Monday, March 13, 2017

March 14, 2017 meeting CANCELLED

Given the forecast of more than a foot of snow where we’re supposed to meet, we’re cancelling tomorrow night’s meeting. We’ll reschedule the tour of Smooth-On, most likely for May 9.

Stay warm and safe, folks.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March 14, 2017: Tour of Smooth-On, a chemical manufacturing facility automated with VFP

We'll begin meeting again next Tuesday, March 14 with a special treat, a tour of the Smooth-On plant in Macungie, PA. The meeting will begin at 7 PM, but come as early as 6:30 PM for dinner, which the group will provide. (If you’re coming for dinner, please email, so we get enough food.)

The address is:

Smooth-On Inc.
5600 Lower Macungie Rd
Macungie, PA 18062

Abstract: Smooth-On is a large chemical manufacturer that recently moved into a new facility just south of Allentown.  Prior to the move, we used VFP to do Order Entry, Inventory Control,  Purchase Orders, Formula Management and Batch Scheduling, among other things.  When we made the move, we took it to the next level and used VFP to Automate much of the manufacturing process.  This tour will be conducted by the COO and explain the process, show examples of the types of things are made with our products, and discuss the benefits and challenges of the transformation.

After this meeting, we’ll meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month through November, so mark your calendar for May 9, July 11, September 12, and November 14.