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f you bring up the future of additive manufacturing (AM) in a room of ten AM users, you are going to hear twenty opinions. As the technology has developed, however, it is clear that AM is going to encroach on areas that have long been dominated by other processes, and the manufacturing world will have to adapt to this new reality. Adapting to the new reality, however, has benef its. According to Tim Shinbara, vice president of Technology for AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology, AM technology not only transforms the process, but also the manufacturer. “Using additive fundamentally changes how you design a part,” he says. “AM design is not about what shapes are possible to manufacture, but about what is the best possible shape the part could be.” Parts that were once machined as solid, straight-edged pieces bracketed together can be printed as a single piece with complex geometries that can reduce weight without losing strength. Developments in AM over the past decade have been working toward full production. While this was once considered elusive, maybe even impossible, the industry is nearly ready, according to Shinbara. “Metal production is here,” he says. To him, the only hurdles left are in design. “Once part designers figure out the applications and design around the additive process,

Additive manufacturing will be among the transformative technologies on display at an innovative manufacturing event. BY TRAVIS EAGAN VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

we will see more and more manufacturers adopt AM technology.” As technologies like generative design see further integration into the industry, leading to parts that can only be made additively, scale production via AM is inevitable. One of the big questions left unanswered is how AM technology will integrate into the larger manufacturing world. Numerous startups involved with AM are developing technolog y that is promising for AM’s adoption, but are not native to or connected with the manufacturing industry at large. To address this issue, AMT planned the upcoming MT360, an event designed to build bridges between manufacturers, technology developers and investors. “Transformative technologies are breaking barriers to entry for many companies unfamiliar with the world of manufacturing,” says AMT President Doug Woods. “MT360 is designed to bring traditional manufacturers and OEMs into contact with companies developing software and other innovations that will be crucial to getting the most out of these technologies.” Additionally, the event will introduce venture-capital firms to both groups, encouraging investment and technological innovation across manufacturing. These three groups—traditional manufacturers, non-traditional technology companies and venture-capital firms— are critical to forming a new ecosystem within the manufacturing world in which innovation can flourish, according to AMT. “The goal is for tech leaders to leave this event with knowledge they can leverage,” says Woods. “They should have a better understanding of their potential partners


and a better understanding of how they can utilize these transformative technologies.” In order to ensure the conference enables businesses to build prof itable relationships with each other, the event is limited to the technology leader s w it h i n t hese companies. “We want this event to enable attendees to develop understandings with areas of industry they might not interact with on a regular basis,” says Woods. “That is why we want the event to focus on the people who can make these relationships flourish.” Registration is now open. One of the primary features of MT360 will be the Tech Garages. These displays will showcase different combinations of transformative technologies used to overcome specif ic manufacturing challenges. The goal is to show how different technologies can be used together to create solutions in a real manufacturing environment. In addition to additive manufacturing, these technologies will include:

Augmented Reality - Any technology that uses digital displays to assist with manual tasks. Cognitive Automation - A spectrum of AI- or data-related tools that enable automation systems to sense and react to information. Digital Thread - Electronic connections that allow manufacturing information to follow a product through its entire production process. According to Woods, these technologies were chosen as the focus of the event because they are fundamentally altering the industry not only in how manufacturers approach their day-to-day tasks, but also in what companies serve the industry. They rely on advanced software to realize their potential, bringing new influencers into the manufacturing world. Dr. Alexander Huber, Investment Manager of AM Ventures, says his company agreed to participate in MT360 because it sees that technologies like AM are poised to fully integrate into the industrial space. “Compared to the industry five years ago, young entrepreneurs know 3D printing and its opportunities much better,” he says. “They know exactly how to overcome many of the limitations.” His company’s mission is to foster the development of transformative technologies, and additive manufacturing in particular. “We invest across the entire additive supply chain, including equipment, materials, software and companies developing new applications.” According to him, profitability must come second to developing the additive ecosystem. “We can enable industrial applications because we are investing broadly in the success of the technology.” Huber says his company immediately saw the value of participating in MT360, as the event enables technology leaders to look beyond the confines of their own environments and think about how their technology provides value to the industry. The MT360 event will take place June 1820 in Santa Clara, California. Registration is open at All proceeds will go toward supporting the MTConnect open technical standard for manufacturing.

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INDUSTRY NEWS Manufacturing survey shows manufacturers are optimistic about 2019

LEA Manufacturing Outlook Survey Results Summary

The Leading Edge Alliance teamed with accounting firm Anders for their 3rd annual 2019 LEA National Manufacturing Outlook Survey. More than 350 manufacturers were surveyed last October. The data is representative of manufacturers from 24 states with large segments from the Southeast and Midwest. Countries included Belgium, Canada, France, and Germany.

