Yesterday, August 13, 2013, Southeast Community College celebrated the ribbon-cutting and dedication of a newly remodeled space in their Precision Machining and Automation Technology program at their Milford Campus.

The remodeled space is home to several new pieces of technology designed to keep Southeast Community College on top of the precision machining and advanced manufacturing industry. A few of these new machines include:

  • An Okuma Genos series lathe
  • A Haas CNC vertical milling machine
  • A Haas CNC lathe
  • A Haas CNC tool room lathe
  • A Fanuc robot

The $1.2 million facility represents a major step forward for Southeast Community College, and a great step forward for students who are attending/will attend the school. Students in the program will receive state-of-the-art hands-on training in machining, and will have the practical skills they need to succeed in the industry upon their graduation.

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Apparently Rem Sales has a new website and it’s a big rehab of the site. The new site boasts a user friendly UI with products drop downs and part drop downs from the main menu. There appears to be less clutter on the site and much more relevant matter.

For our industry, this is a big plus. Let’s wait and see how the rest of the giants follow their lead. Check out their site by clicking the image below or visiting www.remsales.com.

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According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Market is looking up in Texas.

Texas factory activity increased sharply in June, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, rose six points to 17.1, posting its highest reading in more than two years.

Notably stronger manufacturing activity was reflected in other survey measures as well. The new orders index climbed to 13 in June, a level not seen since July 2011. The capacity utilization index rose to a two-year high, jumping from 6.4 to 15.3. The shipments index advanced 12 points to 15.4.

Perceptions of broader business conditions rebounded strongly in June. The general business activity index rose to 6.5 after posting negative readings in April and May. The company outlook index soared 20 points to 13.3, reaching its highest level in 16 months.

Labor market indicators reflected steady labor demand and longer workweeks. The employment index was zero in June, suggesting no change in employment levels. The hours worked index moved up to 4.8 after four months in negative territory.

Price movements were mixed in June; input prices and wages rose while selling prices declined. The raw materials priceindex increased again this month, rising from 6.4 to 14.3. The wages and benefits index also strengthened, from 14 to 20, although the great majority of manufacturers continued to note no change in compensation costs. The finished goods priceindex remained negative for the third month in a row but moved up from -8.3 to -2.1. Looking ahead, 33 percent of respondents anticipate further increases in raw materials prices over the next six months, while 25 percent expect higher finished goods prices.

Expectations regarding future business conditions improved significantly in June. The index of future general business activity surged to 14.7 after negative readings in April and May. The index of future company outlook rose sharply as well, coming in at 21.8. Indexes for future manufacturing activity also moved up.

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To engage this new generation of manufacturers, we must restore — and elevate — the perception of manufacturing in America.
Oct. 11, 2012 10:55amEileen Markowitz, Thomas Industrial Network

While Americans are proud of the quality of our products, many have a far different perception of manufacturing jobs. They see manufacturing as “dead,” lacking opportunities or challenges, and even as dirty or “undesirable” work. They’re blind to the reality that today’s manufacturing jobs blend design with technology and robotics, and many pay extremely well.

When I was growing up, it seemed like everyone believed that United States manufacturers made the greatest products in the world. From our home appliances to our cars, we all chose Made in America products for their quality and their value. No other country put as much pride, innovation, and workmanship into their design, and looking elsewhere wasn’t even an option.

U.S. manufacturing was a flagship of our economy, and nothing could knock it from its pedestal –or so we thought.

Of course, the sentiment has changed since then as the economy has grown more global, and countries like China compete on price. But the pendulum is swinging back — or should I say forward — as Made in America quality once again becomes a status symbol for consumers and a competitive advantage for manufacturers here at home.

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U.S. stocks rose, following the biggest weekly decline since June in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, after a measure of manufacturing beat economists’ forecasts and concern aboutEurope’s debt crisis eased.

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) — Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker reports that the Institute for Supply Management’s U.S. factory index rose to 51.5 in September from 49.6 a month earlier. The dividing line between expansion and contraction is 50. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers.”

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) — Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, talks about the outlook for the U.S. equity market and investment strategy. He speaks with Betty Liu and Dominic Chu on Bloomberg Television’s “In the Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) — Bloomberg’s Mike McKee discusses economic expectations entering the fourth quarter with manufacturing and monthly jobs reports coming this week. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance”

Equities pared gains as Apple Inc. (AAPL), the world’s most valuable company, reversed an earlier advance. International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) climbed 1.5 percent to a record. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) increased 2.8 percent after a report said the stock will rise as much as Continue Reading »

Okuma put a white paper out recently that is helping customers determine the best time to call for help with spindle repair. This is critical in today’s manufacturing environment. Kudos to Okuma for being ahead of the curve and assisting the manufacturing world with this information. Read the article below.

When it comes to spindle repairs, getting the job done right, and getting it done fast are of the utmost urgency. In today’s competitive marketplace, uptime is everything, so determining the best path to getting your CNC machine back to cutting parts is essential. The choice between Continue Reading »

According to the latest reports Manufacturing output suffered and unexpectedly steep fall in April. Check it out!


Original Story Written By Melanie Defries from http://www.Printweek.com

Think things are up or down? Well in April, manufacturing output contracted by 0.7% compared to the previous month. Some sub sectors recorded falls of 6% while others rose by 8.1%. Want to see the details? Read it all here.

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