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As a major manufacturing sector, the energy business requires a lot of parts, but the mix of those parts is changing. As explained in the lead feature of our December issue, “A New World for Energy Parts Manufacturing,” concerns about climate change have put green energy closer to the driver’s seat. Even so, the reality is the parts market for the energy business will likely continue to include old favorites like pump and turbine housings and gearboxes, and wellhead and drilling components. But there will also be windmill root sections and parts for solar energy plants. And many of those energy parts will be made from HRSAs; another feature in the issue, “Tackling Heat-Resistant, Stubborn Alloys,” explores how industry experts have come up with some creative solutions for these difficult-to-machine materials.
The December issue of Smart Manufacturing looks at machine learning and learning from history. In “Bye-bye, Black Boxes,” physics-informed neural networks (PINNs) are proving to be a more reliable approach to machine-learning for manufacturing than artificial neural network models (ANNs), which are “black box” systems. PINNS pry open the box to impose physical equations on the data. And in our Manufacturing USA Update, the PowerAmerica innovation institute works to maintain dominance in the production of silicon carbide (SiC) chips, which outperform silicon. Victor Veliadis, executive director and CTO at PowerAmerica warns that if it fails, the history of how American innovators developed silicon chips for power electronics only to see production slip away to East Asia could be repeated. In our December cover story, he describes a way forward for U.S. SiC producers.