Industry Market Trends

7 Engineering and Tech Trends to Watch in 2013

January 15, 2013

New technology greatly improved industrial production in 2012, as manufacturers focused on non-traditional resources, such as mobile apps, the cloud, and a wide range of sustainable energy sources. As we begin a new year, what are the tech trends we should watch out for in 2013? Read More

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CBS Broadcast Ties Robots to Job Loss; Automation Industry Responds

January 15, 2013

A recent broadcast segment by 60 Minutes titled “March of the Machines" highlighted the evolving roles of robots on shop floors, with an emphasis on how the rise of such machines and advanced automation is tied to job loss. Respective industry experts, including the Automation Industry Association, were quick to criticize the report. Read More

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Threat of Sequestration Looms Large Over Manufacturing

January 15, 2013

The patchwork deal to prevent the U.S. from going over the so-called fiscal cliff included numerous policy changes and deals that will have a direct positive effect on manufacturing businesses, but manufacturers remain deeply concerned about lingering problems that will need to be addressed in coming months, particularly budget sequestration. Read More

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What You Need to Know about Right-to-Work Laws

January 15, 2013

Many states have adopted new right-to-work laws, which prevent workers from being forced to pay union fees. While supporters of these laws claim they are an important step in boosting competitiveness, opponents argue that they hinder a union’s effectiveness. Here we separate the truth from the misconceptions in this controversial debate. Read More

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Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

January 15, 2013

In Makers, author and Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson explores how today's cutting-edge manufacturers are harnessing high-tech tools, like open source design and 3-D printing, to usher in a new age of custom-made, do-it-yourself production. Read More