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  • The Evolution of the Supply Chain [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Manufacturing Transformation Blog
    Gordon Benzie
    21 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    Thanks to the team at the University of San Francisco for preparing this Infographic. Below are highlights that mark the transformation of  the Supply Chain over the past 125 years. Some notable milestones: The first UPC barcode was used in 1974, which revolutionized inventory and retail operations In 1999 MIT launched Auto ID Labs to develop low cost RFID tags and applications; concept eventually became the Electronic Product Code (EPC) In 2011, Maersk Lines places order for 20 new Triple-E container ships, capable of holding a TEU record of 18,000+ One thing is for certain … more…
  • 5 Ways the Cloud Can Impact Manufacturing

    Manufacturing Transformation Blog
    Susan Finch
    14 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    According to a survey by NSK Inc., 82 percent of companies surveyed saved money by moving various parts of their business to the cloud. Interestingly, however, according to another  survey by a renown analyst firm, only 3 percent of manufacturers have a cloud-based Manufacturing Execution System installed. Clearly, we have a world where cloud adoption is not ubiquitous! Meanwhile, 14 percent of those that have embraced cloud-based IT systems later downsized their IT needs after cloud adoption, representing an opportunity for cost savings. Although cloud computing can positively impact your…
  • Manufacturing Execution Systems – the Investment That Keeps on Giving

    Manufacturing Transformation Blog
    Olivier Drean
    20 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    How much Return on Investment (ROI) should you expect from implementing a Manufacturing Execution System? 3x? 5x investment? It’s something that is often debated in the boardroom. The target itself can often be the key determining factor in business transformation. Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are a prime example of an investment that can truly transform a business for the better. However, the degree of potential business change can vary. How brave, committed and visionary are you? In the battle for competitive advantage, the manufacturers that come out on top see macro…
  • 5 Email Tools to Fuel Your Outreach Efforts

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    cbpower
    13 May 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Keep the pipeline full and the quality leads coming in with these five powerful email tools. Find out what they are.
  • A Constant in Manufacturing – Improving Safety [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Manufacturing Transformation Blog
    Gordon Benzie
    19 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Alphonse Karr   Despite all the transformation currently underway with the digital and global revolution impacting manufacturing, some things do remain the same. People are still a central point to getting the work done, driving innovation, and bringing the next level of productivity to the shop floor. In that theme, we thought it would be a good idea to present some interesting safety statistics, with the goal of making the shop floor a safer, and more productive place. Special thanks to the team at Magnatag, who…
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  • ADM Moving Away From Ethanol, High Fructose Corn Syrup

    bbergin
    26 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Archer Daniels Midland is shifting toward new uses for corn in light of lagging demand for two of its most prominent products.
  • Fire At Giant Apple Plant In Arizona Quickly Controlled

    feeds_user
    26 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    A fire at a huge plant owned by tech giant Apple Inc. in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa caused a section of the roof to collapse, but no one was hurt. Deputy Chief Forrest Smith of Mesa Fire and Medical says Tuesday's fire at the 1.3 million-square-foot (120,000 sq. meter) plant was confined to a section of the roof over a loading dock. He says the intense blaze may have been sparked by rooftop solar panels.
  • Provision In Senate Trade Package Hopes To Lift U.S. Steel Industry

    bbergin
    26 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    A measure intended to root out currency manipulation headlined a package of trade legislatio
  • Hyundai Is First To Offer Android Auto System

    bbergin
    26 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Hyundai is the first carmaker to offer Google's Android Auto system. Starting Tuesday, Android smartphone users with a 2015 Sonata can ask dealers to download the system for free. Drivers must have a Sonata with navigation, which is part of an optional technology package. Android Auto will soon be available on other Hyundai models.
  • Obama Urges Senate To Renew Phone-Records Programs

    bbergin
    26 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to renew the government's power to search Americans' telephone records, saying public safety demands it. Barring a last-minute compromise when the Senate returns for a rare Sunday session, that specific provision of federal law will sunset at midnight May 31.
 
 
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  • 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 [...]
  • Third generation Ultra-Fast I-V Bias Generators (UFBG-602/XXX) designed for rapid real-time MRI and others acquisitions using RF Coil for signal sensing

    Editorial Team
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Company: Electronic Design & Research News Location: Louisville, Kentucky - USA Published On: March 25, 2015 Social Media Pitch: Electronic Design & Research has added one more family of devices to its product line featuring UFBG-602/A/6kV [P/N EDR88111/A/H6] intended for aiding rapid data acquisition of signals generated by excited carbon atoms during advanced MR Imaging [...]
  • Optec Launches Its First Video of Multifibers Engineering Excellence Hong Kong

    Editorial Team
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    Company: Opec Technology Ltd. News Location: Hong Kong Published On: March 24, 2015 Social Media Pitch: Optec Technology Limited, a leader in fiber optic interconnect and assembly products, today announces the celebration of its growth and expansion with launch of its corporate video. The video gives an inside view of Optec. It introduces Optec’s advanced [...]
  • New Temperature Sensor Series for HVAC and Building Technology

    Editorial Team
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Company: E+E Elektronik GmbH News Location: Engerwitzdorf, Austria Published On: March 11, 2015 Social Media Pitch: E+E Elektronik expands its product range with various sensors for passive temperature measurement for HVAC and building technology. The compact, innovative enclosure with protection class IP65/NEMA 4 facilitates easy and fast installation of the sensors. Due to external mounting [...]
  • Digital Pyrometry Re-Invented – New 2-Color Sensor Metis Models M311 & M322

    Editorial Team
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    Company: Process Sensors Corp. News Location: Franklin Lakes, New Jersey Published On: March 10, 2011 Social Media Pitch: Process Sensors Corporation introduces another new Metis sensor to its’ already extensive Metis product line. Known as the Metis M3 series, its’ highly unique and advanced design, customization, and adaptability outperforms any conventional pyrometer on the market [...]
 
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  • ADM Moving Away From Ethanol, High Fructose Corn Syrup

    bbergin
    26 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Archer Daniels Midland is shifting toward new uses for corn in light of lagging demand for two of its most prominent products.
  • Fire At Giant Apple Plant In Arizona Quickly Controlled

    feeds_user
    26 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    A fire at a huge plant owned by tech giant Apple Inc. in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa caused a section of the roof to collapse, but no one was hurt. Deputy Chief Forrest Smith of Mesa Fire and Medical says Tuesday's fire at the 1.3 million-square-foot (120,000 sq. meter) plant was confined to a section of the roof over a loading dock. He says the intense blaze may have been sparked by rooftop solar panels.
  • Provision In Senate Trade Package Hopes To Lift U.S. Steel Industry

    bbergin
    26 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    A measure intended to root out currency manipulation headlined a package of trade legislatio
  • Hyundai Is First To Offer Android Auto System

    bbergin
    26 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Hyundai is the first carmaker to offer Google's Android Auto system. Starting Tuesday, Android smartphone users with a 2015 Sonata can ask dealers to download the system for free. Drivers must have a Sonata with navigation, which is part of an optional technology package. Android Auto will soon be available on other Hyundai models.
  • Obama Urges Senate To Renew Phone-Records Programs

    bbergin
    26 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to renew the government's power to search Americans' telephone records, saying public safety demands it. Barring a last-minute compromise when the Senate returns for a rare Sunday session, that specific provision of federal law will sunset at midnight May 31.
 
