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  • The $13 Billion Startup

    IndustryWeek
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Parker Hannifin has devised a system to match the deep pockets of major corporations with the innovative power of startups. If it works, it could be exactly the kind of disruptive boost mature markets have been waiting for. read more
  • Man Accused In OK Beheading Is Awake

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    bbergin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Read about the event: "Woman Beheaded, Another Injured At Food Processing Plant."A man who was shot after authorities say he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives Saturday.
  • Accurate and Reliable Monitoring of Moisture in Industrial Oils

    IndustrialPR - Manufacturing & Engineering News
    Editorial Team
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Company: E+E Elektronik GmbH News Location: Engerwitzdorf, Austria Published On: September 26, 2014 Social Media Pitch: The EE364 in-line transmitter from E+E Elektronik measures moisture and temperature in transformer, lubricating, hydraulic or motor oils, and diesel fuel. This device can assist in planning condition-based maintenance operations to aid in avoiding equipment breakdown, leading to lowered [...]
  • PepsiCo opens food & beverage innovation facility in Mideast

    Zawya.com - Manufacturing News
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:34 pm
    PEPSICO, one of the leading food and beverage companies, opened its first innovation facility in the Middle East.
  • Nebraska Manufacturing Sector Gains Momentum, Adds Jobs For Fourth Straight Year

    Manufacturers' News, Inc.
    Nebraska Manufacturers Register
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Nebraska Manufacturing Sector Gains Momentum, Adds Jobs For Fourth Straight Year
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  • Man Accused In OK Beheading Is Awake

    bbergin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Read about the event: "Woman Beheaded, Another Injured At Food Processing Plant."A man who was shot after authorities say he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives Saturday.
  • Airlines Look For An Edge With Weather-Radar Systems

    bbergin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    As their plane climbed away from Belize City, American Airlines pilot Brian Will and his co-pilot were ready to detour several hundred miles to avoid a wall of bad weather in front of them.Then, looking at the display on a new weather-radar system, the pilots saw a way to navigate between the storms on the Dallas-bound flight this spring.
  • Consumer Spending Up In August

    bbergin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year.Consumer spending in August rose 0.5 percent from the previous month after showing no gain in July, the Commerce Department reported Monday. It was the best result since spending also expanded 0.5 percent in June.
  • Underwater Robot For Port Security

    bbergin
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans.
  • Thousands Attend Willie Nelson And Neil Young Performance, Anti-Pipeline Gathering

    bbergin
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.The Lincoln Journal Star reports politicians and activists spoke to the crowd on Art and Helen Tanderup's farm about the pipeline project between performances.
 
 
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  • Accurate and Reliable Monitoring of Moisture in Industrial Oils

    Editorial Team
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Company: E+E Elektronik GmbH News Location: Engerwitzdorf, Austria Published On: September 26, 2014 Social Media Pitch: The EE364 in-line transmitter from E+E Elektronik measures moisture and temperature in transformer, lubricating, hydraulic or motor oils, and diesel fuel. This device can assist in planning condition-based maintenance operations to aid in avoiding equipment breakdown, leading to lowered [...]
  • Chemineer Launches Online Store for Static Mixers

    Editorial Team
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    Company: Chemineer News Location: Dayton, Ohio Published On: September 22, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Chemineer is proud to announce the release of COMPASS, an online store offering Kenics static mixers. This online store helps customers quickly and easily select and purchase the proper static mixer for their specific application. Full Story: http://www.industrialpr.net/news/classified.php?listing=13917
  • New Miniature Air Flow Transmitter for HVAC

    Editorial Team
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Company: E+E Elektronik GmbH News Location: Engerwitzdorf, Austria Published On: September 5, 2014 Social Media Pitch: The new transmitter EE671 measures air velocity up to 20 m/s. Thanks to its compact design it is ideal for mass applications in HVAC. The flow sensing element sets new standards in terms of accuracy and resistance to pollutants. [...]
  • Ampac Announces New KeepSafe® Closures for Tamper-Evident Packaging

    Editorial Team
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Company: Ampac News Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Published On: September 2, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Ampac, the world’s leader in creative packaging solutions, announces a new series of tamper-evident closures for its KeepSafe® tamper-evident product range. Ampac and its KeepSafe brand of products remains the industry leading producer of tamper-evident packaging. As such, Ampac is announcing [...]
  • Barrier Plastics Introduces Innovative Baritainer® Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC)

    Editorial Team
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Company: Barrier Containers News Location: Irvine, California Published On: July 26, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Barrier Plastics, Inc. proudly announces the long-awaited launch of its new Baritainer® Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC). A full year of research and development went into the release of the IBC, which is made with HDPE and Quoral® Barrier Resin. The [...]
 
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  • Man Accused In OK Beheading Is Awake

    bbergin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Read about the event: "Woman Beheaded, Another Injured At Food Processing Plant."A man who was shot after authorities say he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives Saturday.
  • Airlines Look For An Edge With Weather-Radar Systems

    bbergin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    As their plane climbed away from Belize City, American Airlines pilot Brian Will and his co-pilot were ready to detour several hundred miles to avoid a wall of bad weather in front of them.Then, looking at the display on a new weather-radar system, the pilots saw a way to navigate between the storms on the Dallas-bound flight this spring.
  • Consumer Spending Up In August

    bbergin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year.Consumer spending in August rose 0.5 percent from the previous month after showing no gain in July, the Commerce Department reported Monday. It was the best result since spending also expanded 0.5 percent in June.
  • Underwater Robot For Port Security

    bbergin
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans.
  • Thousands Attend Willie Nelson And Neil Young Performance, Anti-Pipeline Gathering

    bbergin
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.The Lincoln Journal Star reports politicians and activists spoke to the crowd on Art and Helen Tanderup's farm about the pipeline project between performances.
 
