How to Keep Your Company ‘Thinking Forward’ in 2018

Cutting-edge industry trends can pose challenges and opportunities for organizations, but only if they know how to take advantage of them.

For the second straight year, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is working to help member companies discover and manage those opportunities through its Thinking Forward series of events.

This year’s kick-off event  is set for April 3rd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) – National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Participants will tour NREC, the epicenter for autonomous technology, offering world-leading expertise in autonomy, sensing, perception and machine learning. They will also experience what it’s like to travel and innovate at the speed of sound as they join five members of the CMU Hyperloop team as they share their competition journey.

“Thinking Forward events give participants an opportunity to explore a wealth of emerging trends and technologies that are poised to transform the equipment manufacturing industry,” said Paul Flemming, AEM’s senior director of membership and engagement. “Last year’s events were well received, and AEM is committed to building on the success of the program.”

“Thinking Forward marks a significant shift in focus on the part of AEM from member orientation to thought leadership,” said Flemming. “We are providing a vision for the future of the industry through these events.”

This year, the series of seven events will include tours of some of the country’s top innovation centers, including 3M’s Innovation Center in Minneapolis, and Autodesk’s Gallery and Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco. To see a full lineup of the exciting AEM Thinking Forward locations and speakers on tap for 2018, visit

Companies that are currently not AEM members but are curious about joining can attend an event in their area and connect with a member of the membership team. Pre-registration is required for all attendees as space is limited. Interested parties can register with Paul at 414-298-4150 or via email at

About AEM – AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. Membership comprises more than 950 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related sectors worldwide.


Source: Association of Equipment Manufacturers


You never knew you needed a rugged, battery-powered coffee maker, but you do

Japanese tool maker Makita has a new product in its arsenal, and it’s quite different from your typical power drill. The CM501D, dug out by Asahi Shimbun (via The Verge) is a battery-powered, rugged coffee maker.

Now why would you need a battery-powered, rugged coffee maker, you might ask. That’s easy: To bring it along when you go on adventures! Or a picnic. Or a boat. Or when you relocate to a desert island.

Of course, your adventuring friends will make fun of you at first. You’re a hipster, they’ll say. But give it a day or two, and one by one, they’ll come to your tent (boat, cave, mud fortress) and beg for coffee. And you’ll give it to them, because you’re a benevolent coffee god.

The CM501D, which is primarily intended for use on construction sites, weighs 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds) and uses the same type of battery as Makita’s power tools. It can make 5.3 cups of coffee on one charge with the largest, 18V battery pack. It accepts Makita’s coffee pods but you can also use it to brew instant coffee.

The price for this baby is 11,900 yen ($111), and the battery charger, as well as the battery, are sold separately.


Source: Mashable

Walmart Is Cutting Up to 500 Corporate Jobs This Week

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is cutting 400 to 500 jobs at headquarters this week, the latest effort to streamline a retail empire under threat from Inc.

The layoffs will hit the company’s marketing, human resources, merchandising, real estate, logistics and finance divisions, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based chain said. The company is informing most of those affected on Thursday, and they will have 60 days to find a new role.

The cuts extend a busy month for the world’s largest retailer, which also shut 63 Sam’s Club warehouses and reorganized that unit’s purchasing division. But even as it makes cuts, the company has taken steps to retain employees — like boosting its hourly wage and creating new roles focused on its online grocery business. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon is betting that a leaner organization can better battle Amazon, and has said Wal-Mart “is not where we want to be” in terms of reducing corporate expenses.

“We’ve been looking at our structure for some time as we explore ways to operate more effectively,” the company said in an emailed statement on Thursday. “Those efforts continue. We’re committed to handling every transition smoothly and ensuring everyone is treated as fairly and respectfully as possible.”

While the threat from Amazon hasn’t abated, Wal-Mart is handling it better than most retailers. In the third quarter, same-store sales in its home market rose the most in more than eight years.

Overall, the holiday shopping season was the best for U.S. retailers since the Great Recession. Wal-Mart reports its fourth-quarter results on Feb. 20.

The Wall Street Journal previously reported on the layoffs.


Source: fortune

What is an air curtain?

An air curtain is a fan-powered device that creates an invisible air barrier over the doorway to separate efficiently two different environments, without limiting the access of the people or vehicles.


