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January U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $173.05 million according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 8.7% from December’s $159.17 million and up 8.7%  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% 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 lackluster 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.

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology is proud to be partnering with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), which has been selected by the United States Department of Labor as an industry intermediary to support the expansion of registered apprenticeships within manufacturing. AMT will work with NIMS to increase access to apprenticeships and assist employers in developing new programs that reach diverse talent pools. As part of this initiative, $500,000 is available to support companies in establishing a registered apprenticeship program with the Department of Labor.

“For over two decades, NIMS has worked with companies, workforce development groups and community colleges to stand up high-caliber apprenticeship programs across the country,” said Jim Wall, Executive Director, NIMS. “This contract gives us the unique opportunity to create more impact in our industry by expanding apprenticeships to underrepresented populations and to new companies looking to establish a sustainable talent pipeline.”

AMT represents advanced technology manufacturers and is committed to helping its members improve their businesses through its Smartforce initiative. Smartforce serves to promote STEM education programs and events where students can explore exciting careers in advanced manufacturing as well as connect employers with workforce-ready candidates.

NIMS will focus on providing companies with tools and resources to develop customized registered apprenticeship programs. These programs combine on-the-job training with job-related classroom instruction and meet national standards for registration with the Department of Labor or State Apprenticeship Agencies.

“One way AMT demonstrates its mission to develop a qualified pipeline of skilled workers for the advanced manufacturing industry is by helping its members develop apprenticeship programs,” said Greg Jones, AMT Vice President – Smartforce. “The skilled worker shortage has helped popularize apprenticeships, which are a time-tested, earn-while-you-learn model that can boost the growth of small to mid-size manufacturers. We are proud to promote ApprenticeshipUSA, NIMS’ new initiative to expand registered apprenticeships within manufacturing.”

Other stakeholders supporting expansion of registered apprenticeships in manufacturing include:

  • National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA)
  • Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA)
  • Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)
  • Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA)
  • The Aluminum Association (AA)
  • Business Roundtable (BRT)
  • Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
  • Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), operated by ManufacturingUSA
  • Manufacturing Institute (MI), the workforce development arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
  • National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC)
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • National Network of Business and Industry Associations (National Network)


NIMS is seeking companies and industry partners that are interested in enhancing their talent pipelines through apprenticeships. Companies that are interested in building an apprenticeship program or organizations that are interested in partnering with NIMS should go to www.mfgapprenticeship.com or email the NIMS ApprenticeshipUSA team at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Manufacturers looking to stay abreast of market conditions, trends and forecasts, and wanting to improve their overall business position will benefit from the upcoming Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference (GFMC) taking place October 19-21 in Miami, Florida.

Hosted annually for over 40 years by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, GFMC brings together economic forecasters, sales and marketing specialists, and industry leaders. These experts share their insight into the market factors driving manufacturing and how companies can outpace the competition in this business environment.

“If you want to learn what’s impacting manufacturing today and what to expect for the future, GFMC is a must-attend event,” said Douglas Woods, President of AMT. “You’ll hear how the domestic and global economies are faring, which industry segments are doing better than others and why the outcome of the 2016 elections matter. Attendees will also learn how to use this information to their best advantage to distinguish themselves from their competitors.”

GFMC also provides networking opportunities for executives and industry professionals to discuss current issues impacting their industry’s market conditions, production processes or technology trends. The event draws attendees from a diverse array of production machinery, contract machining, assembly, finance, capital equipment distribution and brokerage type companies.

Attendees will leave the conference equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to “turn insight into action” – this year’s conference theme – and develop strategic plans to thrive in a dynamic, competitive marketplace.

For more information or to register, visit: www.amtonline.org/gfmc

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 16:16

AMT Elects 2016-2017 Officers and Directors

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AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology has elected its 2016-2017 officers and directors. The 2016-2017 board year begins April 1, 2016.

The AMT Board of Directors named Richard L. Simons, President/CEO, Hardinge Inc., Elmira, New York, to serve as Chairman. He follows Chairman Jerry Rex, Executive Vice President, Concept Machine Tool, Plymouth, Minnesota.

“It is an honor and privilege to step into this leadership role at AMT after a long career in this industry that I love,” said Simons. “For many years Hardinge has been an active participant in this organization and I am proud to keep that legacy alive. The staff and the Board of AMT are committed to providing its members with information, resources, and a great IMTS 2016 to help manufacturing thrive as a most critical component of the global economy. Under Jerry Rex’s leadership, we have gained important forward momentum and I promise to do my best to keep that going in the coming year.”

The Board elected Ronald S. Karaisz II, President, Novi Precision Products, Inc., Brighton, Michigan, to serve as First Vice Chairman. Steven R. Stokey, Executive Vice President/ Owner, Allied Machine & Engineering Corp., Dover, Ohio, will serve as Second Vice Chairman/Treasurer. Brian J. Papke, President, Mazak Corporation, Florence, Kentucky, was elected Secretary.

Newly elected to a three-year term as a member of the association’s Board of Directors are Donald D. Lane, CEO, Makino, Mason, Ohio; and Ralph Resnick, President and Executive Director, National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, Blairsville, Pennsylvania.

Chairman
Richard L. Simons has served as President/CEO of Hardinge Inc., located in Elmira, New York, since May 2008. Hardinge, Inc. (NASDAQ: HDNG) is a leading international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions. The company has a very diverse international customer base and serves a wide variety of end-user markets including aerospace, agricultural, transportation, basic consumer goods, communications and electronics, construction, defense, energy, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, and recreation industries, among others. Hardinge employs approximately 1,450 employees worldwide with manufacturing operations in Switzerland, Taiwan, United States, China, and United Kingdom. Prior to rejoining Hardinge in 2008, he was Vice President and Corporate Controller at Carpenter Technology, a publicly-traded specialty steel manufacturer (2005-2008). Mr. Simons originally joined Hardinge in 1983 and held various management roles before being named Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer (1999-2005). Mr. Simons has a B.S. from Bloomsburg University and an M.B.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also a director of Sunnen Products Company, a global manufacturer and distributor of honing and bore sizing equipment and related accessories. 

First Vice Chairman
Ronald S. Karaisz II is the President of Novi Precision Products, Inc. located in Brighton, Michigan. Ron joined the machine tool industry in 1981, created Kar Enterprises in 1987 and became President at Novi Precision Products in 1999.  Kar Enterprises, a machine tool distributor/representative of world-class machine tools from around the globe, includes premier lines of Hegenscheidt, Hydromat, Novi Precision Products, Supfina and Witzig & Frank. Novi Precision Products is a custom machine tool builder and integrator, whose products include: automation, assembly lines, presses, pierce and notch, leak and functional test, single-station and multi-station metal removal machines. Most of their projects are complete turnkeys, which include automation and robotics.

Second Vice Chairman/Treasurer
Steven R. Stokey is the Executive Vice President/Owner of Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. located in Dover, Ohio. Allied is a world leader in metal cutting, serving all facets of manufacturing, which include the aerospace, defense, agriculture, automotive, heavy equipment, general machining, machine tool, mining, petrochemical, energy, renewable energy, structural steel, tool and die, and water treatment industries.

Secretary
Brian J. Papke is President of Mazak Corporation located in Florence, Kentucky. Mr. Papke was named President of Mazak Corporation in 1989. Mazak Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing unit of Yamazaki Mazak, headquartered in Oguchi, Japan. Since joining Mazak in 1987, Mazak has completed 14 expansions, including the establishment of a National Technology Center and Customer Service and Support Center and a network of technology centers throughout North America. Recently, expansions have included $15 million on the Kentucky manufacturing plant and new Versatech bridge-style machining centers. Further expansion of Technology Centers is in progress, with a new building in Houston and an expansion in Schaumburg, Illinois. Mr. Papke is a graduate of the University of Illinois.

2016-2017 Officers and Directors

  • Chairman: Richard L. Simons, President/CEO, Hardinge Inc., Elmira, New York.
  • First Vice Chairman: Ronald S. Karaisz, President, Novi Precision Products, Inc., Brighton, Michigan.
  • Second Vice Chairman and Treasurer: Steven R. Stokey, Executive Vice President/Owner, Allied Machine & Engineering Corp., Dover, Ohio
  • Secretary: Brian J. Papke, President, Mazak Corporation, Florence, Kentucky.


