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  • San Francisco Orders 175 Light Rail Cars From Siemens

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    bbergin
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Siemens a contract to deliver an initial 175 light rail cars for its Muni transit system at a value of US$648 million. With an option for an additional 85 cars, this is the biggest Siemens order ever for light rail cars placed in the U.S.
  • Reshoring: New Day, False Dawn, or Something Else?

    IndustryWeek
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Jim Rice and Francesco Stefanelli, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics Analysis undertaken by MIT suggests that there is no clear reshoring trend in the U.S. read more
  • Reshoring: New Day, False Dawn, or Something Else?

    IndustryWeek
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Jim Rice and Francesco Stefanelli, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics Analysis undertaken by MIT suggests that there is no clear reshoring trend in the U.S. read more
  • New Miniature Air Flow Transmitter for HVAC

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    Editorial Team
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Company: E+E Elektronik GmbH News Location: Engerwitzdorf, Austria Published On: September 5, 2014 Social Media Pitch: The new transmitter EE671 measures air velocity up to 20 m/s. Thanks to its compact design it is ideal for mass applications in HVAC. The flow sensing element sets new standards in terms of accuracy and resistance to pollutants. [...]
  • Makkah chamber, MODON to create new industrial zones

    Zawya.com - Manufacturing News
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) have agreed to establish new industrial zones.
 
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  • Reshoring: New Day, False Dawn, or Something Else?

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Jim Rice and Francesco Stefanelli, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics Analysis undertaken by MIT suggests that there is no clear reshoring trend in the U.S. read more
  • Google to Boost Android Encryption, Joining Apple

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Google and Apple are among Internet titans intent on firming up trust shaken by revelations of massive online spying by U.S. officials and by the recent hacking of celebrity iCloud accounts. read more
  • July sees Dip in Cutting Tool Consumption

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Robert Brooks, Editor-in-Chief, American Machinist The Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) offers cutting tool consumption as an indicator changes in U.S. manufacturing activity based on production volumes, similar to indexes of durable goods manufacturing. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Automation Fair 2014

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    This year's Automation Fair event will be held November 19-20 in Anaheim, California. Automation Fair offers a great opportunity to explore smart, safe, sustainable operations geared toward improving your business profitability. Content Classification:  Marketing read more
  • War Drums Get Louder in Eastern Europe

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    While much of the world’s attention is once again on the Middle East, we should not lose focus on Eastern Europe. In recent weeks, the rhetoric has ratcheted up, and so has the movement of troops and supplies. As Russia continues to pour more military assets into the newly-annexed Crimea, concerns are that a bigger push into Ukraine and, possibly, Moldova may follow. The ART Of Business read more
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  • Reshoring: New Day, False Dawn, or Something Else?

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Jim Rice and Francesco Stefanelli, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics Analysis undertaken by MIT suggests that there is no clear reshoring trend in the U.S. read more
  • Google to Boost Android Encryption, Joining Apple

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Google and Apple are among Internet titans intent on firming up trust shaken by revelations of massive online spying by U.S. officials and by the recent hacking of celebrity iCloud accounts. read more
  • July sees Dip in Cutting Tool Consumption

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Robert Brooks, Editor-in-Chief, American Machinist The Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) offers cutting tool consumption as an indicator changes in U.S. manufacturing activity based on production volumes, similar to indexes of durable goods manufacturing. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Automation Fair 2014

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    This year's Automation Fair event will be held November 19-20 in Anaheim, California. Automation Fair offers a great opportunity to explore smart, safe, sustainable operations geared toward improving your business profitability. Content Classification:  Marketing read more
  • War Drums Get Louder in Eastern Europe

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    While much of the world’s attention is once again on the Middle East, we should not lose focus on Eastern Europe. In recent weeks, the rhetoric has ratcheted up, and so has the movement of troops and supplies. As Russia continues to pour more military assets into the newly-annexed Crimea, concerns are that a bigger push into Ukraine and, possibly, Moldova may follow. The ART Of Business read more
 
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  • New Miniature Air Flow Transmitter for HVAC

    Editorial Team
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Company: E+E Elektronik GmbH News Location: Engerwitzdorf, Austria Published On: September 5, 2014 Social Media Pitch: The new transmitter EE671 measures air velocity up to 20 m/s. Thanks to its compact design it is ideal for mass applications in HVAC. The flow sensing element sets new standards in terms of accuracy and resistance to pollutants. [...]
  • Ampac Announces New KeepSafe® Closures for Tamper-Evident Packaging

    Editorial Team
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Company: Ampac News Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Published On: September 2, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Ampac, the world’s leader in creative packaging solutions, announces a new series of tamper-evident closures for its KeepSafe® tamper-evident product range. Ampac and its KeepSafe brand of products remains the industry leading producer of tamper-evident packaging. As such, Ampac is announcing [...]
  • 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 [...]
 
