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July 13, 2016

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July 13, 2016
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NAM Releases Second-Quarter Outlook Survey
According to the recently released second-quarter NAM Manufacturers' Outlook Survey, 61.7 percent of respondents have a positive outlook for their companies, up from 56.1 percent in March. However, among small manufacturers completing the survey, 56.1 percent have a positive outlook, down from 60.3 percent in March.

 

Among other findings: sales overall are predicted to climb 1.6 percent over the next 12 months; capital investments are expected to grow at 0.6 percent, and employee wages are expected to climb 1.5 percent. Noted as primary challenges: unfavorable climate (taxes, regulations, etc.) and rising healthcare costs.

Here's the full 14-page report.

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Bunting Magnetics Lowers Prices on its MagLift™ Magnetic Lifters by 30%
MagLift Bunting® Magnetics Co., the leader in moving, removing and holding metal, recently announced lower prices on its line of MagLift™ Magnetic Lifters. Prices have been reduced by an average of 30%, depending on model. The Magnetic Lifters are sold through the company's Magnet Materials Division and its e-commerce website, BuyMagnets.com.
Pitcher Insurance Offers Safety White Paper Complimentary to Our Readers
Safety training can have a dramatic impact on the success of your effort to reduce work related injuries. Is your Safety Training Program in line with the White Paper's recommendations?
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> Prosperous Times Ahead for Medical-Industry Contract Manufacturers
A new report by visiongain predicts that the global medical-device contract-manufacturing market will reach $90.5 billion in 2020, with opportunities aplenty for OEMs to develop more technologically advanced medical devices to treat chronic diseases. The result: an increase in outsourcing of components to contract manufacturers. The multidisciplinary knowledge and expertise held by contract manufacturing organizations will become more attractive to OEMs over the forecast period, say researchers, as OEMs seek to equip their products with the latest and most innovative technology for patient healthcare.

"The medical device contract manufacturing market is expected to see fast growth over the next 10 years," says Yemi Adebayo, an industry analyst at visiongain. "Contract manufacturers will be dearly sought for design and manufacturing purposes as technology continues to develop.

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> Servo-Technology Event is a Must-Attend Two-Day Conference
Plan now to head to Nashville, TN, October 5-6, 2016, for the Servo Technology Experience, powered by the Precision Metalforming Association and MetalForming magazine. This brand-new conference features expert speakers addressing topics related to state-of-the-art servo technology used in presses, transfer systems, coil-feed lines and more.

Aimed at engineers and technicians working in metalforming plants, the conference will provide technical presentations and case studies describing how modern servo-based equipment can help stampers improve productivity and quality. Day one of the conference will focus on servo-press technology, and include scheduled breakout sessions with leading suppliers of servo presses. Day two turns attention to transfer systems, coil-feed lines and other servo-based technology prevalent in pressrooms today.

Learn more and register to attend.

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Hundreds of Women in Manufacturing are Headed to Nashville for Annual SUMMIT Conference

Held this year in Nashville, TN on September 19 – 21, 2016, the WiM SUMMIT is an annual conference tailored specifically for women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. This networking and educational event features manufacturing plant tours, professional development tracks, keynote presentations and numerous networking opportunities. For additional event details and to register, visit www.womeninmanufacturing.org/summit2016/home.


In This Issue:

> Heating Up: the Cyber Age of Automation, Controls
The brains behind our machinery have evolved to Industry 4.0, with todays most pressing task: Figure out what to do with so much data.

> Straightening AHSS--The Science Behind the Solutions
Stamping advanced high-strength steels can double the force and torque required of feed-line straighteners designed to feed mild steels. Often, custom straightener solutions are required to fit the application. New software utilities can provide proof of concept before investing in new equipment.
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> Welding Technology
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