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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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Aerospace and Defense: Who are the Digital Frontrunners?

What aerospace and defense firms are investing in the digitization of their businesses? According to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the answer is just about everyone. But simply spending money on digital capabilities doesn’t make you a leader in this rapidly changing sector. “How much a company invests in digital generally does not influence whether it is a digital frontrunner or a digital follower,” says Greg Mallory, a BCG senior partner and a coauthor of the report. “Rather, the frontrunners in the race to extract value from digital are those A&D companies that define an...

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Peugeot Approves Lazpiur as a Supplier of High Precision Tooling

The highly complex tooling manufactured by the Spanish company requires great technical preparation, both of machinery and operators alike. The French multinational now joins the long list of Lazpiur’s automotive manufacturing customers, which includes Volkswagen, Daimler and Ford. Bergara (Gipuzkoa, Spain), 11 July 2017 – Lazpiur has attained approval to become a supplier of highly complex tooling for Peugeot. The French multinational has examined the goods produced by the Spanish company and has concluded that it meets all the requirements for becoming a supplier as of now. The forging tooling manufactured by Lazpiur requires great technical preparation both of machinery...

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The Glut of B2B Digital Content Marketing Blocks the Message

Today’s B2B marketers need to develop a consistent marketing message across all channels and move the focus from the product to the buyer’s preferences, Forrester Research says in a new report.  Digital marketing has opened vast new channels for marketers to shower potential customers with information about products. But as the buying dynamic shifts the focus from a seller’s products to its overall sales and service capabilities, many business-to-business marketers find it difficult to settle on a unifying theme for their marketing messages, says a new report from Forrester Research Inc. Keeping marketing staff on message has never been...

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Exhibit Sales Strong for Inaugural Fastener Fair USA 2018

Chicago, IL, July 19, 2017 – After only three months, exhibit sales for the inaugural Fastener Fair USA show have surpassed expectations. Show Management has announced they are expanding the floor space from 25,000 net sq. ft to 40,000 net sq. ft., as close to 100 companies have already reserved their space. The first edition of this unique industrial fastener and fixing show will take place April 11-12, 2018 at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, OH.  Fastener Fair USA is the premier event bringing together manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and end users in the region’s only dedicated fastener, fixing,...

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Three Steps for Manufacturers to Begin Their Digital Transformation

How manufacturers can adopt a trial-and-error mentality to catch up on the data-driven challenge. Leveraging the power of fresh, granular data for business success is becoming a question of life or death – and not just for companies that operate primarily in technology- or internet-focused fields. In fact, CEOs in all industries, including traditional “old-line” businesses such as some manufacturers, are realizing the power of “data-driven transformation,” or embedding data throughout the company’s operations. And they would certainly like the 20% to 30% EBITDA gains that their peers are racking up by using data effectively in sales, marketing, supply...

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A Face-to-Face Request Is 34 Times More Successful than an Email

Imagine you need people to donate to a cause you care about. How do you get as many people as possible to donate? You could send an email to 200 of your friends, family members, and acquaintances. Or you could ask a few of the people you encounter in a typical day—face-to-face—to donate. Which method would mobilize more people for your cause? Despite the reach of email, asking in person is the significantly more effective approach; you need to ask six people in person to equal the power of a 200-recipient email blast. Still, most people tend to think...

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Assembly Magazine, July 2017

  Assembly Magazine, July 2017 Featured Articles: Special Report: State of the Profession Report 2017 Joining Wire to Small Metal Parts Feeding and Driving Small Screws 3D Printing With Metal Manufacturing Software Helps Aerospace Assembler Track Production & More! About ASSEMBLY: ASSEMBLY covers the processes, technologies and strategies for assembling discrete parts into finished products. We write about robots, conveyors, vision systems and other technologies for assembly automation, as well as workstations, power tools and other equipment for manual production. We publish articles on lean manufacturing, screwdriving, riveting, adhesive bonding, welding and other methods for assembling parts. ASSEMBLY serves...

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Digital Engineering, July 2017

Digital Engineering, July 2017 Featured Articles: The Power to Simulate New Materials Machine Learning Changes Everything Building an Industrial Internet of Things Architecture  & More! About Digital Engineering: The pace of innovation is set by design engineers using revolutionary technologies to improve how they design, simulate, prototype and test. Digital Engineering is on the front lines of the revolution. Via a monthly print magazine, daily e-newsletters, social media and this website, we deliver need-to-know information on the combination of high-performance computing and simulation-based modeling that is driving up-front design, new rapid prototyping and testing technologies that are improving the bottom line, and the engineering...

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Constructor, July/August 2017

Constructor, July/August 2017 Featured Articles: Automation on the Jobsite Simonson Says Students Pave the Way for a Bright Construction Future A Diversified Portfolio & More About Constructor:  Published bi-monthly for members of The Associated General Contractors of America, Constructor Magazine offers in-depth coverage and analysis of the construction industry and related topics, such as insurance, safety and regulatory issues, as well as practical advice on labor relations and legal...

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Don’t Let The Industrial “Good Old Days” Dilemma Keep You In The Past

The industry of today is not the industry of yesterday; it moves so rapidly that what happened just recently is almost “old news.” While some industrial companies are embracing the change, others are more resistant to the shift in business. Correction: Not the companies, but the people behind them. If companies ran themselves, no doubt they would be doing what is necessary to succeed. In an industry so rich with history, there can be an understandably expected resistance to change. Change can be difficult. Yet, change has always been around. From the beginning of time, there have been evolutions...

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This Start-Up is Using Robots and 3D Printers to Staff a Factory with Almost No Humans

Self-driving cars have captivated the world. Now, a Brooklyn-based start-up called Voodoo Manufacturing wants to bring the same autonomy and safety to manufacturing, with a factory that makes 3-D prints of any imaginable design, staffed almost entirely by robots. Customers upload a design file to Voodoo’s site. The start-up then manufactures their desired items in batches from one to 10,000 units per order. Voodoo’s factory runs 160 different 3-D printers today, rather than using injection molding machines you’d find in a conventional factory. Most recently, Voodoo began developing robots to run the 3-D printers with little to no human...

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Xometry Secures Investments from BMW i Ventures, GE Ventures and Highland Capital Partners

GAITHERSBURG, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)—Xometry, the leading on-demand manufacturing platform, announced $15MM in funding led by BMW i Ventures, with participation from existing investors including GE Ventures and Highland Capital Partners. Further fueling Xometry’s rapid market expansion, the latest round of funding will accelerate Xometry’s investment in its machine learning-based software platform, manufacturing partner network, and sales organization. “We’re thrilled to partner with BMW i Ventures and deepen our relationship with General Electric,” said Randy Altschuler, co-founder and CEO of Xometry. “We’re accelerating our efforts to provide additional features to our online platform, making it easier for engineers and procurement managers...

