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  • 3D Printing and the Future of Manufacturing All
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    3D printing is transforming the manufacturing industry in big ways. From realized design freedom to supply chain efficiencies, 3D printing is contributing largely to the recent upswing in reshoring manufacturing in North America. Read the latest white paper from Stratasys Service Bureaus to learn how 3D printing will continue to transform the industry in the coming years.
  • A Historical Lesson for Supply Firms

    strategy+business: OPERATIONS & MANUFACTURING
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    To keep growing amid volatility, companies should remain adaptable in their approach to supply chain management.
  • The Factory of Things: How Manufacturers Can Harness Mobile Technology

    Manufacturing Transformation Blog
    Kevin Flanagan
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Companies around the world are increasingly applying mobile technology to achieve unique ends. Manufacturing companies, for instance, are leading the way in utilizing mobile technology to improve safety and efficiency. Wireless technology connections in worldwide factories are estimated to increase from 2.1 million connections to 3.4 million connections by 2017, according to a report from IHS Technology. Here are just some of the many ways that mobile technology can impact manufacturing processes, improve safety and promote efficiency. On the Floor Floor managers and employees in factory…
  • Paid Internships: A Bridge for the Gap In Manufacturing?

    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Often, young people don’t consider a career in manufacturing because the idea of working at a big industrial plant can be intimidating.  The reality of not having enough qualified talent in manufacturing is especially concerning,…Read More
  • Lubricating Ball Bearings: don't get carried away

    L&S Electric
    David Manney
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    As strong as ball bearings are made, there are many things that influence their effect on rotating machinery. Poor alignment, rapidly aging bases, shaft voltage, and improper lubrication are the more common reason for … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
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  • Lenovo Wraps Up Deal to Buy Motorola From Google

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Lenovo completes its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, bolstering the Chinese giant's position in the smartphone market. read more
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Says He's 'Proud to Be Gay'

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    The head of the tech giant says his sexuality has never been a secret at Apple, but acknowledging his homosexuality as a public statement about equality is more important than his privacy. read more
  • Shell Posts Mixed Third-Quarter Earnings

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    "We think Shell's restructuring is a multi-year process, and this quarter adds to our confidence that management can deliver on its objectives," said RBC Capital Markets analyst Biraj Borkhataria. read more
  • Federal Reserve Waves Goodbye to QE Stimulus Program

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    Revealing increasing confidence in a modestly expanding economy despite slower growth elsewhere, the Fed also trimmed its earlier doubts about the strength of the labor market. read more
  • French Car Giant Renault Drives Up Third-Quarter Turnover

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Renault reports that its turnover accelerated by nearly 7% in the third quarter, as European sales outweigh a disappointing performance in key emerging markets. read more
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  • Lenovo Wraps Up Deal to Buy Motorola From Google

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Lenovo completes its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, bolstering the Chinese giant's position in the smartphone market. read more
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Says He's 'Proud to Be Gay'

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    The head of the tech giant says his sexuality has never been a secret at Apple, but acknowledging his homosexuality as a public statement about equality is more important than his privacy. read more
  • Shell Posts Mixed Third-Quarter Earnings

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    "We think Shell's restructuring is a multi-year process, and this quarter adds to our confidence that management can deliver on its objectives," said RBC Capital Markets analyst Biraj Borkhataria. read more
  • Federal Reserve Waves Goodbye to QE Stimulus Program

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    Revealing increasing confidence in a modestly expanding economy despite slower growth elsewhere, the Fed also trimmed its earlier doubts about the strength of the labor market. read more
  • French Car Giant Renault Drives Up Third-Quarter Turnover

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Renault reports that its turnover accelerated by nearly 7% in the third quarter, as European sales outweigh a disappointing performance in key emerging markets. read more
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    IndustrialPR - Manufacturing & Engineering News

  • Ampac Introduces Flexi FoilFree HB Ultra High Barrier Film

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

    Editorial Team
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Company: E+E Elektronik News Location: Engerwitzdorf, Austria Published On: October 22, 2014 Social Media Pitch: The new hand-held meter OILPORT 30 from E+E Elektronik accurately measures the water activity (aw) and temperature (T), and calculates the absolute water content x (ppm) of industrial oils. The user can store up to ten sets of oil specific [...]
  • Alpine Armoring Achieves ARM 9009:2013 Quality Certification

