Plymouth, MN (September 29, 2017) — Productivity Inc., exclusive distributor of Matsuura products in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, was recently featured by CCX Media, Channel 12 in Minnesota.

Productivity, Inc. showcased the Matsuura LF-160, LV-500, MX-330 PC-10 and the MX-520 during their 2017 OKTOBERFEST Tool Show at the company’s facility in Plymouth, MN, September 26-28, 2017.

In the video, Matsuura’s high-speed machining solutions are prominently featured: 

Step inside today’s manufacturing world, and you will quickly find, these are not your grandfather’s manufacturing jobs.

“It [manufacturing] used to be thought of as this dark, dirty, dingy place, that’s dangerous,” said Hope Riska of Plymouth-based metalworking machine supplier, Productivity, Inc.

From robotics to software engineering, today’s manufacturing combines equipment and skills that are a far cry from the factory jobs of the past. Every other year, Productivity, Inc. throws open its doors to introduce students from high schools and colleges in the upper Midwest to the world of manufacturing.

“I think kids are finally realizing what manufacturing is all about. They say they want to be in technology careers. This is technology,” said Riska.

From the clothes we wear to the devices we use, the manufacturing industry is key to our daily lives, and like any industry, manufacturing requires a healthy workforce to thrive.

Kennedy Copiskey, a freshman at Centennial High School, has her sights on becoming an engineer one day, possibly in the medical device field. Before today’s manufacturing event, Copiskey envisioned a production line when she thought of manufacturing, but she’s rethinking that after learning about some of the machines.

“There’s lots of software involved. You need to know how to use a computer and know how to do math, and physics, and chemistry,” said Copiskey.

Buddy Swanson, an applications engineer at Productivity, Inc. showed the MATSUURA LF-160 Linear Motor Machine. The Matsuura LF-160 is designed for the high-speed, high-accuracy market, with a focus on small work piece processing and unmanned operation.  

“Right now, we’re making a rotor for a heart pump on the Matsuura LF-160 for a local manufacturer here in Minnesota,” said Swanson.

For the more than 1,100 students in attendance at Monday’s event the clear message is that there are many different types of careers possible within manufacturing.

View the entire CCX Media, Channel 12 Video at:

Courtesy of CCX Media Reporter, Alexandra Renslo.

Productivity’s 2017 OKTOBERFEST Tool Show is the largest metalworking distributor show in the Midwest. This year’s “Heavy Metal” Showcase featured three days of machine tools, robots, tooling and accessories, measurement solutions, contract dimensional inspection services, live machine demos, valuable seminars, metalworking experts, prizes, food and music!

Productivity machine tool industry experts were on-hand, providing applications engineering solutions for customers’ manufacturing challenges.

This year’s seminars included: Titan Gilroy of TITANS of CNC; Drilling; Vision Guided Robotics; How to Find and Control Variation In Manufacturing Operations; Turbo and Rotary Thread Whirling; Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing; Automation is the Answer: Numbers Don’t Lie; Advanced Cutting Fluids; Clean and Green Parts Washing Technology; and CT Scanning for Metrology.

“We are proud to be invited to participate in Productivity Inc.’s 2017 OKTOBERFEST. We have over 80 years of designing, developing and manufacturing high speed and high precision machine tools.   Our unmanned, high accuracy machining equipment, including multi-pallet and multi-tasking machine tools provide manufacturing solutions to a variety of industries around the globe, including the four machines we will showcase: the Matsuura LF-160, LV-500, MX-330 PC-10 and the MX-520 ,” said a Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. Spokesperson.

Productivity, Inc. provides machine tools, robots and related equipment for manufacturing in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and western Wisconsin. Productivity has been committed to helping companies implement innovative solutions to meet manufacturing challenges with superior results since 1968.

Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc., located in St. Paul, MN is the U.S. subsidiary of Matsuura Machinery Corporation in Japan. Since 1935, Matsuura has delivered unmatched excellence in high speed and high precision CNC machine tools. From full 5-axis, vertical, horizontal, linear motor or multi-tasking CNC machine tools, Matsuura has been the forerunner in designing innovative technology and manufacturing solutions to a variety of industries around the globe. Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc. provides the service, applications, and technical field support that have always been the Matsuura standard for business.

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