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  • Ampac Introduces Flexi FoilFree HB Ultra High Barrier Film

    IndustrialPR - Manufacturing & Engineering News
    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 [...]
  • Women in Manufacturing: The Untapped Talent

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    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…
  • Zero Injuries, Waste, and Harm

    strategy+business: OPERATIONS & MANUFACTURING
    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.
  • Multiple Code Reading Applications Made Easy- published 2012

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    mcassidy
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Reading more than one barcode at a time is a challenging application for many manufacturing and material handling engineers. In these applications there is a need to read multiple codes of the same symbology as well as multiple codes of mixed symbologies within one field of view (FOV). Even more difficult is reading one or more codes on multiple sides of a product to verify that the codes match or to output both sides’ read results as one piece of data.
  • P&G to Ditch Duracell as Battery Business Drains Q1 Earnings

    IndustryWeek
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The biggest factor behind Procter & Gamble's lower earnings was a $932 million one-time charge to write down the value of the Duracell battery business. read more
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  • Multiple Code Reading Applications Made Easy- published 2012

    mcassidy
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Reading more than one barcode at a time is a challenging application for many manufacturing and material handling engineers. In these applications there is a need to read multiple codes of the same symbology as well as multiple codes of mixed symbologies within one field of view (FOV). Even more difficult is reading one or more codes on multiple sides of a product to verify that the codes match or to output both sides’ read results as one piece of data.
  • Barcode Symbology Guide - published 2013

    mcassidy
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    We can hardly imagine a world without barcodes. Available in various guises, barcodes continue to benefit industries that manufacture, buy, sell and distribute products. They help collect data faster and more reliably, improve decision making, eliminate the possibility of human error, reduce employee training time and track products throughout their lifecycle. They are also extremely versatile, inexpensive to design and print and ultimately reduce costs. Quite simply they have changed the way businesses work across the globe.
  • 10 Reasons to Choose Image-based Barcode Readers - published 2013

    mcassidy
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Image-based barcode readers are rapidly replacing laser scanners in a wide range of industries including food, beverage, consumer goods, pharmaceutical, and logistics, but when considering a transition from laser scanners to image-based barcode readers many think the investment cost is too high. Thanks to advances in technology, image-based barcode readers are not only comparable in price to laser scanner technology, but are also more powerful.
  • Union Says Ford Picks Mexico Over Ontario For Engine Plant

    bbergin
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
  • Google Aims To Revamp Email

    bbergin
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Engineers at Google believe email is outdated and has not evolved to reflect our changing needs. Now Google is trying to make email more efficient with a new app called "Inbox."
 
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  • P&G to Ditch Duracell as Battery Business Drains Q1 Earnings

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The biggest factor behind Procter & Gamble's lower earnings was a $932 million one-time charge to write down the value of the Duracell battery business. read more
  • Making Talent Part of Your Supply Chain Strategy

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Joseph Roussel, PwC Industry leaders regard talent to be as critical to superior supply chain performance as organizational structures, processes, tools and systems—if not more so. read more
  • Five Steps to a Happier Life

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Are you happy? In the days of "he's lucky he has a job," that might have been a largely irrelevant question. Not anymore. read more
  • IBM Ditches 'Roadmap'; Workers Say Good Riddance

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    A group of IBM workers has issued a statement excoriating the company's "Roadmap 2015" (which some have been sardonically referring to as "Roadkill 2015"), saying it has done "enormous damage" to IBM and has made the company's work environment "toxic." Content Classification:  Curated Team Play read more
  • Human Factors Meet the HMI

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Designing human-machine interfaces that take the operator into account — presenting information so that person can see what really needs to be seen — can significantly improve operations. Brought to you by Rockwell Automation. Content Classification:  Marketing read more
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  • P&G to Ditch Duracell as Battery Business Drains Q1 Earnings

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The biggest factor behind Procter & Gamble's lower earnings was a $932 million one-time charge to write down the value of the Duracell battery business. read more
  • Making Talent Part of Your Supply Chain Strategy

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Joseph Roussel, PwC Industry leaders regard talent to be as critical to superior supply chain performance as organizational structures, processes, tools and systems—if not more so. read more
  • Five Steps to a Happier Life

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Are you happy? In the days of "he's lucky he has a job," that might have been a largely irrelevant question. Not anymore. read more
  • IBM Ditches 'Roadmap'; Workers Say Good Riddance

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    A group of IBM workers has issued a statement excoriating the company's "Roadmap 2015" (which some have been sardonically referring to as "Roadkill 2015"), saying it has done "enormous damage" to IBM and has made the company's work environment "toxic." Content Classification:  Curated Team Play read more
  • Human Factors Meet the HMI

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Designing human-machine interfaces that take the operator into account — presenting information so that person can see what really needs to be seen — can significantly improve operations. Brought to you by Rockwell Automation. Content Classification:  Marketing read more
 
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  • 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 [...]
  • Alpine Armoring Achieves ARM 9009:2013 Quality Certification

    Editorial Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Company: Alpine Armoring News Location: Herndon, Virginia Published On: October 21, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Alpine Armoring, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company announced today it has achieved ARM 9009 Quality Certification (http://www.aboac.org/arm-90092013). The company, which designs and manufactures a large selection of high quality armored vehicles received a perfect A+ Quality Rating from G-PMC Registrars, [...]
  • Matrix Aerospace Achieves ISO 9001:2008 and ARM 9009 Quality Certification

    Editorial Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Company: Matrix Aerospace News Location: Claremont, New Hampshire Published On: October 21, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Matrix Aerospace announced today both of its facilities in Claremont, New Hampshire have achieved ISO 9001:2008 quality certification. The company, which provides CNC machining services of assemblies and components for the aerospace, defense, commercial, and firearms sectors received an [...]
  • INOTEC 8X1 Document Scanner To Be Unveiled At ARMA 2014

    Editorial Team
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Company: Crowley Company News Location: Frederick, Maryland Published On: October 14, 2014 Social Media Pitch: At 10:45 a.m. on October 26th, The Crowley Company and InoTec Organisationssysteme GmbH will unveil the InoTec SCAMAX 8x1 production scanner in Booth 1621 at the ARMA records management conference in San Diego, California. This unveiling is significant, says Matthew [...]
 
