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2017 Report

posted Apr 17, 2018, 8:31 AM by Joshua Freed

2017 was our most successful year to date with many successful projects completed and installed in New England. A growing client in the North Country trusted us to build a new line for them to keep up with growing demand for their product as well as to add some automation to eliminate some human interaction with dangerous machinery. The additional throughput is increasing employment and economic activity in an area hard hit by the loss of paper and forestry jobs. 

A newer client asked us to help them develop their next generation medical device, and it's now in the approvals process. The device replaces an existing one with a unit with bluetooth, USB, and battery  functionality, is able to withstand spray disinfectant, and interfaces with more hospital equipment than the old unit, while costing less to produce than the unit it replaces. Plus, it looks cool!

We were able to help develop a new product for a thermal spray customer to allow them to continue to be leader in the sector with the highest quality coatings and efficiency. This client has a special relationship as they were our first client back in the mid 1990s. In 2018, we are continuing to assist them with especially challenging applications for the aircraft industry. 

Thanks to all our clients in 2017 and in the years prior, for supporting this small businesses in NH and making FCE a success. I hope to continue to be providing trusted support for all of you in the coming years. 

2015 provides new challenges and more growth

posted Mar 10, 2016, 4:53 AM by Joshua Freed

2015 was another banner year with several major projects completed for some new and some long time clients. I interrupted business for 4 weeks over the summer to take a vacation with my family and came back to a backlog that I was surprised at. I was concerned that I would lose clients over that time when they were forced to find someone else to solve a crisis, but I was encouraged that all of them were willing to wait or  find a temporary fix until I returned. Thanks to my loyal clients for your trust, confidence, and continued business. I will continue to earn it.

Record business in 2014

posted Feb 17, 2015, 12:24 PM by Joshua Freed

2014 proved to be a year full of unexpected challenges and great successes. A New pharmaceutical client requested exacting automation processing equipment that gave me new experience with Hamilton Syringe pumps, PLC control of stepper motors, RS-485 interfacing to process controllers, and demanded large control panel fabrication here at my shop. I travelled to Korea for a second time, this time to oversee the startup of a system printing conductive ink and insulator onto a glass substrate. Something about the size of an i-phone. These new projects open up new opportunities, and since they were resounding successes, I am optimistic that there will be continued demand for my services in 2015. Some markets slowed for me in 2014. I saw less high volume manufacturing machinery work and medical instrument development slowed somewhat. I'm not sure if that reflects a changing market or just normal fluctuation in my usual customer's businesses.

SAE Hybrid school day formula event

posted May 27, 2014, 8:02 AM by Joshua Freed

Participating in STEM events in our community.

Miter Cut Machine helps Vermont Manufacturer Remain Competitive

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:16 PM by Joshua Freed   [ updated Nov 13, 2013, 5:38 AM ]

On schedule completion of the dual miter cut machine during plant shutdown brings increased reliability and higher throughput while improving yield and reducing unexpected shutdowns. Energy usage also reduced with the addition of a more efficient pneumatic system and modern PLC control.  This machine cuts a patented edge on applicators for flooring finishes for a manufacturer in Northern Vermont.  The new machine controls were designed and fabricated off site, and installed during a scheduled plant shutdown. The PLC program was written in advance and final edits done at the customer's facility. The customer was thrilled at the results and had me back in to add additional features and enhancements beyond the original scope at a later date. The client is currently evaluating other equipment needs and planning the next project.

Continued growth in 2016 forces equipment purchases and collaborative designs

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:11 PM by Joshua Freed   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 1:47 PM ]

FCE continued to grow in 2016, delivering more machinery and total value. Thanks to our loyal customers, we were able to invest in new machinery and increase our capabilities through a network of design consultants with various areas of expertise. These new capabilities and capacities allowed us to deliver more machinery and complete more design packages than ever before, including some much larger systems than we've ever been able to build on site until now. We continued to support our local machine shops and use local resources whenever we needed extra help or expertise. We participated in volunteer activities through SAE and IEEE to mentor STEM college and high school students and help them develop into ethical and successful participants in technical fields and in society.  

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