The energy industry is often at the forefront of our minds as we watch fuel prices climb and then celebrate when they come down. We continually find ways to be as energy efficient as possible in our homes and workplaces. Media outlets keep us constantly informed of this often-volatile industry’s ups and downs by offering headlines like “Oil Falls More than 2 Percent as Cushing Build Adds to Demand Fears” (Reuters, Aug. 2018), “Rising Costs Are Cutting Into Shale Company Profits—Energy Journal” (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 2018) and “Tariffs Not Hitting Solar Industry Jobs Yet” (Yahoo Finances, July 2018).
Even as the industry continues its up-and-down cycle, SME reviews advanced technologies and their impact on manufacturing processes, techniques and efficiencies so we can share that knowledge. Through this year’s Energy Manufacturing Yearbook, we’re proud to offer you in-depth articles on:
As you read and reference the information in this year’s Energy Manufacturing Yearbook, I also encourage you to join us in Houston, Feb. 26-28, at the George R. Brown Convention Center for our upcoming HOUSTEX 2019 event. SME members walk the exhibit floor for free. Register at houstexonline.com.
If you’d rather delve further into the research side of the energy industry, I encourage you to check out SME’s three peer-reviewed journals, Manufacturing Letters, Journal of Manufacturing Systems and Journal of Manufacturing Processes (sme.org/journals). SME members can download the articles at no additional cost through ScienceDirect.
As a manufacturing industry resource and advocacy organization, SME looks forward to seeing what’s next for the energy industry and continuing our support for all of you and for of your efforts. Thank you for being part of SME.