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  • Happy Earth Day 2015! Lean Manufacturing is Green Manufacturing [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Manufacturing Transformation Blog
    Gordon Benzie
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    As we recognize Earth Day 2015, amid the various climate gyrations experienced throughout the world, the importance of seeing the big picture has never been more important. Take a moment today to think about what you can do to use fewer natural resources, streamline a manufacturing process or improve a Green Manufacturing initiative! As food for thought, here is an Infographic from the folks at Bishop-Wisecarver Group. They are a WBENC certified woman-owned family of companies who works with manufacturers to engineer, produce, and build custom complex assemblies, linear motion solutions and…
  • Cloud ERP: The Top 4 Questions You Should Be Asking

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    bbergin
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    We have spent our share of time at the Cloud manufacturing podium. We love to talk about how streamlined implementation and lower cost of ownership help small manufacturers realize gains in efficiency without lots of servers living at their sites, demanding expensive upgrades and upkeep. From sales and marketing to estimating and shop floor management, small manufacturers who are moving to the Cloud have discovered this for themselves.
  • You Write The Cartoon Caption Contest -- 4/27/15

    IndustryWeek
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:49 pm
    IndustryWeek presents "you write the caption," featuring drawings by award-winning cartoonist Jerry King. Please submit your best caption for the cartoon below by using the comments feature. The winning caption will be featured on the IndustryWeek Web site and in the Manufacturing Buzz newsletter. read more
  • You Write The Cartoon Caption Contest -- 4/27/15

    IndustryWeek
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:49 pm
    IndustryWeek presents "you write the caption," featuring drawings by award-winning cartoonist Jerry King. Please submit your best caption for the cartoon below by using the comments feature. The winning caption will be featured on the IndustryWeek Web site and in the Manufacturing Buzz newsletter. read more
  • Emirates Global Aluminium net income AED 3.7bn in 2014

    Zawya.com - Manufacturing News
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:26 am
    UAE-based global aluminium business reached 2.4 million tonnes production capacity in 2014.
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  • Cloud ERP: The Top 4 Questions You Should Be Asking

    bbergin
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    We have spent our share of time at the Cloud manufacturing podium. We love to talk about how streamlined implementation and lower cost of ownership help small manufacturers realize gains in efficiency without lots of servers living at their sites, demanding expensive upgrades and upkeep. From sales and marketing to estimating and shop floor management, small manufacturers who are moving to the Cloud have discovered this for themselves.
  • Nokia Denies Reports It's Getting Back Into Phone Business

    bbergin
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Reports last week suggested Nokia planned to get back into the mobile phone business in 2016, nearly a decade after its cellphone heyday. This week, the Finnish telecom giant quashed those rumors.
  • EVs Gaining Popularity, But Slowly

    bbergin
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Sales of long-range electrical vehicles could reach 466,407 units by the end of 2015, according to a study by Frost and Sullivan about the expansion of the global EV market. Globally, 70 percent of the electrical vehicles on the road are battery EVs (BEV). Only 25 percent are plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEV), but the study expects this number to increase in as soon as three or four years, as drivers look for vehicles that can drive for longer period of time than pure battery EVs allow.
  • Louisiana Chemical Industry Hits Its Stride

    bbergin
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The head of Louisiana's chemical industry trade group believes the state's chemical production will continue its recent growth — provided companies can avoid potential "potholes."
  • Ford Recalls 390K Cars To Fix Door Latches

    bbergin
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    Ford is recalling about 390,000 cars because the doors may not latch properly and could open while the cars are in motion. The recall covers certain 2012 through 2014 Ford Fiestas, and 2013 and 2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars that were made in Mexico.
 
 
 
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  • Cloud ERP: The Top 4 Questions You Should Be Asking

    bbergin
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    We have spent our share of time at the Cloud manufacturing podium. We love to talk about how streamlined implementation and lower cost of ownership help small manufacturers realize gains in efficiency without lots of servers living at their sites, demanding expensive upgrades and upkeep. From sales and marketing to estimating and shop floor management, small manufacturers who are moving to the Cloud have discovered this for themselves.
  • Nokia Denies Reports It's Getting Back Into Phone Business

    bbergin
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Reports last week suggested Nokia planned to get back into the mobile phone business in 2016, nearly a decade after its cellphone heyday. This week, the Finnish telecom giant quashed those rumors.
  • EVs Gaining Popularity, But Slowly

    bbergin
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Sales of long-range electrical vehicles could reach 466,407 units by the end of 2015, according to a study by Frost and Sullivan about the expansion of the global EV market. Globally, 70 percent of the electrical vehicles on the road are battery EVs (BEV). Only 25 percent are plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEV), but the study expects this number to increase in as soon as three or four years, as drivers look for vehicles that can drive for longer period of time than pure battery EVs allow.
  • Louisiana Chemical Industry Hits Its Stride

    bbergin
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The head of Louisiana's chemical industry trade group believes the state's chemical production will continue its recent growth — provided companies can avoid potential "potholes."
  • Ford Recalls 390K Cars To Fix Door Latches

    bbergin
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    Ford is recalling about 390,000 cars because the doors may not latch properly and could open while the cars are in motion. The recall covers certain 2012 through 2014 Ford Fiestas, and 2013 and 2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars that were made in Mexico.
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  • Timing is Everything: Why Changing the Ozone Standard Now is All Cost with Little Gain

    Ross Eisenberg
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    Last week, I wrote an editorial on Inside Sources highlighting the EPA’s chronic underestimation of the economic costs of its largest regulations. The largest of these by far has been the EPA’s proposal to tighten the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone from the current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a point somewhere between 65 and 70 ppb. Over the past year, the NAM modeled the costs of a potential standard at 65 ppb and 60 ppb, each time concluding that the regulation would be the “most expensive regulation ever.” Recently, EPA Administrator Gina…
  • Lawmakers Agree: Ex-Im Has Enough Support To Pass

    Lauren Airey
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    People might say bipartisanship is missing in the nation’s capital, but you wouldn’t know it if you paid attention to the Export-Import Bank’s annual conference this week in Washington, DC. Lawmakers and former lawmakers from both parties made clear their support for the Ex-Im Bank, the small agency that facilitates the sale of U.S.-made products abroad. Here’s a brief overview of their comments on Ex-Im: ​”The Export-Import Bank helps families across the country–there are 1.3 million jobs supported by the Export-Import Bank,” said former Virginia…
  • Dallas Fed: Manufacturers Continue to Struggle on Crude Oil, Dollar Woes

