Manufacturing Technology Orders Through February Highest in Two Decades

April 13, 2022

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Through February Highest in Two Decades
Manufacturing technology orders totaled $479.3 million in February 2022, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report published by AMT–The Association For Manufacturing Technology. February 2022 orders climbed 9 percent from January and 27 percent compared to February 2021. Year-to-date orders, just shy of $920 million, are up 30 percent year over year and only down 11 percent from the same period in 1998, when orders set a record by surpassing $1 billion in two months.


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North American Tooling Industry Increases Utilization, Revenue in 2021
Harbour Results, Inc. (HRI), Southfield, MI, has released the results of its Q1 2022 Harbour IQ Manufacturing Pulse Study, indicating that the tooling industry rebounded in 2021 with companies on average seeing year-over-year revenue growth of 10 percent. Additionally, mold and die shops saw utilization range between 81 and 89 percent throughout 2021 and, although Q1 2022 has started out slightly slower, shops forecast utilization to reach 90 percent (mold) and 82 percent (die) by Q4 2022.

The study also finds that the higher cost of business and access to labor remain top concerns.



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FABTECH Mexico Returns in 2022
Plans are underway for FABTECH Mexico to return to Monterrey, May 3-5, 2022. This year’s show will bring together more than 500 exhibitors presenting the latest in technology and solutions to more than 8000 attendees from Mexico and Latin America.


The State of Smart Manufacturing: Respond to Market Adversity with Agility, Improved Processes and Technology Adaptation
Participants in a recent global survey of 321 manufacturers communicated the need for agility, technology adoption, and improved processes to respond to market adversity. Plex Systems, a Rockwell Automation company, in collaboration with Hanover Research, uncovers the current state of smart manufacturing, the challenges manufacturers are facing, and expectations for the future of the industry. Join Plex and Precision Metalforming Association as we discuss the report’s key findings and provide actionable steps to create your own technology adoption plan and embrace the future of smart manufacturing.

Ramco’s Commitment to Domestic Manufacturing Leads to Significant Building Expansion
Ramco Specialties, Inc., Hudson, OH, has announced the groundbreaking at its headquarters for expansion of its current facility by 50,000 sq. ft., exclusively for manufacturing. The construction is expected to be completed in June 2022. Once the new manufacturing space is ready, it plans to install three new part formers and one nut former.


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Coming in June: the 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tours
3D Metal Printing, sister publication of MetalForming, delivers in the form of its annual two-day 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour. This year’s edition, scheduled for June 7-8 in Hartford, CT, includes combined sessions led by industry experts presenting case-study applications, informing on advanced materials and technologies, process improvements and more. In addition, exclusive plant tours will provide opportunities to view metal AM machines in action, as well as ancillary equipment for inspection, post-processing and more.



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New Controls + Sensors = Pressroom Profitability
For stampers dealing with the effects of the skilled-labor shortage, including brain drain and lost shop-floor productivity, advances in press controls and the expanded use of sensors promise to multiply the capabilities of staff already on the floor. In addition, the advances described here promise to extend the careers of older team members and help attract new hires.


LISTEN: Podcast Features Technology Insight From Bosch Rexroth
Matteo Dariol, lead innovation strategist for Bosch Rexroth, intrapreneur, technologist, artificial intelligence (AI) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) expert, discusses how AI and IIoT impact manufacturing with Dean Phillips in the latest episode of Phillips’ Destiny of Manufacturing podcast. Currently located in Bosch’s innovation and co-creation space, the Chicago Connectory, Dariol’s activities revolve around the intersection between R&D and product development, with the goal of harnessing new technologies and exploring new business models in the manufacturing space.


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See You in Detroit in May for Great Designs in Steel
The automotive-focused Great Designs in Steel conference returns live, May 18 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. From the American Iron and Steel Institute, GDIS (for which MetalForming magazine is a proud media sponsor) celebrates its 20th year in 2022 as the signature North American event where automotive engineering, design, technology and academic leaders provide insight on the latest trends and material applications on new cars and trucks.


MetalForming LIVE! July 13, 20 and 27
This summer, the pages of MetalForming magazine come to life via a three-part online event: MetalForming LIVE. Tune in for free to hear MetalForming’s three expert columnists, Pete Ulintz, Danny Schaeffler, Ph.D., and Eren Billur, Ph.D, host 90-min. roundtable discussions on three topics of critical importance to metal formers. The topics: newer materials, progressive-die simulation and press-stroke optimization. They’ll be joined on the online stage by metal formers dispensing their expertise gleaned from extensive experience with the chosen topics. And, attendees can participate in lively Q&A discussions. Sign up today!

July 13: How Newer Materials—Advanced Steels, Aluminum Grades, etc.—Impact Metal Formers
July 20: Simulation of Progressive-Die Designs
July 27: Optimizing Press-Stroke Rate Without Investing a Lot of Money!

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April 2022
From the April Issue of MetalForming
What Cutting Method Should I Choose?
Flame, plasma, fiber laser and waterjet cutting machines all offer advantages, and each have drawbacks. Consider your requirements and practical needs when deciding on a cutting system. Then, consider the process characteristics discussed here.

Sustainability Improves ESG Reporting Through Better Lubrication Practices
Sustainability, greenhouse gases (GHG), emissions and carbon neutral all are terms making headlines these days. Here’s how they relate to your metal forming business.




New Products
AP&T to Provide TemperBox Partial Press Hardening Line to Mercedes-Benz
Automatic Feed to Provide 84-in. Blanking Line

Upcoming Issues
May
  • Hydraulic Presses
  • Manufacturing Software
  • Preview: 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour (June 7-8, Hartford, CT)
  • Bending/Folding
  • Material Handling
  • Technology and Enewsletter Focus: Software
June/July
  • PMA 80th Anniversary
  • Workforce Development
  • Preview: Mexico Metal Forming Technology Conference
  • Laser Cutting
  • Resistance Welding
  • Technology and Enewsletter Focus: Presses
MetalForming LIVE: July 13, 20 and 27
  • Three live online events in July assemble MetalForming’s stellar columnists to headline expert roundtable discussions on newer materials, progressive-die simulation and press-stroke optimization.
  • Technology and Enewsletter Focus: Industry 4.0/IoT


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