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    Green Manufacturing

  • 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…
  • 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,…
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    Shopfloor

  • Conference Board: Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Fell in September

    Chad Moutray
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    The Conference Board said that consumer sentiment unexpectedly fell in September to its lowest level since May. The Consumer Confidence Index declined from a revised 93.4 in August to 86.0 in September. This pullback was even more disappointing given the fact that August’s reading had been the highest since October 2007, nearly seven years ago and pre-dating the recession. Therefore, while confidence remains higher today than earlier in the year, it is clear that Americans still remain anxious about the economy and about labor and income growth. It is also possible that geopolitical events…
  • Eastman Chemical, Merck, Janssen R&D LLC win EPA Energy Star CHP Award

    Ross Eisenberg
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    NAM board members Eastman Chemical Company and Merck & Co., along with Pennsylvania manufacturer Janssen R&D LLC, won the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award for their highly efficient CHP systems, which greatly exceed the operating efficiency of similar conventional systems. CHP provides both electric power and thermal energy (heat) from a single fuel source, as opposed to conventional systems that expel the steam as waste heat. A CHP system captures the energy that would normally be waste heat and uses it to provide heating and…
  • Cove Point LNG terminal takes giant step forward

    Ross Eisenberg
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) formally approved the siting and construction of Dominion’s Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Maryland, a major milestone that puts the project in position to start construction. Cove Point is an existing LNG import facility that has been in operation for nearly 40 years; Dominion is now seeking to use the facility for LNG exports, a project that will cost $3.4 to $3.8 billion and create thousands of jobs. In May, FERC completed a two-year environmental assessment and concluded that the project could be…
  • Dallas Fed: Manufacturing Activity Picked Up in September

    Chad Moutray
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said that manufacturing activity picked up in September. The composite index of general business activity increased from 7.1 in August to 10.8 in September, and in general, the data continue to show stronger growth since being nearly stagnant in February. In fact, the paces for production (up from 6.8 to 17.6), capacity utilization (up from 3.6 to 20.2) and shipments (up from 6.4 to 15.9) were all up strongly in September, which was encouraging. At the same time, there were also measures that expanding at a less-robust pace. New orders (up from 2.2 to 7.5)…
  • Business Economists Anticipate “Steady” Growth in Second Half of 2014 and for 2015

    Chad Moutray
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Economists with the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) expect steady growth for the rest of this year and for next year. Respondents predict real GDP growth of 3.0 percent in the third quarter of 2014, 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter, and 3.0 percent for all of 2015. As such, it suggests that business economists feel that we have made significant progress in growth since weaknesses in the first quarter of this year. You can see this rebound in the manufacturing figures, with panelists predicting 4.0 percent and 3.6 percent industrial production growth in 2014 and 2015,…
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    Lean Blog

  • Great Lean Leader Interview Series at Shmula.com

    Mark Graban
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    My friend Pete Abilla has started a nice series of “Lean Leadership Interviews” on his site, shmula.com. I enjoyed his most recent interview with Jeff Liker. I agree with Pete and Jeff in the assertion (shared by Mike Rother) that formal “root cause analysis” isn’t always needed, or might be overkill in some situations. We wrote something similar in Healthcare Kaizen, and I’m surprised that’s a controversial thing to say. Other interviewees include: David Anderson, on Kanban Dan Markovitz on Lean in the office (hear my podcast with him on this topic)…
  • Safety is “always our top priority,” except when it isn’t… in football and hospitals

    Mark Graban
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Although I’m a proud alum of Northwestern University, a former marching band member, and an ardent follower of our football team (as I’ve written about before), I grew up as a fan of the Michigan Wolverines and have many friends who are alumni. After watching NU shock Penn State on Saturday, I flipped over to the Michigan game, where they were being upset by Minnesota, losing 30-7 in Ann Arbor (which led to a lot of boos and empty seats). This post is not a “football story,” it’s a “safety story” — about sports and hospitals. Shane Morris Gets…
  • Lean is a “Generic” Term for TPS (and The Toyota Way), Says Dan Jones

    Mark Graban
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    People often say Lean is pretty simple (or that it’s just “common sense“). Yeah, some of the concepts are simple… but sometimes deceptively so. Or, we find that it’s easier to describe Lean (as a management system, a set of methods, and a culture) than it is to say how an organization should transform itself from here to there. It can be a challenge to succinctly describe and explain Lean, whether that’s in a single article or an hour-long talk. There’s always so much you want to explain in terms of concepts, stories, and examples. I’ve written…
  • Is This Dilbert Really True?

    Mark Graban
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    Thursday’s Dilbert (see the strip) starts with the “Pointy Haired Boss” asking Dilbert for his opinion on something. Dilbert responds with “studies show that if you ask for my opinion, I will no longer perceive you as a leader.” The cartoon isn’t footnoted and a bit of Google searching doesn’t pull up “studies.” Maybe I’m doing Google wrong. Maybe you can help find a study about this. I’m not sure what Scott Adams is citing here. But do you really think this is true? I think a good leader DOES ask his or her employees what they…
  • The Fallacy of Firing People to Fix Patient Safety

    Mark Graban
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    In a Lean culture, the mindset is that “problems are treasure” or “problems are gold.” By honestly identifying problems, we can solve problems and prevent them from occurring in the future. Problems in healthcare can include medication errors, laboratory specimen mixups, and other problems that can harm or kill patients. The stakes are high. Traditional organizations pressure people into hiding or covering up problems. When people cover up “near misses,” that’s particularly tragic because yesterday’s near miss might become tomorrow’s…
 
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • From Trinkets to Space Ships, 3D Printing has arrived in Manufacturing

    John Fishell
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    A few months ago, I wrote about how Lockheed Martin is investing in a 3D printing initiative as part of a fully digitized manufacturing process, something they call the Digital Tapestry, that will be used to produce critical components for air and spacecraft. Everything in manufacturing needs to be digital, said the article, and I agree. But even I’ve been surprised by how fast this technology is moving. Digital manufacturing isn’t just the future. It has already arrived as a serious force in manufacturing. Three recent news items have brought this fact home quite forcefully. In August,…
  • Tips for Improved Productivity and Output

    Keeley Schneider
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve employee productivity and increase output. Here are some tips to incorporate into your production process in order to reach those goals. Empty the Workplace In the manufacturing workplace itself, more is not always better. The general thinking might be that the more tools that are readily available, the better a worker can do his job. But clutter is the enemy – and can lead to unsafe working conditions. You can have the best tools available, but it doesn’t matter if you can’t find them. Start with a clean slate. Look at an empty…
  • Using MES to help Manage Energy? It may be Closer Than you Think.

