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.
The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute has won the bid into President Obama’s national network of manufacturing research hubs. It will study aluminum, titanium, and magnesium alloys, along with other advanced high-strength steels that include nanostructure grades.
Makino is aiming the T1 horizontal machining center at job shops that want to manufacture titanium parts but not a limiting titanium-only center. The T1 fills the machine maker’s titanium HMC lineup occupied by the T2 and T4.
The U.S. Department of Defense’s amendment to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement seeks to keep the supply chains of its IT contractors air-tight. But will the new rule’s lack of details cause compliance troubles for suppliers?
At FABTECH 2013, a variety of laser cutting machines were showcased, some boasting ultra-high-power lasers and others automation features designed to deal with the shortage of capable machine operators.
China has for some time been a land of outsized opportunities. Its next big thing is e-commerce, which Beijing is aggressively promoting to revitalize a lagging economy.
One issue that every procurement professional must be prepared for is how to deal with insolvent suppliers. Here are five tactics that procurement should use to counter supplier insolvency.
Cargo heists have risen significantly in the past three Thanksgiving holiday weekends, reaching an average 10.5 stolen truck shipments per day. It’s time to get security protocols up to snuff.
Ensitech Inc., an Australian company, recently displayed at FABTECH a system for getting rid of “heat tints” on stainless steel welds and restoring the protective chromium oxide.
Chinese companies are building an impressive global portfolio of investments in renewable energy. Spurred by policy in Beijing, the country leads the world in such investments, according to a recent report.
According to a report, China’s offshore direct investments are on track this year to surpass 2012’s record of $87.8 billion, much of which is in energy and mining.
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