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AMT News - June 2019
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The future of distribution HAS ARRIVED.

Distributors are not immune to all the new technology buzzwords that are floating around business conversations these days—big data, robotics, AI, the cloud—and, like everyone else, they are wondering how their roles and jobs might be affected.

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What’s happening in the manufacturing technology market—globally?

Elsewhere in this edition of AMT News, there are summaries and articles on my outlook presented to IMTS exhibitors, Alan Beaulieu’s outlook presented at EASTEC, and Bill Strauss’s update presented to the MTForecast community. It really doesn’t make sense to give a fourth dose of the same news. The U.S. manufacturing landscape continues to grow, albeit at a slower pace. This development, in conjunction with concerns about trade policy impacts on exports, points to a decline in manufacturing technology orders in 2019 over 2018. 

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USTR increases Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports; proposes new tariffs

Since my last report, the U.S.-China trade negotiations that were widely expected to move forward suffered a serious setback. President Trump, unhappy with the progress, directed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to increase tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent on products covered by the September 2018 action resulting from current 301 investigation into China’s unfair trade practices. He also proposed a new round of tariffs if China refuses to honor commitments made over the course of the negotiations. 

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Six personality tests to help with hiring

Whether you are looking to hire a summer intern to help with social media or are one of many members looking for skilled workers, this article is for you.

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April U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption up 1.3 percent
April 2019 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $206.3 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 (CTMR) collaboration, was down 1.9 percent from March's $210.4 million and up 1.3 percent when compared with the $203.7 million reported for April 2018. With a year-to-date total of $837.4 million, 2019 is up 6.7 percent when compared with 2018.
 
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NEWS RELEASE: April 2019 U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Dip
U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $344.6 million in April 2019, the lowest April reading since 2016 when orders totaled $293.2 million. April 2019 orders declined 16.5 percent from March 2019 and were down 17.6 percent from April 2018, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report published by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Orders totaled $1.48 billion in the first third of 2019, 11.6 percent short of this point in 2018.    (more)
MT360 2019 Event Announcement
After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2019 MT360 event. We are now planning to launch the first MT360 experience from May 12 – 14, 2020.  (more)
U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up Slightly in March
March 2019 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $210.4 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 up 2.3 percent from February’s $205.6 million and up 1.6 percent when compared with the $207.1 million reported for March 2018. With a year-to-date total of $631.1 million, 2019 is up 8.6 percent when compared with 2018.   (more)
NEWS RELEASE: March 2019 U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders
Manufacturing technology orders tallied a value of $413.7 million in March 2019, a 26 percent increase over February but a 20 percent decline over an exceptional March 2018, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report published by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing. The first three months of 2019 saw total orders at $1.13 billion, a 9.5 percent decline over the same timeframe in 2018. These numbers suggest that the market is still strong, but growth is beginning to slow. 
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Large Bore Lathe Shopping: Three Things to Consider
When you’re one of the elite few that turns massive parts for a living, the day inevitably comes when you need a bigger machine. This is especially true in industries such as oil and gas, mining, steel processing, and—somewhat ironically—machine tool builders. Each of these is always looking to build larger, more capable equipment; without an equally capable engine lathe to deliver high-quality shafts, housings, and other mechanical components needed make this equipment. Here a few things to consider when shopping for your next large lathe.  (more)
CNC Knee Mill: Is it time for an upgrade?
Just as the day will come when you need a better car or a bigger house, there’s also a time when you should consider upgrading to a CNC Knee Mill. They offer better control. The productivity is much greater than with a manual mill. There’s increased opportunities to make more complex parts. And of course, there’s none of that endless hand-cranking to make your arms tired. If you’re ready for an upgrade to a CNC Knee Mill, think about the following before signing on the bottom line.  (more)
Beckwood Press Company to Build 3,500-Ton Bulge Forming Press for Wabash National Corp.
Beckwood Press Companyhas been awarded a contract by Wabash National Corporation to engineer and build a custom 3,500-ton hydraulic bulge forming press that will be used to form stainless steel and aluminum tank heads with diameters up to 156-in. for Wabash National’s tank and silo business.  (more)
Induction heating system scores points in motor production at Elektror
Many industrial production processes wouldn’t be possible without fans—they play a decisive role in the drying, suction or cooling of materials. Often the stability and efficiency of the entire production process may even be dependent on the fans used. The challenging task for Elektror airsystems becomes clearer against this backdrop: The company is one of the international leaders in the production of industrial fans and side channel compressors. Elektror has been relying on UNI HEAT from EMAG eldec since mid-2018 for the production of the electric motors used in its fans: The system ensures quick and precise induction heating of the empty stator housing before the joining process with the motor winding. The process reliability and flexibility of the entire sequence are essential for the rapid “one-piece-flow” at Elektror.   (more)
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