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Connectivity – Control Product Insights for the OEM

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American Originals
June 24, 2016
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What is it that gives people the vision and drive to change the world? Was Andrew Carnegie born with something most men weren’t, or was he struck with a blinding bolt of inspiration that, when paired with hard work, led to something monumental?

These people aren’t just innovators or leaders. They’re something more. A rare breed with the potent combination of vision and drive to accomplish the unthinkable. 

They’re American Originals.

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Engineering The Future of Controls Manufacturing: The Internet of Things
June 22, 2016
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The term "revolutionary" gets abused.

Every day another new process, technology, or idea tumbles down our news feeds carrying the "revolutionary" label. And every day, nearly all of them fall short of this lofty description. But when you start talking to engineers about the effect that smart machinery will have on the manufacturing process, it becomes clear that the presence of Internet-connected machines on the factory floor is going to be just that – a revolution.

Industry 4.0's internet-connected machines will bring new levels of efficiency, increased speed to market, and vast amounts of information delivered in real-time. So, the question for OEMs isn't if smart machines have a place on the line, but how do you incorporate them, and how quickly?

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The People of c3controls: Interview with a Product Manager – John Berenbrok
June 16, 2016
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Why does your business exist?

It may seem like an expansive question that would take an hour to answer – what market you serve, how your products fill a need, how you’ve built value into  – but it’s probably not that complicated when you really think about it.

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Engineering Excellence: Building a Tower Light
June 14, 2016
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The end of the development process is an intense and exciting time.

Our product is about to be released and our customers are about to put our promise to the test. We know we have developed the product we want to put into the world. It meets all of our required marketing requirement specifications — that it will have guaranteed same-day shipping, will be reliable, and will be available with advantage pricing — and has been polished and perfected by the engineering and manufacturing teams. We’ve developed a working prototype and completed all the necessary verification and validation testing both in-house and via third party certifiers. Lastly, we’ve readied ourselves for large-scale production and marketing launch.

So what does it look like to launch the product into the world of control products?

In this post, we'll walk through an example of what the latter phases of development look like using the example of one of our own World Tower Lights.

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Why Control Systems Matter
June 8, 2016
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Manufacturers rely on the machines they buy from their OEM suppliers to keep their production lines up and running. The control system is the heart of each machine, and is critical to the operation of not only the machine, but the entire production line. The failure of even the smallest control system component in a machine, such as a switch or a relay, can bring an entire production line to a halt. In the worst case, damage to expensive equipment can occur from the failure of a control system component, or even injury to personnel.

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Engineering Excellence: Product Prepares for Launch
June 6, 2016
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Picture this process.

We’ve gone through all of these steps; we’ve defined the product that we need to manufacture starting with our marketing requirements specifications based on the c3controls promises, our engineering and manufacturing teams have developed multiple concepts, identified the best concept, and detailed the design leading to the design freezeWe’ve built the production prototypes and performed in-house validation tests, so the design could be optimized – eliminating any unnecessary components and making enhancements to improve performance and manufacturability. Third party certification activities are underway.

Now we’re ready to turn on the machine that made a limited number of production prototypes so that it can make five million units to be put in boxes and shipped globally.

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A Tale of Two Switches
May 31, 2016
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Perhaps the most important attribute for pilot devices used in industrial automation applications is long-term reliability.

Although pushbuttons, selector switches, and indicating lights may be some of the simplest components found in many automation systems, their proper functionality is a requirement for correct operation of the entire system. Even the least expensive pilot devices will work when installed, but only the best will still continue to function after decades of hard use in demanding applications and environments.

When a product works like it should for its expected lifespan, it's a good product. When it doubles that, you're dealing with a level of quality that is exceedingly rare.

Anyone who takes real pride in what they design and assemble, lives for the moments when a product they were responsible for comes back after performing reliably for far longer than anyone could have expected.

c3controls had two such experiences recently (two of many over our 40 year history) and offer them as proof to machinery and equipment manufacturers trying to find an electrical controls and controls manufacturing partner they can count on.

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Engineering Excellence: Verification, Validation, & Manufacturing Review
May 27, 2016
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Before holding the first production prototype of a new product design, there are often times a lot of walls to climb over and obstacles to overcome. By the time the design makes it over all of those walls, every element of the design has been optimized: dimensions, materials, cost, ease of assembly, and performance. This is the process that we’ve discussed in the past two articles.

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The People of c3controls: Interview with an Engineer – Dave Hartwick
May 23, 2016
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c3controls is not a logo or an address or a collection of machines. c3controls is its people.

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Engineering Excellence: From Concept to Design
May 19, 2016
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Identifying, selecting, and proving the best possible solution to a problem requires clarity of the requirements. It demands a critical approach to the problems needing to be solved and creativity in finding the best solution. By leveraging best practices for product development and project management, c3controls can move through the fuzzy front end of a project, bring clarity to the product and project, and execute at world-class speed.

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