    Chad Moutray
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:19 am
    The Dallas Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity contracted in Texas for the fourth straight month. The composite index of general business conditions rose from -17.4 in March to -16.0 in April, suggesting a slightly slower pace of decline for the month. Yet, it is clear that manufacturers in the district are struggling with lower crude oil prices and a stronger U.S. dollar. Each was mentioned several times in the sample comments, providing a double whammy to the Texas economy. Nearly 28 percent of manufacturing respondents to the survey suggested that conditions had worsened…
  • Monday Economic Report – April 27, 2015

    Chad Moutray
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Here is the summary for this week’s Monday Economic Report: Durable goods orders jumped 4.0 percent in March, which should be a sign that the sector was growing strongly and rebounding from recent softness. Instead, strong aircraft and motor vehicle sales in the month masked broader weaknesses behind the surface. Excluding transportation equipment orders, durable goods sales dropped 0.2 percent for the month and have edged lower across the past six months. Durable goods shipments were somewhat more encouraging on a year-over-year basis, up 3.7 percent, but they have been essentially…
  • Strong Auto and Aircraft Orders Mask Softness in Broader Durable Goods Sales in March

    Chad Moutray
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    The Census Bureau said that new durable goods orders rose 4.0 percent in March, increasing for just the third time in the past eight months. Strong defense and nondefense aircraft orders helped to push the headline index higher, and motor vehicle sales also rebounded from recent weaknesses. Note that aircraft sales are often bulked together in batches, making them more volatile from month-to-month. As a whole, transportation equipment orders jumped 13.5 percent in March. Excluding transportation, the news was less encouraging, with durable goods down 0.2 percent. Indeed, durable goods orders…
 
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  • Some Highlights from Last Week’s “Kaizen Live” Event at Franciscan St. Francis Health

    Mark Graban
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Last Wednesday and Thursday, I collaborated with Joe Swartz and a countless number of his colleagues to host 24 visitors from different health systems (and an Indiana state government organization) to learn about the “Kaizen” approach to continuous improvement first hand at Joe’s health system – Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis. I tend to “take notes” these days via Twitter and you can read all of my tweets and quotes if you like. Here are a few highlights, incorporating some of these tweets, as appropriate. Welcome and Greetings As in the…
  • Throwback Thursday: Dr. Deming’s Last Interview & Jack Welch’s Thoughts on Him

    Mark Graban
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    To the left is a young baby me. I don’t think I was thinking about Dr. Deming as a baby, but thankfully my parents had a lot of intrinsic motivation to take care of me! One of the many things I admire about W. Edwards Deming is how hard he worked into his 90s. He must have had “pride and joy” in his own work. I learned from this IndustryWeek piece that Dr. Deming was teaching seminars up until two weeks before his death at age 93. IndustryWeek was kind enough to share Dr. Deming’s last interview, originally published in January 1994, on their website in three parts.
  • Franciscan Kaizen Video #7: From Kaizen to Innovation in the NICU

    Mark Graban
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:02 am
    Today and tomorrow are the days for our first on-site Kaizen experience at Franciscan St. Francis. I’ll be sharing things on Twitter (@MarkGraban) and I’ll encourage attendees to do the same. I’m going to be using the hashtag #KaizenLive. Today, I’ll share the seventh video in a series of clips that I shot last October at Franciscan. See all of the videos here. This video features Kelly, a nurse in the NICU who built upon her success with Kaizen-style continuous improvement to create something that counts as innovation – a new invention. The mattress cover that…
  • We’re Ready for #KaizenLive on Wednesday & Thursday – Join Us Virtually

    Mark Graban
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Joe Swartz and I have been working for a while to put together our first onsite Kaizen workshop at his health system, Franciscan St. Francis Health – all day tomorrow and Thursday morning. We’re excited that the workshop / conference sold out and we have 25 people attending from different health systems and organizations. A few are from areas outside of healthcare, some are from hospitals, EMS, and even military medicine. We might do this again in the future, so contact us if you’d like to be informed of future opportunities. The thing that’s bringing everyone…
  • The Scripps Health CEO is Right About No-Layoffs Policies

    Mark Graban
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:05 pm
    In manufacturing, the term Lean has far too often been synonymous with layoffs. Doing so is more L.A.M.E. than Lean. People get anxious and throw around an acronym LEAN – Less Employees Are Needed. Ironically, Toyota (the inspiration or model for Lean) doesn’t rely on layoffs as a form of cost cutting the way GM and the Detroit automakers do. See this post for a clear comparison that shows how Toyota is more committed to their employees and that’s a great illustration of the Lean philosophy. In a Lean culture, we don’t view employees as a cost or a necessary evil.
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • Happy Earth Day 2015! Lean Manufacturing is Green Manufacturing [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Gordon Benzie
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    As we recognize Earth Day 2015, amid the various climate gyrations experienced throughout the world, the importance of seeing the big picture has never been more important. Take a moment today to think about what you can do to use fewer natural resources, streamline a manufacturing process or improve a Green Manufacturing initiative! As food for thought, here is an Infographic from the folks at Bishop-Wisecarver Group. They are a WBENC certified woman-owned family of companies who works with manufacturers to engineer, produce, and build custom complex assemblies, linear motion solutions and…
  • The Compliance Quagmire and Medical Device Manufacturing

    Rick Gallisa
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    The pace of technological change today means that opportunity for gains in operational efficiency in the manufacturing process are ever-present. For most industries, this is good news. When innovation can be assimilated into the production process with ease, end users benefit from incremental product improvement. When it comes to medical devices, however, the upward curve of technology is a double-edged sword. Compliance processes for medical device manufacturing are strict, and it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out why. When people’s lives are on the line, the proper checks and…
  • Green Manufacturing is a Global Practice

    Travis Mai
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Rise of Green Manufacturing Consumers and manufacturers have become increasingly aware of the impact certain substances and/or manufacturing practices have on the environment. The phrase “carbon footprint” is no longer just spoken by insiders – being green is now a way of life in the manufacturing world. In the last five years, environmental regulations have increased worldwide, especially in the U.S. The result has been cleaner air and water, and safer products such as phthalate-free linings in food cans and baby bottles. However, regulations have a major influence on manufacturing,…
  • The 4th Industrial Revolution is Coming – It’s Like Déjà vu All Over Again!

