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April 8, 2015

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April 8, 2015
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A Movement to Fine-Tune Engineering Education to the Needs of Manufacturing Twitter

From the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel comes this look at a bipartisan bill introduced in Congress a few weeks ago to fund the development of manufacturing-specific programs at 25 U.S. universities. Each university would receive $20 million over 4 years, as an incentive to “build new partnerships with manufacturing firms in their region, increase training opportunities and foster manufacturing entrepreneurship.”

The program falls under the guidance of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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> Modest Gains Predicted for Fabricated Metal Products Production Twitter
The recently published quarterly U.S. Industrial Outlook from the MAPI Foundation (subtitled Strong Dollar Offsets Low Energy Prices) predicts that manufacturing production will grow 3.7 percent in 2015 and 3.6 percent in 2016. Regarding the fabricated metal products sector, the report says:
  • Fabricated-metals production should post moderate gains of 3 percent in 2015 and 4 percent in 2016.
  • In the three months ending January 2015, most types of fabricated metal products saw production increases relative to 1 year ago. Stamping was up 11 percent, architectural and structural metals rose 5 percent, machine-shop-turned products and fasteners grew 2 percent.
  • Imports of fabricated-metal-products increased 6 percent, exports increased 8 percent.
Other sectors addressed by the report include motor vehicles and parts, household appliances, metalworking machinery, and medical equipment and supplies.

> Please Participate in this Important Industry Technology Survey Twitter
Advances in material forming and joining are expected to yield a competitive advantage for U.S. manufacturers in many market sectors, which will lead to more jobs and a stronger economy. Road-mapping the technology-development priorities and developing solutions to the challenges ahead is critical to realizing these benefits.

A key step in developing a roadmap toward ensuring U.S. competitiveness in material forming and joining is the NIST Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) program. MetalForming magazine and the Precision Metalforming Association are proud participants in the program, and ask your help.

Please take 2 min. to complete an online survey gauging the projected technology needs of the metalforming industry. Individual survey responses are anonymous in the final report. As an incentive for completing the survey, all respondents will receive a summary report of the survey findings.

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April 2015 MetalForming

In This Issue:

> Versatile Laser-Cutting Machine Attracts Kitted Projects
A specialist in mining-equipment rehab mines new markets thanks to an armada of Amada sheetmetal-fabricating equipment--three press brakes, a CNC turret press and a 4000-W CO2 laser-processing cell with sheet tower and a rotary-index station for tube and pipe cutting

> Metalforming Technology at the Core of the New F-150
Whether hot stamping, warm forming, deep drawing or general stamping, Experi-Metal's new press cell can do it all.
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May
> Advances in Automotive Steel
> Welding
> Die Design Software
June
> Lubrication
> Mechanical Press
> Waterjet/Laser Cutting
July
> In-Die Sensing
> Press Controls
> Resistance Welding
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