Trump’s Trade Wars Winning for America
Alan Tonelson, a columnist for IndustryToday wrote that, according to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey, “Many more companies that reported net negative impacts from tariffs were responding by replacing imports with domestic production, not with non-tariffed foreign products. The sample size here is small (46 firms), but 17.4% said they were mitigating the tariff damage by finding new domestic suppliers and another 17.4% were bringing production or processes back in house. Only 10.9% said they were finding new foreign suppliers.”
3D Printing May Disrupt Ports and Reduce U.S. Imports from China, Says Fitch Ratings
In this article, Patrick Burnson offers some interesting foresight into the world of 3D printing. He claims that the rise of 3D printing could decrease global trade, reducing imports from China by 10-25%. He also states that as 3D printing becomes more economically attainable, mass production via 3D printing could be a feasible option for manufacturing parts. This new manufacturing option could shorten supply chains to a more local level thus reducing transportation costs as a result. Finally he affirms that, according to Fitch Ratings, the majority of U.S. imports from China are products that are now well suited for 3D printing thanks to recent advancements in 3D printing technology
How Total Landed Costs Impact Your Bottom Line
In this Thomasnet Insights article, Marilyn Gettinger helps explains the cost impacts that arise from the Incoterms, the International Commercial Terms and the CBP, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. She describes the difference between Total Landed Cost and total cost of ownership and how the latter can be much more comprehensible and understandable.
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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and University of Lisbon have joined forces to explore whether or not 3D printing would upset this central model and how it could lead to a more distributed manufacturing industry. They specifically investigated how it would impact the aerospace industry, where this technology and the ability to swiftly produce parts would be extremely appealing compared to amassing a stockpile of them.
“Our results suggest that 3D printing may not be as conducive to distributed manufacturing as some might hope,” says Parts Vaushnav, a researcher in Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy. He and his team found that most of the integral parts for the product often need to be processed after materializing from the printer, which can be costly and expensive. They concluded that additive manufacturing would better be applied to non crucial parts that don’t need to undergo this process.
The team states that the dialogue surrounding 3D printing and it’s potential for the manufacturing world has been embellished and magnified in some areas, particularly when it comes to the economics of it. Currently, a company has a choice between closer or farther factories from their consumers, which impacts the cost of shipping and stockpiling. While decentralized 3D printing may reduced this need to stockpile, the cost of this post processing that some parts need to go through may still end up favoring the centralized manufacturing.
There are many forces that could pull additive manufacturing in different directions, so the researchers took a look at the aviation industry, which already uses 3D printing for some of their parts, and used location and cost models to get an approximation on the supply chain costs. They came to the conclusion that the traditional centralized model would still beat out a distributed model when it came to cost effectiveness. The only way the decentralized model would win is if production volumes were to grow or the need or cost for post processing were to decline.
Since the Federal Aviation Administration requires that spare parts be identical to existing ones and that they meet mandatory safety requirements, the team of researchers chose to concentrate on non-crucial spare parts. During the analysis, they made a vital assumption that an assortment of parts could be printer on a particular 3D printer. They deduced that, if the annual production volumes for non crucial spare part were in the tens of thousands, then the distributed model would be better economically.
According to the model, even if 3D printers become faster or less expensive, the reasoning for a centralized model would still remain. The only way that the distributed model can become more profitable for lower production volumes is if the post processing cost could be reduced or eliminated. However these less expensive machines could end up impacting employment. In the end, the researchers concluded that additive manufacturing could have a tremendous potential for good and advocates that companies take it more seriously and not automatically assume that it will lead to distributed manufacturing.
There are a lot of questions people have about these autonomous vehicles, like for one what will they look like? Will they be similar to the machines we currently used to get ourselves from point A to point B? Protean Electric an automotive technology company may have an answer. They’re aiming to change the game by redefining the auto’s wheelbase.
The “global intelligence mobility market” is estimated to reach a mind boggling 1 trillion dollars in just 6 years according to Protean. They plan to cash in on some of this money by developing a new wheelbase that provides full rotation around the wheel’s vertical axis as well as integrated steering and obedient kneeling.
A ProteanDrive hub motor with a mini double wishbone suspension connected to a 360 degree rotation steering arm could provide all these impressive features in one simple package. As announced by Protean, a Protean Pd18 unit will power each ProteanDrive, capable of providing each wheelbase with 107HP of torque.
