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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AMT Looks to Raise MTConnect Data Standard at IMTS

One technology the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) wants attendees at the upcoming International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) to learn about is MTConnect, an open-source, royalty-free communication standard designed to collect production data from equipment, devices, and controls and convert it to a universal format for sharing and analysis to improve their utilization....

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Engineering & Design

RMI Pumping System Gets Through UK Coal Trial Run

Special design features and enhanced performance capabilities have proven effective in the field trial of a high-volume, high-pressure pumping system developed by RMI Pressure Systems Ltd. of Manchester, England (U.S. office is in Jasper, Ala.). The Quinmax S500 pumping system is a relatively recent addition to the company's S-series equipment for heavy-duty industrial applications such as...

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Custom Manufacturing

Cutting Tool Sales Surge, But Will Momentum Continue?

Economic data appear to be trending up for U.S. machine shops and equipment OEMs. According to cutting tool sales figures from June, consumption of the consumables increased by $181 million, the strongest monthly showing this year. This figure represents a 7.3 percent jump from May and a 9.9 percent rise from June 2013. Cutting tools are regarded as primary consumables in U.S....

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Flow Control Is a Big Part of Metso's New High-Value Strategy

Metso's flow control valve products include the GM Series globe valve, shown here with a multistage design. 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. The objective of the realignment, whose business model and organization...

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Custom Manufacturing

Mazak Readies New Machines, Automation for IMTS

With the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) only weeks away, more exhibitors are revealing the machines, technologies, and services they will be featuring at McCormick Place in Chicago, Sept. 8-13. One major display will be offered by machining systems maker Mazak Corp., of Florence, Ky. Mazak plans to exhibit 21 machining systems under power, including a number of new models. It...

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Engineering & Design

Carbide Coatings, Terminal Automation Are More Opportunities in Oil and Gas

Oerlikon Metco's Surface Solutions Segment formulates wear- and corrosion-resistant carbide coatings for valves. Protecting valves and related components from harsh environments is vital to reliable and cost-effective operations. One company that's promoting a line of carbide coatings for such applications is Oerlikon Metco. Oerlikon Metco, based in Wohlen, Switzerland (U.S. headquarters in...

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On the Road: New England CNC Keeps its Eye on the Future

In the 54 years it has been in business, New England CNC has overcome many challenges. Nowadays, despite the rise of reshoring, the movement of manufacturing offshore, along with its effect on business and pricing. is still one of the major issues with which the small machine shop has to contend. The co-owners of the machining company in Hamden, Conn., Lawrence Carrignan, president, and Ron...

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