Custom Manufacturing

Shops Fail to Do What They Stress with Workforce Training

Machine shops overwhelmingly report that continuous improvement, workforce training and development, and production planning are critical to their growth and profitability. Yet many fall short in implementing these measures. With manufacturing business trending up, failure to develop competency in these areas could put job shops at a competitive disadvantage and hinder their ability to capitalize...

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Engineering & Design

Pump Surge Seen in Growing Demand for Chemicals

Credit: Victor Habbick at FreeDigitalPhotos.net There is little doubt that the global market for pumps, valves, and related equipment is strong and growing. A number of studies highlight demand by end-users in key regions and various industries and what they mean for suppliers' sales. One recent study from Frost & Sullivan, "Analysis of the Global Pumps Market in the Chemicals Industry," examines...

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Engineering & Design

WEFTEC to Supply Insight Into Quality of Water Treatment Market

Autumn has arrived, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it comes a number of trade shows and conferences that enable fluid and gas flow specialists to learn about new trends and technologies, make or renew contacts with suppliers, and network with potential customers. One important event, WEFTEC 2014, kicks off on Sept. 27 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans and runs through...

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Company Puts Lens-Grinding Know-How Into Shaft Grinder

After several months of publicity before the International Manufacturing Technology Show, France-based industrial giant Fives officially unveiled its Landis Twin Turret (LTT) grinding machine at the trade fair in Chicago earlier this month. Jointly manufactured in the United Kingdom and the United States by Fives' Landis business unit, the LTT grinder is engineered for production of shaft-type...

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Seen at IMTS: Universal Gripper Simplifies Robotic Part Removal

Robotic automation is becoming essential to machining operations for the benefits it provides in productivity, quality, and economy. At last week's International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) robots were everywhere - not only in the booths of automation suppliers but on display alongside machining systems and other production equipment. They were certainly more numerous than at the last...

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Engineering & Design

Tooling U-SME Preaches Targeted Training for Workforce Competency

Workforce training is a major concern for manufacturers. Studies show that companies' ability to improve productivity, increase quality, and get new business will be seriously affected if manufacturing workers don't continue developing requisite skills in modern and advanced manufacturing. Despite this, 54 percent of manufacturers responding to a survey published by SME in 2013 reported no...

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Custom Manufacturing

IMTS Must-Sees: Robots, Data Visualization, and Hybrid Manufacturing

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is fully underway in Chicago, and a few trends have surfaced at the show that will affect the machining business. Here are some of the most notable ones, which ThomasNet News will cover in more detail here in the near future. IMTS began at McCormick Place on Sept. 8 and will conclude on Sept. 13.   Trend No. 1: Data Interpretation...

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Engineering & Design

IMTS Manufacturing Show Has Big Impact on Process Industries

Metalcutting machinery from EMAG has specialized in manufacturing coupling sleeves and other critical parts used in oil and gas operations. 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...

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Custom Manufacturing

At IMTS, Keep Automation in Mind as a Shop Strategy

The start of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago is only days away. Attendees who plan to be at McCormick Place anytime between Sept. 8 and 13 are finalizing lists of which exhibitors, conferences, and events they need to see. In a trade show that takes up all four buildings of McCormick Place, it's easy to overlook opportunities to learn about new technologies,...

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Engineering & Design

Reports Predict Strong Global Sales of Valves and Actuators

The energy market - primarily oil and natural gas but also sustainable sources such as hydroelectric and geothermal - is one of the key markets that continue to generate solid demand for valves and actuators around the world and will do so for the foreseeable future. Two reports released on Sept. 2 from consultant Frost & Sullivan present optimistic forecasts in key parts of the world. Reasons...

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