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The Arthur G. Russell Company, Inc. (AGR), a provider of state-of-the-art automatic assembly equipment, announced that it has launched a new logo to better reflect the company's vision for the future of automation and its commitment to serving the global automation community. The new logo—which depicts a globe encircled by a gear—will feature prominently on the company's website and corporate materials. "We have always been a world leader in automation, and we want our identity to reflect that," said Jason Ensminger, executive vice president of AGR. "The new logo represents the company as modern and growing while supporting its vision for the future. The logo has changed to better represent what the company is today." Since 1945, Arthur G. Russell has been an innovator in the field of high-speed automated assembly systems. The company designs, builds, installs, and supports worldclass assembly, test, inspection, and packaging systems. Serving a wide range of industries and specializing in ultra-high-volume medical devices and consumer products, it provides custom solutions for even the most demanding automation applications. "While the logo has changed to better represent the future of the company, our core values remain the same," said Bob Ensminger, CEO. "Our industry expertise and use of technology emphasizes our forward-thinking approach." An updated corporate website will be introduced as well ( It will mirror the new identity and showcase the company's strengths, products, and services. UC teams with Mazak to improve predict-and-prevent measures in manufacturing The University of Cincinnati’s Center for Intelligence Maintenance Systems recently worked with Mazak to


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optimize its manufacturing process and reduce potential downtime caused by breakdowns. IMS takes on nearly a dozen projects like this every year. “If you’re a company that is manufacturing a product, your top priorities are remaining on schedule and producing high-quality products,” says Hossein Davari, Ph.D., associate director of University of Cincinnati’s Center for Intelligence Maintenance Systems (IMS). “We develop predictive analytics for monitoring machine and predictive failures,” Davari said. “Mazak wanted us to develop a system like this for their machine tools.” Davari and UC Professor Jay Lee, Ph.D., led the year-long Mazak project. The team focused on the machine spindle (the machine’s rotating axis that holds the cutting tool during operation), which is usually the most expensive part of each machine. IMS demonstrated its Mazak prototype at IMTS 2018. The center is continuing their partnership with Mazak to bring a commercial product to market this year. “Our goal is to reduce costs for manufacturing,” says Davari. “In the future, we hope to expand this technology to other components and have more advanced analytics to better predict and prevent failure.” Midaco Corporation is pleased to appoint Mike Munao as vice president of sales. Mike initially joined Midaco as a CNC machinist 28 years ago in 1991. He has advanced through progressively more responsible positions as shop foreman and then sales where he has played a key role in our growth as a company. Mike thus brings a wealth of machining knowledge to the sales department and has firsthand experience with the evolution of Midaco’s Pallet Changer Systems and productivity solutions. We are excited about his new role in the company. AMT NEWS Amber Thomas, Vice President Advocacy & Communications Faith Ambrosini, Production Managing Editor Cesar Sosa, Art Director Ashley Park, Graphic Designer Submit company news articles to: ADVOCACY Amber Thomas 571-216-7448

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Winter is coming BY PAT MCGIBBON CHIEF KNOWLEDGE OFFICER For those who don’t have a significant other engrossed in Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming” is a message of warning and encouragement on the need for constant vigilance. However, I think the series’ author may have borrowed it from masons and concrete workers, for whom it means “Don’t over enjoy your paycheck today, because it will be smaller during cold weather.” Our market experienced a modest downturn between 2014 and 2017 and overwhelming growth since the beginning of 2017. Fourth-quarter orders in 2018, even after an amazing third quarter that included IMTS, were larger than 2017 fourth-quarter levels. January and February are starting off slow relative to the past six months but will likely outpace the same time frame in 2017, though modestly. The top analysts of our industry see growth in 2019

at single-digit levels and with most of that growth occurring before August. The U.S. market indicators continue to look strong for our customer base. The Purchasing Managers’ Index moved upward in January 56.6 up from 54.3. The Department of Labor announced that employment in January grew by 304,000 jobs, significantly above the 223,000 average for 2018. Preliminary estimates for many of the Top Ten Indicators point toward positive movement. Manufacturers are looking to invest in new, more productive equipment and invest in expansion as well. The United States was one of the fastest growing manufacturing sectors in the world during the past six months and is the second largest manufacturing country in the world. Both points make the United States an attractive place to invest and manufacture. Great news, right? Yes, in that opportunities are already significant and will be

expanding, albeit more slowly. However, there is a cloud around that silver lining – the U.S. market has a target on its back. While the U.S. manufacturing technology market continues to grow at a slower pace, other global markets have begun to flounder. Germany’s manufacturing technology orders are off 20 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017. The Eurozone has seen industrial production begin to fall during the fourth quarter of 2018. Japan’s industrial production index fell in the third quarter of 2018, and fourth-quarter data is expected to show less than one percent year-over-year growth. While China’s industrial production index continues to grow at more than five percent growth rates, five percent is not enough to fuel China’s huge manufacturing technology expansion. The bottom line – both United States and foreign builders are likely to look to their U.S. customer base to help smooth out the ramp up in capacity in the past two years to deal with the rapid expansion of the global manufacturing technology market. 