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

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

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

  • The Digital Revolution

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

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

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

    27 Jun 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Or … what would my refrigerator tell me if it could talk?Recently I was at a conference on manufacturing where I was caught in in an avalanche of buzzwords … cloud, big data, internet of things, industrial internet, connectivity, connected revolution and so on. This feeding frenzy of connectivity and data is driven by a number of things, real and imagined. Businesses see opportunity for enhanced productivity and reduced time from design to production. Other businesses see opportunities for providing services and products to an informed customer - all at much greater speed. Others still…
  • 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…
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  • The U.S. Economy Grew 3.5 Percent in the Third Quarter

    Chad Moutray
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis said that real GDP grew an annualized 3.5 percent in the third quarter, slightly higher than my forecast of 3.25 percent. This followed a decline of 2.1 percent in real GDP in the first quarter and a gain of 4.6 percent in the second quarter. As such, the U.S. economy grew a frustratingly slow 1.2 percent at the annual rate in the first half of 2014, which was a major disappointment. Still, consumer and business spending strengthened in the second quarter, and we continued to see gains in these areas in the third quarter, albeit with some easing in the pace of…
  • The Federal Reserve Ends Its Latest Quantitative Easing Program

    Chad Moutray
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has decided to end its quantitative easing (QE) program, which means that it will cease its purchases of long-term and mortgage backed securities. This move was expected, as it was largely telegraphed over the summer, and the Fed has continued slowing its purchases since tapering began in December 2013. It also noted its intentions to end QE when outlining its framework towards normalizing monetary policies last month. The purchasing of long-term and mortgage-backed securities over the course of the past two years has been controversial in some…
  • Congress Needs to Reinstate the R&D Tax Credit: Manufacturers Depend on It

    Christina Crooks
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    The research and experimentation tax credit — aka the R&D tax credit — is intended to be an incentive for companies to invest in critical domestic R&D, which creates high-wage jobs here in the U.S. and leads to the innovative products and new technologies that are so important to our economy. Unfortunately, it’s been almost a year since the R&D credit expired, increasing costs and creating uncertainty for thousands of manufacturers conducting R&D. Take Cummins Allison Corporation for example, which is the only American-owned manufacturer of commercial currency…
  • Breaking Down Barriers is Key to Building Up India’s ICT Industry

    Christopher Moore
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Since Indian Prime Minister Modi took office in May, he has encouraged investor optimism at home and abroad by vowing to open greater opportunities to trade with and manufacture in India. The Prime Minister has outlined several bold pro-growth economic reforms, including a promising “Digital India” initiative, and recently met with President Obama on enhancing trade and investment ties. Unfortunately, Modi’s pro-growth messages have yet to be translated into concrete actions in the telecommunications sector. In fact, we’ve seen quite the opposite from his government. India’s new…
  • Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Activity Continued to Expand at Fastest Pace in Nearly 4 Years

    Chad Moutray
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    The Richmond Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity continued to expand at its fastest pace since December 2010. The composite index of general business conditions rose from 14 in September to 20 in October. It was the seventh consecutive monthly expansion since the winter-related contractions in both February and March. Indeed, much like other regional surveys, these data show an uptick in demand and production for manufacturers recently, with a mostly upbeat assessment for the coming months. Looking specifically at current activity, manufacturing leaders in the Richmond Fed…
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    Lean Blog

  • Questions That Aren’t Really Questions

    Mark Graban
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    My Lean mentors often talk about “leading with questions.” Kim Barnas and ThedaCare use this approach in different ways, including “stat sheets,” which are basically checklists (or standardized work) full of questions for leaders to use in the workplace. See her outstanding book Beyond Heroes: A Lean Management System for Healthcare. What kinds of questions should we ask? The best questions are open ended. They can’t be answered with a simple yes or no answer. Questions should prompt thinking and it’s a skill to be developed through practice. “What is…
  • 60 Minutes Piece Shows the Bravery and Compassion of Nurses in Treating Ebola

