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  • Goodbye User Forums, Hello CNC Question Exchange

    Bob Warfield
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    We’ve officially switched from our original User Forums, which we had called our User Club, to the CNC Question Exchange for Customer Service and other CNC-related questions.  We were never completely happy with the BBS (Bulletin Board) software we had used, and knew for quite a while it needed to be replaced with something.  The Question Exchange (accessed via the “QuestionX” menu at the top of every page) is a substantial upgrade. Going forward, if you have a question about our G-Wizard Software, or really anything CNC or machining related, please use QuestionX for the…
  • Q&A on Digital Transformation

    Manufacturing Transformation Blog
    Gordon Benzie
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    With any innovation cycle, there will always be variances in adoption rates. Commonly referred to as the “early adopters,” this group is eager to learn what is new, try it and then communicate their findings. At the other end of the spectrum are the “laggards,” who really are not interested in change, and will defer or avoid it at all costs. A digital transformation is now underway, which is impacting the way we live our lives, engage socially, listen to our music and make our products. Some industrial companies have embraced this technology as an opportunity for…
  • CSB Urges OSHA For Combustible Dust Regulations In Wake Of Ink Plant Fire Report All
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    It took just minutes for a flash fire near a bag dump station inside a New Jersey ink plant to set off an orange fireball that engulfed seven workers. All of the workers were burned, one of them seriously.  
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    30 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    The 2014 IW Best Plants application is available. Please fill out the form below and hit the "Submit" button located directly beneath the form.Be sure to include your e-mail address on the form to receive competition alerts. read more
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    30 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
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  • CSB Urges OSHA For Combustible Dust Regulations In Wake Of Ink Plant Fire Report

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    It took just minutes for a flash fire near a bag dump station inside a New Jersey ink plant to set off an orange fireball that engulfed seven workers. All of the workers were burned, one of them seriously.  
  • LA Firm Plans To Sell Albemarle Plant In PA

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    A Louisiana chemical company plans to sell a central Pennsylvania plant that makes fertilizer additives and other products.The Albemarle Corp. plant in Tyrone will be sold along with another in South Haven, Michigan.The Baton Rouge, Louisiana firm tells the Altoona Mirror that it plans to keep both plants open, and expects both will continue to operate similarly under new owners.
  • As Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Efforts Fall Behind

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    On the whole, it’s been another good year for plastic manufacturing. In 2013, global plastic production was up to 299 million tons — a 4 percent increase from the previous year. The rise is part of a continuous growth trend that has lasted since 1950.
  • GE Jet Engines Will Power The Next Air Force One

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    Future U.S. presidents will get a big new plane with the big new job. The U.S. Air Force has announced that Boeing’s next-generation 747-8 passenger jet, powered by GE engines, will replace the existing version of presidential plane popularly known as Air Force One.
  • Compensation Rises At Fastest Pace Since Recession

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
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    30 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    The 2014 IW Best Plants application is available. Please fill out the form below and hit the "Submit" button located directly beneath the form.Be sure to include your e-mail address on the form to receive competition alerts. read more
  • Russia's Central Bank Makes Surprise Interest Rate Cut

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    The rate cut had come after the government urged the central bank to help boost the economy, prompting some analysts to accuse the bank of caving in to political pressure. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Economic Growth in 2014 Fastest Since 2010

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    While the halving of fuel prices clearly gave American consumers the power to spend more at the end of the year, businesses slowed investment and the government cut back on spending. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Value Stream Mapping: Lessons from the Front

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    Tom Voss, Senior Consultant, Daniel Penn Associates How can we make creating a value stream map less burdensome and more relevant? read more
  • Chemical Production Jumps in 2014

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    The chemical production industry in the U.S. accounted for $812 billion in in revenue for 2014. read more
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  • Download the Current IndustryWeek Best Plants Application

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    The 2014 IW Best Plants application is available. Please fill out the form below and hit the "Submit" button located directly beneath the form.Be sure to include your e-mail address on the form to receive competition alerts. read more
  • Russia's Central Bank Makes Surprise Interest Rate Cut

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    The rate cut had come after the government urged the central bank to help boost the economy, prompting some analysts to accuse the bank of caving in to political pressure. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Economic Growth in 2014 Fastest Since 2010

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    While the halving of fuel prices clearly gave American consumers the power to spend more at the end of the year, businesses slowed investment and the government cut back on spending. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Value Stream Mapping: Lessons from the Front

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    Tom Voss, Senior Consultant, Daniel Penn Associates How can we make creating a value stream map less burdensome and more relevant? read more
  • Chemical Production Jumps in 2014

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    The chemical production industry in the U.S. accounted for $812 billion in in revenue for 2014. read more
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    IndustrialPR - Manufacturing & Engineering News

  • The Plastic Factory – First Plastics Distributor To Achieve ARM 9009 Certification

    Editorial Team
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    Company: The Plastic Factory News Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut Published On: January 8, 2015 Social Media Pitch: The American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC™), the leading independent accreditation board in the United States, announced today the approval of Bridgeport-based The Plastic Factory for ARM 9009-2013 certification. ARM 9009 is known as the nation's premium standard for [...]
  • Hand-held transmitter from E+E Elektronik now also measures CO2

    Editorial Team
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    Company: E+E Elektronik GmbH News Location: Engerwitzdorf, Austria Published On: December 19, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Now available for the Omniport 30 hand-held transmitter from E+E Elektronik is a CO2 probe with a measurement range of 0…2000 / 5000 / 10,000ppm. This means that the device can be used for ambient air monitoring or for [...]
  • Laurel Wire Achieves CWOB 9009 Certification As A Woman-Owned Business

    Editorial Team
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    ( – The American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC™), the nation's leading independent accreditation board for the quality community announced today the approval of Laurel Wire Company for CWOB 9009:2013 Certification According to ABAC™ spokeswoman Agatha Adelman, CWOB 9009 is the only certification program for women-owned businesses compliant to ISO 9001:2008 standard while also meeting [...]
  • Woman-owned Businesses Favoring CWOB 9009 Certification Over Flawed ISO 9001

    Editorial Team
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Company: ABAC News Location: New York, NY Published On: December 14, 2014 Social Media Pitch: For the first time, an internationally recognized independent accreditation board is utilizing a woman-owned business certification program to support the quality management needs of the 8 million U.S. firms owned by women. Today, the American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC™) [...]
  • VOB 9009 Quality Certification Granted To Visual Connections, LLC

    Editorial Team
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    (IndustrialPR) Chevy Chase, Maryland – The American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC™) announced today it approved Visual Connections, LLC for the highly regarded VOB 9009 quality certification ( According to ABAC™, the achievement of VOB 9009:2013 certification is one that is widely praised in the quality world as it shows the company meets the standards [...]
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    Green Manufacturing

  • Material flow, the butterfly effect and consumer influence

    5 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    What is “your butterfly” up to?!Past postings have included discussions of the Ricoh Comet Circle and the circular economy as reasonable representations of several (perhaps oddly) connected elements in a more holistic view of sustainable systems as they influence green manufacturing. Connections in the context of those discussions have been about “material” interactions and movement … what comes from where, what goes where, where is “away” when something is thrown away at its end of life?Over the new year break a number of discussions came to light about the other side of the…
  • Data Schmata

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Show me some numbers!At the end of the last posting the statement was made that it is necessary to address green manufacturing and the role of digital enterprises in the context of informing the customers each enterprise serves as well as those to whom the enterprise appears as the customer. Importantly, this has to be done both external to the organization as well as inside. What does that mean? With apologies to again referring to past postings … this starts with the Google earth view of manufacturing. This was first introduced in a posting way back in 2009. It bears refreshing…
  • The Digital Revolution

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Dejå vu all over again?!The last posting started the buildup to using data (from where ever) to drive innovation, clarity and transparency, business model/economics, institutionalization, and benchmarking for industry in general and, ideally, for green manufacturing as well. This data should include information on what any specific process or system is doing, what it is consuming or emitting, what the impact per unit process output is, what is the efficiency of conversion of resources into product, what it the efficiency of the cycle, how does one system or process compare to another doing…
  • Moving to the next level

