How and Why to Become an Engineer

Posted by Meghan Hayes on Apr 21, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Now you want to be an engineer, so how do you do it?

During National Engineers Week  we filled you in on all the reasons you should be an engineer. EWeek, as it is also known, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated engineering workforce by increasing the understanding of and interest in engineering careers in the United States.  So why should someone become and engineer?  And if you decide on an engineering career, how do you become one?

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Topics: IIoT, 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

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

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

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

How to Mine Value from your Process Data

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jan 21, 2020 8:58:59 AM

In the brave new world of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), many companies are discovering that they have better connectivity and access to a wide variety of data generated by their business and manufacturing computing systems.  This digital information is a product of databases used to order products, manufacture them, and even ship them.  With all this information at hand, manufacturers are beginning to ask how the data could be used (mined) to improve a whole host of company metrics, like lead times, yields, supply chain efficiency, etc.  With most businesses that utilize computers across their product delivery stream, the key is to cull out the valuable information from the massive amounts of less valuable data at hand.  As you might imagine, this becomes a daunting challenge.

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Topics: Process Monitor, IIoT

Is Your Process and Product Information Displayed Efficiently?

Posted by Dan Curry on Sep 17, 2019 12:02:33 PM

As a process and product engineer for a fortune 100 company that manufactured high value chemical products, my job involved analysis of a tremendous amount of process and product information.

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Topics: Quality, Process Monitor, IIoT, Operations

Evaluation of Process and Product Variability

Posted by Robert Hopkins on Aug 7, 2019 7:30:00 AM

At one point, Kodak continuously evaluated over two hundred thousand process and product parameters for all production orders in the worldwide film supply chain. The parameters being evaluated included: key process parameters, such as chemical reactor feed flows and temperatures; product release parameters, such as number of defects in a 10,000 ft master roll of coated film, and the condition of critical process components, such as pump vibration level, heat exchanger approach temperatures, motor current draws and control valve positions. Automatic alerts are generated to alert maintenance when parts need to be replaced or operations when a product just made needs to be held and not released to downstream operations. How did Kodak accomplish this level of aggressive monitoring in a global supply chain with flexible manufacturing systems and thousands of product recipes? In short, the answer is Process Monitor.

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Topics: Quality, Process Monitor, IT, IIoT

Using Process Monitor to Track Roller Traction in a Flexible Web Machine

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jun 17, 2019 10:22:08 AM

Recently a team of Optimation’s web conveyance experts teamed up with a pair of Eastman Kodak’s IT experts to create a means to demonstrate the power of applying a process monitoring tool to a known but illusive problem.  The demonstration involved using Optimation’s Thin Web Rewinder, one of the pilot machines located in our Media Conveyance Facility, and Kodak’ proprietary Process Monitor software.  We elected to use roller traction as the parameter of interest, because it is a functional attribute that is subtle, making it challenging to measure and status over time.

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Topics: Quality, web handling, Process Monitor, IT, IIoT

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