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AMT News - October, 2019
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Unpacking: yes or no?

Until recently, unpacking my clothes on a business trip was something I never thought about. Not long ago, a few of us weary travelers were at a bar, (of course), waiting out a flight delay (again, of course) talking about how we do everything in our power to make sure everything we pack fits in our carry-on. One of my colleagues brought up the Three Night Rule for unpacking. I said, “The Three Night Rule—what’s that?” He replied that on any trip of three nights or less, he does not unpack his clothes. “Why?” I asked. He explained that it was a waste of time to unpack and repack his clothes for such a short trip. Huh. Not unpacking clothes? Who knew? I’ve read lots of articles about the art of packing for a trip, but never about unpacking.

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Should our company be marketing on the internet?

It is important for manufacturing technology companies of all sizes to have a marketing presence on the internet and social media. We all do the bulk of our research online, read about our industry, conduct personal business, and read and post on social media. And our customers are doing the same thing.

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Back to school

IMTS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING MANUFACTURERS OF THE FUTURE

With the back-to-school buzz of the past few weeks, I am reminded that IMTS has been fostering positive perceptions about careers in manufacturing to students for many years. From the early years as more of a science fair than trade show, to the renewed emphasis on education that began with the first Smartforce Student Summit in 1998, IMTS champions our industry to the next generations.

IMTS continues to look for new ways to encourage students to become the manufacturers of the future. Here are three new ways IMTS positively impacts students’ interest, academic growth, and skills in manufacturing technology.

 

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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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The Reshoring Initiative, PMA, AMT and NTMA Launch 3rd Annual National Metalworking Reshoring Award

McLean, VA — Four leading manufacturing associations have announced the 3rd National Metalworking Reshoring Award. Companies that have successfully reshored products, parts or tooling made primarily by metal forming, fabricating, casting or machining, including additive manufacturing, are invited to apply. The Reshoring Initiative, the PMA, NTMA, and AMT are pleased to sponsor this competition.

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METHODS ANNOUNCES MARK WRIGHT AS PRESIDENT & CEO
Methods Machine Tools, Inc. Announces Mark Wright As President & CEO  (more)
Familiar Faces with New Roles at Edgewater Automation
Today, Edgewater Automation, a global custom automation equipment supplier, announced new leadership roles for a group of employees.   (more)
Transor Filter Appoints Tom Wagner Vice President
Transor Filter's Tom Wagner has been appointed Vice President, Technical Support and Service.  Mr Wagner has been with Transor since 1985 and has played an integral role in thousands of installations of Transor filters worldwide.  (more)
Increasing Online Searches in the Machine Tool Industry

Increasing Online Searches in the Machine Tool Industry

There are 190,000 manufacturers with less than 20 employees – your shop is probably one of them. Marketing might mean more hours added on top of the hours devoted to getting jobs through the shop. But you don’t need to do marketing in-house, especially digital marketing.

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