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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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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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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Better Mousetraps – The Art of Solving Problems

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CPS Mousetraps

At Custom Powder, we have tremendous respect and appreciation for novel solutions to complex problems, as well as the people who create them. Changing human behavior is, perhaps, the most complex of problems. That’s why we loved this short presentation from Dan Pink on emotionally intelligent signage. The basis of Dan’s presentation is that a

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