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Current Technologies transforming the Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing was the leading job trend during the Industrial Revolution. Nearly 2/3 of the labor force was employed in factories, with workers described as strictly “blue collar.” This was the common perception; manufacturing being a strictly blue collar industry, with workers grinding with their bare hands to get a job done. Now, times are changing and recent developments in technologies promise innovation and excitement. The implementation of advanced technologies has brought change to an industry that defined us a hundred years ago. The new trends in the industry bring increased speed, customization, precision and efficiency to ensure goods are...

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American Fastener Journal, September/October 2017 Featured Articles: Prestige Stamping Celebrates 50 years How to Hand Down the Family Business From One Generation to Another Volt 25th Anniversary International Fastener Expo & More! About American Fastener Journal The American Fastener Journal is a respected and recognized provider of fastener and business information. Advertising in the AFJ will increase awareness of your company within the fastener industry. For more than 30 years, the American Fastener Journal has provided the reach, frequency and depth of readership that is vitally important to companies as they decide how to invest their advertising...

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FASTENER TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

Fastener Technology International, October/November 2017 Featured Articles: International Fastener Expo Spotlight on packaging Testing Labs & Regulations Fastener Focus & More! About Fastener Technology International Fastener Technology International is a bimonthly international technical magazine for manufacturers, distributors and users of all types of fasteners. Fastener Technology International puts you in touch with the key decision makers…worldwide. Every issue includes a magazine-in-a-magazine section called Fastener Focus for fastener distributors, OEMs and users....

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Fastener Industry Veterans Issued US Patent for eCommerce Technology

PRESS RELEASE:  October 16th, 2017   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                    CONTACT: Cris A. Young | EVP | PH: 1-800-FASTENERS | EM: cris@HudsonFasteners.com Fastener Industry Veterans Issued US Patent for eCommerce Technology Youngstown, OH.—Product Genius Technology Founders and Fastener Industry veterans, Lisa J. Kleinhandler, CEO  and...

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10 Must Do’s At The International Fastener Expo 2017 In Las Vegas

Are you ready to participate in the largest fastener industry event in No. America! The International Fastener Expos brings together… 850 + Distributors, Manufacturers, and Suppliers of Fasteners, Specialty Tooling and Machinery — All in One Place. All within three days. 2,500+ attendees from 30+ countries visit the International Fastener Expo each year in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA to network and find new products and suppliers. 77% of attendees agree that the International Fastener Expo is a “must attend” event. Why? Because the International Fastener Expo is the most comprehensive B2B trade show that draws together large and small...

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FASTENER + FIXING, SEPTEMBER 2017

EDITORIAL Will LowryEditore: will.lowry@fastenerandfixing.comt: +44 (0) 1727 814 509 A Word from the editor15 September 2017 BACK TO FASTENERS The summer holidays are over, the beach is long forgotten, and once again it is back to work… and we have the perfect issue to help fully immerse you back into all things fasteners. Before the holiday period I spent a week in Italy visiting several manufacturers and learning more about developments in the Italian market. Based on this trip, we have exclusive articles from Colombo Special Fasteners and its continued steady growth after the acquisition of Tecno Fasteners; INOXDADI...

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Distributor’s Link, Fall 2017 Featured Articles

 Featured Articles: Acument  Fastener Acquisitions International Fastener Expo  Hall of Fame & Young Fastener Professional Awards Fastener Industry Association Updates and Events And Much More! About Link Magazine Distributor’s Link Magazine is an award winning publication for the Fastener Industry. Servicing the Fastener Distributor market since 1976, we LINK together the industry with its affiliated organizations, reaching the fastener distributor nationwide. With our print edition, digital magazine, new LINK Magazine App and social media presence, we are reaching the global market! LINK Magazine is published quarterly and is the largest, most popular magazine in the business. Our readers consider...

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Fastener Company Acquisitions Completed During the First Half of 2017

About the Author: RICHARD P. HAGAN Richard P. Hagan is the president of Pinnacle Capital Corporation, a boutique investment banking firm which specializes in providing merger & acquisition advisory services to the global fastener industry.  Since its founding in 1993, Pinnacle has provided expert guidance and assistance to a broad range of fastener company clients – large and small, manufacturers and distributors, publicly-traded and privately-owned – in numerous countries around the world.  The majority of the projects undertaken by Pinnacle are sale / divestiture assign-ments. The firm also provides expert advice and assistance with acquisitions, strategic investments, joint venture...

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Manufacturing Day Youngstown Grows Again!

Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day is modern manufacturing’s biggest stage.  Manufacturing Day occurs on the first Friday in October — this year it occurred on Oct 6, 2017.  Each year more than 3,000 schools and manufacturers will open their doors and unveil the opportunities that lie beyond them to more than 600,000 parents, students, educators and other interested individuals to showcase modern manufacturing.  Since 2013 Hudson Fasteners, a Youngstown Incubator Portfolio company has organized and promoted the Manufacturing Day event in Youngstown, OH. Hudson Fasteners (1 Industrial...

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A Love Affair with Flying

GE Engineer Credits Grandfather for Introducing Him to Aircraft, Flying At the young age of two, Joshua Mook fell in love with aircraft — his grandfather, a pilot, introduced him to flying by taking him on a ride in the family plane. Little did Mook know his passion for aircraft and flying would put him on the path to become an engineering leader at GE Additive — the division of GE dedicated to additive manufacturing, which is a way of printing parts layer by layer as one piece that’s expected to revolutionize manufacturing. (For more on Josh’s story and...

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How to Identify a Stand‑Out B2B E‑commerce Player

Effective use of web analytics to measure marketing campaigns, and offering customers an easy-to-use website, are two common traits of successful online B2B companies, Forrester Research says.   There are many digital commerce tactics, and a few that are particularly common among successful companies, Forrester Research Inc. says in a report issued last week. One trait of the most forward-thinking e-commerce practitioners is applying web analytics data to measure the success of marketing campaigns, says the report, which features a “digital maturity model” to evaluate a company’s B2B digital progress. Another common trait of successful companies is having a...

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MiTek® Launches Its New ProSeries™ Fasteners, Offering Exterior-Grade & Interior-Grade Structural Wood Screws

MiTek ProSeries™ Offers High-Grade, Code-Compliant, Structural Fasteners for Professional Builders, Remodelers, Deck Builders, DIYers, and Pro-sumers   October 03, 2017 02:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time   CHESTERFIELD, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– MiTek today announced that it has launched a new line of fasteners, called MiTek ProSeries™. MiTek ProSeries™ includes MiTek Washer Head structural wood screws, MiTek Bugle Head structural wood screws, and MiTek Hex Head structural wood screws. MiTek® Launches Its New ProSeries™ Fasteners, Offering Exterior-Grade & Interior-Grade Structural Wood Screws Tweet this Ideal for wood-to-wood and metal-to wood connections, MiTek Hex Head structural wood screws are available in lengths from 1-1/2” to 8”. These...

