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MTI is excited to announce this year’s award winners during the 2021 Fall Meeting in San Antonio, TX.   Service and volunteering is a true investment in the industry by any individual and company.   Each volunteer commits their time and expense to participate on committees or the Board of Trustees.   MTI volunteers truly believe in being a part of a movement bigger than themselves.   MTI Thanks all of our volunteers for their dedication to making MTI a world class organization for its membership.   The following individuals and companies were recognized for their excellence, leadership, and service in the heat treating industry:   Commercial Heat ...
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One area of strength for the Metal Treating Institute over the years has always been its line of leadership, and 2022 is no different. At the final night awards dinner during MTI’s Fall Meeting in San Antonio, TX, 2021 President Jim Oakes from Super Systems passed the gavel to the new 2022 President, Don Hendry from Pinson Valley Heat Treating out of Pinson, AL.   With Pinson Valley Heat Treating being a member since 1988, Don Hendry brings a wealth of knowledge, vision, and history to the table as President. Don is a 3 rd generation heat treater with his grandfather starting the business in 1970. This is Don’s second stint on the MTI Board of Trustees. ...
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The Metal Treating Institute’s Fall Meeting, hosted October 3-5 in San Antonio, TX really hit the mark for all those in attendance. Many stated it was great to experience content so relevant to today’s challenges and opportunities, and the energy of the attendees was at an all-time high.      145 people attended, experiencing three days of high-level networking and content, focused on key issues impacting heat treaters and suppliers. The sessions included a set of table discussions where members weighed in on four topics suggested by those in attendance.   CLICK HERE to view the photo gallery and see the energy and excitement of MTI’s Fall Meeting. ...
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What takes a long time to build and a short time to destroy? Trust. One of the greatest attributes a leader can acquire is the ability to build trust. Even though competency is part of the trust formula, trust isn’t gained by being the hardest worker, having the most seniority or being the most skilled at a particular job. As   Stephen Covey   says, “The best way to build trust with another person is to make a commitment and keep it.” Building trust in the workplace requires leaders to be aware of behaviors that unintentionally diminish trust. Here are four leadership behaviors that diminish trust and what to do instead: Emotional instability The ...
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Enhanced perception and thinking about risk in new ways can help leaders navigate tumultuous times. “We weren’t expecting   that !” “It happened so fast.” “We never thought it would be this bad.” These are the kinds of comments one hears more and more lately. Even the most seasoned prognosticators have found themselves unable to divine an increasingly diverse array of disruptions: a sophisticated cyberattack, a devastating hurricane, a sudden grid collapse, or a ship wedged in the Suez Canal. “We will be in unprecedented territory again and again,” Rachel Cleetus of the Union of Concerned Scientists   told NPR   in a recent interview. Indeed, these ...
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WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - New orders for U.S.-made goods accelerated in August, pointing to sustained strength in manufacturing even as economic growth appeared to have slowed in the third quarter because of shortages of raw materials and labor. The Commerce Department said on Monday that factory orders increased 1.2% in August. Data for July was revised higher to show orders rising 0.7% instead of gaining 0.4% as previously reported. Orders have now increased for four straight months. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast factory orders gaining 1.0%. Orders shot up 18.0% on a year-on-year basis. "Factory orders continue to climb, a good sign for ...
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To what degree are team members treated with respect in your work culture? How often are they validated for their ideas, efforts, and contributions each day? Far too many work cultures -- and leaders -- dismiss, discount, and demean team members’ ideas, efforts, contributions, and concerns. Those lousy work cultures have a powerful negative impact on team members’ well-being. Meanwhile, the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on families, businesses, and sanity. TinyPulse’s  2021 state of employee engagement report  examined the post-pandemic impact on engagement. 66% of respondents agreed that employees in their organization are experiencing emotional exhaustion. ...
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Companies of all types have been affected by pandemic-related supply chain disruptions, but many of the operational challenges they’ve faced over the past 18 months were magnified by the pandemic, not caused by it. Those problems reflect a longstanding and fundamental shortcoming in how companies’ relationships with their product and component suppliers are structured. Even in the absence of black swan events, manufacturers will continue to be at risk until they establish new ways to work with suppliers that ensure full transparency regarding the sources, availability, and life cycles of their mission-critical products and components. Most companies understand ...
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Smart manufacturing can offer manufacturers a great return on investment (ROI), but that can only happen if they focus on the business benefits. Today’s manufacturers face many challenges and are having to adopt new ways of doing business to stay competitive. Smart people and smart manufacturing technology are helping companies digitally transform facility operations for increased flexibility, agility, and responsiveness, but getting there is easier said than done. Whether it’s called smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0, or the Industrial Internet of Things, (IIoT), installing a smart platform for the sake of implementing new technology doesn’t produce the ...
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Dive Brief: Manufacturers during the next 12 months plan to increase wages and full-time employment by 3.5% and 3.8%, respectively — record rates in quarterly surveys dating to 1997, according to the   National Association of Manufacturers . They expect to push up capital spending by 3.6%, the highest increase since 2018.   “Manufacturers are continuing to invest in their companies — both in workers and in capital — at paces that would indicate an extremely positive outlook in their business moving into next year,” said NAM, referring to a survey conducted between Aug. 10 and 30.   The companies see workforce shortages as their biggest risk, followed ...
