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  • Demand-Driven Matters

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    Galen Kistler
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Welcome to the Demand-Driven Matters blog. During our conversation in this space, I hope to bring you additional insights on demand-driven manufacturing and/or help in your quest to become a demand-driven, factory of the future. I call this blog a conversation for a reason—your input will enrich what we are trying to do here, which is provide ideas about how you can become more demand-driven, each and every day. When I first began instituting demand-driven practices in the late 90s, we were into creating pull, eliminating waste, and getting on a path of continuous improvement. Technology at…
  • Zen and the Art of Machine Maintenance

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    cbpower
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    A Zen Master's perspective that could benefit anyone, especially those who do maintenance and repair.
  • Industrial Cybersecurity Expert: Not Enough Is Being Done

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    bbergin
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
  • Obama Says Keystone Pipeline Supporters Exaggerate Its Benefits

    IndustryWeek
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:31 am
    The president said the pipeline would not necessarily reduce oil prices in the U.S. and that the country would benefit more from other infrastructure investments. read more
  • Obama Says Keystone Pipeline Supporters Exaggerate Its Benefits

    IndustryWeek
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:31 am
    The president said the pipeline would not necessarily reduce oil prices in the U.S. and that the country would benefit more from other infrastructure investments. read more
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  • Industrial Cybersecurity Expert: Not Enough Is Being Done

    bbergin
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
  • Year After WV River Spills, Execs Face Charges

    bbergin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak.He seemed to brush off cause for concern over the odor in January. It was the industry's busy season, after all, with chemical shipments coming and going.
  • Obama Declares 2014 'A Breakthrough Year For America'

    bbergin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been "a breakthrough year for America," putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress.
  • Obama: Keystone Offers Little Benefit To Consumers

    bbergin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    President Barack Obama downplayed the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. He said it would not lower gasoline prices and argued more jobs would be created by repairing America's infrastructure.He said the pipeline would mainly benefit Canadian oil companies that need to get Canadian oil to the Gulf of Mexico.He said the pipeline is "not even a nominal benefit for U.S. consumers."
  • Siena Poll Indicates NY Split On Fracking

    bbergin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
 
 
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  • 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
    (IndustrialPR.net) – 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 (http://www.VOB9009.com). 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 [...]
  • VOB 9009 Helps Veteran-Owned Businesses Prosper Through Quality Certification

    Editorial Team
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Company: ABAC News Location: New York, NY Published On: December 2, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Businesses owned by Veterans are gaining opportunities to grow and prosper by being recognized by the American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC™), one of the nation's leading accreditation boards. Today, ABAC™ introduced VOB 9009 (http://www.VOB9009.com), a quality certification program specifically [...]
 
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  • Industrial Cybersecurity Expert: Not Enough Is Being Done

    bbergin
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
  • Year After WV River Spills, Execs Face Charges

    bbergin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak.He seemed to brush off cause for concern over the odor in January. It was the industry's busy season, after all, with chemical shipments coming and going.
  • Obama Declares 2014 'A Breakthrough Year For America'

    bbergin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been "a breakthrough year for America," putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress.
  • Obama: Keystone Offers Little Benefit To Consumers

    bbergin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    President Barack Obama downplayed the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. He said it would not lower gasoline prices and argued more jobs would be created by repairing America's infrastructure.He said the pipeline would mainly benefit Canadian oil companies that need to get Canadian oil to the Gulf of Mexico.He said the pipeline is "not even a nominal benefit for U.S. consumers."
  • Siena Poll Indicates NY Split On Fracking

    bbergin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
 
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  • EPA Issues Final Rule on Coal Ash

    Chip Yost
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:59 pm
    On December 19, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule regulating Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR), better known as coal ash. In doing so the EPA complied with a January 29, 2014 court order tor release a final rule. While the NAM is pleased that the EPA, once again, made the determination that CCR should be treated as a non-hazardous material and regulated under subsection D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), manufacturers continue to have concerns about other parts of this rule that deal with disposal, impoundments and landfilling of coal ash and…
  • Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Picked Up Somewhat in December

    Chad Moutray
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity picked up somewhat in December. The composite index of general business conditions increased from 7 in November to 8 in December, accelerating for the second straight month. More importantly, the indices for new orders (up from 1 to 12) and shipments (up from 7 to 15) reflect some strengthening in demand and output after a weaker-than-desired October and November in the district. The pace of production and hiring reflected decent growth, with measures for both unchanged for the month. Another positive was the continuing…
  • Leading Economic Indicators Continue to Point to Upbeat Outlook Next Year

    Chad Moutray
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    The Conference Board said that the Leading Economic Index (LEI) rose 0.6 percent in November, extending the 0.6 percent increase in October. The LEI has grown 3.6 percent over the past six months, hopefully predicting healthy growth in the U.S. economy over the coming months. In November, strength in manufacturing new orders was one of the larger contributors to the LEI, adding 0.21 percentage points to the headline figure. Other positive elements included the average workweek for production workers, the stock market, consumer confidence, favorable credit conditions and the interest rate…
  • Philly Fed: Manufacturing Activity Remained Strong in December

    Chad Moutray
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said that manufacturing activity remained strong in December. While the composite index dropped from 40.8 in November to 24.5 in December, that figure continues to reflect healthy gains in demand and output. The November data points were outliers in terms of their strength, with December’s report reflecting figures that were closer to the average of the second half of 2014 (27.0). Manufacturers in the Philly Fed region have cited marked improvements since the first half, when the composite index contracted in February and averaged just 10.3 over the…
  • New York Ban on Natural Gas Development Tough to Swallow for Manufacturers

    Chip Yost
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shocked many (including us) when he announced a complete ban on natural gas exploration through hydraulic fracturing within New York’s borders. While authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing belongs to the state, it’s hard to understand today’s decision. Natural gas development is being done safely in states across the country and is one of the main drivers of our resurgent manufacturing sector. The federal government has conducted multiple studies and has concluded over and over that hydraulic fracturing presents little risk of…
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  • Happy Holidays from Mark Graban & LeanBlog.org

    Mark Graban
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    2014 has been a busy and exciting year. I’ve been very blessed. I’ve worked with great people and have learned so much. I have still barely scratched the surface in sharing stories from my recent trip to Japan. I’ve been on the road more than I would have wanted here in December, which has put me a bit behind in writing about the tour and other writing projects, but it’s great to be on site with hospitals helping get them started with Kaizen! After I fly back today from a hospital in Iowa, I’ll be taking a bit of a holiday break here at the blog. But, I’ll…
  • What Anthony Bourdain Says is Must See TV and it Could Apply to Kaizen

    Mark Graban
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today’s post is something I wrote for the KaiNexus blog that was posted yesterday: Anthony Bourdain on Continuous Improvement: Be “Less Awful Every Day” I loved this short clip of Bourdain being interviewed on the Charlie Rose program, talking about doing something new and trying to get better every day. That’s Kaizen. That’s what the process of creating a culture of continuous improvement is like… learn something new, get started, get better every day. This includes the practice of Kaizen — the behaviors  and habits of staff at all levels. For…
  • What’s Up With Neckties in Healthcare?

