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  • 5 Steps To Building A Safety Culture In Your Manufacturing Plant

    Manufacturing Transformation Blog
    Christina Chatfield
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Maintaining a safe work environment in your manufacturing plant is vital for your employees’ well-being and continued productivity. Accidents cost you money with a loss of trained workers, reduced production and increased insurance premiums. Here are five steps you can take to integrate safety as a core company value. 1. Embrace a Culture of Safety Safety really starts at the top. You can preach as much as you want to about a safe working environment, but if you do not back this up with actions, your words are meaningless. You also need to make each worker responsible for safety. Having one…
  • Simulating Success in the Automotive Manufacturing Industries

    Manufacturing Transformation Blog
    Ginger Gardiner
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    Continuing from my prior post, another example of the role that digital manufacturing and simulation plays comes from the Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL) at the University of Washington in Seattle (USA), which blends aerospace and automotive composite development. Working with Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the ACSL improves certification of new composite materials and structures, often based on proven virtual testing principles pioneered for Lamborghini automobiles. ACSL and Boeing collaborated on advanced analysis methods for…
  • ARM 9009 Becomes The New Standard For Firearms and Armoring Quality

    IndustrialPR - Manufacturing & Engineering News
    Editorial Team
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    Company: American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC™) News Location: Manhattan, New York Published On: November 19, 2014 Social Media Pitch: The American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC™) announced today a nationwide campaign to evaluate all qualified U.S. manufacturers of firearms for ARM 9009 certification (http://www.ARM9009.com). Earlier this year ARM 9009:2013 became the country's newest standard [...]
  • “Quality Circles” Are Alive & Well in Japanese Organizations; We Might Call it A3 Problem Solving

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    Mark Graban
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    One question I was asked to ask during my Japan trip was to see if “Quality Circles” are still active in Japanese companies. I think the term was brought to the U.S. in the 1980s and 1990s, but generally wasn’t widely adopted for a number of reasons – probably due to management mindsets and organizational culture, not a lack of willingness on the part of American workers. At GM in 1995, people talked about failed attempts at forming QCs (and management mainly blamed the workers, sadly). Toyota did not talk about Quality Circles, but they did talk about Kaizen as a core…
  • Japan's Young Fret As Unexpected Recession Hits

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    24 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
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  • Japan's Young Fret As Unexpected Recession Hits

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  • Meat Processor Settles Over Unpaid Wages

    bbergin
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef brought by workers at its Liberal, Kansas, meatpacking plant, according to a court filing Friday.A joint motion seeks court approval of the proposed deal affecting some 480 production employees who joined the litigation. Workers at the southwest Kansas plant are seeking unpaid wages and overtime.
  • Montana-Dakota Utilities To Buy ND Wind Farm

    bbergin
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. is buying a 43-turbine wind farm in southwestern North Dakota.Allete Clean Energy will develop the project near Hettinger. The $200 million wind farm is expected to be done in December 2015.MDU, a division of MDU Resources Group Inc., about a year ago signed an agreement to buy the wind farm's power from Thunder Spirit Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Wind Works Power Corp.
  • EPA Says Farmington Plant Violated Law

    bbergin
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Farmington, NM officials are disputing the Environmental Protection Agency's claim that a local power plant violated water pollution laws.The Daily Times reports that the EPA said Friday that the agency is working with Farmington to address the Animas Power Plant's violation of the Clean Water Act.
  • Automakers Aim To Drive Away Car Computer Hackers

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    24 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
 
 
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  • ARM 9009 Becomes The New Standard For Firearms and Armoring Quality

    Editorial Team
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    Company: American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC™) News Location: Manhattan, New York Published On: November 19, 2014 Social Media Pitch: The American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC™) announced today a nationwide campaign to evaluate all qualified U.S. manufacturers of firearms for ARM 9009 certification (http://www.ARM9009.com). Earlier this year ARM 9009:2013 became the country's newest standard [...]
  • Miniature Dew Point Transmitter for Refrigeration Dryers

    Editorial Team
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Company: E+E Elektronik GmbH News Location: Engerwitzdorf, Austria Published On: November 18, 2014 Social Media Pitch: The EE354 in-line transmitter from E+E Elektronik is specifically optimized for dew point monitoring of refrigeration dryers. The high accuracy and excellent long-term stability make the transmitter a perfect solution for OEM manufacturers. Due to its compact design and [...]
  • ABAC™ Launches MWOB 9009 To Support Minority Woman-Owned Businesses

    Editorial Team
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    Company: ABAC News Location: New York Published On: November 12, 2014 Social Media Pitch: The nation's leading accreditation group, the American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC™) announced today the official release of MWOB 9009:2013, a quality certification program specifically for Minority Woman Owned Businesses following the ISO (International Standards Organization) methodologies. According to ABAC spokeswoman [...]
  • Ampac Introduces Flexi FoilFree HB Ultra High Barrier Film

    Editorial Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Company: Ampac News Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Published On: October 23, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Ampac, the world’s leader in creative packaging solutions, introduces Flexi FoilFree HB, a new ultra high barrier film technology that when incorporated in a laminate can achieve moisture, oxygen and vapor barrier properties approaching aluminum foil laminates without the use of [...]
  • Hand-held Meter for Moisture Content of Industrial Oils

    Editorial Team
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Company: E+E Elektronik News Location: Engerwitzdorf, Austria Published On: October 22, 2014 Social Media Pitch: The new hand-held meter OILPORT 30 from E+E Elektronik accurately measures the water activity (aw) and temperature (T), and calculates the absolute water content x (ppm) of industrial oils. The user can store up to ten sets of oil specific [...]
 
