2014 was a big year! As a member, we hope one of AMT’s products, services or networking opportunities helped you move your business forward. In case you missed them, here are some highlights from the past year…and a few sneak peeks into what we have in store for you in 2015! 

It was a show year! IMTS 2014 was the largest 6-day show ever with registration at 114,147 with attendees from over 112 countries. There was a buzz in the air and it was clear the industry is back on track with orders rolling in. The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS was also the largest in history with over 17,000 students in attendance to learn about promising careers in manufacturing. They participated in many hands-on exhibits, including a competition to see who could design the most efficient wind turbine.

Networking is always a highlight at events like The MFG Meeting, the [MC]2  Conference, the Automation in Manufacturing Conference and the Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference. Attendees at these meetings learned new business strategies, discussed the future of the industry and built relationships with their peers and industry experts. In 2015, you can look forward to a new meeting – the Distribution Summit 2015 (D15), which will be held September 23-24, in Columbus, Ohio.  

Members made connections abroad, as well, by attending a trade mission with the Global Services team. They toured factories in Mexico and helped members understand what’s involved in taking their business overseas. The trade mission to India this month will focus on the aerospace sector. 

AMT’s business intelligence software, MTInsight, transitioned to a new platform. As a result, many products were re-released with added features. MTProspects is now available for you to search Dun & Bradstreet contacts and purchase only the ones you need. The USMTO App allows you to quickly visualize your company’s market share. And many exhibitors used the IMTS 2014 App to contact leads before, during and after the show. This product also has some new features for 2015 and is being re-released as the IMTS Exhibitor Passport. Look for more on these exciting changes coming soon! 

The MTConnect Institute, a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization established to further the development of the MTConnect standard, officially became a subsidiary of AMT in 2014. The Institute will continue to operate independently but will benefit from additional AMT staff. Version 1.3.0 of the MTConnect standard was released with additional features; and it also provides access to the MTConnect User Portal, a community site for implementation best practices and shared experiences about implementation of the standard (www.MTCup.org).

MFGAdvocate.com, a blog covering advocacy, Smartforce, technology and innovation, launched and has grown to include a video segment. Members continue to make their voices heard by visiting the “Write Your Legislators” section of AMTonline.org. Legislative “wins” – such as the recent extension of Sec. 179 – can only be achieved with your help. Thank you, MFG Advocates! 

We look forward to a booming year for manufacturing and a renewed opportunity to serve our AMT members. Visit AMTonline.org to learn more about our products, services and ways you can be involved with us in 2015.