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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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