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The IEM Dilemma

First I’d like to apologize for a term I’ve mis-used in the past, that of the OEM. I’ve always considered manufacturers of specific types of industrial equipment to be “OEM”s, or Original Equipment Manufacturers. After looking carefully at the various

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Rendering and Product Development

This article is a guest post from Pivot International ******************************************************* How Can Rendering Amp Up Your Product Development? Just about every product ever created begins with an image, some concept of the finished product. With today’s technology, it’s a fairly

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Announcement from Autodesk

AutoCAD is kind of like “Kleenex” or “Coke”. Even if you use some other software for drafting or design, AutoCAD is in such widespread use that its name has become synonymous with CAD in general. That’s why when I received

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Random Thoughts 1

Hello again from Miami. This time I drove down here since I needed to spend a couple of weeks on my current project, upgrading a juice and beverage compounding system. When I’m out of town for a long time its

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The Importance of Machine Documentation

Automated machinery can be very complex and cost millions of dollars. When it breaks down seconds can count… lost production affects the bottom line and can lead to lost customers when deadlines aren’t met. So why is machine documentation considered

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CAD and Wire Numbers

Today’s topic concerns an area that affects engineers, technicians and sometimes even office personnel and yes, management. A major part of building anything involves accurately designing and describing the thing that is to be built. If all of the required

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Panel Layout and Electrical Design

I had planned on writing a bit about my meeting with the publisher last week, but I received a comment on a post from about a year and a half ago on Controls Specifications. Doug asked me to cover a

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