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September 2016 Edition
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Building the Next-Generation Manufacturing Workforce
Building the Next-Generation Manufacturing Workforce
Manufacturers today are stuck between a rock and hard place. On the one hand, many face an aging workforce that may retire without sharing key knowledge. On the other, some 80% of businesses are struggling to bring new talent into the door and up through the ranks. Unless things change, 2 million jobs will go unfilled even as manufacturers face a growing skills gap on their teams.
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Press Brake Bending: Forming Long and Skinny

Press Brake Bending: Forming Long and Skinny
Phoenix Products has more than doubled its size during the past year, and much of that growth has to do with tackling an unusual niche: the bending of long, skinny parts. The company invested in a press brake that could handle parts as long as 40 feet. It’s actually three 13-ft. press brakes tied together—a triplet, or tridem, system.
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New Solutions for Low-Volume, High-Mix Automation

New Solutions for Low-Volume, High-Mix Automation
Recent advances in software, vision systems, and 3D laser scanning now combine to enable what was previously impossible: profitable automated solutions for welding, cutting, gouging, and grinding in low-volume, high-mix applications. Unique parts that took 25 or more hours to fabricate now take 45 min.
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Servo Technology--Revenue Gains with Every Stroke

Servo Technology--Revenue Gains with Every Stroke
Metalformers know all-too well that parts are becoming more difficult to form. Complexity, and new materials—steels, aluminum alloys and others—challenge processes, procedures and equipment like never before. Presses, dies, coil feeds and other machinery can take a beating if not properly specified.
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Top Shops: 2016 Liquid/Powder Coating

Top Shops: 2016 Liquid/Powder Coating
Products Finishing published the results of the 2016 Top Shops Liquid & Powder Coating benchmarking survey results. Participating job shops and custom coaters shared production information and in return received the benefit of statistical data in order to improve their own operations and compete with the best in the industry.
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Sugar Ray Leonard to Deliver Keynote at FABTECH
Sugar Ray Leonard to Deliver Keynote at FABTECH
Boxing Legend, Successful Entrepreneur and Author, The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring, Sugar Ray Leonard will be the opening keynote speaker at FABTECH 2016 on Wednesday, November 16 in Las Vegas. The boxing champion will share his personal story, presenting a portrait of strength, courage and resilience, in and out of the ring.
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