BUSINESS NEWS | COMING EVENTS | PEOPLE NEWS | MERGERS MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS DROP MCLEAN, VA — U.S. manufacturing technology orders declined in January, dropping 40.7 percent compared to December and 11.4 percent compared to January 2016, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from The Association For Manufacturing Technology. “January’s slump was not unexpected as it was in line with analyst forecasts for a soft start to 2017. We continue to be on track for an upturn later in the spring,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “Several large capital expansion projects have been announced in recent weeks, and the PMI was up for the sixth consecutive month. Our members report increased quotation activity and at the HOUSTEX show in early March, both attendees and visitors were upbeat.” There are several indications of a coming upturn in orders for capital manufacturing equipment. A long list of noteworthy expansion projects has been announced recently by leading global manufacturers, including $386 million for Pratt & Whitney’s Columbus, OH, facility, and Toyota’s $600 million investment in Princeton, IN. Additionally, the Cutting Tool Market Report for January showed an 8.7 percent monthly gain in cutting tool consumption, a measure of the primary consumable in the manufacturing process. Orders for January 2017 totaled $252.21 million, down from December’s $425.18 million. USMTO is a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing companies invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program. This report, compiled by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Analysis of manufacturing technology orders provides a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. U.S. CUTTING TOOL 2017 CONSUMPTION INCREASES 8.7 PERCENT MCLEAN, VA — January U.S. cut-ting tool consumption totaled $173.05 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 8.7 percent from December’s $159.17 million and up 8.7 percent when compared with the total of $159.22 million reported for January 2016. With a year-to-date total of $173.05 million, 2017 is up 8.7 per-cent when compared with 2016. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals reported by the companies participating in the CTMR program. The totals here represent the majority of the U.S. market for cutting tools. Brad Lawton, chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group, states that “The early numbers for the first month of 2017 support the optimistic feelings that are growing in the domestic manufacturing market. For the export of U.S. made cutting tools it is hoped that the strength of the U.S. Dollar and the Trump Administration trade policies will not destroy this potential business. We must all wait and see the numbers at the end of the first quarter.” “The latest data indicate cutting tool shipments are on a somewhat firmer footing in early 2017. The overall trend in durable goods orders and shipments points to firming activity after a lack-luster 2016 performance. Likewise, most leading manufacturing indicators show improving domestic and global confidence levels,” says Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics. “President Trump’s pro-growth fiscal agenda should stimulate activity by year-end and into 2018, though his protectionist and anti-immigration agenda represent notable downside risks.” 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. BUSINESS NEWS T&D METAL PRODUCTS, a third-generation family-owned manufacturing company, is expanding its shipping and receiving, trucking and engineering services. The company has experienced 54 percent growth in the past five years, which has resulted in tripling the trucking fleet to meet shipping demands as well as adding an additional 40,000 square-feet of space. The company has a diverse customer base and serves agriculture, trucking, telecomm, health care and automotive. ness from shipping and receiving, maintenance, trucking and more,” said Shane Dittrich, president and CEO of T&D Metal Products. “When I took over the company in 2012, I made it a priority to build a world-class business that embraces change with the capability to adapt to ever changing economies.” T&D made its name with its concept-to-completion approach. The engineering team works with customers to improve product development and reduce costs. Just recently the company saved a customer over $2 million through the standardization of parts and the streamlining of the manufacturing process. “I purposefully set up T&D to be a one-stop-shop for our customers. We manage the design and prototype, fabrication, inventory and freight, as well as assembly, finishing and packaging. Our business model reduces our customer’s cost and increases process efficiency,” said Dittrich. T&D has also doubled their sales department to manage customer inquiries while focusing on client retention and growth. The company is based out of Watseka, IL, and is the main employer within the community. In fact, when many manufacturers were suffering from the economic downturn in 2007, T&D made the commitment to stay in Watseka. “Since joining the company, I have been impressed with Shane’s vision to diversify into additional markets with the goal to double revenue by 2020,” said Seth Yon, director of business development at T&D Metal Products. “Pride in workmanship, customer relationships and community has built a strong foundation for future success.” The next five years will see an additional 50 percent revenue growth for the company with a focus on building the next generation of leadership. “The team at T&D works with a sense of urgency in taking care of customer needs from collaborating on a design concept, reducing cost to quality production and on time delivery,” said Kevin Bevard, Komatsu PMO. UL, a global safety science organization, and EOS, a solutions provider for the industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, announced a collaboration in which UL will provide AM training and facility safety services to EOS clients. The initial goal of the relationship is to advance quality and safety within the AM industry and enhance the EOS customer experience. “Safety management is the most essential thing any organization can do to protect its people and its AM investment,” said Glynn Fletcher, president, EOS North America. “The hands-on training UL has developed is a comprehensive program designed to ensure students focus not only on making great AM parts, but also