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Industrial Fastening of Macon is Acquired By Bolts & Nuts Corp.

Chattanooga-based Bolts & Nuts Corp. has acquired Macon, Georgia’s Industrial Fastening of Macon. Other than its Macon location, the company has locations in the state as well as Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, Nebraska and Illinois. Bolts & Nuts  has a customer base in 40 states, Mexico and Europe.  Jim Watson, the CEO of Industrial Fastening of Macon, believes this acquisition will prove to be advantageous. “In combining with Bolts & Nuts, our team acquires the advantages of global scale while marrying up with a company whose core values are focus on delivering value to our four key stakeholders: customers, team members, community...

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A Human, a Bot, and a Manufacturing Shop: Welcome to the Future Workplace

Manufacturing and robotics are natural companions, and the images of rigid, single-arm robotic installations on a factory floor are very familiar. The new breed of robots, however, is more mobile, more integrated with human activities, and—most important—can learn new skills and generate new insights on-the-job. These new-generation robots are not confined to a single workspace or task; they can both learn from and generate real-time data that flows through control, planning, and logistics systems. What is the end result? Both they and their human counterparts can make better decisions, sometimes in milliseconds, which improve productivity, safety, profitability, and product...

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Oh-Penn Network Boosts Apprenticeship Programs

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprentice Network, a collaboration of 14 counties in northeastern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania, is making headway in its efforts to boost apprenticeship training in the region’s manufacturing sector. According to the most recent Apprentice Network update from the Oh-Penn Manufacturing Collaborative, 20 manufacturers report they have benefited from a $2.9 million grant that the U.S. Department of Labor awarded the collaborative nearly two years ago. The grant provides reimbursements to employers willing to institute apprenticeship programs within their companies. The grant money is used to offset the costs of training new apprentices...

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IoT and the Future of Consumer Products Manufacturing

Of all that the Internet of Things (IoT) promises, manufacturers seem most focused on supply chain efficiency, and with good reason. Under constant pressure to reduce costs and get to market faster, but having limited ways to do so, IoT’s promise of faster, cheaper, and better is alluring. Getting less attention in IoT discussions is the potential for revenue growth through innovation. Practically speaking, it’s easier to improve an existing operation than to improve things that haven’t yet been imagined. That vision will get clearer as manufacturers get their IoT sea legs. But how much time is there? Digital native consumers have shown little...

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Brighton-Best Invites You to Attend Their Fasteners 102 Training Seminars

To maintain your competitive edge and grow in a changing industry, Brighton-Best invites you to attend their Fasteners 102 Training Seminars. In their efforts to move forward with industry education, Brighton-Best is offering programs featuring experts in their field, industry applications, and topics which can help your business. The Fasteners 102 Training Seminars will be taking place on August 31st, from 9am-5pm, in two locations: Suwanee, Georgia and Strongsville, Ohio.  In an industry with a rich history, there are traditions which need to happen. Introducing new ideas, staying innovative, and seeking growth are essential to continuous success. Furthermore, these courses...

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Millennials Seek Job Stability, Flexibility

A new Deloitte Global survey concludes that many millennials are uneasy about the future and seek to combine the stability of a permanent job with the flexibility of freelancing. Conventional wisdom says millennials pose a flight risk to their employers, but that may be changing. Uncertainty over economic, political, and social conditions and anxiety about the future could make it easier for CIOs to recruit and retain millennial technology professionals, according to the 2017 Deloitte Millennial Survey. Based on the views of nearly 8,000 global participants born after 1982, the annual survey finds that many millennials—especially those in developed...

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AME’s Great Lakes Region Newsletter, July 2017

Inside the newsletter you will find information about upcoming webinars, the AME Cleveland Consortium, and the keynotes have been announced for AME Boston 2017. Take a look inside to see the schedule of events for the coming months or check out the region webpage to register for Learning to Learn with TWI.      LEAN DRIVEN INNOVATION AT GOODYEAR JULY 27 • AKRON, OH More info at http://www.ame.org/event/lean-driven-innovation LEARNING TO LEARN WITH TWI: A DAY OF BUILDING KNOWLEDGE & SKILL AUGUST 29 • ANDERSON, IN More info at http://www.ame.org/event/learning-learn-twi-day-building-knowledge-and-skill AME INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OCTOBER 9 -13 • BOSTON. MA REGISTER NOW!...

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Global Automotive Supplier Study: Exploring Drivers of Shareholder Return

Leading products on the right platforms number one contributor to automotive supplier performance Exploring the drivers of exceptional shareholder return for automotive suppliers To explore what actions have resulted in superior performance and enterprise value creation, Deloitte analyzed more than a decade of data for more than 200 Tier 1 global automotive suppliers to identify “winning” themes that consistently generated above-average shareholder value. Our research analyzed 213 Tier-1 global automotive suppliers with automotive revenue of $500M+ based in the North America (43 suppliers), Europe (47 suppliers), Japan (91 suppliers), China and India (18 suppliers), and other parts of the...

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Taking Flight: Ohio Valley’s Aerospace Exports Take Top Dollars

Aircraft manufacturing has a long history in the Ohio Valley region stretching back to the Wright Brothers’ first shop. Today aerospace products are among the area’s top-dollar exports — the second biggest export for Ohio, and number one for Kentucky. Becca Schimmel visited one aerospace facility in rural Kentucky to learn how the industry has developed, and where it might be heading.  From the outside Summit Aviation, in the small town of Somerset, Kentucky, looks like any other nondescript, white warehouse. But inside workers craft parts for drones, weapons casings, wing stabilizers and other high-flying products.   Click Here to...

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Researchers Develop New Ceramic Coating for Use in Hypersonic Travel

A new type of ceramic coating has been developed by researchers at the University of Manchester in the UK, which is expected to significantly change hypersonic travel for air, space and defence purposes. Co-developed in partnership between the university’s Royce Institute and China’s Central South University (CSU), the newly developed carbide coating is capable of resisting temperatures up to 3,000°C. The new coating has also proved to be 12 times better than the existing ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTC), such as Zirconium carbide (ZrC), an extremely hard refractory ceramic material commercially used in tool bits for cutting tools. Click Here...

