Q1 2022 Mfg. Technology Orders Best Since 1998

May 11, 2022

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Q1 2022 Mfg. Technology Orders Best Since 1998
According to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report published by AMT–The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the first quarter of 2022 had orders totaling $1.47 billion, 26.5 percent higher than the first quarter of 2021 and the highest Q1 of any year since 1998.

“The first quarter of 2022 has been extremely impressive for manufacturing technology orders,” says Pat McGibbon, chief knowledge officer at AMT. “Inflation, the war and saber-rattling in the East are creating a level of uncertainty and risk that businesses must consider. Despite these challenges, we see the manufacturing sector continuing to invest in additional capacity.”


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Cobot Bin Picking is Top Pick for Assembly Application
The Schaeffler Group employs a cobot-anchored solution to properly pick and place stamped parts in the correct orientation while meeting needed cycle-time targets.


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 from the comfort of your office, shop or living room 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.

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Plex On-Demand Webinar Details Smart Manufacturing Strategies
 
 
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, MetalForming magazine and the 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.

Worthington Industries Named a 2021 Supplier of the Year by General Motors
Worthington Industries, Inc., Columbus, OH, has been named, for the second consecutive year, a General Motors Supplier of the Year winner in GM’s 30th annual Supplier of the Year awards. Worthington Industries supplies hot-rolled and hot-rolled galvanized steel coils to GM, used in the stamping and assembly of GM vehicles made throughout North America.


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Great Designs in Steel May 18 in Novi, MI
Be in Novi, MI, May 18 for the automotive-focused Great Designs in Steel conference, to be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace. Produced by 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.


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May 2022
From the May Issue of MetalForming
Have You Heard of Generation T?
Stepping up to the plate to address the skilled-labor shortage, home-improvement retailer Lowe’s, which, in 2019, introduced Generation T. This digital-first movement combines the efforts of more than 60 organizations aimed at rebuilding the skilled trades by changing people’s perception. Among its mission: connect people to apprenticeships, training and trade-related programs in community colleges. And, it seeks to bring shop classes back to target cities.

Crystallography 101
Atoms of metal alloys arrange themselves in specific repeating patterns known as crystals. Picture two simple patterns as a 3D arrangement of billiard balls with rows directly on top of one another, compared with a slight offset where every other row sits in the pocket of the prior one. In both scenarios, the balls all are the same size, but the gaps between them vary. The different atomic stackups influence the characteristics of material flow.




New Products
Efficient Wheel Manufacturing Reaches a New Level
Mazak Optonics Showcases New 15-kW Laser Cutting Machine at Newly Expanded IL Headquarters
Energy-Saving, Sustainable Hydraulic Technology Reduces Energy Consumption

Upcoming Issues
June/July
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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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