Optimation Blog

The Hazards of Contamination in Stainless Steel Fabrication

Posted by Bill Pollock on Sep 25, 2018 12:46:03 PM

Stainless steel contamination can be a real problem in applications that require clean corrosion free surfaces.  This is frequently a requirement in labs as well as food and pharmaceutical plants.  Stainless steel, when fabricated correctly, provides excellent corrosion resistance. When misapplied, this will not be the case.  Precautions must be taken to prevent contamination of stainless steel surfaces during fabrication.  This is possible with the proper precautions, when done in a shop in controlled conditions, and more difficult when installation is carried out in a project field location.  

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Topics: Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, food industry

A product and workmanship that stand the test of time!

Posted by Wendy Smith on Sep 20, 2018 3:39:39 PM

We received a message through our website the other day from a glass industry company we’d never worked with before:

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Topics: Glass Manufacturing, Batch

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

Condensate Skids for Waste Processing

Posted by Steve Beyer on Aug 27, 2018 9:52:42 AM

Skid systems solve a wide range of problems for many industries. Even waste processing in a hazardous industry, like one that handles radioactive waste, can be aided by a skid system.  This project profile is an example of how a modular fabrication & assembly process can be applied to solve a difficult problem. 

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Topics: Skid Systems, process design, Mechanical and Process Services, Manufacturing, Equipment

Emergency Skilled Trades Services

Posted by Jen Palumbo on Aug 1, 2018 10:47:26 AM

Much of what we do at Optimation is for planned projects, with engineering and design, planned shutdowns, and a defined project schedule. But there are also times when all of that goes out the window and clients experience an emergency that requires quick thinking and a swift solution. Here’s one of my favorite examples where our skilled trades services were able to do just that.

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Topics: Skilled Trades

Food Science meets Rocket Science

Posted by Steve Beyer on Jul 17, 2018 4:31:56 PM

Conventional wisdom in many corners of industry may steer seekers of outside services such as systems integration (Optimation’s business) to those firms with direct exact and typically singular experience in a given field. 

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Topics: food industry, Technology, Trends

Technology Trends in the Food Industry

Posted by Steve Beyer on Jul 10, 2018 12:19:27 PM

Capital investments across multiple industry segments are at increasingly high levels and showing little sign of slowing down their acceleration. This reflects the combination of growing confidence in the economy and pent-up demand of previously under-invested years.  This welcome phenomenon is unleashing jobs, efficiency improvements, and technological advances in manufacturing and production portions of American industry.

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Skilled Trades Are An Important Part of America's Future

Posted by Bill Pollock on Jun 28, 2018 12:15:36 PM

The labor shortage of skilled tradesmen in pipefitting, welding, electrical and machinists is well-documented throughout the United States. Older generations of skilled tradesmen are entering retirement much faster than they can be replaced. One statistic indicates that over 50 percent of skilled-trade workers in the U.S. are 50 years old and older, and nearly 20 percent are over 60.

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How A Gotcha Stick Evaluates Machine Safety

Posted by Bill Pollock on Jun 19, 2018 3:49:27 PM

It's human nature to find ways to work around the rules. 

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Topics: Machine Guarding, Safety

Tariffs, Trade, and US Manufacturing

Posted by Bill Pollock on Jun 14, 2018 11:11:58 AM

At Optimation we design and fabricate manufacturing systems for companies all over the United States and the world. To build this equipment, we use a lot of steel and stainless steel and lesser amounts of aluminum and exotic alloys. A couple months ago, the rules changed when getting prices for these commodity items. Many of our suppliers began to provide pricing which was good for only 24 hours. This reaction by our suppliers was created by threats of tariffs being placed on steel and aluminum.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Trends, Purchasing, Business

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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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