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API has introduced its 6DoF vProbe, a hand-held tactile probing system, for use with its portable RADIAN Pro and Plus Laser Tracker range, extending their dimensional measurements capabilities to perform part inspections conventionally performed by large fixed coordinate measuring machines (CMM).

The wirelessly-operated API vProbe allows measurement of intricate part features, including those outside the tracker's line-of-site, providing fast and accurate manual part inspections.

The vProbe, combined with a laser tracker, can provide more measurement versatility than a portable arm CMM while being significantly more accurate and more suitable for larger parts.
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New data released Friday by the Federal Reserve paints a more optimistic picture for U.S. industry. According to the Fed, U.S. industrial output edged up back in February, after falling a half percent at the start of the year.

However, when measured on its own, manufacturing output actually declined, albeit to a lesser degree than January (down a half percent, as opposed to January's one percent). Taking a longer-term view, it should be noted that manufacturing output has in fact increased significantly across most sectors over the past year.

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According to new data compiled by MNI, publisher of the U.S. industrial data that powers IndustryNet, Rhode Island manufacturing employment edged up over the past year.

A number of new and expanding manufacturing facilities were announced over the year, laying the groundwork for future growth in the state. In this article we'll explore some of the key growth trends for the state and take a look at why Rhode Island is becoming a top destination for manufacturers.
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While most people associate manufacturing with men, at various points in history, women-owned manufacturers have played key roles. In the United States, women have made crucial innovations in manufacturing or made up a significant portion of the workforce. In this article, we look at the role women have played in manufacturing in honor of Women's History Month. Then, we will explore the oldest women-owned manufacturers in the United States.

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Hydraulic systems depend on hoses in order to operate. Literally pumping the lifeblood of the system, hydraulic hoses have to be built to exacting standards to withstand the extremely high stresses placed upon them.

Subject to the same external factors that the hydraulics industry overall experiences, the hydraulic hose sector is slated to expand in the coming years. Forecasts are predicting that construction will be the biggest driver in the growth of the industry.

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Traditionally, manufacturing has been perceived as a male-centric profession.

This is slowly changing as more women enter the manufacturing industry and take an active role in management and ownership. Look back at some famous women in manufacturing throughout history before exploring current trends and take a look at the fastest-growing women-owned manufacturers in the U.S. today.
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In a new report released March 6th, the U.S. Commerce Department revealed the U.S. trade deficit of goods and services has reached its highest point in a decade, increasing by $9.5 billion to its current level of $59.8 billion. Total export of goods declined by $3.9 billion, while imports increased $5.5 billion.

When measured in terms of goods only (the U.S. currently runs a trade surplus in services) the U.S. trade deficit has actually reached its highest point in U.S history at $81.5 billion

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Hydraulic pumps are the mechanical devices that change mechanical power, converting it to hydraulic energy, and they play a crucial role in the larger industry of hydraulics.

Hydraulic pumps have numerous applications, spanning nearly every industrial or mobile hydraulic machine. As such, they can be found on everything from lifts to mixers to dump trucks to cranes.

To better understand the position of the hydraulic pump industry within the industry of hydraulics as a whole, consider some key statistics. While there are 99 companies in the hydraulic pump industry, hydraulics as a whole has 1,656 companies.
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Manufacturing is becoming more and more digitalized, thanks to increased awareness of the benefits of digital technology. Over 80 percent of CEOs consider mobile apps as a competitive advantage that is key to the success of their investments.

Evidence of the industry's desire to integrate technology can be seen in a recent survey, which indicated that mobile apps perform 48 percent of inspections. As a result, there is an ever-growing group of companies that are focused on transforming manufacturing into a fully connected industry through the use of apps, dedicated software and IoT enabled sensors.
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After bouncing back from an end-of-year slump in January, manufacturing activity cooled in February, according the Institute for Supply Management's latest survey of manufacturing executives.

U.S. manufacturing activity now stands at 54.2%, down 2.4% from January's reading of 56.3%.

