A renaissance in global manufacturing across a wide range of discrete and process industries has led to rising interest in the use of manufacturing technologies that replace traditional tools and methods. The need for faster time to market, cost reduction, and, most importantly, improved product quality and traceability, has driven manufacturing companies to embrace products from a range of suppliers. Thus, newer technologies, like machine vision have replaced the need for large numbers of visual quality control inspectors. Similarly, three dimensional (3-D) prototyping machines have replaced the use of clay and wood models.
Our manufacturing technology coverage features a variety of companies, including Cognex, a leader in machine vision systems, Stratasys, a leading provider of rapid prototyping machines, and GT Advanced Technologies, a diversified supplier of manufacturing machines for the solar, LED, and semiconductor industries.