New Products for the New Year

New Products for the New Year

A new year is upon us, and with it come new innovations and products. Here’s a look at some of the more intriguing new offerings for 2016: • Smart gadgets for a connected home are popping up all over the place, and within this exploding market is the Delta Leak Detector. Basically, it’s a smart…

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What is Just-in-Time Manufacturing?

What is Just-in-Time Manufacturing?

In the 1960s and 1970s, companies in Japan, most notably Toyota, began toying with a new manufacturing technique—and a new philosophy on managing things—called just-in-time manufacturing, or JIT. The idea behind JIT, sometimes referred to as lean manufacturing, is that you produce and have only what you need, instead of stocking up on bulk inventory….

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Verizon to Take First Real Crack at 5G

Verizon to Take First Real Crack at 5G

Verizon, America’s biggest wireless provider, is gearing up for a boost in its wireless network. Field trials on 5G, or 5th-generation technology, are set for the upcoming year. The result could be insanely fast wireless—sooner rather than later—for millions of customers. The industry consensus is that 5G technology will be available to consumers by 2020….

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Looking Ahead in the World of Manufacturing Technology

Looking Ahead in the World of Manufacturing Technology

A report published earlier this year by Plex Systems provides some interesting insights into the world of manufacturing technology and where the industry is headed. Among the findings: • Of the manufacturers interviewed in the study, 4 out of 10 see a direct link between cloud technologies and how they will be able to innovate…

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Combining cathodic protection with aluminium coatings to reduce the external corrosion of hot risers

A new joint industry project has recently started to demonstrate the technical and financial benefits of the combined use of thermally sprayed aluminium (TSA) coatings and cathodic protection (CP) when applied to thermally cycled risers and hot hydrocarbon transportation pipelines. Although TSA coatings are widely used to reduce the corrosion rate of offshore facilities, there…

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Contributions invited for UK strategy for additive manufacturing

Work is underway to establish a UK national strategy for additive manufacturing by early 2016, to maximise UK business growth and long-term economic value through the successful industrialisation of the technology. Professors from the University of Nottingham and from the University of Cambridge are co-ordinating the initial baseline evidence gathering process. Understanding your views, opportunities…

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African company approaches for plastics welding training

A West African employment agency turned us for plastics welding training to expand its capability after investing in new equipment. Senior plastics welding trainer  travelled to the premises of C2K Staffing in the Senegalese city of Thiès, where he provided training to six technicians to enable them to use welding machines the company had just…

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