“Don’t over enjoy your paycheck today, because it will be smaller during cold weather.”

Expect that cloud to settle over the market before summer arrives. If you have any questions about the information above or would like more details, don’t hesitate to reach out to Pat McGibbon at 703-827-5255 or

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European market update – opportunities and growth BY HUBERT SAWICKI CONSULTANT, EUROPE Recent years have been good for the European economy. Most all the markets of the EU’s 28 members have steadied and demonstrated some solid growth. A few of the markets in Central Europe have been particularly strong. Romania is experiencing the fastest growth in the EU at an impressive five percent and is closely followed by Poland, Czechia, and Hungary. These countries boast low unemployment and continued investment, most notably from Germany (world’s 4th largest economy). Germany, has been experiencing quite strong domestic growth and has also been investing heavily in France, which has an appealing industrial base known to embrace innovation. France continues to attract foreign investment projects at unprecedented levels reaching a 10-year high in 2018. Foreign direct investments (FDI) is a success story across Europe. The largest markets, France and Germany, have about 25 percent of their production activities coming from FDI. The Central European countries also derive a fair amount of their industrial production from FDI. One interesting titbit outside of Europe is that Russia has had about 250 new significant FDI projects per year for the last two years, primarily in manufacturing. China is working hard to increase its presence in Europe



through FDI and is making significant progress in Italy, the UK, and capital-hungry Central Europe. Not surprising, China has become Russia’s No.1 source of foreign investment. Overall, there is good news for AMT members in Western and Central Europe. Numerous U.S.-controlled manufacturing projects are planned or in need of new capital equipment. Most notably, these are in the aerospace, automotive (tier 2 and 3), machinery engineering, transport, and off-road equipment sectors. A few interesting statistics: • In Germany the U.S. stock of $100 billion was exceeded in 2016 and is still rising • United States is the main foreign investor in France • U.S. investments are responsible for 220,000 jobs in Poland, a $5 billion economic infusion • In both Czechia and Hungary, capital expenditures total $2 billion/year • The Nordic countries produced more than 400 U.S. projects in 2017 It is important to note that by conservative estimates, 30 percent of these U.S. investments/projects are in manufacturing and require technology that is supplied by AMT members. That spells OPPORTUNITY! Whether your plan calls for initial market research, channel development, direct sales, logistics assistance, or good ol’ advice, our European office is here to help.  Please feel free to reach out to Hubert Sawicki at






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IMTS, A show in a constant state of renewal BY PETER R. EELMAN VICE PRESIDENT, EXHIBITIONS AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT I’m often asked, “What’s new and different with the next IMTS?” My answer is always the same, “Virtually everything!” While we learn from each show, we begin planning for the next IMTS with an eye toward the changes and evolution of the technologies that drive the interest for our audience. Looking toward IMTS 2020, the Additive Manufacturing Pavilion continues to grow at an exciting pace. It will now extend well into West Building proper and will include many more of the well-known additive industry companies, some participating in IMTS for the first time. Digital manufacturing is far more than a buzz word. Its presence at IMTS is now interwoven into virtually ever y IMTS pavilion as companies recognize the need to incorporate new design techniques into their manufacturing process. Although pervasive throughout the show, digital manufacturing remains as the central theme of the Controls & CAD-CAM Pavilion, which is also expanding. Even at this stage, 17 months out, IMTS 2020 appears to be another record-setting show in terms of size and clearly a technology hub for manufacturing. Whether looking to upgrade equipment and/or invest in digital manufacturing capabilities, visitors arriving to IMTS 2020 will clearly feel the theme of renewal as they encounter new technology, equipment, and design that was not yet on display at IMTS 2018. If you haven’t renewed your part icipat ion in I M TS, reg ister at 