    Mark Graban
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s a simple question: what’s up with so many men wearing ties in healthcare? Are you / they wearing them because you like to, want to, or have to? When I worked at a video game and computer software store in high school, I had to wear a shirt and tie. This was the era of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, and Windows 3.0. I also sold the original Windows 286 and Windows 386 systems. I’m old. I’m not sure how wearing a tie helped us relate to our customers, but that was the professional image the store wanted to convey, I guess. I didn’t…
  • Video: The Culture is Staff Input; Info & Survey About a Class on Kaizen at Franciscan St. Francis Health

    Mark Graban
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here’s the latest in our series of videos about Kaizen and a culture of continuous improvement at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis. Scroll down in this post for a survey that Joe Swartz and I are doing about a workshop / class we are going to hold on site this spring in Indianapolis. The staff in different areas of the Franciscan system, and their leaders, are so inspiring. They’re creating a better workplace, improving care and service to patients, and everybody wins. Quality goes up, cost goes down. It comes down to leadership – setting a tone and helping…
  • Bringing Me Problems is OK, We’ll Find Solutions Together

    Mark Graban
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:42 am
    It’s a bit of a modern management cliché to say “Don’t bring problems! Bring me solutions!” I think what that means is “Don’t just complain! Think about improving things!” It’s good to think about improvement, but sometimes (if not often!) that improvement process starts by identifying problems. In a “Kaizen” process in a team, I encourage people to bring problems forward even if they do NOT have a solution or “countermeasure” in mind. When somebody points out a problem, that can prompt discussion or brainstorming (with…
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  • Reflecting on the Intentional Routine

    kmadmin
    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

    kmadmin
    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

    kmadmin
    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

    kmadmin
    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,…
  • Big Data, Small Data

    kmadmin
    16 May 2014 | 10:02 pm
    I’ve been following the panting exuberance of big data apostles for the past few years, rolling my eyes at most of it. Sure, it can be interesting, but maybe my age showing when I say “so what?” to most of it. What finally pushed me over the edge enough to comment on it was a tweet I saw from none other than our friends at SAP, saying (I’m paraphrasing) “you have lots of data, let SAP analyze it.” But of course. There’s gold in them there data… at least to SAP. Just because we have lots of data, does it mean it has to be analyzed? What is the question, what is the problem,…
 
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • Manufacturing Operations: Managing the Robots

    Gordon Benzie
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    Did you see the original “I, Robot” movie starring Will Smith? Made in 2004, it’s loosely based on the famous robot stories of Isaac Asimov. The premise is that while robots are ubiquitous, they’re not independent; rather, they’re all directed and controlled from a central master artificial intelligence. The movie was pure science fiction, but some of its ideas may be turning into reality in the world of manufacturing. That was Then For most of the history of factory automation, equipment control was handled in the machine layer at the local level. Each piece of equipment was…
  • Taking Lean to the Supply Chain

    Rick Gallisa
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Most large manufacturers today have established Lean or Six Sigma programs for their own operations. It’s practically a requirement to be competitive. But the line between a manufacturer’s “own” operations, and those of its partners, is getting fuzzier all the time. With today’s increasingly connected supply chains, demand-driven supply networks, and global operations, it only makes sense that big opportunities for performance improvement and cost reduction might be out there in the supply chain, just waiting to be discovered. The benefits of a Lean supply chain might be a good…
  • EQMS: Take it Up Another Notch

    Leon Erlanger
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    In my previous blog post, A Compelling Case for EQMS, I discussed the shift of the EQMS (Enterprise Quality Management Software) business case from streamlining and slashing the costs of quality control processes to preventing expensive and embarrassing quality failures. According to an LNS Research report, the cost of quality failures increases exponentially as detection occurs closer in the process to the end user. In a world of complex global supply chains, tracking a quality failure to its source can be a lengthy, expensive, resource intensive undertaking. Three emerging technology trends…
  • Use a “Digital Twin” to Ensure Products are Built to Design

    Dr. Michael Grieves
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    I recently published a white paper that takes a closer look at the concept of a “Digital Twin,” and how it can be used to help close the loop between production and design. What follows is a brief extract from the paper. Those interested in reading the full paper can do so here. Much has been written about the process of transferring the digital rendered designs to the shop floor so the right product is built. The challenge is that quite often what was designed isn’t actually built. Inevitably, issues occur whereby equipment doesn’t perform as planned, incorrect work instructions are…
  • Wearable Technology is a Natural Fit in Manufacturing

    Michal Piatkowski
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    Photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc Sometimes I think the manufacturing revolution taking place today, driven by information technology, has barely started. What if we’re only just beginning to see what the factory of the future will look like? I use the word “see” literally, because technology like Google Glass is bound to seep into manufacturing sooner or later – probably sooner. Consider how companies are already using this technology outside of manufacturing. For example, Virgin Atlantic has instituted an innovative customer service program at London’s Heathrow Airport,…
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  • Weekly Must-Reads: Top Field Service Complaint? Low First-Time Fix Rates

    Derek Korte
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week’s top stories from the field. Inept Service (Still) Surest Way to Anger Customers “Average first-time fixes have stayed constant over the previous 12 months of our research. Last year, our research showed first-time fix rates in the mid 70s, and that holds true for this year’s audience. What has changed is the number of service issues resolved without dispatch, either via remote resolutions or through self-service channels. Therefore, customers are seeing better overall resolution rates without onsite technicians. When technicians are dispatched, first-time fix…
  • Resolve to Find the Path Toward Successful Service Transformation

