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AMT News – April 2017 interactive pdf
 - The MFG Meeting 2017
 - Market Data Review - Signs of recovery begin to bloom
 - MTInsight - Introducing a new Advanced Workholding app
 - MPETAC update: Export controls for materials processing equipment
       … and much more  (more)
Market Data Review - April 2017
Many key economic indicators are showing strong, positive signs for our industry. The Purchasing Managers’ Index moved up for the sixth consecutive month, suggesting continued expansion of the manufacturing sector. February’s 57.7 is the highest level for the index since August 2014. Another key growth indicator for the manufacturing technology market is the expansion of cutting tool shipments — the consumables that go onto the capital equipment.  (more)
Mexico: Still a strong export destination despite uncertainty
In 2017, Mexico will present many challenges and opportunities. While there has been a lot of press regarding the current situation in Mexico, the truth is when talking to an average Mexican you see no major change in the economy over the last eight years. After coming out of a sharp decline in 2008 due to the financial crisis, the Mexican economy has grown by 2 percent (or more) every year.  (more)
Why closed-loop design needs standards
Artificial intelligence is an up-and-coming application space for the Internet of Things. More specifically, the notion of self-aware machines or systems that can learn from their own environment and adapt on the fly are gaining wider acceptance as a feasible future state. The seemingly mundane world of communication standards and protocols is playing a key part in technology development because critical infrastructure is still missing.  (more)
Continuous improvement: It starts with culture
After 25+ years in the global manufacturing world, I have come across organizations of all sizes and shapes that were in the process of self-improvement. Often, they struggled with defining which “knobs” to tweak, focusing mostly on metrics and financials and not really understanding how culture plays into the equation for creating continuous improvement.  (more)
Continuous Improvement: Updated training resources from AMT
Over the past few months, we have been updating the AMT member experience with our education products and services, including updates to our platforms and content.  (more)
AMT recognizes and congratulates twelve new CMTSEs
On March 15, 12 Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineer candidates became official CMTSEs upon passing their certification exam. The new CMTSEs were the first to utilize our online exam platform developed in partnership with ToolingU/SME.   (more)
A little homework can go a long way
“Are these leads from the show any good?” “Is this referral worth my time?” These are the questions that salesmen have been asking themselves since Barney Rubble told Fred Flintstone that he “knows a guy” who’s interested in Fred’s latest invention. The answer to this age-old question is all up to you.   (more)
Straight talk on additive manufacturing, from GE’s Kirk Rogers
“Additive is not taking over manufacturing, it’s just another step in the manufacturing process,” says Kirk Rogers, Ph.D., Technology Leader of General Electric’s new 125,000-square-foot Center for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA) in Pittsburgh, Pa.  (more)
AMT elects 2017-2018 officers and directors
At the AMT Annual Business Session during The MFG Meeting, the association elected its 2017-2018 officers and directors. The board year began April 1, 2017.  (more)
The ISA human-machine interface standard
The human-machine interface is the crossing point between operators and modern manufacturing technology. The human machinist/operator depends on the HMI’s output to provide feedback on the physical process. It is the instrument operators use to adjust operating parameters.  (more)
MPETAC update: Export controls for materials processing equipment
On March 7, 2017, the Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee met to discuss the latest matters in export control. The purpose of this committee is to advise the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration with respect to technical questions that affect the level of export controls applicable to materials processing equipment and related technology.  (more)
The MFG Meeting 2017: Thought-provoking advice for an uncertain future
“Network. Food. Adapt. Emotion,” shouted MFG attendees when closing keynote speaker Jon Dorenbos asked the audience to describe the MFG Meeting, held March 22-25, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Fla. Jon stunned the 350+ audience when these same words rolled out of an envelope set on stage before the show had begun.   (more)
Manufacturing bill advances, other priorities delayed
The Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act passed the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and is now headed to the full Senate for a vote. This bicameral, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the last congress with the support of several manufacturing organizations including AMT. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) reintroduced it last month with a long list of cosponsors.    (more)
Thoughts of spring – and apprenticeships
Springtime is here, and before you know it, thoughts of students (and their parents and teachers) will turn to graduation, summer jobs, and eventual careers. It seems appropriate, then, to talk about your own summer hires — a great time to start your company’s own apprenticeship program!  (more)
Making data easy to see and use: Meet Alka Parandekar
Alka Parandekar has a passion to help others, whether it is providing valuable information for AMT members to grow their businesses, or helping the less fortunate. As a Senior Application Developer for AMT’s Business Intelligence Group, Alka writes software that translates enormous amounts of data (such as attendee demographics at IMTS) into graphics and easy-to-use tools for members to make decisions and zero in on potential customers.   (more)
Introducing a new Advanced Workholding Technology app
AMT is excited to announce the launch of a new MTInsight app for participants in the Advanced Workholding Technology benchmarking survey. This new app offers the data visualization and valuable analysis tools that make all the MTInsight applications unique and useful to our members, but takes it one step further with new views of the data never seen before.  (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - March 2017
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
NIST highlights manufacturing
As an AMT member and manufacturer, you know that manufacturing is vital to a healthy economy and national security. The recently updated graphic provides specific facts on the importance of manufacturing in the United States.   (more)
Reach new markets in 2017: Think regionally
Committed to creating opportunities that grow our members’ businesses, AMT has partnered with SME to deliver a series of regional events that give exhibitors more opportunities to expand their markets and meet new customers. Featuring a blend of education, applications and technology innovations that are of specific interest to that region.  (more)
Washington gets down to business
President Trump didn’t waste any time inviting manufacturers to the White House to discuss plans for developing high-wage manufacturing jobs. In the first of a series of “listening sessions,” two dozen business leaders, from companies including Emerson, Ford, GE, Dow, U.S. Steel, Lockheed Martin, 3M, Dell and General Dynamics, came together with the president, cabinet members and advisors to talk about ways to create jobs through trade, tax, regulatory and infrastructure improvements.   (more)
Manufacturers: It’s time for an image campaign
In late February, a group of manufacturing CEOs visited the White House for a meeting with President Trump. While Trump and the executives all stated their commitment to restoring factory jobs lost overseas, a few of the CEOs in attendance said that they had plenty of jobs – but not enough qualified people to fill them.  (more)
Are your sales territories balanced? Find out with Territory Wizard!
