Fasteners – What Type To Use?

The inspiration for today’s topic came about when a customer sent us a motor that has a premature bearing failure due to a soft foot issue. If you need a refresher on soft foot problems I had blog covering this earlier in May that can be found here: https://blog.gesrepair.com/common-causes-of-premature-motor-failure-soft-foot/. The interesting thing about this particular…
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5 Team-Building Exercises to Try This Year

Team building can be an important part of a productive workforce. While some managers may feel team-building exercises can be nothing but a waste of time, studies show the right team-building exercises can be quite valuable, bonding employees so there is less conflict and better morale while also helping workers practice working together to resolve…
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3 Things Competitors Can Teach Manufacturing Professionals

Most of us are more concerned about the risks our competitors pose to our businesses than about learning any lessons from them. But, believe it or not, competitors can be valuable resources. Your relationships with them don’t have to begin and end with making sure you’re on top. In fact, there are a number of…
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Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Maintenance Tips

Your programmable logic controllers (PLC) are critical to the smooth operation of your factory. That’s why it’s very important that they are up and running at peak efficiency every day. If any part of your PLC goes down, you may need to repair it or at least replace a part or two to sustain PLC…
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What Will Manufacturing Look Like in 100 Years?

It’s easy to look around our modern world and see what looks like science fiction brought to life. From self-driving cars to 3-D printers and the sum of the world’s knowledge accessible from a device you can fit in your pocket, it’s sometimes hard to imagine what the future could possibly hold that we don’t…
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Manufacturing Repair: Why Is It Important to Choose a One-Stop Shop?

In an ideal world, your equipment would never go down. Your machinery would always work perfectly and consistently, and you could keep manufacturing all day long. Unfortunately, you don’t live in an ideal world. You live in the real world where equipment sometimes breaks down and everything comes to a grinding halt. Every minute your…
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Bathtub Curve Reliability and How Repairs Affect It

After we repair a device, one of the frequent concerns our customers have is about the reliability of the product itself. Especially once failure analysis reporting is completed and the technician has stated that the unit failed due to normal wear and tear or end of life issues. Are other units of the same type…
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Nissan Declares New Plan For Dramatic Growth In Manufacturing

Japanese automaker Nissan has announced a new approach to their manufacturing process. Many Japanese manufacturers practice the concept of “Kaizen” , which is where processes are improved in small ways over time. Kaizen emphasizes full effort and support from every employee from the manufacturing floor, to the executive office. This concept has allowed consistent delivery…
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Common Manufacturing Mistakes: Inspection & Quality Control

The point of inspection and quality control in manufacturing operations is to avoid manufacturing mistakes. Inspection professionals are trained to seek out potential problems so manufacturers can take steps to prevent them before they happen. Without regular manufacturing error inspection, many mistakes would get through that could have catastrophic consequences for a business. This is…
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Solar’s Changing U.S. Landscape

A recent ruling by the International Trade Commission claims that imported parts for solar panels have caused “serious injury” for American-based manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld. While there is a possibility of a less stringent outcome, the ruling will likely mean the ITC proposes steep tariffs on imported goods, causing prices to go up, many installation…
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