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IoT, Maker Movement Add “Cool” Factor To Industrial Sector

Sometimes, when you tell people that you work for an electronics distributor, their eyes might light up with fascination. The era of personal electronics can be dawning and the public is mesmerized. You might say that you work primarily with industrial manufacturers, and their eyes instantly glaze over. While consumer electronics was considered sexy, the industrial sector was more utilitarian. Critical of course, but hardly fodder for cocktail party chitchat. People’s reaction today might be the same, but the industrial sector has changed dramatically over the past several decades. With growing adoption of game-changing Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)...

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NORMA Group Successfully Completes Acquisition of Fengfan

Maintal, Germany/Shaoxing City, China, July 3, 2017 – NORMA Group, a global market leader in engineered joining technology, has successfully completed the acquisition of Fengfan Fastener Co., Ltd. (“Fengfan”). Fengfan, headquartered in Shaoxing City, China, produces joining products made of stainless steel and plastic as well as specialty textiles. Following NORMA Group’s signing of the purchase agreement on March 28, 2017, for 80 percent of Fengfan’s shares, the authorities have now approved the acquisition. “We are consistently advancing our international expansion. After having acquired and successfully integrated companies in Malaysia and Australia, we are now strengthening our presence in...

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Pearson Fastener Receives IATF 16949:2016 First Edition Certification

Meeting High Standards for Quality as an Automotive Parts Supplier ROCKFORD, IL, July 11, 2017—Pearson Fastener has achieved 16949:2016 First Edition Certification from the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) as a supplier of high-quality custom fasteners to automotive manufacturers. ITAF 16949:2016 First Edition certification defines the requirements of quality management systems for organizations in the automotive supply chain. The IATF, which oversees this particular standard, based it on ISO 9001:2015 with substantial enhancements over previous standards. Therefore, to gain IATF 16949:2016 First Edition certification, suppliers must comply with the new ISO 9001 standard, ISO 9001:2015- ANSI/ISO/ASQ Q9001-2015. “By achieving...

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Fasteners Made from Laminated Pressboard with Phenolic Resin Bonding

For the first time: an alternative to fasteners made from laminated pressboard with casein and polyester resin bonding Haren – New directions in transformer engineering: Under the brand name Trafoboard® HD-PH, the international plastics processor Röchling Engineering Plastics SE & Co. KG, Haren, Germany is the first manufacturer in the market to offer fasteners made from laminated pressboard with phenolic resin bonding for use in oil-filled transformers. For the first time, transformer engineers are given an alternative to the conventional fasteners made from laminated pressboard with polyester resin or casein bonding that were so far available on the market....

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Arconic Pushes the Boundaries of 3D Printing with Parts for Space Exploration

Four small vents—each the size of a one-liter water bottle—represent one giant leap for deep space exploration, and aerospace manufacturing too. The vents are Arconic’s first additively-manufactured flying space products. Arconic 3D printed the vents for Lockheed Martin for service on NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which will one day carry humans to Mars. The components are designed to equilibrate the pressure between the inner and outer hull of the spacecraft. The original components were fabricated from several individual components and welded together. Our 3D printed, nickel superalloy versions take about 40 hours to produce versus weeks for the traditional manufacturing method....

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Onboarding The Next Generation Workforce In Manufacturing

The new, totally-digital workforce generation won’t just want a streamlined and technologically sophisticated process — they’ll expect it. While the rate of digital transformation and technology adoption varies across manufacturing organizations, one thing is certain — organizations need to onboard their employees in a way that enables them to be productive at the onset. Onboarding new employees to their preferences remains a challenge for many organizations. The next generation of employees will be even more connected than today. With Generation Z — the first true digital natives — beginning to enter the workforce, manufacturers need a simple and effective...

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The Future of Jobs and Jobs Training

As robots, automation and artificial intelligence perform more tasks and there is massive disruption of jobs, experts say a wider array of education and skills-building programs will be created to meet new demands. There are two uncertainties: Will well-prepared workers be able to keep up in the race with AI tools? And will market capitalism survive? Machines are eating humans’ jobs talents. And it’s not just about jobs that are repetitive and low-skill. Automation, robotics, algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) in recent times have shown they can do equal or sometimes even better work than humans who are dermatologists,...

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Promote Your Company Before Heading to the 2017 Fastener Show

At the the IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Show, Steve Blue, the President and CEO of Miller Ingenuity spoke to a room of attendees about how his “rust belt” company transformed its business model into something modern. In addition to discussing idea generation and product innovation, Blue discussed marketing at trade shows. One of his best marketing tips was being approachable. Going to trade shows, it is not uncommon for representatives to be standing behind a table with their arms crossed. In front of them is a table covered in their products. Blue made note of this and discussed the importance of being sociable...

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Welding Productivity, July 2017

  Welding Productivity, July 2017 Featured Articles: Titans of the industry  Robot upkeep Change is good & More! Welding Productivity: About Welding Productivity: Welding Productivity provides unmatched instructional editorial – useful and supportive information that will educate the reader about how to improve his or her welding...

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Ensuring American Manufacturing Leadership Through Next-Generation Supply Chains

It’s no secret: The United States has lost nearly a third of its manufacturing employment since 2001. While the causes of this decline are numerous (and sometimes hotly debated), there’s widespread agreement on one fundamental factor: many large firms have zealously pursued offshoring strategies in recent decades because of an overriding focus on short-term metrics like unit price and direct labor cost. Today, a growing number of U.S. manufacturers are rethinking this approach — and re-imagining how they relate to their supply...

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Smart Factories: How Can Manufacturers Realize the Potential of Digital Industrial Revolution

Smart factories turbo-charge manufacturing performance In the next five years, manufacturers expect smart factories to drive performance improvements that significantly exceed previous efforts. Infineon, a German semiconductor manufacturer, is investing $105 million in the next five years in order to turn its Singapore plant into a smart factory. It took robots and 3D Printing to make Adidas bring back manufacturing to Germany. A leading fragrance maker in Switzerland ramped up capacity by a third in the past three years, all through addition of robots. A Chinese factory added robots to its operations which drove production increases of 250% and...

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Combating the Evils of Corrosion, the Archenemy of Infrastructure

Committee G01 encourages all interested parties to find out more about the importance and effect of corrosion on metals and to participate activities. Corrosion, the gradual destruction of materials by chemical reactions with the environment, is the archenemy of infrastructure. The deterioration of roads, bridges, traffic signals, etc., can result in unsafe conditions and lead to billions of dollars spent worldwide on emergency repairs and replacement. Fortunately, ASTM International’s committee on corrosion of metals (G01) has been fighting the good fight against corrosion and its effects for more than 50 years. Established in 1964, the committee creates standards that...