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  • Rep. Scalise, Sen. Capito introduce Legislation to Improve Air Permitting

    Ross Eisenberg
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Last week, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced H.R. 2557/S. 1425, the “Promoting New Manufacturing Act,” in the House and Senate. The NAM has been a longtime supporter of this bill, on which we testified and supported with a Key Vote Letter in the 113th Congress. The Promoting New Manufacturing Act would make a series of relatively simple enhancements to the air permitting process to enable manufacturers to get their permits quicker while allowing the EPA to continue to protect the environment. It would create a permitting dashboard, requiring EPA to…
  • Dallas Fed: Manufacturing Activity Contracted in Texas for the Fifth Straight Month

    Chad Moutray
    26 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    The Dallas Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity contracted in Texas for the fifth straight month. The composite index of general business conditions declined from -16.0 in April to -20.8 in May, falling to its lowest level since June 2009. Manufacturers in the district continue to struggle with lower crude oil prices; although, there might also be a sense of stabilization. As one fabricated metal manufacturing respondent said in the sample comments, “With some recovery in the price per barrel of oil, the general feeling is that our business has leveled.” Still, these data…
  • Conference Board: Consumer Confidence Rebounded a Little in May

    Chad Moutray
    26 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    The Conference Board said that consumer sentiment rebounded a little in May. The Consumer Confidence Index has been quite volatile over the past six months, ranging from a low of 91.0 in November to a high of 103.8 in January (a post-recessionary peak).  Confidence plummeted to 94.3 in April, but it edged somewhat higher to 95.4 in May. On the positive side, Americans are more confident today than they were one year ago (when the index was 82.2), and they were slightly more upbeat for the month. Yet, these data indicate that the public remains anxious about employment and income growth,…
  • Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Activity Expanded Ever-So-Slightly in May

    Chad Moutray
    26 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    The Richmond Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity expanded ever-so-slightly in May, an improvement after contracting in both March and April. The composite index of general business activity improved from -3 in April to 1 in May. The underlying data were also better, including new orders (up from -6 to 2) and capacity utilization (up from -4 to 7). Shipments (up from -6 to -1) continued to contract, but at a slower pace of decline for the month. At the same time, the labor market was mixed. The rate of employment growth (down from 7 to 3) eased somewhat, but the average…
  • Durable Goods Orders Fell 0.5 Percent in April, but Up Modestly Excluding Transportation

    Chad Moutray
    26 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    The Census Bureau said that new durable goods orders declined by 0.5 percent in April, pulling back from the 5.1 percent increase in March. Strong defense and nondefense aircraft orders in March helped to buoy that month’s figures, with April’s data reflecting a slight pullback from those levels. Aircraft sales are often bulked together in batches, making them more volatile from month-to-month. As a whole, transportation equipment orders fell 2.5 percent, largely on the decreases for aircraft. Motor vehicles and parts sales, which are also part of transportation orders, rose 0.3 percent…
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    Lean Blog

  • Lean in the Kitchen; Weekend Urgent Care

    Mark Graban
    26 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    I hope y’all had a nice Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S. It’s a global audience for the blog, but I had the take the day off from Lean (other than this post for the holiday). I spent a lot of time over the weekend being lazy and resting as many people do – but for medical reasons, in my case. I threw out my lower back on Friday morning. Allow me to warn you about the workplace safety threat that is the sneeze. I was seated and turned to sneeze…. ouch, my back. By Friday afternoon, I was really hobbling around with a lot of pain shooting down my left leg, muscle…
  • Memorial Day 2015 – A Day of Remembrance

    Mark Graban
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day for remembering those lost in war and in military service. It’s a day worth remembering those veterans who are alive and need to be served better by our VA health system and by society. Here are a few past posts on this topic… these problems, including the long waiting times and safety/quality issues, still need to be solved. Memorial Day – A Reminder to Provide Better Care for Living Veterans The Real #VAscandal is the Long Waiting Times & Bad Management, Not Gaming by Bad Apples Secretary Shinseki Has Resigned; Will…
  • Key Tweets from @MarkGraban – Week of May 18, 2015

    Mark Graban
    24 May 2015 | 6:55 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. A better reader experience, perhaps… I have to credit @MarkGraban for the quote on the board today pic.twitter.com/bZUsSuxJlT — Cowboy…
  • 10 Key Lean Mindsets for Factories, Hospitals, Startups, and More

    Mark Graban
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here’s my latest post for LinkedIn through their “Influencers” series. It might be old hat to readers of this blog, but I hope what I shared is useful for a wider audience that I have there. 10 Key Lean Mindsets for Factories, Hospitals, Startups, and More Feel free to comment there at LinkedIn or here at the bottom of this post. I know I barely scratched the surface… what mindsets would you add? I think “respect for people” is embedded in all of this. Listen to Mark read the post (subscribe to the podcast): http://cdn.audiometric.io/2864380172.mp3  …
  • Is Your Lean Journey Being Embraced With “Open Arms?” Are you Practicing Lean “Faithfully?”

    Mark Graban
    21 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    The phrase “Lean journey” is used widely to describe an organization’s transformation over time. It’s either a phrase that invokes helpful imagery or it’s a horrible cliché. I was speaking at a Lean event last week and I kept hearing “Lean journey” come out of the mouths of most speakers. It probably counts as a “Throwback Thursday” post to then think back to the band Journey — a group that hit its peak in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Journey was most popular when what was then known as “just in time” or…
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  • Slow… or Just Observant?

