Commerce Requests Public Comments on Auto Imports Investigation
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross initiated a 232 investigation to determine if automotive imports (including cars, SUVs, vans and light trucks, and automotive parts) negatively impact U.S. national security. This could lead to steep tariffs on imports of cars and car parts much like those levied on steel and aluminum imports. The Commerce Department will hold a public hearing on the investigation on July 19 and 20. The public comment period is open through July 6, 2018. Federal Register request for pubic comment and public comment form.   (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 9.6 Percent In April
April U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $203.68 million according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was down 1.6 percent from March’s $207.08 million and up 21.2 percent when compared with the $168.03 million reported for April 2017. With a year-to-date total of $784.69 million, 2018 is up 9.6 percent when compared with 2017.  (more)
U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for April 2018
Manufacturing technology orders climbed 10.5 percent year over year in April 2018, with orders
for the year up 22.2 percent when compared to the same point in 2017 according to the latest
U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing
Technology. Overall orders totaled $392.97 million in April, down 22.6 percent compared to
an exceptionally strong March total. April orders were the second-strongest month for the year
after March.
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ANSI grants Standards Developer approval to MTConnect Institute
McLean, Va. -- The MTConnect Institute has been approved as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited Standards Developer, elevating MTConnect's status in the national and international standards communities. The move comes in response to increased interest in the MTConnect standard from industry and significant growth in membership in the MTConnect Institute. This accreditation indicates that the Institute's standard development procedures adhere to ANSI's Essential Requirements for due process, which include openness, coordination and harmonization, and compliance with normative policies and procedures, among others.
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U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for March 2018
U.S. manufacturing technology orders continued to rise in March, increasing 42 percent over February 2018 and 23 percent over March 2017, once again demonstrating strong, sustained growth in the sector, according to the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Overall, orders totaled $509 million in March, bringing the year-to-date total orders to $1.2 billion.    (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 6.0 Percent In March
March U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $207.08 million according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was up 8.8 percent from February’s $190.32 million and up 3.5 percent when compared with the $200.05 million reported for March 2017. With a year-to-date total of $581.02 million, 2018 is up 6.0 percent when compared with 2017.
 
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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 7.4 Percent In February
February U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $190.12 million according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was up 3.5 percent from January’s $183.61 million and up 8.7 percent when compared with the $174.98 million reported for February 2017. With a year-to-date total of $373.73 million, 2018 is up 7.4 percent when compared with 2017.
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U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for February 2018
U.S. manufacturing technology orders for the first two months of 2018 climbed 27% higher than the same period in 2017 signaling continued strength in the recovery initiated in June 2017, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Orders totaled $354 million in February, down 5% from a 22-year high in January.  (more)
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Another Level of Workholding: Zero-Point Clamping

What do you think of when you think workholding? A vise, hydraulic clamps, vacuum plates, toe clamps, magnets, glue? Absolutely, but this is only half of the equation. What about the interface between these components and the machine tool? This is equally important, if not more important because it dictates the time it takes to change your workholding, which in turn has a significant impact on your spindle up-time. By investing in a quick-change pallet system (aka zero-point clamping system), most companies report a return on their investment in only a few months! From then on, it is pure cost savings year over year.

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Commerce Requests Public Comments on Auto Imports Investigation
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross initiated a 232 investigation to determine if automotive imports (including cars, SUVs, vans and light trucks, and automotive parts) negatively impact U.S. national security. This could lead to steep tariffs on imports of cars and car parts much like those levied on steel and aluminum imports. The Commerce Department will hold a public hearing on the investigation on July 19 and 20. The public comment period is open through July 6, 2018. Federal Register request for pubic comment and public comment form.   (more)
Networking tips for the networking phobic

We all know it’s important to build your personal network to develop and maintain professional relationships. We know it, and many of us set out to do it. But what if you’re the more reserved type? Do you identify with any of the following?

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AMT News - May 2018
-Robotic automation in the job shop
-The relevance of a strong team
-A historical perspective on hybrid machine tools
    ...and so much more.   (more)
“I can see clearly now” — Why networking matters

Looking back to the beginning of March and the recent MFG Meeting in Miami, an increased clarity came to me sometime during and right after the meeting.  The clarification was one for the question “WHY?”  Why be involved in an association?  Why spend the money to go to the MFG meeting?  Yes, Miami is great in early March.  Yes, the MFG Meeting speakers and sessions offer beneficial pieces of information for me to use.  Yes, the food and music at the closing event are great.  But there must be more to make the investment worth it.  The answer is yes there is.

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