Directors:

  • Christopher A. Bailey, President/COO, Etna Products, Inc., Chagrin Falls, Ohio
  • John B. Cheung, CEO and Co-founder, OMAX Corporation, Kent, Washington.
  • Donald D. Lane, CEO, Makino, Inc., Mason, Ohio
  • Lee Morris, CEO and Chairman, Morris Group, Inc., Windsor, Connecticut.
  • Ralph Resnick, President and Executive Director, National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, Blairsville, Pennsylvania.
  • Paul Ricard, President, DP Technology Corp., Camarillo, California.


Ex-Officio:

  • Jerry Rex, Executive Vice President, Concept Machine Tool, Plymouth, Minnesota.
  • Kevin J. Kilgallen, President, Mid Atlantic Machinery, Inc., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The MTConnect Student Challenge is extending the deadlines for both its Ideation and Application competitions. The new deadline for the ideas competition is March 15, 2016; the new deadline to submit applications is July 15, 2016.

MTConnect is an open, XML- and HTTP-based communications standard that works as the building block of the Industrial Internet of Things for manufacturing. The MTConnect Student Challenge an innovation competition that taps into students’ creativity and technical skills through asking them to create and develop ideas and applications that utilize MTConnect, which enables communication between and data collection from manufacturing equipment and devices.

The challenge is open to all U.S.-based college students at any level of study – graduate or undergraduate, university or community college.

The goal of the MTConnect Student Challenge is to improve manufacturing intelligence through student-created ideas and applications. As the manufacturing industry has increasingly moved toward the digital enterprise, small and medium-sized manufacturers have struggled to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by this technological revolution. MTConnect Student Challenge submissions will be judged on their ingenuity, ease of deployment, impact on industry, and overall quality. Students also benefit through their participation by potentially connecting with future employers, and also coming away with a project that demonstrates their knowledge and skill and can be included in a professional portfolio.

The MTConnect Student Challenge encompasses two distinct competitions:

IDEA CREATION

Students are tasked with creating an idea for using MTConnect and writing a five-page paper that explains the idea. Students are encouraged to interview a manufacturer to learn about their specific issues, but it is not a requirement. The submission requires a five-page paper to give a detailed explanation about the idea. Students are welcome to submit previously completed classwork that could be applicable to the use of MTConnect. Winners will be invited to attend the [MC]2 Conference in Dallas, April 19-21, 2016.

Full rules and details can be found at https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/mtconnectstudentideas/

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

Ideas become reality in this competition, where contestants will be required to develop a working software application that utilizes MTConnect. Entrants will need to submit a written summary of the application, a video demonstrating the application in action, and an icon that represents the application. As with the Idea Creation competition, students can submit non-commercial projects previously completed, provided they utilize data in the MTConnect standard. Winners will be invited to attend IMTS-The International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, September 12-17, 2016.

Full rules and details can be found at https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/mtconnectstudentapps/

The MTConnect Student Challenge is sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Defense-wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T) and executed by AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the U.S. Army Benét Labs, the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), and the MTConnect Institute, in partnership with SME and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA).

The Association For Manufacturing Technology and VDW – Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) announced that the competition period for the 2016 International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) is now open.

The IAMA recognizes innovations in additive manufacturing for industrial applications. This includes developments in the design of systems or major components, advances in processes or materials, new applications, data generation or measurement.

Those in the industry, such as system producers, users, component suppliers, data modelers, and international academia, are invited to apply. The 2016 award will be presented at METAV 2016 – 19th International Exhibition for Metalworking Technologies – held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from February 23-27, 2016.

The applications will be evaluated by a high-ranking international jury comprised of representatives from industry, academia, trade organizations and the media.

This is the second edition of the IAMA. The inaugural award was presented last March at The MFG Meeting to Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies for its self-contained laser cladding head, which mounts to a machining center's spindle and augments a traditional "subtractive" CNC machine's operations with additive capabilities.

AMT and VDW partnered on the International Additive Manufacturing Award program in response to the rapidly changing landscape in manufacturing created by advances in additive technology. Not only do these advances present myriad opportunities, but also challenges to entry and scalability. This award was created to encourage innovators to accelerate the technology's current availabilities while also creating new solutions to its challenges.

"Additive technology continues to have a significant impact on manufacturing operations and product design," said Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. “With the IAMA, we are aiming to shine a spotlight on innovations and creative solutions in this bourgeoning field. Following a successful inaugural competition, we are looking forward to numerous project entries for the 2016 award.”

VDW – German Machine Tool Builders’ Association - Executive Director Dr. Wilfried Schäfer added, “Additive manufacturing will be one of the technology trends radically transforming the production processes of the future. It has meanwhile evolved into an autonomous technology that opens up new options to the industrial sector for manufacturing complex parts.”

The 2016 IAMA winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize and a media package valued at $80,000 to promote the winning development.

Entries will be accepted through December 7, 2015.

For more information, visit: www.additive-award.com

The submission period opened today for the MTConnect Student Challenge, marking the official start of the competition for student ideas and applications utilizing MTConnect. The idea creation competition is open for submissions through September 18, 2015, while the application competition is accepting submissions through January 31, 2016.

In addition to cash prizes for winning submissions, the competition offers many benefits for participating students. It is ideal as a thesis, internship, or capstone project, and students are also provided with the opportunity to network with companies as a means to develop their professional contacts. The competition is open to enrolled college students, and those studying IT, software, mechanical, or electrical engineering are especially encouraged to apply.

MTConnect is an open source, XML and HTTP based communications standard that helps foster improved connectivity between manufacturing equipment and devices, allowing for data collection and monitoring. It is a key enabler for allowing manufacturers to take advantage of digital manufacturing to optimize processes and functions on the shop floor. The Student Challenge stems from a prior successful competition that solicited ideas and applications from industry professionals and the general public.

“Manufacturers in all industries are looking to leverage the opportunities offered by big data and the Industrial Internet of Things,” said Douglas K. Woods, President of the MTConnect Institute and President of AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. “The MTConnect Student Challenge is an ideal competition to bring forth student-led innovation for real-world manufacturing solutions. We feel that students have the kind of creative thinking and ideas that are critical to advancing our industry, and we look forward to finding the next visionaries who can generate new approaches to digital manufacturing.”

The MTConnect Student Challenge encompasses two competitions: Idea Creation and Application Development.

MTConnect Student Challenge – Idea Creation

For the Idea Creation competition, students will be required to interview manufacturers to identify their challenges; describe potential solutions to that challenge; and create a conceptual mockup for a solution. The prizes for this competition are $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place, and three $1,000 prizes for runners up. The Submission period opens on June 11, 2015, and closes on September 18, 2015. Winners will be announced October 15, 2015.

Full rules and submission details are available at: www.challenge.gov/challenge/mtconnectstudentideas

MTConnect Student Challenge – Application Development


For the Application development competition, students will be required: to develop an application that demonstrates innovation and the use of manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs. Submissions will be rated based on their potential to create achievable and measurable benefits to manufacturing operations – improving efficiencies, minimizing waste, reducing costs, etc. The prizes for this competition are $10,000 for first place, $7,500 for second place, and $5,000 for third place. The submission period is June 11, 2015, through January 31, 2016. Winners will be selected and announced on April 20, 2016, at the [MC]2 Conference in Dallas, TX.

Full rules and submission details are available at: www.challenge.gov/challenge/mtconnectstudentapps

The MTConnect Student Challenge is sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Defense-wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T) and executed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the U.S. Army Benét Labs, the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), and the MTConnect Institute, in partnership with SME and the National Tooling and Machining Association.

MTConnect is an open, royalty-free standard that fosters greater interoperability between devices and software applications. By establishing an open and extensible channel of communication between devices, equipment, and systems, MTConnect enables applications aimed at providing more efficient operations, improved production optimization, and increased productivity.

College students with an interest in bringing together software and hardware solutions to improve manufacturing operations now have an opportunity to leverage their creativity and innovative know-how through the MTConnect Student Challenge, a competition that invites submissions for both ideas and applications utilizing the MTConnect standard.

Announced at the [MC]2 Conference in Chicago, the MTConnect Student Challenge is offering a total of $33,000 in cash prizes for winning submissions. MTConnect is an open-source, XML-based communications standard that fosters connectivity between manufacturing equipment and devices. This Challenge builds on the success of previous competitions that sought submissions from industry professionals related to the use of MTConnect. The MTConnect Student Challenge is open to community college and university students at the undergraduate and graduate level and may be of particular interest to students who are studying manufacturing-related fields; electrical, mechanical or industrial engineering; as well as software engineering and IT-related studies.