to fully understand the unique safety requirements working with metal powder on machines like the EOS M 290.” As part of the agreement, UL will provide AM metals training as well as facility safety services to EOS clients. The training, “Applied AM Metals,” is a five-day hands-on custom course that features EOS metal AM technology while focusing on process and material fundamentals, design, build planning, process parameters, critical safety factors, post-processing and quality evaluation. The course will be offered as an alternative to existing EOS Basic training and held at the UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center (AMCC) located in Louisville, KY. EOS will offer the UL AM training and facility safety services to customers who are in the process of purchasing or have recently purchased EOS metal AM technology. EOS and UL plan to launch the collaboration immediately. “With the significant growth of metal AM, particularly for production parts, the collaboration with EOS – a recognized industry leader – will help accelerate metal AM innovation in a safe and consistent manner while optimizing and protecting the customer’s AM investment,” said Simin Zhou, UL vice president of digital manufacturing. STRATASYS announced its Expert Services Group, which was designed to help manufacturers build their additive manufacturing strategy and workflow, to gain the benefits of 3D printing for improved production processes. Manufacturers are looking to make operations leaner and more economi-cal. To help them achieve this, Stratasys expert services focuses on the entire digital manufacturing ecosystem, including 3D printing, automation and manufacturing digitization. A full portfolio of services is offered by a Stratasys team of technical and commercial professionals. The services are designed to accelerate the capture of benefits from additive manufacturing across all stages of technology adoption and across all vertical markets. The group has the capability to manage enterprise-wide additive manufacturing programs for clients and to deliver specific technical or commercial support for a single project. The consulting group is led by Dr. Phil Reeves, who has more than 20 years of experience delivering and managing consulting services in the additive manufacturing industry. “The Expert Services team is driven by people who know both traditional manufacturing and additive manufacturing well,” said Reeves. “We can support companies across the entire maturity spectrum from the novice first looking to assess the technology, right through to a highly experienced multinational that has decided to scale up its use of additive manufacturing.” Services include opportunity evaluation, to determine where and how 3D printing can add value; data analysis to find waste, bottlenecks, and inventory that could be removed with 3D printing; technology mapping to determine feasibility of 3D printing for production; strategy development to maximize 3D printing profitability through capital investment planning and supply chain development; design optimization, to exploit the design freedoms of 3D printing via subcontract design service; safety and environmental management; and production quality management. Register to download an eBook written by Dr. Phil Reeves, PhD Manufacturing Engineering. This eBook explains the business benefits and strategic value of 3D printing and how this technology has the power to radically improve your business. You’ll learn how accelerating speed, empowering innovation, improving financial performance, and creating customized or even personalized solutions are expected to create enormous growth trends for the future. SMITHERS QUALITY ASSESSMENTS received accreditation from ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) for AS9100:2016, the preeminent quality management standard used in the aerospace industry. SQA has offered AS9100 certifications since 2001. AS9100 is based on the ISO 9001 quality system requirements with additional features unique to the aero-space industry that help satisfy criteria required by key aerospace stakeholders such as the Department of Defense, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration. As a result of the changes to the ISO 9001:2015 standard and the need to clarify some specific points for aviation, space and defense (ASD) stakeholders, the AS9100:2016 version was released, which then required SQA and all other certification bodies to be accredited for the revised standard. “SQA will continue working closely with the aerospace industry, including the members of the Industry Controlled Other Party (ICOP), to ensure that we achieve all of the necessary technical requirements for our program to succeed while ensuring that our clients can be transitioned appropriately and on time,” said Aaron Troschinetz, general manager, Smithers Quality Assessment, North America. With this new AS9100:2016 accreditation in place, transitional audit planning for all SQA clients is already underway – well ahead of the June 2017 deadline for all audits to be performed using the AS9100:2016 requirements. CONFERENCE NEWS Attendee registration is now open for the 2017 COORDINATE METROLOGY SOCIETY CONFERENCE (CMSC). The CMS will convene July 17–21 at the Snowbird Meeting and Convention Center in Snowbird, UT. The membership association for 3D measurement professionals gathers annually to learn about technology achievements, network with industry experts, and get a pulse on the metrology industry. Weekly registration includes entry to more than 20 technical sessions, work-shops, the ever-popular Measurement and Education Zone, CMSC Exhibition Hall, networking events, as well as post-conference access to all technical papers and presentation materials. CMSC 2017 affords an educational opportunity for anyone interested in 3D measurement and inspection solutions utilized in manufacturing, research and development, and various scientific fields. For the 33rd year in a row, the CMS has connected with metrologists through education and technology. Each year, professionals travel to the CMSC from around the globe to share expert-level, original technical papers and presentations. Topics covered are practical skills and applications, proven best practices, and new techniques and innovations emerging in the measurement and inspection field. All technical papers are peer reviewed by the CMS Executive Board, and the top selections are published in the prestigious Journal of the CMSC. The event attracts