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  • Multiple Code Reading Applications Made Easy- published 2012

    mcassidy
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Reading more than one barcode at a time is a challenging application for many manufacturing and material handling engineers. In these applications there is a need to read multiple codes of the same symbology as well as multiple codes of mixed symbologies within one field of view (FOV). Even more difficult is reading one or more codes on multiple sides of a product to verify that the codes match or to output both sides’ read results as one piece of data.
  • Barcode Symbology Guide - published 2013

    mcassidy
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    We can hardly imagine a world without barcodes. Available in various guises, barcodes continue to benefit industries that manufacture, buy, sell and distribute products. They help collect data faster and more reliably, improve decision making, eliminate the possibility of human error, reduce employee training time and track products throughout their lifecycle. They are also extremely versatile, inexpensive to design and print and ultimately reduce costs. Quite simply they have changed the way businesses work across the globe.
  • 10 Reasons to Choose Image-based Barcode Readers - published 2013

    mcassidy
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Image-based barcode readers are rapidly replacing laser scanners in a wide range of industries including food, beverage, consumer goods, pharmaceutical, and logistics, but when considering a transition from laser scanners to image-based barcode readers many think the investment cost is too high. Thanks to advances in technology, image-based barcode readers are not only comparable in price to laser scanner technology, but are also more powerful.
  • Union Says Ford Picks Mexico Over Ontario For Engine Plant

    bbergin
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
  • Google Aims To Revamp Email

    bbergin
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Engineers at Google believe email is outdated and has not evolved to reflect our changing needs. Now Google is trying to make email more efficient with a new app called "Inbox."
 
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    Shopfloor

  • Somewhat Better Manufacturing Data in China and Europe for October, But Weaknesses Persist

    Chad Moutray
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    The HSBC Flash China PMI rose to its highest level in three months, up from 50.2 in September to 50.4 in October. It was the fifth consecutive monthly expansion in manufacturing activity in China, an improvement from the contracting activity levels experienced in the first five months of 2014. Yet, despite the better headline figure, many of the underlying data points reflect some easing in growth rates for the month, including new orders (down from 51.5 to 51.4), exports (down from 54.5 to 52.8) and output (down from 51.3 to 50.7). Hiring continued to decline but at a slower rate (up from…
  • GlobalFoundries Taking Steps to Drive Future Innovation

    Matthew Lavoie
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    GlobalFoundries is bringing computer chip design in-house, opening the doors for new business and growth. Acquiring the business from IBM’s Vermont and New York locations is a boon for GlobalFoundries innovation – gaining customers and, importantly, the institutional expertise of 5,000 researchers and engineers. This partnership between IBM and GlobalFoundries will not only preserve these manufacturing jobs, but will leverage IBM’s commitment to R&D and GlobalFoundries’ ability to develop and enable technologies Driving the next generation of innovation and game-changing products…
  • Tax Extenders are a Must-Do Item This Year, and the Sooner the Better

    Christina Crooks
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    NAM continues to urge Congress to act on tax extenders as soon as possible as a bridge of certainty until comprehensive tax reform can be enacted. The NAM is leading meetings with members of the House and Senate to call on Congress to act immediately when they return for the Lame Duck session to enact a package of over 50 expired and expiring tax provisions, typically called “tax extenders”. Several expired tax provisions are integral for manufacturers to innovate, grow, and compete in the global marketplace. These provisions include the R&D tax credit, enhanced Section 179 expensing,…
  • Monday Economic Report – October 20, 2014

    Chad Moutray
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here is the summary for this week’s Monday Economic Report: Global financial markets were highly volatile last week, with investors concerned about slower growth in Europe and an Ebola outbreak in the United States, among other factors. Indeed, industrial production in the Eurozone fell 1.8 percent in August, and activity was down largely across-the-board, most notably in Germany (down 4.3 percent), the Eurozone’s largest economy. Sluggish income and labor market growth in Europe has also pushed inflationary pressures lower, with year-over-year pricing changes of just 0.3 percent in…
  • NAM Leadership Road Show Heads to the Steel City

    Jamie Hennigan
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    With Election Day now less than three weeks away, the NAM continued its Leadership Engagement Series today with a stop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Numerous manufacturing leaders including Gerald MacCleary, President of Bayer MaterialScience; Marc Skalla, President of SASCO Chemical Group, Inc.; Richard Harshman, Chairman, President and CEO of Allegheny Technologies Incorporated; and Nicholas Pinchuk, Chairman and CEO of Snap-on Inc. met with NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons to discuss the future of the manufacturing sector and both the opportunities and the obstacles that lie on the…
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    Lean Blog

  • How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?

    Marshall Allen, ProPublica
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Note: This is being republished, with permission, under a Creative Commons license. See the original ProPublica page and comments. by Marshall Allen ProPublica, Sep. 19, 2013, 10:03 a.m.by Charles Ornstein and Lena Groeger, ProPublicaby Dan Nguyen, Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, ProPublica by Robin Fields, Al Shaw and Jennifer LaFleur, ProPublica It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient’s death, the numbers come out worse. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous “To Err Is Human” report,…
  • Not the Safest Way to Win “Toast Kaizen?”

