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  • Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) awards Siemens the worldwide largest Static Var Compensator (SVC) contract - Manufacturing News
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Siemens, the global powerhouse which innovates the electrical world and operates in the fields of energy, infrastructure, industry and healthcare, signed two contracts with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).
  • Airgas Opens New Location In North Dakota All
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Airgas, Inc., one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, announced that it has recently opened a new location in Dickinson, North Dakota, significantly enhancing its local product and service capabilities for customers in the Bakken shale oil region.
  • China's Manufacturing Momentum Slows as Housing Sector Weakens

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    Analysts said the result indicated China's economic recovery was being stunted by problems in the property sector -- where new home prices posted their fourth consecutive month-on-month decline -- as well as the weakening impact of stimulus measures taken to boost growth. read more
  • China's Manufacturing Momentum Slows as Housing Sector Weakens

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    Analysts said the result indicated China's economic recovery was being stunted by problems in the property sector -- where new home prices posted their fourth consecutive month-on-month decline -- as well as the weakening impact of stimulus measures taken to boost growth. read more
  • Auto output increases in Iran - Manufacturing News
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Iran manufactured 404,010 vehicles during March 21-August 22, 2014. The figure indicates a 73.4% growth compared with the corresponding period of last year, which was 232,993.
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  • China's Manufacturing Momentum Slows as Housing Sector Weakens

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    Analysts said the result indicated China's economic recovery was being stunted by problems in the property sector -- where new home prices posted their fourth consecutive month-on-month decline -- as well as the weakening impact of stimulus measures taken to boost growth. read more
  • Six Arrested in OSI Group Food Scandal in China

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Shanghai's prosecutor's office said the employees were suspected of producing and selling "fake and inferior" products, according to a statement posted on its website. read more
  • History of the U.S. Labor Movement—Part 4: 1950-1975 [SLIDESHOW]

    31 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    The roots of the labor movement in the United States can be traced at least as far back as the settlement of first British colony in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, when, according to the AFL-CIO's Labor History Timeline,"English planters founded the Jamestown colony and complained about the lack of laborers." read more
  • Mass Customization…A Lean and Agile Supply Chain Required

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    When we think of becoming Lean, in many ways, the ultimate process strategy to accomplish this is what is known as “Mass Customization”. This refers to production in batch sizes of one to meet customer specific demand. Mass customization combines the low unit costs of mass production processes with the flexibility of individual customization. The Lean Supply Chain read more
  • Samsung Denies Child Labor at Chinese Supplier

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    The report said the factory, where components for Lenovo are also built, had hired new workers, and neglected to check their identification. The youngest worker was found to be 14, the report said, adding the factory had also hired 117 college students, many of whom averaged 12.5 hours of work each day. read more
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  • China's Manufacturing Momentum Slows as Housing Sector Weakens

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    Analysts said the result indicated China's economic recovery was being stunted by problems in the property sector -- where new home prices posted their fourth consecutive month-on-month decline -- as well as the weakening impact of stimulus measures taken to boost growth. read more
  • Six Arrested in OSI Group Food Scandal in China

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Shanghai's prosecutor's office said the employees were suspected of producing and selling "fake and inferior" products, according to a statement posted on its website. read more
  • History of the U.S. Labor Movement—Part 4: 1950-1975 [SLIDESHOW]

    31 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    The roots of the labor movement in the United States can be traced at least as far back as the settlement of first British colony in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, when, according to the AFL-CIO's Labor History Timeline,"English planters founded the Jamestown colony and complained about the lack of laborers." read more
  • Mass Customization…A Lean and Agile Supply Chain Required

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    When we think of becoming Lean, in many ways, the ultimate process strategy to accomplish this is what is known as “Mass Customization”. This refers to production in batch sizes of one to meet customer specific demand. Mass customization combines the low unit costs of mass production processes with the flexibility of individual customization. The Lean Supply Chain read more
  • Samsung Denies Child Labor at Chinese Supplier

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    The report said the factory, where components for Lenovo are also built, had hired new workers, and neglected to check their identification. The youngest worker was found to be 14, the report said, adding the factory had also hired 117 college students, many of whom averaged 12.5 hours of work each day. read more
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    Green Manufacturing

  • Circular economy, II

    8 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Progress and big dataAt the end of the last posting the question was posed “can the “internet of things” be part of the circular economy? Can this connectedness push consumers to consider more sustainable behavior, or create products that provide increased value with lower impact, or allow effective recovery of resources at end of life?” The answer proposed was the very definitive “it depends”! Which is true - depends on reaction (or pro-action) of consumers, depends on reaction (or pro-action) of companies, and depends on reaction (or pro-action) of governments and…
  • The internet of (green) things

    27 Jun 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Or … what would my refrigerator tell me if it could talk?Recently I was at a conference on manufacturing where I was caught in in an avalanche of buzzwords … cloud, big data, internet of things, industrial internet, connectivity, connected revolution and so on. This feeding frenzy of connectivity and data is driven by a number of things, real and imagined. Businesses see opportunity for enhanced productivity and reduced time from design to production. Other businesses see opportunities for providing services and products to an informed customer - all at much greater speed. Others still…
  • Creating the Circular Economy, Part I

    27 Mar 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Or putting some wheels on the Ricoh comet circleThe end of the last posting (an embarrassing long time ago!) spoke of the need to do a better job of communicating just what sustainability is. That is, of course, one of the objectives of this blog - or at least as it applies to manufacturing, design and all things related to product creation and production.An early concept introduced way back in September 2009 was the circular nature of sustainability as practiced in society represented by the Ricoh Comet Circle reproduced here below.The circle diagram visualizes nested loops of tight or loose…
  • New Year's Resolutions