    Milosz Majta
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Enterprises are paying a lot of attention these days to energy efficiency and sustainable operations. So too are manufacturers. Clearly, the factory floor is a major consumer of energy. Surprisingly, however, there is not much precedent for integrating a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) with energy management decision-making in any kind of dynamic way. Is there the potential for important new applications in this area? Some recent discussions with customers and colleagues make me believe the answer is definitely “Yes.” And maybe closer to happening than people might think. Consider…
  • The Digital Factory as a Path to Global Prosperity

    Hadrien Szigeti
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    In my last post, I discussed the role of manufacturing innovation, and how it has changed each of our lives. The digital factory has an opportunity to have an equally significant impact on this century, as I’ll now explain. The digitization of manufacturing processes is well underway. But the level of investment is low compared to the digitization of other corporate functions, such as finance or engineering. Today, manufacturing investment is gaining momentum, and it promises to bring the wealth more globally around the world. This trend has important implications for national leaders and…
  • Expanding Manufacturing’s Contribution to a Better Society

    Hadrien Szigeti
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    The rapid advances within manufacturing innovation have transformed our lives. Starting with the transition away from an agriculture-based economy, manufacturing has contributed to higher productivity and rising living standards amongst both developing and advanced economies. Manufacturing still makes up to16% of global GDP. Today, technology is once again disrupting the world of manufacturing – this time in the form of what can be considered a “digital” factory. Think of the security, quality, and affordability of most goods we consume today, we take for granted products that a…
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  • Manufacturing, Service Need an Image Makeover

    Courtney Buchanan
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As field service organizations search for talent, they’re experiencing the very real skills gap, where managers can’t find candidates with the right skills and current employees feel they lack the skills necessary for the job. Manufacturing, to be valued at $3.5 billion by 2017, is just one arm of service that is experiencing this shortage, largely due to the negative stigma associated with the old industrial era, rather than innovation. “There’s a perception … that manufacturing is still in the Dark Ages, that there’s still people banging on metal with…
  • To Boost Customer Loyalty, Create a Plan — and Stick to It

    Derek Korte
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Service leaders are apt to obsess over customer satisfaction and loyalty levels. The goal is always to create happier, more loyal customers — but leaders’ efforts are often derailed. Why? Bill Pollock Bill Pollock, president and principal consulting analyst at Strategies For Growth, says that they often lack a plan. In a recent post on his blog, Pollock on Service, he explains how leaders can create a plan, and why customer participation is key throughout the process. Below is an excerpt: In launching a customer satisfaction and loyalty improvement program, you will need to start with the…
  • Postal Service Eyes New Service Revenue Source: Grocery Delivery

    Derek Korte
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    If the U.S. Postal Service has its way, the mailman could soon double as the grocery delivery man. The organization is seeking Congressional approval to expand its grocery-delivery test program with AmazonFresh. Amazon is looking to expand its delivery service — and USPS leaders want their employees to carry the weight.   As part of the test program, USPS employees deliver groceries for AmazonFresh in San Francisco during early morning hours when its delivery vehicles would normally be parked. The extra-curricular work is one way the organization is dealing with financial straits,…
  • The Field Follows the Lead of Consumer Technology

    Courtney Buchanan
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    With 50 billion devices said to be connected to the Internet by 2020, the rise of the Internet of Things has prompted leading service organizations to equip their techs with gadgets like Google Glass and virtual reality platforms. This technology also promises that the machines techs work on (not just wearable devices they don) will become smarter — eventually performing tasks that were once reserved for humans. As fast as organizations adopt these new technologies, consumer technology is advancing at a quicker pace.  To keep up, the manufacturing…
  • General Electric CMO to Flip the Service Switch for Lighting Division

    Derek Korte
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Business leaders are getting smarter about looking beyond product sales alone to increase revenue. Now, it’s important to wrench revenue from recurring service contracts to fix and maintain those products. A close partnership between leaders in service, sales and marketing is one strategy to increase service revenues. GE, it seems, is taking a different tack: Beginning next month, Beth Comstock, GE’s chief marketing officer, will also oversee the company’s lighting division. Comstock says she sees the new role as a chance to inject fresh ideas and technological innovation…
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  • What does your website say about you?

    Mike Moore
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Internet is prime real estate for your marketing and branding efforts. So why not take advantage? Your website says a lot about the kind of business you run, so it’s important to keep an up-to-date site for easy user access and a seamless experience. Here are a few vital components your website must have to be valuable. Working links: When you have an embedded link on your website, it needs to go somewhere. There is nothing more frustrating to a user than clicking on a link that goes to an error page. Go through your website frequently to check links and remove or edit those that…
  • Open up the door to success with pre-call planning

    Mike Moore
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As I always like to say, a prepared company is a successful company. If you put in the time it takes to prepare for a service or sales call, that little bit of “above and beyond” can really grab the attention of your customer and benefit your company in the long run. I sat down with HVAC Learning Solutions trainer Eric Andrews to gather some tips for preparing before you head out into the field. Here are three pre-call planning tips you should institute across your company today. Make sure everyone is on the same page. Andrews says, “The sales person might have a dedicated sales process…
  • Cool Facts — What is S.E.E.R.?