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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims October 6, 2017, as National Manufacturing Day

The White House Office of the Press Secretary   For Immediate Release   October 06, 2017   National Manufacturing Day, 2017 – – – – – – – By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation America’s manufacturers have laid the foundation for our Nation’s vibrant economy and have secured our reputation as an economic superpower. Our manufacturing products consistently set the global standard for design and quality. American manufacturing has been enduringly successful because it is the potent combination of the two great pillars of the American economy: the American entrepreneur and the American worker....

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Arconic Wins Multimillion Dollar Titanium Supply Contract with Aerospace Manufacturer Ducommun

Multi-year agreement expands Arconic’s position with Ducommun as a supplier of titanium sheet and plate for leading defense and commercial aircraft platforms October 9, 2017 MIAMI and NILES, OH, October 9, 2017 – Arconic has signed a multi-year titanium sheet and plate contract with Ducommun, an aerospace and defense manufacturer. Under the agreement, Arconic’s Titanium and Engineered Products business unit will supply titanium to Ducommun, which uses its proprietary hot forming and super-plastic forming processes to produce aircraft structures for military and commercial aircraft platforms. The deal, announced at the 33rd Annual TITANIUM USA conference in Miami, significantly increases the...

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Top Digital Supply Chain Cities in the U.S.

A look at the supply chain readiness of several major U.S. cities, and their adoption of smart-city technologies. Deloitte Consulting and the Metro Atlanta Chamber have teamed up to analyze how seven large metropolitan areas of the United States are transforming their traditional supply chain base into digital supply chains. Given that the study was funded by an Atlanta-based group, the results are hardly authoritative (for instance, a number of major cities, such as Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, are not included in the study), but they do offer an interesting view on the supply chain capabilities...

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Swissturn/USA Plans For Bright Future After Acquisition

Interview with Ken Mandile, President of Swissturn/USA BY ZACHARY COMEAU Oxford manufacturer Swissturn/USA in September acquired the miniature fastener line of J.I. Morris Co. In an interview with the Worcester Business Journal, Swissturn/USA President Kenneth Mandile answered questions about his company’s plans for the line after the acquisition and the future of the company. What does the company make? Swissturn manufactures high-precision turned metal and plastic components for a variety of industries. Our largest industry sector is medical devices. Many of the parts Swissturn manufactures are very small, so the miniature fasteners that J.I. Morris manufactured are within our...

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Swissturn/USA Purchases J.I. Morris Fastener Line

Release Date: October 2nd, 2017   We are pleased to announce that Swissturn/USA has purchased the fastener line of miniature number and UNM screws, self-tapping screws, hex nuts, flat washers, and turned parts from J.I. Morris Company. The J.I. Morris Company brand is recognized as the premier manufacturer of miniature fasteners. We welcome J.I. Morris customers to Swissturn! Swissturn/USA is a world-class precision Swiss screw machine products manufacturer. Production of miniature screws and nuts will shift immediately to Swissturn’s Oxford, Massachusetts facility. Swissturn frequently uses its modern CNC Swiss screw machines for production of miniature parts, so assuming production of the J.I. Morris...

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Fastener Symposium: Learn about the Latest Advances in Lightweight High Torque Fastening Solutions

Fastener Symposium RELEASE DATE 10/13/2017 Save the Date! Friday, October 13 is your chance to learn about the latest advances in lightweight high torque fas-tening solutions. The Phillips Screw Company is hosting a fastener symposium at: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Drive, Troy, MI Agenda: 8:30—9:00: Continental Breakfast 9:00—9:30: Introductions and Agenda Review 9:30– 10:30: Lightweight Fastener Design and Why Contact Area Matters 10:30-10:45: Break 10:45– 11:30: How to Achieve Stable Stick Fit for Hand and Automated Assembly 11:30—12:15: Options for Multi-tool Compatibility for Multi-National Maintenance 12:15-1:15: Lunch 1:30—2:00: Fastener Gaging Systems—Wrentham Tool Group 2:00—3:00: Demo stations, Q&A, and a website...

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IFI Names 7th Managing Director in its 86 Year History

  The Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kenneth J. McCreight as the association’s new Managing Director. The IFI Board of Directors announced the selection following a considered and comprehensive search for a leader who understands the invaluable contributions the fastener industry makes to North American economy, and who can provide direction, motivation and new energy to the mission of the fastener industry association. Ken McCreight, is coming to IFI from the Cleveland-based Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET), and previously served as an industry advocate for manufacturing organizations as Vice President of the...

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Lawson Products Acquires Canadian Fastener Distributor The Bolt Supply House Ltd.

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 3, 2017– Lawson Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:LAWS) a distributor of products and services to the MRO marketplace, today announced the acquisition of The Bolt Supply House Ltd., based in Calgary, Canada, for a purchase price of approximately CAD$40.0 million, subject to customary post-closing price adjustments. The purchase price was funded with cash on hand and utilization of Lawson Products’ existing credit facility. Founded in 1948, The Bolt Supply House Ltd., owned by John J. McCann and W. Brett Wilson, is a leading Canadian distributor of high quality fasteners, power tools and industrial MRO supplies, with annual sales of approximately CAD$43 million. The Bolt Supply House’s 13 branch locations and...

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Drill America Launches New Website

Visit the Drill America redesigned website at www.DrillAmerica.net Use the new website to: • View current stock • Check pricing • Create quotes • Access product specs and videos If you would like to use the website for these functions, please reply to this email indicating you would like “web access”. Drill America Stocks More Than Drills Check out our very popular Carbide Tipped Hole Cutters. We offer sizes 5/8″ – 4″ with cutting depths of 3/16″ and 1″....

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How Women Are Carrying on Rosie the Riveter’s Legacy

EDUCATION AND CAREERS Over 70 years after Rosie the Riveter encouraged women to join the workforce, they are still sadly underrepresented in the manufacturing industry. During World War II, “Rosie the Riveter” represented the United States government’s efforts to encourage women to go to work in order to aid the war effort. The campaign inspired a surge of women in manufacturing, and between 1940 and 1945, the number of women in the American workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent. By 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home, with the aviation industry...

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Deloitte’s Official Manufacturing Day Post-Event Survey Is Back!

Deloitte’s Official Post-Event Survey Is Back! For the third year in a row, Deloitte has created a post-event survey that Manufacturing Day Hosts can use to assess the impact of their events with attendees — and on the public perception of manufacturing more generally. As in years past, Deloitte will compile results, provide analysis of the survey responses, and share the information in an manufacturing day infographic that will be published to mfgday.com. To access the survey, Hosts should log in to their Host Dashboard. There, under the sub-head “Visitor Survey,” is a link labeled “Go to Survey.”  Host can simply...