    21 Jan 2014 | 4:32 am
    or ... Things that renew our faith in the future!Over the New Year in the US (perhaps other places too) there is a tradition of making a set of “resolutions” or pronouncements and promises that one will follow in the upcoming year that will make things better. These often have to do with personal behavior (“I will try to like my co-workers”) or health (“I will work out more and eat less”) or finance (“I will try to live within my budget”) and so on. Typically these last a few weeks or months before the reality of daily life kicks in and they are forgotten. But, no worries,…
  • Extending the life of products

    5 Dec 2013 | 3:35 pm
    Déjà vu all over again!The last few postings have been concentrating on effective utilization of resources and resource productivity as a driver for manufacturing (including green manufacturing) innovation. In part 3 of that series a list of seven ways to improve resource effectiveness was given. These were (and see part 3 for the details):1) Avoid use of a resource in the first place2) Light-weighting 3) Increased yield 4) Reduced footprint of resources5) Insure high re-use yield and low "cost" of reuse6) Leveraged resources7) Extended life It's that last one that is the focus in this…
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  • Personal Spending Data in July Show a Cautious Consumer Despite Recent Economic Progress

    Chad Moutray
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis said that personal spending fell 0.1 percent in July, its first decline since the weather-related storms in January. This finding mirrors recent news of flat retail sales in July, showing the consumer still cautious despite recent economic progress. Purchases of durable and nondurable goods fell by 0.7 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively, in July, with service-sector spending unchanged for the month. Nonetheless, personal spending has increased at an annualized 4.1 percent pace over the past six months. Hopefully, July’s figures represent a pause in what…
  • Real GDP Growth in the Second Quarter Revised Higher to 4.2 Percent

    Chad Moutray
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis revised its real GDP growth figures for the second quarter, up from an estimated 4.0 percent at the annual rate to 4.2 percent. This reflects slightly better fixed investment and net export figures. With that said, the underlying story remains the same. The U.S. economy grew frustratingly slow in the first half of 2014, with the strong rebound in the second quarter coming after a decline of 2.1 percent. Averaging these first two quarters together, real GDP expanded just 1.0 percent at the annual rate. Consumer and business spending were positives. Goods…
  • Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Activity Expanded at Fastest Pace in Three Years

    Chad Moutray
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    The Richmond Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity expanded at its fastest pace since March 2011 in August. The composite index of general business conditions rose from 7 in July to 12 in August, marking the fifth consecutive monthly expansion after winter-related contractions in both February and March. Indeed, much like other regional surveys, these data show an uptick in demand and production for manufacturers this summer, with a mostly upbeat assessment for the coming months. Looking specifically at current activity, manufacturing leaders in the Richmond Fed district noted…
  • Soaring Aircraft Sales Boosted Durable Goods Orders in July, but Orders Were Soft Otherwise for the Month

    Chad Moutray
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    The Census Bureau said that new durable goods orders soared in July, up a whopping 22.6 percent for the month from $244.8 billion in June to $300.1 billion in July. This represented an all-time high for the data series, but it was also largely the result of a jump in nondefense aircraft sales (up from $16.8 billion to $70.3 billion). Commercial airplane orders are choppy, with sales usually announced in batches. This could suggest a return to a more-normal rate in the coming months. With that aside, new durable goods orders have improved from earlier in the year, with sales of just $224.0…
  • Heading Down a Cumbersome and Expensive Path

    Greg Bertelsen
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Monday, the Washington Post Editorial Board published the first in a “brief series” of editorials on the status of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) policies. The Post article gives a short history of GHG politics over the last 15 years and assesses the current state-of-play in and outside the beltway. Of course, the policy that is driving most of the discussion and debate when it comes to GHGs is the EPA’s June 2 proposed rule for existing power plants – a regulation the Post describes as “a cumbersome and expensive way to reduce emissions.” If after reading through the 1,600 pages of…
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    Lean Blog

  • Managing With Red/Green Charts is Like Driving By Looking at the Rear-View Mirror

    Mark Graban
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    There’s an expression that was used by Dr. W. Edwards Deming, and also by Dr. Don Wheeler, that says managing through metrics (and comparisons to targets) is like driving by looking in the rear-view mirror. Deming said: Taking action on the basis of results without theory of knowledge, without theory of variation, without knowledge about a system. Anything goes wrong, do something about it, overreacting; acting without knowledge, the effect is to make things worse. With the best of intentions and best efforts, managing by results is, in effect, exactly the same, as Dr. Myron Tribus put…
  • Happy Labor Day

    Mark Graban
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    It’s the Labor Day holiday today in the United States today, so I’m trying to minimize my own labor (that said, I’ll be working a bit… by choice… and not for an hourly wage). Many people ARE working today, including folks at the grocery store and a few other stops I’ll be making. Anyway, thanks to those who are working on this day. Here are a few posts from years past on remembering the need for safety and respect in our workplaces: 2012:  Labor Day Reflections for a Safer Week (and Years) Ahead 2010:  Labor Day – Our Obligation for Worker Safety…
  • It’s Easy to See Why Labor Would be Upset with This Hospital CEO

