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  • 5 Card Decks for Effective Communication and Innovation

    10 Jun 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Five strategic card decks to spark innovation, improve customer experience and solve problems. And they are all free to download.
  • The Internet of Things is Transforming Manufacturing

    Brian Raymond
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    A technological revolution is sweeping across every manufacturing sector transforming the way our industry does, well…everything. Powering this revolution is a connected network known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is the notion that everything is connected from the machines on the shop floor to the end products deployed in the field. This connected network of “things” allows owners and operators to gather critical data that can improve product design, troubleshoot in real-time and make manufacturers an even more integral partner with their customer throughout the lifecycle of…
  • Virginia Tech Students Makes Ant Vehicle for Disaster Relief Efforts

    Composites Manufacturing Magazine
    Evan Milberg
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Students at Virginia Tech, led by Dr. Christopher Williams of the Design, Research and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Lab, have worked with the U.S. Military to create a prototype for a 3-D printed “ant vehicle” they believe can be used in disaster relief efforts. The vehicle, which was made entirely of 3-D printed parts, including nanocomposites, uses six ant-like legs to move. Students have been testing the prototype by creating man-made barriers and making the vehicle walk over natural terrain to determine its functionality in harsh environments. Dr. Williams…
  • 7 Deadly Sins of a Safety Culture

    L&S Electric
    David Manney
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Many religions worshipers try hard to avoid Divine punishment by committing one the Seven Deadly Sins. If a person does commit one of these since and they accept responsibility for their actions, then they may perform a penance to hopefully make up for their decision. Just as the Seven Deadly Sins help educate and provide people with a set of moral rules to follow, Tom Wojick offers a set of deadly sins for people working in a safety culture. Could the idea of The Seven Deadly Sins have relevance in a safety culture? Were there specific behaviors – sins – that, if left to fester, could…
  • Visual Management for an International Flight, a Hospital, or a Dentist

    Lean Blog
    Mark Graban
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    My wife and I are getting ready to leave tomorrow night for a two week vacation, so it jogged my memory about this story I saw back in December in the WSJ: Airlines Try to Make Coach Classier.  Anything that makes long flights more bearable is good news to me. One detail that caught my attention in the WSJ article was this: “Etihad is rolling out new economy features taken from business and first class. There’s nighttime turndown service–flight attendants put the window shade down, put a blanket over the passenger and offer hot chocolate or camomile tea. There’s a…
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    IndustrialPR - Manufacturing & Engineering News

  • FSM 22000 Food Safety Management To Help New York City Restaurants

    Editorial Team
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    Company: FSM 22000 News Location: New York, NY Published On: June 15, 2015 Social Media Pitch: FSM 22000, the most robust food safety management standard in the United States designed to help recognize restaurants that maintain and improve their food safety management system has been introduced to the city of New York at According [...]
  • Ampac Wins Alufoil Trophy and AmeriStar Awards for Innovative New Product Lines

    Editorial Team
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Company: Ampac News Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Published On: June 8, 2015 Social Media Pitch: The Alufoil Trophy, sponsored by the European Aluminum Foil Association, is a global award competition open to companies that make products "which are either made from aluminum foil or contain aluminum foil as part of a laminate, structure or packaging system…". [...]
  • Flexible, Compact Rigging Kits Moves Loads up to 64,000 lbs.

    Editorial Team
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Company: AeroGo News Location: Tukwila, Washington Published On: June 1, 2015 Social Media Pitch: Compact and flexible, the AeroGo Air Caster Rigging Kit contains everything necessary to move heavy, awkward or delicate loads using compressed air. The Kit is housed in a rugged and lockable storage box. The rigging kit system can be configured to [...]
  • Reaction Torquemeters Offer Digital And Analog Outputs

    Editorial Team
    28 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Company: S. Himmelstein & Company News Location: Hoffman Estates Published On: May 28, 2015 Social Media Pitch: Series 2270V and 2280V Reaction style Torque Transducers from S. Himmelstein accurately measure static and dynamic torque. Output signal is provided in both analog and digital form. They are well suited for a broad range of applications including [...]
  • New Compact Dewpoint Transmitter for OEM Applications

    Editorial Team
    6 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Company: E+E Elektronik GmbH News Location: Engerwitzdorf, Austria Published On: May 5, 2015 Social Media Pitch: E+E Elektronik introduces its new compact dewpoint transmitter. Designed for OEM applications, the compact EE355 dewpoint transmitter measures dewpoint temperature with ±2°C? accuracy across the entire working range. The unit offers an optimal price-performance ratio for OEM applications in [...]
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    Green Manufacturing

  • Circular economy (and global material and waste flows), Part III

    13 Jun 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Where does everything go?The last posting on the circular economy (CE) was back in August, 2014 and discussed how to measure progress and the role of big data. The focus was on more sustainable behavior and how we might encourage consumers to consider sustainable products. In that context manufacturing needed to increase the yield (efficiency of conversion of materials in to products) in a number of processing operations by identifying “insights” into production that were overlooked due to complexity of the process, large numbers of variables, many differing process stages, etc. And the…
  • Climate change and manufacturing

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:14 am
    Or, when you’re in a hole … stop digging The subtitle to this posting, the so-called “first law of holes,” is attributed to various sources (earliest going back to 1911 in the Washington Post) and is usually interpreted as “if you find yourself in an untenable position, you should stop and change, rather than carry on exacerbating it.” (from Wikipedia)China became the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter in 2006 overtaking the US due primarily to electricity generation and industrial processes. However the per capita carbon footprint of a Chinese person is still much…
  • Material flow, the butterfly effect and consumer influence

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

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

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

    Ken Monahan
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    More than $1.8 billion dollars in taxes. That is what manufacturers in the U.S. are facing because of nearly 900 days of inaction by the House and Senate on a longstanding program to eliminate outdated tariffs on imported inputs and other products not even made in the U.S. Congress has a critical – and perhaps final – opportunity to eliminate this unfair and anti-competitive tax on manufacturers by acting on a new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) review process as part of the conference of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644). The question is: Will Congress…
  • COOL: Day of Reckoning Nears

    Ken Monahan
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Bipartisan approval of Trade Promotion Authority legislation offers the promise of new trade agreements that will boost the competitiveness of U.S. exports and ensure that countries play by rules consistent with U.S. and international norms. And yet, as we celebrate this success, U.S. exporters face the prospect of billions of new tariffs on exports to Canada and Mexico because of the U.S.’s continued failure to bring its Country-of-Origin Labeling, or COOL, rules for muscle cuts of meat into compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations. The National Association of…
  • Dallas Fed: Texas Manufacturers Contracted for the Sixth Straight Month

    Chad Moutray
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    The Dallas Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity contracted in its Texas district for the sixth straight month. Nonetheless, the pace of decline eased a bit in June, with the composite index of general business conditions increasing from -20.8 in May to -7.0 in June. While this might represent some progress, the larger headline is that this index has been negative in each month so far in 2015, mainly due to lower crude oil prices. With that said, there might be a sense of stabilization. As one fabricated metal products manufacturer said in the sample comments, “Signs of some…
  • Monday Economic Report – June 29, 2015

    Chad Moutray
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Here is the summary for this week’s Monday Economic Report: Last week, there were several reminders that the manufacturing sector has not recovered fully from economic weaknesses earlier in the year, even as business leaders remain cautiously optimistic about activity in the coming months. Durable goods orders declined 1.8 percent in May, extending April’s 1.5 percent decrease. Much of this softness stemmed from reduced aircraft sales, with orders excluding transportation modestly higher. Nonetheless, durable goods demand has been quite weak for much of the past year. On the positive…
  • The Internet of Things is Transforming Manufacturing