    Mark Graban
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m guessing that many of you know Bruce Hamilton’s wonderful “Toast Kaizen” video from GBMP. When I use clips of the video for teaching Lean and Kaizen principles, part of the discussion is about how to go from the current state to the future state. How can we improve the process to make the right toast the right way in the right quantities? One common Kaizen ground rule is that we look to change the process before we jump to the conclusion that we need new equipment. Let’s use “creativity over capital,” as they say. The humble toaster in the video…
  • Continuous Improvement of Learning: North East Shingo Conference 2014

    Christina Kach
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Mark’s note: Christina Kach is our guest blogger today, with a post about the recent North East Shingo Conference, where she was an attendee. See her past posts here. Recently, my coworkers and I had the opportunity to attend the North East Shingo Conference in Springfield, MA (presented by the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership, or GBMP). The theme of the conference, “Lead, Enable and Nurture – Putting People First,” was apparent throughout the two days. During the conference, our team was active in participating in the lectures, taking notes, and learning…
  • Kaizen Coaching: Don’t Give People Answers, Let Them Learn

    Mark Graban
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Last week, I taught a pilot session of a new class on Kaizen and continuous improvement that I taught for visitors to the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value. Unlike other workshops that have assumed people are starting from scratch, this was designed around exercises, simulations, discussions, and two “gemba visits” to see daily team huddles (one at ThedaCare and one within the Center). I used an exercise that has worked well in the past to demonstrate how Kaizen is done – solicit, discuss, and test ideas. Some photos from different steps in the exercise: The initial…
  • Kaizen: Throat Scopes & Applesauce

    Mark Graban
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    During my recent visit to Franciscan St. Francis Health System, some of the nurses proudly called themselves “Kaizen Queens” (and there was one self-described “Kaizen Princess”) although they also use the term “Kaizeneer” that Franciscan uses more broadly. In the endoscopy department, they have implemented more than 750 improvements so far this year (in a team of 30 people). That sets the bar really high for the rest of the Franciscan system and for healthcare organizations everywhere. One of the Kaizen Queens wore a badge holder that proudly proclaimed…
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • 3 Technologies Transforming the Manufacturing Industry

    Jon Wikstrom
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    At this point, there’s hardly an industry in existence that has not been dramatically transformed by technology. Everything from education to music to mass media is different because of technological advances, many of which have occurred only in the past quarter century. Manufacturing is an industry that seems to be one of the most impacted by the tech revolution. In fact, our industrial revolution predecessors would probably hardly recognize today’s assembly line. And, their jaws would hit the floor if they were to behold the efficiency, speed and uniformity with which we’re able to…
  • In A&D Manufacturing, Details Make all the Difference

    Olivier Drean
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    “Details create the big picture.” Sanford I. Weill Details can make or break your business. I read this quote by Sanford I. Weill, former chief executive and chairman of Citigroup Bank. I was amused at the similarity between the Sanford’s quote on the Banking industry and Aerospace & Defense manufacturing. Let me explain. Something I’ve been hearing a lot about lately from the Aerospace & Defense industry is the problem of missing parts. It’s not that fuselages or rocket engines are disappearing. Rather, simple but essential parts aren’t getting produced properly…
  • A Compelling Case for EQMS

    Leon Erlanger
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    In an era of complex global supply chains and increasing regulation, maintaining a viable quality management strategy across a manufacturing organization can be a formidable challenge. Unfortunately the norm in many manufacturing organizations is a manual, departmental quality management approach using diverse processes, paper records, spreadsheets and other rudimentary tools. With such a fragmented approach, tackling and responding to supply, quality control, and regulatory issues can take tremendous amounts of resources and effort. Deploying Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS) is…
  • The OEM Handoff – Shifting Design Responsibility puts Greater Burden on Aerospace Suppliers

    Tony Velocci
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Aerospace suppliers are in the vortex of turbulent times and the speed and skill with which they adapt to the tumult will determine their fate. Among the forces that will separate the leaders from the laggards are globalization, emerging competitors, growing price pressures, unprecedented commercial aircraft production rates, a protracted downturn in defense spending in mature markets and a restructuring of relationships between original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and lower-tier suppliers. All capital goods industries rely on a global network of parts suppliers. Today, supplier-created…
  • 5 Ways to use Technology to Run a More Productive Warehouse

    Jerry Matos
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Improving the productivity of a warehouse has never been more possible due to advances in technology. Let’s explore some of the tools available to warehouse managers to maximize productivity in the five warehouse management processes described below. 1. Collaboration Communication by email is a great communication tool, however, when it comes to time-sensitive communication; direct contact is much more efficient. Make use of one or more of the wireless technologies available to increase your productivity. A key in selecting technologies is that they must integrate and work together. Whether…
 
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    Field Service Management Tools, Tech, Mobile & Software | SmartVan

  • When Just Showing Up Doesn’t Cut It, Field Service Pros Must Redefine Service

    Derek Korte
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Field service is at a crossroads, and business leaders can no longer afford to keep service in the technological darkness. Now is the time to fold field service divisions into the larger organization, Dave Hart, vice president of customer transformation at ServiceMax, writes in CRN And there is no better way for service leaders to do that than by adopting the cloud and mobile technologies that other business departments have likely used for years. Technology tools are one — or perhaps the only — way that companies can meet customers’ expectations and generate revenue…
  • Farmers Reap the Benefits of Connected Technology in the Field

    Courtney Buchanan
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Internet of Things is everywhere in field service, from ATM manufacturers that use M2M technology to monitor their machines to welding companies that train technicians with virtual reality software. Connected devices are revolutionizing the way that organizations operate, resulting in increased productivity, happier customers and cost savings. Now, the agriculture industry is bringing the connected device trend to the field — literally — with M2M technologies that optimize crop yields and monitor weather patterns. Precision farming, which encompasses these…
  • Beware These Mistakes When Hiring Independent Field Service Techs

    Derek Korte
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Service leaders are always on the lookout for talent since great service — and quality technicians — are key to keeping customers happy. But staffing can get tricky for many reasons, whether a skills gap, seasonal workload fluctuations or the loss of experienced employees to retirement. Whatever the cause, talent management is a growing concern for service organizations. A recent survey from The Service Council found that 32 percent of respondents currently face a talent shortage, while 71 percent expect to during the next 10 years. Service leaders might look to independent contractors…
  • How Cloud Technology Drives Innovation, Business Transformation