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Digital ‘reality’ tools help B2B marketers get real with complex products Bill Briggs | Sep 29, 2017

B2B marketers can get an assist from virtual and augmented reality applications that demonstrate big-ticket and complex products, says a new report.   For B2B marketers whose companies have products that are hard to explain or demonstrate, there are new forms of reality that can help. Virtual and augmented reality tools can help buyers “test” large equipment and visualize complex components, Forrester Research Inc. says in a new report. B2B marketers whose products are expensive to ship, difficult to visualize, hard to comprehend, or possess some combination of those characteristics, can use virtual and augmented reality technology to help overcome such...

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7 ways the Fourth Industrial Revolution Can Help the Planet

At the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) first Sustainable Development Impact Summit last week in New York, several of the discussions focused on how today’s tech revolution – the so called Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – can create a better, cleaner and safer world. The imperative is clear: while society today is the most prosperous and dynamic the world has ever created, our Earth system is under unprecedented stress. Scientists say our planet has been torqued out of a stable system into uncharted territory. Examples include sobering warnings that 92% of the world’s population live in places where air quality is unsafe,...

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Advance Components – Master Stocking Distributor of Vogelsang Fastener Solutions Tension Pins

PRESS RELEASE: September 27, 2017 CONTACT: Pam Berry, pberry@advancecomponents.com Advance Components is now the master stocking distributor of Vogelsang Fastener Solutions (VFS). Vogelsang is a worldwide leading manufacturer of formed metal parts and is one of the world’s largest producers of Coiled Spring Pins and Rollpins® both slotted and coiled. Advance Components is proud to add VFS Rollpins® and Coiled Spring Pins to its list of quality products that are available for same-day shipping, low minimums, drop shipping, EDI planning and other value-added solutions that make Advance a trusted supply chain partner. Advance will carry a large stock of...

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Community Colleges: Training the Next Generation of Manufacturers

Training skilled workers is critical to strengthening the U.S. manufacturing sector, especially at a time when about 2 million manufacturing jobs are projected to remain unfilled, due to the worsening skills gap that is taking place throughout the country. For several years, manufacturers and manufacturing benefactors have explored the cause, and the majority agreed that community colleges can increase their efforts to train the next generation of manufacturers. With globalization and manufacturing barely catching up with the rapid pace in new technologies, the industry is evolving and changing dramatically such that workers’ skill sets can’t keep step with these constant...

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Why You Should Register Your Manufacturing Day Event

Each year, we hear stories about Manufacturing Day events that never make it on the map. While we’re glad that these “under the radar” events happen and fully appreciate how they underscore that MFG DAY truly is a grassroots movement, we’re also a bit disappointed that they don’t become part of the annual celebration’s public record.   More importantly, though, holding an MFG DAY event without officially registering is a missed opportunity for the Host that made the effort to hold the event in the first place. Below we explain why and explore some of the common objections we’ve...

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Finding the Right Digital Balance in B2B Customer Experience

Growing numbers of B2B companies are focusing on digitization to succeed with customer-centric strategies. Here’s how to get it right. Customer-centric strategies, once the preserve of business-to-consumer players like Amazon and Google, are now fundamentally changing the complicated landscape of business-to-business relationships, too. Case in point: the chief executive of a global chemical business produces items that are in such high demand that they are allocated, rather than sold, to customers. Nonetheless, he recently announced at a top-management meeting that the company could no longer afford to deliver “a subpar experience” to its customers and therefore would embark on a...

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Women In Engineering? Women In Engineering!

I’ve been at Rockwell Automation for more than 30 years and have always been aware that I am in the minority, being a woman in an engineer role. I’ve been a commercial engineer for the best part, helping customers design machines that do everything from putting fizzy pop into a tin, to learning how a roller coaster works.  Things have changed on the surface over time, acceptance has improved, but in reality, here in the UK the number of female engineers doesn’t seem to have changed that much, we are still only 9% of the engineering workforce nationally. Luckily, long...

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International Fastener Expo & METALCON | 1 BADGE = 2 SHOWS!

International Fastener Expo and METALCON – 1 BADGE = 2 SHOWS! Your IFE show badge will have double the value! While at IFE – attendees and exhibitors can also visit METALCON. METALCON has the widest cross-section of metal professionals in the industry at one event – to better your application of metal. Whether you work in roofing or construction, METALCON will raise your standard. METALCON will be located in North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center on October 18-20, 2017. Exhibit Hall Hours: Wed. 12:00pm-6:00pm, Thurs. 12:00pm-6:00pm, and Fri. 10:00am-1:00pm. Click here to register for METALCON at no...

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Myth-Busting American Manufacturing

The MAPI Foundation wants to set the record straight. U.S. manufacturing is a vibrant industry. Disparaging myths have circulated about American manufacturing for decades. Parents have discouraged their children from going into a manufacturing career because they think factories are “dirty and dangerous,” or lacking a solid wage and career opportunities. Manufacturers in other countries−such as Germany and Japan−are perceived as far more innovative than their U.S. counterparts. And, the most virulent rumor of all, people believe that manufacturing has vanished from the United States. When was the last time you heard, “We don’t make anything here anymore”? The...

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The New Supply Chain

The first modern online order was placed in 1994 by a man in Philadelphia who bought Sting’s Ten Summoner’s Tales album from a friend for $12.48 (plus shipping, of course). Since then, the way we shop has changed radically. Today’s consumer is no longer restricted to a physical store, or even to traditional business hours — they can shop from practically wherever, whenever they want. And because of this freedom, they’ve come to expect a few things: easy ordering, seamless fulfillment and delivery and hassle- (and cost) free returns. To keep up, brands have had to adjust and integrate their supply chains from...

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The Smart Supply Chain

  IMPACTS This report investigates a growing multi-sector focus on Supply Chain Optimization (SCO) — tools and techniques for integrated design, engineering and production, enhanced information sharing, and more collaborative decision-making between Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers.   KEY RECOMMENDATIONS Selected excerpts from the recommendations section: Companies should start by developing a strategy. Although 90 percent of large manufacturers recognize the importance of their supply chains to business success—after all, 50-70 percent of their costs are in the supply chain—very few have a supply chain strategy. The MEP program has become an indispensable part of the total U.S. manufacturing...

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Go Digital with the International Fastener Expo Mobile App!

MOBILE APP   Description: Held annually in Las Vegas, NV, the National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo is the largest fastener expo in North America. Since 1981, the event continues to bring together the manufacturers and master distributors of industrial fasteners, precision formed parts, fastener machinery & tooling and other related products and services with distributors and sales agents in the distribution chain. The event consists of an all-day conference program presented by endorsing fastener associations and a show floor with more than 600 exhibiting companies from around the world.  Go Digital Download the International Fastener Expo app...

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5 Trends That Are Changing B2B Commerce

It’s no secret that the B2B landscape has changed drastically in the last few decades.  At the forefront of these changes, of course, is technology. Whether directly or indirectly, technology has changed the way companies do business with one another.  What this means for your company is: If you haven’t kept up to date with the current trends in the world of B2B commerce, you run the risk of losing out to competing companies who are more prepared to meet the expectations of their clients and business partners. That being said, this article will take a look at five...