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  • EPA Says Farmington Plant Violated Law

    bbergin
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Farmington, NM officials are disputing the Environmental Protection Agency's claim that a local power plant violated water pollution laws.The Daily Times reports that the EPA said Friday that the agency is working with Farmington to address the Animas Power Plant's violation of the Clean Water Act.
  • Automakers Aim To Drive Away Car Computer Hackers

    bbergin
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
  • Judge Denies Bid To Halt IL Fracking Rules

    bbergin
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    A judge in southwestern Illinois has denied a bid by a landowners group to suspend the state's new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling, ruling that the plaintiffs failed to show they would suffer immediate harm if the practice commonly known as "fracking" was to go forward.
  • Report: Wind Power Saves $1.2B Each Year

    bbergin
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    A trade association says that wind power saved electricity customers in Oklahoma and surrounding states more than $1.2 billion last year.
  • China, Europe Chase Growth Amid Global Slowdown

    bbergin
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown.
 
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    Green Manufacturing

  • Data Schmata

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

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

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

    8 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Progress and big dataAt the end of the last posting the question was posed “can the “internet of things” be part of the circular economy? Can this connectedness push consumers to consider more sustainable behavior, or create products that provide increased value with lower impact, or allow effective recovery of resources at end of life?” The answer proposed was the very definitive “it depends”! Which is true - depends on reaction (or pro-action) of consumers, depends on reaction (or pro-action) of companies, and depends on reaction (or pro-action) of governments and…
  • The internet of (green) things

    27 Jun 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Or … what would my refrigerator tell me if it could talk?Recently I was at a conference on manufacturing where I was caught in in an avalanche of buzzwords … cloud, big data, internet of things, industrial internet, connectivity, connected revolution and so on. This feeding frenzy of connectivity and data is driven by a number of things, real and imagined. Businesses see opportunity for enhanced productivity and reduced time from design to production. Other businesses see opportunities for providing services and products to an informed customer - all at much greater speed. Others still…
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  • Dallas Fed: Manufacturing Activity Continued to Expand in November

    Chad Moutray
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    The Dallas Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturers continued to expand in November. The composite index of general business conditions was unchanged at 10.5 for the month. It has averaged 9.7 over the past nine months, which was progress from the 0.3 index reading in February. As such, we continue to see modest gains among manufacturers in the Kansas City Fed district, with mostly positive expectations about the future. With that said, there was some easing in the pace of growth for many of the key indicators. This included new orders (down from 14.2 to 5.6), production (down from 13.7…
  • Lame Duck Congress Must Revive R&D Credit, Jobs Depend on It

    Christina Crooks
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    Congress still has the opportunity this year to take a major step in boosting the economy and jobs by reinstating and making permanent some of the expired tax provisions – including the R&D tax credit, which is critical to domestic manufacturing jobs. The R&D tax credit is a true jobs credit—70 percent of the credit’s dollars go to paying salaries of high skilled R&D workers. Since the credit applies only to domestic workers, it is an incentive for research and new product innovation in the United States. Not only that, but as a Nov. 17 R&D Credit Coalition letter to…
  • Monday Economic Report – November 24, 2014

    Chad Moutray
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here is the summary for this week’s Monday Economic Report: Central banks around the world have acted recently in an attempt to lift a sagging global economy. On Friday, for instance, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it has begun purchasing asset-backed securities, finally beginning a quantitative easing program that some have long sought. Earlier in the day, ECB President Mario Draghi said that “we will do what we must” to spur economic growth. In addition, the People’s Bank of China surprised markets by cutting interest rates on Friday. These actions followed the…
  • Kansas City Fed Reported Increased Manufacturing Activity in November

    Chad Moutray
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said that manufacturing activity picked up somewhat in its district in November. The composite index rose from 4 in October to 7 in November, its highest level in four months. Along those lines, the pace of production (up from 3 to 9), shipments (up from zero to 7) and employment (up from 6 to 9) improved for the month. In addition, export sales (up from -9 to 8) were positive for the first time since April. Yet, growth remains far from robust, with new orders (down from 2 to 1) decelerating for the fourth consecutive month and just barely above…
  • Wisconsin Added the Most Manufacturing Jobs in October

    Chad Moutray
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that Wisconsin created the most net new manufacturing workers in October, hiring 5,400 additional employees for the month. Other states with significant increases in manufacturing employment in October included Pennsylvania (up 2,700), Indiana (up 2,500), Minnesota (up 2,300), Oregon (up 2,200) and South Carolina (up 2,100). Looking over the past 12 months, the five states with the greatest manufacturing employment gains were Indiana (up 24,100), Texas (up 14,900), Ohio (up 13,700), Wisconsin (up 12,100) and Minnesota (up 10,500). North Dakota (2.8 percent)…
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  • Reflections: If I Hadn’t Moved From Lean Manufacturing to Lean Healthcare

    Mark Graban
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I just got back from Japan last night and I’m going to take it easy during this Thanksgiving week. Rest and family time are high priorities, of course, as I’m sure they are for many of you. I will be reflecting a lot on my trip and I’ll be writing more posts about the trip soon. On Friday, LinkedIn published a piece I wrote for their series of articles on the theme of  “The Road Not Taken.” LinkedIn asked people to write about the “Plan B” that they maybe wish they had pursued. This was difficult for me, as I did pursue a Plan B – shifting…
  • Is “The Jerk” Good at Problem Solving?

