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McInnes Rolled Rings
NAM – Shopfloor
Jay Timmons, NAM President, pays tribute to the life and legacy of Ron Bullock, Owner and Chairman of Bison Gear and Engineering.
Crain’s Detroit
Karma Automotive LLC, formerly Fisker Automotive Inc., will establish an engineering and sales office in Troy, Michigan. The investment is expected to total $3.6 million and create up to 150 new jobs, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said in a news release.
This seminar provides the gear design engineer with a broad understanding of the methods used to manufacture and inspect gears and how the resultant information can be applied and interpreted in the design process.
Gleason Corporation
Kapp Technologies
American Stress Technologies
It’s often heard that in America, we simply don’t make things anymore. And yes, if the barometer for such a statement is that we don’t mass-produce and export like we used to, it would be accurate. But quite a few Americans are still making things and the way it’s happening today may usher in a transformation of our economy in the coming decades.  And it’s possible that transformation may be most apparent in America’s Rust Belt.
Global Manufacturing
A recent EEF skills report  has confirmed that the U.K. manufacturing sector is in the midst of a staffing crisis. Crucially, over a third of vacant industry roles are now considered "hard to fill" and 67 percent of employers cite a lack of technical skills among applicants as a main driver behind their recruitment difficulties. As the pace of technological change within the sector increases and with the flow of graduates with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) training in short supply, talented employees are a valuable commodity.
The Street
Daily sales from the large distributors of industrial supplies give us a look at the health of the manufacturing economy here in North America. This information is helpful as a guidepost for near-term demand and pricing movements for industrial goods, and the takeaway after the recent W.W. Grainger (GWW) May sales report is that things, overall, are stable.
There have been a lot of depressing headlines for the Milwaukee-area mining equipment manufacturing operations of Joy Global Inc. and Caterpillar Inc. over the past year. Milwaukee-based Joy posted a $1.2 billion loss last year, closed its Orchard Street plant, laid off the workers in its heavy fabrication and welding departments in September, and then closed those departments in May.
Bloomberg View
May's employment report cast a pall over the economic outlook. Headline jobs growth of just 38,000 was much weaker than expected and left us all wondering whether the Federal Reserve would wait longer to raise interest rates. The manufacturing sector shed 10,000 jobs and has shown job losses in three of the past four months. Year-over-year growth in manufacturing employment has been negative for three months in a row, and it would appear that whatever manufacturing employment renaissance occurred in the years immediately following the Great Recession is over.
Cincinnati Sun Times
Probably not surprisingly, Ohio has received mostly good grades for manufacturing and logistics, according to a report from Ball State University. The 2016 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card for the United States, prepared by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research, ranks states among its peers in areas of the economy that contribute to the success of manufacturing and logistics.
All Metals & Forge Group, LLC
The Huffington Post
Once perceived as strictly a blue-collar industry, the manufacturing industry today is a hub for exciting new technology and innovation and never has there been more exciting technology transforming the manufacturing than there is in 2016.
The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. shed 5.7 million manufacturing jobs from 2000 to 2010—more than a third of the manufacturing workforce—as companies abandoned plants and workers in favor of low-cost foreign countries. But in recent years, manufacturing employment has grown slightly as the auto industry rebounded and domestic plants became more cost-competitive with those of other countries where manufacturing expenses have escalated because of higher wages.
Supply Chain Management Review
The MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, notes that supply chain pressures are becoming a transforming influence behind automation. Automation use by competitors, customers and suppliers were three of the top five drivers of automation investment over the past five years, inferring a supply chain and industry influence on this business decision. It also suggests that as supply chains become increasingly global, automation activity by U.S. manufacturing companies will likely spread around the world.
Specialty Ring Products
ALD-Holcroft Vacuum Technologies Co., Inc.
Robotics and Automation News
Barclays Bank’s head of manufacturing Mike Rigby claims that manufacturing companies are keen to invest in robotics and automation technologies take advantage of the onshoring trend. His department has produced a detailed survey, with statistics, of the UK manufacturing industry and how it could profit from more investment in robotics and automation.
San Francisco Chronicle
The California governor is requesting $248 million in new funding for career technical education in his 2016-17 budget. A significant share of that funding would be distributed on a regional basis (not just to individual campuses) to ensure widespread collaboration with industry. Such an investment would help ensure manufacturing’s future in California’s economy.
Crain’s Chicago Business
The Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute's member roster more than tripled over the past year and the organization signed up three additional big companies in 2016 to its most powerful memberships. The institute now has approximately 230 members, according to Elizabeth Stuck, senior manager of consortium development for the group. That's up from 65 as of April 2015, right before the institute opened its doors.
Cincinnati Gearing Systems Inc.
The Wall Street Journal
Even a high-tech factory floor will still have a place for people, says Simon Jacobson, vice president of research at Gartner Inc. Human workers give manufacturers flexibility, allowing companies to reap the benefits of automation while preserving the ability to fill special orders. To have that kind of potential with an end-to-end automated system would require repeated reprogramming, adding cost and time, Jacobson says. By contrast, keeping people as an integral part of the process, working in modular assembly cells, for example, makes it easy to tweak production according to demand.
Lehigh Valley Business
Manufacturers Resource Center marked the 10th anniversary of its Manufacturing Leadership Institute recently, with a ceremony that recognized 21 graduates with certification diplomas at Brookside Country Club in Macungie, Penn.
Industrial Distribution
Manufacturing technology orders for April 2016 were down 27.5 percent from the same month a year ago, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report compiled by AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Year to date, orders are down 16.6 percent compared to the same point in 2015.
Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology
Manufacturing Business Technology
Traditionally, a wide chasm between what enterprise asset management (EAM) systems and asset tracking systems do for manufacturers has limited their benefit. Manufacturers have been unable to connect their assets to customer-facing projects, resulting in costly blind spots in their business operations.
Global Manufacturing
Finnish company Runtech Systems has placed a huge multi-million-euro order—its largest yet—for high-speed turbo motors from The Switch. The motors are for use in Runtech's vacuum blower systems for paper machines. These turbos have been developed jointly between the two companies since the early 2000s, becoming widely accepted in the paper industry thanks to their superiority in reliability and efficiency.
Star SU LLC.
Bourn & Koch Inc.


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