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Engineering Mistakes, Causes, and Prevention

Engineering and producing a product or structure involves many decisions and actions, and occasionally engineering mistakes are made. Sometimes they […]

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Supplier Selection

Companies depend on their suppliers to provide metal stock and components that meet design requirements and are delivered on time. […]

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Designing Optimized Components

Designing Optimized Components Have you ever read Consumer Reports magazine? It contains ratings of products based on performance, reliability, and […]

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Product Launch Formula

Developing and launching a product can be stressful – there are many decisions, problems to overcome, and risks to mitigate. […]

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Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA)

Have you ever been ‘no quoted’ by a component fabricator for a component you designed. Or the quote to make […]

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Five Key Metallurgy Concepts

In a recent blog post I explained about the two fundamental principles that are the foundation of materials science. Understanding […]

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Two fundamental metallurgy principles

There are two fundamental principles that are the foundation of materials science. Understanding and applying these principles are critical for […]

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Design for Reliability - Webinar

We recently taught a Speedy Webinar on Design for Reliability. The video recording of the webinar is now available for […]

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How Metals Engineering Fits In

I’ve been working for over 30 years as a metals and materials engineer. My engineering career started as a process […]

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What is Metals Engineering?

In many of my articles and all over my website I talk about applying Metals Engineering (short for Metallurgical Engineering). […]

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New Speedy Webinar videos

We just added three new recordings of recent Speedy Webinars: Each is about 30 minutes long. Our Speedy Webinars are […]

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Using Failure Analysis to Improve Reliability

Using Failure Analysis to Improve Reliability Three things that can upset your day’s schedule: product failures during testing, product failures […]

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Steel Hydrogen Embrittlement

One failure mechanism that I’m frequently asked about is hydrogen embrittlement of carbon and low-alloy steel. So, in this article […]

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Failure Analysis Case Studies

Failure Analysis Case Studies I just released a Metal Conversations podcast episode and a video about two case failure analysis […]

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Short course series: Metallurgy for Successful Products

We're offering short courses on a diverse set of topics related to product design, manufacturing, and metals analysis. The knowledge […]

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Design for Reliability Course

Design for Reliability Course The materials in components can degrade due to exposure to use conditions. Steel screws corrode when […]

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A Tribute to Steel Metallurgy Knowledge

A Tribute to Steel Metallurgy Knowledge Our knowledge of steel has come a long way in the more than 2,000 […]

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Six sigma and Materials Engineering

Six sigma and Materials Engineering Every once in a while I notice a company’s website uses the term “six sigma” […]

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Product design - A different perspective

Product design - A different perspective   Metal Conversations podcast Episode 10: A different perspective for seeing products I’d like […]

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Improving Fatigue Resistance

Fatigue involves localized, permanent damage to metals exposed to cyclic stress. In a previous article I discussed the fatigue mechanism. […]

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Failure Analysis Case Study

Here's a video of an example of how failure analysis was used to improve the reliability of a component and […]

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Failure Mode and Mechanism

In a previous article I discussed the degradation of materials due to exposure to stressors (use conditions) and how to […]

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New workshop series

Are you tired of dealing with product failures caused by degradation of materials? Do you want to ensure your design […]

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Presentation: What is Accelerated Life Testing?

Accelerated life testing. Sounds simple … right? We simply test faster! Great! But what does this get us? Many organizations […]

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Presentation - Stressors and reliability

The materials in a product's components and joints can degrade due to exposure to use conditions - steel screws corrode […]

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Fatigue

Fatigue is a common degradation and failure mechanism. It involves localized, permanent damage to metals exposed to cyclic stress. The […]

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New webinar - Leveraging Metals Engineering for Clarity, Confidence, and Certainty.

Leveraging Metals Engineering for Clarity, Confidence, and Certainty. It almost rolls off the tongue. OK, it's not particularly catchy. But […]

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Newly revised Tensile Testing course

We recently revised and updated our tensile testing course, adding more content and opportunities to apply the concepts taught. Also, […]

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Designing for Reliability

Designing for Reliability Because I’m a materials engineer, I see any product as a collection of materials that have been […]

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I love being a metallurgical engineer

I knew nothing about metallurgy and engineering when I chose metallurgical engineering as a major. As a 17-year-old, I liked […]

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Thinking small

Fatigue cracks that originate at inclusions. Stainless steel intergranular corrosion due to chromium carbide precipitates. Low steel toughness because martensite […]

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Residual Stress in Metals

When designing components for which fatigue or stress corrosion cracking is a concern, it’s important to be cognizant of the […]

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Product Reliability: Selection and Control

The reliability of any product depends on the reliability of the individual components and joints within the product. Whether individual […]

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Why stainless steel is corrosion resistant

Stainless steel is known for its corrosion resistance in many environments, with different alloys having different levels of corrosion resistance. […]

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The difference between strength and toughness

Metal strength and toughness are important mechanical properties for structural components.  This article explains the trade-offs between strength and toughness […]

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Metal Conversations podcast

I recently started a podcast about metallurgy and metals engineering. It's called Metal Conversations and is available on Spotify, Apple […]

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Example of Using Failure Analysis to Improve Reliability of Production Equipment

I just published a post on the Accendo Reliability website about an example of how failure analysis was used to […]

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1-hour metals engineering consultation

We just announced a new offering - a 1-hour metals engineering consultation. It's for design and manufacturing companies and organizations […]

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Course revision - Principles of Metallurgy

We just released an update to our popular online course Principles of Metallurgy. The update includes updated and new content […]

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Reliability Testing – Product vs. Materials

I just published an article on the Accendo Reliability website about the approaches for evaluating the reliability of the materials […]

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A teacher’s learning moment

Webinars have been a boon for learning. They have enabled people from anywhere in the world to learn new things […]

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Update - New Resources for Engineers

We've been busy the last few months, adding lots of new resources to help design and manufacturing engineers leverage metals […]

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Component Design Process article

I just wrote an article for the Accendo Reliability website on the Component Design Process. I discussed a component design […]

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Video - Turning lead to gold

We just released the video "Turning Lead to Gold - Leveraging Metals Engineering". Click here to watch it. Metal failure […]

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Writing for Accendo Reliability website

I recently started writing an article series about Metals Engineering and Product Reliability on the Accendo Reliability website. Here's a […]

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Interview: Heat Treating

This interview was with Craig Zimmerman and Rich Shapiro from Bluewater Thermal Solutions. Craig is Technical Director for all of […]

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Interview: Metal Stamping

This interview is with Rich Nielsen, Director of Engineering at IMS Buhrke-Olson, a metal stamping and assembly company. We discussed […]

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Interview: Metal Fasteners

This interview is with Mike Connelly, retired VP of Engineering and Quality at Casey Products, a metal fastener distributor. We […]

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