    Tuan Nguyen
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    I’ve been writing recently about the emerging 4th Industrial Revolution, built on the Internet of Things, and how this will soon change manufacturing enterprises in profound ways. One of the biggest changes will be in the enterprise manufacturing intelligence that will become available up and down as well as across the enterprise. Within a few years, if predictions are accurate, decision-makers will be able to access real-time intelligence and analytics on-demand, about literally anything and everything taking place in production lines and supply chains throughout the enterprise. The…
  • Manufacturing Stays Grounded at Messier-Bugatti-Dowty [CASE STUDY]

    Gordon Benzie
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    About 25,000 Messier-Bugatti-Dowty-equipped aircraft make over 40,000 landings every day, all over the world. Its dedication, global expertise and technological breakthroughs in aircraft braking have made Messier-Bugatti-Dowty the world leader in landing and braking systems. Many airliner and helicopter manufacturers, including Airbus, Boeing, Dassault Aviation, Embraer, Bombardier and Comac, rely on Messier-Bugatti-Dowty braking systems and landing gear. In 2012, the company launched a Manufacturing and Engineering Data System (MEDS) project to streamline development processes by…
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  • Outsourcing: The Secret to Better Field Service Support?

    Bill Pollock
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Many services organizations have found that it simply does not make sense to provide direct field technician support to their entire customer installed base. This is especially true as companies expand geographically. A common example is a company with headquarters in the Midwest but that must support an ever-expanding installed base concentrated on the East and West Coasts with customers scattered everywhere in between. For many services organizations, the thought of outsourcing any component of their support activities would have been deemed blasphemous just a few years ago. Why? The…
  • Mike Rowe to New Grads: Forget Your Passion, Pursue Opportunity

    Preeti Upadhyaya
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Mike Rowe is best known for hosting “Dirty Jobs,” the Discovery Channel series in which he tackled some of the least glamorous jobs out there: cleaning up roadkill, emptying septic tanks and artificially inseminating cows, for example. Now, after having tried his hand at pretty much every job under the sun, Rowe has some advice for the next generation of skilled workers, many of whom will pursue careers in field service: Forget your passion and pursue opportunity. “When you follow your passion, when you follow your dream, when you grow up being told that you’re a…
  • The Smart Glasses Revolution is (Still) Brewing: APX Labs’ Eric Johnsen

    Derek Korte
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    The wearable technology debate hit fever pitch last summer when Google rolled out Glass, its futuristic $1,500 headset that created major buzz — and some heady predictions. Gartner estimated that smart glasses could save field service organizations $1 billion per year by 2017. And then, in early 2015, Google yanked Glass from the online shelves to focus on R&D, admitting that its public debut was premature. But industries like field service and manufacturing were bright spots, making us wonder whether service executives could still expect those billion-dollar returns. To find out, we…
  • Have an Irate Customer on Your Hands? 3 Tips to Clean Up the Mess

    Donald B. Stephens
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Donald B. Stephens is a 30-year senior customer service engineer with the Xerox Corporation. In this post, he explains how managers can calm irate customers who feel slighted by bad customer service — without throwing their employees under the bus. Several years ago I walked into an auto service center to pick up a repaired tire. I’d already paid the bill and just needed to grab the wheel. I saw it as soon as I walked in and, not wishing to be mistaken for a tire thief, I turned to the first (and only) employee I saw in the room. He was wearing a soiled uniform — obviously a repair…
  • Contract Leakage: Top 5 Field Service Power Metrics

    Sean Lyden
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    There’s no shortage of numbers field service leaders can track. But which metrics matter most? Our new series, “Top 5 Field Service Power Metrics,” describes the five most important metrics that service executives should track, what they mean, and how improving them can boost productivity and profitability. Next up is contract leakage. Pro tip: The lower it is, the more profitable your service organization is likely to be. Technicians dread that awkward moment with the customer. You know, when the customer expects the cost of some item on the work order to be covered by their…
 
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  • Load Calculations

    Dave Nichols
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Dave Nichols, Training Manager at HVAC Learning Solutions, talks about the importance of load calculations in the HVAC industry and how to properly size a customer’s home. Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/HVAClearning to see more HVAC tips by Dave Nichols, Mike Moore, Jose De La Portilla, and more!
  • Pent Up Demand

    Mike Moore
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Mike Moore, Director of Training at HVAC Learning Solutions, talks about pent-up demand in the HVAC industry and shares his insights into how your HVAC business can stay ahead of the competition. Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/HVAClearning to see more HVAC tips by Mike Moore, Jose De La Portilla, Dave Nichols, and more!
  • Energy-Saving Tips

    Mike Moore
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    For the modern customer, HVAC energy efficiency is a top concern and popular point of conversation. In honor of Earth Month, I’ve outlined the top five energy-saving tips that you can reference when your customers ask about improving their home energy efficiency. Replace filters often — Hands down the best thing you can do to improve your energy efficiency is to replace your air filters often. The more debris that’s in the filter, the less air can circulate through the HVAC system, making it work harder. The harder your HVAC unit works, the more energy it uses. Set a schedule…
  • Q&A — How do I resolve a complaint on social media?

    Mike Moore
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Hi Mike, What’s the best way to address a customer complaint or unflattering review on social media? Should I respond publicly? Or send a private message to get more information? — James K. Warren, Michigan  Hi James, Let’s face it: Public complaints and unflattering or negative reviews are a part of participating in social media, but they also give you a great chance to show customers and potential customers just how well your business operates. It’s been my experience that responding publicly to a comment on social media is usually the best practice. You can first apologize for the…
  • What is your elevator pitch?

    Mike Moore
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    There’s no doubt about it, we live in a fast world. Customers expect an answer on social media faster than you can stream a movie on Netflix. You can find an answer on Google in seconds. In this fast-paced atmosphere, your elevator pitch is more important than ever. With just 30 seconds to intrigue a customer and gain their trust, how will you make the sale? Here are five must-have qualities of a successful elevator pitch. Customized — I’ve blogged in the past about the importance of tailored sales pitches when it comes to generational selling, but your elevator pitch has to go one…
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  • Preliminary FADAL Post for G-Wizard Editor Now Available in GWE v1.98

    Bob Warfield
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    I’ve just uploaded the latest version of our G-Wizard Editor Software.  The main new thing is that it includes a new FADAL post. FADAL’s were extremely popular entry-level VMC’s in their day and there are still tons of them out there.  The FADAL controllers had 2 g-code dialects, and this new post is for their…
  • Auto Loading a Milling Vise

    Bob Warfield
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Saw this one on the latest installment of the Tormach blog.  It’s an auto-loading setup for a milling vise built by machinist Joe Gerad: Auto-Loading a Milling Vise… We’ve featured vise auto-loaders before, but this one is so cheap and cheerful, I just had to run it here.  There’s a pneumatic gripper mounted on the…
  • Do You Know All the Different Kinds of Digital Tooling?

