New and Noteworthy Categories on for June 2022

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1. CWDM Multiplexers

CWDM multiplexers are a technology that multiplexes several optical signals onto a single fiber by using different wavelengths of light. Multiplexing techniques have become helpful network optimization tools during the age of the Internet of Things. Now, IoT is used to elevate stadiums from mere physical structures where people convene to centralized data hubs powering interactive experiences like live game updates and rewards programs in real-time.

CWDM Multiplexers

2. 3D Printing Hotends

Hotends are used in 3D printing as a component that melts the filament for extrusion and aids in maintaining a consistent and accurate temperature. 3D printing is only expected to grow as a means of manufacturing. According to one consulting firm’s report, the global 3D printing market is projected to quadruple over the next decade to exceed $50 billion. In addition, prototyping, which is what 3D printing has been traditionally used for, is expected to grow from $4.4 billion to nearly $10 billion.

3D Printing Hotends

3. Silicone Gel Adhesive Tapes

Silicone gel adhesive tape, used as bandages to help lessen scarring, represents a newer medical advancement. 3D printing is also being used to help with scarring. With 3D printing, medical professionals use human plasma and skin biopsies from the patient as the production material to create new human skin.

Silicone Gel Adhesive Tapes

4. Conductive Pigments

Conductive pigments enable energy to be transported through a coating. They can be either electrically or thermally conductive. These pigments are often used in electronics, a fast-growing field. According to Zion Market Research, the global electronics contract manufacturing services sector will grow to $32.05 billion by 2025.

Conductive Pigments

5. Lead Radiation Shielding Curtains

Lead radiation shielding curtains protect humans against radiation from sources such as X-rays. X-ray technology is a life-saving tool that can detect changes in the human body, monitor the progression of diseases, and even aid in life-saving emergency medical procedures. In the latest advancement in the field, the world's first 3D color X-rays of the human body have been produced.

Lead Radiation Shielding Curtains

6. Pneumatic Training Services

Pneumatic tools are the backbones of many manufacturing industries, but using them correctly often requires pneumatic training services. If one or more of your compressors goes down, business can feel the strain immediately, as production can grind to a halt. Preventative maintenance, learned through correct training, can keep equipment running smoothly and reduce downtime in the event of an equipment failure.

Pneumatic Training Services

7. Electronic Equipment Shelters

Electronic equipment shelters protect essential electric equipment such as power control centers, generators, or telecom equipment. Telecommunications equipment was one of the top Thomas categories with the most sourcing activity in February, with a 1,970% month-over-month increase.

Electronic Equipment Shelters

8. Marine Superchargers

Supercharging through marine superchargers allow engines to produce the power of a much larger, highly modified engine when needed. In April and May of this year, two different boat manufacturers announced multiple-million dollar expansions, suggesting that the demand for marine equipment such as superchargers may be on the rise.

Marine Superchargers

9. Stainless Steel Hydraulic Cylinders

Stainless steel hydraulic cylinders are used in applications where corrosion resistance is the highest priority, such as environments containing caustic or corrosive chemicals. Stainless steel cylinders are used in the tough environments of pulp and paper mills. The pulp and paper sector is a critical link in the industrial supply chain, with the U.S. being the second-largest global producer of paper and board, manufacturing more than 70 million tons of material annually.

Stainless Steel Hydraulic Cylinders

10. Book Printing Services

While the paper industry, and therefore the book printing industry, is currently experiencing shortages and supply chain issues, book printing services are still in demand. Bookstores have had to innovate over the past two years despite shortages and shutdowns with ideas such as moving storefronts online and delivering “mystery bags” to customers’ doors.

Brook Printing Services

11. Industrial Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Switches

Power-over-Ethernet is a type of connected lighting system (CLS), a still-developing technology that, as its name suggests, connects lighting and sensors to a network that receives and sends information. Industrial Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Switches are a part of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) field that was at $1.67 billion in 2018. By 2024, this industry is anticipated to surge to $12.44 billion.

Power-over-Ethernet Switches

12. Packaging Management Services

Manufacturers can benefit from hiring a logistics company for packaging management services. The rise of e-commerce and global supply chain disruptions has driven demand for logistics companies. These companies have already invested in the necessary technology and staffing, so they can minimize errors and delays to guarantee manufacturers meet customer demand and maintain their reputation.

Packaging Management Services

13. Yellow 151 Pigments

Yellow 151 pigment is a very opaque, relatively greenish-yellow shade that’s used in coatings, paint, and plastic colorant. It's one of the many colors found on a new mobile app, the Colorant Explorer, that allows users to search for this and other colorants.

Yellow 151 Pigments

14. Hydrocolloid Adhesives

Hydrocolloid adhesives are a type of bandage often used in surgical settings. They revolutionized wound care when they debuted in the late 1960s. More recent bandage evolutions include a one-handed application bandage. It can be opened with one hand in one pull.

Hydrocolloid Adhesives

15. Biomass Fuels

One aspect of clean energy is biomass fuels, or fuels made out of renewable organic material. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the global market for new clean energy generation technology is predicted to reach $790 billion annually by 2030. By that same year, the International Renewable Energy Agency says that renewable energy resources could grow to comprise close to 27% of total energy consumption in the global manufacturing space.

Biomass Fuels

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