    Mark Graban
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Monday is Labor Day, a holiday here in the United States. Some nursing unions support Lean in healthcare, while others are in opposition. My stance is been that the unions should love Lean (since it  improves the workplace for their members), but they are right to criticize practices like layoffs and other things that aren’t really Lean). One thing I think we can all agree on is that it’s foolish for a hospital CEO to accept a 40% raise and then turnaround and announce plans to lay off 120 employees… but that actually happened at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH) in…
  • Podcast #207 – Chris Jerry, The Emily Jerry Foundation, Part 2

    Mark Graban
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    MP3 File (run time 49:30) Episode #207 is part two of my conversation with Chris Jerry, founder of The Emily Jerry Foundation.  The foundation was created in the aftermath of the tragic death of his daughter, Emily - a preventable medical error caused by a number of factors and bad systems. You can read Emily’s story here. In the first part (Episode #203), Chris told the story of what happened. In part two, we talk about topics including: A systems view vs. blaming an individual Chris skipping over the “anger” phase of grief Why his barber required more certification…
  • Why Lunch Can Be Annoying at the Sensei Cafe

    Mark Graban
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Last week, I published my first cartoon collaboration with a skilled artist (and medical assistant), Carrie Howarth. You might call that cartoon “Strategy Dog-ployment.” None of us expect this to be a weekly thing, but sometimes you strike when inspiration hits. Here is our latest collaboration, the “Sensei Cafe.” Again, at the risk of killing the joke by explaining it… I’ve heard stories about Toyota managers grilling their employees, respectfully, about their Kaizen ideas. The manager (or you might call them a “sensei” if they are very senior…
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • Could Drones Play a Role in Manufacturing?

    Gordon Benzie
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    In my last post, I offered an update on how serious Amazon is with getting FAA approval for the use of drones as a delivery option. For this post, I will expand upon this topic to explore if other opportunities might exist for manufacturers. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) suggests that one of the most promising industries for drone use is agriculture. Drone use could include the creation of aerial maps to optimize water and fertilizer distribution, fertilizer application and delivery of spare parts to farmers for equipment emergencies. According to this…
  • Keeping up with the Connections: Uptime and the Network Architecture

    Stephanie Neil
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    In manufacturing, downtime is to be avoided—at all costs. In some industries, like life sciences, the failure to produce product for even 10 minutes can mean losing millions of dollars per batch. As a result, companies immediately look to IT applications, automation technologies, and operational processes to ensure there will be no glitch on the production line. That’s why we see manufacturers in every industry investing in asset management software, manufacturing execution systems, virus protection software, predictive analytics, quality control, backup plans, and people who have the…
  • Will Drones be in your Future Value Chain?

    Gordon Benzie
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    You likely saw the announcement last December about Amazon wanting to deploy drones to deliver packages. While this would likely be a premium delivery option, dubbed “Prime Air,” this service would get customers their products in just 30 minutes after clicking the “buy” button. Here is a whole new spin to leveraging a “cloud-based” technology from a mobile app! According to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, his “optimistic” estimate is that Prime Air will be available to customers within 4 to 5 years. For those of you who haven’t yet seen this video, it is worth…
  • Supply Chain Brief to Feature MT Blog

    Gordon Benzie
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    One of the topics discussed on Manufacturing Transformation is the education and research that must be done to stay current with manufacturing trends. Topics requiring update might come from technology innovation, manufacturing trends, or industry consolidation, just to name a few. Hopefully some of the concepts presented on Manufacturing Transformation can help in this regard. We would now like to introduce you to another great resource for keeping up on today’s manufacturing and supply chain news: Supply Chain Brief. Launched as a combined effort between The Logistics and Supply Chain…
  • When Virtual Manufacturing Becomes Reality

    John Eskuri
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    If you have any interest in the digitization and automation of manufacturing, you’ll be interested in an interview with a Lockheed Martin executive that I came across recently in the Manufacturing Leadership Journal. The executive is Dennis Little, VP of production at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Division. Little is driving a project within the company called Digital Tapestry. It aims to combine the three key digital domains—virtual reality development environments, 3D printing, and digital processes—to, in the article’s words, “radically streamline its entire approach to…
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    Field Service Management Tools, Tech, Mobile & Software | SmartVan

  • Sales, Meet Your Missing Link: Service

    Derek Korte
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The job of any sales department is pretty simple: close more sales. That’s what keeps the business growing, and few companies think twice about investing in technology to keep the pipeline flowing. But too often those investments are made blindly, writes Forbes contributor Tom Taulli. He cites a new survey from Adobe and Apttus, a revenue management provider, that suggests companies’ biggest sales problem is insufficient sales automation technology. Sure, Apttus stands to win business from companies that upgrade sales automation systems, but the survey is a reminder that sales teams…
  • How Healthy is Your Service Division? The Promise of Health Wearables in the Field

    Courtney Buchanan
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Forward-looking organizations are equipping their field techs with Google Glass and smartwatches, but the latest wearables to enter the field are health wearables, which monitor physical exertion and sleep patterns. These wearables, predicted to generate $5 billion in revenue by 2016, present a strong business opportunity for field service organizations, which is why many executives are jumping aboard the quantified self movement. “While wearable tech products are currently more consumer-focused, field service organizations must work to be on the forefront of innovative technology…
  • Eager to Convert a Dissatisfied Customer? Rely on Your Technicians

    Bill Pollock
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Every services organization strives to have a strong base of satisfied customers. They build this goal into their strategic services plans, set targets and goals, conduct customer satisfaction surveys, purchase and review industry reports, and hold meetings  — all to find ways to improve their customer service performance and corresponding satisfaction ratings. But while multiple layers of management and staff attempt to do everything they can to improve customer service, success ultimately rests in the field technicians’ hands. The reason is simple: Technicians are the people who…
  • GE Partners to Fulfill ‘Industrial Internet’ Ambitions in Healthcare

