Organizational Healing

CWIEME, IMTS, others provide options, analysis for tough times

In a time of division and uncertainty, it’s easy enough to invoke phrases like “we’re all in this together” or “we stand united”…but let’s take a look at which organizational bodies are actually taking action with regards to the industries employing Electrical Apparatus readers, such as CWIEME, IMTS, and others.

The first of those organizations released an important piece of industry literature in May. CWIEME’s 19-page market report whitepaper on the electrical engineering industry post-COVID is, first of all, available for free download HERE, which many will happily oblige right now. The report was crucially amended to account for effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a snippet from its executive summary explains further:

“Going into 2020, the economic slowdown from the previous year was expected to continue with some positive developments projected towards end of the year. However, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the outlook and resulted in tremendous uncertainty regarding the global growth forecast. Last month, the IMF revised down its output projections due to COVID-19 in its April economic update. They pointed out that, unlike in the global financial crisis, governments are unable to encourage economic activity by stimulating aggregate demand due to contamination risk.”

It’s a good thing they give you that primer before anything else, because the market snapshots themselves are somewhat alarming: from the prediction of industrial motor consumption declining and facing an uphill battle thereafter to projections that the power transformers market might be impacted beyond Q3 as the timelines of large T&D (transmission & distribution) projects will be reevaluated. Market snapshots in the whitepaper include sections devoted to: Transformers, Industrial Motors, EV Traction Motors, and Coil Winding Machines.

IMTS prime supply chain solutions offer perspective with a human element

For the manufacturing industry, “We’re all in this together” means rebuilding fragile supply chains and rethinking parts sourcing and production. To support these efforts, IMTS (The International Manufacturing Technology Show) which is still slated to take place as scheduled September 14-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago, has launched, an educational section of, it announced in a press release sent to EA May 29.

Content includes stories, videos, webinars and podcasts that provides the manufacturing industrial base, including OEMs and job shops, guidance on how to rethink, reengage and reestablish its supply chain. Included are stories of how industry has responded and thought-provoking resources on the steps industry and government can take to ensure manufacturing self-sufficiency. Perhaps most beneficial to the layman is the following graphic, which summarizes a short history of the American supply chain:

The website provides a repository of information to help manufacturers, OEMs and job shops increase resiliency when faced with future disruptions.—AMT/IMTS photo

“The manufacturing technology community has a laser-like focus on rebuilding its supply chains, and we are dedicating significant resources to support their needs,” says Peter R. Eelman, Vice President & CXO at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which owns and produces IMTS.

“The microsite — ReBuilding the Supply Chain — shows OEMs how to rethink their current operations, how they can reengage with suppliers and secure trading partners and how they can reestablish connections for a more localized industrial base.”

The site links to all COVID-19 and rebuilding stories. It includes a brief history of why the supply chain disruption occurred, and IMTS has mapped out future content to show steps that can be taken to secure the supply chain moving forward.

Fleet Equipment’s tips on battery maintenance for EVs and more

Meanwhile, our fellow publications are helping out as we strive to do. Fleet Equipment Magazine’s staff released a comprehensive overview of maintenance for an emerging technology—electric vehicle batteries—while also offering some ideas on how these maintenance strategies can be applied to other battery applications.

How electrical system reliability impacts aftertreatment performance

The article, entitled How Electrical System Reliability Impacts Aftertreatment Performance, offers some of the following tips, w/ photos included, recommending these procedures at each preventative maintenance interval:

  • Completely clean batteries and battery boxes;
  • Remove and clean all cable ends and replace all bad ends;
  • Load test each battery on the lead portion of studs or install lead cones;
  • Replace batteries that do not hold a 9.5-volt load (approximately 300 amps for 15 seconds – maximum loss of 3 volts); and
  • Check for chafed cables and hold downs.

FANUC’s weekly webinars cover various subjects, from manufacturing to painting/coating

Lastly, in the world of automation, FANUC is continuing its webinar series.

FANUC’s entire schedule shows upcoming webinars on various subjects almost weekly in the same time slot. The next two are: How to Develop the Manufacturing Workforce You Need (6/11) and Painting and Coating Challenges (6/18).


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