    Brian Raymond
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    A technological revolution is sweeping across every manufacturing sector transforming the way our industry does, well…everything. Powering this revolution is a connected network known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is the notion that everything is connected from the machines on the shop floor to the end products deployed in the field. This connected network of “things” allows owners and operators to gather critical data that can improve product design, troubleshoot in real-time and make manufacturers an even more integral partner with their customer throughout the lifecycle of…
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    Lean Blog

  • Reader Question from an MD: One Shot to Talk to the Hospital CEO About #Lean

    Mark Graban
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Before I head out on vacation, here is a reader question that I am sharing for your input.I’m sharing this with permission and I’m obscuring a few details at their request. Please read and leave a comment below the post. My approval of comments might be a bit slow after Tuesday evening as I start to travel. Listen to Mark read the post (subscribe to the podcast):   The Question: I thought I’d get in touch. I have genuinely listened to every podcast you have on your site. They’re brilliant, and I’m very grateful…
  • Visual Management for an International Flight, a Hospital, or a Dentist

    Mark Graban
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    My wife and I are getting ready to leave tomorrow night for a two week vacation, so it jogged my memory about this story I saw back in December in the WSJ: Airlines Try to Make Coach Classier.  Anything that makes long flights more bearable is good news to me. One detail that caught my attention in the WSJ article was this: “Etihad is rolling out new economy features taken from business and first class. There’s nighttime turndown service–flight attendants put the window shade down, put a blanket over the passenger and offer hot chocolate or camomile tea. There’s a…
  • Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of June 22, 2015

    Mark Graban
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you might get a better experience by clicking through to view it on the website because it will display article link previews, embedded photos, etc., providing a better reader experience for you. #Lean is built upon "respect for people." That means respect, dignity, and equality for all. Keep…
  • Throwback Thursday: Be Lean, not L.A.M.E.

    Mark Graban
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    Today’s post is a throwback to an essay that I originally wrote for the excellent book Lean-Led Hospital Design: Creating the Efficient Hospital of the Future, where it appears in an appendix with some other contributed essays. You can listen to my podcast with the authors, Charles Hagood and Naida Grunden. Reminder — check out the short reader survey at the bottom of this post and fill it out to have a chance to win a free book. Here is the essay, with slight edits: As simple and elegant as some Lean principles can be, the reality of putting these ideas into practice can be…
  • Kaizen Hints from Heloise, or, If Kaizen is Common Sense, Why Isn’t It More Common?

    Mark Graban
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    I’m a big nerd in that I love reading newspapers basically cover to cover. I’m a nerd in many ways, I guess. You don’t have to be a survey nerd to take my short reader survey (and you might win a book!). I was a pretty unusual child, reading the entire Detroit Free Press every morning before school. I was a news nerd then. I wanted to be a sportswriter, since the father of one of my best friends from elementary school got to travel with the Detroit Tigers as a “beat writer.” I am still a pretty big consumer of newspapers, often in print form (although I read the…
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • 5 Manufacturing Practices that will be Outdated within the Decade

    Jon Wikstrom
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    Do your manufacturing processes still rely on analog or paper-based components? Perhaps now is the time to embrace digitization as a strategy? As you read this article, the manufacturing industry is moving towards a fourth massive revolution. The first came in the 18th century in Britain, when machines started arriving in textile mills across the continent and the second came when Henry Ford introduced the world to the powers of mass production. Since then manufacturing practices remained pretty static until the advent of the computer, which set in motion a series of technology advances that…
  • Fixing Manufacturing IT Project Failures

    Tom Hennessey
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:36 pm
    When rolling out a new technology deployment in the enterprise or on the factory floor, the last words a project manager wants to hear from the CIO are, “Let’s deliver this on time and within budget, failure is not an option.” That’s because in all likelihood, failure is the biggest option. Many—if not most—IT projects fail. A 2012 McKinsey Market Study of 54,000 IT projects by McKinsey & Company in conjunction with the BT Centre for Major Programme Management at the University of Oxford, found that half of all large IT projects—defined as those with initial price tags…
  • Cut Manufacturing Costs by Reducing Emissions

    Emma Sturgis
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Climate change is a huge worldwide issue that is often not discussed enough. Some are under the belief that climate change will only affect their grandchildren. This view in fact, is false—we are seeing the effects of climate change today. All one has to do is turn on the television and the weather report will mention something record breaking that happened during that day. Climate change is not just global warming, but it also includes greenhouse gases, which are emitted fossil fuels and absorbed into the atmosphere, and therefore attribute to climate change. There is much we can do to…
  • 6 Factors to Consider when Selecting a Manufacturing Intelligence Vendor

    Gordon Benzie
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    Every manufacturing organization must have a resilient operations strategy. After all, manufacturers are in the business of making products. You can’t make products if systems, equipment or processes are down. If this core competency can’t be consistently executed, significant risk exists at continued viability and survival. Production processes are not simply put in place and forgotten. They must be carefully examined, modified and continuously improved over time. Those responsible for maintaining production throughput understand that systems must be put in place to ensure continued…
  • What we can learn from General Electric’s Streamlined Factories

    Brooke Chaplan
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:08 am
    As a freelance writer that doesn’t work for General Electric, I was intrigued by a recent article published in the Motley Fool. General Electric’s factories are becoming more streamlined in two ways, and both are creating quite a buzz in the business world. Many companies are starting to look into ways they can adapt these ideas into their own corporate practices. Streamlined factories help to lower costs and increase gross profit margins over time. It’s always a smart idea to make your own production more efficient, safe, and smart. While General Electric plans to invest a…
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    Field Service Digital

  • How One Service Manager Sells Customers Uptime — Not Fear

    Zachary Farrar
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Editor’s note: Zachary Farrar has worked in field service for nearly a decade and is currently national service supervisor for an industrial equipment manufacturer. Below, Farrar explains how he steered his team to offer proactive service — and how he worked with sales and marketing colleagues to sell these new services. Customers love uptime — those periods when the equipment is running properly — and you’ll rarely hear from them when things are moving smoothly. But as soon as a machine let’s loose a loud pop, bang and whiz, you’ll get a frantic call asking why…
  • Up-and-Coming Cities Lure New Grads to the Service Economy

    Marguerite McNeal
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Move over, New York, L.A. and San Francisco. A recent report shows that unassuming cities farther from the coasts have real opportunities for new grads — and many of those jobs are in the booming field service industry. SEE ALSO: New Grads: Consider Trading Your Cap and Gown for a Career in Field Service (No, Really!) Dayton, Ohio Job search site ZipRecruiter studied major U.S. metropolitan areas — looking at number of jobs available, percent of available positions that require a bachelor’s degree, median cost of rent, and percent of 20- to 24-year-old residents — to determine the…
  • The Trouble with Recognition Programs

    Donald B. Stephens
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Donald B. Stephens is a 30-year senior customer service engineer with the Xerox Corporation. Here, he offers tips for how management can establish recognition programs that truly work — without ruining the moment.  “They all got it – every one of them.” The service techs shook their heads in disbelief. It was the end of the annual kick-off meeting, when the year’s top techs would be announced (and given a five-day vacation on the company’s dime). But that particular year, a new recognition committee made up of one service tech from each team had determined the award…
  • 3 Ways Improv Comedy Can Improve Field Service