    Field Service News
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following article from Field Service News editor Kris Oldland originally appeared on Field Service News and is republished here with permission. You may or may not have spotted it, but in my series of features for Field Service News I have been writing a series of articles that describe and outline a framework of the critical attributes and understanding required to deliver a successful service business. Why? Most managers find it hard to know where to start, because service transformation involves every single aspect of a business. It’s a complex process, with many possible…
  • Home Foreclosures Employ a Slew of Service Technicians

    Maeghan Ouimet
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    When the market went bust beginning in 2007, many people lost it all — including their homes. The number of home foreclosures now owned by banks following the recession has been staggering (around 4.4 million completed foreclosures by 2013). One largely unforeseen consequence is that these homes require ongoing maintenance to keep sidewalks cleared, lawns mowed and roofs shingled — jobs performed by field service technicians.  According to real estate information company RealtyTrac, more than 1 million U.S. homes are currently in the process of foreclosure. It takes an army to maintain…
  • Winter Storms Are No Match for New Utility Microgrid

    Marguerite McNeal
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    For the Village of Potsdam, NY, power outages from ice storms are the norm. In the town of about 20,000 near the Canadian border, winter weather regularly damages utility lines and other above-ground power infrastructure. That’s why GE has teamed up with the National Grid, the Department of Energy (DoE) and Clarkson University to develop an Enhanced Microgrid Control System (eMCS). The underground system will bring power sources online so they can be managed more effectively. The project aims to keep the town’s electricity system functioning for days if it’s disconnected…
  • Weekly Must-Reads: UPS, FedEx Hit the Holiday Delivery Mark

    Derek Korte
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The top stories from the field this week. Holiday Season’s Biggest Service Challenge? Gift Delivery “FedEx notched a 91 percent on-time delivery rate, compared to 83 percent in the same week last year. UPS achieved a 95 percent on-time rate, compared to 89 percent last year. … The improvement comes as both carriers stepped up their efforts this year to avoid a repeat of last year’s debacle.  FedEx hired 50,000 seasonal workers this year, an increase over the 40,000 it hired last year.  UPS has said it plans to bring on up to 95,000 temporary workers,…
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  • Why your techs are your best lead generators

    Mike Moore
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    So it’s the end of the year, and you’re looking at your numbers and asking yourself, “How could I have made more sales this year?”  The answer is simple—train your technicians to become the best non-sales salespeople in the industry. Consider these two scenarios: Your tech is in the home of a customer whose older system has started to present some hot and cold spots throughout the home. The tech makes the repair, schedules a follow-up call to ensure the customer is seeing positive results, and the call is finished. Your tech is in the home of a customer whose older system has…
  • How do you know you lost a customer?

    Mike Moore
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If there’s one thing we know about the modern customer, it’s that they make their primary buying decisions based on word-of-mouth referrals. So when it comes to good and bad customer experiences alike, your chances of the story spreading throughout the customer’s community, PTA group, or social media networks is pretty high — which means if you’ve lost one customer, you’ve probably just lost a lot more. So how do you know you’ve lost a customer? And how do you prevent it from happening? Cover your bases with these four tips: Follow up. Follow up. Follow up. Calling your…
  • The importance of tracking leads

    Mike Moore
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    What does one lost lead cost you? How many leads fell through the cracks in the last fiscal year? What was the average return on a sales lead last month? Which comfort advisor handled the most leads last quarter? How many of these questions do you have an answer for? The answers to these questions are the lifeline of your business and boil down to one important practice — tracking leads. But why is it important to track your leads, and what does that information mean to your business? Tracking leads helps you… Analyze your goals — What gets measured gets results. When you track your…
  • Selling to women: what you need to know

    Mike Moore
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Matt Plughoff When it comes to sales, it’s imperative to know how to address each and every customer in any situation that may be on the other side of the door. For example, selling to a 30-something bachelor is very different than selling to a stay-at-home mom. As an instructor of HVAC sales courses, I often get asked for tips on selling to women, since they are the primary decision-makers of the household. So I’ve outlined a few basic sales etiquette techniques that can be used in many field situations, from sales to service. 1.  Assume nothing.  Always avoid gender stereotypes.
  • Keep an open mind to hire the right team

    Mike Moore
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Old habits die hard. So when it comes to hiring, it’s normal to have specific set of criteria that you generally look for. You might think that this will allow you to hire the best technicians and the most well-rounded team, but beware personal biases that could cause you to pass up the best candidates. Here are three common misconceptions about hiring: Hiring only leaders: Leaders in your company should take initiative and be proactive, but those are not the only people you should consider for open positions. Every company needs a good balance, but it’s important to avoid the old adage…
 
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  • Derby the Dog Runs for the First Time With 3D Printed Prosthetics

    Bob Warfield
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The Holiday Season is all about miracles, so I wanted to run at least one story about a miracle CNCCookbook readers might appreciate.  With the help of 3D Systems personnel and 3D Printer, Derby the Dog has new prosthetics that let him run for the first time. Derby was born with deformed front legs.  He had been able to get around a bit with a special cart, but it wasn’t quite the same as running.  Much to everyone’s amazement, he took off running almost as soon as he tried the prosthetics and has been enjoying them ever since. There’ve been many stories about the medical…
  • 10 Features Pros Have that Hobby CNC Controllers Dont

    Bob Warfield
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    Hobby CNC Controllers have gotten to where they’re quite powerful.  I recently saw an article on a single chip CNC controller–no need for a PC, just add a few outboard parts and it drives the stepper motors, provides an LCD screen UI, and quite a lot more.  Amazing stuff, and it’s only going to keep getting better over time.  Despite their newfound power, there are a number of features that Pro CNC Controls have that most Hobby CNC Controllers do not.  Here are 10 of them: 1. Better Macros and Subprograms: Fanuc Macro B vs Mach3 vs LinuxCNC This is one of the biggest…
  • 10 Tool Gift Ideas for Machinists

    Bob Warfield
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    What to get the machinist on your list for the Holiday Season?  How to help your loved ones get you the right gift if you’re a machinist? This used to be hard because gifts could be so specialized and hard to find.  In the past I’ve just simply asked that if an item like that appeared on my list, the best thing was to provide a card with a coupon authorizing me to just make the purchase myself.  Things are different now though because of the Internet, which has changed so many things.  You can provide links that make it easy to purchase almost anything, even if the buyer…
  • Thanks for Participating!

