What are common heat treatment defects?

Heat treatment processes are used to modify engineering properties so that structural components are able to withstand the specified operating conditions and result in the desired lifespan. Heat treatment involves the controlled heating and cooling of metals to bring about desired changes in the physical properties of the metal. Because of the extreme temperatures involved, the chemical and magnetic properties of the metal may also be altered in the process; for example, the shape could change, or materials such as glass could be produced. Heat treatment is a very important manufacturing process used to improve a product’s performance and characteristics in many different ways.

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Top online courses for manufacturing professionals to pursue in 2017

Getting the basics right is a great way to advance your career. Manufacturing professionals have realized the same to ensure their credibility as a professional and to carry out their assigned jobs efficiently. Here are a few eLearning courses that are now being taken by manufacturing professionals around the globe. 

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What is thread pitch?

Thread pitch is one of the key classifying units used to specify threaded fasteners in the metric system. Thread pitch refers to the distance between threads and is expressed in millimeters. This measurement is taken along the length of the fastener. For example, if the distance between two threads is 1.6mm, this means the thread pitch is 1.6. A steel rule, caliper, or comparator are the most common measuring instruments used to determine thread pitch.

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An online forum for manufacturing professionals

Technological advancements are changing the manufacturing industry at an increasingly rapid pace. The modern manufacturing industry is offering well-paid careers and requires a workforce with diverse degrees, certifications, and hands-on experience. The future manufacturing workforce is also expected to undergo extensive skills development with a passion for continuous improvement.

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How an apprentice can help achieve your goals

Around 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled over the next decade and two million are expected to go unfilled due to a major lack of skilled candidates, as per a report by the Manufacturing Institute. Moreover, the work in factories has evolved over the last decade or so, as manufacturing companies have invested in advanced machinery and new technologies requiring a new set of skills.

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The modern manufacturing industry now needs a highly skilled workforce in nearly every aspect of manufacturing, whether it is as a machinist, welder, engineer, assembler, 3D designer, or maintenance worker. In order to get a skilled workforce, manufacturers must make the investment in training programs that pay workers while they are doing on-the-job training and then provides a full-time job upon completion of the program.

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