U.S. Manufacturing Prognosis: Positive

May 8, 2019

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U.S. Manufacturing Prognosis: Positive
Plenty of evidence shows that U.S. manufacturing continues its strong push, and optimism abounds, writes Rick Shrum in the Observer-Reporter, which covers Southwest Pennsylvania.

Among the evidence presented, this from Katie Hager, workforce development manager for Charleroi, PA-based DMI Cos., a components manufacturer for the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry.

“Manufacturing is going strong,” she says. “We’ve seen a lot of growth. It’s a good economy nationally, and companies are making a lot of investment in people and infrastructure. Twenty percent of the (world’s) manufactured goods are from the United States. That’s a lot of stuff.”

The article also explores U.S. manufacturing challenges and possible solutions.

Gema Optiflex Pro
Gema OptiFlex® Pro…Power. Quality. Control.
The new OptiFlex® Pro from Gema gives you the highest charging power in the industry at 110,000 V / 110 μA, allowing you to coat faster and more efficiently. Plus you can manage your application process in real time by using Gema’s exclusive E-App, for total connectivity. More power, more quality, more control. For more information visit www.optiflexpro.com.

IoT Expert’s Podcast Details Possibilities in Run-up to MetalForming’s June Conference
With MetalForming magazine’s conference, IoT for Manufacturers: Software, Sensors and Controls, set for June 24-25 in Cleveland, OH, featured speaker Rose of Sharon DeVos provides a taste of how IoT will impact manufacturers in coming years. As founder and CEO of IIoT Automating Solutions, DeVos helps manufacturers understand how IoT, smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and Big Data technologies can improve efficiencies, customer experiences and employee engagement. She provides technical consulting and resources that enable small to mid-sized companies to join the manufacturing digital transformation.

Heyco Metals
Since 1969, Heyco Metals has rolled out high-precision, light-gauge coil and strip. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the company excels in copper, copper alloys and stainless steel as it continues a proven commitment to pristine surface quality, short lead times, exact specifications and unparalleled value for customers.

Motivating the Millennials
...is a big topic as this age group expands in the manufacturing workforce and progresses toward leadership roles.

“Regardless of the type of industry where they work, young adults entering the workforce who were born between 1982 and 2004 are looking to feel a sense of purpose in the work they do,” explains Bridgette Palm, co-founder of Strategy House, in an article posted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. “To retain this generation of workers, help them understand the connection between the tasks they complete each day and the impact their work has on the company. Money isn’t as significant of a concern for this generation, as they are more focused on their need to know how their work positively affects others.”

Machining Without Coolant
Replace messy mist systems and improve dry machining with clean, cold air! EXAIR’s Cold Gun Aircoolant System improves tolerances, tool life and production rates by cooling with 20°F air. The Cold Gun is ideal for tool sharpening, drill and cutter grinding, milling, band sawing, more.

Talan Products video
Talan Products—Who, How and Why
Cleveland, OH-based Talan Products, supplier of high-volume metal stampings and fabricated aluminum extrusions and long-time Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) member, recently unveiled a video detailing the company’s mission and extensive capabilities, and why those matter for its customers.

Workforce Training: METALFORM EDU a One-Stop Shop
METALFORM EDU, designed specifically for the metal forming industry, includes 37 PMA-exclusive courses and more than 550 courses in precision measurement, blueprint reading, SPC, CNC, Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, safety and more. A flexible, convenient, low-cost, one-stop training source, METALFORM EDU is accessible anywhere, anytime with an Internet connection.

Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) to Host Event for Lubrication and Reliability Professionals
The 74th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, to be held May 19-23, 2019, at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Tennessee, is the lubricant industry’s most respected event for technical information, professional development, international networking, technical presentations, application-based case studies, best practice reports, discussion panels, and the latest products and services.

Hot Off the Press

Conferences Explore Additive Manufacturing
As more metalformers and fabricators test the waters, with some going all-in, on additive manufacturing (AM) for metal and nonmetal part, tool and workholding applications, MetalFormings sister publication, 3D Metal Printing magazine, offers info-packed conferences exploring AM and its capabilities. Next up: the Mexico Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Conference, June 12-13 in Monterrey, Mexico.

Our main U.S.-based conference, the 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour, August 6-7 in Novi, MI, enables attendees to interact with industry experts, learn about the latest technology developments and hear case-study applications. They also will participate in exclusive plant tours of Ford’s Advanced Manufacturing Center and Linear AMS, witnessing 3D metal printing machines in action.

Attend EASTEC 2019, May 14-16 – Register for Free Today!
EASTEC is the largest Northeast manufacturing technology event. It’s the place for New England manufacturers to investigate and acquire the latest advanced manufacturing technologies, including fabricating equipment. Engage first-hand with more than 700 world-class supplier companies and learn about manufacturing’s hottest topics. Attend EASTEC, May 14-16, 2019.
Register for free!

May 2019
May 2019
Sim. Software Shines for Transfer-Die Designer
The ability to see the entire transfer system in motion, and plug in press settings and transfer curves, yields output improvements to 20 percent.

Automating Flow via Robots
With more than 3000 system installs throughout North America, robotic integrator Acieta knows a thing or two about automating the movement of materials and fabricated parts. Here are examples of how automation has helped manufacturers streamline operations.

Upcoming Issues
June: Press Feeds, Mechanical Presses, Aftermarket Service, CNC Punching & Tooling, Arc Welding, Materials & Coatings, Additive Manufacturing, 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour
July: Die Protection/Press Controls, ERP Software Roundup, Plasma Cutting, Grinding/Surface Finishing/Deburring, Resistance Welding, Software for Manufacturing, IoT, Market Report, Mexico Metalforming Technology Conference
Industry-Related Terms: Alloys, Case, Center, CNC, Coat, Die, Forming, Grinding, Surface, Stainless Steel, Transfer
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