Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Is it a job?

Hey to everyone who works ... think about they way that you make a living.  Is it a job?  Is it a career?  Or, is it a calling?

I think that we would all like to say that our position is a calling and that we have special gifts and talents that we are using and sharing to get paid enough money to live on.  On the way to work this morning, I was listening to an audio book titled The Happiness Advantage by Sean Achor.  Click here for a link to the book.  The content of this audiobook is what stimulated me to revisit this though process about working people.

This started me to think about my own position and how I have viewed my "job or jobs" over my "career."  The author describes a job as something that we do for the paycheck mostly.  We punch in and punch out and look forward to off time.

To me a "career" is a somewhat connected period of a person's work life that utilizes skills and knowledge from one point in that career to the next and , in fact, continues to build.  A calling would be a position that a person fills because he or she is called, by God, to use their skills and talents for a specific useful purpose.

There are times in my 38+ years of working that I have viewed my job as just that, a job, a way to get paid and look forward to off time.  There have been times that I was fully convinced that I have a "career" in fluid power marketing and advertising.  By the way, I am still going with that description, career, as the one that best describes my professional journey.

But a calling?  How many of us are fortunate enough to make a living from what we know is a calling.  To teach others how to read or do arithmetic sounds like a calling.  Working in a truly charitable organization sounds like a calling.  Feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, reaching out to those in need all describe what I would consider a calling.

There are other "callings" and I really wish that any reader of this blog would (even anonymously) share their idea of what is a calling.  Do you have an idea?  What is your calling?  If you know, what are you waiting for?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

We start big and stay strong in 2017

We have big plans for 2017 here at Fluid Power World.  We will kickoff the year with our big Leadership in Engineering issue combined with Design World.  It will follow our winning format of providing a full page company profile to every advertiser.

I invite all fluid power companies to take advantage of this opportunity to promote your company and products.  You get the ad and a profile page for one price.

We move on to our February IFPE preview and we have a Gold, Silver, and Bronze package that will fit every advertiser.  Please contact me for more details.

Fluid Power World will be published in print 8 times next year and every issue covers fluid power technology from end to end.  We offer complete and expert coverage of fluid power products and applications.  Put Fluid Power World to work for your company in 2017.

We will start the year in a big way with our Leadership and IFPE issues and continue strong with our print magazine, 5 websites, 5 e-newsletters, in-person event in May, and custom opportunities including white papers and webinars.  Contact me today to put together an advertising program that fits your company.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Do you like webinars?

At Fluid Power World, we surround our audience with content in many forms.  One of them is the webinar.  I ask, do you like to learn from webinars?

Here is an example of our of our 2016 webinars titled Cylinder Mounting

I invite you to visit this link to determine of our webinars are for you.  If so, we have a new one planned for October 18 titled Dealing With Contamination Sources in Hydraulics - Part 1.  Here is a link for you to register.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Groundbreaking Issue

The September issue of Fluid Power World is now available for everyone to read.  Here is a link.

I say groundbreaking because the cover story is about a groundbreaking hydraulic hybrid.  But even with that said, Fluid Power World is something of a groundbreaking publication and media network.  In addition to our print magazine featuring informative and interesting fluid power content, we offer much more.

Our five websites include Fluid Power World, Pneumatic Tips, Mobile Hydraulic Tips, Hose Assembly Tips, and new in 2016 Sealing & Contamination Control Tips.  Each of these titles also includes a monthly e-newsletter with the great content found on the websites being sent out directly to our opt-in audience.

Our custom offerings include webinars, white papers, video, our Fluid Power Technology Conference, and more.  2017 is an IFPE year and we have a special promotional package leading up to the event.  So, fluid power marketers, please contact me about 2017 at mference@wtwhmedia.com

Friday, September 23, 2016

The FPDA is doing well

After missing a few years, I had the privilege of attending the 2016 FPDA/ISD Joint Industry Summit in beautiful Savanna.  For more information about FPDA visit their website.

I wasn't sure what to expect because I had been away from the event for a few years and I was very pleasantly surprised to find out the the FPDA is alive and well.  The meeting provided some networking opportunities along with interesting topics and speakers.  Again, visit the FPDA website for all of the details.

The leadership of the Board of Directors went from Tim Gillig of Livingston & Haven to Andrea Tysdale of JEM Technical.  Thanks to Tim for a year of leadership and best wishes to Andrea.

The keynote speaker who created a lot of positive buzz was Herb Meyer in a session titled What in the World is Going On?  A Global Intelligence Briefing for CEOs.  I missed the session but heard that it was memorable.  That was followed by the UID-in-a-Day Workshops, food, networking and much more.

Great job by all involved.

Friday, September 16, 2016

IMTS 2016

This week, the IMTS show is taking place at McCormick Place in Chicago, in fact, it wraps up tomorrow.  This year's event featured hundreds and hundreds of exhibits and over 110,000 attendees. There were several Pavillions and co-located events at McCormick Place too.

I can remember when only the East Building existed at McCormick on the shores of Lake Michigan. Now there are several show halls and IMTS took up every one of them!  Wow.  In fact, there are North, South, East, and West buildings all attached by sky bridges and the Grand Concourse.

The co-located shows include Industrial Automation, MDA, Surface Technology, Industrial Supply, ComVac, EDM, Controls & CAD/CAM, and Quality Assurance.  These were held in the good old East Building, that brown, big roof structure that I visited in the 1970s for the very first time.

There was an NFPA Pavillion at the show featuring exhibits from fluid power companies in the MDA portion of the event.  To get there, I had to take the Grand Concourse and the sky bridge.  What a beautiful place!

It has been a few years since I attended a show at McCormick and every time I go there, new construction seems to be sprouting up.  This time was no exception.  It looks like several new buildings are in the works.

For more information and updates on IMTS 2016, visit their website.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Our Content is Building

One of the challenges of launching a new website is getting the critical mass of content posted to that site to make it interesting and attractive to new viewers.  We are getting there with our new website Sealing & Contamination Control Tips.

We launched this website just this year to address matters of sealing and contamination in hydraulic and pneumatic systems.  As our content grows overall at Fluid Power World, our content involving sealing and contamination or filtration issues grows as well.

Now we have a place to host information specific to seals and filters.  It is more than that though.  This new website contains content about the components but also about system designs and materials used to effect better sealing and cleanliness in fluid power systems.

So, if your company has such content, send it to us for posting on our new website.