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Combining Mindsets on All Things Industrial in A New Show

The revolution of the industrial world is rapid and never rests. The talk of the skills gap is everywhere, robots are working alongside employees in warehouses, social media is changing the way industrial marketers share their brand and stories. Yet while it’s evolving, the change is not so quick and easy (nor a priority) for everyone. Younger professionals know technology while seasoned professionals have a greater understanding of tradition. What happens when you combine them? Fastener News Desk thrives on educating industries about the latest news and is now broadcasting its newest venture, A Little Screwy, to talk about it....

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Amazon Business: Understanding the Threat to B2B Distributors

Looking at the numbers, Amazon Business’s rapid growth over the last year belies any assertions that it can’t get traction in B2B industries. In 2016, Amazon Business’s marketplace surpassed $1 billion in sales, and its marketplace has been growing at 20% month over month. It also has more than 9 million product listings, up from less than 4 million a year ago. If the business unit keeps up its pace, it could surpass $8 billion in sales and 15 million listings in 2017. Our research looks at the business model behind Amazon Business and its progress in key B2B industries. It...

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Every Company MUST Be A Media Company First

There is no reason to do anything other than act like a media company in today’s digital age. In today’s day and age, advertising is more affordable than ever before. What used to cost thousands of dollars can now be done for much less due to the digital methods of advertising. Anyone can produce and distribute content which is why you should be. Creating content can be anything from video, to blog, to email, and more. Make your brand personality stand out and solidify yourself as an industry expert by thinking like a media company.  Entrepreneur and media powerhouse,...

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Top 20 Industrial Distributors

MDM shares their list of top industrial distributors and their the annual Distribution Trends Special Issue. While many distributors started 2016 with “resigned optimism” that things had to get better, the reality at the end of the year painted a very different picture for most of the companies on MDM’s list of the top 40 industrial distributors. On average, sales for the largest industrial distributors declined 2.4 percent in 2016. The list, which presents the largest distributors in North America, is now available at mdm.com. Chicago-based W.W. Grainger remains at No. 1, topping $10 billion in sales in 2016. HD Supply,...

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How This Web-Based DIY Distributor is Building B2B Sales

The DIY Home Center is an online-only distributor of building supplies that has been expanding its array of SKUs, getting more customers, and boosting sales. Its powerful new tactic? An integrated e-comemrce and ERP software suite. Technology can take a good business and make it great. The DIY Home Center has experienced this first-hand. DIY’s offerings include items necessary to build structures such as outdoor decks, offering railings, fasteners and other construction materials. Currently, their SKU number is between 10,000 and 12,000 SKUs from some 35 suppliers. The company’s main source of sales comes from the DIY (Do-It-Yoursef) customers. Although...

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Mind Meld: How GE And A 3D Printing Visionary Joined Forces

Few people know more about 3D printing than Greg Morris. The entrepreneur bought his first stereolithography machine back in 1994, when 3D printers were still largely confined to university labs and research centers. That machine allowed Morris to print polymer parts layer by layer directly from a drawing inside a computer. After his first taste for this emerging technology, Morris wanted more. He acquired an early 3D printer for metals that used a laser beam to fuse together fine layers of metal powder. The machine was useful for rapid prototyping, but he also saw the technology’s potential for mass...

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ASTM International Standardization News, July/August 2017

ASTM International Standardization News, July/August 2017 Featured Magazines: Collaborating to Solve Business Problems Infrastructure for Water and Waste Water Supporting Public Infrastructure  & More! About ASTM: Over 12,000 ASTM standards operate globally. Defined and set by us, they improve the lives of millions every day. Combined with their innovative business services, ASTM standards enhance performance and help everyone have confidence in the things they buy and use – from the toy in a child’s hand to the aircraft overhead. Working across borders, disciplines and industries they harness the expertise of over 30,000 members to create consensus and improve performance in manufacturing and...

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Amplifying Human Potential Towards Purposeful Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reshaping the human journey. It is becoming increasingly part of every aspect of our lives, from simple things such as the way we shop and drive, to more fundamental things like how our homes, automobiles and offices amplify us. These elicit a mixture of emotions, from fascination to fear, from wonder to worry. For us, as business leaders, the potential to leverage AI to transform our businesses, bringing radical cost reductions and efficiencies while opening up entirely new kinds of opportunities, is truly exciting. As managers and employers, as citizens in our communities, we bear...

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RP Platform Among Impact Growth 2017 Winners

Industrial 3D printing software specialists honoured in business funding programme London-based 3D printing software specialists RP Platform were among 14 businesses chosen as the 2017 winners of Impact Growth — a programme that rewards the most promising growing businesses worldwide. Each year, a select group of winners are awarded funding, mentoring and business support to help accelerate their business growth and develop their winning ideas. Following a rigorous selection process, RP Platform was chosen as one of the 2017 winners, out of more than 1,900 applications from 60 countries. RP Platform plan to use the prize to drive the...

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Boost the Effectiveness of Your Content with a Content Audit

If you want to be sure that your content is working for you, consider a content audit. Your content will thank you. So, you’ve got your content, you’re blogging, you’re putting it out – excellent! But, maybe not. Sometimes, content doesn’t function like we think or hope it will. That’s where a content audit comes in. A content audit is where you review existing content, listing all the assets you offer, including channels and distribution formats. The best way to fuel your content audit is to examine your project needs and business goals. Assess your content, consider what you...

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Hardware Retailing, July 2017

Hardware Retailing, July 2017 Featured Articles: 2017 Young Retailers of the Year Home Sweet Home Pros’ Edition Made in America: Retailers and Consumers Agree Rev Up Your Power Tool Department & More! About Hardware Retailing: Hardware Retailing Magazine is published by the North American Hardware Association. It is the monthly magazine trusted by over 35,000 independent home improvement retailers across the U.S. and...

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Building Design + Construction, May 2017

Building Design + Construction, May 2017 Featured Articles: Escape Forward: How One Public University Plans to Grow Find Your Firm’s Differentiator: 21 Ways to Gain a Competitive Advantage No Nails Necessary: Framing System Comes Together with Steel Zip Ties and Screws & More! About Building Design + Construction: BD+C’s cause is to provide essential solutions that inspire Building Teams to design and construct great places for...

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Assembly Magazine, June 2017

Assembly Magazine, June 2017 Featured Articles:  Behind the Scenes at DeWALT Force and Torque Sensors Adhesives Aid Truck and Trailer Assembly Assembling Thermoplastic Composites Plastic Machine Components Can Boost System Speed Cordless Fastening Comes of Age & More! About ASSEMBLY: ASSEMBLY covers the processes, technologies and strategies for assembling discrete parts into finished products. We write about robots, conveyors, vision systems and other technologies for assembly automation, as well as workstations, power tools and other equipment for manual production. We publish articles on lean manufacturing, screwdriving, riveting, adhesive bonding, welding and other methods for assembling parts. ASSEMBLY serves 54,000...