 
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  • Moving to the next level

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

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

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

    Chad Moutray
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Georgia added the most net new manufacturing employees in August, according to new state-wide employment data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Georgia manufacturers hired an additional 5,500 workers in the month. This was followed by Florida (up 4,500), Colorado (up 4,500), Colorado (up 2,100), Illinois (up 2,100) and Michigan (up 2,000). On a year-to-date basis, Georgia also fared well, making the top five states for manufacturing job growth. The top five states for manufacturing job gains through August were Indiana (up 14,300), Ohio (up 9,400), Georgia (up 9,100), Texas (up…
  • Happy Anniversary Keystone: Marking Six years of Missed Opportunity

    Chip Yost
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Today we mark the sixth anniversary of TransCanada’s first application seeking a Presidential permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the United States. For most of the past six years this project has been with the administration awaiting final approval, with five different environmental reviews conducted and thousands of pages of reports and public comments collected. Much has happened since the initial permit application was filed in 2008: more than 10,000 miles of oil and natural gas pipeline has been built in the U.S.; Fidel Castro stepped down as President of Cuba; two…
  • Manufacturers, House Committee Urge Action on Pension Issues

    Christina Crooks
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Several pension issues important to manufacturers were front and center this week during a House Ways and Means Subcommittee hearing on Private Employer Defined Benefit Pension Plans. Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) outlined his interest in private pension issues during his opening statement, explaining that his focus for the hearing would examine problems facing both multiemployer and single employer pension plans. Multiemployer defined benefit (DB) pension plans are those sponsored by more than one employer and maintained as part of a collective bargaining agreement. In recent…
  • Philly Fed: Manufacturing Activity Eased Slightly, but Growth Remains Strong

    Chad Moutray
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said that manufacturing activity eased slightly, but growth remained strong in its district. The Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey’s composite index of general business activity declined from 28.0 in August to 22.5 in September. While the figure decreased somewhat, it is important to note that August’s reading was the fastest pace since March 2011, and a modest pullback should have been anticipated. Many of the key indicators continued to expand at healthy rates, keeping the underlying trends positive. As evidence of this, the paces for new…
  • Housing Starts and Permits Come Back Down to Earth in August after a Strong July

    Chad Moutray
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that housing starts returned to Earth in August after a strong gain in July. Housing starts soared to a revised 1,117,000 units at the annual rate in July, their second-highest pace since November 2007. This figure fell to an annualized 956,000 in August, or a decline of 14.4 percent. Still, it represented an increase from June’s 909,000 figure, and over the past 12 months, housing starts have risen 8.0 percent. As such, despite the decrease in August, residential construction activity remains on an upward…
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  • Infographic on Emergency Department Crowding

    Mark Graban
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Below is an infographic shared by the MHA program at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. There’s some interesting data there… my comments: The data on ED wait times shows only two data points (2003 and 2009). I’d like to see more data to draw a more valid conclusion about trends. It’s unclear what the “wait” start and stop times are (since the average length of stay in the E.D. is usually a few hours). Billboards that advertise “average wait times” for the E.D. are also unclear… wait time until…
  • Podcast #209 – George Friesen, Lean, Kaizen, and Idea Boards

    Mark Graban
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    MP3 File (run time 33:39) My guest for episode #209 is George Friesen, Business Practice Leader for Lean Transformations in the Workforce Solutions Group at St. Louis Community College. In this episode, we talk about his early experiences at the GM/Toyota NUMMI plant, why candor and trust are so important in a Lean transformation, and how to engage front-line employees in Kaizen and continuous improvement, and much more. For a link to this episode, refer people to www.leanblog.org/209. For earlier episodes of my podcast, visit the main Podcast page, which includes information on how to…
  • Lean is Not About Cutting Costs; 2 Data Point Comparisons in EDs & the NFL

    Mark Graban
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Two pet peeves of mine are hearing people say things like “Lean is all about reducing waste” and or “Lean is all about cost cutting” (and thankfully others are also trying to dispel that myth). Another pet peeve is people drawing conclusions off of two data points, but we’ll come back to that later in this post. Lean is not “all about” waste — we also focus on providing the right “value” to the patient or customer (doing the right thing the right way at the right time and the right place). Reducing waste is a big part of Lean, but…
  • New KaiNexus Education Videos – #9: Identify, Report, and Solve Small, Local Problems

    Mark Graban
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    About two years ago, we produced some short two- to three-minute education videos about Lean, Kaizen, and continuous improvement for KaiNexus. These were intended as short coaching sessions that would be sent to our customers / users and we’ve also shared them publicly. Dr. Greg Jacobson and I re-shot these videos recently with a professional videographer. The changes with the videos: Greg is now in half of the videos The scripts were changed to be less healthcare specific, as we’ve added customers in other industries The video quality is much better I previously did blog posts…
  • Reflections on Almost 10 Years in Lean Healthcare