    Jasmine Firchau
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    Departing Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is famous for his collaborative leadership, open communication and quick decision-making style. But those aren’t skills he honed in B-school — they’re traits he picked up on the stage, in a former life as an improv comedian. And he’s in good company: American Express, Dupont, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and more have used improv training to help improve employees’ communication skills, adaptability and ability to handle a crisis. As Tina Fey famously wrote in her 2011 memoir, “Bossypants,” the basic rules of improv are…
  • Caterpillar’s Next Dig: Big Data

    Lauren Zanolli
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s official — the wrecking ball is joining the Internet of Things. On any given day, Caterpillar, the 90-year-old industrial equipment giant, has more than 3 million machines in the field around the world. But the biggest and baddest industrial Cats — bulldozers, excavators, backhoes and loaders — aren’t just moving mountains of dirt and digging tunnels. They’re beginning to move mountains of critical machine data from onboard sensors and other IoT gear, enabling new services and capabilities for equipment owners, customers, yard managers, service technicians and…
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    HVAC Training » | HVAC Training

  • Taking on two million

    Dave Nichols
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Taking on $2 million in sales can seem like a reach, but it’s more attainable than you may think. The key performance indicator, or KPI, for Comfort Advisors is $1.2 million, but aiming for $2 million or more can create new opportunities for your company’s profits and your own income. So how can you hit the $2 million mark? Here are my six tips for becoming a high-performance salesperson: Don’t sit back and wait for a lead. It’s all about asking the customer the right questions and then showing them the value. Sell on value, and then add items such as indoor air quality,…
  • Selling IAQ

    Mike Moore
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Indoor air quality can be a valuable selling point to any service call, but it can be difficult to start the conversation. I sat down with Joe Jones, regional business manager, brand management at Lennox Industries, to find out his best tips on selling IAQ to any homeowner. M: Joe, what suggestions would you give HVAC technicians for selling IAQ? J: First, recognize your role as being more than just someone there to fix the problem at hand and inform homeowners of other solutions your company has to offer. Next, familiarize yourself with IAQ products, including features, pricing, and…
  • How to be productive in your downtime

    Mike Moore
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Every technician has moments of downtime, whether it’s because of a break between service calls, a slow day in the off-season, or a customer who hasn’t made it home yet. While it can be tempting to enjoy the lack of activity, you should utilize that time to keep your day productive and ultimately improve your bottom line. Here are five ways you can make the best of your downtime to benefit yourself and your company: Online training — HVAC Learning Solutions offers virtual courses and webinars that focus on a variety of topics, from sharpening your technical skills to learning successful…
  • A Perfect Storm

    Mike Moore
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A perfect storm is facing the HVAC industry, and if you weren’t at this year’s Lennox Dealer Meeting, you may not know how to prepare your business for this challenge. So what is the perfect storm? According to statistics from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) … Labor Shortage — There is a major shortage of skilled HVAC technicians, and the number of entry-level graduates from tech schools has steadily declined for the past 10 years. Aging Workforce — The median age for technicians is 56, which means a majority of the HVAC workforce will be retiring…
  • Winning the customer battle, losing the revenue war

    Mike Moore
    20 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I get asked from time to time what is the best kind of marketing that a dealer can do for his or her company. Is it paper ads? Radio? Social media? The answer might surprise you, but one of the most valuable marketing tools is word-of-mouth referrals. When you aim to improve your referrals, you have to consider what I like to call the customer battle and the revenue war. Think about it — is a $100 billing discrepancy more important than a lifetime maintenance agreement? Here are three escalated customer scenarios and details on how to handle them so you come out on top long-term. Problem…
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  • Rapid Prototyping With ProtoLabs

    Bob Warfield
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:01 pm
    ProtoLabs bills itself as the “Fastest Provider of CNC Machined and Injection Molded Parts.”  They were founded in 1999 by Larry Lukis, a successful computer entrepreneur who was dissatisfied with how hard it was to get injection molded parts made quickly for his computer company.  Lukis decided there had to be a better way and…
  • The Secret of Choosing CNC Software for Pros vs Hobbyists and Beginners

    Bob Warfield
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    I get asked this question all the time by Hobbyists: How do I know CNCCookbook’s software is right for me?  It looks like it is more for Professionals. The Pros ask a little different questions aimed at whether it is suitable for the particular kind of work their shop does.  Clearly, each one is thinking…
  • Take Our CNC Safety Quiz

    Bob Warfield
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Safety is so important around CNC Machines because they can be very dangerous.  No quiz can make you safe by eliminating that danger, but knowing more about safety sure can’t hurt. We’ve put together a quiz with 20 questions to help you review some good safety practices for CNC Shops.  Take the quiz and see…
  • Clever Stickvise from a CNCCookbook Customer

    Bob Warfield
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:16 pm
    I love hearing all the fun stuff our customers do.  Stickvise is a neat product created and sold by Alex Rich, a long-time CNCCookbook reader and G-Wizard Calculator user.  I’ll let Alex tell the Stickvise story in his own words: I am a long time customer of yours, I work at a company called BriarTek…
  • The 5 Hardest Things About CNC Feeds and Speeds

    Bob Warfield
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:12 am
    When we recently did our What’s Hard About Learning CNC survey, the area that came out ahead of all the others was Feeds and Speeds: What’s Hard About Learning CNC? It was rated the hardest category by beginners, intermediate, and advanced CNC’ers–everyone has trouble with Feeds and Speeds, at least some of the time.  In…
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    L&S Electric

  • Locomotive Truck Combos: a True Workhorse

    David Manney
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:15 am
    Locomotive trucks that run on diesel-electric come with an internal combustion engine, and they are capable of producing AC electrical power. The traction motor of the truck may include either a direct current motor that operates with DC power or an AC motor operating with AC power. In the case of a DC motor type of operation, it is necessary to use a rectifier, which is responsible for converting AC power to DC power. When it comes locomotive trucks that are equipped with AC motor, better performance, lower maintenance and a greater level of reliability are expected, as compared with trucks…
  • 7 Deadly Sins of a Safety Culture

    David Manney
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Many religions worshipers try hard to avoid Divine punishment by committing one the Seven Deadly Sins. If a person does commit one of these since and they accept responsibility for their actions, then they may perform a penance to hopefully make up for their decision. Just as the Seven Deadly Sins help educate and provide people with a set of moral rules to follow, Tom Wojick offers a set of deadly sins for people working in a safety culture. Could the idea of The Seven Deadly Sins have relevance in a safety culture? Were there specific behaviors – sins – that, if left to fester, could…
  • What Would You do if There Was No Copper?

    David Manney
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    Years of being one of the most used metals in the world is starting to take its toll on the supply of copper. Each year, the amount of copper being pulled from mines has increased to meet the high demand of a metal that approaches iron ore in market costs. Only one metal is better for conducting electricity: silver. Around 3/4 of copper used in machinery is wire and with such diverse use and is crucial to a world relying on electrical connections. The reason mining industry experts are predicting such a dire future for copper is a simple one: it can’t be pulled out mines fast enough. An…
  • Are Counterfeit Bearings a Part of Life?

