Tomorrow’s a New Day!

2010 Flashback:  Remember the massive Toyota recall that kept getting shockingly worse, the inspiring Chilean miner rescue, BP’s devastating Gulf Oil Spill, the Tea Party, Mark Zuckerberg (who knew the name Mark Zuckerberg (besides his mom) before 2010?  Now it’s everywhere! ), Facebook, Wikileaks, Twitter, Android phones, the Apple iPad, […]

Encoders…The Weakest Link

Talk about out of proportion!   It struck me today as ironic that an entire manufacturing plant’s production can literally be held hostage by the failure of one relatively inexpensive part:  an encoder. When motion control is important to your production, then your encoder is a key component… and yet, often […]

Siemen Announces New and Better Spindle Motors for CNC Users

New gadgets are always cool and fun and I love letting you know about new stuff.  If you are looking for more dynamic responsiveness, smoother operation, and lower vibration levels, then Siemens may have just the new spindle motor for your applications. The family of Siemens 1PH8 high performance induction […]

5 Simple Ways to Avoid Shipping Disasters

Picture this:  A cardboard box containing the large Yaskawa circuit board repairs arrives on my loading dock just as expected.  Unexpectedly, the box, marked “Fragile”, has a hole in one side, a corner is crushed and it rattles ominously.  Shipping disasters can be avoided, even with overly aggressive delivery services. […]

What did you say?! This Commercial Just Got Really Loud and I Couldn’t Hear You

Whilst scanning various electronic news sources today there was the usual malicious mayhem and predictable political posturing when…wait a minute…what should behold my wondering eyes but  “The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation act”?   Is this a Jerry Seinfeld joke?  No, it’s truth! Seems Congress has voted, unanimously I might add, to […]

Buying Gold?

Got gold?  Seems like everyone from entertainer or enlightener Glenn Beck (you choose which)  to hedge fund legends George Soros and John Paulson have been touting buying gold these days.  Maybe investing in gold is right for you, or maybe not, but either way I’ve got a pot of gold for you!  That […]

Hear This: Manufacturing Growth and Excellence in the U.S. is NOT Dead!

Don’t let media doom and gloomers make you think manufacturing growth and excellence in the U.S. is a thing of the past.  Hardly! For one thing, new reports show manufacturing  technology consumption is up 62% in 2010 compared to the same time period in 2009.  That’s including a typical summer […]

How Lean Manufacturing Can Result In Happy Customers and Reduced Costs

Does it seem like your maintenance staff is constantly putting out “fires?” Or that your production equipment is always running to failure requiring industrial electronics repair and causing unplanned work stoppages? Lean manufacturing may be the answer.  Lean manufacturing concepts aren’t new but they are gaining momentum…and for good reason.

Install a Variable Speed Drive And Reap The Rewards

Looking to save energy?  Trying to gain speed and torque control?  Wishing you could control your starting current?  Variable speed drives can do just that and more which means you will reap the rewards quickly. Unless you run your motors at full speed all the time, variable speed drives (VSD) may […]