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This is a summary of editorial reports about current events shaping the Manufacturing Industry. These article are about the current industrial revolution, but most of the innovations will soon be standards in the industry.


A new "sixth sense" about the operating condition of equipment:

Find leaks in compressed air systems, worn bearings, electrical corona, valve trouble, etc.The vision of CTRL Systems, Inc. for the future is that all operators, technicians, and mechanics have access to and knowledge of ultrasound diagnostics. This powerful technology provides operations, maintenance, and quality control personnel a whole new "sixth sense" about the operating condition of equipment. It allows them to distinguish and isolate current operating condition of individual components. This ability has not been previously available.


It's amazing to know that we in the industry can use equipment that is currently being used on the space station, and not pay an arm and leg for it.




A visit to Chicago's Association for Facilities Engineering Chapter:

The month of May I visited Chicago's AFE Chapter. While Attending their May 3 Symposium, I was able to learn a lot about how AFE functions are held. AFE symposiums are a great way to meet leaders in our industry and learn about new technology. You'll find not only local businesses attend these seminars, but leaders from a far. I met key members from our Indiana Chapter, even an editor from Plant Engineering Magazine.


This article made our "Future of Manufacturing" series because more and more of industry's management will realize the necessity to belong to AFE, to keep current on the latest technology. We learned in this one day seminar, new efficient management techniques, all vital equipment will have wireless battery powered sensors, and the internet will integrate most of the vast industrial information we need to remain competitive. Through AFE we don't have to wait until the technology is standard, we can be the leaders in our respective markets.