    David Manney
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    As long as people have been selling their inventions, other people have been making cheap copies of those inventions and making money off them. Some are mostly harmless, buying a Rolex off a street corner, yet some can be potentially dangerous. One type of cheap copy is particularly damaging to industry: counterfeit bearings. Counterfeit bearings have become a scourge for companies needing rotating machinery. As we’ve written before, 51% of all electric motor failures are a result of bad bearings. Eventually, all bearings wear down, but counterfeit bearings, cheaply made, degrade at…
  • The Right Choice for the Paper Industry: Synchronous Motors

    David Manney
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Have you ever had the chance to visit a paper mill? On the outside, the building may look a bit used and yes, you do smell it as you drive by, but inside it’s a different world. A single paper machine, a typical one is pictured above, is a beehive of activity. Dozens of motors running an incredible amount of equipment. Synchronous motors are the motor of choice in the paper industry because of their distinctive features that make them ideal for use in the corrosive environments found in paper mills. Courtesy of WEG, here’s a breakdown of what their synchronous motors can…
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • Can my robot do more with robotics simulation software?

    Stephanie Aldrete
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:23 pm
    By Shay Shomroni and Alex Greenberg, from Siemens PLM Software More manufacturers are acquiring robots to improve production and to modernize methods. It’s not uncommon to encounter challenges when trying to operate robots on the shop floor. Real efficiency improvements are hard to achieve, and in many cases, robots aren’t  used to their fullest capabilities, or rarely used at all.   Why isn’t my robot living up to its potential? Whether used for welding, polishing or assembly, there are several reasons companies are challenged to utilize robots in production: Complexity of parts –…
  • Catchbook: Sketch with a Purpose

    Amy Allen
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    What if you could harness the power of our Siemens PLM technology to do everyday things? Say, remodel your basement; teach your kids geometry; design a new backyard landscape—all without knowing you are using enterprise-level technology? We’re excited to announce that our new Siemens PLM CatchbookTM software makes this vision a reality. Designed specifically for tablets and smartphones, it’s a tool anyone can use to draw accurately. Whether you’re a 25 year veteran of the CAD industry or a 5 year-old child who is just learning to write, you can use Catchbook. You don’t have to be a…
  • Makers: Big Bang meets Mad Max

    David Chadwick
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:29 am
    What are you working on? That is a question you might ask a few times a week when talking with colleagues who work in different departments, or after meeting someone casually and finding out where they work. We have been engaging with the maker community recently as we want to support their efforts towards promoting a creative, artisan culture, and we know that makers are often the source of new manufacturing businesses. At one event we sponsored last week the answers to this question were really tales of the unexpected. The event was held at the i3 DIY community workshop in the Ferndale…
  • Daimler Largest CAD Migration Complete

    Amy Allen
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Daimler is now using NX CAD in all business units after successfully completing the largest CAD software migration ever. Today we look at the factors behind their success. The transition started back in 2010 with an announcement that shook the CAD and automotive worlds, but really it began before that, when Daimler moved from CATIA V4 to V5. “Such an upgrade is like a change of systems,” says Professor Alfred Katzenbach, former director of IT Management in Mercedes-Benz R&D department. “We decided to ask ourselves the strategic question, ‘Is this the best option for the…
  • Shorten time to market through efficient manufacturing process planning

    Stephanie Aldrete
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    We’re all affected by the faster moving world and the changing practices and expectations that go along with it. Manufacturers are no exception. The challenges and competition they face come from diverse sources. These can include manufacturers worldwide who, for a variety of reasons, may be able to manufacture their products more inexpensively and quickly, to something as seemingly simple as customers’ expectations of receiving their product even months sooner. As a result, manufacturers are obligated to tackle these all-important issues of reducing time to market, meeting customer…
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  • Protecting Your Supply Chain from Hackers

    25 Jun 2015 | 12:35 am
    Companies today succeed or fail on the strength and agility of their supply chains, so it’s no wonder that supply chain security is a major concern. Many manufacturers implement security measures in such areas as the purity and safety of ingredients, the origin of materials, or better methods of eliminating counterfeit goods. Unfortunately, many businesses ignore the ever-growing supply chain threats posed by hackers. As the need for supply chain visibility has increased, so has the need for more communication and collaboration. Companies share product designs, product costs, manufacturing…
  • ‘Branding’ for Manufacturers

    16 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    The subject of ‘Branding’ is often times one of the least favorite for company CEO’s and managers to discuss. There is, however, a primary reason behind why so many brand-development initiatives fail: too many companies are approaching brand development in strikingly similar ways, often times leading to only modest results. A successful brand-development process requires critical steps, outlined below, in order to be successful: Internal Brand Discovery In this important step, the following should be answered: Who are you? How are you different? Why do you exist? What are you capable of…
  • The Future of Manufacturing Jobs

    8 Jun 2015 | 12:07 pm
    While manufacturing job growth in the U.S. is slow, and unlikely to speed up much, the Labor Department estimated that 320,000 positions opened in March 2015. Many of these positions require worker skills like programming and operating computer-controlled tools, which command pay higher than service jobs found in retail and food service. Many of these jobs require a year or two of vocational training, which allow young people to earn money sooner and avoid incurring massive college debts. And there are signs of strong demands for factor skills, with the unemployment rate for manufacturing in…
  • Step-up Workplace Safety with Visual Aids

    29 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    Workplace injuries can result in costly impacts. With industrial workers being almost 15% more likely to be injured at work, it’s important to take workplace safety seriously in the manufacturing industry. By using visual aids to improve workplace safety, you can realize reduced injury and illness rates. Companies today are incorporating visually rich materials that are effective because they: Keep eyes busy Keep the brain alert Keep the brain active, by learning information Instead of using old safety slogans that are increasingly less and less effective, try having employees record daily…
  • Make Advocacy Part of Your Organization

    19 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Political advocacy goals can be designed to track and monitor activities that can both advance and protect your company’s bottom line. Set aside some time this quarter to come up with goals to measure how your team advocates policies that not only directly impact your company’s specific needs, but also those of your industry as a whole. Here are some political advocacy goals to consider this year: Participate in Manufacturing Day! Manufacturing Day is on Friday, October 2, 2015. This is the perfect opportunity to recruit new workers to your company and expose students to manufacturing…
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    I.B.I.S., Inc. » Blog

  • Financial Reporting with Microsoft Dynamics GP

    Whitney Jump
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:02 am
    With data continuing to increase in importance to business decision-making processes, it is vital to have a powerful, business user friendly financial report writer, so your company can use analytics to understand what will help you to remain competitive. In this article, I.B.I.S., Inc. will lay out your options to find the right reporting solution, zooming in on feature and function offerings, for your specific business demands as a Microsoft Dynamics GP customer. Most report writers generate unique financial reports, utilizing historical actuals from your data sources, with the choice to…
  • Microsoft Dynamics Marketing: E-mail Marketing Message Hot Topics

    Greg Luttrull
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    Welcome to Part 1 of a series of blogs on Microsoft Dynamics Marketing! Recently, I took a deep dive into Microsoft Dynamics Marketing (MDM). I was able to work alongside our marketing team in order to determine the kinds of activities and tasks that a marketing team would need to be successful when using MDM. I am going to discuss a few examples of items that we put through some testing which include basic functionality, contact interaction, and I will also include a few points on the behind the scenes technical approach. One of the first things I looked into was the Email Marketing Message…
  • Upgrading Management Reporter 2012 CU11

    Andrew Collins
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:09 am
    Now that Management Reporter 2012 reached Cumulative Update 11 Microsoft has begun releasing hotfixes that provide the most recent bug fixes without having to wait until the next Cumulative Update. Each hotfix requires that all previous hotfixes be installed first. Once hotfix 2 has been installed the process changes slightly. If you already have Management Reporter 2012 CU11 upgraded to hotfix 2 the following steps will walk you through upgrading Management Reporter to any additional hotfixes. Note that once you have completed the upgrade of your Management Reporter Server and databases you…
  • Considerations when using Safety Stock

