Gaging strength.

Position:The view from IMTS 2006

The state of metalworking today is pretty good," observes Bill Gibbs of Gibbs & Associates. One way to gage this is our own business, which is up from last year. Machine tool manufacturers report growth in their sales as well."

The software guru is just back from a GibbsCAM user-group meeting in Minneapolis, introducing the new GibbsCAM 2006. "These operations are upbeat about the level of business they see," he says. "These are facilities that have largely adjusted to the new economies of manufacturing, such as the reduction of labor costs. And this explains the continued interest in MTM machines and other low-labor methodologies."

Gibbs also says his company would like to congratulate T&P's Stan Modic on his Lifetime Achievement Award from the...

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