“The MTConnect Student Challenge seeks to engage the higher education community to promote innovative thinking and ideas, and ultimately to enable manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs for the defense manufacturing industry,” said Douglas K. Woods, President of the MTConnect Institute and President of AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. “It is our collective hope that the MTConnect Student Challenge will inspire a broader base of software and system architects; build a new, skilled workforce by increasing students’ awareness of advanced manufacturing technologies; and develop MTConnect applications that can easily be adopted by manufacturers of all sizes.”

MTConnect Student Challenge – Idea Creation

For the Ideation competition, students will be required to interview manufacturers to identify their challenges; describe potential solutions to that challenge; and create a conceptual mockup for a solution. The prizes for this competition are $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place, and three $1,000 prizes for runners up. Submission opens on June 11, 2015, and closes on September 18, 2015. Winners will be announced October 15, 2015.

Full rules and submission details are available at www.challenge.gov/challenge/mtconnectstudentidea

MTConnect Student Challenge – Application Development


For the Application competition, students will be required to develop an application that demonstrates innovation and the use of manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs. Submissions will be rated based on their potential to create achievable and measurable benefits to manufacturing operations – improving efficiencies, minimizing waste, reducing costs, etc. The prizes for this competition are $10,000 for first place, $7,500 for second place, and $5,000 for third place. Submission opens on June 11, 2015, and closes on January 31, 2016. Winners will be announced April 20, 2016, at the [MC]2 Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Full rules and submission details are available at www.challenge.gov/challenge/mtconnectstudentapp

The MTConnect Student Challenge is sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Defense-wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T) and executed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the U.S. Army Benét Labs, the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), and the MTConnect Institute, in partnership with SME and the National Tooling and Machining Association.

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology has elected its 2015-2016 officers and directors. The 2015-2016 board year began April 1, 2015.

The AMT Board of Directors named Jerry Rex, Executive Vice President, Concept Machine Tool, Plymouth, Minnesota, to serve as Chairman. He follows Chairman Kevin J. Kilgallen, President, Mid Atlantic Machinery, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

“I am both honored and excited to serve our industry as AMT’s Chairman for the upcoming year,” said Rex. “In my 23 years of activity with AMT, and previously with the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, I have been blessed to meet and learn from some of the best minds and leaders in our industry. I believe you can and should be a leader, no matter the title or position you hold. In my 38-plus years in manufacturing, I have seen incredible advances in the technology we deploy, sell, service and support, as well as how it is used. I look forward to being a strong advocate for AMT members as the industry continues to evolve in the coming year.”

The Board elected Richard L. Simons, Chairman, President and CEO, Hardinge Inc., Elmira, New York, to serve as First Vice Chairman. Ronald S. Karaisz, President/CEO of Kar Enterprises, Inc./Novi Precision Products, Inc., Brighton, Michigan, will serve as Second Vice Chairman/Treasurer. Brian J. Papke, President, Mazak Corporation, Florence, Kentucky, was elected Secretary.

Newly elected to a three-year term as a member of the association’s Board of Directors are Christopher A. Bailey, Vice President, Global Automation Solutions, Cleveland, Ohio; Dr. John B. Cheung, CEO and Co-founder, OMAX Corporation, Kent, Washington; and Paul Ricard, President, DP Technology Corp – ESPRIT, Camarillo, California.

Board members that were re-elected for a three-year term include: Jerry Rex, Executive Vice President, Concept Machine Tool; David J. Burns, Global Head of Sales, The Ex One Company, Irwin, Pennsylvania, and; Lee Morris, CEO and Chairman, The Morris Group, Windsor, Connecticut.

Chairman
Jerry Rex is Executive Vice President of Concept Machine Tool, located in Plymouth, Minnesota. Concept Machine Tool has been providing world-class products and solutions to the manufacturing industry since 1974. Concept is a full service distributor of Methods, Kitamura, Minster, Zeiss, Mitsubishi EDM/Laser and other fine metal cutting, forming and metrology products. Previously, Jerry served for 12 years as a president of major distributor companies, the last assignment involving a move to Minnesota where he integrated a recently acquired distributorship into the corporate company and culture. He has served in leadership roles for key builders, manufacturers and distributors in his 38-plus years in the industry, beginning his career as a Machinist Apprentice at GE in his home town of Erie, Pennsylvania. At AMT, he has chaired the CMTSE Committee and been actively involved on the Board of Directors.

First Vice Chairman
Richard (Rick) L. Simons has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hardinge Inc., Elmira, New York, since May 2008 and became Chairman of the Board in February 2012. Prior to rejoining Hardinge in 2008, he was Vice President and Corporate Controller at Carpenter Technology, a publicly-traded specialty steel manufacturer (2005-2008). Mr. Simons originally joined Hardinge in 1983 and held various management roles before being named Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer (1999-2005). Mr. Simons has a B.S. from Bloomsburg University and an M.B.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also a director of Sunnen Products Company, a global manufacturer and distributor of honing and bore sizing equipment and related accessories.

Second Vice Chairman/Treasurer
Ronald (Ron) S. Karaisz II is the President/CEO of Kar Enterprises, Inc./Novi Precision Products, Inc. both located in Brighton, Michigan.  Ron joined the machine tool industry in 1981, created Kar Enterprises in 1987 and became President at Novi Precision Products in 1999.  Kar Enterprises is a machine tool distributor/representative of world class machine tools from around the globe. Their premier lines over the years have been Hegenscheidt, Hydromat, Novi Precision Products, Supfina and Witzig & Frank. Novi Precision Products is a custom machine tool builder and integrator, whose products include: automation, assembly lines, presses, pierce & notch, leak and functional test, single-station and multi-station metal removal machines. Most of their projects are complete turnkeys, which include automation and robotics.

Secretary
Brian J. Papke is President of Mazak Corporation, Florence, Kentucky. Mr. Papke was named President of Mazak Corporation in 1989. Mazak Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing unit of Yamazaki Mazak, headquartered in Oguchi, Japan. Since joining Mazak in 1987, Mazak has completed 14 expansions, including the establishment of a National Technology Center and Customer Service and Support Center and a network of technology centers throughout North America. Recently, expansions have included $15 million on the Kentucky manufacturing plant and new Versatech bridge-style machining centers. Further expansion of Technology Centers is in progress, with a new building in Houston and an expansion in Schaumburg, Illinois. Mr. Papke is a graduate of the University of Illinois.

2015-2016 Officers:

  • Chairman: Jerry Rex, Executive Vice President, Concept Machine Tool, Plymouth, Minnesota
  • First Vice Chairman: Richard L. Simons, Chairman, President and CEO, Hardinge Inc., Elmira, New York
  • Second Vice Chairman and Treasurer: Ronald S. Karaisz, President/CEO of Kar Enterprises, Inc./Novi Precision Products, Inc., Brighton, Michigan
  • Secretary: Brian J. Papke, President, Mazak Corporation, Florence, Kentucky

Directors:

  • Christopher A. Bailey, Vice President, Global Automation Solutions, Cleveland, Ohio
  • David J. Burns, Global Head of Sales, The Ex One Company, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. John B. Cheung, CEO and Co-founder, OMAX Corporation, Kent, Washington
  • Thomas R. Dillon, Vice Chairman, DMG Mori USA, Inc., Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Richard Gilchrist, Chairman, Felsomat USA, Inc., Schaumburg, Illinois
  • Lee Morris, CEO and Chairman, The Morris Group, Inc., Windsor, Connecticut
  • Paul Ricard, President, DP Technology Corp. – ESPRIT, Camarillo, California
  • Steven R. Stokey, Executive Vice President/Owner, Allied Machine & Engineering Corp., Dover, Ohio

Ex-Officio:

  • R. Stephen Flynn, President, Optical Gaging Products, A Division of Quality Vision International, Inc., Rochester, New York
  • Kevin J. Kilgallen, President, Mid Atlantic Machinery, Inc., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.

For more information, visit: www.AMTonline.org

The inaugural Distribution Summit (D15) will be held September 23-24, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology has also opened a call for speakers, which is open until April 17.