    Bob Warfield
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    We’re getting great response on our Machinist’s Book Giveaway and on our 2014 Holiday Sale.  Thanks everyone for all your help! If you haven’t taken advantage of either one yet, click the links, see what it’s all about, and join in.  We don’t want anyone to miss out. (Careful Santa, that outfit doesn’t look safe around rotating machinery!)…
  • We Sure Could Use More Twitter Followers!

    Bob Warfield
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Twitter can be a very effective medium for discovering new stories that you’d like to follow.  We Tweet every new article we publish here to Twitter for example.  Recently, we’ve become tapped out on following more folks on Twitter.  It seems they limit you after you get to 2000 followers so you can’t follow anyone else until you get to more followers. This is a limitation we’d like to overcome–the more we can follow, the more opportunity we have to discover new stories.  While we can unfollow some individuals to make room for new ones, we really hate to do…
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    L&S Electric

  • How Encoders Work With Electric Motors

    David Manney
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Encoders are electro-mechanical devices, which function by providing an electrical signal for position or speed control. In addition, encoders are digital, which makes them ideal for a wide range of applications. While there are some limitations involved … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • The Importance of Predictive Maintenance During Winter

    David Manney
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    In any company, it is important to protect your investment by ensuring smooth business operations that results to higher productivity. Therefore, there should be certain procedures set in place to prevent failure and negative impact on your business. This is precisely the reason to implement predictive maintenance. Predictive Maintenance Overview
  • The Rise of VFDs in Mining

    David Manney
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    A variable frequency drive (VFD) is a motor controller that functions by driving electric motors through certain voltage and frequency. Primarily, the frequency has a direct link to the RPM or speed of the motor. When the rate of … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Washdown Motors in Food Processing Environments

    David Manney
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    Throughout the years, the food industry has experienced several equipment downtime issues due to traditional high-pressure type of liquid cleaning. Maintenance staff did all that is possible to prevent condensation and water from the … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • High-Voltage Testing Series: Part 4, Tip Up Testing

    David Manney
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    The last in our series of four methods of high-voltage testing: Tip Up Testing. Use of diagnostic testing for high-voltage generator equipment is standard in many industries. These tests are used to … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
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  • Zen and the Art of Machine Maintenance

    cbpower
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    A Zen Master's perspective that could benefit anyone, especially those who do maintenance and repair.
  • Create and Sell a Product Fast

    cbpower
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:47 pm
    A lesson on how to predict a trend and capitalise on it, without spending a lot of time or money.
  • “Made in the USA” makes a Comeback

    cbpower
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Chris Anderson says there will be a resurgence in American Manufacturing, not by big firms but by garage tickerers and DIY enthusiasts.
  • Cash In at Your Next Trade Show

    cbpower
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Make your next trade show appearance count by planning ahead. Here are some suggestions on how to do it. Read on.
  • Choosing a Contractor

    cbpower
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:51 pm
    It's important to choose a skilled team of experts for your customised processes. Find out why...
 
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • 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…
  • Managing design resources to meet customer needs

    David Chadwick
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:42 am
    Managing design resources to meet customer’s demands for new products and design changes is a significant challenge faced by all design managers. We recently ran a survey of 150 engineers and engineering managers at smaller manufacturing companies where all of the respondents had responsibility for CAD software. We wanted to understand the pressures they faced and the role of CAD software availability and performance in meeting these pressures. We first asked them an inward looking question – what was most difficult for their design teams to plan for? The response was that project…
  • What Can Better PLM Do For You?

    Amy Allen
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    “I want it, and I want it now!” You may have heard these words come out of your child’s mouth at one point or another, or perhaps your inner child has stamped its foot while snarling this phrase. Whatever the case may be, the fact remains that we live in a culture of now. The ever increasing speed at which technology improves and changes has conditioned society to want new and improved products sooner. While we may not always express our wants in such a straightforward and demanding way, the expectation is there. “The development lifecycle at Nissan is being shortened all the time,”…
  • Epic Student Challenges

    Dora Smith
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Last week – thanks to our friends at Principia College – I took my son to hear Apollo 13’s Captain James Lovell, Fred Haise and Mission Flight Control Director Gene Kranz. It was amazing to hear these three legends. They shared more than the epic challenges they faced during Apollo 13. They gave their histories and with them the beginning of NASA, and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Gene noted that the computers during the Apollo missions had 1/10th a megabyte of memory capacity. He said their communications during the Mercury missions were more like the Pony Express. They…
  • Smart Decisions – Guaranteed!

    John Whetstone
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    As 2014 comes to a close, take a moment to reflect on all the decisions you’ve made this year. The vast majority of them are small but some are undoubtedly “bigger” and more impactful. For example, maybe you decided to change jobs or buy a new car or perhaps you took on a new assignment at work or decided to invest in a particular stock. Try to isolate one impactful decision in particular. As soon as you have one in mind; ask yourself “was this a smart (good) decision?” If you answered “yes,” my hunch is that it is a decision that resulted in a favorable outcome… and if you…
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • Planning & Forecasting

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    Dynamic planning and forecasting are vital analytical techniques that can help organizations keep pace with changing economic conditions. Using only an annual budget, set in stone before the fiscal year begins, to measure economic…Read More
  • CPE/CLE Class on Compensation and Employment Tax Issues

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    Rick Lahr, CPA recently held a CPE/CLE class for attorneys and CPAs on compensation and employment tax issues for lawyers and CPAs in Dallas.  The class focused the tax implications of classifying workers as independent contractors…Read More
  • Green Manufacturing Facilities to Gain Millennial Attention

    10 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    While millennials may not be environmentalists per se, they are definitely raising their environmental standards.   A report by Walden University found that 81 percent of adults worldwide prefer to purchase products or services from…Read More
  • Manufacturing Transformations

