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September 24, 2014

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September 24, 2014
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Critical: Visibility of Data Throughout the Organization
Among the numerous benefits an ERP-software upgrade can bring to manufacturers is improving the visibility of data throughout its organization; other benefits include effective management of parts at appropriate stocking levels to foster efficient downstream operations, streamlining of purchasing and inventory and improved estimating and quoting accuracy.

These are just some of the benefits you’ll hear about from users/recent implementers of new ERP software at next month’s Manufacturing ERP Experience, October 8-9 in Nashville, TN. Along with several case-study presentations describing the benefits manufacturers of all types and sizes are realizing from new ERP implementation projects, attendees also will benefit from keynote addresses from well-recognized thought leaders on ERP software. They’ll present critical advice to guide ERP-selection, implementation and optimization projects.

Come network with those in the know about all-things ERP. Learn more and register to attend.


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Visit EuroBLECH 2014: 1,550 exhibitors from 40 countries, live machine demonstrations
The international sheet metal working industry will meet again in Hanover, Germany from October, 21-25, 2014. Visit EuroBLECH, the World’s No. 1 Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition! Experience live machine demonstrations and meet 1,550 exhibitors from 40 countries to network and build international relations.
Champion Plastics Reduces Production Scheduling Hours by 50%
Champion Plastics chose ERP from the Plex Manufacturing Cloud to improve efficiency, quality, scheduling, and parts tracking. Champion Plastics reduced production scheduling man hours by more than 50 percent and inventory by nearly 30 percent. Read the success story.

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> Rising: The Percentage of “Thriving” Mid-Market Manufacturers
Compared to 2013, the number of middle-market manufacturing executives stating that their companies are “thriving” has climbed by 5 percent, from 31 percent to 36 percent. This according to the 2014 McGladrey Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor report. Among other findings: Companies expect to increase the size of their workforces by an average of 6 percent, up from 4 percent in 2013; and 88 percent expect rising domestic sales during the next year (up from 69 percent for the previous 12 months).

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> Get Pumped Up About FABTECH 2014 in Atlanta
If you’re planning to attend FABTECH 2014 in November, or if you’re on the fence, take a look at this energizing promotional video for the show. It’s 4 min. of excitement-building footage and interviews with FABTECH 2013 attendees and exhibitors. When you watch the video, I don’t know how you can miss this year’s show.

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> Reshoring/Offshoring—Forbes Forecast
“The greatest reshoring will occur in industries that benefit most from cheap natural gas and have access to global markets. These are chemicals and metals (both primary manufacturing and fabrication).”

So says a recent Forbes article forecasting reshoring and offshoring trends for 2015-2016. The article also details the challenges to reshoring and, countering those challenges, the challenges to offshoring operations (the long supply chain and rising labor costs in emerging countries included).

Give it a read.

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Multicyl: Power to Punch With
Multicyl offers complete turn-key punching solutions including air/oil cylinders ranging from 2.5 to 100 tons of force using regular shop air. This versatile power source is ideal for many applications: hole punching, tube piercing, notching, clinching, and more. Multicyl systems include a complete line of components to build bench mounted air/oil presses. View Video
What the Heck is ERP? Here's a Crash Course. Register for the Manufacturing ERP Experience
Tour the industry's leading ERP software systems at the 2014 Fall ERP Experience presented by MetalForming magazine on October 8­-9, 2014, in Nashville, TN. Witness software demonstrations from leading suppliers, benefit from case-study presentations describing successful software-implementation projects and hear keynote presentations from respected, knowledgeable experts on ERP-software implementation strategies, vendor selection, training and other critical topics!
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September 2014 MetalForming
In This Issue:

> Servos Seeing More Service—Part 1
Servo-press technology continues to evolve, and metalformers are figuring out when and where the technology is the best bet.

> Galvanized Coating Changes Steel Formability
The Science of Forming, by Stuart Keeler
What's Trending?
> Nesting Software
> Software for Manufacturing
> Mechanical Presses
> CNC Punch Presses
> Safety Update
> Press Feeds
> PMA Awards of Excellence
> Laser/Waterjet Cutting
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See also: Stamtec, Inc., Mack-Brooks Exhibitions Ltd., Plex Systems Inc., Nordson EFD, LLC, Multicyl Inc.

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