Thankfulness, part 2

Having expressed thankfulness for electricity in its harnessed form, we should now also express thanks for engineering. It’s one thing to have power and another to be able to do anything with it. Energy and power is all around us. Getting it from the wind, water, sun, and stored carbon is only the first half… Read more »

Thankfulness, part 1

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, you’ve probably been thinking about the things for which you’re thankful. After all, someone might ask you at the groaning board on Thursday. You’ve probably already felt grateful for your family, your friends, your health, and your job. But have you expressed your gratitude for electricity? If you had to… Read more »

Getting the Most from a Trade Show

It’s trade show season. Most companies get that sending team members to trade shows is at least in part a perk, a matter of R&R as well as R&D. At today’s prices, though, you ought to be able to demonstrate some ROI as well. How can you make sure that you get the most out… Read more »

Results of Reshoring

As manufacturing jobs slowly but surely move back to our shores, we need to ask whether this is a good thing for American workers — or not. Companies that offshored to save money are finding, for a variety of reasons including the simple fact that offshore workers are beginning to expect higher wages, that they… Read more »

The Performance Plateau

Industrial automation made enormous strides in the 20th century. Indramat’s brushless servo motors were a big part of that innovation, and the use of automation in factories, printing companies, and so forth ushered in an era of increased productivity and safety in American manufacturing. Then everybody sort of relaxed. The most exciting news in motion… Read more »

In Praise of Laziness

In grad school I learned that the best time to propose a new idea is on Friday afternoon, because that’s when people are least likely to take the trouble to shoot it down. That’s not all that laziness and new ideas have in common, though. People who are always willing to be completely painstaking and… Read more »

HMI or PC?

It’s like something out of a movie — the intense-looking individual strides into the room, makes magician-like movements in the general direction of some snazzy screens apparently made of smoked glass, and something whirrs into action. The guy nods approvingly or adjusts something to show that he and not the machine is the boss. Actually,… Read more »

Indramat Lives On

We specialize in support and service for Indramat servo motors, drives, and controls. Since Indramat is now a part of Rexroth Bosch, we might think that the demand for service and support would be lessening, but once again today we saw a want ad for a drive and controls engineer specifying Indramat skilz. Why does… Read more »

Rexroth Bosch in China

As the American manufacturing sector begins to recover and manufacturing jobs return to the United States, China has been in the news. Certainly, China comes up as a threat to U.S. manufacturing jobs. American workers can’t compete with Chinese workers on price or on tolerance for difficult working conditions, and China continues to be a… Read more »

Servo Motors: Worth the Higher Cost?

We’ve discussed the difference between a stepper and a servo motor, but we still find that in industrial settings, people sometimes figure it’s best to use stepper motors because they’re lower in cost. Servo motors, like the Indramat Servo Motors we work with, are often saved for situations in which speed and power are obviously… Read more »

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