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Waste Processing with Condensate Skids

Posted by Steve Beyer on Aug 20, 2019 7:10:04 AM

Skid systems solve a wide range of problems for many industries. Even waste processing in a hazardous industry, like one that handles radioactive waste, can be aided by a skid system.  This project profile is an example of how a modular fabrication & assembly process can be applied to solve a difficult problem. 

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Topics: Mechanical and Process Services, Manufacturing, Equipment, Skid Systems, process design

Web Handling FAQ

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jul 18, 2019 1:21:05 PM

One of our core competencies at Optimation is in the development, design, fabrication and improvement of web-based, or roll-to-roll, processes. Optimation owns and operates a web development laboratory – we call it the Media Conveyance Facility (MCF). Many things you use on a regular basis are produced on a web, from aluminum foil to the thin glass used in cell phones.

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Topics: Mechanical and Process Services, Manufacturing, Equipment, web handling

Equipment and Environmental Safety

Posted by Steve Beyer on May 29, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Following up on my last blog post, I continue the discussion acknowledging that safety is not trivial or to be taken for granted. It is multi-level and is tied to the long-term success of each project and every client. The first three levels of safety covered were operator, consumer/customer, and product/process.  This post covers the remaining two: equipment and environment.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Safety, Equipment

“Did you read the instructions?” The Best Way to Simplify Equipment Moves

Posted by Pete Sherer on Apr 10, 2019 1:56:33 PM

You may have heard the old adage, “Real men don’t read the instructions.” This is often followed by disastrous results – furniture put together incorrectly, hours spent on equipment repairs that could have been solved in minutes, or a family taken wildly off-course on a road trip. As funny as these examples are, manufacturers are susceptible to similar outcomes when it comes to projects like equipment moves.  

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Topics: Manufacturing, Equipment, Project Management

Case Study: Heat Treating Line Installation

Posted by Jen Palumbo on Dec 6, 2018 2:18:47 PM

Equipment Installations often take a lot of skill and planning to execute well. Things like plant layout, alignment, utilities, startup and controls can all be important factors in project success. Install an expensive piece of equipment improperly, and you'll eventually have a very costly mistake on your hands. 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Equipment, Controls, Skilled Trades

Condensate Skids for Waste Processing

Posted by Steve Beyer on Aug 27, 2018 9:52:42 AM

Skid systems solve a wide range of problems for many industries. Even waste processing in a hazardous industry, like one that handles radioactive waste, can be aided by a skid system.  This project profile is an example of how a modular fabrication & assembly process can be applied to solve a difficult problem. 

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Topics: Mechanical and Process Services, Manufacturing, Equipment, Skid Systems, process design

Is your Roll-To-Roll manufacturing line operating on the level? Literally?

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jan 23, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Here’s a good conversation starter:  Stop what you are doing and look around you for anything and everything that is a thin film or sheet made of paper, plastic or metal. In my office space I have a calendar (paper), a computer display (film), a crumpled wrapper of a roast beef sandwich (metal foil), sticky notes (paper), office memos (paper), a trash can liner (plastic)…you get the idea.  Products like these, manufactured from the noted raw materials (metal, plastic, wood) are all around us, within the touch of our finger tips.  They are so commonplace that we don’t give much thought as to how they were made, and what some of the challenges might have been to convert the raw materials into something useful for us.

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Topics: Equipment, web handling

Machine Installation Planning for Glass Batch Houses

Posted by Wendy Smith on Aug 15, 2017 12:56:31 PM

Every type of manufacturing process has its own set of limitations or parameters that you need to work within, especially when planning a shutdown, maintenance, or equipment installations.  Glass manufacturing is no exception.  There are a few rules when working around glass.  You need to work safely, if you don’t you will get burnt or cut.  You need to respect the glassmaking process. 

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Topics: Equipment, Glass Manufacturing, Batch

Does Your Consultant have Dirt Under His Fingernails?

Posted by Pete Sherer on Nov 15, 2016 3:27:33 PM

In today’s rapidly changing manufacturing landscape, many companies that produce consumer or industrial products have evolved to a staffing construct that is lean and cost effective. These companies have found that they can’t afford to carry a technical staff to support all aspects of both their manufacturing platform and their plant infrastructure.  So, out of necessity and competitive pressure, they prioritize where to make their staffing investments, and then look to outside help for assistance that can be funded on a pay-as-you-go basis when specific problems or challenges arise.  Generally, companies that have focused their technical staff on nurturing their Intellectual Property (either product formulation or process methods) then allow contract engineering firms to partner in the technical space outside of their proprietary domain.

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Topics: Mechanical and Process Services, Equipment, process design

Pressure Vessels

Posted by Bill Pollock on Oct 6, 2016 11:59:47 AM

My earliest experience with a pressure vessel was as a child.  We lived in a mountainous area at about 5000 feet.  The boiling point of water at 5000 feet was about 200 degrees and my mother cooked almost every day with a pressure cooker so the food would get cooked in a reasonable time.  The pressure cooker was a fascinating invention to me.  You could add weights to the little bobber on the top to make the pressure inside five, ten or fifteen pounds.  Little bursts of steam kept coming out as it regulated the pressure.  And besides just cooking your meal you could can fruits and vegetables in the pressure cooker by raising the temperature high enough.  Since that time I have learned that there are other uses for pressure vessels.  The one I use most often is the propane tank in on my gas grill.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Equipment

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