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AMT to Partner with PMA, FMA, AWS

Wednesday, August 06, 2008
 
AMT—The Association for Manufacturing Technology—will partner with the array of trade associations and societies responsible for producing the Fabtech International & AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, to provide domestic and international support for what promises to be North America’s largest metalforming, fabricating and welding event. Terms of the agreement with AMT include elimination of the fabricating and laser pavilions at AMT’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), beginning with the 2009 event. The first official combined exhibition with Fabtech & AWS Welding Show including METALFORM will occur in November 2009 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
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Training Center Teaches NDT for Aerospace Applications

Wednesday, August 06, 2008
 
X-R-I Testing, a provider of nondestructive-testing (NDT) services, opened a fully equipped training center adjacent to its headquarters facility in Troy, MI. The training center will offer classes in NDT methods for aerospace applications. Course offerings include computed radiology, digital radiography, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant, ultrasonic, and chemical-etch inspection methods. Learn more at www.xritesting.com.
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Operational-Effectiveness Survey
Addresses Outsourcing, Lean, Six Sigma

Tuesday, August 05, 2008
 
More than half (53 percent) of U.S.-based industrial manufacturers have either undertaken an outsourcing venture in a low-cost country in the past two years or plan to do so in the next 12 months, and 70 percent rate their outsourcing experiences as either successful (68 percent) or extremely successful, according to a recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers survey. The survey, addressing operational effectiveness and cost-reduction programs, also reveals that lean and Six Sigma programs don’t als deliver the expected results. While 73 percent of U.S. manufacturers actively deploy either lean (44 percent) or Six Sigma (39 percent), 47 percent of them report “mixed results” and only 49 percent are satisfied with the results from such programs.
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