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Architect Magazine, June 2017

  Architect Magazine, June 2017 Featured Articles:  Starting From Scratch Mission Statements: Do Architecture Firms Need One? The Winners of the 2017 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers Beyond Bricks and Clicks Shifting Gears in Today’s Workforce & More! About Architect: The premier site for architecture industry news & building resources for architects and architecture industry...

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 2017 SFA Conference & Expo Economic and Manufacturing Outlook Presentation

The Southwestern Fastener Association (SFA)/Southeastern Fastener association (SEFA) joint meeting featured a presentation on the economic state of manufacturing and the projections for the future. Bill Strauss of the economic research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, told attendees that he expects the economy to thrive through 2019. Other points he covered are unemployment, minimum wage, Federal debt, and oil.  Major points include: GDP expanded by 2.0% over the past year. Employment increased by over 2.1 million jobs over the past 12 months. Wages and benefits costs continue to increase at a very slow pace. Exports of...

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3 Workforce Initiatives with Promising and Proven Results

Workforce initiatives with promising and proven results Keeping up with training and finding the right workforce can be frustrating, especially when multiple areas of a company may need attention. Although it may not seem to be the most pressing matter, a solid workforce is the strongest foundational element to the rest of production. It cannot be pushed to the back burner. Taking strategic action will be a smart use of your extra resources. Do not exhaust yourself, choose wisely and look at programs which are either promising positive results or have already achieved them. These three states have initiatives...

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New 3D Printed Superalloys Improved with Nanomaterials

Working with newer technology requires understanding the associated machines, materials and software involved. 3D printing, for example, is one of the technologies that is rapidly growing and requiring a quick, deep understanding of how it can be used in manufacturing.  Singapore’s Industrial Additive Manufacturing initiative as part of the countries Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) focuses on Electron Beam Melting (EBM), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing (LAAM), and more. Researchers have published a paperon the microstructure and mechanical properties of superalloys for additive manufacturing.  Superalloys can be used in difficult environments....

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New Manufacturing Jobs Require New Manufacturing Skills—It’s That Simple

By Lisa Campbel, vice president of industry strategy and marketing for manufacturing at Autodesk.         Making spare parts doesn’t sound like ground zero for a technological revolution. But at a time when the entire manufacturing workforce is bracing itself for the changes sweeping the industry, the concept of “replacements” takes on extra resonance. I recently met with managers on the shop floor of an industrial machining company, discussing the challenge of a once-stable scenario now faced with disruption. Will increased access to 3D printing and other forms of digital manufacturing somehow take away their business? With metal...

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Dive into the Minds of 1,500 Industrial Buyers

Take a deep dive into the minds of the 1,500 U.S. industrial products buyers we surveyed for the third Industrial Buying Dynamics study. The study’s white paper examines the major forces shaping industrial distribution today. Rising (and Changing) Threats It’s no secret—people’s buying behaviors and preferences are rapidly changing. In this year’s study, we’ve seen important shifts in the influence of mobile e-commerce and the perception of e-marketplaces.  Addressing Buyer Needs by Product Type This year’s study includes new questions that detail buyers’ needs and preferences based on the types of products they’re purchasing.  Optimizing the Buyer Experience Buyers...

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Medical Applications for Fasteners That Stand Out

Fasteners are often talked about through the eyes of manufacturing and construction, but fasteners also play an integral role in medicine. Just like with machinery and building, when parts of the body are broken, they need fasteners to hold them together. Here are some interesting stories on fasteners in medicine that might interest you. Below are the highlighted key points of each article. You can view more on the stories by clicking the links after each paragraph. The Bioceramic Screw When individuals have bone fractures, sometimes screws are required for recovery. Usually, these injuries are set in place by...

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Nedschroef Introduces Next-Gen High-Productivity Fastening Solution

Light, robust and easy-to-process TICnut® (thin sheet inner clinch nut) fastening solution increases manufacturing productivity. For manufacturers looking to improve productivity and increase their return on investment, Nedschroef, Europe’s leading fastening technology provider, has developed the world-class TICnut®. The TICnut® satisfies today’s demand for connecting elements that are compatible with ever thinner sheets, sandwich panels and an increasingly diverse range of materials. Smart geometry allows the TICnut® to be attached to metal without pre-punching holes. TICnut® benefits: Cost-saving: considerably cheaper than adhesive processes Reliable: application is stronger than thermal welding Versatile: applicable in combination with various materials Eco-friendly: material-saving,...

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These Charts Show U.S. Threat From Foreign Steel Is Overblown

President Donald Trump charged a couple months ago that a flood of cheap imported steel has not only cost American jobs, it also had national security implications. These charts show it’s not that clear cut for the latter. The Commerce Department is expected to release as early as this week the results of its investigation into whether steel imports constitute such a threat. As the following charts show, however, only a smidgen of domestically produced steel is used by the military and to the defend the homeland. What’s more, much of what is shipped in across America’s borders and through its...

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Exhibit at the Inaugural Fastener Fair USA

Fastener Fair USA will have its first, inaugural 2-day event April 11-12, 2018 at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, OH. Fastener Fair USA will bring together all levels of the supply chain, from manufacturers, to distributors, suppliers and end users.  If you are an engineer, in R&D, work in industrial sectors like automotive, aerospace, on and off-highway equipment, construction and consumer electronics along with distributors and wholesalers, this event is for you. Learn industry information, forecasts, and technical education through our keynote sessions and breakouts. Get started on Exhibiting Bring customers to your booth and get the best return...

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This is Why 3D Printing and Adhesives Are Important to Lightweight Cars

These trends, materials, and joining methods have the potential to impact the future of making lightweight vehicles meet evolving standards.   It gets us to where we need to go. Maybe there’s a look to it that that is appealing. Maybe you value speed, maybe you value mileage, maybe it’s brand loyalty, or maybe it’s affordability. Of course, this “it” is a car and all of these mentioned factors come into play for today’s automotive industry. Since Karl Benz created the three-wheeled Motor Car in 1886, travel has never been the same. Cars change due to shifts in regulations...

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Rodney Holmes Named Southeastern Fastener Association Vice-President

Birmingham Fastener is pleased to announce Rodney Holmes has been elected Vice-President of the Southeastern Fastener Association.   In 2001, Rodney began his career in Birmingham Fastener’s warehouse and through his dedication and perseverance has worked his way up to his current position as Sales Manager of the manufacturing division of Birmingham Fastener.  The Southeastern Fastener Association is a regional association of the Fastener Industry, committed to bringing value to its membership. For 35 years, the SEFA has continued to bring distributors, manufacturers, importers, platers, and manufacturer’s representatives together to help find common ground in the industry and work together...

