“Connecting” to the Value Chain

  “Connecting” to the Value Chain Many in the manufacturing world are constantly concerned with keeping up with what will be the next new thing in equipment.  Large companies can experiment with new pieces, but for many small and mid-sized companies, new equipment needs to be a solid investment.  With constant changes in technology, what…

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Effects of Alloying Elements in Nickel-Base Alloys

Effects of Alloying Elements in Nickel-Base Alloys The different elements that make up an alloy can drastically change the mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and the metal’s microstructure. While chromium, nickel, molybdenum, iron may be the primary alloying elements, other elements like tungsten, carbon, aluminum, titanium, copper and sulfur can have significant effects as well. Understanding…

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Visualizing the Flow of Oil Around the World

Visualizing the Flow of Oil Around the World Every day, 93 million barrels of oil are consumed by the world economy. While a handful of countries are fortunate enough to have sufficient domestic production, many others must go to the $3 trillion global crude market for their energy needs. We previously showed how oil prices…

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2016 Manufacturing Forecast

2016 Forecast for Manufacturing Here’s a few things you’ll want to watch in 2016.  Don’t get left behind! The Internet of Things – One of the skills that a new crop of workers should bring to the table are ones that can analyze the data they get from IoT output.  Even better are employees that…

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Heat Treating Nickel Alloys

HEAT TREATING NICKEL ALLOYS Heat treatments are done to alloys and metals to change the properties to fit certain situations. Not all heat treatments are created equal. Because each metal has its own composition, heating and cooling operations performed on the metals to alter their properties happen at different temperatures.  Heat treating Fe based alloys…

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DESIGNING AND PROTECTING PUMP SYSTEMS

Many manufacturers offer pumps in standard materials that can be shipped quick at a minimal cost.  For some applications, this may be an attractive option.  For many applications in corrosive and/or erosive environments, a carefully planned design that considers the environment and requirements of the pump may reduce costs and fallout later. Factors to consider…

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