FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT USMTO

What is USMTO?
USMTO is a project of AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology that provides the most up-to-date statistics for the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian manufacturing technology market.

Who participates in USMTO?
Manufacturers and distributors of machine tools and other various types of manufacturing technology participate in the USMTO program.

Why should my company participate?
As a participant of the USMTO program you will have access to the most current and comprehensive machine tool market information. Participants in the program have the ability to zero in on market conditions for the products they manufacture or carry. Statistical reports slice the manufacturing technology market by several sections including product statistcs over time, by geography, and even customizable territory areas if you are a distributor type participant.

What machines are tracked by the program?
Metal Cutting and Metal Forming, and Other Manufacturing Technology. Including Boring and Drilling, Grinding, Honing & Lapping, Laser, Lathes, Milling, Machining Centers, Station Type, Sawing and Cutoff, EDM, Broaching, Press Brakes, Presses, Bending & Rolling, Assembly, Inspection Equipment, Software and CAD/CAM, Filtration & Cleaning, Punching & Shearing, Material Handling.

Does USTMO include data on used, rebuilt, or re-manufactured machines?
Yes, but the detailed focus of the program centers on new machines.

How much does the program cost?
There is no fee to participate in the program. You are eligible to receive reports when you have contributed your orders data to the program.

How do I sign up?
On the website home page there is tab labeled “Register Now.” If you click on this tab you will be asked a series of questions to determine your company's eligibility. Once your answers are submitted, they will be reviewed by AMT and AMTDA for approval. If your company is approved as a builder or distributor of eligible machinery, you will be sent an email with a temporary username and password.

Do I have to enter and submit my data all in one day?
No, you can enter your data in peices throughout the reporting period as it becomes available to you. You should submit your data when you have finished entering all orders for the specified month.

What are the rules used for masking report data?
The Guiding Principle Of Confidentiality, embodied in the language of the letter of agreement among AMT, AMTDA, and Objectware Inc. states: "no one should be able to use these reports to identify a company involved in any transaction.”

To ensure this level of confidentiatlity, masking of report data is applied in the following manner:

Press release reports: No masking all units and dollar values are disclosed.
All other reports: No masking for units all numbers will be disclosed
For dollar value data points the 3/40/5 rule will function as follows:
->A minimum of 3 companies must report transactions for each data point, AND
->If one company accounts for more than 40% of the dollars reported, then the number will not be disclosed; OR
->If 5 or more companies report transactions, then the number will be disclosed.
There may be cases of non disclosure of some dollar values, in order to prevent someone from determining the value of a single data point which has not been disclosed, per the above rules.

Unit data is disclosed on the premise that, for any product or sales area, the number of participants in the program (both builders and distributors), is at least three companies, and that in any given month, it is not possible to attribute a transaction to a specific company. Due to sensitivity of price information, restrictions are imposed on the disclosure of this information.



If I forget to report a month, what happens?

You will only be eligible to see market data for the months for which you've contributed data. However, there will always be the opportunity for you to contribute data for past months.

If both builders and distributors report to the program, won't the reports double count the market statistics?
No, the program finds and eliminates duplicate orders data submitted by participants. Builder orders that are reported first are identified and elminated when the corresponding distributor order is subsequently reported to the system.

Why and how often is the data revised?

Revisions to the data are necessary to capture late participant submissions, order cancellations, and adjustments. Data is revised every month.

When is my company data submission due?
Data is due on the 10th of the month following the data month.

What is a NAICS code and why do I need to report them?
NAICS stands for the North American Industry Classification System. This coding system is created and maintaned by the U.S. Census Bureau and is used to classify businesses and the industries they operate in.

The USMTO program asks for participants to assign a NAICS code to each of their order records submitted to the program in an effort to report manufacturing technology market statistics by consuming industries.

