November Roundup: Machining in the News

In November, supply chains struggle to meet demands, SME and NAIR host a new meet, installation of automation robots increases in the U.S., and Methods opens a new location in California. Continue reading our news round-up to learn more about what’s happening in the industry this month.

Can the Defense Industry Unkink Supply Chains to Meet Demands?

In addition to supply chain problems, the aerospace and defense industry is beset by a shortage of qualified workers. Russia’s war on Ukraine has created a demand for increased defense production in the U.S. to replace items withdrawn from its domestic stockpile and to sell to nations intent on increasing their own security.

Ordinarily, requests for more armaments from American manufacturers would be seen as a good thing. At this time, however, domestic producers are grappling with inflation, supply chain kinks, and related issues, including labor shortages and shrinkage in the defense industrial ecosystem.

For more information on how the defense industry is working to meet demands click here.

SME and NAIR Host Aerospace Composites Forum

The SME Composites Technical Community and the National Institute for Aviation Research co-hosted an Aerospace Composites Forum in July at Wichita State University. Leading scientists and engineers from government, industry, and academia discussed trends and offered predictions for the next decade regarding military and commercial aviation needs, as well as the urban air mobility (UAM) market.

Click here for more information on the seven major themes that were covered.

U.S. Robot Installations Exceed Pre-Pandemic Level

The World Robotics Report shows that robot installations in the United States were up by 14% to 34,987 units in 2021 – the second most successful year for the robotics industry in the U.S. This exceeded the pre-pandemic level of 33,378 units in 2019. 

Despite several global and regional challenges, the overall expectation for the robotics market in the United States and North America is positive. Robot installations are expected to grow by +15% from 2022 into 2023 as scarcities turn into sales orders.

To deep dive into the entire World Robotics Report click here.

Methods Opens New Location in California

Methods Machine Tools, the foremost supplier of high-quality, high-precision CNC machine tools, automation, and engineering services in North America has moved its California office from Anaheim to a new location in Corona, California.

The relocation to a larger facility provides customers with an improved onsite experience to learn and discuss comprehensive manufacturing solutions. As well, the Corona site expands Methods’ capacity to serve customers throughout California, Oregon, and Washington.

For more information on this new location click here.

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