    kmadmin
    12 May 2015 | 11:38 pm
    By Kevin Meyer The recent earthquake in Nepal has led me to reflect a bit on the importance of observation.  Just over a year ago my wife and I were in Nepal, visiting various locations in the Kathmandu valley as well as Pokhara and Begnas Lake.  It's a beautiful country with a beautiful people that work hard every day to scratch out a living. We got to see many of the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country, including Durbar Square in Kathmandu.  I'm glad we did - here's the photo we took, and what it looks like now after the earthquake.  A heartbreaking loss of culture,…
  • Find the Other Stories

    kmadmin
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:36 pm
    By Kevin Meyer I recently came across the following TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie where she talks about the "danger of a single story."  From growing up as a kid in Nigeria to studying in the United States and into adulthood, she describes how both herself and others, having only heard a single story about a certain situation, critically misunderstand the person or circumstance. We all experience the power of the single story, often without realizing the danger.  How many of us get our news of the world, and thereby form opinions, from just a single news source?  Or even worse,…
  • The Engaging Value of Risk

    kmadmin
    22 Feb 2015 | 1:53 pm
    By Kevin Meyer Humans tend to abhor chaos, and love to invoke rules to supposedly create order. We like rules because they make us feel protected, aligned, and perhaps operating on a fair playing field. At the same time we dislike rules because they can protect us to the point of being smothering, align us to the point of being constraining, and fair to the point of being unfair. Regardless of perspective, there are an increasing number of them - thousands per year.  Most folks don't blink an eye. What are we doing to ourselves as a society? As organizations? Or individually as humans and…
  • The Mindful Ohno

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

    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…
 
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • Modern Mining is Transitioning to Support Manufacturing’s Need for New Materials

    Brooke Chaplan
    26 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Technological strides have changed many lives the world over, from just making life more convenient, to radically changing industries and landscapes. Manufacturers are tasked with making new products that take advantage of these technological advances, which often require new materials or advanced production processes. This transformation changes supply chain requirements, including the mining methods needed to accommodate. The mining of metals, coal, and limestone began back in the Stone Age when people used crude tools to gather precious metals and minerals. As technologies advanced, and…
  • The Evolution of the Supply Chain [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Gordon Benzie
    21 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    Thanks to the team at the University of San Francisco for preparing this Infographic. Below are highlights that mark the transformation of  the Supply Chain over the past 125 years. Some notable milestones: The first UPC barcode was used in 1974, which revolutionized inventory and retail operations In 1999 MIT launched Auto ID Labs to develop low cost RFID tags and applications; concept eventually became the Electronic Product Code (EPC) In 2011, Maersk Lines places order for 20 new Triple-E container ships, capable of holding a TEU record of 18,000+ One thing is for certain … more…
  • Manufacturing Execution Systems – the Investment That Keeps on Giving

    Olivier Drean
    20 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    How much Return on Investment (ROI) should you expect from implementing a Manufacturing Execution System? 3x? 5x investment? It’s something that is often debated in the boardroom. The target itself can often be the key determining factor in business transformation. Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are a prime example of an investment that can truly transform a business for the better. However, the degree of potential business change can vary. How brave, committed and visionary are you? In the battle for competitive advantage, the manufacturers that come out on top see macro…
  • A Constant in Manufacturing – Improving Safety [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Gordon Benzie
    19 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Alphonse Karr   Despite all the transformation currently underway with the digital and global revolution impacting manufacturing, some things do remain the same. People are still a central point to getting the work done, driving innovation, and bringing the next level of productivity to the shop floor. In that theme, we thought it would be a good idea to present some interesting safety statistics, with the goal of making the shop floor a safer, and more productive place. Special thanks to the team at Magnatag, who…
  • 5 Ways the Cloud Can Impact Manufacturing

    Susan Finch
    14 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    According to a survey by NSK Inc., 82 percent of companies surveyed saved money by moving various parts of their business to the cloud. Interestingly, however, according to another  survey by a renown analyst firm, only 3 percent of manufacturers have a cloud-based Manufacturing Execution System installed. Clearly, we have a world where cloud adoption is not ubiquitous! Meanwhile, 14 percent of those that have embraced cloud-based IT systems later downsized their IT needs after cloud adoption, representing an opportunity for cost savings. Although cloud computing can positively impact your…
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  • Predictive Analytics: A Magic Bullet for Field Service Hiring Managers?

    Rian Ervin
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Talent management is one of the biggest challenges field service leaders face. Hiring and retaining the right employees, managing an aging workforce and training workers on emerging technologies are big tasks for any manager. But with predictive analytics making a buzz in the HR community, could data-driven hiring be the answer to service leaders’ talent struggles? It’s still early days for predictive analytics in field service, but it’s no longer the stuff of SciFi films. It’s real science, and the data can have an impact on finding and hiring the right employees. Big…
  • Why Field Service Matters to CFOs

    Preeti Upadhyaya
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Field service leaders are increasingly expected to add revenue to the balance sheet — and technicians are the front-line salespeople capable of turning happy customers into paying customers. Service’s growing financial might is catching the attention of finance executives — particularly CFOs — who are paying close attention to how service teams can support the company’s long-term growth goals. Mike Vaughan, CFO of Liftech Equipment Companies, a Syracuse, N.Y.-based lift truck distributor, has watched his company stand out from regional competitors by focusing on long-term,…
  • Think Twice Before Sending a Text You Can’t Take Back

    Donald B. Stephens
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Donald B. Stephens is a 30-year senior customer service engineer with the Xerox Corporation. In this post, he asks why field service professionals can’t communicate, well, a little more professionally. “I need u two g o their rite now. NO goofin off @ all NOW!!!” No, this is not a game to see how many mistakes you can find in the message. But it is a short quiz. If this were a message from a field service manager to an employee, via any of the ways we communicate electronically these days, what would you say was the sender’s greatest sin? While the writer in me filters…
  • Field Service Gets Its Due Respect at Maximize 2015

    Derek Korte
    18 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    For years, field service leaders couldn’t help but feel like Rodney Dangerfield: Respect wasn’t always easy to come by. But that’s changing fast as service teams become integral to keeping customers happy — and revenue flowing. That much was obvious last week at ServiceMax’s Maximize 2015 event in San Francisco, attracting more than 600 field service leaders from around the world. (Field Service Digital was the official media sponsor.) Attendees represented a diverse collection of companies and industries, from giants like Coca-Cola Enterprises to regional players…
  • 5 Ways to Keep Star Employees Engaged

    Preeti Upadhyaya
    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Field service leaders know that attracting the right employees is just one part of the whole talent picture — it’s just as imperative to have strong strategies in place to keep great employees around. Below, HR expert Suzanne Lucas shares five key tips for creating a work environment that keeps employees from looking for the next best thing. 1) Promote from within. Of course, every manager wants to keep his or her best-performing members in their own department. But to keep your top talent around, it’s imperative to give them opportunities to advance through the ranks and take…
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  • 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…
  • The three As of interviewing

    Mike Moore
    18 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Want to know the secret to acing your upcoming job interview?  Just be sure you have each of the three As covered: Appearance: From a fresh smile to manicured fingernails, every element of your appearance counts. If you’re unsure what to wear, a more professional appearance is better than a too casual look. Your appearance doesn’t just apply to what you are wearing either; consider the case on your cell phone and the bag or briefcase you’re carrying — the details matter. Arrival: Arrival time is crucial to the tone of the interview. If you arrive too early, it’s possible the…
  • Dealing with homeowners’ pets

    Mike Moore
    13 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    You’ve done your pre-call planning, prepped for your next service call, and are walking up to the door. You ring the doorbell and hear a dog barking in response. While this might not be the most welcoming sound, a homeowner’s pet is no reason to panic. Here are three tried and true tips for dealing with dogs. Pass the sniff test. Dogs are sensory animals that judge a stranger by their scent and not their character. While you might not mean them any harm, dogs see big toolboxes and equipment and a scent-rich stranger. Allow the dog to come to you and smell your hands. Think of it like a…
  • What does weather have to do with it?

