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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 - 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
The MFG Meeting: Where manufacturing and business leadership converge
It’s time to register for AMT’s first big event of 2017: The MFG Meeting (Manufacturing for Growth), March 22 - 25, 2017, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Florida.   (more)
Getting social: A basic guide to channels
Last month, I discussed the idea of giving your business a digital facelift in the new year. Manufacturers have been slow to adopt digital marketing techniques, but research shows that a customer’s digital experience with a company is essential to retaining and building customer relationships – regardless of industry. Manufacturers don’t get a pass on this. Everyone is online, and that includes your buyers.  (more)
New administration and Congress seize their opportunity
The 115th Congress was sworn in on January 3 and is already hard at work changing its reputation from “do nothing” to “do something” to possibly even “do a lot.”  For the GOP leadership, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), this is the opportunity to tackle its top policy priority of repealing and replacing Obamacare along with rolling back federal regulations, increasing infrastructure projects and making inroads on fundamental tax reform.   (more)
Success in 2017? MTInsight has an app for that!
Ringing in the new year is a good time to consider how you might leverage AMT’s products and services. There is no easier way to start than by using the available tools on AMT’s business intelligence platform at MTInsight.org. Whether you want to save time, quickly analyze market data, or find new sales opportunities, our apps can help you meet your goals.   (more)
Market Data Review - January 2017
This column is often used to talk about a lot of numbers, whether they come from the latest USMTO report or from recent economic indicators. This month will be no different, but the focus will be on ones and zeros. The topic is the digital manufacturing revolution! While the advancements we have seen may appear to be science fiction, the technology for connected machining exists now and there are real, tangible benefits that can make a huge impact on your organization.    (more)
AMT Exhibitions department gearing up for increased involvement with SME events and international shows
The AMT Exhibitions department will be taking on added responsibilities this year with the addition of a new show in China and a new partnership with SME for a series of regional shows.  (more)
Bar pullers: a small shop’s alternative to bar feeders
Operating a lathe means turning bar stock into parts. Bar feeders push (or feed) a bar of stock into the lathe until the bar has been fully utilized. Then the bar feeder continues to load bar after bar until the job is complete or the hopper is out of stock, just like a mechanical pencil. However, if only a single bar of stock is necessary, or a shop does not have the space or money for a bar feeder, a bar puller can be used to easily automate any CNC lathe or turning center.  (more)
Double header: SpaceCom to FABTECH
In 2016, SpaceCom and FABTECH took place back to back with slight overlap. If you attended both, you were in for an exciting week!   (more)
Why standards need interoperability
As machine data applications have begun to grow from machine monitoring into real-time control, optimization, and ultimately autonomous operation, interoperability between manufacturing standards and IT/communications standards has presented enormous challenges to industry.  (more)
2017 should be great - let’s get in shape!
It can sometimes be tough to stay the course and see our goals through. We start out with lofty ambitions but then as time ticks on, the day-to-day tasks bog us down and we lose sight. But we need to try, right? The global projections for the manufacturing technology sector in 2017 are quite positive and it’s not too late to set out new objectives in order to capitalize on growth in the markets here in the U.S. and around the world.  (more)
Set a course for training in 2017
With the start of the New Year, it’s normally a time to set new business and personal goals. Often, business goals are formalized in the form of “Management by Objectives,” especially for sales managers and their sales staff. Ongoing training in the area of sales skills and process methodology should be on the top of the list of every sales manager for their people no matter their level of sales experience.  (more)
Paul Warndorf retires from AMT
Paul Warndorf, formerly AMT Vice President - Manufacturing Technology and more recently Vice President - Strategic Planning, has retired after 20 years with AMT.  (more)
AMT News - January 2017 - interactive pdf
 - 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)
AMT News - December 2016
 - Five tips to boost your company's Confidence Quotient in 2017
 - A post-election look at the manufacturing technology market
 - Planning for failure – necessary for success
 - Successful debut for AMT's first-ever Distribution Regional Summit
       … and much more  (more)
Five tips to boost your company’s Confidence Quotient in 2017
Implementing a business strategy, cultivating customers and encouraging a talented team – it all requires self-assured leadership in the face of pressure. We all have different management styles, and it’s easy to feel uncertain in times of change. Here are five ideas you might consider to foster a resilient business.  (more)
IMTS and GIE Media donate 3D printers and $8,000 to Chicago public schools and community programs focused on STEM
The Miles for Manufacturing (M4M), a series of 5K races aimed at raising funds and awareness for STEM education and manufacturing careers, donated four MakerGear 3D printers and another $8,000 to Chicago-area STEM programs with proceeds from its 5K held during IMTS 2016.  (more)
Cabinet picks signal a pro-business, pro-growth agenda
Manufacturers are hopeful that three recent cabinet announcements will increase President-elect Trump’s likelihood of fulfilling a campaign promise to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, but they could spell trouble for trade.  (more)
Is 2017 the year for your digital facelift?
