The Essential First Step to Capital Project Success

Posted by Pete Sherer on Feb 16, 2016 11:11:53 AM

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If your business is growing and thriving, you may be at a point where you are seeking a capital improvement…you may know what you want to accomplish, and what benefits to your business you desire, but you’re not sure how to select the best approach? 

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Topics: Purchasing, Project Management

Providing Engineering Services Remotely

Posted by Wendy Smith on Feb 8, 2016 2:21:02 PM

In my last blog I talked about the Engineering Services Contract.  These are a great way to streamline and expedite the process of requesting and approving engineering service work.  Another way to economically provide engineering services is by performing them remotely. 

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Topics: Purchasing

The Engineering Services Contract - how to partner with your customers

Posted by Wendy Smith on Jan 27, 2016 10:09:47 AM

The procurement processes at many companies can be very complex and time consuming.  It can take longer to get a purchase order than to complete the work on some projects. One solution to this is to set up an engineering services contract, or a blanket contract.

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Topics: Resource Planning, Purchasing

Partnering with Machine Builders for Cost Effective Turnkey Projects

Posted by Pete Sherer on Jan 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

When it comes to providing engineered solutions for our clients in the manufacturing segment, Optimation recognizes that the most effective approach maybe require us to engage the assistance of subject matter experts and OEM equipment providers beyond our own stable of excellent technical folks. While we thrive at engineering, designing and building custom designed process equipment to meet our customers’ unique needs, occasionally we find that certain system components are more cost-effectively integrated into our solution by reaching out and asking other equipment builders to source their pre-engineered product into our project.  

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Topics: Manufacturing, Purchasing, Project Management

Document Project Requirements BEFORE You Go Out for Bid

Posted by Wendy Smith on Jan 7, 2016 11:08:28 AM

One of the most important factors for a successful project is being able to specify the requirements up front. Many times, the customer doesn’t know exactly what he needs. More preliminary engineering is required to get the project requirements specific enough for suppliers to offer a fixed price bid for the project. But often, clients don’t realize they need to budget for this and therefore don’t want to pay companies like us for this service.

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Topics: Purchasing, Project Management

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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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