This week, the Horst Engineering Family of Companies sent more than a dozen engineers and manufacturing personnel to EASTEC in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
EASTEC is one of the largest regional manufacturing technology shows in the country, and is held biannually. Visiting EASTEC was a tremendous opportunity for our team to work together while evaluating next generation manufacturing technology. Some of our young engineers and machinists had never seen such advanced technology. They were thrilled with the opportunity to get out and visit with so many of our suppliers. We won’t sit still. Innovation is in our company’s DNA.
This past Wednesday was Manufacturing Innovation Day at the state capitol in Hartford, Connecticut. We were active participants, with a booth at the capitol and participation in several important meetings with state legislators.
The South Windsor Patch covered the event and featured a photo of members the Horst Engineering Sales Team. Manufacturing is critical to both the Connecticut and Massachusetts’ economies. We are proud to advocate on behalf of small and mid-sized businesses.
Graphic Credit: CBIA
Wednesday of this week was a busy day! In addition to Manufacturing Innovation Day at the state capitol in Hartford, Connecticut; we had the Aerospace Components Manufacturers annual meeting at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks.
ACM has more than 120 member companies employing thousands of workers in Connecticut and Massachusetts. ACM comprises one of the largest, most experienced concentrations of world-class aerospace companies, the world’s AEROSPACE ALLEY! Member firms grew up where aerospace was born. Today, ACM’s precision components take to the skies every day, in every corner of the globe, as they have since the inception of powered flight.
Save the date for the annual ACM trade show and workforce development fair on 08 November 2017. We will welcome thousands of area students to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The Connecticut River Valley has one of the highest concentrations of aerospace contract manufacturers in the world. Horst Engineering is a corporate member of the New England Air Museum, where you can see the legacy of Connecticut’s high precision manufacturing, first hand.
Once again, the Horst Engineering Family of Companies is sponsoring Connecticut Trails Day Weekend. The Connecticut Forest & Park Association has coordinated an amazing number of events 3-4 June 2017.
Click here for the full list in Connecticut.
Additionally, we support the Appalachian Mountain Club, and their work throughout the region. The AMC is involved with Trails Day events throughout the Appalachian Region.
The American Hiking Society spearheads Trails Day activities throughout the USA. Click here to find a National Trails Day event in your state.
This week, our East Hartford, Connecticut neighbors at Goodwin College returned to our 36 Cedar Street plant site. The purpose of the visit was to teach two multi-day Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) workshops to 28 of our employees.
Wikipedia offers a good definition: GD&T: is a system for defining and communicating engineering tolerances. It uses a symbolic language on engineering drawings and computer-generated three-dimensional solid models that explicitly describes nominal geometry and its allowable variation. It tells the manufacturing staff and machines what degree of accuracy and precision is needed on each controlled feature of the part. GD&T is used to define the nominal (theoretically perfect) geometry of parts and assemblies, to define the allowable variation in form and possible size of individual features, and to define the allowable variation between features.
GD&T is an important skillset for our engineers, inspectors, and manufacturing personnel. Goodwin delivered the training with their state-of-the-art 44-foot Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Training Lab, measurement equipment, software, and manufacturing instructor. The class provided a combination of class instruction and a hands-on learning experience for our employees.
We are longtime supporters of Goodwin’s mission and value the contributions they have made to the community. They are working hard to support the needs of local manufacturers by developing people with next generation manufacturing skills.