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Auto’s Unprecedented Times

United States light vehicle sales have expanded for seven consecutive years—the longest uninterrupted market expansion since 1917.

Clues to the Future of Manufacturing

What’s the future of manufacturing? That’s not an easy question to answer, but I got some hints during a recent press trip to Japan.

New Materials/New Skills

Over the past decade, governments in North and South America, Europe, and Asia have enacted stricter fuel economy and emissions requirements.

Precision Springs for Medical Manufacturing

Medical device manufacturing is at the forefront of innovation, making it one of the most critical industries. Spring manufacturers have been fortunate enough to play a major role in the development of articulated instruments for medical device design. Springs are frequently used in products like dental X-ray equipment, surgical staplers, drug infusers, and more.

3D Printing: A Change Agent for Manufacturing

It’s not often you get the opportunity to witness rapid, life-impacting change, but for those of us who have been in the 3D printing industry over the last few decades, we have witnessed just that. In the last 20-plus years, 3D printing has changed the definition of manufacturing from merely “one-size-fits-all” to “customized” production and from “high-volume” to “high-complexity/low-volume”—a startling paradigm shift that has enabled many new applications for the manufacturing industry.

Advances in Titanium Machining—Do More on Less Floor

The demand for titanium components by the aerospace industry began as a whisper about 15 years ago and steadily grew to a sustained, raucous shout over the last five and likely won’t quiet for several more.

Trends in Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation – payment and other benefits for injured workers – is one of the thornier issues facing manufacturers today. How does an employer maintain an insurance policy catered to employees’ needs while keeping an eye on its bottom line?

PLM Enablement for Manufacturing’s Master Data Woes

Significant opportunities are emerging for engineering and manufacturing companies to update aging information-management toolsets—in particular, product-related master data—with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) enablement.