    Merrie Cosby
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:07 am
    Safety stock is used to create a minimum inventory level to help assist in reducing out-of-stock scenarios. A minimum level is setup on the item coverage for the specific site and warehouse. When master scheduling is run, the calculation considers the minimum level as a demand (referred to as safety stock in pegging) that in turn drives supply, i.e. a purchase order, production order, or transfer order, if required. When the planned ‘supply’ order, where pegged to a safety stock demand is generated, a parameter on the item’s coverage group determines when MRP calculates the net…
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX and Financial Consolidations

    Whitney Jump
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:57 am
    There are plenty of Microsoft Dynamics AX users who are charged with consolidating parent company financial data from multiple subsidiary entities. Aggregating company financials from more than one subsidiary, particularly when there are diverse currencies involved, can be a challenge if you do not have a powerful financial reporting and consolidations solution. As the importance and amount of data continues to grow for corporate decision-making and planning, business leaders are seeking an easy-to-use tool for the regular responsibility of consolidating data into a unified set of financial…
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  • Join Us at Steel Summit 2015: SMU Steel Summit Conference

    Kyle Fitzsimmons
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:06 pm
    MetalMiner™ invades “Hotlanta!” Yes, you heard right: Join us Sept. 1-2 at the Georgia International Convention Center for Steel Summit 2015. The SMU Steel Summit Conference is composed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Greece Teeters On Edge of The Abyss as Debt Resolution Delay Causes Market Mayhem

    Stuart Burns
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:05 pm
    So the Greek tragedy rolls on; expect considerable volatility this week, certainly on European markets and for the Euro currency following the Greek government’s decision to announce a bank holiday... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • LME Losses Mounting Thanks to Greek Drama, Nickel Hits 6-Year Low

    Jeff Yoders
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Nickel hit a six-year low yesterday as Greece’s debt crisis obliterated confidence in global growth. Free Download: Latest Metal Price Trends in the June MMI Report The London Metal Exchange’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Breaking: Steel Industry Hails Obama Signing Trade Pact Laws

    Jeff Yoders
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:07 am
    President Obama just signed two significant trade initiatives - Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and the extension of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act and other trade preference programs, which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SCOTUS Rules Against EPA on MATS, US House Blocks Clean Power Plan, Obama Signs Trade Pact Laws; Steel Industry On Board With All of the Above

    Taras Berezowsky
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Echoing Nancy Reagan circa 1988, the US House of Representatives listened to Mitch McConnell and “just said no” – to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Clean Power Plan.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Wearable Tech for Makers – An Insight to Making Your Own Smartwatch, Fitness Tracker Or Other Wearables

    Jason Rosario
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    Wearable technology is big news right now, especially with the recent launch of the Apple Watch and the ongoing success of Pebble. We’ve heard talk of wearable devices for some time, but it seems like it’s finally making its way onto the market in a real sense. In other words, there’s never been a better time to join in as a maker. But how do you get started creating wearable tech? This is a whole different category of technology, and as such, it comes with its own challenges and obstacles. Read on, and we’ll take a look at some of the best resources and tools for…
  • Smart Fabrics – A Significant Next Step for Wearable Tech

    Melody Chang
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
    Wearable technology is quickly becoming the next big thing in consumer electronics but even as form factors and features improve, the devices are still mostly things you strap on or that otherwise require carrying around. A new slew of technologies based around smart fabrics promises to change this, by integrating technology into our very clothes. How might this work, and what applications can we expect to see in the near future? Moreover, what technologies are already out there? And what do you need to know about this movement as a designer or a maker? How it Works The specifics of the…
  • Wearable World Congress Recap

    Melody Chang
    28 May 2015 | 3:59 pm
    This year, Wearable World Congress (formerly Glazed Con) met at the Palace of Fine Arts, where hundreds of people involved in the wearable and IoT landscape converged to talk about the most exciting things happening in the space. There were numerous new devices shown, interesting speakers, and networking galore. What stood out was all the different types of wearables that are coming to market. There was everything from the brain training Muse, which improves your attention span, to fun devices like Drumpants (currently in crowdfunding), that turns you into a human MIDI controller to a pair of…
  • 10 Examples of Fashion-Conscious Technology

    Beth Rogozinski
    21 May 2015 | 3:24 pm
    We all agree that many businesses have started to understand the personal aspect of a given product. When it comes to expressing one’s self, the hardware revolution has played an important role in amalgamating functionality with fashion. That being said, wearable technology is becoming more and more accepted worldwide, and venture capitalists and large firms are definitely investing more in this field. Some of the most successful businesses understand this and technology has finally started to catch up – which makes a lot of sense seeing as something like a PC or Smartphone is just about…
  • The Investment In a Wearable Future

    Beth Rogozinski
    18 May 2015 | 10:45 pm
        A recent article on TechCrunch written by investor Matt Wilheimer of Flybridge Capital Partners, showcases the explosive growth and interest in wearable’s amongst consumers and venture capitalists. Some of the key takeaways are below: Crowdfunding sites were highlighted as the main indicator and driver of consumer interest in wearables. The research focused on 64 wearable device crowdfunding projects and broke then down into 3 categories: the head, wrist/hand and body. Consumers between 2008 and today have spent $41 million dollars to fund those 64 wearable projects, which…
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  • “What is Tungsten Carbide?” You Asked, We Answered.

    Dave Siddle
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Here’s your challenge for the day: What do roads we drive on, a bottle of ketchup, a can of cola, and a custom-designed wedding band have in common? In addition to the items listed, almost all of what we use, and in some cases even wear, has been touched in some way by a tool made from tungsten carbide. From the dies and cutters used to make things such as toiletries, bottles, and your can of cola,; to the wear resistant items used to process food like ketchup and spaghetti sauce; to the tools like road construction bits used to dig up the asphalt and cement on our roads; drills…
  • How To: Move Your Ethics & Compliance Program to the Next Level

    Seth Rice
    27 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    A critical element for any organization to thrive over the long-term is a well-supported and robust ethics and compliance program. This ethics and compliance program must be focused on ensuring that every member of the team, across the enterprise, is reading from the same page when it comes to a culture of: Integrity Ethics Legal Compliance As a four-time World’s Most Ethical Company honoree, a recognition made possible by the daily commitment of our entire global team to conducting business with ethics and integrity, here are a few things we’ve found at Kennametal to…
  • The New Workforce for Customer Engagement and Productivity in #Mfg4.0

    Steven Hanna
    13 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    From Millennials to Baby-Boomers, do you believe there’s a place for everyone in The Age of the Customer? One of the larger challenges facing us as manufacturers in the transition from Product-Centric selling to the new Commerce and Customer-Centric Engagement models is the future role of the ‘expert’. In simple terms, product presentation, sales processes, and customer support still rely heavily upon the availability, expertise, and experience of an aging workforce – think: baby-boomers. Unlike many industries, and despite the huge advances in technology-enablement, we do not…
  • Using Analytics to Grow Your Ethics and Compliance Program