    Mark Graban
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes included an interview with nurses who directly cared for the first U.S. Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, in the emergency department or ICU at Texas Health Resources Presbyterian Hospital. Say what you will about the insufficient standards originally laid out by the CDC or criticize hospital leaders for not following up on the concerns of nurses… it’s easy to see that the problem is NOT the nurses (I never thought it was). Nurses are wonderfully caring and compassionate. They occasionally find themselves in the situation to be very brave. So…
  • The New York Jets Illustrate What Happens When an Losing Organization Tries to Copy a Winner

    Mark Graban
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Organizations try to copy each other all the time. It doesn’t always work. Manufacturing: A plant manager visits another factory and sees neatly organized tools and then comes home and tells everybody “to do 5S.” They’ve thoroughly missed the fact that the good factory engaged everybody in the 5S process and was using the methodology to solve problems that mattered. as part of a broader Lean management system. The top-down mandate isn’t embraced and then the copying plant manager decides “Lean didn’t work here.” Healthcare: A hospital CEO (or…
  • Free Webinar Tomorrow – #Lean & Daily Management by @KaiNexus

    Mark Graban
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Tomorrow, at 1 pm Eastern, Dr. Greg Jacobson and I are giving a KaiNexus-sponsored webinar: Daily Management with KaiNexus: From Huddle Boards to Web-Based Technology I’ll be talking about daily Lean management practices, such as: Strategy deployment Process audits / rounding Performance measures Kaizen & staff ideas Daily standup meetings (“huddles”) I’ll explain the practice and give some examples, including some of the traditional methods used, like physical huddle boards. Greg will be talking about how KaiNexus supports these practices – in place of, or…
  • How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?

    Marshall Allen, ProPublica
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Note: This is being republished, with permission, under a Creative Commons license. See the original ProPublica page and comments. by Marshall Allen ProPublica, Sep. 19, 2013, 10:03 Charles Ornstein and Lena Groeger, ProPublicaby Dan Nguyen, Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, ProPublica by Robin Fields, Al Shaw and Jennifer LaFleur, ProPublica It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient’s death, the numbers come out worse. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous “To Err Is Human” report,…
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • The Factory of Things: How Manufacturers Can Harness Mobile Technology

    Kevin Flanagan
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Companies around the world are increasingly applying mobile technology to achieve unique ends. Manufacturing companies, for instance, are leading the way in utilizing mobile technology to improve safety and efficiency. Wireless technology connections in worldwide factories are estimated to increase from 2.1 million connections to 3.4 million connections by 2017, according to a report from IHS Technology. Here are just some of the many ways that mobile technology can impact manufacturing processes, improve safety and promote efficiency. On the Floor Floor managers and employees in factory…
  • 3 Technologies Transforming the Manufacturing Industry

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

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

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

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

  • Lifetime Value: The Most Overlooked Metric in Customer Service?

    Shep Hyken
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Four in ten senior executives in larger companies don’t know the lifetime value of their customers. That’s according to MarketingCharts, which quoted a Forbes and Sitecore study that surveyed 312 senior executives in North American companies. Not only did 40 percent of the leadership surveyed not know the financial value of their customers, more than half of them don’t plan to. In other words, they don’t care or see the merit in this important number. This absolutely surprises me. If the leaders of these organizations don’t know, then you can expect that the employees don’t…
  • Charm Customers By Providing The Perfect Mix of Service and Support

    Bill Pollock
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    What customers tell you they want isn’t always what they actually need. That’s just the nature of the business — especially in the highly demanding services sector. But there’s one thing that both parties agree upon: Customers want their primary vendor to provide them with “total” service and support, and vendors want to do just that (especially if they can make it happen on a long-term, contracted basis). These five guidelines will help service leaders ensure that their organization is as successful as it can be when promoting, selling and delivering “total” service and…
  • When Just Showing Up Doesn’t Cut It, Field Service Pros Must Redefine Service

