To help the manufacturing industry be appropriately equipped for change, we launched Thomas Industrial Data earlier this year.
Our sourcing activity data coupled with our Thomas Industrial Survey results, reveals interesting insights with North American suppliers shifting their businesses to meet the new normal.
- 55% of survey participants being likely to very likely to invest in Production Performance Automation in the next 12 months
- 69% of companies across the manufacturing and industrial sectors are likely to bring manufacturing production and sourcing back to North America
- 12% increase in website usage by manufacturers and industrial companies to connect with more buyers and customers
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many schools to shift away from in-person instruction toward a remote learning environment, the challenge of maintaining student engagement takes on increased significance. This is especially true in courses that involve STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
When taught in a traditional in-person setting, STEM courses combine education in the theoretical treatment of the subject (gleaned from written material as found in textbooks) with the practical treatment of the subject (developed via hands-on work from labs, experimentation, and the use of instruments and materials). When shifting to a remote learning environment, the techniques for educating students on the underlying principles of a subject are much easier to transfer successfully than are the more practical hands-on aspects.
To help fill this gap, we have identified some resources that may be used to provide students at the high school or college level with practical hands-on projects that they can perform which will help them supplement their education in STEM subjects.
The resources below contain a mix of different potential project ideas, many of which can be performed from home with a minimal need to purchase special suppliers or materials. Other projects from the resources below, especially those at the college level, will likely require students to make some investment in materials, components, and equipment that would not usually be found in the typical household. These are higher level projects that normally would be accomplished in a college lab class, possibly in a collaborative group setting, under the guidance of an instructor or advisor.Read More »
Industrial manufacturing takes place inside of factories and plants that house the machinery needed to perform specialized operations as part of the production process. The videos below offer a view into the workings of some of these factories to provide you with a look at different manufacturing operations and how they are performed and automated.
The videos have been grouped into sections based on the types of processes shown. Each section presents a description of these processes and links that will enable you to further explore these topics of modern manufacturing.Read More »
Digital industrial marketing drives customers to your business’ products and services through coordinated design, content, social media, and SEO tactics. Many manufacturing and industrial companies may think that digital marketing would be more suited toward consumer goods and B2C than the industry space, but that's not the case. With the digital transformation of sales and marketing, successful B2B companies are now seeing marketing as a direct influence on revenue generation and more manufacturers are aligning their efforts with today's digital world.
In fact, most industrial manufacturers are practically already set up for a marketing campaign — they just don’t know it yet.Read More »
It's no secret that email marketing is one of the best ways to drive leads to your sales team. However, most manufacturers and industrial companies don't realize that it's also one of the best ways to close those leads and convert them into customers.
So while a lot of time and energy is going into optimizing marketing emails, sales emails are often relegated to an afterthought. In fact, the task of writing, designing, and deploying sales emails often falls on individual sales reps, who have little guidance, direction, or support. That's a recipe for disaster, and it shouldn't be the case.
If you want to optimize your sales emails for maximum results, be sure to follow these suggestions.Read More »
Most of the 1 million+ registered users on Thomasnet.com may not realize all of the new categories we add every month, from basic products like immersion coil heat exchangers to more exotic offerings like AI marine vessel monitoring systems and washable paper backpacks. Over the past month alone, we've seamlessly added over 50 new categories to our platform, and today we're giving you a peek at our 15 favorites.Read More »
Measuring the return on investment for marketing is challenging in even the best cases. Many industrial marketers mistake commonly used online B2C metrics for effective measures of their efforts. But marketing effectiveness can affect business outcomes like revenue growth and customer retention — so with so many variables and items to test, how can industrial marketers measure the success of their marketing campaigns?
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When organizations like NASA, Tyson, ThermoFisher Scientific, Harvard, Ford, and Honeywell source on our platform, it's because they know we maintain a database of the newest, best, and brightest companies in North American Industry. Part of upholding that standard includes adding new and exciting companies every month to ensure we can supply the contact info for any supplier a B2B company may need.
This past month we've added over 400 new businesses to our database of over 500,000, including rapid COVID-19 test suppliers, IoT lighting system manufacturers, and autonomous robot companies. We're delving into the details on these and several of our other favorite companies below.Read More »