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  • Do Not Overlook Shaft Alignment

    L&S Electric
    David Manney
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    In order for the operation of any rotating equipment to enjoy a long life and reliable operation, it is important for the shafts to be aligned properly. Proper shaft alignment is something that has long been known, but it is often an issue that is overlooked until it is too late, and damage has occurred.
  • How Manufacturing Can Solve Its Own Talent Shortage Crisis

    IndustryWeek
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    John Paul Williams, Director of Industry Solutions, Polycom Millenials decry the lack of good job opportunities while manufacturers complain they can't find the skilled workforce they need. It's time for companies to bridge the gap by redesigning its hiring and development strategies. read more
  • Micro Fans- The Smallest Fans on the Planet

    Pelonis Technologies Blog
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    Many industry members will agree that miniaturization is a major trend in electronics. The popularity of small, portable devices over large and clunky ones is truly no surprise; smaller electronics are easier to handle, carry, and store. In the quest to create ever smaller devices, manufacturers have miniaturized everything from consumer electronics to highly precise medical tools. To make these devices so small, however, they’ve also gone to great lengths to reduce the size of their internal components. Cooling fans are one such example. The fans that go inside miniaturized electronics…
  • Manufacturers In Georgia Record Fourth Year of Industrial Job Growth

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    Georgia Manufacturers Register
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Manufacturers In Georgia Record Fourth Year of Industrial Job Growth
  • Alberta Court Fines Cargill $80K For Environmental Law Breach

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    cfox
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    An Alberta court has fined the company that owns the largest beef processing plant in Canada $80,000 for breaking an environmental law.A provincial court judge has ruled that Cargill Limited failed to immediately report intentionally diluted wastewater samples in 2012 from the company's High River plant.
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  • Alberta Court Fines Cargill $80K For Environmental Law Breach

    cfox
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    An Alberta court has fined the company that owns the largest beef processing plant in Canada $80,000 for breaking an environmental law.A provincial court judge has ruled that Cargill Limited failed to immediately report intentionally diluted wastewater samples in 2012 from the company's High River plant.
  • Hostess Closing Bakery That Created The Twinkie

    cfox
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    About 400 people will lose their jobs and a piece of American baking history will shut down when Hostess Brands closes the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented.Hostess said Wednesday it will close the bakery in Schiller Park in October. The bakery reopened a little more than a year ago following Hostess' 2012 bankruptcy.
  • Improving Car Safety With LEDs

    cfox
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
  • Honda Recalls Fit To Boost Crash Resistance

    cfox
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant.The tiny Fit was redesigned for the 2015 model year, and initially it flunked a key front-end crash test done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.The test simulates a 40 mph crash between the front corner of a car and a utility pole.
  • Report Compares Food Traceability Regulations Of 21 Countries

    cfox
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    The Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) just released a new report in the peer-reviewed journal, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, that evaluates and compares the traceability regulations of 21 Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) countries.
 
 
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  • Barrier Plastics Introduces Innovative Baritainer® Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC)

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

    Editorial Team
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Company: Source One, Inc. News Location: Willow Grove, Pennsylvania Published On: July 17, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Source One Management Services, a procurement service provider who has been providing strategic sourcing and supply chain services since 1992, has recently announced that it has opened a second office in Chicago, Illinois. Headquartered just outside of Philadelphia, [...]
  • Jervis B. Webb Company Promotes Rob Schmit To President

    Editorial Team
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:57 am
    Company: Daifuku Webb News Location: Farmington Hills, Michigan Published On: June 6, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Jervis B. Webb Company, a subsidiary of Daifuku Webb Holding Company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Rob Schmit to President. Daifuku Webb Holding Company also announces new senior vice president. In his new role, Schmit will oversee [...]
  • Ampac Introduces E-Z SnackPak™: New Packaging Format for Single Serve Snack Food Market

    Editorial Team
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:51 am
    Company: Ampac News Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Published On: June 6, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Ampac, the world’s leader in creative packaging solutions, introduces the E-Z SnackPakTM, a new packaging format for the single-serve snack food market. The E-Z SnackPak is a new exclusive packaging technology from Ampac that provides a unique and convenient packaging solution [...]
  • One Report Identifies Growing Trend in Supplier Relationship Management Among Strategic Sourcing Groups, Outlines Best Practices

    Editorial Team
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:19 am
    Company: Source One News Location: Willow Grove, Pennsylvania Published On: June 4, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Source One Management Services, LLC released its Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) Insights Report today, outlining the benefits that SRM programs can provide to an organization’s bottom line. The report, titled Building the Case for Supplier Relationship Management, defines the [...]
 
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  • China Fines 12 Firms In Auto Price Probe

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:35 pm
    China announced Wednesday it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country''s auto industry.Read: China Accuses Mercedes Of Price Abuses
  • Brita Recalls Children''s Water Bottles

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Brita is recalling approximately 242,500 children''s water filter bottles due to a possible laceration hazard.The company said Tuesday that the lid of the hard-sided bottles can break into pieces with sharp points.Brita has received 35 reports of lids breaking or cracking. No injuries have been reported.
  • Jaguar & Land Rover Get Serious About Performance

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:35 pm
  • Safety Agency Offers Online Recall Service

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:35 pm
    The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the service started Wednesday on its website, www.safercar.gov.Drivers can key in their vehicle identification number to get the results. The number can be found on the dashboard near the windshield or on the driver''s door post near the latch.
  • Nut Butters Recalled For Salmonella