    Mark Graban
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Four years ago, I parodied the style of GEICO commercial that they were running at the time with a “did you know that Steve Martin’s character from The Jerk was bad at 5S?” The other day, I was thinking about the scene in the movie where Navin R. Johnson (Martin’s character) was working at a gas station and somebody was shooting at him, missing and hitting cans of oil (warning: a few PG-13 words): This is all tongue-in-cheek, but let’s analyze his problem solving. First, Navin discovers a problem. “Something’s wrong with these cans.” He gets…
  • “Quality Circles” Are Alive & Well in Japanese Organizations; We Might Call it A3 Problem Solving

    Mark Graban
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    One question I was asked to ask during my Japan trip was to see if “Quality Circles” are still active in Japanese companies. I think the term was brought to the U.S. in the 1980s and 1990s, but generally wasn’t widely adopted for a number of reasons – probably due to management mindsets and organizational culture, not a lack of willingness on the part of American workers. At GM in 1995, people talked about failed attempts at forming QCs (and management mainly blamed the workers, sadly). Toyota did not talk about Quality Circles, but they did talk about Kaizen as a core…
  • SAFETY – Question Your Assumptions

    Mark Graban
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is by Brian Buck, a fellow lean healthcare  practitioner who blogged until about two years ago at his site “Improve With Me.”  Recently, I took my son to his primary care provider and the doctor asked if I would like a flu shot for my four year old son.  I accepted this and the doctor left the room.  A person came in with the shot.  I am not sure if they were a nurse or medical assistant since they did not introduce themselves and the office uses both to administer vaccines. The RN (or MA) handed me the form you fill out that asks…
  • Our Toyota Tour Guide’s Kaizen

    Mark Graban
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    We just finished our second day of our Kaizen Institute Japan Lean Tour and it’s been great so far. Follow us via the hashtag #KaizenTour on Twitter for more real-time updates. Monday afternoon, we visited Toyota’s Tsutsumi plant in Toyota City, where they produce Prius and Camry models. In the theme of being an “eco-factory” for eco-cars, they have solar panels on the roof that generate HALF of the electricity needed to run the assembly line. Pretty cool. We had an excellent English-speaking tour guide for our visit (she lived in Hawaii at one point). As we talked…
 
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  • Airbnb and Uber – From Batch to One Piece Flow

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

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

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

    kmadmin
    10 May 2014 | 10:39 pm
    The other day while skimming LinkedIn I came across yet another one of those cheesy quotes that, unfortunately, have become all too common on the site: "Surround yourself with people on the same mission."  I proceeded to get into an online discussion with several people who have probably never held a serious leadership position in their careers.  I should have known better, or maybe I've just spent too many decades in the trenches. This concept has bothered me for many years, back to when I first read the similar concept floated by Jim Collins of "get the right people on the bus" with the…
  • The Dangerous Lite Side of Mindfulness and Lean

    Kevin Meyer
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:27 pm
    By Kevin Meyer I’ll preface this post by saying that yes, I’m from crazy California, I eat granola with fruits and nuts in the morning, am vegetarian (well, pescatarian), dislike wearing shoes, and practice yoga. At least I don’t have dreadlocks – yet. So there – now you’re warned. I’m currently winging my way over to Hawaii’s Big Island, probably my favorite U.S. destination, and a place I’ve been to a few times a year for over a couple decades – including only three weeks ago. It’s a special place for me and especially my wife, who was born in Hilo and then eventually…
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  • Simulating Success in the Automotive Manufacturing Industries

    Ginger Gardiner
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    Continuing from my prior post, another example of the role that digital manufacturing and simulation plays comes from the Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL) at the University of Washington in Seattle (USA), which blends aerospace and automotive composite development. Working with Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the ACSL improves certification of new composite materials and structures, often based on proven virtual testing principles pioneered for Lamborghini automobiles. ACSL and Boeing collaborated on advanced analysis methods for…
  • Simulating Success in the A&D Manufacturing Industry

    Ginger Gardiner
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Advanced composite materials make up most of the wing, fuselage and tail for the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350, plus a high percentage of the primary structures in other major aircraft in development. One look at Boeing and Airbus ideas for future commercial aircraft — blended wing bodies, structures that mimic bones, shape-changing flight surfaces and energy-capturing interiors — and the expectations for composites are clear. Advanced composite materials are being developed to enable such products, some of which are not feasible with today’s materials. Manufacturing and especially…
  • Lessons for Manufacturers in Product Design from Modern Warfare

    Al Kent
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Industrial companies are often perceived as lumbering giants that have difficulty responding to competitive pressures and capitalizing on market trends. Design cycles can last years—not just for developing new products but also for making upgrades to the existing portfolio. Why are many industrial manufacturers so sluggish? In my experience, these companies have traditionally relied on a top-down, linear process that moves projects through design gates, also called stage gates. The approach is often slow and bureaucratic, and its mechanical nature can stifle creativity. Fortunately,…
  • 5 Steps To Building A Safety Culture In Your Manufacturing Plant

    Christina Chatfield
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Maintaining a safe work environment in your manufacturing plant is vital for your employees’ well-being and continued productivity. Accidents cost you money with a loss of trained workers, reduced production and increased insurance premiums. Here are five steps you can take to integrate safety as a core company value. 1. Embrace a Culture of Safety Safety really starts at the top. You can preach as much as you want to about a safe working environment, but if you do not back this up with actions, your words are meaningless. You also need to make each worker responsible for safety. Having one…
  • Driverless Vehicles Driving Manufacturing – Part 2

    Fred Thomas
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    I began this topic in my last post with a commentary on a recent partnership announcement between Dassault Systèmes and AKKA Technologies (read Part 1 of this post here). The goal for this partnership is to offer high-end engineering services and solutions to help the global automotive industry. Having already explored the complexity and technology required to move this concept forward, my focus now will be to take a closer look at the safety and customer acceptance issues that must also be overcome. Safety and Regulatory Compliance Safety and regulatory issues will obviously be an important…
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    Field Service Management Tools, Tech, Mobile & Software | SmartVan