    Mike Moore
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Defining SEER for a new hire or even a customer can be a challenge. But have you ever considered comparing it to a vehicle’s MPG? The expert educators at HVAC Learning Solutions break down the in’s and out’s of SEER in the most recent edition of Cool Facts. For more tips on defining HVAC industry terms such as SEER, visit HVAC Learning Solutions on Facebook.
  • Changes in purchasing have changed the sales game

    Mike Moore
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Customers are better and more informed than they have ever been. They’re technologically savvier and have more questions. Purchasing in the 21st century has changed, but have no fear — you can adapt to today’s consumer in these four simple tips: 1. Once a customer recognizes the need, they usually start with an information search. This used to mean hitting the yellow pages. Now, it means social media and the Internet. They will search for their provider by reading online reviews and posting queries to their friends on social media outlets like Facebook or Twitter. You can increase your…
  • How to Attract Talent

    Mike Moore
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Training is a huge component for success in this industry. When hiring new technicians, you no doubt have a checklist of the skills they should possess, and which are “must-haves” versus “trainable.” Finding the right fit can be hard, but as an employer, you need to know how to recruit employees that will become the foundation of your team. Here are the two main applicants you’ll likely find in the hiring process. Applicants new to the industry You might feel discouraged because this applicant is still “green,” but what other qualities do they have? If you have someone with…
 
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  • The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 4

    Bob Warfield
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    This is part 4 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series. In this episode, we’ll go to the very heart of the shop, at least for CNCCookbook readers.  Yes, that’s right, we’re going to take a look at what sort of mills and lathes might be appropriate for a shop like this. Turning:  Toolroom Lathe Lathes are somehow fundamental and intuitive machines for many machinists.  We have to make a lot of round parts because rotary motion is so common, and round parts are what lathes do.  Lathes are simpler to get our heads around many times.  There are simpler options…
  • Deep Slot CNC Router Jobs, Deflection, and Trade Offs

    Bob Warfield
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    I recently chatted with a G-Wizard Calculator customer who was having problems with tool life.   He had been able to increase it tremendously over what it had been before they had G-Wizard, but it was still unacceptible.  He suspected the problem was too much tool deflection and wanted to consult with me for suggestions on what to do. His company was cutting wooden parts for some custom packaging work from 2 x 12 planks on a CNC Router.  They’d started with 1/2″ endmills, but quickly found that the cutting forces were cracking their wooden parts, so they wanted to try a…
  • The Secrets of CAM for Beginners

    Bob Warfield
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Do you find CAM as frustrating and mystifying as I once did? I remember when I first started messing around with CAM.  It was before I got my CNC mill up and running and a little while after I had gotten reasonably proficient with CAD.  I got hold of some free trials and couldn’t believe how hard it all seemed.  Much worse than CAD.  The CAM program was constantly asking me mysterious questions I had no idea the answers to, or it would seem as though the CAM software didn’t understand my 3D model from the CAD package quite right, or sometimes it would just do absolutely…
  • 23 Websites to Help You Start and Grow Your Business

    Bob Warfield
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Periodically I pass along resources to help folks who are interested in starting or growing their businesses.  I don’t do it often, because that’s not really the focus of CNCCookbook.  But I do know that a great big segment of our audience is interested in this sort of thing either because they own their own business or would like to start one up.  Having been a 7-time serial entrepreneur (yes, CNCCookbook is my 7th and by far the one I have enjoyed the most!), I do come across some useful things from time to time. This time, it’s a list of the 23 Websites I have found…
  • Messing Around With Tormach’s PSG 612 Surface Grinder

    Bob Warfield
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    It’s been a little while since I had a chance to catch one of John Grimsmo’s Knifemaking Tuesday videos, but this one caught my eye when it came through recently.  It basically shows the Grimsmo brothers using their Tormach PSG 612 surface grinder on some sheet titanium that they’re preparing to be made into knife parts.  What attracted me was the chance to see the PSG in action.  It’s a neat little machine.  Surface Grinders are extremely handy to have around, but unless you buy a much more expensive automatic surface grinder, they’re pure drudgery to use.
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    L&S Electric

  • Grounding VFDs to Prevent Shaft Voltage

    David Manney
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    We’ve discussed the benefits of VFDs several times before, and along with those benefits are a few negative side effects as well. One such downside are shaft currents created from the VFD which go to ground through ball bearings. Writing at the Pump and Systems website, William Livoti spotlights another method preventing shaft voltage; grounding the VFD. Many industries … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Protecting Bearings Using Specialty Coatings

    David Manney
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    As we’ve mentioned before, electric motors account for a majority of power usage in the US industrial sector and when they invariably fail, bearings are usually the main culprit.
  • Settled Science: is Fracking Safe?

    David Manney
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    As we said on Monday’s Infographic, in environmental circles, there are two topics that usually lead to an argument: anamorphic global warming and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. In both cases, proponents for each side have used science to make their argument. visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Taking a Closer Look at Fracking Fluids (Infographic)

    David Manney
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    One of the most controversial topics in the arena of environmentalism is fracking. No two states have the same legislative perspective on fracking, and it seems, arguments including both fact and more than a little hyperbole. With the goal of illustrating some facts into the fray is an infographic by Bill Roth from the Oilpro website
  • Sound Level Analysis: Sense of Hearing

    David Manney
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    The final in a series. We’ve covered two other senses; sight and touch. Today it’s the sense of hearing regarding sound level analysis. Sound Level Analysis In case there is an issue with the motor such as … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
 
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    strategy+business: OPERATIONS & MANUFACTURING

  • 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.
  • 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.
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • Why CAD/CAE Integration Matters: Better Products Faster

    Amy Allen
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Today, thanks to the Internet, even the phrase “in the blink of an eye” has nearly become obsolete, as we are able to type something into a search engine and get results in three centiseconds. That’s three times faster than you can blink! This speed has driven the demand for immediacy: We live in a culture of now. “People must be engaged in a culture of continuous improvement,” states Ed Roubal, design engineering and tooling director for Graham Packaging Company. So where does this leave product development? As society grows accustomed to the rapid speed of new and improved…
  • Meet the “Strati”, the first #3DPrintedCar and proof point for the Digital Manufacturing Revolution

    knewbury
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Every now and then you get to witness a historic moment. Last week was one of those occasions for me when I was able to witness the official birth of the first 3D-printed car, the “Strati” at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). The Strati (or “layers” in Italian) is the result of a cooperation of Local Motors with the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and its Oak Ridge National Labs (ORNL), as well as Cincinnati Incorporated, and many other providers, including Siemens as a technology partner on the CAD side with Solid Edge. The Strati was designed by…
  • Meet New Engineer Orlando Velez and PACE Team 6’s Weave

