Wrap Up of National Engineers Week 2020

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Feb 27, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Wow! What a week we had last week. It is always great to take time to reflect on the work that is being done and promote the reasons why we do what we do. To wrap up this week and further push interested readers to pursue a career in engineering, below is a list of some of the different avenues you could take and work you could be a part of with a degree in engineering;

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Topics: Education, National Engineers Week, Engineering

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

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

Data, Clouds & Oceans: Pressure Test System for Undersea Cable Components

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Jan 14, 2020 8:23:05 AM

 

For those of you who believe your data really resides in a cloud, I’m about to burst your bubble. Did you know that 99 percent of the data traffic that is crossing oceans is carried by undersea cables? Yep – that’s right. For those of you that think Amazon, Microsoft, Dell, Google, IBM, & Alibaba are the data traffic kings, think again (although they may help fund the majority of these cables).

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Topics: Manufacturing, Technology, Safety, Trends, Equipment, Education, Pressure

Biomass Goes High Tech at Alfred State College

Posted by Bill Pollock on Feb 1, 2018 9:02:41 AM

Wide grassy path through field of fading wildflowers and scrub trees by woods at end of October in northern Illinois, USA.jpegAt Optimation we’ve been engaged in many renewable energy projects over the past few decades.  Early on much of the focus was the production of ethanol as an alternate fuel.  Most of the early production was from corn.  Many states, like New York, mandated that commercial gasoline be blended with ten percent ethanol.  There were some unintended consequences of these original plants.  The large demand for corn, to convert to ethanol, caused disruptions in the food supply.  There were also unanticipated maintenance issues for many using ethanol blended gas to power lawn mowers and other small engines.   

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Topics: Education, Energy

Why we value web handling training

Posted by Pete Sherer on Oct 24, 2016 1:17:51 PM

At Optimation, we provide a variety of goods and services to our customers who manufacture a range of products for numerous markets. One of the verticals that we service is that segment of the manufacturing population that produces goods continuously in web form (or roll-to-roll). These products can be commodities like garbage bags and food wrap, or they can be more high tech, such as printable electronics.  In either case, in order to take advantage of the attractive unit manufacturing costs that uninterrupted production garners, these companies need to have sufficient knowledge of the process and machinery that is the platform for their operation. It is this knowledge of the science behind the web machinery that drives troubleshooting, new product introductions, diagnostics, and improvements.

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Topics: About Optimation, Manufacturing, Education

Rochester Engineers Making a Difference

Posted by Mike Triassi on Mar 1, 2016 1:18:07 PM

On the heels of the 65th Engineers Week, I would like to highlight the accomplishments of the Rochester Engineering Society (and specifically RES Board Member Lee Loomis) in launching a tutoring program with our city schools.  Serving on the board for a number of years, most recently as treasurer, I have been involved with this program as it has come off the ground.  I think it is a fine example of how engineers are making a difference in our local communities.

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Topics: Volunteer, Education

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