A Day in the Life: Robert Tiedeken (Branch Manager-Franklin, Indiana)

Transcribed from Video by Ryan Neuman

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Printed Circuits May Soon Become Truly Printed

What we refer to as “printed circuits”—the well-known figurative and literal foundation of most electronic products—aren’t really printed at all, except in special cases. Instead, they’re fabricated by techniques such as chemical etching, additive deposition, laser etching, and even nanostamping. As printed-circuit-board (PCB) line width and spacing shrink, or ever-smaller 3D nanostructures are needed, these techniques are reaching limits. They have become increasingly challenging and costly as even the tiniest of imperfections and roughness can affect functionality and performance.

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What Is Machine Vision and How Can It Help?

People are often confused about what machine vision can and cannot do for a manufacturing line or process. Understanding how it works can help make decisions about if it will resolve problems with the application. So exactly what is machine vision, and how does it work?

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A Day in the Life: Christina Howard (Senior eBay Purchasing Support)

Video transcribed by Ryan Neuman for Radwell International

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A Day in the Life: Paul Fashaw (Logistics Breakdown Specialist)

Blog Transcribed from Video by Ryan Neuman for Radwell International

 

My name is Paul Fashaw and I’m a Logistics Breakdown Specialist. I am assigned to ensure that the orders that our company receives from their vendors are accurate and that they match their purchase order. I also need to make sure that the material that we receive is in good condition and acceptable. 

How did you develop your work ethic?

My work ethic developed as a child. I started a job at 9 years old as  an order boy at Acme markets. At the of 21, in 1954, I entered the military and served for four years before I was honorably discharged in 1958. At that time,  I started in the workforce as a computer operator.  I continued to work in that capacity in the data processing field for 55 years. After I retired I began working  at Radwell International. I’ve been here 13 years and I continued to use my work ethic at Radwell as a Breakdown Specialist. I need to ensure that all the orders and materials that the company receives are according to our specifications.  It’s very interesting and I enjoy my work.

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Ask an Engineering Expert: What Trends Do You See Today in the Design of Industrial, Manufacturing, and Warehouse Facilities?

Industrial projects - which can include anything from warehouses and distribution centers, to printing plants and manufacturing facilities - can have complex MEP/FP engineering needs. They aren't just big storage facilities; they often house advanced equipment and technology, and need to be designed for optimum productivity and safety.

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One Thing Leads to Another: A Customer Success Story

Sometimes one phone call can make all the difference. This  story begins because of a service call placed on October 10th, 2017 by Siemens Healthcare in Plainfield, Indiana to the team at Radwell International in Franklin, Indiana. 

Siemens contacted Radwell for a service call because they had parts that could not be repaired by their regular vendor. Matthew Hartwell and Eric Dupont of Radwell International's Indiana location went to that service call and Eric worked on the part for about 30 minutes and was able to repair it.  Eric then worked on the second part  with the same impressive results.  Siemens people checked and verified everything was working as they wanted, and they were amazed that Eric had diagnosed and repaired everything in such a short amount of time. Even the techs on site were blown away that Eric was able to get it working again.

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A Day in the Life: Matt Gingell, Building & Aquarium Maintenance Associate


My name is Matt Gingell and I’m Radwell International’s Building & Aquarium Maintenance Associate.

 My main responsibilities are taking care of over 40 fish tanks. Right now we have 42 that are up and running. That's a total of 7,300 gallons of water.

One of the larger fish tanks is the one embedded in the wall of Brian Radwell’s office. It’s a 650 gallon fish tank that features South American, African, and Central American Cichlids. However, there is also one huge Gourami who is a community fish but is definitely in charge of the tank. 

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Picking An Integration Partner: Four Steps to Success

 Plant floor automation, data integration, and optimization of facilities processes are critical to overall business success in today’s global business environment. The focus on information, coupled with the introduction and implementation of Industrie 4.0, places an even greater emphasis on selecting the best partner to drive success within automation-focused projects.  Knowing this, it is crucial to establish a relationship with a system integrator that understands your needs and offers the best solutions for your business.

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A New Age Approach to Traditional Manufacturing Issues

As the virtual world collides with real-world manufacturing issues, the winners will be those who successfully navigate the challenges of both the technology and the people who will operate it. That was the central theme of the 2018 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit (GAMS), presented by CFE Media and Hannover Messe USA and sponsored by Siemens, SAP, Advantech, Beckhoff, Infor, Stratus, UL, Universal Robots, and Lapp.

The half-day thought leadership event that took place Sept. 12 as part of IMTS 2018 in Chicago drew a full house of manufacturing leaders looking to navigate the challenges faced in an age of robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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