    2 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    The advent of intelligent sensors and wireless technologies has paved the way for the Internet of Things (IoT) to gain wide recognition.  Integration and storage tools are essential to aggregate, analyze, integrate and store diverse…Read More
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells in Manufacturing & Distribution

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Hydrogen fuel cell development has generated significant attention within the renewable energy and sustainability discussion. There is huge potential for the automobile industry.  As major auto manufacturers commit to hydrogen fuel…Read More
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    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 each drum kit, VK Drums required a laser cutting service which provided the highest level of finish and cut quality, befitting of their reputation, a service for which Charles Day was more than happy to provide. Staying true to their heritage, VK Drums…
  • 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. Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, with the old crosier left and new crosier right. Not only will the new crosier be able to be used in ceremonies in other parishes, but the piece jointly celebrates the centenary of Harry Brearley’s discovery of stainless steel in 2013 and the centenary of the Sheffield…
  • 100 Year Stainless: Stainless Steel Cascade

    Peter Sanderson
    29 Jul 2013 | 5:28 am
    Sample of parts cut for stainless steel cascade 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 piece to the Sheffield Children’s Festival but also incorporates the 100 year stainless steel celebrations. It not only is a great piece of art but also gave the children involved in making it an exciting experience of…
  • 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. Stuart came to Charles Day (Steels) to get his knife blanks laser cut, after which he crafted them into works of art. 100 Year Knives Stuart used Outokumpu grade SF100 (a Sheffield steel grade normally used by Gillette and Wilkinson Sword in their razor blades).
  • 100 Years of Sheffield Stainless Steel

    Peter Sanderson
    25 Jul 2013 | 4:45 am
    (Above: Faunagraphic’s portrait of stainless steel inventor Harry Brearley, at the side of the Howard Hotel, Sheffield.) Stainless Steel Centenary This year marks the centenary of Harry Brearley’s discovery of stainless steel in Sheffield. 100 years after its discovery Sheffield still plays an important role in its use and production. We at Charles Day (Steels) are happy to have Sheffield as our base. From our work profiling and cutting stainless steel for companies throughout the UK we get to see not only what a vast range of applications stainless steel has but also the many…
 
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    blog.lnsresearch.com

  • 3 Environment, Health, and Safety Predictions for 2015

    Paul Leavoy
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    This year displayed some notable movements across the environment, health and safety (EHS) landscape. For one, vendors in the EHS software space began to align offerings to map to new realizations, such as the fact that EHS and risk management are increasingly intertwined, just as market-leading manufacturers are realizing they need solutions that tie risk into EHS performance and product stewardship at large. Follow @PaulLeavoy Mobility gained traction in the EHS realm, moving from a nice-to-have to a must-have feature among EHS software solutions. And vendors have responded accordingly,…
  • 3 Must-Answer Questions from Last Week's A&D Digital Thread Webcast

    Matthew Littlefield
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    On December 11, LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled: "Weaving the Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing: Strategies for Connecting to the Customer Experience." Throughout the course of the event, we had a number of questions from attendees. As is typically the case, though, we were unable to get to all of them. In this post, we'll reexamine these questions and provide answers to a few that went unaddressed. Follow @m_littlefield For those who were unable to attend the webcast live, the event featured two other panel speakers and was a discussion…
  • 3 Industrial Energy Management Predictions for 2015

    Dan Miklovic
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Industrial Energy Management (IEM) will remain a challenge for many organizations in the coming year. Energy cost volatility will be driven by increases in U.S. petroleum and natural gas production, which will put downward pressure on the market, and continued global political turmoil, which will drive the market the opposite way. Follow @Dan_LNSResearch Factor in increased regulatory impacts and political uncertainty in Washington D.C., and the economics behind IEM make deciding which strategies and approaches to take will prove difficult for most organizations. While we can’t predict what…
  • 2015: Will It Be The Year of Risk for EQMS?

    Rob Harrison
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    Many topics in 2014 have wrestled for the attention of quality management executives. These range from understanding and planning for the potential quality intelligence yield of smart connected products to the maturation of cloud-based enterprise quality management software (EQMS). Follow @RobH_LNS In between the high-level considerations exist core concerns around impending updates and changes to quality standards, supplier quality management challenges, and many quality-driven operational excellence initiatives. There’s always a risk that not tracking the spectrum of topics will leave an…
  • 3 Asset Performance Management Predictions for 2015

    Dan Miklovic
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    With the introduction of LNS Research’s Asset Performance Management (APM) Research Library in January of 2015, now is the time to look forward and provide some guidance as to what we expect to see in 2015 as the top trends that will impact APM. Since the APM coverage is just launching, there were no APM predictions in 2014 and we are starting with a clean sheet. Follow @Dan_LNSResearch In essence this post will give you a sneak peek at the APM topics that will dominate our research next year. 1: APM Will Be a Poster Child for the Big Three Tech Issues The big three technology trends in…
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    I.B.I.S., Inc.

  • Dynamics GP Window Command Display

    Amy Walsh
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    My Dynamics GP window toolbar…looks different from yours??? The window toolbar display topic has surfaced a few times recently and I thought what better way to address it than in a blog post.  Truth is…it is just one of the many customizable flavors of Dynamics GP. This is one of the reasons I love Dynamics GP. As a user I can change many aspect of how I look at data and how the windows look to my user. The “Window Command Display” actually has 3 options to choose from the “Action Pane” “Action Pane Strip” and the “Menu Bar.” If you go to the User Preference window you,…
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    MetalMiner

  • NORAD: Engine Running, Santa’s Loading His Sleigh

    Stuart Burns
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Taking time off from detecting missile and air attacks to our continent, the men and women of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) undertake the much more serious and, for many, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Bear and the Tiger: Russia Wants to Build 12 Nuclear Reactors for India

    Sohrab Darabshaw
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The initial euphoria over Russia agreeing to build at least 12 nuclear reactors in India by 2035 has died down as sector experts get around to analyzing the Russian move vis-à-vis India's ongoing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Copper Prices Stunted by Flat Chinese Construction Demand

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    Copper prices fell, heading for the first weekly drop this month, as demand concerns mounted amid further signs of slowing economic growth in China, the world’s biggest metals user. FREE Download:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Aleris Int’l Sells its Aluminum Extrusion Business to Japan’s Sankyo Tateyama

