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Mothers of Invention: Josephine Cochrane and the Dishwasher

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When you’re a fancy socialite and the servants keep breaking your fine china while washing it, you can either hire better help, or you can invent a machine to do the job right. Josephine Cochrane chose the latter. I’ll Do it Myself! The daughter of an engineer and granddaughter of an inventor, Josephine Cochrane lived

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Accidental Invention: Penicillin

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It was a simple mistake. You’ve probably even done it yourself: a trip out of town, a forgotten bowl of fruit… Next thing you know, you’ve invented penicillin. Admittedly, there were a few more steps involved in creating usable penicillin, but it just goes to show that you never know how the next great discovery

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History of Tums

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When your stomach is upset, it’s convenient to have a pharmacist for a husband. When your husband/pharmacist makes something that works so well it becomes a best-selling product within two years, you’ve got yourself the History of Tums. Something Isn’t Agreeing With Me In the 19th century, there were many remedies for an upset stomach.

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Engineer’s Obsessions: Running Through the Grand Canyon

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Dean Casady, Technical Services Director at Custom Powder, has been a runner for 45 years. Recently, he decided to take on one of the most rigorous runs on earth: A run into the Grand Canyon, traveling from rim to rim to rim, also known as R2R2R. “It’s seven miles to the bottom, nine miles across,

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Blended Romance: How Custom Powder Systems Came to Be

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“I don’t know how many times my boss introduced us… He really only needed to introduce us once,” recalls Denise on meeting Dale “Mac” McIntosh. The two had been working in the plant food industry and, if opposites do attract, Denise and Mac soon figured out how to blend their different personalities. “She’s my alter-ego,”

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NASA’s Habitat Demonstration Unit with Isolated Glovebox

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Imagine you’ve just flown a quarter-million miles to the moon to collect some rock samples that every scientist on the team is eager to get ahold of. However, you need to figure out a way to let them get their hands on them… without letting them actually get their hands on them. The Habitat Demonstration

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Six Celebrities Who Studied Engineering

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While some celebrities know from childhood that they are destined to be an actor, model, comedian, or other iconic personality, others may not begin pursuing these passions until they get older. But what, then, are they doing in the meantime? Well, for these six famous individuals the answer is: studying engineering. Ashton Kutcher Most famously

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Mothers of Invention: Lillian Gilbreth’s Ergonomics

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Born in Oakland, California at the end of Reconstruction, Lillie Moller was one of the first women engineers to earn a doctorate. She entered the first grade at age nine, and in less than ten years graduated high school. Although her father didn’t approve of a young woman going to college, he finally allowed her

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When Industry Rivals Become Friends, Everyone Wins

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The morning of April 2, 2021 brought devastating news for luxury brand Valentino: a fire had ravaged one of their shoe plants. Thankfully, no lives were lost. However, the structure and contents of the building were not so lucky. With 90% destruction, Valentino Shoes Labs was nearly a complete loss, including over 38,000 pairs of

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Women of Mars: Keeping Curiosity Alive

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Sending a working rover to Mars is a remarkable feat.  Keeping the rover working longer than expected is even more remarkable.  When the rover, Curiosity, landed on Mars on August 6th, 2012, the mission was planned to last 90 sols (Martian days), equivalent to approximately 92.73 Earth days. To this day, Curiosity has been in

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Napkin Sketch: A Non-Stop Flight Around the World

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Note-taking apps on smartphones have made capturing ideas as easy as speaking them into the air. But for engineers, nothing beats putting pen to paper and sketching them out by hand. One day in 1980, Burt and Dick Rutan imagined an airplane that could make it around the world and never stop for fuel. By

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Werner Stengel, the Thrill-Seeking Engineer

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You are strapped into your seat, the roller coaster cart slowly crawling forward when you see a hill approaching up ahead. You start to get nervously excited as the cart ascends, knowing that you will shortly be subjected to massive amounts of force and speed. Once the cart reaches the top, you take a quick

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International Adventures: Qatar

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We were asked to design, build, and install a two-part gas-to-liquid catalyst dispensing system in 2008. We created, set up, and tested it entirely at the CPS factory in Missouri, before packing and shipping it to Ras Laffan, Qatar. A country with fewer residents than expatriates, the State of Qatar sits on the western shore

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Mothers of Invention: Sarah Guppy

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Sarah Guppy was paid £40,000 by the British Government for a way to keep barnacles off boats. That’s about $4.5 million today. In 1811, she created a way to make safe piling for bridges. This important invention was employed right away by a Scottish civil engineer. This time, Guppy refused money for her creation. She

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Protecting Your Employees When PPE is Hard to Find

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“PPE has gone up 1000% in price across the board. Companies are calling us and saying ‘Here’s the situation, do you have any options?’” Angelo Rubino, Business Development Specialist PPE has been a common term for people in hospitals, factories, and other potentially hazardous workplaces. With the onset of COVID-19, the shortage of Personal Protective

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The Amazing Engineering That Gave Us Raisinets

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What do you get when you combine American raisins, sweet chocolate, and the right equipment to polish? One of our favorite treats: Raisinets. One specific grape, a method of polishing, and the right kind of chocolate are just a few of the key components in making Raisinets. Let’s grab a handful of this sweet treat

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Welcome Back to CPS, Rayce Gibson!

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Sales Executive Rayce Gibson has rejoined us here at Custom Powder Systems, and we couldn’t be happier. And it sure seems he’s happy with his decision, too. “I’ve known these guys forever,” Rayce says. “We already knew each other, we knew what we expected from each other. We know how each other works. It really

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International Adventures: China’s City of Dalian

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When Pfizer needed an aseptic system for dispensing and blending powders, Custom Powder Systems knew exactly what to do. We developed a fully automated system to dispense sterile antibiotic powders from aluminum shipping cans, mill and transport them into vial filling equipment. We also happened to discover a diverse seaport town loved by Chinese tourists.

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