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March 25, 2015

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March 25, 2015
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Report: Small Businesses Can Drive Manufacturing Growth
That’s the message from Susan Helper, the chief economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce, who believes that, with improved collaboration from larger corporations and the government, small businesses can drive manufacturing innovation.

On leave from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, Helper offered her views, as summarized in this article on, during a recent speech in Northeast Ohio. Her presentation included highlights of a White House and Department of Commerce manufacturing report, Supply Chain Innovation: Strengthening American's Small Manufacturers, produced by Helper and a team of other economists and released this month.

Key report takeaways:

  • Small companies must innovate by working in tandem with, and not just for, larger companies;
  • By building more nationwide networks, the government can help improve supply-chain efficiencies;
  • Small companies account for nearly half of U.S. manufacturing, and barriers should be removed to allow them to contribute even more.

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CS UnitecCS Unitec’s PTX Eco Smart produces matte, satin and other fine surfaces up to a mirror finish on steel, stainless steel and nonferrous metals. It also removes welds, deep scratches, oxidation, rust and paint. Patented abrasive mounting system allows grinding/polishing wheels to be changed in seconds, without tools or hardware.
Roll Your Die Easily With Hydraulic Roller Bars
Hilma Hilma's hydraulic roller bars lift the die for easy rolling in and out during the die change process. Used in sets, the bars are ready to ship, in standard T-slot widths, and in four lengths.
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> China Isn’t Going Anywhere
Despite a new report indicating a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing, the Southeast Asia powerhouse is poised to succeed over the long term. An article in The Economist details three major reasons why:

  1. It is clinging to low-cost manufacturing;
  2. While some manufacturing has shifted to neighboring countries, these low-cost bases reinforce a regional supply chain with China at the center;
  3. Demand continues to rise within China, as the spending and sophistication of Chinese consumers grows.

Consider just how dominant China has become. The Economist summarizes: “China has transformed itself—and the world economy with it. In 1990 it produced less than 3 percent of global manufacturing output by value; its share now is nearly a quarter. China produces about 80 percent of the world’s air conditioners, 70 percent of its mobile phones and 60 percent of its shoes. The white heat of China’s ascent has forged supply chains that reach deep into Southeast Asia. This ‘Factory Asia’ now makes almost half of the world’s goods.”

Picking up what Vacuum Cups cannot
Industrial MagneticsTransporter®LP magnetic end-of-arm tooling is designed to transfer metal blanks, stampings and parts in automated and robotic applications. Engineered with powerful Rare Earth magnets, they will hold parts during power loss, minimize part shifting, provide more options for picking up perforated or odd parts and reduce shop air costs significantly compared to vacuum cups.
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March 2015 MetalForming

In This Issue:

> Motion Controllers in Combined Workcells Streamline Leaf-Spring Forming
A 1920s-era production process goes state-of-the-art, eliminating a costly heating process and cutting cycle time dramatically.

> Polymer Wheels Support Aggressive Metal Spinning
The move to LED lighting in residential and commercial settings, in place of incandescent, not only impacts aesthetics and efficiency but also sheds new light on metal-fabrication practices. For starters, reflectors typically made by hydroforming now are spun; here’s a new spinning tool lighting the way to improved profitability.
What's Trending?
> Hydraulic Presses
> Laser Cutting
> ERP Software Special Section
> Advances in Automotive Steel
> Welding
> Die Design Software
> Lubrication
> Mechanical Press
> Waterjet/Laser Cutting
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