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Shops Migrate to Higher Value Parts Making

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

7/1/2015

Following the money trail is a police-drama honored way of sorting out the usual suspects in solving a crime. Keeping an eye on the money is also a good strategy for shops looking to remain competitive, as well as a bigger payday. Today, adopting five-axis machine technology is a tried and true method of producing more complex workpieces with higher value in both the raw and the machined states. Full Article

Tech Front: Big Fuel Cell Breakthrough is at the Nano Level



Edited by Advanced Manufacturing Media Staff

7/1/2015

A development in the real-time observation of fuel cell catalyst degradation could be the breakthrough that leads to the creation of more efficient and durable fuel cell stacks. Toyota Motor Corp. (Toyota City, Japan) and the the Japan Fine Ceramics Center (JFCC; Nagoya, Japan) have developed a new technique that allows monitoring of the behavior of nanometer-sized particles of platinum during chemical reactions in fuel cells. This allows the processes leading to reduced catalytic reactivity to be observed. Full Article

24M Introduces the Semisolid Lithium-Ion Battery



Press Release: 24M

6/23/2015

24M (Cambridge, MA) has emerged from stealth mode to introduce the semisolid lithium-ion cell, a revolutionary technology that solves the grand challenge of energy storage by enabling a new, cost-effective class of the lithium-ion battery. 24M’s semisolid lithium-ion is the most significant advancement in lithium-ion technology in more than two decades and combines an overhaul in battery cell design with a series of manufacturing innovations that, when fully implemented, will slash today’s lithium-ion costs by 50% and improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries. Full Article

Loss of Tax Credits Takes the Wind from Turbines’ Sales



Lucas Isakowitz, Analyst, IBISWorld

6/19/2015

The Wind Turbine Manufacturing industry manufactures wind turbine blades, towers, generators and other related components. The industry’s performance is driven largely by investment tax credits and other government incentives that encourage energy producers to establish wind farms on US soil. Federal tax credits can make wind power cost competitive compared with other energy-generation technologies, which translates to higher demand and revenue for the industry. Full Article

Repair and Improvement All in One Process



Edited by Executive Editor James D. Sawyer

5/19/2015

A repair process based on additive manufacturing opens new opportunities for industrial gas turbine maintenance cost reduction. Full Article

Oil Well Drilling Equipment Manufacturing Challenges Still Await



James Crompton, Analyst, IBISWorld

5/19/2015

Recent declines in oil prices have dramatically impacted industries of many types, and oil drilling equipment manufacturers must be particularly attentive to recent market conditions. As oil companies curtail spending on production, demand for oil drilling equipment is anticipated to undergo a period of weakness. Full Article

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