Are you using a high powered SPC operating system to analyze your manufacturing process and product data?

Advice from Health & Safety Engineer Jonathan Shaffer, CSP

Implementing Your Next Capital Project Investment:  Is It Worth the Risk?

Meet Matt Rhode, Our New Business Development Engineer

Americans Love Engineering & Innovation: The Heroic Act of Innovation

Skid-Based Production is Manufacturing's "New Normal"

Calling All Entrepreneurs, Investors and American Manufacturers

Emerging from COVID-19 Restrictions One Step Ahead

Optimation Technology has a new Chief Operating Officer, Wendy Smith

An American Inspiration - SpaceX Successful Launch

Maximizing the Customer Experience

Research and Innovation in American Manufacturing

The New Normal

Made in America

How and Why to Become an Engineer

Expanding Roles for Robots in Medicine and Future Pandemics

What can a politician learn from an engineering firm? Quite a bit.

The World is Flat & the Demise of the Global Supply Chain

Hazards of Contamination in Stainless Steel Fabrication

Okay, Boomer: Demand for Skilled Trades in America

New York on “Pause”: How to Turn COVID-19 into an Opportunity

COVID-19 and Manufacturers - We're here to help

Nuclear Work Model: Training, Technical Procedures and Supervision

Celebrating the Antiquity of Pi

Wood Chucking or Engineering; the Choice is Yours

Each for Equal: International Women's Day 2020

What You Need to Know About the FIRST Robotics Competition at RIT

Everyday is Super Tuesday for Manufacturers

Wrap Up of National Engineers Week 2020

What are your plans for  Manufacturing Lobby Day?

Will Your Son or Daughter Grow Up to be an Engineer?

Take Two: How do you know you want to be an engineer?

How do you know you want to be an engineer?

Breweries Need Expert Manufacturing, Here's Why

Top 10 Reasons to Use an Engineering Firm

Jet Fuel from Farm Waste

Tips & Tricks: the Gotcha Stick and Machine Guarding Safety

New Year, Better Us: a Service Business' Resolution

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

RAPID: an Effort to Double the U.S. Energy Productivity by 2030

How to Mine Value from your Process Data

Data, Clouds & Oceans: Pressure Test System for Undersea Cable Components

A Creative and Unique Application for a Robot

Skid Systems, SCADA AND IIoT

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

Occupational safety and cobots

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

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

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

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

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

Apprenticeships: A long history and a bright future

The new www.optimation.us

An Essential Tool to Encourage Women in Manufacturing

National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

National Manufacturing Day 2019

Fabricating Obstacles for Hyperdrive

Process Skid Fabrication Fills a World of Applications

Is Your Process and Product Information Displayed Efficiently?

Liquid Coating Solution Delivery

Waste Processing with Condensate Skids

Evaluation of Process and Product Variability

Web Handling FAQ

Capital Project Investing:  How to turn Complexity and Risk into Success

The Best Thing You Can Do Before Going Out to Bid

Using Process Monitor to Track Roller Traction in a Flexible Web Machine

Robots Come of Age

New York’s Manufacturing Legacy in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Equipment and Environmental Safety

The Many Levels of Safety

New York’s Manufacturing Legacy and Its Manufacturing Future

What the CSIA Conference Had to Offer

Safety is Our Real Business

Process Monitor Makes Impression at AIChE Conference

“Did you read the instructions?” The Best Way to Simplify Equipment Moves

Unlock the Potential of Feedback and Surveys

Tips for Successful Plant Relocation and Consolidation

Happy International Women's Day!

Drawing Maintenance: A Word of Caution

Skilled Trades and Workforce Development in the U.S.

Industry 4.0 – What is the Return on Investment?

The Tale of Comet the Wonder Dog

Data Analytics Gives Manufacturing Plants Insights for Continuous Improvement

A Look Back and Forward in Manufacturing

Trends in Manufacturing for 2019

The Business Case for Process Monitor

Pet Food Quality, Testing and Tasting

Process Monitor Analytics and IIoT

Case Study: Heat Treating Line Installation

Pet Food Manufacturing, Contamination and Regulation

A Sobering Reminder of the Importance of Traceability for Food Safety

National Apprenticeship Week

How to Avoid Contamination in Stainless Steel Fabrication

Our Scary Stories

You, H2 and Avocados!

