New technologies offer risks—and rewards

Jan 17, 2014 | 02:21 PM | Thorsten Schier

Tags  manufacturing, Jack Uldrich, Metals Service Center Institute, Tubular Conference, technology, Thorsten Schier

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — New manufacturing technologies will provide challenges and opportunities for the metals industry, according to manufacturing futurist Jack Uldrich.

"There’s this 800-pound gorilla in the form of technology that’s beating its way into our lives," he told the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) Tubular Conference in Bonita Springs, Fla. For example, 3-D printing may adversely affect businesses involved in the welding industry as companies can use fewer parts to make components. However,....

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