EASTEC delivers advanced manufacturing solutions and more Given the continued growth of the manufacturing technology industry in the Northeast, AMT members should consider adding EASTEC 2019 to their calendars. On May 1416, 2019, in West Springfield, Mass., EASTEC will deliver new technologies, new suppliers, and new solutions. Brought to you by AMT and SME, EASTEC is where the Northeast’s long-standing manufacturing tradition intersects with the future of the industry. With more than 13,000 attendees from several industries including aerospace, automotive, medical, defense, and industrial/commercial machinery, EASTEC is the must-attend manufacturing show in the region. Visitors will enjoy educational presentations, informative workshops, and fun networking events. Manufacturers will find solutions in automation, smart manufacturing, additive manufacturing, and waste reduction. Speakers on the economy, marketing, leadership, and workforce development offer insight and tactics to plan for future business success. Featured speakers and highlights include: • Simulation Advancements in “Industry 4.0,” Serge Viau, Sales Engineer, CGTech • Keynote: Riding the Crest — Economic Outlook, Alan Beaulieu, President and Principal, ITR Economics • Tooling Life in the Age of Regulation: Life After Chlorinated Paraffins, Hoon Kim, Senior Principal R&D Scientist, BASF/Chemetall • The Future of Robotic Welding, Pete Rogers, Vice President of Operations, Acieta Additionally, on May 15, SME’s day-long Additive Manufacturing (AM) Seminar Series will focus on the materials used to produce production-ready parts. To receive a complimentary registration, visit


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ARMATURE interview with Tim BY AMBER THOMAS VICE PRESIDENT, ADVOCACY & COMMUNICATIONS Last month, ARMATURE Solutions Corporation became a member of AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Their first order of business: schedule an interview with AMT VP - Technology Tim Shinbara to talk about the past, present, and future of manufacturing technology. Below is an excerpt from that conversation. What are some of the ways in which manufacturing technology has evolved in the past decade or so, and what are some of the big things on the horizon? If you had to choose one word, it’s “digitization.” That’s two-fold for me. The first part is taking an analog technology and migrating it to a digital nature, so that we can scale the information and quicken the transport, or we can exponentially increase storage. That’s what digitization does for folks. The second part is new technologies coming to market that are almost solely based in the digital world. Additive is a perfect example, because it’s one of the purest discrete technologies that never had a 2D element to it. It’s always been in the 3D world, computerized and digitized. For me, “digitization” is the first word that comes to mind to describe the evolution we’ve seen in the past decade, and “connectivity” is the second. Those two things led to gains in visibility, which is of tremendous

value for a production factory owner. To see and visualize your data allows you as a human to better ascertain what’s going on, whether it’s troubleshooting or optimization. That’s the last 10 years. The next couple years, I think, take those as enablers to really move toward interfaces of things-to-things and of things-to-business-processes. The idea is let’s not just stop at collecting and visualizing data, let’s utilize it. Looping that data back so it can be instant to manufacturing, pulling that data into your CFO’s office in real-time or near-real-time to increase visibility on costs, real-time pricing, impact-to-cost when you change your process, things like that. Looking forward, I see one enabling technology: AI. Whether you’re talking about training the data or being able to discern things without having to know everything about every data point, there are huge benefits in the process world to know those things. AI can show me the trends, peaks, and troughs, and I can take from that and add a little bit of human ingenuity and the experience to know what the peak and trough mean to me. There are tremendous gains just in time alone in having AI help in a lot of that. Going forward, I think we’re going to see a lot more gains in the manufacturing technology space in interfacing with other pieces of equipment and other business processes, and then I think we’re going to see AI become a tremendous enabling feature for people to make intelligent decisions based on all that highvolume data. 


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While the February topic in our 2019 Manufacturing Tech Council webinar series is “Advanced Sensors,” I want to give you some early reading on our focus area for March – Hybrid Manufacturing. We explored the latest advances in additive manufacturing (AM) in a webinar last year that looked at the promise and progress of 3-D printing. Hybrid takes AM to the next level by combining 3-D printing capabilities with traditional CNC machinery – in essence, you’re blending “additive” functionality with “subtractive” processes like milling to create components for which 3-D printing alone isn’t adequate. As with most emerging technologies in our industry, hybrid manufacturing capabilities are being brought to market by major machine tool suppliers, as well as a crop of younger companies that are focused on delivering either all-in-one hybrid systems or AM add-ons for existing machine tools. I’ve put together some reading below that I hope you’ll find useful in exploring this topic further. If you have any content you think will be valuable to your MTC colleagues, please let me know and I’ll share. To begin, I think you’ll find that this piece from ( does a good job of laying out the basics of hybrid manufacturing. It also cites some of the larger and emerging companies playing in the field already. provides some additional insight in this article ( that also provides insights into how Autodesk is exploring the technology in its UK-based Advanced Manufacturing Facility. PTC explores how CAD will integrate with hybrid in this explainer ( My favorite article is this case study (