  • Measuring Your Way To Greater Service Delivery Performance

    Bill Pollock
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Based both on the topline findings of Strategies For Growth’s 2014 Field Service Management Benchmark Survey and follow-up research, it is not surprising that the field services community recognizes it will need to increase its investments in new technologies and mobile tools in order to compete in an expanding global marketplace. It also recognizes that it will need to develop or improve the metrics it uses to measure the impact that technology advances are having on an organization’s performance. Here are the priority strategic actions for the top-performing field service…
  • Comcast Tests New Rate-A-Tech Mobile App

    Derek Korte
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The top stories from the field this week. App Gives Customers 30-Minute Arrival Alert Cable is the most-hated industry in the U.S., and companies like Comcast haven’t done much recently to help their cause. Remember Comcast’s embarrassing customer service fail earlier this year? Eager to get back into customers’ good graces, Comcast is testing a mobile app feature that will allow customers to track the technician’s location, receive an alert when the tech is 30 minutes away and rate their work. The goal? Fewer missed appointments and more accountability if an installer…
  • Keeping the Lights on at a Famed Holiday Spectacular

    Chris Morris
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Light spectaculars are as much a part of the holiday season as visits to see Santa at the mall. And while many cities have impressive displays, few can rival the sheer scope of the show put on at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. With 15 different scenes using somewhere between 8 million and 10 million bulbs over five miles, the “Fantasy in Lights” show has been recognized by National Geographic Traveler as one of the 10 best places in the world to see holiday lights. But putting together an event of that caliber takes a lot of time — and even more work. Here’s a…
  • Could Facebook Become An Indispensable Tool for Field Techs?

    Derek Korte
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Facebook already has a firm grip on people’s personal lives. But news leaked during the weekend about Facebook’s ambitions to become the social network of record for people’s working lives with a new business collaboration service called Facebook@Work. Details are scant since the social media giant has kept the service under wraps for several years, sources tell The New York Times. But the lack of specifics hasn’t tempered speculation. Through insider sources and conjecture, it seems that Facebook@Work will contain features to help people work together, communicate, share documents…
  • Connect Your Fleet to the Internet With This DIY Toolkit

    Maeghan Ouimet
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    As the Internet has begun to connect with everything from thermostats to watches, service techs suddenly have a new slew of gadgets to collect data and work with customers. Increasingly, the connected office is moving beyond the cubicle, and every vehicle in a fleet is rife with possibilities. New model cars and trucks are taking advantage of the Internet of Things phenomenon to trick-out vehicles with everything from location tracking to voice command systems. In fact, nearly 5 million Ford cars already use its Windows integrated Sync technology to boost productivity and provide relevant…
 
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  • Dispatching: Why your front line needs to be in order

    Mike Moore
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    From summer months with no A/C to winter months with no heat, disgruntled customers to quarterly maintenance, your dispatchers hear and handle it all. But does your front line have what it takes to maintain a steady flow of work and get every job handled efficiently? I’ve put together a quick checklist to ensure maximum efficiency for your organization. How do they do under pressure? Nothing sparks tension more than a broken furnace on a cold winter night, which means your dispatchers will talk to people on their very worst days. How do they handle the heat? If they get frazzled easily or…
  • Tech best practices

    Jose de la Portilla
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Jose De La Portilla, Senior Technical Training Consultant of HVAC Learning Solutions, gives you the run-down on best practices, critical for all technicians: The things you can do on every call to achieve optimal job performance. Visit our YouTube channel to read more HVAC tips!
  • Is it an airflow problem?

    Jose de la Portilla
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Join Jose De La Portilla, Senior Technical Training Consultant of HVAC Learning Solutions, as he talks understanding air flow, and best practices that you can use in the field. Visit our YouTube channel for more HVAC videos!
  • You own a business: what’s next?

    Mike Moore
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    Congratulations! You now own an HVAC business! Whether you took over an existing business or are just opening the doors to a new place of your very own, your dreams have finally come true. So as you settle into your new role and take a look around, you might start to ask yourself… now what? Here are three things you may be forgetting: Succession planning — To build a great business, you have to have a plan. Where are the employee holes and how do you fill them? Is there enough management for the amount of people you have?  Building a succession plan for the next 30, 60, 90, and 365 days…
  • The sale you missed and didn’t know about.

    Mike Moore
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    For many of us, the technical side of our business is the “easy” part. It’s where our natural talents are, and where our expertise lies. The art of selling doesn’t always come naturally, and no matter how many techniques you’ve learned, or how seasoned you are, you still won’t close 100% of your sales. Just think of your last call — you might have walked away thinking you did all that you could, but did you really? Here are three telltale signs you left that sale blind. 1. You went in prepared to lose. Maybe you’re having a bad day, or maybe you had a less-than-great…
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  • Not Filtering Your Coolant? Find Out How to Do It Cheaply and Easily

    Bob Warfield
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    Do you have a filter inline that cleans fine particles from your coolant?  If you don’t, you really ought to for a variety of reasons: –  Better surface finish and tool life.  Blasting old chips from the coolant sump directly into the cut will cause the chips the scratch up your work and recutting will reduce tool life.  These problems are particularly severe if you’re flushing your work with coolant contain chips from an earlier project involving a much harder material that the current workpiece.  Imagine showing your nice piece of 6061 aluminum with work hardened…
  • What is a CNC Simulator? Plus: 5 Reasons to Use One

    Bob Warfield
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I just put the first two installments in place to launch our G-Wizard University for G-Wizard Editor.  One is a quick walkthrough of GW Editor and the second is entitled, “What is a CNC Simulator?”  If you’re not really sure what a CNC Simulator is, what’s it’s for, or why you’d want to use one, this quick video is a great introduction:…
  • How to Survive Your First CNC Router Fire