    Courtney Buchanan
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Field service managers have made their case for mobile technologies in the field, and now there’s even more reason for cloud computing to be added to an organization’s arsenal. The C-suite gets it too — with cloud technology, their companies can innovate faster and scale the business.  “This is not just making business ‘mobile for mobile’s sake’ (for example, being able to submit expenses on the go) but instead the nexus of mobile and cloud computing completely transforming entire business functions in some amazing ways, from construction to…
  • GE Adds More Robots to Its Service Workforce

    Derek Korte
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    You’ve heard it once, twice, a thousand times: this is the time of connected things. The Internet of Everything is upon us, meaning that while the devices techs work with every day will soon be able to collect massive amounts of relevant data, they will also need a new type of technical service. For this purpose, GE has established a robotic workforce to detect the problems with these new complex systems. Never fear, though, they are meant to work with human technicians, not replace them. Dubbed “The Guardian,” this new service robot is the latest to come from GE’s…
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  • Is it the AC or is it the house?

    Mike Moore
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Once the whole system checks out, where do you look next? Jose De La Portilla, Senior Technical Training Consultant of HVAC Learning Solutions tells you what to look for, beyond the usual, to answer this common complaint from customers.
  • How to handle new management

    Mike Moore
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    From time to time, a company will experience a shift in management or leadership. Whether that be due to growth,retirement, or — in many cases in the HVAC industry — the succession of leadership from one family member to the other, taking on a new leader can lend itself to challenges for both employees and senior management alike. Here are three basic, but sometimes overlooked, tips for handling a new manager. Give them the opportunity to learn. A leader still needs the chance to learn the ropes, even if they are promoted internally. By giving them the chance to learn the new position…
  • Do you know the history of the industry?

    Jose de la Portilla
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In order to know where you’re going, it’s important to know where you came from. From the first use of the phrase “air conditioner” to the creation of the modern technical terms we use daily, the history of HVAC is beyond interesting, and vital to the future of the industry. Here are a few key HVAC terms and the fascinating history behind their name. Amp – An amp, or ampere, is a reference to electron flow or measurement of electric current. It is named after Frenchman André-Marie Ampère who discovered the amp, or the relationship between voltage and how many electrons would flow…
  • Using Technology to be More Effective

    Mike Moore
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Staying on top of technological advancements is a big part of our profession. HVACLS offers a number of tools that can help make your job so much easier. Here’s a breakdown of what’s available. Tools for the job. DaveNet® No Boundaries is an invaluable resource, and when they say “No Boundaries,” they mean it. You can check availability of parts, warranty coverage, current pricing, and reference documents from any device. This means you don’t have to call in or carry a laptop or manual with you—all the answers you need are right in the palm of your hand. Tools for the office.
  • Why Excellent Customer Service is a Must

    Mike Moore
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Customers are our lifeblood, and customer service is the heart of our business. With top-notch customer service skills, your employees can set themselves and your company apart from the competition in a way that cannot be topped. So while there are “born salesmen,” those skills need to continually be developed. And for those who were not born salesmen? Well, they need the structured training of experienced HVAC experts. HVAC Learning Solutions has comprehensive sales training for every level of expertise. So why is excellent customer service a must? Here are three reasons you might not…
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  • 10 Most Popular CNCCookbook Posts for the Past 12 Months

    Bob Warfield
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    It’s been almost a year since we did a “most popular posts” article.  I like to do them from time to time because sometimes people miss the good stuff and because I like to know what really turns our readers on so I can research and write more of the same. Here are the Top 10: #1 – 10 Tips for CNC Router Aluminum Cutting Success This has been one of our all-time most popular articles.  People want to be able to cut aluminum on their routers, including mini-routers and the new generation of small CNC mills.  It’s all doable if you know the secrets and…
  • First Nomad CNC Mills Have Been Delivered

    Bob Warfield
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    I’m sure it’s been a long hard period for Carbide3D but they’re finally ready to celebrate a major milestone–they’ve delivered the first Nomad CNC Mills. Just to recap, Carbide3D had an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign that launched their company.  We’ve written about their Apple-style vertical integration approach to making the world’s easiest CNC Mill before, and we know co-founder Rob G. well because he makes the MeshCam CAM software CNCCookbook sells (on sale for 15% off as we speak).  In fact, integrating MeshCam with the Nomad is one…
  • Resin-Based 3D Printer for $249? You Gotta See This

    Bob Warfield
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    There are always wonders on Kickstarter.  Sometimes they seem entirely too good to be true, and sometimes they are.  Caveat Emptor as the old saying goes. This incredibly inexpensive resin printer really caught my eye, but it is so inexpensive it does make me wonder about it.  Can they really produce a functional 3D Printer this cheap? Time will tell, but I did sign up for the $249 unit.  I have no idea what I’ll use it for, but it was just too cute to pass up.  It’ll go nicely with my miniature CNC Router. This little 3D printer is called the iBox Nano, and is a Kickstarter…
  • Installing a Tool Turret on the Tormach Lathe: Part 1

    Bob Warfield
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    I’ve been using my Tormach Lathe a bit more lately and got tired of tripping over the crated tool turret, so I decided it was time to get it installed on the machine.  In Part 1, we’re just rigging it into the position.  The turret is substantial and you wouldn’t want to do this without a hoist: An engine hoist works great to rig it onto the slide.  Chuck guard was removed for this task. And here it is in position with the chuck guard reinstalled… An engine hoist works great to rig it onto the slide.  It’s held in place by 6 M8 x 50 socket head cap screws on…
  • The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 6

    Bob Warfield
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    This is part 6 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series. You didn’t think we were done building a Tony Stark-inspired workshop, did you?  I just needed a little break to do the research involved for the next installment.  That’s really what the series is about–looking out for the way cool products that any Super Hero’s Workshop would have, but that most of won’t be able to afford.  At least not right away. Prices keep coming down on things and one day, maybe, just maybe, they’ll finally be within reach. For Part 6, we’re going to talk…
 
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    L&S Electric

  • 10 Benefits of AC Drives

    David Manney
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    In our last post, we described the best applications to use VFDs. In this post, we’re going to explore ten benefit drives create when using with an AC electric motor. visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • VFDs: their best applications and 10 reasons to use them

    David Manney
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    The relationship of a VFD to a motor is the same as your foot on the accelerator of your car. Different situations require properly adjusting speed as the situation dictates. In industry, using a drive in every situation isn’t … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Manufacturing First Expo: See you there!

