U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Decrease in September, but Automotive Sector Sees Slight Increase
U.S. manufacturing technology orders fell 1 percent from the previous month to a total of $361.5 million in September 2019 according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report published by AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Orders decreased 41 percent from September 2018, yielding a 10 percent decline in the first three quarters of 2019.  (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool Orders Up 3.3% In August from July

August 2019 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $205.1 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 3.3 percent from July's $198.5 million and down 8 percent when compared with the $222.8 million reported for August 2018. With a year-to-date total of $1.7 billion, 2019 is up 1.2 percent when compared with 2018. 

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Metal Cutting Sector Sees Robust Growth in Southeast and Northeast, While Overall U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Decrease in August

McLean, VA (October 14, 2019) –  U.S. manufacturing technology orders fell 3.2 percent from the previous month to a total of $365.6 million in August 2019, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report published by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Orders decreased 27.6 percent from August 2018, which was the best August on record at $505 million.

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U.S. Cutting Tool Year To Date Consumption Up 2.6 Percent In July

July 2019 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $198.4 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 0.6 percent from June's $199.7 million and down 1.3 percent when compared with the $201.0 million reported for July 2018. With a year-to-date total of $1.5 billion, 2019 is up 2.6 percent when compared with 2018. 

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OPC Companion Spec Version 2.0: OPC Foundation and MTConnect Institute Announce Release of the OPC UA Companion Specification for MTConnect®

McLean, Va. & Scottsdale, Az. (September 10, 2019) – The OPC Foundation in conjunction with the MTConnect Institute announce the release of the jointly developed “OPC Unified Architecture for MTConnect Companion Specification Part 1”. This companion specification makes the MTConnect semantic information model for machine tools accessible to a global audience leveraging the OPC UA Service Oriented Architecture. This OPC UA MTConnect Companion Specification incorporates all the features and functions of the XML based MTConnect standard.

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Despite Gains Over June, U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders through July 11.7 Percent off July 2018 Totals
U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $383.7 million in July 2019, an increase of seven percent over June 2019 but a fall of five percent from July 2018, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report published by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. The total value of manufacturing technology ordered through July 2019 totaled $2.64 billion, a decrease of 11.7 percent from the 2018 year-to-date total of $2.98 billion.   (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 3.2 Percent In June

June 2019 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $198.9 million according to the United States. 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 6.8 percent from May's $213.4 million and down 6.3 percent when compared with the $212.4 million reported for June 2018. With a year-to-date total of $1.25 billion, 2019 is up 3.2 percent when compared with 2018. 

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Despite Overall Decline in June, US Manufacturing Technology Orders Increase Among Job Shops for Second Straight Month
McLean, Va., (August 12, 2019) -  U.S. manufacturing technology orders fell 7.7 percent from the previous month to a total of $357.8 million in June 2019, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report published by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. While cutting technologies fell by a modest 2.1 percent, a majority of the month-over-month decline was driven by the more volatile forming and fabricating technologies. Orders for the first half of 2019 totaled $2,249 million, a decrease of 12.8 percent compared to the first half of 2018 when orders totaled $2,580 million.   (more)
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MPETAC October update

On Aug. 20, 2019, the Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee (MPETAC) met to discuss the latest matters in export control. The purpose of this committee is to advise the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration on technical questions that affect the level of export controls applicable to materials processing equipment and related technology. MPETAC covers articles, materials, and suppliers of metalworking equipment, numerically controlled machine tools, and robots. One of the committee’s ongoing goals is to integrate the control definitions between the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

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A tale of two salesmen, or the grasshopper and the ant

Once upon a time, there were two machine tool salesmen. To protect the innocent, we’ll call them the Ant and the Grasshopper. They each worked for a distributor that had an impressive product line. They both were very, very good salesmen. They always made quota, excelled financially, and were usually the guys awarded as the Top Performers during their respective OEM’s annual meetings. In their territories, they both had several very large customers who bought lots of machines and required a good amount of hand-holding to keep them happy and to make sure nothing fell through the cracks. Their customers loved them for that. For several years, things were good, and both the Ant and the Grasshopper were very happy salesmen.

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Branding your company and products

You may not give much thought to your company or products’ “brand” or image in the market. You may still be using the same marketing messages about your products that you developed several years ago. But has the market or competitive landscape changed since then? If so, it is probably time to revisit those marketing messages. While it is difficult to change certain marketing messages about your products—after all, specs are specs—what you communicate about the benefits and value of your products, product line, and your company itself are important in creating your image or brand in the market.

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Your exhibitions team’s summer activities update

This fall, as students returned to school, I’m sure many were asked to write an essay or present on the topic “What did you do this summer?” In that same spirit, I thought it would be fun to recap what your AMT Exhibitions department did this summer. It’s a tale of exploring what ifs, forming partnerships, being creative, furthering ideas, traveling, and some good old-fashioned fun.

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Government relations update

September was a busy month for Congress after their month-long recess. Below is a snapshot of activity relevant to the manufacturing industry.

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