Blended Romance: How Custom Powder Systems Came to Be

| Posted In: General

“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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Werner Stengel, the Thrill-Seeking Engineer

| Posted In: Events, Featured News, General

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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When Bubble Wrap was Wallpaper

| Posted In: General, Just For Fun

As the 3D craze hit movies like The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder, inventors Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes were banking on all of us living in homes with 3D wallpaper. Their company, Sealed Air Corporation, was formed to make a wall covering made of two sheets of plastic

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Our Customized Platform Lifts Will Elevate Your Operation

| Posted In: Art of Engineering, Featured News, General, NEWS

There are hints of lifting devices dating back to the time of Archimedes. Leonardo da Vinci, our kindred Renaissance spirit, drew up elevator designs. Steam-powered elevators would haul lumber and coal in the 19th century. It would be years before people thought about hoisting people in these machines…and this kind of engineering ingenuity is behind

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Women in Welding: From Rosie the Riveter to Custom Powder Systems

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Woman welding

During World War II as all the “boys” were off to war, women stepped in and took up factory jobs. American women were working around the clock to make sure our troops had the tanks, jeeps, airplanes, and artillery needed to get the job done. Post-war America saw more and more jobs move into the

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Where’s Your da Vinci-Chute?

| Posted In: Art of Engineering, Featured News, General, NEWS
Da Vinci Parachute

It once seemed outrageous to think a ship made of heavy steel could ever float on water. Imagine the reaction if a painter told you a contraption of wood could let you toss yourself from any height and drift safely to earth.  The parachute was one of the many inventions from the always-bubbling brain of Leonardo

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Happy New Year! Here’s Your Blank Napkin

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Napkin Sketch

We are an idea company. When we first meet customers, they are always a bit baffled…perplexed…flummoxed even. Our job is to take their (seemingly) impossible challenge and come up with the best way to solve it. We love love love being asked to do the things that haven’t been done before. We’ve been sharing with you stories of

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Napkin Sketch: Life-Saving Fire Hose Nozzles

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Napkin Sketch

Necessity is the mother of invention, but when three million gallons of liquid hydrocarbon explodes in front of you, waiting for mother to call isn’t an option. While the event was cataclysmic, it inspired the invention of the variable flow fire nozzle now used by fire departments around the world. Volunteer firefighter Clyde McMillian arrived at

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Preparing for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving - Custom Powder Systems

No, that’s not a typo.  No, we didn’t push the wrong button. Instead of a holiday once a year, what if we gave a little “thanks” …every day? At Custom Powder Systems, we’re a building full of scientists and engineers.  We like to see methods and proof. This is why we’re delighted to discover that

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Should STEM Evolve into STEAM in Our Schools?

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Custom Powder Systems STEM vs STEAM

At Custom Powder, we spend an inordinate amount of time applying art to science. As a result, we’ve taken a special interest in the current (and often heated) debate to introduce art into the concerted efforts for more primary and secondary education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Should STEM evolve into STEAM in

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A New Negative Pressure: Burnout

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CPS Engineer Burnout

As we continue to develop our reputation for aseptic isolation, we’ve learned a thing or two about containing negative pressure… and its many forms. In our shop, we use this focus as a regular reminder to consider and address the other kind of negative pressure: Stress and frustration and, specifically today, burnout: the negative pressure

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Hey NASA – Need Some Help?

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Custom Powder Systems - NASA

Once in a while, we will read an article that reminds us of the challenges that face not only us, but also our customers. Since NASA has been a customer of ours in the past (did you know that moon rocks are handled inside of a gloved isolation box that was designed and built by

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Custom Solutions for the Cannabis Industry

| Posted In: Featured News, General, Integrated Containment Systems
Custom Cannabis Solutions

We love a challenge. When you make custom products, built to meet the needs of highly-specific markets, you have to love a challenge. We’ve kept a close eye on the emerging cannabis business and the challenges that it creates. Traveling to the MoCannBizCon + Expo gave us an opportunity to talk with many of you

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New Year. New Possibilities With Custom Powder Systems and Integrated Containment Systems.

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aseptic isolation by custom powder systems and integrated containment systems.

New Year. New possibilities.  2018 was a doozy. Budgets, trade deals, and steel tariffs steamrolled discussions and left many so focused on their restrictions, that they forgot to look at their opportunities.    Not this year.   2019 is now in full swing and all we see in front of us at Custom Powder Systems

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Custom Powder Systems and Integrated Containment Systems Have An In-House Testing Clean Room

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Clean Room Test Facility

So we have an in-house testing clean room… Right now, you might be thinking, “Good for you. But what does that mean for me?” Good question. A cleanroom ensures a stable, low particulate background to measure down to the lowest threshold of detectability of your products. Whether your product is hazardous to humans, combustible, pyrophoric,

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