Join us at the ISPE 2019 Annual Meeting & Expo

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2019 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo October 27-30, 2019 Las Vegas, Nevada USA Come and visit with us at booth #516

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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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The Sky’s the Limit — Career Opportunities at Custom Powder Systems

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Dylan Armstrong came to Springfield, Missouri, by way of Delaware almost five years ago. His plan was to play college football, but as we all know, sometimes life has a way of changing the best-laid plans. A close friend had moved to the area and convinced Dylan to move to Springfield to learn a trade.

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5 DIY Grilling Hacks for the Engineer in You

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CPS Grilling Hacks

With Memorial Day fast approaching, we’re pausing to remember those who have served and given their all. We’re also celebrating the freedom that their sacrifice has given us. One of the most popular ways of doing that is by getting together with friends and family, and firing up the grill. Here at Custom Powder, we’re

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Our Notes From The RAPID + TCT 2019 Additive Manufacturing Conference

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We just returned from Detroit with our heads and hearts full of excitement for the additive manufacturing industry. Rarely have we seen such a neat combination of talent and passion! Because we pride ourselves not only on our work in the additive manufacturing space, but in our relationships and processes, we thought you might find

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Aseptic Isolation – The Time Is Now

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ICS - Aseptic Isolation

The meeting was held in December. Over 200 people attended a 2 1/2 day seminar hosted by the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE). The takeaway? The time had come for aseptic isolation to come into its own. The problem? The meeting happened in 1995. Flash forward to 2019 and we’ve only just begun to

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