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March 9, 2016

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MetalForming Xtra Newsletter
March 9, 2016
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Annual Report, Strategic Plan for the National Manufacturing Institutes
The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) has received excellent grades on its first report card, issued by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. In her NNMI Annual Report, submitted to Congress in mid-February, Secretary Pritzker writes:

 

“With the support of more than 800 members…the institutes are undertaking applied research in support of solutions to industry-relevant problems, strengthening the skills of America’s workforce, and securing U.S. leadership in emerging manufacturing technologies.”

NNMI institutes include America Makes—the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow. Along with the annual report, Secretary Pritzker also submitted to Congress a strategic plan that describes the program’s goals for the next 3 yr. Here’s more.

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> Construction Spending Up, Manufacturing Steadying
“Concerns about recession in the United States are far overblown,” says an economist with PNC Financial, Pittsburgh, PA.

 

“To be clear,” says another economist, this one with ITG Investment Research, New York, NY, “none of (the recent data) are at levels suggesting a boom, far from it, but neither do they support the notion of an economy slipping into a recession.”

The economists quoted were interviewed by Reuters in response to recent reports on the state of the automotive industry (which still indicates strong consumer spending), and on a healthy uptick in construction spending.

“The worst of the manufacturing downturn is probably over,” says this article in the NY Times.

> Baxter Robots Shine in Metalworking Operations
Here’s a new 2-min. video showcasing the recent application of Baxter robots (from Rethink Robotics) at CNC machine shop Standby Screw Machine Products Co., Berea (Cleveland), OH. With a rich history that began by manufacturing bomb tips during WWII, the firm has installed two of the robots—one in a packaging application, the other tending a milling machine. As explained by COO and owner Bill Marcell, the robots have enabled the company to reduce labor content by as much as 50 percent, so it could reassign workers to other jobs less able to be automated.



In This Issue:

> Manufacturing Matters
...and 2016 PMA Chairman-elect Ron Lowry is pledging to take matters (as they relate to the health of U.S. manufacturing) into his own hands. He vows, in this election year, to honor his New Year's resolution to "complain less and do more," and urges all metalforming-company executives to join him.

> Transparency: A New Age in Metalforming
Asset-utilization software is the kingpin in a metalformer's campaign to enable plant-floor process ownership and responsibility, and drive down inefficiencies. And, management and staff are monitoring, as a waterfall alert system keeps uptime and OEE top-of-mind.
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