U.S. CUTTING TOOL 2017 CONSUMPTION UP 5.9 PERCENT MCLEAN, VA — March U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $200.05 million according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 14.3 percent from February’s $174.98 million and up 8.4 percent when compared with the total of $184.57 million reported for March 2016. With a year-to-date total of $548.08 million, 2017 is up 5.9 percent 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. “The cutting tool industry reported numbers are supporting the positive feelings that exist in the domestic market,” says Brad Lawton, chairman of AMT’s Cutting Tool Product Group. “This is a very welcome improvement and support for the Trump Administration’s pro manufacturing policies” Johan Israelsson, president of Sandvik Hyperion, adds, “It is clear that there is a much stronger customer demand across all sectors of the global market that we serve. Although there is some tendency to rebuild inventories as one driver, we are also experiencing an underlying market growth. It is especially encouraging to see optimism within the Oil and Gas industry after a very difficult period.” 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. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ORDERS JUMP MCLEAN, VA — Manufacturing technology orders continued to make gains in March, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report from The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Orders were up 34.8 percent compared to February, and up 3.3 percent compared to March 2016. “An increase for the month was expected, since it marked the end of the fiscal year for many companies, but it’s encouraging to see the last two months outpacing their 2016 levels—the possible start of an upward market trend,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “When manufacturers make investments to boost their capacity and productivity, it’s a good sign for a strengthening manufacturing economy.” Leading indicators show that promising gains for manufacturing are likely to continue. Consumer sentiment is on the rise, which will lead to more purchases of durable goods like cars, appliances, electronics, and housing. Cutting tool shipments have grown, a marker of increased productivity. Machine shop spending for capital equipment has also been on the rise, indicating that manufacturers are using their services for excess capacity. Orders for March 2017 totaled $407.53 million, up from $302.27 million in February. Year-to-date orders total $961.13 million, down 1.4 percent from the same point in 2016. USMTO is a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing companies invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. ROMJ AND RESHORING INITIATIVE COOPERATING TO BRING BACK ONE MILLION JOBS CHICAGO — Return One Million Jobs (ROMJ) was created to raise $20 million to bring one million manufacturing jobs to the U.S. from offshore. The project will utilize global data analytics to help companies compare the total cost of supplying the U.S. market via manufacturing offshore vs. domestically. Over the last few decades, as many as four million good paying manufacturing jobs have been lost to foreign nations to reduce costs. In the last few years, costs of production in China and other nations have been increasing, encouraging even many Chinese companies to begin producing in the United States. The Reshoring Initiative, the nation’s leading organization working to return manufacturing jobs to the United States, estimates that as many as one million jobs can be returned based on objective cost analysis. This is the goal of ROMJ and the Reshoring Initiative. Carl Carstensen, who recently retired after 37 years with IBM global consulting services with a focus on the industrial sector, is leading ROMJ. “I’ve seen so much offshoring in my career,” said Carstensen. “Although lower labor rates encouraged tens of thousands of manufacturers to relocate production, total cost comparisons today may encourage as many as 25 percent to return jobs to the U.S.” Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, said, “The Reshoring Initiative is pleased to cooperate on this important project. Funding by ROMJ will allow the Initiative to support ROMJ’s efforts and dramatically increase our own promotion of reshoring and support of companies considering reshoring. The combination of ROMJ’s resources and our tools will make One Million Jobs feasible.” The Return One Million Jobs campaign is organizing a $20 million fund for a major data analytics program to consider all costs of production in the U.S. from all 100,000 companies with offshored production and sourcing. For more information, visit www. returnomj.com. The project will seek to compare the total cost of offshored production with costs in the U.S. for all offshored manufacturing. Carstensen added, “It’s quite possible to find synergy with thousands of companies bringing back jobs to America. Data analytics may find additional cost reductions as well as an increase in return-incentives.” ROMJ’s first job is to inspire all 100,000 U.S. manufacturers with off-shore production to participate in the free data analytics project. Carstensen added, “If they use the TCO tools from the Reshoring Initiative and advanced data analytics, if they do the math, many manufacturers should want to return jobs to the U.S., to increase profits.” FORBES INSIGHTS AND ASQ STUDY: QUALITY EFFORTS BOOST SALES, PROFITS AND EFFICIENCY NEW YORK — Top-level executives and quality professionals see a direct connection