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February 8, 2017

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February 8, 2017
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Automotive-Parts Manufacturing Jobs Up Dramatically
A new study from the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) shows that automotive-parts manufacturing jobs in the United States have risen nearly 19 percent since 2012. Combined with indirect and employment-induced jobs, the total employment impact of the industry is 4.26 million jobs, an increase of nearly 18 percent from 2012.


In addition, the industry contributes $270 billion in total employee compensation, up 22 percent from 2012. The full report, including state-by-state employment numbers, is available here.

Picking Up What
Vacuum Cups Cannot

Transporter®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.
Hilma Quick Die Change Systems

Hilma offers hydraulic quick die change products with great clamping force control. Experience less downtime, and quickly clamp dies of many shapes, sizes and weights. Hilma systems permit safe, rapid change-over to new production lots. Visit our online catalog now at
More Space in Press Rooms with Compact Coil Lines for Heavy-Duty Applications
ARKU CompactFeed® coil lines save up to 60% of space compared to coil lines with a loop and pit. You get more bang for your buck due to fewer components. And you can process all types of materials, including AHSS and handle up to 1/2 inch thick material and more.
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> "Automation Potential" of Manufacturing Jobs a Staggering 90 Percent
Manufacturing jobs such as welders, cutters and solderers have an automation potential above 90 percent, according to a new study by the McKinsey Global Institute study, the research arm of the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. As reported by the Society for Human Resource Management, the institute analyzed more than 2000 work activities across 800 occupations and found that 60 percent of all occupations have about 30 percent of tasks that could be automated now or soon. Half of today's work tasks could be automated by 2055, the study concludes.

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Jet Edge Waterjets Ideal
for Service Centers

Built for industrial use, Jet Edge waterjets are available in a wide range of sizes, 5'x5' to 24'x13.' Add multiple cutting heads to maximize productivity. Service center applications include cutting bevels for weld preparation, cutting parts to near net shape, cutting exotic materials, and HAZ-free and slag-free cutting.
AMUG to be held March 19-23, 2017,
in Chicago, Illinois

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) will take place March 19-23, 2017, at the Hilton Chicago. The AMUG Conference will include keynote presentations, technical sessions and hands-on workshops designed to help users get more from their additive manufacturing technologies. Through technical competitions and the annual Awards Banquet, excellence in applying additive manufacturing and contributions to the industry will be recognized. The five-day event also includes the two-night AMUGexpo, networking receptions and catered meals. Get more information and register at

In This Issue:

> Die Springs--Coil vs. Gas;
Best Practices

Understand where and when to opt for coil springs rather than nitrogen-gas springs, then follow the best-practice guidelines here to ensure long, safe and effective spring use.

> Best Practices to Optimize
Nesting Efficiency

Effective nesting for CNC punching and cutting requires careful consideration of numerous factors, including fabrication requirements such as collision avoidance and clamp management, and order sequencing and kitting. Follow these best practices to develop an effective sheetmetal-nesting strategy.
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> Die Protection
> Quick Die Change
> Welding
> Hydraulic Presses
> In-Die Feeding/Fastening
> Laser Cutting
>Stamping Higher Strength Steels
> Press Feeds
> Waterjet Cutting
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