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AMT Says Manufacturing Tech Orders Slid in April

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


US manufacturing technology orders plunged in April, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said today. Full Article

PTC Adds to Its IoT Arsenal

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Amid all the hype over the Internet of Things (IoT), CAD/CAM and PLM software developer PTC (Needham, MA) has slowly created an IoT infrastructure that aims to offer manufacturing operations a platform for building the connected future factory. Full Article

EMAG's Laser Lab Support for Gear Welding Operations

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


EMAG LLC (Farmington Hills, MI) is working to position itself so that no matter who—or what—drives a vehicle in the future or how vehicles are powered, the company will have a hand in the production of the gears and shafts that make cars and trucks move. To that end the company has opened a Laser Welding Laboratory to support the laser welding technology it is using as a quality and productivity enabler in some of its machines. Full Article

US Manufacturing Loses 10,000 Jobs in May on Durable Goods

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


US manufacturing lost 10,000 jobs in May amid sharp cuts in employment in durable goods employment. The losses were paced by machinery,transportation equipment and fabricated metal products. Full Article

Manufacturing Expands in May on New Orders, Output

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


The US manufacturing economy expanded for a third consecutive month in May, bolstered by an increase in new orders and production, the Institute for Supply Management said in a monthly report. Full Article

At RAPID, HP Shows Production-Ready 3D Printing System

Kristen Golembiewski, Smart Manufacturing Assistant Editor


Eighteen months after HP announced its Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) system, the company chose SME’s RAPID event in Orlando, FL, to announce a production-ready 3D printing system, encompassing prototyping, short-run manufacturing, software, and post-processing. HP displayed the printers and post-processing station, as well as plastic and ceramic printed objects, at the 3D printing conference. Full Article

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