This is the first meeting hosted by AMT that will focus solely on distributors’ needs; however, builders and suppliers are encouraged to attend. With the tagline, “Where Distributors Connect,” there will be plenty of networking opportunities beginning with a reception on Sept. 23, open to all attendees. The following day will feature presentations by speakers focused on improving distributors’ business operations.

“Staying relevant in this accelerated digital age with both our customers and builders is the biggest challenge facing machine tool distributors today,” said Peter Addy, AMT Distribution Group Chairman and President of Addy Machinery Company Inc. “The 2015 Distribution Summit will mark our first solo event since the American Machine Tool Distributors Association merged with AMT in 2012. We are planning significant content and speakers that will help you raise your distributorship’s bar and help you stand out from the crowded field.”

Attendees will hear from an AMT member panel about how business challenges affect small, medium and large distributors differently.

AMT is accepting speaker proposals that will focus on these topics: sales strategy; hiring and skills development; the effects of the internet on your business; human resources; and the new age of distribution.

Speaker proposals or topic suggestions should be emailed to Steve Lesnewich, AMT Distribution Group Staff Liaison and Vice President – Global Services.

For more information, visit: www.AMTonline.org/D15

After a successful first year, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology will host the second annual Automation in Manufacturing (AIM) Conference. The conference will be held June 4, 2015, at the MGM Grand in Detroit, Michigan. AMT has also issued a call for speakers.

This year’s theme will be “Building Our Manufacturing Future with Automation.” The conference will focus on the future of advanced manufacturing, with an emphasis on state-of-the-art, innovative automation.

“The U.S. faces a significant challenge as we strive to hold on to our strong manufacturing base; therefore, the call to automate is greater than ever,” said Rick Blake, President, Edgewater Automation LLC, and AMT’s AIM Group Chairman. “The AIM Conference emphasizes investing in techniques to build the equipment to make products more accurately, faster and cheaper. I see automation as the foundation for economic revival and as an opportunity for young people to invest in their futures, their communities and their country.”

There will be an evening welcome reception on June 3, prior to the conference. The one-day event will consist of presentations by major industry users of automation, as well as builders/integrators. The conference will also feature panelist discussions, forecasts on the role of automation, a renowned keynote speaker and valuable opportunities for networking. The AIM Conference is looking for speaker proposals from industry leaders who can share their insights on automation and its place in determining the future of advanced manufacturing.

For more information, visit: www.AMTonline.org/AIM

The Association For Manufacturing Technology and VDW – Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) announced at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 a partnership to present the International Additive Manufacturing Award annually, beginning in 2015.

The award will recognize innovations in additive manufacturing for industrial applications. This includes developments in the design of systems or major components, advances in processes or materials, new applications, data generation or measurement.

Those in the industry, such as system producers, users, component suppliers, and data modelers, and international academia will be invited to apply. The inaugural winner will be announced at an award dinner at The MFG Meeting, Manufacturing for Growth, taking place March 4-7 in Orlando, Florida.

In 2016, the award will be presented at the METAV, the international fair for manufacturing technology and automation, in February in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The applications will be evaluated by a high-ranking international jury comprised of representatives from industry, academia, the health sector, the media, and trade associations.

AMT and VDW founded the International Additive Manufacturing Award program recognizing that the United States and Germany are the key markets/regions for additive technology in terms of suppliers, users and academia. Both partners have the understanding required to encourage the international community to participate in this initiative and support the exchange of views and knowledge.

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology President – Douglas K. Woods said “It is clear that the advances in additive manufacturing will change forever the landscape of manufacturing, from the innovators of the technology to the users and consumers. Our collaboration with the VDW will spotlight some of the most innovative and impactful players driving this dynamic industry.”

VDW – German Machine Tool Builders’ Association - Executive Director – Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, added “Additive manufacturing has now, following a lengthy phase of development, matured sufficiently to establish itself more firmly as a technology for industrial-scale applications. In conjunction with AMT, the VDW aims to support all interested companies from the relevant sector in technical and market-related issues. With the International Award, moreover, we want to turn the international spotlight on the pioneers and high-performers in the sector, and give them the recognition they deserve. The idea is that the premier players from academia, the business and industrial communities, from the political environment and from societal stakeholders in this multifaceted scene, shall get together regularly at the award ceremonies, so as to put in place a stable international network.”

The winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize and a media package valued at $80,000 to promote the winning development.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 11:41

Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014

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AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology is proud to announce that Vince Bertram, President and CEO, Project Lead The Way, will deliver the keynote address on Monday, September 8, the opening day of the Smartforce Student Summit at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs.

IMTS is the largest industrial trade show in the Americas, drawing more than 100,000 visitors and featuring 1,900 exhibitors. The Smartforce Student Summit is held in conjunction with IMTS and gives students a first-hand, interactive view of manufacturing technology, in addition to promoting careers in the industry.

“The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS is a great way to introduce young people to the exciting innovations in manufacturing technology,” said Greg Jones, Vice President, Smartforce Development, AMT. “We want students, as well as parents and educators, to understand that today’s manufacturing industry is vastly different than 20 years ago. The program will emphasize the importance of STEM education in pursuing high-value careers in today’s high-tech manufacturing facilities.”

“Asking Vince Bertram to kick off the Smartforce Student Summit seemed like a natural fit and AMT is honored that he has agreed to take part,” Jones said.

Project Lead The Way reaches more than 600,000 students in over 5,000 schools nationwide. Its five programs of study offer a different approach to learning and teaching, empowering students to identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning.

“I am thrilled to participate in the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS,” Bertram says. “Promoting and encouraging students to pursue outstanding career opportunities, especially those in the high-tech, high-demand world of manufacturing fits very well with the mission of Project Lead The Way, to prepare students for the global economy.”

Bertram will present a keynote address titled “Building America’s Future: Students, STEM, and the Global Economy,” discussing the role of STEM education in equipping students with the skills and experiences that will prepare them for success in their education and careers.

The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS will be held from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., September 8-13, 2014 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

For more information, visit: www.IMTS.com/student

The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) has selected Tim Shinbara, Technical Director at AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, as a member of its Executive Committee. NAMII is a public-private partnership whose membership includes entities from industry, academia, government, and workforce development, all with the goal of transitioning additive manufacturing technology to the mainstream U.S. manufacturing industry.
 
The Executive Committee has several tasks, including developing criteria for selecting the projects that NAMII would support. The committee also will develop the process of calling for and discovering new projects, as well as working to support the NAMII Director.
 
“It is an honor to receive a position on the Executive Committee and to be recognized by a group of my peers within the additive community,” Shinbara said. “It will be challenging as this has some unprecedented and significant private-public partnership elements. This is a great opportunity to be a steward of technology development and commercialization in order to better support the U.S. manufacturing industry.”
 
“We see technology centers like NAMII being a key component in strengthening U.S. manufacturing from a collaborative standpoint,” said Douglas K. Woods, President, AMT. “As outlined in AMT’s Manufacturing Mandate, this is exactly the kind of focus on innovation and rapid commercialization of technologies that can drive our industry for decades to come.
 
“Tim’s background in manufacturing technology, and specifically additive, puts him in a perfect position to not only support the center, but also collaborate and coordinate with AMT’s growing additive manufacturing technology members,” Woods said.
 
Shinbara has a background working in manufacturing technology R&D in the aerospace and defense industries and involvement in government contractual R&D to support programs for the F/A-18, F-35, GlobalHawk, and others. His role at AMT is to research and compile technology trends and help member companies find ways that they can utilize these technologies to grow their businesses.
 
AMT looks forward to Shinbara’s inclusion on the committee and its work to promote the additive manufacturing industry.

For more information, visit: www.namii.org or www.amtonline.org

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $667.47 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 40.7% from August and up 13.4% when compared with the total of $588.80 million reported for September 2011. With a year-to-date total of $4,282.11 million, 2012 is up 5.6% compared with 2011.

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program.

“In the 17 years that this data has been collected, there is only one other month that broke $600 million. Both of those were in months that reflected sales from IMTS, showing its strength as the largest manufacturing event in the Americas,” said Douglas K. Woods, AMT President. “It’s possible we could average $450 million a month for all of 2012 — the largest year ever for this program. This speaks to tremendous strength in the manufacturing industry, and is proof that IMTS 2012 was the strongest show seen in years.”

The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report, compiled by the trade association representing the production and distribution of 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. manufacturing technology orders are also reported on a regional basis for five geographic breakdowns of the United States.