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:35 pm
    A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination.
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  • Alberta Court Fines Cargill $80K For Environmental Law Breach

    cfox
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    An Alberta court has fined the company that owns the largest beef processing plant in Canada $80,000 for breaking an environmental law.A provincial court judge has ruled that Cargill Limited failed to immediately report intentionally diluted wastewater samples in 2012 from the company's High River plant.
  • Hostess Closing Bakery That Created The Twinkie

    cfox
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    About 400 people will lose their jobs and a piece of American baking history will shut down when Hostess Brands closes the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented.Hostess said Wednesday it will close the bakery in Schiller Park in October. The bakery reopened a little more than a year ago following Hostess' 2012 bankruptcy.
  • Improving Car Safety With LEDs

    cfox
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
  • Honda Recalls Fit To Boost Crash Resistance

    cfox
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant.The tiny Fit was redesigned for the 2015 model year, and initially it flunked a key front-end crash test done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.The test simulates a 40 mph crash between the front corner of a car and a utility pole.
  • Report Compares Food Traceability Regulations Of 21 Countries

    cfox
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    The Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) just released a new report in the peer-reviewed journal, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, that evaluates and compares the traceability regulations of 21 Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) countries.
 
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  • Circular economy, II

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

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

    27 Mar 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Or putting some wheels on the Ricoh comet circleThe end of the last posting (an embarrassing long time ago!) spoke of the need to do a better job of communicating just what sustainability is. That is, of course, one of the objectives of this blog - or at least as it applies to manufacturing, design and all things related to product creation and production.An early concept introduced way back in September 2009 was the circular nature of sustainability as practiced in society represented by the Ricoh Comet Circle reproduced here below.The circle diagram visualizes nested loops of tight or loose…
  • New Year's Resolutions

    21 Jan 2014 | 4:32 am
    or ... Things that renew our faith in the future!Over the New Year in the US (perhaps other places too) there is a tradition of making a set of “resolutions” or pronouncements and promises that one will follow in the upcoming year that will make things better. These often have to do with personal behavior (“I will try to like my co-workers”) or health (“I will work out more and eat less”) or finance (“I will try to live within my budget”) and so on. Typically these last a few weeks or months before the reality of daily life kicks in and they are forgotten. But, no worries,…
  • Extending the life of products

    5 Dec 2013 | 3:35 pm
    Déjà vu all over again!The last few postings have been concentrating on effective utilization of resources and resource productivity as a driver for manufacturing (including green manufacturing) innovation. In part 3 of that series a list of seven ways to improve resource effectiveness was given. These were (and see part 3 for the details):1) Avoid use of a resource in the first place2) Light-weighting 3) Increased yield 4) Reduced footprint of resources5) Insure high re-use yield and low "cost" of reuse6) Leveraged resources7) Extended life It's that last one that is the focus in this…
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  • Philly Fed: Manufacturers Continue to See Health Gains in August

    Chad Moutray
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported healthy gains in manufacturing activity in August, with the fastest pace since March 2011. The Business Outlook Survey’s composite index of general business activity increased from 23.9 in July to 28.0 in August. This represents significant progress from earlier in the year, when activity contracted briefly in February. It was the fifth straight month with the headline index being in double digits, averaging 20.3 from April to August. This would indicate more than just a rebound; it would suggest relatively strong growth overall. The various…
  • Ozone Education Campaign Continues With State Ad Campaign

    Greg Bertelsen
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    By now, you may be familiar with the NAM’s efforts to bring attention to the severe economic impact that the EPA’s pending revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone would have not only on manufacturers, but on the overall economic health of our country as well.  As part of this effort, this week we launched radio and digital ads in a trio of critical states – Colorado, Kentucky, and North Carolina – to shed additional light on the economic impact these regulations could have and to ensure that policymakers are paying attention. Our recent…
  • Growth in Chinese and European Manufacturing Activity Slowed in August, While U.S. Was Up Sharply

    Chad Moutray
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Given the contraction seen in the Eurozone economy in the second quarter, analysts were eagerly anticipating the preliminary Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data released this morning. Indeed, the HSBC Flash Eurozone Manufacturing PMI decelerated from 51.8 in July to 50.8 in August, suggesting that growth in manufacturing activity on the continent has slowed to a crawl. Germany (down from 52.4 to 52.0) eased slightly, but with output falling to its slowest pace since June 2013. French manufacturers (down from 47.8 to 46.5) continue to struggle, with its Flash Manufacturing PMI…
  • Manufacturers Support Innovative Reform, National Regulatory Budget

    Erik Glavich
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    On July 24, Reps. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Doug Collins (R-GA), introduced the National Regulatory Budget Act of 2014 (H.R. 5184). The bill would establish an annual cap of regulatory costs (i.e., a budget for regulatory costs) to which federal agencies must comply. H.R. 5148 is the House version of S. 2153, which was introduced in March by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). The National Regulatory Budget Act of 2014 would require Congress to pass an annual bill establishing a regulatory cost cap for each agency and the federal government overall. It also would establish an independent agency to…
  • Moving the U.S.-India Relationship from Aspirations to Action

    Christopher Moore
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    In his recent Independence Day speech, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid out his vision for a future driven by innovation and aimed at improving the lives of all Indians. To achieve a “Digital India”, his government plans to build the infrastructure necessary to ensure all Indians have access to essential public services and information. It’s a critical focus and surely an inspiring signal to his constituents and international partners. After all, innovation is essential for the growth of any nation in the 21st century. By embracing the potential of technology, the people of…
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    Lean Blog