Protean hasn’t announced a price for the ProteanDrive yet, but with the 1 trillion dollar market cap approaching in 2025, Protean should be giving more details about the ProteanDrive soon.
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The manufacturing industry business conditions continue to improve and the outlook remains positive. US Manufacturing reports from March show increased factory activity for the fifth straight month with factories expanding despite a strong U.S. dollar, which makes American products more expensive in overseas markets. They also have recovered from big cutbacks in the energy industry, which reflected low oil prices. Factory orders were up 5.5 percent from a year ago with total shipments of manufactured goods increased 0.2 percent after surging 2.5 percent in December. Manufacturing, which accounts for about 12 percent of the U.S. economy, is regaining its footing after being buffeted by lower oil prices and a strong dollar. The truly successful companies know that to be successful, outsourcing deployments require finding the right partner. Enser’s extensive experience as a leading engineering services company uniquely positions us to provide the best and most cost-effective solutions. ENSER can provide integrated solutions from the best tooling solutions and custom developed equipment & machines, to test and measurement devices, to prototyping, component and part fabrication, we deliver cost effective solutions reliably.
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Enser Corporation, a 59-year-old engineering services company, announced today that it has achieved Platinum Status, the highest level within the PTC Channel Advantage Program. Enser has developed over the last three years to become one of the top East Coast Value Added Reseller (VAR) partners in PTC’s Channel Advantage Program. In addition to selling and servicing PTC MCAD solutions, Enser is one of the few program members to earn the Windchill® Preferred Service Provider status in the country and is certified for Windchill Product Life Cycle sales and implementations.
Cinnaminson, NJ (PRWEB) October 26, 2006 — Enser Corporation, a 59-year-old engineering services company, announced today that it has achieved Platinum Status, the highest level within the PTC Channel Advantage Program. Enser has developed over the last three years to become one of the top East Coast Value Added Reseller (VAR) partners in PTC’s Channel Advantage Program. In addition to selling and servicing PTC MCAD solutions, Enser is one of the few program members to earn the Windchill® Preferred Service Provider status in the country and is certified for Windchill Product Life Cycle sales and implementations.
Enser maintains an ongoing commitment to ensure their clients’ investment in PTC solutions delivers value today and into the future. Enser provides practical knowledge, as well as advanced applications gained from 15 years of “hands on” experience with the entire PTC Pro/ENGINEER® and Windchill suite of solutions and services. The companies’ total solutions approach extends beyond the software sales and customer implementation cycle. As the largest VAR User of Pro/ENGINEER and Windchill with more than 42 seats, Enser is recognized as an industry leader in product knowledge, expertise and understanding of the technology to provide the right solution to its customers.
“Enser has continued to make great investments into the PTC Channel Advantage program and customer community. They have attained the highest status within the program and have proven their expertise around the complete PTC Product Development System,” said Corey Pratte, director, channel programs and development, PTC.
“ENSER is proud to achieve this Platinum Status in the PTC Channel Advantage Program,” said Marco Arnone, executive vice president and general manager, Enser Corporation. “Today’s announcement confirms our dedication and commitment to PTC’s product development system vision and technology solutions and to delivering value to our clients to ensure their continued success as we expand our business.”
Since 1947, ENSER has offered its clients unparalleled expertise, service, and commitment in engineering services. During the past 59 years, ENSER has evolved into a first class engineering services company and PTC Platinum Authorized Reseller, providing the complete engineering solution; from CAD/CAM/CAE to engineering and product design to manufacturing and tooling: a complete turnkey solution. With our resources and experience, ENSER will provide the product development support you need throughout the engineering, design, and documentation cycle.
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Wristrac – The non-surgical treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other wrist related disorders
WristracTM was developed by Ronald M. Repice, M.D. and Ronald M. Repice II, D.C. back in 1995 to provide a non-surgical solution for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ( CTS ) and other wrist related disorders. Wristrac is designed to reduce the compressive and contractile forces in the wrist specifically in the region of the Carpal Tunnel, where the Median nerve and surrounding muscles and ligaments become damaged.
WristracTM provides a directly controllable traction force across the wrist, causing a stretch on the bones, muscles and ligaments allowing more room for the median nerve as well as reducing surrounding scar tissue that may have formed, thus relieving nerve pressure in addition to increasing blood flow ( circulation of oxygen to the hand ) which will allow for normal nerve function.
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