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The Tale of Comet the Wonder Dog

Posted by Pete Sherer on Feb 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Have you ever been in a situation where you need a conversation starter that you can be confident will be well received?  Well, here’s a tip, try talking about an unusual pet you have owned, and some of the memorable moments that have resulted.  That’s sure to cause chuckles and shared recounting of misadventures.  Over the years, we have housed a menagerie of mostly cats and dogs, many of which have had endearing quirks that are fun to relate and compare to other friends and acquaintances with their own pet stories.  Here’s one of my favorites, its about Comet the Wonder Dog.

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Topics: food industry

The Business Case for Process Monitor

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jan 3, 2019 12:44:09 PM

An interesting manufacturing tool is emerging as more companies seek to mine, or take advantage, of the process data their production systems generate.  The tool, called Process Monitor (PM), uses statistical analysis methods to crunch the manufacturing process data, and predict whether or not the production system is operating within preset control limits that indicate an acceptable product outcome. 

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Topics: IIoT, Process Monitor, Engineering Services, IT, Quality

Some of My Best Friends Are Skilled Trades People

Posted by Pete Sherer on Sep 27, 2018 1:39:13 PM

At Optimation, our corporate mission is to provide unique and creative solutions to the manufacturing segment. That’s a broad statement that means we build custom engineered systems for anyone that produces hard goods and needs some form of automated equipment with which to manufacture those goods. 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, About Optimation

How a Custom Winder Module Can Help Produce a Delicate Product Touch-Free

Posted by Pete Sherer on Sep 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

We often say that we take away our client's pain - we solve problems for them, often complex ones. That can sound kind of vague, but that's because of the vast variety of problems we solve. Industrial clients have used us to solve problems such as machinery that requires safety guarding, or even a much larger problem like desalination of brine at a salt mine. The following example is a solution we came up with for a client with a very sensitive product produced on a roll-to-roll machine. To protect the client's confidentiality, their name and product are kept generic. 

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Topics: web handling, Skid Systems, Mechanical and Process Services

Using a Skid System for Coating Solution Delivery

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jun 12, 2018 1:47:21 PM

We have articulated in past posts some of the benefits of configuring processing equipment in skid form.  Generally, these advantages have to do with efficient execution, that is that a skid that supports a specific processing step is more thoroughly debugged at the OEM factory, installs quicker and is turned over to production faster with minimal interruptions.

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Topics: web handling, Skid Systems

A Shared and Subtle Benefit of Skid Systems

Posted by Pete Sherer on May 8, 2018 12:19:19 PM

In our role as a solution provider to the manufacturing industry, and in this case that industry segment that deals in batch processes, we frequently provide custom designed subsystems packaged in skid form. These subsystems can be designed for mixing, cleaning, filtration, pumping, delivery, the list is extensive. We package or configure these subsystems in skid form for a number of clear and relevant reasons:

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How I Grew Up To Be An Engineer

Posted by Pete Sherer on Mar 1, 2018 2:55:51 PM

Recently, during a visit with my 4-year-old grandson, I had the opportunity to answer some of his questions, and reflect on the career path that I have chosen.  It started with him wanting to know what his Poppa did at work.  So, I told him I was an engineer, and I helped sell machines that make things (it’s challenging to give a 4-year-old your sales “elevator” speech and have him understand it). 

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Web Handling Problems? Don’t Treat Your Web Conveyance Equipment Like Your Car

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jan 30, 2018 11:23:00 AM

Have you ever experienced a problem with your automobile, where you hear an unusual noise, or feel a different dynamic (a hesitation or a loss of power), and wonder if your trusty transport is going to leave you stranded at the side of the road? 

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Topics: web handling

Is your Roll-To-Roll manufacturing line operating on the level? Literally?

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jan 23, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Here’s a good conversation starter:  Stop what you are doing and look around you for anything and everything that is a thin film or sheet made of paper, plastic or metal. In my office space I have a calendar (paper), a computer display (film), a crumpled wrapper of a roast beef sandwich (metal foil), sticky notes (paper), office memos (paper), a trash can liner (plastic)…you get the idea.  Products like these, manufactured from the noted raw materials (metal, plastic, wood) are all around us, within the touch of our finger tips.  They are so commonplace that we don’t give much thought as to how they were made, and what some of the challenges might have been to convert the raw materials into something useful for us.

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Topics: web handling, Equipment

From Concept to Fabrication:  What are the Risks, and How are they Mitigated?

Posted by Pete Sherer on Oct 24, 2017 8:39:43 AM

At Optimation, we describe our company in terms of our ability to provide turnkey solutions to the manufacturing segment.  Our solutions and services can start early in the project process, as we are able to assist our clients in investigating a variety of technologies that might help them with their production challenge or problem.  We generally receive a problem statement and some User Requirements from our contact at the client company.  We respond to the customer’s needs with a Concept Design phase, which includes performing a technology assessment.  Our Media Conveyance Facility stands ready to offer Development Engineering and modeling to predict behavior for products that are built on flexible webs, for example.  Once a preferred technology is selected, a manufacturing platform or machine configuration is generated that answers the client’s User Requirements (the first steps of our Project Process).  We then invite our client to participate in a Concept Design review to validate our work product so far.

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Topics: About Optimation, Manufacturing, Project Management, Mechanical and Process Services, Engineering Services

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The goal of this blog is to be helpful to readers by providing useful information about applications in industrial engineering, design and skilled trades, as well as industry knowledge. We're passionate about manufacturing in the United States. We have a little fun with it too.  


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