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

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

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

    Jim Cadena
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    At Lennox Industries Inc., we pride ourselves on the quality, functionality, and craftsmanship of the family of HVAC products we offer. That’s why Lennox is the only organization in the industry to allow published reviews of the products we sell. The Lennox philosophy  It’s our experience that the modern consumer trusts the reviews of other homeowners more than the message of a business. Because of that philosophy, we built a platform on to allow consumers to share the more than 12,000 reviews they’ve provided in the last 12 months voicing their opinions and experiences on…
  • Why consumer financing is important

    Mike Moore
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The two questions I get asked most often from dealers are, “how can I distinguish myself from the local competition?” and “how can I better my sales?” The answer to these two questions is simple — consumer financing. I sat down with Lennox Industries Senior Merchandising Manager, Jim Cadena, to talk about the importance of offering consumer financing. M: Jim, when a Comfort Advisor offers financing, how often would you say he or she is able to close the sale? J: When financing is secured for a consumer by a Comfort Advisor, whether it is the first or fifth proposal the consumer has…
  • Is it the AC or is it the house?

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

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

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

    Bob Warfield
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    (With appologies for borrowing and paraphrasing the old phrase “Physician heal thyself.”) I met my first machinist when I was 9 years old in the Third Grade.  I was interested in Astronomy and my Dad and I were trying to build an improved equatorial (meaning it would follow the stars in their paths) mounting for a telescope I had.  We were making the mount out of plumbing fittings and pillow block bearings, a practice that is still in vogue today (see diagram to the right).  But, we needed the shafts cut to fit the pillow blocks.  At that age, I had no idea how that could be…
  • Intro Feeds and Speeds for Mills and CNC Routers: More G-Wizard University Videos

    Bob Warfield
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    I just uploaded two new G-Wizard University Videos.  G-Wizard University is a series of short 10-15 minute training videos that specialize in different aspects of using the G-Wizard Calculator and Editor software.  Videos are a fast way to learn for most people and these bit-sized videos make it easier to find one specific to what you need and go through it quickly. The two new videos are part of the Feeds and Speeds section and are: – Feeds and Speeds for Milling Machines:  Covers all the basics of how to use G-Wizard Calculator’s Feeds and Speeds app for Milling Machines.
  • Who Else Wants to Be a Superhero?

    Bob Warfield
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    It’s Halloween this week, so what better time to write about this crazy hobby known as “Cosplay?” Wikipedia says, “Cosplay is short for costume play, and is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name.”  Pick your favorite movie superhero and someone somewhere in the wacky world of Cosplay is doing an amazing job recreating the movie props they need to look just like that character. In this article we’ll survey some…
  • 10 Most Popular CNCCookbook Posts for the Past 12 Months

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

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

  • Lubricating Ball Bearings: don't get carried away

    David Manney
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    As strong as ball bearings are made, there are many things that influence their effect on rotating machinery. Poor alignment, rapidly aging bases, shaft voltage, and improper lubrication are the more common reason for … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • When should you use a VFD as a soft starter?

    David Manney
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    VFD or soft starter? Each component has its strength and proper application and before purchasing either, visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • 10 Benefits of AC Drives

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

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

    David Manney
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Join L&S Electric in Booth 103 for the 2014 Wisconsin Manufacturing First Expo & … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • NX CAD and CAE Community Wrap Up

    Amy Allen
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    A lot has been happening in the NX CAD and NX CAE communities in the past few weeks, and if you’ve missed it, now’s your chance to catch up on all the latest design and simulation news. The  NX Design and Simulation forums offers resources, news, tips and how-to’s from NX users just like you. It doesn’t cost anything to join, and you can get new posts directly to your inbox when you subscribe. This week’s wrap up from Siemens PLM Software contains a big announcement about the latest release of NX software—NX 10—a mission to Mars that started with NX CAD, and a guest…
  • Advanced robotics requires advanced programming