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    Aleris International Inc. of Beachwood, Ohio, plans to sell its aluminum extrusions business to Sankyo Tateyama Inc. in Japan. FREE Download: The Monthly MMI® Report – covering the Aluminum... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Automotive MMI®: Treasury Officially Ends Auto Bailout, Sells Ally Financial Shares

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Obama administration is ending its controversial auto-industry bailout, which saved more than a million jobs but cost taxpayers billions of dollars in losses. See why our Auto MMI® is a leading... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Berkeley Sourcing Group » Blog

  • [Face of the Entrepreneur] Lei and Tyler from Tappur

    TONY KIM
    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: http://www.tappur.co/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drumpants Twitter: https://twitter.com/drumpants  
  • Company Name Change: Tappur

    TONY KIM
    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…
  • Tappur: DrumPants – An Entire Band in your Pocket Kickstarter

    TONY KIM
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    By Tony Kim Kickstarter has been a great location for venture capitalist as well as common customers to find out what the next big thing really is. For those of you who don’t know what Kickstarter is, Kickstarter is a global crowdfunding platform that works to bring creative projects into real life. Kickstarter provides companies a great way to appealing to the crowd while allowing the companies to make some money while at it. Over 7.3 million people have donated to certain projects collecting over $1 billion dollars for different projects. Drumpants, a product owned and created by…
  • A Wearable Future

    Eli
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    By Eli Sinaiko In recent years, the concept of wearable technology has primarily been applied to fitness. I mean, who wouldn’t want a pair of compression shorts that monitor your blood pressure and heart rate? Or a pair of socks that track how far you’ve run? Radiate Athletics recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund a line of shirts that change color as you work certain muscle groups and burn calories. The ability to fuse fashion with technology has never been greater. Nor has the earning potential; especially with sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo paving the way for…
  • Astro Studios Work

    TONY KIM
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    By Tony Kim Here at Berkeley Sourcing Group, we are dedicated in helping the hardware revolution take place. One place that has really supported entrepreneurs and other companies to achieve success in this market has been Astro Studios. Astro Studios has made a huge name for themselves through famous works such designing the Xbox 360+ console, development of the Nike+ Fuelband, Alienware Computers, and much more. Now Astro Studios is a prime supporter and resource and supports many companies succeed with their products. Astro Studios have knowledge in various applications of business that…
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    CircuitHub Blog

  • Project Spotlight: AWK-105 Analog Voltmeter Clock

    Melissa Hough
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    One of our favorite things is seeing the transformation of our customer's designs to a finished product.  Sam aka "THE Awkward Engineer" prototyped some boards through CircuitHub for his recently launched Kickstarter campaign. The Model AWK-105 Analog Voltmeter Clock is his take on what a desk clock would be in a world that isn't overrun by flashing LCD screens.The clock features:Dual analog meters - one "meter" for hours and another for minutes.Powder coated sheet metal construction.Highly tactile knob selector switches to set and adjust the time.Contrasting mix of analog and…
  • Visualize Your PCBs to Avoid Defects

    Melissa Hough
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    We are very excited about the launch of our new PCB viewer which will help you spot mistakes in your design so you can place your order defect free.The new viewer allows you to inspect the top and bottom views and gives you an overview of all of the layers that we have exported from your design. You will see exactly how your PCB will be manufactured.You can also easily modify board specs including board thickness, copper thickness, and soldermask color directly in the interface. 
  • Reduce Cost by Using HubStock Parts

    Melissa Hough
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Choosing which components to use in your design plays a big role in DFM. In order to make this easier for you we're introducing HubStock.With HubStock we aim to stock the most popular parts in the community. By doing so we can provide lower prices, cheaper assembly, and faster delivery.           While you are reconciling your BOM keep a lookout for parts with the "HubStock" sign. We recommend that you use these parts since we likely already have them in stock.        
  • Fork Button: Quickly design custom hardware

    Melissa Hough
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    We're very excited to announce a feature that we've had in the works for a while now: forking projects on CircuitHub.With the fork button you can easily use an existing project as a starting point for your own design. Explore our community of open source hardware to find a starting point for your design. By sharing design content and supply chain we can all design and manufacture better hardware, cheaper and faster.Check out some of our favorites from the community:     
  • BeagleBone GamingCape Group Buy

    Melissa Hough
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    We're very excited to be collaborating with BeagleBoard.org for a group buy of assembled GamingCapes.The BeagleBone GamingCape transforms your BeagleBone into a full fledged hand-held gaming console capable of playing all the classics such as NES, Gameboy, Sega GameGear, and even Doom. Basically the GamingCape enables you to bring all of your favorite childhood games back to life. Pretty sweet if you ask us!  The Gaming Cape was designed by Max Thrun as part of the TI 2013 Intern Challenge. You can learn more about the GamingCape on his blog. You could also quickly design and…
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    Chronicle

  • Women in Manufacturing: Colleen Cordova

    Colleen Cordova
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    From Chem Lab to Corporate Office: One Woman’s Journey Through Her Manufacturing Career Young women make up over 50% of the workforce in the USA, but only 23% of the manufacturing workforce. With the widening skills gap between retiring employees and newcomers in manufacturing, more women need to be inspired to take advantage of the growing opportunities in our world’s manufacturing industries. My road to success has not always been easy. But I’ve been presented many great opportunities since I stepped through the doors of manufacturing. Some of the things I’ve learned:…
  • Fracking Part II: Current Technologies and Precautions

    Jay Winter
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    Fracking Approaches – Getting the Good Stuff Out It wasn’t that long ago that oil and gas companies had to drill vertical wells to access energy-rich deposits of hydrocarbons. Some sites required multiple wells to be drilled to reach the hydrocarbons. Today’s methods of hydraulic fracturing are different, and more efficient, because of advancements in directional drilling and horizontal drilling technologies. Modern-day Advancements* Include: There’s more flexibility near the drill bit. Downhole steerable mud motors enable the well to be drilled in any direction if there’s enough…
  • Super-Speedy Separation – How Mechanical Cyclones Work