    Bob Warfield
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    Digital Tooling–that’s my catchphrase for CAD, CAM, CNC Control Software, Feeds and Speeds Calculators, G-Code Editor/Simulators, and all the rest of the CNC Software that’s out there.  We’ve had a page up for a long time that is intended to walk folks through all the different kinds of CNC Software so they know what’s available…
  • 7 Handy Tools You Didn’t Know You Needed

    Bob Warfield
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:36 pm
    I confess:  I’m a total Tool Hound and Gadget Freak.  If I come across something new and neat, I want one.  Here’s what’s been on my list to add to my tool boxes lately: Small and Handy LED Flashlights Machinists are often poking around in dark corners, trying to see what’s going on.  Having a…
  • Conversational CNC Drilling Wizard with Deep Hole Cycles Added to GWE v1.93

    Bob Warfield
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:17 pm
    The next installment of our Conversational CNC Wizards is available with G-Wizard Editor version 1.93.  Conversational CNC is a quick way to do simple jobs without resorting to creating a CAD drawing or running a CAM program.  For all those times when you would turn to a manual machine instead of a CNC because the…
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  • Counterfeit Ball Bearings: What You Don’t Know

    David Manney
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    One fake bearing could mean disaster. Over the past 20 years, counterfeiting in general has grown by 10,000 percent globally. And while all counterfeiting – from money to music – is costly in the long run to consumers, industrial … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Battle of the Drives: Speed vs Frequency

    David Manney
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Variable Frequency Drives or VFDs are AC-drives only while Variable Speed Drives, or VSDs may be a DC or AC drive. The main function of a VFD … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • The Role of SCADA in Hydroelectric Plants

    David Manney
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    SCADA, which stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisitions, is a system that offers local monitoring and control of river systems, hydro plants and power plants. Primarily, this system can lead to … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Join us at the Converters Expo in Green Bay!

    David Manney
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    L&S Electric is proud to participate in the Converters Expo at historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Visit us at Booth number A218 and drop your name in our fishbowl for a chance to win a Bob Uecker Milwaukee Braves baseball … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • SME Mining Expo in Duluth … Stop to Say HI!

    David Manney
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    L&S Electric is one of over 200 vendors participating in the 88th annual SME Minnesota conference at the DECC in Duluth. Stop by Booth #75 to say hello. Learn about the latest in rotating equipment … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
 
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  • Making Engineers in India

    Dora Smith
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Last week at Hannover Messe in Germany, India unleashed its lions on the city. India was the official partner country of the fair. Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted in his speech at the inaugural session of the event how the “Make in India” lion is the symbol of a new India. It is inspiring 1.25 billion who live in India with a big focus on creating job opportunities for 800 million youth. Modi notes that “Make in India” is not a slogan or a brand but a new national movement. I was fortunate enough to visit India last month and I left inspired by what is happening in…
  • Digital Cutting Tool Catalogs: ISO 13399 and GTC

    Stephanie Aldrete
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    By Marcel Keinan M.Sc., Director of Product Management, Management Panel Operations Manufacturing Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software   The world today is becoming increasingly digital. There is an application, “APP,” for almost every human need. Yet it seems that we are quite lagging in the manufacturing cutting tool world when it comes to digitalization. Almost every cutting tool vendor has a web catalog. Some even have a Tool Advisor that helps you to select the best tool for an operation. The functionality provided in this tool is whatever the vendor decides to provide.
  • Synchronous technology – seven years on

    David Chadwick
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:42 am
    Synchronous technology was introduced by Siemens in 2008 as a new and unique approach to 3D CAD – enabling part models to be created in a way that makes the whole product design process more flexible, and especially facilitating changes to be made to the design as and when needed. In the last seven years synchronous technology has evolved rapidly to impact more areas of the product development process, for example enabling foreign CAD data to be easily modified, allowing multiple parts in an assembly to be edited in parallel, and even allowing CAD models to be prepared faster for FEA…
  • Product Manufacturing Information: A Strategic Advantage

    Amy Allen
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) streamlines the product development process, allowing engineers to focus on designs that will differentiate your products from others on the market. When implemented correctly, PMI saves time and money, and even makes your engineers happier—and thus, more productive. What is Product Manufacturing Information? Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) embeds information about how to manufacture, run analysis on, or inspect a product directly into the 3D CAD model, so design engineers can communicate this information to other departments without having to…
  • Optimize Production Lines to Reduce Lifecycle Energy Use

    Stephanie Aldrete
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to share this customer success story about how BMW Motoren GmbH reduces lifecycle energy consumption on its production lines using Tecnomatix Plant Simulation software. Overview: BMW Motoren GmbH implemented Tecnomatix Plant Simulation software to reduce lifecycle energy consumption of car engines and the results were a savings of 3 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year; identification of additional optimization potential; reduced eco-footprint by 550 tons of CO2 equivalents per year; and scaled down lifecycle energy consumption of cars and SUVs. The Problem: BMW…
 
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • The Mobile Revolution in Manufacturing

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    Mobile technologies are driving a revolution in the manufacturing industry. By designing mobility into new production strategies, processes and procedures, companies are able to bring greater accuracy and speed to their production…Read More
  • Key Quarterly Test for Every Manufacturer

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Showers and flowers mark the start of the spring season. Spring offers an opportunity to evaluate business performance, and review work processes. Manufacturers can use this season as a chance to implement some common tests, which…Read More
  • Counterfeits – How They Can Impact Your Manufacturing Process

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    Making up an estimated 5-7% of world trade in 2015, counterfeited products can have a threatening implications for both industry workers and facilities. Consider utilizing the following anti-counterfeiting practices to build your…Read More
  • Top Five Ways a CRM Solution Can Increase Sales and Improve Customer Satisfaction for Manufacturers

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    By: Angie Walters There’s been a long-standing myth that manufacturing and distribution companies don’t benefit from CRM solutions, but often that is not the case. Here are five easy that the right manufacturing and distribution CRM…Read More
  • Dispute Resolution – The Talking Cure

    12 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    In conflict resolution, there are three basic rules that can be helpful in both parties coming to an agreeable resolution: 1.      Imagine The Other Party’s Grievance- Take a moment to understand the other party’s position.…Read More
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  • New Cut-Tex PRO Cut Resistant Fabric Colours !

