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 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), a biennial event in Chicago that has filled McCormick Place for years with examples of innovative production equipment and technologies for metal parts and other types of fabrications, has always had important ramifications for the process industries.
Simplified robotics, data visualization, and hybrid additive and milling machinery have emerged as the three hot new trends aimed at elevating productivity as well as creating never-seen-before complex parts and, in the course, changing the machining business.
Reasons for the positive outlook in energy include countries promoting increased exploration activities offshore and in other areas and commitments to the rebuilding of infrastructure.
One area that should be of interest to every shop owner, no matter the size of the company, is automation to raise productivity and profitability. This year’s IMTS will feature the second Industrial Automation North America and the first Motion, Drive & Automation North America co-located shows.
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.
Industry Market Trends
- GNSS/Sensor Hub Chip delivers always-on location and sensing.
- Reflective Laser 3LCD Projectors feature lamp-free design.
- EDA/Modeling Software helps automate design of photonic ICs.
- Urostomy Pouch provides comfort, discretion, and security.
- Converter Cable connects VGA computer to HDMI monitor/projector.
- Retrofit Flush Valves enable hands-free operation.
- Wireless Temperature Dataloggers monitor HVAC performance.
- Galvanometer/2D Scan Systems leverage digital encoder technology.
- DIN Rail Enclosure Linking System hastens installation of boxes.
- CAM Software enhances capabilities via integrated UKM engine.
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