Northeast Region
Manufacturing technology orders in the Northeast Region in September totaled $70.75 million, up 42.6% from August’s $49.63 million but down 37.1% when compared with the September 2011 figure. At $561.88 million, 2012 year-to-date is down 8.4% when compared with 2011 at the same time.

Southern Region
Southern Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $103.06 million in September, a 57.9% increase from the $65.29 million total for August and 32.1% more than the total for September 2011. The year-to-date total of $619.54 million is 15.0% more than the comparable figure for 2011.

Midwest Region
At $206.83 million, September manufacturing technology orders in the Midwest Region were up 34.2% when compared with the $154.11 million total for August and up 20.7% when compared with September a year ago. With a year-to-date total of $1,369.92 million, 2012 is up 4.5% when compared with 2011 at the same time.

Central Region
September manufacturing technology orders in the Central Region totaled $182.10 million, 43.5% more than August’s $126.94 million and up 14.8% when compared with the September 2011 figure. At $1,220.67 million, the 2012 year-to-date total was 9.0% more than the comparable figure for 2011.

Western Region
Western Region manufacturing technology orders in September stood at $104.72 million, 33.7% more than the August total of $78.34 million and 53.4% higher than the figure for September 2011. The $510.09 million year-to-date total was 8.0% above the total for the same period in 2011.

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As part of its effort to solidify the renaissance in American manufacturing, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology has issued the second generation of The Manufacturing Mandate.

The Manufacturing Mandate was introduced in 2009 just as the recession was ending. Since then, the U.S. manufacturing sector has been the driving force behind the economic recovery. Today, policymakers, industry leaders and academia agree on the major aspects of a national strategy that will accelerate and sustain this manufacturing resurgence. They are aligned with The Manufacturing Mandate core principles of incentivizing R&D and innovation; increasing global competitiveness and building a Smartforce that is equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in manufacturing.

The Manufacturing Mandate underscores the importance of collaboration as central to the implementation of a national strategy. The recent announcement of a new public-private institute for manufacturing innovation in Youngstown, Ohio, is a prime example of the important role government can play in facilitating that collaboration between the public sector, academia and industry. This new partnership, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), was selected through a competitive process, led by the Department of Defense, to award an initial $30 million in federal funding, matched by $40 million from the winning consortium, which includes 40 manufacturing firms, nine research universities, five community colleges, and 11 non-profit organizations from the Ohio-Pennsylvania-West Virginia ‘Tech Belt.’ The NAMII aims to increase successful transition of additive manufacturing technology to manufacturing enterprises within USA. It is scheduled to launch in September and is led by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. AMT and The MTConnect Institute are key launch partners in this innovative project.

“AMT will continue to invest significant resources in a secure future for manufacturing in this country,” said Douglas K. Woods, AMT President. “There is still much work to be done, but this type of support from the federal government is precisely the type of project the Manufacturing Mandate recommends. It certainly bodes well for America’s future as the world’s manufacturing innovator.”

To download a copy of The Manufacturing Mandate, visit: www.amtonline.org/mandate

Friday, 09 March 2012 10:00

AMT and AMTDA Announce Merger

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AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA-The American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association today announce the merger of the two associations that will integrate their products and services to better serve the members of both associations. The announcement was made at The MFG Meeting (Manufacturing for Growth) being held in Orlando, Fla., which is a gathering of hundreds of manufacturing leaders.

The new AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology will be headquartered in McLean, Va.  All current employees of AMTDA will be joining the new AMT immediately.

This merger marks the beginning of a more powerful voice for the industry and an unparalleled scope of benefits for AMT’s members. The numerous advantages of this new organization include:

  • Strengthened and expanded products and services;
  • Access to powerful business intelligence systems;
  • Data and information from industry economists and analysts;
  • A focus on the priorities and needs of the industry;
  • Networking and collaboration through expanded membership; and
  • Education and “smartforce” development.

AMTDA Chairman Steve M. Wherry said, “This merger is a logical evolution for the manufacturing technology industry. We are uniting the entire manufacturing technology supply chain from engineering and building machines, to integrating automation and support, to distribution services, which will well serve the users of manufacturing technology for their future.”

Eugene R. Haffely, Jr., Chairman of AMT added, “This move exponentially increases member benefits and services to both organizations. We are now a stronger, more complete organization, representing the entire value chain of the manufacturing technology industry. Most important, this will give our industry a more clarified and unified voice.”

Both Boards of Directors voted unanimously for the merger, and an unprecedented percentage of the combined membership participated in the vote to approve the move.

As a result of the merger between AMT and AMTDA, the organization took on an intensive process to design a new logo, and hence, a rebranding of the newly conjoined group. The logo was inspired by the Al Moore Award, which recognizes extraordinary service to the industry. The design is a mathematical Lissajous curve suggestive of a three-dimensional knot. This pyramid style shape is evocative of a solid base with stability and strength.

“It has always been our goal to find better ways to serve the manufacturing industry,” said Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT. “This process, upon which we embarked two years ago, is a natural partnership that will help both organizations as we seek to advance manufacturing in the United States.”

For more information, visit: www.amtonline.org

Four leading associations will combine resources to host the second edition of The MFG Meeting (Manufacturing for Growth), a gathering of hundreds of manufacturing leaders, March 8-11, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. Collectively representing a cross-section of the industry, AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA), the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) will combine their annual meetings to pursue the common goal of building sustained U.S. economic growth by strengthening the country's manufacturing sector.

Together, the four associations comprise more than 4,000 small- and medium-sized manufacturers from all 50 states that provide products for the aerospace, automotive, construction, energy, medical and many other industries in the United States and abroad. By sharing resources, The MFG Meeting provides an opportunity for more than 700 top manufacturing executives to exchange best practices as the industry seeks to reassert and expand its U.S. economic footprint.

The MFG Meeting includes a slate of top-notch speakers ranging from an inspiring keynote from Super Bowl winning coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, to sessions that cover economics, marketing, innovation and government relations.

"Last year’s inaugural edition of The MFG Meeting was a resounding success with manufacturing executives taking away tools and information to help them run their businesses more effectively,” AMT President Douglas K. Woods said.  “This event is a chance for nearly 1,000 of your manufacturing peers to network and collaborate with each other.  The 2012 MFG Meeting not only brings all of us together in one place, at one time to share common issues and discuss ideas and solutions for overcoming those challenges, but also provides informative speakers and industry roundtables to expand our knowledge base on key manufacturing topics.”

Peter Borden, AMTDA President & CEO added, “AMTDA members are looking forward to the networking between manufacturers, distributors, and customers, as well as hearing from leading speakers on American manufacturing, the economy and politics.  We look forward to celebrating a successful rebound of the manufacturing sector and to making more progress in 2012.”

“The NTMA is excited to be a part of The 2012 MFG Meeting especially after the great success of MFG 2011,” noted Dave Tilstone, NTMA President. To have four of the powerful industry associations collectively come together to support manufacturing and promote its awareness, shows the positive effects of collaborating around a common goal. In 2012, NTMA will focus on ‘Transforming for Competitiveness: Your Company, Your Chapter, Your Industry.’ This event provides the perfect venue and atmosphere to educate people on increasing their corporate competitiveness in our transforming industry.”

William E. Gaskin, PMA President concluded, “PMA and our members look forward to the 2012 MFG Meeting in Orlando, with its emphasis on collaboration among the major industry associations representing metalforming, tooling and machining, machinery building and sales distribution segments of manufacturing. Working together is critical in bringing new energy to the manufacturing sector of our economy. Now is the time to build on the success of the 2011 meeting, continuing to create new relationships in the metalworking supply chain to assure mutual success.”

For more information, visit: www.theMFGmeeting.com

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $463.32 million according to AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 22.4% from September but up 20.3% when compared with the total of $385.21 million reported for October 2010.  With a year-to-date total of $4,529.11 million, 2011 is up 80.5% compared with 2010.

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program.

“Manufacturing technology orders through October have already surpassed the total value accumulated in 2007,” said AMT President Douglas Woods. “The beginning of 2012 will be a little slow as tax incentives pulled some orders back into 2011, which will likely make 2012 growth softer.”

The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report, jointly compiled by the two trade associations representing the production and distribution of 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. manufacturing technology orders are also reported on a regional basis for five geographic breakdowns of the United States.

