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June 8, 2016

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MetalForming Xtra Newsletter
June 8, 2016
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Becoming an Outcome-centric Organization
From Harvard Business Review comes this article explaining what authors say is a "fundamental shift to the way a business operates" that increasingly focuses on outcomes rather than on customers. Read the article to gain an understanding of what it means to shift from customer-centric to outcome-centric. At its core, this means focusing on individual customers, regardless of the market, rather than developing solutions that target entire market segments.

What's it take to make the transformation? "Sales organizations must know the customer well enough to understand the specific outcomes it seeks…product-performance data helps inform future improvements and tends to compress the new-product development cycle."

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> Manufacturing Day on the Horizon
Just four short months away is the fifth-annual edition of Manufacturing Day, October 7, meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Hundreds of industry-leading organizations will do their part to promote careers in manufacturing to students, community leaders and others.

Companies joining the Manufacturing Day celebration can host plant tours and informational sessions, to spread the word about the exciting and rewarding opportunities that exist for the next generation of workers in our industry. Other options including organizing or participating in manufacturing-related community events that include several companies; and conducting job fairs and educational fairs.

There's no better way for metal-fabricating companies to begin to narrow the skills gap than by participating in this annual image-polishing exercise. And, it's becoming increasingly simple to join in the festivities, thanks to the enormous stash of resources housed on the Manufacturing Day website.

> Automobile Lightweighting, GM-Style
From Forbes comes this detailed look at how GM is using advanced manufacturing technology to lightweight its cars. Via a tour of the GM Warren Tech Center by Kelley Blue Book editors, we learn of plans to integrate more aluminum into vehicles, in addition to higher-strength steels. Also noted are advancements in resistance-spot-welding technology that support changes in material use—including methods for joining steel to aluminum.

Other topics discussed: increased use of magnesium alloys, and plans to integrate carbon-fiber components, including wheels.

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In This Issue:

> New Press the Centerpiece of Expansion Efforts
Automotive stamper Genesee Group is expanding--not just its footprint or its resume of core competencies, but also its customer base, beyond automotive. At the center of its expansion efforts is a new 660-ton transfer press to allow the principally progressive-die stamper to "play in a bigger sandbox."

> A Data-Driven Approach to Lubricant Selection
Automotive supplier Shiloh Industries has embarked on a rigorous lubricant-testing and evaluation process, with the goals of streamlining its inventory of stamping-lubricants; eliminating the use of chlorinated paraffins; and identifying the right lubricant for stamping advanced high-strength steels.
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> Automation
> Press Feeds
> Plasma Cutting
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> Servo-Press Technology
> Laser Cutting
> Safety
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> Quick Die Change
> Hydraulic Presses
> Sheetmetal Forming
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