    5 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    Or ... Mind the (data) gapThe interest and focus on sustainability is now more evident than ever before. Advertisements in increasing numbers trumpet some aspect of a product or a service as “sustainable”. Usually it is not but that doesn’t stop the attractiveness of using it to sell. Business has also noticed and there is increasing attention to “business plans for sustainability” and evidence that customers, if not investors, reward some businesses for trying to be sustainable. But, as mentioned last time, to is not clear if we are making any real progress.Some attribute this to…
  • 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…
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  • Some Things Just Don’t Improve With Time

    Carolyn Lee
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Some things like wine or scotch improve with time. Bad regulations though, do not. In fact, if anything, more time just makes it clear how unreasonable some ideas really are. This is why manufacturers applaud Rep. Huizenga (R-MI) for reintroducing “The Burdensome Data Collection Relief Act” H.R. 414 earlier this month. This bill seeks to repeal a particularly unreasonable provision of the Dodd-Frank Act, Sec. 953(b), also known as the “pay ratio requirement.” Already this common-sense bill has 16 cosponsors. Throughout the Congressional consideration of the Dodd-Frank Act, the NAM…
  • Manufacturing Compensation Increased 2.4 Percent in 2014

    Chad Moutray
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said that employer costs rose 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter, extending the 0.6 percent gain in the third quarter. Wages and salaries in the sector were up 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter, and benefits increased by 0.8 percent. On a year-over-year basis, manufacturing workers earned 2.4 percent more in 2014, up from 1.8 percent in 2013. This was the fastest pace of compensation growth for manufacturers in three years.  In 2014, wages and salaries and benefits costs increased 2.3 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively. Comparing this with other…
  • The U.S. Economy Grew 2.6 Percent in the Fourth Quarter, or 2.4 Percent for 2014 as a Whole

    Chad Moutray
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis said that the U.S. economy grew 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter, somewhat slower than the consensus estimate of around 3 percent. This was down from the 4.6 percent and 5.0 percent growth rates experienced in the second and third quarters, respectively, and for 2014 as a whole, real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 2.4 percent. The annual figure was not too far from the 2.2 percent pace observed in 2013, but that somewhat understates the strength of the economy since the weather-related weaknesses of the first quarter. Indeed, real GDP grew an annualized 4.1…
  • NAM Files Brief to Overturn NLRB Decision on Technical Refusal to Bargain

    Mike Asplen
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:24 pm
    In the wake of the 2011 Specialty Healthcare decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the country has seen a proliferation of so-called “micro-units” instead of the traditional “wall-to-wall” bargaining units. The change in the test for determining the appropriate size of a bargaining unit has led to the creation of these smaller micro-units even when every other factor, especially common sense, points in the opposite direction. In the case underlying the current action, the NLRB issued a decision against Nestle Dreyer, saying that they improperly failed to bargain with…
  • NAM Asks CFTC Not to Regulate Supply Contracts as Swaps

    Christina Crooks
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    Manufacturers by nature assemble and build goods day in and day out. Creating all of these products requires a tremendous amount of supplies, which are often delivered as a result of a supply contract between two parties. Sounds simple enough, right?  According to regulators, these supply contracts, which are part of the daily business operations of manufacturers, could be considered a financial instrument and regulated as a swap if the contract allows for a change in the amount of the commodity delivered. Manufacturers’ supply needs can change for many reasons, which is why being able to…
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    Lean Blog

  • Audio Parody – “Lean Serial”

    Mark Graban
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    My wife and I were late to the wildly popular podcast “Serial,” but we listened to the first six episodes while traveling over the holidays. I ran hot and cold on the serialized non-fiction story about a murder… it was somewhat interesting, but a bit drawn out. The show requires a lot of patience (and at least eight hours of listening). I wonder how many of you were hooked on Serial, as many of my friends seemed to be? Saturday Night Live did a Christmas/Santa-themed parody of the show. That, and some free time after the holidays, inspired me to create a short Lean parody…
  • #Throwback Thursday – “Lean Sigma” is Still Pretty Often Wrong on Lean

    Mark Graban
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Last weekend, at a patient safety conference, I heard a physician from the Joint Commission talk about “robust process improvement” and this, thankfully, included an endorsement of Lean methods. That’s the good news. The bad news was that the physician who was presenting trotted out a tired and incorrect framing of Lean and Six Sigma, as shown in the picture below (this conference used the widest widescreen slide format I’ve ever seen, by the way):   It’s an example of Lean As Mistakenly Explained (or a form of L.A.M.E.), where Lean is “about waste and…
  • Mark Graban Interviewed by Dr. Bob Wachter on Lean & Patient Safety

    Mark Graban
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Lean transformation is not a quick fix pill I’m honored to have been interviewed by Dr. Robert Wachter for his “Web M&M” interview series on the AHRQ website. In Conversation with…Mark Graban, MS, MBA Dr. Wachter is a leader in the patient safety movement who I’ve respected and admired for quite a while. You can read his “Wachter’s World” blog and his book Understanding Patient Safety is very influential and a must-read. I’ve also had a chance to read an advance copy of his upcoming book The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at…
  • Looking back at the Toyota Tsutsumi plant tour, part 2

    Mark Graban
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Last week, I wrote a post (part 1) looking back  at our visit to the Toyota Tsutsumi factory that was part of our Japan tour that took place two months ago now. See previous posts in this series. I’m going to try to do one post a week on this topic. If you’re in San Francisco, I’m giving a talk on Wednesday night about Lean, Japan, and ideas traveling back and forth across the Pacific. The Importance of Breaks Healthcare professionals know that nurses and other hospital employees don’t get enough breaks during the day, yet alone time to eat a proper meal. Fatigue…
  • Webinar Previews: Lean is All About People? Leadership Behaviors for Kaizen

    Mark Graban
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Tomorrow afternoon, I’m doing two different webinars that I hope you’ll want to sign up for. Even if you can’t attend live, I’d encourage you to register in advance so you can get links sent to you automatically to view these on demand. Both webinars will be recorded and links will be sent out to those who registered. KaiNexus – Leadership Behaviors for Kaizen First is a new webinar that Dr. Greg Jacobson and I are doing through KaiNexus. It’s titled “More Leadership Behaviors That Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement.” We did a webinar…
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    Kevin Meyer

  • The Mindful Ohno

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    Mindfulness has become all the rage in personal and professional leadership these days, which is good and bad. Understood and done right, it is a very powerful concept. But as with most concepts it is also often misunderstood, therefore sometimes maligned, and even misapplied. Somewhat similar to lean, which is also a powerful concept, with supporting tools that must be appropriately leveraged in conjunction with a system that includes people with brains (really!), otherwise it often fails. And is therefore sometimes maligned. Mindfulness is simply becoming aware.  Taking the time to slow…
  • Reflecting on the Intentional Routine

    13 Dec 2014 | 7:35 pm
    My post a couple weeks ago on Gratitude, for Gratitude, generated a large number of responses.  Interestingly, most were private, commenting on both the nature of gratitude but especially on my daily routine.  I had detailed my regular set of activities in the morning, including meditation and the setting of three key priorities, and in the evening of reflecting on my performance with those priorities.  Many folks mentioned that they had morning and perhaps evening routines, but said they had not thought about reflection - let alone intentional reflection. My contemplation of those…
  • Gratitude, for Gratitude

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    This Thanksgiving I am thankful for learning the power of being thankful.  More than ever I am convinced it is the most powerful personal and professional leadership habit. For years I have had an increasingly refined and meaningful daily routine.  Each morning I begin the day with the following: Twenty minutes of meditation in classic Zen style using the counting of breaths to slow the mind and become truly aware of the present.  This is remarkably difficult to do - it took months of practice to get to even five minutes, a reflection of how voluminous the flow of ideas and thoughts really…
  • Airbnb and Uber – From Batch to One Piece Flow

    8 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    Some of the more interesting internet-driven companies these days are the likes of Airbnb and Uber. They call themselves part of the “sharing economy.” But let’s take a look at the word “share.” From the MacMillan dictionary, share is “to allow someone to have something you own.” Is that what’s happening here? Not really. It’s not free. There is a small unit of demand in the form of a single room or a single car ride, and there’s a small unit of availability in the form of a room in a house, an apartment, an empty cab, or even someone with a car going in the same…
  • On Asiana, Driverless Cars, and Factories

    28 Jun 2014 | 6:41 am
    I've always been interested in technology - its use, advantages, and disadvantages.  Regular readers know that I often advocate for manual solutions first, such as whiteboards to run factories and a handwritten notebook for notes. Some believe that I'm against technology, but nothing could be further from the truth.  I'm more like the guy that stands in line at the Apple Store to spend money on the latest iPhone that is supposedly but in reality indistinguishably better than the previous version.  A few weeks ago there was a long discussion on this topic in the Lean CEO LinkedIn group,…
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • Are Trade Persons Prepared for Today’s Manufacturing Environment?

