Trust, but verify

Years ago while traveling on a business trip with a company executive, we had a lot of driving time that we used to discuss various topics, including business. The executive said something that caught me by surprise. He used the phrase, “trust, but verify.” At the time, I wasn’t really sure what to make of it. It seemed like a contradiction to me. In the context of the discussion, it seemed analogous to “trust, no one.”

AMT Opens New Shanghai Tech Center (STC)

AMT recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Shanghai Technology Center in the International Machine Tools Center, within the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in Shanghai, China.

Adding focus to your PR and marketing efforts

It’s no secret that manufacturing struggles with its public image and perception. It’s one of the top reasons why the industry has a hard time attracting young people to its workforce. While solutions to the problem are multifacted and wide-ranging, one way that individual companies can work to improve the industry’s image is by brushing up their efforts in digital marketing and PR.

AMT Members staying ahead of the technology curve

Money, time, training, risk of change, and lack of opportunity are all roadblocks that have historically stood in the way of advancement for machine shops of every size, shape, and certification level. It takes years for new tech to become widely adopted by the manufacturing industry.

Can you cherry pick the data on workforce?

As more and more white papers are written these days about changes in workforce needs and the future of workforce development brought on by disruptions in technology (driven by Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, etc.), we’re seeing more authors conclude that robotics and automation will be doing away with the majority of low-skilled jobs.

WESTEC 2017 - Golden State’s premier advanced manufacturing event

Thousands of manufacturers looking for new ideas attended WESTEC 2017 in Los Angeles, where 538 companies exhibited advanced manufacturing and machine technologies. From the buzz on the show floor to the presentation Q & As, California’s local and state officials, public-private partnerships, and businesses are committed to the future and expansion of the manufacturing industry in the Golden State.

EMO Hannover:European markets full of promise

The message from the September show in Hannover, EMO 2017, is clear: The European industrial scene is one of prosperity; the Eurozone has recovered and demonstrates a healthy growth; and overall, markets of the EU are again attractive for manufacturing technology suppliers. In fact, results of a survey conducted after the show predict an optimistic €20 billion (U.S. $23.4 billion) could be invested in new technology over the next 24 months.

EMO Hannover reflections and a shared history with IMTS

A few weeks I returned from EMO in Hannover, Germany, and reflected on the very connected history between EMO and IMTS.

AMT News November 2017
Find out more about the tax reform bill, the forecast for the manufacturing technology market, the long history behind EMO and IMTS.  This month's articles include: 
It may be November, but business is blooming

Over the past eight weeks, AMT members have been very upbeat when sharing information about how the markets are doing here in North America and across the globe. While visiting members’ booths and attending market update conferences during EMO, the tone was clearly positive with expectations that business was trending up and would for the next several quarters.

Will Congress deliver on tax reform?

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) finally introduced the Republican leadership’s long-awaited tax reform bill, entitled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). It is expected to cost about $1.5 trillion over the next decade. The President praised the bill as one that will stimulate the economy and create jobs. The Senate is expected to introduce its own version of tax reform soon. Enacting a bill before the end of the year is still a long shot, given the complicated budget process and the opposition of powerful constituencies. If legislation is eventually enacted, it may look very different from the current proposal.

Inbound marketing: A perfect fit for manufacturers

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Why do advanced manufacturers want to attend SPACECOM 2017?

SPACECOM 2017 – the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition - will showcase space technologies and explore new business opportunities in outer space on December 5–7, 2017, in Houston, Texas, at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  

Expect value from distributors before, during, and after the sale

The sales process for many products, including machine tools, has changed. Thanks to easy access to information, customers who want to purchase a new machine today can narrow their choices to a few machines that will meet their needs before ever speaking with an actual sales person. After just a few clicks on a computer mouse, these customers can quickly research and compare data and machine specifications from several builders. They can also easily find and read reviews or social media posts from other manufacturers who are already using the machines to learn more about the pros and cons of each.

Tax reform next on the agenda

The winds have shifted in Washington since Congress returned from the month long summer break. There is a new sense of urgency to get something done from both sides of the aisle. It's true that it took an act of nature to bring the parties together, but it took an act of bipartisanship to enact a disaster relief package that included: a down payment for rebuilding after the hurricanes, a short-term spending deal to keep the government open through December, and a three-month increase in the debt ceiling necessary to fund the spending.

What can we do to save a workforce in decline?

“What we want to call ‘blue-collar jobs’ are on the way out," said Kipp Glenn, a worker at Carrier’s factory in Indianapolis, in a recent article from the Washington Post.

Don’t underestimate workholding’s impact

In today’s ultra-competitive manufacturing industry, planning workholding in conjunction with a machine tool purchase has become more important than ever. Gone are the days of ordering a machine, having it installed, and then mounting whatever workholding is laying around the shop on the machine.

Updates on the Auto and Mining, Off-road & Construction Industries

Is the auto industry forecast closer to a sci-fi or horror film for advanced manufacturers?  Why is there optimism for mining, off-road & construction (MOC) industry?

AMT’s Shanghai Tech Center is moving

AMT will soon have a new address for our Shanghai Tech Center (STC) in China. In 2004, AMT opened its first foreign Technology and Service Center in Shanghai’s Waigaoqiao Pilot Free Trade Zone. For more than a decade, AMT’s Shanghai Tech Center has helped more than 100 AMT member companies increase their sales and distribution in China. 

AMT News - Sept./Oct. 2017
Find out the forecast for the manufacturing technology market, workforce solutions, tax reform and more.
At the center of the Google memo

By now, you are probably familiar with the former Google employee James Damore’s memo on diversity in the workforce and the fallout of what was meant to be an internal Google document.

Summer winds blew in warmer order levels

Market growth continues to pick up the pace according to both members and the USMTO numbers posted at the beginning of August. Members shared that the rate of change has picked up but that it is still not evenly spaced across customer markets by industry.

Get Ready for #MFGDay17 - October 6

MFG Day is a great opportunity to showcase your modern manufacturing workplace and enhance the image of manufacturing to your community, customers and future workforce. Check out the graphic below, which highlights stats on how MFG Day has changed student perceptions of the industry and more.

Using HPC to solve manufacturing challenges

The Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office is offering funds for projects that would allow manufacturers to use DoE's high-performance computer resources. Specifically, they are seeking projects that would have a potential impact on improving energy efficiency or clean energy technologies. The deadline to apply is December 29, 2018.

AMT News – July/August 2017 interactive pdf
- Why industrial IoT needs a systems approach
- NAFTA revisited
- Executive order on apprenticeships
- Tips for successful marketing
- Creative minds, creative times drive the American manufacturing revolution
- Innovation culture
       ...and much more.  (more)
New Infographic Promotes Careers in Manufacturing

As manufacturing evolves with the digital world and skilled workers retire, a shortage of two million workers in the next 10 years is anticipated by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute studies.

NIST infographic shows economic value of manufacturing

We love this NIST graphic, which shows specific facts on the importance of manufacturing in the United States.



The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with small- and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs and increase profits. MEP works with partners at the state and federal levels on programs that help manufacturers develop new customers, expand into new markets and create new products.

AMT elects 2017-2018 officers and directors
At the AMT Annual Business Session during The MFG Meeting, the association elected its 2017-2018 officers and directors. The board year began April 1, 2017.  (more)