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Beckwood to Manufacture 1,000-Ton Compression Molding Press for the U.S. Army
Beckwood Press Company will manufacture a 1,000 ton compression molding press for the U.S. Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center. The 36"x36" forming area, heated platens, Active Leveling Control, and Quick Die Change System will be instrumental in the NSRDEC's R&D efforts.  (more)
Erica Denton is Master Fluid Solutions’ Director – Global Supply Chain
Master Fluid Solutions announces Erica A. Denton has joined as Director – Global Supply Chain. Denton will drive strategic initiatives through the complete Supply Chain from order to delivery.  (more)
Master Fluid Solutions Appoints Z. Ahmed Tahir as Global Vice President of Strategy and Marketing
Master Fluid Solutions, continues its drive towards sustainably serving customers in high technology industries with the appointment of Z. Ahmed Tahir as its Global VP of Strategy and Marketing.   (more)
Master Fluid Solutions Receives Three New Bombardier Manufacturing Facility Approvals
Master Fluid Solutions has received three new Bombardier Manufacturing facility approvals for Master Fluid Solutions in the United Kingdom, China, and India.  (more)
Triform to Manufacture Fluid Cell Sheet Hydroforming Press for Aerospace Supplier H&R Parts Company
Beckwood Press Company has been awarded a contract by H&R Parts Company to manufacture a Triform model 24-5BD fluid cell sheet hydroforming press. With a 24”-diameter forming area and 5,000 PSI, the new Triform will support H&R’s aluminum aerospace part production.
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Concept Machine to Host SteakFest 2018
Concept Machine, a leading Wisconsin machine tool distributor will be hosting their biennial Open House & SteakFest on May 15 &16, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.  The open house will be held at 407 Austin Circle - Delafield, WI 53018.  (more)
20 Years in Business - Shop Floor Automations
Shop Floor Automations 20th Anniversary – New Website & Logo to Celebrate

Manufacturing Integrator Marks Two Decades in Business  (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - 2016
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - 2018
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
Beckwood Engineers Two 13-ton Servo-Driven Electro-Mechanical Presses
Beckwood has been awarded a contract to manufacture two 13-ton servo-driven electro-mechanical presses for use by a leading footwear manufacturer in a trimming application.  The twin 40” x 50” x 158” presses feature a monolithic frame, quick die clamps, 13” of stroke, and a knockout cylinder mounted inside the ram weldment to strip the part after it is trimmed. Cycle times on these machines will average 2.5 seconds or less.  (more)
MachineMetrics Honored with 2018's "Smart Manufacturing Solution of the Year" Award by IoT Breakthrough Committee
MachineMetrics, a leading industrial IoT (IIoT) and smart manufacturing startup located in Western Massachusetts, today announced that it has been selected as winner of the 2018 “Smart Manufacturing Solution of the Year” award from IoT Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global Internet-of-Things (IoT) market today.   (more)
Beckwood Press Company Expands Engineering Department by 40 Percent
Beckwood Press Company has recently expanded their Engineering Department by 40 percent to meet the exceedingly sophisticated demands of their evolving customer base.  Since June 2017, they have added one structural/hydraulic engineer, four electrical/controls engineers, and one drafter.    (more)
Boeing Approves TRIM® MicroSol® 590XT for Aerospace Manufacturing

TRIM  MicroSol  590XT, an advanced-technology, aerospace, semisynthetic

microemulsion, has received Boeing process spec number BAC5008 approval for

areas 1 through 6.

