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Trump Signs Executive Order on Apprenticeships
 
Advanced Manufacturing Now
June 21, 2017
 
Auto Industry Has Seen Nothing Like This
Auto Industry Has Seen Nothing Like This
The US auto industry "is operating in unprecedented times," write Yen Chen and Kristin Dziczek of the Center for Automotive Research in the lead article of this year's AMM Motorized Vehicle Manufacturing Yearbook. Factors facing the industry include "increasingly challenging standards" from regulators to cut emissons and improve fuel economy and the prospect of a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement. Chen and Dziczek caution there are "reasons to be pessimistic about auto jobs returning to the US in large numbers." 
Capturing more Contracts in the Space Industry by Leveraging the Digital Thread
Capturing more Contracts in the Space Industry by Leveraging the Digital Thread
The Digital Thread is no longer a ‘pie-in-the-sky’ idea. In this presentation, iBASEt’s Michel Gadbois, goes beyond a textbook approach to how enterprises can enable a Digital Thread by providing a real-world example of how NASA saved millions during their Space Shuttle Atlantis’ Mission, by harnessing data derived from the Digital Thread and saving their launch window. Click here to learn more.
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Machine Tool Industry on Cusp of Recovery
Machine Tool Industry on Cusp of Recovery
Machine tool orders rose in April from a year earlier, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said in a monthly report. That was the second straight month for a rise compared with a year earlier. If May's results extend that streak, "Our long two-year downturn has come to a complete end,” said AMT's Pat McGibbon. Senior Editor Bill Koenig takes a closer look at the numbers.
2017 State of Project Management in Manufacturing
2017 State of Project Management in Manufacturing
We wanted to know...
  1. How do manufacturers practice project management across their organizations?
  2. Do they find it valuable?
  3. And how do they envision project management playing a role in their business strategy in 2017?
Download our free research on the 2017 state of project management in the manufacturing industry. Click here.
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Trump Signs Order Revamping Apprenticeships
Trump Signs Order Revamping Apprenticeships
President Donald Trump signed an executive order enabling businesses, trade groups and labor unions to develop government-funded apprenticeship programs. The order also increases spending on such programs. “We will be removing federal restrictions that have prevented many different industries from creating apprenticeship programs,” the president said.
Achieve Unparalleled Production with Additive and Traditional
Achieve Unparalleled Production with Additive and Traditional
3D printing in conjunction with machining, casting and molding can help you achieve unparalleled production.

Watch this on-demand presentation to learn how additive technologies improve efficiency with urethane casting, CNC machining can be used to bring additive parts into spec, create quick molding tools and more! Watch it Now.
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How GE's Jack Welch Went From Legend to Discredited
How GE's Jack Welch Went From Legend to Discredited
In the 1980s and '90s, Jack Welch was a celebrity CEO. But the rocky times experienced by his successor, the departing Jeff Immelt, demonstrate how Welch 's GE legacy "has been thoroughly discredited," writes James B. Stewart of The New York Times.
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Rockwell Counts How Digital Journey Has Paid Off
Rockwell Counts How Digital Journey Has Paid Off
Tom O’Reilly, vice president of global business development at Rockwell Automation, speaks with Smart Manufacturing magazine Editor in Chief Brett Brune about how the company embraced digital manufacturing.
Are You Leveraging Data Driven Manufacturing?
Are You Leveraging Data Driven Manufacturing?
Data-Driven Manufacturing is fast becoming the foundation on which continuous improvement programs are based due to the real-time objective data that is collected and disseminated to the operational management team tasked with the responsibility of attaining sustainable manufacturing excellence. Learn More
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COMMENT: Border Adjustment Tax Threatens US Manufacturing
COMMENT: Border Adjustment Tax Threatens US Manufacturing
A border adjustment tax "is likely to harm American manufacturing – the very industry supporters claim it will help," write Alan Nguyen and Mary Kate Hopkins in a commentary at Manufacturing.net. "All manufacturing sectors stand to lose from this tax, but high-end manufacturing jobs would be hit hardest," they write.
Transformative IT: The Internet of Things in Manufacturing
Transformative IT: The Internet of Things in Manufacturing
Are you ready for machines to talk with each other in your manufacturing operation? Download this guide to learn what the IoT really is, how to determine its value for your company, and how to put the IoT to work for you. Learn More.
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Advanced Technology Guarantees VMC Performance
Advanced Technology Guarantees VMC Performance
"It doesn’t seem as if you can ever count the vertical machining center (VMC) out when it comes to being the favorite workhorse of any shop," Senior Editor Jim Lorincz writes in the cover story of the June issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine. "The iconic three-axis machine has morphed into the versatile platform for high-speed, high-precision five-axis machines capable of machining the most complex molds and dies, as well as the highest precision parts for the aerospace, energy, and medical device industries," Lorincz writes.
Enabling the Factory of the Future with IT/OT Convergence
Enabling the Factory of the Future with IT/OT Convergence
Are you taking advantage of the Internet of Things to optimize your productivity, reduce downtime, and improve quality in your facility? In this webinar, we will share best practices and lessons learned from leading companies who have blazed the convergence trail and achieved outstanding results throughout their Industrial IoT or Industrie 4.0 journey. Learn more.
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Wind, Solar Account for More Than 10% of March Power Production
Wind, Solar Account for More Than 10% of March Power Production
Power from wind farms and solar panels accounted for more than 10% of US electricity in March, Chron.com reported, citing a US Department of Energy report. Wind and solar "will probably" surpass 10% of April's total before falling this summer, Chron.com said. 
Powerful Opportunity for U.S. Small Business Exporters
Powerful Opportunity for U.S. Small Business Exporters
Business owners with an eye on the international marketplace should not be deterred. There are powerful resources to empower exporters to overcome obstacles to global growth. One such resource — the network of U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs) — should be on every exporter’s radar.

Download this special report which explains what the USEAC is and how it can help your business. Learn More.
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Apple Lifts the Veil on Its Autonomous Car Plans
Apple Lifts the Veil on Its Autonomous Car Plans
Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a Bloomberg Television interview, went public about the tech company's autonomous car efforts after "years toiling away in secret." The CEO told Bloomberg, "We’re focusing on autonomous systems...It’s a core technology that we view as very important.” Cook told the channel that the effort is “the mother of all AI projects,” which is “probably one of the most difficult AI projects to work on.”
Digital Manufacturing Technologies bringing Manufacturing back to North America
Digital Manufacturing Technologies bringing Manufacturing back to North America
Machines Italia, a project by the Italian Trade Agency conducted in partnership with Italy’s FEDERMACCHINE, the National Federation of Association of Manufacturers of Capital Goods, serves as your NAFTA direct link to over 10,000 Italian manufacturing solutions providers from every capital good industry. Explore this edition of Machines Italia and see for yourself how digital manufacturing technologies from Italian solution providers are helping to fuel a new era in manufacturing. Click here to view.
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