Tracey Schelmetic
Tracey Schelmetic

Tracey Schelmetic has had a long journalism and writing career, beginning as a technology and science editor at Appleton & Lange, the now-defunct medical publishing arm of Simon & Schuster. Later, as the editorial director of telecom trade journal Customer Interaction Solutions (today renamed Customer magazine), she became a well-recognized expert voice in the call center industry. A contributor to ThomasNet since 2010, Tracey writes about manufacturing, green technology, and other industrial topics for Industry Market Trends (IMT).

Tracey is also a regular contributor to TMCnet, the world’s preeminent b-to-b telecom and datacom news site, and occasionally writes for Connecticut magazine. She is a graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut.

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Powder Injection Molding Market Continues to Take Shape

Powder injection molding, which produces near-net-shape metal, alloy, and ceramic parts, is a technology that has been around for decades. But PIM processes are said to be hitting stride because of better knowledge of their benefits as well as demands to manufacture cleaner and more efficiently. Technological advances are also contributing to growth.


Features Advances, Broader Applications Boost Global Mass Spectrometer Market

Mass spectrometry, a molecular-level examination technique, is expensive but finding many diverse uses. Technology advancements are also giving life to the MS market.


Natural Gas Boom Spurs Demand for Chemical Tankers

The chemical and product tanker market, which had been in a slump recent years, is rebounding as a result of the boom in U.S. natural gas production. But long lead times for tanker manufacturing present a challenge to meeting demand.


Smoother Road Ahead for Asphalt Industry

The past five years have been bumpy for companies that produce asphalt and associated machinery and equipment. But a new study shows that higher profits may be just around the bend.

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Mining Equipment Industry Digs Deep for Efficiency

The industry is expected to rebound during the next five years as energy and mineral exploration and production heighten to meet growing worldwide demand. Driving that growth will be innovations in data analytics and automation.


Growth in Independent Microgrids Reflects Uncertainty in Nationwide Energy Supplies

For energy-intensive manufacturers, the microgrid can prevent lost production time caused by outages from weather or cyber-attacks. But the complexity of the business model makes securing financing difficult.


Manual Labor Poses Hurdle for Packaging Equipment Industry in Developing World

Capitalizing on the growing demand will require a deeper understanding of trends in the target regions. In particular, low labor costs mean buyers are focused more on production capacity, rather than automation and innovation.

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Peer-to-Peer Lending Fills in the Gaps Traditional Banks Leave Behind

The model is appealing to small business borrowers because the interest rates are often lower than traditional banks. For the lenders, returns run between 5 and 15 percent, which is better than a lot of investment opportunities available today.

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Growth in Equipment Leasing and Finance Encourages Optimism for 2013

Investment in industrial equipment grew 5.2 percent in the first quarter of this year, and is expected to accelerate in the second half of the year.

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7 Tips to Boost Employee Engagement with Performance Management

A solid foundation of engaged employees is the best starting point for building and growing a business. Properly implementing performance management systems and metrics can foster more engaged workers. Here’s how.

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