Will a New President Usher In a New Era in Washington?
By Amber Thomas, AMT Vice President – Marketing, Communications & Advocacy After two long years, the 2016 Presidential election is history. Donald Trump will be inaugurated in January as the 45th President of the United States. Most predicted a strong...   (more)
MFG Day shows off the spirit of American ingenuity
On MFG Day, I took my four school-aged children (15, 14, 12 and 8) to a MFG Day event at K-Form, a family-owned precision manufacturer, 30 miles west of Washington, D.C., to Sterling, VA. Seeing their reluctance, I explained, “We’re...   (more)
What does it mean to be a woman in manufacturing?
By Penny Brown, Director, AMT Marketing & Communications It was my fourth time at IMTS this year, and walking the halls in this most recent edition, I had two thoughts about the attendees. First: Wow, they are really getting younger! Second:...   (more)
Time for Optimism? Manufacturing Technology Orders Grow
The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report for August 2016 showed a 34 percent increase in orders compared to July, and a 15.9 percent gain compared to August 2015. For the year, orders are down 12 percent compared to the same...   (more)
Will Engaging Students Revitalize Advanced Manufacturing?
Partners of the Smartforce Student Summit Challenges at IMTS 2016 sure think so.   WARDJet gave away two waterjets totaling $200,000 in value. WARDJet founder and owner, Rich Ward said, “We are excited about the impact this event (organizer of...   (more)
Why Manufacturing Needs More Students to Pursue a STEM Education
It is estimated that two million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled if more young people don’t seek an education in STEM and a career in manufacturing, according to the Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte for The Manufacturing Institute. Their findings are...   (more)
Summer Slump for July Orders
The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report for July 2016 showed a 24.8 percent decrease in orders compared to June, and a 23 percent decline in orders compared to the same point of 2015. The effects of a strong dollar, weakness...   (more)
Celebrate #MFGDay – Oct. 7
More than 115,000 visitors converged at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago. AMT is a Manufacturing (MFG) Day supporter, and the upcoming event received its share of attention during the show. A massive...   (more)
IMTS sponsors Miles 4 Manufacturing (M4M) 5K run/walk
Since its debut at IMTS 2014, the M4M 5K has been run at meetings around the country and has raised more than $30,000 to assist middle school, high school and technical college programs that promote careers in manufacturing. The next...   (more)
Engage the next-generation workforce at the Smartforce Student Summit @IMTS 2016
Did you know that by 2025, two million manufacturing jobs are expected to be available if more young people don’t seek an education in STEM and a career in manufacturing? The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2016, McCormick Place, Chicago,...   (more)
Local Motors opens DC-area microfactory; brings Olli to IMTS 2016
Crowd sourcing has been found invaluable in bringing about design and technology innovations that otherwise might never have come to reality. Why be limited to just a few ideas when you could have thousands? That is one of the underlying...   (more)
Prepare for changes in #manufacturing by attending the IMTS 2016 Conference
Manufacturers can discover what’s on the horizon and find new ideas to continuously improve their competitive position at the IMTS 2016 Conference, September 12-15. We know that a strong manufacturing sector creates a path toward economic prosperity and the IMTS conference...   (more)
Bumpy ride awaits as we head to Election Day
By  Amber Thomas 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...   (more)
Uptick for June Orders
The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report for June 2016 showed a 17.5 percent increase in orders compared to May, but a 15.8 percent decline in orders for the year compared to the midpoint of 2015. The monthly uptick is good...   (more)
What are the new factors for manufacturing competitiveness?
2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index (GMCI) report shows a strong manufacturing sector creates a path toward economic prosperity. The third edition of this study by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and the Council on Competitiveness in the United States, the GMCI...   (more)
What politics? Join the Friends of Manufacturing
By   Penny Brown, Director, AMT Marketing & Communications Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know that this election season has been very contentious indeed. Fortunately, no matter where you stand on the issues, manufacturing is an area where we...   (more)
NIMS Rolls out Industry CAM Standards
From Greg Jones, AMT VP – Smartforce Development The National Institute for Metalworking Skills released the first-ever industry standards for Computer Aided Manufacturing. These standards will enhance education and training programs to meet 21st century demands for skilled CAM programmers,...   (more)
Making a comeback: apprenticeships on the rise
Any manufacturer out there is keenly aware of the skilled talent shortage. Ask a manufacturing executive about their No. 1 business concern, and more often than not the answer will be “finding people with the skills I need.” Unfortunately, as...   (more)
May Orders Down Slightly, Indicating Decline is Slowing
The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report for May 2016 showed a 1.4 percent decrease in orders compared to April, and a 16.5 percent decline in orders year-to-date compared to the same point in 2015. The monthly decline was softer compared...   (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)
Making way for innovation
By  Penny Brown, Director, AMT Marketing & Communications 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...   (more)
Guiding a Path toward Smart Manufacturing
Three nonprofit engineering research and development organizations have established programs to support American manufacturers in improving their digital manufacturing capabilities. Their goal is to extend technical support to the industry in supporting global competitiveness for U.S. manufacturing. Aware of the...   (more)
One candidate’s proposal for manufacturing jobs
There’s not much action to report from Capitol Hill, and that won’t change much through the end of the year. Much of the work that is being done is in preparation for the new administration and Congress that will take...   (more)
April Orders Down, When Will the Good Times Roll?
The U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report for April 2016 showed a 27.5 percent decrease in orders compared to March, and a 17 percent decline in orders year-to-date compared to the same point in 2015. AMT VP – Strategic Analytics Pat McGibbon...   (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)