    James Sidney Harvey
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    In today’s evolving workspace, it can feel impossible to catch up. Products and processes are practically out of date the minute that they are launched. As the world of manufacturing expands both globally and digitally, the tradesperson is expected to evolve with these changes. Today’s trade person is not only expected to be a skilled at their particular job, but also able to communicate clearly, network, research and diversify. Foster Connections Developing strong networks is even more essential today than in the past. Social media has made communication that much easier bringing…
  • Q&A on Digital Transformation

    Gordon Benzie
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    With any innovation cycle, there will always be variances in adoption rates. Commonly referred to as the “early adopters,” this group is eager to learn what is new, try it and then communicate their findings. At the other end of the spectrum are the “laggards,” who really are not interested in change, and will defer or avoid it at all costs. A digital transformation is now underway, which is impacting the way we live our lives, engage socially, listen to our music and make our products. Some industrial companies have embraced this technology as an opportunity for…
  • In the Automotive Industry, was 2014 a Year Worth Recalling?

    Fred Thomas
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    2014 was a record-setting year in the automotive industry – but not in a good way. Recalls reached record levels, and show no sign of letting up. You couldn’t pick up a paper, log onto your favorite news portal, or turn on the radio without hearing about the industry’s quality problems. If it wasn’t a new and damaging recall, it was an auto executive being grilled by a government committee. In an age where information rules, and where the price of failure is so high, why do recall problems continue to make headlines every month? Why is quality so hard to control in the…
  • 10 Steps to Establish Best Practices in Maintenance Management

    Jeffrey Owens
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Establishing best practices in production maintenance is an achievable goal. But it’s a goal that many talk about but few achieve. So why is it so difficult? And, why are so many manufactures still running at over 90 percent reactive? Many blame it on the age of their manufacturing assets and the repairs they require. More blame goes to not stocking the critical (and expensive) spares needed to sustain production. And still more can be blamed on today’s fast-paced manufacturing that doesn’t allow for proper planning or time management. Rather than play the…
  • What Lessons in Creativity can Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Teach Manufacturers?

    Steve Stretton
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    Silicon Valley’s policy toward creativity and innovation within the software technology industry is well known within the manufacturing community. In this article we look at what policies the leaders of these companies have adopted – and to what extent these practices are transferrable to our manufacturing firms. Starting from humble beginnings, the likes of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak at Apple, Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Google, plus many before them have created an Industry of competitive innovation that has reached into our homes and daily lives. Here are three factors to…
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    Field Service Management Tools, Tech, Mobile & Software | SmartVan

  • Billions at Stake to Make, Service Next-Gen Helicopter Engines: Weekly Must Reads

    Derek Korte
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    Don’t miss this week’s must-read field service management stories. GE is facing off against United Technologies and Honeywell to win a coveted government contract building next-generation helicopter engines for the U.S. military’s fleet. The initial contract is valued at $4.5 billion, but ancillary revenue from spare parts and service contracts on those engines could double or even triple the bill. Read more at The Motley Fool Will Comcast Ever Learn? Earlier this year, the company schooled us in customer service no-nos when audio leaked of a customer service rep refusing to…
  • Don’t Blur the Line Between Customer and Friend

    Donald B. Stephens
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Donald B. Stephens is a 30-year senior customer service engineer with the Xerox Corporation. In this guest post, he shares a few things he learned the hard way during his time on the field.  Early in my career, I had a client who was the dream customer. “Bill” was always cordial and understanding when things got busy and response time suffered. “That’s the way it goes sometimes,” he’d say when experiencing more problems than normal with his equipment. We were soon talking more about sports than service. Then a dangerous condition came over me, one that…
  • Service Leaders Can’t Punt on Data Security: Q&A with Polycom’s Jeffrey Babe

    Rian Ervin
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Field service organizations handle customer data on a daily basis. As a result of increased adoption of mobile, cloud and connected technologies, the volume of that data is increasing every day. These technologies help companies improve service performance, but they can also pose a security risk. With help from colleagues in IT, savvy field service leaders are making data security a top priority to ensure customer data is safe, secure — and accessible.  Jeffrey Babe is director of field and advanced services, Americas, for communications hardware provider Polycom. In 2014, his team of…
  • How Healthy is Your Services Portfolio? Now’s the Time for a Checkup

    Bill Pollock
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    After a while, even the most innovative service offerings being to lose some of their appeal, says Bill Pollock, president and principal consulting analyst at Strategies For Growth. What was initially offered as a specialized service, often without much competition, soon becomes just another service commodity amid scores of increasingly competitive offerings. Regardless of your organization’s market share or position, it is important to gauge exactly where your services portfolio stands with respect to the perceptions — and expectations — of your targeted market base. In most…
  • Weekly Must Reads: The Coming $14 Trillion Boost from Connected Tech

    Preeti Upadhyaya
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    Don’t miss this week’s must-read field service management stories. There’s plenty of buzz around the Internet of Things and connected technology, but many questions remain about how this new wave of technology will work in practice. A recent report from consulting firm Accenture shows that the Industrial Internet of Things could contribute $14.2 trillion to the world’s largest economies during the next 15 years by tapping into data from smart devices in oil refineries, mines and manufacturing plants. Read more at Forbes  Wearables Market to Explode by 2019 Though still…
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    HVAC Training » | HVAC Training

  • Tech week

    Jose de la Portilla
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Jose De La Portilla, Senior Technical Training Consultant of HVAC Learning Solutions, talks about the opportunities available in HVAC industry, and shares his own story of coming into the industry; the advantages of determination, hard work, and continually improving your skills. Visit to read more HVAC tips by Jose and Mike Moore!
  • Must-have iPad apps for Comfort Advisors

    Mike Moore
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    One question I get asked frequently on Twitter is what iPad apps I recommend for Comfort Advisors when they’re on a service call. I spoke with some sales professionals for their recommendations and found that there are many good apps available. So I’ve compiled a list of 10 apps for Comfort Advisors for every in-the-field need. DaveNet — It’s like having a Lennox support team in the palm of your hand. The app includes a document library, OEM repair parts, quick and easy ordering, commercial quick quote, warranty coverage lookup, and much more. Lennox Comfort CenterThe Comfort Center…
  • Identifying a customer benefit vs. a feature

    Mike Moore
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When it comes to selling the consumer on a new product or service, the topic of customer benefits and features will be your topline tool. Buy this model because of X! You need this product because of Y! Invest in this service because of Z! But when it comes to defining X, Y, and Z — can you distinguish between a customer benefit and a feature? I spoke with Lennox Manager of Training Delivery, Vickie Ashmore and Lennox Senior Instructional Designer, Linda Rummans about how defining features and benefits can affect your bottom line. “It’s important to first know the difference between a…
  • Evaluate Your Brand

    Mike Moore
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
      I’d like to work on a quick exercise today that focuses on branding. To begin, grab a piece of paper and pen, and write down five things that describe your company. Family-owned and operated? Customer service-focused? Lennox Premier Dealer? Now, write down five things that describe your website. Is it welcoming? How about professional? And finally, write down five things that describe your social media channels as a whole. Now you should have 15 phrases written down. What do you think of the 15 phrases written on your paper? While the adjectives come from different aspects of your…
  • Inside Regional standards ratings

    Mike Moore
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A new year means new products, new goals, and a fresh start for your company and employees. For companies in the HVAC industry, that also means new regional HVAC efficiency standards. So what does this mean for you and your company?  Minimum efficiency levels for split AC, heat pumps, and packaged units will vary by region, with North, Southwest, and South divisions. The minimum SEER levels are as follows: North — AC 13 SEER / heat pump 14 SEER 8.2 HSPF Southwest — AC 14 SEER 11.7-12.2 EER  / heat pump 14 SEER 8.2 HSPF South — AC 14 SEER / heat pump 14 SEER 8.2 HSPF How quickly does…
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  • What is Your CNC Machine’s Hourly Rate?

