AMT News - May 2019
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U.S. agency releases report assessing the impact of NAFTA 2.0

Last month, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) released its report assessing the likely impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). It found that two pieces of the agreement would yield the most significant effects on the U.S. economy: (1) provisions that reduce policy uncertainty about digital trade and (2) certain new rules of origin applicable to the automotive sector.

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It’s open house season!

AMT can help – let me count the ways:

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Marketing & social media tips from your Exhibitions department

Exhibitions staff attended the Social Media Marketing World (SMMW) conference in San Diego, Calif., March 20-22. They gained insight into the latest marketing strategies, communication trends, and social media tips. Here are some takeaways:

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NIST model-based enterprise summit 2019

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) 10th Model-Based Enterprise Summit was held April 1-4. The theme of the summit was Democratizing the Implementation of MBE. If you’re unfamiliar with the acronym, Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) is a holistic look at information related to a designed part. All related analyses, simulations, CAM, and end-uses are derived and connected to the single truth of a model.

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Digital twins in manufacturing

Digital twins, our Manufacturing Tech Council spotlight, provides virtual representations of real-world physical assets, manufacturing processes, finished products, etc. The twins are the offspring of digital enablers like artificial intelligence, machine learning, increasingly smart sensors, IoT, as well as new networking and data handling capabilities. They enable new ways of looking at everything we do and everything we work with, and promise vast opportunities for optimizing, streamlining, and cutting costs.

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CIMT 2019 Show exceeds expectations!

Bold new brand gives starring role to AMT/USA Pavilion

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The manufacturing technology world is in a pretty good place

The China International Machine Tool Show (CIMT) is complete. The show was huge and the attendee numbers were unbelievable.

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Jolted by JOLTS

Following the financial meltdown in 2010, it was widely reported that there were 600,000 job openings unfilled in our industry as a result of the skills gap. That number, repeated again and again by news sources, was a static look at an extremely fluid number, which varies month-to-month. It’s derived from the monthly JOLTS report.

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It’s what you don’t know that will hurt you

When I visit Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters in Huntersville, N.C., Coach Gibbs either invites me up to his office or tracks me down to find out what’s going on in the world of manufacturing. It’s rare when I visit a customer that I am not asked about what’s going on in our industry, our economy, and especially, new technologies and products. Generally, I’m questioned, “What industries are up? What industries are down? Are the tariffs helping or hurting our members? What should I be worrying about?” We discuss the economy and AMT’s benchmarking reports. The one thing Coach Gibbs never fails to ask about are the hot new emerging technologies.

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Manufacturing event features revolutions in automation

The MT360 event in June will feature Cognitive Automation, the use of AI and Machine Learning to improve the capabilities of automated systems.

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The MTCouncil Insight :: May

While Jeffrey Immelt’s reputation has been tarnished somewhat by GE’s recent financial struggles, there’s no doubt the industrial giant’s former CEO made remarkable progress during his tenure in embracing the concept of digital transformation and in capturing the power of emerging technologies to create new business opportunities. GE is in the midst of some difficult changes today, but its commitment to digital is a critical success factor for GE going forward in this rapidly evolving manufacturing world. (Manufacturing Tech Council members saw clear evidence of this in our April webinar as a top GE researcher outlined how Digital Twins are improving product reliability, redefining manufacturing, and creating new revenue streams. These digital representations of physical assets like jet engines and wind turbines are a vital element of GE’s Digital Thread and its Industry 4.0 strategy.)

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The MTCouncil Insight :: March

Hybrid manufacturing is in the spotlight this month as we explore how the blending of 3D printing and traditional subtractive manufacturing creates new opportunities for innovation in the industrial world. I wanted to share some information resources that may help you in advance of our Manufacturing Tech Council webinar on hybrid, and may steer you to some potential applications of the technology.

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The MTCouncil Insight :: April

When we consider the impact of a particular emerging technology on our worlds, we tend to think linearly about how it will change our lives and our environment. Case in point: the smart phone. If prior to the launch of the Apple iPhone in 2007 someone had explained the concept of the smart phone, we could have brainstormed about the various ways it would have been better than our traditional cell phones. It would make shopping, communicating and consuming information easier.

