Top ArticlesAEM is committed to providing its members with the latest industry news and most relevant insights into emerging trends affecting their businesses and impacting their bottom lines. The AEM Industry Advisor newsletter is the association's primary vehicle for sharing information on a variety of topics with its member audience, and it regularly includes feature-length articles focused on issues important to the construction, agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

As 2019 winds down, and AEM and its members look forward to 2020, here are some of the most-read articles of the year:

5 Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2019 The future of the manufacturing industry will be shaped by a number of ever-evolving trends and technologies. While there's no telling exactly how things will play out in the long term, it seems safe to suggest a few will have a profound impact on manufacturers in 2019 and beyond. This article examines what they are, how they will change over time and, most importantly, how they will impact organizations moving forward.

Industry Economic Outlook: Growth has Plateaued, but What About 2020? The United States is in the midst of well over 100 months of economic expansion – the second-longest-lasting period of expansion in the nation’s history. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the longest expansionary period in the history of the nation is an inevitability. And while there’s no real reason to suggest a recession is imminent, this article makes the case for the U.S. and global economy being due for a slowdown sometime soon.

How Technology is Transforming Construction Rental This article details how the rise of new and cutting-edge technology is advancing construction equipment, allowing for owners and operators to gain ready access to the tools they need to work efficiently and effectively. Technology is also having a transformative impact on the rental market, giving contractors new and unique opportunities to affect their businesses.

OSHA Announces Delay of Crane Operator Evaluation Documentation Requirement This article explains how full enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirement for construction industry employers to evaluate their crane operators was delayed. OSHA Acting Director of the Directorate of Construction Scott Ketcham announced in a February memorandum that good faith efforts made by employers in order to meet the new documentation requirements for operators of cranes used in construction would be evaluated during the initial 60 days of enforcement – until April 15, 2019.

Tech Adoption Lessons and Insights From a Top-Flight Construction Firm Innovation is an everyday topic at DPR Construction, currently ranked No. 10 on ENR’s Top 400 list. The company is consistently focused on creating new ways to work more efficiently and deliver value to customers and projects. This article explains how (and why) DPR is such a cutting-edge organization.

IoT Data Generated by Equipment: Who Owns it? Who Can Access it? It’s no secret the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) has resulted in a tremendous amount of information being produced in what has become an increasingly interconnected world. However, one notable consequence of the ever-growing data deluge is it has forced equipment manufacturers to confront a difficult question, one which is poised to shape the future of the industry for years to come: Who owns the data? This article aims to answer that question.

Dollars and Sense: Chipping Diesel Engines is Bad for Business Diesel performance chips are “third-party” manufacturers’ electronic devices that modify the equipment’s original programming to increase the power output of an engine. Some are very simple to install. These manufacturers claim to deliver better fuel economy, boosted power, more torque, better acceleration and more pulling power, overriding the thousands of hours of AEM member’s research, development and testing. Years of OEM engineering and experience is simply tossed out. This article explains how chips deliver more fuel to the engine, which increases wear and tear, reduces life, creates more soot, builds more stress on drivetrains, as well as disregards EPA certifications.

Industry 4.0 and the Future of Manufacturing: How to Navigate the Digital Revolution? The Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, cloud computing – these technologies aren’t just poised to disrupt the manufacturing industry in the not-too-distant future. Organizations of all types and sizes are already leveraging them to establish continuous learning cycles in their operations and drive continuous improvement. This article explains how these technologies are converging together and allowing for incredible gains to be made in both productivity and wealth creation.

Tariffs Report Highlights Costs to Industry U.S. Economy In March, AEM coordinated the release of a report showing the impact of tariffs on the equipment manufacturing industry and the broader U.S. economy. The new report “The Economic and Industry Impact of Protectionism Tariffs on the Off-highway Equipment Sector,” was authored by the global research firm IHS Markit and estimated the impact of the Trump administration’s Section 232 and Section 301 tariffs.

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