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    31 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
  • Cut-Tex PRO Cut Resistant Fabric Now Available In Additional Colours

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    27 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
      Cut-Tex PRO Cut Resistant Fabric Cut-Tex® PRO is a truly ultra-high performance cut and slash resistant fabric and it is now also available in five additional colours to better fulfil the needs of textile and clothing manufacturers. Cut-Tex® PRO is with immediate effect also available in the following colours: ‘optic white’ ‘olive green’ ‘navy blue’ ‘hi viz look like yellow’ ‘hi viz look like orange’ PPSS Group, the company behind Cut-Tex® PRO claims it is the world’s best cut resistant fabric, which is reinforced by passing several of…
  • Cut-Tex® PRO Is The World’s Best Slash Resistant Fabric

    cuttex
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:18 am
    Cut-Tex® PRO is an innovative combination of high performance fibres, weaved by special high-density knitting machines, resulting in a truly outstanding slash resistant fabric. PPSS Group, is a UK based company which produces some of the world’s best body armour, supplying them to homeland security agencies and other at risk clients around the world, the company behind Cut-Tex® PRO. We claim that Cut-Tex® PRO is the world’s best, which is reinforced by passing several of the most stringent European and International Standards for cut, tear and abrasion resistance. Our truly…
  • Cut-Tex® PRO Used to Create Slash Resistant Clothing to Help Protect Cab & Taxi Drivers

    cuttex
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:09 am
    PPSS Slash Resistant Turtle Neck Jacket – ideal to effectively help protect taxi and cab drivers from edged weapon injuries. Just a very few days ago a taxi driver in Scotland was left seriously injured after being attacked with a knife by a passenger who drove off in his car. A few months ago Jay Waiton, a 60 year old cab driver from Salina (Kansas, USA) was brutally attacked, leaving him with injuries on his head, neck and arms. He commented by saying:  “I woke up and thank the Lord that I was still alive… I guess maybe he thought he killed me and that’s when he stopped. I…
  • Cut-Tex® PRO Is Without Question The World’s Most Advanced Cut Resistant Fabric

    cuttex
    29 Apr 2014 | 1:35 am
    Cut Tex PRO Cut Resistant Fabric Cut-Tex® PRO is a ground-breaking combination of highly technical fibres, weaved by special high-density knitting machines, resulting in a truly outstanding cut and slash resistant fabric. PPSS Group, a UK based company which produces high performance body armour and supplies them to homeland security agencies and other at risk clients around the globe, claim Cut-Tex® PRO is the world’s best, which is reinforced by passing several of the most stringent European and International Standards for cut, tear and abrasion resistance. Cut-Tex® PRO passed all…
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    I.B.I.S., Inc. » Blog

  • Collaborating with Customers

    Dave Turbide
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    The previous blog discussed collaborating with suppliers. But every supplier has a customer at the other end of the transaction and the collaboration so it’s worthwhile to discuss collaboration from that supplier perspective; you are the supplier, after all, to your customers who may want to (or you may be able to convince them to) collaborate with you. Understanding the customer’s needs and values is the essence of sales and should be the driving force behind design, manufacturing and the supply chain. Collaboration offers an opportunity to get to know the customer better and that has to…
  • Lookups over Option Sets

    Anthony Senevey
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    I ran across a problem the other day with option sets that reminded me why I like the idea of using lookup fields instead of option sets in CRM. Most of the time these things behave nicely and you don’t have to worry about them. But if an option set needs to be changed you can run into some tricky situations. This is why I find it important to ask if the values in an option set could ever change each and every time I need to create one. The reason behind this is the number that MSCRM stores to represent the option set value gets stored with the record. So if you change the text value of an…
  • So you’re thinking about Azure…Why use I.B.I.S.?

    Jon Darling
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:10 am
    Your trusted Partner and Guide to the Future of Dynamics GP Many of our clients have been with us through several versions of GP or even the initial implementation way back in the day. These difficult but necessary transitions may cause some stress but we hope you have seen the benefit of trusting the expertise of the I.B.I.S. team through all phases of the project. You chose us because we are experts; experienced professionals who have been there, done that, and documented it. This is what we’ll bring to your DynamicsCare Managed Services in Windows Azure. You’ll be getting the expertise…
  • Collaborating with Suppliers

    Dave Turbide
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    The most common form of collaboration in the supply chain is collaboration with suppliers. Of course, it’s also collaboration with the customer when viewed from the supplier’s perspective, but we’ll discuss it from the buyer’s side in this blog and from the supplier’s side in the next. The buying organization has the power, in most cases, and can impose their desire to collaborate onto its suppliers as a condition of doing business. This is not the best way to build collaboration, but it is an element of the contractual relationship that cannot be ignored. The previous blog…
  • SQL Server Reporting Servies Data Driven Subscriptions in Dynamics GP 2013

    Andrew Collins
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) can be used in conjunction with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 (GP) to deliver relevant data and Business Intelligence (BI) Reports to employees within your company who need to see them. The following example will deliver a customized Salesperson Commission Summary SSRS Report to a shared file location. The delivery will take place automatically every Sunday evening. Requirements There are several requirements that need be taken into account when setting up a data-driven subscription to shared file locations. • The SQL Server Agent Local Service must be…
 
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    MetalMiner

  • The Chinese Are Coming! Well, At Least Their Aluminum Products Are

    Stuart Burns
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:05 am
    In a surprise move, the Chinese Ministry of Finance announced this week that, effective May 1, they are scrapping export tariffs on alloyed and unalloyed aluminum bars and rods, according to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Exponential Technologies: What Are They and Will They Kill Buyers’ Jobs?

    Raul de Frutos
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
    Exponential technologies are those that follow Moore’s Law, e.g. technologies that double in performance relative to price every year or two. Pool 4 Tool's Automotive SRM Summit The early growth of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • World Steel Association: Short-Term Outlook Grim With Chinese Consumption Falling

    Sohrab Darabshaw
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    According to the latest Short Range Outlook (SRO) report released by the World Steel Association for 2015-2016, steel demand was forecast to grow by just about 0.5% to 1.544 million metric tons in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Chinese Steel Mills Thrive Despite Low Domestic Demand

    Jeff Yoders
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:55 am
    Today's MetalCrawler brings you all the steel news fit to digitally print. How Big Chinese Mills are Making Money Plunging iron ore prices are providing a lifeline to some of China's biggest steel... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Spend Matters Network Hits the Streets with Mobile-Friendly Interface

    Taras Berezowsky
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In the “news-that-may-not-be-news-to-you” department, we wanted to keep you posted on our site’s mobile-friendly interface. This indeed may not be news to you if you’ve... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Chronicle

  • “Treading Lightly” to Protect Our Planet

    Craig Bushey
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    You’re driving your four-wheel vehicle off the beaten path, tearing through brush, kicking up broken gravel. The scenery is beautiful, your lungs are full with fresh air, and you can feel the adrenaline kicking in. What could matter more than this moment? About 20 plus years ago, a few major auto manufacturers addressed that question by introducing the following term to their marketing campaigns: “tread lightly.” Those two little words allowed the industry to deliver a basic, yet essential message to their customers: Something as simple as driving your vehicle from here…
  • What Are the Benefits of 3D Printing?

