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Six Reasons for Capital Equipment Disaster by Russ Sorrells

In my first postcollege job, I was a manufacturing engineer for Cummings Engine Co. in Columbus, IN.  Two weeks into the job, my boss came tome with a project to purchase ans industrial wash system, and I leaped at the opportunity.  It was a disaster. I didn’t know where to begin researching for a supplier.  …

That “Something” that Makes Automation Successful

After nearly 30 years working in and around the area of production equipment, I’ve discovered that there is something more important than technology, team resumes, ISO procedures and project management tools that makes a manufacturing equipment supplier the right choice for your custom project; something that trumps the company with latest HMI graphics, transport chassis, …

Planning for the Rapids

Literature is full of passages comparing life to a river.  Rivers have force, direction, peaceful stretches, and challenging rapids.  The analogies are obvious and numerous.   As a whitewater canoeist, I spend many hours exploring rivers and streams throughout the hills of Tennessee. By far, the rapids are my favorite. Arriving at a significant rapid, I …

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is a term used to reference the next phase of the industrial revolution.  My preference at this point is to call it an industrial evolution.  Technology continues to advance at rapid rates, but it has, for the most part, been compartmentalized.  In other words, cloud computing has primarily been applied to software services …

10 Tips for writing an effective RFP or URS

By Frank Richardi – ATC Business Development Manager East Coast If you have ever sourced custom machinery or factory automation you are familiar with a Request for Proposal (RFP) or User Requirement Specification (URS).  ATC Automation reviews hundreds of RFP’s and URS’s annually.  These requests come to ATC from every industry with an incredible variety …