Due to the popularity of requests for this tool, AMT has added the Territory Wizard tool to the portfolio of apps available on AMT’s business intelligence platform. We are happy to announce that the Territory Wizard is now live and available for all USMTO participants.  (more)
Market Data Review - March 2017
Last spring, the best analysts covering manufacturing technology were predicting an upward swing in orders before summer 2017. Those forecasts seem to be right on track as the top indicators for our industry’s market are signaling a stronger market within the next 90 days.  (more)
Too many “to dos”? Keep track with Toodledo
If you’re like me, and have been in sales for any length of time, your to-do list is your bible that guides you through each day, week, month, etc. Without it, you are lost. We have all tried to come up with new and better ways to prioritize our tasks. For me, it started with the standard list where my No. 1 task was the first task (or the most important one) on my list and then each subsequent task was less important. Then I came up with the non-numbered tasks that were used as reminders of things that had to be done, not that day, but in the future.  (more)
Meet Bill Herman: Focused on new business for you!
Being friendly, witty and hardworking all come naturally to Midwesterner Bill Herman, who grew up on a cattle farm near Oconomowoc, Wis. Those attributes are key to his career. With more than 27 years of experience managing trade shows and events large and small, in dozens of industries and in more than 20 countries, Bill has gained a broad perspective on what makes an event relevant to both the exhibitor and visitor communities.  (more)
Knowledge is power – gain insight and more at the MFG Meeting
Time is running out to register for the MFG Meeting, the event where manufacturing leaders find insight, networking, inspiration and new ideas. Join us March 22-25, 2017, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Fla.   (more)
MTConnect working groups seek contributors
Are you interested in shaping the future of MTConnect? Working groups within the MTConnect Technical Advisory Group (TAG) are a great way to get involved, and they encompass a wide variety of topics and technologies.  (more)
Advanced manufacturing’s growing place in India
A few weeks ago, I went to my first IMTEX, as well as my first trip to India. The 2017 IMTEX further introduced me to our association colleagues at the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers Association (IMTMA), provided a glimpse into “doing business in India,” and also allowed me to see the level (and type) of demand for MTConnect. It was a great trip on all accounts!  (more)
Comparing servo presses vs. traditional hydraulic presses
Last November I had the pleasure of attending FABTECH 2016 in Las Vegas. As one would assume when visiting Vegas, I saw quite a bit. One of the coolest things was a demonstration differentiating hydraulic presses vs. servo presses.  (more)
Opportunities in China's automotive industry
According to the IMF World Economic Outlook, China’s 2016 GDP growth was 6.7 percent, the fastest rate in the world. Both auto and truck sales are considered an important indicator of consumer demand. In 2016, China’s automobile sales reached a new record level of 28.02 million cars sold, which is about a 13.7 percent increase from 2015.  (more)
Global Services has a new director
We have some exciting news in Global Services. After a rather lengthy search we now have a new Director, Marcel Beraud, to be based in our McLean, Va., headquarters. Marcel comes to us with more than 30 years of international manufacturing operations experience. He is a true global business professional speaking five languages and possessing extensive experience in Europe, Asia and Latin America.  (more)
Policy matters
Over the past eight years, the whole national conversation around STEM education, the overall employment picture and the issue of a skills gap in manufacturing has translated into a distinct focus on career and technical education and training from inside the beltway in D.C.  (more)
AMT News – March 2017 interactive pdf
 - NIST highlights manufacturing
 - Reach new markets in 2017: Think regionally
 - Market Data Review – Looks like a recovery is around the corner
 - Global Services has a new director
       … and much more  (more)
AMT News - February 2017
 - A closer look: tax proposals come to the table
 - Border adjustability and territoriality level the global playing field
 - How Brazil is handling crisis and what to expect in 2017
 - The results are in: The India Trade Mission was a winner
       … and much more  (more)
A closer look: tax proposals come to the table
Since the election, there has been increased commentary on the prospects for comprehensive tax reform in the 115th Congress. The election of President Trump and a Republican majority in Congress represent the first real opportunity for comprehensive tax reform in 30 years, but dissent within the party and a full agenda may doom the effort.   (more)
Border adjustability and territoriality level the global playing field
The goal of the House Republican tax plan is a simpler, fairer and flatter tax code that strengthens American competitiveness rather than hinders it. On the business side, that means leveling the playing field for U.S. products by lowering rates, encouraging investment and moving to a territorial, international tax system like most of our foreign competitors.   (more)
Gain the competitive advantage, attend the MFG Meeting!