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MT360 CONFERENCE TO BRIDGE GAP BETWEEN MANUFACTURING AND TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITIES
To accelerate the integration of emerging technologies into manufacturing applications, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology has created the MT360 Conference. Held June 18 to 20, 2019, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, Calif., MT360 will feature more than 30 TED-type talks. Presentations focus on four transformative technologies: additive manufacturing, augmented reality, cognitive automation and the digital thread. A simulated factory will provide demonstrations and a forum to interact with representatives from leading legacy and 16 start-up companies.  (more)
Siri - “My new Digital Assistant”

If you’re anything like me with my old iPhone 6s, you only used Siri to get information on trivial things like “Hey Siri, how many drams in a shot of Glenlivet?” and “Hey Siri, what movie is on the Hallmark Channel tonight?” She was a novelty at best and the only time you could use Siri hands free, with the 6s, was when the phone was plugged into a charger. What I never figured, until a few weeks ago, was what a huge asset Siri can be for a Road Warrior.

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Slower growth for now, a slide in the summer

Most of the members I have talked to in the past three weeks have asked when will the market begin to get better. Wow!  The market is still growing year over year and we have skipped right over when will the market begin to contract to when will it begin to expand again. Perhaps that is what a 19 percent increase in a single year does to people’s psyche? If it isn’t a double-digit growth rate, then the market is going backwards?

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Member welcome webinars

AMT’s Member Services team is determined to start 2019 with a strong focus on getting our new members involved with solutions that will help their businesses.  We know that by the time a company applies for membership, they are motivated and ready to leverage AMT resources. So, what’s the best way to keep that momentum going once they officially join the membership roster?

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Advanced manufacturing event explores augmented reality

Transformative technologies will be on display at MT360 in Santa Clara, California, including augmented reality – the digital tool for manual work.

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Slower growth for now, a slide in the summer

Most of the members I have talked to in the past three weeks have asked when will the market begin to get better. Wow!  The market is still growing year over year and we have skipped right over when will the market begin to contract to when will it begin to expand again. Perhaps that is what a 19 percent increase in a single year does to people’s psyche? If it isn’t a double-digit growth rate, then the market is going backwards?

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President Trump submits his FY20 budget request

The Trump administration released the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget of the United States Government last month. “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First.” calls for a $4.7 trillion decrease in federal spending, with cuts to every agency except Commerce, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, the Small Business Administration, and Defense.

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International connections - Bonnie Gurney visits key partners in the U.K.

AMT and IMTS have a history of building a network of strategic partners to bring the best value to our members and events. A prime example is our relationship with the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in South Yorkshire, England, (a region referred to as England’s Silicon Valley) and the Manufacturing Technology Association (MTA), AMT’s equivalent in the U.K.

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IMTEX 2019 confirms strength of India market

The Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association’s flagship exhibition, IMTEX, took place in Bangalore this past January. The exhibition showcased technologies that are vital for moving the Indian manufacturing and machine tool industry forward in this transformative age. It was the 50th anniversary of the show and the corresponding golden jubilee activities made for an interesting event from both a technology and cultural standpoint.

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AMT News - April 2019
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Hiring friction

Friction can be defined as the force that resists relative motion between two bodies in contact. In metalworking, friction has both positive and negative attributes depending on the kind of manufacturing process you happen to be working on at a given time.

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Whatever happened to instruction manuals?

I find it amazing that today, in this world of social media and information technology, some of the coolest things I’ve learned about my smart phone I learned by happenstance, not from the manufacturer. I mean whatever happened to instruction manuals? My old HP-12C financial calculator, that I still use, has a 245-page instruction manual. Whenever I forget how to run a calculation, which I’m sad to say is often, I look in the manual, and there it is step by step. I know you’re thinking, “No big deal if you want to find something, just ‘Google it.’” Well, to just “Google it” you need know what you’re looking for. With my old HP-12C instruction manual there is an index, and in thumbing through the index I am always amazed at some of the stuff that I find. My point is, unless you just happen to run across a cool new idea for your smart phone, we have no way to know about it. It’s the same as a tree falling in the forest. If no one is around, does it make a sound? I digress.

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February/March Industry News

AGR_logoThe Arthur G. Russell Company, Inc. (AGR), a provider of state-of-the-art automatic assembly equipment, announced that it has launched a new logo to better reflect the company's vision for the future of automation and its commitment to serving the global automation community. The new logo—which depicts a globe encircled by a gear—will feature prominently on the company's website and corporate materials.

