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August 26, 2015

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August 26, 2015
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Manufacturing’s Critical Role:
Infographic Tells Quite a Compelling Story
Yes, the healthcare industry employs more Americans than any other industry. However, manufacturing still plays a major role in our economy, employing more than 11 million Americans. That ranks manufacturing fourth on the list, ahead of industries such as finance and insurance, construction and educational services. At the same time, manufacturing ranks right up there in average annual payroll per employee, at $53,500, ahead of sectors like healthcare, educational services and real estate.

This information-packed infographic, produced late last year, details these and other statistics that gauge manufacturing’s impact on the U.S. economy. Quiz time: Of the top 10 industries in which manufacturers work, fabricated-metal product manufacturing ranks #2. Can you guess which industry employs more manufacturing employees? Hint: It’s not transportation-equipment manufacturing.

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> The 80-20 Rule—One Rule Meant to be Broken
Diversification for small and midsized manufacturers (SMMs) is on the mind of Forbes contributor Mike Collins, warning companies to avoid having a small number of customers represent a large majority of sales. Offered up as a case study: Davis Tool, Hillsboro, OR, a 200,000-sq.-ft. contract manufacturer of precision-machined parts, sheetmetal parts and assemblies. CEO Ron Davis “saw the handwriting on the wall, as commodity job-shop parts were sourced more and more from Asia.”

Collins explains how Davis Tool broke free from the 80-20 rule through a series of strategic moves, including becoming more vertically integrated (machining, fabrication, plating, laser cutting, etc.); profiling customers to identify those that best fit its capabilities; and cross-training its employees, including teaching machinists how to operate laser-cutting machines.

> See 3D-Printing in Action
The RedEye 3D-printing service bureau of Stratasys will play host to attendees of the upcoming Fabricating Fall Forum, slated for Sept. 22-23, 2015, in Minneapolis, MN, Presented by Fabricating Product News magazine and the Precision Metalforming Association, the two-day technology forum features:

  • A keynote presentation by Harry Moser, providing a status report and outlook on reshoring;
  • Presentations on 3D printing and tooling for metal fabricating;
  • Plant tours of Mate Precision Tooling, Stratasys and RedEye; and
  • Roundtable discussions on key industry topics, including the recruitment of skilled labor, handling unique customer demands, growth through acquisitions, lean initiatives and employee retention.

Learn more and register to attend at www.fabricatingproductnews.com/fallforum, or contact Rosemary David: 216/901-8800, rdavid@pma.org.

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In This Issue:

> Automating Die Design—a Case Study
Wisconsin Metal Parts switches to 3D die-design software that employs parametric modeling. The result: quicker die design with fewer mistakes made during the process.

> Unique Programming with Servo-Press Technology Delivers for E.J. Ajax
When managers at the Minnesota metalformer looked at the torque specifications for its new servo press, they found that its direct drive provided high torque high in the stroke. That capability had them looking for ways to leverage the ability to program the best contact and draw speeds for optimum part quality, without fear of stalling.
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September
> Automation
> Quick Die Change
> Plasma Cutting
October
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> Welding
> Additive Manufacturing
November
> Mechanical Presses
> CNC Punch Presses
> Pressroom Safety
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