    Bob Warfield
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Do you have hourly billing rate figures for all of your CNC Machines?  It’s handy to know what you need to be able to bill out a machine at to pay for the cost of having it sitting on your Shop Floor.  G-Wizard Calculator includes a super simple Machine Hourly Rate Calculator that makes it easy to come up with good numbers to use for your hourly rates.  I’ve just uploaded a new video as part of our G-Wizard University series on this: The Hourly Rate Calculator is part of the CADCAM Estimator module for GW Calculator, which makes it easy to put together machining feature-based…
  • How Can I Calibrate the GW Editor Run Time Estimates for My Machine?

    Bob Warfield
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Each machine requires a little different calibration.  In G-Wizard Editor, you have the following adjustments available: Max Rapids How fast can your machine rapid?  This is the value GW Editor will use (acceleration adjusted) in its estimates. Spindle 0-max rpm time How fast does your spindle change speeds?  GW Editor factors in a time based on this number every time you change spindle speeds.  You can measure it easily enough with a stopwatch if you don’t have a spec in your machine manual. Tool Change Time Every time the tool is changed G-Wizard charges this much against the…
  • Total Guide to CNC Router Workholding

    Bob Warfield
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Just posted another installment in our CNC Beginners Cookbook series:  The Total Guide to CNC Router Workholding.  In this article we delve into everything from vacuum tables to T-Tracks to using polymer nails for CNC Router Workholding. Enjoy!…
  • Goodbye User Forums, Hello CNC Question Exchange

    Bob Warfield
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    We’ve officially switched from our original User Forums, which we had called our User Club, to the CNC Question Exchange for Customer Service and other CNC-related questions.  We were never completely happy with the BBS (Bulletin Board) software we had used, and knew for quite a while it needed to be replaced with something.  The Question Exchange (accessed via the “QuestionX” menu at the top of every page) is a substantial upgrade. Going forward, if you have a question about our G-Wizard Software, or really anything CNC or machining related, please use QuestionX for the…
  • Spindle Power Curves in G-Wizard Calculator

    Bob Warfield
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    I just uploaded a new video to the G-Wizard Calculator University pages that explains Spindle Power Curves: Spindle Power Curves let you compensate for changes in your CNC machine’s spindle output at various rpms and they can also downrate the power on small machines to compensate for their lack of rigidity.…
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    L&S Electric

  • World-Class Speed: Lufkin-RMT Ultra Bearings

    David Manney
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Lufkin-RMT’s Ultra Bearing® sets a New World Record* with a Surface Velocity of 575 f/s, 175 m/s. (*Unofficial) visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Join us at the Energy Generation Conference!

    David Manney
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Bismarck is the location for the 36th Annual Energy Generation Conference. On behalf of the EGC committee, I invite you to attend the 36th Annual … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Drives: Beating Extreme Weather

    David Manney
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Winter here in the Northwoods usually means subzero temperatures, feet of snow, and people walking around in clothing layered so thick they walk like mummies. So far though, this winter has had a … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Starting and Controlling AC Motors

    David Manney
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    When you’re working with equipment that uses over half the energy used in the industrial sector, choosing the correct type of AC motors cannot be underestimated. In a post at the Kaman Industrial Technologies blog, selecting … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Chill! Make Sure Your Motor is Cool

    David Manney
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Friction is a fickle thing. Without friction, the simple act of picking up a spoon isn’t possible. Yet with an electric motor, friction is considered harmful because of the excessive heat it … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
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    strategy+business: OPERATIONS & MANUFACTURING

  • A Sprinter's Guide to Project Management

    11 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Jeff Sutherland, codeveloper of scrum, explains how to raise the success rate of your company's projects using the software development method.
  • What Mom-and-Pop Stores Can Teach Grocery Chains

    9 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Because online players can provide more variety than a physical grocery store, traditional supermarkets that cling to the long-dominant self-service model will struggle to stay competitive. They should rethink the customer's grocery shopping experience, as well as the supply chain and store operations that support it.
  • Lessons in Product Design from Modern Warfare--In Pictures

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This slideshow is part of the article "Warfare, Software, and Industrial Design."
  • A Historical Lesson for Supply Firms

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    To keep growing amid volatility, companies should remain adaptable in their approach to supply chain management.
  • 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.
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • Top 5 Simulation Issues NX CAE Addresses

    Amy Allen
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Simulation is critical to product development, and more companies are starting to sit up and take notice. You can lower costs, save time, and improve the life and durability of your products all by using simulation. So when you invest in a software solution, you want to be sure it not only is the strongest option available for simulation in the market today, but that it continues to be in the future. That’s why experts and executives from some of the largest simulation organizations out there including Siemens PLM joined forces at the Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Summit…
  • Major CAD Overhaul: Why Daimler Made the Switch to NX

    Amy Allen
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    Changing CAD systems is a huge undertaking for a company of Daimler’s magnitude. It’s not every day an OEM with more than 6,000 users migrates to a new CAD solution, and there are plenty of risks involved. So why did Daimler Mercedes choose Siemens PLM’s NX over Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA? Like any major decision one is faced with, multiple factors were at play here. A big problem for Daimler was CATIA V6 forces users to adopt their PLM\PDM system ENOVIA V6. “With ENOVIA V6 as it is today, it would not be possible to support the sophisticated technological processes that we have in…
  • Using multi-CAD data for product development

    David Chadwick
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    Even smaller manufacturers are using multi-CAD data for product development Our recent survey of 150 designers and engineering managers at small and medium size manufacturing companies showed that even the smallest engineering companies are using multi-CAD data for product development. For very small companies (less than $10m in turnover), 31% used data in 3 or more CAD formats in their product development process, and in companies with up to $100m in turnover this rises to 61%. The survey also showed that 32% of the respondents were experiencing difficulty with working with CAD data in…
  • Mobile apps for designers and engineers

    David Chadwick
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Mobile apps can have a big impact on the productivity of maintenance engineers working across large manufacturing sites The increasing availability of mobile apps for design and manufacturing software solutions that traditionally ran on laptops and workstations – and that kept designers and engineers tied to their desks more than they would prefer – represents a significant opportunity for improving the mobility, collaboration capability and effectiveness of designers and engineers. I think 2015 will be the year when we see a significant growth in the use of these apps in…
  • Engineering is the key to realizing striking architectural designs

    Al Robertson
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Founded twenty-five years ago, Octatube is a Dutch engineering and manufacturing company that works closely with architects to help them realize their ideas. The challenges in developing new structures and retrofitting older buildings are increased with the need to maintain compliancy with building codes and observe restrictions on historic buildings. Octatube use Femap to help realize architectural designs With Octatube buildings, the constructions are shipped as prefabricated elements and assembled on-site to avoid the need for welding, so design for prefabrication and the use of new types…
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • Disaster Planning: Your Edge in a Catastrophe in Manufacturing and Distribution

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    By: Janis Peiser The boy scouts had it right with their motto “be prepared.” When disaster strikes, the more thorough your company’s planning, the more likely its response mitigates the impact of the lurking unknown catastrophe. For…Read More
  • Reduce Cyber Security Risks with Employee Training

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A recent analysis, compiled by Pittsburgh-based Wombat Security Technologies with Boston research firm, the Aberdeen Group, showed that increased investment in employee training can reduce the risk of a company’s cyber security attack…Read More
  • Manufacturing Growth via Millennials

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    A widely studied generation, Millennials are able to adapt to a fast-paced, technological world, willing to learn – and to take your company to the next level. ThomasNet’s latest Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) research finds that…Read More
  • Manufacturing Predictions for 2015

