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Rebuilding and Reshoring: TCO, A Deeper Dive (Part 1)

Rebuilding and Reshoring: TCO, A Deeper Dive (Part 1)

Category: ReBuilding and ReShoring May 13, 2021

Localization, producing near suppliers and customers, often reduces total cost due to shorter supply chains and contributes to a lean and agile strategy. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is the best way to recognize these savings instead of using less accurate measures like Free on Board price. Part one of this two-part series explains how using the TCO metric strategy can help companies uncover easily ignored hidden costs and risks, narrowing the apparent U.S. competitiveness gap

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Rebuilding and Reshoring: TCO, A Deeper Dive (Part 2)

Rebuilding and Reshoring: TCO, A Deeper Dive (Part 2)

Category: ReBuilding and ReShoring May 13, 2021

Get the details and learn how to effectively evaluate the true cost of domestic sourcing vs. offshore sourcing with the Total Cost of Ownership (TOC) Estimator. It’s helped 5,000 companies bring the manufacturing of parts and products back to the United States. Even gain tips for winning sales against offshore competitors.

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MTConnect Director Named Top Leader Transforming Manufacturing

MTConnect Director Named Top Leader Transforming Manufacturing

Category: AMT May 7, 2021

Did you ever know a famous person back when they had a mundane life? Like when Michelle Pfeiffer was studying to be a court reporter. Russ Waddell – who has spearheaded MTConnect®, the world’s first and most comprehensive, royalty-free data dictionary of common machine tool and equipment terms – was named a luminary by SME’s Smart Manufacturing magazine.

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Shows are Back!

Shows are Back!

Category: Events May 7, 2021

In April, two premier overseas industry shows took place with stricter health precautions including self-check-ins, wider aisles, and elbow bumps. McCormick Place is opening July 4. The Manufacturing Technology Series regional shows are scheduled for autumn 2021. Are these events signaling a robust era for manufacturing technology worldwide?

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 Could bans on phenol, isopropylated, phosphate impact you?

Could bans on phenol, isopropylated, phosphate impact you?

Category: AMT May 7, 2021

Do you, your customers, or supply chain use products that contain the chemical substance phenol, isopropylated, phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1))? Often found in components used in electronics, robotics, and manufacturing equipment for flame retardant purposes, PIP (3:1) processing and distribution may be prohibited in the USA by Sept. 4, 2021. Public comment is due to the EPA May 17. 

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Biden Introduces Infrastructure Plan

Biden Introduces Infrastructure Plan

Category: Business Apr 13, 2021

Get details on the President’s new multi-trillion dollar plan to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, which includes large investments in the manufacturing sector, worker training, and R&D. It also comes with a proposal to increases corporate taxes to pay for it. 

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Eliminating Inventory on the Water

Eliminating Inventory on the Water

Category: Rebuilding the Supply Chain Apr 13, 2021

With more than 40 years of manufacturing technology experience, AMT Senior Advisor Dave Burns believes that dynamic digital manufacturing technologies form a framework for success. Here, he shares a true story of how 3D printing changed the supply game and freed up one million dollars of in Work-in-Progress.

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Toward Resilience: Supply Chains in a Post-Shock Era - Prospects For Recovery

Toward Resilience: Supply Chains in a Post-Shock Era - Prospects For Recovery

Category: AMT Mar 30, 2021

While the timeline for economic recovery in the manufacturing industry is still unclear, industry leaders continue to look for strategic ways to ensure greater supply chain resiliency, make technology and other investments better positioned after the recovery, and take advantage of possible legislative support.

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ATI Sensor Goes to Mars!

ATI Sensor Goes to Mars!

Category: Technology Intelligence Mar 29, 2021

Engineers at ATI Industrial Automation are used to designing sensors for tough conditions, but nothing compares to Mars subzero surface temperatures and rugged terrain. The ATI Space-Rated Force/Torque sensor plays a key role in Perseverance’s efforts to gather samples from the Red Planet’s surface—a key element in NASA’s Mars Exploration Program.

