Get the Facts About Wisconsin Manufacturing

There have been numerous positive reports on the manufacturing sector nationwide lately. This is welcome news overall for the industry, but sometimes local facts and figures can have greater meaning to business owners. For Wisconsin manufacturers in particular, the outlook is especially bright.

According to information compiled by the National Association of Manufacturers, (NAM), the manufacturing industry contributes about 20% of Wisconsin’s total revenue output, amassing $50 billion in 2012 alone. The sector also employs about 15.6% of the state’s non-farm workers, with compensation far surpassing the state average.

The report, appropriately titled “Wisconsin Manufacturing Facts,” identifies many high notes in the state’s industrial landscape. Of the top-performing manufacturing sectors, machinery manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing, and fabricated metal product manufacturing take the lead as heavy hitters. These three groups together brought in nearly $20 million in 2011.

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The Shrinking Wage Gap and What it Means for American Manufacturing

macro of us quartersReading through industrial news headlines, it’s impossible to miss the reshoring movement taking hold in manufacturing. Thanks in large part to globalization, workers around the world are seeing higher wages and better benefits. This is leading to a shrinking wage gap between the United States and other countries where jobs are commonly outsourced. And when the paychecks start balancing out, the cost of shipping materials and products across borders becomes much more apparent. Rather than continue to operate this way, more and more companies are taking out the middle man and choosing American manufacturing plants and contractors.

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Join Us at the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show

WeldingNext week, from October 8th to the 10th we’ll be attending the 2013 Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show (WMTS). The show brings together manufacturers, distributors, and buyers of metalworking equipment and various supporting technologies. There will be numerous demonstrations, presentations, and keynote speeches to inform attendees of recent breakthroughs and trends in the industry.

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Gearing Up for Gear Expo 2013

GearsWhile we are well-known for our Techna-Check broken tool monitoring systems, here at Techna-Tool another main focus is on precision gear manufacturing. We provide precision hirth gears ranging from 50 mm to 1500 mm to serve a wide variety of customer needs.

All of our hirth gears are durable and resistant to wear thanks to the use of chromium-molybdenum steel, and meet diameter quality up to ISO 4. A chart of standard gear dimensions can be found on our website for couplings, click here for  ≤ 400 mm or ≥ 450 mm.

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Time to Schedule Your Annual Check-Up? Tool Monitoring Software Can Help

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June is National Safety Month, the perfect reason to schedule your company’s annual check-up this summer. During the check-up, you’ll want to examine all equipment to make sure it’s operating properly and is in good condition. Worn pieces should be repaired or replaced, and all computer systems should be up-to-date and accurate.

Keep in mind that human error is often behind major problems. Inputting incorrect data or operating machinery in the wrong way can have disastrous consequences. For this reason, it is equally important to check up on user guidelines, proper signage, and staff training.

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Techna-Tool at TECMA2013

Since 1991, TECMA has been Mexico’s only trade show strictly specializing in machine tool technology. Over 260 exhibitors from 16 different countries are expected to gather in Mexico City to show off their latest machine-tool products and share valuable information about the future of the industry.

As a leader in the machine-tool industry, Techna-Tool is excited about attending and exhibiting at TECMA2013. This year’s show, which is being held at Expo Bancomer Santa Fe in Mexico City, will run from March 5-8 and should feature a number of different talks and presentations from some of the biggest names in the industry.

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What’s Ahead for the Auto industry in 2013

Only a month into 2013, we can already tell its going to be a great year. While fueled by the excitement of our own growth in the past year, we’re also intrigued by what lies ahead for the innovative industries we serve. One in particular, that is ever-evolving, also seems to have some significant changes and developments unfolding:  the auto industry. After all, in 2012, global sales of cars and trucks will have topped 80 million for the first time!

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BK Mikros Sales Are on the Up and Up

It’s true that American manufacturing output has slowed these last couple months. June and July saw either minimal or negative growth in the industrial sector. But June and July are two lackluster months out of 30-some months of solid gains posted in the US manufacturing sector. Politicians, pundits, and investors alike – those who used to write off America as an industrial has-been – have been forced to reassess their tune: American industrial orders are far above those during the worst years of the Great Recession, besides being extensively more than 2011. Big Three auto sales are not only up, but are in fact skyrocketing. Industrial and transportation jobs are there for the taking across America (though there seems to be a corresponding nationwide lack of skilled industrial workers able to handle all these new production and shipping jobs afforded them).

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Harley Davidson: American Icon and Techna-Tool Customer

Whoever came up with the name “Motor City” for Detroit clearly never heard the sound of a Harley-Davidson being fired up. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson gives the big Three a run for their money, both on the highway and off. Part motorcycle, part 20th century legend, the signature rumble of these bikes has been heard on highways, boulevards, and at intersections across America for generations now – a working-man’s sonic boom. The subject of endless pop culture tributes in music, film, and television, Harley-Davidson has grown to be as substantive a presence in American iconography as the Empire State Building, or George Washington’s wig.

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Detroit Is Up Again and Roaring Back to Life

Well, no, we’re not necessarily talking about the Detroit Lions’ chances at winning the 2013 Superbowl (though who knows?) When we say “roaring, what we’re talking about is something more fundamental than even football: the fact that American automotive sales are climbing again to levels last seen in 2007 – before the so-called Great Recession hit our shores like a “Category 12” hurricane. With strong sales in China, GM has officially surpassed Toyota to once again reclaim its spot as the #1 automaker in the world. Ford Motors, the one Detroit motor company that staunchly refused government bailout money, is posting ample sales for its new 2013 models. Even Chrysler, the once-upon-a-time “Sick Man” of the Big Three, is reporting out-of-the-roof profits for this year. If American car sales continue to be as good as they were this June, then we may well realize larger profit margins for American automobiles – and corresponding opportunities for growth – than ever before seen.

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