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The Impact of Oil Prices on Manufacturers

At first glance, reduced oil prices appear to have a positive impact on the economy, and specifically, on the manufacturing industry. However, by taking a closer look, it’s not always the case. There are clear “winners” and “losers.” The impact oil prices have on a manufacturing company is largely determined by two things: 1. What the company produces When oil prices plunge, the prices...

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How Fiber Optics Improves Shore Line Defense

Fiber optics technology has many applications in a variety of industries including communications, manufacturing, and defense. Compared to other technologies, fiber optics has fewer associated costs, higher bandwidth capacity, and saves energy. In the defense industry, one such application of fiber lasers is for sensor systems. The fiber lasers “act as the optical light source or the sensor element. When the fiber...

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Genius® AirFree® Syringes – For Small Dots, Beads and Potting

A full line of industrial polypropylene syringes that are offered in three colors and four sizes for dispensing a wide range of light and viscous fluids manufactured by Fishman Corp. of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Fishman Genius® AirFree® Polypropylene Syringes feature zero-draft barrel I.D.s, AirFree® pistons for dispensing light fluids, have a .096” wide dispensing orifice to assure proper fluid flow,...

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Fishman Corporation Named 2014 Alcon Supplier of Excellence

Fishman Corporation, a producer of high quality, reliable dispense systems for the application of assembly fluids, has been honored by Alcon with its prestigious 2014 Supplier of Excellence Award. Alcon is the global leader in eye care, and is the second largest division of Novartis. “We are honored to have been recognized for our service and selected by Alcon as a 2014 Supplier of Excellence. Alcon works with...

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The Benefits of Adhesive Technologies in Manufacturing

When joining materials in a manufacturing facility, using adhesive technologies is the most efficient process because there are many disadvantages to the alternative techniques. For example, mechanical fastening involves creating holes which can weaken the material and thermal bonding heats the material, which can alter its properties. The benefits of using adhesive technologies in processing are well documented and enable manufacturing innovation. Benefits of using adhesive technologies include...

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4 Ways to Minimize Downtime in a Manufacturing Facility

In a manufacturing facility “downtime” is like a four letter word. Downtime means lost productivity and revenue along with increased stress. On a small scale, some downtime is to be expected, and may even be planned for. However, it’s obviously best to keep it at a minimum. Here are 4 steps to take to do so: Routine preventative maintenance Maintenance shouldn’t occur only...

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Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Safety in a Manufacturing Environment

Electronics manufacturers must adhere to specific ESD, or electrostatic discharge, protocols in order to maintain a safe working environment and ensure product quality. What is ESD and how does it occur? An ESD event occurs when an electrostatic charge rapidly transfers between two objects. This transfer is usually caused when two objects with a notable potential difference in electrical...

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The Advantages of Fiber Optics and why it’s The Way of the Future

Fiber-optic communication, first developed in the 1970s, has played a major role in creating the connected world that we live in today. More than 2 billion kilometers of optical fiber is deployed around the world, connecting people, businesses, communities, countries, and continents in real-time via voice, data, and video. (Source) As consumers’ communication demands continue to...

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Embrace a Manufacturing Process That’s Lean and Green

Lean manufacturing, now considered the standard in manufacturing, is the process in which companies focus on becoming more efficient in order to improve productivity and reduce waste when producing a product or service. It is based on a company culture that aims for continuous improvement. The lean manufacturing philosophy is largely credited to the Toyota Production...

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Factors Driving Medical Device Innovation and Improvement

Innovation and improvements in the medical device industry continue to advance at increasing speeds. The goal is to get high quality products to market as quickly as possible. Many factors are driving medical device innovation and improvement including the following: Improved FDA approval process The FDA approval process within...

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