    Mike Moore
    11 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Today, I’d like to talk about a simple, daily, proactive planning measure you can take to help your company function smoother during the busy summer months — check the weather. Now, some of you might say, “Mike! I already check the weather every day; how does that affect my business?” Knowing the weather for the week helps you proactively plan and prepare your employees for some small adjustments throughout your business to improve both safety and revenue. Here are some ways weather planning can help you prepare for your day: Adjust time in between appointments: During rain or…
  • Discover your learning style

    Mike Moore
    5 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Students interested in classes and webinars offered by HVAC Learning Solutions, can often be unsure of whether the web-based or instruction-based technical training is the best option. To help you choose which course style is best for you, I’ve outlined some points to consider from each class, based on learning style. Visual Learners vs. Aural Learners  Visual learners …  Prefer to be shown how to do something, not just told Like quiet time to focus Like colors and pictures, versus plain text Should choose BuildATech™— A visual learner will likely benefit from the hands-on…
 
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  • Honoring Those Who Have Served

    Bob Warfield
    25 May 2015 | 10:24 am
  • 3 Step Process For Choosing CAD Software

    Bob Warfield
    24 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    This article is part of our series for getting CNC Beginners up to speed fast.  Be sure to check out our CNC Beginner Home Page for more good articles. Being a CNC Beginner can seem daunting–you have to learn a very broad range of topics before you can make your first part.  But take heart,…
  • Help Us Produce More Content Focused on Your Interests

    Bob Warfield
    20 May 2015 | 6:29 pm
    We’ve recently added the ability to track some of your background to your user profile that goes with our emailings.  Our plan is to use the information to help guide content creation and to help us steer content your way that more closely fits your background. You can update your email profile at any time…
  • Great Grinding Videos from Suburban Tool

    Bob Warfield
    20 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Have you spent much time on a surface grinder?  Do you ever need to hold a couple of tenths or less on a part?  Would you like to make super-precision tooling? This kind of work is a little off the beaten path for many machinists.  It’s the realm of Tool Making and Toolmakers, and it’s…
  • Conversational Chamfer Wizard for Lathes in G-Wizard Editor

    Bob Warfield
    20 May 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Our focus with G-Wizard Editor has lately been on finishing all the Conversational CNC Wizards. First, what is Conversational CNC and why would you use it? The idea is to make it quick and easy to produce g-code for simple tasks–quicker and easier than having to do a CAD drawing and run your CAM software.…
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  • Buying VFDs? Here's what you need to know

    David Manney
    25 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Otherwise called as Variable Speed Drives, AC drives, or inverters, Variable Frequency Drives, or VFDs, are responsible for controlling the speed and torque of an AC motor. It works by adjusting the voltage and input frequency to synchronous motors. While recent technologies in VFDs are capable of simplifying the entire process of adjusting the speed of AC motors with three phases, there was a point in history when it was a challenge to operate AC motors that come with a single or dual speed. What’s more, there are issues in terms of the construction of the AC motor, as well as the…
  • Memorial Day: A Ballad of Heroes

    David Manney
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    A Ballad of Heroes by Austin Dobson Because you passed, and now are not,— Because, in some remoter day, Your sacred dust from doubtful spot Was blown of ancient airs away,— Because you perished,—must men say Your deeds were naught, and so profane Your lives with that cold burden ? Nay, The deeds you wrought are not in vain! Though, it may be, above the plot That hid your once imperial clay, No greener than o’er men forgot The unregarding grasses sway;— Though there no sweeter is the lay Of careless birds,—though you remain Without distinction of decay,— The deeds you wrought…
  • How to Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Machines

    David Manney
    22 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    Energy conservation and efficiency are crucial to keeping your costs to a minimum while doing your part in reducing carbon footprint. However, if you are operating industrial machines, there is no such thing as an energy star label that you can simply look for to make sure your piece of equipment is efficient to use. With this in mind, what can you do to determine how energy-efficient the machines that are used in your facility? Managing Energy Consumption While most people may be impressed by the affordable cost and key features of a product, the inefficient usage of energy may serve as a…
  • A Better Motor? Marathon Electric's SyMAX

    David Manney
    20 May 2015 | 9:15 am
      Since 1913, Marathon Electric has developed a reputation for conservative motor designs and highly engineered products used in a vast array of commercial and industrial applications around the world. Today, Marathon Electric builds on our legacy of innovation and efficient motor designs with the introduction of a brand new science – Magnology™, the joining of magnetics and motors into a single leading technology. This science allows for unparalleled power densities, unprecedented performance, and unmatched efficiencies. Our use of Magnology has led to the motor industry’s first…
  • Beware the Danger of Dust in Electric Motors

    David Manney
    18 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    It is important to check the condition and normal operations of your electric motors. Keep in mind that in any types of industry, there are always hazards that can trigger issues in the performance of electric motors such as dust, moisture, and intense heat. In particular, there are very small particles of dust in the air at all times, and these can get inside your electric motor and lead to damages. With dust accumulation, failure and overheating may arise as the cooling passages in electric motors are blocked due to the buildup of dust. You have to realize that fine particles of dust in the…
 
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    strategy+business: OPERATIONS & MANUFACTURING

  • The Decline of the COO

    3 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The chief operating officer has traditionally been the number two person in many companies -- the senior executive charged with overseeing all of the company's business operations. But COOs are becoming an endangered species, made obsolete by a more efficient CEO.
  • Demand Growing for Supply Chain Execs

    9 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Large companies are recruiting an increasing number of top executives with experience in supply chain management. But the financial payoff remains elusive.
  • A Sprinter's Guide to Project Management

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

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

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This slideshow is part of the article "Warfare, Software, and Industrial Design."
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • Hybrid Additive Manufacturing: The Next Generation Manufacturing Technology

    Stephanie Aldrete
    19 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Q&A Interview with Andreas Saar, Vice President – Manufacturing Engineering Solutions, Siemens PLM Software  What is hybrid additive manufacturing and what are the benefits? We define hybrid additive manufacturing as combining additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) and subtractive manufacturing methods to build finished parts in one environment. By building up complex geometries, including internal cavities or lattice structures, and then machining them for tight tolerances on all functional faces as the parts are built up, new classes of parts can be manufactured and multiple…
  • Solid Edge ST8 – Design without boundaries

