October 2019
Fall Meeting: Survey and Slide Decks
Thanks to those whom completed the survey from Fall Meeting 2019. The survey is still open.

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Here are the speaker slide decks we received:
ITR 4th Quarter Economic Report & Blog
We have a one-two ITR punch for you in this newsletter. Check out Brian Beaulieu's recent blog by clicking here . Read about what it takes to get an economist excited about leading indicators.

For AHTD members, take a deeper economic dive by logging into your AHTD members-only account to read the 4th Quarter Economic Report that ITR prepares for AHTD. We make this available to AHTD members as part of membership benefits.

"At this juncture of the business cycle, the tension is almost palpable regarding the future state of the US economy. Slowing growth trends are evident in macroeconomic indicators such as US Industrial Production, US Real GDP, and US Total Retail Sales. Business confidence has taken a hit, as the headlines propagate issues ranging from tariffs to Brexit to an inverted yield curve. The OECD’s US Business Confidence Index is in Phase D, Recession, with the August monthly figure down 2.2% from August 2018. Declining trends in a host of leading indicators – ranging from our own ITR Leading Indicator™ to the ISM’s US PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) to the OECD’s US Leading Indicator – signal that US Industrial Production is likely to be in a business cycle declining trend into at least early next year. We expect annual average US Industrial Production to peak in the coming months before declining mildly into the first half of 2020." Read the full report .
New Inductive Couplers from Balluff
Balluff’s newest Q40 inductive couplers provide increased power and IO-Link communication.
The system, consisting of a base (BIC007F) and remote (BIC007H), can handle transmission distances of up to 12.5 mm and delivers power up to 1.7 A for an output up to 40 W of power. That’s three times that of common couplers on the market. Read more .
Phoenix Digital Corporation
Softing AG has acquired the assets of Phoenix Digital Corporation (PDC), a provider of secure industrial fiber optic communication products. The business will be operated by Online Development Inc.

"Phoenix Digital's secure fiber optic modules are a great addition to Softing Industrial's portfolio of IoT communications products, expanding the technologies offered and the industries served," said Dr. Wolfgang Trier, CEO of Softing AG. Read more.
C&E Organizational Announcement
C&E Advanced Technologies is pleased to announce that Matthew Eklond has accepted the position of Technology Consultant for Region 782.

Matt was the TPM Manager for Marangoni Tread North America, a company that provides retread products and systems. While Matt worked there, he oversaw and managed all maintenance procedures and operations. He would also troubleshoot solutions to problem areas and oversee repairs. Matt will be reporting to Lee Harris, Regional Sales Manager in Tennessee. Read more .
B&D Industrial and Bedrock Automation Announce Strategic Partnership
B&D Industrial and Bedrock Automation today announced a strategic partnership regarding intrinsic cyber security in automation, industrial controls, and variable frequency drives (VFDs) system design. The partnership, based on B&D’s 72-year history of delivering industrial expertise in the Southeast and Bedrock Automation’s OSA® Open Secure Automation technology, offers cutting-edge solutions to industrial plants, universities, and critical infrastructure like water, energy, and transportation, industries which are currently plagued with performance and cyber vulnerabilities in their traditional programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and distributed control systems (DCS). Read more .
Electromate Receives Honor
Electromate is proud to announce that our organization has been named on the 2019 list of Best Workplaces™ for Millennials.

Electromate received this honor after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work®.  
This list is based on direct feedback from employees of the hundreds of organizations that were surveyed by Great Place to Work®. The data has a 90% confidence and a plus or minus 5% margin of error. To be eligible for this list, organizations must be Great Place to Work Certified™ in the past year, and… read more .
Centro Hosts Events
Centro, Inc. recently hosted 3 separate Automation and Robotics Exhibits:
  • Wednesday (9/11) in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Thursday (9/12) in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Friday (9/13) in Huntsville, Alabama
It was an open-house, tabletop trade show format that highlighted the Automation & Robotics product offering from Centro, Inc. Each event included 3 live robot demos and lunch.  Read more .
Tolomatic Announces New Actuator
Tolomatic IMA-S integrated electric servo actuators are designed to hygienic standards for eliminating harborage points and preventing bacterial growth. The 316 stainless-steel construction provides excellent corrosion resistance and withstands high pressure, high temperature and caustic wash-down. With its hygienic design and IP69k ingress protection rating, the IMA-S meets clean-in-place requirements, allowing machine designers to achieve open machine designs and eliminate shrouding required to house standard actuators. Read more .
Piab Product Announcement
Piab’s cleverly designed vacuum operated end-of-arm-tool (EOAT) piCOBOT® is now available with a generic electrical interface as well as several options for mechanical mounting plate dimensions in accordance with the ISO 9409-1 standard, enabling it to be configured to work with any collaborative robot and smaller industrial robots. By offering generic compatibility for piCOBOT®, Piab is answering calls from several manufacturers of so called cobots wishing to use the company’s unique vacuum EOAT in collaboration with their cobots. Originally certified to work with cobots from Universal Robots, piCOBOT® now extends its reach into the cobot market offering a high degree of configurability. Read more .
SMAC Meets OEM Form, Fit and Function Requirements for Existing Solutions
SMAC Moving Coil Actuators has announced that the differential features the SMAC Voice Coil Actuator is known for will be available for an OEM's requirements by "dropping into" the form, fit and function of their existing solution. This process, called “MCA Inside,” has been key in helping OEMs with an installed base and/or an existing design to embrace the company to solve problems with minimal inconvenience in making the change. Read more .
Schmalz: Selection Tool for Collaborative Robot Applications
Gripping, moving, setting down – all of this would be impossible in automated processes without the right gripper. That is why Schmalz, the vacuum specialist, develops flexible systems and helps users choose and configure the right components: no small feat given the fact that the diversity of variants continues to grow as batch size steadily shrinks. Read more .
It's a fact … Increased Employee Engagement = Better Results! The Gallup Organization has found a correlation between improved engagement scores and …

·    Improved customer satisfaction
·    Increased organization productivity
·    Higher profits

Learn the top three drivers of employee engagement in this episode of “Ask Peg.” Watch the video  to learn more. 

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Are You Focused on Your Competitors or Your Customers?
By, Troy Harrison
I had an interesting conversation last week. I was talking to a prospective client and toward the end of the conversation, he said, “You should know that I’m talking to one of your competitors, too. Would you like to know who it is?” I think my response surprised him. Read more .
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Contact Leigha Schatzman, Executive Director at 262.696.3645 or email Leigha.Schatzman@ahtd.org .