Positive signs for manufacturing continue

Numbers from NEMA, along with hopeful signs from Rockwell Automation and valve manufacturers, are among recent positive economic signs for manufacturers. The NEMA Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions increased for a third straight month and topped the 50-point threshold, indicative of expansion for a second straight month.

11/01/2009


 

Numbers from NEMA, along with hopeful signs from Rockwell Automation and valve manufacturers, are among recent positive economic signs for manufacturers.

The NEMA Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions increased for a third straight month and topped the 50-point threshold, indicative of expansion for a second straight month. The index rose 5.3 points to 58.6 in September, its highest reading since April 2006 and more than 50 points above its cyclical low of 8 in December 2008.

The Valve Manufacturers Association said on Sept. 15 that speakers at its annual VMA Market Outlook Workshop had many positive views. Recovery is underway, VMA said, after it heard from 13 economic and industry experts about the near- and long-term futures of various industries served by valve and actuator manufacturers.

In a Sept. 12 New York Times article, “In Wisconsin, Hopeful Signs for Factories,” Rockwell Automation says it hired a dozen workers and resumed third-shift operations at its Mequon, WI, plant. That's a small part of the earlier 3% layoff of Rockwell Automation's workforce of more than 20,000, the article noted, but it is a step in the right direction.





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Integrated mobility; Artificial intelligence; Predictive motion control; Sensors and control system inputs; Asset Management; Cybersecurity
Big Data and IIoT value; Monitoring Big Data; Robotics safety standards and programming; Learning about PID
Motor specification guidelines; Understanding multivariable control; Improving a safety instrumented system; 2017 Engineers' Choice Award Winners
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
click me