between the success of their continuous improvement or performance excellence initiatives and the success of their organizations as a whole, according to new research from Forbes Insights and ASQ. In fact, close to half of all survey respondents say their quality efforts have resulted in increased profitability and have enhanced important key functions across their organizations. The report—“The Rising Economic Power of Quality: How Quality Ensures Growth and Enhances Profitability”—focuses on the links between quality efforts and corporate performance, as well as the evolving business value of quality. The research draws on the responses of 1,000 senior executives and 869 quality professionals worldwide from a multitude of industries. The survey was conducted online in March 2017. The results reveal that quality has a direct impact on profit growth. Organizations embracing continuous improvement or performance excellence in a significant way are more likely to see higher levels of productivity than those who are lagging in quality efforts. The areas of the business that benefit the most from quality initiatives include boosting customer growth and sales, followed by efficiency gains. Areas most likely to be touched by quality initiatives include operations, customer service and production. “The speed of business just keeps accelerating, and disruptions are multiplying,” said Bruce Rogers, chief insights officer at Forbes Media. “Thriving in this environment means infusing quality through every part of the enterprise.” “Organizations that implement effective and innovative quality initiatives often experience increased profitability because of their emphasis on customer needs,” said ASQ CEO William Troy. “Quality can help organizations remain agile and responsive to meet the growing needs of its customers—custom-ers who will offer repeat business as a result of quality products and services.” Workforce preparedness and out-dated processes are the greatest quality issues faced by organizations. Ongoing quality issues are hurting competitiveness and cutting into revenue. Negative quality issues are also proving to be a productivity sink, taking time away from employees’ jobs. The amount of time consumed with quality issues is rising. A spirit of collaboration and open communication is more essential to quality success than other initiatives. Stakeholders need to know they can speak up as issues arise, or if they have improvement ideas. While quality encompasses a broad variety of activities and programs, the most common denominators include collaboration and risk management. Quality measurement is widespread, but more data is needed. Less than one-fourth of enterprises have extensive metrics for their quality efforts in place. The ability to obtain the right data at the right time is a continuing issue. Customer satisfaction is the metric most often leveraged. Digital transformation means new ways to approach quality. It makes speed essential in the ability to deliver quality outcomes, as well as to measure and report results. BUSINESS NEWS CREAFORM received the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 for its MaxSHOT Next optical coordinate measuring system. It was selected among 5,500 entries from 54 countries for its high-design quality and innovation. The new MaxSHOT 3D is designed to provide users, and not just metrology experts, with photogrammetry abilities while enabling them to move freely around the parts thanks to its new design and enhanced capabilities. According to the Red Dot Design Award jury, “The MaxSHOT 3D represents an accomplished interplay of geometric forms. Moreover, thanks to its optimally balanced center of gravity, the device rests well in the hand.” “The MaxSHOT 3D is a great design at the intersection of form, function, and user experience,” commented Nicolas Lebrun and François Lessard, the two industrial designers behind its design. “Ergonomics were a priority to achieve a product design that is functional and meets application requirements. Since photogrammetry includes taking pictures all around a measured part, from several angles, the device had to be easy and comfortable to operate. The MaxSHOT 3D offers an experience that sets it apart from traditional photogrammetry devices—all the while being a sensible alternative to laser trackers.” HEXAGON AB completed the previously announced acquisition of MSC Software, a U.S.-based provider of computer-aided engineering solutions, including simulation software for virtual product and manufacturing process development. Completion of the transaction was subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, which have now been obtained. The acquisition strengthens Hexagon’s ability to connect the traditionally separate stages of design and production—integrating real-world data generated on the production floor with simulation data to further improve a customer’s ability to reveal and correct design limitations and production problems prior to manufacturing. MSC has over 1,200 professionals in 20 countries. MSC will be a fully owned subsidiary of Hexagon and operate under the Manufacturing Intelligence division. RENISHAW’S RA802 PHARMACEUTICAL ANALYZER won the best measurement laboratory equipment award during Eurolab 2017. The new RA802 is a compact benchtop Raman imaging system, designed exclusively for the pharmaceutical industry. EuroLab 2017, now in its 19th year, combines the worlds of science and industry. EuroLab is the only trade show event in Poland dedicated to the laboratory industry; it’s a