    Mark Graban
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    I often get asked, “How did you get into healthcare?” I was working on a chapter for a Lean healthcare compilation book that’s being published in Holland and I wrote the following material that wasn’t the right fit for that chapter, but I wanted to share below: It has now been just about ten years since my interest in Lean healthcare was sparked by a visit to a hospital emergency room in Scottsdale, Arizona. Thankfully, I was there as a visitor, not a patient (no offense to the hospital, I’m just glad to not be a patient anywhere). At the time, I worked for…
 
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  • Tips for Improved Productivity and Output

    Keeley Schneider
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve employee productivity and increase output. Here are some tips to incorporate into your production process in order to reach those goals. Empty the Workplace In the manufacturing workplace itself, more is not always better. The general thinking might be that the more tools that are readily available, the better a worker can do his job. But clutter is the enemy – and can lead to unsafe working conditions. You can have the best tools available, but it doesn’t matter if you can’t find them. Start with a clean slate. Look at an empty…
  • Using MES to help Manage Energy? It may be Closer Than you Think.

    Milosz Majta
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Enterprises are paying a lot of attention these days to energy efficiency and sustainable operations. So too are manufacturers. Clearly, the factory floor is a major consumer of energy. Surprisingly, however, there is not much precedent for integrating a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) with energy management decision-making in any kind of dynamic way. Is there the potential for important new applications in this area? Some recent discussions with customers and colleagues make me believe the answer is definitely “Yes.” And maybe closer to happening than people might think. Consider…
  • The Digital Factory as a Path to Global Prosperity

    Hadrien Szigeti
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    In my last post, I discussed the role of manufacturing innovation, and how it has changed each of our lives. The digital factory has an opportunity to have an equally significant impact on this century, as I’ll now explain. The digitization of manufacturing processes is well underway. But the level of investment is low compared to the digitization of other corporate functions, such as finance or engineering. Today, manufacturing investment is gaining momentum, and it promises to bring the wealth more globally around the world. This trend has important implications for national leaders and…
  • Expanding Manufacturing’s Contribution to a Better Society

    Hadrien Szigeti
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    The rapid advances within manufacturing innovation have transformed our lives. Starting with the transition away from an agriculture-based economy, manufacturing has contributed to higher productivity and rising living standards amongst both developing and advanced economies. Manufacturing still makes up to16% of global GDP. Today, technology is once again disrupting the world of manufacturing – this time in the form of what can be considered a “digital” factory. Think of the security, quality, and affordability of most goods we consume today, we take for granted products that a…
  • The Smart Way to Manage Operations Across Multiple Sites

    Tom Bonine
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    In manufacturing, location gives you an edge. For that reason, many manufacturers operate multiple facilities in different hubs. However, managing multiple worksites comes with its own set of challenges. You run the risk of inconsistency and miscommunication. Mismanagement over multiple sites can damage relationships with your customers and wipe out any advantage you might have enjoyed by going big. Below are seven ways you can effectively manage operations across multiple sites.   1. Keep Lines of Communication Open Good communication is crucial in any work environment, but it’s even…
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  • A 4-Step Plan to Develop a Culture of Customer Success

    Derek Korte
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Service organizations are increasingly called upon to drive revenue for the entire company. Part of the appeal comes from service technicians’ proximity to customers, assuming the relationship is strong and customers are happy with the service. But customer service isn’t necessarily the same as customer success. It’s a distinction that leaders in every industry should understand, Frederic Kerrest, COO of identity management provider Okta, writes in Mashable. Kerrest offers four tips for how leaders can emphasize customer success, not just customer service. The first step? Build the…
  • Avoid Common Snags to Sell Recurring Service Revenue

    Derek Korte
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    As vice president of technology and social research at the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA), it’s John Ragsdale’s job to stay on top of the tech trends in field service. And that means keeping tabs on industry insiders such as Tina Lux-Boim, president and CEO of Managed Maintenance (MMI). Lux-Boim, who joined the TSIA’s Advisory Board this month, recently spoke with Ragsdale about some of the biggest issues affecting the field service industry, from marketing challenges and the impact of Big Data to the importance of recurring service revenue models. Below is an excerpt…
  • How Apple’s New Gadgets Could Be a Win for Field Techs

    Maeghan Ouimet
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Last week Apple released new offerings to it’s lineup of tech tools: the much anticipated iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch. While Apple generally focuses its product releases on the consumer, there’s always an undertone of enterprise consideration. For service organizations eager to equip technicians with the latest gadgets to heighten productivity, improve customer satisfaction and streamline communication between techs and the office, the new devices solve several needs. Here are a few ways Apple’s new products and upcoming software updates will benefit field…
  • Mentorship Win-Win: Engaged Employees, Better Service Revenue

    Marguerite McNeal
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Rapid technology advancements in field service mean that technicians’ job requirements change before they know it. Who thought 10 years ago that today we’d be dispatching fleets from iPhones or repairing Internet of Things-enabled devices? One way for service organizations to keep employees engaged and informed about the changing landscape is through mentorship and coaching programs. Not only do these initiatives help close the skills gap that plagues so many companies, but they also combat another pressing challenge: the aging workforce. Among field service organizations surveyed…
  • Imagining the Artificially Intelligent Future of Field Service

    Derek Korte
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Mention artificial intelligence and many people’s minds immediately drift to doomsday science fiction movies. But beyond the Hollywood hype lie big benefits for field service organizations. Chief among them is the ability to automate mundane tasks like scheduling, and instead enable employees to focus on more valuable — and potentially lucrative — endeavors like real human interaction with customers and colleagues. The field service industry is primed to benefit from the automation of tasks and calculations such as scheduling and routing. But success requires business…
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  • Cool Facts — What is S.E.E.R.?

