4 Ways Variable Frequency Drives Can Improve Commercial HVAC Efficiency

Last Updated: January 14, 2022

Modern HVAC systems are often a complex arrangement of equipment such as chillers, boilers, heat pumps, ductwork, and air handling fans. Since every commercial location is unique and has specific needs, facility managers must carefully consider all aspects of each system.  Some equipment recommendations that were once considered optional have become a necessity in order …

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The Equipment Manufacturer’s Guide to Labeling

Last Updated: January 13, 2022

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are responsible for labeling equipment in a way that supports safe product operation. In many aspects, a labeling program is an extension of other corporate practices such as safety management, quality assurance, and product development. When done properly, product labeling is a beneficial practice that adds value beyond traditional instruction manuals …

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101 Product Identification Tips From the Experts

Last Updated: January 12, 2022

Product identification and traceability are accepted best practices in industries worldwide including aerospace and pharmaceuticals. Keeping detailed records for an entire supply chain can be an incredibly large task and often requires input from nearly every department in an organization. The consequences of failing to develop reliable product lifecycle management practices can range from poor …

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Everything You Need to Know About UID Labeling Requirements and Compliance

Last Updated: January 11, 2022

The defense industry, along with aerospace and healthcare, is one of the most heavily regulated business sectors in the world. Many public and private entities on a national and international level define specifications that help protect public interests and maintain safe working environments. One such program, created by the United States Department of Defense (DoD), …

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What to Look for When Choosing Tactile Buttons

Last Updated: January 10, 2022

Choosing tactile buttons is an important step for interface designers and component manufacturers. The selection of a particular button mechanism will often be based on several factors including the intended applications, user preferences, and design requirements. One of the most popular button styles for modern interfaces is the tactile button, which has a perceptible physical …

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5 Ways Real Time Vehicle Tracking Protects Your Mobile Assets

Last Updated: January 6, 2022

Fleet management is an important practice used by manufacturing, logistics, and other supply chain partners to organize the movement of transportation vehicles and cargo. In today’s modern fleet management systems, a centralized fleet tracking software is combined with GPS vehicle monitoring devices to create a complete monitoring system for mobile assets. These systems can often …

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101 Trailer Tracking Tips From the Experts

Last Updated: January 5, 2022

Fleet management today requires careful oversight of facilities, vehicles, drivers, and cargo trailers.  Since trucks are often on the road for long periods of time, many companies are using fleet management systems to monitor the routes and status of each vehicle. In addition, Yard Management Systems (YMS) can help control the efficiency of each loading …

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What to Look for When Choosing Graphic Overlays

Last Updated: January 4, 2022
Posted by: Matt Krysiak in Overlays

Custom graphic overlays can be found just about everywhere. They’re used to augment machines, control panels, and interfaces as a convenient way to share information. These overlays are often branded with company logos and designed to fit seamlessly with the control panel and the equipment. A graphic overlay can also include text, images, and other …

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How to Comply with Military Packaging Specifications and Standards

Last Updated: December 23, 2021

Defense suppliers must conform with military packaging specifications and standards to ensure smooth shipments for their products. Securing military contracts can be a complex process that requires a great deal of due diligence and auditing. In many cases, a Quality Assurance Representative (QAR) from the military will be assigned to perform inspections of identified packages …

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5 Advantages of Metalphoto for Navy Deck Plates

Last Updated: December 22, 2021

The United States Navy contains hundreds of individual ships that are deployed to locations throughout the world. It takes significant time and effort to maintain these vessels and keep them in optimal operating condition. Navy personnel are organized on each ship based on individual roles and responsibilities, with signs and references charts provided to communicate …

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Guide to IBC Totes: Types, Storage & Shipping, Tracking & Identification, and More

Last Updated: December 21, 2021

Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) are used throughout the manufacturing and logistics world to transport large quantities of material in an efficient manner. These IBC totes were first used in 1992 as an alternative to the 200-liter (55-gallon) drums that were the primary bulk storage solution at the time. Since then, these containers quickly evolved to …

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How to Choose Materials That Comply With Military Specifications

Last Updated: December 20, 2021

Military products are used in some of the most demanding conditions in the world including marine, desert, and arctic environments. Manufacturers and supply chain partners for the defense industry must design their products to meet stringent specifications for quality and performance. In addition to ruggedized equipment, there is also a need for item-level serialization and …

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What to Look for When Choosing Printed Electronics

Last Updated: December 14, 2021

Printed electronics are created using advanced printing technologies and novel materials to produce high-density electronic films. These components can then be used to create modern electronics such as RFID tags, flat panel displays, and sensors. As a rapidly expanding technology, the printed electronics market is expected to grow to over $20 billion by 2025 at …

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7 Advantages of Capacitive Touch Technology

Last Updated: December 13, 2021

Capacitive touch technology is increasingly used in user interfaces for a variety of devices. A capacitive touch display is created by attaching a capacitive layer on top of a glass panel substrate. These components are then covered with a protective outer layer, and the surface of the device will maintain a static charge. As a …

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4 DoD Compliance Resources for Manufacturers

Last Updated: December 10, 2021
Posted by: Matt Krysiak in Military

Manufacturers who supply products to the defense industry must remain compliant with state, federal, and international regulations. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) manages a large portion of the process for awarding government supply contracts and tracking military assets. Included in the DoD asset management resources is the Item Unique Identification (IUID) program that includes …

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4 Benefits of Digital Freight Matching

Last Updated: December 9, 2021

Digital Freight Matching (DFM), also called digital load matching, is an “on-demand” freight service that uses automation to match shipments with carriers. These platforms take the concepts developed in the sharing economy, through companies such as AirBnB and Uber, and apply them to freight. Software technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and predictive analytics are …

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6 Best Practices for UID Global Asset Tracking

Last Updated: December 8, 2021
Posted by: Matt Krysiak in Military

The Unique Identifier (UID) global asset tracking program developed by the U.S. military has transformed the management of relevant equipment, inventory, and parts. The U.S. government maintains a centralized database for the UID program that includes all military assets that meet certain requirements. Any assets supplied to the military that meet the requirements must be …

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What to Look for When Choosing Military Labels

Last Updated: December 7, 2021
Posted by: Matt Krysiak in Military

Military labels and tags are used to properly identify defense equipment and other assets that are used by the U.S. military. Because many military assets can be deployed almost anywhere in the world, it’s important that labels and tags are durable enough to survive frequent transportation and withstand conditions in a wide range of different …

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5 Best Practices to Simplify Graphic Overlay Design

Last Updated: December 6, 2021
Posted by: Matt Krysiak in Overlays

Custom graphic overlays are a critical design component in many industries including automotive, aerospace, and medical. Creating an effective overlay design requires the consideration of several factors and deep knowledge of equipment operation and component construction. Because graphic overlays are customized, it’s important for each designer to capture application requirements prior to choosing the desired …

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Anatomy of a Successful Fleet Manager

Last Updated: December 3, 2021

Fleet managers are responsible for overseeing the use and maintenance of a group of vehicles, which can include trucks, cars, vans, trains, airplanes, or a combination of various types of vehicles used to transport people or goods. A key component of logistics, fleet management is costly and complex, with a variety of considerations such as …

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