State of Manufacturing – Summer 2021

2021-08-02T15:07:39-05:00

by Shannon Simpson-Digital Marketing Specialist, DuraTech Industries & DSI/Dynamatic, Inc. Like many industries, U.S. Manufacturing was not spared from the disruption of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Manufacturers faced significant challenges during the pandemic, from forced factory shut downs to shifting to solely producing essential supplies.  Product shortages and capacity constraints implicated supply chains. The safety and wellbeing of the essential workforce created changes to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements, as well as health and environmental policies.  Many companies moved non-production workforce to remote sites, mainly worker’s homes. Nobody was prepared for this pandemic and the impact is not over. So, where does [...]

State of Manufacturing – Summer 20212021-08-02T15:07:39-05:00

An Introduction to AC Motors

2021-07-07T16:09:22-05:00

by DSI/Dynamatic and IQS Directory Part of an eddy current drive is its motor. Our drives consists of two parts: an AC motor and the eddy current product to vary its speed and the torque for the equipment it's moving. AC motors lend to the efficiency of eddy current drives and are easy to maintain. In this month's blog, we enlisted writers from IQS Directory to help us explain AC motors on their page. Click here to read the article. Find our IQS Directory listing here.   Photo: Parts of an eddy current drive.

An Introduction to AC Motors2021-07-07T16:09:22-05:00

#USAMfgHour: A Year of Learning

2021-06-08T09:09:22-05:00

by DSI/Dynamatic, Inc.   When the #USAMfgHour hashtag was born on Twitter in early 2020, it had been inspired by something from the U.K. manufacturing circles. Two chats aptly named the #UKMfgHour and #MIBHour (Made in Britain) already had a following on Twitter. Those who were in manufacturing and marketing were joining together to share ideas within their industry. Dan Bigger, Director of Marketing for Chenango Valley Technologies in Sherburne, New York, was a founding member of the community in the U.S. He had been watching and participating in the U.K. chats and thought the same should be happening in his [...]

#USAMfgHour: A Year of Learning2021-06-08T09:09:22-05:00

Minimize Downtime; Keep a Spare on Hand

2021-05-03T11:10:30-05:00

By DSI/Dynamatic There’s no doubt that down time is costly. Not only do you have to count the operator wages, but overtime hours should also be considered, as well as any expedited shipping fees to ensure your orders arrive as quickly as possible. In the pulp and paper manufacturing industry, for instance, that could cost as much as $25,000 an hour, or even more! Who wants to pay that cost? Of course, it’s not difficult to minimize down time in your facility. You should note the age of your equipment. If it has a Dynamatic nameplate, it’s generally good for several [...]

Minimize Downtime; Keep a Spare on Hand2021-05-03T11:10:30-05:00

5 Factors of Supply Chain Shortages

2021-04-12T12:32:20-05:00

Courtesy of Guest Blogger Gina M. Tabasso, marketing director with dar-tech, inc., a specialty chemical and raw material distributor for the Midwestern U.S. 5 reasons for supply chain shortages There is no industry or person left untouched by the course of events during the past year. Most recently, manufacturers started experiencing an inability to source necessary materials to maintain production quotas due, in large part, to these five factors: COVID-19 impacts that caused shutdowns and shifts in production, as well as temporary trade restrictions. A U.S.-China trade war, which triggered pressure to increase domestic production and employment. Truck driver shortages that [...]

5 Factors of Supply Chain Shortages2021-04-12T12:32:20-05:00

Top 10 Ways DSI/Dynamatic is Sustainable

2021-03-10T09:08:46-06:00

By DSI/Dynamatic DSI/Dynamatic considers “sustainability” a forward vision that includes our society and our environment. We ask important questions such as, what does our company look like 10 years from now, 25 years from now or 50 years from now? Are we maintaining the business as it is now? Are we growing? Are we working toward a better planet? What are we doing to support our community and our employees? There are a lot of questions to ask as sustainability doesn’t have one single answer. However, we are diligently conscious of this topic as we continue to increase our growth around [...]

Top 10 Ways DSI/Dynamatic is Sustainable2021-03-10T09:08:46-06:00

2020: What Have We Learned?

2021-02-01T08:41:45-06:00

By DSI/Dynamatic There’s no doubt that 2020 will go down in the history books for more than one reason. We saw the rise of a global pandemic, climate crises such as flooding and wildfires, and political turmoil, among other things. Through it all, we had to survive first as humans and then as businesses. How did we manage it all? What have we learned from a year that was so complicated? And how can we do better? “Last year was definitely something,” Marketing Manager Rebecca Hart said. “We learned that much of our work can be, and had to be done [...]

2020: What Have We Learned?2021-02-01T08:41:45-06:00

Patent for “Eddy Current Apparatus” Launches Dynamatic®

2021-01-04T09:45:14-06:00

By Rebecca Hart, Marketing Manager The year was 1943. Martin P. Winther filed a patent with the United States Patent Office for an “Eddy-Current Apparatus” that would eventually launch what is now the Dynamatic brand. On that date in June, it was filed specifically for dynamometers – equipment used to measure torque and rotational speed of a motor or engine. The patent was filed as an improvement on other constructions from Charles T. Hayes and Ernest Bernard, who filed patents for “electromagnetic apparatuses.” The patent was filed because Winther noticed a problem with the existing mechanical devices. With his entrepreneurial mindset [...]

Patent for “Eddy Current Apparatus” Launches Dynamatic®2021-01-04T09:45:14-06:00

6 Tips for a Successful Holiday Shut Down

2020-12-01T08:15:18-06:00

By DSI/Dynamatic Temporary shutdowns, which usually occur the week between Christmas and New Year’s, are scheduled breaks in manufacturing facilities where activities such as inventory, preventative maintenance, upgrades and process improvements occur. They’re not necessarily a negative thing, though they sometimes carry negative connotation. During most shutdowns, managers and most laborers are off the floor of the facility, leaving time available to schedule routine maintenance on facility equipment, among other things. A skeleton crew can work efficiently and without much disruption from the production lines. Planned shutdowns can lead to improvements in the performance of equipment and processes. The Michigan Economic [...]

6 Tips for a Successful Holiday Shut Down2020-12-01T08:15:18-06:00

Four Things That Prevent Breakdowns

2020-10-30T15:55:43-05:00

By DSI/Dynamatic There’s no doubt that equipment will break down from time to time. Breakdowns seem to happen at the most inconvenient times, too, leaving you at a standstill that costs a lot of money. It becomes very stressful when you experience down times due to equipment breakdowns as other machinery, processes, and functions are reliant on that one piece of equipment to function properly. Equipment breakdowns can happen to anyone, but prevention is ultimately your best line of defense. So, how do you avoid an equipment breakdown? We’ll lead you through a few simple steps to make sure you’re doing [...]

Four Things That Prevent Breakdowns2020-10-30T15:55:43-05:00
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