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Accidental Invention: Potato Chips

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WARNING: Reading this article may incite a ravenous craving for potato chips. Viewer discretion is advised. The crunchy, salty, irresistible snack that you know and love was first created nearly two centuries ago. Potato chips are said to have originated from an interaction between a picky restaurant patron and an irritated cook… But is that

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Inventions Ahead of Their Time: NASA Tools

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If you’ve got a memory foam mattress you love dearly, you’ve got NASA to thank for that. Temper foam, cochlear implants, and portable computers are just a few of NASA’s incredible inventions that were used for space exploration long before they became everyday items in society. It’s no secret that space travel requires some pretty

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Mothers of Invention: Hedy Lamarr

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Did you know that “The Most Beautiful Woman in Film” was also responsible for the ideas behind what we now know as WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth technology? Here are some insights into the incredible mind and talent of Hedy Lamarr. It is hard to find a better example of “Beauty and Brains” than Hedy Lamarr.

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Considerations for Working with Metal Powder Additive Manufacturing

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Utilizing the abilities of additive manufacturing (AKA 3D printing) with metal powders is unlocking the ability to build new parts and tools for aerospace, automotive, communications, and medicine that were previously not feasible. However, we must also consider and address the serious safety and handling implications. Working with new technologies can be exciting, especially building

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Accidental Invention: Silly Putty

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Simple. Squishable. Moldable. Silly Putty has been a popular children’s toy for over 80 years. But did you know it wasn’t created for kids? Silly Putty’s origin story begins with an accidental discovery during the rubber shortage during World War II. During WWII, many of the countries that produced rubber were being invaded at the

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Accidental Invention: Corn Flakes

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Corn Flakes – the best-selling breakfast cereal in the United States. You know them. You love them. But do you know how they were created? Check out this article to learn the surprising story behind the accidental invention of this iconic Kellogg’s product. As with many notable inventions, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes were created partially 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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“That’s the Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Seen”

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something new comes along.  One that made our Denise McIntosh say, “What is that?  That’s the strangest looking machine I’ve ever seen!” It’s another innovation from the smart minds in our engineering department. The challenge they encountered was a customer who needed to get product from one room

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The Magic Hidden in Determination

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If you’ve ever tugged a knotted rope with a puppy, you can be sure that you’ll get tired long before the puppy. And the puppy already knows it. In the article “Embrace the Grind” by Jacob Kaplan-Moss, he goes into the detail (and determination) involved in pulling off a magic trick. Magic and good engineering have

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Read This Part About Parts

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Meet your biggest enemy: Downtime. When machines go down, customers don’t get taken care of, the time clock keeps ticking up your payroll, and money stops coming in.  Unfortunately, machines break down. It’s one of the inevitable truths of anything with moving parts. Fighting the downtime enemy means being smart about your inventory of replacement

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IBC Container Bin Resolutions(+ A Case Study)

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There’s nothing magic about the date “January 1st.”  It will be a Friday, so it has that going for it.  But, collectively, we have decided that it’s a day for a new beginning.  A day to start resolutions.  A commitment to make 2021 better than 2020 (not a high bar to clear, but still). The

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10 Great Gratitude Quotes

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10 Great Gratitude Quotes

This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US, where it has been an… unusual… year. In some ways, our world feels larger, and in other it feels smaller. Whether you’re a client, vendor, or partner here in the States, or you’re among those we count as friends around the world, we are more thankful for

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Join us at the 2020 PACK Expo

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Join us for this virtual event November 9-13, 2020 Related Products and Information The Power of Solid-State Batteries Today, lithium-ion batteries are one of the most common sources of power for everyday devices from cell phones to cars. Read more Mothers of Invention: Martha Coston Inventor and businesswoman Martha Coston knew how to draw attention

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Robert W. Luebbe Named President of Custom Powder Systems

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Robert W. Luebbe Named President of Custom Powder Systems

He’s been with us from day one, and now Bob Luebbe will become president of our company. Current president and co-founder Dale (Mac) McIntosh will continue on as Chairman of the Board. “It’s something we’ve been thinking about for almost 10 years,” said Mac. “Bob comes from the technical side, so he has the engineering

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Grandmother Vivian’s School Bell

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Vivian Burnett was the picture of a proper lady. Born at the tail end of the 19th century in Kansas, she was no wilting flower. While a curse word never crossed her lips, you always knew where you stood. Family called her a yellow-dog Democrat and a fierce fighter for education. Kids in town knew

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