    Seth Rice
    6 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Sure, you’ve heard the idiom, “the devil is in the details,” but have you ever considered applying it to your company’s Ethics and Compliance (E&C) Program? If not, we’re going to share why you should give it some thought. At Kennametal, we believe capitalizing on detail yields far greater benefits than fearing it. For starters, we can all agree that assessing the effectiveness of your company’s E&C Program is no walk in the park. Between the many variables to consider and heavy data to analyze, configuring what details carry actual weight towards your program, from…
  • “Treading Lightly” to Protect Our Planet

    Craig Bushey
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    You’re driving your four-wheel vehicle off the beaten path, tearing through brush, kicking up broken gravel. The scenery is beautiful, your lungs are full with fresh air, and you can feel the adrenaline kicking in. What could matter more than this moment? About 20 plus years ago, a few major auto manufacturers addressed that question by introducing the following term to their marketing campaigns: “tread lightly.” Those two little words allowed the industry to deliver a basic, yet essential message to their customers: Something as simple as driving your vehicle from here…
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • Hypetex Introduces Solution to Carbon Fiber’s Image Problem

    Evan Milberg
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A London-based company has created a solution to widely-discussed problem in the world of carbon fiber. Although the material itself stands at the precipice of cutting-edge manufacturing, many have wondered if it can be presented in a color other than black. Up until recently, options for dealing with this problem have been limited to painting over the top of the carbon fiber, which solely conceals the material underneath. “Carbon fiber has a lot of visual qualities, but color is not one of them,” says Marc Cohen, chief executive of Hypetex, the company working to change this.
  • Virginia Tech Students Makes Ant Vehicle for Disaster Relief Efforts

    Evan Milberg
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Students at Virginia Tech, led by Dr. Christopher Williams of the Design, Research and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Lab, have worked with the U.S. Military to create a prototype for a 3-D printed “ant vehicle” they believe can be used in disaster relief efforts. The vehicle, which was made entirely of 3-D printed parts, including nanocomposites, uses six ant-like legs to move. Students have been testing the prototype by creating man-made barriers and making the vehicle walk over natural terrain to determine its functionality in harsh environments. Dr. Williams…
  • MIT Develops 3D Printed Material with Variable Topography

    Evan Milberg
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    MIT researchers have used additive manufacturing to develop a new method of manufacturing soft materials. By combining hard materials and soft composites into a single object, researchers have created a material that can change its surface topology when subjected to stress. “Depending on the arrangement of the particles, using the same amount of compression, you can get different surface topographies, including ridges and bumps, along the surface,” said MIT graduate student Mark Guttag, who, with student Mary Boyce, helped develop the method. Another method for creating reversible surface…
  • World’s Smallest Lightbulb Made with Graphene

    Evan Milberg
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Nearly a month after the DOE conducted research to scale graphene up, a separate team of researchers from Columbia University, Seoul National University and the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science has scaled graphene down to the size of an atom to create the world’s smallest lightbulb. Graphene, which is 200 times stronger than steel, is made of layers of carbon laid down in a lattice structure, and is a great electric conductor. “Edison originally used carbon as a filament for his light bulb and here we are going back to the same element, but using it in its pure form —…
  • Nanoparticle Composite Can Measure Carbon Dioxide

    Evan Milberg
    14 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Material scientists in Switzerland have created a sensor that consists of a newly developed composite material that interacts with CO2 molecules and changes its conductivity depending on the level of CO2 in the environment. The sensor is able to pick up CO2 levels with a tiny chip that measures electrical resistance. Compared to current gas sensors, it is considerably smaller, simpler and requires less energy to operate. The composite material itself is a polymer made of poly(ionic liquid)s (PIL). Past research from scientists worldwide shows that PIL can absorb CO2. This gave the…
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    PennCoat Inc. Blog

  • Epoxy Failures and Solutions – Vapor Transmissions

    PennCoat, Inc.
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    Vapor Transmissions and Floor Coatings Concrete epoxy floor coatings are known to be sensitive to excess moisture. How this works may be surprising to you if you have not looked into it before. Where is the moisture coming from? Moisture problems in concrete occur in 2 different ways- moisture content in the concrete itself, and vapor transmission from below. The moisture itself is not always an issue as many epoxies can handle higher moisture in concrete. Vapor is a problem when it is transmitted to the surface. This will occur when the vapor pressure in the concrete is higher than the air…
  • Epoxy Flooring Maryland

    PennCoat, Inc.
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:16 am
    While many business owners do pay attention to the appearance of their business, many tend to pay less attention to their floors. While residential floors play less of a role, industrial and commercial floors are vital to your business. Not only do you have to worry about what your floors look like, they also have to function correctly. PennCoat Inc. has been providing flooring services in Maryland for nearly 30 years. Through experience and quality products, our company has perfected the process of industrial and commercial flooring. It doesn’t matter what kind of shape your flooring…
  • Comparing Polished Concrete and Epoxy Coatings

    PennCoat, Inc.
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:24 am
    Polished Concrete Floors Polished concrete flooring is fast becoming a popular option in both residential and commercial buildings. But how does it compare to epoxy coated concrete in an industrial building? Epoxy Floors There are a number of reasons to choose epoxy floors. They can last up to 20 years with proper care, but this is with maintenance and an environment where abrasion is not a major concern. There are tons of options for colors and the surfaces can be anything from matte to shiny. Installation of epoxy flooring does have one significant benefit. The surface does not usually…
  • Industrial Painting Services In Maryland

    PennCoat, Inc.
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:10 pm
    If you’re looking for industrial painting services in Maryland, you’ve come to the right place. When it comes to your business, nothing should be left to chance. And when it comes to the appearance of your industrial business, the overall look and style matters. For those of you that seek industrial painting services in Maryland or elsewhere, quality and experience are two defining elements that you should be looking for. When compared to the top industrial painting companies in Maryland, very few match the reputation of PennCoat Inc. PennCoat Inc, has been providing industrial…
  • Epoxy Coating Floor Prep Methods: Shot Blasting vs. Diamond Grinding

    PennCoat, Inc.
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    Shot Blasting or Diamond Grinding Your Concrete Floor Putting a new epoxy or urethane coating on your cement floor is a great investment in your workspace. It would be silly to spend money on the coating product, but neglect the preparation of the surface beforehand. When applying a concrete coating, you will be faced with a decision of either shot blasting or diamond grinding your concrete. Which is better? Like most questions in workspace improvement, the answer is “it depends.” Important questions you need to consider are cost, how damaged your surface is, and how much time you have.
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    Export Abroad Blog

  • Is Germany’s Trade Surplus Hurting the EU Recovery?

    Madyson Kendall
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    While Greece continues to fumble on its path to recovery, Germany hopes to enlarge its trade surplus potentially at the expense of other Eurozone members. Slow growth in the German economy in the early half of 2015 combined with an unexpected decline in German industrial output may reflect future instability for the euro and the European market at large. Analysts had predicted a rise in monthly industrial output of 0.4 percent. However, observations revealed a fall of 0.5 percent in industrial production in March alone. The cause of this deterioration specifically comes from a 1.4 percent…
  • Going Green: Taking a Look at Brazil’s Renewable Energy Industry

    Madyson Kendall
    27 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    With the use of fossil fuels becoming increasingly less viable in the foreseeable future due to environmental and political costs, the renewable energy sector has continued to grow in recent years. Seen as the way of the future, investment in renewable energy is speculated to reach a cumulative $7 trillion in the years from 2012 to 2030. Despite short-term development challenges, every renewable energy subsector, meaning wind, solar geothermal, biomass, hydropower, and renewable fuels, are expected to grow at varying rates. In order to better position U.S. exporters, the government passed the…
  • Should the US Extend The African Growth and Opportunity Act?

