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)
Making way for innovation
What is your business approach to innovation? When a company is successful, and especially when it’s large, innovation can be a slow process. The need to be agile doesn’t seem as great when there is an established and reliable product portfolio.   (more)
New bill would improve the MEP Program
AMT has endorsed a new bill that would reauthorize and improve the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program to better serve small to medium-sized manufacturing companies. The MEP was established in 1988 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology...   (more)
March Orders up by Double Digits, but That’s Not as Good as It Sounds
The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report for March 2016 showed a 36.9 percent increase in orders compared to February, but an 11.8 percent decline compared to March 2015 and a 15 percent drop in orders year-to-date compared to the same...   (more)
Taxes! Where do the Candidates Stand? #MakeTheVote
Is today Tax Day? Not really. You actually have until Monday, April 18 to file your 2016 taxes before the IRS deadline. Tuesday’s another big day next week. New York will hold its primary election. Republican presidential hopefuls are vying for...   (more)
Taxes! Where do the Candidates Stand? #MakeTheVote
Is today Tax Day? Not really. You actually have until Monday, April 18 to file your 2016 taxes before the IRS deadline. Tuesday’s another big day next week. New York will hold its primary election. Republican presidential hopefuls are vying for...   (more)
There is still time to enter the MTConnect Student Challenge!
Happy Friday, folks! Got some spare time on your hands this weekend? Don’t forget its not too late to work on the MTConnect Student Challenge. There are still over two weeks to complete the Ideation Phase of the challenge, which...   (more)
There is still time to enter the MTConnect Student Challenge!
Happy Friday, folks! Got some spare time on your hands this weekend? Don’t forget its not too late to work on the MTConnect Student Challenge. There are still over two weeks to complete the Ideation Phase of the challenge, which...  (more)
Candidates, Are You Listening? It’s Time to Start Talking about a Skilled Workforce
“(Skills) are the name of the game, and those who invest in education and skills development are more competitive in the workforce, earn more, have lower risk of unemployment and propel the next generation of prosperity.” – Work: Thriving in...   (more)
Candidates, Are You Listening? It’s Time to Start Talking about a Skilled Workforce
“(Skills) are the name of the game, and those who invest in education and skills development are more competitive in the workforce, earn more, have lower risk of unemployment and propel the next generation of prosperity.” – Work: Thriving in...  (more)
Get Ready to #MakeTheVote with AMT
Fact: There are approximately 12 million manufacturing voters in the United States, defined as men and women who are in the business of making things. Our participation at the polls can make us a strong and resonant voice. For the...  (more)
Get Ready to #MakeTheVote with AMT
Fact: There are approximately 12 million manufacturing voters in the United States, defined as men and women who are in the business of making things. Our participation at the polls can make us a strong and resonant voice. For the...   (more)
MTConnect Student Challenge Webinars 
One of the best resources for students participating in the MTConnect Student Challenge are the webinars MTConnect has generously provided to give students an insider look into the manufacturing industry. Produced by manufacturing professionals with years of experience, the webinars...   (more)
MTConnect Student Challenge Webinars 
One of the best resources for students participating in the MTConnect Student Challenge are the webinars MTConnect has generously provided to give students an insider look into the manufacturing industry. Produced by manufacturing professionals with years of experience, the webinars...  (more)
Manufacturing Technology Orders Grew, but Don’t Call It a Comeback
The latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report (USMTO) showed that orders grew in value in November 2015, but overall units ordered dropped. Companies were buying more expensive equipment, but less of it overall. Typically this means that they are investing...  (more)
Manufacturing Technology Orders Grew, but Don’t Call It a Comeback
The latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report (USMTO) showed that orders grew in value in November 2015, but overall units ordered dropped. Companies were buying more expensive equipment, but less of it overall. Typically this means that they are investing...   (more)
Happy New Year, Manufacturers!
ICYMI: Congress finished 2015 with a bang. Decades of hard work and determination by a coalition of committed manufacturing companies and organizations finally paid off with passage of the FY16 Omnibus funding bill that also included restoration of the 50+ expired...   (more)
Happy New Year, Manufacturers!
ICYMI: Congress finished 2015 with a bang. Decades of hard work and determination by a coalition of committed manufacturing companies and organizations finally paid off with passage of the FY16 Omnibus funding bill that also included restoration of the 50+ expired...  (more)
Why Compete in a Student Challenge ?