    Mike Moore
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Defining SEER for a new hire or even a customer can be a challenge. But have you ever considered comparing it to a vehicle’s MPG? The expert educators at HVAC Learning Solutions break down the in’s and out’s of SEER in the most recent edition of Cool Facts. For more tips on defining HVAC industry terms such as SEER, visit HVAC Learning Solutions on Facebook.
  • Changes in purchasing have changed the sales game

    Mike Moore
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Customers are better and more informed than they have ever been. They’re technologically savvier and have more questions. Purchasing in the 21st century has changed, but have no fear — you can adapt to today’s consumer in these four simple tips: 1. Once a customer recognizes the need, they usually start with an information search. This used to mean hitting the yellow pages. Now, it means social media and the Internet. They will search for their provider by reading online reviews and posting queries to their friends on social media outlets like Facebook or Twitter. You can increase your…
  • How to Attract Talent

    Mike Moore
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Training is a huge component for success in this industry. When hiring new technicians, you no doubt have a checklist of the skills they should possess, and which are “must-haves” versus “trainable.” Finding the right fit can be hard, but as an employer, you need to know how to recruit employees that will become the foundation of your team. Here are the two main applicants you’ll likely find in the hiring process. Applicants new to the industry You might feel discouraged because this applicant is still “green,” but what other qualities do they have? If you have someone with…
  • Do your customers perceive you as a professional in every way?

    Mike Moore
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    You are the face of your business. You can have the strongest reputation in town for your experience and know-how, but if your techs don’t look the part, it’s definitely affecting your bottom line. Getting dusty and dirty comes with the job, so maintaining a professional look can be tough, but it can be done. Here are some tips I’ve gathered on how to look professional, even after a long, hot day on the job. First impressions are everything. Got a uniform you wear at work? Keep it pressed and clean. Obviously, it won’t stay that way during the day, but by arriving looking pulled…
  • Why are you in the HVAC industry?

    Mike Moore
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    There’s no denying it — we love the HVAC industry. But what makes this job, market, and technology so fascinating and rewarding? We asked two industry professionals to give us their thoughts on why they love HVAC. Meet Michael Goater, residential installer turned sales trainer for HVAC Learning Solutions. Goater explains that he lives by the motto “no one said it would be easy, but everyone says it’s worth it,” and projects that mantra onto his HVAC students daily. “I love working with my hands,” Goater says. “That sense of accomplishment, when you can go in and solve…
 
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  • Lean Manufacturing for Job Shops: Lean Manufacturing Principles Part 8

    Bob Warfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    This is Part 8 of our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles Series. With the first 7 installments of our series, you now have a pretty good overview of what Lean Manufacturing is all about.  I’ve gotten a lot of great compliments on the series, and I appreciate that.  But at the same time, I know there is a contingent out there wondering whether Lean Manufacturing is even the right thing to do for a Job Shop.  It’s very easy to look at Lean and conclude it’s only useful if you’re going to be making a whole lot of the same parts for a very long time.
  • 6 Ways G-Wizard Editor Can Save You Time and Money With G-Code

    Bob Warfield
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    CNCCookbook’s G-Wizard Editor is a full-featured g-code editor and simulator with loads of features.  But I want to call particular attention to these 6 Power Features because they have the potential for the biggest savings of time and therefore money when you’re dealing with g-code: –  Hints and Information Tabs:  GWE will give you tons of information about your g-code that’s hard to impossible to get any other way. –  Conversational Wizards:  Create g-code for common operations with simple point and shoot wizards. –  Soft Limits:  Get alarms when…
  • The Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop, Part 2

    Bob Warfield
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    This is part 2 of our Ultimate Tony Stark Inspired Workshop Series. Computers and design are a big part of Tony Stark’s Workshop.  Of course Tony has the robotic artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S. to help him get things done, or perhaps mostly to clean up the shop and serve as a comic foil to Stark’s genius.  He’s got holograms and a variety of other things going on too that, like J.A.R.V.I.S, we’d be hard-pressed to come by–the tech simply isn’t available quite yet.  Fear not, there is plenty of awesome tech that is available for our Ultimate…
  • Kanban Visual Scheduling: Lean Manufacturing Principles Part 7

    Bob Warfield
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    This is Part 7 of our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Principles Series. Kanban Came From Studying Supermarkets Stocking Food Kanban, which means signboard or billboard in Japanese, is a visual scheduling system for lean and just in time production.  While some think of it as an inventory control system, it is more of a logistical chain control system. Like so many Lean Manufacturing ideas, it was invented at Toyota.  It seems they had started studying the way supermarkets stocked their shelves with food just in time with an eye towards applying this to factory production lines.
  • Our 2014 Labor Day Sale Ends Friday: Just A Couple Days Left to Save!