The energy saving air screen reduces heating and cooling costs by up to 80% while protecting the internal climate and increasing people comfort.

It keeps the atmosphere clean from pest and insects, dust, airborne, pollution, smells, odours and stops draughts and cold or hot air entrance.

The functioning of an air curtain is based on a high velocity jet of air that covers all openings. Heated air curtains creates comfort by the jet of air on people as they cross the air screen and helps to maintain the temperature on the entrance.



Source: Airtècnics

Passenger Cars Widen Automotive Brake System Market


Future Market Insights’ study on the development of passenger cars market over the forecast period (2017-2027) highlights key factors that are influencing the global automotive brake system and components market along with restraints and provides the revenue value forecast for the 10 years assessment period. In the global automotive brake system & components market, passenger car vehicle segment earned revenue growth above $40 Billion in 2016 and is estimating a value share of US$ 25 Billion in 2016-2027. This segment is focusing on the developing countries to grow the production and sales rate with a predicted 70% value share in 2017 and 74% value share in 2027. Besides, this segment is also predicting to achieve a growth rate from 3.7%-4.7% along with a CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period.

Analysis of Global Automotive Brake System & Components Market

The high-end and luxury cars of both OEM and aftermarket channels, are expecting a growth in sales through automotive brake system & components market during the years to come. It is observed that a strong and overall safety and security system is mandatory to these cars due to their high performance, which is based on raw power and high speed. Out of the other systems presented in the cars, braking system is the most important safety system component. Keeping safety and security essentials for driving in mind, customers are now looking for cars with new technology and high performance. Henceforth, cars such as sports model, SUVs and luxury cars are on high demand in the global automotive brake system & components market. In this way, the passenger car segment is likely to witness an increasing demand for safety luxury cars in the assessment period. In addition, the published report has also analyzed government’s plan of executing some rules or promotions to drag the customers’ mind towards safety vehicles. This will also drive the global automotive brake system & components market with an increasing demand for passenger cars through 2027.

Regional Stance of Passenger Car Vehicle Segment in Global Automotive Brake System & Components Market

The automotive brake system & components market in North America is predicted to grow rapidly based on passenger car segment. In 2016, this segment was expected to share revenue growth of $5,566 Million and is anticipating $9000 Million in 2027 with an increased CAGR of 5% over the forecast period. Owing to the growth in revenue value, there is a possibility of modification in customer’s choice. The market for automotive brake system & components in Latin America is estimated 60% value share till 2027 through its passenger car segment. Furthermore, this segment is driving the revenue growth of APEJ automotive brake system & components market to 80% in 2017. Owing to turn this segment into a prominent one, the market for automotive brake system & components market in APEJ is estimated to bring in 280 BPS in 2027.

Source: Sensors Online

Global Aluminum Castings Market Anticipated to Register Noteworthy Growth at a CAGR of 5.2% by 2025

Aluminum castings market is projected to reach US$40.14 bn by 2025.

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Casting is the most widely used method to form aluminum. Automotive pistons, cylinder heads, engines are some of the commonly manufactured articles using aluminum casting process. In the present time, the market for aluminium castings is being primarily strengthened by the flourishing automotive sector which is increasingly supplanting steel with aluminum on account of its light weight and high strength. To elaborate further on this rapidly growing sector, analysts have prepared a study titled “Aluminum Castings Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2017-2025”, which encapsulates vital details about the market, such as current dynamics impacting growth positively, and future growth prospects on a global and regional level. Additionally, the market has been forecast based on volume (in Kilo Tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2017 to 2025, considering 2016 as the base year.

Market Overview & Key Insights

The rising popularity of aluminum in various application owing to its intrinsic properties such as lightweight; corrosion resistance, high electrical & thermal conductivity, high stability for complex shapes and high tensile strength is anticipated to drive the market over next eight years. According to the research key findings, the aluminum castings market will likely rise at a steady 5.2% CAGR during the period between 2017 and 2025. At this rate, the market which was cherished at US$ 25.23 bn in 2016, is anticipated to be worth US$40.14 bn by 2025.