    Aaron Frankel
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Tecnomatix 12 is coming soon and it will offer new functionality for programming the latest advanced robotics. Even if you don’t closely follow the world of advanced robotics, you’re probably aware of the debate about what the growing use of robots means for humans and human jobs. While there are those who predict that eventually, the majority of us will be replaced by robots as they take on all kinds of white collar tasks, we at Siemens side with those who believe that advanced robotics creates jobs. The NY Times article, “Robot Makers Spread Global Gospel of Automation,” summarizes…
  • Apple, U2 and the Edge

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

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

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

  • Understanding Interest Rate Swaps for Beginners

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

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Often, young people don’t consider a career in manufacturing because the idea of working at a big industrial plant can be intimidating.  The reality of not having enough qualified talent in manufacturing is especially concerning,…Read More
  • These 4 Technologies Have Changed Manufacturing Forever

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

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

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Industrial product manufacturers face increased demands for lower costs and are being called upon to develop and utilize more innovative and complex products.   To achieve both objectives, where should organizations look to cut…Read More
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  • Why Your Organization Should Underpin CAPA with Risk Assessment

    Rob Harrison
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Managing risk in a quality management system (QMS) is considered a clear maturity indicator and a way to determine that an organization is evolving or has evolved from a reactive and less controlled state towards an agile, market-leading proactive and anticipatory approach to quality management. Follow @RobH_LNS In this post we are going to discuss how an organization should underpin its CAPA process and what is on the risk horizon for mainstream quality management. Risk Management Is of Strategic Importance For life sciences companies, medical device manufacturers and those in aerospace or…
  • Key Takeaways from Schneider Electric’s ‘Game Changer’ Software Conference

    Mark Davidson
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    LNS Research had the pleasure of attending the Schneider Electric Software Global Customer Conference in Orlando, FL, earlier this month—where the theme was all about how the game is changing in businesses today and how the company is rising to the new challenges with game-changing solutions. Follow @markymarketing This was very much a ‘coming out’ party for the merged industrial software capabilities that were already a part of Schneider Electric, along with the prominent brands coming from the 2014 acquisition of Invensys. The software brands now part of a newly-formed Global…
  • The Role Leadership Plays in Capability/Organizational Maturity

    Dan Miklovic
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    We have frequently posted on why executive support is important in implementing any significant process improvement (BPI) initiative such as asset performance management, sustainability, or quality. This raises the question about how leaders can actually effect change in their organizations when pursuing BPI projects. One of the best ways to look at when and how leaders can exert their influence is in the context of a capability maturity model (CMM). Follow @Dan_LNSResearch Regardless of whether you look at maturity in the context of the Carnegie Mellon 5-level CMM, the similar LNS…
  • The Right Ingredients for Manufacturing and IT Success [ROUNDUP]

    Natalie Tarutis
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    It's hard to believe, but 2015 is little over two months away, which means it's time for the tech and research communities to dust off their crystal balls. Along with our summary of noteworthy occurrences in the world of manufacturing, in this week's roundup we take a peek at what some of the strategic trends likely to dominate conversation will be going into next year... A Recipe for a Winning Process Manufacturing ERP This report published by Mint Jutras stems from a 2014 ERP Solution Study that evaluated nearly 300 manufacturers’ ERP status, challenges, targets, and benchmark…
  • Data: 43% of Manufacturing Professionals “Don’t Understand” the IoT

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

  • “Other” Supply Chain Risks

    Dave Turbide
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Physical risks of supply chain disruption – earthquake, storm, flood, fire, transportation failure, theft – are relatively easy to identify in order to develop avoidance and mitigation plans. There are other risks, however, that might not be so obvious but could be just as dangerous to the health of your supply chain. The suppliers themselves, and transportation and service providers, can interrupt the flow of goods into your plant and out to your customers. They may be impacted by physical perils but they may also be subject to difficulties. Company management might fail to properly…
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  • Rusal Sees Flat Aluminum Market For the Next 3 Years

    Stuart Burns
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    A recent report by Reuters quoted comments from UC Rusal Deputy Chief Executive Oleg Mukhamedshin at London Metal Exchange Week saying the world’s largest producer did not intend to bring any idled... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lead and How to Swing to a Profit