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Re-Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers - 2017
The CMTSE credential signifies a commitment to continuous professional development. To maintain their designation, Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers undergo a recertification process, which occurs every three years from the date of passing the exam.  (more)
Fastenal Partners with MachineMetrics to Build the Future In Real-Time
Our latest success story features Fastenal, a major industrial supplier of fasteners and tools based in Winona, Minnesota. With the goal of developing a roadmap toward digital manufacturing transformation, Fastenal enlisted the help of MachineMetrics machine monitoring and maufacturing analytics software to identify the most significant recurring problems impacting production by gain visibility into and optimizing their production utilization, downtime, quality, and jobs. We interviewed their manufacturing team to learn about all of the fantastic gains they have experienced since their implementation of MachineMetrics. For Fastenal, their investment in MachineMetrics paid for itself in less than 30 days and allowed them to run faster, gain production hours, take on more jobs, and produce more parts than ever before. “Technology changes all the time, and finding what is broken in our system is essential to continuous lean improvement. MachineMetrics gives us that starting point to do exactly that.”  (more)
GEHRING LAUNCHES MEXICAN OPERATIONS IN SILAO, MEXICO
To further strengthen its customer support in Mexico, Gehring opened a new facility in Silao, Mexico on November 9th 2017!  Led by Eng. Abraham Pizano, the new Gehring de Mexico will provide customers with access to the company’s tooling rework, training, services and sales support for its advanced honing technology solutions.
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Beckwood Press Company Announces Corporate Headquarters Relocation
Beckwood Press Company has announced that they will transition their corporate headquarters to a 55,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in the newly-constructed Fenton Logistics Park, also in Fenton Missouri. Scheduled for completion in June 2018, Beckwood’s new building will feature heavy crane capability with extended ceiling heights, 10,000+ sq. ft. of office and meeting space, and 4,800 sq. ft. for demonstration machinery.  (more)
MFG Day & SFA
MFG Day is coming up and Shop Floor Automations, an MFG Systems Integrator, shares some ways to help with the holiday and the skills gap, even if you don't have a machine shop to bring kids to!   (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - June 2017
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
AMT recognizes and congratulates our renewed CMTSEs
More than 70 Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers have documented a combination of on-the-job and continuing education experiences (through at least 27 professional development points) in the recertification score card and have renewed their CMTSE credential for another three years.  (more)
Industry News - May 2017
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Former AMT international marketing director Rick Kuba dies
Richard W. “Rick” Kuba, 84, of Easton, Md., passed away March 13, 2017. From 1986 to 1998, he worked at AMT as the international marketing director and was responsible for implementing AMT’s first office abroad in Zurich, Switzerland, to service emerging central and eastern European countries.  (more)
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Taking care of business by taking care of yourself
As we all know, working in the machine tool industry is very demanding. Many of us too often have the tendency to push ourselves to work longer and harder than we should. This is especially concerning for, how do I say it nicely, “seasoned” veterans like me. Similar to a machine tool, we need to make sure we are operating within our “well-being” parameters. Overloading creates opportunities for unplanned consequences.  (more)
Less dance, more marriage: The customer-salesperson bond
In today’s fast-paced business world, it is important to have a strong bond between the customer and the company. This can be best done by the salesperson. Everyone else in the company has many other responsibilities, but for the salesperson the customer is their main responsibility.  (more)
Change or die: The future belongs to the innovators
“You can’t escape death, taxes … and change,” said MFG Meeting 2017 Speaker Kirk Rogers, Technology Leader of GE's Center for Additive Technology Advancement. Change and innovation were two of the predominant messages presented over the three-day MFG meeting held in sunny Amelia Island, Fla.    (more)
Industry News - April 2017
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New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - 2017
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
Great opportunities in 2017 for AMT builders and distributors
Our standard of living is directly related to our ability to create durable goods. The talk of encouraging more manufacturing in the United States will support an increase in the U.S. standard of living. Lowering regulations and taxes as being proposed at the federal level will increase manufacturing’s financial (GDP) performance.  (more)
Competition: The lifeblood that makes us better
If the 2017 Super Bowl champions played the 1967 Super Bowl champions, what would be the outcome? Most likely, it would be a rout – a basketball score for the winner, possibly a triple digit score. The great Vince Lombardi Packers destroyed by the Patriots – how could that be? It would happen through 50 years of nonstop competitive evolution.   (more)
Industry News - March 2017
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The MFG Meeting: Why you have to be there
As a small distributor I had little clue what I was signing up for back in 2014 when I registered for my first MFG Meeting. I’m not going to lie, you start adding up the cost of flights, hotels, registration and time away from the grind and on the surface it could appear darn near impossible to justify. I couldn’t have been more wrong!  For the benefit of someone that hasn’t attended or someone that is considering attending in March 2017 but is looking for justification, let me share the method to my madness to help you decide if it’s worth it for your company.  (more)
Industry News - February 2017
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Prospects, productivity and passion
Throughout the conference, one clear and very practical motivation was emphasized over and over: productivity. “Productivity is the only thing that sells, and it’s the only thing that will be bought.”   (more)
Service is the differentiator
Service is the competitive differentiator when you look closely. Be sure to promote your service abilities to the customer. It is those SERVICES that will be the differentiator that will get you the order.  (more)
Industry News - January 2017
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Industry News - December 2016
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Successful debut for AMT’s first-ever Distribution Regional Summit
I am pleased to report that the recent AMT Distribution Regional Summit held at John Force Racing in Brownsburg, Ind., was a big success. Attended by more than 70 AMT members and guests, this first-time event focused on the unique challenges we all face in our manufacturing distribution businesses today.  (more)
Hiring for the future
Many leaders in our industry are finding it difficult to attract and retain qualified, hardworking employees in today’s business environment. When looking for entry-level people, we are often flooded with resumes of people looking for a job, but not necessarily looking for their next career.  Sometimes in a hurry to immediately fill the position, we hire the person who best fits the job right now, but that person may not be the best person long-term for the company.    (more)
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Automatic Feed Company Announces New Leadership Team
Automatic Feed Company, a world-class designer and manufacturer of coil handling and press feeding automation solutions, has announced a series of promotions and appointments. Each of the newly appointed executives are highly qualified, previous employees of Automatic Feed.  (more)
Mitigating dissatisfaction
If there is a single truth in every industry, it would be that it’s not always going to be possible to make every customer happy, every time. 
The reasons typically fall into a few basic categories such as customer dissatisfaction with the overall experience, performance expectations that weren’t in line with reality, or disappointment with the end delivery. Consequently, when these and other customer-centric KPIs aren’t met, customers become agitated, angry and frustrated. Left unaddressed, these issues can damage or destroy a previously solid business relationship.  (more)
Industry News - November 2016
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Another look at the formal business review
Last month in this column, we discussed why it’s important to have a formal business review on a regular basis. This month, we’ll take a closer look at the specifics of how to get that done.  (more)
Do you “Network”?
For the past 20+ years, I’ve been fortunate to work for a company that believes good things happen when you put yourself in a position to network with industry peers. Attending various events every year has allowed me to grow my professional network and create lasting relationships. Typically a conversation with a new person will find a common ground, and from there you can form a new relationship and gain newfound knowledge.  (more)
New Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineers, CMTSE - November 2016
CMTSE exam questions are developed by the Certification Committee, which includes machine tool distributors, builders, sales engineers, customers and allied industry representatives. The exam is a knowledge-based, online exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have three hours to complete the examination. Find out more about becoming a CMTSE.  (more)
When was your last formal business review?
The formal business review is an essential process that sometimes gets overlooked because of day-to-day commitments and pressures to lead the organization, whether your job is CEO or Sales Leader. Any healthy, forward-looking organization should conduct a formal business review every three to five years.  (more)
Make your open house count
The process of planning an open house can be daunting. For any of us who’ve done it, at some point it’s likely we asked, “Is all this work really worth it?” And nothing is more worrisome than waking up the morning of the event and wondering, “Is anyone actually going to show up?”  (more)
Industry News - October 2016
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