For many college students, after a nice relaxing winter break the last thing they want is to do is voluntarily add to their workload by taking on a student competition. But if you can budget just a little extra time...  (more)
Why Compete in a Student Challenge ?
For many college students, after a nice relaxing winter break the last thing they want is to do is voluntarily add to their workload by taking on a student competition. But if you can budget just a little extra time...   (more)
Discussing the IoT with Student Challenge Winner Joel Neidig
If all the buzz around MTConnect Student Challenge has left you wanting to know more about the IoT and how it connects to the manufacturing industry– check out this online forum brought to you by none other than MTConnect Student...   (more)
Discussing the IoT with Student Challenge Winner Joel Neidig
If all the buzz around MTConnect Student Challenge has left you wanting to know more about the IoT and how it connects to the manufacturing industry– check out this online forum brought to you by none other than MTConnect Student...  (more)
Join Us for a “MTConnect Student Challenge” Webinar
Join us tomorrow afternoon (12 p.m. EST) for a webinar about a tech-­focused maker competition, where we will discuss challenges in the manufacturing industry and how your bright ideas could help solve these issues and win you up to $33K...  (more)
“Growing the Next Generation Automation-Capable Workforce” with Ted Rozier
Penny Brown from the Association for Manufacturing Technology sat down with Festo Didactic’s Ted Rozier to talk about workforce development, and exciting opportunities for students in automation. Rozier has been in the industry for 18 years, and now he is turning...  (more)
Join Us for a “MTConnect Student Challenge” Webinar
Join us tomorrow afternoon (12 p.m. EST) for a webinar about a tech-­focused maker competition, where we will discuss challenges in the manufacturing industry and how your bright ideas could help solve these issues and win you up to $33K...   (more)
“Growing the Next Generation Automation-Capable Workforce” with Ted Rozier
Penny Brown from the Association for Manufacturing Technology sat down with Festo Didactic’s Ted Rozier to talk about workforce development, and exciting opportunities for students in automation. Rozier has been in the industry for 18 years, and now he is turning...   (more)
Smartforce Support
Educators, alumni, and parents– that time of year is approaching where college students are trying to succeed with their studies, do well on final exams, get ready for holiday vacation, and take care of personal work (like the MTConnect Student...   (more)
Smartforce Support
Educators, alumni, and parents– that time of year is approaching where college students are trying to succeed with their studies, do well on final exams, get ready for holiday vacation, and take care of personal work (like the MTConnect Student...  (more)
MTConnect Student Challenge – Bringing Innovation to Industry
This post originally appeared in the IMTS Insider.  Calling all college students, and anyone who knows a college student: The MTConnect Student Challenge is for you! More companies are turning to technology and entrepreneurial competitions as a source for new...  (more)
MTConnect Student Challenge – Bringing Innovation to Industry
This post originally appeared in the IMTS Insider.  Calling all college students, and anyone who knows a college student: The MTConnect Student Challenge is for you! More companies are turning to technology and entrepreneurial competitions as a source for new...   (more)
Is Improvement Coming for the Manufacturing Economy?
The latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report showed a gain in orders for September over the previous month – but still a serious lag behind order levels at the same point in 2014. With manufacturing still fighting through the...   (more)
Is Improvement Coming for the Manufacturing Economy?
The latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report showed a gain in orders for September over the previous month – but still a serious lag behind order levels at the same point in 2014. With manufacturing still fighting through the...  (more)
MTConnect Student Challenge Hits The Road!
Attention all college students, professors, parents, and educators! MTConnect is hitting the road to visit college campuses and conferences across the country to discuss the ins an outs of the MTConnect Student Challenge. At each stop we’ll be getting attendees...  (more)
MTConnect Student Challenge Hits The Road!
Attention all college students, professors, parents, and educators! MTConnect is hitting the road to visit college campuses and conferences across the country to discuss the ins an outs of the MTConnect Student Challenge. At each stop we’ll be getting attendees...   (more)
Guest Post with Cisco-Eagle: How Are You Incorporating Millennials Into Your Manufacturing Labor Force?