    Bob Warfield
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Our 2014 Labor Day Sale ends this Friday–just a couple days left to save. We’ve reduced prices on all purchases over $99 by 15% as our way of honoring labor.  Click through the order button to see your savings in the Shopping Cart. Here are some of our most popular deals: –  Lifetime subscription to both G-Wizard Editor and G-Wizard Calculator for $373.15 – Save almost $275 vs buying them separately  –  Lifetime subscription to G-Wizard Editor for $254.15–Save almost $45 –  Lifetime subscription to G-Wizard Calculator for $211.65–Save $37.35 There are deals on almost…
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  • Sound Level Analysis: Sense of Hearing

    David Manney
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    The final in a series. We’ve covered two other senses; sight and touch. Today it’s the sense of hearing regarding sound level analysis. Sound Level Analysis In case there is an issue with the motor such as … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Laser Shaft Alignment: Sense of Sight

    David Manney
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Our second post in a series of three. Last time, we talked about vibration and the human sense of touch. Today, it’s the sense of sight: laser shaft alignment Laser Shaft Alignment Also referred to as … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Vibration Analysis: Sense of Touch

    David Manney
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    There are certain aspects of predictive maintenance that resemble the human five senses. This week, I’d like to explore three of them: touch, hearing, and sight. First up, touch: vibration analysis. Vibration … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Understanding Case Hardening of Steel

    David Manney
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Dave Palmer asks, “What do gears, bearings, and shafts have in common?” The answer, “For one thing, they’re often made of steel. For another, they’re subject to a failure mode known as rolling contact fatigue.” visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • SCADA Systems for Industrial Processes

    David Manney
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Large-scale infrastructures, including oil refineries, electrical plants, and chemical factories need to be maintained and controlled properly to ensure that they are up and running at any given time. This method has certainly changed over time, with one of the most recent developments being the inclusion of industrial control systems (ICS). Those systems are specifically designed to give the support that is necessary to keep a variety of industrial processes up and running at any given … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
 
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  • A Historical Lesson for Supply Firms

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

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

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

  • Meet New Engineer Orlando Velez and PACE Team 6’s Weave

    Dora Smith
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    As Team 6 presented their Personal Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) at the PACE Annual Forum, lead industrial designer Dominic Dowling called out team captain Orlando Velez. He noted how great it was to collaborate with Orlando as students and how he looked forward to working together at General Motors. Both students had internships and now job opportunities at GM. PACE Team 6 included students from University of Puerto Rico, SKKU, Iberoamericana of Mexico, Korea University, Monash University and the College of Creative Studies. Most PACE student engineers get experience with our NX and…
  • Meet University of São Paulo Future Engineers and PACE Team 2’s CubO

    Dora Smith
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Tatiana Theoto and Elcio Fiordelisio are future engineers at the University of São Paulo. They attended the PACE Annual Forum for the Personal Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) competition – and described their experience as “mind blowing”. Their school was part of PAMD Team 2 along with the Art Center College of Design, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Jilin University, Hochschule RheinMain and New Mexico State University. The team called its PAMD CubO and said it was designed “out of the box”. The device literally folded out of a box. One of the lessons learned Tatiana…
  • What about cost?

    John Whetstone
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    A few years ago, I wanted a new pair of snow skis to replace my antique boards from the ‘90’s. I researched skis on the internet so I could make a “smart” purchase decision. My criteria (in priority order) included the ability to rip groomers, float in powder, soak up bumps and look cool with my orange boots. After a few evenings of research and pleasant reverie about the upcoming winter, I identified four promising alternatives based on my criteria; Volkl Mantras, Salomon Sentinels, Line Prophets and Blizzard Bonafides. So far, so good with respect to the decision process – I…
  • Meet Future Engineer Arjun Ballal

    Dora Smith
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Future Engineer Series Meet future engineer Arjun Ballal, a mechanical engineering student at Sri Jayachamarajendra College Of Engineering.  In addition to the Personal Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) competition at the PACE Annual Forum, students present papers and posters on research projects. Arjun presented a paper on an Automated Emergency Braking System for the India market. He hopes to design and build a new car in the future. Arjun shares in the video some of the NX features he learned more about in training at the forum. If you’re a student interested in learning more…
  • Network & Learn at Siemens PLM Software RUG Meetings