"We have always been a world leader in automation, and we want our identity to reflect that," said Jason Ensminger, executive vice president of AGR. "The new logo represents the company as modern and growing while supporting its vision for the future. The logo has changed to better represent what the company is today."

Since 1945, Arthur G. Russell has been an innovator in the field of high-speed automated assembly systems. The company designs, builds, installs, and supports world-class assembly, test, inspection, and packaging systems. Serving a wide range of industries and specializing in ultra-high-volume medical devices and consumer products, it provides custom solutions for even the most demanding automation applications.

"While the logo has changed to better represent the future of the company, our core values remain the same," said Bob Ensminger, CEO. "Our industry expertise and use of technology emphasizes our forward-thinking approach."

An updated corporate website will be introduced as well (www.arthurgrussell.com). It will mirror the new identity and showcase the company's strengths, products, and services.

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Winter is coming

For those who don’t have a significant other engrossed in Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming” is a message of warning and encouragement on the need for constant vigilance. However, I think the series’ author may have borrowed it from masons and concrete workers, for whom it means “Don’t over enjoy your paycheck today, because it will be smaller during cold weather.”

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IMTS, A show in a constant state of renewal

I’m often asked, “What’s new and different with the next IMTS?” My answer is always the same, “Virtually everything!” While we learn from each show, we begin planning for the next IMTS with an eye toward the changes and evolution of the technologies that drive the interest for our audience.

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European market update – opportunities and growth

Recent years have been good for the European economy. Most all the markets of the EU’s 28 members have steadied and demonstrated some solid growth. A few of the markets in Central Europe have been particularly strong. Romania is experiencing the fastest growth in the EU at an impressive five percent and is closely followed by Poland, Czechia, and Hungary. These countries boast low unemployment and continued investment, most notably from Germany (world’s 4th largest economy). Germany, has been experiencing quite strong domestic growth and has also been investing heavily in France, which has an appealing industrial base known to embrace innovation. France continues to attract foreign investment projects at unprecedented levels reaching a 10-year high in 2018.

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The manufacturing technology classroom of the future … today!

In January, the beginning of the new semester at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago also marked a whole new beginning for career and technical education for students on the south side of the Second City with the grand opening of a new Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Center (MTEC).

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Cybersecurity is a challenge both parties want to address this year

It may not seem like it today, but there is life on Capitol Hill beyond shutdowns and trade wars. There are cyberattacks. 

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Have you heard of Cleveland’s Blockland Initiative?

The initiative is the brainchild of Cleveland civic leader, Bernie Moreno, who believes blockchain is the next internet and Cleveland will be the center of the innovation.

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Reflections from the Consumer Electronics Show

Over the past 50 years, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has attracted both business leaders and “outside-the-box” thinkers. CES is the global stage and proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies in the upcoming consumer technologies market. As an industry analyst at AMT, I get to see and hear about new advancements in the manufacturing technology industry, so I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to attend CES and explore the robotics and 3D printing industry.

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The MTCouncil Insight :: February

While the February topic in our 2019 Manufacturing Tech Council webinar series is “Advanced Sensors,” I want to give you some early reading on our focus area for March – Hybrid Manufacturing.

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ARMATURE interview with Tim

Recent years have been good for the European economy. Most all the markets of the EU’s 28 members have steadied and demonstrated some solid growth. A few of the markets in Central Europe have been particularly strong. Romania is experiencing the fastest growth in the EU at an impressive five percent and is closely followed by Poland, Czechia, and Hungary. These countries boast low unemployment and continued investment, most notably from Germany (world’s 4th largest economy). Germany, has been experiencing quite strong domestic growth and has also been investing heavily in France, which has an appealing industrial base known to embrace innovation. France continues to attract foreign investment projects at unprecedented levels reaching a 10-year high in 2018.

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Transformative Technologies Converge on Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing will be among the transformative technologies on display at an innovative manufacturing event.

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AMT comes to you

One of the best parts of my job is traveling around the country meeting members and learning about their businesses. In conferences, committee meetings, workshops and receptions, there are plenty of opportunities to engage; but I find my best discussions take place when I take AMT to the members.

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Solution of the month – we come to you.

