Mechanical Hands: A Brief History of the Mixer

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From the dawn of time, society has continuously looked for ways to improve the efficiency of how we complete tasks. While our own hands can be incredible tools, we can benefit from the use of additional machines. An example of this can be seen in the task of mixing—evenly blending large batches of ingredients is

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When Bubble Wrap was Wallpaper

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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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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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Grandmother Vivian’s School Bell

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Bell quote

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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Another Engineer Obsess—err, Hobby: Squirrel Defenses

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Here at Custom Powder Systems, we’re always on the lookout for creative applications of practical absurdity. Because we’re so often faced with constraints (space, time, budget, gravity, etc.) in the projects our clients bring us, we try to hire engineers who look at problems outside of work with the same obsessiveness intensity as they do

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Star Wars & Engineering

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It’s perhaps a bit of an understatement to say the majority of our team are fans of science fiction, and while our collective tastes run a little more… intense… than the Star Wars films, there’s no denying it’s not only a collection of work worth celebrating for what pioneering achievements they’ve routinely achieved, but also

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Another Engineer Obsess—err, Hobby: Pinball Machines

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When engineers aren’t “engineering,” you’ll often find them building, tinkering, and inventing. Most engineers spend their days within a structured framework, but they’re always on the hunt for a creative outlet. Today, we profile Scott Heffern, Senior Vice-President of Products, about his after-hours obsession: Pinball Machines. At Custom Powder Systems, we call upon our engineers

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CPS Celebrates National Hug Your Cat Day

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CPS Hug Your Cat

There is a long-standing tradition between engineers and their love of cats. Maybe it’s a fascination with how they always seem to land on their feet. With June 4th being National Hug Your Cat Day, it’s the ideal time to celebrate cats, engineers, and the relationship that they have together. Our company’s President, Mac McIntosh,

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