CEO Historical Reflection
Last Wednesday I experienced a milestone in my career at Chem Flowtronics; 35 years selling & manufacturing CFT products.
Given today’s high turnover employment rates I thought 35 years with the same firm was very unusual but after some quick research by attending Professor Google’s class, I learned something interesting.
According to Forbes article in Jan. 2016,
“It may surprise you, but according to research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees today stay longer with a company than they did 25 years ago.
In 1983, the average employee tenure was around 3.5 years. Fifteen years later, in 1998, people stayed on the job an average of 3.6 years before leaving.
In 2014, the average employee stayed 4.6 years. This rise, by the way, includes passing through four recessions from 1983 – 2014.”
Here a brief career retrospective:
After working in sales and marketing in the Ultra Zenon and Mercury exposure systems in Newark, NJ for several years, I re-joined the family business in 1981.
My First assignment was to build up the Chem Flow Corp manufacturing group which specialized in manufacturing of products to support Chemical process system throughout the USA.
I remember suffering many sleepless nights, debating a 30% price increase since the product line had not had a increase in over 10 years.
After a quick 5 years, new products, new distributors, and increase manufacturing techniques, I moved on to become CEO of the parent corporation, overseeing 3 locations and 100 + employees.
Looking back, I am sure they all felt the same apprehension as I did with a 30 year old taking the reins of a firm dating back to 1947.
I am amazed how fast the time has gone, it seems time compresses as we get older and a minute begins to feel like a second.
My one question; As human beings, can we handle the speed of the brave new internet world of commerce, social media, decisions, with the world at our finger tips with one swipe.
The optimist in me feels The Best is Yet to Come!
World of Acronyms
In today’s fast pace of life even our communications needs to trimmed up, tuned up, more efficient, I guess.
Industry especially looking to speed things up, reducing head counts, trying to make the corporate wheel house the size of the 1920 ocean liner.
In our industry of process equipment we face a daunting task of trying to keep up with ever changing and growing world of Acronyms.
Let me give you a short list of some acronyms we deal with,
ASME American Society Mechanical Engineers
ISPE International Society Pharmaceutical Engineers
API American Petroleum Institute
ANSI American National Standards Institute
NACE National Association Corrosion Engineers
ASTM American Society Testing Materials
ASA American Standards Associations
And the list goes on and on, like;
EXP, DIN, DIV 1, OSHA, IEC, NPT, DRG, DIM, GSKT, FAB, MATL, NOM, STD, SOP, SPEC to name a few.
The point of all of this, we need to know what the acronym represent and we cant and don’t assume we know.
Happy Acronym Hunting.
High Tech Process Equipment
- The Human Body
If you compare the human body to the most sophisticated process equipment we use in the manufacturing of chemicals, biologic, pharma compounds along with many other products, it is quite evident the human body has it hands down, obviously a higher power at work.
On average day the human heart beats 115,000 times per day, everyday all day.
We have all heard the human heart referred to as a “pump” but what kind of pump would it be classified as? There are many man made pumps used in industries, which could fit into two basic types, positive displacement and dynamic.
Positive displacement simply stated “displaces” by applying energy ,a larger volume of fluid into a smaller cavity, thus increasing the pressure. Examples of PD pumps are, lobe, double diaphragm, peristaltic.
A dynamic pump takes a fluid and spins it (also by applying energy) to increase the velocity, thus creating pressure. A few examples of a dynamic pump are centrifugal and axial designs.
The human heart, in my mind, is most like a double diaphragm pump which uses a series of moving wall cavities, check valves, to pump fluid in one direction, producing flow and pressure. Problems arise in both our human body and in process piping lines when the internal pressure is two high or to low.
The man made high tech way to regulate pressure is done using a intricate series of sensors, regulating valves, and a computer called PLC. The system then sends a 4-20 ma signal to controller which regulates the energy to the pump. Using the double diaphragm analogy of comparing the heart to a double diaphragm (DD) pump, simply by controlling the energy to the pump, increases or decreases the quantity of stroke cycles thus achieving the desired affect.
But how does the human heart adjust the pressure in our bodies ?
The human body has its own sensors built in to walls of the arteries which send signals to control body’s blood pressure. There are several mechanisms by which our bodies reacts to those signals;
1-heart can speed up or slow down,
2-arteries/ veins expand and narrow,
3-kidneys produce more or less urine,(urine is mainly water, which it gets from the blood) take more water out, blood pressure lowers, reduce the removal the water in blood, pressure rises, amazing!
If you start to consider the complicated functions our bodies perform vs. man made systems , its not even close, human body wins all the time.
I am very pleased to announce today that Chem Flowtronics is 69 years old today, which equates to 25,203 days, 3600 weeks and 3 days or 2,177,539,200 seconds old (2.7 billion)!
I wish I had a dollar for every second this company is old but I digress.
Using the same logic lets look at today’s political arena / circus, where politicians use the words Billion and Million as if they are synonymies with each other, so I thought I would give you some perspective as to the differences, lets use telling time to prove my point,
1 Million seconds is how long? Answer 11.57 Days!
1 Billion seconds is how long? Answer 31.7 YEARS!
I guess it is insignificant when the budgets are in the Trillions.
Another time fact, do you know how long a Light year is (the amount of miles light travels in space in a vacuum)
Its a mere 5,878,000,000,000 miles or 5.8 trillion miles. Who figures this stuff out and who’s going to argue.
Time has also changed Chem Flowtronics from a regional support manufacturer into a flexible, creative, and pro-active, highly motivated, supplier of process equipment worldwide!
Our sales teams have been traveling through most of the world’s industrial centers such as England, Ireland,India, Northern and southern China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, continental USA, along with Americas.
Time has become of big issue for our customers with more and more expedited delivery requirements, and I am happy to report Chem Flowtronics has stepped up to the plate to be pro-active and has reduced our leads times significantly for all of major product groups. We have achieve our goals by heavily investing in newest design CNC machines, internal process studies, and by applying basic Sigma-Six discipline to the many processes which occur on a daily bases.
With all this discussion about time I have a few personal suggestions,
- Do not take time we have for granted
- Live every day as though its your last
- Smile to everyone we meet
- And most importantly, Do not count the days, make the days count!
Did you know that the word Pyrex glass is actually 3.3 Low expansion glass or also known by its chemical name Borosilicate?
Borosilicate was invented by mistake, like most great inventions, back in the 19th century by Otto Schott inGermany, he founded what is now known as the Schott AG.
Corning Glass introduce their version in 1915 which propelled the Borosilicate Glass into the stratosphere in theUSA.
Borosilicate is used through out the industrial world from diverse applications such as military optics to chemical manufacturing.
For years we have sold Pyrex glass piping products to pharmaceutical & chemical companies around the world. As with all industries, things change.
Over the last decade borosilicate products have been isolated from the typical plant manufacturing applications back to the pilot plant and laboratories.
Chem Flowtronics has learned with many years experience the combination of metals and glass and the advantages of using borosilicate in controlled environments such as sight flow indicators,
level gauges, measuring equipment. We have do this by applying three simple rules
- what is pressure / temperature exposure and how do those values change in the application
- materials or fluids that the assembly will be in contact with
- how can we protect the glass from human interaction