    David Chadwick
    18 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    This year our Solid Edge ST8 launch is at the Siemens PLM Connection Americas User Conference in Dallas. This user focused event is a natural venue for our launch where the theme for Solid Edge ST8 is “Design without boundaries” and the focus is on continued productivity improvements and ease of access for our Solid Edge users. As John Miller, Senior Vice President for Mainstream Engineering Software comments in the ST8 press release “Solid Edge ST8 significantly enhances accessibility and ease of use … customers have a choice of how they purchase and deploy Solid Edge. Whether it…
  • Solid Edge App Marketplace now online

    David Chadwick
    18 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Manufacturers are increasingly purchasing industrial supplies and software online The launch of the Solid Edge App Marketplace is a significant step on our path to make professional 3D CAD software for product development easier to access for students, inventors, start-ups and manufacturing companies around the world. In an earlier blog Managing design resources to meet customer needs I discussed how the introduction of monthly subscriptions for Solid Edge is giving manufacturers more flexibility in how they purchase and access professional 3D CAD software. These subscriptions are now…
  • CAE Automation: Eliminate Your Simulation Bottleneck

    Amy Allen
    14 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    CAE automation empowers your entire team to not only do more, but to do better as well. You can eliminate the simulation bottleneck that delays product development when you implement the relatively easy and cost-effective solution of CAE automation. Let’s back up for a minute though and first look at the problem. What causes a simulation bottleneck in the first place? Chances are if you’re reading this, you don’t currently have a CAE automation process in place. You also have too few CAE analysts to meet your company’s simulation demands. Your designers are left to wait as the…
  • Making Engineers in India

    Dora Smith
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Last week at Hannover Messe in Germany, India unleashed its lions on the city. India was the official partner country of the fair. Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted in his speech at the inaugural session of the event how the “Make in India” lion is the symbol of a new India. It is inspiring 1.25 billion who live in India with a big focus on creating job opportunities for 800 million youth. Modi notes that “Make in India” is not a slogan or a brand but a new national movement. I was fortunate enough to visit India last month and I left inspired by what is happening in…
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • 3 Industrial Manufacturing Advancements to Watch For In the Next 5 Years

    14 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    U.S. manufacturing has progressed significantly during the last few years — partly due to a changing global manufacturing climate, and also because of new technologies that are making U.S. manufacturers more efficient than ever.…Read More
  • 3-D Printing in the Factory

    12 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Did you know that the internet didn’t become popular and mainstream until it was in its 30th year? This is becoming the same potentially pivotal moment for 3-D printing, in the realm of manufacturing. Today, 3-D machines are…Read More
  • Corporate Taxes – What Every Manufacturing Exec Should Know

    4 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    The ever-changing income tax environment is becoming an increasingly important issue in the manufacturing industry. Corporate income tax reform and corporate tax relief extenders are challenging topics when thinking about tangible and…Read More
  • Turning leads to sales by using content marketing

    30 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By: Janis Peiser The foundation of every business is sales leads and, with online sales continuing to grow, online lead nurturing should be part of every marketing campaign. Some companies only focus on rapid sales, concentrating on…Read More
  • The Mobile Revolution in Manufacturing

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    Mobile technologies are driving a revolution in the manufacturing industry. By designing mobility into new production strategies, processes and procedures, companies are able to bring greater accuracy and speed to their production…Read More
 
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    I.B.I.S., Inc. » Blog

  • Accelerated Solutions for CRM

    Beth Seitz
    19 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    Relationships make the best cornerstones in any business. Any successful relationship continues to grow and evolve with contact. Your clients will feel valued when you know and understand them – and that takes work. Having a good CRM tool may be one of the best investments your business can make. It offers your people specific tools needed to best connect with your clients and grow your business. Several reasons we here at I.B.I.S., Inc. chose to use Microsoft Dynamics® CRM and, more importantly, why and how we believe it will assist you to grow a stronger business: Sales: Intuitive…
  • Business Analyzer and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Part 4

    Andrew Collins
    18 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    There are many ways that Business Intelligence can be used to enhance data that has been recorded in Microsoft Dynamics GP, but how can all of it be visible from WITHIN Microsoft Dynamics GP? The answer to that question: Business Analyzer! Business Analyzer can be used to access charts and reports from your desktop and from within Microsoft Dynamics GP on Lists and the Home Page. Over the course of the following five blogs we will cover how to deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports along with how those reports can be used with Business Analyzer within Microsoft Dynamics GP and as…
  • The Basics of Customer Service within Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015

    Greg Luttrull
    14 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    The Customer Service module within Microsoft Dynamics CRM allows companies to organize and manage issues, questions, and requests from customers. Being default functionality within CRM, this module provides a way to view customer contracts and knowledge base articles, which are used to aid team members with valuable information for solving customer issues. It is important that you have the most complete picture possible when working with customers and this module will give you that advantage. Customer Service in CRM will also allow for the scheduling of specific services and qualified…
  • Making CRM Visible from the Outside

    Kyle Knab
    14 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    An internet-facing deployment of Dynamics CRM opens up the application’s best capabilities and allows it to support 3rd party vendors that have their own components beyond the CRM application. As Microsoft has improved Dynamics CRM version-by-version, configuring an IFD for CRM has become both increasingly common and necessary, but also increasingly complex. This post provides the steps for configuring IFD for Dynamics CRM 2015. Required Technologies SSL Certificate(s) IFD for CRM requires that you use SSL bindings on both the CRM IIS site and the AD FS IIS site, so you’ll need…
  • Business Analyzer and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Part 3

    Andrew Collins
    13 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    There are many ways that Business Intelligence can be used to enhance data that has been recorded in Microsoft Dynamics GP, but how can all of it be visible from WITHIN Microsoft Dynamics GP? The answer to that question: Business Analyzer! Business Analyzer can be used to access charts and reports from your desktop and from within Microsoft Dynamics GP on Lists and the Home Page. Over the course of the following five blogs we will cover how to deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports along with how those reports can be used with Business Analyzer within Microsoft Dynamics GP and as…
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    MetalMiner

  • Nickel Can’t Seem to Shake Off its Surplus, Yet Norilsk Nickel Remains Optimistic

    Stuart Burns
    26 May 2015 | 3:04 am
    Nickel has perplexed and confounded investors for the last year or more. Prices had been expected to rise on the back of an anticipated shortfall in ore supply, only for the expect opposite to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • US Dollar Finds Support, Putting Pressure on Metal Prices

    Raul de Frutos
    26 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    As we pointed out last month, the US dollar is showing some weakness for the first time in almost a year. That dollar weakness has helped metal prices during the second quarter. However, the recent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Autodesk Releases New Design Suites, Adds ReCap to All

