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Olivier Tisserand


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Running a Second Shift: Challenges for Manufacturers

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“Let’s create a night shift!” 

Anyone working for a growing manufacturer has heard that before. Sounds easy and simple:...

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Can 3D Printers Change the Face of the Manufacturing Industry

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Not that long ago, the only way a manufacturer could build a prototype was to spend a whole lot of money in R&D and...

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Electric actuators for eco-friendly automation

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Electric actuators have been used in many industries for tens of years but their positive impact on the environment is...

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8 Questions Manufacturers Want to Ask their Workforce

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With Baby Boomers coming close to retiring or already retired, manufacturers must do all they can to keep employees and...

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Industrial Valves and Actuators Market Analysis

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A growth in oil exploration activities, investments in new refineries, and modernization of existing facilities will...

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New Pipeline Supplying Marcellus Natural Gas

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PennEast Pipeline Company publicized their plan to build a 100-mile pipeline to bring natural gas extracted in the...

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Introduction to Oil & Gas Offshore Drilling

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In the search for oil and natural gas under the ocean, three general types of drilling rigs are used. A “jackup”...

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Pipelines: Safest Option for Oil & Gas Transportation in the US

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There are more than 180,000 miles of liquid petroleum pipelines across the United States. They connect extracting areas...

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How Electric Rotary Valve Actuators can Optimize Ethanol/Gasoline Blending at Truck Terminals

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The ethanol blending process is a critical part of a gasoline terminal operation and has a significant impact on...

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Fail-safe Actuators: When Failure Is Not an Option

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Actuators are a small part relative to the overall systems they live in. Many of these devices weigh in at only ten or...

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Valve Actuators and Positioners Go Digital

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"Digital Fieldbus Technologies Catch Up to Valve Actuators and Positioners"

Fieldbus is the name of a family of...

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When are Manual Actuators a Good Fit?

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Actuators can have many different sizes, shapes and functions, but all of them require some sort of input power to...

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Could Electric Actuators have prevented the Great Flood of Paris?

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Since the middle of the 20th century, to regulate the level and the flow of water of a river, many cities use sluice,...

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3 Passive Fire Protections for Actuators

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There are many dangers when extracting, transporting and refining oil & gas or any other dangerous materials. Two of...

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2 Applications for Compact Electric Actuators

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The common idea of an automated valve is a large valve with a heavy-duty actuator, typically powered by a three-phase...

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How to Evaluate Industrial Valve Actuator Repair Companies

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Entire actuator or automation package replacement can be expensive and time-consuming. In-field repair and modification...

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