    Madyson Kendall
    18 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    One of the many economic concerns facing international trade in 2015 will be the expiration of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in September. Contentions over the real effects of the legislation and the extent of African involvement in its preparation have led critics to staunchly oppose the potential ten year extension of the act. AGOA came be through the efforts of the first ever Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, Rosa Whitaker, under Bill Clinton’s and George W. Bush’s administrations following a decade of pressure from activists and lawmakers. Since being…
  • Trading with Cuba: What Lifting the Embargo Means for US Companies

    Madyson Kendall
    12 May 2015 | 2:18 pm
    President Obama’s recent diplomatic discussions are leading towards the reduction, if not the removal, of the embargo to promote democracy through economic integration where economic severance appears to have failed. The U.S. embargo on Cuba was not the original means of capitalist opposition during the Cold War. Former President Eisenhower began imposing sanctions on Cuba immediately following Fidel Castro’s rise to power after deposing of the Batista regime in 1959. The first embargo placed on October 19th, 1960 was the result of Cuba’s nationalization of American owned oil…
  • Zimbabwe’s Plan to Export Elephants

    Madyson Kendall
    8 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    Despite international pressure against further ventures in exports, Zimbabwe has undertaken steps towards exporting live elephants. While banking on an apparently niche market, Zimbabwe claims the funds raised from exports will go towards conservation programs and curb the alleged overpopulation of elephants. Animal activist groups have vehemently opposed the measures citing it as inhumane and not in the best interest for the elephant population. Detractors on May 7th were responding to the government’s plans to export at least sixty two baby elephants to undetermined locations.
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  • Equipment Storage: A million dollar mistake

    Phil Pasma
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:14 am
    The famous comedian, Bob Hope, once said that there are no new jokes, just new versions of jokes that are hundreds of years old. He was an expert so he should know. In the same manner, except when a new technology comes along, there are no new maintenance problems. How many articles have you read concerning machine storage? I’m sure if you look back through maintenancebits, that you will find articles on machine, or machine components and their storage. Even with all that information available the following letter was recently received from an SKF European customer who related one of his…
  • How to Maximize Bearing Life in Food Processing

    Phil Pasma
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:27 am
    There are four key factors to keep in mind when selecting and maintaining bearings for the food industry.  Food and beverage processes subject bearings to the harshest conditions, including high-pressure washdowns, frequent contact with acids, cooking fats and other chemicals, moisture saturation, extreme temperatures and antibacterial cleansing solutions. Bearings are vital components that must not only withstand these extreme conditions, but resist peeling, chipping, flaking and corrosion. How can you maximize bearing life so that downtime is less costly, cleanups are quicker and…
  • Leak Detective Sleuths Out Trouble

    Phil Pasma
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:08 am
    How an ultrasound inspection saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by finding vacuum leaks hidden underneath thick pipe insulation.  A major industrial facility had an urgent need to locate a vacuum leak in a pipe that was insulated in rock wool covered by an aluminium outer skin. The cost of downtime at the facility was estimated at $35,000 per hour, and the time the maintenance department had allocated for locating the leak or leaks was one full shift (8 hours). It was going to be expensive! A service inspector from Enercheck Systems was called in and he asked to have the…
  • Five Hands-On Maintenance Tips for Motors and Drives

    Phil Pasma
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:12 am
    Routine care of motors is a familiar sounding and important part of a maintenance routine, for sure. But did you know that rogue electrical currents can blast bearings, that dust can knock drives offline or that a special screwdriver can keep muscle-bound electricians from causing motors to behave unreliably? Read on to pick up some tips from on-the-job experts. Tip 1 – Perform regular health checks on motors There are lots of parts in motors that need regular care. “Not unlike having a check up at your doctor’s office, periodic checks and measurements of your motors assist…
  • What 5 Influencers have to say about the Future of Manufacturing

    Phil Pasma
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    There is a constant buzz around the future of manufacturing, trends of onshoring, lack of skilled workers and the introduction of new technology. Here is what major influencers in manufacturing have to say about it:    Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Our take from the recently released IDC Manufacturing Insights report was that it focused on two key points that seem to really stick out through repetition simply of the two words: Operations and Technology. We have written extensively on how investments in improved operations and technology are great ways to improve…
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  • Common Lean Manufacturing Software Project Constraints

    Pam Bednar
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
                          Leveraging Project “Constraints” and Maximizing Results As a project manager for demand-driven, lean manufacturing software, I have more than a nodding acquaintance with the theory of constraints (TOC). What I find quite remarkable is the ability to apply the theory of constraints to other mediums beyond the manufacturing of goods – even something like project work.  When a client understands the theory’s principles, it can be powerful in driving a truly transformational project that outperforms their other…
  • Using TOC, Lean and Six Sigma to Become More Demand-Driven

    Pam Bednar
    19 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    What Tools to Use to Get the Most of Your Demand-Driven Changes Last time, we looked at specific companies that I have worked with and how they became more demand-driven using the Theory of Constraints (TOC) as a first step. As you saw from these real-life examples, TOC works well as a pointer to see where you need to change – and what should be the first items on the list. I have watched TOC solutions work exceedingly well in manufacturing, scheduling, replenishment, and project management for continuous improvements that truly revolutionize environments.  Just as coarse-grade sandpaper…
  • Three Ways to Use Big Data to Understand Your Customers

    Pam Bednar
    2 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    How effective marketers use customer intelligence data to build relationships Marketers have more connected data to work with these days– but many of us struggle to find a place to put it to use. The Internet of Things has delivered unprecedented visibility and connectivity between: Sales data (what leads yield results and why?) Customer data (who is your customer and where do they go to learn about your products?) Product data (what customers need from your product and where are your next innovations?). As your company’s social media marketer, sales lead choreographer or product…
  • Life Hack 101: Doing Implementation Documentation Right

    Pam Bednar
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
                    The Who, When, What and Where for a Solid Project Doc Strategy Imagine if your most important photos—your child’s first birthday party, the day you brought home your new dog, that awesome vacation in Europe—were all lost forever. Your computer fell into the bathtub or the hard drive was wiped by an electrical storm, and you didn’t back up your drive. Don’t let this happen to your project documentation. Keep it accessible and functional for the life of your project as well as secure for future use, whether it’s for new end…
  • When Manufacturing Improvements Have Too High a Price

    Pam Bednar
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
                        Engineering design fiascos – spending thousands to save pennies This is a true story. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. It’s meant to illustrate how using constraints-based thinking can uncover the hidden price of cost-cutting projects. Several years ago, a friend of mine was working in the quality group at a large automotive company.  We will call my friend Harry for the story.  Harry’s position was to use statistical analysis to determine design flaws from a large data warehouse containing…
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    LED Lighting Magazine: LED Lighting News, LED Bulbs, LED Lamps

  • The Rise and Fall in the Prices of LED Bulbs In India

    Alex Micky
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:49 pm
    LED Bulbs Price in IndiaThe importance of the LED bulbs in the Indian economy has led to the high increment and demand in the LED bulbs. These further led to the establishment of several companies and factories handling the manufacturing and production of LED bulbs in within the country.India is one of the highest country or nation of the world with the greatest consumption of the LED bulbs, and further recognized as a reputable and noble exporter of the LED bulbs and lighting to various other neighboring countries. The increase in the prices of LED Bulbs in India was once experienced in the…
  • The Importance Of LED Commercial Lighting In Finance Homes