    5 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Though manufacturing has seen a few setbacks over the last few years, there is good news: the lower costs associated with reshoring are driving more local manufacturing activity, technological developments are drastically changing the…Read More
  • Manufacturing Technology Orders are Up

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    According to The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $417.80 million.  This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology…Read More
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    Charles Day (Steels) Ltd

  • Cutting Reflective Metals – Overcoming Issues with Laser Cutting

    Jamie Courtnell
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Cutting non-ferrous and highly reflective materials using CO2 laser technology has always been a tricky operation. Due to the potential issues that can arise, many profiling companies has often shied away from using lasers to cut these reflective metals. This article aims to highlight why laser cutting reflective metals is so tricky, why other cutting... Read more » The post Cutting Reflective Metals – Overcoming Issues with Laser Cutting appeared first on Charles Day (Steels) Ltd.
  • Making Noise With VK Drums – Laser Cut Drum Parts

    Jamie Courtnell
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:25 am
    Charles Day, a leading Sheffield based laser cutting and profiling firm, was recently commissioned by bespoke hand-built drum manufacturer VK Drums to laser cut a range of drum parts including Stainless Steel drum hoops, mounts and lugs plus many more. Priding themselves on their attention to detail and the quality of the materials going into... Read more » The post Making Noise With VK Drums – Laser Cut Drum Parts appeared first on Charles Day (Steels) Ltd.
  • Laser cutting tube and plate for Sheffield Bishop

    Peter Sanderson
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:12 am
    Back in October 2013 one of our customers Stefan Tooke was commissioned to make a new crosier for the Bishop of Sheffield Steven Croft. A crosier is a ceremonial staff used by the Bishop, the Bishops current crosier is over 100 years old and is not allowed to leave Sheffield cathedral. Not only will the... Read more » The post Laser cutting tube and plate for Sheffield Bishop appeared first on Charles Day (Steels) Ltd.
  • 100 Year Stainless: Stainless Steel Cascade

    Peter Sanderson
    29 Jul 2013 | 5:28 am
    Local Sheffield artist Lucy Coyne contacted us back in March to be a sponsor of the steel city cascade, a stainless steel sculpture to be hung from the roof of the Sheffield Winter Gardens. The project was collaboration between Lucy and various schools within Sheffield to design and fabricate a suspended sculpture. It is centre... Read more » The post 100 Year Stainless: Stainless Steel Cascade appeared first on Charles Day (Steels) Ltd.
  • 100 Year Stainless: Centenary Knives

    Peter Sanderson
    26 Jul 2013 | 6:02 am
    About Stuart Stuart Mitchell is a quality custom knife maker based in Portland Works, Sheffield. Stuart can create custom knives to any size, shape or specification. He was commissioned to design and craft a limited run of stainless steel centennial knives. Sticking to the history of Portland Works he wanted to create a kitchen knife.... Read more » The post 100 Year Stainless: Centenary Knives appeared first on Charles Day (Steels) Ltd.
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  • Understanding Out-of-the-Box vs. Configured vs. Customized Software

    Matthew Littlefield
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    The shop floor is clearly lagging in the adoption of cloud-based solutions compared to many other business areas like consumer, marketing, and sales. Not to mention, it’s likely that manufacturing software will remain in a hybrid cloud/on-premise model for the foreseeable future. However, one thing that’s clear is that the trend towards cloud has begun. To put this into perspective, we can take a look at data from our most recent research on Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM). We saw that 27% of companies planning to adopt MOM Software are planning to adopt cloud-based MOM…
  • BYOD: The Challenges of Mixing Mobility and EHS

    Paul Leavoy
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    For the past few years, mobility has been the talk of the town when it comes to the future (and, indeed, present) of environment, health and safety (EHS) management. The EHS software conversation used to be centered on the need to move from paper-based systems to streamlined, integrated EHS management software. For example, paper incident records—even if they contain accurate information—wind up in file cabinets and collect dust, while electronic records enable us to use historical information to trend, analyze and act on incident data. Follow @PaulLeavoy Now the ante has been upped, and…
  • EQMS: What Quality Execs Need to Know About Training Management

    Rob Harrison
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    The impact of training management is often overlooked by executives, despite its grave importance and close connection to compliance, quality, health, safety, and a wide variety of other key areas related to business performance. Fortunately, automation, combined with other next-generation software capabilities has transformed training management into a tool that’s more useful than ever. Follow @RobH_LNS In this post we will explore some of the challenges facing quality leaders with regard to training from a quality management perspective and the features in enterprise quality management…
  • How to Build a Business Case for an Enterprise Software Investment

    Greg Goodwin
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Whatever the specific functionality, some form of enterprise software is probably on every manufacturing/production company’s wish list. The potential improvements in analytics, integration, communications, performance measurement, and visibility afforded across the business can greatly streamline decision-making processes, create new insights, and save a huge amount of time and money on a number of business functions. Follow @MrG00dwin This is, of course, assuming that everything goes according to plan, including selecting the correct software provider, with the appropriate delivery model,…
  • Why IEM Is Not Just For High-Cost Energy Times

    Dan Miklovic
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    With the price of crude oil hovering at roughly $50/bbl, many companies might be reevaluating their industrial energy management (IEM) strategies. Certainly consumer behavior is changing in the face of low energy costs. Sales of less fuel-efficient larger vehicles and pickup trucks are increasing, people are traveling more as fuel costs drop, and consumer goods spending is up as people have more discretionary funds. Follow @Dan_LNSResearch Certainly the economics of an energy conservation project change when oil is 40% of what it was at the peak and natural gas prices are near record lows.
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    I.B.I.S., Inc. » Blog

  • The Forecast and S&OP

    Dave Turbide
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    The previous several blogs looked at forecasting process and how companies typically start with a bottom-up mathematical forecast, modify it to include consideration of factors not reflected in historical demand patterns like demographic shifts, emerging economic conditions and market dynamics, and finally modifications to reflect management desires. This entire process, especially the final piece, can rightly be called Demand Planning where we analyze what is likely to happen and formulate actions to take to shape the demand to what would like it to be. The resulting demand plan is a major…
  • The “Dominant Player” Strategy for Distributors

    Brent Grover
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    I was in a distributor meeting recently when the management team revealed the company’s “Competitive Dominance” statement. The principles are based on a book, Competitive Dominance, by Tang and Bauer. Language is important. A definition of “dominant” is powerful or influential. That sounds good. But, consider the shock effect of the verb “dominate”: exercise control over. To me, these words are too closely related to let our customers, suppliers and employees feel that we’re trying to dominate them. I would choose a softer synonym, such as “foremost”. Wordsmith activity…
  • Bottom-Up Forecasting

    Dave Turbide
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    Most forecasting is done from a bottom-up perspective. That is to say, start with forecasts for individual product by customer, territory, channel or sales rep, then add those individual forecasts together pyramid-like to get forecasts for a product across all territories, for a territory across all products, and eventually total by product, product line, etc. That only makes intuitive sense. After all, the data that we base that forecast on is sales by product (with other identifying information like who made the sale, where, and when). Forecasting software gets a new batch of sales data at…
  • An Introduction to Self Service Portals within Dynamics AX 2012

    Murray Fife
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    The self-service portals within Dynamics AX are great features to take advantage of in order to help you collaborate more with your Vendors, and also to allow Customers to take care of a lot of the administrative queries that they would usually have your customer service group answer.  They are made even more appealing because of two other features.  The first is that there are no additional licenses required in order to give the customers and vendors access to the portals because they are free, and also because the self-service portals are included within the base software install kit for…
  • Guaranteed to Lose Your Best Salesperson

    Brent Grover
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    As an old adage goes: “If you promote your best sales rep to sales manager, the only thing that’s guaranteed is that you will lose your best sales rep”.  Let’s think for a few minutes about why you might want to take this risk. The objective: gain an excellent sales manager while holding on to the top sales rep’s customers. What results do you expect from a high-performance sales manager? The short answer is profitable sales growth. Peter Drucker stated that management is getting results through people. The manager will not only lead an existing group. The…
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  • Week-in-Review: How Much Will Your New Aluminum Truck Cost to Fix?

