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Steve Beyer

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Measuring and Quantifying the Results of Automation and Process Optimization Projects

Posted by Steve Beyer on Oct 20, 2017 9:21:22 AM

Thinking back to an industry report I read, I recall a condition that still plagues many companies operating in today’s manufacturing markets: Change, Complexity, and Costs -- our "3-C's". These factors are so dynamic in ways and at speeds previously unequaled that I wonder how can our clients keep up with such challenges while achieving their goals and maintaining their advantages? Let alone exceeding those same goals and increasing their differentiating values?

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Topics: Automation

Accident Prevention

Posted by Steve Beyer on Oct 12, 2017 3:01:00 PM

When challenging and important manufacturing tasks get tackled, risks abound.   Materials choices, volatile material handling methods, confined space working areas, complex machinery, and many more factors and conditions apply pressure to safe and efficient work. We can take lessons from past events and near-misses and remind ourselves to study our practices to ensure that corners are not cut and best practices are employed to assure workplace safety. 

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Topics: Safety

Buy yourself time to successfully execute capital projects

Posted by Steve Beyer on Sep 5, 2017 11:47:59 AM

Very often commercial and industrial decision-making whether to outsource or not is governed by the time value of money, cost savings, and potential for productivity increases. But what if we look at another dimension, that is the opportunity to explicitly buy time?  Who doesn't want more?! 

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Topics: Mechanical and Process Services, Manufacturing, Upgrades, Project Management, Engineering Services

Test Systems and The Edge

Posted by Steve Beyer on Aug 9, 2017 4:18:27 PM

Today’s technologies demand more of everything—more data, computing power, test cycles, security, reliability, everything.

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Topics: Trends, Internet of Things, Test Systems

Medical Device Testing Confirms Safety and Reliability

Posted by Steve Beyer on Jun 26, 2017 1:44:40 PM

Medical device testing is serious business. Big business. The medical device market in the USA alone produces over $148 Billion in revenue annually (pre-2017), according to SelectUSA. The market for these devices comes from everything from contact lenses to insulin pumps to Ventricular Assist Devices, to syringes and many, many more products.

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Topics: Test Systems, Medical Devices

What a reader looks for in proposals - feature, function, or benefit?

Posted by Steve Beyer on Jun 7, 2017 6:00:00 AM

 

Early in my career I learned about and then was tasked with writing capital appropriation requisitions and justifications. When dealing with vendors I often encountered specifications, and technical minutia that overwhelmed me with data that provided little helpful and useful information. Reqs and justifications require compelling, substantiated, and specific facts that define a positive business PROPOSITION meeting the criteria as set by company policy—payback period, breakeven, Return on Asset/Equity/Investment, etc. Today, as I read and write more of these, I am still encountering many examples that miss the mark.

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Topics: Purchasing

21st Century Vendor Management in Industrial Automation

Posted by Steve Beyer on May 24, 2017 11:53:41 AM

We are a business that executes hundreds and hundreds of projects every year. These span the spectrum from simple to complex, urgent to critical, and small to large. As a vendor in industrial automation, we participate in these interactions as a supplier to prospective clients wishing to accomplish business goals. There are about as many ways to go about this as there are projects; however, there are certain parameters that yield more likely success more often. Let's look at them.

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Topics: Alliances, Purchasing, Automation, Business

The one thing that can make or break your capital project

Posted by Steve Beyer on May 16, 2017 2:50:40 PM

Communication is one of the most significant factors in any kind of successful venture. Whether it's operating a business or executing a capital project, communication among team members and between stakeholders is critical. Clarifying understanding, and enabling trust and confidence, are just a few of the critical benefits of optimized communication. This blog post is intended to explore the application of effective communication, specifically in capital projects.

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Topics: Project Management

Why you should use third-party engineering firms (or work for one)

Posted by Steve Beyer on Apr 27, 2017 4:17:59 PM

How do you work on the most stimulating and meaningful engineering and manufacturing projects across a wide variety of applications without working directly and exclusively for one of the world's biggest manufacturing companies?  Work for a firm that services those companies and participate in select projects that are sourced to your firm.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Resource Planning, Trends

The Top Risks to Your Project

Posted by Steve Beyer on Feb 8, 2017 1:55:19 PM

I recently sat with a couple of our top project managers here at Optimation. The subject was project management: risk assessment and mitigation. Risk is a big deal here. Very often our clients hire us to help manage their project risk. This can come in the form of scope, schedule, or budget dimensions, each of which poses its own unique challenges to a client's ability to achieve their goals when undertaking capital projects.

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Topics: Project Management

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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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