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JobPack’s dedicated scheduling system helps manufacturers make informed decisions on expediting and investments.

By Tim O’Connor

It used to be that integration was king. When Peter Welsh started in the manufacturing execution systems industry 15 years ago, customers wanted one complete system that could do everything. Consolidating all the manufacturing components under a single platform ensured capability and avoided time-consuming IT headaches. Customers were content to buy scheduling software from the ERP provider because they knew it would work with their ERP system.

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 Western States Machine Co. is proud of its 100 years of providing customers with American-made products.

By Jim Harris

During its 100 years in business, Western States Machine Co. has seen many of its peers and competitors make major changes to manufacturing operations such as offshoring production to Asia. Rather than joining its contemporaries down this path, the Fairfield, Ohio-based centrifuge manufacturer has stuck to its principles and maintained production in the United States.

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TiLite’s ability to customize wheelchairs to a user’s specific dimensions sets it apart.

When TiLite started out nearly three decades ago, wheelchairs were just a portion of its business, and titanium wheelchair parts were just a part of a product mix that included titanium bicycle frames, golf club shafts, motorcycle parts and custom projects. Then, in the late 1990s, the company had an inspiration. According to TiLite, the company realized it could apply its knowledge of customized titanium construction to an entire wheelchair, creating something totally unique in the marketplace.

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Tethon 3D helps its clients create the ‘unimaginable.’ By Alan Dorich

There is never a point when the leadership of Tethon 3D is completely satisfied with its product offerings. President and CEO Karen Linder says the Omaha, Neb.-based company continuously innovates to meet customers’ needs.

“We respond to customer demand to create new materials and are continually reformulating our existing products to improve them,” she describes. “They go through versions that are updated typically every six months with new formulations.”

Tethon 3D manufactures ceramic powders for binder-jet printing and photo-curable ceramic polymers for SLA and DLP 3D printing. Linder and her husband, Jim Linder, founded the company in 2011, taking its name from the word for “white buffalo” in the language of the Omaha Sioux Native American tribe.

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Understanding pressures facing its end markets and changing customer requirements helps Houghton International to drive innovation and develop solutions for its customers.

By Eric Slack

Founded in 1865, Houghton International is today one of the most successful and respected specialty chemical companies in the world. Through innovative products, value added services and a global network of experts, Houghton is able to partner with customers and deliver innovative and sustainable technical solutions to help its clients increase productivity, reduce operating costs and minimize risks. 

“The company began with a rust preventive product, and it has successfully expanded its product portfolio in the industrial world and by entering developing countries,” CEO Michael Shannon says. “We’ve always been a leader in technology and product development. Our people and technology have put us in a leadership position, allowing us to build the largest marketshare and a great customer base.”

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Babcock Power continues to innovate in the mature environmental services and equipment market.

By Tim O’Connor

The world keeps getting a little cleaner every day. The Clean Air Act of 1970 and its updates in 1977 and 1990 set the standards for pollutants and the responsibilities that companies had to the environment. The law also created opportunity for businesses that could help manufacturers and energy produces adhere to those standards by providing and installing pollutant-reducing equipment.

The global market for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems for coal-fired plants was projected to grow 8.4 percent between 2013 and 2018, according to a 2014 study by firm Research and Markets. SCR systems use a chemical reaction to break down nitrogen oxide gas into water vapor and nitrogen

It is within this emissions control space that Babcock Power Environmental has focused its efforts for the past two decades. The OEM provides complete solutions for the world’s power generation, industrial, environmental and waste-to-energy markets. Much of its work involves designing and installing equipment for coal-fired plants, which are subject to tight emissions control. Those regulations can change depending not only on scientific understanding but which politicians are in office at the time.

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