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February 22, 2017

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February 22, 2017
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Automotive Suppliers Preparing for Trump Tariffs
An article in Automotive News highlights plans being made by automotive-parts suppliers (on both sides of the Rio Grande) to adjust production in the wake of possible tariffs imposed by President Trump on goods imported to the United States from Mexico. Companies interviewed include American Axle & Manufacturing, Lear Corp. and Delphi Automotive.


"There are certainly more automated-type manufacturing processes down there (in Mexico), which you could conceivably see coming back -- or coming -- to the U.S.," says Delphi Automotive CFO Joseph Massaro. "Some of these were never in the U.S. We've grown them in Mexico or started them in Mexico."

Delphi CEO Kevin Clark notes that Delphi has been making wire harnesses in Mexico for decades.

"That supply chain has developed and has been optimized to serve our customers exactly where they want to be served," Clark says. …"Any disruption to that is going to add significant cost."

Here's the article.

Picking Up What
Vacuum Cups Cannot

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Hilma Quick Die Change Systems

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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
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Chrysler's Brampton Stamping and Assembly Plants
Brampton, Ontario, Canada, is home to the nearly 3-million-sq.-ft. Chrysler facility that manufactures the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. Take a look inside via this 7-min. well-produced video that pays homage to Chrysler's 13th North American facility to earn the World Class Manufacturing designation. Featured is the 230,000-sq.-ft. stamping plant that produces 96 different stampings on five transfer presses, and boasts of 4-min. die changes. Watch as AGVs deliver blanks from a blanking line right to the presses. Also on display are precise quality-control and inspection processes.
New Products
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In This Issue:

> Servo-Driven Presses: Answers
on Energy Management and ROI

Mechanical presses serve ably and have applications where they are the ideal choice. But servo-driven presses often get the call in demanding applications and bring whole new levels of flexibility. When choosing, consider this input on energy use and ROI.

> Waterjet Cutting:
Take a Closer Look

For fabricators of metal and beyond, these machines deliver flexibility and performance at reasonable costs. And they're more dependable than ever.
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