Monday, October 31, 2011

Are You Looking Forward to FabTech 2011?

Photo courtesy of FABTECH
Bishop-Wisecarver will be among some 1,200 exhibitors at the upcoming FabTech Expo, North America's largest metal industry event.

This will be our first time participating in the expo, which is expected to draw about 30,000 attendees from Nov. 14 to 17 in Chicago. That's a big crowd!

As industry leaders in guided motion technology, we're excited to be part of the action. Many of our customers create impressive applications geared for the metal industry, so we're hoping to see some imaginative booths and cool application examples! We've got a few fun demos ourself, and we can't wait to show 'em off. We'll also be giving out Ghiradelli chocolate squares, WD40 pens (no, really, a pen that is inked with WD40) and other BWC swag.

Lots of companies use the expo as a platform to show off their latest greatest technologies, like a gas-cooled robotic welding torch from Dinse Inc. or Robotiq's three-fingered gripper robot! Oo, even Torchmate's new generation of robotic metal cutters.

We perused YouTube for videos from last year's trade show and found this one (right) of a plasma cutter that uses linear guides to move a metal-melting gas nozzle with precision. Slick!

[ Click here ] for a sneak peek of all new products featured this year!

In addition to the exhibits, FabTech hosts several seminars, including one led by Dr. Chris Kuehl, an economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Int'l, on how manufacturing can lead us out of the recession. Interesting topic -- what do you think?

We'll post photos and more from our trip since we will be tweeting from ground zero. If you're going, be sure to swing by our table at Booth No. 5133!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Our Weekly List of Top 10 Twitter Posts — Week 43

Friday's here! That means another rundown of our top 10 tweets of the week, including articles we linked to, RTs from people we follow or anything else that caught our eye. If you have any suggestions for the next installment, let us know on Twitter! Find, follow and chat with us @BWCnews!

1. RC Crawling Zombie Prop on the Bishop-Wisecarver Daily: Yikes! A zombie in motion without limits — a creepy little something to get you in the Halloween spirit!

2. Design Your Own Robot on the Bishop-Wisecarver Daily: OK, so it's not a working one, but isn't it a good gift idea? My Robot Nation uses a 3D printer to create your design.

3. What Tina Fey Taught Me About Time Management on You may not be a comedy writer, but Fey's tips here can apply to anyone who works in a deadline-driven environment.

4. Why Aren't More Women Becoming Engineers?Female engineering majors take the same classes, have similar opportunities and often higher GPAs than their male counterparts. So what gives? According to this article in Canadian Manufacturing, it's because of subtle biases that chip away at women's professional confidence.

5. Zombies and Entrenched Power Suck Life Out of the U.S. on Forbes: Zombies to blame for the lack of jobs? Yup, according to this columnist, who compares job-cutting corporations to the walking dead, sucking the life out of small business start-ups that actually create work. He poses some interesting questions and perspective on the crisis.

6. Virtual Spray Art on Super cool! Check out this video demo of how it works. It's basically digitized tagging. Seems like a good way for street artists to practice without risk of being caught for vandalism.

7. Put Wind in Your Tank on WindSector.tumblr.comA hybrid power plant in Germany unveiled a plan to use wind power to create hydrogen to power cars, among other things.

8. World's First Spherical Flying Machine: Is that a Jedi ball? Japan's Ministry of Defense unveiled the flying sphere at a press event this week. It's unclear whether researchers plan to commercialize it, per, but the agile little device can reach places usually tough to access by air. Wouldn't it also make a cool toy, though?

9. Top 10 Posts on Engineering Careers and Management via Another "Top 10" roundup! This one's really interesting because it touches on a bunch of engineering-related topics — and it's on a site we just discovered. One that caught our eye: "The Fading Prestige of Engineering."

10. Meet the New E-Marketing Assistant on the Bishop-Wisecarver Daily: Last but not least, our marketing department expanded this week! Find  Jennifer Wadsworth's profile on The Engineering Exchange and look for her tag (^JW) on Twitter.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Unlimited Length, Unlimited Possibilities

Check out our new video of our sleek 52-foot belt-actuated LoPro® Linear Guide. This long length challenge was a piece of cake for Bishop-Wisecarver! Our range of belt, chain, lead screw and ball screw actuators cover all application needs from low-load to heavy duty, from fast to slow speeds. Corrosion-resistant versions to accommodate food and laboratory applications are available in several of our linear actuator lines. LoPro® is tough, cost-effective, low friction and low profile solution with unlimited length possibilities.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Our Weekly List of Top Ten Twitter Posts - Week 42

Better late than never! Each week we find interesting photos, websites, products and news on Twitter -- from fantastic shares by the people we follow or bits we discover on our own, these gems are definitely worth of another good share.

