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MTI and ASM are excited to announce that they have entered into a collaboration agreement that will bring quality, live training to MTI members and members to ASM International.   The collaboration launches July 1, 2017 and works as follows:   For any MTI member plant who has at least five (5) ASM members employed at their plant, the MTI member will receive a 50% discount on any of the in-person training that ASM provides at their corporate headquarters in Materials Park, OH.   An MTI Board member, who is involved in both organizations states, “It is great to see the two powerhouse organizations who represent the heat treating industry coming ...
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While most manufacturers are engaging in multiple initiatives and investments to boost their productivity, many are falling short with large gaps between their expectations and outcomes. Even the most ambitious efforts to increase efficiencies and productivity won’t bear the intended results if they aren’t guided by precise and time-sensitive metrics. McKinsey analysts have said the problem is that manufacturers typically lack precise enough measures to understand how real-time variations can erode returns in efficiency…but there is a solution. They feel companies can eliminate profit-draining variations by using advanced analytics to better manage performance. ...
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Today’s leading organizations are using machine learning–based tools to automate decision processes, and they’re starting to experiment with more-advanced uses of artificial intelligence (AI) for digital transformation. Corporate investment in artificial intelligence is  predicted to triple in 2017 , becoming a  $100 billion market by 2025 . Last year alone saw  $5 billion  in machine learning venture investment. In a  recent survey , 30% of respondents predicted that AI will be the biggest disruptor to their industry in the next five years. This will no doubt have profound effects on the workplace. Machine learning is enabling companies to expand their top-line ...
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As industry moves from reactive to proactive to predictive maintenance, computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) retains a critical role in the process.   From the 1980s to the early 2000s, many new software technologies, though created to serve distinct industry purposes, were largely new creations. In other words, they were not always built upon pre-existing technologies. As such they often required users to take leaps of faith to become an early adopter. With more than two decades of modern industrial software technology development behind us, we’re beginning to see some of these early technologies playing key roles in emerging technology ...
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The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed disappointing job growth , with the U.S. economy adding just 138,000 net new workers in May, below the consensus estimate of 185,000 and even further from the 253,000 estimate provided by ADP. In addition, there were downward revisions to the March and April data, subtracting a total of 66,000 jobs from those months. There were fewer Americans employed overall, down from 153.2 million in April to 152.9 million in May, a three-month low. As a result, the participation rate dropped from 62.9% to 62.7%, its lowest level since June 2016. With that in mind, the unemployment rate fell once again, down from ...
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INVITATION FROM MTI PRESIDENT, TIM LEVY   As MTI President, I am excited to invite you to MTI’s Fall Meeting, which will take place September 14-16 at the Historic U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego, California.  The U.S. Grant is in the heart of San Diego in the historic Gas Lamp District where you will renew and re-energize your perspective on this great industry.   The hotel room block is now open and I encourage you to reserve your room as soon as you can.  MTI is known for its room blocks selling out early.  To help with this issue, we have secured an overflow of rooms at the Westin Hotel, just 2 blocks from the U.S. Grant.   CLICK HERE ...
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If we’re going to unlock the full potential of 3D printing we’ll need to fundamentally rethink the design process, writes Sarat Babu, founder of Betatype . We’ve come a long way to unlocking the value of additive manufacturing (AM), and established AM sectors like aerospace and medical have played a key role in achieving this by advancing the technology to meet their needs. You can now build complete, full-sized, complex aero or medical parts in one go using AM, reducing the timescales and materials costs over more traditional design and engineering processes. This evolution is now helping to drive new designs and innovations in these sectors, ...
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MTI is pleased to announce the Nominating and Award Committees have opened the 2017 nomination process for open Board of Trustee seats and the Annual Leadership and Service Awards.   Details are as follows:   BOARD OF TRUSTEE SEAT NOMINATIONS (Deadline:  June 30, 2017)   MTI has 8 seats that were 3-year terms, and are ending at the MTI Fall Meeting in September.  3 seats are for first terms, and 5 seats are members seeking second terms.  Members nominated must be a voting rep or alternate voting rep for their member company, qualified, and willing to serve.  Trustees meet 3 times a year and on any conference calls requested by the President.  ...
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As all companies move into the future, transitioning from paper and analog to digital technology is a must.  As one of our members stated in a recent plant tour, we require being digital because it is easily documentable, transferable, shareable, provable, and we aren’t all running around looking for a folder or piece of paper.    One of MTI’s core elements of its strategic plan is to, “Stay Ahead of the Technology Curve in Heat Treat Processes and in Serving Members.”   MTI loves when members spur ideas that help the association push the boundaries of being digital.  MTI is already digital in its communications, benchmarking, and training.   ...
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The era of 3D printing and additive manufacturing always seems imminent, but it never quite materializes. This notion may finally be on the way out, however, as the manufacturing industry continues to shift to digital technology. The turning point may be near, according to a panel keynote discussion at the Rapid + TCT 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing conference and tradeshow held last week in Pittsburgh. One reason may be that major corporations are starting to sink real money and resources into 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology, which is helping to shift the view of it as a playground for prototyping and hobbyists. HP Inc. ...
