Supply Chain Collection

The Supply Chain Collection

Resources to Assist in Navigating the Next Steps of Your Supply Chain

Whether you are an advanced manufacturer, job shop owner, or OEM, you are in the midst of your own supply chain challenges, uncertainties, and questions. In an extraordinary effort to support you, AMT and IMTS are dedicating significant staff and financial resources to help you ReThink, ReEngage, and ReEstablish supply chains.

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Rethinking Supply Chain Structure: Lean, Agile, or Leagile?

Rethinking Supply Chain Structure: Lean, Agile, or "Leagile"?

Category:  ReThink Oct 21, 2020

Options for rethinking a supply chain approach include lean, agile, or a combination of the two, sometimes called “leagile.” Here’s a quick introduction to all three, plus a stress test to help spot supply chain vulnerability.

We’re surviving tariffs, trade wars, and COVID—by the time the next disruption inevitably strikes, will you have created a more resilient supply chain? Options for rethinking your approach include lean, agile, or a combination of the two sometimes called “leagile.”

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Opportunity in a Time of Crisis: State of the Manufacturing Technology Industry

Opportunity in a Time of Crisis: State of the Manufacturing Technology Industry

Category:  ReThink Oct 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a lack of adaptability, flexibility, and resilience in meeting the demand for critical goods, materials, and production equipment in the United States. As it became clear that the United States, over a period of years, had decided to buy, and not build, items that were suddenly critical supplies, equipment builders and manufacturing supply chain management were thrust into public view after having long been in the shadows.

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Strategies to Build Supply Chain Resiliency

Strategies to Build Supply Chain Resiliency

Category:  ReThink Oct 20, 2020

Supply chains have evolved as an efficient way to source raw materials and parts from the most cost-effective global sources for the manufacture of final products. To date, they have not focused on resiliency, visibility, or redundancy; instead, the goal has been to deliver speed and quality at the lowest cost.

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The Economic Impact and Security of the Manufacturing Technology Supply Chain

The Economic Impact and Security of the Manufacturing Technology Supply Chain

Category:  ReThink Oct 20, 2020

The supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 may have appeared unexpected and sudden, but they are the result of decades of decision-making that led to key parts of the North American manufacturing supply chain being offshored. Often, those decisions made sense. It is profitable for American companies to lower their labor costs and decrease their regulatory burden; but in doing so, many became over-reliant on foreign suppliers, and the supply chain buckled under this recent pressure. The weaknesses in the supply chain are likely to widen and threaten the American industrial base unless action is taken.

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6 Technologies to Strengthen Supply Chains & 3 Ideas for Suppliers

6 Technologies to Strengthen Supply Chains & 3 Ideas for Suppliers

Category:  ReThink Oct 13, 2020

Tier 1 companies are relying on transformative technologies to get through the pandemic and navigate their future. Familiarize yourself with these accessible assets and learn how to strengthen your own operations and be a part of rebuilding the supply chain.

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Product and Service Evaluation in the Digital Era

Product and Service Evaluation in the Digital Era

Category:  ReThink Oct 12, 2020

IMTS is different this year, and not just because of COVID-19 and its impact on supply chains. In the era of standard manufacturing technology, conversations between providers and customers are focused on the classic “Ps” of marketing: product, price, performance, people, promotion, and place. Digital manufacturing technology changed that paradigm. As the IMTS community comes together through the IMTS Network and IMTS spark, IMTS suggests participants absorb information within the framework of “3 Es.”

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Rebuilding and Reshoring: How Did Offshoring Get So Strong

Rebuilding and Reshoring: How Did Offshoring Get So Strong?

Category:  ReThink Aug 17, 2020

U.S. manufacturing output growth has been slowing, especially since 2000. Our goods consumption has grown at least as fast as GDP, but we no longer make the majority of what we consume. Understanding why offshoring became so strong will help define how to drive rebuilding the supply chain.

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Rebuilding and Reshoring: Reestablishing Supply Chains by Increasing Competitiveness

Rebuilding and Reshoring: Reestablishing Supply Chains by Increasing Competitiveness

Category:  ReThink Aug 3, 2020

The U.S. share of global manufacturing has shrunk from about 50% in 1945 to 17% in 2018. How did this trend occur? What success have we had since 2010 in reversing the decline? What needs to be done to restore self-sufficiency, to reestablish U.S. supply chains? How can companies engage and benefit? Get answers.

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Foreign Direct Investment

Foreign Direct Investment

Category:  ReEngage Jul 27, 2020

The United States is consistently ranked as the top destination for foreign direct investment. A major portion of that investment is in the manufacturing sector. As the world responds to the pandemic by adopting more nationalist policies and deglobization accelerates, the inflow of FDI is expected to significantly decrease.

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3 Reasons Manufacturers Might Use Vendor Managed Inventory

3 Reasons Manufacturers Might Use Vendor Managed Inventory

Category:  ReThink Jul 20, 2020

To avoid disruptions in production, more companies are taking a cue from Walmart and Amazon. They are using Vendor Managed Inventory or outsourcing inventory for someone else to manage to ensure the right product goes to the right person at the right time.

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ReBuilding the Supply Chain: Incentivizing Investment

ReBuilding the Supply Chain: Incentivizing Investment

Category:  ReEstablish Jun 30, 2020

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 provided financial incentives for making capital investments through increased Sec. 179 expensing limits and 100% bonus depreciation. These government incentives play a critical role in helping manufacturers acquire new technology to improve their global competitiveness.

