September 2006's index numbers reflect the changes experienced by responding companies as they compare their August 2006 business levels to their July 2006 levels. September 2006 index numbers:
- Change in number of request for proposals from July to August - 56.6
- Change in number of orders from July to August - 55.4
- Change in backlog from July to August - 55.6
- Expected change in the health of thermal-processing industry through Sept. - 55.4
A number above 50.0 indicates increased activity or growth. A number below 50.0 indicates decreased activity or a decline in growth. Roughly 1,200 industry suppliers are contacted via e-mail to participate in a web-based survey the first full week of each month.