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Online Advertising Is a Powerful Industrial Marketing Tool

By marketing online through detailed product pages, case studies, comparisons, and quotes, a simple search and then a click brings buyers to you.   Advertising doesn’t always have a positive reputation, mostly because industrial companies don’t see the value in advertising. In the July 1970 issue of the Harvard Business Review B. Charles Ames said that industrial buyers, due to their economic and engineering considerations, they are “largely unaffected by the emotional appeals of advertising, packaging, and merchandising.” Although things have evolved, industrial companies are still in that same mindset. While it might seem strange to even consider an industrial marketing...

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What Is An Apprenticeship And How Do I Get One?

Apprenticeships are very important to the future of the workforce, but what are the details? These answers will help you learn more about them. How does an apprenticeship typically work? An apprenticeship is a structured accreditation program that provides participants with the building blocks to master a specific occupational area and learn hands-on skills under the direct supervision of a skilled expert. It is important to note that because apprenticeships are a nascent industry in the United States, they are often confused with internships. In fact, at present, the line is very fine between the two. Briefly, internships are...

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Paris Airshow: Eight Takeaways from the Major Aerospace Event

The Paris Airshow took place during the week of June 19th.  The event is held every other year – alternating with the Farnborough Airshow – and is a showcase for the world’s biggest commercial aviation and defence companies – as well as some plucky upstarts that are not quite household names. Deals worth tens of billions of dollars are done at the show as the hundreds of firms exhibiting their wares pull out all the stops to encourage the top brass from the world’s air forces of the world to stop by, as well as wooing slightly less visible...

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Makerspaces Encourage Students to Innovate and Build Critical Thinking Skills

Think about makerspaces as a means to integrate hands-on learning through experimentation, building or collaboration. From cardboard to 3Dprinting. Two years ago, the White House hosted its first ever Maker Faire, a festival dedicated to invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Today, the spirit and sentiment behind the event — putting education into the hands of students — extends to educational environments and libraries across the country. Spring Hill School District, a small K–12 district in southwest Arkansas, has joined the makerspace movement in a big way. The district’s massive, new makerspace was built to give teachers new ways to inspire...

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Online Retail Boom Means More Warehouse Workers, And Robots To Accompany Them

There’s a good chance something you’ve bought online has been in the hands of a “picker” first. These are the workers in warehouses who pick, pack and ship all those things we’re ordering. At Amazon and other companies, they’re working side by side with robots. Experts say while the robots are replacing some human workers, the machines aren’t quite ready to take over completely. To keep pace with a growing hunger for fast delivery, more pickers are being hired in the distribution industry. And on the outskirts of the Bay Area, a school is using technology to train students...

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Mad Props: A 3D-Printed Airplane Engine Will Run This Year

GE Aviation’s Advanced Turboprop (ATP) engine will be the first commercial aircraft engine in history with a large portion of components made by additive manufacturing methods, which includes 3D printing. The designers reduced 855 separate parts down to just 12. As a result, more than a third of the engine is 3D-printed.   Click Here to Read the Full...

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3 Tips to Maximize the Impact of 3D Printing

3D printing may be associated with consumer products manufacturing with short product lifecycles. In the industrial gas turbine market in particular, design cycles may be a few months or shorter. In addition, the end products can be complex from a dimensional and manufacturability standpoint. Some engineering departments in industrial manufacturing companies may use 3D printing for functional prototypes or manufacturing at scale. The greater value may come when it is used to drive the cyclic iterative design process.   Click Here to Read the Full...

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Vampire Tools Expands Line of Revolutionary Tools with New Recessed Screw Extractor

Company’s brand-new RSE-60 effectively tackles the age-old problem of removing stripped screws. IRVINE, CALIFORNIA (PRWEB) JUNE 21, 2017 Vampire Tools, creators of the powerful VamPLIERSTM screw extracting pliers have tightened their grip on the fastener extraction market with a brand-new offering: the RSE-60, or recessed screw extractor. Complementing the VamPLIERS’ ability to lock on to stripped fasteners whose heads sits above the surface, the RSE-60’s innovative design delivers unprecedented extraction ability for recessed or countersunk M3, M4, and M5 screws. Where the RSE differs from previous stripped screw extraction methods is in its simplicity. No power or drilling is...

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Here are the 2017 Young Scientist Challenge Finalists and State Merit Winners!

Students, grades 5-8, have been invited to create a 1-2 minute video describing a new, innovating solution that could solve an everyday problem. Finalists are chosen based on their passion for science, their love of innovation, and their ability to effectively communicate. Thousands of students nationwide participate and the winners have great accomplishments and opportunities that come their way, including speaking in front of Congress, working with the nation’s top scientists, and being exemplary professionals in the science field.  The 2017 Young Scientist Challenge Finalists and State Merit Winners have been announced! Click HERE to see the honorees. ...

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Cars are Her Canvas: An Artist Builds a Career in Collision Repair

Elise Groenewold says she notices some people are quietly skeptical when she enters the shop with cars That is until they see her sanding, welding and painting. The artist-turned-auto body worker has been interested in cars since adolescence, but she didn’t really think about working on them until she was in college. Elise was earning her degree in fine arts, and she realized she was shifting gears when her artwork transitioned from still life drawings of flowers to sketches of cars and trucks. Elise’s interest turned into a passion, and she went on to complete a degree in collision...

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Why Aren’t There More Wonder Women in STEM?

Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) states, “It is our sacred duty to defend the world. And it is what I am going to do,” and though we are not all unconquerable warriors “blessed by the gods” on the battlefield, the work of women in science is indeed defending and protecting the world for people, animals and the environment. Though the original comics produced extremely problematic stereotypes, the film franchise envisions a Wonder Woman more truly emblematic of feminist ideals and is an encouraging example of women in front of and behind the scenes (Director Patty Jenkins broke box office records...

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Manufacturing A Future For The Next Generation Workforce

As the manufacturing industry loses its experienced workforce to retirement, one would expect the next generation to be prepared to step in — but unfortunately, for many companies, that isn’t the case. To address these challenges — and tighten the growing skills gap — there are several practices manufacturers can implement to best position themselves for success. Today, the U.S. manufacturing industry faces many challenges, yet perhaps the most significant is the current — and growing — skills gap with six out of ten production positions going unfilled due to a talent shortage. Closing the gap is a priority, but...

