A new report has shown that over the past 10 years, manufacturing in the United States has started to become more competitive compared to many low-cost rivals- the most notable one being China. Today, U.S. factories are able to produce goods at cheaper prices than many of those produced in Eastern Europe. According to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), it is now less than 5% cheaper to produce goods in China compared to the United States, which is quite good considering that the U.S. wasn’t even on the map prior to this.
With new technologies, rules, and regulations being tossed into the mix each day, the typical manufacturing shop floors of America have been constantly evolving over the years to reach their current state.
But how exactly do we describe the current state of these shops? Who are they serving the most, and what machines are now being used? What types of metals do they machine with most often, and how do they handle quality control?
To cool their plants and facilities, many industrial manufacturers utilize large volumes of water from various bodies of naturally occurring water. The list includes oceans, estuaries, rivers, and lakes. Although this has been done for decades, there has been growing concern and debate about possible damage that is caused by the intake systems to the overall environment, and in particular, marine life.
At American Industrial., we emphasize quality in every aspect of our quality assurance testing services. We incorporate advanced technology, using the latest inspection/measuring systems such as the manual Micro-Vu Matrix video system. Our system, model 9050A, offers many features to deliver consistent quality measurements that typical optical comparators cannot.
One of the biggest conversations surrounding American manufacturing these days is reshoring; companies of all sizes are bringing business and jobs back to American soil. It’s welcome news for the industry.
As some companies still make the decision to outsource—and as many of us focus on the reshoring trend—what many people are not talking about is whyoutsourcing is such a bad decision, not just for the country, but for those individual companies.
Outsourcing is complex and often fraught with problems. The actual process of moving manufacturing overseas, and then making sure it is being done correctly and efficiently, is even more complicated than it sounds.
When people think American Industrial Company, we hope they immediately think of precision metal stamping. As we have centered our company on the stamping process, as opposed to other manufacturing processes, we certainly hope that is what we are best known for. Here, each day revolves around best serving our customers through precision metal stamping and our main focus, progressive die stamping.
American Industrial Company works with a variety of materials. Two of the most utilized metals are Cold Rolled Steel and Stainless Steel. We created two material selection charts for both of these materials in order to take the guess work out of what grade is best for specific applications. Below is a brief summary of both materials and then at the end of this blog you’ll find a button that will take you to the charts in order for you to download each – for free!
In a quest to become more efficient, cost effective, and lean, many industries have implemented various automation initiatives into their business strategies. It has been no different for the manufacturing industry. As more equipment becomes automated, manufacturers are utilizing these machines in their production processes.
Investing in automation has certainly become prevalent and it helps manufacturers become more productive and lean. (more…)
Everyone at American Industrial Company was excited about this year’s National Manufacturing Day. Held all across the U.S. on October 4, MFG Day is a celebration of everything that is unique about America’s manufacturers. According to their website, MFG Day was created to, “…address common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufactures an opportunity to open their door and show, in a coordinated effort what manufacturing is – and what it isn’t.”
In the metal stamping industry, one of our biggest challenges is often out of our control: the price of materials. While we try to stay ahead of the trends and buy raw materials when the prices are at their lowest, the market is a chaotic place and so is supply and demand.
On the supply end, there has never been a time that saw more production around the world. Since 2007, total world crude steel production has jumped almost 200 million tons with China leading the way. At the same time, demand has skyrocketed, so the cost savings have been limited and some critics claim quality has fallen. For those who do not rely on foreign metals, this trend towards overseas purchasing has also raised the prices of higher quality, American-made products. Massive swings in prices, some say caused by reckless commodity trading, have deeply affected the metal stamping industry.
Another part of the equation is a change in demand. Many major industries, including the automotive sector, are moving away from steel and iron and into lighter-weight aluminum. The demand for more fuel efficient, thus lighter-weight, products is a major driver in this switch. However, it remains to be seen just how much aluminum will replace steel in applications, as opposed to act as another option.
Overall, the experts agree that forecast for the metal stamping industry in the U.S. is a positive one. The WSJ claims that our industry will grow at a CAGR of 7.91% by 2016, which is great news. However, the question remains if this tricky balance between supply and demand will directly affect our customers and us. No matter what happens, American Industrial will always do our best to bring both the highest American-made quality and the lowest prices to all of our customers.