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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Introducing the Techna-Check® TC-USB

USB Side View Drop ShawdowAt Techna-Tool, we know that maintaining tools at the highest level of quality is as important to our customers as it is to us.  Worn and damaged tools can deteriorate tolerances and surface finishes. Missing or broken tools can severely hinder machining performance. Our Techna-Check® Tool Monitoring Systems employ state-of-the-art technology to monitor for broken, worn, and missing tools through spindle power monitoring or vibration analysis. And with over 90,000 systems installed for our clients worldwide since 1990, we have assured our place as a trusted resource for metal-cutting customers.

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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 is Money: How Tool Monitoring Saves Resources

Time is MoneySome manufacturers forgo broken tool monitoring systems because of the upfront costs. They feel that they can get by without it, replacing or repairing broken machinery as necessary. The problem is that you can’t always see the beginning stages of damage. Instead, a problem may not become apparent until there is a major machine failure. When this happens, costs can quickly add up.

At the initial point of failure, the most obvious cost is replacing or repairing the broken tools. What may have been a simple fix if caught early, now requires more extensive work as other parts and tools have likely been damaged as well. The cost of these tool replacements can be very high, but those aren’t the only cost-concerns.

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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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The Future of Snowmobile Manufacturing

We recently told you all about the changes taking place in the automobile industry, but a similar industry is going through its own changes. The 14th Annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge recently took place at Michigan Tech, and it gave us a great look at how the snowmobile industry is evolving.

At this event engineering students from a selection of different schools are tasked with reengineering a stock snowmobile. They generally focus on reducing noise and emissions, and manufacturing a snowmobile with better fuel economy. They do this while making sure that the fun factor of the popular winter recreational vehicle is retained. This year’s challenge also included a category for zero-emission, battery-powered sleds that are frequently used by researchers during expeditions to the North Pole.

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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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