Automotive, machinery and equipment, building and construction, and telecom, among others, are some of the key end-use segments of aluminum castings market. Automotive sector is the major consumer of aluminum castings. Automotive sector is poised for a rapid growth in Asia Pacific region. It has been mentioned in the study that, as aluminum supplanting steel, the overall weight of automobiles has been brought down by almost half. This results in almost 17.0% reduction in emission of carbon, thus making the vehicle’s fuel efficient, thereby increasing demand in the automotive.

Geographical Expansion

Regional segmentation includes current and forecasts demand for aluminum castings in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Of these, Asia Pacific currently holds over the half the share in the global market for aluminum castings. In the years ahead, the region is expected to further increase its share by pulling in a maximum CAGR of 5.3% during forecast period between 2017 and 2025.

Moving further, the research has been segmented on the basis of source, process and applications. The two sources of aluminum castings are primary and secondary. The secondary source, which consists of recycled aluminum, will likely account for a dominant share. By process, it covers Die Casting, Sand Casting and Permanent Mold Casting. Of them, the segment of die segment is seeing the widespread uptake.

At present, key players in the aluminum castings market are Nemak, Alcoa Corporation, Arconic Inc., Ryobi Ltd., Dynacast International, Endurance Technologies Ltd., Eagle Aluminum Cast Products etc. In order to grow their market share further, the players are also seen coming up with cost-effective products.



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Indian Railways Want to Use Drones for Crowd Control

The Indian Government just concluded a trial phase of implementing drones as a tool for crowd control, infrastructural assessment, and more.


India is one of the most populous countries in the world, second only to China, and is, therefore, more drawn toward crowd-management solutions in public places than most other nations. According to a governmental press release, Indian Railways, the country’s primary state-owned national railroad system, completed a trial last week in which camera-drones were deployed in three prioritized railroad areas across the country. The statement makes it clear the government is eager to test the potential efficacy of standardizing the implementation of unmanned aerial vehicles across the country’s railroad stations, particularly during festival seasons.

The government’s Press Information Bureau issued a statement on Monday, regarding its Ministry of Railways and these prospective new camera-drone implementations. The end-goal here is “to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations,” and that “it will help in various activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.” In other words, the government has noticed how aerial monitoring via drone could boost the amount of functional data streamed to railroad-monitoring hubs, which would in turn help assess how one could do better at managing and regulating not only crowds, but the infrastructure itself.

The release makes it clear that the country’s festival seasons are a definite motivating factor in implementing these drones. Every year, millions of citizens migrate throughout the country using railroad infrastructure, and amassing useful data as to how to optimize this activity is certainly a rational and affordable response when considering drones as the tool to do so. After the comments on how camera-drones could help prevent the interlocking of trains, conflicting movements on tracks like junctions and crossings, it points toward the increase of passengers at certain points of the year.

The press release claims that this drone implementation “shall also be used to assess preparedness of Non-Interlocking (NI) works, crowd management during fairs and melas, to identify scrap and also for aerial survey of station yards.” It’s clear, here, that the government has noticed just how beneficial a tool the camera-equipped UAV can be. “It is going to be instrumental in providing real time inputs related to safety and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure,” the statement adds.

West Central Railways was the first to utilize UAVs for such purposes. The three test-site divisions of the camera drones are located in Jabalpur, Bhopal, and Kota. The statement mentions plans to expand drone use to more lines and division, as well as “Important Bridge inspections and Monsoon [sic] preparedness.” It seems clear that this particular infrastructure in India could greatly benefit from deploying camera-drones throughout its most visited and busiest railroad spots. By collecting as much data as possible with, tech that is extraordinarily affordable these days, the list of possible solutions and approaches will grow, too.



Source: The Drive

Global Water Purifier Market 2017 : Dynamics, Scope, Competition, Analysis, Value

The competitive framework study Global Water Purifier Market is an in-depth study that covers all the aspects of the industry. The research report delivers key insights verified by key industry participants. These include market-leading participants, key clients and consumers, and product types and applications.

As per the world economic growth, the Water Purifier market size is estimated from 8310 million $ in 2013 to 10550 million $ in 2016 .The Water Purifier Market is expected to exceed more than US$ 13140 million by 2021 at a CAGR of 8.28% in the given forecast period.