    Mike Padgett
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Pop quiz: Name one consumer product that uses a mechanical cyclone. Unless you haven’t seen the TV commercials for the last 20 years, there is a good chance you guessed the Dyson vacuum. James Dyson, a British industrial designer with a penchant for improving everyday products, invented the much-hyped, pricey home appliance about 30 years ago. Dyson decided that the best way to deal with the pain of vacuum cleaners that didn’t suck up debris, was to build one with cyclonic action. The result? A premium-priced, cyclone-based vacuum that delivered consistent performance, even in…
  • The Internet of Things Means the Integration of Everything

    Adam South
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    We live in a world where our lives seem to revolve around the Internet. We can connect from nearly anywhere, depending on our device and Internet availability. And so many things are connected to the Internet, from health insurance systems, to academic records, to home security systems. Connecting things – objects (like automobile sensors), people (like those with heart monitor implants), and animals (like microchips in house pets) – through sensors is how the Internet of Things (IoT) was created. The IoT is revolutionizing the way we live and do business. These things each have…
  • Women in Manufacturing: Helen Patricia

    Helen Patricia
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    I have been in the manufacturing environment to some extent throughout my 30-year career. Thinking back on what inspired me to go in that direction, or what hesitations I might have had at the time, has required some retrospection. When I was growing up, my father was a quality manager in manufacturing. I had the opportunity to work at his company in the summers during college. My perceptions weren’t all favorable, but I did feel it was a place where people were proud of what they were doing and were working together to make a product that was an important contribution to our society. We…
 
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • New 3-D Printing Filament is 1,000 Times More Conductive Than Other Filaments

    Mary Beck
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    A new 3-D printing filament called F-Electric enables 3-D printing with electric or mechanical capabilities. The conductive filament is approximately 1000 times more conductive than anything available today and was used to 3-D print a first-of-its-kind keychain LED flashlight. “There are all sorts of world-first opportunities right now in 3-D printing,” says Mike Toutonghi, the founder of Functionalize Inc. It began when Toutonghi helped his son build an electromagnetic rocket for a school science project and 3-D printed some of the components. When they got to soldering, progress was…
  • Life Cycle Assessment of Composite Planes Reveals Long-Term Emissions Savings

    Mary Beck
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    The Universities of Sheffield, Cambridge and University College London are the first to carry out a comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) of a composite plane, such as the Boeing Dreamliner 787 or Airbus 350, and extrapolate the results to the global fleet. The LCA results show that a global fleet of composite planes could reduce carbon emissions by up to 15 percent, but lighter planes alone will not enable the aviation industry to meet its emissions targets. The LCA covers manufacturing, use and disposal using publicly available information on the Boeing Dreamliner 787 fuselage and from…
  • A ‘Virtual Lab’ Tests Clay-Polymer Composite Properties

    Mary Beck
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    Scientists in London have constructed a computer model that predicts the useful, physical properties of clay composites from their atomic makeup. Clay-polymer composites can be very strong, stiff and light, making them useful in components for cars and airplanes, but they are usually developed by a costly process of trial and error. The researchers say their “virtual lab” system could help take the guesswork out of making such new materials. “Some of the most obvious things about the world around us are harder to extract than you’d think – even though we’ve…
  • These Auto Seats Efficiently Use Carbon Fiber For High Safety and Low Weight

    Mary Beck
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    A research project at Johnson Controls could bring automotive seats built from plastics that are 40 percent lighter than conventionally manufactured metal-intensive seat structures to market within four years. While the seats are much lighter, they are reportedly equally as safe. The Johnson Controls project, dubbed the CAMISMA (carbon-amide-metal-based interior structure using a multi-material system approach) research project, targets reduction in the use of metals in vehicle seat structures by replacing them with a multi-material system. Specifically, future generation seats will employ…
  • A Look At What’s Ahead

    Mary Beck
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:14 pm
    John Busel VP, Composites Growth Initiative, ACMA The composites industry has been on a major upswing throughout 2014. While the industry still faces its challenges, it’s important to reflect on the progress made in the past year and how far the industry has come. What new markets have been tapped into? Where have we still not used composites to their full potential? This can help provide a guide for where we’re heading next. John Busel, ACMA’s Vice President, Composites Growth Initiative, gave Composites Manufacturing Interviews his reflections on 2014 and his predictions for what’s…
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    Pelonis Technologies Blog

  • 5 Factors to Consider When Matching Heating and Cooling Systems

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    If you’re faced with designing a system that requires both heating and cooling capabilities, here are five factors to consider that will enhance the efficiency of your system and create a longer, more reliable service life. 1. The Operating Environment This is an obvious design factor, but one which still requires a comprehensive understanding to properly accommodate for the diverse conditions your system will face. This information is the base line for the entire system, so having accurate information is critical; you should know the actual operating temperatures plus any temperature…
  • Six Benefits of Centrifugal Fans

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Centrifugal fans are popular choices for today’s modernized air handling applications. Due to their simple design, centrifugal fans are manufactured easily and quickly, which can save a lot on production costs. The design of these fans also provides exceptional aerodynamic properties, allowing for improved airflow in vehicles and HVAC systems. Different centrifugal fans offer specific merits, but collectively, these fans will be more beneficial to various project needs as opposed to axial fans. Here are six benefits offered by centrifugal fans that just might convince you to switch over.
  • Modern Heating Technologies and their Applications

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Today’s world is constantly evolving, and it demands that technology keeps up the same fast pace. Though it may seem like cell phones and computers (and other fun gadgets) get the most attention, these aren’t the only technologies becoming more advanced. It might interest you to know that heating technologies have also seen vast improvements over the years. The heating industry, like many other industries, has a strong need for more advanced products; in regards to heating, these products are expected to offer a balance of safety and optimal performance. Modern heating technologies are…
  • 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…
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    PennCoat Inc. Blog

  • Nanotech improves coating technology.

    PennCoat, Inc.
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    Nanocoatings Coating science for concrete flooring has entered a brave new world thanks to nanotechnology, the use of particles in the 1- to 100–nanometer range — that’s as small as 10-9 of a meter. Particles this small behave according to the rules of quantum mechanics, creating completely new realms of applications. One exciting use of this technology is nanocoatings that can be applied to a variety of surfaces. We at PennCoat are, of course, most interested in concrete nanocoating products that provide superior protection against water damage, dirt, microbes and graffiti.
  • Flexural Strength for Industrial Coatings

    PennCoat, Inc.
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    Flexural Strength The next physical characteristic to fall under our gaze is flexural strength, which is simply resistance to bending along the sample’s axial plane — it is different from torsional, or twisting, strength. The standard flexural strength test for plastic materials, including coatings, paints and films, is ASTM D790. This test comes in three-point and four-point varieties, and simply applies pressure to the central region of a bendable sample. Flexural strength is of secondary importance for materials applied to surfaces that don’t bend, i.e. concrete floors.
  • Concrete Moisture Tests : PennCoat, Inc.