on how the U.S. Marine Corps is exploring the capabilities of hybrid manufacturing in the field. I was not aware of the so-called “Expeditionary Manufacturing” unit that creates or repairs parts near the front lines. Here’s an excerpt from the piece: “For instance, a broken steering-column pinion gear might render a Humvee inoperative, but obtaining this replacement part far forward in the field fast enough to matter might be close to impossible. Existing portable machine shops offer milling or turning capabilities. Yet a part like a pinion gear is too challenging for systems such as these, for multiple reasons. The part is too complex to make on a lathe or mill in an exigent setting and carrying enough raw material to be prepared to make a part such as this would represent a problem in itself, since machining a shaft with gear teeth out of solid stock would mean cutting a lot of material away. The challenge and the opportunity of metal AM lies in the mindset change necessary to reevaluate challenges such as this. Marines—just like shops adopting AM—need to rethink long-standing assumptions about what kinds of parts can now be fabricated quickly.” also offers a look into how GE ( is using hybrid in turbine blade repair and gaining a bunch of efficiency through the process. Finally, if you’re open to a deep dive into the topic, you can peruse this report from (bit. ly/ScienceDirect_AM) that explores the practicality and value of creating hybrid manufacturing hubs that traditional manufacturers could tap into, versus investing in their own expensive upgrades. Thanks for reading. I hope this information proves valuable to you and your colleagues.


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Reflections from the Consumer Electronics Show BY JONATHAN NGUYEN INDUSTRY ANALYST, STRATEGIC ANALY TICS Over the past 50 years, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has attracted both business leaders and “outside-thebox” thinkers. CES is the global stage and proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies in the upcoming consumer technologies market. As an industry analyst at AMT, I get to see and hear about new advancements in the manufacturing technology industry, so I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to attend CES and explore the robotics and 3D printing industry. CES is a massive show, and it was overwhelming at f irst as a solo attendee, but that didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying my hunt. I specif ically sought robotic arms that allow for end of arm tooling or have an end effector for additive manufacturing, while also keeping an eye out for any 3D printers with metal capabilities. What follows is a spotlight of three companies I visited. Harmonic Drive engineers and manufactures precision

servo actuators, gearheads, and gear component sets. Harmonic Drive actuator and gear applications are seen in robotics, spaceflight applications, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, factory automation equipment, medical diagnostics, and surgical robots. During CES, Harmonic Drive had a robotic arm fitted with one of their actuators. The rotary actuator equipped to the arm produces high force and unparalleled positional accuracy. Harmonic Drive manufactures their own cross roller bearings, harmonic and planetary gearing, and state-of-the-art brushless servo motors and encoders, allowing them complete control over the design of these critical components for their products. Haddington Dynamics displayed Dexter, their “3D Printed 7-Axis Robotic Arm.” Haddington Dynamics supplies their 7-axis fully assembled robotic arms and kits to NASA, GoogleX, and Toshiba. Dexter, fitted with custom gripper fingers, was originally made using PLA material; a customer suggested the use of Markforged’s Onyx material that contains continuous carbon fiber reinforcement to achieve desired strength. Thus, the Haddington Dynamics and

“Advancements like robotic arms, metal 3D printers, and servo actuators are critical to continued innovation...”

Markforged relationship was born. Dexter is now almost completely made from Markforged 3D printer parts, saving Haddington Dynamics 58 percent in costs. Markforged was founded on the intersection of traditional manufacturing and cutting-edge material science. Markforged has created the world’s only ecosystem of plastic, metal, and composite 3D printers. Most notably, they offer Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM), whose four-step process of “Design, Print, Sinter, and Part” blends 3D printing and metal injection molding. After designing a part, uploading the file, and selecting the metal materials to be included, metal powder bound in plastic is printed into the part’s shape layer by layer, scaling up to compensate for shrinkage during the sinter phase. The finished part is pure metal and ready for use. Although manufacturing technology is not seen as “mainstream” at CES, it has not stopped companies from exhibiting at the show year after year. Advancements like robotic arms, metal 3D printers, and servo actuators are critical to continued innovation of consumer-grade tech. Consumers are realizing and appreciating the fact that their beloved daily-use electronics (or parts of them) are designed, machined, and produced through technologies exhibited at CES and IMTS. 

