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Contract manufacturers, aka job shops, are the heart and soul of US manufacturing. Their survival and success are imperative. Ensuring this hinges on a willingness to embrace productivity-enhancing technologies that will foster growth and differentiate them from the competition.
Machine tool orders surged 20.6 percent in December as manufacturing "is showing signs of growth," the Association for Manufacturing Technology said in its monthly report. Orders totaled $406.72 million, up from a revised $337.24 million in November, according to AMT. The December figure was just under the $406.95 million in December 2015.
Toyota Industries Corp. announced plans to acquire Indianapolis logistics technology firm Bastian Solutions for $260 million. Toyota Industries, which operates separately from auto giant Toyota Motor Corp., largely produces forklifts and other machinery, but added warehouse systems to its materials handling operations in its native Japan.
Star SU LLC.
Gleason Corporation
Kapp Technologies
National Association of Manufacturers
While we have seen improved sentiment lately, it is clear that manufacturers struggled mightily over the past two years to increase international demand, particularly with a strong U.S. dollar and lingering economic challenges to key markets.
State officials this week submitted 428 high-priority infrastructure projects in hopes that they would be included in a massive Trump administration spending initiative.
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Arvin Global Solutions (AGS)
AGMA member Arvin Global Solutions is offering a training course March 7-9, 2017 in Naperville, IL. Finding qualified gear process engineers is a common challenge in the gear manufacturing industry and companies are often faced with the need to train internal resources on their own. However, this can be a very long process and can put a strain on existing engineering staff.  By utilizing the AGS training experience, trainees can acquire a comprehensive overview of gear processing from leading industry experts; resulting in a skilled process engineer much faster and for far less cost. Complete information available here. Registration deadline is Feb. 15.
All Metals & Forge Group, LLC
Ford Motor will spend $1 billion to take over a robotics startup to acquire more of the expertise needed to reach its ambitious goal of having a fully driverless vehicle on the road by 2021.
Manufacturing Business Technology
Industry 4.0 is based on autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) which are fundamentally physical objects with embedded software, communication and computing power. The CPS will include manufactured products with their own intelligence and self-management capabilities. Alongside smart products will be manufacturing equipment that is software enhanced to form Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPS). These machines will have their own computing power and leverage data from a wide range of embedded sensors and actuators.
Metal Powder Products, Inc.
Specialty Ring Products
Manufacturing Business Technology
According to the analysts in charge of our Digital Market Outlook, the data created by connected cars has a lot of potential in terms of monetization. Think of insurance companies for example, who would likely be willing to pay good money to find out more about our driving habits. For more information about this exciting new market, please download our free market report "Connected Car: Vehicle Services."
Crain’s Detroit
U.S. manufacturers are rapidly boosting investment in advanced digital technologies, according to a survey released this week by Troy-based technology business association Automation Alley. The survey coincides with the association's 2017 Technology Industry Outlook event on Feb. 13 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Nearly 400 manufacturing and technology business leaders are expected to attend.
Here’s how the labor market looks in the U.S. economy of 2017. To begin with, ever since the jobless rate first fell below 5% early last year—this year’s January reading was 4.8%, versus 4.7% in December—the economy has been near full employment. One implication is that the usual call to increase jobs makes little sense. A ramp-up in government spending on infrastructure would mainly have a crowding-out effect on the private sector; workers taken on by government would be denied to weaker firms.
Cincinnati Gearing Systems Inc.
GE is focusing efforts on driving AM, after a disappointing Q4 2016. This certainly seems to be a smart approach; Dario Mantegazza, an Avio Aero manufacturing engineer, said it best, when he described 3D printing as having "no limits to complexity." GE Aviation has facilities in Germany and Sweden, where they acquired majority stakes in Arcam and in Concept Laser last year. The company has a factory in Auburn, Alabama, and also owns AM pioneer Morris Technologies, located in southwest Ohio. But Joyce says the little Italian town of Cameri, and Avio Aero, are an important part of GE’s overall AM business strategy and will be "at the center of the growth of our additive ecosystem."
Canada's economy may be returning to health after an oil shock, but keeping up that momentum could hinge on whether manufacturers show more resilience. Gross domestic product grew 0.4 percent in November after a surprise 0.2 percent contraction the prior month, Statistics Canada said Tuesday, and advances in exports and jobs have economists projecting fourth-quarter growth at a 1.6 percent annual pace. Yet factories weigh on the outlook: despite a November rebound, they still aren't growing steadily enough to serve as a reliable economic engine. 
German engine manufacturer 3W-International GmbH saw increased demand for heavy fuel (HF) and gasoline combustion engines in 2016. Interest is increasing especially strongly for their use in unmanned helicopters. The reasons for this are manifold.
The Express
The only remaining American-owned manufacturer of piston airplane engines is expanding. Lycoming Engines in Williamsport, Tuesday revealed a $12 million project that will result in 33 to 36 new jobs and the retention of approximately 400, the company said.
Forest City Gear Company
Motor Magazine
According to the recent announcement, McLaren will in conjunction with BMW develop "new combustion technology that will deliver a higher output per capacity than currently possible" for its next-generation supercars and hypercars.
Aerospace Manufacturing and Design
GKN Aerospace has gained a 3-year contract extension worth more than $175 million, covering the technical product support, maintenance and parts supply for the GripenRM12 engines used in Sweden, Hungary, Czech Republic and Thailand. The performance based logistics (PBL) agreement with the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) extends the company’s existing work on this program until 2020.
The Economic Times
Swedish defense company Saab has played down fears that Washington may attempt to block its bid to manufacture the Gripen jet in India, saying that the American engines and other systems on the fighter are similar to the ones on the Indian Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). 
American Stress Technologies
AMS Coatings


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