An American Inspiration - SpaceX Successful Launch

Posted by Bill Pollock on Jun 5, 2020 7:30:00 AM

We have new heroes to follow. Crew Dragon and the Falcon 9 rocket launched Saturday May 30th, and the Lunar Optimized Starship and the Artemis program will be here in the near future!

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Topics: Trends, Business, Education, Engineering

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

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

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

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jul 2, 2019 8:27:20 AM

In business, it’s been said, “you need to spend money to make money.” This axiom certainly applies to capital investing, where market demands can be exploited with increased production through the careful implementation of new equipment.

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Topics: Mechanical and Process Services, Purchasing, Business, Skid Systems, Upgrades, Project Management, Engineering Services

Tariffs, Trade, and US Manufacturing

Posted by Bill Pollock on Jun 14, 2018 11:11:58 AM

At Optimation we design and fabricate manufacturing systems for companies all over the United States and the world. To build this equipment, we use a lot of steel and stainless steel and lesser amounts of aluminum and exotic alloys. A couple months ago, the rules changed when getting prices for these commodity items. Many of our suppliers began to provide pricing which was good for only 24 hours. This reaction by our suppliers was created by threats of tariffs being placed on steel and aluminum.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Trends, Purchasing, Business

The Benefits of Thinking About the Negatives of a Project

Posted by Steve Beyer on Nov 6, 2017 2:04:03 PM

 

"Unintended consequences." Sounds harmless, guilt-relieving, “not-our-fault” kind of language.  On the surface it's a simple-enough statement, declaring that there were outcomes to some actions taken that (usually) ran counter to the intent of the project, and generally they were not desired.  In other words, "some bad things happened that we did not expect."

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Topics: About Optimation, Communication, Manufacturing, Business, Project Management

Who’s Solution Is It, Anyway?!

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jun 29, 2017 10:26:36 AM

When one is in the business of selling purpose-built manufacturing systems and equipment, one is frequently asked by one’s prospective customers to provide pricing for their goods and services.  Depending on how well defined the needed solution is, which would be embodied in the equipment to be priced, calculated equipment costs can be widely variable. In these situations, where a selection of different technologies and even approaches may satisfy our prospect, we recommend that some preliminary engineering be performed to better define the needs of the client’s operation, and thereby provide criteria with which to limit options and better judge best fit/return on investment from the solution options.

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Topics: About Optimation, Manufacturing, Business, Engineering Services

21st Century Vendor Management in Industrial Automation

Posted by Steve Beyer on May 24, 2017 11:53:41 AM

We are a business that executes hundreds and hundreds of projects every year. These span the spectrum from simple to complex, urgent to critical, and small to large. As a vendor in industrial automation, we participate in these interactions as a supplier to prospective clients wishing to accomplish business goals. There are about as many ways to go about this as there are projects; however, there are certain parameters that yield more likely success more often. Let's look at them.

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Topics: Alliances, Purchasing, Automation, Business

Rochester, Photonics and the Future

Posted by Bill Pollock on Nov 1, 2016 3:21:27 PM

Last week the New York Photonics & Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster held their annual meeting. The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster has been around for a long time and its predecessor the Institute for Optics was founded in Rochester in 1929. The photonics industry has been around a long time in Rochester. We haven’t been talking about it very much for all that time, in fact hardly at all until recently. Now it’s a big deal. Chuck Schumer, Louise Slaughter and Dr. Ernest Moniz, the Secretary of the Department of Energy himself, came to Rochester to attend the meeting. It was held with a great deal of pomp and ceremony at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. It was no doubt the largest attendance at an annual meeting ever, so large in fact that the event was “sold out.”

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Topics: Manufacturing, Technology, Business

The Battle Over Contingency

Posted by Wendy Smith on Sep 29, 2016 3:08:36 PM

What is contingency?  What is it used for? Who controls it and dictates how it gets allocated?

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Topics: Business, Project Management

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