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Four Key Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Used in Aerospace

Aerospace is a leading industry in the use of advanced manufacturing technologies. This is due largely to the unique challenges that exist for designing aircraft and spacecraft such as extreme environmental conditions; materials that must be strong, lightweight, and resistant to temperature and corrosion; and the extremely fine, tight-tolerance features that require micro- and nano-machining methods, including laser machining and welding. In fact, aerospace is often the first to come up with innovative advanced manufacturing approaches, which are later adopted by other industries. Below are four key advanced manufacturing (AM) technologies that are vital to aerospace manufacturing today. Additive Manufacturing Aerospace...

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ZaGO Manufacturing Co. Announced as Manufacturer of the Year Finalist for the 2017 New Jersey Manufacturing Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: September 23, 2017 Contact:Jacqueline Luciano Email: jackie@zago.com Phone: (973)643-6700 September 22, 2017- Newark,N.J. – ZaGO Manufacturing Co. a manufacturer of sealing fasteners and components, has been announced as a finalist in the Manufacturer of the Year category for the 2017 New Jersey Manufacturing Awards. The winner will be announced at the annual “Made in New Jersey” event in celebration of the sixth annual National Manufacturing Day. The event will occur on Friday, October 6th at the Bridgewater Marriott at 700 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. The annual celebration will be held from 7:30am to 2:30pm...

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Accelerating Innovation in Manufacturing: A Look Ahead

This month, MForesight took part in the annual conference of SSTI, a national nonprofit that works to strengthen initiatives to create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Approximately 40 participants joined MForesight at the event on September 14 in Washington, DC to explore a range of topics and initiatives: enhancing performance across the supply chain, improving cybersecurity for manufacturers, and developing an advanced manufacturing workforce. MForesight Managing Director Christine Andres provided an overview of MForesight’s recent work, including a new major report on supply chains. Phil Singerman, Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services at the National Institute...

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International Fastener Expo | New Name -New Look -New Direction

Fastener News Desk spoke with Courtney Harold | Marketing Consultant with Emerald Expositions, with only 21 days before the largest Fastener Expo in North America, we wanted to find out more about the recent name change and what attendees can expect at this years exposition. This year’s Fastener Expo will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on October 17 – 19th. Industry Leaders and Procurement professionals from throughout the supply chain with converge for three days of educational sessions, industry association events, and exhibits.  Was it an easy decision for Emerald Expositions to change the (very long)...

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Fastener News Desks’ Best Booth Awards Return to the 2017 International Fastener Expo

Exhibitors are you ready for the 2017 International Fastener Expo in Vegas? The Fastener News Desk Best Booth Awards want you! Best Booth Awards recognize International Fastener Expo exhibitors for their booth design, creativity and branding. The awards are a way to honor and reward those exhibitors whose time, energy and effort went into creating their displays, that inspire and wow the attendees. We are very excited about the upcoming exposition, the new venue and seeing the creativity from this year’s exhibitors. There certainly will be plenty to choose from for the awardees, with over 850 exhibitors!  Be on the lookout for Fastener...

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American Belleville Challenges the Status Quo in the Belleville Washer / Disc Spring / Flange Washer Industry

September 12, 2017  ZSI Manufacturing Inc., Concord Ohio, announced this week the launch of its American Belleville brand, of Belleville Washers, Disc Springs, and Flange Washers designed for applications that require the highest quality, reliability, performance; that is manufactured in the United States with globally competitive pricing. It’s leadership shares nearly 60 years of experience in the business of designing, manufacturing, problem solving and the distribution of Disc Springs, Belleville Spring Washers, & Flange Washers. Their expertise and knowledge in this industry, streamlined manufacturing processes, global network, and access to specialty materials give them the tools to be flexible,...

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Manufacturer Metamorphosis: Navigating Digital’s Impact On Manufacturing

When it comes to digital technologies, manufacturers know they’ve got to “give” in order to “get.” After years of emphasizing cost-saving programs to drive lean operations, manufacturers are now focused on propelling outsized top-line results by investing in digital technologies. Prasad Satyavolu That’s one of the key findings of our recent study, The Work Ahead in Manufacturing, in which we surveyed 2,000 executives globally, including 500 senior executives from the consumer and industrial products spaces. Respondents reported that digital initiatives have actually increased manufacturing costs by one percent during the last year. As time goes on, respondents expect costs to...

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What happens in an internet minute in 2017?

Just a month ago, it was revealed that Facebook has more than two billion active monthly users. That means that in any given month, more than 25% of Earth’s population logs in to their Facebook account at least once.   This kind of scale is almost impossible to grasp.   Here’s one attempt to put it in perspective: imagine Yankee Stadium’s seats packed with 50,000 people, and multiply this by a factor of 40,000. That’s about how many different people log into Facebook every month worldwide.   A smaller window   The Yankee Stadium analogy sort of helps, but it’s still...

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Threaded Fasteners Charitable Foundation to host 11th charity golf tournament in support of Team Focus

TEAMFOCUSUSA.ORG Posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:48 pm The remarkable relationships we have developed with the people who work there (Threaded Fasteners) demonstrate their strong desire to help our young men become leaders in their communities” MIKE GOTTFRIED, TEAM FOCUS FOUNDER Pam Denham Mobile, Ala, — The 11th Annual Threaded Fasteners Inc. Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Team Focus is planned for Saturday, Oct. 7 on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove Golf Course in Mobile.  Threaded Fasteners Charity Golf Tournament organizers are especially grateful to local businesses that have generously stepped up as sponsors for this important charity event benefiting Team...

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World’s First 3D Printer Capable of Producing High Precision Metal Objects Available Now

  Digital Metal begins commercial production of its 3D metal binder jet printers, offering unprecedented detail, surface resolution and design possibilities for small components Höganäs, Sweden. – [September 19, 2017] – Digital Metal®,a Höganäs Group company, the world’s leading producer of metal powders, today announced it has initiated commercial production of the industry’s first high precision binder jetting 3D metal printer that can produce smaller and more intricate components than any previous technology. The DM P2500 can be purchased or licensed from Digital Metal and is ideal for serial production and customised parts, opening up the possibility to print...

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OPTIMAS WOOD DALE MANUFACTURING HOLDS US MANUFACTURING LICENSES FOR TAPTITE®, MORTORQ® SUPER, AND MATHREAD® PRODUCTS

Glenview, IL – September 2017 As a leading full service provider of fasteners and c-class components for OEMs and tier one suppliers, Optimas works with a global network of high quality suppliers. However, it also has its own manufacturing capabilities in the US to support customer through flexible, fast turn-around on orders. Optimas regularly invests in its manufacturing plant in Wood Dale, IL, which has allowed it to build up a strong reputation for quality. This makes it a great choice when appointing manufacturing licenses: just ask REMINC, The Phillips Screw Company, and MAThread®, Inc. Set over 135,000 sq...