This Water Purifier Market report provides:
1) An overview of the global market for Global Water Purifier Market and related technologies.
2) Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2013, estimates for 2014 and 2016, and projections of CAGR through 2021.
3) Forecast horizon for geographical segments (regions) as well as sub-areas will expand at the most elevated rate.
4) Primary strategies for development, and the demand for new products and new applications.
5) Pricing Strategy, Brand Strategy, Target Clients.
6) Competitive landscaping of major market players.


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Singapore’s Economy Grows Faster Than Estimated

  • Growth was 3.5% in 2017, fastest pace in three years
  • Budget changes, monetary policy could test economy this year

Singapore’s economy finished 2017 on a solid footing, allowing more room for policy makers as they consider raising taxes and tightening monetary policy this year.

Growth was faster than economists predicted last quarter, resulting in the strongest full-year expansion in three years, according to preliminary figures released on Tuesday. The data also confirmed the recovery is broadening out, with services industries, such as finance and transport, among the main drivers of growth in the fourth quarter.

The solid data are giving credence to economist forecasts for higher taxes when the government releases its budget on Feb. 19, with one option being an increase in the goods and services tax. The Monetary Authority of Singapore may also shift to a tightening stance after opening the door to a possible move in its October policy meeting.

“Probably at some stage this year MAS will take the foot off the accelerator and shift from neutral to probably a more hawkish setting,” said Selena Ling, head of treasury research and strategy at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. in Singapore.

This year should be “a little bit more benign for growth but possibly more choppy for financial markets” given the potential domestic and global policy changes, including leadership transitions at major central banks, Ling said.

Singapore, among Asia’s most export-reliant economies, has benefited from a global trade recovery that’s boosted demand for its electronics goods. The government and the central bank forecast GDP growth of 1.5 to 3.5 percent this year.

A stabilizing labor market and recharged property market is setting up a “much more stable environment” in 2018, said Edward Lee, chief economist for Southeast Asia at Standard Chartered Plc in Singapore.


The services sector, which accounts for about two-thirds of economy, grew 7.5 percent in the fourth quarter from the prior three months, while manufacturing contracted 11.5 percent and construction fell 3.6 percent.

“We hope to see continued improvement in services growth momentum,” said Irvin Seah, an economist at DBS Group Holdings Ltd., Singapore’s biggest lender. He expects some moderation this year with growth coming in at 3 percent.

OCBC economists see growth at the upper end of a 2-to-4 percent range in 2018, given that gains have begun broadening out. The labor market, which showed softness in the first half of last year, will also be a swing factor for growth, said Ling.


Source: Bloomberg

HMF invests to boost production capacity

Danish family-owned crane manufacturer HMF has invested heavily in automated production processes to meet increasing international demand.


The company has invested in a brand-new production line for knucklebooms, where the optimized flow ensures that knucklebooms are ready-manufactured in one single workflow, before sending them directly into the fully automatic paint facility.

In connection with the new production line, HMF is also implementing a brand-new welding robot that uses leading technology with adaptive welding and a fully automatic conveyor system. A new drilling centre capable of handling very big items has also been added to the new production line for knuckle booms.

“In general, HMF experiences an increasing demand especially for larger cranes. Thereby the need for more jib extensions increases correspondingly as does the need for hydraulic pipes,” said HMF.

In response to this demand, the company has ordered a new fully automatic pipe bending machine for hydraulic pipes, which is to ensure the necessary capacity and delivery time. At the same time, the test capacity for large range cranes has been increased by 50%.

Concurrently with the increasing order intake, the number of employees has now exceeded 550 and in March HMF started using two newly refurbished office buildings. This made room among others for an extension of the R&D capacity with more than 25%.

The manufacturer is introducing a welding robot at the HMF Welding Academy as well, where the purpose is to train young metalworkers as well as upskilling their existing employees. Here HMF has also invested in analysis equipment for securing the quality of the weld seams.

“At the same time as we are investing heavily in new processes, facilities and staff, it goes without saying that we also optimize where we can. For example, we have gone through our entire range of sub-suppliers, and among others we have changed from yellow chromate to zinc-nickel treatment on sub-components to further enhance quality, just as we ensure capacity with our sub-suppliers – among others by Northern Europe’s most modern laser cutter,” said CEO Brian Stage.


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Source: Cranes Today Magazine