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Inside Joe Gibbs Racing

Inside Joe Gibbs Racing

Category: IMTS Mar 29, 2021

Road Trippin’ with Steve visits Joe Gibbs Racing. It takes many steps to transition a race car from one race to the next. Customizing the body for a specific race or sponsor is just one, and vehicle wrapping techniques—applying a vinyl film instead of paint—dramatically simplifies this step at Joe Gibbs Racing.

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A Year for Action

A Year for Action

Category: Manufacturing Technology Mar 23, 2021

Move from pandemic reactions to concrete actions and build a disruption-proof business. Use insights from Deloitte’s postelection poll of more than 350 U.S. executives in the energy, resources, and industrial sectors to guide your next steps.

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New Administration: Industrial Policy/Supply Chain

New Administration: Industrial Policy/Supply Chain

Category: Rebuilding the Supply Chain Mar 17, 2021

Last month, President Biden issued an Executive Order to assess America’s supply chain and four classes of products where American manufacturers rely on imports. AMT VP Tim Shinbara is encouraged by the common language legislators and industry are speaking.

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Studying History, Shaping the Future

Studying History, Shaping the Future

Category: AMT Mar 16, 2021

Woman are making history in manufacturing technology every day. For Shelley Ratterman Keeton, a Sales Representative for MUBEA’s Disc Spring Division, learning about that history in the making is one of the biggest benefits of the original content on IMTS.com.

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Customized Experiences

Customized Experiences

Category: Manufacturing Technology Mar 12, 2021

From custom products to custom solutions, manufacturing technology providers are no stranger to customization. Now you can get custom content.

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Rebuilding and Reshoring: What the U.S. Government Must Do

Rebuilding and Reshoring: What the U.S. Government Must Do

Category: ReBuilding and ReShoring Mar 12, 2021

The United States needs an Industrial Policy. To reverse the trend of goods trade deficits and to boost competitiveness, the United States should acknowledge that a revitalized, price competitive, manufacturing sector is its first priority, necessary to accomplish other key objectives.

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Spark roundup: CNC Turning and Milling Machine Technologies

Spark roundup: CNC Turning and Milling Machine Technologies

Category: Spark Mar 4, 2021

More than 325 IMTS spark exhibitors feature CNC turning and milling machine solutions. They offer an array of solutions for medium to high-volume precision manufacturing challenges. Whether you are making mission-critical parts for demanding applications of engineering custom items for NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, IMTS spark has you covered. 

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MTConnect's New Data Items for Additive Manufacturing, Robotics, and Machine Tools

MTConnect's New Data Items for Additive Manufacturing, Robotics, and Machine Tools

Category: Technology Intelligence Mar 4, 2021

The MTConnect® Institute released Version 1.6.0 of the MTConnect standard, the free, open industry terminology or “semantic vocabulary” for discrete manufacturing. The latest version has several important updates, including new data items – even one for humidity.

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Wire Arc Additive Technology Provides Fast, High-Quality Option for Making Large Parts

Wire Arc Additive Technology Provides Fast, High-Quality Option for Making Large Parts

Category: Manufacturing Technology Mar 3, 2021

It’s a beehive of activity at the Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions facility in Cleveland, Ohio, where 18 buzzing welding robots are busily 3D printing large metal parts. These systems are using wire arc additive technology, which, after years in development, is now ready to revolutionize large-scale metal manufacturing.

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Digital Manufacturing Creates a Trumpet Triumph

Digital Manufacturing Creates a Trumpet Triumph

Category: Manufacturing Technology Mar 3, 2021

Should musicians rely on manufacturing technology for peak performance like NASCAR drivers do? Unlike traditionally molded and forged instruments, Harrelson Trumpets are precision-machined, making each instrument a truly perfect artistic masterpiece. 

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A Barrel of Fun Thanks to a Barrel of Technology

A Barrel of Fun Thanks to a Barrel of Technology

Category: Manufacturing Technology Feb 25, 2021

Whether you’re playing paintball with friends, training with a pro team, or testing your military skills, you want your equipment to be accurate. Dimensions in gun barrels that are off by millimeters can throw off a shot by several feet. Sunnen Manufacturing’s high-tech vertical honing machine creates paint gun barrels to be within ±0.001 accuracy.

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