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Customers’ Lives are Digital—but is Your Customer Care Still Analog?

Today’s customers expect digital service. More and more are getting it, too, across sectors from telecommunications to banking and from utilities to retail. For example, telco customers conduct roughly 70 percent of their purchases either partly or wholly online—and 90 percent of their service requests as well. The rapid shift to digital customer care (or e-care) should be good for everyone. Automation and self-service cuts transaction costs for providers. When e-care is done well, customers prefer it, too. Our research among telecommunications customers shows that customers who use digital channels for service transactions are one-third more satisfied, on average, than...

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US Aerospace, Defense Exports Growth Decelerated, Says Report

WASHINGTON — U.S. aerospace and defense exports growth has slowed after its robust 60-percent increase from 2010 to 2015, according to a recent report by consultancy firm Deloitte. The A&D exports contributed to 10 percent of all U.S exports in 2016, an increase from 7 percent in 2010, and its growth has benefited the U.S. export versus import trade balance. “As a net exporter, the sector reduced the U.S. trade deficit by $85.5 billion and was the top contributor to the U.S. trade balance amongst some of the major sectors,” according to the report. Since 2015, U.S. A&D growth slipped from...

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Changing Who Gets to Make the World

To be able to make is a powerful, life-altering force for both students and their broader communities.  Studio H, a design/build class at REALM Charter School in Berkeley, California, was founded by Emily Pilloton. A builder of tree forts since childhood who trained in architecture and design, Pilloton moved into teaching because she “knew there were things about architecture and design that could have a deep impact in the classroom.” She shares the knowledge of tools and handicraft she’s honed over the course of her life both within the school and through an after-school and summer program called Girls...

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2017 Makerspace Contest

Instructables presents the 2017 Makerspace Contest! The contest that brings communities together is back for its third iteration. Epilog, Ultimaker, Dremel, Woodcraft, and DigiKey are offering up $50,000 in useful tools that would round out any Makerspace. It’s time to get together and get making for a chance to win for your team. As a bonus for our overachievers, this year we will award individual prizes for the Best Individual Project, Best Use of Fusion 360, Best Use of Sculpting in Fusion 360 and Best Use of CAM in Fusion 360 as well! Show off your best projects and...

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E-Commerce Disruption is Coming for Industrial Distributors

E-commerce buying, along with changing buyer demographics, is rapidly disrupting industrial distributors’ traditional inventory-heavy model, according to a press release from UPS. Therefore, distributors must quickly adjust their methods and offer better stock online as well as improve customer service. Millennials (aged 21-34) are the greatest drivers of this change. Along with their technical skill, they often have nontraditional shopping habits, going right to a manufacturer instead of through a middleman-distributor. The UPS survey found 81% of buyers have purchased directly from manufacturers, up from 64% in 2015, while 75% of buyers shop at an e-marketplace, rising from  20% in 2013. Finally, 80% of buyers shifted toward web-friendly...

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U.S. Student Rocketeers to Take on World’s Best Rocketry Teams at Paris Air Show

The Festus High School Rocket Club will represent the United States in the International Rocketry Challenge (IRC) at the International Paris Air Show, courtesy of the Raytheon Company. They will aim to out-launch the national champions from the United Kingdom, France and Japan to win the third consecutive international rocketry championship for the U.S. On June 22, students will demonstrate their knowledge in the IRC Presentation Contest before a distinguished panel of international judges that will account for 40 percent of their overall score for the competition. On June 23, students will launch their rockets on the tarmac at the airshow....

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Threaded Fasteners’s Emphasis on Customers and Employees Fuels National Growth

Threaded Fasteners started out as a beloved local company, but by putting customers first and investing in employees, it is now nationally renowned. When it opened in 1979, Threaded Fasteners had a half-dozen employees. The founders, Frank Martin and Steve Sholtis, were primarily salesman and founded Threaded Fasteners along the Mobile River. What was once local now operates offices in seven U.S. cities handling a nationwide customer base. Their workforce has grown to over 130, all of whom own a portion of the company. This employee stock option program — or ESOP — awards shares based on position and tenure, giving everyone...

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Manufacturing Safety Tech Deep in the Heartland

Like so many Midwestern kids of a certain age, Gabriel Glynn was raised around manufacturing. And like so many Midwestern kids of a certain age, he shifted away from the factories and their production while still relatively young. Why not explore some other corners of the working world? After a stint in corporate America, Glynn developed a handful of different companies, every previous effort unfolding into the next. After a decade, he had shifted his focus from insurance and inventory to building digital industrial products, ever evolving with newer technology. Skills and lessons learned during previous stops were always...

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Laser Metalz: Bionic Design Is The Next Frontier For 3D Printing

“Bionic design allows you to adapt structures from nature and find the most optimal solution,” says Concept Laser’s Hund Frank Herzog is the founder and CEO of Concept Laser, which makes the world’s largest industrial printer for metals. His printers can already produce delicate jewelry and medical implants as well as massive engine blocks for trucks. They even started printing “bionic” components for planes. “Bionic design allows you to adapt structures from nature and find the most optimal solution,” says Daniel Hund, Concept Laser’s marketing director. Last fall, GE acquired a majority stake in Herzog’s company and folded Concept Laser into...

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A Guide to Additive Manufacturing Metals

Additive Manufacturing (AM) machines making metal parts have been around for many years, maybe more than you know. Since their beginning, the number of companies producing the machines have increased and now they’re ready to invest further in this maturing technology. With so many new advances happening at lightning speeds, even the experts struggle to keep track of them.  Senvol has dedicated itself to helping all parties involved in AM in making the right buying decisions. Making the wrong purchase could mean an expensive mistake, not only in capital but also in training and maintaining a competitive advantage. The...

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AME Great Lakes Region Newsletter, June 2017

The latest edition of AME’s Great Lakes region newsletter is here and showcasing its upcoming events including workshops and plant tours. Review the newsletter to learn about the other Great lakes events happening in the upcoming months or view AME’s event schedule on their regional events webpage.   June 29:  Protecting the Troops: Dynamic Metals and AM General July 11:  Trim Lead Time With Lean at MasterBrand Cabinets July 27:  Lean Driven Innovation at Goodyear Includes information on last chance discounts for the AME International Conference coming to Boston in October.  These discounts expire on June 30th....

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With Great Apprenticeships Comes a Strong Workforce

Apprenticeships are quite possibly the greatest asset to companies and the future of the workplace. Not only is the company with apprentices customizing its workers, the workforce is learning real-world knowledge.   President Trump has made a move advocating for apprenticeships. He believes that teenagers should have broad access to them. “We want a future where every high school in America offers apprenticeship,” said President Trump at a vocational program at a community college in Wisconsin on Tuesday.  The president intends to expand industry-certified programs. Directives aimed at emphasizing and reorganizing government job-training programs will be designed with the goal of streamlining...