  • Why “More Nurses” Isn’t the Best Way to Solve What Ails Healthcare

    Mark Graban
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    There are certainly many serious problems in healthcare. Let’s look at nursing, in particular. It’s a rewarding job, but it’s far more frustrating for nurses than it needs to be. Nurses often don’t have enough time in the day (or in a given hour) to do all of their work the right way in the time available. I’ve worked with nurses who listed out all of the tasks they were supposed to do in an hour, from rounding on patients, giving medications, etc. and it added up to 80 minutes worth of work to be done in 60 minutes. THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE. Nurses are often…
  • A “Healthcare Kaizen” Workshop for Michiganders

    Mark Graban
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    I’m happy to be partnering up with the Michigan Lean Consortium to do a half-day class on “Healthcare Kaizen” the afternoon before their upcoming healthcare symposium meeting. Michigan is my home state, so it’s great to be able to come back and teach and participate. It’s being held in Muskegon on October 9. Click here to learn more and to register: “Healthcare Kaizen: Improving the Way We Improve with Mark Graban.” Other events: Also, don’t forget the webinars I’m doing tomorrow and next week and the workshop I’m teaching at…
  • Teaching Up in the Organization?

    Mark Graban
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    People often talk about the need for senior leadership support for Lean. If we’re going to really transform our culture, workplace, and performance, “quality starts in the boardroom,” as Dr. Deming said. Lean is not about “fixing” the employees — it’s about changing the way we think and lead at all levels. If executives and senior leaders embrace Lean thinking (and continuous learning and development), then they are better able to teach others and model the right behaviors (look at folks like Dr. Dean Gruner, Art Byrne, and others). When the CEO…
  • “Lean Coffee” for Healthcare in San Antonio, 9/25/14

    Mark Graban
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    I held the first “Lean Coffee” gathering for San Antonio healthcare folks in June and we’re going to do another one in September. It’s a great format that I learned from Jim Benson. You use a “personal kanban” board (the table really) to solicit discussion topics from the attendees. Then, you vote on what to discuss and you decide, as a group, when the topic has been exhausted and you move on. I know many of you aren’t in the central Texas area, but you might be inspired to do your own Lean Coffee, whether it’s for healthcare or otherwise? How…
  • What They’re Saying Now about Lean Healthcare in Saskatchewan

    Mark Graban
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    There have been plenty of headlines and updates since I first blogged about the controversy over Lean healthcare in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan (see my previous posts here). From my outside perspective, there are some good things happening. I admire their adoption of a “patient safety alert system” and a blame-free culture (see Saskatoon Health Region CEO Maura Davies’ comment about this on a recent post of mine). Some of the controversy wasn’t about Lean itself, but was focused on hiring on American as consultant and paying his group $40 million over four…
 
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  • Will Drones be in your Future Value Chain?

    Gordon Benzie
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    You likely saw the announcement last December about Amazon wanting to deploy drones to deliver packages. While this would likely be a premium delivery option, dubbed “Prime Air,” this service would get customers their products in just 30 minutes after clicking the “buy” button. Here is a whole new spin to leveraging a “cloud-based” technology from a mobile app! According to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, his “optimistic” estimate is that Prime Air will be available to customers within 4 to 5 years. For those of you who haven’t yet seen this video, it is worth…
  • Supply Chain Brief to Feature MT Blog

    Gordon Benzie
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    One of the topics discussed on Manufacturing Transformation is the education and research that must be done to stay current with manufacturing trends. Topics requiring update might come from technology innovation, manufacturing trends, or industry consolidation, just to name a few. Hopefully some of the concepts presented on Manufacturing Transformation can help in this regard. We would now like to introduce you to another great resource for keeping up on today’s manufacturing and supply chain news: Supply Chain Brief. Launched as a combined effort between The Logistics and Supply Chain…
  • When Virtual Manufacturing Becomes Reality

    John Eskuri
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    If you have any interest in the digitization and automation of manufacturing, you’ll be interested in an interview with a Lockheed Martin executive that I came across recently in the Manufacturing Leadership Journal. The executive is Dennis Little, VP of production at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Division. Little is driving a project within the company called Digital Tapestry. It aims to combine the three key digital domains—virtual reality development environments, 3D printing, and digital processes—to, in the article’s words, “radically streamline its entire approach to…
  • Social Networking in Manufacturing: Like or Unlike?

    Tom Hennessey
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Do you take social networking seriously in your manufacturing enterprise, or is it just another fad? Social networking used to be considered about as far from manufacturing concerns as one could get. But things are changing rapidly, and these days enterprises are starting to use a new group of social networking tools designed for implementation within enterprise environments to increase collaboration and, ultimately, competitiveness. In June of this year, the Manufacturing Leadership Council partnered with Dassault Systèmes and Microsoft to present a Think Tank session on the topic of…
  • The Biggest Obstacles to Making Manufacturing Leaner

    Tom Bonine
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    By reducing waste from operations, implementing Lean manufacturing steps into your business can improve your profitability. Unfortunately, there are issues that present obstacles that must be addressed to achieve this goal. Time Tightening any manufacturing process takes time; it is not going to happen overnight. You must make a commitment to leaning your process and you must get everyone on board, working together. The actual amount of time required greatly depends on the number of problem areas a business is facing. The length of time can be reduced with the correct resources, the right…
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  • Technology Helps a Wildlife Control Company Outsmart Even the Wisest Raccoon

    Maeghan Ouimet
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    Their story started like many field service companies: with a man in a van. Hamiliton-based Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control operates more than 30 vehicles across 75 cities in Canada, with hopes of expanding to the U.S. in the coming years. The point at which the story unfolds from the one-man-van to the fleet is rooted in the adoption of technology. Skedaddle’s COO Barry Dowd and the company’s CEO and President Bill Dowd shared with SmartVan how their company has implemented technology to grow, break down language barriers, and maintain customer satisfaction all while becoming a…
  • Questions Your Marketing and Sales Teams Should Ask Field Techs

