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March 23, 2016

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March 23, 2016
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As Manufacturing Mends, Job Market Tightens
A report last week from Reuters finds that job openings hit a six-month high in January, and that one particular gauge of future economic activity increased in February after having declined for two consecutive months. “The labor market is tight as a drum,” says one economist. The data suggest that fears of a looming recession are unfounded.

Here’s the story, which offers detailed analysis of a slew of economic data.

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> Philly, NY Surveys Tag Manufacturing as a Winner
The latest report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia pegs its mid-Atlantic-region manufacturing index on the plus side of the ledger for the first time in seven months. At the same time, its gauge of new orders surged mightily, as did its shipments index. The report comes on the heels of a similar survey from the New York Fed.

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> New Guanajuato Plant Debuts Next-Gen Toyota Manufacturing System
Toyota will unveil its new and improved manufacturing system at its new automotive plant, scheduled to open in 2019 in Guanajuato, Mexico.

"This factory will be the kind of benchmark or model for the future--not technology but the future way of producing new cars," says company executive vice president Didier Leroy. Among changes expected in the new manufacturing system is a change in the way the plant is laid out and how the workflow is designed—with the goal of achieving shorter production lines and improving the flow of part supplies.

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> Tesla Ramps Up to Meet Expected Model 3 Demand
Expect a 200-mile capacity and a base price of $35,000 when Tesla unveils its Model 3 electric car in April. Costing much lower than its other offerings, Tesla is counting on the Model 3 to meet the company’s goal to place 500,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2020. To produce that many, Tesla has upgraded its Fremont, CA, production facility, including new aluminum-stamping capacity along with an increased number of robots and human workers.

“The bodies of the Model S and Model X are both made of aluminum, which costs twice as much as steel but weighs less,” explains a report on Bloomberg.com. “Tesla hasn't yet disclosed the composition of the Model 3. Keeping the weight down on electric vehicles helps achieve the maximum range on the battery, but maintaining a balance between cost and performance is crucial for a mass-market plug-in car.”

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In This Issue:

> Turret Punch Presses:
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New capabilities offered by the latest machines can do all of this, making them as indispensable as ever in job shops.

> Captured: Real-Time Welding Data to Optimize Quality, Efficiency
Welding-data capture-and-analysis software can help metalformers elevate their weld-shop quality and productivity to new heights, by managing and reducing costs, identifying opportunities to fine-tune welder training, and preventing defects from escaping detection.
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