Latest Machine Tool Orders Show Manufacturing Still Expanding


New orders for machine tools totaled $319.7 million, prompting AMT to observe, the “July rate of increase is a notable acceleration in growth relative to the 10% increase in June orders posted over the previous year.”   New orders for machine tools totaled $319.7 million during July according to the Assn. for Manufacturing Technology, proof […]


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5 Ways to Extend CNC Spindle Life


Early attention to performance issues and insisting on painstaking rebuild/remanufacturing procedures can help machine tool operators keep their spindles on the job.  This article has been contributed by Superior Spindle Service, LLC For most manufacturers, the productivity of their CNC equipment can be measured in fractions of seconds, including not only the cutting or grinding […]


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Midyear Data Shows US Machine Tool Orders Accelerating


Domestic manufacturers ordered $373.19 million worth of new metal-cutting machine tools during during June, 7.0% higher than the May total and 12% higher than the June 2016 total. Through the first six months of 2017, total U.S. machine tool orders stand at $2.04 billion, which is 7.1% higher than the January-June 2016 new-order volume. New […]


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U.S. Manufacturers’ Confidence at 20-Year High


Manufacturing Business Outlook by Quarter, 2015–2017 — The NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey found 93.3% of manufacturers are somewhat or very positive about their own company’s outlook, up from 56.6% at Q1 2016 and 77.8 percent in Q4 2016. The National Assn. of Manufacturers reported that the results of its quarterly NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook survey show […]


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Analytical modeling of aircraft wing loads


When modeling engineering systems, it can be difficult to identify the key parameters driving system behavior because they are often deep within the model. Analytical models can help because they describe systems using mathematical equations, showing exactly how different parameters affect system behavior. Analytical models can review the loads and bending moments on the wing […]


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CNC Training Program? Here is What It Should Look Like


With intensifying competition and ever increasing requirements for quality, productivity and flexibility, demand for well-qualified employees continues to grow. This is where a training plan comes in. A well-thought out modular CNC training program can prepare employees for the specific production requirements with opportunity for targeted training. In the US, manufacturing sectors and technology industries […]


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5 Future Jobs that Could Solve the Manufacturing Skills Gap


  Smart factories are a key aspect of the fourth industrial revolution, but a factory can’t evolve into a smart factory unless its workers evolve, too. The skills gap has a lot of manufacturers wondering about what the future holds. Should employers offer more pay to entice existing talent? How can we encourage students to pursue STEM and skilled education? As if […]


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Machine Tool Recovery Continued in June


The recovery in machine tool orders continued in June with both a monthly gain and an increase from year-earlier orders, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said. June orders totaled $373.19 million, a 6.5% increase from an adjusted $350.29 million for May, McLean, VA-based AMT said in a monthly report. The June figure was also up […]


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