Questions to Ask When Selecting a Firm to Build Your Manufacturing Line

Posted by Bill Pollock on Jun 2, 2021 10:44:17 AM

You may be a startup firm with some promising IP and a dream, a researcher with a lab scale manufacturing line, or a manufacturer with an established product and a great market who needs additional manufacturing capacity. In each case you need a new manufacturing machine or a new production line, and you need a firm skilled and capable of designing and fabricating the unique and custom manufacturing equipment and systems to meet your requirements. There are a lot of different products and even more ways to manufacture them. Your product may be a food product, a pharmaceutical or a chemical. It might be a discrete product requiring machining or assembly or an item manufactured at high speed on a roll-to-roll process and then converted to its usable form. Independent of what it is you need and how it is manufactured, how do you find a qualified company to design and build it for you? In many cases you will start a search on Google or ThomasNet, testing several key words try to find a few qualified suppliers that you can talk to. After you do that, how do you vet them, check capabilities, and make the best selection for what you need to have engineered, designed, fabricated, and commissioned?

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Topics: About Optimation, Manufacturing, Engineering Services, American Made

Wood Chucking or Engineering; the Choice is Yours

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Mar 10, 2020 7:30:00 AM

In today’s digital world it is hard to think of how things are still done the “old way”. The new way of doing things isn’t because the old way doesn’t work, but rather to make things easier or quicker. I am still a pencil and paper girl, if I need to take notes during a meeting, I am writing them the old-fashioned way, and then typing them up later. This was my process all through college and grad school, and I think helped me not only learn information, but retain it. Although, I am not one to fight efficiency, so the majority of what I do takes full advantage of digital tools.

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Topics: Engineering Services, 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

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

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

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

Unlock the Potential of Feedback and Surveys

Posted by Wendy Smith on Mar 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM

There are both direct and subtle ways to “manage” your suppliers.  Some companies have elaborate supplier programs with score cards, audits, cost reduction goals, targets, etc.  It is great if you have the infrastructure to support this type of program, but not everyone can.

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Topics: About Optimation, Quality, Engineering Services

The Business Case for Process Monitor

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jan 3, 2019 12:44:09 PM

An interesting manufacturing tool is emerging as more companies seek to mine, or take advantage, of the process data their production systems generate.  The tool, called Process Monitor (PM), uses statistical analysis methods to crunch the manufacturing process data, and predict whether or not the production system is operating within preset control limits that indicate an acceptable product outcome. 

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Topics: Quality, Engineering Services, Process Monitor, IT, IIoT

When "The Little Things" Add Up, Consider a Service Contract

Posted by Wendy Smith on Oct 31, 2017 4:06:59 PM

 

One of the most efficient ways for an engineering services company to work with a client is by having an Engineering Services Contract or some type of “Blanket Order” in place.  At some companies, it can take longer to get a purchase order than it does to complete the actual work that is requested.  Having a blanket order or an engineering services contract in place streamlines the process and allows work to be authorized and initiated quickly.

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Topics: Engineering Services

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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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