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

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

    Greg Dewicki
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    Ask several different people what they envision when thinking of oil & gas drilling, and there’s a good chance you’ll get several different images in return. Those unfamiliar with drilling will likely describe the towering drill rig, with its long arm of tons of steel, burrowing deep below the surface. Run the question by a mechanical engineer, and they’ll take it a step further by envisioning the diamond-coated drill bits on the end of that drilling arm — strong enough to power through the unforgiving rock like the slow grind of a superhero’s fist. Throw in a data…
  • Education Worth a MINT

    Sabine Guse
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    In Germany, the acronym MINT represents the four study areas that parallel STEM Education in America. Mathematics, information technology, science and technology. MINT or STEM programs aim to spark enthusiasm for the often-neglected studies they represent. MINT21-Initiative, an education push in Germany, is specifically designed to improve the quality of mathematics, technical, and scientific education in Bavarian Secondary Schools. Kennametal Ebermannstadt is a proud advocate of the MINT21-Initiative and proud partner to local school Realschule Ebermannstadt — one of 68 MINT21…
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • Could Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Gears Really Replace Metal in Cars?

    Anna Hughes
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Researchers at the Center for Advanced Die Engineering and Technology at Gifu University and Central Fine Tool Co Ltd. have co-developed a new technology that is expected to reduce vehicle weight. Their plastic gear wheel reinforced with carbon fiber fabric is so strong that it may be used in the future to replace metal parts in cars. The pressure applied to the tooth surface of a gear results in tensile stress on the bottom of the tooth. Researchers added carbon fibers to run through each tooth of a gear wheel to reduce tensile stress and strengthen the part. The gears are easier and cheaper…
  • U.S. Army: Composites are Key to Tougher, Lighter Armaments

    News Release
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapons. The key to this revolution is composite materials. Dr. Andrew Littlefield, a mechanical engineer at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, presented “Lightweighting of Large Caliber Weapons – Present and Future,” during the National Defense Industrial Association-sponsored 2015 Armament Systems Forum on April 21. Most armaments are still constructed almost entirely of…
  • This Bike Saddle Uses Carbon Fiber for Lightweight and Comfort

    Mary Beck
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Selle Anatomica is working with UC San Diego (UCSD) to develop a carbon fiber road saddle with the comfort of its leather saddles at less weight. Selle Anatomic is trying to raise $30,000 through crowd funding to get the saddle into production. The saddle would have a carbon fiber top attached to a carbon leaf spring, which in turn is attached to a titanium rail for use with standard seatposts. The design is projected to weigh less than 200 grams, which is 300 grams lighter than the company’s comparable leather saddles. UCSD’s composite engineering department is measuring the comfort…
  • Out-Of-Oven Self-Heating Carbon Nanotubes Heat Aerospace Composites with Less Energy

    Mary Beck
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Aerospace engineers at MIT have developed a carbon nanotube (CNT) film that can heat and solidify a composite without the need for massive ovens. When connected to an electrical power source, and wrapped over a multilayer polymer composite, the heated film stimulates the polymer to solidify. The group tested the film on a common carbon fiber material used in aircraft components, and found that the film created a composite as strong as that manufactured in conventional ovens — while using only 1 percent of the energy. Composite materials used in aircraft wings and fuselages are typically…
  • These Spiders Could Build Carbon Fiber Parts in Space

    Mary Beck
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Tethers Unlimited’s “SpiderFab” could address one of the most difficult parts about constructing satellites, space stations or other orbiting objects: getting the materials into space. Most existing space structures have to be built on Earth. But SpiderFab could construct parts of structures similarly to how spiders build their webs. The multi-limbed robot could be deployed in space and would be able to lay out and fuse together carbon fiber rods from a spinneret, crawling along its web of trusses until it creates the final object. Instead of sending complete structures into space,…
 
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    Pelonis Technologies Blog

  • Pelonis' New Immersion Heaters Reinvent Modern Heating

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

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

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

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Industrial heating has advanced to meet the increasing demands of modern applications. As the technology continues to progress, several factors must be considered to ensure ideal results. Heating systems rely on different interconnected components. A single faulty component can jeopardize the entire system, leading to reduced productivity or equipment failure. Forced downtime is harmful to business and you could lose many valued customers. To prevent these issues from affecting your application, engineers must employ proper design methodologies. At Pelonis Technologies, our team is…
  • Heating and Cooling Trends to Look for in the New Year

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Now that 2015 is here, it’s an ideal time to consider the regulatory changes and technological advances in the heating and cooling industry. Several factors are driving fundamental changes in the industry; innovation is the name of the game, propelled by the ever present need for efficiency and sustainability. Whether it’s the smallest circuit board or the biggest HVAC system, the battle of the BTU is being fought on many fronts.  Energy Conservation According the Department of Energy (DOE), almost 50 percent of the energy consumption in U.S. homes can be attributed to heating and…
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    PennCoat Inc. Blog

  • PennCoat, Inc. – 5 Common Painting Problems

    PennCoat, Inc.
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:27 am
    Five Common Paint Problems Today’s super-convenient paints are so versatile and easy to use that some folks don’t realize how to apply them properly. This can result in a number of unpleasant surprises. Let’s take a short survey of five common paint problems and how to avoid them. Picture Framing The Problem: Also known as hatbanding, picture framing is an uneven appearance arising from two or more application techniques on the same wall. Typically, the problem appears as a dark border surrounding a lighter field. Usually, this shows up when you cut-in the edges with a brush…
  • Commercial Paints – Epoxies and Urethane Paints

    PennCoat, Inc.
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    Epoxy and Urethane Coatings In a previous blog, we contrasted the advantages and disadvantages of epoxy and urethane coatings. We’ll now delve deeper into some of the varieties of coatings within these two categories and touch upon the pros and cons of each. Amine Epoxies Commercial Painting These produce a very hard film with tenacious adhesion. They stand up well to chemicals, acid, moisture and corrosion, and are often reserved for the most challenging projects, such as offshore steel structures. The material has a strong, irritating odor, a short pot life and may discolor or chalk.
  • Industrial Painting Companies In Pennsylvania

    PennCoat, Inc.
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Preventing elemental damages to your industrial business should always be a high concern for all owners. The appearance of your business is often the first thing customers see, keeping a professional look that represents your brand is important. So where do you turn when your industrial business needs help? If you’re looking for the most experienced industrial painting companies in Pennsylvania, PennCoat Inc. is a leading choice. PennCoat Inc. has been providing industrial painting services in Pennsylvania for nearly 30 years. PennCoat currently provides industrial painting services in…
  • 4 Proven Concrete Prep Methods for Installed Epoxy