Northeast Region

At $64.11 million, October manufacturing technology orders in the Northeast Region were down 43.0% when compared with the $112.41 million total for September and down 34.1% when compared with October a year ago. The year-to-date total of $677.09 million is 44.5% more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Southern Region

October manufacturing technology orders in the Southern Region totaled $55.87 million, 28.4% less than September’s $78.04 million but 40.6% more than the October 2010 total. With a year-to-date total of $568.93 million, 2011 is up 60.7% when compared with 2010 at the same time.

Midwest Region

Midwest Region manufacturing technology orders in October stood at $149.95 million, 13.0% less than the September total of $172.26 million but up 30.5% when compared with last October. At $1,523.76 million, the 2011 year-to-date total is 105.4% more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Central Region

Manufacturing technology orders in the Central Region in October totaled $138.74 million, down 16.4% from September’s $165.98 million but up 49.3% when compared with the October 2010 figure. The $1,232.28 million year-to-date total is 85.3% higher than the total for the same period in 2010.

Western Region

Western Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $54.65 million in October, 19.9% less than the $68.25 million total for September but 35.3% higher than the tally for October 2010. At $527.05 million, 2011 year-to-date is up 88.8% when compared with last year at the same time.

For more information, visit: www.amtonline.org

Plans are well underway for the year 2012’s premier manufacturing event, IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which will be held Sept. 10-15, 2012, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The show theme for 2012 is “Be There” and is a call to action for the more than 82,000 industrial decision makers from more than 106 countries who will attend IMTS to get ideas and find answers to their manufacturing problems and challenges, but most importantly, to stay ahead of the competition.

Early results on participating exhibitors and exhibit floor square footage contracted, which are both ahead of the 2010 pace, reflect the strong resurgence of manufacturing.

“We are making an investment in innovative and strategic thinking to make IMTS 2012 the must-attend manufacturing event. From never-before-seen technology to an abundance of educational opportunities, IMTS is the place to be next September,” said Peter Eelman, VP-Exhibitions & Communications at AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces and owns IMTS.

To help guide visitors around the more than 1,000 exhibits and find their areas of interest quickly and easily, IMTS is organized into 10 pavilions:

* The Abrasive Machining/Sawing/Finishing Pavilion features technology for applications that require high tolerance and precision surface finish including grinding technology, as well as sawing and cutoff machines and a variety of finishing technologies, such as lapping, balancing, honing and polishing machines.

* The Controls & CAD-CAM Pavilion offers the world of custom automation and the latest software needed to extract the maximum efficiency from machine tools to optimize plant operations and cost efficiency.

* In the EDM Pavilion, everything from CNC wire EDM equipment to die sinking machines can be found by manufacturing professionals in the tool & die industry and especially those who specialize in one-off or specialty components.

* The Gear Generation Pavilion is devoted to gear cutting, forming and finishing, as well as broaching, shaping and slotting machines and will spotlight traditional applications such as auto, construction, mining and ship-building, plus the emerging alternative energy and wind power sectors.

* New to IMTS 2012 is the IANA - Industrial Automation North America Pavilion.  World-class show organizer Deutsche Messe brings its global industrial event to North America to showcase all areas of industrial automation. Visitors can look forward to industry-specific conferences, plant tours and educational workshops as part of this exciting pavilion.

* Focusing on the myriad of goods needed to run a plant, the Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental Pavilion will offer everything from the parts to service and monitor machines to the components necessary for safe and environmentally responsible operations.

* The Metal Cutting Pavilion is the center of the very foundation of the machine tool industry. Here, visitors will find the latest innovations in metal cutting equipment including machining centers, turning centers and the entire range of metal cutting technology.

* The latest technology in metal forming, fabrication, waterjet and laser-based machining along with displays of welding, metal treating and marking equipment can be observed in the Metal Forming & Fabricating/Laser Pavilion.

* The Quality Assurance Pavilion features metrology equipment and systems that keep processes on track, as well as the equipment that will check the accuracy of machines.

* The Tooling & Workholding Systems Pavilion offers all the necessities and innovative solutions to tooling challenges. Here, visitors can maximize the investment in their machinery and equipment by finding the latest technology that will allow for minimum setup and machining time, give new capabilities to older equipment and explore the latest in state-of-the-art workholding systems.

Other highlights that are in planning for IMTS 2012 are the Emerging Technology Center (ETC), the IMTS 2012 Conference, the Advanced Manufacturing Center, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Student Summit, and the co-located Midwest Clean Tech 2012 Conference.

The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) will bring the biggest ETC feature yet – a Local Motors car, built live right on the show floor, as part of the Collaborative Manufacturing section of the ETC. Local Motors is the first disruptive U.S. automaker to enter the market in decades, and is built on the principle of collaborative manufacturing. The designs for its cars come from an open source design community.

There will be two other big features in the ETC: Additive Technology, and MTConnect®, the open-source communications and interconnectivity standard for manufacturing equipment and devices.

Additive Technology will feature the latest advances in this exciting manufacturing concept. These technologies actually "compress time" in that they dramatically reduce the time between design and production and eliminate certain processes associated with traditional machining, such as tooling.

MTConnect® will return to the ETC in 2012. First introduced at IMTS 2008, this ground-breaking interconnectivity and communications standard is changing the way manufacturing equipment and devices are monitored and their productivity analyzed. The standard has been gaining widespread use throughout the industry because it allows equipment and devices to speak a common language.

The IMTS 2012 Conference, which will be extended to a 5-day program, is slated to include more than 70 sessions that explore five topic tracks including materials engineering, manufacturing technology and trends, alternative manufacturing processes, metrology/quality and plant operations.

The Advanced Manufacturing Center presented by the University of Sheffield's internationally acclaimed Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, North America's premier metalworking technology magazine, Modern Machine Shop and Boeing will display new dimensions and new directions for advanced manufacturing including interactive presentations and multimedia displays exploring trends and technologies being adopted by leading manufacturers. In addition, the TRAM3 12 International Conference, presented by those same sponsors will be held during IMTS and will bring together industrialists and academics to explore material, new manufacturing processes and technologies, assembly and supply-chain management in the aerospace industry.

The popular National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Student Summit returns to IMTS to introduce students and educators to career opportunities in manufacturing through hands-on learning and networking with industry professionals. The Student Summit combines an interactive Career Development Center with a dynamic self-guided tour of the nation's greatest technology and manufacturing exhibition.

The Midwest Clean Tech program will exhibit excellence in clean technology innovation, products and services, and connect innovators with financiers, business management expertise and the international community. This high-powered event is supported by academic research organizations, business firms and government entities throughout the Midwest.

"At one year out, we can say with confidence that IMTS 2012 will feature the innovative and game-changing manufacturing technology, educational opportunities and quality networking with industry experts that people have come to expect," Eelman said. "We're looking forward to another great show."

For more information, visit: www.imts.com or www.youtube.com/imtsvideos

August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $460.61 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 9.4% from July but up 88.5% when compared with the total of $244.35 million reported for August 2010. With a year-to-date total of $3,439.21 million, 2011 is up 101.0% compared with 2010.

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program.

“Despite news reports that wider economic growth may be stagnating, the manufacturing technology industry is sustaining its momentum,” said Douglas Woods, AMT President. “With orders still up substantially over last year, there is clearly optimism within the industry as firms are seeing future growth opportunities that merit new capital investment.”

The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report, jointly compiled by the two trade associations representing the production and distribution of 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. manufacturing technology orders are also reported on a regional basis for five geographic breakdowns of the United States.

Northeast Region

Northeast Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $64.32 million in August, 9.5% more than the $58.72 million total for July and 64.4% higher than the total for August 2010. At $500.03 million, 2011 year-to-date is up 64.0% when compared with last year at the same time.

Southern Region

At $58.18 million, August manufacturing technology orders in the Southern Region were down 23.0% when compared with the $75.55 million total for July but up 90.1% when compared with August a year ago. The year-to-date total of $440.45 million is 81.1% more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Midwest Region

August manufacturing technology orders in the Midwest Region totaled $144.68 million, 9.3% less than July’s $159.53 million but up 77.4% when compared with the August 2010 figure. With a year-to-date total of $1,162.38 million, 2011 is up 128.9% when compared with 2010 at the same time.

