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MTConnect® Institute Accredited by the American National Standards Institute

The MTConnect Institute has been approved as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited Standards Developer, elevating MTConnect’s status in the national and international standards communities. The move comes in response to increased interest in the MTConnect standard from industry and significant growth in membership in the MTConnect Institute. This accreditation indicates that the Institute’s standard development procedures adhere to ANSI’s Essential Requirements for due process, which include openness, coordination and harmonization, and compliance with normative policies and procedures, among others.

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Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2018 #its a jungle out there...
The skills gap has presented quite the challenge in the manufacturing industry’s ability to hire  enough qualified candidates to fill our open positions. For many job functions, recruiting has been especially difficult because we’re in competition with many other industries for the same small pool of talent.  (more)
Are you setting yourself up for measurable success?
As we begin the new year, we often hear the question: What are your plans for 2018?

New Year's resolutions aside, as marketers, we are always looking ahead, thinking about projects, sales, the next big idea, the next breakthrough innovation, the next event. We’re thinking about our to-do lists, about the reports we have to provide, about our return on investment. The point is, we're always planning, but are we always planning well?

Your list of priorities might include:
• Increase sales.
• Grow market share.
• Raise awareness.
• Build my brand.
• Generate leads at IMTS.
• Be seen as a thought leader.

Sounds good, right? These bullet points make for great slides and make us feel warm and fuzzy in our executive meetings. If we accomplish these things by the end of 2018, we’ll all be delighted.

The real questions are how do we get there and how do we know if we did?

While the priorities listed above are all desirable outcomes for any business, they are not specific enough to be fully understood by your team, nor are they stated in such a way that they can be measured. They also reflect a mix of business goals and supporting objectives, which are very different things and should be treated as such. In the simplest terms, business goals are big, they affect the entire organization and its place in the market. Objectives are smaller (marketing, finance, human resources, sales, support, etc.), but nonetheless essential to the outcome - big picture goals cannot be met unless the supporting objectives are achieved.

Think of it this way:

Goal - Future state of being.
Objective - Measurable target for achievement and step toward achieving your goal.

Business is a multi-faceted enterprise and requires input and effort from everyone - from human resources, service and operations to marketing, sales and finance - it’s a team effort. Each team needs to clearly understand its role in the process. A 30,000-ft. view of key roles might look something like this:

Marketing communications - Create a favorable climate for sales and other business functions.
Sales - Sell and generate revenue for the company.
Finance - Enable sales.
Support - Enrich customer relationships, solve problems.
Human Resources - Assemble and maintain talent and cultivate culture.
Operations - Convert material and labor into goods and services.

Very different things, right? If you look at it this way, you can easily see why the initial list of priorities is utterly meaningless without context.

As you dig into 2018, think about setting measurable objectives for your teams. Endeavor to provide clarity on their purpose and the role they play in achieving your bigger picture business goals. After the dust from IMTS settles and you settle in to report progress on your plans for the year, you’ll be glad you did.

Stay tuned for my next installment where I’ll suggest ways to ensure that you’re writing measurable objectives.  (more)
AMTNEWS Apr - SMARTFORCE - Greg Jones
AMT News -- April 2018
SMARTFORCE - It's a jungle out there
Greg Jones, AMT Vice President - Smartforce Development

We also need to continue to change perceptions about careers in manufacturing. An excellent opportunity for that is coming at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2018,

 

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AMT News April 2018
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ANSI grants Standards Developer approval to MTConnect Institute
McLean, Va. -- The MTConnect Institute has been approved as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited Standards Developer, elevating MTConnect's status in the national and international standards communities. The move comes in response to increased interest in the MTConnect standard from industry and significant growth in membership in the MTConnect Institute. This accreditation indicates that the Institute's standard development procedures adhere to ANSI's Essential Requirements for due process, which include openness, coordination and harmonization, and compliance with normative policies and procedures, among others.
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U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for March 2018
U.S. manufacturing technology orders continued to rise in March, increasing 42 percent over February 2018 and 23 percent over March 2017, once again demonstrating strong, sustained growth in the sector, according to the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Overall, orders totaled $509 million in March, bringing the year-to-date total orders to $1.2 billion.    (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 6.0 Percent In March
March U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $207.08 million according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was up 8.8 percent from February’s $190.32 million and up 3.5 percent when compared with the $200.05 million reported for March 2017. With a year-to-date total of $581.02 million, 2018 is up 6.0 percent when compared with 2017.
 
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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 7.4 Percent In February
February U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $190.12 million according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was up 3.5 percent from January’s $183.61 million and up 8.7 percent when compared with the $174.98 million reported for February 2017. With a year-to-date total of $373.73 million, 2018 is up 7.4 percent when compared with 2017.
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U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for February 2018
U.S. manufacturing technology orders for the first two months of 2018 climbed 27% higher than the same period in 2017 signaling continued strength in the recovery initiated in June 2017, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Orders totaled $354 million in February, down 5% from a 22-year high in January.  (more)
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Master Fluid Solutions Receives Three New Bombardier Manufacturing Facility Approvals
Master Fluid Solutions has received three new Bombardier Manufacturing facility approvals for Master Fluid Solutions in the United Kingdom, China, and India.  (more)
Triform to Manufacture Fluid Cell Sheet Hydroforming Press for Aerospace Supplier H&R Parts Company
Beckwood Press Company has been awarded a contract by H&R Parts Company to manufacture a Triform model 24-5BD fluid cell sheet hydroforming press. With a 24”-diameter forming area and 5,000 PSI, the new Triform will support H&R’s aluminum aerospace part production.
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Concept Machine to Host SteakFest 2018
Concept Machine, a leading Wisconsin machine tool distributor will be hosting their biennial Open House & SteakFest on May 15 &16, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.  The open house will be held at 407 Austin Circle - Delafield, WI 53018.  (more)
20 Years in Business - Shop Floor Automations
Shop Floor Automations 20th Anniversary – New Website & Logo to Celebrate

Manufacturing Integrator Marks Two Decades in Business  (more)
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