source of information and knowledge surrounding state-of-the-art research methods and scientific techniques. The judges commented, “We had very strong competition for this award but wanted to show with our decision that small could be beautiful! The compact RA802 Pharmaceutical Analyser system wowed us during the presentation, with its high quality, accuracy and speed of mapping, as well as ease of use and powerful data analysis software.” The RA802 enables users to formulate tablets more efficiently by speeding up the analysis of tablet composition and structure. It brings together the chemical analysis power of Raman spectroscopy and advanced imaging technologies. Users can reveal detailed chemical and physical information about the contents of their sample, from the distribution and size of API domains to the physical topography. The RA802 makes the highest performance Raman spectroscopy accessible to all users. HEXAGON acquired VIRES, a German-based provider of simulation software solutions that support the development, testing and validation of driver-assisted and fully autonomous driving technology. VIRES’s simulation solutions have been recognized for their robustness, performance and ease of building simulation environments for over 20 years. Their worldwide customer list spans prominent automotive OEMs and suppliers as well as recent entrants to the automotive market to companies in the railway and aerospace industries and elite universities involved in shaping the future of mobility. “The VIRES acquisition strengthens our CAE (simulation) platform with an industry-proven solution,” says Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. “It also supports our overall autonomous X vision—to deliver a software-driven, intelligent ecosystem that leverages our expertise in 3D mapping and other essential sensor technologies to make safe, autonomous vehicles a reality.” The company’s core product, VIRES Virtual Test Drive (VTD), supports a wide range of additional tools and services. As a main contributor to the industrial consortia behind interoperability standards, VIRES is a driving force in automotive simulator technology. JENOPTIK has relocated to a modern campus of engineering, production, sales and service for both industrial metrology and laser processing systems. The new building covers 100,000 square feet on a 16-acre campus in Rochester Hills, MI. Almost twice as large as its current facility, the new facility meets the latest standards in a production environment for both employees and customers. Benefits include modern and flexible application areas, which can be used simultaneously for training and meeting rooms. “In our expanded laser application center, we will be able to demonstrate and perform feasibility studies, application-specific competencies, as well as cutting and welding services directly on-site,” said Andreas Blind, vice president of sales, services and marketing. The new facility will be equipped with modern systems and material for energy efficiency, including the latest in sensor-controlled office and plant LED lighting, as well as special energy saving HVAC systems. “We will markedly exceed U.S. and local environmental standards,” said David Matynowski, vice president of operations. The workplaces will not only have natural light in both office and production areas, but the manufacturing departments will also be modern and flexible, while the machine facilities will be equipped with the latest technology. Non-technological capabilities were also implemented, with a special floor thickness and ceiling height of 9 meters under the crane making it possible to flexibly produce customized solutions in the future. In this first expansion phase, the new facility will devote approximately 50 percent of its total square footage to production. It will also provide areas and flexible expansion options, in the medium term, for other Jenoptik activities and future planned growth in the U.S. North America is one of Jenoptik’s strategic target markets with an expected above-average growth in the coming years. In 2016, Jenoptik generated around 20 percent of group revenue, or 135 million euros in the Americas. In total, Jenoptik employs about 270 staff in the United States. The business with the JENOPTIK-VOTAN BIM laser cutting systems will also be expanded in Rochester Hills. For example, these cutting modules can be used to process aluminum or plastic parts. A new product will also complement Jenoptik’s portfolio in Rochester Hills: the “drop tester,” an impact test bench, measures the necessary force required to open an airbag compartment as well as the necessary time taken. The mechanics of the system are designed in Rochester Hills for application in the automotive industry. It complements the JENOPTIK-VOTAN A laser system, which creates the predetermined breaking points in airbag covers. On the occasion of the relocation to the campus, the Jenoptik management and staff will welcome a delegation group from Thuringia, Germany. The group includes the chairman of the Jenoptik Supervisory Board Matthias Wierlacher, Thuringian Minister-President Bodo Ramelow, Thuringian Economics Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee as well as members of LEG Thüringen, a federal development association, and entrepreneurs from the federal state of Thuringia visiting the Detroit area. FATHOM is now using the new Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator. Many customers have adopted 3D printing as a means of production beyond the prototyping phase, and are