    Alex Micky
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Commercial LEDLED Commercial Lighting are very well known and recognized for their immense contributions and growth of the economy. A perfect research and close observation has shown that, that are many things that would be affected negatively if the presence of the LED Commercial Lighting ceases to exist. Production Companies, manufacturing industries, Public and Private Enterprises, Individual business, etc are the major sources and clients whom have benefited immeasurably from the existence and the subsistence of the Superb Lighting and fittings.It is indeed true that without the…
  • Buy Energy Saving LED Bulbs for Home Lighting

    Alex Micky
    29 May 2015 | 3:51 am
    What are Energy Saving LED Bulbs for Home Lighting?Image credit: digsdigs.comEnergy saving LED bulbs is chiefly those types’ bulbs which are wholly optimized in the home for the sole purpose of lightening up the whole house and thereby ensuring maximum comfort and relaxation. It is however clear that the Energy Saving LED Bulbs for Home Lighting is the best type bulb lighting for Homes, offices, schools, Colleges and workshops.  The LED formula is more often Preferred and patronized especially when compared to other lighting types and formulas like the fluorescent lighting and other…
  • LED Table Lamps & Emergency Lights

    Alex Micky
    4 May 2015 | 12:08 am
    LED Lamps & Emergency LightsUnderstanding table and Emergency LightsTable lights are often very useful in the homes and workshops, sometimes its services are also employed in laboratories and Intensive care units etc. The LED Table Lamps are often used to help with vision especially in calm and quiescent moments in the middle of the nights or in a quietly enclosed inner room.While on other hand, Emergency lights could serve as a great tool for emergency occasions and cases of urgency. Some of these emergency lights are often crafted to be very flexible and mobile. In such a way that they…
  • 6 LED Lighting Fixtures for Office Use

    Alex Micky
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:11 am
    Image credit: design4interior.comLED Does it BetterThe services of the Led Lighting and its fixtures are mostly employed in modern day office lighting projects and development. The Led has been a trusted and most preferred choice for the past 1 to 2 decades because of it vast benefits and resourcefulness.However, this LED lighting alone cannot go any further without optimizing for the best Fixtures. Getting a brilliant LED fixture give your office environment that enticing, stylish and dynamic beauty which is required of it. There is however varieties and multifarious kinds of fixtures design…
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    FDA News | The Official Registrar Corp Blog

  • How Many Unique Device Identifiers (UDIs) Will You Need?

    David Lennarz
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    You may be surprised by the number of different Unique Device Identifiers (UDIs) a company may need for a single type of device. A separate UDI is needed for certain variables, such as: Size Color Material Style Package Size For example, if the same surgical glove was available in latex and vinyl, each glove would need its own UDI. Registrar Corp put together the infographic below to demonstrate to industry how to determine the number of UDIs a company may need for a single device type.  Registrar Corp can help medical device companies determine the UDI requirements for a particular device…
  • FDA Publishes Draft Guidance for UDI Direct Marking

    David Lennarz
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    On June 23, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a draft guidance regarding the placement of unique device identifiers (UDIs) directly onto devices.  Most devices will soon be required to bear a UDI on their labels and packaging.  For a device that is intended to be used more than once and intended to be reprocessed before each use, the UDI will also need to be permanently affixed to the device itself. This is called direct marking. FDA considers “intended to be used more than once” to mean “intended for repeated uses on or by different…
  • eMDR Compliance Date Less Than 2 Months Away

    David Lennarz
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    In February 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a final rule requiring medical device manufacturers and importers to submit mandatory initial and supplemental adverse event reports in electronic format.  Companies have until August 14, 2015 to comply. Companies must obtain a Web Trade Account from FDA’s Electronic Submission Gateway.  FDA urges users not to wait until August 14 to create an account, as the process has many steps, including submitting a letter of non-repudiation to FDA and submitting a test electronic medical device report (eMDR).  Voluntary…
  • FDA Says Partially Hydrogenated Oils are No Longer Considered Safe

    David Lennarz
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:24 am
    On June 16, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its final determination that Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs), the largest cause of artificial trans-fat in processed foods, are not Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).  Food products will no longer be able to contain PHOs unless approved by FDA.  Food manufacturers and processors have until June 18, 2018 to comply by either removing PHOs from their food products or petitioning FDA for approval for use. Why are trans-fats no longer GRAS? Research has revealed that trans-fats are directly related to increased levels of…
  • FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP)

    David Lennarz
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    On June 4, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance regarding its Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), a voluntary program that will offer an expedited importation process to food importers who maintain a high level of control over the safety and security of their supply chain. VQIP regulations were mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Benefits of participating in the VQIP will include, but are not limited to: Expedited U.S. entry for foods included in an approved VQIP application (VQIP foods). FDA will program its PREDICT system to…
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    Silicone Designs

  • Silicone Butt Injections Are Still Reeling Victims In

    Solenn Kincaid
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Despite the number of death cases directly related to illegal butt injections, there are still women out there who are falling victims to fraudulent doctors. The new cases follow the same path that the old ones had treaded: lack of caution and victims taking the easy route. Silicone Injection Black Market Atlanta resident Kimberly Smedley has been one of the many practitioners of illegal silicone butt-injection and has served more than ten years after being found guilty. She admitted that money was her main motivation for her involvement. In her 2014 book, The Backside of the Story, she…
  • The Medical Sector Propels the Silicone Industry Under its Wings

    Cary Whiteglove
    15 May 2015 | 1:27 am
    Silicone is an integral part in the growth of the medical field. This product is being used in patient care, patient monitoring, therapy, surgery, respiratory and anesthesia, and so many others. But the product is only as versatile as the market around it and the company that are in the background. There are certainly a number of big corporations out there that are competing in developing the next best thing in silicone. Parker-Hannifin One company that is the top leaders in the silicone world in the branch of medical field is Parker-Hannifin Corp based on Cleveland. Since their acquisition…
  • Silicone Pacifier: Is it Safe for Infants?

    Solenn Kincaid
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Being vigilant is one of the top traits a parent should adhere. This holds true especially for those who have an infant living in their household. Infants are extremely vulnerable to a plethora of things which can lead to unforeseen complications. Pacifier and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) SIDS, also known as cot or crib death, is the immediate death of an infant that is not easily explained when they are between 1 month and 1 year of age. This occurrence claims about 2,500 infants each year in the U.S. alone. Despite years of research on the subject, it’s still unclear what is…
  • Joining in the Flourishing Silicone Fluid Market

    Solenn Kincaid
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:54 pm
    There may be some of you out there who are wondering if it’s a good idea to be involved in the silicone business. It’s a good question given that there are hundreds of companies out there that already have established a solid foundation in the industry. Jumping on the Bandwagon Similar to starting with any other business, first you need to do your homework on the niche that you have in mind. Currently, silicone’s market size in terms of value is appraised to be at $5.2 billion this year and is estimated to grow to $7.3 billion in the next five years, flourishing at a compound annual…
  • Companies Collaborate to Push Silicone Industry Forward

    Solenn Kincaid
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Silcotech and Dow Corning Corp have agreed to collaborate together in an effort to further push the silicone technology forward. The two companies are among the biggest players in the silicone market and have made several contributions in the industry for years. Two is better than one There have been a lot of innovative breakthroughs in this market over the years. Silicone has made its way through literally hundreds – if not thousands – of materials in varying markets. Companies have been in their respective corner trying to figure out other means of integrating silicone into niches that…
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