    Marguerite McNeal
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Most sales teams focus on closing deals and adding to their pipeline. They rely heavily on marketing programs to drive leads, but often overlook a valuable resource: intel from field service technicians. In a recent survey, Aberdeen Group found that 57 percent of best-in-class companies incentivize field technicians to identify cross-sell and up-sell opportunities for sales. “Service technicians are often in front of customers at a time of need. The intelligence, which can be gleaned from these interactions, is invaluable to the sales team,” the report says. Not all service techs want to…
  • Big Data Requires Wrangling to Be Useful

    Courtney Buchanan
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    With iPads, wearables and smartphones becoming ubiquitous in the field, the C-suite has more data on its hands than it knows what to do with. Big Data holds the golden insights into how to make business processes more efficient, but there’s still a lot of “janitor work” that needs to be done.  That janitor work is also known as data wrangling, which refers to the immense amount of work required by data scientists and analysts. In fact, data scientists spend up to 80 percent of their time doing mundane tasks including collecting and preparing data, according to The New…
  • Sales and Service: A Peerless Revenue-Generating Duo

    Derek Korte
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Businesses that segregate their sales and service teams are leaving a lot of money (and customer goodwill) on the table. According to a recent Aberdeen report, companies have a lot to gain — and nothing to lose — from a close partnership between service technicians and salespeople. In the report, Aly Pinder Jr., senior research analyst of service management at Aberdeen, describes how closing the sales-service gap brings companies closer to their customers. One strategy is to funnel service technicians’ knowledge of customer concerns and needs to the sales desk. Technicians…
  • The Future of Service in a Connected World

    Derek Korte
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Connected devices have arrived in the form of smart thermostats, smart home appliances, smart vending machines and even smart grids. And there are more on the way. By some estimates, there could be 50 billion Internet-connected devices by 2020. Gartner dubbed the Internet of Things the most-hyped technology trend of 2014, topping wearable user interfaces and consumer 3D printing. Despite the hype, there’s no doubt that a system of intelligent, interconnected devices will have a profound impact on field service. Radical changes to the things that companies sell will trigger changes to…
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  • Three Ways to Perfect How You SPIN

    Mike Moore
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As experts in sales, we’re always trying to come up with new and better ways to push our products and services. The SPIN method is the latest and greatest way to uncover your customer’s explicit needs through a series of in-depth questions. Here are three ways you can perfect your SPIN technique: Confidence: When you ask in-depth questions, ask them with an air of confidence. Let the customer see that you know what you’re talking about, and that you will not falter. Nobody buys from a poorly prepared salesman. Concentration: Holding the customer’s focus is vital. Look the customer in…
  • Did You Really Make a Profit?

    Mike Moore
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    By Dave Nichols Balancing your books at the end of the quarter or year may seem like a daunting task. You review your numbers and ask yourself – did I really make a profit? What about taxes? Employee benefits? Downtime for your technicians? Even though your initial numbers are in the black, you might be missing the small aspects of owning a business that crucially determine your actual profit or loss. So where do you start? First, plug your numbers into this basic formula. Revenue – Expenses = X – Corporate Income Tax and Bank Interest = Loss or Gain.   Simply put, you have to earn…
  • Certification and Credentials to Take Your Business to the Next Level

    Mike Moore
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you’ve trained with HVAC Learning Solutions before, or if you’ve read some of our previous blog posts, you know I’m a big believer in getting techs NATE certified. The benefits to you and your employees is invaluable, but do you know what NATE-certifications, as well as other acquired credentials, can do for your business overall? These stats aren’t always well known, but should be for business owners. 1. Seven out of eight homeowners prefer that NATE-certified technicians service their home.* Customer satisfaction is more likely when they are confident in your abilities to begin…
  • Stop the Bleeding: Losing Good Employees

    Mike Moore
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    We are in a highly competitive industry. You stay on top of advancements, you hire good employees, but how do you keep them? If you’re having a problem with employee retention, do some troubleshooting to “stop the bleeding,” and create an environment that helps your employees grow and flourish. 1. Identify the problem. They say the first step is the hardest, and it’s true here. If you just ask your employees outright, it could get tense, but you can investigate without intimidation with a blind survey. Your employees may feel more comfortable alerting you to issues…
  • Years of experience doesn’t equal success

    Mike Moore
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When you’ve been in the industry for years, or even decades, it can feel like you’ve encountered it all. But just as technological advances mean we frequently have to re-learn the products we know so well, the same holds true for salesmanship and sales techniques. Make your experience work for you, not against you. Being a long-time expert and making the sale requires a kind of finesse. When you are discussing a system or the reasons for recommending a service, you want to be clear,  simple and knowledgeable, without talking down to your customers or sounding intimidating. Take a look…
 
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  • What is Good Teamwork Worth?

