The Expert’s Guide to Fleet Maintenance

Last Updated: October 3, 2022

Operating a commercial fleet of vehicles is no small undertaking. No matter what types of vans or trucks your company uses, keeping these vehicles compliant with all applicable regulations and properly maintained is an effort that can feel gargantuan without the right plan. Fleet maintenance expectations alone are enough to stress out even experienced fleet …

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The OEM’s Guide to Product Engineering

Last Updated: October 3, 2022

Every original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) product lineup is unique. As such, their product engineering practices must be equally unique. However, the general tenets of OEM product engineering remain the same, regardless of industry. This universality holds true for organizations operating in industries such as: Aerospace Architecture Defense Energy Heavy equipment Industrial engines and pumps Manufacturing …

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9 Key Things OEM Design Engineers Need to Know

Last Updated: September 30, 2022

The Original Equipment Manufacturer, or OEM, builds components that are used to produce a final product, and the OEM’s design engineers play a critical role in the successful manufacturing of that component. The client sends the drawings for the components and other considerations for manufacturing, and it is the responsibility of the OEM to deliver …

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OEM vs. ODM: What’s the Difference?

Last Updated: September 30, 2022

OEM and ODM are terms commonly heard in manufacturing, but while they sound similar, they are not two names for the same concept. There are fundamental differences between an OEM and ODM, but these two words are often used interchangeably, adding to the confusion. In this article, we’ll review the characteristics of both OEMs and …

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The Manufacturer’s Guide To Traceability

Last Updated: September 30, 2022

As a manufacturer, your products are critical to the modern way of life in one way or another, including to the economy. In fact, it contributes $2.77 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, with an impact of $2.68 to the economy for every $1.00 spent in manufacturing. But errors do happen during manufacturing, and the …

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50 Top Engineering Blogs to Stay on Top of Industry News, Trends & Best Practices

Last Updated: September 29, 2022

Engineering is a thriving field, with a projected blistering 6% growth rate in jobs from 2020 to 2030. This critical industry is essential for civil infrastructure, product design, electronics, and everything else in our society that moves humanity forward. However, the industry is always changing, and it’s a good idea to stay on the bleeding …

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The Anatomy of a Successful Design Engineer: Salary, Certifications, Essential Traits & Characteristics, and More

Last Updated: September 29, 2022

Whether you’re buying a pen, an engine, or an airplane, the chances are a design engineer was involved in creating it. Design engineering is a discipline that blends creativity with technical engineering concepts and involves taking a list of requirements or problems and turning them into a real, functioning product. But what makes a successful …

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What is Traceability?

Last Updated: September 30, 2022

Regardless of your organization’s business model, products, or customers, you need to manage your assets at every turn. Inventory accuracy, safety, and quality are all necessary to run your business efficiently — but how can you keep track of everything when your business has so many moving parts? As you add more products, tools, and …

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The OEM’s Guide to Product Development and Manufacturing

Last Updated: August 2, 2022

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), you need to supply your clients with reliable components. No matter your industry – whether you’re manufacturing semi-trailers and trucks, auto parts, HVAC components, food equipment, or anything in between – you’re expected to provide safe, effective, and innovative products that keep your customers moving forward. But how do …

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11 Key Principles of Design for Manufacturing

Last Updated: August 1, 2022

Large-scale manufacturing plays an important but hidden role in our everyday lives, as it affords us essential goods at a cheap price. To achieve this, products and components must be designed for manufacturing at scale. What Is Design for Manufacturing? Design for manufacturing, or DFM, is the process of designing products at minimum cost without …

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7 Sheet Metal Design Tips for Better Fabrication

Last Updated: July 29, 2022
Posted by: Matt Krysiak in Materials

Sheet metal is versatile, readily available and easily worked with, making it a popular choice for fabrication. Sheet metals are used when the thickness of material is required to be consistent across the entire surface, with the rigid yet flexible material finding use across various applications, both indoors and out. Various software applications are used …

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The 25 Best CAD Software Tools for Design Engineers

Last Updated: July 28, 2022

Design engineers use their expertise to bring products to life through a complex design engineering process. Through 2D drawings and 3D models, along with many iterations, prototypes, and other steps, design engineers make it possible to translate ideas from the screen and into a manufacturing environment. This helps brands not only clarify their vision for …

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What is Fleet Maintenance, and How Does it Work?

Last Updated: July 27, 2022

When you own and manage a fleet of commercial vehicles, the importance of regular maintenance cannot be understated. You need your fleet in top working order if you’re to keep customers happy, employees safe, and business thriving. To do that, you’ll need to do more than be timely about basic servicing – you need to …

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The Ultimate Resource List for OEMs

Last Updated: June 8, 2022

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are critical to the global supply chain. Industries ranging from automotive to medical rely on OEMs to produce reliable, high-quality components. However, today OEMs find themselves navigating a new era of uncertainty. B2B buyer expectations are changing rapidly, and business models are adjusting accordingly. For example, an increase in counterfeit parts …

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The Expert’s Guide to the Engineering Design Process

Last Updated: May 16, 2022

Technology is downstream of science, and engineering is downstream of technology; it’s the application of technology to solve specific problems. This has been articulated in our previous article on the engineering design process. In this article, we’ll take a deeper dive into: What Is the Engineering Design Process? Steps Involved in the Engineering Design Process …

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What Is the Engineering Design Process?

Last Updated: May 16, 2022

Many problems humans face are solved by technology. Technology is the application of science to solve real-world problems. This has powered human and economic development in the past few centuries. However, the principles obtained with scientific methods cannot be directly applied to real-world problems. The scientific process is, by and large, abstracted away from real-life …

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What Is OEM? Definition, Relationship with VARs, Benefits & More

Last Updated: July 31, 2022

Spend any amount of time in manufacturing, and you’re certain to hear the term ‘OEM’ thrown around. In simple terms, OEM – shorthand for original equipment manufacturer – traditionally refers to businesses that build and produce specific parts for other companies. These companies then go on to use these components in the manufacture of their …

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4 Ways Variable Frequency Drives Can Improve Commercial HVAC Efficiency

Last Updated: February 8, 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: September 15, 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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