The Cost of Quality and Doing the Job Right the First Time

Some of My Best Friends Are Skilled Trades People

The Hazards of Contamination in Stainless Steel Fabrication

A product and workmanship that stand the test of time!

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

Condensate Skids for Waste Processing

Emergency Skilled Trades Services

Food Science meets Rocket Science

Technology Trends in the Food Industry

Skilled Trades Are An Important Part of America's Future

How A Gotcha Stick Evaluates Machine Safety

Tariffs, Trade, and US Manufacturing

Using a Skid System for Coating Solution Delivery

Retrofitted Solvent Coater

In Search of IIoT Demand

A Shared and Subtle Benefit of Skid Systems

Innovating Through Collaboration

Boston, The BAA and Lessons We Can Learn

The Many Configurations of Skid Systems

How I Grew Up To Be An Engineer

Would George Washington Celebrate National Engineers Week?

Happy National Engineers Week!

Machine Safety, Machine Guarding and The Gotcha Stick

Biomass Goes High Tech at Alfred State College

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

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

Risk Assessment & Mitigation in Project Management 

The American Revolution and the American Industrial Revolutions

The Art of Effective Project Communication

Networking – no wires required…

The Remarkable Pace of Technological Change

Technology, Automation and Employment

The Benefits of Thinking About the Negatives of a Project

When "The Little Things" Add Up, Consider a Service Contract

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

Measuring and Quantifying the Results of Automation and Process Optimization Projects

Optimation Partners with Gas Technologies to Fabricate Methane-to-Methanol Plants

Accident Prevention

National Manufacturing Week

Why do you outsource engineering services?

Practicing a Passion for Manufacturing in the USA

Crucial Soft Skills for Engineering Services - Part 2

Crucial Soft Skills for Engineering Services - Part 1

US Manufacturing and Harvey

Buy yourself time to successfully execute capital projects

Reducing Lost Time Injuries & Costs

Platform as a Service and Automated Manufacturing

Machine Installation Planning for Glass Batch Houses

Test Systems and The Edge

Industrial Internet of Things and Cyber Security for Manufacturing

Process Monitor Analytics and Industry 4.0

Networking, Food, Fun and a Run

Who’s Solution Is It, Anyway?!

Medical Device Testing Confirms Safety and Reliability

What We Learned While Re-Certifying to ISO 9001:2015

Create A Better Batch Using a Modern Approach

The Miracle of Stem Cell Therapy

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

You and Me and Our Own Personal Carbon Footprint

A Rochester Engineering Society Update

Engineering Services in the USA

21st Century Vendor Management in Industrial Automation

Logistics, Warehousing and the Factory of the Future

Web Handling Training:  Just What the Doctor Ordered

The one thing that can make or break your capital project

Control Systems Integrators - Leaders in Manufacturing Automation

Delegation, Procrastination and Time Management

A Different Approach to Safety

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

Why it's already time to plan for summer shutdowns

Manufacturing Employment and the Skills Gap

Smart Manufacturing

Machine Guarding and Safety Guarding

Rochester's future is in STEM

The Impact of Rising Interest Rates on US Manufacturing

Answers to Questions About an Arc Flash Study

Ektachrome, Twinkies And Polaroid – Iconic Products Resurrected

Web Based Manufacturing Processes

Web Handling - In Over Your Head?

A little bit of Process Knowledge goes a long way

Manufacturing in Rochester – From the Perspective of Time

Service as a Product/Product as a Service

The most productive way to assess and upgrade an aging infrastructure

Arc Flash and NFPA 70E Training

Automation – Job Eliminator or Job Creator?

The Top Risks to Your Project

Going Green and the Trump Energy Policy

Making the Most of a Control System Migration

Manufacturing Trends 2017 –Adaptive Analytics

What's all the buzz about ... 3D printing?

Gold Standard Partnerships

Using Digital Twins in Manufacturing

An Immodest Proposal

Manufacturing in 2017 - Reshoring, Newshoring and Nearshoring

Training: the gift that keeps on giving

Performing upgrades in a Glass Batch Plant

What's in store for automation in 2017?

Eeyore and the Unintended Consequence

Manufacturing Trends in 2017

Engineering Safe Systems in Hazardous Environments

Energy Consumption and LED Lighting

Celebrating Safety

Rockwell's PSUG 2016 in Retrospect

Technology, Automation and Employment

US Manufacturing in 2017

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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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