    Derek Korte
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whatever you call the trend toward connected devices — the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet, machine-to-machine communications — the shift promises to redefine people’s relationship with their devices, remaking industries like field service in its wake. The companies that produce these soon-to-be-connected devices are eager to cash in. But there are too many technological challenges for companies to go it alone. General Electric, for example, makes everything from jet engines to medical equipment that could be connected in the near future. To make the connected…
  • Technology Helps a Wildlife Control Company Outsmart Even the Wisest Raccoon

    Maeghan Ouimet
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    Their story started like many field service companies: with a man in a van. Hamiliton-based Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control operates more than 30 vehicles across 75 cities in Canada, with hopes of expanding to the U.S. in the coming years. The point at which the story unfolds from the one-man-van to the fleet is rooted in the adoption of technology. Skedaddle’s COO Barry Dowd and the company’s CEO and President Bill Dowd shared with SmartVan how their company has implemented technology to grow, break down language barriers, and maintain customer satisfaction all while becoming a…
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  • Airflow myths | Video by Jose De La Portilla

    Jose de la Portilla
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Join Jose De La Portilla, Senior Technical Training Consultant of HVAC Learning Solutions, debunks three airflow myths. Leave a comment saying what you’d like to see in our next training video!
  • How Product Mix Affects Your Revenue

    Mike Moore
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    By Dave Nichols Having a healthy product mix should be as essential to your business as a batting average is to a professional baseball player. Consider this scenario: Sales guy #1 Sells lots of lower-end and cost-effective products, produces a high close rate but low margins. Sales guy #2 Sells few high-end and top of the line series, produces a low close rate but high margins. In keeping with the baseball metaphor, you can equate sales guy #1 to a batter that hits for the bases every time. While he’s not hitting them out of the park with stellar home runs, he’s actively and…
  • Tools of the Trade: HVAC sales resources

    Mike Moore
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    By Dave Nichols For a technician, the services he provides are only as good as the tools he uses. So shouldn’t that rule be the same for your sales team? Get the tools to do the job better than ever with these resources from HVAC Learning Solutions and Load calculation tool — The HVAC Learning Solutions load calculation tool teaches your team the three P’s of load calculation. Properly size equipment. Learn how to properly size a customer’s unit to make suggestions on new products and accessories, energy savings, and overall unit output. Be prepared. The more prepared you…
  • Three Ways to Perfect How You SPIN

    Mike Moore
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As experts in sales, we’re always trying to come up with new and better ways to push our products and services. The SPIN method is the latest and greatest way to uncover your customer’s explicit needs through a series of in-depth questions. Here are three ways you can perfect your SPIN technique: Confidence: When you ask in-depth questions, ask them with an air of confidence. Let the customer see that you know what you’re talking about, and that you will not falter. Nobody buys from a poorly prepared salesman. Concentration: Holding the customer’s focus is vital. Look the customer in…
  • Did You Really Make a Profit?

    Mike Moore
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    By Dave Nichols Balancing your books at the end of the quarter or year may seem like a daunting task. You review your numbers and ask yourself – did I really make a profit? What about taxes? Employee benefits? Downtime for your technicians? Even though your initial numbers are in the black, you might be missing the small aspects of owning a business that crucially determine your actual profit or loss. So where do you start? First, plug your numbers into this basic formula. Revenue – Expenses = X – Corporate Income Tax and Bank Interest = Loss or Gain.   Simply put, you have to earn…
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  • SMED – Lean Manufacturing Setup Reduction: Lean Manufacturing Principles Part 6

    Bob Warfield
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:09 pm
    This is Part 6 of our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles Series. The acronym “SMED” stands for “Single Minute Exchange of Dies”, which is quite a mouthful.  Wikipedia defines it as: It provides a rapid and efficient way of converting a manufacturing process from running the current product to running the next product. This rapid changeover is key to reducing production lot sizes and thereby improving flow. Let’s just think of it as reducing setup times and making the manufacturing environment more flexible so it can rapidly change from doing one…
  • The Art of the Setup Sheet

    Bob Warfield
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Setup Sheets are an important part of everyday life in most machine shops.  They tell the operator how to set up the machine for a job.  Most Setup Sheets are intentionally kept simple, so they’re easy to create and easy to use.  For example, here’s a one page Setup Sheet that’s been done in Excel: A simple one page Setup Sheet done in Excel.  Click the link to download a copy of the Excel file. Many CAM programs can also be set up to generate Setup Sheets automatically as part of the post.  Often they create the setup sheets in HTML and they can be viewed or printed by…
  • Update on Carbide LLC and their Nomad CNC Mill

    Bob Warfield
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Recently I had a chance to catch up with Robert Grzesek, one of the founders of Carbide and also of the easy to use MeshCam CAM software. I wanted to get an update on the Nomad as well as some idea of what he’d learned from the whole Kickstarter process and manufacturing the Nomad.  For those who haven’t seen it, Nomad is a very cool vision for a CNC Mill that was a very successful Kickstarter campaign recently.  Be sure to check out our article on Nomad (that link just before this line) for more detail.  They raised a total of $513,665 against a goal of $30,000, so this…
  • Announcing the 2014 CNCCookbook Labor Day Sale!

