Guide to Chart Recorders

A Guide to Chart Recorders

A chart recorder is a device that reads and draws inputs onto a rolling piece of paper. The inputs are entered onto the paper with one or more pens of varying colors. For example, a chart recorder that measures seismic activity might use a red and a blue pen to measure different velocities and wave…
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Tesla’s Problem with Quality Control

If you’ve been following the stock market for the past quarter or longer, you’re likely aware of the continued spotlight on Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA). The automaker has some investors doubling down on shares and even more doubling down on short positions. Among the many story arcs of this much-talked-about company is the weekly production goal…
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3 Innovative Companies That Focus on Employee Happiness

Most companies today understand that employee happiness is a critical element in your business’ productivity and success. But how many of those companies are really walking the walk? Which companies have figured it out and are implementing employee happiness programs that really work? Here is a look at three companies who have really put a…
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Circuit Board Troubleshooting: 4 Strategies for Identifying Faults

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are central to nearly every single electronic piece of equipment and machinery manufacturers use in factories today. A PCB’s chief job is to connect electrical components, relaying input signals to appropriate control actions. Because they’re so central to electromechanical operation, PCB failures can be debilitating and need resolution quickly. Not every…
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How Augmented Reality Could Change Machinery Repair Forever

Industry is on the cusp of several different technologies that could make many facets of manufacturing easier, more efficient, and safer. Augmented reality (AR) is among them: The ultimate human-machine interface. AR innovations can specifically benefit repair and maintenance, and manufacturers are already hyping this technology as a game-changer for in-house industrial repairs. What does…
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Preparing For The Cold

With August ending fall is just around the corner. With the climate still warm it may a little preemptive to start talking about winter weather but when it comes to failure prevention, it is never too early to start making plans. Here we get a jump start on preparing your facility for a cold snap…
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What Manufacturing Safety Training Is Required Annually?

Clearly, when it comes to manufacturing, safety is extremely important. More than that, the Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires some type of annual safety training. You want to provide your employees with the best safety training possible, both for their health and to protect your company, but you also want to make…
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10 Ways to Cut Manufacturing Costs

As the fourth quarter of 2018 approaches, many businesses are planning out the last of their budgeted operations for the year and looking ahead to 2019. With holidays, colder weather and increased spending, this time of the year is always more expensive for businesses across the board. If you find yourself working with a tight…
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Where Have All the Skilled Laborers Gone — and What Will Bring Them Back?

It’s a sentiment manufacturers across the industry echo as one of the biggest headwinds in the face of economic progress: A shortage of skilled laborers. More jobs exist today than workers equipped to fill them — and researchers expect that number to go up to as many as 2 million unfilled jobs by 2025. The…
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Is ‘Zero Downtime’ a Realistic Benchmark or an Impossible Standard for the Future?

In a perfect world, manufacturing equipment would work flawlessly all the time, operating 24/7 without any breakdowns, setbacks, or malfunctions. Of course, we don’t live in a perfect world and machine maintenance is a core part of running any manufacturing business. So, the question becomes “How do we get as close as possible to 24/7…
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