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AMT Opens New Shanghai Tech Center (STC)

AMT recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Shanghai Technology Center in the International Machine Tools Center, within the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in Shanghai, China.

Trust, but verify

Years ago while traveling on a business trip with a company executive, we had a lot of driving time that we used to discuss various topics, including business. The executive said something that caught me by surprise. He used the phrase, “trust, but verify.” At the time, I wasn’t really sure what to make of it. It seemed like a contradiction to me. In the context of the discussion, it seemed analogous to “trust, no one.”

Adding focus to your PR and marketing efforts

It’s no secret that manufacturing struggles with its public image and perception. It’s one of the top reasons why the industry has a hard time attracting young people to its workforce. While solutions to the problem are multifacted and wide-ranging, one way that individual companies can work to improve the industry’s image is by brushing up their efforts in digital marketing and PR.

AMT Members staying ahead of the technology curve

Money, time, training, risk of change, and lack of opportunity are all roadblocks that have historically stood in the way of advancement for machine shops of every size, shape, and certification level. It takes years for new tech to become widely adopted by the manufacturing industry.

Can you cherry pick the data on workforce?

As more and more white papers are written these days about changes in workforce needs and the future of workforce development brought on by disruptions in technology (driven by Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, etc.), we’re seeing more authors conclude that robotics and automation will be doing away with the majority of low-skilled jobs.

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U.S. Cutting Tool 2017 YTD Consumption up 8.0 % in October
October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $198.00 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 13.2 percent from September’s $174.92 million and up 17.2 percent when compared with the $169.00 million reported for October 2016. With a year-to-date total of $1.835 billion, 2017 is up 8.0 percent when compared with 2016.  (more)
U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for October 2017
Orders for manufacturing technology kept their momentum in October 2017, gaining 6.3 percent over September to a total value of $428.32 million, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Year to date, orders are up 7.6 percent compared to the same point in 2016.  (more)
U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for September 2017
September continued their upward trend, ending the third quarter on a strong note. According to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report, bookings for September 2017 were up 6 percent from August and posted a year-to-date figure 5 percent higher than the first nine months of 2016. The monthly total of $403 million fell short of September 2016 by 26 percent, a typical drop-off in odd-numbered years when IMTS, the largest manufacturing technology show in the Americas, does not occur.   (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool 2017 YTD Consumption up 7 Percent
September U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $174.92 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 down 10.9 percent from August’s $196.23 million and up 1.9 percent when compared with the total of $171.68 million reported for September 2016. With a year-to-date total of $1.637 billion, 2017 is up 7 percent when compared with 2016.  (more)
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Re-Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers - 2017
The CMTSE credential signifies a commitment to continuous professional development. To maintain their designation, Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers undergo a recertification process, which occurs every three years from the date of passing the exam.  (more)
Fastenal Partners with MachineMetrics to Build the Future In Real-Time
Our latest success story features Fastenal, a major industrial supplier of fasteners and tools based in Winona, Minnesota. With the goal of developing a roadmap toward digital manufacturing transformation, Fastenal enlisted the help of MachineMetrics machine monitoring and maufacturing analytics software to identify the most significant recurring problems impacting production by gain visibility into and optimizing their production utilization, downtime, quality, and jobs. We interviewed their manufacturing team to learn about all of the fantastic gains they have experienced since their implementation of MachineMetrics. For Fastenal, their investment in MachineMetrics paid for itself in less than 30 days and allowed them to run faster, gain production hours, take on more jobs, and produce more parts than ever before. “Technology changes all the time, and finding what is broken in our system is essential to continuous lean improvement. MachineMetrics gives us that starting point to do exactly that.”  (more)
To further strengthen its customer support in Mexico, Gehring opened a new facility in Silao, Mexico on November 9th 2017!  Led by Eng. Abraham Pizano, the new Gehring de Mexico will provide customers with access to the company’s tooling rework, training, services and sales support for its advanced honing technology solutions.
Beckwood Press Company Announces Corporate Headquarters Relocation
Beckwood Press Company has announced that they will transition their corporate headquarters to a 55,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in the newly-constructed Fenton Logistics Park, also in Fenton Missouri. Scheduled for completion in June 2018, Beckwood’s new building will feature heavy crane capability with extended ceiling heights, 10,000+ sq. ft. of office and meeting space, and 4,800 sq. ft. for demonstration machinery.  (more)
MFG Day is coming up and Shop Floor Automations, an MFG Systems Integrator, shares some ways to help with the holiday and the skills gap, even if you don't have a machine shop to bring kids to!   (more)
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