    PennCoat, Inc.
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    Testing Concrete Moisture Putting down a floor coating, or for that matter, flooring, on a moist concrete slab is not going to have a happy ending. Concrete cures, which means it takes time to develop full strength and give up its moisture. Floor coating will not adhere properly to moist concrete and will be prone to premature failure. Flooring laid on top of moist concrete can create bumps and gaps. In addition, the trapped moisture encourages nasty creatures — mold, mildew and bacteria. It is much cheaper to practice patience and allow a concrete floor to finish curing. Taking the…
  • Preserving Industrial Equipment with Acryllic Urethane

    PennCoat, Inc.
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    Acrylic Urethane We at PennCoat frequently use an acrylic urethane mastic called Durethane DTM, manufactured by PPG. It can be used to put a hard protective coat on metals, concrete and masonry. The product can produce a high gloss and can be tinted in various hues, with good color retention.  It has low amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), resists the sun’s ultraviolet rays and is fairly easy to apply. Durethane DTM is a two-component system consisting of a resin and a solvent that is mixed just before use to yield an acrylic urethane that builds a thick, high-solid surface…
  • Benefits Of Primer In Industrial/Commercial Painting And Flooring

    PennCoat, Inc.
    30 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Benefits of Using a Primer with Epoxy Flooring or Industrial/Commercial Painting If you want to obtain a very professional and classy look for your place while painting the exterior siding or the interior walls, make sure you apply a coat of primer first! Primer is supposed to serve three major functionalities: It obstructs stains as well as resinous knots from bleeding through; It offers single-coat coverage for the paint topcoat It improves adhesion and reduces blisters, extending the life of the topcoat. These benefits make primers a great addition with epoxy flooring, industrial…
 
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  • Happy Holidays!

    Phil Pasma
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    It is that time of year again and we want to thank everyone who has helped us shape our business. We have had another great year thanks to our customers, suppliers and staff. We are looking forward to another great year ahead and want to wish everyone a happy holiday! P.s. Did you notice something different about our logo? Holiday Hours Dec 24 – 8:00am – 12:00pm Dec 25 – Closed Dec 26 – Closed Dec 31 – 8:00am – 12:00pm Jan 1 – Closed Jan 2 – Closed The post Happy Holidays! appeared first on JE Bearing.
  • The Small Business VS The Big Company

    Phil Pasma
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    Unknowing to some, small business make up a huge part of our economy. 7.7 million employees, or 69.7 percent of the total private labour force, worked for small businesses in 2012. In 2011, small businesses accounted for approximately 27 percent of Canada’s GDP. Those are some big numbers. Today, I am going to explore some of the advantages of buying from a small business as well as some common misconceptions. I will refer to small businesses in general as well as our own business and industry. I hope this blog can give you a bit more knowledge and insight into small businesses and…
  • Can you predict when a machine or a component will fail?

    Phil Pasma
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:50 am
    One occurring theme on many maintenance forums is a question framed around, “What is Predictive Maintenance?”  This is then followed by a purported serious discussion of the definition of the word “predictive” with the goal of being able to predict when a machine or one of its components will fail. Therefore, the question really becomes, “Can you predict when a machine or a component will fail?”.  The answer is: NO. The author has been in the machinery diagnostics business for 32 years. During that time I have used and manipulated many software programs that were supposed to…
  • Extended Product Page

    Phil Pasma
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    We are at it again. Yes, we have added a few more pages to our website to include more information on the products we carry. Now when you are on our Bearing and Power Transmission Product page, you can click on one of the logos of the lines we carry and you will see another page with all the specific products we sell. Because we don’t sell every item on our suppliers website this gives visitors a better idea of what we do have. If you would like more information on the products we sell, simply click on the image and it will take you directly to the supplier’s website. We have…
  • What’s new in bearings

    Phil Pasma
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Compact linear guide series features high load rating NSK’s NH and NS series of liner guides features a ball groove design that helps optimize the contact surface pressure distribution, resulting in increases in load rating and operating life. In addition, the compact design allows the downsizing of devices without compromising load or operating life. The series has interchangeable sliders and rails and can be combined with other linear products and, as the installation dimensions are the same as the company’s LH and LS series, can be incorporated without changing the device…
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  • 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

    Galen Kistler
    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,…
  • Three Ways Leaders Create Lean

    Pam Bednar
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Three Ways Leaders Create Lean  “Relentless” leadership and team empowerment drive lean change For those of you who have heard this before, it bears repeating. For those of you who have not, this is important – leadership is the single most important component to lean success. It is exciting to talk about bottom-up change and expect that a ground swell of individuals in virtually every level of the organizational chart can succeed with lean—in spite of those in the C-suite that just don’t get it. But in practice, this has to happen early on or there is little-to-no chance of…
  • Demand-Driven Matters

    Galen Kistler
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Welcome to the Demand-Driven Matters blog. During our conversation in this space, I hope to bring you additional insights on demand-driven manufacturing and/or help in your quest to become a demand-driven, factory of the future. I call this blog a conversation for a reason—your input will enrich what we are trying to do here, which is provide ideas about how you can become more demand-driven, each and every day. When I first began instituting demand-driven practices in the late 90s, we were into creating pull, eliminating waste, and getting on a path of continuous improvement. Technology at…
  • Never Stop Learning

    Galen Kistler
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Necessary demand-driven components: How TOC delivers powerful results I grew up in a home where my family held daily quizzes around the dinner table about what we learned during the day at work or school. These topics ranged from Astronomy to current events – yet what this experience instilled in me was not so much knowledge in specific disciplines, but the idea that I could learn something new each day. And even if I was not directly exposed to new knowledge, these moments showed me that the people I associated with during each day were a rich source of knowledge by sharing what they…
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