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Tech Ed Students Using Skills to Fight COVID-19 Social Media

Tech Ed Students Using Skills to Fight COVID-19 Social Media

Category:  ReThink Jun 26, 2020

Students around the world are putting their CAD-CAM, 3D printing, and metal cutting skills to work making a variety of equipment including respirator masks, ventilator components, and face shields.

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Green is Good for Business

Green is Good for Business

Category:  ReThink Jun 25, 2020

More than a quarter of manufacturers are now known as “Social Supers,” meaning they are dedicated to improving the environment and the world, according to Deloitte’s 2020 Manufacturing Industry Outlook.

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Wisconsin Manufacturer Quickly Adapts Product to Help Hospitals Fight COVID-19

Wisconsin Manufacturer Quickly Adapts Product to Help Hospitals Fight COVID-19

Category:  ReEngage Jun 23, 2020

Wisconsin manufacturer quickly adapts his industrial dust-collector product to help create a HEPA-filtered, negative-pressure environment for use in a COVID-19 hospital unit. With his commercial business down 50 percent, the product helps keep workers employed and boosted their moral when they heard none of the healthcare workers in that hospital have contracted the virus.

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ReEngaging the Supply Chain: What Can Job Shops Do?

ReEngaging the Supply Chain: What Can Job Shops Do?

Category:  ReEngage Jun 23, 2020

Learn how to show customers that the lowest price is not always the lowest cost. Here are six ways job shops can help strengthen the supply chain…and gain new customers.

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ReThinking a Tech-Powered Supply Chain

ReThinking a Tech-Powered Supply Chain

Category:  ReThink Jun 22, 2020

With supply chains disrupted, what can the industry do to adapt and thrive? Leverage data and analytics via a “digital twin,” take your supply chain for regular stress tests, and adopt a flexible API-driven mix of onshore and offshore supply chain for global resilience. Most importantly, avoid short-term thinking that focuses on a cost-averse strategy, which increases risk and is symptomatic of a corporate philosophy that devalues long term thinking.

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Manufacturing's Time to Shine

Manufacturing's Time to Shine

Category:  ReEngage Jun 19, 2020

Within minutes of the California and Illinois stay-at-home orders, auto customers called Aneesa Muthana, CEO of Pioneer Service Inc., a precision manufacturer in Addison, Ill., to cancel or postpone orders, while medical customers called to check on existing orders, expand orders, and even place new ones.

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Virus & Tariffs Expose Supply Chain Disruptions

Virus & Tariffs Expose Supply Chain Disruptions

Category:  ReThink Jun 9, 2020

Two longtime manufacturers discuss the industry’s future supply chain, tools to help calculate actual supply costs, and where to find supply chain resources.

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Early Actions Help HM Manufacturing Respond Quickly to COVID-19

Early Actions Help HM Manufacturing Respond Quickly to COVID-19

Category:  ReEngage May 19, 2020

No stranger to setbacks, Illinois manufacturing business owner Nicole Wolter has learned to embrace uncertainty by acting quickly, gathering facts, and relying on others. Here’s how she’s responded to her state’s recent stay-at-home order.

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ReBuilding the Supply Chain: How Did We Get Here?

ReBuilding the Supply Chain: How Did We Get Here?

Category:  ReThink May 19, 2020

COVID-19 forced an intervention when fragile, over-extended supply chains broke and exposed our inability to domestically supply critical items, from N95 masks to circuit boards for ventilators. This article touches on the history of our industry and supply chain.

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IMTS: A Catalyst for ReEnergizing the MT Industry

IMTS: A Catalyst for ReEnergizing the MT Industry

Category:  ReThink May 4, 2020

Since the first show in 1927, IMTS, under its former name - the National Machine Tool Builders’ Exposition, has had a history of reenergizing the advanced manufacturing industry after challenging times. Take a look back at some defining moments for the industry. IMTS is positioned once again to lead the industry out of a crisis.

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From Three to Thousands

From Three to Thousands

Category:  ReThink Apr 23, 2020

How Airon, a Small Florida Manufacturer, Quickly Partnered with Ford & GE Healthcare to Make Ventilators.

In just 12 days, good old fashioned American ingenuity helped this team fast-track a ventilator production agreement to help healthcare workers fight COVID-19. Managing a business requires confident leadership in the face of pressure. It's easy to feel uncertain during the pandemic, but what can we do about it? Here are five ideas to foster a resilient business.

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Five Tips to Boost Your Company's Resilience

Five Tips to Boost Your Company's Resilience

Category:  ReEstablish Apr 22, 2020

Managing a business requires confident leadership in the face of pressure. It's easy to feel uncertain during the pandemic, but what can we do about it? Here are five ideas to foster a resilient business.

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IMTS Community Racing to Help the World Fight COVID-19

IMTS Community Racing to Help the World Fight COVID-19

Category:  ReThink Apr 3, 2020

Many in the IMTS community are helping the world fight COVID-19. From exhibitors who make tools to media publication partners who are providing online resources, here are some examples of our industry supporting the fight.

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ReBuilding the Supply Chain

Whether you are an advanced manufacturer, job shop owner, or OEM, you are in the midst of your own supply chain challenges, uncertainties, and questions. Access resources to help you rethink, reengage, and reestablish supply chains.

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IMTS Network

IMTS Network shares your passion for the manufacturing industry. With stories of the remarkable people that make this industry fascinating, the dynamic places that showcase how manufacturing improves communities, and the powerful processes the products that ensure economic growth.

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IMTS spark

A comprehensive digital destination to connect exhibitors and customers at a time when travel and gatherings are limited. Through educational content and networking opportunities, IMTS spark offers first-class experiences through an interface that is effective and engaging.

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