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MFG Day 2017: Time to get ready
The first Friday in October is reserved each year for MFG Day, a day to celebrate next-generation manufacturing and improve public perceptions about the industry. On October 6, 2017, there will be thousands of events nationwide. Will your company be one of its hosts?  (more)
Delivering actionable manufacturing intelligence at GFMC 2017
Exciting changes are in store for GFMC 2017, AMT’s annual Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference for the manufacturing industry. The only global economic forecasting event dedicated to the manufacturing technology industry, GFMC 2017 promises to help industry leaders create and execute best business strategy through data, analysis, and insight on industries that influence our trade. Market outlooks include auto, aerospace, appliance and white goods, cutting tool, energy, oil & gas, off-road construction, and medical industries.  (more)
Creative minds - creative times drive the American manufacturing revolution
It seems these days everybody is involved in manufacturing innovation. In the past, most of the R&D was done by those with deep pockets—the government, well-heeled universities, and big corporations. They are still important sources of funding, but there is a new movement afoot to break the barriers and rewrite the path to innovation inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley. It is focused on physical technology rather than software and it is happening in incubators around the country where startups, industry, investment, academia, government, and resources come together.  (more)
NAFTA revisited - North American market heats up
Our government has gotten the ball rolling on revisiting the North American Free Trade Agreement with our trading partners to the north and south. Here's an update on the renegotiation.   (more)
Sensing a disruption in the (labor) force
Normally, when you think of disruptions in the labor force, you’re thinking in traditional terms like those reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: employment vs. unemployment, hires vs. separations in the form of layoffs or retirements, etc., and more recently “marginally attached” and “discouraged workers” who are not in the labor force.  (more)
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U.S. Cutting Tool 2017 YTD Consumption up 7.1% in July
July U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $170.95 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 8.4% from June’s $186.57 million and up 16.0% when compared with the total of $147.43 million reported for July 2016. With a year-to-date total of $1.266 billion, 2017 is up 7.1% when compared with 2016.  (more)
U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for July 2017
US Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) continued to expand in July, up 23% from July 2016 order levels. The July rate of increase is a notable acceleration in growth relative to the 10% increase in June orders posted over the previous year.   (more)
August 14 - U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for June 2017
June manufacturing technology orders climbed 6.5 percent over May, according to a report released by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. The latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report also shows a year-over-year increase of more than 10 percent, the fifth consecutive month posting a year-over year gain.  (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool 2017 YTD Consumption up 5.8% in June
June U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $186.57 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 2.8% from May’s $191.93 million and up 6.0% when compared with the total of $175.97 million reported for June 2016. With a year-to-date total of $1.095 billion, 2017 is up 5.8% when compared with 2016.  (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool 2017 YTD Consumption up 5.8% in May
May U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $191.93 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 14.2% from April’s $168.03 million and up 15.5% when compared with the total of $166.25 million reported for May 2016. With a year-to-date total of $908.04 million, 2017 is up 5.8% when compared with 2016.  (more)
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New Infographic Promotes Careers in Manufacturing
As manufacturing evolves with the digital world and skilled workers retire, a shortage of two million workers in the next 10 years is anticipated by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute studies. Help close the manufacturing talent gap. Use Deloitte’s newly published...   (more)
Three Surprising Ways Manufacturers Can Use the Cloud to Drive Innovation
Written by Ryan Kelly, director of business operations at MakeTime, an AMT member company that focuses on streamlining the production of CNC machined parts. It’s hard to remember life and work before the cloud. What was going to solve all our...   (more)
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)
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MFG Day & SFA
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)
Concept Machine Tool to Host Open House/SteakFest 2017
Concept Machine Tool, a leading Minnesota machine tool, distributor will be hosting their biennial Open House & SteakFest on September 26-28, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.  The open house will be held at 15625 Medina Road, Minneapolis, MN 55447.  (more)
Shop Floor Automations News Lately
4 pieces of news about what Shop Floor Automations is up to with the second half of the year.   (more)
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