Author Archives: On the Plant Floor

Chasing Ghosts in the Manufacturing World

Everyone is eventually faced with a situation in their professional careers when they don’t have the answer. If you are one who quietly sits back acting as if you have all the answers, you are only limiting your growth as an individual. A way to strengthen one’s attributes is to step outside of your comfortContinue Reading

“Cowboy Up” – Working Culture of the Plant Floor

If you look up the phrase “Cowboy Up” in the urban dictionary, (yes there is an urban dictionary) you will find the following explanations: When things are getting tough you have to get back up, dust yourself off and keep trying. Quit your bitching and be a man. When it gets tough start playing hard. WhenContinue Reading

Why Did We Buy That Thing?….The Start

We have bought a lot of equipment in our time in factory management and some installations turned out very well….and some, well, not so much. Since we started OPF some four years ago we have bought a fair amount of equipment for our ceramic and proppant laboratory and we also represent equipment suppliers and sellContinue Reading

Ceramic Proppant Agreement Announced with Applied Minerals

Applied Minerals Inc. recently announced it has entered into a development agreement with OPF Enterprises LLC to formulate a range of ceramic-based proppants to market to oil and gas drillers in shale formations in close proximity to the company’s Utah-based Dragon Mine. Preliminary development work reportedly indicates that the presence of both halloysite and other clay mineralsContinue Reading

Staying Humble

Looking In The Mirror For centuries it has been debated on what characteristics and skills define a great leader. Those of us that have realized the need to improve our skills and the ultimate responsibility to others for our actions, continue to look in the mirror. We accept that self-examination is not for vanity butContinue Reading

There’s Ceramics… and Then There’s Ceramics

Over the years I’ve gotten used to the blank stares I get when I tell people I’m a ceramic engineer. “Yes”, I say, “there is a degree for that.” I usually have to go on to explain that essentially I was educated to be a high-temperature inorganic chemist. If the eyes are still uncomprehending IContinue Reading

How Those Right out of College Can Be Better Prepared for the Work World

GUEST POST BY DIANA ANTHOLIS When you’re in college, you can’t wait to get to work. You dream of your own desk, paychecks, and social status among your peers. But then you get to work and realize that you have a tiny cubicle, less-than-expected dollar amounts in your paychecks, and no one cares about yourContinue Reading

Like a River’s Stone

Fishing on the South Fork in the Snake River just outside of Rigby, Idaho is an experience all should hope to have at least once in their lifetime. It was the end of September and the water already had the definite chill of winter’s approach. It was our first time at fly fishing thanks to our goodContinue Reading

Culture: By Design or Default

By S. Chris Edmonds of the Ken Blanchard Companies Mark was the president of a catalog printing & distributing plant outside of Minneapolis, MN. The plant’s parent company had completed an engagement survey and Mark’s catalog group had scored the worst of eight company plants. Mark gathered his senior leaders and they discussed what theyContinue Reading

Celebrating Victories

An Integral Part of Building the Right Culture Most companies go to some effort to give a bonus, however small, to the troops at Christmas time. These are corporate devices and the only thing you have to do to get your turkey or gift certificate is to be an employee. This is not a celebrationContinue Reading