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B2B Midsize Might: Commerce Suites Pack a Powerful Punch for Mid-Market

There’s a false conception that if you’re a midsize or small business, you can’t afford the e-commerce suites that drive revenue for the biggest companies in the B2B market. Cloud commerce has changed all of that, and promises to level the playing field between midmarket and big brands, manufacturers, and wholesalers in the digital age. B2B buying landscape has changed Today B2B customers require the same level of service and options that they enjoy in their personal lives, as the lines between B2B and B2C have blurred. If you’re not providing your clients with the same high-end customer experience...

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Steel: An industry under attack

Stopping the flood of steel imports is crucial for national security Nearly every military platform and weapon system in our nation’s arsenal is dependent on steel produced in America; much of our nation’s critical infrastructure relies heavily on steel. But the domestic steel industry is under attack from repeated surges in imports of dumped and subsidized steel from numerous countries around the world. Several trade associations claiming to represent a number of American industries that buy steel recently wrote a letter to the president opposing any imposition of restraints on imports of steel for national security reasons (the administration’s...

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B2B sales channels are changing: Act now or die

The B2B customer buying journey has been forever transformed by the internet, and this has major implications for manufacturers, brands, and distributors – are you acting?  The writing on the wall has become reality. B2B selling channels have forever changed in the age of the internet and mobile devices. Traditional selling models have shifted, and the central communication point for business value propositions has moved from physical to digital in most industries.   Forrester Research reports that as much as 70% of the buying process is already completed before the buyer even contacts a potential supplier.  Product preferences and buying decisions...

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Celebrate Manufacturing Day with a Virtual Day of Learning and Collaboration

Streaming LIVE from Discovery’s Global Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD |  11 AM, Noon, and 1 PM ET Looking for opportunities to introduce your students to diverse and innovative STEM careers? Join Discovery Education and Arconic Foundation on October 6th for a virtual Day of Learning on Manufacturing Day. Tune in at the top of each hour for 15 minutes of inspiration and activities that you can use to power your participation in MFG Day. 11:00am- 11:15am ET- Celebrating MFG Day Learn all about MFG Day, why it was started and how modern manufacturing is a force through which careers of...

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STEP Forward Google Hangout | Recruiting and Retaining Women in Manufacturing

STEP Forward Google Hangout | ruiting and Retaining Women in Manufacturing The Manufacturing Institute and the National Association of Manufacturers invite you to join us for a virtual Manufacturing Day event – STEP Forward: Google Hangout. STEP Forward is part of the Institute’s larger STEP Ahead initiative to empower women in manufacturing. Featuring female industry trailblazers, the STEP Forward Google Hangout virtual panel discussion will tell the stories of real women who represent the changing face of manufacturing. By demonstrating the opportunities available in manufacturing, we can help inspire the next-generation of talent to pursue careers in the industry. Attendees...

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Winsupply Opens Four New Companies in the Northeast and Mid-South

DAYTON, Ohio, September 13, 2017 – Winsupply Inc., one of the largest distributors in the nation, has opened four new wholesale distribution locations in Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts and Tennessee, totaling nine new companies opened so far in 2017. The new companies include:  •    Winsupply of Beltsville, Md., plumbing, president, Ralph Baker •    Winsupply of Boston, plumbing and HVAC, president, William Berberan •    Winsupply of  East Nashville, Tenn., HVAC, president, Robert Reimer •    Winsupply of Presque Isle, Maine, plumbing and HVAC, president, Aaron Hoard The four presidents are experienced individuals in their respective industry, plumbing and/or heating, ventilation and air...

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Consider a Career in Manufacturing

It’s no secret that the U.S. manufacturing industry is facing a skilled labor shortage. According to a study by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, “The skills gap in U.S. manufacturing: 2015 and beyond”, over the next decade 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely be available, yet 2 million of those career positions will remain unfilled. The current talent shortage, also known as the “skills gap”, will continue. It will only get worse as retirement and technological advancements escalate the crisis. This gap is affecting businesses in the areas of productivity, customer service, expansion, and innovation, to name a few. So why should...

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Industrial Vending Service Provider Unveils New Website

1sourcevend.com streamlines machine configuration and ordering process for new customers MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Sept. 5, 2017) – 1sourcevend, a provider of simple, flexible and affordable vending machines and inventory control software, has unveiled its new website at 1sourcevend.com. The site showcases the benefits of vending to distributors and guides them through shopping for, configuring and ordering vending machines. “In today’s increasingly competitive market, industrial vending helps independent distributors of all sizes to compete on more than just price,” says Mark Hill, president of 1sourcevend, “increasing productivity, decreasing their costs and improving inventory control for the customer.” 1sourcevend.com illustrates how distributors can...

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Attend the Largest Fastener Show in No. America!

Expand your network by adding The Fastener Show to your schedule. Start planning for a great event to network with fellow peers and find new products from 850+ manufacturers across North America and the world. Reasons to Attend: The show has been endorsed by more than 30 reputable publications and long-standing fastener associations Our comprehensive conference program will help grow and strengthen your business Opportunity to build new relationships, network with your peers, industry leaders, and business partners Meet with your current suppliers and meet new ones Find new products Learn the latest technologies being used in the fastener industry View...

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Top 20 Facts About Manufacturing

In the most recent data, manufacturers contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2016. This figure has risen since the second quarter of 2009, when manufacturers contributed $1.70 trillion. Over that same time frame, value-added output from durable goods manufacturing grew from $0.87 trillion to $1.20 trillion, with nondurable goods output up from $0.85 trillion to $1.00 trillion. In 2016, manufacturing accounted for 11.7 percent of GDP in the economy. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis) For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.81 is added to the economy. That is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. In addition,...

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No Tools? No Problem! Intricate fasteners are reducing installation time.

Steve Sullivan | Aug 25, 2017 Despite how small and insignificant they may seem to a large industrial or IT setup, a lot of time is spent on fasteners. They just may not realize it. Fasteners, and the tools needed to install them, often end up eating valuable time and effort that could potentially be better spent elsewhere. The growth in tool-free fasteners (also called tool-less, no-tools-required, and other names) gives engineers the chance to free up time spent fiddling with fasteners, screws, nuts, bolts, and the like. In industrial and IT settings, there are some promising opportunities to use tool-free...

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HYTORC gets permission to come aboard the Comanche Maxi Yacht

      September 1, 2017 Paul Dvorak  HYTORC GT series nut helps provide ballast for all-custom racing vessel Welcome aboard the Comanche, a 100-foot super maxi yacht commissioned in 2014 by Netscape founder James H. Clark with one goal in mind: To break open ocean racing records. It’s been doing exactly that ever since, and in July 2017 Comanche set a new transatlantic passage record, sailing from Los Angeles to Honolulu in just 5 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes and 25 seconds during the 49th running of the Transpacific Yacht Race, popularly known as the Transpac. The Comanche, a...

