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How the European Union’s New Cybersecurity Measure Will Impact Your American Manufacturing Business

By Dan Messeloff and Emily Knight

As concerns about cybersecurity and data privacy weigh more and more heavily on the minds of corporate executives in manufacturing companies around the United States, the European Union has initiated expansive new efforts to protect its citizens from cybersecurity risks.  The EU’s initiative – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – might ordinarily be viewed with passing interest from American companies, but the reach of the GDPR is actually far broader than any cybersecurity measure ever seen before in either the European Union or in the United States.  More importantly, as a result of the reach of the GDPR, millions of American companies may unknowingly be at risk of violating the new law and thus subject to significant monetary penalties.  The good news is, whatever your level of interaction with companies and/or individuals in the EU, there are measures you can take to comply with the GDPR.

EXCLUSIVE INTRO

Airgas is making major strides in helping its customers become more competitive by addressing efficiencies in their welding operations.

By Staci Davidson, Managing Editor, Knighthouse Media

With more than 1 million customers, Airgas is known for its quality of service, as well as the quality of its products. The company is the nation’s leading single-source supplier of gases, welding equipment and supplies, and safety products. Airgas is known nationally with more than 950 retail locations, but it goes beyond retail service to ensure customers have what they need.

About 10 years ago, Airgas realized customers wanted a greater level of technical expertise for their operations, and so the company implemented a way to apply cost-measuring analysis to customers’ welding programs. Called “Unlocking the Hidden Cost of Welding,” Airgas educates customers how labor impacts welding costs; how gas and other welding inputs effect quality and penetration; and how customers can trim 20 percent or more from their operating costs without capital investments. Airgas developed a curriculum based on industry needs to train Welding Specialists and to help our customers compete in their respective industries.

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One manufacturer demonstrates that it’s not just about a skills gap in finding manufacturing workers.

By Staci Davidson, Managing Editor, Knighthouse Media

HM Manufacturing boasts state-of-the-art operations and innovative solutions to help customers remain competitive. While HM continues to invest in itself to grow, it frequently needs workers, like many U.S. Manufacturers, to fulfill all of its orders. President and CEO Nicole Wolter is doing all she can to not only bolster her own workforce, but also the local area’s base of manufacturing employees.

Automation

What to consider before buying a robot for your factory

By Jonathan Wilkins

Have you ever ordered a piece of furniture that wouldn’t fit through your front door? Perhaps you’ve booked a holiday to Thailand that turned out to be in monsoon season. It pays to do your research before making a purchase. This is particularly true for manufacturing plant managers when buying a robot.

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Ceramics

The industry celebrated the family of ceramics materials at Ceramics Expo & Conference 2018, and market players introduced new technologies. 

A number of leading exhibitors and speakers at Ceramics Expo & Conference 2018 addressed the steady advance of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), and rightly so as they remain an exciting materials group loaded with potential. The show took place in Cleveland, from May 1 to May 3.

The CMC market was already headed toward $2 billion in 2016 and authors of one of the more recent reports reckon that figure will hit $7.5 billion by 2026, so it’s most definitely serious business. This family of materials – whether it is C/C, oxide/oxide or the increasingly employed SiC/SiC – offers a game-changing combination of lighter weight, ultra-high temperature capabilities, high strength, reduced cooling requirements, dynamic load resistance and 3-D printing routes.

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Space Tech Expo keeps its attendees busy with extensive networking opportunities and innovative displays of technology. 

Last year, the U.S. aerospace and defense activity generated $872 billion in sales revenue, as well as $41.7 billion in federal tax revenue and $20.9 billion in state and local revenue, according to the AIA. In addition, the industry generated $422 billion in sales from the industry’s supply chain. Space Tech Expo 2018 aims to celebrate all of that success and more when it comes to Pasadena, Calif., from May 22 to 24.

One of the largest commercial, civil, and military space supply chain exhibitions of its kind, this year’s Space Tech Expo is expanding its specialist exhibitor list, featuring not only the big hitters from last year but growing to include AAC Microtec, National Technical Systems, Boeing Technology Services, Element Materials Technology, Kyocera International, Additive Rocket Corporation, and LISI Aerospace, among hundreds of others.

Washington

EPA Prohibits Confidentiality Claims for Hazardous Waste Export and Import Documents

By Lynn L. Bergeson

In December 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule prohibiting entities from asserting claims of confidential business information (CBI) for certain documents related to the export, import, and transit of hazardous waste. Manufacturers that have historically relied on assertions of CBI should be aware of this change. The new rule is discussed below.

Tools

Choosing Router Bits for Cladding Materials

By Noel Archie

Cladding, the application of a non-loadbearing “skin” to the outside of a building, is intended to enhance the aesthetic appeal or, in some cases, to offer further protection from the elements. Today, there is a growing trend for buildings in industrial zones, apartment complexes, office towers, commercial properties and even residential housing units to employ panels, facades and other features to augment the attractiveness of the property. While the decorative trim may have started with an architect’s design, followed by the building owner’s approval, the manifestation of the vision is often produced from materials cut by a CNC router.

Since a variety of materials are being used for decorative trim, it is important to know what technology to use when manufacturing cladding pieces. Using the right tools minimizes the likelihood for flaws to be created on the routed (or knife cut) piece, even at the very edges. Those flaws can be magnified when a cladding panel is hoisted above a retail shop door or attached to the side of an office building. That means unhappy clients, remakes and scrap, and that’s not good for business.

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