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AMT News - September 2016
Market Snapshot
 - Durable manufacturing trends
 - Is your business facing an uncertain future?
 - New data available for Map U.S. Markets
 - China – the world's biggest machine tool market
   … and more  (more)
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AMT News - September 2016 Interactive pdf
Market Snapshot
 - Durable manufacturing trends
 - Is your business facing an uncertain future?
 - New data available for Map U.S. Markets
 - China – the world's biggest machine tool market
   … and more  (more)
Trump unveils his economic vision to make America first again
With Detroit as the backdrop, Donald Trump delivered his first major economic address last month, promising that “the Motor City will come roaring back” under his leadership. He cited the rise and fall of the auto industry as one example of failed policy and introduced a four-point plan to change this country’s course. It’s focused on tax reform, regulatory reform, trade reform and energy reform.    (more)
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Members: Help us tell the story of U.S. manufacturing
I don’t need to tell you about the insanity of this election season. Discussion about manufacturing has been largely absent, but also misguided when it does come up. Most of the campaign speeches center on bringing back jobs that went overseas, but doing it by sending a torpedo through our trade agreements. In other words, turning back the progress we’ve made at opening markets and leveling the global playing field.  (more)
Challenge accepted!
How do you get more young people interested in careers in manufacturing? You challenge them. And you draft a terrific group of partners to help you challenge them! At the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2016, schools will be engaged in some of the most interesting, interactive and engaging challenges that our industry can put in front of them.   (more)
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China – The world’s biggest machine tool market
China is the world's second largest economy by nominal GDP. Until 2015 China still is one of the world's fastest-growing major economies, with growth rates of almost 10 percent on average every year over the last 30 years.   (more)
3D printing comes of age in the manufacturing industry
Just this year, UPS launched an on-demand 3D printing manufacturing network, which links UPS’s world-class global logistics network with 3D printers at more than 60 of The UPS Store locations across the United States. The company does this via Fast Radius’ On Demand Production Platform™ and 3D printing factory at the UPS Worldport in Louisville, Ky. UPS invested in Fast Radius in 2015, to learn more about 3D printing and its potential while bringing the benefits to its customers.  (more)
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An introduction to closed-loop gear manufacturing
The traditional gear cutting process looks like this: cut the material, measure the material, pre-finish the material into a gear, measure the gear, finish the gear, and measure it again. This typically involves specialty tooling running on specialty machines. Advances in hardware, software and inspection technology have led to the possibility of closed-loop cells. A closed-loop system automatically matches a finished product to its design concept.  (more)
New data for Map U.S. Markets available
Map U.S. Markets is a free mapping tool available to all MTInsight subscribers that helps identify where concentrations of customer industries are located and whether those industries are growing or contracting within selectable geographic regions.   (more)
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Market Data Review - September 2016
The durable manufacturing sector – the customer base for manufacturing technology ­– has languished over the past 12 months. Capacity utilization levels for durable manufacturing have moved modestly between 75.3 percent and 76.1 percent but have varied widely by industry.  (more)
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Is your business facing an uncertain future? Don’t go it alone
Ask any company’s CEO, president or chairman about their biggest problem and the vast majority will undoubtedly say it is uncertainty. Even business school students are taught that it is the top challenge facing most corporations. I don’t have to tell you that our industry has its fair share of ups and downs; you already know that.   (more)
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Meet Brandon Croarkin, industry analyst with AMT
“A cool mix of creativity and logic” is how Brandon describes his job as an industry analyst with AMT’s Strategic Analytics group, which provides members with services to enhance their businesses. From conducting market research to identifying potential sales leads in certain geographic regions, the Strategic Analytics team aims to help members solve pressing business challenges with a streamlined research process, cross-functional knowledge and access to key data resources.   (more)
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AMT News - August 2016
IMTS 2016
 - Where to begin your IMTS 2016 visit
 - Before you go: how to prepare for IMTS 2016
 - IMTS is almost here – be proud of our industry!
      … and more   (more)
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Breakthroughs presented at NAMRC: milling center accuracy, new additive machine
The North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), held June 27 – July 1, is an academic conference with a focus on discrete-part manufacturing. This includes the ancillary activities around manufacturing, such as process planning, quality, and the data ecosystem. SME was the host organization of the event.   (more)
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Simulate the solution
You have found a solution to a problem. The five whys have led to a root cause. Your boundary diagram has ensured the scope is kept within reason. Trade studies have narrowed the world of solutions based on a specific set of metrics. Now you are ready to implement the new solution, right?   (more)
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Market Data Review - August 2016
Late last year, the top forecasts for the manufacturing technology market all suggested a rough 2016 followed by improvements in 2017 and beyond. The Institute for Trend Research reiterated that forecast at The MFG meeting in March and Steve Kline’s monthly updates have reinforced that point every month this year. Oxford lowered their 2016 forecast during the Summer Economic Update Webinar but is still projecting a recovery in 2016. That’s good news but it doesn’t help us to weather the current market conditions.  (more)
MTInsight: why we do it 
