Steve Beyer

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

Posted by Steve Beyer on Jul 7, 2020 8:27:00 AM

Whether it is for hand sanitizer, shampoo ingredients, a medical additive, or any of a thousand other process steps in a thousand different industries, producing chemistries and other products in a modular platform is increasingly the norm. More and more frequently we at Optimation are seeing requests, and opportunities, for modular or skid-based production and manufacturing process projects. These are condensed application sets embodied in a well-controlled and highly-engineered custom configuration.  Clients come to us for these skid systems, or we propose them, based on an understanding of the process requirements. These technologies are ideal to make the most efficient use of space, or to optimize and simplify set up and installation, and/or to produce repeatable systems that can be transported or installed virtually anywhere.

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Topics: Skid Systems

Maximizing the Customer Experience

Posted by Steve Beyer on Jun 2, 2020 8:11:00 AM

When I was a kid living outside of Columbus, as my father taught at Ohio State we favored an ice cream store that had a sign on the wall that struck me--even at 9 years old.  It described how people who only cared for the price of something were doomed to get exactly the experience they deserved.  I absorbed that as directing me to focus on the maximizing the experience and the value would follow.   Yeah, a geek at 9.  And I favored "Cherry Ice" or "Pink Bubble Gum" cones (my brother ate only chocolate).

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Topics: Business

Everyday is Super Tuesday for Manufacturers

Posted by Steve Beyer on Mar 3, 2020 9:42:43 AM

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Topics: For Fun

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

Posted by Steve Beyer on Jan 23, 2020 7:45:00 AM

“Rapid” is how we describe getting things done quickly.  It implies that an objective is pursued with haste, but not with waste.  Rapid is positive, advantageous, and sought-after.

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Topics: Skid Systems, Internet of Things, Energy, Engineering Services, IIoT, Operations

National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

Posted by Steve Beyer on Oct 8, 2019 10:11:50 AM

 

On October 8, in recognition of Hydrogen’s standard atomic weight (1.008) we pause for a moment and consider the facets of the most abundant element in the universe.  Element #1 on our periodic table, and the lightest of all elements.  It is #1 for many reasons.

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Waste Processing with Condensate Skids

Posted by Steve Beyer on Aug 20, 2019 7:10:04 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: Mechanical and Process Services, Manufacturing, Equipment, Skid Systems, process design

Equipment and Environmental Safety

Posted by Steve Beyer on May 29, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Following up on my last blog post, I continue the discussion acknowledging that safety is not trivial or to be taken for granted. It is multi-level and is tied to the long-term success of each project and every client. The first three levels of safety covered were operator, consumer/customer, and product/process.  This post covers the remaining two: equipment and environment.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Safety, Equipment

The Many Levels of Safety

Posted by Steve Beyer on May 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Safety is not trivial or to be taken for granted. It comes in multiple varieties, is multi-level, and is inherently tied to the long-term success of each project and every client. These levels of safety include operator, consumer/customer, product/process, equipment and environment. Each level requires and receives due diligence, understanding the unique parameters of the project and the measures of success that bound the work. Several of these levels will be described further here, highlighting the value delivered to the project in the safe and efficient process and outcome of the work. The remaining safety levels will be discussed in a subsequent post.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Safety, Automation, System Integration

Safety is Our Real Business

Posted by Steve Beyer on May 8, 2019 2:28:50 PM

When you stop and think about it, what control system integrators are brought in to deliver is some specific capability with our expertise and experience that ensures the safe and efficient accomplishment of the mission. If the client’s own internal experts, or certified integrators, are not able to do the job, then other resources (uncredentialled, unverified) might be asked to do the work, jeopardizing the processes, procedures and qualitative metrics.

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Topics: Mechanical and Process Services, Manufacturing, Safety, Process Monitor

A Look Back and Forward in Manufacturing

Posted by Steve Beyer on Jan 14, 2019 3:06:05 PM

Before we go any further into the new year, let’s take a look at what brought us here, starting with thinking about the mix of work that Optimation performed last year. And then let’s look at some of the other things going on in our world (not political).

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Topics: About Optimation, Manufacturing, Trends

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