    Jeff Yoders
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    When it comes to all-in repair cost, sometimes analysis gets messy. had to bring out a sledgehammer to test the repair cost of the aluminum Ford F-150. If you follow our daily price... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Do Aluminium Physical Delivery Premiums Keep Rising?

    Stuart Burns
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    An interesting article in Thomson Reuters' Inside Metal publication by Andy Home this week explores the question of when physical delivery premiums will come down and the London Metal Exchange price... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Automotive MMI®: Palladium Rises With Low Oil, Aluminum Production Up

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    Automotive production is up so much due to low oil prices that the price of palladium is rising. See why our Auto MMI® is a leading indicator: download the Monthly MMI® Report. According to several... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • No Bottom for Copper, Iron Ore

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    Two of the world’s most heavily traded commodities, copper and iron ore, have plunged to 5½-year lows this past week as China’s weakening growth, global deflation and the stronger US dollar have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Aluminum MMI®: More Advances in Automotive, Replacing Dr. Copper?

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    Automotive consumer website bought a new, $52,000 Ford F-150 from Galpin Ford in Van Nuys, Calif., and then hit it twice with a sledgehammer to see how much it would cost to fix vs. a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Berkeley Sourcing Group » Blog

  • Perspectives on Hardware: A Farewell to Berkeley Sourcing Group

    5 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    By Eli Sinaiko Over the past half year, I have worked as a Marketing Associate alongside the BSG team. During this time I have learned a vast amount about a diverse range of subjects, including hardware entrepreneurship, sourcing, the Maker Movement, networking, and social media marketing. My fellow intern Tony and I have been privileged to work alongside talented and experienced individuals like Greg Fisher and Beth Rogozinski. They have been amazingly generous in imparting upon us a small portion of their vast knowledge of hardware entrepreneurs, startups, and the growing hardware…
  • 2014 Reflection: My Time with BSG

    4 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    By Tony Kim As 2014 has come to an end, my time as an marketing associate at BSG has also come to a close. It was truly a blessing to work with such a appreciative staff. Special mentions to Beth and Greg who have not only been my bosses but mentors willing to help and supplement my knowledge of the hardware industry. When I first entered the business, I had little to no idea about the hardware industry. Beth would ask me various names of prominent hardware start-ups, and as my co-worker Eli could name a few of them, I had no idea. My knowledge and database expanded quickly, as I would be…
  • Shopping Guide 2014

    Nicole Hanusek
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Download the Berkeley Sourcing Group’s Holiday 2014 Shopping Guide.
  • [Face of the Entrepreneur] Lei and Tyler from Tappur

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    -Tony Kim Have you noticed that I was writing so much about Tappur and drum pants these couple of weeks? That was because I was so excited to be interviewing them for another segment of [Face of the Entrepreneur]. Tyler and Lei gave up their valuable time to do this interview so make sure you check it out! Their journey as an entrepreneur and their hopes for the future of their company are discussed. For More information for Tappur or Tyler and Lei check out these sites! Website: Facebook: Twitter:  
  • Company Name Change: Tappur

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    By Tony Kim Last week I had the honor and privilege to interview two of the most aspiring entrepreneurs Tyler and Lei. When I was about to start the interview, which by the way will be coming out soon next week, they told me that they had switched their company’s name from Drumpants to Tappur. At first, I was confused by their change; however, as the interview started to go under way I finally understood their meaning behind their altercation. I was one of the many that saw Drumpants as a technology to make music by hitting an article of clothing. What I was missing was the infinite…
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  • Let’s Be Careful Out There… And 100% Safe!

    Jon Hansen
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    The popular ’80s TV police drama “Hill Street Blues” featured an endearing desk sergeant giving a sincere reminder to “let’s be careful out there” at the end of each roll call. He wanted fellow officers to pay attention, watch out for themselves and others, and end the shift the same way they started: safe. While we don’t have roll call every day at Kennametal where we can remind employees to be safe out there, we share the same mentality through our 100% Safe Philosophy. What Does 100% Safe Represent? 100% Safe represents Kennametal’s commitment to provide a safe work…
  • FRACKING III: Making the Process Safer

    Jay Winter
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    As both the need for energy and the concern over fracking increase, improvements in technology are making operations safer. Concern 1: Preventing Groundwater Contamination Precautions can be taken throughout the well drilling process to prevent hydrocarbons from leaching into the groundwater supply. One safety precaution is to encase the drilled well to separate it from the surrounding soil and groundwater. A cemented lining and steel casing is created at the surface, prior to drilling. When underground water is reached during vertical drilling, operations are stopped temporarily. The cement…
  • Every Bag Has a Silver Lining

    Tom Gencarelli
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Why do we love potato chips, aside from their flavor? Convenience! Think about it… To deny the guilty pleasure that comes with having instant food, right at our fingertips, would be as believable as saying we could live without it in the first place. And who can blame us? Whether consumed on-the-go, or in front of our television at home, we count on our salty-fix to come straight from a bag — greasy fingers and all. Food for Thought Just as the earth’s population has grown over the past couple of decades, so has its demand for safely packaged, non-perishable foods.
  • 10 Re(Solutions) to a Better Office Life

    Rebecca Diamond
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    Ah, the new year! You’ve said goodbye to house guests. You’ve put away the decorations (and probably way too much food and drink). Maybe you’ve made a list of personal resolutions – or “revolutions,” since we seem to go through the same ones over and over, year after year. But have you made a list of office resolutions? You know, things you really should be doing, or not, to make life more pleasant at work? If not, may we suggest these? (Spoiler alert: these apply outside of the office, too.) Here’s our Top 10 for your consideration: Whatever gave you that  idea? When…
  • Beep Beep! How Crusher Hammers Spin, Grind & Crush!

    Mike Padgett
    6 Jan 2015 | 12:57 am
      What is the one thing that is synonymous with classic, old-school cartoons?  (Aside from the steady stream of adult-themed jokes and widespread violence…) Hammers! And not just any hammers — we’re talking massive, gravity-defying crusher hammers that usually appeared from the most unlikely places. Have a roadrunner to catch? Sure – just whip out your impossibly large, industrial-sized tool from behind a desert highway sign! Of course, these cartoons failed to capture the true size and tremendous smashing power contained within modern crusher hammers —…
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • Personal Composite Vehicle Help Carry Tourists through South Korea’s Suncheon Bay

    Tori West
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    A Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) composite vehicle developed for use at South Korea’s Suncheon Bay, a coastal wetland that requires a tourist transportation system with minimal environmental impact, uses a carbon fiber core to stay lightweight and flexible, but also strong. The design for the composite pod featured a contour surrounding the door with a circumference of 30 feet. The challenge was to manufacture the structural frame in a single piece that would be rigid and lightweight, yet flexible enough to meet the required performance parameters. This project required a carbon fiber…
  • Graphene and Carbon Nanotube Make Fully Transparent, Rollable Electronics Possible

    Tori West
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    While flexibility and transparency have already been achieved in electronics, the expansion of wearable electronics is driving the need for fully transparent circuits on a rollable substrate. Now, a research team in Korea has successfully produced rollable and transparent electronics that are lightweight and damage-resistant. The team, led by Jin Jang, Ph.D., director of the Department of Information Display at Kyung Hee University, has overcome two major challenges associated with the manufacture of flexible electronics: The temperature restriction of plastic substrates (less than 100 C)…
  • Composites Play a Different Tune in a Space-Age Piano

    Tori West
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
    In cooperation with Hungarian engineers, award-winning pianist Gergely Bogányi has developed a new type of piano that features carbon fiber composites. Bogányi’s dream was to create an instrument that would be more “human” than the conventional Steinways that dominate the world’s concert halls; he also wanted to the piano to carry greater clarity and be less susceptible to fluctuating humidity and temperatures. The Bogányi, named after its creator, is made of carbon composite as well as wood, and employs wild curves to get a more powerful and balanced sound than that of…
  • Carbotech Debuts in the World of Watches

