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March 12, 2014

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March 12, 2014
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Manufacturers’ Optimism Peaking
Manufacturers are showing their highest level of optimism since late 2012, according to a new National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)/IndustryWeek survey that finds 86 percent of respondents feeling either “somewhat” or “very positive” about their company’s outlook. The top business challenge, cited by 79 percent of respondents: an unfavorable business climate due to taxes, regulations and government uncertainties.

Respondents answered 17 questions in all, including queries into future growth strategies, wage trends and export plans. Here are the complete survey findings.

Hydraulic Quick Die Change Systems
With 50 years of experience clamping dies, Hilma provides safe, reliable hydraulic die clamping systems that offer faster turnaround, reduced labor costs, consistent part quality, and a broad range of clamps, die lifters, hydraulic circuits, pumps and other products for quick die change. Find out more now…
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iTool Visual Press Brake Cabinet
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> Case Studies Illustrate How ERP Tune-Ups Add Horsepower to Operations
Six manufacturing companies small to large will provide testimonials to the operational improvements they’ve experienced by investing in new ERP software, at next month’s Manufacturing ERP Experience, April 8-9 in Rosemont (Chicago), IL. Among those slated to speak:

  • Jeff Adams, president of metal fabricator Laser Precision, Libertyville, IL
  • Ryan King, vice president of IT at Power Great Lakes, Wood Dale, IL, an OEM supplier of Perkins diesel engines
  • Tim Brinkmann, logistics manager, Spirit Manufacturing, New Berlin, WI, a contract manufacturer of precision CNC machined products
  • Ed McMahon, CEO, Epec Engineered Technologies, New Bedford, MA, a manufacturer of build-to-print electronic products
  • Cher Wagner, vice president, Wagner Machine Co., Champaign, IL, a precision CNC machine shop (watch this 3-min. video to learn more about Cher’s presentation).
  • Michael Steger, VP/COO, Waukesha Metal Products, a custom metal stamper and fabricator.

Learn more and register to attend.

> How It’s Made: Akrapovic High-End Exhaust Systems
Here’s a 5-min. whirlwind tour of the Akrapovic factory in Slovenia that turns out stainless-steel exhaust systems. The tour features stops at a coil-fed press line, automated tube-cutting lines, CNC tube-bending machines, and robotic forming and assembly operations. Well done, as usual, by the team at How It’s Made.

> Scouts Receive a Crash Course in Robotics, Automation
From New Hampshire comes this inspiring story about Boy Scout Troop 123’s tour of two community-college training labs, where they received hands-on experience with SolidWorks 3D programming, laser engraving, 3D printing, robotics and five-axis CNC machining.

The message: Don’t wait for others to help close the skills gap; take an active role in attracting young people to manufacturing. Read the uplifting article on this Boy Scout troop’s close-up look at manufacturing (“I was amazed by the things you can do by pressing a few buttons,” said Boy Scout Jack Lazott), and contact your local troop to arrange an information-packed tour.

Says eighth-grader (and Boy Scout) Jeremiah Cullen: “The more information kids have about different types of jobs…the better idea they’ll have of what to do for a career.”

Six Game Changers
of SaaS

Fewer than 1 in 3 manufacturers operates a current version of their on-premise system; most are burdened with costly, cumbersome ERP software. Plex Cloud ERP changes that by enabling real process improvements, delivering the benefits of an optimized process to help you thrive in a challenging market. Download the paper.

Stamping Simulation within the NX Environment
Determine ideal nesting layouts and maximize material usage with BSE-in-NX. The solution accurately estimates blank size along with blank nesting for maximum material usage, scrap and piece price via an icon on the NX toolbar. Blank predictions reflect both linear bends and the material stretch that occurs during the forming process, producing the most accurate blank possible. Watch a Demo Now

ERP is Critical
to Your Business

April 8 – 9, Rosemont, IL
Learn the latest developments in ERP software. Witness software demonstrations from leading suppliers; benefit from case-study presentations describing successful software-implementation projects. And, hear presentations from experts on ERP-software implementation strategies, vendor selection, training and other critical topics.
March 2014

In This Issue:

> Manufacturers Keep the Waterjet-Cutting Technology Developments Flowing
Versatility, accuracy and minimal impact on workpiece-material properties--these and other attributes of waterjet-cutting machines have the tools at the top of the "must-have" list of many metalformers. Here's a sampling of the latest/greatest new technology recently introduced by waterjet manufacturers, some seen for the first time at FABTECH 2013 last fall in Chicago.

> Ready; Set; Lean
A sheetmetal-fabricating industry veteran shares some thoughts on eliminating waste, continuous improvement and shortening the time between order and cash.
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Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference Highlights Latest Industry Trends
Join fellow automotive suppliers at PMA’s annual Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference, April 30-May 1, in Novi, MI. The program features presentations from GM, Grupo Antolin and IHS; and sessions on strategic growth initiatives, lightweighting, legal trends and more.

3rd Annual Women in Automotive Program
Join us for the third annual Women in Automotive Luncheon and Panel, a must-attend program for all professional women in the automotive sector! It includes a networking lunch and conversational panel with key females in the automotive industry. Past program panels included executives from Nissan, Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors.

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