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 is a big event made up of many individual parts, which, themselves, are equally worth the cost of admission. This year, they include the Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing and Materials (TRAM) conference, a major social media plan, and an aggressive student outreach program.
In an interview, Peter Eelman, vice president of exhibitions, says the International Manufacturing Technology Show will provide a complete picture of the state of manufacturing — and a chance for all stakeholders to come together.
Dutch manufacturer BBA Pumps has added to its product line two portable systems for field operations: a bolt-on pump package plus a new piston pump. Applications for the former include mining, dredging, and oil and gas.
While much of the business is still driven by North America, key overseas markets, notably India and China, anticipate growing demand for pumps and valves especially in current and anticipated infrastructure, energy, and industrial projects.
At the International Manufacturing Technology Show, Flow International plans to feature three versions of its Mach Series machines: the Mach 4c, Mach 3b, and Mach 2c.
Several trade shows this year and next year directly target manufacturers, buyers, and users of valves, pumps, actuators, and related devices. Following is a look at three notable shows worth putting on the travel calendar.
Marposs’ new gauging probe and Mida VTS tool-setter will give machinists part inspection support and cutting-tool verification for sophisticated machining systems.
Emerson Process Management recently expanded its European flow control and process monitoring equipment supply operations with a Roxar facility in Norway, while a Romanian petrochemical facility expands its use of Emerson’s flowmeters and controls.
Methods Machine Tools showed off automatic wire compensation and repair, a new rotary table, and a way to cut thin graphite from Fanuc at its technology event.
Aging U.S. water supply and wastewater systems have been the focus of recent legislation intended to modernize and upgrade them for future generations. Smart grid controls are a particular focus.
Industry Market Trends
- Solder Ball Placement Kit reworks small components.
- Software Defined Radio Receivers are offered in 2 designs.
- Thin Film Chip Resistor Arrays feature gold terminations.
- Core Drill creates holes from 1/4 to 2 5/8 in. dia.
- Walk-Behind Floor Grinder is capable of dust-free operation.
- Electrically Heated Walk-In Oven reaches up to 500°F.
- Covered-Face Sign Holder displays 2X promotional messaging.
- Cable Jumpers with Formable Coax suit low PIM applications.
- Telemetry Receiver System fosters wireless data logging.
- Stainless Steel Solenoid suits washdown-capable pinch valves.
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