Skid Systems, SCADA AND IIoT

Posted by Bill Pollock on Dec 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

At Optimation we design and fabricate many skid systems. These systems are used by manufacturers for a broad variety of applications. Skids can be built as carts, in frames, in shipping containers or trailers. They can be built as prefab production lines units that can be bolted together to form larger systems. Physical layout can be tailored to the complexity, geography and environmental conditions the skid needs to perform in. Some are mounted indoors in factory conditions, others may ultimately be located in the arctic, or on an offshore oil platform. Applications also vary. Some are used for chemical delivery or small scale chemical processing. Others have been used for hydrogen distribution, high pressure test systems, food processing or testing medical devices. Skid systems have the advantage of being built in a shop in controlled conditions and then installed in remote or challenging locations.     

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Topics: Skid Systems, Controls

The Best Thing You Can Do Before Going Out to Bid (Clone)

Posted by Wendy Smith on Dec 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM

One of the most important factors for a successful project is being able to specify the requirements up front. Many times, the customer doesn’t know exactly what he needs. More preliminary engineering is required to get the project requirements specific enough for suppliers to offer a fixed price bid for the project. But often, clients don’t realize they need to budget for this and therefore don’t want to pay for this service.

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Topics: Purchasing, Project Management

Occupational safety and cobots

Posted by Jonathan Shaffer, CSP on Nov 21, 2019 12:52:04 PM

The introduction of collaborative robots (cobots) in manufacturing has presented some unique safety challenges for production workers, engineers, managers, and safety professionals. In my opinion, cobots represent the ingenuity driven by continual process improvement for sustainable and safe work.

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Topics: Safety, Trends, Robotics

Apprenticeship Week: Q&A with Journey Worker Prudy Dalesio and Apprentice Sean DeNeef

Posted by Jen Palumbo on Nov 15, 2019 10:05:22 AM

What a fabulous week of celebrating Apprenticeships! If you've been following along, we've shared an interview with a journey worker and an apprentice at Optimation each day. Each one gave a different answer to the same questions I've been asking all week. We had a breakfast with our apprentices on Wednesday, celebrating them for making an investment in themselves, Optimation's future, and manufacturing's future. We're truly fortunate to have the best group of apprentices out there. Happy National Apprenticeship Week!

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Apprenticeship Week: Q&A with Journey Worker Paul Black and Apprentice Ricky Spinosa

Posted by Jen Palumbo on Nov 14, 2019 12:19:18 PM

We're celebrating National Apprenticeship Week all week long here at Optimation! As a part of our celebration, we're featuring interviews from one Optimation apprentice and one of our skilled journey workers each day this week. It's a chance to get to know some of our employees a little better, learn about the apprenticeship experience firsthand, and learn some wisdom from the folks who are fully immersed in their careers.

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Apprenticeship Week: Q&A with Journey Worker Dave Ignatowski and Apprentice Keith Bennett

Posted by Jen Palumbo on Nov 13, 2019 10:20:02 AM

We're celebrating National Apprenticeship Week all week long here at Optimation! As a part of our celebration, we're featuring interviews from one Optimation apprentice and one of our skilled journey workers each day this week. It's a chance to get to know some of our employees a little better, learn about the apprenticeship experience firsthand, and learn some wisdom from the folks who are fully immersed in their careers.

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Apprenticeship Week: Q&A with Journey Worker Scott Osher and Apprentice Marcie Dalton

Posted by Jen Palumbo on Nov 12, 2019 8:30:00 AM

We're celebrating National Apprenticeship Week all week long here at Optimation! As a part of our celebration, we're featuring interviews from one Optimation apprentice and one of our skilled journey workers each day this week. It's a chance to get to know some of our employees a little better, learn about the apprenticeship experience firsthand, and learn some wisdom from the folks who are fully immersed in their careers.

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Apprenticeship Week: Q&A with Journey Worker Steve Alvito and Apprentice John Lasher

Posted by Jen Palumbo on Nov 11, 2019 10:40:23 AM

We're celebrating National Apprenticeship Week all week long here at Optimation! As a part of our celebration, we're featuring interviews from one Optimation apprentice and one of our skilled journey workers each day this week. It's a chance to get to know some of our employees a little better, learn about the apprenticeship experience firsthand, and learn some wisdom from the folks who are fully immersed in their careers.

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Apprenticeships: A long history and a bright future

Posted by Bill Pollock on Nov 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM

November 11-17, 2019 is National Apprenticeship Week.  National Apprenticeship Week was established four years ago by the US Department of Labor, and we’re glad to see more formal recognition of starting careers in the skilled trades. Optimation has a strong apprenticeship program that was established twelve years ago and accredited by the New York State Department of Labor.  While we may have been ahead of the curve in the recent drive to promote skilled trades, apprenticeships have been around for a very long time.

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The new www.optimation.us

Posted by Jen Palumbo on Oct 29, 2019 12:00:52 PM

I’ve been struggling to write this post without it sounding like an intro to a prize on The Price is Right. Perhaps the easiest thing to say is, “Look ma, new website!” But after working on the new www.optimation.us for many months, I wanted to give a little insight into what we wanted to achieve.

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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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