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

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Feb 18, 2020 7:30:00 AM

So, how do you know if you want to be an engineer? I asked some of the engineers here at Optimation.

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Topics: Education, IIoT, National Engineers Week, Engineering

How do you know you want to be an engineer?

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Feb 17, 2020 7:30:00 AM

The celebration of National Engineers Week started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers and is always during the week in February which includes George Washington’s birthday, February 22nd. President Washington is considered the nation’s first engineer, notably for his survey work. It is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. Primarily, the goal of this week promote recognition among parents, teachers, and students of the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science, and technology literacy. The intent is to motivate youth to pursue engineering careers in order to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce

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Topics: About Optimation, Manufacturing, Education, Engineering Services

Breweries Need Expert Manufacturing, Here's Why

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Feb 13, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Upstate New York has Quadrupled it's Breweries in Less than a Decade.

It’s no secret that there has been an explosion of breweries popping up all over New York. Undoubtedly, the past decade has seen more changes in the American beer industry than at any other time in history, except for Prohibition perhaps.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, Engineering

Top 10 Reasons to Use an Engineering Firm

Posted by Pete Sherer on Feb 11, 2020 7:30:00 AM

The Challenging Question We Often Face.

Recently, I was challenged by a friend, who is not associated with our business, if I could explain why one of our prospective clients why they would hire an outside design/build engineering firm.The client has the capability to produce products in their manufacturing plants, and would thus have a fair amount of in house capability. This is a very provocative question, and one which we are regularly challenged to answer. As I reflected on the varied reasons that support our business, I decided that rather than give my usual elevator speech, I would have a bit of fun with my answer.  So, here are what we observe are the top ten reasons (in ascending order) why our clients do routinely ask us to participate, as viewed from their perspective: 

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Topics: Technology, Safety, Trends, Internet of Things, Machine Guarding, Engineering Services, IIoT, Operations, Engineering

Jet Fuel from Farm Waste

Posted by Bill Pollock on Feb 6, 2020 7:44:31 AM

 

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Topics: Transit, Trends, Internet of Things, Energy, Engineering Services, IIoT

Tips & Tricks: the Gotcha Stick and Machine Guarding Safety

Posted by Bill Pollock on Feb 4, 2020 8:55:58 AM

Getting employees to follow the rules, even rules that keep them safe, is difficult.  For some segments of the population is seems impossible.   Everyone knows, for example, that talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous, and against the law in most states.  But a large percentage of the population continue to talk on a handheld phone while driving anyway.  This is even more true of texting and driving.  And accidents and deaths continue. 

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Topics: Safety, Education, training, Machine Guarding

New Year, Better Us: a Service Business' Resolution

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jan 30, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Not only did we celebrate a new year when the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2020, but also a new decade (depending on who you ask)!  What is it about a new year that causes us to take stock and vow to make improvements?  As I stepped on the scale this morning, I noted that one of my high ranking resolutions is in serious jeopardy.  But then, I was able to rationalize my lackluster progress by remembering that all the holiday cookies, candy, caramel coated popcorn, etc. have been consumed, and the plan to lose a few pounds should self-correct (skeptics need not reply).

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Topics: Communication, Business, Project Management, Internet of Things, For Fun, IIoT

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

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jan 28, 2020 10:05:01 AM

Have you ever experienced a problem with your automobile, where you hear an unusual noise, or feel a different dynamic (a hesitation or a loss of power), and wonder if your trusty transport is going to leave you stranded at the side of the road? 

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Topics: web handling

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

How to Mine Value from your Process Data

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jan 21, 2020 8:58:59 AM

In the brave new world of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), many companies are discovering that they have better connectivity and access to a wide variety of data generated by their business and manufacturing computing systems.  This digital information is a product of databases used to order products, manufacture them, and even ship them.  With all this information at hand, manufacturers are beginning to ask how the data could be used (mined) to improve a whole host of company metrics, like lead times, yields, supply chain efficiency, etc.  With most businesses that utilize computers across their product delivery stream, the key is to cull out the valuable information from the massive amounts of less valuable data at hand.  As you might imagine, this becomes a daunting challenge.

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Topics: Process Monitor, IIoT

Welcome to the Optimation Blog

Tips, tricks and trends

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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