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Fabricating Obstacles for Hyperdrive

Posted by Wendy Smith on Oct 1, 2019 2:34:19 PM

Photo Credit: Netflix

A few months ago, I wrote a blog about a really neat project that we were doing at Eastman Business Park, the old Kodak Park Campus in Rochester, NY. Netflix was going to film a series that would rival American Ninja Warrior only with high performance cars and expert drivers on challenging obstacle courses. It is dubbed “American Ninja Warrior meets the Fast and the Furious.”

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Topics: About Optimation, Manufacturing, For Fun, Skilled Trades

Networking, Food, Fun and a Run

Posted by Bill Pollock on Jul 6, 2017 10:41:23 AM

In less than a week, The J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge will be held in Rochester.  We are getting a new venue and lots of other changes this year.  It’s the 26th year that Chase has held the event in Rochester, but Rochester was not the original event.  It began in NYC 40 years ago.  The event is an amazing blend of exercise, fun, food, drink, camaraderie, fundraising for charity and networking.   And the emphasis could be placed on the networking.  The original founders had little idea what would happen after the event was established.  Their inaugural event was set up long before running was popular and included less than 1000 runners. 

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Topics: About Optimation, For Fun

Need a Hacker? Hire One.

Posted by Bill Pollock on Aug 31, 2016 2:07:30 PM

A great deal of news, discussion and time is spent dealing with cyber security.  For a quarter of a century, since the time the internet first became available for commercial use, there have been security issues and computers and accounts have been hacked and their content compromised.  I can remember discussions immediately after 9/11 about the concept that the next great terrorist destruction in the US would be by hacking of infrastructure rather than physically the way the twin towers came down. 

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Topics: Technology, Trends, For Fun

Lessons from the Boston Marathon

Posted by Bill Pollock on Apr 25, 2016 4:03:34 PM

Countless articles and blogs have been written about the Boston Marathon, marathons in general and the lessons we can learn from comparing marathons to life. The clearest lesson of all is the lesson of Boston after 2013.  Out of adversity came strength, commitment to service and a celebration of life.  Boston is stronger because of what they went through. Each year the marathon gets better. This year they established Boston One Day as a day of service to others.  We can all take a lesson to our lives, our jobs and our careers from Boston’s response. The lesson is simple, adversity can be used for good.  Things meant for evil can in fact be turned to good. 

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Topics: For Fun

Happy Earth Day from Optimation!

Posted by Steve Beyer on Apr 22, 2016 2:37:13 PM

Since the first "Earth Day" in 1970, American industry as well as the rest of the world has acknowledged ever stronger connections between our lifestyles and behaviors, and to a healthy future of our planet.

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Topics: About Optimation, For Fun

Building a Consensus on Projects and in The Primaries

Posted by Steve Beyer on Apr 18, 2016 2:35:05 PM


On a recent business trip to California, I had the opportunity to visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley. There I learned much about the man and the mission that he was on as president in the 1980s, and also had an opportunity to get my picture taken at the entrance of Air Force One.

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Topics: About Optimation, Communication, For Fun

Business Lessons from the Syracuse Comeback

Posted by Mike Triassi on Mar 28, 2016 1:02:54 PM

As a long time Syracuse Basketball fan, I feel compelled to comment on the first-ever visit to the final four by a number 10 seed. What business lessons can this comeback teach us?  

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Topics: Business, For Fun

The March Madness Effect

Posted by Wendy Smith on Mar 24, 2016 12:37:37 PM

March Madness, an opportunity for some great team bonding! There’s nothing like sports to bring people together.  Whether it is football, baseball, NASCAR, college basketball, the Olympics, or supporting your favorite local team, all of these are great opportunities to bond with others at work.  It may be a Super Bowl or World Series pool, Fantasy Football, or your March Madness Bracket, whatever the sport it brings people together, (or puts them at friendly odds with one another). 

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Topics: About Optimation, For Fun

Service With A Smile

Posted by Bill Pollock on Mar 23, 2016 11:43:06 AM

I work for a service company.  Most of us do.  We design, fabricate, install and maintain manufacturing systems.  Our customers are manufacturing firms.  But being an engineering services supplier for manufacturing firms is no different than being a service supplier in any industry.  For many years we have followed an adage, “we hire people for what they know and then fire them for who they are.”  A good service supplier needs to provide good service, and that includes employees who are well trained, competent and skilled in whatever industry they serve. 

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Topics: Business, For Fun

The Luck of the Irish

Posted by Bill Pollock on Mar 17, 2016 10:01:47 AM

It’s March and we are all eager to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, wear a bit of green and talk about the luck of the Irish.  The exact origin of the term “Luck of the Irish” isn’t known.  Those who know the history of Ireland realize that Irish luck was often not good luck at all.  This tends to be forgotten by most of us as we wear our smiling leprechauns, shamrocks or four leaf clovers. 

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Topics: For Fun

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