Like many industries in the United States economy, manufacturing is on the rebound, which could create demand for more quality cutting tools.
For a long time, it seemed as if American manufacturing would never return to the levels seen before the economic recession of the late 2000s. However, a careful examination of the industry indicates that it has been on the rise as of late.
In order to ensure that this growth is sustainable, it is important that project managers and manufacturers are using the proper equipment, including cutting tools to make sure that each good produced is well made. This way, U.S. manufacturing can not only continue its expansion, but maintain its reputation for quality as well.
According to Steven R. Kline Jr., a market analyst for Gardner Business Media, the U.S. is producing more durable goods than it ever has. Writing for Modern Machine Shop, Kline explained that capacity utilization is approaching 77 percent, which is up from around 60 percent during the depths of the recession.
As a result, many of these companies have increased their investment in equipment and tooling. Depending on the industry, these kinds of tools can vary greatly. For instance, as the American automotive market looks to rebound, the need for automotive tools and fasteners will likely increase to keep up with growing demands.
Kline explained that metalcutting job shops are among the highest spending machine tool industries, with about $2.6 billion expected to be spent during 2014.
With this increase in production and spending it is important to make sure that safety is not compromised. It can be easy to neglect safety precautions in order to keep up with these growing demands, however, this can lead to serious injury or illness for workers in the industry.
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, there are a number of different precautions that should be taken to protect against sparks and welding fumes – a lot of which can be addressed through the use of safety equipment.
OSHA recommends that workers wear protection gear such as a face shield and a welder's vest in order to protect against sparks. Also, it is important to make sure that ventilation in the facility is properly maintained so that toxic fumes do not linger.
By using high quality tools and equipment along with maintaining a safe working environment, the manufacturing industry can ensure that it will maintain strong and sustained growth in the coming years.