U. S. CUTTING TOOL CONSUMPTION DOWN MCCLEAN, VA — October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $177.2 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 3.4 percent from September’s total, down 15.4 percent from October 2014 and down 3.4 percent when compared year-to-date in 2014. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals actually reported by the companies participating in the CTMR program. The totals here represent the majority of the U.S. market for cutting tools. “The information from October continues to be the same story for the cutting tool market. We see a slight uptick in October over September which was to be expected. Our year over year data continues to weaken due to the strong finish of 2014 and a weak 2015,” says Steve Stokey, president of USCTI. “Members continue to be optimistic about aerospace and automotive markets but see no short to mid-term improvement in the oil and gas industry for their products.” The Cutting Tool Market Report is jointly compiled by AMT and USCTI, two trade associations representing the development, production and distribution of cutting tool technology and products. It provides a monthly statement on U.S. manufacturers’ consumption of the primary consumable in the manufacturing process — the cutting tool. Analysis of cutting tool consumption is a leading indicator of both upturns and downturns in U.S. manufacturing activity, as it is a true measure of actual production levels. Historical data for the Cutting Tool Market Report is available dating back to January 2012. This collaboration of AMT and USCTI is the first step in the two associations working together to promote and support U.S.-based manufacturers of cutting tool technology. TALENT SHORTAGE STILL CAUSE FOR CONCERN AMONG MANUFACTURERS, ACCORDING TO ASQ OUTLOOK SURVEY MILWAUKEE, WI— An increasing number of manufacturers now struggle to find qualified applicants for open positions, according to data from the ASQ 2016 Manufacturing Outlook Survey. Fifty-one percent of respondents say the lack of qualified applicants is their greatest hurdle when hiring for vacant positions, up from 44 percent in 2011 when ASQ last surveyed manufacturers about hiring challenges. According to the more recent data, 25 percent of respondents said their biggest challenge is the time it takes to hire a new employee, while 17 percent cited the lack of budget to fill open positions. But many manufacturers aren’t sitting idle: 55 percent say they’ve hired an agency to help find skilled applicants, and 41 percent are working with local colleges on programs that teach the skills they need, according to the survey results. “With the Baby Boomer generation retiring and leaving manufacturers with vacant positions, the shortage of qualified applicants remains a clear concern for manufacturers,” said Cecilia Kimberlin, ASQ Chair. “It’s pivotal that workers get the training and education they need to fill these roles and be successful in the hightech manufacturing field — whether that’s through on-the-job training, or through an organization like ASQ.” ASQ, the leading authority on quality in all fields, organizations and industries, conducts the Manufacturing Outlook Survey annually to gauge manufacturing professionals’ views on the year ahead. Respondents to the ASQ 2016 Manufacturing Outlook Survey represent a multitude of industries, including aerospace, automotive, food, medical device, and more. The ASQ 2016 Manufacturing Outlook survey was fielded online in November as part of World Quality Month. More than 900 manufacturing professionals responded to the survey. ASQ offers training, certification, knowledge resources and other customized solutions to help organizations drive efficiencies and enhance their bottom lines, and provides workers the skills they need to succeed and advance in manufacturing and quality. Manufacturers are split on the impact retirements will have on their organizations in 2016, with 37 percent saying retirements aren’t likely to affect the organization, and 34 percent saying retiring employees will greatly affect the organizations. According to the results, 37 percent of respondents expect no change in quality due to retirements, while 33 percent say product or services will be adversely impacted due to retiring employees. Only 6 percent expect quality to increase. Regardless of manufacturers’ perceived impact retirees have on their organization or quality, the overwhelming majority rely on on-the-job training to transfer knowledge from retiring workers to new employees. And while 86 percent of manufacturers rely on on-the-job training, 17 percent require additional, company-provided classroom training and 9 percent require classroom training through a third-party. According to the 2011 survey results, 87 percent of respondents say they use on-the-job training, while 5 percent say their business requires