    Bob Warfield
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    What is good teamwork worth to Shop Productivity?  We think it’s everything and we’re working on a new product called G-Wizard ShopFloor that’s totally focused on teamwork in the Shop. There’ll be a lot more to talk about as it unfolds, but for now, I want to leave you with some brief description and a photograph: Like our other products, we’ll be associating a graphic of some WWII gals.  We do this to honor the gals and because we’re great fans of that era of American History–The Greatest Generation as Tom Brokaw called them. We picked out this…
  • Hybrid Machining: Combining Additive and Subtractive in One Machine

    Bob Warfield
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:22 pm
    If there’s one thing we can probably all agree on, it’s that there’s been a lot of hype surrounding 3D printing.  It seems like every day brings yet another new consumer 3D printer on Kickstarter of someplace else and it’s not clear what the new kid on the block can do that the old ones won’t.  The consumer side of 3D printing is still very frothy.  However, the industrial side has started to settle.  Business, after all, is less concerned with doing what the Cool Kids are doing (well everyone but marketing is less concerned anyway) and more concerned with…
  • Value Stream Mapping: Lean Manufacturing Principles Part 4

    Bob Warfield
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:05 pm
    This is Part 4 of our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles Series.  You can find the CNCCookbook home page for Lean Manufacturing here. Wikipedia: Value stream mapping is a lean-management method for analyzing the current state and designing a future state for the series of events that take a product or service from its beginning through to the customer. At Toyota, it is known as “material and information flow mapping”.[1] It can be applied to nearly anyvalue chain. Like the definition says, Value Stream Mapping is used to analyze a series of events that take a…
  • Trochoidal Milling Feeds and Speeds

    Bob Warfield
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I had a customer ask me how to calculate Feeds and Speeds for Trochoidal Milling with G-Wizard Calculator the other day.  G-Wizard is a perfect tool for finding these Feeds and Speeds, but first, what is Trochoidal Milling? Trochoidal Milling is a High Speed Machining (HSM) technique that moves the tool in a shape called a “Trochoid.”  The link shows the derivation of what a Trochoid is, but here’s a typical Trochoidal Toolpath: Using Trochoidal Milling to cut a slot… The idea is each cut is a circular arc rather than moving down the slot in a straight line.  The…
  • We’re Giving Away All Our Software for Free

    Bob Warfield
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Woohooo, we love free stuff!     Hang on, that title is not exactly the whole story.  Okay, the title was a cheap trick, I admit it.  But we are giving away all of our software for free to one lucky winner. We know you’re really excited about getting free stuff :).  For the next two weeks, we’re offering a giveaway that’s absolutely every piece of CNC software that we sell: G-Wizard Calculator:  Lifetime Subscription G-Wizard Editor:  Lifetime Subscription MeshCam:  Easy to use 3D Cam Software Gearotic:  Gear Design and G-Code by the Father of Mach3 That’s…
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    L&S Electric

  • Boiler Room Safety is Nothing to Blow Off

    David Manney
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    The use of steam to power equipment goes back to the Industrial Revolution. Although there are hundreds of years worth of experience, events still occur. As recently as 2008, nearly 12 people each year are killed from incidents directly related to a boiler room. There are several ways a boiler can cause injury, yet following safe procedures for maintenance and daily operation are seemingly safe enough. Our … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Do Not Overlook Shaft Alignment

    David Manney
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    In order for the operation of any rotating equipment to enjoy a long life and reliable operation, it is important for the shafts to be aligned properly. Proper shaft alignment is something that has long been known, but it is often an issue that is overlooked until it is too late, and damage has occurred.
  • Maintenance Management Ideas to Prevent Disaster

    David Manney
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    As John Steinbeck wrote, even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. To the best of their ability, many very intelligent people makes emergency plans to use ‘just in case.’ However, excellent those … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Watts New? Our 1,000 Post!

    David Manney
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This blog started slowly on August 10, 2010 with our first post, “A Message to Our Valued Customers.” Since then, working through growing pains, we’ve reached post 1,000 with this morning’s post, “Maintenance Management Ideas … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Top five things that go wrong with electric motors

    David Manney
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    According to the US Department of Energy, motor driven equipment accounts for 64% of the electricity consumed in the US industrial sector. Stating the obvious, that means there are a great number of electric motors in use every day in the USA. The higher the number, the greater amount of motor failures.
 
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    strategy+business: OPERATIONS & MANUFACTURING

  • Warfare, Software, and Industrial Design

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

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

    25 Feb 2014 | 3:00 am
    New research reveals a better way to engage with board members on this critical business issue.
  • How to Prepare Your Company for Growth

    14 Feb 2014 | 10:00 am
    Take Booz & Company's Fit for Growth * Index profiler and find out what you need to be successful in the long term.
  • America's Real Manufacturing Advantage

    19 Jan 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With its proven track record in innovation, software development, and university education, the United States is poised to reassert the manufacturing leadership it has been ceding to competitors in recent decades. And the economic stakes for doing so are high. See also America's Manufacturing Advantage--In Pictures . (THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS LICENSED IMAGES)
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • Meet New Engineer Natalia Jurado Espin and PACE Team 4’s Gazelle

    Dora Smith
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    New engineer is passionate about mechatronics Natalia Jurado Espin just completed her electronic engineering degree at Tecnológico de Monterrey(ITESM)Toluca. I met her at the PACE Annual Forum where her team completed in the personal assisted mobility device (PAMD) competition. She has a passion for electronics and was originally interested in biotech but is now working on her master’s degree in mechatronics. Natalia’s team – PAMD Team #4 – included students from ITESM Toluca, ITESM Monterrey, McMaster University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Together they…
  • Experts Only!

