Weekly Wrap Up for May 5th, 2017

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Listen Now – The Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Managers Index report rolled up to 54.8 for April activity, and although several sub-indices softened, the overall condition of manufacturing continues to remain strong, according to Brad Holcomb, Committee Chair for the Manufacturing Report on Business(R). Equally favorable is the Credit Managers’ Index report written and discussed by Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., noted economist with Armada Corporate Intelligence and economist for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International. If you are looking for good news news, Manufacturing Talk Radio is the place to get it. Tune in!

Here Are Some Of This Week’s Top Manufacturing Stories

Top 3 Reasons to Invest in Floppy Drive Emulators

Instead of paying a lot of money for a specialist to come and fix your floppy drive, simply slide the old floppy drive out of the machine in question and slide in this emulator. It requires no system configuration or debugging, and it will mimic the functions of your floppy drive as if it was still there. This emulator work with nearly any existing 720k/1.44MB capacity DOS format floppy drive. 28 or 32 pin ribbon cables systems are supported & will connect to your existing power cable. Better yet – it has plug and play abilities with Haas machines. (Read More)

Boeing Vs. Bombardier: Aerospace Manufacturers Battle For The High Ground

The behemoth American aerospace manufacturer, Boeing lashes out against Canadian plane-maker, Bombardier. Boeing accuses Bombardier of using illegal federal subsidies to sell the C-Series at a discounted rate, undercutting the american manufacturer. This comes just weeks after tensions rise between U.S. and Canada as trade laws and practices of the two nations comes into question by the Trump administration. (Read More)

Amazon Sets Their Sights On Apparel Manufacturing

Amazon already has plans to disrupt the supply chain but now they have their sights set on manufacturing. The online retailer was just granted a patent for an integrated on-demand apparel manufacturing system and it could have a monumental impact on the manufacturing industry. The system will manufacturer textile products after an order has been placed, this is truly on-demand manufacturing in action. (Read More)

Rockwell Automation on the Move: Bringing the Manufacturing Community Together

CEO of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP), John W. Kennedy, Ph.D, will be a keynote speaker at NJ’s premier automation trade show, Rockwell Automation on the Move (RAOTM), on Wednesday, May 17th from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. RAOTM is a free two day educational event held in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the Hilton Meadowlands and is sponsored by Turtle & Hughes. (Read More)