Have you heard of Cleveland’s Blockland Initiative? BY AMBER THOMAS VICE PRESIDENT, ADVOCACY & COMMUNICATIONS The initiative is the brainchild of Cleveland civic leader, Bernie Moreno, who believes blockchain is the next internet and Cleveland will be the center of the innovation. “We’ve got to think moonshot,” Moreno said in a 2018 interview with “And this is a moonshot that’s possible. If I said to you, ‘Hey, we’re going to be the world capital of the internet,’ you would say, ‘Hey, uh, that kind of happened already … But this is something we can do. This is unique. I’m so hyper about it, because if we don’t do it now, we’ll say two years from now, ‘Well, we should have done that.’ And then we’ll be a bit player in this deal.” There is lots of interest. At a December conference at the City Club of Cleveland, a sold-out crowd gathered to hear the latest news on Blockland, including hundreds of developers learning new skills and highly-lauded technology CEOs explaining why blockchain matters and why Cleveland might have a shot at leading the way. In the 2019 pipeline—a downtown technology hub and a new think tank dedicated to blockchain, technology adoption, and research. Several universities are working to incorporate blockchain into the curriculum, with schools like Baldwin Wallace University already offering certificates.  For updates follow Blockland on Twitter: @BlocklandCLE




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Cybersecurity is a challenge both parties want to address this year and Capabilities. Right now, there are too many committees and subcommittees claiming jurisdiction over cybersecurity. That creates a logjam in the process as multiple groups consider It may not seem like it today, but there is the legislation. Fewer bills will make it to life on Capitol Hill beyond shutdowns and the floor for a vote as a result. trade wars. There are cyberattacks. Rep. Langevin and Sen. Ron Johnson Online threats are evolving every day. The (R-WI), chair of the Homeland Security warning “You’ve been hacked!” is a phrase and Governmental Affairs Committee, are that makes faces go pale—young and old, advocating to bring cybersecurity under businesses and individuals, republicans and the jurisdiction of the Homeland Security democrats. Yes, enhancing cybersecurity committee in each chamber. That would is an issue that could see bipartisan action pave the way for a smoother path through in the 116th Congress. In January, nine the legislative process. Still, time is running separate bills were introduced. What will short in this legislative session even as it’s become of them? “There are challenges that must be addressed before just begun. AMT will keep members abreast of developments any concrete action can be taken,” says Representative manufacturing. Jim Langevin (D-RI), Chair of the House Armed impacting  CONSUMER SECURITY Ser v ices Subcommittee on Emerg ing Threats BY AMBER THOMAS VICE PRESIDENT, ADVOCACY & COMMUNICATIONS


Federal CIO Authorization Act of HR 247 The European Union’s General Data 2019 Protection Regulation (GDPR) A bill to establish the Office of requires businesses to disclose S 29 Critical Technologies and Security data breaches to consumers and regulators, HR as well as implement 362 Energy Emergency Leadership Act data security measures. It is HRCongress 57 CAPITALS Act possible that will include data security measures in any Enhancing Grid Security through HR 359 federal privacy legislation, and use Public-Private Partnerships Act elements of GDPR as a model. HR 360 Cyber Sense Act HR 328

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The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) CYBERSECURITY TRACKER ADVOCACYrequires businesses to disclose data breaches to consumers and regulators, as well as implement data security measures. It is possible that Congress will include data security measures in any federal privacy legislation, and use elements of GDPR as a model.

X omnibus, Congress In the FY 2018 allocated $380 million to improve the cybersecurity of state voting X X systems. Congress also introduced numerous X Xelection cybersecurity X bills in 2017 and 2018, including X X the bipartisan Secure Elections Act (S. 2261/H.R. 6663), but none of X X the bills passed. In the 116th Congress, legislators may look to X reintroduce election cybersecurity To require the Sec. of State to legislation and continue to fund design and establish a Vulnerability X election security measures. Disclosure Process

HR 334

To increase cybersecurity education and job growth

HR 370

Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act


CONSUMER SECURITY The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires businesses to disclose data breaches to consumers and regulators, as well as implement data security measures. It is possible that Congress will include data security measures in any federal privacy legislation, and use elements of GDPR as a model.

ELECTION CYBERSECURITY In the FY 2018 omnibus, Congress allocated $380 million to improve the cybersecurity of state voting systems. Congress also introduced numerous election cybersecurity bills in 2017 and 2018, including the bipartisan Secure Elections Act (S. 2261/H.R. 6663), but none of the bills passed. In the 116th Congress, legislators may look to reintroduce election cybersecurity legislation and continue to fund election security measures.

FEDERAL AGENCY CYBERSECURITY In September 2018, the House passed the Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act (H.R. 6443), but the bill stalled in the Senate. In 2019, the House may look to the Department of Homeland Security to lead federal agency cybersecurity through programs like Einstein and Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation. Additionally, Congress will need to decide how much FY2020 funds to appropriate for the Technology Modernization Fund, which gives federal agencies grants to implement IT and cybersecurity projects. In FY2018, Congress appropriated $100 million, although it is allowed to appropriate up to $250 million per fiscal year.


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Scenes from the Grand Opening of the new MTEC at the Richard J. Daley College in Chicago.