Central Region

Central Region manufacturing technology orders in August stood at $140.07 million, 30.5% more than the July total of $107.34 million and 115.5% higher when compared with last August.  At $928.03 million, the 2011 year-to-date total is 105.6% more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Western Region

Manufacturing technology orders in the Western Region in August totaled $53.35 million, down 50.2% from July’s $107.13 million but up 90.1% when compared with the August 2010 figure. The $408.31 million year-to-date tally is 100.6% higher than the total for the same period in 2010.

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The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) at IMTS has always featured the latest in eye-catching, jaw-dropping, and thought-provoking technology. IMTS 2012, taking place Sept. 10-15, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., will bring the biggest ETC feature yet – a Local Motors car, built live right on the show floor, as part of the Collaborative Manufacturing section of the ETC.

Local Motors is the first disruptive U.S. automaker to enter the market in decades, and is built on the principle of collaborative manufacturing. The designs for its cars come from an open source design community, and the company plans to build its distribution through micro factory retailing: A national network of local units that handle manufacturing, sales, and service. They will build a Rally Fighter model at IMTS, to be decked out with a customized IMTS skin.

"Bringing a live manufacturing experience to the show floor is an exciting and dynamic event for IMTS 2012," said Peter Eelman, VP-Exhibitions & Communications at AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces IMTS. "We feel Local Motors embodies the collaborative and innovative spirit that is crucial to furthering the manufacturing industry."

There will be two other big features in the ETC: Additive Technology, and MTConnect®, the open-source communications and interconnectivity standard for manufacturing equipment and devices.

Additive Technology will feature the latest advances in this exciting manufacturing concept. These technologies actually "compress time" in that they dramatically reduce the time between design and production and eliminate certain processes associated with traditional machining, such as tooling. Additive manufacturing truly makes things possible in manufacturing that were not possible before. In addition, 3-D printing, a type of additive manufacturing, allows for "desktop manufacturing," bringing production to places it previously couldn't be done, such as homes and classrooms.

Finally, MTConnect® will return to the ETC in 2012. First introduced at IMTS 2008, this ground-breaking interconnectivity and communications standard is changing the way manufacturing equipment and devices are monitored and their productivity analyzed. The standard has been gaining more widespread use throughout the industry and has been called the "Rosetta Stone" of manufacturing because it allows equipment and devices to speak a common language.

"At one year out, we can say with confidence that IMTS 2012 will feature the innovative and game-changing manufacturing technology that people have come to expect," Eelman said. "We're looking forward to another great show."

The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.  IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world.  Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 82,000 visitors from every level of industry and over 119 countries.  IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

Founded in 1902 as the National Machine Tool Builders' Association, AMT supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry. The association provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with the latest information on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, and economic issues. It also gathers and disseminates information about world markets, promotes its members' products in those markets, and acts as a representative on manufacturing technology matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world.

For more information, visit: www.imts.com / www.amtonline.org / www.local-motors.com

AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology today announced their intention to acquire all assets of the media properties Time Compression and Process Cleaning from Gardner Publications. These acquisitions support AMT’s strategic mission to grow its membership to include manufacturers of new and developing technologies such as additive manufacturing. AMT is developing a complete suite of services for this community, which will include existing products such as the IMTS show, business intelligence tools, technical meetings, and conferences and activity in overseas markets.

Assets to be purchased from Gardner Publications include the lists, websites and e-mail newsletters of Time Compression and Process Cleaning magazines.

"Additive manufacturing is one of the most exciting technologies being developed today and process cleaning is a complementary technology that fits well with our current membership. These acquisitions will help AMT bring these manufacturers into our association, which will provide them with many benefits and give access to these technologies for our current members," says AMT President Douglas Woods.

According to Gardner President Richard Kline, “We are pleased that the work we have done to develop the reach of these properties will provide continuing value to AMT.”

Details of the agreement were not disclosed. The sale is expected to be finalized by the end of October.

Founded in 1902 as the National Machine Tool Builders' Association, AMT supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry. The association provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with the latest information on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, and economic issues. It also gathers and disseminates information about world markets, promotes its members' products in those markets, and acts as a representative on manufacturing technology matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world. AMT organizes and sponsors IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show. This exhibition, held every even numbered year in Chicago, is the largest industrial show in the Americas.

Founded in 1928 with Modern Machine Shop Magazine, Gardner Publications is North America’s leading publisher of integrated media for durable goods manufacturing, with titles serving metalworking, plastics processing, mold making, finishing and automotive product development and manufacturing.

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July U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $506.97 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 7.3% from June and up 92.7% when compared with the total of $263.14 million reported for July 2010. With a year-to-date total of $2,975.10 million, 2011 is up 102.9% compared with 2010.

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program.

“The manufacturing beat goes on! Machine tool sales continue to exceed forecasts for 2011,” said Peter Borden, AMTDA President. “The stock market’s volatility and the traditional summer slowdowns as budgets are depleted were no match for the ongoing demand to get new machines into production as soon as possible. This pace will slow; but for USMTO 2011 so far, there are no signs of what we hear on the nightly news.”

The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report, jointly compiled by the two trade associations representing the production and distribution of 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. manufacturing technology orders are also reported on a regional basis for five geographic breakdowns of the United States.

Northeast Region

At $58.38 million, July manufacturing technology orders in the Northeast Region were down 17.9% when compared with the $71.08 million total for June but up 11.3% when compared with July a year ago. The year-to-date total of $434.97 million is 63.6% more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Southern Region

July manufacturing technology orders in the Southern Region totaled $75.03 million, 13.4% more than June’s $66.19 million and 191.3% more than the July 2010 total. With a year-to-date total of $381.76 million, 2011 is up 79.6% when compared with 2010 at the same time.

Midwest Region

Midwest Region manufacturing technology orders in July stood at $159.26 million, 1.0% more than the June total of $157.62 million and up 70.2% when compared with last July. At $1,016.66 million, the 2011 year-to-date total is 138.5% more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Central Region

Manufacturing technology orders in the Central Region in July totaled $106.98 million, down 15.2% from June’s $126.14 million but up 75.7% when compared with the July 2010 figure. The $786.57 million year-to-date total is 103.6% higher than the total for the same period in 2010.

Western Region

Western Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $107.31 million in July, 108.2% more than the $51.55 million total for June and 252.6% higher than the tally for July 2010. At $355.14 million, 2011 year-to-date is up 102.3% when compared with last year at the same time.


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The Association For Manufacturing Technology and IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show have sponsored Modern Machine Shop’s inaugural Top Shops benchmarking survey, which includes 10 firms being named 2011 Top Shops award winners. The results are appearing in the August 2011 issue of Modern Machine Shop.

“We are very excited to sponsor this program that honors some of the country’s top machining firms. Beyond just recognizing these companies, however, we hope that it’s a useful tool for other companies to find ways that they too can improve their sales, productivity, and profitability,” said Peter Eelman, VP-Exhibitions & Communications at AMT, show organizers for IMTS. “These survey results offer an unparalleled look at what others in the industry are doing, and how you as a business measure up by comparison.”  AMT and IMTS have a long history of supporting publishing partner programs of this type.

Top Shops is a comprehensive benchmarking program for machine shops of all types and sizes. Using data from surveys completed by 183 machining businesses of varying sizes, Top Shops identifies optimal shop floor practices, as well as operational and business metrics that define world-class competitiveness in discrete parts manufacturing. Companies ranging from small job shops to large captive operations can see how they compare against the country’s leading machining businesses, which enables them to make sound decisions to emulate those identified as top-performing operations. Not only does the benchmarking data serve as a baseline “report card,” but it eliminates the need for shop executives to rely on gut feelings as a method of identifying and prioritizing improvement efforts.

The Top Shops benchmarking initiative included an Honors Program to highlight the shops that comprise the top 20-percent benchmarking group. These shops represent a quality cross section of U.S. machining businesses relative to location, size and industries served. The 10 award winners each shared what they feel is the “one big thing” that most contributed to their success. Answers were diverse and included: lights-out machining, high-speed machining, lean manufacturing, CAD/CAM software utilization, customer focus and willingness to invest in capital equipment.

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $459.39 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 15.3% from May and up 91.7% when compared with the total of $239.68 million reported for June 2010. With a year-to-date total of $2,453.78 million, 2011 is up 103.9% compared with 2010.

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program.