Says Tim Fiore, Chairman of the ISM: "Comments from the panel reflect continued expanded business strength, supported by notable demand and output, although both were softer than the prior month."
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The hydraulic pump industry is one of several sections of the hydraulics industry as a whole. Hydraulic pumps are found in all hydraulic power transmission systems. These devices take mechanical energy and turn it into hydraulic energy.

A close inspection will show hydraulic pumps on nearly every industrial and mobile machine, such as mining equipment, graders, dump trucks, cranes, tractors, excavators and vacuum trucks.

They are also commonly found in industrial environments with applications in material handling, pallet jacks, steel mills and more. Some third-party estimates indicate that the global market for hydraulic pumps can reach $11.4 billion by 2024.
Posted by Don Layyous
We've all had our share of maintenance costs, downtime, and performance issues with our pumps in the past and no doubt we expect them to occur again tomorrow.

It's a symptom of a larger problem. The idea that you can just put a set of parts together and hope that they will deliver the outcome you need.

However, that doesn't need to be the case.

A different way of looking at the purchase of pumps and their accessories as well as how the system is designed, constructed and integrated offers a way to break through the old model of buying and assembling your own pump systems and have them built in a way that provides the performance required with a lower cost of ownership and more up time.
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President Trump said Sunday that the U.S. would be delaying the increase in tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods, originally scheduled to increase from 10% to 25% effective March 1st.

In two Tweets sent Sunday night, the President referenced "substantial progress" in the latest round of talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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According to new data compiled by MNI, publisher of the U.S. industrial data that powers IndustryNet, Maine added a record number of manufacturing jobs in the past year.

Gains were led by some of the state's top industries, including transportation equipment and food processing, while a number of new and expanding advanced manufacturing facilities laid the groundwork for future growth in the state.

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Industrial hydraulics is a fast-growing sector in the U.S. The industry comprises 1,656 companies 1,656 companies, offering a total of 54,819 jobs. This is an increase of 2.20 percent in jobs over last year's count of 53,638 jobs. The following article will take a look at the regional trends in growth for the industry.
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Industrial hydraulics are heavily used in construction and manufacturing, enabling massive cranes, excavators, precision machines and automated systems to function with often just one operator. As a result of this, the health of the industrial hydraulic industry is closely tied to the health of these other industries.

Industry overview

Used in hundreds of different sectors, industrial hydraulics enable work to be accomplished at an exponential rate. Widespread use resulted in the industrial hydraulics industry commanding nearly $24 billion of the U.S. economy.

The recent reshoring movement that revitalized American manufacturing also graced this sector. As manufacturers shifted strategies to avoid the tariffs imposed on imported Chinese goods, industrial hydraulics companies took advantage.

Sales increased by 1.45 percent over the previous year and 1,181 jobs were added, for an increase of 2.2 percent over the same interval. Domestic distribution remains slightly lower than other sectors at 70 percent, but this may change in the coming year as adjustments to tariffs become stabilized.
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New data released Friday by the Federal Reserve paints a gloomier picture for U.S. manufacturing at the start of 2019. According to the Fed, U.S. industrial output eased back in January, falling a half percent after posting its largest increase in ten months back in December of 2018.

However, a longer-term view shows the nation's industrial output has in fact increased significantly across most sectors over the past year.
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With its educated labor pool, solid infrastructure, availability of capital funding, and favorable regulatory environment. Virginia continues to hold great appeal for many manufacturers. Here's an overview of the strides made by the state in 2018, as well as an inside view of the state's outlook.

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The hydraulic cylinders industry is one of the many sectors that make up the larger industrial hydraulics industry.

Hydraulic cylinders are mechanical actuators that deliver unidirectional force via unidirectional strokes. The most common applications of hydraulic cylinders include construction equipment, civil engineering and manufacturing machinery.
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It is clear that hydraulic cylinder manufacturing is closely tied to many heavy industries. As a result, the industry has seen modest growth in both jobs and sales within the last year.
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U.S. manufacturing started out strong in January, with a number of reports pointing to an expanding manufacturing sector.