    Bob Warfield
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    Take some sawdust and add heat.  My brother likes to use a 9V battery touching steel wool to make it red hot.  Poof!  It bursts into flames pretty easily and you’re on your way to feeding your little fire larger and larger pieces of combustible material until you have a campfire happily burning.  If you’ve done your job right, you’ve arranged for the right draft to facilitate oxygen reaching the fire and perhaps you’ve even had to blow on it while cupping your hands around it to get it to take off. So what’s the difference between that and a CNC Router?
  • 20 Most Popular Articles and Blog Posts for Pro CNC’ers

    Bob Warfield
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Here at CNCCookbook, we get visitors from all ends of the CNC spectrum–about 2.5 million of them a year.  In all probability, we are the most popular pure CNC blog there is.  I try to keep a balance on the content to keep the ends of that spectrum of visitors happy.  That means we need material that is of interest to Hobbyists and Pros alike.  It’s not always easy to tell the difference between the two, because I know hobbyists that have brand new VMC’s, Conversational CNC Lathes, and the best CADCAM software money can buy.  But there are certain topics that are either…
  • 8 Holiday Season Projects to Make Your Home Shop More Productive

    Bob Warfield
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    Each Holiday Season we get a bit of time away from work.  We’ll spend much of it with our families, but with any luck, we’ll be able to steal away for a few hours now and then to our workshops.  I see the Holiday Season as an ideal time to take on a  project that improves your Home Shop’s productivity.  Here are 8 projects small enough to take on during this time that will each enhance your shop productivity in some meaningful way. 1.  Upgrade your Shop Vac with a Cyclone Dust Separator I’ve got a medium-sized Shop Vac that I use a lot.  Shop Vacs are essential…
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    L&S Electric

  • The ABCs of Large Induction Motors: Part 5

    David Manney
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    This is the fifth article of a series exploring induction motors. Reproduced with permission of E.M. Synchronizer. Part 5: Characteristics and Application of Squirrel-Cage and Wound-Rotor motors Squirrel-Cage Motors The vast majority of squirrel-cage induction motors are used for a relatively few applications. To obtain some uniformity in application, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has designated specific designs or classes of … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • The ABCs of Large Induction Motors: Part 4

    David Manney
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    This is the fourth article of a series exploring induction motors. Reproduced with permission of E.M. Synchronizer. Part 4: Construction and Features of Induction Motors Extra Protection and Durability Are Built Into Heavy Duty Induction Motors The construction shown below is for drip-proof, sleeve bearing motors with four or more magnetic poles. Heavy-duty induction motors are designed to meet the needs of drive service where continuous, dependable, … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • The ABCs of Large Induction Motors: Part 3

    David Manney
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    This is the second article of a series exploring induction motors. Reproduced with permission of E.M. Synchronizer. Part 3: How the Induction Motor Operates Magnetic Lines of Force (commonly called flux) surround any conductor carrying current. This results in a magnetic field of definite strength depending on the amount of current in the conductor and the nature of the magnetic circuit that is the iron path available for flux adjacent to the … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • The ABCs of Large Induction Motors: Part 2

    David Manney
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    This is the second article of a series exploring induction motors. Reproduced with permission of E.M. Synchronizer. Part 2: Insulation & Temperature Rise, Protective and Mechanical Construction of Induction Motors Ambient Conditions: It is assumed that the temperature of the air surrounding a motor is not over 40 ºC (104 ºF) and that the altitude does not exceed 3,300 feet. The lower density of the cooling air at high altitude results in … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • The ABCs of Large Induction Motors: Part 1

    David Manney
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    This is the first article of a series exploring induction motors. Reproduced with permission of E.M. Synchronizer. Part 1: A brief explanation of some alternating current formulas and definitions. Induction Motors are the “work-horses” of modern industry. This is particularly true in the medium and high speeds, because as shown in this article, the power factor and efficiency, above 500 rpm, are quite acceptable for most applications. The … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
 
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  • What Mom-and-Pop Stores Can Teach Grocery Chains

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

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

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

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Sprint and scrum, a design approach favored by the software industry, was behind many of the incredible innovations made by industrial and defense companies in the mid-20th century. It can help today's industrial manufacturers cast off their sluggish image and make rapid changes in product cost or design.
  • Zero Injuries, Waste, and Harm

    30 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    All companies say they want to establish a safer and more sustainable workplace, but they often struggle to turn those intentions into reality. For AkzoNobel, the solution began by standardizing processes across all of its facilities.
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • What Can Better PLM Do For You?

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

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

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

    Al Robertson
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Founded in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in testing, inspection and certification. In the marine industry, where the company provides statutory certification of ships (among other services), 140 national administrations recognize Bureau Veritas as an official certification body. Bureau Veritas use Femap to help designs conform to regulations Olivier Degrand, project manager in the development department at Bureau Veritas , states that designing ships today is nothing like it was ten years ago. Back then you could design a ship using basic calculations, but over time the rules have…
  • Introducing Tecnomatix 12: Real Solutions for Manufacturing

    Aaron Frankel
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    The newest release of Siemens’ Tecnomatix software for digital manufacturing will be available on November 20th, and it offers real solutions for manufacturing so companies in a wide range of industries can realize innovation with less risk. Here are the featured highlights: Easy Plan A new web-based app for plant-specific production planning that helps realize greater process flexibility and increased product complexity How it works: Production planners link the product design and manufacturing requirements to create detailed plant-specific process plans. Manufacturing operations…
 
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • How Can Technology Help Small Manufacturers?