    Jeff Yoders
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Autodesk recently released its 2016 software portfolio of design, engineering, and construction products. Why Manufacturers Need to Ditch Purchase Price Variance The 2016 suites for buildings and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ArcelorMittal and SAIL Team Up for Indian Automotive Steel Plant

    Jeff Yoders
    26 May 2015 | 2:59 am
    Today in metals, two steel majors joined forces in India and predictions differed for the US economic recovery. ArcelorMittal and SAIL Team Up for Auto Plant ArcelorMittal, and the Steel Authority... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Week-In-Review: Happy Memorial Day! Now Stay Export Competitive

    Jeff Yoders
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    ive thanks to all of the service men and women who served our nation and defended our freedom today, let us also remember the international trade pacts and enforcement bodies created to keep wars and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Berkeley Sourcing Group » Blog

  • The Top 10 Examples of Fashion-Conscious Technology

    Lawrence He
    21 May 2015 | 3:24 pm
    We all seem to 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 finally technology has caught up – which makes a lot of sense seeing as something like a PC or Smartphone is just about as…
  • The Investment In a Wearable Future

    Lawrence He
    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…
  • Fictiv Spotlight on Berkeley Sourcing Group

    Lawrence He
    14 May 2015 | 7:37 pm
          We are excited to share that Fictiv recently interviewed our very own, Greg Fisher, in an article about hardware manufacturing in China. In Hardware Lessons from Berkeley Sourcing Group, he shared some important lessons that he’s learned in over 10 years working with Chinese manufacturers. Here is an excerpt: Instead of investing time attending every detail at your factory in person, you should invest more in process,” Greg offers. “If you can establish the right quality expectations before entering into a contract with a factory, they have no excuse to produce…
  • Perspectives on Hardware: A Farewell to Berkeley Sourcing Group

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

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

  • Add and Consign Parts

    Melissa Hough
    7 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    A question that we've frequently been asked is "How should I deal with parts which are out of stock or not available on CircuitHub?" We recently released several features which let you supply your own pricing, add parts that aren't in our database, and consign parts.Supply pricing: If you know of a source for the part you can quickly add it by clicking "Supply Pricing" on the BOM drop down.Add parts to CircuitHub: If the part is not available in the CircuitHub database you can add it by clicking "Add part to library."Consign parts: You can also select parts…
  • 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:     
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    Chronicle

  • The New Workforce for Customer Engagement and Productivity in Manufacturing 4.0

    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…
  • What Are the Benefits of 3D Printing?

    Pantcho Stoyanov
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:40 am
    Have you seen 3D Printing in-action, yet? If not, today is your lucky day… The emergence of 3D Printing technology – also known as Additive Manufacturing – is challenging the way many products have been traditionally made. The process that may be potentially most impacted by 3D Printing is machining, referred to as subtractive manufacturing. Subtractive manufacturing is a well-established method to produce consistent products by removing excess material. Additive manufacturing is the process of creating a product by using various methods to bind layers of material together. Now…
  • Kennametal: Manufacturing Leader Connects Global Employees and Speeds Innovation

    The Chronicle
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    At Kennametal, we’ve adopted Microsoft Office 365 to our communication portfolio as a way to provide our 14,000 employees dispersed around the globe information at their fingertips, whether in the conference room or on the factory floor. Thoughts from our CIO, Steve Hanna: As a material science and manufacturing corporation, we take advantage of the many facets Office 365 has to offer. A few services we utilize include: Microsoft SharePoint Online: Intranet share and engage in problem-solving and brainstorming sessions Microsoft Exchange Online: Integrated messaging and calendar…
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • Joint Air Force/NASA Mission Will Put Composites to the Test

    Evan Milberg
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The launch of the Air Force’s composite-built X-37B spaceplane will include an advanced materials investigation by NASA that will expose nearly 100 different materials samples, including composites, polymers and coatings, to the space environment. The investigation, known as the Materials Exposure and Technology Innovation in Space (METIS), will give engineers and designers valuable data about how the materials hold up in the environment. “Spacecraft designers can use this information to choose the best material for specific applications, such as thermal protection or antennas or any…
  • DOE Makes Graphene Ready for Prime Time

    Evan Milberg
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A team at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has found a way to apply graphene to large-scale commercial use. In the past, researchers have only used tiny flakes of graphene, a polymer matrix composite, due to its impracticality at a large scale. The team, led by ORNL’s Ivan Vlassiouk, has used chemical vapor deposition to make a nanocomposite with much larger sheets of graphene than most use. Previously, researchers had difficulty dispersing graphene due to small sample sizes. Vlassiouk’s method could ultimately change how graphene and other…
  • Georgia Researchers Find Cost-Effective Method for Nanofiber Manufacturing

    Evan Milberg
    17 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to streamline the process of creating thin polymer strings, known as nanofibers. These polymers, which can be used to create plastic, rubber or fiber, are thousands of times thinner than human hair. The new method addressed in the study, known as “magnetospinning,” is relatively simple, as opposed to more typical methods, such as electrospinning, which requires specialized training on customized equipment. “Essentially, all you need is a magnet, a syringe and a small motor,” said Sergiy Minko, study co-author and the…
  • NYU Researchers Develop Rugged Composite Lighter Than Water

    Evan Milberg
    17 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A team of researchers from Deep Springs Technology (DST) and the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering have developed the first lightweight metal matrix syntactic foam. The matrix composite, made with a magnesium alloy and silicon carbide hollow spheres, can float on water and withstand thousands of pounds of pressure per square inch without sinking. Each hollow sphere can handle the damage by acting as an energy absorber during a fracture. The research also shows that the new material will improve automotive fuel economy due to its combination of weight and heat resistance. Nikhil Gupta, an…
  • Wood-polymer Composite Furniture is Recyclable, Has Low Flammability

    News Release
    10 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Wood is a popular material in interior design, but its water absorbency limits its use in bathrooms, where natural wood easily becomes discolored or moldy. Fraunhofer scientists and partners have developed a wood-polymer composite material for furniture that is resistant to humidity and has low flammability. Resource-saving wood-polymer composites (WPCs) are the latest trend in materials for garden furniture and other outdoor applications, especially for terrace decking and also for weatherboarding and fencing panels. As part of the EU-sponsored LIMOWOOD project, researchers at the Fraunhofer…
 
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    Pelonis Technologies Blog

  • New Pelonis Products in Updated Product Summary Catalog

    14 May 2015 | 6:25 am
      For more than 25 years, Pelonis Technologies has been a leader in supplying cooling and heating elements for industrial and commercial applications. In the pursuit of innovation, we regularly add new, high-quality products to our already substantial range of fully customizable fans, blowers, heaters, and accessories. A full list of our products, including our most recent developments, is available in our newly-updated Product Summary catalog, available now. Here is a brief preview of what you will find: Fans  Pelonis offers a large selection of fans designed for various commercial…
  • How Pelonis Manufactured a DC Fan for a Heart Monitoring Medical Device

