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Friday, June 20, 2014

My-Catalog?A Unique New Website Tool Enables Users of Perma-Cote PVC-Coated Rigid Metal Conduit to Quickly Prepare Accurate RFQs and Submittal Packages

A Unique New Website Tool Enables Users of Perma-Cote PVC-Coated Rigid Metal Conduit to Quickly Prepare Accurate RFQs and Submittal Packages. Available Now At:

Perma-Cote has launched a brand new website ( that showcases My-Catalog? --- a complimentary, first-of-its-kind online tool that makes submitting, specifying and quoting Perma-Cote PVC-coated rigid metal conduit and fittings easier than ever. 

Users of My-Catalog? can create and manage a personalized catalog of PVC-coated conduit and fittings, quickly generate and submit RFQs, and assemble and download customized submittal packages. Getting started is uncomplicated and fast. An online tutorial video is available to support new users.
In addition to My-Catalog?, includes other beneficial features:

·      Responsive design providing an adaptive format for all devices
·      Detailed PVC-coated conduit and fittings product information
·      New online downloadable product catalog and buyer’s guide
·      Interactive sales rep locator
·      Educational videos
·      Product installation support
·      Numerous helpful graphics, illustrations and photos for easier specifying of conduit
·      Information on the significance of predicting service life in the specification of PVC-coated galvanized rigid conduit via ETL Verification

Logon today and begin experiencing the benefits of My-Catalog? --- a unique online tool for creating fast, accurate RFQs and submittal packages for PVC-coated galvanized rigid conduit. Available only at:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Smart factories:?we’re not as far off as you might think


“Smart factories” is a term which is quickly becoming established as a handy umbrella phrase for all for of digital integration with the manufacturing process. From big data to smartphone apps, if you believe the software companies, in just a few years we’ll all be manufacturing in a quiet hum of efficiency, accuracy and flawless timing.
But for many SMEs, this seems unrealistic - and unnecessary. Where margins are critical, performing a complete software and process control upgrade, including ERP, MES and so on could be at the very bottom of the long-term business plan. Not to mention the time and investment required for re-training.
But who’s to say that all of that is necessary. Others would argue that a few small measures would have a huge impact on streamlining, with minimal effect on cash flow.
In recent years, we’ve seen many of the processing machinery manufacturers launching free apps for smartphones - often seen as a simple and effective way of integrating digital control into newer machines. But, of course, a newer machine (or at newer least control system) is often a pre-requisite for this kind of capability.
Arburg, during its recent open house event, discussed ‘Industry 4.0’ - the German government’s own platform for approaching the ‘Smart Factory’ head-on. The group’s first major foray into this area looks at the use of printing for networking resources - both human and machine. It aims to tackle issues of traceability, accountability and quality management, and there are already some impressive examples of it in use.
Again, for some, the technology may still seem like a distant prospect, and unnecessary for the indivudual. However, it could also be viewed as the natural progression from the already prevalent use of barcodes, batch numbers and tracking references. And simpler, too!
Production systems have evolved greatly over the years, and whilst the software giants are certainly guilty of exploiting the next stage of evolution as a means to enter the manufacturing marketplace, the next stage is certainly not far off for many manufacturers.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Corrosion College on a Winning Streak Honored with Two Prestigious Awards by NAED and Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Corrosion College was Awarded the "Excellence In Training Award" at the 2014 NAED National Meeting and Honored by Consulting-Specifying Engineer Who Named Its Director, Stephanie Ellis, as one of the 2014 “40 Under 40”.

Photo Caption: Sandy Rosecrans, President & CEO of City Electric and NAED Chairman, presents the "Excellence In Training Award" to Stephanie Ellis, Corrosion College, Director (left), and David Marshall, President and COO of Robroy Industries (right).
Corrosion College, sponsored by Robroy Industries, has been recognized for its unique training initiatives with the 2014 Excellence in Training Award, bestowed by The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED). The honor is awarded to leading companies that have made significant contributions to the electrical industry. The 2014 awards were given during a closing ceremony at the 2014 NAED National Meeting in San Francisco.

In addition to receiving the Excellence in Training Award, Corrosion College has been recognized by Consulting-Specifying Engineer for the accomplishments of Director, Stephanie Ellis, a recipient of the 2014 “40 Under 40” award. This award recognizes individuals in the building industry who stand out in all aspects of their lives. Stephanie Ellis is a 2014 recipient based on nine areas in which she exhibits a commitment to excellence, including her academic, professional, personal, and community life. Consulting-Specifying Engineer will officially honor the 40 recipients on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at an awards gala in Chicago. To read a profile of each winner, visit:

Corrosion College is a two-day intensive course that provides well-rounded, hands-on experience in understanding and combating the process of corrosion.  The comprehensive curriculum includes case studies, laboratory workshops and interactive presentations demonstrating the details of proper installation and use of anti-corrosion products.  The hands-on, intensive structure of the course, taught by experienced industry professionals, is highly effective at providing a thorough knowledge of corrosion protection. 

Successful completion of the course earns 1.5 CEUs or 15 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Corrosion College is accredited by Purdue University, Kilgore College and nationally recognized by AIA and Since 1996, more than 2,400 electrical distributors, sales representatives, contractors, end users and specifying engineers have experienced the value-added benefits associated with attending Corrosion College. 
To learn more, visit:
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