1. "The Divided Brain" on YouTube: The new RSAnimate features psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist who explains how our 'divided brain' has profoundly altered human behavior, culture and society. Entertaining and enlightening!

2. "The Five Greenest Airports in the World" on Solar Feeds: These giant architectural marvels are amazing! Very cool and very green! Give it a look!

3. "Quantum Levitation" on YouTube:This will blow your mind! Check out this video on quantum levitation courtesy of the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

4. "You know you're an engineer when..." on ThinkGeek: Time to nerd out! This 3-inch round button is one of many hilarious items about engineering from one of the best geeky gadget stores on the web... "You know you're an engineer if you have no life and can prove it mathematically."

5. "Let's Toss Some Punkins!" on Solid Works: Check out this cool video by Solid Works on the annual Pumpkin Chunkin' festivities! Great simulation example using their program.

6. "Is the Internet Making Engineers Dumb?" on the Engineering Exchange: The internet is a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but do you think the web makes engineers dumb? Great topic for discussion by a talented writer at the Engineering Exchange. Check it out!

7. "Automating the Glass-Treatment Process" on The Engineer in the UK: Check out this great application story of a linear actuation system enabling Dibro (a Liverpool-based company specializing in decorating glass bottles) to increase productivity.

8. "How Can We Attract Youth to Manufacturing Careers? " on the Bishop-Wisecarver Daily: This article brings up a great question: How do we attract today's youth to jobs in manufacturing? The article suggests that we need to change their perceptions, and show students that great career opportunities do exist. What do you think?

9. "Study Illustrates Skills Gap in Manufacturing" on Plastic News: The article reminds us that unemployment levels are still above nine percent, but pokes questions at why 600,000 manufacturing jobs remain unfilled. Where are our skilled machinists, machine operators, crafts workers and technicians? A great read.

10. "This Picture Has Nothing to do with Manufacturing…" on the Bishop-Wisecarver Daily: The article talks about a photo posted on The Huffington Post about innovation in manufacturing. The writer says, "It reinforces every negative stereotype that our industry struggles to rise above." What do you think?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Our Weekly List of Top Ten Twitter Posts - Week 41

Every week some interesting photo, article or news catches our eye on Twitter. Whether it's a RT from someone we follow or something we found on our own while cruising the internet, it's worthy of another good share. This is our weekly Friday blog (starting today - woo hoo) of our top ten favorite Twitter posts worth mentioning a second time!

1. "Engineer, That's How I Roll" T-Shirt on Zazzle: Very cool! The graphic is awesome and the message is even better. Check out this online store where you can buy all sorts of swanky threads that show your pride. Not cheap at $35.75 a shirt, but definitely not as expensive as that degree you earned!

2. "Trust me, I'm an Engineer" on Facebook: Hilarious wall posts! Go check it out!

3. "The Innovative Manufacturer" from the Digital Manufacturing Report: Innovation! We hear this word a lot, but what does it really mean? This article talks about how we throw this word around without really paying attention to its meaning.

4. "Muffineering Cupcake Cars" on PD&D: These sweet treats on wheels are hot, and while at the Bay Area Makerfaire earlier this year, our team got a close look at how very cool these cars really are when in motion.

5. "Success: What it Really Looks Like" on Tumblr: Isn't that the truth? Hilarious! Love this image share found on Facebook this week.

6. "Big and Fuzzy" on SciSpy: Yikes! Here's a photo to give you the chills during this holiday season. Patrick Mulligan from Arizona posted this photo of a furry tarantula found in his backyard. Gulp.

7. "PopSci's 10th Annual Brilliant 10" on This fabulous article features ten of the best and brightest who have been shaking things up with some very great achievements. From new forms of geometry to butterfly pharmacology, you'll love this online read.

8. "RSA Animate - The Divided Brain Trailer" on the RSA YouTube Channel: One of my favorite channels on YouTube by far. Great animations and grand topics for some really good discussion starters. Looking forward to the newest one which we be posted on Oct 21st, 2011.

9. "Scrap Steel Tubing Makes a Water Feature" on Weld Crafts: Beautiful! Check out this very cool square tubing used to make a spout for a recirculating fountain. It's all about recycling and reusing these days, and that's a job well done!

10. "Manufacturing Tech Grads In High Demand In Northern KY" from Manufacturing Business Technology: Are you in high demand? If you're a tech grad who specializes in manufacturing then you are in luck! Check out this article to learn more about why!