    6 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    In the medical industry, heart monitors are commonly used in patient care. These precision devices are recognized for the notable benefits they provide. The use of heart monitors enables healthcare practitioners to recognize heart irregularities a patient may have. With this constant monitoring, practitioners can quickly attend to any potentially life-threatening issues. Preventative medical care has become progressively more demanding, and as such, devices like heart monitors must provide higher levels of performance. Unfortunately, improving the performance of a medical device does not…
  • Pelonis' New Immersion Heaters Reinvent Modern Heating

    3 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    Industrial and commercial heating applications are considerably demanding. Though there are many options to choose from, heating solutions often fall short of consumer expectations. Today, it’s not enough to simply meet application requirements—you should strive to exceed them. Advancements in heat technology have facilitated the creation of highly efficient and versatile products—these products are better suited for modern heating. As a leading manufacturer of specialized heating products, Pelonis Technologies is proud to announce our latest innovation: Ultra-High Temperature Ceramic…
  • Pelonis Adds Temperature Controllers to its Product Lineup

    16 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Consumers of heating products each have their own specific application requirements. To ensure the success of their industrial or commercial projects, consumers must turn to products that are equal parts unique and innovative. At Pelonis Technologies, our team has provided high-quality heating solutions for nearly 30 years. We fully understand the importance of providing newer, more diverse products to meet and exceed modern consumer needs. To support our valued customer base, we have added several temperature controller products to our existing catalog. More Products, More Options Our…
  • Questions about Heating & Cooling System Maintenance

    2 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    When customers choose to undertake custom heating or cooling projects, they may not always make as many considerations as industry professionals. There are a lot of questions that need to be addressed before any installation can begin, such as those pertaining to the location and characteristics of the desired system, and the cost and energy concerns of the entire project. There are also many questions to consider when working on the systems once they are set in place; the slightest issue can increase the chances of component degradation or eventual failure. Depending on whether you are…
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    PennCoat Inc. Blog

  • Installing Urethane Cement – Part One

    PennCoat, Inc.
    26 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    This is part one of our video series on “Installing Urethane Cement” and discussing some of the benefits of urethane cement. Urethane cement offers excellent protection from excess moisture, and has the durability to be cleaned in abundance without wearing down. Earlier this year, we used urethane cement in a flooring project in Baltimore, Maryland. A local food manufacturer was experiencing flooring issues in the dock room. The dock room takes a lot of hard cleaners. The room was always cleaned with chemicals because they dealt with foods. We had to offer a stronger flooring…
  • Industrial Painting & Commercial Painting – Elastomeric Coatings

    PennCoat, Inc.
    22 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    Elastomeric Coatings- Flexible and Breathable If you are thinking about using elastomeric paints on your building surface or floor, you will want to check out the blog post at http://www.penncoatinc.com/blog/penncoat-inc-industrial-painting-elastomeric-coating/. What makes elastomeric coatings so flexible and breathable? Of course, the answer lies in the chemistry. Elastomers are composed of long chainlike molecules that are irregularly coiled.  They can stretch between 300% and 600% of their original shape and still return to normal. This is because the molecules will straighten in the…
  • Amusement Park Painting – Commercial Painting & Industrial Painting

    PennCoat, Inc.
    21 May 2015 | 12:58 pm
    One of our annual projects includes painting miscellaneous rides and equipment for a local amusement park.  These projects can prove to be an estimating challenge due to the complex and unusual nature of the substrates.  But although challenging, these projects often offer a unique change of scenery for the installers, which always brings out their best work. 45′ steel columns required pressure washing and repainting.  Upon original inspection, the existing coats appeared to only be painting towards the bottom (which was also the only place where I could closely examine).  However,…
  • Polyaspartics vs. Epoxy Coatings: Adhesion, Cure Time, and Strength

    PennCoat, Inc.
    11 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    You may have already read the blog post “The Epic Showdown – Epoxy Coatings vs. Polyaspartic Coatings.” Now, we will look at some detailed differences between the two types of coatings, this time, in reference to adhesion, cure time, and strength. Adhesion Both types of material have good adhesion depending on proper surface preparation. Many manufacturers will tell you that epoxy coatings give you better concrete adhesion. Why is this so? Epoxy coatings form a protective layer over flooring, adding a new color or gloss to your grey concrete. The way this happens is through the…
  • Commercial Painting Companies In Pennsylvania

    PennCoat, Inc.
    8 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    The appearance of your business plays a vital role on many levels when it comes to how customers view your brand. We should all strive to have a business that is welcoming, comfortable, inviting and clean. It’s safe to say that your businesses’ appearance plays a role in branding and marketing also. What customers think matters and their opinions can affect your bottom line. At PennCoat Inc., we listen to your needs and work with you to bring your design ideas to life. We work side by side to improve the appearance of your commercial business, giving your current customers and…
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    Export Abroad Blog

  • 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.
  • The Slow Recovery of Corporate Investing in the United States

    Madyson Kendall
    6 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Despite the almost seven years that have happened since the Great Recession, there has been continued hesitation about investing in the U.S. economy. While the recent resurgence of the dollar has put some fears at ease, the past few years of recovery have not produced the expected amount of investment in the United States. Investment has centered predominantly in the developing markets in China, India, and Brazil along with trends towards corporate “inversions” where companies incorporate abroad to lessen their tax burden. However, there still remain companies that are keen on heavy…
  • Colombia’s Investment in Tech and International Trade

    Madyson Kendall
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    With the World Cup this past summer and the 2016 Olympics both placed in Brazil, interest in Latin American economic potential has grown and will continue to grow over the next few years. Often overlooked because of accusations of corruption, violence, and political instability, Latin American markets appear to be the next wave for investment. When Facebook needed a location for its first international “town hall” meeting, it didn’t host it in the economically dominant markets in Europe nor the established developing ones in East Asia. Instead, Facebook choose Bogota, Colombia for its…
 
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  • Duct Tape and Loctite

    Phil Pasma
    26 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    Maintenance personnel are often placed in the position of “Get it fixed, NOW”. This pressure often seems to occur around 02:00 in the morning after a long day. The initial vibration analysis was that the bearing appeared to be loose on the shaft, the FFT spectrum showed multiple harmonics of the rotation speed and the 4th harmonic was higher than the 3rd and 5th. Multiple harmonics of rotation speed is an indication of looseness and when the 4th harmonic is elevated, the bearing is loose on the shaft. When the bearing was removed, an SKF 22248 CC/W33C3, the clearance between the shaft and…
  • [Case Study] Eliminating Waste By Tons Every Year