    PennCoat, Inc.
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    Concrete Preparation Methods for Installing Epoxy Coatings Concrete, by its very nature, is a hard substance and hard to work with, unless you have the proper tools and knowledge. We at PennCoat frequently deal with new and existing concrete surfaces, and sometimes preparing the surface can be laborious. However, surface preparation is essential for a proper finished look and for putting down coatings, stains or overlays. Here are four methods commonly employed to prepare or resurface concrete. Diamond Grinding A grinding machine can be equipped with a diamond-impregnated disc to smooth a…
  • PennCoat Projects – Epoxy Flooring Installation

    PennCoat, Inc.
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    In fall of 2014, PennCoat, Inc was contacted by an engineering firm in eastern Pennsylvania to install a 6000 square foot, 100% solid epoxy floor.  The engineering firm was expanding their production area, and wanted to utilize an open floor.  It was their desire to coat and protect the concrete with an epoxy coating from the manufacturing machinery and heavy traffic the area could expect.    We did some measuring, made some estimates, and offered some viable options for their floor.  Ultimately, they selected a 16mil epoxy floor coating. The first step was to prepare the floor.  Using…
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    Export Abroad Blog

  • Colombia’s Investment in Tech and International Trade

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

    Madyson Kendall
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    Since the events of the Arab Spring in 2011, Egypt has faced difficulties in its economic stability. This instability has been the culmination of political unrest, frequent protests, belief in an absence of security, and overall doubt in the economic permanency of investment in Egypt’s markets. However, the situation is beginning to look up for Egyptian economic promise not only in the Middle East, but on the global market as a whole. The Egyptian stock exchange is looking significantly stronger in 2015 than it was at the same time last year. It has outcompeted every other index in the…
  • Turkish Growth: Who’s Investing and Who’s Pulling Back

    Madyson Kendall
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:04 pm
    With Turkey’s ascension into the European Union being a hot topic for debate amongst current EU members, the economic impact of Turkey’s initiation remains one of the most prominent topics for discussion. Tensions have arisen over both the lower levels of industrialization and economic development in Turkey as well as the record low level of the Turkish lira within the international exchange market (2.62 for every dollar). The growth rate in Turkey has remained sluggish with a rate of 1.7% in the last quarter of 2014, the lowest level seen since 2012. The strength of the U.S. dollar…
  • Why Investing in the Balkans is Important for the EU and US

    Madyson Kendall
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    Despite the collapse of communism in East-Central Europe during the end of the 1980s and early 1990s, the region has continually lagged behind its Western capitalist counterparts. The initial belief that the former Soviet satellites would be free of socialist economics that would lead to wealth and prosperity has been a mixed bag. Infrastructure developments have led to rapid decreases in inequality in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia in an effort to not only bring the populace out of poverty, but also to decrease the amount of corruption in government that has created…
  • Why are the United States and Japan holding up the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

    Madyson Kendall
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    This is the second post in our look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If you missed the first article and would like to read it, please click here.   One of the major holdups to the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) exists between the United States and Japan over an undisclosed disagreement. With negotiations attempting to be wrapped up and finalized in May of this year, it remains curious that the seemingly to leaders of the TPP cannot reach some sort of compromise in the agreement. Japan’s leadership in the TPP remains unsurprising as it attempts to create economic…
 
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  • Lubrication

    Phil Pasma
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    In any bearing the purpose of lubrication is to prevent contact between the rolling elements and the races or between the shaft and a plain bearing. The lubricant is necessary, being composed of the proper additives and of the proper viscosity. The correct lubricant to be used is determined by the speed and load carried by the bearings. Other than special cases, grease and oil are the most common lubricants. Your SKF bearings dealer can provide you with the data needed to determine the proper lubricant for your application. For oils, viscosity is the prime determination in the selection of a…
  • 5 Manufacturing & Maintenance Blogs You Should be Reading

    Phil Pasma
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    There will never be a shortage of information on the internet, but sometimes what it does lack is quality content. These manufacturing and maintenance websites/blogs do it right. Take a look at 5 of our favourites. 1. MRO Machinery and Equipment Maintenance, Repair and Operations    The MRO website and blog is the handy work of Bill Roebuck, who started the magazine back in 1985. As a company that has been working with the maintenance industry for over 30 years, this website is a must read. It covers topics ranging from proper bearing installation to Canada’s manufacturing…
  • Leaking Profits: Five Ways MRO Plants Lose Money

    Phil Pasma
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    It’s typically the top priority for maintenance engineers: boost plant reliability and efficiency. One way to achieve this is to prevent equipment failure before it can happen. Of course it isn’t always possible, but there are areas where failure is more likely to happen.Scheduled maintenance activities based on these predictions can reduce production costs by as much as 8-12 percent.  Here are five of the most common equipment and facility failures, and how they can be managed.  1. Vibrational Loosening Threadlocking or machinery adhesives are the most reliable and inexpensive way to…
  • Selecting the Right Drive System – Cost and Performance

    Phil Pasma
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    When making a drive conversion or designing a new power transmission system, plant maintenance and design engineers have basically three broad options: Roller chain drives V-belt drives Synchronous belt drives Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, along with cost considerations that may not be immediately apparent. Roller Chain Drives The popularity of chain drives stem from the ability of these drives to transmit high torque levels in a small package, at relatively low cost, while utilizing readily available stock components. While initial costs of standard roller chain drives might…
  • Proper alignment can increase belt drive performance

    Phil Pasma
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    Introduction Misalignment is one of the most common causes of premature belt failure. Depending on its severity, misalignment can gradually reduce belt performance by increasing wear and fatigue. Or, it can destroy a belt in a matter of hours or days. While the forms of misalignment may be fairly well understood, accurate measurements and acceptable limits must be determined if maintenance personnel are to take corrective action. Types of alignment Basically, any degree of misalignment, angular or parallel, will decrease the normal service life of a belt drive. Angular misalignment results in…
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    Synchrono » Blog

  • Life Hack 101: Doing Implementation Documentation Right

    Pam Bednar
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
                    The Who, When, What and Where for a Solid Project Doc Strategy Imagine if your most important photos—your child’s first birthday party, the day you brought home your new dog, that awesome vacation in Europe—were all lost forever. Your computer fell into the bathtub or the hard drive was wiped by an electrical storm, and you didn’t back up your drive. Don’t let this happen to your project documentation. Keep it accessible and functional for the life of your project as well as secure for future use, whether it’s for new end…
  • When Manufacturing Improvements Have Too High a Price