using proven additive methods like FDM for high-value, end-use applications. Bringing a six-cell 3D printer configuration in-house at FATHOM has increased throughput significantly and enabled a greater volume of FDM parts with shorter lead-times, according to a press release. With the Demonstrator, manufacturers can use FDM for not only a few hundred just-in-time parts, but for more than 1,000 parts on-demand. “This new Demonstrator is enabling us to look to the future where our production center could look like a 3D printing server farm, where there are rows and rows of Stratasys Continuous Build 3D Demonstrators,” said Rich Stump, FATHOM’s co-founder. “That’s where our minds are going because the FDM-based technology is that good from a design and cost standpoint.” In its early years, 3D printing was led by rapid prototyping, with its capacity for fast, cost-effective parts. Today, 3D printing has evolved to the point where customization of end-use parts can lead production, and part quantities can be scaled to need, making zero inventory a reality. “The vision and focus of our business is to change the way products are designed and manufactured, thanks to additive manufacturing (AM),” said Stump. “The fact that 3D printing also allows for greater part complexity, reduced costs, and greater customization is no small factor.” With a focus on production parts, FATHOM prides itself on its manufacturing ecosystem, a blending of technologies that enable customers to go from concept to prototype to market in a way not previously possible. FATHOM’s customer base is sometimes hesitant to make the leap to an additive technology for production parts, but those with high-value, low-volume needs are already realizing many benefits from its “sweet spot” of 200-400 parts—the break-even point between 3D printing and tooling up for injection molding. “Our challenge has been to get that number higher so it’s competitive for low-volume production runs,” said Stump. FATHOM’s early adoption of the Stratasys Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator—a modular, automated FDM-based 3D manufacturing system with interconnected, high-throughput capabilities—is their solution. “This system is going to enable us to sell higher-volume FDM parts for AM application because it’s going to push the barrier of number of parts we can sell competitively,” said Stump. “Our opportunity here is setting up these modules for 1,000-plus parts, which I’m confident we can get to—even higher. And that’s just comparing apples to apples from a cost standpoint; that’s not even taking into account designing for more function.” IDEAGEN, developers of quality, safety, audit, performance and risk management software, has been named one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic organizations in a pioneering report. The company, headquartered in Nottingham, is among the top 1 percent of the UK’s SMEs after being profiled in the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. Ideagen is one of 50 organizations profiled within the study, which assessed the UK’s 5.4 million small and medium sized enterprises. David Hornsby, Ideagen CEO, said, “Our inclusion in this report is an outstanding achievement for Ideagen and is testament to the hard work and dedication shown by everyone involved in the company. Our growth and success is down to the dedication, vision and ambition of all of our staff and in the quality of our product suite. “I am proud to be named among the most exciting businesses in the UK. Thanks to the strength of our business model, the quality of our products and the talent of our employees, these are exciting times for the company. “We believe we are in a great place to achieve even more in the years to come.” The LSE’s annual report details the nation’s fastest growing, exciting and dynamic businesses. It examines the UK’s most prominent industries, opportunities and challenges faced as well as the trends that will shape the future of the UK economy. Ideagen is included for its performance in the evolving digital and technology sector. In the foreword to the report, Xavier Rolet, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group, said: “When we first launched this project in late 2013, we said our desire was to shine a light on what we knew to be true: that these companies are the engine of the UK economy. “This report not only shows that continues to be the case, but also that—in these times of global macro-economic and geo-political uncertainty—these companies are our greatest prospect for building a resilient and productive economy that, in the words of the Prime Minister Theresa May, ‘works for everyone’.” Ideagen’s CEO David Hornsby and Independent Non-Executive Director Alan Carroll were on hand to accept a plaque to mark the company’s inclusion in the LSE report, presented to them by Business Secretary Greg Clark. Clark added, “Championing high growth, innovative organizations, such as Ideagen, are crucial for the continued success of the UK economy. We are committed to ensuring that companies of all sizes can access finance to grow, scale-up and create high quality well-paid jobs across the country.” BUSINESS NEWS SAMSUNG HEAVY INDUSTRIES used Intergraph Smart 3D to design the world’s largest containership for Mitsui O.S.K Lines Ltd., surpassing 20,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units. With a length of 400 meters, breadth of 58.8 meters and draft of 32.8 meters, the vessel is classified as an Ultra Large Containerships that can transport 20,150 containers. It