Pat Toensmeier
Pat Toensmeier

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.

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The Quinmax S500 pumping system generates flow of up to 1,100 L/min and pressure to 1,000 bar.

RMI Pumping System Gets Through UK Coal Trial Run

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.


AMT Looks to Raise MTConnect Data Standard at IMTS

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.


Cutting Tool Sales Surge, But Will Momentum Continue?

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.

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Flow Control Is a Big Part of Metso’s New High-Value Strategy

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.

Among the new machining systems Mazak will feature at IMTS is the Vortex Horizontal Profiler 160, a 5-axis machine for large parts.

Mazak Readies New Machines, Automation for IMTS

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.

Oerlikon Metco's Surface Solutions Segment formulates wear- and corrosion-resistant carbide coatings for valves.

Carbide Coatings, Terminal Automation Are More Opportunities in Oil and Gas

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.


KSB Adds Dual-Function Valve for High-Volume Pumping

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.


On the Road: New England CNC Keeps its Eye on the Future

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.

Credit: Smith Flow Control has added a dust plug with mechanical key interlocking to its line of valve protection equipment.

Mechanical Key Interlocking Is Simple Way of Protecting Valves

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.

Paul Carrignan (left) and Ron Krutz have been running New England CNC for 26 of its 54 years in business. Credit: Pat Toensmeier

On the Road: Small Shop Has Overcome Big Challenges for 50-Plus Years

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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