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Expect value from distributors before, during, and after the sale

The sales process for many products, including machine tools, has changed. Thanks to easy access to information, customers who want to purchase a new machine today can narrow their choices to a few machines that will meet their needs before ever speaking with an actual sales person. After just a few clicks on a computer mouse, these customers can quickly research and compare data and machine specifications from several builders. They can also easily find and read reviews or social media posts from other manufacturers who are already using the machines to learn more about the pros and cons of each.

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Tax reform next on the agenda

The winds have shifted in Washington since Congress returned from the month long summer break. There is a new sense of urgency to get something done from both sides of the aisle. It's true that it took an act of nature to bring the parties together, but it took an act of bipartisanship to enact a disaster relief package that included: a down payment for rebuilding after the hurricanes, a short-term spending deal to keep the government open through December, and a three-month increase in the debt ceiling necessary to fund the spending.

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What can we do to save a workforce in decline?

“What we want to call ‘blue-collar jobs’ are on the way out," said Kipp Glenn, a worker at Carrier’s factory in Indianapolis, in a recent article from the Washington Post.

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Don’t underestimate workholding’s impact

In today’s ultra-competitive manufacturing industry, planning workholding in conjunction with a machine tool purchase has become more important than ever. Gone are the days of ordering a machine, having it installed, and then mounting whatever workholding is laying around the shop on the machine.

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Updates on the Auto and Mining, Off-road & Construction Industries

Is the auto industry forecast closer to a sci-fi or horror film for advanced manufacturers?  Why is there optimism for mining, off-road & construction (MOC) industry?

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U.S. Cutting Tool 2017 YTD Consumption up 7.7% in August
August U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $196.23 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 14.8% from July’s $170.95 million and up 11.6% when compared with the total of $175.81 million reported for August 2016. With a year-to-date total of $1.462 billion, 2017 is up 7.7% when compared with 2016.
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U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for August 2017
 The expansion of manufacturing technology orders slowed in August, but continued to push recovery into its third quarter according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report. August orders were up 16 percent from July and 14 percent from August 2016.  (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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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