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Small manufacturing CEOs, who have typically built the business from the ground up, have had to learn every detail of a successful company as a hands-on leader and final decision-maker. While many are often family-run or are small…Read More
  • Strides in Adaptable Manufacturing

    10 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Carbon fiber composites have been around for decades.  The material can be as strong as steel or aluminum, but much lighter.  Making these composites has traditionally been a manual process.  A typical composite part looks like…Read More
  • A Presidential Manufacturing Push

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    President Obama recently expanded his push for increased manufacturing in the U.S. by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers. Administration…Read More
  • Understanding Interest Rate Swaps for Beginners

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    By: Jason Cope What is an Interest Rate Swap? With interest rates at historical lows, banks have been not been willing to issue 15, 20, or 30 year fixed rate notes to businesses. Instead they offer variable rate notes whereby the…Read More
  • Paid Internships: A Bridge for the Gap In Manufacturing?

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Often, young people don’t consider a career in manufacturing because the idea of working at a big industrial plant can be intimidating.  The reality of not having enough qualified talent in manufacturing is especially concerning,…Read More
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  • Why Being a Good "Netizen" Could Pay-off Big Time in the APM Space

    Dan Miklovic
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    At LNS Research, we fully endorse social media and understand the importance of being a good “netizen.” We regularly blog, tweet, start discussions on LinkedIn and Google+, and we make sure we’re interacting with and learning from others through those mediums. Follow @Dan_LNSResearch In the asset performance management (APM) space, being a good netizen applies here, too. And it could pay off big time, as the IoT becomes more prominent and the amount of asset performance data continues to grow. Netizenship in the IoT future will mean more than engaging in social media—it will mean…
  • Where Silos Sometimes Need to Be Built Instead of Demolished [ROUNDUP]

    Natalie Tarutis
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    We talk a lot about the importance of eliminating informational silos from manufacturing organizations--within quality, manufacturing, asset performance, and others--and indeed, in many cases, unified information and collaboration are keys to pushing industrial companies to new levels of success. But in this week's roundup we take a brief look at an instance where silos are being purposely built: Internet of Things (IoT) security. IoT Evolves Toward More Effective Security IoT is a leading discussion in the market today. Security issues and awareness are a second runnerup within this…
  • What You Need to Know About the Evolving EHS Landscape [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Greg Goodwin
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    As the years have passed, manufacturers across many industries--but especially the energy-intensive and hazardous ones--have realized the importance of Environment, Health & Safety initiatives, not just in meeting growing regulatory burdens, but in actually driving business value as well. Follow @MrG00dwin But while consciousness has no doubt been raised around EHS, the same cannot always be said for execution capabilities. While this particular operational shortfall is rooted in numerous factors, typically it's largely due to a pre-existing architecture of disparate and disconnected…
  • Is It Possible to Over-Automate Your APM Processes?

    Dan Miklovic
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    During a recent visit with a manufacturing client, I toured their facilities management control center. This particular manufacturer’s facilities occupied numerous buildings on quite a large amount of land with all the expected utility and support functions. The central facility monitored the HVAC systems, electricity, water, natural gas, wastewater, compressed air, steam, and virtually every other building and manufacturing utility you can imagine. Follow @Dan_LNSResearch It was pointed out that the comprehensive control center had taken more than a decade to evolve to its current state…
  • 8 Questions Answered from Last Week's Life Sciences Operational Webcast

    Rob Harrison
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    On November 13, LNS Research and FDA News hosted a webcast entitled, "A Roadmap for Addressing Quality and Manufacturing Challenges in Life Sciences: Moving Beyond Regulatory Burdens to Enable New Collaborative Models for Growth." As usual, we received more questions during the course of the event than we had time to answer live. In this post, I'll answer some of the top questions that went unaddressed due to time constraints. Follow @RobH_LNS For those who were unable to attend the webcast at its original air date, here's a little background on what we covered. Drawing upon our Manufacturing…
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    I.B.I.S., Inc.

  • Software is a Strategic or Tactical Decision?

    Dominic Telaro
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    I have been at a conference this week and was absolutely shocked by what I observed. Actually observed is a good term as I was there to meet with the industry consultants and was not on site to get sales leads. What I did observe was an eye opener and caught me by surprise. First, the level/lack of software knowledge and the role that software plays in the firm’s success. Second, how truly behind the times the attendants were – as far as software is concerned. Third, the role the consultants played in this situation. I would like to clearly state that the consultants were addressing real…
 
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    MetalMiner

  • China’s Latest Knockoff: Land Wind or Land Rover? Take Your Pick

    Stuart Burns
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    Want a Land Rover but can't afford the hefty price? If you're ever in China, you can purchase a "Land Wind" for a fraction of the cost... and a fraction of the quality. If you thought Chinese... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Morningstar Report: Strike While the Iron (Ore) is… Cold?

    Jeff Yoders
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Morningstar has published an in-depth research report, “Strike While the Iron is…Cold?” arguing that cheap iron ore will have profound implications for the steel industry. Iron ore's new normal will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Japanese Recession Drags Down Indian Copper

    Sohrab Darabshaw
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Copper is expected to average $6,500 a ton during next year, according to a report by BNP Paribas. The latter still expects firm supply growth to keep the copper price under pressure well into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Goldman Sachs Responds to Senate, ‘No Correlation’ in Aluminum Warehouse Deals

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    If US Senator Carl Levin (D. Mich.) expected apologies and conciliatory remarks from Jacques Gabillon, a Goldman Sachs managing director called to testify before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Copper MMI®: The Week of the Stimulus

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    Several stimulus measures overseas limited copper's losses this week as governments and central banks sought to help their ailing economies everywhere from China to Europe. FREE Download: The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Berkeley Sourcing Group » Blog

  • Company Name Change: Tappur

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

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

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

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

    Eli
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    By Eli Sinaiko Berkeley Sourcing Group spoke with Mark Delman- seasoned marketing professional, businessman, and entrepreneur. Among other things, Mark is the proud creator of the BriteTap Poultry Waterer, a device that provides poultry owners with an affordable and effective way to supply their chickens with water. We had the opportunity to interview Mark and benefit from his thoughts and advice about his experiences: Photo of Mark Delman courtesy of Twitter 1) Can you identify an instance or decision that inspired or directed you to becoming an entrepreneur? Does a particular life…
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    CircuitHub Blog

