturers in the Spring of 2013. My purpose was to see what they were doing in our globally competitive world. I traveled in both the Netherlands and Germany and it was a very insightful experience. http://moderneng.com/blog/2013/12/2013-european-manufacturing-trends-my-personal-experience-and-insight/


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Should I Invest in Aluminum or Steel Saw Guides?

POST DATE: October 04, 2013

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

One of the most common questions that I get asked about saw guides is, “Should I get Aluminum or Steel?” On the surface that’s a very simple question and you’d think there would be a simple answer. Well the answer isn’t that straight forward. http://moderneng.com/blog/2013/10/should-i-invest-aluminum-or-steel-saw-guides/


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Back in 2009 I posed a question in a LinkedIn group because I was curious about what people in my industry actually had to say about CNC machining. The question I had was “What are the CNC technologies/processes that are going to make us compete more effe… http://moderneng.com/blog/2013/08/what-cnc-technologies-and-processes-will-help-us-better-compete-results-heated-insightful-linkedin-discussion/


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