    David Manney
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Join L&S Electric in Booth 103 for the 2014 Wisconsin Manufacturing First Expo & … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Are Carbon Nanotubes the Future of Electric Motors?

    David Manney
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Electric motors have been working in their current design for well over 100 years based on the work of pioneers such as Ányos Jedlik, William Sturgeon, Thomas Davenport, Frank Julian Sprague, Zénobe Gramme, Galileo Ferraris, Nikola Tesla, and François Arago.
  • Poll: The Best AC/DC Electric Motor (Updated)

    David Manney
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    (Updated to fix the poll function) Electric motors are made by a variety of manufacturers and are used in a wide variety of applications and environments. Asking people in the industry … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
 
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • Apple, U2 and the Edge

    David Chadwick
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    That’s Solid Edge of course! It’s the winter of 1980 and I’m in my first year studying Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. I’m at a fellow student’s freezing cold basement flat in West London. His slightly geeky roommate is working on something called an Apple II Computer in the corner of the room, and they are playing some amazing, slightly ethereal rock music on the record player perched high on a rickety shelf. “Who is this?” I ask. “Oh, it’s this new band from Ireland called U2. They’ll be in London next month; do you want to come along?” Of…
  • More possibilities for manufacturing simulation with Tecnomatix

    Aaron Frankel
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Manufacturing simulation software is a multipurpose tool used by engineers to optimize the flow of production and logistics processes. With the upcoming release of Tecnomatix 12 (coming soon in late November, 2014), Siemens will deliver its new version of Plant Simulation software – and extend the benefits experienced by companies in discrete manufacturing to those in process manufacturing markets. Manufacturing Simulation for a Wide Range of Industries To get an idea of the versatility of manufacturing simulation, first imagine you’re in charge of manufacturing operations for a toy…
  • Meet Future Engineer Sergio Sciume and PACE Team 7’s Trike

    Dora Smith
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Future Engineer Series At the PACE Annual Forum, Team 7 competed with their Personal Assisted Mobility Device  - the E7-Trike. Team 7 had student engineers from Politecnico di Torino, Tongji University, and Technion Israel Institute of Technology.   Their design was inspired by a Swiss army knife. They wanted a compact design with functional parts that fold up on the side of the device and rotate out when needed. For engineering, they focused on device stability, suspension and frame strength through stress analysis. Meet Sergio Sciume from Politecnico di Torino. He shares his…
  • Introducing NX 10

    Amy Allen
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today we’re proud to announce the latest release of Siemens’ NX™ software, NX 10. We’ve made some exciting changes with this latest version of Siemens PLM Software’s NX software.  From feature enhancements to brand new capabilities in CAD, CAM and CAE, NX 10 has something for designers, manufacturers and analysts alike. My favorite option is the new touch-enabled interface that puts product information literally at your fingertips. You can use NX 10 on tablets with Microsoft’s Windows. Using your hands to manipulate shapes is a more natural, intuitive way of designing. Combine…
  • Go west young man (or woman)!

    David Chadwick
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    Both hobbits and manufacturing companies feel at home in the west of England When you think of manufacturing in the UK, probably cities like Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds spring to mind, cities that were in the vanguard of the industrial revolution and where manufacturing is still a vital part of the local economy. The west of England is not as well known as a hotspot for high-tech manufacturing; it’s probably better known for rolling green hills, tourism (Stonehenge!) and agriculture. It’s no coincidence that the Hobbits in the movie of the Lord of the Rings, living in Tolkien’s…
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • These 4 Technologies Have Changed Manufacturing Forever

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Technology is advancing at such a rate that people who lived just one century ago would probably think they’d landed on a far-away planet if they were to see our world today.  Seeing just one amazing feature on our smart phones would…Read More
  • Manufacturing Industry Requires New Talent Strategies

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    While the near-shoring trend provides a positive impact on business growth and recruitment across the United States, organizations need to be ready to revamp their human capital planning. Recently, global companies have again been…Read More
  • Save With AR Automation

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Industrial product manufacturers face increased demands for lower costs and are being called upon to develop and utilize more innovative and complex products.   To achieve both objectives, where should organizations look to cut…Read More
  • Proposed Mandatory Reporting Rule

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Recent reports have documented a significant increase in counterfeit parts across the supply chain.  The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council have recently issued a number of rules in response,…Read More
  • Middle Market Manufacturing Companies Make a Comeback

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Changing economic tides, a shortage of sellers and trillions of investor dollars on the sidelines add up to big opportunities for manufacturing businesses in the middle market today.  “Offshoring,” or strategically locating plants…Read More
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    blog.lnsresearch.com

  • Data: 43% of Manufacturing Professionals “Don’t Understand” the IoT

    Mike Roberts
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    According to Cisco, there will be 13.5 billion connected devices in manufacturing by 2022. And JP Morgan’s Global Equity Research team has already pegged manufacturing with having the greatest Internet of Things (IoT) market potential. Although it’s difficult to accurately gauge the impact these technologies will have, it’s clear that experts are projecting it to be massive. Follow @LNSResearch But what do manufacturing leaders have to say about the IoT? Several months ago, we launched some new IoT survey questions that dig a little deeper into this topic. The study asks manufacturing…
  • 6 Questions You MUST Answer Before Moving APM Data to the Cloud

