When it comes to heavy machinery, electric motors are everywhere, and support almost every large machine out there. They are crucial in the industrial world, and without them productivity would come to a halt. They are found in fans, blowers, pumps, elevators, gears, various machine tools, household appliances, and electric cars. An electrical motor converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. They are highly efficient, don’t pollute the air, are typically lightweight, and much cheaper than a combustible engine. Electric motors produce torque which is then used to propel an external mechanism. There are two main types of motors, AC Motors and DC Motors. AC Motors The AC electric motor is driven by an alternating … [Read more...] about How Do Electric Motors Work?
It was over 200 years ago that the world went through the first industrial revolution where work transitioned primarily from manual labor performed by people to the use of machine tools and steam powered engines. Since then, we have gone three more industrial revolutions: The early 20th century steel and electricity, Late 1950’s computerized machinery technology, and finally where we are today, the fourth industrial revolution known as the internet of things (IoT) revolution, or industry 4.0. But where do we go from here? What does the rest of this decade look like in the manufacturing and industrial machinery world? Internet of Things (IoT) The biggest trend right now in the manufacturing world is coming from the internet of things (IoT). Manufacturers are adding more connectivity within their machines than ever … [Read more...] about Manufacturing Trends & New Technology in 2022
To understand the Q2 2021 inflationary environment — whether it will be sustained or not — it is important to turn to economists. Allan Meltzer, perhaps the most prolific historian when it comes to the Federal Reserve Bank, wrote in the Wall Street Journal: “The Fed’s recent behavior is in sharp contrast to the European Central Bank. The ECB keeps its eye on both objectives, growth and low inflation. It doesn’t shift back and forth from one to the other. The Fed should do the same. In the 1970s, because the Fed shifted from one goal to the other and back again, it achieved neither. Both inflation and unemployment rose on average, then fell together in the 1980s — after the Fed controlled inflation. … After 1985, Fed policy kept inflation and unemployment low. The result was 20 years of growth, and three of the longest peacetime … [Read more...] about Inflation and Politics: The Role of the Federal Reserve
97 years ago, when my great grandpa Thomas P. Scanlan started Surplus Record, he had a vision to connect dealers and manufacturers across the nation. World War I had ended a few years prior, and he saw a demand to get wartime machinery no longer being used, out of the hands of the government and into civilian manufacturing. He created the Surplus Record as an easy way for dealers to advertise their machinery to manufacturers and connect for joint ventures and lifelong partnerships. Nearly 100 years later, I know he would be proud to see how far Surplus Record has come over our company’s lifetime and how many relationships have been forged through our book and website. When my father came on board in 1982, the economy was in a depression, but it was gearing up for a big turnaround. Little did he know, the internet was coming and … [Read more...] about New Look & Feel, Same Commitment to You
What do manufacturing facilities have to do with vaccine production and distribution? Expanding the coverage of vaccines globally is a critical goal, and expanding vaccine production simply wouldn't be possible without the help of manufacturing facilities. Let's take a look at key ways in which manufacturing is contributing to vaccine production and distribution in the United States. Onshoring Effects on Vaccine Production and Distribution The COVID-19 crisis has put a spotlight on the need to begin onshoring drug manufacturing back in the United States. The pandemic has played a large role in alerting Americans to the importance of shifting away from heavy dependence on other countries like India and China for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), medical devices, and finished pharmaceutical products. With COVID-19 vaccine … [Read more...] about How Manufacturing is Saving Vaccine Production in the United States