    Bob Warfield
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    I couldn’t wait–too many were folks asking me questions about purchases and I wanted you all to get in on this sale.  So even though Labor Day isn’t until Monday, I’m kicking of the sale today and it’ll run for a little over 2 weeks–sale ends Friday, September 12. We’ve reduced prices on all purchases over $99 by 15% as our way of honoring labor.  Click through the order button to see your savings in the Shopping Cart. Here are some of our most popular deals: -  Lifetime subscription to both G-Wizard Editor and G-Wizard Calculator for $439–Save…
  • The CNCCookbook Software Giveaway is Ending Soon!

    Bob Warfield
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    We’re giving away a big bundle of every piece of CNC software that we sell to some lucky winner: G-Wizard Calculator:  Lifetime Subscription G-Wizard Editor:  Lifetime Subscription MeshCam:  Easy to use 3D Cam Software Gearotic:  Gear Design and G-Code by the Father of Mach3 The individual prices for each of those packages have a total value of $918–this is some giveaway! Now you could spend that much to order all those products (honestly, we don’t mind), or you could enter the contest and maybe you’ll be the one to win all that software for free (we like that too or we…
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    L&S Electric

  • Happy Labor Day!

    David Manney
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    L&S Electric wishes you and your family to have a safe and fun Labor Day! Ever wonder what was behind the creation of the unofficial last day of summer? Here’s visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • August: The Month in Review

    David Manney
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    A very quick month of August has come and gone. In case you missed them, here’s a review of this month’s conversations. visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Motor Control Centers: One to Run Many

    David Manney
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Individual motors often operate independently of each other, but there are times when there may be many motors used within a single facility. This kind of setup is true of many large-scale industrial operations, and although each motor may be operated individually on its most basic level, it is often desirable to have them operated and controlled from a centralized location. Creating a centralized location is accomplished through the use of motor control centers, which allow many motors to … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Preventive Maintenance: 10 Things to Ruin a Plan

    David Manney
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    The best laid plans can go to waste because of the simplest things. Unfortunately, in many cases, the human element creates those simple mistakes. The planning behind a preventive maintenance program is thorough, many pieces of the puzzle, yet it takes only one thing to throw a monkey into the wrench.
  • Best Practices For Bearing Protection

    David Manney
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Regardless of how well a piece of equipment is designed, built, and properly used, a breakdown is inevitable. Electric motors are, unfortunately, excellent examples. There are a variety of reasons a motor fails, but bearings are usually the culprit.
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    strategy+business: OPERATIONS & MANUFACTURING

  • Warfare, Software, and Industrial Design

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Sprint and scrum, a design approach favored by the software industry, was behind many of the incredible innovations made by industrial and defense companies in the mid-20th century. It can help today's industrial manufacturers cast off their sluggish image and make rapid changes in product cost or design.
  • Zero Injuries, Waste, and Harm

    30 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    All companies say they want to establish a safer and more sustainable workplace, but they often struggle to turn those intentions into reality. For AkzoNobel, the solution began by standardizing processes across all of its facilities.
  • How to Talk to Your Board about Risk

    25 Feb 2014 | 3:00 am
    New research reveals a better way to engage with board members on this critical business issue.
  • How to Prepare Your Company for Growth

    14 Feb 2014 | 10:00 am
    Take Booz & Company's Fit for Growth * Index profiler and find out what you need to be successful in the long term.
  • America's Real Manufacturing Advantage

    19 Jan 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With its proven track record in innovation, software development, and university education, the United States is poised to reassert the manufacturing leadership it has been ceding to competitors in recent decades. And the economic stakes for doing so are high. See also America's Manufacturing Advantage--In Pictures . (THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS LICENSED IMAGES)
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • Be Audacious

    John Whetstone
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    One of the keynote speakers at this year’s PLM Connections in Orlando was Erik Wahl. It was my favorite session of the conference. It was very different from past keynotes that I can remember – it didn’t focus on how some company used PLM to make something better or more efficiently or some cool new technology… Erik focused on creativity… how we all have it, and how it gets squelched over the years by various factors including our educations, our human desire to conform and our fears. He opened with a very dynamic and exciting sequence where he rapidly painted an original portrait…
  • Meet Future Engineer Sen Feng and PACE Team 5’s GoSozo

    Dora Smith
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Future Engineer Meet Sen Feng, a future engineer studying at RWTH Aachen University. She attended the PACE Annual Forum where her team competed in the Personal Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) competition.  Sen was on PACE team 5, which included students from RWTH Aachen University, University of Cincinnati, Michigan Technological University, Tecnological University Darmstadt and ITESM-Tecnológico de Monterrey. They named their PAMD device GoSozo, meaning imagination. The team designed the device for a Tokyo target market with 2.5 million commuters. They noted they had to pay…
  • NX CAD and CAE Community Wrap Up

    Amy Allen
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The  NX Design and Simulation forums offers resources, news, tips and how-to’s from NX users just like you. It doesn’t cost anything to join, and you can get new posts directly to your inbox when you subscribe. In case you’ve missed the latest posts from NX Design and NX Simulation, here is your chance to catch up. This week’s wrap up from Siemens PLM Software contains a team at Rolls Royce who are working to remanufacture engine components of a World War II fighter plane, the future of CAD and CAE through integration, a new forum for NX Customization and Programming, and new…
  • Meet Future Engineer Srinithish Kandagadla and PACE Team 3’s STAG

