The Barnes Group Advisors and SLM Solutions partner to offer additive manufacturing training

Barnes Group | January 02, 2019

The Barnes Group Advisors and SLM Solutions North America have partnered to offer training in additive manufacturing (AM). The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding last month and are hoping to address an identified knowledge gap around AM technologies in a bid to educate potential customers so they can feel more assured about their investing in the technology.
Through the partnership, The Barnes Group Advisors will provide training courses relative to key industry standards for SLM Solutions customer and contacts. This offering will be available during the sales process and will include multiple courses, some focusing on design (Accelerate AM), others on technology and materials (Focus AM), and also business and economics (Empower AM) and the essentials of additive manufacturing (Discover AM).

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MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

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Eugene Spiropoulos works on Yokogawa's industrial automation to industrial autonomy efforts, which is about accelerating the transformation of process industries. And he says that in most industries, and certainly in the process industries, companies have been collecting data for the past four decades, but less than 5% of that data is getting used.

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