    Dan Miklovic
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Numerous previous posts have talked about the relevance of the Cloud to all aspects of manufacturing, including Asset Performance Management (APM). There is no denying that Cloud technology is radically transforming the way enterprises collect and analyze the vast volumes of data available for all of their processes. Follow @Dan_LNSResearch APM is no different, the Cloud is providing new opportunities to leverage APM data so manufacturers cannot only improve their plant performance, but also potentially offer new products and services. Still, many manufacturers are concerned about moving what…
  • 5 Key Considerations for Your MES Software Selection Project

    Mehul Shah
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    As any manufacturing organization evaluating potential operational improvement initiatives can tell you, there are many factors that come into play, and depending on the size and breadth of your organization's production, finding the best route to pursue can be daunting to say the least. Follow @mehulshah82 Leading organizations have built the foundation for success with continuous improvement programs, processes and cultures, but are looking for the appropriate technology to support these efforts. Today’s Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) applications feature advanced technologies…
  • CEBOS Hits the Mark with “Simplify”

    Matthew Littlefield
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    This year’s CEBOS user conference was a big deal, and not because I had the opportunity to keynote day two. Held at the Greektown Casino in Detroit, MI, September 24–26, the conference was the first opportunity to broadly address the user base regarding the acquisition by QAD and the launch of the new web-based product MQ1 Elements. Follow @m_littlefield With so many important topics to cover, living up to the theme “simplify” was no easy task. In this post, I'll inspect the top elements of the event and provide some of LNS Research's perspective on the company's direction. The…
  • As Products Evolve, Will Current Metrics Still Be Useful? [ROUNDUP]

    Natalie Tarutis
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The evolution of technological capabilities and process improvements are common and popular subject matter, both at LNS Research and other websites that focus on consumer and enterprise issues alike. What grabs less headlines, however, is how the metrics and measurements around these processes may need to evolve to support advances in products and processes. It's a question explored in this week's round-up... Are PPM Metrics Still Useful When Evaluating Suppliers? Industries that heavily rely on their supplier changes and obtaining parts from several outlets understand the importance of…
 
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    I.B.I.S., Inc.

  • Supply Chain Risk Management – Acceptance

    Dave Turbide
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Generally speaking, there are four strategies for addressing supply chain risk – avoidance, mitigation, transference, and acceptance. The first three were addressed I previous blogs. Risk acceptance may sound a bit odd in this discussion of risk management strategies, but it is a common strategy that can be the right choice for a given risk. Acceptance can be the result of denial – simply not recognizing the risk or refusing to deal with it. But acceptance can also be a conscious and reasonable decision. As mentioned in several of the previous blogs, avoidance and mitigation strategies…
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    MetalMiner

  • Dwali in India and National Day in China Come to Gold’s Rescue

    Sohrab Darabshaw
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In the early days of October, the price of gold had fallen to US $1,183.27 an ounce, its lowest this year. So you buy on the low and sell on the high, right? Well, the Indian consumer is doing just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Week-in-Review: The Other Platinum Shortage… the Platinum Album Shortage

    Jeff Yoders
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Earlier this year we here at MetalMiner wondered if then-soaring palladium would become the new sales standard in the recording industry as its price had leaped ahead of precious metal cousin,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Autodesk Unveils New Sustainable Design Applications at Greenbuild

    Jeff Yoders
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    At the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo this week in New Orleans, Autodesk unveiled several new applications on Autodesk Labs, the AEC and media software company's testing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dump Watch: ITC Rules Against US GOES Producers; AK Steel, ATI Vow to Appeal

    Jeff Yoders
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    The US International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that the domestic Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel (GOES) industry is neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nucor Posts Big Energy Profits, Steel Prices Improve Slightly

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Nucor posted a 66% increase in profits because of rising demand for steel used in the energy and nonresidential construction sectors. FREE Download: The Monthly MMI® Report – covering Steel/Iron Ore... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Berkeley Sourcing Group » Blog

  • The 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 option to get their chickens water. We had the opportunity to interview Mark and benefit from his thoughts and advice about his experiences:   1) Can you identify an instance or decision that inspired or directed you to becoming an entrepreneur? Does a particular life experience stand out to you as directing…
  • A Handbook for the Hardware Entrepreneur

    Eli
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    By Eli Sinaiko Taking an idea, no matter how great, and making it tangible is no easy process. This is doubly true for hardware entrepreneurs. As the saying goes, “Hardware is Hard.” Fortunately, the revolutionary crowdfunding website IndieGoGo created and published a 15-page ‘Hardware Handbook’ in November 2013. The purpose of the Handbook is to aid entrepreneurs in the successful optimization and manufacture of hardware products. While hardware entrepreneurship has become significantly easier in the last 10 years because of advances in 3-D printing technology, achieving success and…
  • 3D Printer Headed To Space

    TONY KIM
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    By Tony Kim It took one team of entrepreneurs to ask one question: What do we need to live on the moon? The answer they came up with was a 3D printer that can work in space. 3D printing has brought so much attention to the hardware and software industry. Having mainly been used for prototyping in the previous years, now 3D printing has been used to create cars, clothes, shoes, tools, and basically everything that mind can think of. For Made In Space, the team that created the 3d printer for space, the printer would become the supply line for everything if we were to live in space Founded in…
  • Wearable Tech Gaining Stylistic Traction?