The Department of Labor reported the sector added 13,000 manufacturing jobs in January, adding to the staggering 261,000 jobs created in 2018.

In addition, the Federal reserve reported output was at a 10-month high, and the Institute for Supply Management released its monthly manufacturing report on business and found overall activity in the sector rebounded from its December.

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Even with the uncertainties of the government shutdown and import tariffs plaguing the U.S. economy, the U.S. manufacturing sector has remained largely unfazed, with employment, production, and new orders on the upswing.

From Rubber City (Akron, OH) to Rocket City (Huntsville, AL) here are just a few of the major manufacturer announcements made in January.
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According to new data compiled by MNI, publisher of the U.S. industrial data that powers IndustryNet, Oregon's manufacturing employment levels soared in 2018, with the state adding more than 3,000 jobs.

Gains were primarily led by food processing, the cornerstone of Oregon's industrial sector. However, employment increases were also seen across a broad range of industries, including medical instruments, chemical processing, and even furniture manufacturing, pointing to the diversity of the state's manufacturing climate.
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After reaching its lowest level in two years in December, U.S. manufacturing activity bounced back from its slump in January, according the Institute for Supply Management's latest survey of manufacturing executives.

U.S. manufacturing activity now stands at 56.6%, up 2.3% from December's reading of 54.3%.

Says Tim Fiore, Chairman of the ISM: "Comments from the panel reflect continued expanded business strength, supported by strong demand and output."

Among the many bright spots in January's ISM report, a surge in new orders was particularly welcome, with that reading climbing nearly 7% to 58.2% after a significant decline in December.

January's ISM report reflects a growing U.S. manufacturing sector, with the month's reading of 56.6% well above the 50% mark that is indicative of expansion. January stands as the 35th consecutive month of growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector, and the 117th straight month of growth in the economy overall.
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A company's public image makes a world of difference in achieving real success. Knowing how to address the public in clear, informative press releases will help your business cultivate an image of professionalism and reliability.

IndustryNet now offers industrial companies the opportunity to submit press releases to the IndustryNet blog. With thousands of industrial buyers visiting the blog each week, the IndustryNet blog is the ideal platform for suppliers to get their new product announcements, upcoming events, or any other exciting news about their business in front of the right audience.

However, if you have never written a professional press release, the process may seem daunting. These tips will help you formulate the perfect press release to communicate with current and potential clients and share your company's news.

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With an idea of the current status of the robotics sector, take a closer look at the fastest-growing companies within it. This list is based on employment growth and includes the number of employees on-site.
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With the U.S. government in shutdown mode since December 22nd, all eyes have been on Washington with hopes that the budget stalemate will soon resolve, and government operations can get back to normal.

The shutdown is already the longest in American history (breaking the record set in 1995, when the Clinton administration shut down the government for 21 days) and a number of reports suggesting the shutdown may stick around for a while.
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Robotics is a growing industry, which should come as no surprise as robots are increasingly used on production lines and for other tasks.

As such, robotics plays a key role in manufacturing. There are constant innovations, particularly in industrial robotics and robots for manufacturing purposes.
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As industrial businesses draw up their marketing budgets for the year, a common question among B2B marketing execs is: are these banner ads really worth the money?

As it turns out, that is becoming an increasingly important question. And the answer is: probably not.

According to this study, as reported by IndustryNet in January 2018, approximately 26 percent of Americans used some form of ad-blocking software. This software usage resulted in a loss of around $15.8 billion in ad revenue in 2017. That figure has been increasingly on the rise, with the latest data showing 30% of users are now employing some sort of ad-blocking software in 2018.
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The Marsh Bellofram Group of Companies today annouced details of its BelGAS CP P5300 Series back pressure regulator. This regulator has become the standard for the oil and gas industry. Built in accordance with the requirements of NACE-MRO175, the P5300 Series is known for its intermittent acting pilot, soft-seat material for bubble-tight shut-off, 300 psi max pressure, and cost effectiveness.
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