In this issue, you will find several new-technology discussions. In my article, “Technology Speeds Change for Thermal Processing,” we discuss AI, robots, autonomous cars, 3D printing and other technologies to watch. We also interview Professor Chris Pistorius – a new IH columnist for 2017 – about new steelmaking technology. One of January’s articles discusses a new quench “technology,” which illustrates how developments result in process improvements.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is something else I would like to discuss here. Most of us probably know something about this, but I’m sure few of us have much experience with it. In the past year or two, we have run several articles discussing how maintenance can be more predictive and how temperature surveys can benefit from IoT. An article from October 2015 tells us that the IoT term was first coined in 1999 as a way to describe how physical objects are connected to the Internet. The IoT creates and helps us analyze Big Data, which was addressed in November 2016’s temperature-survey article.