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Engineering Expertise Helps Car Giant With Bespoke Fastener

  When a sub-assembly supplier to a global car manufacturer needed a new type of fastener they turned to JET PRESS. Their outline requirements appeared straight-forward at first: attach fasteners into a sub-assembly so that this sub-assembly then fitted easily, with those fasteners, directly onto the vehicle. However, it soon became clear that due to specific fitting-force, ease-of-use and cost considerations, there was nothing in the range of standard fasteners from JET PRESS that would quite fit the bill; instead the technical team designed a bespoke product. Each fastener needed to be held securely in the panel hole of the sub-assembly during transport to...

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Women in Manufacturing’s Impact: Yesterday, Today and The Future

By Natalie Schilling Vice President of Human Resources at Arconic As I think about iconic manufacturing women in history, I think about how much we have accomplished and how much potential we have to grow. Some of the greatest inventors, creators, and leaders in this world are women. In 1871, Margaret Knight was awarded her first patent for a machine that cut, folded and glued flat-bottomed paper shopping bags. In 1903, Mary Anderson invented and patented the windshield wiper. In 1908, Melitta Bentz received a patent for the coffee filter system. And in 1942, Hedy Lamarr invented a remote-controlled communications system for the...

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Manufacturing – Creating Opportunity through Innovation

BY BETH COLBERT  SEPTEMBER 6, 2017  op·por·tu·ni·ty äpərˈt(y)o͞onədē, noun, a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something. When we think of champions of manufacturing today we tend to think of some of the big companies such as IBM, 3M, Johnson & Johnson, P&G and Dow Chemical. But companies don’t form themselves, and patents don’t automatically mean innovation – people do. Not all companies have inventors. However, all companies can, and probably do, have innovators. An invention is a product or process that has been created and then documented legally. There are many patents granted and then nothing...

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OPTIMAS INCREASES PRODUCTIVITY FOR CANCER DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER

Glenview, IL – August 2017 Early diagnosis of cancer can greatly improve survival rates, with health centers utilizing the latest technology to ensure identification of the condition is achieved sooner. Cancer diagnosis machines are at the forefront of this technology, which emphasizes the importance of smooth manufacturing operations when producing such equipment. When one leading manufacturer was experiencing downtime due to fastener issues, they contacted Optimas to help improve productivity. The manufacturer was suffering between 15-30 minutes of downtime on a daily basis, with the entire production line coming to a halt in such circumstances. The fasteners were identified...

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Bringing Competitive Excitement to Additive Manufacturing

As the impact of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, on business continues to surge, the need for career development in this rapidly growing industry is also rising. Four years ago, SME decided to collaborate with Stratasys, the 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM) solutions company, on an initiative to attract students to the emerging tools and technologies involved in AM and 3D printing. After a number of discussions and months of planning, we developed the SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition to test high school and post-secondary students on their knowledge and skills in this space. This contest is part of...

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The Myth of the Skills Gap

The idea that American workers are being left in the dust because they lack technological savvy does not stand up to scrutiny. Our focus should be on coordination and communication between workers and employers. by Andrew Weaver  August 25, 2017 The contention that America’s workers lack the skills employers demand is an article of faith among analysts, politicians, and pundits of every stripe, from conservative tax cutters to liberal advocates of job training. Technology enthusiasts and entrepreneurs are among the loudest voices declaiming this conventional wisdom (see “The Hunt for Qualified Workers”). Two recent developments have heightened debate over the...

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The 50 States Of Construction

In this series, Construction Dive talks with industry leaders across the U.S. to discuss the business conditions in their market.   FEATURE The 50 States of Construction: KY contractors ride a wave of industrial expansion Gray Construction EVP Jeff Bischoff discusses how new growth in the manufacturing and industrial sector there is impacting construction. By Hallie Busta • Aug. 24, 2017 FEATURE The 50 States of Construction: How one OH contractor is finding workers amid labor woes Don Taylor, president and CEO of Akron-based Welty, explains how his company is handling the labor shortage and where the Buckeye State is booming. By Hallie Busta • Aug....

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FIELD FASTENER MAKES INC 5000 LIST FOR THE 7TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR!

Inc. magazine ranked Field  4216 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. As a 7th time honoree, Field becomes part of a select group of companies to ever achieve 7 consecutive years in a row on the Inc. List. In fact, less than a tenth of Inc. 5000 honorees ever achieve this type of repeat performance. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other...

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Adam Pratt Named 2017 Young Fastener Professional of the Year by The Fastener Show

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           Los Angeles, CA (August 21, 2017) – The Fastener Show has partnered with the Fastener Industry Coalition to choose Adam Pratt, President of Sherex Fastening Solutions, to be honored as the newest recipient of the Young Fastener Professional Award at its annual event in Las Vegas. The Young Fastener Professional of the Year Award recognizes and honors a young professional under the age of forty who has made significant contributions to the fastener industry. A special recognition award ceremony will take place on the show floor in the Session Area...

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The Fastener Show Inducts Field Fastener CEO into Fastener Hall of Fame

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Fastener Show Inducts Field Fastener CEO into Fastener Hall of Fame                                                                                                           Los Angeles, CA (March 21, 2017) – The Fastener Show has partnered with The Fastener Industry Coalition to choose Bill Derry, Chairman and CEO of Field Fastener to be honored...

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AATP Sells Commodity Threaded Rod Business in Indiana and Focuses on Specialty Threaded Products

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Denver, Colorado – August 21, 2017) In an effort to focus on specialty threaded products, All America Threaded Products, Inc. announced the sale of its large-volume, commodity threaded rod business based in Indianapolis, IN to Vulcan Threaded Products, Inc., a division of Steel Dynamics, Inc. AATP will continue to operate All America Threaded Products Divisions in Lancaster, PA and Denver, CO and will primarily focus on producing and selling specialty threaded products out of those locations. Vulcan Threaded Products, Inc. is a well-established company with an excellent reputation, and AATP feels confident they will do an...

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Manufacturing Day By The Numbers [Infographic]

Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing during which manufacturers invite their communities — including students, educators, businesspeople, media, and politicians — to their facilities in a collective effort to educate visitors about manufacturing career opportunities and improve public perceptions of manufacturing. Started in 2012, MFG DAY has seen participation grow dramatically over the years. Here are the official numbers when it comes to the number of events, the number of attendees, and the how MFG DAY is affecting the public perception of manufacturing. DOWNLOAD INFOGRAPHIC THE MANUFACTURING DAY MISSION Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing...

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Small Town America’s Newest Product: Advanced Manufacturing

Most of us, regardless of our age, have heard the song popularized by Sophie Tucker and Eddie Cantor after World War I: “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?).” According to Wikipedia, “The lyrics highlight concern that American soldiers from rural environments would not want to return to farm life after experiencing the … life and culture of Paris.” Now we face a similar challenge: getting skilled workers to stay in or relocate to the small and mid-sized towns and cities where U.S. manufacturing is making its biggest comeback. That may be one...