“More than 250 students, educators, administrators, policymakers, members of the Daley family, and the media were in attendance along with members of the manufacturing technology industry”

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Machining lab with equipment from Haas Automation, as well as a Fanuc Robodrill and integrated robot cell. The Robotics and Automation lab also features robots and cobots, and automated robots with welding end effectors are part of the Lincoln Electric Welding lab. The Metrology lab features CMMs from Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology, as well as measuring equipment from Mitutoyo and The L.S. Starrett Company. There is also Mitsubishi EDM equipment in the school. The MTEC has a makerspace in Classroom 108, which includes desktop CNC milling machines, 3D printers, and hand tools. It will soon include fabricating tools through a donation from AMT, made possible through proceeds from sponsors and participants of the Miles For Manufacturing 5K at IMTS 2018. The new MTEC at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago is the new national standard for all communities to model as a key tool in resolving the skills gap in manufacturing in their local area. Chicago may be the second City, but this MTEC is second to none.






BY GREG JONES VICE PRESIDENT, SMARTFORCE DEVELOPMENT In January, the beginning of the new semester at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago also marked a whole new beginning for career and technical education for students on the south side of the Second City with the grand opening of a new Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Center (MTEC). More than 250 students, educators, administrators, policymakers, members of the Daley family, and the media were in attendance along with members of the manufacturing technology industry for the grand opening, ribbon-cutting ceremony. The crowd heard comments about the planning and program development process from Illinois Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan; Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, Juan Salgado and a keynote address from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The new MTEC is not just a brand-new building, but a whole new approach to attracting and educating students, which also includes completely new and modern equipment in CNC machining, state-of-theart robotics & automation, metrology, mechatronics, EDM, 3D printing, and welding all to support the needs of local manufacturing employers. The M TEC includes a



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Whatever happened to instruction manuals? BY STEVE LESNEWICH VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBER SERVICES I find it amazing that today, in this world of social media and information technology, some of the coolest things I’ve learned about my smart phone I learned by happenstance, not from the manufacturer. I mean whatever happened to instruction manuals? My old HP-12C financial calculator, that I still use, has a 245-page instruction manual. Whenever I forget how to run a calculation, which I’m sad to say is often, I look in the manual, and there it is step by step. I know you’re thinking, “No big deal if you want to find something, just ‘Google it.’” Well, to just “Google it” you need know what you’re looking for. With my old HP12C instruction manual there is an index, and in thumbing through the index I am always amazed at some of the stuff that I find. My point is, unless you just happen to run across a cool new idea for your smart phone, we have no way to know about it. It’s the same as a tree falling in the forest. If no one is around, does it make a sound? I digress. The following are two cool things that you can do with your iPhone that I just happened to stumble across. As a road warrior, I think you’ll agree that these ideas will make you a bit smarter and a lot savvier about your phone. 1. This first tip I got from my wife, Mary Ann, who learned it from Ryan Seacrest on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” Did you know that your iPhone keyboard can be used as a “trackpad” for text messages and emails? Let’s say you’re like me and want to make a change in a text you composed, you probably go through a lot of frustration. My fat fingers can never get the cursor exactly where I want it. To make matters worse, the change I want to make is usually on the right side next to the send arrow. I inevitably miss the word and mistakenly send an unfinished text. To create a cursor, all you need to do is press and hold down on the text keyboard, and the keys will disappear. Without the key board, you can slide your thumb around in this space and move the cursor to where you want it. It’s just that easy. Try this, you will love it.





2. This next tip is also cool. It’s for when you’re driving hands free and can’t look at your cell phone; or you are just too lazy to pick up the phone to see who’s calling. If you want to know who’s calling and not look at your phone, simply change the ring tone. You can do this two different ways that I know about. a. The first is to create a ringtone for each different group of contacts. For example, a ringtone for those you would probably want to talk to and another ringtone for those you probably don’t want to talk to. In order to do this, just go to your contacts menu, select the person whose ringtone you wish to change and choose “Edit.” From there, go to “Ringtone” and tap on “Default.” You will be met with a set of options that you can choose for the person of your choice. So maybe for the people you want to talk to use “Piano Riff” and for those you don’t “Duck” (quack, quack!) You do this for every contact that you want to put in each specific group. So, from now on, if you’re driving hands free and you hear the “Piano Riff” no worries about answering the phone. If you hear “Quack, Quack” ignore the call, turn up your radio volume and drive on. b. Now, if you’re feeling creative, the second way to create a unique ringtone is from one of the free ringtone apps you can get at the app store. I use ringtone Designer 2.0. because it’s so easy to do and the instructions, both written and video, are very easy to follow. With these apps and the music saved in your iPhone, you can record short music sound bites of exactly the part of the song you want to use as a ringtone. For example; for my wife, Mary Ann, I use “Brown Eyed Girl,” for my daughter, Krista “Storm Warning,” (enough said) and from the office “Taking Care of Business.” Having unique ringtones allows you to immediately identify the caller with the unique sound bites that fits their personality. So, the next time you’re sitting in your hotel room or out to dinner by yourself, download one of the free apps and start creating those sound bites. Since I must rely on cool new ideas for my smart phone from outside sources, if any of you have some tidbits that our readers should be aware of, just let me know and I’ll pass it on. Next month we’ll talk about my new best friend and administrative assistant, Siri. 


