Industrial Outlook, Part 3: Wood Products & Textiles

To date, our economic observations have looked at the steel industry and the oil & gas industry, doing a mash-up of various economic overviews for each of those industries. In this post, we’ll examine the 2018 economic outlooks for wood products and for textiles, including non-wovens. Wood Products Frere’s Lumber Co., Inc., in a report dated January 15, 2018, stated that 2017…

Industrial Outlook, Part 2: Oil & Gas

In Part 1, we examined several sources of economic projections, starting with a presentation for the overall economy and leading into presentations of the steel and construction sectors. Part 2 will examine the oil & gas industry, one in which we are particularly active. Oil  All four sources reviewed agree that 2018 will be a year…

2018 Industrial Economic Outlook

Yogi Berra said of predicting, “It’s difficult, especially about the future.” And our intent with this post isn’t to make any predictions. Rather, we want to assimilate a number of reports of economic activity and forecasts to give you a broader picture of the economy across a number of industries. We hope you find it…

Thermography at AWEA

At next month’s AWEA (Alabama Water Environment Association) conference at The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL, business development manager Andrew Green will be giving two presentations. Tuesday, April 10, at 1 PM, he will be giving a case study on our project on Lake Okeechobee. At 3 PM, he’ll be discussing thermography and its applications within the…

Why Do the Trailblaze Challenge?

Last month we announced our Trailblaze Challenge fundraising event to benefit Make-A-Wish Alabama. The event is undertaken in honor of four employees who made an impact on the company and all passed away within the past few years: John Long, Sean Gucken, Al Poston, and Arthur (AT) Thomas. This month, two of the team members have shared…

Start Small to Go Big

Most system integrators are eager to find those large customers who can provide a steady flow of business opportunities, and we’re no different. But experience has taught us that large corporations are often reluctant to turn over major projects to a new, untested vendor. You have to be patient, be willing to accept some very…

CSIA Certification: Path to Business Improvement

by Tom Adams, VP Safety, Quality and Compliance Since CSIA (Control System Integrators Association) first introduced its certification program, we have been an enthusiastic supporter, including being part of the latest pilot certification program for Release 5 of the Best Practices manual. Our first certification was awarded in 2002, and we’ve been re-certified every three…

NFPA70E and Gloving Requirements

By Jim Hazelwood Everyone who must use PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for arc-flash and shock protection will gripe and complain.  Maybe that is a bit extreme, but follow me here.  Some will complain about heat of the coveralls, or worse, the moon suit.  How about the face shield?  All scratched up maybe?  Hearing?  Hard to…