metrologists, quality control professionals, manufacturing executives and man-agers, scientists, students, and educators looking to expand their knowledge of 3D portable measurement. Attendees from all technical experience levels will learn from industry leaders and benefit from the face-to-face consultations with metrology OEMs, software developers and service providers. Exhibitors are also welcome and should contact Exhibits Chair Phil Caudill at exhibits@ cmsc.org for more information. During the CMSC, the PrecisionPath Consortium for Large-scale Manufacturing will conduct a day-long working meeting led by the CMS and UNC Charlotte. Supported by an AMTech Grant from NIST, the industry-driven coalition is working to deliver a strategic roadmap to solve universal technology challenges faced by manufacturers of large, high-precision parts and assemblies. For more information, contact Ron Hicks, CMS Committee Chair, at email@example.com. At the heart of the CMSC is the Exhibition Hall, home of the Measurement and Education Zones and more than 45 exhibitors showcasing metrology products and services. Attendees can also participate in training courses, metrology challenges, educational workshops, industry updates, a local tour and many networking opportunities. The CMSC Exhibition Hall showcases technologies including industrial photogrammetry, laser trackers, laser radars, articulating arms, laser scanners, laser projection systems, indoor GPS, theodolites, inspection software and accessories. AMI GLOBAL, a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions, announced a growth equity investment from private equity firm Cimbria Capital. The equity injection is aimed to increase and accelerate the global adoption of AMI’s IIoT solutions for industrial systems and equipment manufacturers. AMI is currently a provider of end-to-end IIoT solutions for a number of Fortune 500 clients and global original equipment manufacturers. AMI’s IIoT solutions are noted for encrypted security strength, inter-operability with other machines, and customized cloud and app-driven capabilities. AMI’s IIoT systems enable customers to connect remote assets to the internet, providing new data collection capabilities as well as management of these assets for improved productivity, efficiency, safety and predictive analytics. “Cimbria is proud to invest in AMI and to support their continued growth in the IIoT sector through our value-add program and management expertise,” said Brian V. Iversen, managing director of Cimbria Capital. “Beyond possessing a world-class technical team, AMI has the unique ability to bridge the gap between technology, adoption, and implementation for large industrial clients in need of IIoT strategies.” PEOPLE NEWS CURT LANSBERY, president and CEO of North American Tool Corp. of South Beloit, IL, received the 2017 Laurence A. Raymer Headliner Award for distinguished service and achievements in the community. The award was presented by the Beloit (WI) Daily News, at the Beloit Chamber of Commerce 90th Annual Dinner. In recognizing Lansbery, Editor Bill Barth said, “He’s a job creator. He’s helped families prosper. He’s made a difference in a commercial sense in the community…and what’s important is that Curt has always used his success to help other people.” Lansbery has been instrumental in Beloit 2020’s efforts to rebuild the community. He has served as a board member and longtime supporter for the Beloit Health System. He has also served on the Stateline YMCA Board, Beloit Regional Hospice Board, and the Salvation Army Board, among others. Lansbery is also a very active member at the First Baptist Church in Beloit. “We have a great town and a lot of opportunity, and I’ve always seen the glass as half full,” Lansbery said.” In order to keep it that way, it takes a lot of people working together to move forward.” He mentioned some of Beloit’s recent accomplishments, such as the construction of the new YMCA, the new Hendricks Heart Hospital, which is set to open this summer, and CareerTek at the Beloit Ironworks campus. Lansbery says winning the award is very humbling. Since 1980, the Headliner Award has honored 41 individuals from the Greater Beloit area. PEOPLE NEWS Mitutoyo America Corp. named a new president, MATT DYE, and a new executive vice president, DOUG ADKINS. The appointments replace Shigeyuki Sasaki, who for the past 10 years provided leadership as vice president, executive vice president, and most recently, as president. Sasaki has been with Mitutoyo for 40 years, and has been asked to join its team in Germany to support Mitutoyo European operations, assuming an advisory role. Sasaki’s “guidance has created a rich team environment with an emphasis on providing outstanding service to our customers throughout the United States and Canada,” the company stated. “During his tenure as president, Mr. Sasaki oversaw expansion in virtually every department, as well as the opening of a new corporate headquarters and regional offices.” For much of the past 20 years, Matt Dye and Doug Adkins have worked together to provide sales management and corporate leadership at MAC. They have assumed new roles within the company and continue to focus on the same core principles and beliefs of providing strong customer service with a dedicated team of highly trained professionals. During his 21-year career, Dye has served as a distributor of Mitutoyo products and held various positions within Mitutoyo America. For the past five years, Dye has served as vice president of measuring instrument sales and technical services. “During this time Dye emphasized the importance of customer service and worked to increase the skills and resources available to our sales division,” the company said. “With a background in distribution and strong support of our front line sales partners, Matt will continue to emphasize growth in product performance, individual skill enhancement and the importance of superior customer support.” Adkins’ career started in the United States Marine Corps and has continued for the past 25 years in the industrial distribution sector, with 20 years in several different capacities at MAC, including his most recent position as vice president of distributed products. “With experience in the high-volume small tool and major instrument line at MAC, Adkins will continue to fully support the growth of sales in the United States through our established distributor network,” the company stated.
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