    Eli
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    By Eli Sinaiko Wearables: pieces of technology which balance form and function in one object. Wearable tech has often seemed like an intangible aspiration forever relegated to daydreams of a future which would never arrive. As many children who worshipped Star Wars growing up can relate, fantasy, adventures and wearable technology all go together nicely. Speaking from experience, who hasn’t ever wanted a lightsaber or a jetpack? Unfortunately for us Star Wars fans, these devices are probably unlikely to materialize in the near future. Wearable technology though, is on the rise. On…
  • Connecting Genders with a Simple Design

    TONY KIM
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    By Tony Kim Toy stores for the past decade have divided toys into two aisle: one for female and one for males. The segregation of toys have not made it only difficult for parents, but also, installed the idea of gender segregation early on within children’s lives. As girls all have their personal barbie dolls and males have their hotwheel cars, even without the children knowing, they are being separated, expected to have different roles, characteristics, and preferences. One entrepreneur and project designer named Dan Nguyen wanted to fix all this. He wanted to build a toy with a simple…
 
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    Chronicle

  • 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…
  • ETHICS — Reputation, Leadership and Innovation in Ethics

    Seth Rice
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Build an Ethical Reputation Trust is fundamental in creating, growing, and maintaining any kind of relationship—for individuals and organizations alike. A company’s reputation is a reflection of the trust that is built in those relationships. So it’s no secret that in order to uphold a strong reputation as an ethical company, trust must be at the center of it all. Building Reputation Organizations don’t build trust; they earn it through the people behind the company, which is why strong leadership is a critical element to a solid company reputation. To create trusting relationships…
  • Customer Service Week ’14 — “Saying YES to Excellence” for Alisa is…

    Alisa Love-Lewis
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
      bringing all the talents and gifts I have to the table. The word that stands out to me most in this year’s Customer Service Week theme, is “Excellence.“ I am a believer that Excellence itself can mean many different things to all different kinds of people. The way we define it depends on several factors, such as our personality, how we choose to look at life, and our past and present experiences. To me, Excellence means always working to be my absolute best self. My career in Customer Service has lasted for over 25 years. In those 25+ years, I have trained…
  • Customer Service Week ’14 — “Saying YES to Excellence” for Cheryl is…

    Cheryl Sige
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    knowing my internal and external customers enough to build a relationship with them. This year’s Customer Service Week theme is, “Saying ‘YES’ to Excellence.” The word “Excellence” carries with it a few meanings. For one, I believe “Excellence” means doing my best – day in and day out – but not stopping there. To become a truly “Excellent” employee, I must continually improve on doing my best by never allowing myself to be complacent about my performance. Another meaning of “Excellence” is…
  • Moving Toward a Manufacturing Makeover

    Lorrie Paul Crum
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    When I made the decision to join Kennametal, I did it, in part, because I wanted to work for a CEO who is one of the most ardent advocates in our industry. Kennametal chairman, president, and CEO Carlos Cardoso tells a compelling story about how a career in manufacturing paved the way for him to live the American Dream. His passion for manufacturing resonates personally with me, and makes me equally passionate about revitalizing manufacturing. My father and grandfathers spent their working lives at a steel mill in Weirton, West Virginia that was the epitome of the manufacturing “4Ds” in…
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • Carbon Fiber Prices Could Drop by As Much As 90 Percent

    Mary Beck
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    MAI Carbon Cluster Management GmbH, a partner of BMW & Audi, says production costs of carbon fiber could soon be lowered by 90 percent. Their $102 million research project is backed by Germany’s federal government and more than 70 business and research institutions hoping to reduce carbon fiber production costs. Currently, production using carbon fiber costs 20 times higher than using the same amount of steel. However, more and more OEMs are looking to alternative materials for lighter cars to meet stringent fuel standards. Less expensive carbon fiber allows manufacturers to drop their…
  • These Carbon Composites Shape-Shift in Response to Environmental Triggers

    Mary Beck
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    Researchers at MIT are developing various shape-shifting materials, including carbon fiber composites, wood grains and textiles, that could lead to self-assembling structures or more efficient cars and planes. The materials shift between two or more shapes in response to changes in heat, air pressure, or other environmental factors. Shape-shifting materials are not new, but their use has been limited in aerospace because most materials can’t handle the conditions planes are exposed to. Carbon composites, however, can be integrated into aircraft easily and replace the need for more complex…
  • Greater Strength in Certified Numbers

    Mary Beck
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Fred Watson Business Development Manager, Composites/Applied Fluid Technologies Division, Graco Inc. At his previous position at North American Composites (NAC), Fred Watson set out to help the company achieve an honor that no one else had managed to reach before: helping 100 percent of its employees become Certified Composites Technicians (CCT). Recently, NAC completed that mission, and Watson has seen NAC’s potential and capabilities grow. Now on his way to increasing CCT certification at Graco, Watson talked with Composites Manufacturing Interviews about why he set this goal and the…
  • Taking On the Challenge of a New Process

    ACMA Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Composites manufacturers are embracing the growth of new processing technologies for a wide range of growing end markets. With opportunity comes challenge, said CAMX speaker Phillip Dushkewich, production manager for Fiberglass Fabricators, Inc., a manufacturer with hand lay-up, vacuum infusion, light resin transfer molding and pultrusion capabilities. Dushkewich provided attendees with a set of steps for successfully adding a new process or project to a manufacturer’s organization. 1. Be specific with your targeted outcomes. Whether your customer has a unique demand or your competition is…
  • Keys to Market Expansion in Infrastructure

    ACMA Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    At CAMX, Antonio Nanni, professor and chair of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Miami, discussed critical issues related to the advancement of composites in infrastructure markets, including testing, material standardization and additional infrastructure needs for market expansion. The construction industry is driven by sustainability but regulated by building codes, said Nanni. It’s served by a delivery process that excludes sole sourcing, favors low bidding and separates design from construction. On the one hand, it offers opportunity…
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    Pelonis Technologies Blog

  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
 
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    PennCoat Inc. Blog

  • 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…
  • Translating Tech Data Sheets – Compressive Strength

    PennCoat, Inc.
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Compressive Strength The next stop on our grand tour of physical properties is compressive strength, the ability of a material to resist forces that would cause it to, well, compress. It is a feature of structures and of substances. For the purposes of this article, we are most interested in the compressive strength of chemical-resistant mortars, grouts, monolithic surfacings and polymer concretes, the types of materials we use at PennCoat. Don’t Be Tense Compression is the opposite of tension (which we’ll discuss next week). Compression is considered a negative strain, and…
  • The Importance of Material Hardness for PennCoat’s Applications

    PennCoat, Inc.
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    Material Hardness The makers of the coatings and paints we use at PennCoat publish extensive technical information about the ingredients, properties and safety of each product. We use this information when selecting the best product for each application. For example, when we apply a cementitious urethane surface, we are looking for a material that will withstand heavy traffic — in other words, a hard surface. How Hard Is It? Hardness is a physical characteristic of matter that describes its resistance to indentation, scratches or compressive forces. For the most part, the strength of a…
  • What’s the Big Deal with VOC’s?