Where on the website can I find a list of NAICS codes.
Customer NAICS codes can be found in two places. First, NAICS codes can be found by clicking Master Lists--> Customers. Second, NAICS codes can also be identified while entering data. On the data entry screen you can click the "customer list" button to search for NAICS codes by customer name or you can click the "industry categories" button to search by industry name.

Why can’t I see some of the dollar values in my reports?
Masking of dollar values is applied to the data to protect participant anonymity.
If that particular line item does not meet the masking criteria, then the value will not be shown. AMT/AMTDA use a 3-40-5 rule to identify dollar values that need to be masked, whereby there have to be over 3 companies and no company can have more than 40% of the market. However, all data will be reported if there are 5 or more companies.

What if my Builder/Distributor/Customer/Zip Code does not appear in the master database?
The system has a built in system for updating master tables such as these. You can submit updates to these tables through data entry or master lists. Your request will be reviewed for accuracy and either approved for addition to the lists or rejected for any number of reasons.

Should multiple HMC's configured into a production system be reported as a station type machine?
No, multiple horizontal machining centers integrated into a production system should be reported as separate HMC's. Station type machines are considered dedicated systems.

Where do I report combination turret punch press machines with lasers?
Machine code: 3541.111 - POWER OPERATED PUNCHES, INCL COMBINATION PUNCHING & SHEARING MACHINES, CNC

Do I report the accessories, tooling, material handling and other integration value with the machine order?
Yes, report the full value of the machine order.

How do you determine the spindle orientation for a machining center?
Horizontal Machining Center spindle orientation is parallel to the ground. Vertical Machining Center spindle orientation is perpendicular to the ground.
Universal Machine Center spindle orientation is variable.

Does the program collect re-tooling, add-on's, or modifications to existing custom systems?
Yes, to report one of these items for existing custom systems, please enter a new order record with the machine code referring to the existing system, zero (0) in the units field, and the value of the re-tool, add-on, or modification.

How do I resolve errors encountered when using the data import feature?
There are typically two types of errors one might encounter when using the import feature in the USMTO program.

First, there is an "Invalid File Type" error. This will occur if the file containing your data is not formatted exactly the way the system requires.

There is a sample file format you can download and use upon clicking the "Import" button which is located on the "Current Order Management" page.

If you get this error, make sure you have saved the file you want to import as a .csv file format. Also, make sure that the column heading titles and order in your file match those of the sample upload file mentioned above.

The second type of error will attempt to identify individual records in your file of which contain data fields that are not recognized by the USMTO database. Typically, these types of errors are a result of miskeyed data.

However, one particular error is common with the entry of machine codes that end in 0 (ie. 3541.520) or postal codes that begin with 0 (ie. 01234). The Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software will remove these 0's upon opening a previously saved file again in Excel. It is best not to open your final .csv file format again in Excel which is the typical default setting for Windows. It is better to open .csv files using a text editor such as notepad if you need to make corrections or view the file for potential errors. Doing this will preserve your formatted leading and lagging zeros.

However, one other possible cause for the error can be attributed to the existence of a new real world postal code that has not yet been added to the USMTO database. If you think this is possible, please e-mail usmto@amtonline.org.


How can I export and view all of my territory definitions?
Click Master Lists and click "Distributor Territories". Then click on the red "Export" button to download report.

When will the data I have entered to the system show up in the market reports?
New data submitted to the USMTO program will be added to the market reports once a month upon processing the latest month's reports. Typically the latest month's reports are available 35 days after the last day of the data month.

I just changed my territory definitions, when will I be able to get market reports reflecting these new definitions?
New territory reports are created once a month once a month upon processing the latest month's reports. Typically the latest month's reports are available 35 days after the last day of the data month.

When do cancellations appear in the reports?
Cancellations appear in the month that they were entered.

How can I best display USMTO reports?
USMTO reports are best viewed in Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher. Some reports may not display well within the browser. In these cases it may be necessary to export the report to another format by selecting an option from the "Select a Format" drop-down list and then clicking "Export".