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Posted by Don Layyous from Pye Barker Engineered Solutions
We've all had our share of high maintenance costs, high downtime, and performance issues with our vacuum pumps in the past and no doubt we expect them to occur again tomorrow. This doesn't need to be the case.
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During the past two decades, local sourcing has been eschewed in favor of outsourcing to find the lowest possible prices for manufacturing, processing and production. In that time, however, that practice has experienced changes brought about by the implementation of tariffs on China, one of the United States's largest trading partners.

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The U.S. metal stamping industry has seen rapid job growth despite relatively stagnant sales numbers the past year. Using the latest reliable industry data, let's take a look some of the statistics.

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New data released June 14th by the Federal Reserve finds U.S. industrial production regained lost ground in May, with increases reported across the board for manufacturing output, as well as mining, utilities and capacity utilization.
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The United States metal stamping industry comprises manufacturers that turn sheets of flat metal into a specific shape. The process can involve piercing, blanking, bending and other actions.

Metal stamping tends to offer quick turnaround times, high quality for durability and a low cost compared with other steel manufacturing techniques.

Predictions for the future of the metal stamping industry vary, but they're all positive. Some analysts now predict it will reach about $121 billion by 2026, driven in part by the automotive sub-segment.
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According to new data collected by MNI, researcher and compiler of the U.S. manufacturing data that powers IndustryNet, manufacturing companies in Michigan added jobs for an eighth straight year, creating more than 10,000 positions.

Over the past several years, Michigan has added manufacturing jobs at an unparalleled rate, rebounding by more than 100,000 jobs since the recession.

This article will take a closer look at Michigan's industrial sector, exploring top industries, growing companies as well as city and regional factors. We'll also examine why the state is a top destination for industrial companies and look at some of the challenges faced by the state's manufacturers currently.
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A number of new economic reports out this month indicate the U.S. manufacturing sector is headed toward a slowdown. So what challenges, exactly, are industrial executives facing?

Today, we're taking a look at how industry executives are navigating this new economic landscape as they look toward the future.

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With tariffs and trade policy changing recently and a potential for future changes, industrial buyers of automotive parts and accessories must remain informed and up to date.

With the proper background knowledge, the process of procuring U.S. auto parts can go more smoothly, keeping your company's production on track.
Posted by Frank Caprio, Corporate Trainer at Hose Master
One of the topics we get asked frequently is when to use metal hose.

There are many different types of hose available on the market. They include metal, rubber, composite, PTFE and fabric.

Typically, metal hose is used when no other (non-metallic) construction will successfully work in an application.

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A gauge of U.S. manufacturing activity slipped to its lowest level since October 2016, according to the Institute for Supply Management's May survey of manufacturing executives.

U.S. manufacturing activity now stands at 52.1%, down 0.7% from April's reading of 52.8%.
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Olympia Lighting recently announced it has won EC & M Magazine's "Product of the Year" Award in two categories.

Olympia, which provides smart indoor and outdoor LED lighting for a wide range of settings, including sports arenas, resorts, factories, hospitals and parking lots, won the esteemed award in two categories: Outdoor and Replacement Lamps.

Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) magazine, published monthly since 1901, is the technical authority for 130,000+ electrical professionals.

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The White House recently announced plans to impose new tariffs on imported goods from Mexico in response to immigration issues effective June 10th.

In a statement posted on, president Trump stated that an initial 5% tariff would be established June 10th.

If the crisis is not resolved, the White House goes on to say, the duties will be raised to 10% July 1st, 15% August 1st, 20% on September 1st, culminating in a whopping 25% tariff on imports from Mexico effective October 1st.
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The automotive parts industry affects nearly everyone in the country, at least indirectly, since eventually there is an end-user at the end of a long supply chain. Here, we explore the top 12 auto parts manufacturers in the United States.

But first, it helps to get an overall feel for the industry.
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The motor vehicle parts market is a massive economic engine for the United States, which has a supplier or manufacturer in all fifty states. But, tied to the fortunes of the auto industry, the suppliers that build components are easily affected by new vehicle sales and international trade turmoil.

Despite what could have been a disastrous year, those companies have done quite well. Let's take a look at the industry and some of the new creations on the horizon.

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With Memorial Day around the corner, it seems fitting to look back on some of the inspiring stories of the small manufacturers that have exhibited extraordinary commitment and fortitude in times of war, providing much-needed supplies and support to U.S. soldiers throughout the years.

We found one of these stories in our February 1929 edition of Manufacturers' News.

In this hardcover issue, Peter A. Waller, then-President of Boss Manufacturing shared his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities faced by small manufacturers in a speech to the Illinois Manufacturers Cost Association titled "What is the Future of the Small Manufacturer?" This was published ten years after the end of World War One, but the significance of the conflict weighed heavily on his speech.

Established in 1893, Boss Manufacturing started out in Kewanee, Illinois as a supplier of work gloves to local farmers, and quickly grew, distributing its protective gloves all over the world. Known for the sturdiness of their gloves, they became a key supplier in the war effort.
Posted by Don Layyous, Pye-Barker Engineered Solutions
Regardless of the application, metering pumps performing to specification is a critical factor for producing end products that fall within specification. This might range from correctly dosing treatment chemicals in wastewater plants through to a constant nutrient feed in antibiotic manufacturing, to adding anti-icing additives to jet fuels.