was christened the MOL Triumph and delivered to the owner on March 27, 2017. The MOL Triumph is the first of four 20,150 TEU vessels SHI is building for MOL. Smart 3D was used to execute the detailed production design of the Triumph, as well as to produce installation and fabrication drawings, and bills of materials for SHI’s procurement team. Smart 3D’s Top-down Planning & Estimation and Assembly Planning & Simulation modules were also employed on this project. SHI has enjoyed the benefits of Smart 3D since 2004, recording schedule reductions of up to three months on major shipbuilding projects, thanks to the solution’s intelligent early design features. “Successful construction of the MOL Triumph is further evidence of SHI’s technological excellence and our longstanding partnership with Intergraph PP&M,” said Mun-Keun Ha, vice president at SHI. “Furthermore, we were able to complete construction on-time and with zero incidents, thanks to Smart 3D’s optimized design features.” Mattias Stenberg, president of Intergraph PP&M, said, “SHI has been leading the market with optimized hull and outfitting design and record-breaking containership size. Inter-graph is proud to be a technological partner in this journey.” Smart 3D is a 3D design solution that lowers risk on today’s tight project schedules by offering designs to support the fabrication, construction and operational phases. The built-in engineering rules enable project stakeholders to make critical design decisions early on, freeing up time for real engineering work by automating design functions, enforcing design consistency through the different disciplines and all related, automatically produced deliverables. Smart 3D also minimizes costly rework by managing the changes that inevitably occur throughout design. The ARC Advisory Group, an industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph as the No. 1 overall worldwide provider of engineering solutions for plant design (process, power and marine), according to its “Engineering Design Tools for Plants & Infrastructure Global Market Research Study Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2020.” EDUCATION NEWS IMPERIAL ESTATES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL accepted a MakerGear 3D printer donated with proceeds from the Miles for Manufacturing 5K held in March during The MFG Meeting in Amelia Island, FL. The 3D printer was presented by Greg Jones, vice president, smart-force development, The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Located in the heart of the Space Coast, Imperial Estates Elementary School integrates STEM programs into its curriculum and after-school clubs. “The 3D printer helps connect STEM in the classroom to the space industry,” said Imperial Estates Elementary School Principal Kathryn Lott. “Our sixth-grade students attend Space Week at the Kennedy Space Center. We regularly invite professionals from our community to talk about their work and how STEM can help students to determine ‘what problem they want to solve’ when they grow up.” “STEM programs like the one at Imperial Estates foster skills and passion for aerospace, expose young students to careers in the space industry, and establish a firm STEM foundation in students as they advance through STEM curriculum in local middle, high and post-secondary schools,” said Bryan Kamm, founder and managing principal of Kamm Consulting Group and a member of the New Space Coast Consortium, which promotes STEM in local schools. Kamm introduced Imperial Estates Elementary School as a donor candidate for M4M. The New Space Coast Consortium is led by local manufacturing companies, including RUAG Space USA and OneWeb Satellites, and aims to strengthen collaboration between local industry, education and government stakeholders to foster aerospace workforce skills on the Space Coast through apprenticeship programs and industry-school interactions. “3D printing in the classroom does more than introduce computer programming skills. It teaches design, spatial awareness and the knowledge of how to make ideas come to life. Through 3D modeling and printing, students can quickly see if their coding works. They learn persistence as they have to stick with their project until it prints successfully,” Jones said. The International Manufacturing Technology Show and GIE Media sponsor the M4M 5K, a series of races held throughout the year at manufacturing events. All runner registration fees go toward STEM education programs that prepare students for careers in manufacturing. The race at The MFG Meeting featured 76 participants. “Along with our partner GIE Media, we are very proud to support institutions such as Imperial Estates Elementary School. It is especially rewarding to hear about how the students will use the 3D printers and see the enthusiasm of the teachers, school administrators and the community,” said Peter Eelman, AMT vice president of exhibitions and business development. “We are thrilled to not only bring together the industry, but also to be able to contribute to the programs that are the future of the manufacturing industry,” says Mike DiFranco, GIE Media Group publisher. OMEGA ENGINEERING-SPONSORED SIM-CITY robotics team from Simsbury High School who ranked 19 out of the 68 teams in their division at the four-day FIRST Robotics National Championship in St. Louis. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) runs the largest and oldest student robotics competition in the world. Thirty thousand students from 39 countries competed this year, with 2,400 volunteers helping 1,394 teams show off their robots to more than 65,000 attendees. “Sim-City finished 19th out of 68 teams in their division after losing in the semifinals because their Alliance Captain robot suffered a drivetrain malfunction, forcing them to rely on a substitute alliance partner they hadn’t worked with before,” said Mike Bonchick, a consultant for OMEGA whose son was on the Sim-City robotics team. FIRST teams are high school students that compete under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, where teams are challenged to work together to raise funds, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. Student teams work with STEM professionals to coach them through the build and competition. Millions of dollars of scholarships are also available to participating students. Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research & Development Corporation, founded FIRST in 1989. He wanted to inspire students to practice using science, technology, engineering, and math in real-life competition situations that can prepare them for future careers and leadership opportunities. “Everyone at OMEGA is extremely proud of the Sim-City Robotics Team, and we look forward to future competitions together,” said Bonchick. PEOPLE NEWS Hexagon appointed BEN MASLEN as Hexagon’s chief strategy officer. As CSO, Maslen will be responsible for the development and execution of strategic initiatives to support Hexagon’s long-term growth and shareholder value. Maslen has over 15 years of experience in the capital markets industry including being co-head of the European Capital Goods equity research team at Morgan Stanley. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was an equity analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers. Maslen will officially assume the role of CSO in the summer of 2017 as part of Hexagon’s group management team, reporting to the president and CEO. Methods Machine Tools Inc. announced that JERRY REX, former chief operating officer, has been named company president. BRYON DEYSHER, long-time company president, accepted a new position as executive director of the board. As of April 1, Rex has assumed all operating functions of Methods Machine Tools, including its Sudbury, Massachusetts, headquarters and the six other locations throughout the United States. “Although Bryon’s work over many years in developing constant and sustainable growth cannot be overstated, Methods is excited to have Jerry’s experience and new perspective leading our dedicated team into the future,” said Scott McIver, Methods’ chairman and third generation owner. “Jerry brings with him a profound skill set that is needed in our ever-changing manufacturing markets. We could not be happier to have Jerry and Bryon working together for the future of Methods and our machine tool partner/suppliers and customers.” This transition has been planned for some time. Rex, who has spent the last year at Methods as COO, was personally selected by Deysher as his successor. With this move, Methods continues its goal of profitable growth and strengthens its position as a leader in the importation and sales of CNC machine tools, automation and engineered solutions for North America. Deysher stated, “Jerry brings an energetic and passionate approach to leadership and relationship building. He shares the vision for the future of Methods Machine Tools, that all of us have worked towards. I have witnessed his style and business acumen over the years, and I see him as a very positive influence on both our business and on the industry.” Rex brings not only years of industry and leadership experience, but also a passion for assessing, strategizing and forecasting using the very latest in technology, data and market intelligence. With a background that includes hands-on manufacturing, engineering, sales and executive management, Rex is a perfect fit for leading the company forward. His relationship skills, international exposure and broad network will all aid in the seamless transition of leadership. Rex has served for many years as a member of the AMT Board and served as chairman of the board of directors of AMT until April 1, 2016. He has carried the CMTSE designation since 1997 and remains an active board and committee member. “I am both honored and excited to lead this dynamic and talent-filled organization into new and progressive directions, while building on the solid foundation that the McIver family and Bryon (Deysher) have built,” said Rex. “Having the opportunity to take such a strong and impassioned team and bring my experience and energy into the mix, while using new levels of technology and industry data and intelligence, is exactly the type of difference I’ve always wanted to make in an organization and the industry. We have so many brilliant, talented and committed people here, that the future is really boundless.” Edmunds Gages Owner and Chairman ROBERT F. EDMUNDS, JR. died. Robert “Bob” F. Edmunds, Jr. was born on May 20, 1944, in Hart-ford, CT, to Robert F. Edmunds, Sr. and Dorothy M. Edmunds. He attended Merrimack College in Andover, MA, where he majored in business and graduated with honors and then ultimately served on the board of trustees. He earned an MBA with honors from the University of Hartford. He was owner and chairman of Edmunds Gages, a designer and builder of custom measuring equipment founded in 1950 by his father. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to FAVARH, 225 Commerce Dr., Canton, CT 06019-2478.
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