  • Fork Button: Quickly design custom hardware

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

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

    Melissa Hough
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    We're excited to announce the beta release of footprint verification! One of the most common errors we have seen in the projects we have manufactured is footprints that have been drawn incorrectly. This can result in need for rework, additional time and cost, project delays, and potential performance issues. To fix this, we've added footprint verification within your BOM that provides socially curated proof that your footprints are correct. Footprint verification helps you to spot potential mistakes in your design before it goes into production.The footprints are annotated with different…
  • Defconbots Sponsorship

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

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

  • The Internet of Things Means the Integration of Everything

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

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

    Milovan Grbic
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Fracking is making headlines.  But do you know what it is? And how it affects the environment? And you?     “Fracking” is a slang term for a process called induced hydraulic fracturing. This process creates veins or seams (“fractures”) in rock to enable removal of hydrocarbons like natural gas and oil. Fracking is typically done in non-porous or impermeable layers of rock and rock formations because the hydrocarbons are otherwise trapped in the rock. Creating fractures in the rock opens up channels for the hydrocarbons to escape. Picture this:  Imagine draining food in a…
  • Everywhere, for Every Wear

    Greg Dewicki
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    As you drive your vehicle, you probably don’t think much about what keeps it going day after day. Sure, you fill the gas tank when it’s low and change the oil when the warning light blinks on, but beyond that, you likely won’t think in technical terms about what keeps your vehicle running (as long as it’s running). It’s also a safe bet that you won’t think about which parts began as a mere block of steel, or aluminum, and ended up as a machining masterpiece. You won’t think about the advanced materials that keep those certain parts from wearing out.
  • Women in Manufacturing: The Untapped Talent

    Jennifer Altimore
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    The manufacturing industry has historically been a male-dominated field. Even though the number of women in the industry has increased over the years, women still only represent less than 30 percent of the industry’s workforce. With the reported manufacturing skills gap and half a million job openings, it is more important than ever to tap into manufacturing’s largest pool of untapped talent — WOMEN. In a study done by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte of more than 600 women working in manufacturing, over 75% agreed that a manufacturing career is interesting and rewarding. Then…
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • These Carbon Reinforcements Make Boats Easier for Anyone to Sail

    Mary Beck
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    The hull and the deck of Jean-Marie Finot’s latest yacht, The Albatros, will be made from Chomarat’s C-Ply, a carbon multiaxial reinforcement. The Albatros is meant to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy sailing, and the C-Ply’s lightweight and strength helps make the boat fast, sturdy and easy to handle. By layering multiaxials in a monolithic structure and aligning fibers parallel to the length of the boat, the boat’s rigidity can be significantly improved, enabling it to withstand flexion. The pressure of the waves is supported by the boat’s shell, comprised of all…
  • Architects Can Add Composite Structural Insulated Panels To Their Toolkits

    Mary Beck
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Composite Panel Building Systems (CPBS) introduced a fully composite structural insulated panel (C-SIP) designed to continuously insulate and seal the building envelope. The C-SIP is engineered with six functions integrated into one product, including the exterior sheathing, insulation, air barrier, vapor retarder, moisture barrier and structural walls. The C-SIP wall panels consist of fiberglass reinforced thermoset polymer (FRT) skins bonded to rigid polyurethane foam by a chemical reaction during manufacturing, which eliminates any risk of delamination. The C-SIP 4″ foam core will…
  • The Latest in Nanotech: Plasma Processes Increase Compression Strength, Impact Performance

    Mary Beck
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    The School of Engineering at Cardiff University and Haydale have announced new research demonstrating significant improvements in mechanical performance, including impact resistance, in carbon fiber composites. These results could have significant implications for future composite structures development, especially in aerospace. The research investigated graphene nanoplatelet (GNP) and carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforcement technology. Adding functionalized graphene to neat resin has been shown to double stiffness, but the effect of this in a macrocomposite would normally be expected to be much…
  • This Solution Enables Boat Builders, Designers to Conduct Rapid Feasibility Studies

    Mary Beck
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    A new structural design solution provides an instant preliminary study of motor and sail boats between 25 feet and 70 feet. The solution, launched by 3A Composites Core Materials and STRUCTeam, provides a bill of materials and weight estimate compliant with both ISO 12215 Category A and ABS guidelines. This enables boat builders and designers to conduct rapid feasibility studies that reduce the cost and complexity of their new boat designs. “Decreasing the cost and complexity of structural design without impacting on performance are key drivers behind the development of new boats,”…
  • Sustainability – What Will It Take?

    Mary Beck
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:07 am
    Kristin Hardin Graduate Research Assistant, University of Alabama at Birmingham Composites can help achieve sustainability goals in the automotive and aerospace industries through lightweighting, which helps decrease fuel consumption and increase efficiency. However, current production scrap, reject parts and end-of-life components are disposed of in landfills. In conjunction with ACMA’s Green Composites Council Recycling Committee, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) graduate student Kristin Hardin produced a survey and distributed it to a cross-section of ACMA member companies to…
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    Pelonis Technologies Blog

  • Six Benefits of Centrifugal Fans

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

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

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

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

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    It can be difficult to find the right heating technology for your needs. Most industrial and commercial customers demand an innovative combination of efficiency and safety in their heaters.At Pelonis, we find that the perfect solution is PTC heating. PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) is a unique technology that eschews traditional resistance wire and replaces it with ceramic stones or chips.This simple switch in materials is what makes PTC electric heaters superior to traditional coil electric heaters. In this blog, we will cover what we believe to be the top three benefits of modern PTC…
 