    Raul de Frutos
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Most analysts agree that lead's fundamentals are bullish as the market is expected to move further into deficit. However, our view differs from them. Although it might be true that the fundamentals... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Alcoa, North Carolina Meet in Court to Decide Who Owns a Riverbed

    Jeff Yoders
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    According to a Charlotte Observer report, US District Judge Terrance Boyle must soon decide whether to rule in a lawsuit pitting the state of North Carolina - its governor, attorney general and other... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Goldman-Sachs: Drop in Nickel Pig-Iron Will Bring Prices Up

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Nickel prices on the London Metal Exchange may advance on slower stockpile building as output of a lower-grade alternative drops in the coming months, according to Goldman Sachs Group. FREE... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Chinese Exports Are Harming India’s Steel Industry, Too

    Sohrab Darabshaw
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    Naturally, when market demand domestically has slowed down to an unprecedented level, China has resorted to what any country does under similar circumstances – it has started exporting its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Berkeley Sourcing Group » Blog

  • A Wearable Future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lorrie Paul Crum
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    When I made the decision to join Kennametal, I did it, in part, because I wanted to work for a CEO who is one of the most ardent advocates in our industry. Kennametal chairman, president, and CEO Carlos Cardoso tells a compelling story about how a career in manufacturing paved the way for him to live the American Dream. His passion for manufacturing resonates personally with me, and makes me equally passionate about revitalizing manufacturing. My father and grandfathers spent their working lives at a steel mill in Weirton, West Virginia that was the epitome of the manufacturing “4Ds” in…
  • Customer Service Week ’14 — “Saying YES to Excellence” for Loran is…

    Loran Sekely
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    a creed I live by in both my professional and personal life. Hi everyone! When the opportunity to write a blog post was offered to me I jumped at it due to the subject matter.  Saying “yes” to excellence is about being the best I can possibly be in every aspect of my life. I am self-motivated to be the best at whatever I do.  Excellence means more than simply doing something; it means doing whatever I choose to do to the best of my ability. It’s something that has been instilled in me from a very young age in a healthy manner. I push myself to become better by preparation,…
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • Aerospace Meets Marine for the Airbus and Oracle Team USA Partnership

    Mary Beck
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Airbus, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer and Oracle Team USA, the defending champion of the America’s Cup, have forged a technology partnership for the 35th America’s Cup. As the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer, Airbus will share their aerodynamics, instrumentation and simulation, composites, structures, hydraulics and data analysis expertise with the Oracle Team USA design team. “There are so many similarities between the America’s Cup yacht and our aircraft design,” says Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “Each partner benefits from an excellent…
  • Composites Panels Will Support the Largest Single-Stream Fertilizer Plant, and Prevent Explosions

    Mary Beck
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    A lightweight, explosion-proof shelter for a portal-style scraper reclaimer is in development for a new fertilizer plant in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Outdoor enclosure specialist Intertec says the fertilizer plant will be the world’s largest single-stream gas-to-urea plant – with an output of 4,000 tons per day of granulated urea, a nitrogen-heavy compound found in fertilizers. Dust created moving the urea during routine storage and reclamation is combustible and can form an explosive mix with air, which means that all electrical equipment in the warehouse must either be…
  • Carbon Fiber Prices Could Drop by As Much As 90 Percent

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

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

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

  • Modern Heating Technologies and their Applications

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

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

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

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

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

  • Technical Data Sheets : Tensile Strength for Industrial Coatings

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mongolia Export News October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Couple New Toys

    Phil Pasma
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    We got an early Christmas present last week as we received our new TRAK DPM-SX3P CNC Bed Mill and TRAK TRL 1845SX Lathe. Each machine, purchased from Ferro Technique, are brand new and were purchased to replace older machinery as well as increase capacity. The new technology available on each machine will also improve our shop’s machining capabilities. Over the last five years we have purchased several new pieces of equipment including our DMC Horizontal Machining Centre, CNC CMM Machine and the latest purchase of the CNC Mill and Lathe. As our business continues to grow we are taking…
  • 2014 PEM Reader Survey [INFOGRAPHIC]

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

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

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

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