Is Your Manufacturing Plant Taking Advantage of Energy Management Opportunities?

What is keeping companies from starting an effective and sustainable energy management program (EMS)?  Seems strange.  Study after study outlines higher ROI (on investments less than $100,000) than other popular cost saving projects. To be clear, I’m not talking about the kind of programs that are completed one time, that is, fixing the basics, such

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Apprenticeship Is Still Alive

Getting the training we need to be successful, as fast as possible, is key in today’s fast pace culture. We, at InSource, often hear during our training classes that students are looking for how to quickly apply the knowledge they just received to their specific application or project. One of the best ways to help

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Plant Automation Gets a Huge Kick-start in 2017

Sometimes starting is the hardest part. One of the things I enjoy doing is cooking, and it’s a hobby where overtime you definitely see yourself improve. Knowing how to cook really just means that my toolbox of skills is a little more equipped than a person who’s trying to cook for the first time. But

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Manufacturing Day 2017

Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing during which manufacturers invite their communities including; students, educators, businesspeople, media, and politicians to their facilities in a collective effort to educate visitors about manufacturing career opportunities and to improve public perceptions of manufacturing. Manufacturing Day occurs on the first Friday in October. This year Manufacturing

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A Year Later, is it True?

Friday, September 1, 2017, marked the one-year anniversary of the InSource Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) purchasing the balance of InSource Solutions company shares to become 100% employee owned. When the announcement was made, we had no idea what this would mean. Who would run the company now? What would change? What would this mean

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The Next Manufacturing Revolution: You’re not late.

There’s a lot of buzz about the fourth revolution of manufacturing. Most discussions highlight the exciting new capabilities in a “Digitized Factory”: advanced robotics, the Industrial Internet of Things, Big Data, Augmented Reality, Additive Manufacturing (think 3-D Printing), etc. Some challenge us to change our production models for scale customization and regional trade models. The

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What on Earth is Prometheus?

Imagine a future where you can build complete process automation capabilities with the same high level tools and libraries you use today to build your HMI (Human Machine Interfaces), MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) and process Historians. Now imagine that when you first built your system, you used Rockwell controllers but now you’ve decided to switch

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Obsolescence Can Cause Downtime and Production Loss

Industries across the country receive thousands of end-of-life (EOL) notifications throughout the year. What are the possible consequences of these notifications? What are the risks involved in a delayed response when handling obsolescence? An industry average of approximately 20% of identifiable plant equipment is obsolete. Obsolescence, simply put, is the transition from availability from the

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