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The Advantages of Creating a Flexible Workforce

The economic downturn in 2008, which began with the bursting of an 8 trillion dollar housing bubble, had a substantial impact on the job market. In 2008 and 2009, the U.S. labor market lost 8.4 million jobs, or 6.1% of all payroll employment, producing by far the largest labor contraction of any recession since the Great Depression. During this period, businesses from a variety of different industries recorded significant job losses: Hewlett-Packard – 47,540 jobs General Motors – 107,357 jobs Citigroup – 73,056 jobs Verizon Wireless – 39,000 jobs Pfizer – 31,771 jobs Dow Chemical – 17,530 jobs Although economic recovery from...

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Is Industry 4.0 Driving the Need for Smarter Motion Control Products?

The collective term Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution, typically described as the computerization of manufacturing—or in other words, the merging of traditional automation with information technology. One of the underlying concepts is modular cyber-physical systems that can collaborate with the operator andcommunicate between themselves in real-time to make autonomous decisions, thereby adapting production processes as needed. When machine builders select their motion control equipment to design the machines of tomorrow, there are several things to consider. Logic control is not enough any more Not so many years ago, machines were controlled by a programmable logic controller (PLC),...

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Investing in the next generation: A bottom-up approach to creating better outcomes for children and youth

The American dream is built on the promise of upward social mobility. In the middle of the 20th century, rates of upward mobility improved across the socioeconomic spectrum. But over the course of the past 30 years, the vast majority of our population has seen mobility rates stagnate.[1] For too many, the American dream has stalled.    Restoring higher levels of social mobility will be among the most important political, social, and economic challenges of our time. Already, we’ve witnessed how frustration over this stagnation can destabilize our national institutions and divide our society. The longer we wait to address...

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How Modern Manufacturers Can Create Positive Perceptions With the US Public

  Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute have teamed up to conduct a multi-year research initiative to better understand the US public perception of manufacturing. To this end, an independent research company, on behalf of Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, conducted an online survey of more than 1,000 Americans spread across 50 states, with a demographic representation mirroring that of the actual US...

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How to Sell to Millennial B2B Buyers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Make way for a new generation: New research shows that 73% of Millennials are involved in B2B purchasing decisions. But most sales teams are stuck in the past, selling to an outdated buyer and missing out on a huge opportunity. Sales leaders, it’s time for a new awakening. To outperform competition you must engage with the Millennial mindset. So how can you strengthen sales outreach and engagement across the buyer’s lifecycle? – 23% of sales leaders don’t know if their sellers engage with Millennials at all  – Millennial B2B buyers respond to salespeople who evoke feelings of trust, compatibility and connectedness  – Millennial...

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How To Save The Life Of A Tradeshow Sales Lead

  Author:  Peter Gillett, CEO, Zuant Since the dawn of marketing, tradeshow and other in-person events have been the largest items in the B2B marketing budget, often exceeding more than 50 percent of the total budget. And yet, have you ever seen an ROI report on tradeshow activity proving this huge investment is paying off? If they exist they are as rare as Beluga caviar. Sadly, most event managers focus on creating great looking booths and coming home with a load of leads at the end of the show. There’s no regard for quality. It’s all about volume because...

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Fastener Show Introduces New DEMO ZONE for Vegas 2017!

Released by FastenerShows.com: August 17th, 2017 As the most established fastener show in the United States, we are continuously introducing new top of the line, cutting-edge technology trends to serve as the best educational vehicle to the industry for you. This year, we are introducing our brand new Demo Zone section showcasing some of the best and latest products in the industry. Industry leaders and top exhibitors will demonstrate their product lines including captive, proprietary, standard commodity fasteners, fastening methods and various unique applications. Sample of our DEMO ZONE exhibitors this year will include: Perfect Lock Bolt America Inc....

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The Rise of Complexity in Digital Supply Networks

The move to digital supply networks can be daunting, especially when organizations consider how exactly to implement these solutions into their existing supply chain. With so much information and hype about digital, it can be hard for organizations to know what works for them and what might be a hidden roadblock. However, when the digital transformation is implemented correctly, it can also seamlessly enable an organization’s digital operations. While manufacturing and supply chain-focused professionals consider how they’re going to excel in this age of increased digital complexity, they should also recognize that many of the same supply chain challenges...

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The Five “New Rules” of e-Commerce Fulfillment

The staggering growth of today’s e-Commerce industry has been largely driven by consumer spending. As consumers spend more, their expectations also increase exponentially. But how do we meet the ever-growing needs and expectations of your e-Commerce customers, not to mention, your 3PL? To help you address these needs, 3PL Central has developed “The Five New Rules of e-Commerce Fulfillment.” These rules will provide you the opportunity to cash in on the substantial e-Commerce profits coming in the years ahead and succeed in meeting the goals of your customers. Click Here to Read the Full...

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Future Work Skills 2020

  This report analyzes key drivers that will reshape the landscape of work and identifies key work skills needed in the next 10 years. It does not consider what will be the jobs of the future. Many studies have tried to predict specific job categories and labor requirements. Consistently over the years, however, it has been shown that such predictions are difficult and many of the past predictions have been proven wrong. Rather than focusing on future jobs, this report looks at future work skills—proficiencies and abilities required across different jobs and work...

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2017 and Beyond, the Future of Manufacturing

Futurist Jim Carroll noted in a blog post earlier this year that “while the majority of my audience appreciates a whirlwind ride into the future, there are others who just wish the future would go away… Leaders today must steer their organizations into a fast-paced future—through the shoals of disruption, the emergence of new competitors, technology, automation and other challenges—while understanding that there is a core group that will do little to embrace that change. It’s the Flintstones and the Jetsons, in one workplace!” Carroll has been providing his insights and speaking to organizations about the future for more...

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Dynamism in Retreat: Consequences for Regions, Markets, and Workers

  This report adds a number of original findings to existing literature on the state of dynamism in the U.S. economy.  Local, regional, and national economies all depend upon constant economic rebirth to produce progress and well-being. Economic rebirth in turn relies on a cycle of creative destruction in which new ideas, technologies, and industries are constantly—often quite subtly— disrupting and replacing those of the past. When working properly, this cycle ensures an economy evolves rather than calcifies. However, today’s economy is one in which arguably the most vital “creative” force—the birth of new businesses—has fundamentally deteriorated, leaving the...

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Tens Of Thousands More Women And Minorities Are Taking Computer Science

  NPR Lead Blogger, Education | Anya Kamenetz U.S. high schools got a high-tech update this past school year. Not by federal fiat or by state law, but largely at the hand of independent nonprofits, including one founded by twin brothers less than five years ago. The College Board last fall introduced a new course and exam called AP Computer Science Principles. Eight years in the planning, it was the largest such course launch in history. While the existing AP Computer Science course focuses on the Java programming language, the new course is billed as a creative exploration of real-world...