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Much of the economic data released last week provided mixed news, even as these indicators continue to suggest overall progress. For manufacturers, two regional surveys showed movement in the opposite direction in the May data. At one end of the spectrum, the   Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank   reported that manufacturing activity expanded robustly in May on strong growth in new orders, and with the average employee workweek expanding at a level not seen since October 1987. This stood in contrast to the rather disappointing   Empire State Manufacturing Survey   in May, which had activity falling for the first time since October. The contraction in the ...
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Lean manufacturing has changed the plant floor in many ways and the future promises everything will become leaner as companies use real-time data to improve operations. Eli Whitney's cotton gin and interchangeable parts begat Henry Ford's line assembly manufacturing, which begat Toyota's production system. These historical manufacturing methods have built upon each other through ever-advancing technology and have pioneered the way to modern Lean manufacturing. Along the way, manufacturing consultants have helped plants navigate through all of these methods; optimizing production. Today, plant leadership is well versed in all things Lean. The abundance ...
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In today’s competitive environment, smart companies are fueling growth through leaner operations. Adopting lean practices, which focus on the elimination of waste throughout the enterprise, create cost savings while establishing an environment of continuous improvement. Many manufacturing facilities have opted to follow the path towards a “5S” workplace organizational methodology as part of a continuous improvement program or lean manufacturing process. The 5S system is part of Toyota’s Lean Manufacturing methodology designed to reduce waste within a facility. 5S is typically the first step towards eliminating waste from manufacturing processes and ...
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MTI’s Board of Trustees have been hard at work in 2017 under the leadership of President Tim Levy, with the appointment of two task force groups to work on a couple of key areas that will bring enhanced value to MTI members.   Non-Disclosure Agreement Task Force As the business climate changes, more and more heat treaters are being asked to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA) on a per project basis.  NDAs are a significant legal document.  Sign one with the wrong wording and you could give away rights to your intellectual property or processes.  NDAs also protect a heat treater when you have a new customer open up discussions on a new project, as ...
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Traditionally, most maintenance professionals have combined many techniques, both quantitative and qualitative, in an effort to identify failure modes and mitigate downtime in manufacturing facilities. But the rise of new connected technologies can enable machines to do these tasks for them, both maximizing the useful life of machine components while still avoiding machine failure. Today, poor maintenance strategies can reduce a plant’s overall productive capacity between 5 and 20%.  Recent studies also show that unplanned downtime costs industrial manufacturers an estimated $50 billion each year.  It can be difficult to determine how often a machine ...
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Summary The terms sound alike and often cause confusion, but nitrocarburizing and carbonitriding are distinct heat treating processes that each have their advantages depending on the material used and the intended finished quality of a part.   Case hardening basics: Nitrocarburizing vs. carbonitriding Confusion surrounding the case hardening techniques of nitrocarburizing and carbonitriding prove the point that it’s easy to get lost in the nomenclature behind heat treating processes.     That comes with the territory. Metallurgy is complicated.   But there’s value to explaining the differences between these techniques and the ...
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MTI is excited to announce the Program Committee, made up of a dozen heat treaters and supplier members, has finalized details for the 2017 Fall Meeting educational program.  The Fall Meeting is being held September 14-16 at the historic U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego, California.   Very Important:   When the hotel reservations open June 1, book early.  MTI national meetings always sell out early.  We highly recommend that you book early.  MTI’s special room rate is good 3-days before and after, “based on availability.”   This year’s Fall Meeting hits on some core issues many companies are struggling with in today’s economy:   Where ...
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In this article, you will be introduced to the basics of maintaining quality.  This involves quality assurance, quality control, and metrology. We use quality assurance to gain confidence that quality requirements will be fulfilled. Quality control is used to check that requirements have been fulfilled. This is a subtle difference, and in practice, the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Metrology is the science of measurement. It is how we ensure that we can confidently compare the results of measurements made all over the world.  These principles can apply to products or services, but I’m going to focus on manufacturing and how these three fundamental ...
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Americans have been more willing to open their pocketbooks this year than at this time last year. Along those lines,   retail sales   have risen 4.5% over the past 12 months, up from 2.8% year-over-year in April 2016. Yet, consumers have been more cautious so far in 2017 than we might prefer, with weak retail spending in February and March, helping to drag down   real GDP   growth in the first quarter. With that in mind, it was good news that retail sales picked up in April, rising 0.4%. We hope this is a sign that consumer spending will once again return to being a bright spot in the U.S. economy, lifting second quarter real GDP. Businesses and consumers ...
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This month the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217-213.   House Republicans crafted the AHCA as a budget reconciliation bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). AHCA Highlights While it’s likely the AHCA will be modified in the Senate, these are the current main impacts to the ACA:   Repeals individual and employer mandate penalties Ends enhanced funding for Medicaid expansion Expands the individual market age rating band Replaces income-based subsidies with age-based tax credits Repeals most fees and taxes, but maintains the Cadillac Tax, which ...
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