    Tori West
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    Each of Panerai’s new Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech watch, also known as PAM 616, is unique due to its case. The PAM 616’s Luminor-style case is made of Carbotech, a carbon fiber composite that has never been used in watchmaking before. Carbotech is used to make the case, the rotating bezel and the lever bridge which protects the winding crown; the composite was designed to enhance both the aesthetics and the performance of the material. To form the plates of carbotech from which these components are made, thin sheets of carbon fibers are compressed at a controlled temperature…
  • The Future of Carbon Fiber and Consumer Electronics

    Tori West
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Ben Halford CEO, Surface Generation Ltd. Carbon fiber has gained a reputation as a high-end material for efficient airplanes, luxurious cars and performance-enhancing sporting equipment – but it may surprise you to find out about the carbon fiber products in your everyday household supplies and electronics. In the January/February 2015 issue of Composites Manufacturing, Ben Halford, CEO of Surface Generation Ltd. spoke about his company’s experiences incorporating carbon fiber into the consumer electronics market. Halford followed up with Composites Manufacturing Interviews about the…
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    Pelonis Technologies Blog

  • Design Considerations for Industrial Heating

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Industrial heating has advanced to meet the increasing demands of modern applications. As the technology continues to progress, several factors must be considered to ensure ideal results. Heating systems rely on different interconnected components. A single faulty component can jeopardize the entire system, leading to reduced productivity or equipment failure. Forced downtime is harmful to business and you could lose many valued customers. To prevent these issues from affecting your application, engineers must employ proper design methodologies. At Pelonis Technologies, our team is…
  • Heating and Cooling Trends to Look for in the New Year

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Now that 2015 is here, it’s an ideal time to consider the regulatory changes and technological advances in the heating and cooling industry. Several factors are driving fundamental changes in the industry; innovation is the name of the game, propelled by the ever present need for efficiency and sustainability. Whether it’s the smallest circuit board or the biggest HVAC system, the battle of the BTU is being fought on many fronts.  Energy Conservation According the Department of Energy (DOE), almost 50 percent of the energy consumption in U.S. homes can be attributed to heating and…
  • Pelonis Technologies Launches Responsive, New Website

    16 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    Pelonis Technologies has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality heating and cooling solutions for over 25 years. In addition to our technical expertise, our success can be attributed to our unmatched customer service. To provide a better online experience for our customers, our team has launched a new company website. The new Pelonis Technologies website has a more responsive design, allowing easier access and viewing on your preferred media—computers, mobile devices, etc. Navigation between site pages is smooth and gratifying thanks to a fresh, new user interface and faster loading…
  • 7 Ways to Lower Costs for Designers of Industrial Heating Applications

    5 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Heating applications in industrial settings are not often thought of as prime areas where businesses can save on operating costs. However, designers can engineer efficiencies into heating applications that can deliver significant cost savings over time. Below, you’ll find seven methods engineers can use to help ensure their heating application designs are both energy and cost efficient. 1. Take the outside environment into account The air used to heat the building will come from outside the building, so the climate where the facility is located is a critical element. Heating systems are…
  • 3 Questions to Ask When Speccing a Heating and Cooling System

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Problem-free operation of heating and cooling systems begins well before consumers even switch on their machines. During the spec phase, designers of these systems must factor in several considerations while asking themselves pertinent questions. Here are three such questions accompanied by some helpful answers.  1. Is the heating/cooling system properly sized? Proper sizing is crucial for ideal speccing of these systems. When calculating the heating and cooling requirements for a given facility, it is important to avoid the olden practice of “rule of thumb” sizing, which equates…
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  • Commercial Painting – Enamel Paint

    PennCoat, Inc.
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Enamel Paints Enamel alkyd paints are good, all-around paints that dry to a hard gloss. common characteristics for these popular commercial paints are: Fast drying Flake and chip resistant Resistant to dirt, abrasion and impact Easy to apply Enamel paints that offer these characteristics arise from the alkyd binders used in these paints. As you may recall from previous blogs, alkyds are derived from alcohols and organic fatty acids. Both paints use medium aliphatic hydrocarbon solvents.  We rely to the Commercial Enamel when conditions are a little more demanding. Uses and Characteristics…
  • Commercial Painting & Flooring in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

    PennCoat, Inc.
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    We were contacted by a dog kennel in Bucks county Pennsylvania in September 2014 to install a new epoxy floor in their kennel.  The current floor was experiencing delamination due to excessive water, urine, and cleaners. From what we were told by the owner, the floor had been installed over 10 years ago.  He knew it was an epoxy coatings, but was unsure of the millage or preparation that went into the floor.  Additionally, the owner requested that the walls be painted with a fresh coat of commercial paint.  At our discretion, we selected a solvent based epoxy, because of its superior…
  • Commercial Painting with Epoxy Polyamines

    PennCoat, Inc.
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    Epoxies are resins used as coatings and adhesives in a number of applications, including commercial paints. When mixed with a hardener such as polyamine, epoxies react to form hard coatings that resist high temperatures and chemical attack. At PennCoat, we often use epoxy polyamine preparations  for painting industrial and commercial spaces that must stand up to wear, chemicals, and contamination. Characteristics Epoxy Polyamine paints are typically packaged in 2 components: Part A is resin containing epoxy polymer.  Depending on the paint, it can include solvents, quartz and titanium…
  • Industrial and Commercial Painting Selections

    PennCoat, Inc.
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:11 am
    We’d like to devote the next few blogs to the topic of commercial painting. Let’s start with a product we frequently use to paint bare metal, Sherwin Williams DTM Acrylic Coating (DTM stands for “direct to metal”). Characteristics SW DTM Acrylic Coating is a corrosion resistant paint/primer composed of 100 percent acrylic. It contains 38 percent solids by volume and 50 percent by weight. The coating is designed to be applied directly to prepared substrates: Iron and Steel Aluminum Galvanized metal Concrete/Masonry Drywall Wood Of course, its most important feature is…
  • Concrete Densifiers for Polished Concrete

    PennCoat, Inc.
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Concrete Densifiers Densifiers are used for polished concrete floors. When added to the concrete, a chemical reaction causes the surface to get extremely hard. While we touched upon densifiers in an earlier blog, we’d like now to examine their characteristics in detail. As is our custom, we’ll zoom in on a product we regularly use at PennCoat, in this case AmeriPolish 3D HS Densifier. Densifiers for Polished Concrete Polishing densifiers penetrate the surface of a concrete structure, such as a floor, to give it a better shine and harden it against wear and damage. The densifier…
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  • 3 Reasons Why Companies Should Be Thinking Globally

    15 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    Finding international trading partners and buyers should be on the radar for companies looking to grow their bottom line. Since the low point of the recession in 2009, American exports have grown by 44% thanks to improving economic conditions, new free trade agreements, and the National Export Initiative. This uptick in exports is likely to continue as the US seeks a way to come to grips with the growing trade deficit. For first time exporters establishing the first trading partner can be a difficult and lengthy ordeal. The benefits of exploring foreign markets, however, often outweigh the…
  • Will low fuel costs mean savings for your business?

    3 Jan 2015 | 7:52 pm
    As you head to the pump in the new year, you likely see a nice price break when filling up your tank. Fuel costs have dramatically decreased this year with the price currently sitting right around $53 per barrel at the time of this writing. This price is nearly half of what companies were paying in June 2014 and many are speculating that consumers and businesses alike will see some savings in 2015 if energy prices stay low. The United States saw record oil production this year thanks to new technologies and oil fields being found in North Dakota. Saudi Arabia saw this as a threat and has…
  • Mongolia Export News October 2014

    5 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    After preliminary negotiations in 2012, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mongolia President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announced the signing of a free trade agreement this July. Trade volume between the countries is still quite small and skewed toward Japanese exports, but the agreement shoes promise for growth and improved trade relations. Mongolian raw input goods and the Japanese high technology industries should help increase the amount of trade between the two nations.   Used cars make up 45% of current Japanese exports to Mongolia and there are plans to remove tariffs on this…
  • Distributor vs Reseller: What’s Right for Me?