"At this pace, the industry would post orders equal to all of 2010 by the end of August," said Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT. "Still, industry leaders view the rest of 2011 with cautious optimism given the weakness in parts of the economy illustrated by the Dow’s plunge at the beginning of August. We expect a bump in orders related to customers taking advantage of the current Bonus Depreciation rate before it is reduced in 2012."

The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report, jointly compiled by the two trade associations representing the production and distribution of 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. manufacturing technology orders are also reported on a regional basis for five geographic breakdowns of the United States.

Northeast Region
At $61.82 million, June manufacturing technology orders in the Northeast Region were down 2.9% when compared with the $63.68 million total for May but up 18.3% when compared with June a year ago. The year-to-date total of $367.33 million is 72.1% more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Southern Region
June manufacturing technology orders in the Southern Region totaled $65.77 million, 18.5% more than May’s $55.49 million and 94.2% more than the June 2010 total. With a year-to-date total of $306.30 million, 2011 is up 64.0% when compared with 2010 at the same time.

Midwest Region
Midwest Region manufacturing technology orders in June stood at $155.39 million, 5.5% more than the May total of $147.24 million and up 114.0% when compared with last June. At $855.13 million, the 2011 year-to-date total is 157.1% more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Central Region
Manufacturing technology orders in the Central Region in June totaled $124.86 million, up 30.8% from May’s $95.48 million and up 126.7% when compared with the June 2010 figure. The $677.66 million year-to-date total is 108.2% higher than the total for the same period in 2010.

Western Region
Western Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $51.55 million in June, 40.7% more than the $36.64 million total for May and 99.2% higher than the tally for June 2010. At $247.35 million, 2011 year-to-date is up 70.5% when compared with last year at the same time.

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May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $388.27 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 2.6% from April but up 121.3% when compared with the total of $175.46 million reported for May 2010. With a year-to-date total of $1,984.87 million, 2011 is up 108.0% compared with 2010.

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTO program.

"The May order numbers confirm our members’ reports of continued strong project levels by manufacturing companies to improve productivity in their factories," said Peter Borden, AMTDA President. "The 2,000 unit-per-month level signifies a very healthy demand still in place as we head toward the close of the second quarter."

The United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report, jointly compiled by the two trade associations representing the production and distribution of 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. manufacturing technology orders are also reported on a regional basis for five geographic breakdowns of the United States.

Northeast Region

At $64.30 million, May manufacturing technology orders in the Northeast Region were up 8.4% when compared with the $59.33 million total for April and up 88.4% when compared with May a year ago. The year-to-date total of $305.87 million is 92.4% more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Southern Region

May manufacturing technology orders in the Southern Region totaled $54.15 million, 5.1% more than April’s $51.52 million and 86.4% more than the May 2010 total. With a year-to-date total of $239.30 million, 2011 is up 56.9% when compared with 2010 at the same time.

Midwest Region

Midwest Region manufacturing technology orders in May stood at $137.62 million, 10.9% more than the April total of $124.14 million and up 232.6% when compared with last May. At $691.81 million, the 2011 year-to-date total is 168.5% more than the comparable figure for 2010.

Central Region

Manufacturing technology orders in the Central Region in May totaled $95.18 million, down 21.6% from April’s $121.36 million but up 83.8% when compared with the May 2010 figure. The $551.71 million year-to-date total is 106.6% higher than the total for the same period in 2010.

Western Region

Western Region manufacturing technology orders totaled $37.02 million in May, 12.1% less than the $42.11 million total for April but 93.9% higher than the tally for May 2010. At $196.18 million, 2011 year-to-date is up 66.3% when compared with last year at the same time.


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AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology announces the return of its USA Pavilion at FEIMAFE 2011. This pavilion will feature the best of American innovation, and the latest technology developments in demand from a number of industrial sectors. FEIMAFE 2011 takes place May 23-28 at Anhembi Park Exhibition Hall in São Paulo, Brazil.

Featuring 19 U.S. exhibitors, the pavilion will feature the kind of technology that will increase productivity and lower cost for a range of manufacturing operations. The technology featured includes grinding, waterjet cutting, tooling, turning & milling, forming, and more.

The innovations brought to these technologies can give many manufacturing firms a competitive edge, whether they specialize in automotive, aerospace, medical, white goods, or other important industry segments. You will find the kind of niche technologies that you won’t see anywhere else, as well as the best processes and solutions for competing in a global economy.

“With the immense growth of Brazil’s industrial economy in recent years, AMT is thrilled to bring the best of U.S. manufacturing technology to this event,” said Mario Winterstein, Business Development Director at AMT. “Not only will buyers find the best in technology to improve their productivity, but American exhibitors will also build relationships with new customers that will grow for years to come.”

The AMT/USA Pavilion is also featuring the Emerging Technology Center, a special section devoted to game-changing technologies related to the industry. These include cloud computing, the MTConnect communications standard, micro manufacturing and nanotechnology, and additive manufacturing.

AMT also produces the biennial International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), the next of which takes place September 10-15, 2012.

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Shipments of industrial laser equipment and systems in 2010 are reported at $356.2 million, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Unit sales jumped 44.9 percent for a total of 1,210 units. CO2 lasers accounted for 88.5 percent of the value of shipments, which is virtually unchanged since 2009. Unit sales of CO2 lasers made up 70.2 percent of shipments. The report compiled from 19 manufacturers and distributors also shows the number of lasers configured as full systems accounted for the same share of shipments as in 2008 after a spike in 2009. The value of orders configured as full systems was $309.2 million.

Year-end figures for 2010 are based on actual data reported by companies voluntarily participating in the Laser Market Data Survey. Growth is based on revised 2009 data reflecting any changes that survey participants made during the course of 2010. “The 37 percent pick up in 2010 is a modest rebound in the face of the nearly 50 percent decline in sales during 2009,” stated Patrick McGibbon, Vice President-Strategic Information & Research and Membership. “Prospects look bright for the remainder of 2011 as new technologies are brought to market and fiber lasers continue to expand.”

The web-based benchmarking survey tracks and reports actual order data from North American manufacturers and suppliers of industrial lasers including:

-complete industrial laser machines (workstations and laser source).
-beam delivery only (workstations).
-source only.

Data is collected at a transaction level which enables multi-dimensional reporting across destination, application, configuration, and end user industry which enables participants to analyze the market by different criteria. Participation is free, but detailed data is available only to companies that actively contribute data. Any North American company building or supplying industrial laser equipment may participate in AMT’s Laser Market Data Survey.

Companies that meet the eligibility requirements and would like to participate in AMT’s statistical program should register at www.AMTlasersurvey.com or contact Russ Waddell, Industry Economist, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 703-827-5258.

Founded in 1902 as the National Machine Tool Builders’ Association, AMT supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry.  The association provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with the latest information on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, and economic issues.  It also gathers and disseminates information about world markets, promotes its members’ products in those markets, and acts as a representative on manufacturing technology matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world.

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IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which spanned 1,137,375 net square feet at Chicago’s McCormick Place in September 2010, has been named the No. 2 trade show in the United States. Total registration for the six-day event was 82,411 with 1,728 companies exhibiting in 1,180 booths.

Tarsus Advon, a division of U.K.-based Tarsus Group, released the 2010 TSNN 250 U.S. Trade Shows list of rankings. Culled from show management and data supplied to the Trade Show News Network, the list represents the top 250 trade shows held last year ranked by net square footage in the United States. The full list can be found at www.TSNN.com/datasite.

The Consumer Electronics Association’s International CES, took the No. 1 position on the TSNN list with a 1,442,000 net square foot show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center. No. 3, also held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, was the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s biennial Pack Expo International/Process Expo/CPP Expo, with 1,054,505 net square feet.

“We were ecstatic that IMTS 2010 met and, in many cases, exceeded our exhibitors’ and visitors’ expectations,” stated IMTS Vice President – Exhibitions and Communications Peter Eelman. “Our ranking among the elite trade shows in our country further validates the impact and importance of IMTS and manufacturing technology in the broader picture. This show had a remarkable display of new and emerging technologies that are serving as the catalyst for the revitalization of manufacturing.”

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology sponsors the biennial International Manufacturing Technology Show.

IMTS 2012 will run Sept. 10-15. “We are putting an enormous amount of strategic thinking, talent and energy into making IMTS 2012 a major success,” said Eelman. “As we look forward, we will move ahead with innovation and technology advances that will keep manufacturing technology growing and vibrant for generations to come.”

More details, photos and videos are available at www.IMTS.com

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