Drawing Maintenance: A Word of Caution

Posted by Pete Sherer on Mar 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM

When our customers need help keep their drawings up-to-date, they give us a call. And we tend to be casual observers of how our varied clients maintain their technical data.  We look over the shoulders of our technical contacts and observe the state of how they maintain and archive mechanical and electrical equipment data.  Some are diligent, but many do not attend to or have procedures in place to guarantee that their drawings reflect the design state of their current manufacturing platform.

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Topics: Maintenance, Manufacturing, process design

Can you really save money by relocating and repurposing used equipment?

Posted by Pete Sherer on Aug 30, 2016 3:03:50 PM

One of the services that we offer our clients is machine relocation. Our construction personnel, who are experienced with process equipment, are seasoned in the discipline of dismantling, crating, moving, and re-installing used machinery to other sites, or for other uses.  While we have the ability to perform this work, one can certainly observe all the effort that can go into such a move and come away wondering if accomplishing the needed business goal by virtue of this approach is worth it …

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Topics: Maintenance, Manufacturing

How to Plan for Emergency Downtime

Posted by Jack Burke on Jul 12, 2016 3:10:29 PM

Emergencies are never scheduled to occur when it’s convenient or when we’re ready. But you can still be prepared, and planning for emergency downtime is worth the effort. Here’s our advice for how to make sure that you can handle whatever comes your way.

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Topics: Maintenance, Manufacturing

Summer Shutdown Plans

Posted by Bill Pollock on Apr 14, 2016 3:07:47 PM

Factory shutdown support

It's that time of year when many companies begin to plan for their plant shutdowns.  Summer shutdowns predominate in the world of manufacturing. Historically, summer was selected as the time to hold plant shut downs because this made it easier to do vacation scheduling and at the same time allowed an extended time frame to carry out preventative maintenance that couldn’t be worked into otherwise busy production schedules. 

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Topics: Maintenance, Manufacturing

Emergency Maintenance - Who Do You Call?

Posted by Bill Pollock on Apr 4, 2016 11:39:18 AM

We are a service organization. Our clients are primarily manufacturing companies.  But that can include a pretty broad cross-section of companies with a large number of different applications. These range from egg farms to manufacturers of chicken diapers, automobiles or implanted medical devices.  One thing they have in common is that at some point in time something in their plant will fail to function properly and they will need service and support. And that is when opportunities for our team of engineers, technicians and tradesmen are created.

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Topics: About Optimation, Maintenance, Manufacturing

Why would a library come to an engineering company for a maintenance contract?

Posted by Wendy Smith on Mar 10, 2016 3:37:12 PM

Have you ever wondered what happens to a book or other library materials as they pass through the system?

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Topics: Maintenance

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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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