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Finding an international buyer can be extremely difficult for many companies. After doing the initial market research companies must figure out how to reach customers in that market. The most common way of reaching consumers in foreign markets is through distributors and resellers. You will need to do your research what is the best way to reach your customers for your company. This will largely depend on your margins, timeframe, and knowledge of the market.   There is often a lot of confusion about the differences of  a distributor vs reseller. We explain the differences in depth…
  • Finding an Export Inspection Agency

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    After a company has done their market research and identified a target market it is best to ensure that your freight and products comply with the regulations of that market. One such regulation that some countries require is having your goods inspected by an export inspection agency before your shipment leaves port. In the United States the inspection process is called a Pre-Shipment Inspection or PSI. This regulation is particularly important because the error might not be realized until your freight is sitting in it’s destination port.   The reason for this requirement is to…
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  • Mining: The Ultimate Wear Coating Stress Test [Guest Blog]

    Phil Pasma
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:44 am
    Wear coatings and compounds are products formulated specifically to help industrial equipment withstand mechanical stress. Different types of machines generate different levels of vibration, abrasion and other challenges to optimal operation. As wearing compounds are used in equipment of all sizes and types in a wide array of industries, engineers may wonder if the products they select have what it takes to keep their business running. If there is a litmus test for durability, it may be the mining industry. Maintenance Solutions for Mines and Quarries Even if you’ve never been to a mine,…
  • Repair, Rebuild or Replace?

    Paul Dzsudzsak
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    When it comes to many of the pieces of equipment in any manufacturing plant, the maintenance personnel have the responsibility of keeping lines running efficiently and ensuring that the work environment is safe for all. In most modern manufacturing plants the maintenance of equipment is performed on a preventive or even predictive basis. Maintenance software is used to track machine service history to determine mean-time between failure for many of the critical components that keep the piece of equipment running safely and efficiently. The most effective use of maintenance resources is the…
  • Ultra Keeln Tigear-2

    Phil Pasma
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    Baldor Electric Company is proud to announce a new addition to our washdown family of enclosed gear reducer products, the Baldor•Dodge Ultra Kleen® Tigear-2®. The Ultra Kleen Tigear-2 sets a new standard for stainless steel gear reducers with an all-new sanitary design that is completely sealed against high pressure, high temperature and caustic washdown environments. Ultra Kleen Tigear-2 reducers feature all stainless steel construction, input ratings up to 5HP, and are available in 5 case sizes for optimized performance. With the most advanced designs of washdown gear reducers…
  • Wait, you don’t make bearings?

    Phil Pasma
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    For someone who does not know our company, that is one of the most common questions we get. At J/E we do not manufacture bearings. We are distributors for brands such as SKF, Timken, Gates, Baldor and more. Here are some other common questions we are asked: 1. What does the J & E stand for in your name? The “J” stands for Joe Volkaert Senior (our founder) and the “E” is for his wife Elda. 2. What hours are you open? We are open 8am-5pm Monday to Friday. We have 24/7 on call service for our current customers. 3. What areas do you serve? We have customers all over North America, but…
  • Condition analysis of Rolling Element Bearings

    Phil Pasma
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Since one of the analysis techniques involves trending of vibration levels, it is important that the data collection location be marked and the same location be consistently used each time data is collected. Common to most modern portable electronic data collectors is the accelerometer. These are generally constructed with a man-made piezoelectric crystal which generates an output voltage directly proportional to the amount force applied. The accelerometer is usually placed on the bearing cap, or if not accessible, as near as possible to the bearing. In those instances where it is not…
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  • Top 3 Communications Best Practices for Software Implementations

    Pam Bednar
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    In a recent business article out of the UK, the author cites trends such as collaboration and connectivity as hallmarks of the “factory of the future.” I would take that one step further, and add “communication” to that list—especially during implementation. Smart implementation leaders make sure they are listening to the insights of everyone who will be impacted by their new systems and following solid communication practices throughout the life of the project—and beyond. Here’s what you need to know about the three biggest opportunities great communication practices deliver to…
  • What Sandpaper Will You Use? – Part One

    Pam Bednar
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    What to Use to Get the Most of Your Demand-Driven Changes Demand-driven manufacturing leaders are always refining their tools and tactics to ensure they’re spending their time wisely. This blog marks the first in a three-part series about using the tools of TOC, Six Sigma and Lean to help manufacturing leaders gain the most benefit from their demand-driven transformation. Three in One TOC, Lean, and Six-Sigma should all be part of the continuous improvement (CI) journey at your company – and knowing which tools are right for the job will help you realize your CI goals faster. And even…
  • Using Big Data to Tell Your Story

    Pam Bednar
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    Three ways narrative can connect the dots between big data and your brand In a recent Forbes article, the writer describes Big Data as “a collection of data from traditional and digital sources inside and outside your company that represents a source for ongoing discovery and analysis.” I love this definition because it describes a process of discovery that—once linked with your brand message – allows you to uncover additional opportunities to tell compelling stories in the markets you serve. I work in the manufacturing space, where our systems manage large amounts of real-time data…
  • Which System is More Complex? The Answer is Simpler than You Think

    Pam Bednar
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    Using the Theory of Constraints to Become More Demand-Driven- Part 1 In my last blog post on How TOC delivers powerful results, I talked about how every manufacturer that I worked for early in my career believed that their environment was completely unique. However, just like doctors are trained not to look for zebras when diagnosing horses, the Theory of Constraints (TOC) allows you to diagnose your environment in the simplest way to get the most immediate results. The concepts of TOC stem from some very simple, practical principles. These principles were developed by physicist Dr. Eliyahu…
  • Rockin’ Relationships: Documents Drive the Details

    Pam Bednar
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    In the second part of our three part series on successful implementation strategies, we discuss one of the most important project setup strategies – the RACI. Part Two- The RACI As I’ve mentioned before, implementation projects end up being mostly about the people involved. Project success hinges upon how effective the project team is in harnessing their own particular talents and in placing the right eyes over the right set of project deliverables to ensure quality down the line. Last time, we talked about how to build a solid logistical framework for implementation. Next time,…
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  • LED Lamps & Study Table Lamps- Effective Options To Go With!

    Alex Micky
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Follow my blog with Bloglovin  Office Table Lamps Whether it is about lighting your home or considering a fixture that provides uniform light, LED Lamps & Study Table Lamps are the options that cannot be missed on. Gone are the days when incandescent bulbs were used in the study lamps, now these have been replaced with LED bulbs and the difference is clear, the latter one is far better and gives away perfect illumination. The decision of going in for LED lamps would come out as a perfect one not only today but tomorrow too as with this option you would be considering something that…
  • Find Our LED Lights, LED Downlights, LED Lamps, LED Office Lights & LED Panel on Nuji Webpage

    Alex Micky
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:55 am
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  • LED Downlights Allow Proper Lights in Homes and Offices

    Alex Micky
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:42 am
     Downlights SystemWhenever you have to choose for lighting system in your home or office, you have to consider about the exact amount of light you require in the room and the position, where you require maximum concentration of light. Individuals should always remember that light fixtures give tons of advantages to them provided they acquire and install them from good companies. Especially, you would end up with countless benefits if you prefer for LED Downlights offered by good companies. Best thing about LED down light systems are that they provide adequate amount of light, so that…
  • What to look before purchasing LED Light Fixtures

    Alex Micky
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:44 am
    LED Lighting FixturesLED lighting is gaining popularity and the lighting technology has become the first choice for homes and businesses. They are safe, cheaper and energy efficient than any other lighting source. Some common LED fixtures include LED light panels, garden lighting, office lighting and rope lighting. Some other examples include LED scanner, tube lighting, spotlight and displays. Choosing Right LED Light FixturesThere are so many options available in light fixtures that can light up your home colorfully. The first thing you must consider is to match a light bulb for lighting…
  • A Guide to Purchase LED Strip Light

    Alex Micky
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:58 am
    LED Strip Lights LED for home lighting are becoming quite popular and when compared with other lights they use less electricity and can be easily controlled and programmed. LED strips are durable and resistant to shock and they can be used in different ways. Coated LED strip lights are used in bath room because they are waterproof and for areas like walkways, you may use an aluminum panel LED light strips.Some best range of lighting products availableLED strip light 35285 mLED strip light 5050LED strip light 5050 5m What to look before purchasingThe LED strip light features high…
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