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

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

How A Gotcha Stick Evaluates Machine Safety

Posted by Bill Pollock on Jun 19, 2018 3:49:27 PM

It's human nature to find ways to work around the rules. 

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Topics: Safety, Machine Guarding

Machine Safety, Machine Guarding and The Gotcha Stick

Posted by Bill Pollock on Feb 7, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Getting employees to follow the rules, even rules that keep them safe, is difficult. For some segments of the population this 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, Machine Guarding

Machine Guarding and Safety Guarding

Posted by Bill Pollock on Apr 11, 2017 1:20:48 PM

Machine guarding is often thought of as something associated with industry and manufacturing plants. It is true that the potential for hazards from machines is greater in those settings.  But even in our homes we often have machines where safety guards have become common.  Our garage doors have sensors so that if anything cuts the plane of the door the opener will reverse the action and open the door. Riding lawnmowers have seat interlocks to shut down the engine when we get off the mower. Table saws have sensors to shut the blade off quickly if it comes in contact with a finger. And even kitchen appliances like a food processor have interlocks to keep clumsy home operators from cutting their fingers. 

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Topics: Safety, Glass Manufacturing, Machine Guarding

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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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