    John Whetstone
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Many of us take an annual winter vacation that includes snow skiing. We typically consult a trail map that shows the ski runs in order to plan our route down the hill. The runs are marked with four levels of difficulty on the map and also on the mountain; 1) easiest (denoted by a green circle), 2) more difficult (blue square) 3) most difficult (black diamond) and 4) experts only (double black diamonds). What an invaluable service! The resort wants us to enjoy ourselves so they tell us what to expect on their terrain. All we have to do now is assess our own abilities and decide where we should…
  • Cometal uses Femap to cut costs and increase safety

    Al Robertson
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cometal Engineering engineers and manufactures extrusion plants and foundries for aluminum billets and the re-melting of extrusion scraps, serving markets throughout the world. Cometal develops the entire production chain, including extrusion presses. The extrusion business is characterized by pricing sensitivity, which is where Femap helps Cometal achieve success by optimizing use of expensive materials and enabling maximum operating safety. Design is vital at Cometal, where design engineers work closely with customers to define the plant layout. Until recently, designers performed manual…
  • Chat With Chuck Grindstaff Highlights SDI, IoT, Industry 4.0 and More

    Dora Smith
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    This week I caught up with our CEO for the latest Chat With Chuck Grindstaff podcast. Listen in to learn more about our work in several key areas. Some of the topics we cover in the 25-minute podcast include: SDI (systems driven innovation) SDPD (systems driven product development) IoT (Internet of Things) Industry 4.0 Industry Catalysts Future worker skillset PLM-MES integration Listen to the podcast. Listen to find out why Chuck calls a product a “system of systems” and why that is causing a “convergence of disciplines.” Hear what Chuck has to say in response to Chad…
  • What is the best release cycle for CAD and PLM software?

    David Chadwick
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    What do you think is the best release cycle for your CAD or PLM software? A short release cycle, every few months, that delivers a few key new capabilities? Or would this have too much impact on completing projects and you would prefer fewer major releases that can be planned for on an annual or even biannual basis? Do you sometimes skip releases and find yourself needing to do multiple upgrades to get up-to-date? Reading this article from Redmond Magazine, Microsoft is moving to a faster release cycle for its Windows operating system, should we be doing this for CAD and PLM software…
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • “Manufacturing Universities” Proposed

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing.  The bill would…Read More
  • Manufacturing Day is Fast Approaching

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) is coming up on October 13th.  Events marking the day should be designed to expose more people to present-day manufacturing, while showcasing manufacturing in a positive light. Two years ago, on MFG DAY,…Read More
  • Vending Machines with…Drill Bits?

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Yes, it’s a fact – they do exist.  MSC Industrial Supply is one of the country’s largest suppliers of what are called “indirect supplies,” manufacturing tools and materials that don’t end up in final products, such as: • Clamps •…Read More
  • Top Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2014 and Beyond

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    By: Allan Peiser Manufacturing in the United States continues to gain momentum. Critical factors such as the shrinking gap between wages in the United States versus those in foreign countries, the increase in overseas supply chain…Read More
  • 7 Steps to an Operations Strategy

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Without an adequate written vision for the organization, it is difficult to maintain continuous improvement plans and elevate your business.  Keep in mind when drafting your plan that your vision should be attainable, as well as…Read More
 
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    blog.lnsresearch.com

  • What Is Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Management?

    Greg Goodwin
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Today, Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) programs are so prevalent across global manufacturing organizations, at first thought, providing a definition can feel redundant and unnecessary. However, in the midst of emerging best practices, shiny new tools and technologies, and a plethora of metrics to capture and analyze events and actions, it can be easy to forget what EHS actually is as well as how and why it emerged. Follow @LNSResearch In understanding the space, a little bit of history is helpful. It’s important to know that there’s a difference between what EHS was and what it has…
  • Choosing the Right Asset Performance Metrics (Not as Easy as You Think)

    Dan Miklovic
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    As regular readers of the LNS Research blog are aware, we are big proponents of using metrics. Our Metrics That Matter research done in conjunction with MESA highlighted what metrics manufacturers are using to manage their operations. Asset Performance Management (APM), like Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), also has a rich set of metrics with twenty or more commonly used today. Follow @Dan_LNSResearch With so many choices it should be a simple matter of just choosing the ones that best fit your business right? Unfortunately, it isn’t so easy. Choosing the wrong metrics can be…
  • Big Data: The One Question Manufacturers Really Want Answered

    Mike Roberts
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    We don’t need to be the ones to tell you everyone’s talking about big data, because if you’ve got pairs of eyes and ears then you see and hear about it everywhere. What we will tell you, though, is that interest in the topic seems to only be accelerating. Follow @mp_roberts We have the opportunity to speak with industry executives numerous times a week, and it’s coming up more and more often. To validate this rise in interest, we can take a look at Google Trends data, which shows the relative popularity of search terms over time. You can see that “big data” really started taking…
  • LNS Research Launches Environment, Health and Safety Practice

    Paul Leavoy
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Here at LNS, we’ve delved deeply into some key areas of business performance and Operational Excellence in recent years, including Enterprise Quality Management, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), and Industrial Energy Management (IEM). Follow @paulleavoy As our followers are aware, this research has manifested in dozens of research reports, extensive assessments of best practices and trends, in-depth blog posts, and much more, all supported by comprehensive data collection and analysis. But there’s another essential pillar of modern-day business that we’re about to cover in a…
  • You've Probably Heard of Smart Cars, but Smart Roads? [ROUNDUP]

    Natalie Tarutis
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Google and its fleet of driverless "smart cars" have captured most of the attention in the future vision of car transportation, but there's another piece to the puzzle that may far outpace these next-generation vehicles, and it's already beginning today: Smart roads. Using IoT capabilities to connect sensors in traffic lights with motion detectors, pilot programs have already shown results of cutting down red-light times, total driving time, and emissions. In this week's roundup, we look deeper into how smart roads will transform travel. We also look into the importance of traceability, tips…
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    I.B.I.S., Inc.

  • Supplier Portals

    Angela Goldberg
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    A supplier portal is a web page that brings information together from multiple sources for convenient access by supplier. Most portals also provide the ability for the supplier to input data directly into the buying company’s system. Many ERP suppliers now offer portals as optional additions to purchasing and supply chain management functions. A typical portal will provide access to purchase orders and releases, allowing the supplier to enter acceptance (commitment, acknowledgement) and perhaps generate labels and bar-codes to attach to the goods before shipment. Supplier input could…
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    MetalMiner

  • Goa Mining Set to Resume, What Happens to India’s 30% Iron Ore Export Tax?

