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December 2, 2015

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December 2, 2015
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Economic Forecast Sunny, in Spite of Cloudy Manufacturing Outlook
Fortune magazine’s Chris Matthews offered up this post yesterday titled, “Here’s How Worried We Should Be About the Manufacturing Recession,” in the context of newly released manufacturing data from the Institute of Supply Management (ISM). Yes, the ISM monthly index showed manufacturing activity contracting in November for the first time in 3 yr. “But," says Matthews, “Americans—at least those who don’t rely on manufacturing for their income—can take comfort in the fact that the vast majority of U.S. economic activity takes place in the services sector.”

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Increasing Capacity Face-Off: Infinite Versus Finite Scheduling
Implementing correct scheduling software might be one of your most important decisions when it comes to improving operational efficiency. Download this feature to learn about the pros, cons and benefits of infinite versus finite scheduling.
Stay Up to Date with Advances in 3D Metal Printing
Metals are by far the fastest growing segment of 3D printing, and allow the technology to be used not only for rapid prototyping but also to manufacture final production parts in a variety of industries. PMA, in partnership with MecklerMedia, New York, NY, is pleased to launch 3D Metal Printing magazine in Spring 2016. The publication promises to be at the center of this exciting industry, keeping readers in tune with new-technology write-ups, application articles and tutorial “how-to” features. Subscribe to receive 3D Metal Printing.
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> Tesla Plant Tour in 90 Seconds
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> 2015 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming
The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) used the FABTECH stage in Chicago on November 8 to present its 2015 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming. Presented annually, the awards recognize the high standards of achievement set by the metalforming industry in the areas of design, product development, safety, process control, quality, productivity, and training and education.

> Waterjet Machine Thrusts Ohio Fabricator Into New High-Tech Territory
"From Stone Age to state-of-the-art" is how Perfection Fabricator's president describes the addition of waterjet technology. The new equipment has cut delivery time, allowed fabrication of diverse materials and positioned the company to better serve its customers.
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