Digital Manufacturing for Small Manufacturers

Posted by Bill Pollock on Apr 28, 2021 12:30:00 PM
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Topics: Manufacturing, COVID-19, Industry 4.0

Test Your Products Before they are Put into Service, Especially if Installed in Harsh Environments

Posted by Mark Haboian on Apr 7, 2021 1:36:36 PM

Many companies making high tech sophisticated products require testing prior to selling and/or end-user installation. Putting these products thru a thorough and vigorous test process will not only satisfy client requirements but will also give you peace of mind that your products can withstand the rigors of real-world environments once they have left your company. A heavyweight boxing champion in the US once said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." Just like sports, that is true in our fabrication & testing industry.

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Topics: High Pressure Test Systems

Alternative Energy isn’t alternative anymore.

Posted by Steve Beyer on Mar 23, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Technologies such as fuel cells are not just for NASA. It is true fuel cells helped get humans into space and to the moon 50-60 years ago and will soon perhaps to Mars. But those fuel cells weren’t cost-effective enough to become accessible to other applications that are more familiar to us, like driving a car or powering our offices and homes. Nuclear plants, coal-fired utilities, and natural gas along with petroleum led the way for decades.

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Topics: Energy

Spend Your Stimulus Check on American Made Products

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Mar 18, 2021 11:57:10 AM

90 million Americans received the $1,400 stimulus checks this week. The recipients are part of the first wave of payments that totaled more than $242 billion, the Treasury Department, IRS and Bureau of the Fiscal Service announced Wednesday. Additional batches of payments will be made in the coming weeks. Recipients of this first tranche include those who provided direct deposit information on their 2019 or 2020 tax returns, or who submitted their information through the IRS non-filer tool last year.

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Topics: COVID-19, American Made

Skilled Trades in America

Posted by Wendy Smith on Mar 16, 2021 10:41:00 AM

Skilled trades are needed now more than ever.

America is facing a massive skilled labor shortage. According to the Department of Labor, the US economy had 7.6 million unfilled jobs, but only 6.5 million people were looking for work as of January 2019 and it is more apparent than ever that our country is suffering because of it. 

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Dylan Tompkins, the 2021 Monroe Professional Engineers Society Scholarship Program Recipient

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Mar 12, 2021 7:30:00 AM

Each year the Monroe County Professional Engineering Society (MPES) facilitates the award of several scholarships to High School students going into engineering curriculums in college.  Optimation sponsors one of the MPES scholarships each year.  Usually the scholarship recipients are recognized and celebrated at the Rochester Engineering Society Gala.  Unfortunately there will not be an RES Gala this year, but this does not mean we should not celebrate Dylan Tompkins, our 2021 recipient, in every way possible!

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Who Doesn't Love Food? Check out some of our Favorite Food Projects.

Posted by Bill Pollock on Mar 2, 2021 7:30:00 AM

At Optimation we design and fabricate manufacturing equipment. We have about a hundred creative and inquisitive engineers and another hundred creative and talented tradesmen. Optimation engineers create the designs. Skilled journeymen craft workers bring these designs to life in Optimation’s 100,000 square foot fabrication facility. Collaborating as a team they can design and build almost anything. Our passion at Optimation is to grow the manufacturing base in the United States. We have a very diverse client base and the ideas and concepts they want to bring to realization are just as diverse. Recently Optimation was selected by the Rochester Technology Manufacturing Association as a winner of the Manufacturing Innovation Award, Large Company Division. This was a recognition for the talents of our team. We do thousands of projects. It is hard to pick preferred clients or most unique projects, but I have picked a few of our favorites to tell you about in this blog.   While we serve many industries and many technologies some or our most challenging, innovative, and transformative projects have been for the food industry.  

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National Engineers Week 2021

Posted by Bill Pollock on Feb 22, 2021 8:03:34 AM

National Engineer's Week in the United States is held every year in February during the week of George Washington's birthday. George Washington, the nation's first President, was also an engineer and a surveyor. He also served as an architect and designed his estate and the buildings at Mount Vernon. Washington also was a design engineer. He invented and fabricated new farm tools including a plow that rotated and dispensed seeds. Washington was a strong advocate for the advancement of engineers in the young country. Many of his military strategies were successful because of his knowledge and use of engineering. One of Washington’s greatest engineering achievements was his work on the Patowmack Canal. Washington’s plan was to allow navigation and access to Ohio by widening the Potomac River and building canals and locks around the most turbulent parts. His engineering efforts were sidetracked for eight years when he was elected president. He went back to the project after his second term was completed but died three years before the entire project was completed.

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New Video: We Are the Doers - We Create

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Feb 17, 2021 12:21:26 PM
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Advancing through COVID-19 While Maintaining Safety and Health

Posted by Jonathan Shaffer, CSP on Feb 16, 2021 9:37:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a turbulent time for many manufacturers and other businesses. Balancing business needs with safety can be challenging, particularly when this pandemic disrupted supply chains, labor availability, and investment. Optimation has continually risen to this challenge by management the disruptions with strategic and thoughtful courses of action. We developed business continuation and risk mitigation plans early which ensured our operations would continue safely.

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Topics: Safety

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