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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An Essential Tool to Encourage Women in Manufacturing

Posted by Jen Palumbo on Oct 16, 2019 10:21:13 AM

This year, I spent Manufacturing Day by travelling to Chicago with Optimation VP of Engineering Wendy Smith, to support her as she was officially recognized as an Influential Woman in Manufacturing by Putnam Media along with 26 other women working in industry. The luncheon, awards ceremony and panel on supporting inclusive workplaces in manufacturing were all held at MxD, a digital manufacturing research and development facility that facilitates experimentation, simulation and training for emerging technologies.

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Topics: Manufacturing

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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National Manufacturing Day 2019

Posted by Bill Pollock on Oct 3, 2019 4:02:47 PM

October 4th is National Manufacturing Day. In the United States, National Manufacturing Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday of October. Companies of all sizes will participate in events for this year’s National Manufacturing Day. There is a great future in manufacturing, and this is a way to recognize and promote it. Over the last few decades there has been a decline in US manufacturing and in New York State the decline has been even greater. Rochester, NY, where Optimation is located, has seen large reductions in employment, driven in part by the massive declines of huge manufacturers like Kodak, Xerox and Bausch and Lomb. In response to this, the both the federal government and the state government have made efforts to encourage and incentivize smaller manufactures in a variety of industries. One main focus of their efforts is workforce development. 

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Fabricating Obstacles for Hyperdrive

Posted by Wendy Smith on Oct 1, 2019 2:34:19 PM

Photo Credit: Netflix

A few months ago, I wrote a blog about a really neat project that we were doing at Eastman Business Park, the old Kodak Park Campus in Rochester, NY. Netflix was going to film a series that would rival American Ninja Warrior only with high performance cars and expert drivers on challenging obstacle courses. It is dubbed “American Ninja Warrior meets the Fast and the Furious.”

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Topics: About Optimation, Manufacturing, For Fun, Skilled Trades

Process Skid Fabrication Fills a World of Applications

Posted by Bill Pollock on Sep 24, 2019 1:24:38 PM

Around the world, manufacturers use processing plants to produce a nearly unlimited number of products. In many cases these processes are built in small, modular units either as skids or as modular container-based systems.

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Topics: Mechanical and Process Services, Skid Systems

Is Your Process and Product Information Displayed Efficiently?

Posted by Dan Curry on Sep 17, 2019 12:02:33 PM

As a process and product engineer for a fortune 100 company that manufactured high value chemical products, my job involved analysis of a tremendous amount of process and product information.

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Topics: Quality, Process Monitor, IIoT, Operations

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