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One of the most powerful information tools for any member is MTI’s website, HeatTreat.net.   Through MTI’s website members can access key information with sales trend reports, financial forecasts, plant safety documents, weekly industry updates, monthly live webcasts, 24/7 connection to over 1,500 owners and key executives at MTI member companies and details on MTI’s meetings.   These are just a few of the many information resources heat treaters are accessing on a daily basis.   Here's is the cool thing…it’s all accessible through MTI’s mobile app, MTI Connect.   You can download the free app from your app store and have everything MTI in the palm of ...
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The economics are compelling, but technological challenges abound that are unique to this market.   The trucking industry is betting heavily on increasing levels of autonomy and electrification to reduce the cost of moving goods and to overcome persistent problems. The economics of autonomous driving are compelling, not least of which is an almost perpetual shortage of qualified drivers, but there also are a number of technical hurdles to making this work. On top of the challenges facing the passenger car OEMs, there are issues about real-time adjustments for load shifting and weather, as well as how to ramp up the infrastructure needed to quickly charge ...
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But new orders placed in July marked a 5.6% decrease from the previous month of June, according to the most recent U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report.   U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $472.6 million in July, a 41.5% increase from the same month a year ago, according to the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report published Monday by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. New orders placed in July marked a 5.6% decrease from the previous month of June. The year-to-date total was just shy of $3 billion, a 48% increase from the total through July 2020. “July is typically a soft month in any year, and despite the massive ...
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Identifying risks, understanding regulations, and installing and maintaining equipment keep metal fabrication shop floors safe from dangerous fumes and particulates. The  COVID-19 pandemic  continues to bring greater awareness of the air we breathe throughout the world. Manufacturing facilities, businesses, schools, restaurants, and other public gathering places are focusing on air quality and questioning what is in the air that can sicken people. They also are finding new ways to test, monitor, and improve air quality. The lessons learned can be applied to manage fumes in welding and metal processing facilities. These six guiding principles can help a metal ...
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Most executives cite ransomware as their biggest security concern but few have run simulated attacks to prepare, says Deloitte. A successful  ransomware  attack can overwhelm an organization as we've seen many times, especially over the past several months. But while most organizations acknowledge the threat and risk of such attacks, how many are truly ready to defend themselves against one? New information from Deloitte examines whether organizations are properly prepared against a ransomware attack and offers advice on how to combat such attacks. Conducting an online survey of 50 C-suite and other executives in June 2021 about cyber threat detection and ...
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When Archer Aviation revealed the design of its electric air taxi earlier this year, it touted that the aircraft was “designed with certification in mind from the beginning.” Now, the upstart eVTOL developer has achieved a key milestone on that path with the issuance of a G-1 certification basis by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).    The G-1 issue paper spells out the airworthiness and environmental requirements that Archer will need to meet for type certification of its eVTOL aircraft. Archer said it engaged with the FAA’s Center for Emerging Concepts & Innovation and the Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office to develop the requirements, ...
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Throughout the years, one of MTI’s Past Presidents, Paul Tadlock, designed a series of bronze statues to celebrate the heat treating industry.   Numerous MTI plants have these statues in their plants. The MTI Educational Foundation will be giving away one of the famed bronze statues located in MTI’s home office called “The Forefathers” (see picture).   This statue costs $5,000 to purchase brand new.   The MTI Educational Foundation is selling 100 tickets for $1,000 a piece to raise $100,000 for the scholarship fund in the Foundation.   At the final night awards dinner on Oct. 6, one lucky member will win the bronze statue in a drawing from the 100 tickets. ...
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Think Vision

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Millions of businesses are meaningless, and they are dying as insects because leaders are not thinking about making their businesses meaningful. The difference between meaningless and meaningful, and valuable for you and others, is vision. If you have no vision for your business, then you have no real purpose.   Here We Have a Serious Problem We are living in a time of leadership blindness. Less than 0.1% of modern leaders have vision. At best, the vast majority are only pretending. They are hiding behind statements, wishes, financial reports, and personal ambitions. The greatness of your vision defines the greatness of your success. And as a result, ...
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Monday Economic Report

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U.S. Economy Grew 6.6% at the Annual Rate in the Second Quarter. The U.S. economy  grew  6.6% at the annual rate in the second quarter, buoyed by consumer spending and nonresidential fixed investment, with both continuing to rebound solidly. At the same time, faster growth was held back by federal government spending, net exports, residential investment and spending on inventories.  More importantly, real GDP is now 0.8% above the pre-pandemic levels seen at the end of 2019, a relatively quick turnaround given the magnitude of the decline in activity seen in the recession in February to April 2020. The current forecast ...
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Improve employee retention by having these three one-on-one meetings with your staff once a month. We all want to improve   employee retention . The question is how? Our knee-jerk answers to this question can feel opaque. Pay, perks, and promotion opportunities could matter…but to what degree? Employee recognition programs or more social activities could be helpful aspects…or will those efforts feel superficial?   Training for new managers   could also be beneficial…but who needs to be trained, and on what skillset areas? The fog begins to lift when we have a conversation with our team members   themselves . We must talk one-on-one with our team ...
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