Pat knows that compelling content is the gold standard of successful news reporting. With strong credentials from working for decades in trade and specialty publications, he has honed journalistic skills so ThomasNet News readers receive high-quality information on manufacturing and industrial news and trends.
Pat writes for ThomasNet News’ Machining Journal, Procurement Journal, and Industry Market Trends (IMT), applying his deep industry experience and technical knowledge to deliver fair and comprehensive articles on manufacturers, products, and business trends.
Pat has been writing about manufacturing, materials, technology, and design in various fields for more than 25 years, most notably in plastics, and he is the author of The Resin Pocket Guide (McGraw-Hill).
Prior to writing for ThomasNet News, Pat was editor-in-chief for Modern Plastics. He also has considerable experience as a contributing writer for Aviation Week, Moldmaking Technology, and Defense Technology International, and he is a member of the Society of Plastic Engineers. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri, with a B.A. in English.
England’s RMI Pressure Systems gets the thumbs-up of application approval by UK Coal Ltd. for a new high-volume, high-pressure pumping system for longwall mining. Eleven units of the new pump were also placed into service at an Indian steelmaker.
IMTS organizer Association for Manufacturing Technology developed MTConnect, an open-source, royalty-free machine-to-machine interoperability standard seven years ago, and it wants to increase industry uptake. AMT says MTConnect eases data collection and transfer for greater machine utilization analysis.
June was, in fact, the fourth month of growth in cutting tool sales this year. Only February and May failed to post gains over their previous months. Nevertheless, first-half figures are on track to only match last year’s.
Metso Corp., a major global supplier of process equipment, is relying on three product areas, among them flow control equipment, in a strategic realignment that is aimed at maximizing sales in high-margin businesses.
Mazak plans to exhibit 21 machining systems under power, including a number of new models, at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. One of them, a horizontal machining center for aerospace, will be shown via video, as it is too big for booth display.
The oil and gas boom continues to present business opportunities in valves, with Oerlikon Metco starting a new business unit to supply protective carbide coatings for applications in harsh environments. Terminal automation, meanwhile, will affect valve automation.
The KSB Group unveiled last month an innovative butterfly valve with an integrated shutoff and pump check valve for use in high-volume pumping operations such as industrial cooling circuits, water transport, water distribution, desalination of seawater, and hydropower.
In the 54 years it has been in business, New England CNC has overcome many challenges. Nowadays, despite the rise of reshoring, the movement of manufacturing offshore, along with its effect on business and pricing. is still one of the major issues with which the small machine shop has to contend.
Smith Flow Control’s latest iteration of its dust plug has an entirely mechanical interlocking system for locking and unlocking valves. The interlocks have color-coded lock-unlock tags with alphanumeric access codes specific to each production site.
For the business partners of New England CNC, a small machine shop that has operated in Hamden, Conn., for 54 years, a lot of self-ingenuity has made the business not only a survivor of constant change in the industry, but a successful one at that.
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