    Amy Allen
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Connect with other Siemens PLM Software users when you attend one of the free Regional Users Group (RUG) meetings held all over the U.S. over the next few months. These day-long conferences not only present a great opportunity to network with peers, but you can also hear firsthand how other customers are using Siemens PLM Software solutions such as NX (CAD, CAM, CAE), Teamcenter, Tecnomatix, LMS and Solid Edge as they share their success stories. Learn about key feature enhancements and the latest software direct from Siemens PLM Software experts and representatives. The team will even…
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  • NGM Manufacturing

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    The need to quickly uncover and react to customer demand leaves manufacturers scrambling to protect intellectual property, define relationships via technology agreements and figure out Big Data. Next-generation manufacturing (NGM)…Read More
  • U.S. Manufacturing for Future Prosperity

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The manufacturing industry is growing, but there is still much work to be done. The sector comprises 12 percent of the overall economy, and greater investments in community colleges and trade schools are necessary.   Stronger STEM…Read More
  • Harnessing Technology & Data

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Technology is changing the way manufacturing businesses operate by enabling terrific improvements in efficiency, productivity and quality while continuously driving down costs, as well as material and energy consumption. Though most…Read More
  • The impact of international manufacturing on taxes and finances

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    By: Ted Hong American companies that choose to set up manufacturing operations in foreign countries do so for a number of reasons. They may seek to open new markets or to reduce production costs. They might be considering a…Read More
  • Protection Against IP Theft

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    The focus on stopping cyber theft of intellectual property (IP) and trade secrets has been stepped up in recent months.  In a few easy steps, you can help protect your company.  Prioritize IP & Trade Secret Protection.  There are…Read More
 
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  • Siemens Bringing Together MOM and PLM Businesses Will Benefit Users

    Dan Miklovic
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    At the 2014 Siemens PLM and MOM analyst event, held the first week of September in Boston, Siemens updated the industry analyst community on progress on numerous fronts and provided insight into its strategy going forward. The biggest announcement was that the Siemens SIMATIC IT and WinCC HMI/SCADA product group would become part of a combined Siemens PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) and MOM (Manufacturing Operations Management) business unit. Follow @LNSResearch This move should bode well for users, as it brings together all of the Siemens manufacturing software solutions together that can…
  • Too Many Manufacturers Are Sending Information the Wrong Way

    Dan Miklovic
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) has emerged as a key growth application with both new vendors as well as established ones in the space, all vying to give manufacturing executives insight into their operations. Almost every one of these EMI tools provides capabilities to not only look at the key performance indicators (KPI) of the enterprise, but also the ability to drill down to the very data that was aggregated to produce the KPI in the first place. Follow @Dan_LNSResearch The power of these tools—as claimed by the suppliers—is that they allow an executive to get to the root…
  • Operational Excellence: 7 Steps to Successful Leadership & Employee Engagement

    Greg Goodwin
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    You would be hard-pressed to find a manufacturing operations professional today that doesn’t have the impact of new technologies on their mind. And with good reason—Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software, particularly the newest-generation offerings are having a marked effect on production—through things like improved data and analytics, better visibility by role, increased automation and integration with other enterprise IT—and consequently, helping companies better visualize and achieve goals and respond to operational and business challenges.  Follow…
  • Global Manufacturing Sustainability: The Sweet Taste Of Success

    Natalie Tarutis
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Whether discussing manufacturing, engineering, service, or the supplier network, market leaders are often the ones able to execute in the present while keeping an eye on the future. This roundup discusses the importance of maintaining that mindset, covering topics such as sustainability performance, next-generation quality, the internet of things in manufacturing, and additive manufacturing. Hershey Wins Dow Jones Sustainability Award, North America Index The Hershey Company has announced that it has been selected to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North American Index. This will be…
  • 4 Ways Cloud-Based Manufacturing Software Benefits Operations/IT

    Greg Goodwin
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    The manufacturing industries are constantly looking for ways to cut costs, increase revenue, efficiency, speed, and so on, and advancements in technology are key to furthering this cause. Today, there are several emerging technologies that are having a significant impact on how companies operate. And one that is being embraced with increasingly open arms is cloud manufacturing software. Follow @MrG00dwin Cloud, or software as a service (SaaS), based solutions offer many benefits to end users that are making it attractive to manufacturers. There are of course still the ever-present security…
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  • Let’s Talk About Amazon Supply, Again

    Angela Goldberg
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    Amazon’s  announcement of its second quarter earnings (loss, actually) in late July sparked articles in the New York Times and elsewhere. I was tempted to write something at the time but decided to wait and let the clamor die down before commenting on how the ups and downs of Amazon’s stock (AMZN) affects wholesale distributors who compete with Amazon Supply. First, I must admit that I’m an “Amazon Prime” member and love the convenience of buying from them. Amazon Supply processed the several orders I placed with them flawlessly. Second, I confess that my wife owns a little Amazon…
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  • Complying with SEC Conflict Minerals Rule in 2015: See the Big Picture