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    PennCoat Inc. Blog

  • Concrete Joints : Installed by PennCoat

    PennCoat, Inc.
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    Joints Placed in Concrete Slabs For such a thick and heavy surface, concrete always seems to be on the move. As newly poured concrete slabs dry, the loss of moisture causes the material to contract. Once dry, concrete will expand on hot humid days and contract on cold dry ones. For example, drying concrete will contract 2/3 of an inch per 100 linear feet. All this movement causes cracks. Actually, the problem isn’t the movement per se. The real culprit is the restraint of concrete’s movement by the underlying subgrade, footings, walls and adjoining slabs. The solution is to place…
  • Polished Concrete : installed by PennCoat

    PennCoat, Inc.
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    Polished Concrete Polished concrete flooring has become a popular option for commercial and industrial venues, especially ones that want to minimize maintenance. Polished concrete is extremely durable, can be buffed to various degrees of shininess and can be decorated in different colors and styles. Maintenance requires a daily dry dusting with a microfiber pad and weekly washing with water, perhaps mixed with some pH-neutral floor cleaner, and applied with soft pads. The surface need not be sealed or resealed as long as it is properly prepared and maintained. Concrete Concrete is a mix of…
  • Commercial Painting Maryland

    PennCoat, Inc.
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    PennCoat Inc. has decades of experience providing commercial painting services in a number of different locations in Maryland. Below, you’ll find a list of service areas that we provide commercial painting services to in the state of Maryland. PennCoat Commercial Painting Services In Maryland Baltimore, Maryland Carroll, Maryland Cecil, Maryland Hartford, Maryland   Commercial Painting Benefits Commercial Paint Performance Features Improved Appearance Surface Restoration Build Customer Confidence Protect Surfaces Improve Longevity   Commercial painting offers a wide range of…
  • Understanding Tech Data Sheets: Impact Resistance

    PennCoat, Inc.
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:53 am
    Impact Resistance The impact resistance, or toughness, of a material is its ability to absorb energy without fracturing or rupturing, even if it plastically deforms. Technically, it is the integral of energy divided by volume, aka the stress-strain curve we’ve discussed in previous blogs. It is similar to resilience, except the upper limit of integration is unrestricted. There are several ways to measure impact resistance, including the Izod Impact Test: and the Charpy impact tests: But the materials we commonly use at PennCoat frequently undergo the Navy’s MIL-D-3134J Military…
  • Technical Data Sheets : Tensile Strength for Industrial Coatings

    PennCoat, Inc.
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Technical Data Sheets : Tensile Strength for Coatings Tensile Strength In the last blog, we were squashed, but today we are going to be stretched — “we” being samples of various coatings and protectants, such as cementitious urethane. Tensile strength is the maximum pull a material can withstand before breaking or otherwise failing. The pulling literally rips intermolecular bonds apart. For the type of materials we use at PennCoat, the test of choice is ASTM International, (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Material) D638, Standard Test Method for…
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  • Bearing Heaters

    Phil Pasma
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Mounting Around 16% of all premature bearing failures are a result of poor fitting or using incorrect mounting techniques. Individual applications may require mechanical, heat or hydraulic mounting methods for correct and efficient bearing mounting. Selecting the correct mounting technique for your application will help you extend your bearing’s service life and reduce costs resulting from premature bearing failure, as well as potential damage to the application. Mounting bearings using heatOil baths are often used for heating bearings prior to mounting. However, this method can…
  • Industrial Equipment for Sale

    Phil Pasma
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    We have the following machines for sale: 1. Proth Surface Grinder Good working condition Model: 613 Serial: 604217-5 Year: 1986 Capacity: 6″x 18″ Magnetic Chuck $1000 OBO 2. Jones & Shipman Cylindrical Grinder Good working condition Capacity: 10″x 27″ OD & ID $8000 OBO 3. Yale Lift Truck  8000 lbs 1 Battery 1 Charge 1 Battery Lifting Beam Issues Cylinder Leaks Brakes need to be fixed Horn works sometimes $5000 OBO Contact us at info@je-bearing.com for more information. The post Industrial Equipment for Sale appeared first on JE Bearing.
  • Keeping Good Records

    Phil Pasma
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    One cause of bearing failure that often occurs and leaves few clues is the failure caused by greasing a sealed bearing. Over the years we have seen a number of cases where the vibration history of the bearing gives no clue as to what could cause the failure but when an autopsy of the bearing pieces is conducted, all we have is a jumbled mess of a twisted cage and loose balls. The one common factor is that these bearings were sealed bearings; and the purpose of the title of this blog is, do you know which bearings on your machines have integral seals? What often occurs in manufacturing plants…
  • Front Page Cover!

    Phil Pasma
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    You might recognize who is on the cover of the the November issue of Canadian Industrial Machinery this month. Yes, we had the privilege of being featured in the CIM Magazine again. A couple months ago we met with Joe Thompson (@cimjoethomspon), editor of the magazine, to discuss the changes J/E has gone through since the last time he interviewed us. In the article we discuss the history of our business, the recession in 2009, adopting new technology and the evolution of our company. Read the full article here We also have a blog that lists all the other magazines and websites we have…
  • 10 Awesome Maintenance Apps

    Phil Pasma
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Move over clash of clans, angry birds and candy crush because there are some productive apps in town! Did you know that product maintenance manufacturers such as SKF, Loctite, SEW Eurodrive, Baldor, Rexnord  and more all have mobile apps to help make your work life a bit easier? These apps feature everything from bearing calculators and alignment tools to energy saving guides and digital product manuals. And while many of these applications have been out for a few years now, manufacturers are releasing new and improved ones continuously. Below we highlight some of the popular maintenance…
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