Millennials are poised and ready to take over the manufacturing labor force in the not-so-distant future. Here’s a look at how to recruit, train, and work alongside Millennial workers to come out a step ahead. Let’s be frank: The Millennial...   (more)
Guest Post with Cisco-Eagle: How Are You Incorporating Millennials Into Your Manufacturing Labor Force?
Millennials are poised and ready to take over the manufacturing labor force in the not-so-distant future. Here’s a look at how to recruit, train, and work alongside Millennial workers to come out a step ahead. Let’s be frank: The Millennial...  (more)
#MFG Global: Central & Eastern Europe – Ripe Opportunity for U.S. Manufacturers
Hubert Sawicki, AMT Consultant – CEE reports:  As evidenced by discussions at the recent European machine tool show, EMO Milano, U.S. manufacturers are increasingly interested in the Central and Eastern Europe markets of Poland and Romania. Both markets represent significant...  (more)
#MFG Global: Central & Eastern Europe – Ripe Opportunity for U.S. Manufacturers
Hubert Sawicki, AMT Consultant – CEE reports:  As evidenced by discussions at the recent European machine tool show, EMO Milano, U.S. manufacturers are increasingly interested in the Central and Eastern Europe markets of Poland and Romania. Both markets represent significant...   (more)
#BackToFutureDay — A Day For Innovators  
Today marks an important day for lovers of cinema and STEM alike. It’s the date to which Marty McFly traveled into the “future” in Back to the Future Part II, sparking the curiosity of many future scientists in the process....   (more)
#BackToFutureDay — A Day For Innovators  
Today marks an important day for lovers of cinema and STEM alike. It’s the date to which Marty McFly traveled into the “future” in Back to the Future Part II, sparking the curiosity of many future scientists in the process....  (more)
MFG Day Event Spotlight: Advanced Manufacturing Center Grand Opening Expo 
Calling all Centennial State STEM students and advocates! There will be a grand opening expo for the Community College of Denver’s Advanced Manufacturing Center this upcoming MFG Day on October 6th. They will be debuting new equipment in their impressive...  (more)
Scholarship Opportunities Fall 2015
Fall is here again, you know what that means! No, not pumpkin lattes, its college application season! Whether you are applying to a technical college, a four year program, or graduate work— education is expensive. To help alleviate the costs...  (more)
MFG Day Event Spotlight: Advanced Manufacturing Center Grand Opening Expo 
Calling all Centennial State STEM students and advocates! There will be a grand opening expo for the Community College of Denver’s Advanced Manufacturing Center this upcoming MFG Day on October 6th. They will be debuting new equipment in their impressive...   (more)
Scholarship Opportunities Fall 2015
Fall is here again, you know what that means! No, not pumpkin lattes, its college application season! Whether you are applying to a technical college, a four year program, or graduate work— education is expensive. To help alleviate the costs...   (more)
Why Manufacturing Day Matters 
Old news: There is a shortage of skilled workers, and the under employment and unemployment rates remain high. New News: There is a whole day organized to provide a cohesive face of the manufacturing industry, to guide students down a...   (more)
Why Manufacturing Day Matters 
Old news: There is a shortage of skilled workers, and the under employment and unemployment rates remain high. New News: There is a whole day organized to provide a cohesive face of the manufacturing industry, to guide students down a...  (more)
MTConnect Challenge
Exciting news! If you are already familiar with the MTConnect Student Challenge, we are happy to announce the deadline has been extended! If not, let us fill you in. What is MTConnect? MTConnect is the communication standard of choice for...  (more)
MTConnect Challenge
Exciting news! If you are already familiar with the MTConnect Student Challenge, we are happy to announce the deadline has been extended! If not, let us fill you in. What is MTConnect? MTConnect is the communication standard of choice for...   (more)
#MFG Global: #China – Big Show Coming to #Shanghai
Harry Xiao, General Manager, Shanghai Technology Center (STC) reports: Introducing a la carte services: Responding to a call from manufacturing companies already in the China market that didn’t need the broad benefits of annual membership but rather more targeted support, the STC...   (more)
#MFG Global: #China – Big Show Coming to #Shanghai
Harry Xiao, General Manager, Shanghai Technology Center (STC) reports: Introducing a la carte services: Responding to a call from manufacturing companies already in the China market that didn’t need the broad benefits of annual membership but rather more targeted support, the STC...  (more)