    Taras Berezowsky
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    Successful conflict minerals compliance requires a multi-faceted approach that integrates all aspects of a compliance program, from product applicability to supplier education to data validation and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Week In Review: The Metals Return From Summer Vacation

    Jeff Yoders
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Back in August, the base metals took a vacation. Now that summer's officially over and we are steeling ourselves for another winter of polar vortexes in a few months, the base metals have returned... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Steel Futures Fall as Both Iron Ore and Steel Billet Drop

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    Reuters' Andy Home writes that the difficult year for iron ore has claimed another producer. FREE Download: The Monthly MMI® Report – covering Steel/Iron Ore markets. "The combination of supply... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Chinese Economic Slump Affecting Aluminum

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    Industrial output in August expanded at the weakest pace since 2008 in China, the world’s top consumer. FREE Download: The Monthly MMI® Report – covering the Aluminum market. Government data showed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Copper Falls as Both US and Chinese Housing Data Show Little Growth

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    Copper futures capped the biggest decline in more than a week on demand concerns amid signs that housing markets are barely growing in China and the US, the two biggest users. FREE Download: The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • 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…
  • Untapped Novelty to be Found in Connected Toys

    Eli
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    By Eli Sinaiko This summer I took a two week trip to Italy. And I’m not writing that to instill jealousy. It was a great time and the relaxation was much appreciated. But while I was there, I noticed an interesting common of nearly every town and city I visited.They all had a square, often near the population center, where tourists and locals and people from all walks of life congregated. Whether they were making plans, on their way somewhere, or just hanging out and people-watching, the square was usually bustling. Many of the larger squares were inhabited by people (presumably…
  • Wearable Worlds and Its Impact

    TONY KIM
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    by Tony Kim Wearable World and Its Impact With movies such as Iron Man and Spy Kids, wearable technology has always been a part of a child’s fantasy. Being able to talk to your phone,  record with your glasses, and play virtual video games have been just a figment of our imagination back in the days, but now it has truly become reality. Wearable Worlds provides a place where all businesses working on wearable hardware technology can come share their inventions and create a place to foster the blend of technology. Goal and Purpose Wearable World’s primary goal according to their…
  • What does it take to be an Entrepreneur?

    Eli
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    By Eli Sinaiko Not everybody can be an entrepreneur. Individuals who are not entrepreneurs can be broken into two categories. The first category consists of people who would be entrepreneurs if not for external circumstances such as financial constraints or socioeconomic privilege to prevent them from achieving that outcome. The second group is composed of people who have the means to be entrepreneurs but have no desire or motive to do so and therefore do not. If we examine the former category, we can create another dichotomy within this grouping.   Of the individuals who would be…
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  • Defconbots Sponsorship

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

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

    Melissa
    4 Jun 2014 | 1:09 pm
    As an engineer your time should be spent on designing and perfecting your product, not sourcing parts. At CircuitHub our goal is to help you go from importing your PCB design to receiving a real quote and being able to place an order in as little time and as few clicks as possible. Here's some of the things we've been working on at CircuitHub to help you achieve this:Unit Price and Availability Now when you search for a part after expanding a BOM line, the unit price and how many units are available for that part will show up in the results. We'll also let you know if there is a minimum…
  • How to Deliver Your Kickstarter Hardware

    Melissa
    16 May 2014 | 3:18 am
    The fact that 55% of all Kickstarter campaigns in the hardware category since Kickstarter's inception in 2009 were launched in the past 12 months alone strongly suggests that many engineers are turning to crowdfunding as a way to fund and promote their hardware projects. As much as we love Kickstarter and the fantastic products it has brought us, we wanted to address some concerns specific to hardware campaigns. Kickstarter campaign managers need to already have a large amount money and interest in their product before the campaign begins to create the inertia needed to make it…
  • All About Through-hole Technology

    Melissa
    8 May 2014 | 3:26 am
    Although not as popular nowadays, through-hole components were dominant for decades. IBM pioneered the through-hole part along with printed circuits and the technology of how to put leaded components through the circuit. Before this everything was all wire wound.IBM worked with a company called Universal Instruments, a custom machine manufacturer. IBM noticed that the shoe stapler machine had the same folding mechanism necessary for installing through-hole components and asked Universal Instruments to apply those same principles of folding staples to folding leads into a board. This is how…
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  • Addressing the Skills Gap

    Fred Patterson
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Despite the exciting and innovative new technological advances that have revamped the manufacturing industry in recent years, there is still a major barrier threatening the industry’s growth — This barrier is the widening skills gap. With a generation of skilled workers retiring and new workers failing to engage in manufacturing careers, companies are having a difficult time finding qualified technical talent. Currently in the United States alone, there are more than half a million high-paying manufacturing jobs available. Close to 3 million Baby Boomers are expected to retire from…
  • Weekly Blog Journal – IMTS 2014