    Dora Smith
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    As Team 6 presented their Personal Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) at the PACE Annual Forum, lead industrial designer Dominic Dowling called out team captain Orlando Velez. He noted how great it was to collaborate with Orlando as students and how he looked forward to working together at General Motors. Both students had internships and now job opportunities at GM. PACE Team 6 included students from University of Puerto Rico, SKKU, Iberoamericana of Mexico, Korea University, Monash University and the College of Creative Studies. Most PACE student engineers get experience with our NX and…
  • Meet University of São Paulo Future Engineers and PACE Team 2’s CubO

    Dora Smith
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Tatiana Theoto and Elcio Fiordelisio are future engineers at the University of São Paulo. They attended the PACE Annual Forum for the Personal Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) competition – and described their experience as “mind blowing”. Their school was part of PAMD Team 2 along with the Art Center College of Design, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Jilin University, Hochschule RheinMain and New Mexico State University. The team called its PAMD CubO and said it was designed “out of the box”. The device literally folded out of a box. One of the lessons learned Tatiana…
  • What about cost?

    John Whetstone
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    A few years ago, I wanted a new pair of snow skis to replace my antique boards from the ‘90’s. I researched skis on the internet so I could make a “smart” purchase decision. My criteria (in priority order) included the ability to rip groomers, float in powder, soak up bumps and look cool with my orange boots. After a few evenings of research and pleasant reverie about the upcoming winter, I identified four promising alternatives based on my criteria; Volkl Mantras, Salomon Sentinels, Line Prophets and Blizzard Bonafides. So far, so good with respect to the decision process – I…
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • Middle Market Manufacturing Companies Make a Comeback

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Changing economic tides, a shortage of sellers and trillions of investor dollars on the sidelines add up to big opportunities for manufacturing businesses in the middle market today.  “Offshoring,” or strategically locating plants…Read More
  • Analyze the Data You Collect

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:02 pm
    A new report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit shows that while most manufacturing firms have greatly increased the volume of data they collect from the shop floor over the past two years, many are struggling to get the…Read More
  • NGM Manufacturing

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    The need to quickly uncover and react to customer demand leaves manufacturers scrambling to protect intellectual property, define relationships via technology agreements and figure out Big Data. Next-generation manufacturing (NGM)…Read More
  • U.S. Manufacturing for Future Prosperity

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The manufacturing industry is growing, but there is still much work to be done. The sector comprises 12 percent of the overall economy, and greater investments in community colleges and trade schools are necessary.   Stronger STEM…Read More
  • Harnessing Technology & Data

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Technology is changing the way manufacturing businesses operate by enabling terrific improvements in efficiency, productivity and quality while continuously driving down costs, as well as material and energy consumption. Though most…Read More
 
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  • Q&A from Last Week's Leadership and Employee Engagement Webcast

    Greg Goodwin
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    On September 23, 2014 LNS Research and Chem.Info hosted a webcast entitled “Leadership and Employee Engagement to Drive Operational Excellence” sponsored by DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS). As is often the case with these types of events, the presenters were unable to answer all the questions posed before them in the available time allotted. In this post, we’ll address the top 10 questions we were asked. Follow @MrG00dwin First, a little background information for those who were unable to attend the live webcast. Supported by our research of industry best practices and data from our…
  • How EQMS Drives Revenue and Compliance Goals in Life Science SMBs

    Greg Goodwin
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    It’s the nature of a manufacturing business to have both competing and complementary goals and objectives. Financial and operational goals are sometimes seemingly at odds where time and resource investments should be made to best meet overall corporate initiatives. But sometimes, there exist opportunities for alignment and synergy as well. Follow @MrG00dwin    Such is the case with life sciences companies, particularly in small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) today. In an industry that is both highly competitive and highly burdened with governmental regulations, the goals of…
  • Sustainable Wings: Energy Reduction Takes to the Sky [ROUNDUP]

    Natalie Tarutis
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Though it's undoubtedly fun to geek out over some of the marvels of the technology that we discuss week-in and week-out, what's really most gratifying is seeing this potential applied to real-world situations that contribute to greater efficiency, less waste, and a net positive effect. In this week's roundup, we look at a few ways these innovations are manifesting in real-world applications, including a rare reason for justifying eating those french fries... Come Fry with Me: The Airline Turning Restaurant Grease into Aviation Fuel This article is hanging on the top of the list for most…
  • Rockwell Automation and Cisco Announce IoT-Related Skills Course

    Greg Goodwin
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Here at LNS Research, we talk a lot about some of the larger technology trends on the horizon of the industrial space today, the defining aspects of which are slowly driven into the software solutions, data collection capabilities, established programs and processes, and operational culture of manufacturing businesses—translating into overall progress. Follow @MrG00dwin As these mega-trends shape and evolve, they represent the frontier of what’s possible for manufacturers to achieve as they constantly strive toward heightened definitions of Operational Excellence. But not without growing…
  • Think Before You Act When Choosing RCM Metrics

    Dan Miklovic
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) has been defined in numerous ways over its evolution, from a statistics-based approach, to analyzing equipment failures, to the philosophical or stylistic broader definition more commonly accepted today which espouses a spectrum of styles from reactive maintenance to proactive maintenance with both calendar and condition-based preventative maintenance within those bounds. Follow @Dan_LNSResearch Since LNS Research is a firm believer in using data to improve the Operational Excellence of your manufacturing operations, it would seem logical we would tell…
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  • I.B.I.S., Inc.’s iSight 2014

    Shelby Barnes
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    I.B.I.S, Inc.’s annual client conference, iSight, was held at our corporate headquarters September 16-17.We experienced great turnout this year! We view this event as an important opportunity for us to engage with our clients, in a meaningful way, provide them with useful product information, tips, and tricks, and give them an opportunity to learn from each other, network, and share best practices. This year, we chose to do a two-day format in order to cover a broader range of topics and allow for deeper dives into the material. As with years past, I.B.I.S., Inc. MVPs and industry…
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    MetalMiner

  • Industrial Metals: The 3rd Quarter Review

    Raul de Frutos
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Commodities remain weak going into Q4 as the US Dollar gets stronger. Don't miss this Free Download of our Monthly MMI® Report, covering price trends in 10 metals markets. This environment is not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Agencies: India Will Become More Reliant on Imported Coal