    Pam Bednar
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
                        Engineering design fiascos – spending thousands to save pennies This is a true story. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. It’s meant to illustrate how using constraints-based thinking can uncover the hidden price of cost-cutting projects. Several years ago, a friend of mine was working in the quality group at a large automotive company.  We will call my friend Harry for the story.  Harry’s position was to use statistical analysis to determine design flaws from a large data warehouse containing…
  • Fast Results Using TOC for Demand-Driven Manufacturing – Part Two

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

    Pam Bednar
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am
    How a manufacturing theory helps Jeff Bezos—and you—focus on what really matters The Week recently ran a story about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos making all of his senior managers read, The Goal, by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox. So why would Jeff Bezos – widely considered one of the most visionary CEOs today —want his team to buy into a business book’s philosophy that’s mostly concerned with manufacturing effectiveness? Bezos is one of the most influential marketing minds in the country. When thinking about your marketing strategy, what should you know that he knows…
  • How TOC Can Move Your World – and World View

    Pam Bednar
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Archimedes once said, “Give me a lever long enough,a fulcrum, and a place to stand, and I shall move the world.” Learn how production professionals use Constraints Management to meet negativity head – on to manage meaningful change Here’s the last part of our three-part series about the Theory of Constraints (TOC). In the next couple of postings I’m going to dig right in to looking at what actually happens when I’ve used TOC at client companies. But there’s more gold to be mined from this topic—and I wanted to make sure I included in this series some common “fulcrums”…
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  • Can Taiwan win industrial robotics manufacturing automation race?

    Mark Zetter
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    Production-related activities in smart factories will need to be linked closer with administrative information systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution. Additionally, a broader range of sub-systems from various providers will need to be integrated into smart … Read more »
  • Asian industrial electronic ODMs poised to capture IoT computing market

    Mark Zetter
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    There are a wide range of end market sub-segments and uses in the industrial electronics PC marketplace with no distinguishable single use dominating according to a report by investment bank UBS. In the report, the bank believes the largest sub-segments … Read more »
  • Industrial electronics Internet of Things (IoT) opportunity

    Mark Zetter
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    The IoT segment may not be capital or labor-intensive but this segment will require hiring significant numbers of R&D engineers because each product requires a high degree of customization due to the high-mix / low-volume nature of the business. Read more »
  • Smartphone, mobile telecom hardware trends and EMS opportunity

    Mark Zetter
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    One trends EMS/ODM companies must embrace include higher megapixel camera technology. Read article for further details/graph. Read more »
  • Electronics ODM forecast gain in cloud server, storage market

    Mark Zetter
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:24 pm
    According to research firm IDC, original design manufacturers (ODM) have grown their share in servers and will see continued growth in the storage segment as cloud service provider continue to disrupt the market with private cloud services poised to disrupt … Read more »
 
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    LED Lighting Magazine: LED Lighting News, LED Bulbs, LED Lamps

  • 5 INNOVATIVE LED INTERIOR LIGHTING FOR YOUR HOME

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

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

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

    Alex Micky
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Advantages of LED Bulbs over CFL Bulbs  Increasing electricity bills are one of the major problems that every individual, living in different metros faces in his life. For the purpose of reducing the electricity bills in the most efficient manner, LED lights are the sustainable, smart and functional choice. Since their inception, the LED lights has gained popularity as a source of commercial, household and industrial lighting systems. The LED lights are highly demanded in the market due to their rich features such as resistance against shock and slow failure. In addition to this, the…
  • LED Bulbs and Efficient Lighting Ideas Are a Key to Energy Efficiency

    Alex Micky
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    These days you will find that Utility Warehouse complaints, and complaints to other energy utility companies, have become common especially from people who do not take any energy consumption control measures into their own hands.A clear example is the use of inefficient bulbs for lighting one’s home. For example, if you use a 60 watt incandescent bulb versus a 15 watt incandescent bulb, you are already saving at least 3 times the energy consumed and therefore save on your energy bill as well.If you multiply this cost to the total number of bulbs that you could replace in your home, and the…
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  • FDA Removes Three Import Alerts from its Database

    David Lennarz
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed three Import Alerts (60-03, 66-27 and 66-34) from its database last week. There were four companies (two from France, one from Spain, and one from Italy) on Import Alert 60-03, titled “Bulk Fenfluramine And Bulk Dexfenfluramine Not Consigned To An Approved NDA Holder Or IND Holder”.  All shipments of bulk fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine not consigned to the manufacturers or applicants of the approved products or not consigned to the sponsor of an investigational new drug (IND) from these four companies were subject to detention…
  • FDA Considering Changes to Homeopathic Drug Regulation

    David Lennarz
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is hosting a two-day public hearing to discuss whether its current regulations for homeopathic drugs are adequate or need to be changed.  The first half of the hearing took place yesterday, April 20, 2014, and the second half will take place today. FDA does not currently review drugs labeled as homeopathic for safety and efficacy.  In CPG 400.400, “Conditions Under Which Homeopathic Drugs May be Marketed”, it states that drugs “labeled and offered for sale as a homeopathic drug… shall be subject to the provisions of the…
  • FDA Warns KIND LLC for Nutrient Claims

    David Lennarz
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    On March 17, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to KIND, LLC regarding the labeling of four of its products: KIND Fruit & Nut Almond & Apricot, KIND Fruit & Nut Almond & Coconut, KIND Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein, and KIND Plus Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew + Antioxidants.  According to the warning letter, KIND claimed that these products were “Healthy and tasty, convenient and wholesome”, but none of the referenced products meet FDA’s criteria for labeling a product as “healthy”. In order to use the…
  • SmartCandy Label May Violate FDA Fortification Policy

    David Lennarz
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    On April 10, 2015, the State of New York Office of the Attorney General issued a warning letter to Snap Infusion LLC regarding their product “SmartCandy.”  The letter expressed concern that SmartCandy may violate the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fortification policy.  The FDA fortification policy states that FDA does not consider it appropriate to fortify sugars or snack foods such as candies because random fortification of foods could “result in over- or underfortification in consumer diets” and “result in deceptive or misleading claims for certain…
  • Q&A: FDA Standard of Identity for Ice Cream

    David Lennarz
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Registrar Corp often receives questions regarding U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.  This week, we’re answering a question about FDA requirements for calling a product “ice cream.” Question: Why does the FDA allow Ice Cream that has no cream in it, contains thickeners, emulsifiers and artificial processed ingredients to be called “Ice Cream”?  Margarine cannot be called butter, so how does fake ice cream get to be called “Ice Cream”? Answer: FDA has “standards of identity” for certain food products.   Standards of…
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