U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders for October 2018
Manufacturing technology orders totaled $467 million in October, capping a three-month total of $1.6 billion since August. That sum represents the largest three-month total since April 1998. The $4.5 billion year-to-date sum is up an impressive 24 percent from the same 10 months in 2017 and bodes well for a strong finish to 2018. The three-month run overshadowed the 23 percent decline in October orders from September and slim two percent increase over October 2017.  (more)
Big changes in store for IIoT in 2019
What do security, ‘fog’ and edge computing, 5g cellular, and digital twins have in common? They’re among the critical opportunities and issues shaping the industrial Internet of things, which is the focus of the November webinar of the Manufacturing Tech Council.  (more)
Second National Metalworking Reshoring Award — Submission Entry
The Reshoring Initiative*, in conjunction with the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)*, the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), is looking to recognize companies for successful reshoring projects. *Inaugural sponsors
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Three big questions for a top nanotech expert

Examining the current state of nano and advanced materials. Exploring the future for manufacturers.

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Trump Administration Announces Additional Tariffs
On September 17, President Trump announced the U.S. will impose a 10% tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The new tariffs will take effect on September 24.  Click the title to read the President's statement and the final tariff list published by the U.S. Trade Representative.
 
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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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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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What’s ahead for Education and Workforce Development?

In recent months, there has been very good news on the jobs front in manufacturing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, manufacturing has averaged an increase of 18,000 jobs per month over the past twelve months. Wages have been increasing in recent quarters as well.

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‘Tis the season for making wishes. What might IMTS exhibitors wish?

Wish #1: Obtain a qualified list of potential customers with quantifiable communication management.
Gift: IMTS Exhibitor Passport

IMTS Exhibitor Passport gives you exclusive access to all contact information for IMTS 2018 and IMTS 2016 visitors. Equipped with built-in analytics and communication tools for sending targeted emails and downloading addresses, IMTS Exhibitor Passport automatically matches exhibitors’ product categories to the visitors’ self-selected interests, which is the magic of this product.

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Augmented reality: the future of field service

Phillips Corporation is now utilizing the potential of augmented reality technology to improve training to its worldwide team of field service engineers, including initial training of new engineers and supporting seasoned engineers, while also directly supporting customers working on their own equipment.

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Midterm elections: How will they influence the 2019 agenda?

When the dust finally settled on the mid-term elections, Democrats gained a net 39 seats, shifting control of the House of Representatives to the democrats. Republicans strengthened their majority in the Senate with a net pickup of three seats. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Mitch McConnell will lead their respective bodies in the 116th Congress. How will the new faces and a divided leadership impact the policy agenda? Here’s a look at several topics being discussed:

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Changes bring opportunities

This year is rocking the USMTO order books. October is on track to produce a third month in a row with $500 million in orders or better, which hasn’t happened in the history of USMTO program. The supply chain has not caught up with demand pushing backlogs on orders out further. Two other first-time developments also occurred in September as the medical equipment sector became the third largest market by dollar volume and the South East became the largest region by dollar volume for the first time since USMTO began. As 2018 comes to an end, let’s look at other areas that producers, distributors and service providers in our industry might find as interesting opportunities.

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Founded in 1902, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents builders and distributors of manufacturing technology -- the advanced machinery, devices, and digital equipment that U.S. manufacturing relies on to be productive, innovative, and competitive. Located in McLean, VA, near the nation's capital, AMT acts as the industry's voice to speed the pace of innovation, increase global competitiveness and develop manufacturing's advanced workforce of tomorrow. With extensive expertise in industry data and intelligence, as well as a full complement of international business operations, AMT offers its members an unparallelled level of support. AMT also produces IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.

AMT's goal is to provide the programs and services that will grow members' businesses in every facet - -product innovation, market expansion, employee development - and to represent and promote members and the manufacturing technology (MT) industry to the world at large. Find out if your company is eligible for AMT membership.

At AMT, we understand that our members have two main objectives in running their businesses – increasing sales and decreasing costs! Understanding this fundamental perspective, we strive to address this need in specific ways.
  • Providing access to markets in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Producing industry intelligence that will position your business for success and allow you to make informed decisions.
  • We bolster those core solutions with unique networking and engagement opportunities, by hosting industry events; advocating for the industry; building a Smartforce; and providing access to leading edge, and potentially disruptive, technologies.
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Anywhere in the world you want to be, AMT is uniquely positioned to build sales and support your business. AMT’s Global Services range from domestic business support to full-service tech centers.  We provide access to markets in the United States and around the world. 

Explore a foreign market by participating in an AMT/USA pavilion or AMT oversea technical center. Utilize an AMT foreign office or visit your potential customers where the purchasing decisions are made with AMT trade missions. 
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

Standards

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.

 
Industry Intelligence
 
AMT produces industry intelligence that will position your business for success and allow you to make informed decisions.

Knowledge of the current and coming economic environment, as well as the manufacturing technology industry and its customers is the key to strategic planning. Gain this data and accompanying analysis from AMT's Global Forecasting & Marketing Package (GFMP).

We provide unique analysis of trends impacting your company, markets and customers. 
  • United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) - The only valid benchmark for market share and the best barometer of your customers' business. 
  • MTInsight allows you to visualize economic trends, pinpoint market share and review potential capital investment worldwide.
  • On-demand market research tailored to your company's needs
Contact AMT's industry and research analysts for your tailored research and to participate in any of AMT's benchmarking surveys