U.S. Manufacturers Considering Automating, Reshoring in Wake of COVID-19

May 13, 2020

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U.S. Manufacturers Considering Automating, Reshoring in Wake of COVID-19
According to the April 2020 Thomas Industrial Survey, one in four U.S. manufacturers are considering expanding their industrial-automation efforts due to COVID-19. In addition, 64 percent report they likely will reshore manufacturing production and sourcing back to North America―a 10-percent increase from the same sentiment reported in the March survey.

"The COVID-19 pandemic will fundamentally redefine how industrial companies approach their supply chains and will further advance the digital transformation of manufacturing,” says Tony Uphoff, president and CEO of Thomas.




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In-Die Sensoring Tips and Tricks
Bob Prater, vice president and toolroom manager for Omni Manufacturing, a St. Marys, OH, tool builder, stamper and provider of welding, and powder and nylon coating services, offers tips and tricks based on and his company’s years and years of sensoring experience. His major pieces of advice: 
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COVID-19 and Taxes Opportunities for Metalworking Manufacturers
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Tax experts will explain many of the new and pre-existing tax provisions that metalworking manufacturers can use as they operate during this pandemic. Congress, in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), established a number of tax incentives to help businesses retain employees and invest in their manufacturing businesses. This webinar will help metalworking-business executives understand these newly created opportunities.



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Manufacturers Making a Difference in the Fight Against COVID-19
Members of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) continue to step up to meet the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent weeks, many PMA and NTMA member companies have converted their facilities to produce millions of face shields and other personal protective equipment (PPE), and make essential parts for ventilators and other medical-supply equipment.



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LISTEN: Managing Operations Now and in the Future at Lynn Welding of Connecticut
In this Made in America podcast, host Ari Santiago talks to Ibrahim Ibrahim, operations manager at Lynn Welding, who has been a central figure in the company's COVID-19 response, including planning, preparation and follow-through. Ibrahim details efforts by the company to keep essential employees both safe and happy.





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Stay On Top of Government COVID-19 News with NTMA/PMA Weekly Webinar
Each Friday, join the NTMA/PMA One Voice advocacy team for updates on government actions taken in response to COVID-19. The brief 30-min. webinars will review developments of the current week and advise on what to expect in the coming days.

Hot Off the Press


May 2020 issue
May 2020
Managing Horizontal Forces in Stamping Dies—Part 1
A well-constructed, symmetrical blanking die, with no shear and a well-aligned press ram, will result in minimum horizontal loads during the cutting process. In many dies the horizontal thrusts due to punch-to-die clearances are the only side forces present. Dies that experience significant side loads often have multiple causes, including poor alignment of die components during die construction; misalignment resulting from a miss-hit or die crash; angular contact between surfaces, such as angular form steels; nonsymmetrical forms or draws where the punch and die are loaded off-center at initial contact; the use of shear or angular cutting faces to reduce cutting forces; and cutoff, trim, bending and flanging operations where forces act on only one side of the die steel.

Resistance Welding Guidance and Tips for Good Welds
The term resistance welding owes to the fact that the electrical property of resistance of the metal being welded causes heat generation as current flows through it. Important factors in proper formation of the molten area between the pieces of metal include the magnitude of current, the length of time that it flows and the force squeezing the parts together.




Upcoming Issues
June/July: Press Feeds, Mechanical Presses, Press Controls, IoT/ERP, CNC Punching, Welding

July (Digital only): Management Software and Industry 4.0: Ushering in a new era for metal formers and fabricators


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