    Sohrab Darabshaw
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    When the Supreme Court of India ruled earlier last week that almost all the coal blocks allotted for mining were illegal and had to be returned, the immediate reaction from Indian industry was that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Boehner: New Highway Bill Can Happen in the Next 2 Years

    Jeff Yoders
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Speaker of the US House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that a long-term solution for funding the nation's highway and other infrastructure projects, as well as tax reform, "are in the realm of doable,"... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • AGC’s Simonson: Construction ‘Strongest It’s Been in Quite A While’

    Jeff Yoders
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    Construction spending this year through July totaled $981 billion nationally, an 8.2% jump from the previous year. The US economy grew at a 4.6% annual pace in the second quarter, matching the best... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • NCARB Streamlines Its Architectural Internship Process

    Jeff Yoders
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) recently announced that it is making significant changes to its Intern Development Program (IDP). This is the first major overhaul of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Berkeley Sourcing Group » Blog

  • 3D Printer Headed To Space

    TONY KIM
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    By Tony Kim It took one team of entrepreneurs to ask one question: What do we need to live on the moon? The answer they came up with was a 3D printer that can work in space. 3D printing has brought so much attention to the hardware and software industry. Having mainly been used for prototyping in the previous years, now 3D printing has been used to create cars, clothes, shoes, tools, and basically everything that mind can think of. For Made In Space, the team that created the 3d printer for space, the printer would become the supply line for everything if we were to live in space Founded in…
  • Wearable Tech Gaining Stylistic Traction?

    Eli
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    By Eli Sinaiko Wearables: pieces of technology which balance form and function in one object. Wearable tech has often seemed like an intangible aspiration forever relegated to daydreams of a future which would never arrive. As many children who worshipped Star Wars growing up can relate, fantasy, adventures and wearable technology all go together nicely. Speaking from experience, who hasn’t ever wanted a lightsaber or a jetpack? Unfortunately for us Star Wars fans, these devices are probably unlikely to materialize in the near future. Wearable technology though, is on the rise. On…
  • Connecting Genders with a Simple Design

    TONY KIM
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    By Tony Kim Toy stores for the past decade have divided toys into two aisle: one for female and one for males. The segregation of toys have not made it only difficult for parents, but also, installed the idea of gender segregation early on within children’s lives. As girls all have their personal barbie dolls and males have their hotwheel cars, even without the children knowing, they are being separated, expected to have different roles, characteristics, and preferences. One entrepreneur and project designer named Dan Nguyen wanted to fix all this. He wanted to build a toy with a simple…
  • Untapped Novelty to be Found in Connected Toys

    Eli
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    By Eli Sinaiko This summer I took a two week trip to Italy. And I’m not writing that to instill jealousy. It was a great time and the relaxation was much appreciated. But while I was there, I noticed an interesting common of nearly every town and city I visited.They all had a square, often near the population center, where tourists and locals and people from all walks of life congregated. Whether they were making plans, on their way somewhere, or just hanging out and people-watching, the square was usually bustling. Many of the larger squares were inhabited by people (presumably…
  • Wearable Worlds and Its Impact

    TONY KIM
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    by Tony Kim Wearable World and Its Impact With movies such as Iron Man and Spy Kids, wearable technology has always been a part of a child’s fantasy. Being able to talk to your phone,  record with your glasses, and play virtual video games have been just a figment of our imagination back in the days, but now it has truly become reality. Wearable Worlds provides a place where all businesses working on wearable hardware technology can come share their inventions and create a place to foster the blend of technology. Goal and Purpose Wearable World’s primary goal according to their…
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    CircuitHub Blog

  • Defconbots Sponsorship

    Melissa
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    We recently sponsored Defconbots, an autonomous robots competition which is part of Defcon and took place in Las Vegas at the beginning of August. Defconbots had a five year hiatus, but is finally back. We were very excited when they asked us to become a sponsor of the event.  We helped to sponsor the competition by donating some CircuitHub shirts as well as a $250 credit towards manufacturing on CircuitHub.Prize Table with some CircuitHub shirtsDefconbots was started started in 2004 at DEFCON12. The goal of the competition has always been to design, build, and program an autonomous…
  • Project Spotlight: Wildlife Tracking Tags

    Melissa
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    We wanted to start highlighting some of the great projects that have been manufactured using CircuitHub. We're constantly impressed by the different projects people have been uploading onto CircuitHub whether it be for research, business or just hobby purposes and want to show off all the cool things that CircuitHub users are creating.A recent project that we manufactured were these lightweight low-cost wildlife tracking tags using integrated transceivers. The tags were designed by Sivan Toledo for use by the Minerva Center for Movement Ecology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a center…
  • From Import to Quote in Fewer Clicks

    Melissa
    4 Jun 2014 | 1:09 pm
    As an engineer your time should be spent on designing and perfecting your product, not sourcing parts. At CircuitHub our goal is to help you go from importing your PCB design to receiving a real quote and being able to place an order in as little time and as few clicks as possible. Here's some of the things we've been working on at CircuitHub to help you achieve this:Unit Price and Availability Now when you search for a part after expanding a BOM line, the unit price and how many units are available for that part will show up in the results. We'll also let you know if there is a minimum…
  • How to Deliver Your Kickstarter Hardware

    Melissa
    16 May 2014 | 3:18 am
    The fact that 55% of all Kickstarter campaigns in the hardware category since Kickstarter's inception in 2009 were launched in the past 12 months alone strongly suggests that many engineers are turning to crowdfunding as a way to fund and promote their hardware projects. As much as we love Kickstarter and the fantastic products it has brought us, we wanted to address some concerns specific to hardware campaigns. Kickstarter campaign managers need to already have a large amount money and interest in their product before the campaign begins to create the inertia needed to make it…
  • All About Through-hole Technology

