Protecting Your Employees When PPE is Hard to Find

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Photo by H Shaw on Unsplash

“PPE has gone up 1000% in price across the board. Companies are calling us and saying ‘Here’s the situation, do you have any options?’” Angelo Rubino, Business Development Specialist PPE has been a common term for people in hospitals, factories, and other potentially hazardous workplaces. With the onset of COVID-19, the shortage of Personal Protective

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Star Wars & Engineering

| Posted In: Art of Engineering, Featured News, Just For Fun

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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Da Vinci’s Genius [VIDEO]

| Posted In: Art of Engineering, Featured News

As you may have noticed, Leonardo da Vinci is on our Mt. Rushmore here at CPS and ICS. He embraced the constraints that faced him, saw patterns and connections others never could, and unlike most of the mere mortals of his time or any other—to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw—dreamt things that never were and asked

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Another Engineer Obsess—err, Hobby: Woodworking with Russell Motes

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It’s no big secret that engineers are particularly obsessive dedicated to their hobbies outside of work. Whether it’s pinball machines or, in this case, woodworking, our engineers get the most out of their natural gifts and talents… Russell Motes is one of our engineers here at Custom Powder Systems. The captions below are his. This

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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?

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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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The Business of Relationships

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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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Not All Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) Are Created Equal

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The plumbing in your house.  The road under your car. The intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) you use in your process.  All important.  All easily overlooked.  Pipes, highways, and IBCs have been around for a long time doing crucial jobs, and fortunately, somebody else thinks long and hard about them.  And just like pipes and roads,

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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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Napkin Sketches – The Story of Compaq Computers

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CPS - Napkin Sketches

A firefly enters your field of vision and you reach out to grab it.  But as quickly as it appeared, it vanished.   Ideas are just as fleeting. Ideas are known to dance just out of reach when you look for them.  They sneak up on you in the shower. They come into existence fully formed

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SAFETY AWARD OF MERIT FROM FABRICATORS & MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION

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2019 FMA Safety Award Winner

ELGIN, Ill., April 19, 2019 –  Custom Powder Systems of Springfield, Mo. was recently chosen to receive a 2019 Safety Award of Merit from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA). Open to all FMA company members, the FMA/CNA Annual Safety Awards recognize metal fabrication companies that adhere to excellence in safety. Sponsored by CNA,

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Finding Inspiration through Da Vinci

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Custom Powder Finding Inspiration Through Da Vinci

From a 21st century perspective, one might look at the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci and conclude he “stumbled upon the inevitable.”  His original concepts, ranging from tanks to parachutes, appear “obvious” in hindsight.  But Leonardo wasn’t working with hindsight. All he had was the limited resources of 15th century Europe and his curious mind. 

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