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Global Fastener Company Orders Mesh Belt Heat Treatment System

CAN-ENG Furnaces International Ltd was recently awarded a contract to design and supply a mesh belt heat treat system with a production capacity of 4,000 lb/hr of high quality automotive fasteners. CAN-ENG was entrusted with the contract from this new European based client based on proven reliability, efficiency, and soft-part-handling features; hallmarks of CAN-ENG’s Mesh Belt Furnace Systems. The new, high-volume fastener system features: an atmosphere controlled mesh belt hardening system, oil quench, post wash system, temper furnace, soluble oil system, bi-directional conveyor discharge, and CAN-ENG’s PETTM Level 2 SCADA system. By integrating CAN-ENG’s Level 2 Automation, the automotive...

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Sales Boost Provides Perfect ‘Home Warming’ Present for Hague Fasteners

One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of non-standard fasteners has celebrated moving into its new home by securing a string of new contracts. Hague Fasteners, which has recently been awarded ISO9001:2015, is on course for a record year after winning £300,000 of work to supply specialist products to the oil and gas, petrochemical and growing construction sectors. The 25% surge in orders comes at a perfect time for the Black Country business after it completed a move to a larger factory in Willenhall, a move that more than triples its production capacity to 8,500 sq ft. Located on Monmer...

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Detroit Students Make Mark in National STEM Contest

Alia Cummings huddled over a tangle of metal and wires, carefully unscrewing a tiny computer chip from a half-finished robot in a high school classroom. “It’s like surgery,” said the 16-year-old, flashing a quick smile before transferring the machine’s “brain” to an adjacent project on the table. Several other girls stood ready with tools of their own. Cummings is a sophomore at Detroit Edison Public School Academy, where a team of 20 students in recent weeks built a sophisticated robot and programmed an app geared toward environmental conservation. Six team members this month took their projects to Houston for...

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‘Young Fastener Professional of the Year’ Nominations Open

The National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo (NIFMSE) will host its second annual Young Fastener Professional of the Year Award this year. Nominations are now open and being accepted through June 30, 2017.  This is an important time to highlight the young professionals in the industry who are working towards bettering the fastener industry. They are the bright future of the industry so please consider submitting nominations. To nominate a Professional, Click HERE. Information DEADLINE June 30, 2017 QUESTIONS Direct any questions to NIFMSE at (614) 895-1279 from 9 am to 5 pm Eastern Time or by email...

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A Global Distributor Blending Physical and Digital Commerce

When Sonepar hired Jochen Mall in 2015 as the international industrial supplies distributor’s chief digital officer, he was charged with overseeing a new emphasis on digital commerce across more than 200 separate businesses in 44 countries. The Sonepar companies are in different stages of incorporating or enhancing the online commerce channel of their industrial supplies businesses, making the task all the more challenging, Moll said. But embracing digital commerce isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition, Moll told attendees in the B2B Workshop Tuesday at the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition in Chicago. “All of them are at different stages and it’s...

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How to Make Social Media Work in Construction

Anna Jester is director of Jester Communications and looks at the value of social media in the construction sector and shares some golden rules to making it work. Pardon my French but there’s an awful lot of crap out there when it comes to social media. It means there’s businesses up and down the country spending a lot of money on this channel, for absolutely no return. Quite frankly, it’s nuts. When it comes to construction, many of us will have scratched our heads, asking ourselves the question of ‘who in construction is going to be interested in my...

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High Performing Manufacturer Analysis

What Firm Attributes are important for Overall Manufacturing Competitiveness in 2016? When it comes to competitiveness, what differentiates the top global manufacturers from the rest? Learn the capabilities and attributes that help make top performers stand out—even when the bar continues to rise....

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High-Performing Manufacturers – Where They Play and How They Win

No one has to tell manufacturing company executives that it’s getting tougher to differentiate themselves and compete successfully—they feel the pressure every day. Rapid globalization, technological advancements, changing consumer preferences, and evolving government policies are reshaping the manufacturing industry, exponentially accelerating the pace of competition and continually raising the bar on company performance. Still, some manufacturers consistently and convincingly outperform their peers (see sidebar “Why study high-performing manufacturers?”). How are they doing this? And what can “the rest” learn from “the best” to improve their own performance? This report provides executives with clear direction on what companies need to...

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Manufacturing Matters to the American Public

Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute put together their sixth US public opinion of manufacturing study and received results detailing the pubic’s view of manufacturing. By leveraging these insights, manufacturers can drive interest and support. Americans believe that manufacturing is vital and important to economic prosperity,. Furthermore, Americans support job creation for the industry. The public sees manufacturing as important, yet one third of americans would not encourage their children to pursue manufacturing as a career due to concerns about job stability and pay. It looks as though awareness about the truth of today’s manufacturing is improving, but still has...

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The Paris Air Show Will Showcase America’s Aerospace Industrial Might

On June 19th, one of the world’ largest and most prestigious air shows will open at the Le Bourget airfield outside Paris. This is an event that the aerospace world attends, one which private companies and governments both employ as a stage to showcase some of their best products and impressive capabilities. European companies, in particular, are fond of using the Paris Air Show to launch major new platforms. In addition, it has become quite common for aircraft manufacturers to announce major sales during the show. Historically, the biennial Paris Air Show has provided a snapshot of the state...

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Makers Movement Changes the Educational Landscape

In Texas, a 13-year-old boy built a robot that could rescue victims of natural disasters. In Georgia, a 15-year-old girl developed a device that alerts parents who have have left their child in the car. And in California, a 13-year-old boy created a Braille printer that would be almost six times cheaper than the currently available model. Young people aren’t just the future. They’re the present, innovating and creatively solving problems in a range of fields. Students across the country, from every background, have the ability to build new products that could change lives around the world. That’s what...

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The Benefits of Using Structural Adhesives Over Rivets, Welding and Traditional Fastening Methods

Structural Adhesives “Structural Adhesives” refers to any type of adhesive used to bond a load bearing joint required for a product’s structural integrity. These joints are the most vital bonds in a product because failure is disastrous to the product’s structure and purpose. As adhesive material technologies advance, manufacturers are progressively interested in how and when to use adhesives in structural bonding and what benefits are offered over welding, rivets. and other fasteners. This article will explain when adhesives are a good choice and compare normally used structural adhesives to alternative fastening techniques. When to Choose Adhesives Adhesives are...

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