I’ve just returned from this year’s bustling 2016 Design and Manufacturing Show in New York City. SIGMA OEM was one of about 900 suppliers who exhibited here, and this year’s show was particularly lively, with some 20,000 visitors in attendance. As is typical of the Northeast Industrial profile, visitors to the show were drawn from the Biotech, Pharma, Automation, Lab & Testing, and High Tech sectors.
For the first time, 3D Printing companies had a major presence at the show. As advances are made in new materials and technology, 3D printing is poised to revolutionize small batch production of small to medium sized precision parts. This technology will influence the entire manufacturing landscape. It has the potential to affect everything from the design/development process to the competitiveness of the international manufacturing sector, to the manufacturing supply chain. As an OEM supplier, SIGMA and our partners are closely monitoring the likely impact of 3D printing as it moves into the mainstream.
The 2016 Design and Manufacturing Show brought together a wide variety of US industrial customers and as a result, offered great insight into the market’s varied needs. In terms of trends at the show, most of the customers are seeking finished parts, that is, a fully machined casting rather than a raw casting. In fact, one potential customer wants SIGMA OEM to produce a part, assemble it with associated components and then supply them with a subassembly — all of which we can do. In fact, we are increasingly seeing requests for “value-added” services such as this. This turnkey approach is a strong trend in the OEM industry, and SIGMA OEM is in a position to offer all the services our customers require.
It is interesting to see how American manufacturing has evolved over the past two decades moving away from low-tech, high volume ‘commodity’ manufacturing toward a more comprehensive, high tech approach. To be a successful manufacturer or an OEM Service provider in the US today a company needs to be able to produce complex and innovative products that require cutting edge process technologies, such as 3D Printing, and incorporate new materials. Pharmaceutical hardware, aerospace and high tech equipment are just three examples of where the US continues to maintain the manufacturing advantage. SIGMA OEM will continue to enhance our offerings to support and provide OEM services to these and other industries. For further information, contact email@example.com.