Every spring AMT members and industry leaders gather at the MFG Meeting to discuss the forces transforming the manufacturing industry and strategies to lead a successful manufacturing business. Hosted by AMT and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), this year’s MFG Meeting, will be held March 22-25, 2017, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Fla.  (more)
So, what do I post? A social media content primer
So your business is getting started on social media. That’s great! Welcome to your digital marketing journey. But once you get your accounts up and running, what types of content should you look to post? Here is a quick primer on channels and how to approach them.  (more)
Diverse data reporting for diverse member businesses
It’s true that AMT’s members are connected by their engagement with the manufacturing technology sector. However, there is quite a bit of diversity when you look more closely at our membership profile. AMT’s membership is made up of manufacturers who represent a variety of distinct product areas. In addition, our distributor members cover clear territories of the country and specialize in offering unique technology solutions and services to a number of different customer industries.    (more)
Market Data Review - February 2017
There was a lot to like from our recent Winter Economic Update Webinar at the end of January. Not only did Oxford’s Mark Killion do an outstanding job updating participants on the impact of a Trump presidency, but AMT staff also gave short briefings on your association’s advancement in expanding market access opportunities, industry intelligence assets and technology trends tools. I had the opportunity to share how AMT has built a deeper pool of industry intelligence assets and is working to create a manufacturing-friendly environment for building, selling and servicing.  (more)
Meet Jackie McFarland, AMT Senior Industry Analyst
In her role as senior industry analyst for AMT, Jackie McFarland is all about the data. But her passion lies in helping AMT member businesses thrive.  (more)
Graphically display causes with the Ishikawa diagram
Known alternately as the fishbone, fish skeleton, herringbone, cause and effect, and 5M, the Ishikawa diagram is a dispersion analysis that graphically displays causes to a problem/effect. This tool has been used since it became popular in the 1960s. Similar to other problem-solving tools, the Ishikawa diagram will only aid in the management and structure of getting to the resolution.  (more)
Common use cases for MTConnect
The MTConnect standard is helping enable next-generation manufacturing by allowing communication between different types and brands of devices on the factory floor. Getting started with MTConnect requires little more than a survey of a facility’s capabilities, an assessment of needs, and an evaluation of current and near-future vendor solutions available.  (more)
The results are in: The India Trade Mission was a winner
The week prior to the show, participants from seven AMT member companies took part in the trade mission, visiting 10 large manufacturers in Pune and Bangalore. Well-known names like GE, Mahindra, Cummins, Toyota, and Dana-Spicer were among those on the agenda. Everyone walked away with new high-level contacts, local insight, and optimism about their strategies for India moving forward. Hats off to the Chennai Tech Centre team!  (more)
How Brazil is handling crisis and what to expect in 2017
Lately, Brazil has been one of the most targeted discussion topics in the concerns of business and the economy. It is a fact that the country has gone through difficult times over the last three years, whether due to corruption issues or a downturn in several market segments. Now there is an invitation to further understand what measures were taken by agencies and government to change the course of the political and economic scenarios, combined with a quick update on what is being done to improve three different fronts: fiscal adjustment, investment in infrastructure and international trade.  (more)
Passengers – Art becomes life
I hope that the story behind the story in this film is not lost on the American public. Any sense of apprehension about the potential for automation, AI, AR, etc., to take jobs away from people in the near term or the very long term can be eased by watching films like this and the message they convey that in the future, we will continue to need skilled labor in the form of mechanics, welders, machinists, technicians, engineers, etc.  (more)
Hit the starting line at the next M4M 5K
Get active while supporting a good cause at the Miles 4 Manufacturing 5K race, once again coming to the MFG Meeting. Proceeds from the event are donated to programs benefiting the development of the future manufacturing workforce.  (more)
AMT News – February 2017 interactive pdf
 - A closer look: tax proposals come to the table
 - Border adjustability and territoriality level the global playing field
 - How Brazil is handling crisis and what to expect in 2017
 - The results are in: The India Trade Mission was a winner
       … and much more  (more)
AMT News - January 2017
 - The MFG Meeting: Where manufacturing and business leadership converge
 - Getting social: A basic guide to channels
 - New administration and Congress seize their opportunity
 - 2017 should be great – let’s get in shape!
       … and much more   (more)