    Sohrab Darabshaw
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    For more than a year now, India’s iron ore miners have been asking the government to drop a 30 percent export duty because it hinders their business. With a new government in place in May, they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Get A Free Gift for This Anniversary: Conflict Minerals Rule Turns 2

    Taras Berezowsky
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Is your company a leader or a laggard? According to Source Intelligence, when it comes to conflict minerals compliance, chances are that you’re in the latter camp. “In our analysis of SEC... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Coeur Mining Was at the Heart of the New LBMA Silver Price’s Launch

    Jeff Yoders
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Coeur Mining is the largest US-based primary silver producer and a growing producer of gold, as well, with mines from Alaska to Bolivia. When it came time to replace the 100+year-old London silver... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Aluminum Keeps its Gains, While Copper Holds

    Raul de Frutos
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    August hasn't been a good month for industrial metals so far. Most of the base metals have lost some ground in the past few weeks, however, they seem to be holding up well, overall, and the picture... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Rusal Asks For Record $460 Per Ton Premium for Oct-Dec Aluminum

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    United Company Rusal Plc , the world's biggest aluminum producer, has kicked off talks with Japanese buyers at a record high premium of $460 per ton for October-December shipments of the metal, three... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Skully Helmet

    TONY KIM
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    With an funding goal of just $250,000, Skully Helmet, the world’s “smartest” helmet, did not expect such a flamboyant start to their crowdfunding campaign. Within just 6 minutes of the campaign, their goal of $250,000 was surpassed and within 45 hours, Skully Helmet was able to rack in 1 million dollars from an average of $1,425 contribution per contributor using Indiegogo, a crowd-funding site. What are Skully Helmets? From Flapnews So what about these new helmets are investors lining up to invest? Skully Helmets focuses its technology and design to give the rider not only…
  • Hardware Innovators Use Burning Man to Unwind

    Eli
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Burning Man, that awesome annual assemblage in Nevada’s nondescript Black Rock Desert, is almost upon us. Each year, tens of thousands of people gather in this otherwise austere land for a festival of art and music. Among the vast hordes of people that flock to Burning Man in late August are folks who enjoy building and making things- carpenters, roboticists, engineers, entrepreneurs and more. Unsurprisingly labeled “Makers,” this creative cohort is largely responsible for the iconic sculptures, structures and ‘hexayurts’ dotting the Black Rock Desert landscape each year. From an…
  • The Headphones of the Future?

    Eli
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    It is difficult to stop oneself from losing productivity to daydreams about owning these headphones. Fortunately, thanks to an incredibly successful crowd-funding campaign which has raised over half a million dollars, you can either secure your own pair of OwnPhones by contributing to the Kickstarter initiative or hope that they eventually will be sold online or in stores. Itamer Jobani, founder of OwnPhones and an avid jogger, came up with the idea in response to his earbuds constantly falling out while he exercised. A tailored fit to the unique infrastructure of a buyer’s ear is the main…
  • Virtual College Tours By Facebook

    TONY KIM
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:16 am
    With the acquisition of Oculus Rift, Facebook is now looking to utilize the virtual reality headset to help students and parents find the college of their dreams. “Want to visit the college of your dreams to find out if you like it? Well, you don’t have to get on a plane or even drive there. You can take a tour and go from one Ivy League school to another in seconds.” Oculus Rift with YouVisit The Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets have been the pioneers for bringing the virtual world into reality. Boasting its low latency tracking technology as well as a stereoscopic 3D view,…
  • 3D Printing Heading to Space in 2014

    EvanShimron
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    3D printing may still be relatively young, but it is apparently already making its way to the final frontier. That’s right, in the same year as Richard Branson and his team most likely, 3D printing will be heading to space courtesy of NASA.US space agency NASA will be launching a 3D printer into space sometime next year to help with the manufacturing of spare parts and tools for space stations in zero gravity conditions. A (3D) Space Odyssey Specifically, US space agency NASA will be launching a 3D printer into space sometime next year to help with the manufacturing of spare parts and…
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    Chronicle

  • ETHICS – Breaking Down the Basics

    The Chronicle
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Breaking Down the Basics: Ethics & Compliance Programs Ethics and compliance (E&C) programs typically aren’t thought of as exciting components of the workplace, but they are one of the most important. When executed properly, E&C programs have an extremely positive effect not only on an organization’s culture, but also on employee decision-making and overall performance levels. Because ethics and compliance programs are layered with laws, rules and regulations, unmasking the basics behind these programs may seem daunting. Let’s breakdown what an E&C program is, what makes…
  • Changing the Way Work Gets Done

    John Jacko
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Our industry is in the midst of building the foundation of monumental change in how manufacturing is accomplished. With greater than ever demands for increased efficiency and productivity, keeping up with the significant digital advances in manufacturing is critical to success in today’s market. Technology is continuing to evolve and accelerate toward digital integration in manufacturing. This is opening the path to a fully connected digital-art-to-part-to-profit process, which is completely changing the way work gets done. Internet of Things and Manufacturing Revolution — Industry 4.0…
  • Five Reasons Why Machining Processes Are Perfect for “The Cloud”

    Chris Merlin
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Cloud computing services are transforming many industries in ways that, decades ago, few people thought possible. Cloud computing is a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet. Data is stored, managed, processed, and accessible globally from these servers, rather than from local servers or personal computers. For the machining industry, the cloud supplies a smarter and easier way to share knowledge and data for maximized productivity, connectivity, and mobility. Why the Machining Industry is a poster child for leveraging “The Cloud” Accuracy counts when you are working in…
  • Fitness on the Road