    Jennifer Altimore
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    Day 1 WOW!  What an unbelievable first day.  So this is my 4th IMTS, and every year I feel as if it gets bigger and better!  From 3D printing an actual car (yes, this is really happening), to the amazing story we have behind NOVOsphere and the NOVO Optimize solution, this is already proving to be the best IMTS I’ve attended to date. So, we want to keep all of our loyal blog readers up to date on some of the happenings at the show every day. I heard pieces of many conversations yesterday, and most of them were, of course, about NOVO. But not just NOVO, the digital data assistant. They…
  • Journey to IMTS: From an HR Professional’s Perspective

    Kristina Cope
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    I am super excited to be traveling to Chicago and IMTS for the first time! So much to see, so much to do… But as an HR Professional, you may ask how I should be spending my time at the Largest Manufacturing Technology Show in the US? Well, I see IMTS as an opportunity to network with the tremendous pool of talent out there! I look forward to meeting all of the Different Thinkers attending the show, and sharing with them what Kennametal is all about. I will certainly be making my presence at a few Keynotes being held within the Student Summit. And I will also be setting time…
  • Journey to IMTS: From An Intern’s Perspective

    Audra Joseph
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’ve always loved the hustle and bustle. There’s something about the excitement and uncertainty in the days leading up to a big event, or the final moments before deadline, that I’m drawn to. Maybe it’s that during this time, everyone involved is working harder than ever to deliver something each person can be proud of. A final product that will unquestionably leave a lasting impression on each person it will touch. As the Social Intern for the Marketing Technology Department at Kennametal, this is my first time experiencing the hustle and bustle of a global company. If…
  • Journey to IMTS: From A Global Product Manager’s Perspective

    Mark Filosemi
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    The Excitement of IMTS Heading to North America’s largest manufacturing technology show sounds anything but exciting to most. But for those in our industry, it’s “the” place to be the first full week in September. Although we take it for granted, the question begs, where would we be without manufacturing? It makes possible every product we see and touch — Or, in other words, manufacturing is everywhere. By nature, although we don’t always like it, we adapt extremely quickly to change. Therefore, we don’t stay satisfied for long. Our never-ending dissatisfaction, and…
 
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • World’s First Recyclable Composite Fishing Rod Launched

    Mary Beck
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    The Guangwei Group and Adesso Advanced Materials have partnered to launch the world’s first recyclable composite fishing rod, made with Recycloset resin technology. Currently, recycling carbon fiber composite wastes involve pyrolysis of the resin and recovery of the carbon fiber, which is milled or chopped into fibers or pelletized. However, the resin component is lost during this process, and the resins can comprise 35 to 50 percent of the part. Additionally, there is currently limited utility and value in the recovered carbon, making recycling a cost to the industry. Adesso has developed…
  • 3-D Printed Bioplastic Beads Simplify Medical Implants

    Mary Beck
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    Researchers at Louisiana Tech University have developed a method for using consumer-grade 3-D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants embedded with antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds. The researchers created filament extruders that can make medical-quality 3-D printing filaments. These filaments have specialized properties for drug delivery and can result in smart drug-delivering medical implants or catheters, according to the research team. “Through the addition of nanoparticles or other additives, this technology becomes much more viable using a common…
  • Composite “Bridge-in-a-Backpack” Repairs Gain Popularity

    Mary Beck
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    Composites are gaining popularity to build and reinforce bridges, and the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s Composite Arch Bridge or “bridge-in-a-backpack” design is no exception. In recent years, a handful of bridge-in-a-backpack structures have cropped up in Maine and New Hampshire, as well as two in Michigan. The most recent installations are the Wanzer Brook in Fairfield, Vt., and the first international installation in Trinidad. A “bridge-in-a-backpack” design consists of a series of hollow FRP tubes that arch across the river below. The tubes…
  • Foam Core Sandwich Components Optimize Aircraft Design

    Mary Beck
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Aircraft manufacturing requires the most efficient design at the lowest cost. To meet aircraft manufacturers’ stringent requirements on damage tolerance and damage visibility after impact events such as bird strikes or hail, Evonik Industries has introduced a structural foam core for sandwich components called Rohacell Hero. Impact tests have confirmed the required damage visibility for hailstones, runway debris or tool drops with impact energies of up to 35 Joule. The Rohacell Hero’s closed-cell r foam leaves the damaged area impermeable because it spreads the damage. High-rigidity…
  • Composite Hanging Gardens Push the Boundaries

    Mary Beck
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Jason BroughPresident, JTI Companies, Inc. In the recently released September/October issue of Composites Manufacturing, our cover story highlighted a beautiful hanging gardens installation at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. The hanging gardens super-structure, designed and fabricated by JTI Companies, is made up of 67 FRP tubes and structural components built to withstand up to 146 mph winds and resist saltwater corrosion. Jason Brough of JTI caught up with Composites Manufacturing Interviews to talk about what it was like to work on this one-of-a-kind project. Be sure to read the full…
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    Pelonis Technologies Blog

  • 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…
  • 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…
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