    PennCoat, Inc.
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Volatile Organic Compounds The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as “organic chemical compounds whose composition makes it possible for them to evaporate under normal indoor atmospheric conditions of temperature and pressure.” The term applies to any organic compound that boils at or below 250° C at standard atmospheric pressure. VOCs are usually released into the air from materials containing these compounds. This covers a wide range of materials that we have discussed in previous articles. The World Health Organization classifies…
  • Polyurea Expansion Joints by PennCoat, Inc.

    PennCoat, Inc.
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Polyurea Joint Filler One of our “go to” products at PennCoat is Spal-Pro RS 88 semi-rigid polyurea joint filler. We find it performs well as a expansion joint filler for indoor concrete floors, especially in retail and industrial applications, where it supports traffic and protects joint edges. The material can also be used to fill the occasional crack in industrial floors. This product isn’t recommended for non-breathing flooring systems or in outdoor situations where temperatures can vary greatly year round. Chemistry The polyurea joint filler is a two-part elastomeric…
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    Export Abroad Blog

  • Mongolia Export News October 2014

    Austin
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    After preliminary negotiations in 2012, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mongolia President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announced the signing of a free trade agreement this July. Trade volume between the countries is still quite small and skewed toward Japanese exports, but the agreement shoes promise for growth and improved trade relations. Mongolian raw input goods and the Japanese high technology industries should help increase the amount of trade between the two nations. Used cars make up 45% of current Japanese exports to Mongolia and there are plans to remove tariffs on this sector…
  • Distributor vs Reseller: What’s Right for Me?

    Austin
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Finding an international buyer can be extremely difficult for many companies. After doing the initial market research companies must figure out how to reach customers in that market. The most common way of reaching consumers in foreign markets is through distributors and resellers. You will need to do your research what is the best way to reach your customers for your company. This will largely depend on your margins, timeframe, and knowledge of the market. There is often a lot of confusion about the differences of  a distributor vs reseller. We explain the differences in depth below so…
  • Finding an Export Inspection Agency

    Austin
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    After a company has done their market research and identified a target market it is best to ensure that your freight and products comply with the regulations of that market. One such regulation that some countries require is having your goods inspected by an export inspection agency before your shipment leaves port. In the United States the inspection process is called a Pre-Shipment Inspection or PSI. This regulation is particularly important because the error might not be realized until your freight is sitting in it’s destination port. The reason for this requirement is to ensure…
  • Nigeria Export Update

    Austin
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Africa’s now largest economy has challenges, both politically and financially, to continue their tremendous growth. In April of 2014, Nigeria officially became the largest economy in the continent but falls far below in GDP per capita compared with South Africa. Nigerian exports have historically focused on oil and natural gas while imports include machinery, heavy equipment and consumer goods. The improvement of telecom, banking, and the Nollywood film industry has all contributed to Nigeria becoming Africa’s largest economy. The nation continues to suffer from high unemployment…
  • Currency Devaluation

    Austin
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Currency, the lifeblood of business. If you are a company that deals solely with domestically sourced and produced products, you most likely don’t have to be worried about changes in the foreign currency (forex) market. If you are  looking to import or export internationally, keeping track of the global forex should be important as it affects the price of your commodities. Currency devaluation is something that is widely talked about, but often not quite completely understood. I notice many people I interact with in business asking, “Why would a country make their currency…
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    JE Bearing

  • 2014 PEM Reader Survey [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Phil Pasma
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
      To see the full 2014 PEM Survey click here    The post 2014 PEM Reader Survey [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on JE Bearing.
  • 5 Tips to Keep Those Machines Running Longer

    Phil Pasma
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Other then employees, machines are the life line of the manufacturing plant. If the equipment is not properly looked after and something breaks down, the plant will lose money by the minute. Here we point out 5 proactive tips to keep maintenance tasks in check. Cleanliness Trying to keep your equipment clean is imperative. When dust and dirt are left in between cracks and in circuit boards they can increase erosion and cause damage. Before and after every shift an operator should check the equipment for cleanliness and take the appropriate actions. This simple step could end up preventing…
  • Best Practices in Maintenance – Grease Life [Guest Blog]

    Phil Pasma
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    In many grease lubricated bearing applications, the service life of the grease exceeds the bearing life, so that no grease needs to be added during the bearing life. For such applications SKF provides greased bearings and bearing units with integral seals or shields, which are suitable for maintenance-free operation. Consider though, to which life would the grease be suitable; is it the life of the machine, the life of the bearing or the life of the grease? In order to judge if a maintenance-free solution is possible, the grease service life is estimated from operating parameters in open…
  • A Few Things We Learned From Being on Social Media

    Phil Pasma
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    You probably don’t see a lot of machine shops on social media. We are known to be a bit of late comers when it comes to marketing. Maybe it is because we are not a business to consumer organization. Maybe is it because we are selling to manufacturers who are themselves, more or less, not on the breaking edge of marketing. Or maybe it is because we didn’t (or don’t) understand the benefits of having a presence online. In this post, I am going to share with you our experiences on social media and what we have learned so far. Around 6 months ago we decided it was time for our company to…
  • A wise man said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” [Leak Detection]

    Phil Pasma
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Vibration data collectors are becoming rather common in the maintenance field. But did you know that they can also be used for leak detection on valves and steam traps? When a gas or liquid passes through an orifice, a vibration is induced into the pipes.   This vibration covers a wide frequency spectrum. However, because it is generally in the higher frequencies, it will attenuate (fade) as it moves down the pipe. Testing has determined that a leak generated signal will attenuate in approximately 10 pipe diameters. For example, on a 2” line, the vibration would attenuate within 20 inches…
 
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