    Melissa
    8 May 2014 | 3:26 am
    Although not as popular nowadays, through-hole components were dominant for decades. IBM pioneered the through-hole part along with printed circuits and the technology of how to put leaded components through the circuit. Before this everything was all wire wound.IBM worked with a company called Universal Instruments, a custom machine manufacturer. IBM noticed that the shoe stapler machine had the same folding mechanism necessary for installing through-hole components and asked Universal Instruments to apply those same principles of folding staples to folding leads into a board. This is how…
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    Chronicle

  • ETHICS — Corporate Citizenship and Responsibility

    Seth Rice
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    The New Corporate Citizen What it means to be a “good corporate citizen” has changed significantly over the past few decades. Corporate citizenship used to involve giving to local charities and volunteering in local communities. Both are still very important, but the meaning is much broader. As more consumers place value in supporting businesses that don’t simply do well, but ‘do good’, ethical business practices, philanthropy, diversity, volunteerism and environmental impact all have become fundamental pieces to the success of a company’s business plan. But for it to be…
  • Addressing the Skills Gap

    Fred Patterson
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Despite the exciting and innovative new technological advances that have revamped the manufacturing industry in recent years, there is still a major barrier threatening the industry’s growth — This barrier is the widening skills gap. With a generation of skilled workers retiring and new workers failing to engage in manufacturing careers, companies are having a difficult time finding qualified technical talent. Currently in the United States alone, there are more than half a million high-paying manufacturing jobs available. Close to 3 million Baby Boomers are expected to retire from…
  • Weekly Blog Journal – IMTS 2014

    Jennifer Altimore
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    Day 1 WOW!  What an unbelievable first day.  So this is my 4th IMTS, and every year I feel as if it gets bigger and better!  From 3D printing an actual car (yes, this is really happening), to the amazing story we have behind NOVOsphere and the NOVO Optimize solution, this is already proving to be the best IMTS I’ve attended to date. So, we want to keep all of our loyal blog readers up to date on some of the happenings at the show every day. I heard pieces of many conversations yesterday, and most of them were, of course, about NOVO. But not just NOVO, the digital data assistant. They…
  • Journey to IMTS: From an HR Professional’s Perspective

    Kristina Cope
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    I am super excited to be traveling to Chicago and IMTS for the first time! So much to see, so much to do… But as an HR Professional, you may ask how I should be spending my time at the Largest Manufacturing Technology Show in the US? Well, I see IMTS as an opportunity to network with the tremendous pool of talent out there! I look forward to meeting all of the Different Thinkers attending the show, and sharing with them what Kennametal is all about. I will certainly be making my presence at a few Keynotes being held within the Student Summit. And I will also be setting time…
  • Journey to IMTS: From An Intern’s Perspective

    Audra Joseph
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’ve always loved the hustle and bustle. There’s something about the excitement and uncertainty in the days leading up to a big event, or the final moments before deadline, that I’m drawn to. Maybe it’s that during this time, everyone involved is working harder than ever to deliver something each person can be proud of. A final product that will unquestionably leave a lasting impression on each person it will touch. As the Social Intern for the Marketing Technology Department at Kennametal, this is my first time experiencing the hustle and bustle of a global company. If…
 
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • National Composites Center Hosts Airbus Supplier Summit

    Paul Hirsh
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    The National Composites Center (NCC) in Dayton, Ohio hosted the 2014 Airbus Supplier Summit on September 15, 2014.  The summit was an opportunity for companies to learn why they fit in the Airbus supply-chain.  Andres Budo, Director of Procurement for Airbus Americas, told attendees that Airbus spent over $14 billion in the U.S. in 2013, with a goal to increase procurement exponentially by 2020. Currently, Airbus is working with over 400 suppliers in the United States. What does this mean for manufacturers and fabricators in the composites supply-chain? There could be business development…
  • Research Uncovers New Properties in Nanocomposite Oxide Ceramics

    Mary Beck
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    A Los Alamos National Laboratory research team has examined the interface between strontium titanium trioxide (SrTiO3) and magnesium oxide (MgO) using simulations that explicitly account for the position of each atom within the nanocomposite. Their research newly demonstrated a strong dependence on the placement of elements in nanocomposites that affect various properties of the material. Nanocomposite oxide ceramics have potential uses as ferroelectrics, fast ion conductors, nuclear fuels and for storing nuclear waste. These capabilities have generated significant interest in improving the…
  • Carbon Nano-Fiber Foams Won’t Disintegrate, Even Without Added Polymers

    Mary Beck
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    As part of a research initiative, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering associate professor Claudia C. Luhrs, with Department of Physics research professor Jonathan Phillips and a team of student researchers, recently designed carbon nano-fiber foams (CFF), materials with the potential for multiple military and civilian applications. The foams, formed solely of intertwined carbon fibers, are lightweight, temperature resistant and hydrophobic with the appearance and viscoelastic properties of a polymeric foam. Luhrs notes that other researchers have…
  • Fluorescent Dyes Highlight Hard-to-Detect Damages in Composites

    Mary Beck
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Dr. Jeffrey W. GilmanResearch Polymer Chemist, NIST While metal structures will show dents or dings after impact, a composite structure may show no visible signs of damage, despite containing mild breakage or cracks within. Current research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology is creating a process that uses fluorescence to detect both damage and water in composites, a first for composites. The first system utilizes Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET), a method frequently used in molecular biology research to probe the interaction between proteins and other biopolymers.
  • World’s First Recyclable Composite Fishing Rod Launched

    Mary Beck
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    The Guangwei Group and Adesso Advanced Materials have partnered to launch the world’s first recyclable composite fishing rod, made with Recycloset resin technology. Currently, recycling carbon fiber composite wastes involve pyrolysis of the resin and recovery of the carbon fiber, which is milled or chopped into fibers or pelletized. However, the resin component is lost during this process, and the resins can comprise 35 to 50 percent of the part. Additionally, there is currently limited utility and value in the recovered carbon, making recycling a cost to the industry. Adesso has developed…
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    Pelonis Technologies Blog