    Jan Anderson
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    In our busy lives, fitness is becoming more and more important. It’s a great way to relieve stress after a long day, it’s about the best cure for jet-lag, and it improves your physical well-being to help you stay bright and alert for longer. Personally, I love exercise because it helps me gather my thoughts. I’ve been known to lace up the running shoes when I’m tackling a particularly difficult problem. The physical activity makes my mind much more focused on the key details, without drowning in the background noise. With more and more business travelers wanting to keep in shape,…
  • ETHICS – Culture of Ethics

    Seth Rice
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    The Power of Company Culture Research shows that our actions are in large part determined and influenced by the circumstances of our environment and the standards that our leaders and peers set for us—even if it means compromising our own personal moral ideals. So you can imagine how important and powerful a company’s culture truly is. Frances Frei and Anne Morriss at Harvard Business Review even suggest that company culture is the backbone of an organization’s ethical foundation—picking up where the handbook leaves off. “Employees make hundreds of decisions on their own every day,…
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • Origami Inspired Robots Can Function Autonomously

    Mary Beck
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Researchers have created inexpensive robots that self-assemble out of flat sheets of composite materials and can crawl and turn on their own. A new process enables researchers to quickly produce these complex, scalable robots that are also very strong for their weight. “We demonstrated this process by building a robot that folds itself and walks away without human assistance,” said Sam Felton, a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the lead author of a new report in the…
  • Dow Automotive Systems and Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research Present Lightweight Concept Vehicle

    Mary Beck
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Dow Automotive Systems partnered with the Deep Orange 4 team at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research to support future automotive designers/engineers and highlight the broad Dow Automotive Systems portfolio of lightweighting products. The resulting concept vehicle was unveiled recently at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminar in Traverse City. The Dow Automotive Systems team provided betamate polyurethane structural adhesives and Betafoam polyurethane structural foams to help enable design flexibility, add structural support and bond…
  • Georgia Tech research could bring new growth across all composites market segments

    Mary Beck
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Chun “Chuck” Zhang, Ph.D.Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems EngineeringAffiliated Faculty Member, Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced numerous grants to universities and nonprofit organizations, totaling $9 million, designed to support research that will strengthen U.S. manufacturing and innovation performance. Four of these grants were awarded to teams from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), where Dr. Chuck Zhang will work with the…
  • World’s Largest Carbon Composites Superyacht Launched

    Mary Beck
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Palmer Johnson has launched the world’s largest carbon composites superyacht, the 48M SuperSport. The 150-feet yacht’s hull and superstructure, built by Norwegian sub-contractor Brødrene, are made from carbon composites. The composite hull design keeps the focus on performance and fuel savings. “[Composites] help us reduce the structural weight by two thirds. So it’s a third of what a conventional hull would weigh. That helps us reduce the power needed to push it through the water,” says Berkeley March, head of design at Palmer Johnson. The result is a ship built for speed that can…
  • MIT Identifies Moisture as a Threat to Epoxy Adhesives

    Mary Beck
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    A variety of industries rely on strong epoxy adhesive bonds, from dentistry to medicine and composites. Yet studying how these bonds can fracture and fail, and therefore how to make them more resistant to these failures, has proved difficult. Recently, researchers at MIT have found a way to study potential bonding failures directly, citing moisture as a catalyst for failure. “The composite may be made of a strong and durable material bonded to another strong and durable material, but where you bond them doesn’t necessarily have to be strong and durable,” says MIT professor of civil and…
 
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    Pelonis Technologies Blog

  • Three Benefits of PTC Heating Technology

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

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Pelonis Technologies always has a focus on our customers.  We keep you in mind when designing new products; when we pay close attention to the quality of each of our products; and we concentrate on continually improving our customer service.  In addition, we’ve recently updated the Resources Page on our website for you to access.  Here you can find a variety of eBooks, catalogs and white papers.  We’re continually adding resource documents to the page, so be sure to stop back to see what is new and that might be helpful to your daily business. In…
  • 10 Incredible Electronics Manufacturing Stories in the First Half of 2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Technology advances at a rapid pass, often times going so fast that we don’t have a chance to know where it is going to take us and just how quickly our lives and work will shift with it.  In order to keep updated on what has happened in the first six months of 2014, we took a look at some of the newest and most exciting electronic technologies launched or announced this year.  Here’s our rundown of 10 of the most interesting stories to hit the tech news world in the last 7 months.   Tesla Opens Patents to the World   (image credit: US Patent Office) Seeking a…
  • Micro Fans- The Smallest Fans on the Planet

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    Many industry members will agree that miniaturization is a major trend in electronics. The popularity of small, portable devices over large and clunky ones is truly no surprise; smaller electronics are easier to handle, carry, and store. In the quest to create ever smaller devices, manufacturers have miniaturized everything from consumer electronics to highly precise medical tools. To make these devices so small, however, they’ve also gone to great lengths to reduce the size of their internal components. Cooling fans are one such example. The fans that go inside miniaturized electronics…
  • Four Ways to Cool Compact Electronic Devices

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    We’ve all been there: working or playing for extended times on our cell phone when soon the battery begins to run down quickly and the device starts to heat up. Often the only solution is to turn off your phone or tablet and give it some time to cool down. Since the beginning of the technology, one of the biggest challenges for makers of compact electronic devices is keeping them cool. This is especially true these days as mobile devices get more complex and powerful with larger HD screens and tons of applications running at once. As each new device hits the market, the pressure…
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