company-provided classroom training, and 2 percent said they use third-party training. In late 2014, manufacturers expressed confidence in the economy, with 83 percent expecting revenue growth in 2015, but that confidence has subsided as the year comes to a close. According to the 2016 Manufacturing Outlook Survey, only 65 percent of manufacturers anticipate an increase in revenue in 2016. And while 83 percent of manufacturers expected increased revenue in 2015, only 65 percent experienced a revenue increase, according to the survey results. In 2014, 75 percent of manufacturers experienced revenue growth, according to the 2015 Manufacturing Outlook Survey fielded in late 2014. According to the latest survey, 40 percent of respondents cited the economy as their organization’s greatest hurdle in 2016. Thirty percent say the shortage of skilled workers will be the greatest challenge for their organization. Other hurdles identified by respondents include, “keeping up with the growth of the company,” “poor management,” “gap in product pipeline,” and “market competition.” Despite the waning confidence in the economy, 61 percent of respondents expect their organization to increase salaries, while 23 percent expect a wage freeze. Only 2 percent expect their companies to reduce wages. And according to the data, 19 percent of manufacturers expect their organization to reduce staff, with 81 percent expecting their employees to maintain current staffing levels or hire additional staff. PRECISIONPATH CONSORTIUM FOR LARGE-SCALE MANUFACTURING CONDUCTS FIRST WORKING MEETING WEATHERFORD, TX—The Coordinate Metrology Society, in collaboration with UNC Charlotte, announced the completion of the first working meeting of the PrecisionPath Consortium for Large-Scale Manufacturing. The new project is funded by an Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U. S. Commerce Department. At the 2015 CMSC (Coordinate Metrology Society Conference) in July, the PrecisionPath Consortium held their inaugural meeting to discuss team building strategies, short- and longterm goals, and project timelines. The group is tasked to identify and prioritize the technology needs of the aerospace, defense, energy, and other industries that manufacture large-scale, high accuracy parts and products. “The PrecisionPath Consortium is building a solid foundation to identify barriers that hinder progress in the large-scale manufacturing sector,” said Ron Hicks, CMS AMTech Committee Chair. “This working meeting was the first step in prioritizing the technology needs of the aerospace, defense, energy, and other industries that manufacture large-volume, high accuracy parts and products. The partnership between the Coordinate Metrology Society, UNC Charlotte, and leading industry players is critical to locking down the practical knowledge needed to move manufacturing and metrology forward in a meaningful way. This is a trailblazing project laser-focused on building a roadmap for both short-term and longterm objectives.” The PrecisionPath Consortium held their Planning and Visioning Council during the Quality Show in late October at the Rosemont Convention Center in Chicago, IL. The first session of the meeting focused on refining the project scope and boundaries. The Council discussed the critical challenges in producing large products to precision tolerances, and then transitioned into identifying metrology technology families used by industry. This segment was followed by the team compiling the most important attributes of these systems for measurement and inspection. The afternoon session progressed with dynamic group interactions and the use of sophisticated meeting facilitation technology to capture the input. The Consortium took up usage scenarios and amassed data on how portable metrology is being used to support diverse applications across different disciplines. The group proceeded to pinpoint sources of expertise and data for use in the roadmapping process, and firmed up the framing and vision of the PrecisionPath Roadmap project. The organizational structure and operational model were finalized, and the meeting concluded with the election of a Board of Directors and an overview of marketing objectives. Representatives from leading manufacturing companies attended the meeting including Michael Jones, Siemens; Bob Elliott, Lockheed Martin; Chris Barrow, Lockheed Martin; Glen Cork, Spirit AeroSystems; Matthew Ilardo, Brookhaven National Labs, and Mons Lee, The Boeing Company. OEMs and metrology service providers were represented by Ron Hicks, Automated Precision (API); Patrick Welch, New River Kinematics (NRK), Joel Martin, Hexagon Metrology; Rina Molari, Hexagon Metrology and 2016 CMSC Chair; Ray Ryan, ECM Global Measurement Solutions; Eric Brandt, Nikon Metrology and Ron Rode, Planet Tool and Engineering. Consortium organizers are Ron Hicks, CMS AMTech Chair and UNC Charlotte representatives Ed Morse, John Ziegert, Ram Kumar, and Antonis Stylianou. Other supporting attendees included Tom Lettieri, NIST; Danuta McCall, Facilitate.com; and Belinda Jones, HiTech Marketing. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS REMAINED SLUGGISH MCCLEAN, VA — The latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report showed orders formanufacturing technology in October 2015 were down 0.3 percent from September and year-to-date were down17.4 percent compared to the same point in 2014, according to The Association For ManufacturingTechnology. “While the general economy continues to grow at a moderate pace, the manufacturing sector isstruggling with the effects of a strong dollar, reduced commodity prices, especially oil, and struggles in keyexport markets like China,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “As the broader industry faces thisslowdown, manufacturers are not making significant capital investment in new manufacturing technology.” The U.S. GDP is forecast to grow 2. 4 percent in 2015, but that growth is being fueled mostly byconsumer spending. Economic data around manufacturing isn’t as positive. The latest PMI fromthe Institute for Supply Management stood at 48.6, with a reading below 50 indicating contraction. Additionally, the number of net manufacturing jobs dropped by 1,000, while the larger economy added211,000 jobs. The ISM report and other indicators also show that manufacturers are working to reduce theirexcess inventory, meaning companies are concerned with the prospects for short-term future growth. “Market flatness can be expected to remain into 2016, and signs pointing to short-term interest rate hikesfrom the Federal Reserve could potentially hamper the consumer spending that is currently driving economicgrowth,” Woods said. “Manufacturing is the real driver of sustainable economic growth, and tax provisions, suchas bonus depreciation and Sec. 179 expensing, encourage the investment in plants and equipment necessary formanufacturing strength and competitiveness. Factories don’t have a great deal of excess capacity, meaning anyuptick in activity could help the manufacturing economy bounce back.” October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $327.39 million, down 28. 3 percent compared to $456.44million in October 2014. Year to date, total orders for 2015 stand at $3,452.82 million, compared to $4,178.71million at the same point in 2014. This data is a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industriesinvest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. BUSINESS NEWS CREAFORM, a provider of portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, announced it will sponsor 12 engineering students’ projects. In its third year, Creaform’s Student Project Sponsorship Program received more than 85 applications from over 100 student teams around the world. Creaform is investing even further to offer its recipients the very best in portable optical 3D measurement technologies. Selected teams are participating in competitions, such as Aero Design, Clean Snowmobile, Formula (Hybrid, Electric), Baja, Supermileage—part of SAE’s Collegiate Design Series—as well as other diversified projects. This year’s sponsored teams will get access to Creaform’s flagship metrology-grade 3D scanner, the HandySCAN 3D, which is used by leading manufacturing companies around the world. Whether they want to digitize existing parts, improve the quality of their designs, validate the accuracy of their manufacturing methods, or perform finite element analysis (FEA), the possibilities in 3D measurement are endless. To top it off, each team will be paired with one of Creaform’s experienced application engineers who will act as a mentor by providing advice and practical know-how when needed. “As a former mechanical engineering student, I am extremely proud to be offering the next generation of engineers the unique opportunity to experience the performance of professional-grade tools,” said François Leclerc, product manager and head of the educational program. “Not everyone gets to experience such highlevel technology first hand, even when working in the industry.” THE FABRICATORS & MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION plan to move its headquarters office and operations from Rockford, IL, to Elgin, IL. The relocation will offer greater access and convenience for FMA members, suppliers and other industry stakeholders, particularly those located in the greater Chicago area or approximate to the Interstate 90 corridor, FMA executives said. FMA anticipates breaking ground to construct a new building in April and occupancy to occur in November. The office will be located within Elgin city limits near the intersection of Interstate 90 and the Randall Road exit, approximately 45 miles from FMA’s current facility. Elgin is located about 40 miles from downtown Chicago and 