The trucking industry fuels the U.S. economy, transporting over 10.5 billion tons of freight annually. With a huge weight on their shoulders, trucking service providers are beginning to seek new ways to improve efficiency and drive down transportation and labor costs. Subsequently, these changes are creating waves upstream in truck trailer manufacturing.
Luckily, emerging trends in automation, logistics and the workforce are reshaping the industry landscape by day, leading companies to adopt new processes.
Below, we outline four major trends driving change in trucking and truck trailer manufacturing.
This past week more than 50,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibitors met in Chicago for the 35th annual FABTECH Exposition. The “one-stop-shop” event brings together suppliers and the latest industry developments related to metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs.
As one of the largest moving structural parts of a home or business, overhead doors must be built with the appropriate components to reduce the risk of accidents. Overhead door suppliers are held to high safety standards, as well as high cost-saving standards—a dynamic that can be difficult to manage. Fortunately, roll forming provides a fast and affordable way for manufacturers to improve product longevity and safety in one cost-effective solution.
Cost-effective, high-volume and efficient production all sound great, but there are a few things you may need to think about before you jump right in. Below, we’ve listed three important factors to consider before starting your roll form project.
In solar, saving money from start to finish is crucial. While headlines like, “2016 was the year solar panels finally became cheaper than fossil fuels,” can be exciting for the industry, it’s also a pain point for many manufacturers and solar panel mounters.
A record-setting 20,000 solar energy professionals and 600 leading manufacturers gathered for four days in Las Vegas for this year’s annual Solar Power International (SPI). This year’s tradeshow included everything from educational solar 101 sessions, to more in-depth discussions about the Sunvia trade case.
A lot happened at this year’s SPI, so we’ve outlined key takeaways below.
When it comes to manufacturing, time is money.
Chances are, you’re not hard-pressed to find a metal fabricator that offers the capabilities and services to fit your needs. But what other qualities should you look for in a metal fabrication partner? What sets a company apart from the rest?
Below are five characteristics to help you distinguish a competent fabricator from an exceptional metal fabrication partner.
3D printing is the next industrial revolution. The additive manufacturing industry (also known as 3D printing) grew 26 percent to $5.2 billion in 2015, according to a Forbes breakdown of the Wohlers Report 2016. And the market is showing no signs of slowing down.
There’s no room for complacency in the engineering world. Today’s engineers must continually expand their knowledge and explore the latest trends in technology to adapt to the rapidly changing industry environment.