Our daily search for industry news over the past year has revealed that most of the growth of the aluminum industry has been occurring overseas. This has been the case for some time now. In fact, in 1995 the U.S. manufactured 17% of the world’s output and consumed 29%. By 2005, U.S. production is down to 8% while usage is 22%.
A news item that ran in the November 9th issue of the IH MagEzine
caused me to start thinking about job opportunities in our industry.
The story said that there is an acute shortage of welders in Louisiana
and throughout the country. While I am aware that there is a bit of a
shortage of qualified metallurgists and materials engineers entering
the field, I was surprised by and concerned about the impact of a
shortage of welders.
New technologies develop for various reasons. Sometimes they are the result of enterprising entrepreneurs with a vision and many times they are seeking continuous improvement – products that are faster, stronger, lighter, more energy efficient and less expensive. The products and processes highlighted below fall into one or more of these categories. In some cases, these technologies are not fully developed, commercialized or even fully realized, and their impact on our industry is, therefore, not yet fully understood.
The year is coming to a close and with it our 75th anniversary. We hope you enjoyed looking back through some of the historical pages of Industrial Heating as much as we did. The cover retrospective this month is the final draw from the IH time capsule.
It seems as though everyone is taking polls, as the fall election is the topic du jour. I decided to get into the action with my informal state-of-the-industry straw poll taken at FNA 2006. What I found was not too surprising except for the consistency of the answers across a wide spectrum of different manufacturers.
Believe it or not, winter is almost upon us! As I considered October's editorial, my mind went to late last year when natural-gas prices went through the roof. Needless to say, this had an impact on most of us in the industry.
The cover of every issue tells the story. Industrial Heating is "The International Journal of Thermal Technology." What exactly do we mean when we say "International?" Simply...Industrial Heating is the largest and most widely distributed monthly thermal process magazine in the world.
With FNA2006 right around the corner, it makes sense to preview what's coming up. For those who are planning to attend, this information will help you get the most from this two-day event. For those who have not yet decided, what are you waiting for?
Last month we talked about the future of the industry and the fact that technological advancements are our future and the key to your business thriving in the 21st century. Who will be the change-agents in your company? Where will the technological advancements begin? How will the "latest and greatest" for your field of interest become known to your company?
Infrared energy causes the surface electrons of an object to excite and oscillate, creating heat. Several factors determine the temperature, not the least of which being the wavelength of the electromagnetic radiation generated by the infrared heating source. The equipment used for the above applications utilizes medium and long wavelength IR and is typically capable of less than 800°F (427°C). Since the wavelength is inversely proportional to the temperature, the wavelength shortens as the temperature goes up .