25 miles from O’Hare International Airport. “The new headquarters will offer many benefits to FMA and to the thousands of our constituents located in the Chicagoland area and beyond,” said Al Zelt, FMA board chairman. “The location greatly enhances FMA’s ability to serve the metal fabrication industry, which is our overarching goal, and sets the foundation for FMA’s future growth. “In addition, we now will be much closer to one of our most exciting initiatives – the new FMA Metal Fabrication Lab being built at Harper College in nearby Palatine, IL, and set to open in January,” Zelt said. “And, our proximity to O’Hare is advantageous for all in our industry.” “It’s important to note that the relocation represents FMA’s decision to move closer to many more of its constituents, not a move away from the Rockford community that has been a wonderful home for the organization for so many years,” said Ed Youdell, FMA president and CEO. “FMA will maintain its numerous and valued partnerships with business and academic organizations based in Rockford, and will continue its local philanthropic initiatives.” FMA executives stated the relocation will not result in the loss of any staff positions. The organization also will provide ways to help minimize inconveniences employees may face upon making the move. FMA has 75 employees. Youdell said the new building itself will offer benefits for both staff and stakeholders, including added capabilities to conduct on-site training and to host other industry events. “We will have the most up-to-date technology and amenities, further enabling us to respond to the needs of FMA members, readers and advertisers of our publications, trade show exhibitors and other industry partners,” he said. “The relocation will help FMA meet its mission to advocate for the growth and sustainability of the North American metal processing, forming and fabricating industries.” Youdell stated the FMA budget accommodates the land purchase, building construction and relocation costs. The organization plans to sell its Rockford building. PEOPLE NEWS ASQ honored JD MARHEVKO, vice president, quality, lean management systems and EHS for Accuride, with its 2015 Howard Jones Award. The award was presented by ASQ’s Quality Management Division, a 24,000-member organization to which Marhevko has belonged since 1988. Chair of the ASQ QMD from 2009 to 2011, Marhevko received the award for her “continued dedication to QMD.” “Jd has been a tireless contributor to ASQ’s Quality Management Division and has served in numerous leadership positions, including Chair of the Division,” said Milt Krivokuca, chair of the ASQ QMD nominating committee. “Her commitment to QMD has helped foster recognition of QMD as a model of organizational excellence. Her personal dedication to sharing her knowledge of strategic quality management processes and Lean Six Sigma tools with her peers at numerous conferences and workshops around the world has advanced the state of the art of the Quality profession. Honoring Jd as the 2015 Howard Jones Award recipient is an expression of ASQ’s gratitude for her leadership contributions to the organization and our profession.” “I am honored to have been named this year’s Howard Jones Award recipient and can’t imagine a more effective and collaborative group of quality professionals in the world with whom to be associated,” said Marhevko. “I appreciate the opportunity ASQ has given me to make a difference in our profession by providing meaningful value to members.” The Howard Jones Award is the ASQ Quality Management Division’s highest individual honor. It is given in recognition of outstanding long-term service and leadership resulting in substantial progress toward the fulfillment of the Division’s programs and goals. The award is named for Howard L. Jones of Illinois Bell, who served as the first Chair of ASQ’s Quality Management Division (then called the Administrative Applications Division). Jd Marhevko has served as vice president, quality/lean management systems & EHS for Accuride since May 2014. She joined the company in January 2012 after more than two decades in quality, Lean Six Sigma and operations leadership roles with SPX, Eaton, Cincinnati Milacron, Cherry Automotive and Robert Bosch Corporation, among others. During her Accuride tenure, three of the company’s sites have received the prestigious AME Manufacturing Excellence Award. Marhevko is an ASQ fellow, certified manager of quality/organizational excellence, certified quality engineer, certified Six Sigma Black Belt and an ASQ certified trainer for a variety of quality tools. She is a Master Black Belt and has held numerous Baldrige Assessor roles. She was an Internationally Registered Certified Assessor (IRCA) for over 10 years. She holds a BSE from Oakland University and an MSA from Central Michigan University. 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