We’ve gathered a sizable and loyal MTInsight user population but there are still many members we haven’t inspired to use these valuable tools. Perhaps I have overemphasized what MTInsight is when I should be explaining why you should use it.    (more)
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All you have to do is ask
Let me ask you a question. As a sales professional in the field, which of the following cold-call leads options would you prefer?
  1. Be given the lead that includes only the name, address, phone number and contact of a given company.
  2. Have a lead referred to you by a customer who thinks that your product or service is worth recommending.
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Growing business through global expansion and e-commerce: UPS leads the way
“Smart companies are looking to more distant horizons. That’s where UPS can help,” said Charlie Chung, a senior marketing manager at UPS. UPS has paved the way with a suite of services and express delivery options to more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, he said.  (more)
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Spare parts market: an invitation to think out of the box!
It is true that the Brazilian market has struggled over the last two to three years, especially in the automotive segment. However, are you aware of the size of the Brazilian market even with the downturn in the economy? Or even better … do you know who are succeeding and who are going through difficulties?  (more)
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Trade Missions – transport yourself into a foreign business environment with ease
An AMT trade mission is far from generic or typical. Our missions are recommended and sponsored by the Global Marketing and Sales Committee, which is composed of your peers – a group of experienced and successful global business professionals. Once a particular trade mission is vetted and approved, it is organized and executed by our folks here in Virginia and our foreign team in the destination country, who have the local expertise and do the bulk of the heavy lifting.  (more)
Countdown to launch
IMTS is just a  month away, the preparation and planning for the Smartforce Student Summit is coming together nicely, the final countdown is on and we’re preparing for launch.  (more)
Change is coming - prepare for it at GFMC 2016
For more than 40 years, AMT’s Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference has been the industry’s top source for economic data, market forecasts, business best practices, and professional inspiration to prepare companies for the future. This year’s GFMC takes place October 19–21 in beautiful Miami, Fla.   (more)
Bumpy ride awaits as we head to Election Day
The conventions are over, the major parties have chosen their candidates amid some controversy, and most polls show the race even. With less than 12 weeks until Election Day, it may be time to overcome your fear of roller coasters.  (more)
IMTS is almost here – be proud of our industry!
It won’t be long until we come together in Chicago for IMTS, the world’s stage for advanced manufacturing technology. Just like you’d expect, there are plenty of exciting features coming to the show.   (more)
Before you go: how to prepare for IMTS 2016
Opening day for IMTS 2016 is just over a month away. Are you prepared? Check our to-do list to make sure you’re ready for your arrival at McCormick Place!  (more)
Where to begin your IMTS 2016 visit
With more than 2,300 exhibitors and 1.3 million net sq. ft. of exhibit space, the question of where to begin your IMTS 2016 visit can be overwhelming. Here’s the scoop on some can’t-miss starting points.  (more)
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AMT has moved
In preparation for the new AMT building, we have moved to a temporary location just one block away from our former office.  (more)
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AMT News - August 2016 - interactive pdf
IMTS 2016
 - Where to begin your IMTS 2016 visit
 - Before you go: how to prepare for IMTS 2016
 - IMTS is almost here – be proud of our industry!
      … and more  (more)
Attractions at IMTS - AMT's Emerging Technology Center
AMT’s Emerging Technology Center, or ETC, made its debut at IMTS 2004 as a place to educate, inform and excite the manufacturing community about ground-breaking innovations specific to the industry. The ETC has become the “must visit” at IMTS and is renowned around the world for showcasing state-of-the art and disruptive technologies that will impact manufacturing in the years to come.   (more)
Local Motors opens DC-area microfactory
Recognizing the need to bring their collaborative spirit to the nation’s capital, last month Local Motors celebrated the grand opening of its new microfactory at National Harbor, Md., just a few miles from Washington, D.C.  (more)
Manufacturing and the cloud: The new industrial revolution
From the shop floor to the sales and marketing office, cloud computing technologies are making a big impact in just about every facet of manufacturing. There is a lot of exploration into how this disruptive technology offers benefits beyond what was first imagined. While cloud computing in manufacturing includes an ecosystem of data and analytics, it reaches far and wide into the areas of machine connectivity, supplier and vendor collaboration and even into transactions.   (more)
National party conventions: why you should watch
When the Republican and Democratic national conventions are held later this month, they will wrap up a hard-fought and dramatic year-and-a-half long primary campaign season. The two contenders left standing, business leader Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, clinched their parties’ nominations weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tune in to what’s happening.  (more)
What politics? Join the Friends of Manufacturing
Friends of Manufacturing encourages attention on the issues that are challenges for the industry. That includes our high corporate tax rate, barriers to free trade, and government regulations that create excessive burdens. All of these factors make it difficult for the United States to stay globally competitive.  (more)
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Meet Melissa Leddy, AMT’s new Industry Engagement Manager
Dedicated, organized and energetic, Melissa Leddy brings significant hotel experience and international event planning to the Industry Engagement department at AMT.  (more)
Scarce data is valuable data
Most people in business are aware that data has intrinsic value. The more proprietary that data is to your firm, the more valuable it tends to be. Just as any freshman economics student can tell you, scarcity determines value. For example, AMT has valuable data sources that no one else in the world has. Sources like USMTO or IMTS registrations are created by programs or events that only AMT manages, with its value derived from its limited availability.  (more)
All-star lineup of economists at GFMC promises insightful business forecasts

