3D Printing and Innovation

Posted by Bill Pollock on Jul 27, 2016 2:23:31 PM

Image Credit: Sam's Club

We hear frequently about 3D printing and all the potential it may have. It’s mind bending to look at how far 3D printing has come and how quickly it is moving, making it essential to stay current with developments in technology. 

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Topics: Technology, Trends

HALT!  Who goes there? Industrial System Security

Posted by Mike Triassi on Jun 14, 2016 1:47:59 PM

Password management gets more important as we access financial websites, corporate portals, and an ever-increasing number of cloud-based resources as part of our online activity. In addition to passwords, it is good to secure personal data such as Social Security numbers and other sensitive information that should be kept out of the wild from identity thieves.   

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Topics: Technology, Trends, Controls, Smart Factory

The Many Applications of Additive Manufacturing

Posted by Steve Beyer on May 31, 2016 2:13:38 PM

Additive Manufacturing (AM) remains a hot topic, offering tremendous benefits to manufacturers, especially for complex parts.  Inroads are being made in newer and more sophisticated applications than previously thought possible by most users. 3-D printing was the domain of small plastic parts, rapid prototyping, and some rapid tooling. Now the technology offers a very wide material set and is on the brink of becoming commonplace. That would however understate the promise that AM offers today's manufacturers. Global names like General Electric (GE AM), Moog (Moog AM), and others are investing into this in a big way with much research and development effort and funds into this promising technology.

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Topics: Mechanical and Process Services, Manufacturing, Technology, Trends

Change Management for Controls Systems with Git

Posted by Mike Triassi on Feb 24, 2016 11:36:39 AM

It is difficult to search software titles for very long without coming across something being sourced by a Git server (such as GitHub).  As the default workflow for over 10 million software developers, coupled with the recent announcement that Google Code is being retired, there seems to be every reason to believe that Git is here to stay.  How can those of us writing software for controls systems take advantage of this tool in our everyday work flow?

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Topics: Technology, Controls

Why system integrators should be technology agnostic

Posted by Steve Beyer on Dec 8, 2015 2:02:19 PM

"If the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail." That old saying sounds a lot like the scenario that many system integrators perpetuate, by focusing on the solutions of only one hardware provider or technology.  Being good at something doesn't necessarily qualify you to apply that expertise to every problem that you encounter. And various industrial facilities use and are comfortable with different technologies. That’s why we are technology agnostic at Optimation, meaning that we find the right tool for the job at all times. We aren’t limited by an exclusive partnership with a specific provider.

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Topics: Technology, System Integration

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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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