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AMT News - July 2018
Find out the forecast for the manufacturing technology market, workforce solutions, tax reform and more.  (more)
MTConnect® Technical Advisory Group re-established as Standards Committee
McLean, Va. …  The MTConnect Institute has been accepted as an accredited standards developer under ANSI. To better align MTConnect procedures with ANSI, the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has been re-established as the "Standards Committee." The Standards Committee is responsible for developing and approving the MTConnect standard, a function previously performed by the TAG.
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Robots Dominate the Automation Space

When people talk about robots these days, so many different images come to mind. Hollywood has their vision of our robotic future — from Wall-e to Terminator, the future is full of robots. In industrial automation there are many options: six-axis robots, SCARA robots, mobile robots, Cartesians, Delta robots, wall mounted, rail mounted, inverted and the list goes on.  It is sometimes hard to know what makes sense.

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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)
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U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for June 2018

Manufacturing technology orders capped the first half of the year with another strong month in June, gaining 5 percent compared to June 2017 and bringing the annual growth rate to 22 percent for 2018. The latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology showed that orders totaled $417 million for the month, down 14 percent compared to May’s totals, and sit at $2.55 billion for the year. 

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Cutting Tool Consumption up 10.1 Percent in 2018
May U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $215.13 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 5.6 percent from April’s $203.68 million and up 12.1 percent when compared with the $191.93 million reported for May 2017. With a year-to-date total of $999.82 million, 2018 is up 10.1 percent when compared with 2017.  (more)
U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for May 2018
U.S. manufacturing technology orders in May posted double-digit growth rates month over month and year over year, 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 $485 million in May, bringing the year-to-date totals to $2.1 billion or 26 percent higher than the first five months of 2017.  (more)
MTConnect® Technical Advisory Group re-established as Standards Committee
McLean, Va. …  The MTConnect Institute has been accepted as an accredited standards developer under ANSI. To better align MTConnect procedures with ANSI, the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has been re-established as the "Standards Committee." The Standards Committee is responsible for developing and approving the MTConnect standard, a function previously performed by the TAG.
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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)
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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)
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