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Shutdown averted, and a new tax proposal
In a last-minute attempt to avoid a government shutdown, congressional Republicans forged a deal with Democrats to fund the government through September 30. The big surprise in this bitterly divided Congress was a rare show of bipartisanship that dealt wins to both parties, but also included significant compromise on both sides.  (more)
Tech Trends: your tech guide to the manufacturing universe
A struggle that manufacturers often identify is the ability to keep up with the latest industry technology developments. As technology changes at an ever-faster speed, it becomes even more challenging to gain awareness about potential disruptions, whether they present an opportunity or a threat. To address this struggle, AMT is developing Tech Trends as an online tool for members to quickly connect to relevant technical information.  (more)
AMT recognizes and congratulates our renewed CMTSEs
More than 70 Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers have documented a combination of on-the-job and continuing education experiences (through at least 27 professional development points) in the recertification score card and have renewed their CMTSE credential for another three years.  (more)
AMT News – May 2017 interactive pdf
- Three Surprising Ways Manufacturers Can Use the Cloud to Drive Innovation
- Shutdown averted, DC shifts attention to tax reform
- Six steps to get over your fear of presentations
- Digital manufacturing and the workforce 
- Market Data Review - Indicators point to clear turnaround
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Central Europe update: Industries for top growth
The largest market for manufacturing technology in Eastern Europe, Russia, annually absorbs $1.5 - 1.8 billion in imports of machine tools and equipment. The political climate notwithstanding, trade with Russia has become more complicated in recent years for several other reasons.  (more)
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Smart Manufacturing Experience 2018: SME and AMT Announce Boston Manufacturing Event
Smart Manufacturing is being described as the next Industrial Revolution. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Smart Manufacturing can be defined as fully-integrated, collaborative manufacturing systems that respond in real time to meet changing demands and conditions in the factory, in the supply network, and in customer needs. To help fast-track the adoption of Smart Manufacturing technologies, SME and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, have partnered to create a new kind of event - the Smart Manufacturing Experience, taking place April 30 through May 2, 2018 at the Boston Convention Center.  (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool 2017 YTD Consumption up 5.9% in March
March U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $200.05 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 (CTMR) collaboration, was up 14.3% from February’s $174.98 million and up 8.4%  when compared with the total of $184.57 million reported for March 2016. With a year-to-date total of $548.08 million, 2017 is up 5.9% when compared with 2016.
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May 8th, 2017 - U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for March 2017
Manufacturing technology orders continued to make gains in March, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Orders were up 34.8 percent compared to February, and up 3.3 percent compared to March 2016.  (more)
3D Printer Donated to Imperial Estates Elementary School with Proceeds from Miles for Manufacturing 5K
On April 17, Titusville, FL, Mayor Walt Johnson, Imperial Estates Elementary School Principal Kathryn Lott, and her students accepted a MakerGear 3D printer donated with proceeds from the Miles for Manufacturing 5K held in March during The MFG Meeting in Amelia Island, FL. The 3D printer was presented by Greg Jones, Vice President, Smartforce Development, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.   (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool 2017 YTD Consumption up 4.5% in February
February U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $174.98 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 (CTMR) collaboration, was up 1.1% from January’s $173.05 million and up 0.6%  when compared with the total of $173.88 million reported for February 2016. With a year-to-date total of $348.02 million, 2017 is up 4.5% when compared with 2016.  (more)
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NIMS Summer Workshops and CNC Contests
Summer is a great time to complete a professional development workshop. June through August, NIMS offers one and two-day workshops in machining, industrial maintenance, GD&T, and On-the-Job-Trainer preparation. Summer Calendar of NIMS workshops 2017 SkillsUSA CNC National Championship SkillsUSA CNC...   (more)
Manufacturing bill advances, other priorities delayed
By Amber Thomas, Vice President – Marketing, Communications & Advocacy at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology The Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act passed the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and is now headed to the full...   (more)
NIST highlights manufacturing
We love this NIST graphic, which shows specific facts on the importance of manufacturing in the United States. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with small- and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help...   (more)
A closer look: tax proposals come to the table
By Amber Thomas, Vice President – Marketing, Communications & Advocacy at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Since the election, there has been increased commentary on the prospects for comprehensive tax reform in the 115th Congress. The election of...   (more)
Get to Know the President’s Manufacturing Appointees
By Amber Thomas, Vice President – Marketing, Communications & Advocacy at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology President Trump appointed Harvard Economist Peter Navarro to lead the White House National Trade Council and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris to...   (more)
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Launching Master Advantage™, an Industry First, 12-Month Sump Life, Limited-warranty Program from Master Fluid Solutions
Master Fluid Solutions launches an industry first, Master Advantage™, 12-Month Sump Life, Limited-warranty Program. The easy four-step process allows manufacturers an opportunity to maximize their production value.  (more)
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Taking care of business by taking care of yourself
As we all know, working in the machine tool industry is very demanding. Many of us too often have the tendency to push ourselves to work longer and harder than we should. This is especially concerning for, how do I say it nicely, “seasoned” veterans like me. Similar to a machine tool, we need to make sure we are operating within our “well-being” parameters. Overloading creates opportunities for unplanned consequences.  (more)
Boeing Approves TRIM® MicroSol® 590XT for Aerospace Manufacturing
TRIM® MicroSol® 590XT, an advanced-technology, aerospace, semisynthetic microemulsion, has received Boeing process spec number BAC5440 approval for area 2, which includes machining heat-treated steels. 
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Concept Machine Tool Wisconsin Appoints Preston Giles – Production Sales Manager
Concept Machine Tool Wisconsin has announced the appointment of Preston Giles as Production Sales Manager.  He joins the CMT team with nearly 40 years of experience in the manufacturing industry with an extensive background in production machining.  (more)
Industry News - April 2017
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