Revolutionary Innovations to Impact Global Machine and Manufacturing Sectors
Jun11

Revolutionary Innovations to Impact Global Machine and Manufacturing Sectors

Machining is, and has been for years, one of the most important industries across both the United States and the entire world. Without quality machining operations, so many of the world’s most important industries would struggle to not only sustain throughout the fast paced, changing times, but wouldn’t even be functional in some instances. For a machine shop in Wapakoneta, Ohio, a new machining innovation will likely significantly improve their own product line, as well as other machine shops across the country. According to News Thomas Net, Midwest Specialties just announced that they are breaking ground on a brand-new manufacturing facility for their computer numerical control (CNC) equipment lines. This new facility will improve equipment like high-precision tapping machines, die grinders, custom lifting solutions, and torque reaction arms. Load cell and torque sensor units are designed to operate in a wide temperature range of negative 452 degrees Fahrenheit to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Since these temperatures are so extreme, CNC machine shops need to be extremely careful throughout the manufacturing and machining process. The new $4 million facility upgrade will include 40,000 square feet of space for innovative machining work, as well as double its workforce by hiring 35 new machinists, CNC technicians, programmers, assembly techs, and more. Another innovation has already begun impacting machine-related industries across the country. According to Engineering.com, industrial automation utilizing robotic movements are improving load cell and sensor technology output. “There are many applications where they have always wanted to use force and torque sensors, but the cost was prohibitive,” added Catherine Morris, director of automotive sales at ATI Industrial Automation. “By packaging such a small, accessible product that still delivers the same accuracy and repeatability, it opens up a lot of market opportunities.” CNC manufacturers and machinists across the country are excited about welcoming some of these new technologies and it seems as though the machining sector will continue to grow on a global...

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Hypertensive Patients Spend Much More On Healthcare Expenses, Study Finds
Jun11

Hypertensive Patients Spend Much More On Healthcare Expenses, Study Finds

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 34.5% of men 20 years and older are obese and 32.6% either have high blood pressure or are taking prescriptions for hypertension. Unfortunately, though the health issues pertaining to hypertension are concerning, so too are the financial costs. According CardioVascular Business, hypertensive patients are spending around $2,000 or more each year in annual healthcare expenditures. Patients with high blood pressure, compared to non-hypertensive individuals, have 2.5 times more in inpatient expenses, double the outpatient expenses, and nearly triple the amount of prescription medication costs. “Hypertension is recognized as a tremendous threat to medical and financial health,” said, Elizabeth B. Kirkland, MD, MSCR, assistant professor of internal medicine at Medical University of South Carolina. “National medical costs associated with hypertension account for about $131 billion, or over 3 percent of the $3 trillion U.S. national healthcare expenditure. While the incremental cost associated with hypertension for U.S. adults has remained steady around $2,000 per year, it is promising that expenditures seem to be shifting from inpatient to outpatient settings.” However, according to Healio, the new lower definition of high blood pressure will actually increase the number of adults with hypertension, but could actually decrease the average cost of hypertension for individual patients while increasing the overall societal costs of hypertension. Researchers took a look at 224,920 patients from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Household Components (2003 to 2014), which included self-reported estimates of expenditures, health care use, insurance coverage, and source of coverage. Of all the patients who participated in the study, 36.9% had hypertension. During that 12-year period, the mean annual medical expenditure for hypertension patients was $9,089. “This may reflect the expansion of preventative care services for millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act,” added Kirkland. “As overall U.S. health care costs continue to rise, it is imperative that we identify effective strategies to improve control of chronic diseases that are associated with high annual...

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