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Michigan Acme Manufacturing FANUC Star Cutter/Star SU

CALIFORNIA Southwestern Industries 3DEO Index Designs Haas Automation

AMT comes to you BY KIM BROWN DIRECTOR, MEMBER SERVICES One of the best parts of my job is traveling around the country meeting members and learning about their businesses. In conferences, committee meetings, workshops and receptions, there are plenty of opportunities to engage; but I find my best discussions take place when I take AMT to the members. In January, I was part of a stellar team of AMT staff who visited members in California and the Detroit region. Two very different manufacturing ecosystems. In preparation for the visits, we had numerous calls with our members to personalize the visits and familiarize ourselves with the company staff who would be attending. A few comments stuck out during these calls—“Assume we know nothing about AMT.” That was not normally how I planned my presentations when meeting with a member, but from now on I will. “We aren’t the same company we were five years ago.” That also got me thinking, well neither is AMT. During the visits, which included awesome facility tours, we listened to our members’ opportunities and challenges of doing business in a transformed industry. After the meetings, there were two consistent themes as I discussed AMT’s Business Solutions: 1. “Wow, I didn’t know you did all that!” and 2. “How do I access all these great products and services?” In my future columns, I’ll try to help our members discover the best AMT tools for their companies. Thanks to our incredible hosts in California: Southwestern Industries, 3DEO, Index Designs, and Haas Automation; and in Michigan: Acme Manufacturing, FANUC, and Star Cutter/Star SU. During a rainy week in Southern California and an

icy evening at the Detroit airport, your hospitality and honest conversation were much appreciated. Technology Solutions One question I was asked during my recent member visits: What is the MTCouncil? For that answer, I went straight to an excellent source of technology information at AMT: Ben Moses Technical Director in the Manufacturing Tech department, Doug Woods - President, Travis Egan - VP Business Development, and Tim Shinbara, VP Technology. K B: So Ben, what is A MT’s Manufacturing Technology Council? BM: The MTCouncil is a peerto-peer network of technologists and manufacturers interested in increasing the application of advanced manufacturing technologies. A seat on the council includes a live video learning series presenting on topical advanced manufacturing technologies, two in-person events, and a member portal for information on startups in the manufacturing space and other technology news and information. KB: Why is this important to our members? BM: Each webinar is focused on one specif ic technology topic with multiple speakers, companies that have advanced and tangible technologies in the area. During each webinar, the community can interact with the speakers, ask questions, and discuss potential next steps with those companies. These new technologies are transforming our industry and the MTCouncil puts you right in the passenger seat. KB: How can members learn more about MTCouncil topics and the free trial? BM: Recent topics include “Building a digital strategy”

and “Sensor technology.” To view the historical sessions and start a free trial, visit manufacturingtechcouncil. com to schedule a demo. KB: While we are talking about transformative and cutting-edge technologies, AMT has created a new event called MT360. Why? DW: MT360 is the intersection of manufacturing and technolog y. Manufacturing and technology alone are not enough. It’s the interconnection of manufacturing and technology that creates something greater. At MT360 the Silicon Valley tech community will collide with world-class manufacturing companies to create a new ecosystem where new ideas will be shared, new products will be imagined, and new business models will emerge. KB: Speaking of attendance, who will be attending MT360, June 18-20, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif.? TE: MT360 is about bringing together transformative people. This unification of disparate groups of likeminded people, digital technologies and manufacturing processes will accelerate innovation and create a competitive edge allowing us to crossover into the future. KB: And one more time: Why is it important to be there? TS: MT360 is about bringing together transformative technologies. Additive Manufacturing, Artif icial Intelligence, Cognitive Automation and the Digital Thread. Alone, these technologies will change the way we manufacture products. Together, they become truly transformational, allowing us to reimagine what is possible. Attendee, exhibitor, speaker, and sponsorship information can be found at 

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Transformative technologies are changing how we design and manufacture the products of the future, and at MT360, this transformation IS ALL AROUND YOU. AMT’s newest event will link the transformative technology world and the world of manufacturing technology. It is where big ideas will meet big business.

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