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How to Start a Job Flat and Keep it That Way

Many of the close tolerance Machine-Ready Blanks we produce at TCI Precision Metals are flat and designed to stay that way.  Demand for flat material that resists movement during machining is high for two reasons, one, part movement can turn parts into scrap, and two, creating flat material, on your shop floor, that resists movement […]

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Be careful when you blindly follow the masses

Media Preference Survey Results In December we conducted a survey among our customers to better understand their preferences for gathering information about new products and services.  The results were interesting and some of the data proved to be counter to what you hear in the general media, but we were not surprised.  You see, for […]

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Without Adding Equipment or More Overhead -  When business is good the challenge becomes how to move more work through your shop, while maintaining profitability.   So before you run out and buy more equipment or hire additional help you should first make sure your operation is as efficient as possible.  Know where time is spent, […]

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What is a Machine-Ready Metals Distributor?

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Part Movement During Final Machining Can be Frustrating - TCI Precision Metals Can Help!

As most shops know, battling residual stress while trying to nail down tight machining tolerances can be very frustrating.  Many metals, and especially aluminum and stainless alloys, have residual stress that can cause material to move during machining.  Sometimes material bows, sometimes it “potato chips”, sometimes it seems like it’s “alive” and totally unpredictable - […]

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TCI Precision Metals was built based on providing value to our customers by reducing or eliminating material prep, which significantly increases a shop’s throughput and efficiency. We talk a lot about Machine-Ready Blanks, which is at the core of what we do. Custom Machine-Ready Blanks are typically square, rectangular or round aluminum, stainless steel, or other […]

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NTMA Southwest Regional Conference

As President of the LA NTMA I am looking forward to a productive 3-days of exchanging ideas, learning best practices and hearing informative presentations, all centered around improving business.  Whether you are a current NTMA member or not, I would like to personally invite you to register and attend the event – I am confident […]

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In Memoriam: John Martinez

Dear Friends and Colleagues, It’s with a heavy heart that I inform you that John Martinez passed away on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016. I’ve known John my entire life, as he was with TCI for 38 years. He was a mentor, a co-worker, a family man and a friend.  I’m not sure how to fill the […]

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NTMA Japan Technology Tour

Ben and I recently had the good fortune of attending an NTMA-organized trip to Japan.  The purpose of the trip was to expand our point-of-view (outside of the U.S.) and to understand how technology is implemented in manufacturing operations in Japan.  We attended a similar trip last year in Switzerland, which was very informative and a […]

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NTMA Switzerland Visit

A Passion for All Things Precision I write this month’s blog returning from a week in Switzerland where Ben and I joined 20 other members of the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA), 7 execs from our hosting National Associate Members and 4 NTMA staff and associates. The Associate Members hosting the event were BIG […]

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