AMT News - January 2017 - interactive pdf
 - The MFG Meeting: Where manufacturing and business leadership converge
 - Getting social: A basic guide to channels
 - New administration and Congress seize their opportunity
 - 2017 should be great – let’s get in shape!
       … and much more  (more)
New administration and Congress seize their opportunity
The 115th Congress was sworn in on January 3 and is already hard at work changing its reputation from “do nothing” to “do something” to possibly even “do a lot.”  For the GOP leadership, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), this is the opportunity to tackle its top policy priority of repealing and replacing Obamacare along with rolling back federal regulations, increasing infrastructure projects and making inroads on fundamental tax reform.   (more)
January 9, 2017 - USMTO News Release for November Manufacturing Technology Orders
Manufacturing technology orders declined slightly in November 2016, dropping 2.4 percent compared to October, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. In total for the year, orders were down 5.1 percent compared to the same point in 2015.  (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool YTD Consumption down 6.9% in October
October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $168.99 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 (CTMR) collaboration, was down 1.6% from September’s $171.67 million and 4.7%  when compared with the total of $177.35 million reported for October 2015. With a year-to-date total of $1.698 billion, 2016 is down 6.9% when compared with 2015.  (more)
India – optimism, opportunity and growth
India is maintaining its position as the fastest growing major economy in the world. The Manufacturing PMI in October stood at 54.4, continuing its increasing trend since January this year when it was 51.1. A similar trend has been observed in the Business Confidence Index, which rose to 57.2 in the second quarter from 54.1 in the first quarter of 2016. According to a recent Grant Thornton International Business Survey Report, India ranks second in the Global Business Optimism Index.  (more)
IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show today released the final numbers for IMTS 2016, which ran from September 12 – 17 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. IMTS 2016, the 31st edition of the show, was the third largest in number of registrations (115,612) and in net square feet of exhibit space (1,370,256). This show hosted the highest number of exhibiting companies ever (2,407). After move in, the building was 76 million pounds heavier.  (more)
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Apprentices: You’re hired!
By Greg Jones, VP- AMT Smartforce Development The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) recognizes apprenticeship programs where the competency that an apprentice learns is as important, if not more important than the amount of time an individual spends learning....   (more)
Five tips to boost your company’s Confidence Quotient in 2017
Implementing a business strategy, cultivating customers and encouraging a talented team — it all requires self-assured leadership in the face of pressure. We all have different management styles, and it’s easy to feel uncertain in times of change. Here are...   (more)
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)
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Founded in 1902, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology – represents and promotes U.S. based manufacturing technology. Our members are those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing.

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Manufacturing Technology
tech trendsTech Trends addresses trends in manufacturing technology from three perspectives:
  • Newly accepted production technologies
  • Greatest needs and challenges still remaining
  • Areas of interest within R&D


MTConnect is an open communication standard that provides the capability to pass data from machine tools to higher level systems for further processing using the XML-based standard. 

The ANSI B11 series of American National Standards and Technical Reports deal with machine tool safety and specify requirements for both the suppliers and users of the machines.

The Metalworking Skill Standards are common skills and competencies a worker needs to perform well on the job.

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