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Tracking the Trends From 2018 and Beyond

I get to observe, read about or write on manufacturing trends nearly every day. Around this time of year (mid-December), lots of manufacturing Top 10 Trends lists are published. I was curious about how many of these trends SME Media has covered in the last year and plans to cover in 2019.

How Dynamic Milling Produces Superior Results

Dynamic milling is becoming more popular due to its ability to improve material removal rates while maintaining process security. Incorporating two different machining strategies creates the dynamic milling concept and allows for advantages not previously realized.

Barriers to Industry 4.0 Are Falling Fast

For years, manufacturers of all sizes and across every industrial segment have heard about Industry 4.0. The definition changes depending on the speaker or publication, but the essential idea remains the same.

New Coalition Aims to Close the Skilled Trades Gap

One of the hardest segments of the workforce for employers to find skilled talent has been the skilled trades—the welders, electricians, machine tool operators, pipefitters, and other tradespeople who are essential in manufacturing and construction.

Microgrids Power Energy Resiliency, Reduced Carbon Emissions

According to the Eaton Blackout Tracker, 36.7 million people were affected by more than 3,500 power outages in the U.S. in 2017 alone. These outages lasted twice as long as the year before, keeping the lights off for an average of nearly eight hours per disruption.

Aerodyn Engineering Appoints Robb Hudson President, CEO

Robb Hudson is named president and CEO of Indianapolis-based Aerodyn Engineering Inc. David Lawrence, executive chairman of the company, said: “I have been observing Robb in the manufacturing community for some time, and we are delighted to have him on board with us.

Oil, Natural Gas Pipe Demand to Grow 11% Annually Through 2022

Demand for oil and natural gas pipe is forecast to grow 11 percent annually to $15.4 billion in 2022, a strong recovery from severe declines seen during the 2012-2017 period. Growth will be driven by an expected increase in drilling activity as oil prices continue to recover from 2016 lows.

ARCH Acquires American Tool Service

ARCH Global Precision (“ARCH”), a Strength Capital Partners and Main Post Partners platform company that is focused on manufacturing precision cutting tools, precision-machined industrial components, and medical implants and instruments has acquired American Tool Service and OrthoGrind (“ATS” and “OrthoGrind”), with locations in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Indianapolis, Indiana.

New Approaches to Making Parts for the Oil Patch

Rod Zimmerman of cutting tool manufacturer Iscar Metals lives in a pleasant green zone in a Fort Worth suburb. Yet within a half mile of his home, an oil company has sunk a vertical hole 7,500′ (2,286 m) deep, from which it has splayed nine lateral lines, each going about half a mile.