If you Google your company’s name, what will you find? Do you know? When is the last time you checked? What if you were to search for your company’s product? Would your company’s name show up on the first page?  (more)
Getting smarter: the many uses of Watson
Many of us know what IBM Watson is; we watched it defeat its human competitors on Jeopardy! in 2011. Watson has come a long way from its game show days to making real impact in day-to-day operations of businesses and people. I attended the IBM Watson Developer Conference, one of the first developer conferences IBM has organized for its Watson services.  (more)
Market Data Review - December 2016
At the recent Distribution Regional Summit at John Force Racing in Indiana, I was asked about the immediate, short-term and long-term impact of a Trump presidency. I noted that no one has any idea about the long-term impact, but the first part is pretty easy. About the only thing that any president can do immediately is evoke or revoke executive orders.  (more)
Your new crystal ball: Introducing the U.S. Cutting Tool Industry and Economic Outlook
Running a successful business involves many different aspects and capabilities. An area that most companies would admit they need to improve is related to planning. Planning is vital to an organization for a variety of reasons, but what makes planning difficult is the ability to envision what might happen in the future. Understanding the scenarios that are likely to play out and preparing accordingly can take a business to the next level.  (more)
Planning for failure – necessary for success
Failure mode effect analysis (FMEA) is a tool to prevent errors that lead to defects, overproduction and overprocessing. Common analyses are used in design (DFMEA), process (PFMEA) and function. The core principles are the same. These principles are to identify failures and implement countermeasures.  (more)
Have your say on MTConnect development
The MTConnect standard has gained a foothold in manufacturing as a go-to communication protocol. For companies that are building or selling compatible equipment or controls, the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) offers the opportunity to have significant input on new features, capabilities, and improvements to MTConnect.  (more)
MTConnect® makes an impression at JIMTOF
Now, let’s bring that back to the Japanese penchant for new technology and JIMTOF. At the show we saw something that was quite unexpected but not that surprising. FANUC, while illustrating their FIELD system, which incorporates MTConnect and OPC UA, had connected 250 machines on the show floor from 80 different exhibitors. Very Japanese and very cool!  (more)
India – optimism, opportunity and growth
India is maintaining its position as the fastest growing major economy in the world. The Manufacturing PMI in October stood at 54.4, continuing its increasing trend since January this year when it was 51.1. A similar trend has been observed in the Business Confidence Index, which rose to 57.2 in the second quarter from 54.1 in the first quarter of 2016. According to a recent Grant Thornton International Business Survey Report, India ranks second in the Global Business Optimism Index.  (more)
Apprentices: You’re hired!
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines an apprentice as a person who learns a job or skill by working for a fixed period of time from someone who is very good at that job or skill. The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) also recognizes apprenticeship programs where the competency that an apprentice learns is as important, if not more important, than the amount of time an individual spends learning.  (more)
AMT recognizes and congratulates seven new CMTSEs
On November 9, seven CMTSE candidates passed the exam and earned the Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineer (CMTSE) credential which recognizes them as knowledgeable, experienced and committed to the industry. CMTSE is the only nationally recognized accreditation of its kind that gives customers the certainty that they are dealing with a qualified sales professional.  (more)
Stressed? These apps help you catch your breath again
It’s that time of year again, Road Warriors. Quotas to be met, customers (who promised to buy before the end of the year) to be sold, next year’s sales forecasts to be created (negotiating with your boss is always fun), and it’s the holidays! Ho Ho Ho – could it get any more stressful?  (more)
Meet AMT IT Director Jesse Lewis
Personable, engaging, and bright, Jesse Lewis is focused on leading AMT’s Information Technology team to be exceptionally service-orientated and resourceful. Six months ago Jesse joined AMT to serve as Director of Information Technology, replacing Lois Uthman, who retired after a 29-year tenure at AMT.  (more)
Woody Hasemann, former AMT VP, dies at 86
Elwood H. (Woody) Hasemann, who retired from AMT in 1998, passed away on October 31, 2016, in Rockville, Md., at the age of 86. Woody spent 30 years with AMT, first as Director of Administrative Services from 1968-1982 and then as Vice President – Exhibitions, leading the International Manufacturing Technology Show from 1982 through 1998.  (more)
AMT News - December 2016 Interactive pdf
 - Five tips to boost your company's Confidence Quotient in 2017
 - A post-election look at the manufacturing technology market
 - Planning for failure – necessary for success
 - Successful debut for AMT's first-ever Distribution Regional Summit
       … and much more  (more)
AMT News - November 2016
 - GFMC 2016 delivers insight on future of MFG industry
 - There's more that unites us than divides us
 - MTInsight – USMTO Territory Wizard coming soon
 - How did you spend Manufacturing Day?
        … and much more  (more)
GFMC 2016 delivers insight on future of MFG industry
More than 200 advanced manufacturing leaders attended AMT’s Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference last month, Oct. 19-21, in Miami, Florida. The only market data event targeted to the manufacturing technology industry, GFMC speakers identified emerging developments and business forecasts to help small- to medium-sized businesses fine tune their strategic plan for optimal performance in 2017.   (more)