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Sensing a Disruption in the (Labor) Force

Normally, when you think of disruptions in the labor force, you’re thinking in traditional terms like those reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: employment vs. unemployment, hires vs. separations in the form of layoffs or retirements, etc., and more recently “marginally attached” and “discouraged workers” who are not in the labor force. In the advanced manufacturing technology industry and other high-tech industries like healthcare and computer science, it’s been well documented that we’ve been challenged by the widening gap in our ability to attract skilled workers. The number of people seeking a post-secondary education or workforce training programs...

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NanoSteel Launches 3D Printable Tool Steel

New Case-Hardening Steel Designed for Laser Powder Bed Fusion Printed Industrial Die Demonstrates Performance of the BLDRmetal™ L-40 Powder PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Monday, June 19, 2017)—NanoSteel®, the leader in nanostructured steel materials, today announced the launch of its first product for the laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing process. BLDRmetal™ L-40 is a case-hardening steel powder that provides high hardness and ductility (case hardness >70HRC, 10%+ core elongation) and prints easily on standard commercial equipment. This alloy provides superior performance to M300 maraging steel and is an alternative to difficult-to-print tool steels such as H13. Expanding the potential use of...

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Greater Focus Needed to Achieve a More Competitive Infrastructure

  Modern economic growth and development depends on high-quality infrastructure. There is no getting around it. However, what, exactly, does that involve? Infrastructure spans a wide range of public and private assets, including highways and bridges, airports, ports and inland waterways, electricity plants and transmission lines, information and telecommunication networks and water and sewage facilities. Such assets are indispensable for facilitating production across various industries—not least of which include agriculture, energy, mining and, in particular, manufacturing. The ability to safely and efficiently move goods from a manufacturing facility to a customer located far away is crucial to the industry’s...

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10 Best Schools for a Supply Chain Education, Class of 2017

High school students and their parents alike know that when it comes to picking a college, there’s no such thing as having too much information (or financial aid, but that’s a whole ’nother story). Fortunately, several organizations compile annual or biennial rankings of the top supply chain university programs as a guide to graduating high school seniors (and their parents) who are thinking of pursuing a degree in a supply chain-related field. In the past, Material Handling & Logistics has looked at the rankings as compiled by SCM World, which were based on opinions from supply chain professionals. For...

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Specifying Fasteners

Steve Adkins explores the benefits a fastener expert that can deliver to OEMs and tier suppliers When designing a new project, manufacturers will often focus on how ‘high value’ components can embody their innovation as a business. However, innovation is not restricted by size, and the benefits of specifying correct fasteners are illustrated in a multitude of applications. Weight, cost, ease of installation and product standardization are four key features to consider when specifying fasteners for applications. To gain balance between these factors, manufacturers should partner with a business whose expertise lies in fasteners. Design engineers could be forgiven for overlooking the...

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How B2B Sales Can Benefit from Social Selling

If organizations don’t change their outdated thinking and create effective sales models for today’s digital era, 1 million B2B salespeople will lose their jobs to self-service e-commerce by 2020. The answer to the shift away from reliance on outbound sales could reside in social selling, the strategy of adding social media to the sales professional’s toolbox. With social selling, salespeople use social media platforms to research, prospect, and network by sharing educational content and answering questions. As a result, they’re able to build relationships until prospects are ready to buy. This is different than social media marketing, where a...

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Anderson Manufacturing Launches New Chapter; New Capital Provides for Strategic Growth

Anderson Manufacturing, Specialty Fastener Manufacturer Eyes Growth in New and Existing Markets BRISTOL, Wis., July 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Anderson Manufacturing, a family-owned specialty fastener business for nearly 40 years, is launching a new chapter with its July 17, 2017 acquisition by the principals of Big Shoulders Capital. David Muslin and Todd DiBenedetto, principals of Northbrook, Illinois-based Big Shoulders Capital, have purchased Anderson and reorganized the management team to position the company for strong growth in the specialty and complex cold-formed fastener business.  As an initial step in saving 50 company jobs, they have brought back a long-time executive to...

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The Evolution of an Industry: Drones are Changing Construction Worksites, for Good

Construction worksites still look a lot like they always have: trucks, hardhats and tool belts haven’t changed a lot in the last couple of years.  But laptops are now almost as ubiquitous as hammers on the site, and the tools available – including drones –are creating a complete evolution in the industry. It’s an evolution whose time has come. A 2016 article in Fortune magazine about drones in construction opened with: “The $8.5 trillion global construction industry isn’t exactly known for its efficiency,” and goes on to outline the billions of dollars that the construction industry loses in waste...

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Alien Technology: How 3D Printing Will Help Colonize Mars

NASA continues to award money to the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a $2.5 million competition that requires contestants to design a 3D-printed habitat for deep-space exploration. While many acknowledge it will be some time until a human sets foot on to Mars, it has not stopped innovative minds from trying to find ways to build on the red planet. Space is an extreme environment where resources are scarce, and blasting Earth’s resources into space is expensive. Anyone designing for space must make the tools and materials as minimal as possible, not to mention ensuring that they fit within a rocket....

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Denver’s Project DIY Increases Knowledge of Advanced Manufacturing Careers

From June 5 – 9, 2017, the Community College of Denver (CCD) Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) hosted their second week-long camp for high school girls, giving them the opportunity to learn hands on about advanced manufacturing, including machining, welding, architecture, and engineering graphics/3D printing. The camp was sponsored by The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Denver Public School’s CareerConnect, and the Soeurs de Coeur Fund. CCD’s Advanced Manufacturing Center is a state-of-the-art 33,280-square-foot facility offering degree and certificate programs in machining and welding. CCD also offers continuing education courses for CNC machinists, welding certifications, and wire EDM training allowing for...

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Career-Focused Schools Use Technology to Help Students Advance

In the past, students in Steve Elza’s automotive classes at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Ill., had to take turns using a diagnostic scanning tool that cost the school up to $8,000. Today, the teens use an inexpensive device that connects via Bluetooth to the ­tablets they all carry. “Today’s cars have 100 or more computers in them,” says Elza. “We have to have computers to work on them.” That’s just one of the ways technology is transforming automotive education at Fremd. When the district deployed tablets, students in career and technical tracks were among the most enthusiastic...

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Supply Chain Optimization

FISHERS, Ind. –  Competition is no longer between companies, but between supply chains.  Manufacturers encounter statements like, “A successful company has a supply chain that aligns with the corporate strategy while being flexible and responsive to external pressures”.  This may be true, however, the real question is HOW does one design and implement a supply chain that fosters collaboration, reduces waste, and delivers value to the customer? Those with optimized supply chains experience benefits like: Lower Costs Better Delivery Increased Quality Competitive Edge The Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) offers a Supply Chain Optimization roadmap that covers five critical areas; Alignment, Value,...

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The National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo

October 17 @ 8:00 am - October 19 @ 5:00 pm
Tue 17

Fastener Technology Workshop – Las Vegas

October 17 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tue 17

METALCON 2017

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - October 20 @ 9:00 am

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