Every fall AMT brings together economic forecasters, sales and marketing experts and industry leaders for two days to share their wisdom and provide an in-depth look at the future of the manufacturing technology industry.  The 2016 Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference, October 19 – 21, in Miami, Florida, will highlight emerging developments and insightful business forecasts. The presenter lineup includes three of the country’s most informed economists, which together have more than 100 years of economic forecasting experience.

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Challenge – translating promise into orders

Over the past 16 months, the manufacturing technology market has seen orders slip by about 15 to 18 percent. So just where did that drop come from? Oil prices began to fall in June 2014, and by the beginning of 2015, the price of oil had dropped by 50 percent. The energy industry accounted for about 10 percent of all orders and the downstream impact on capital equipment purchases was probably another 4 to 6 percent. The decline in the market could have been far worse if it hadn’t been for the strength of the auto and aerospace industry, which represent more than 40 percent of the orders placed for manufacturing technology.

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CAD, CAE and CAM software: manufacturing’s A-team

This month’s column focuses on a high-level technology overview, perfect for sharing with interns, students, or anyone you think would like to know more about some of the technology in our industry, three of which are CAD, CAE, and CAM.

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A deep dive into surface integrity at CIRP
CIRP, the International Academy for Production Engineering, recently held its 3rd surface integrity conference, which took place at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The goal of the conference was to communicate research on surface integrity, which is the study of topography and metallurgy control for surfaces that can be generated by machining or other operations.   (more)
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India – paving the way for robust growth and opportunities
Last month, the Indian government changed leadership, wrapping up its two-year term. In the last two years, the government worked on suitably tweaking policies, procedures and even the regulatory framework in order to create an environment conducive to business growth, foreign direct investments, new start-ups, and so on. In the last two years, India climbed 12 places in its ranking for “ease of doing business” and is presently ranked 130 in the world.  (more)
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The first word in IMTS is “International”
With IMTS only two months away, chances are you are buried deep in show preparations – finalizing the layout of your booth, making travel plans, maybe even deciding which restaurants to hit in Chicago. While you’re giving your sales staff their final prep, though, keep one thing in mind: IMTS might be a show happening in the United States, but it starts with “international.”  (more)
MTConnect Update – July 2016
  • Student Challenge Application Development competition open through July 16
  • Join the TAG for early access to MTConnect Version 1.4
  • VIP Tours at IMTS
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NIMS rolls out new CAM standards
On June 16, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills released the first-ever industry standards for Computer Aided Manufacturing. As an active partner in developing next-generation talent in manufacturing, NIMS will also be joining AMT at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2016. This is where educators and students will see and experience technologies like CAM, particularly as they work through the Art-to-Part series of student challenges that will include design, 3D printing, machining and measuring.  (more)
UPS maps the route to efficiency

UPS is the Global Logistics Provider for AMT & IMTS. The UPS On Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation (ORION) is a long-term investment by UPS to boost service while improving operational efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. It does so by using expansive fleet telematics and advanced algorithms to gather and calculate vast amounts of data to provide UPS drivers with optimized routes.

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AMT News - July 2016 - interactive pdf
Technology
 - Local Motors opens DC-area microfactory
 - Manufacturing and the cloud: The new industrial revolution
 - CAD, CAE and CAM
 - A deep dive into surface integrity at CIRP
 - AMT's Emerging Technology Center
And more …
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Closing the Labor Gap

With more than 300,000 unfilled openings and more than 80 percent of executives reporting a shortage of skilled workers, attracting young people to the manufacturing industry is one of the primary goals of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

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Mexican Market is Heating Up
Expansion in output and capacity in Mexico in particular—and Latin America in general—is good news for U.S. manufacturers, as pointed out by Carlos Mortera, AMT’s International Director for Latin America.  (more)
Career Launch Pad: Find next-generation talent at IMTS 2016
Looking to hire young professionals who are at the start of their manufacturing careers? For the first time ever, the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2016 is rolling out the Career Launch Pad with the aim of connecting manufacturing employers with recent and soon-to-be graduates for intern, apprenticeship, and entry-level positions.  (more)
Making a comeback: apprenticeships on the rise
For the past 50 years AMT member company Advanced Machine and Engineering (AME) of Rockford, Ill., has thrived through its robust apprenticeship program.  (more)