  • Common Signs of Wear to Check for in Preventive Maintenance

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Industrial heating and cooling systems can succumb to various issues during their life cycles. If any complications in your system are left unattended, it could result in higher utility costs, damaged parts and equipment, or exposure to hazardous air quality. In many cases, these issues can be avoided by utilizing preventive maintenance techniques.  To comply with industry standards, heating and cooling systems must undergo annual preventive maintenance; it is good practice to prepare for upcoming seasons, as different temperatures and moisture levels can adversely affect different…
  • Three Unexpected Types and Uses of Heating Systems

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    So, you think you know everything there is to know about heating systems? Not so fast. There are plenty of unexpected types and uses of heating systems. Here are some that you might not have thought of. 1. Heated Turf Several companies specialize in creating heating systems for outdoor sports fields, such as soccer pitches and football playing fields. Heating Solutions International (HSI), a partner of the European Turf Group, recently built four heated turf soccer pitches in Norway that radiate up to 300 kilowatts to enable play on fields that otherwise would be covered in frost or snow. In…
  • 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…
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    PennCoat Inc. Blog

  • PennCoat Installs Slip-Resistant Floors

    PennCoat, Inc.
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    Slip Resistant Floors Slippery floors are a constant problem in manufacturing work environments.  While a slip-resistant floor is safer for pedestrians and vehicles, especially in environments where liquids spill or accumulate, the downside is that highly slip-resistant floors are harder to clean. Scientists measure slipperiness with the coefficient of friction (COF), which is a scale ranging from 0.01 (the least friction) to 1.00 (or higher for rubber-coated floors). The ANSI minimum COF to be rated as “high slip resistance” is 0.43. Ramps are required to have a COF of 0.46.
  • PennCoat Installs Urethane Cement Floors

    PennCoat, Inc.
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Urethane Cement Urethane cement is a superior flooring top coat. It is stronger than epoxy, abrasion resistant, chemical resistant, and thermo-shock resistant. It is a preferred floor for pharmaceutical and food manufacturing facilities. Normally, urethane cement is applied over a concrete substrate, but it can also be applied to marine-grade plywood subflooring. Components The product is packaged in three pre-measured parts: a pail of resin, a pail of hardener and a bag of aggregate: Resin: The water-based resin is a blend of polyester-ether polyol and glycol ester, with coloring oxides and…
  • The Epic Showdown – Epoxy Coatings vs. Polyaspartic Coatings

    PennCoat, Inc.
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    Epoxy Coatings vs. Polyaspartic Coatings Ever since the construction of the first concrete floor, humanity has searched for a way to protect and beautify the surface. Epoxy coatings have been around for some time and have been popular protectors of concrete floors Fairly new to the party, polyurea polyaspartic coatings have quickly become the darlings of those who want a fast dry time. Let’s examine each of these contenders and see how they stack up against each other. Epoxy Coatings Epoxies are resin polymers composed of epoxide units, which are cyclic three-atom ether rings containing…
  • PennCoat – Hi-Temp Industrial Painting

    PennCoat, Inc.
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    High-Temperature Industrial Painting We sometimes take on jobs requiring us to apply coatings that can withstand extreme temperatures. One such product, Hi-Temp 1027, is a paint/primer that can resist dry temperatures up to 1,400° F and protect “cryogenic equipment in continuous or cyclic operation from minus 300° F to 1000° F.” The coating can also: Prevent corrosion when applied under insulation Prevent stress cracking from corrosion Adhere to rusted metals Act as a low-vapor, high-build primer Physical and Chemical Characteristics Hi-Temp 1027 is an inert multipolymeric…
  • PennCoat, Inc. – Industrial Painting with Elastomeric Paint

    PennCoat, Inc.
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Elastomeric Coatings We often need to protect steel from the elements and from temperature swings. Elastomeric coatings fit the bill quite nicely. The best brands, such as FX-501M from Fox Industries, are made from 100 percent acrylic polymer, which is a long chain of acrylate or methacrylate molecules. The polymer is waterbased and forms a tough, corrosion-protective film on metal. Other ingredients are added, such as diphenyl ketone (a UV-ray protectant) ethylene glycol (an anti-corrosive), and coloring agents. Elastomeric Properties Elastomeric coatings are flexible, so they are well…
 
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    Export Abroad Blog

  • Finding an Export Inspection Agency

    Austin
    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 ensure…
  • Nigeria Export Update

    Austin
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Africa’s now largest economy has challenges, both politically and financially, to continue their tremendous growth. In April of 2014, Nigeria officially became the largest economy in the continent but falls far below in GDP per capita compared with South Africa. Nigerian exports have historically focused on oil and natural gas while imports include machinery, heavy equipment and consumer goods. The improvement of telecom, banking, and the Nollywood film industry has all contributed to Nigeria becoming Africa’s largest economy. The nation continues to suffer from high unemployment…
  • Currency Devaluation

    Austin
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Currency, the lifeblood of business. If you are a company that deals solely with domestically sourced and produced products, you most likely don’t have to be worried about changes in the foreign currency (forex) market. If you are  looking to import or export internationally, keeping track of the global forex should be important as it affects the price of your commodities. Currency devaluation is something that is widely talked about, but often not quite completely understood. I notice many people I interact with in business asking, “Why would a country make their currency…
  • How to Find Your Harmonized Tariff Code

    Austin
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    This post is apart of a series that Export Abroad will be running a series covering some of the basics of exporting. The various terms, like HTC or FTA (Free Trade Agreement), can be difficult to decipher at the beginning of initial exploration. Let us take you through the first steps to get you started. In our previous post, we outlined what role the Harmonized Tariff Code plays when exporting. In this post we will be discussing what tools you can use to find the Harmonized Tariff Code for your products. Choosing the correct number is very important as it will be the number by which taxes…
  • Indonesia Export Update

    Ken San Juan
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:27 pm
    According to the BBC, Indonesia is currently Southeast Asia’s largest economy and a member of the G20 group of world’s richest nations. Indonesia is set to become the regions largest car market due to an expanding middle class who have high demands for inexpensive and fuel efficient automobiles. The demand for these “low-cost green cars” resulted in Indonesian auto sales to increase by 17.8% from the prior year.   Political uncertainty within Thailand has caused a fall in their economic outlook and has caused companies to look towards Indonesia. This move may result in Indonesia…
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