The Road Warrior, Steve Lesnewich, Vice President of Member Services, and I were finalizing our 2019 strategic plan before the holiday break and reminiscing on all the trips we took, places we visited, and people we talked to. Most importantly: what we learned, and what could be of benefit to our members. With that in mind I thought back to my second to last trip of 2018 which was in November but actually started in October. Makes sense, right? It will, read on.

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January's Industry News

Tom Sheridan has been promoted to President of Royal Products. He has been with Royal for 28 years. He has risen through the ranks within the company from Applications Engineer, Design Engineer, Director of Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Marketing, and now, to President. Tom has a BS in Mechanical Engineering

Chris Jakubowsky has been promoted to Executive Vice President. Chris has been with Royal Products for 22 years and has ascended through the ranks at Royal as well, from Industrial Engineer, Director of Production, Director of Operations, VP of Operations, and now, to Executive Vice President. Chris has a BS in Industrial Engineering as well as an MBA.

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Solution of the month – we come to you.

The Road Warrior, Steve Lesnewich, Vice President of Member Services, and I were finalizing our 2019 strategic plan before the holiday break and reminiscing on all the trips we took, places we visited, and people we talked to. Most importantly: what we learned, and what could be of benefit to our members. With that in mind I thought back to my second to last trip of 2018 which was in November but actually started in October. Makes sense, right? It will, read on.

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Shutdown Stalls Action

At press time, there are no signs that the government will reopen. The longer the shutdown goes on, the less likely there will be any real action in Congress this year. Not only is the showdown over the border wall stalling progress on a legislative agenda, so is the partisan division that figured in the last Congress. With little action to report, I’m sharing two charts in place of my column that provide a view of legislative priorities, past, present, and future.

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How long can the good times roll?

U.S. producers of manufacturing technology always get a little nervous when the orders get too good to believe. That nervousness often sets in after 24 months of expansion. Yet, no one flinched this past summer as that mark came and went. Backlogs were still growing. August 2018, a month before IMTS, posted half a billion dollars in orders – unheard of! Then IMTS did not fail to deliver a topper to the August numbers as orders spiked to more than $600 million. October was unexpectedly strong, and November was seven percent higher than November 2017. Expectations are that U.S. consumption of manufacturing technology in 2018 will be a stellar 20 percent larger than 2017.

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New ideas from New Orleans

Last month several staff members from the AMT Exhibitions Department attended the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) trade show EXPO! EXPO! in New Orleans, Louisiana, and brought back some exciting ideas for exhibitors.

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It’s on us.

If you’re a space nerd like me, then you were captivated by the Mars Insight rover mission and the landing on the red planet in December.

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HOUSTEX, A regional manufacturing technology show brought to you by AMT & SME

At the recent IMTS Winter Economic Update webinar, AMT Chief Knowledge Officer Pat McGibbon discussed how the economic indicators for the energy and power industry are trending upward: Industrial Production Index is at 91.3 percent and Capacity Utilization is at 82.5 percent. Micron Technology, Kinder Morgan and DTE Energy all have notable building projects at $1 billion and above.

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Global opportunity awareness for 2019

To better serve our members in 2019, there will be some welcome additions to the palette of information services offered by Global Services. AMT’s Strategic Analytics Department and our international tech centers have, for years, supplied AMT members with the business intelligence necessary to make sound strategic decisions to drive sales. This has, for the most part, been on a reactive basis initiated by specific member inquiries. There are the various business intelligence apps available through our MTInsight platform where curated data and powerful analytics yield actionable intelligence. Kudos to all of you who have taken advantage of all of this. However, many members do not even know these sources and services exist at AMT!

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The MTCouncil Blog :: January

Hi Everyone,

The January webinar for the Manufacturing Tech Council (MTC) focused on advanced sensors and I want to share some great content that provides additional perspective and insight into the rapid evolution of sensor technology. From the Industrial Internet of Things to autonomous vehicles, Industry 4.0 to medical care, new types of sensors are changing the game and creating new opportunities for improved operations, reduced maintenance, and new revenue sources.

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Mexico manufacturing board optimistic for 2019

In December 2018, AMT organized the annual meeting of Mexico´s Manufacturing Processes Advisory Board. It took place at Schneider Electric’s facility in Monterrey. In addition to our host Schneider, also represented were: Case New Holland, Tremec, Paulo, Brembo, Cummins and domestic job shops both from the metal cutting and forming industries. Experts from the die and mold design industry were present, as well as executives from the Mexican Auto Parts Manufacturers Association.

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