    Dora Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Future Engineer   Srinithish Kandagadla is a student engineer at the PES University (or Peoples Education Institute of Technology). He attended the PACE Annual Forum where his team competed in the Personal Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) competition. PES University was on PAMD Team 3 along with Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering and PSG College of Technology, Prairie View A&M University and University of Toronto. The teams used Teamcenter to collaborate on a PAMD designed for Ahmedabad City, India for the year 2030. Their device is called the Stag: One of the unique aspects…
  • Meet New Engineer Natalia Jurado Espin and PACE Team 4’s Gazelle

    Dora Smith
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    New engineer is passionate about mechatronics Natalia Jurado Espin just completed her electronic engineering degree at Tecnológico de Monterrey(ITESM)Toluca. I met her at the PACE Annual Forum where her team completed in the personal assisted mobility device (PAMD) competition. She has a passion for electronics and was originally interested in biotech but is now working on her master’s degree in mechatronics. Natalia’s team – PAMD Team #4 – included students from ITESM Toluca, ITESM Monterrey, McMaster University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Together they…
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • The impact of international manufacturing on taxes and finances

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    By: Ted Hong American companies that choose to set up manufacturing operations in foreign countries do so for a number of reasons. They may seek to open new markets or to reduce production costs. They might be considering a…Read More
  • Protection Against IP Theft

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    The focus on stopping cyber theft of intellectual property (IP) and trade secrets has been stepped up in recent months.  In a few easy steps, you can help protect your company.  Prioritize IP & Trade Secret Protection.  There are…Read More
  • “Manufacturing Universities” Proposed

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing.  The bill would…Read More
  • Manufacturing Day is Fast Approaching

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) is coming up on October 13th.  Events marking the day should be designed to expose more people to present-day manufacturing, while showcasing manufacturing in a positive light. Two years ago, on MFG DAY,…Read More
  • Vending Machines with…Drill Bits?

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Yes, it’s a fact – they do exist.  MSC Industrial Supply is one of the country’s largest suppliers of what are called “indirect supplies,” manufacturing tools and materials that don’t end up in final products, such as: • Clamps •…Read More
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  • Evolving Workforce: Energy Efficiency, Supply Chain Security, and Robotics [ROUNDUP]

    Natalie Tarutis
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whatever your operational goals or initiatives, the odds are stacked heavily against you if your team lacks preparation and knowledge. In this week's roundup, we share insights on effectively training and integrating operational contingents to optimize energy management and supply chain security, as well as data on the rise of robotics. Merck Adds Global Training in Energy Efficiency As we're sure your organization does, larger companies require employees to complete training in an array of procedures and processes. Employee offerings in this regard have been expanding and becoming more…
  • APM and Servitization: Who Owns the Asset? Who Owns the Data?

    Dan Miklovic
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Asset Performance Management (APM), like so many other evolving enterprise applications is beginning to move to the cloud. The advanced analytics and the big data aspects of asset reliability are well-suited to amalgamation in the cloud. The level of confidence in a prediction is often dependent on the quantity of the data used to make the prediction. Follow @Dan_LNSResearch Using the data from three lathes in your plant to predict reliability is possible but using the data from thousands of lathes in operation around the world adds a whole other layer of confidence in the prediction. This is…
  • 3 Functional Ways Risk is Critical to Quality Management

    Paul Leavoy
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Like many things in life, enterprise quality management approaches are not static. Certainly there are timeless elements of quality management strategies that have been applied for decades and will continue to be applied over time. But advances in computer and web-based systems have brought specific quality management tactics to the next level. We are now witnessing an unprecedented level of access and visibility into quality management metrics and performance, in some cases on a real-time basis. Follow @paulleavoy This is part of a natural progression most organizations experience when it…
  • How Operational Risk Management Supports Revenue Growth

    Greg Goodwin
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Industrial companies are focused on a wide range of objectives today that are highly dependent on things like industry, company size, maturity, regulatory burden, and others. But, from a financial perspective, one that looms large and is nearly universal is growing revenue. A quick look at our Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) survey reveals that, among more than 500 industrial respondents coming from a range of industries, the top financial objective was to grow revenue, as this was the top response for Discrete (57%), Batch (53%), and Process (50%) industries. To add a little…
  • Virtual Manufacturing: Weaving the "Digital Tapestry" [ROUNDUP]

    Natalie Tarutis
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this week's roundup we take a deeper look at the concept of end-to-end processes, specifically in a completely digital sense. All the way from ideation, through design, simulation, manufacturing, assembly, and testing, the "digital tapestry" is a futuristic concept where the entire product lifecycle will one day be digital and collaborative. We'll explore that and more below. GE Healthcare to Build 500-Employee HQ in Marlborough GE Healthcare is coming to Massachusetts! The company’s life sciences division announced that it will be opening its U.S. headquarters in Marlborough, which is…
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  • US District Judge Dismisses LME Aluminum Warehouse Litigation

    Stuart Burns
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:06 pm
    It’s taken a year, tied up thousands of hours of attorneys' time, caused the biggest shake up in the LME’s warehouse rules in decades, instigated ongoing regulatory scrutiny and polarized sectors of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Precious Metals at the 3/4 Pole: Palladium Running Away From the Field

    Jeff Yoders
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:05 pm
    The year in precious metals has been dominated by the South African platinum mining strike as well as unrest in Ukraine affecting the prices and supplies of number two platinum and palladium... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Best of MetalMiner: Innovation, Scarce Labor Drives Construction Markets

    Jeff Yoders
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
    As we celebrate Labor Day in the US, the domestic construction industry continues to be plagued by a big lack of it. Housing construction through July reached its highest level since 1989, according... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ebola Virus Threatens Iron Ore in West Africa

