AEM strives to provide its members with the latest news in the industry and relevant insights into trends that affect their businesses. The AEM Industry Advisor newsletter is the association's primary resource for sharing information on a variety of topics with its members. It regularly features articles focused on issues that are important to AEM member companies. So, as the year comes to a close, lets take a look at some of the most read of the past 12 months...

The Era of Precision Agriculture Has Arrived

Precision agriculture aligns with the USDA’s three pillars of sustainability, and it is beneficial to both the environment and farming itself. In this article, AEM's research, Environmental Benefits of Precision Ag, put together in collaboration with the American Soybean AssociationCropLife America, and National Corn Growers Association is examined.

What Equipment Manufacturers Need to Know About Biden's Recent Buy American Executive Order

Early on in 2021, AEM' s Advocacy Team thoroughly detailed The Buy America Act and its impacts in this article. In addition, the association reaffirmed its commitment to engage both industry and federal stakeholders to ensure equipment manufacturers' voices are heard with regards to issues of importance.

Examining Future Alternative Energy Sources for Off-Highway Products (Part 1)

Machinery powered by alternative energies can share many similarities to that powered by traditional diesel powertrains. However, there will also be many differences. For the agriculture and construction industries to fully reap the benefits of alternative energies, a keen understanding of those differences is essential. Now is the time to develop that keen understanding, and key considerations are explained in this article by David Langenderfer, technical project leader at AEM member company Cummins, who spoke to virtual attendees at AEM's Product Safety & Compliance Seminar.

Chemical Restrictions and the Hazards of Noncompliance

As global markets set their sights on a future with greener, more sustainable solutions, equipment manufacturers must evolve, too. This is particularly true in the case of using substances that may be deemed hazardous to the environment, according to Josh Inman, director of restricted substances and product disclosure of AEM member company Cummins, who detailed information and insights featured in this article to those in attendance at the virtual edition of AEM's Product Safety & Compliance Seminar.

Paying it Forward: Husco's Educational Initiatives Pave the Way for the Workforce of Tomorrow

One of many member success stories shared by AEM in 2021, this article detailed Husco's ongoing efforts to provide educational opportunities at a local level, as well as the company's concerted efforts to give back through various programs and scholarships. 

Equipment Manufacturers Meet With Transportation Secretary Buttigieg

This article detailed AEM staff meeting with Pete Buttigieg in early June to discuss President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and expressing the dire need to make a transformational investment in the infrastructure of the United States.

3 Keys to Establishing an Effective Product Safety Program

It is essential to have an effective product safety program, as it can reduce the number of accidents and product recalls, increase the safety and quality of products, and ensure market access worldwide. The article, revised and repurposed from one that originally ran way back in 2017, breaks down three different ways that manufacturers are able to make a more reliable and safer product safety plan.

Be Netflix, Not Blockbuster: Mass Customization, Personalization and the Future of Manufacturing

In this article, Noah Oken-Berg, co-founder and CEO of AEM member company Above The Fray, broke down how organizations of all types and sizes should embrace customization and personalization. However, for equipment manufacturers, it's often more of a question on how to deliver innovative products. Overcoming these challenges can be daunting, but it is important to take on this task to keep up with market demands and client needs.

Exhibitions Matter: Altec President Jon Styslinger on The Utility Expo, Customer Connections and Returning to In-Person Events

As The Utility Expo 2021 drew near, Jon Styslinger, president of AEM member company Altec, discussed the value of exhibiting at the show, the excitement surrounding the return of in-person exhibitions and events and more, in this Q&A article.

Looking Back While Moving Forward: Ditch Witch's Kevin Smith on His Company's History With The Utility Expo and the Value of Customer Connections

Kevin Smith, GM of AEM member company Ditch Witch, detailed the company’s long history as an exhibitor at The Utility Expo, what his organization has in store for attendees at this year’s show, what advice he has for prospective exhibitors, among other thoughts, in this Q&A article. 

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