Regardless of the process, it is critical that the metering of additives be within allowable tolerances so that the end-product passes quality control.

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Multiple new U.S. manufacturing plants and expansions were announced in May, including an increasing number of high-tech enterprises. From Detroit to Baltimore to Augusta, Georgia, here are just a few of the major manufacturer announcements made in May.

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According to new data collected by MNI, publisher of the industrial data that powers IndustryNet, manufacturing employment in North Carolina climbed over the past year, with the state adding nearly 5,000 jobs -- its eighth straight year of gains.

Although the state's steady growth is welcome news, it is worth noting that 2018's gain fell slightly short of the 9,000 jobs gained in 2017. For the first time in several years, transportation equipment did not lead North Carolina's gains. Growth in the auto industry has slowed, both in North Carolina and across the nation.

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U.S. manufacturers are contending with a unprecedented number of uncertainties -- from tariffs, to concerns over supply disruptions at the US/Mexico border, not to mention Brexit. Additionally, finding skilled workers remains a big challenge. At the same time, 2019 might be described as a turning point for U.S. manufacturing, as more companies look to source supplies domestically, providing opportunity for industrial companies at home.

Today, we're taking a look at what manufacturing executives are saying directly about business conditions and the road ahead.

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President Donald J. Trump instigated a range of tariffs on Chinese goods in 2018 that had direct and indirect impacts on the purchase of farm equipment. Even companies that choose to purchase farm equipment from American companies may experience price increase if the materials used in them come from China.

That is particularly true in the case of equipment made of aluminum and steel. Many of the products used in manufacturing farm equipment are directly affected by the current tariff war, including belting, aluminum rivets and articles made from some of the most-used metals.
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Construction machinery, by and large, is a capital-intensive investment. Despite the turmoil in world markets, it remains in steady demand by builders and municipalities nationwide. What follows is some information on the sector and things for buyers to consider when looking to acquire heavy equipment.

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Every person in the United States is reliant on construction machinery to create the buildings and infrastructure that make up our cities and towns.

The companies that manufacture these machines are currently in the midst of a challenging period as international trade actions ripple into their market. We will address some of these issues and explore how this important industry has weathered the storm.
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Trucent announced that it has finalized the purchase of all the assets and rights relating to Advanced Separation Technologies (CentraSep) and AST Leasing, collectively referred to as CentraSep.

CentraSep becomes part of the Trucent family of companies and will be known as Trucent CentraSep Technologies.

CentraSep brings an additional leading technology and strong market presence to Trucent's portfolio: CentraSep centrifugal separators for liquid/solid separation. The company has a strong global presence in the solar panel production and glass grinding industries and is a market leader given the design, reliability, and overall fluid separation performance of its technology.
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Bloomberg News reported Monday that the US-China trade deal appears to be on "life support" following a series of tweets from President Trump Sunday, implying that tariffs on Chinese goods would be raised from the current 10% rate to 25% by Friday, May 10th and that additional duties would levied on goods not yet subject to tariffs.
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After rebounding several points in March, U.S. manufacturing activity expanded at a slower rate in April, as new orders, production and employment slipped, according the Institute for Supply Management's latest survey of manufacturing executives.

U.S. manufacturing activity now stands at 52.8%, down 2.5% from March's reading of 55.3%.

This means that while U.S. manufacturing is still in growth mode, the sector is expanding at a slower rate. April 2019 stands as the 38th consecutive month of growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector, and the 120th straight month of growth in the economy overall.

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The Commerce Department reported Friday that real gross domestic product (GDP) expanded in the first quarter of 2019, beating expectations and relieving concerns that the U.S. economy is slowing.

U.S. GDP expanded at a 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019, following a 2.2% increase in the final quarter of 2018, bolstered by a surge in exports and diminishing imports as well as a boost in technology investments, including software, intellectual property, and R&D.

Economists had expected a 2.5% rate in growth for the 1st quarter. It was the best quarter for the U.S. economy since 2015
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The farm machinery and equipment industry is a significant industry in the agricultural sector. Agricultural operations cannot function without proper equipment and machinery. This industry, also referred to as the agricultural machinery industry, has been a part of farming throughout history, with many examples of farming equipment and machinery during the 19th century.

The farm machinery and equipment industry is large, encompassing machines for tillage, planting, fertilizing, seeding, irrigation, pest control, haymaking, harvesting, milking, wool presses, windmills, and more, as well as tractors.
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This week we received the exciting news that Carol Stream, Illinois-based cutting tool manufacturer CJT Koolcarb is celebrating 50 years in business.

In commemoration of this special event, National Sales Manager, Les Frick, sent us a special announcement for IndustryNet readers, taking us through the history of the company and all that it has accomplished over the past half-century. We are proud to post their news today:
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Miller Lighting Products, which is celebrating 44 years in business this summer, recently announced a new line of lighting products, strengthening their core offering of LED corn lights, LED paddle products, and angled garden light line with the latest higher lumen retrofits.
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A number of recent reports show mixed signals for the nation's industrial sector. Some suggest the U.S. industrial sector may be cooling after nearly two years of record expansion, while others paint a brighter picture.
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