    Stuart Burns
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:05 pm
    The human tragedy of west Africa's Ebola pandemic is quite naturally the focus of relief efforts but a quiet tragedy is going on in the background as the economies of these countries are impacted.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Best of MetalMiner Metals Market Research in 2014 – So Far

    Taras Berezowsky
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    MetalMiner doesn't mess around when it comes to knowing the ABCs of metals buying for manufacturers. And these top research papers and reports should prove it. Before September comes into full... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Berkeley Sourcing Group » Blog

  • Designers of Things Conference Offers Valuable Experience for Hardware Entrepreneurs

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    Attention Bay Area entrepreneurs, innovators, Hardwarians and startup investors! On September 23rd and 24th the Designer of Things (DoT) conference will be held in San Francisco at the Mission Bay Conference Center. The event is targeted towards helping prospective startup founders learn to formulate, quantify, and implement strategies designed to develop a well-designed, error-free product ready to introduce to the masses. The DoT conference includes keynote lectures, information sessions, mock pitch sessions, hands-on seminars, and marketing tips. The conference represents a valuable…
  • New Hardware Technology sets Limits for Teen Drivers

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    While driving to many is a big step towards growing up, to parents it is a step scary to take. One of the leading causes of death among teenage Americans have been automobile accidents. Most of those accidents occur due to measures of unsafe driving such as speeding as well as being distracted by friends, music, and phone. Two new hardward technology from Ford and General Motors ,however, may make it easier for parents to let their children loose. Ford MyKey The Ford MyKEY allows a parents to set the maximum speed to be set at any MPH. The car will also create sounds to remind the driver when…
  • Skully Helmet

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    With an funding goal of just $250,000, Skully Helmet, the world’s “smartest” helmet, did not expect such a flamboyant start to their crowdfunding campaign. Within just 6 minutes of the campaign, their goal of $250,000 was surpassed and within 45 hours, Skully Helmet was able to rack in 1 million dollars from an average of $1,425 contribution per contributor using Indiegogo, a crowd-funding site. What are Skully Helmets? From Flapnews So what about these new helmets are investors lining up to invest? Skully Helmets focuses its technology and design to give the rider not only…
  • Hardware Innovators Use Burning Man to Unwind

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Burning Man, that awesome annual assemblage in Nevada’s nondescript Black Rock Desert, is almost upon us. Each year, tens of thousands of people gather in this otherwise austere land for a festival of art and music. Among the vast hordes of people that flock to Burning Man in late August are folks who enjoy building and making things- carpenters, roboticists, engineers, entrepreneurs and more. Unsurprisingly labeled “Makers,” this creative cohort is largely responsible for the iconic sculptures, structures and ‘hexayurts’ dotting the Black Rock Desert landscape each year. From an…
  • The Headphones of the Future?

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    It is difficult to stop oneself from losing productivity to daydreams about owning these headphones. Fortunately, thanks to an incredibly successful crowd-funding campaign which has raised over half a million dollars, you can either secure your own pair of OwnPhones by contributing to the Kickstarter initiative or hope that they eventually will be sold online or in stores. Itamer Jobani, founder of OwnPhones and an avid jogger, came up with the idea in response to his earbuds constantly falling out while he exercised. A tailored fit to the unique infrastructure of a buyer’s ear is the main…
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  • ETHICS – Breaking Down the Basics

    The Chronicle
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Breaking Down the Basics: Ethics & Compliance Programs Ethics and compliance (E&C) programs typically aren’t thought of as exciting components of the workplace, but they are one of the most important. When executed properly, E&C programs have an extremely positive effect not only on an organization’s culture, but also on employee decision-making and overall performance levels. Because ethics and compliance programs are layered with laws, rules and regulations, unmasking the basics behind these programs may seem daunting. Let’s breakdown what an E&C program is, what makes…
  • Changing the Way Work Gets Done

    John Jacko
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Our industry is in the midst of building the foundation of monumental change in how manufacturing is accomplished. With greater than ever demands for increased efficiency and productivity, keeping up with the significant digital advances in manufacturing is critical to success in today’s market. Technology is continuing to evolve and accelerate toward digital integration in manufacturing. This is opening the path to a fully connected digital-art-to-part-to-profit process, which is completely changing the way work gets done. Internet of Things and Manufacturing Revolution — Industry 4.0…
  • Five Reasons Why Machining Processes Are Perfect for “The Cloud”

    Chris Merlin
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Cloud computing services are transforming many industries in ways that, decades ago, few people thought possible. Cloud computing is a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet. Data is stored, managed, processed, and accessible globally from these servers, rather than from local servers or personal computers. For the machining industry, the cloud supplies a smarter and easier way to share knowledge and data for maximized productivity, connectivity, and mobility. Why the Machining Industry is a poster child for leveraging “The Cloud” Accuracy counts when you are working in…
  • Fitness on the Road

    Jan Anderson
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    In our busy lives, fitness is becoming more and more important. It’s a great way to relieve stress after a long day, it’s about the best cure for jet-lag, and it improves your physical well-being to help you stay bright and alert for longer. Personally, I love exercise because it helps me gather my thoughts. I’ve been known to lace up the running shoes when I’m tackling a particularly difficult problem. The physical activity makes my mind much more focused on the key details, without drowning in the background noise. With more and more business travelers wanting to keep in shape,…
  • ETHICS – Culture of Ethics