    Phil Pasma
    22 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    The Challenge   A food process manufacturer approached us because they were having issues with their flour dispensing system. When the equipment would distribute the flour it would do so unevenly causing a significant portion of the material to go to waste. They asked us if we could come with a solution to eradicate the problem.   The Process   A team of our staff went into the food processing manufacturing plant to inspect the dispensing system. After taking measurements and evaluating their current procedures, the J/E team went to the drawing board to brain storm ideas of how…
  • MFGis the Future: Phil Pasma

    Phil Pasma
    21 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    Name: Phil Pasma Industry: Machining, industrial, marketing Location: East-Central Canada   A few words that best describe manufacturing: Innovative, interesting and engaging Local high school students tour the machine shop.  When did you get involved in manufacturing? I’ve been involved in the industry for about a year and am part of the generation where many have a serious misconception of what manufacturing is really like. I began my career when I was hired to work at J/E Bearing & Machine as a marketing coordinator and am proud to say I can now confidently tell you the…
  • How Proper Preventative Maintenance Can Help Reduce Gasket Failure in Paper Mill Equipment

    Phil Pasma
    20 May 2015 | 5:32 am
    It’s hard to believe that something as fragile as a piece of paper is created in one of the most gruelling manufacturing environments. Heat and dust, both unavoidable at paper mills, can have a detrimental effect on equipment. Machines must endure high levels of mechanical wear and tear, while ever-increasing production speeds require maintenance solutions to yield the highest efficiency and lowest mileage. Downtime, of course, must be avoided whenever possible. Companies that adhere to a preventive maintenance schedule and regular weekly/monthly equipment inspections will be able to detect…
  • Washdown Pump Motors Provide Reliable Sanitary Operation

    Phil Pasma
    14 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    When thinking of a food manufacturing facility, many people may envision a lockdown area in which all personnel must wear full-body decontamination suits and where every internal surface of the facility must glow from the sheen of stainless steel. While this may be somewhat common for parts of a plant, a range of environments allow for different grades of motors, from general purpose to washdown, which drive many pumping applications. Market research continues to indicate that manufacturing facilities that automate the processes of food production from farm to fork are being built virtually…
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  • 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…
  • Fast Results Using TOC for Demand-Driven Manufacturing – Part Two

    Pam Bednar
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Manufacturers use constraints management first to gain the most demand-driven change Last time, we talked about focusing on enterprise improvements rather than local efficiencies using constraints management (TOC). We discussed that continuous improvement tools such as TOC, Lean and Six Sigma work like “sandpaper” on an organization’s processes, smoothing various stages of their demand-driven journey. I likened TOC to the “coarse” grit of sandpaper—the one to use first to get the best results–faster. Before discussing the other tools (which I’ll address in future…
 
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  • 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…
  • 5 INNOVATIVE LED INTERIOR LIGHTING FOR YOUR HOME

    Alex Micky
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Photo credit: desigfx.comInterior Lighting Design for Home DecorOptimizing home or office for a better experience could very adventurous and interesting, but that’s only if you have a very wide and extensive budget for the project. But if on the other hand, it happens to be that you have a relatively low mapped out financial plan for the project then you are still good to go. The first things to always put in mind when optimizing your homes or office should be authenticity of installations and furnishings. Employing the services of genuine and superlative house hold furnishings, Lighting…
  • For Best Office Lighting Fixtures Go With Compact

    Alex Micky
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:02 am
    Office Lighting Fixtures DesignChoosing best office lighting fixtures is not that tough one needs to research for the products that would meet lighting requirements. With little exploration and planning, one can buy fixtures that would give a complete transformation to office lighting. If you choose correct fixtures, the operation costs would go down and more so the overall environment of the office would become better. Looking into the space availability and spending budget, one can start looking at the available options and finally pick the most suitable one.The very first thing to consider…
  • Go With High Brightness LED Strip Lights If Looking For High Performance

    Alex Micky
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:34 pm
    High Brightness Strip LightsLED strip lights are available in varied configurations and if you are looking for high performance going with the high brightness ones would serve the purpose. These high brightness LED strip lights have high lumen capacity and this is what adds to the output and efficacy. Most of the strips com with an adjustable light angle and this makes it easy for you to set it looking into the amount of light required at a particular place. For the ones who are buying high brightness LED strip lights for the first time need to comprehend the basic fact that they are…
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  • FDA PREDICT: Determining Shipments to Examine at U.S. Entry

    David Lennarz
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    On May 14, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a webinar on the process of importing products to the United States.  During the webinar, FDA discussed its system for determining which shipments to examine or sample before allowing them to enter the U.S., as well as best practices and common mistakes made when handling a detention. Millions of dollars’ worth of FDA-regulated products are exported to the U.S. each day, and FDA cannot examine each and every shipment.  FDA uses a Predictive Risk-based Evaluation for Dynamic Import Compliance Targeting (PREDICT) system…
  • Candy Confinement: FDA Import Alerts for Candy Shipments

    David Lennarz
    19 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    The United States is the largest candy consuming country in the world.  According to the National Confectioners Association, Americans spend over 30 billion dollars on confectionery products each year and annual sales are expected to grow.   With all that demand, it’s no wonder that countries around the world export billions of dollars’ worth of confectionery and chocolate products to the U.S. each year.  In 2013, the U.S. imported approximately 1.6 billion dollars’ worth of confectionery products and 2.1 billion dollars’ worth of chocolate products, with Canada…
  • Sunlamp Products & UV Lamps: 3 Months to Submit 510(k)s to FDA

    David Lennarz
    14 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    Manufacturers of sunlamp products and UV lamps intended for use in sunlamp products that were offered for sale prior to September 2, 2014 are required to submit premarket notification (510(k)) for those products to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by August 26, 2015 if they wish to continue selling them in the United States.  Until June 2014, sunlamp products and UV lamps were considered class I medical devices and were exempt from 510(k) submissions.  On June 6, 2014, FDA published a final order reclassifying them to class II devices subject to 510(k) submissions.  FDA noted…
  • FSMA Update: Less than 6 Months to Final FSVP and Produce Safety Rules

    David Lennarz
    11 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to publish final versions of its Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) and Produce Safety rules by October 31, 2015.  These are two of the major proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  FDA published the original proposed Produce Safety rule on January 16, 2013 and the original proposed FSVP rule on July 29, 2013.  FDA published revisions to both proposed rules in September 2014. The Produce Rule will require covered farms to “take appropriate measures to minimize the risk of serious adverse health…
  • FDA Identifies 21 Devices as Candidates for Reclassification

    David Lennarz
    8 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed 69 percent of medical device product codes subject to post-market approval (PMA) and identified 21 of them as candidates for reclassification from class III (high risk) to class II (moderate risk).   One of the agency’s strategic goals for 2014 and 2015 was to “assure the appropriate balance between premarket and postmarket data requirements to facilitate and expedite the development and review of medical devices, in particular high-risk devices of public health importance.”  To accomplish this goal, FDA…
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