    Seth Rice
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    The Power of Company Culture Research shows that our actions are in large part determined and influenced by the circumstances of our environment and the standards that our leaders and peers set for us—even if it means compromising our own personal moral ideals. So you can imagine how important and powerful a company’s culture truly is. Frances Frei and Anne Morriss at Harvard Business Review even suggest that company culture is the backbone of an organization’s ethical foundation—picking up where the handbook leaves off. “Employees make hundreds of decisions on their own every day,…
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • You Don’t Need a Better Sales Process

    Kevin McArdle
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:59 pm
    With more than half of the year behind us, so many companies are looking to improve the sales performance of their teams. Their usual self-diagnosis? “We need a better sales process.” This is usually followed by a request for a program to reshape their sales process, in hopes that it will help them rise above the economic pressures and rapid commoditization in the market. This isn’t the best solution. In fact, a 2012 study from the McKinsey Center for Business Technology revealed that 75 percent of the efforts at companies using one of the hottest sales process methodologies in the…
  • Hanging Gardens Are a Work of Art

    Susan Keen Flynn
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:58 pm
    JTI Companies Inc. fabricated 67 FRP tubes support 80 different Florida plant species in a hanging garden display at the Perez Art Museum in Miami. Even before visitors to the Pérez Art Museum Miami walk through its doors to admire more than 1,800 pieces of modern and contemporary art, they are treated to an artistic masterpiece. The 200,000-square-foot museum, opened in downtown Miami in December 2013, features hanging gardens all around the building. JTI Companies Inc. in Birmingham, Ala., fabricated a superstructure comprising seven chambers with 67 FRP tubes that descend from a canopy…
  • 3-D Printed Car “Strati” Gets Ready to Rev Up

    Melissa Haley O'Leary
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will 3-D print an entire car at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago this September Driving around in a 3-D printed car is all in a day’s work for Local Motors CEO Jay Peters. “I’m driving it every day,” Peters says of the vehicle, a prototype for the soon-to-be-built Strati. The Strati will be constructed on the show floor of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago this September using 3-D printing technology – also known as additive manufacturing or direct digital manufacturing…
  • Turning Concepts into Composites

    Mary Beck
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Composites Manufacturing has highlighted six composite research projects at Rice University, Clemson University, Bath University, West Virginia University, University of Stuttgart and Western Washington University. Advancing the composites industry hinges on fostering ground-breaking ideas. While many companies have dedicated research and development facilities, universities cater to innovation: The brightest students and professors from across disciplines team up in state-of-the-art labs and dedicate their careers to problem-solving and invention. University research teams around the world…
  • Pipe and Tank Market Poised for Growth

    Patrice Aylward
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:45 pm
    AOC LLC, Belco Manufacturing and ZCL Composites have all noticed an increasing trend in FRP pipe and tank sales, and industry research backs them up. FRP pipe and tank installations are on the rise – above and below ground, in commercial, municipal and residential applications. As a result, many pipe and tank fabricators are witnessing a surge in business, particularly in the United States. “In the 1980s, the chemical processing industry was rationalizing. Some plants were shuttered, and many fabricators were forced to cut back,” says Jim Ness, corrosion and infrastructure marketing…
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    Pelonis Technologies Blog

  • Three Benefits of PTC Heating Technology

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    It can be difficult to find the right heating technology for your needs. Most industrial and commercial customers demand an innovative combination of efficiency and safety in their heaters.At Pelonis, we find that the perfect solution is PTC heating. PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) is a unique technology that eschews traditional resistance wire and replaces it with ceramic stones or chips.This simple switch in materials is what makes PTC electric heaters superior to traditional coil electric heaters. In this blog, we will cover what we believe to be the top three benefits of modern PTC…
  • Visit Our Fans, Blowers, and Heating Systems Resource Page

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Pelonis Technologies always has a focus on our customers.  We keep you in mind when designing new products; when we pay close attention to the quality of each of our products; and we concentrate on continually improving our customer service.  In addition, we’ve recently updated the Resources Page on our website for you to access.  Here you can find a variety of eBooks, catalogs and white papers.  We’re continually adding resource documents to the page, so be sure to stop back to see what is new and that might be helpful to your daily business. In…
  • 10 Incredible Electronics Manufacturing Stories in the First Half of 2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Technology advances at a rapid pass, often times going so fast that we don’t have a chance to know where it is going to take us and just how quickly our lives and work will shift with it.  In order to keep updated on what has happened in the first six months of 2014, we took a look at some of the newest and most exciting electronic technologies launched or announced this year.  Here’s our rundown of 10 of the most interesting stories to hit the tech news world in the last 7 months.   Tesla Opens Patents to the World   (image credit: US Patent Office) Seeking a…
  • Micro Fans- The Smallest Fans on the Planet

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    Many industry members will agree that miniaturization is a major trend in electronics. The popularity of small, portable devices over large and clunky ones is truly no surprise; smaller electronics are easier to handle, carry, and store. In the quest to create ever smaller devices, manufacturers have miniaturized everything from consumer electronics to highly precise medical tools. To make these devices so small, however, they’ve also gone to great lengths to reduce the size of their internal components. Cooling fans are one such example. The fans that go inside miniaturized electronics…
  • Four Ways to Cool Compact Electronic Devices

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    We’ve all been there: working or playing for extended times on our cell phone when soon the battery begins to run down quickly and the device starts to heat up. Often the only solution is to turn off your phone or tablet and give it some time to cool down. Since the beginning of the technology, one of the biggest challenges for makers of compact electronic devices is keeping them cool. This is especially true these days as mobile devices get more complex and powerful with larger HD screens and tons of applications running at once. As each new device hits the market, the pressure…
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