Growth of Mechanical Engineering Tenders in the Markets

Tenders for Mechanical Products

The mechanical industry has benefited largely with the growth of agriculture, power plants, construction sites, mining and growth of transportation. Therefore there is an ever growing demand for mechanical components in the markets today. Mechanical tenders are easily floated with the advent of various websites which offer free tenders.

Today these tenders can be easily bid and won by oversea entrepreneurs as there are hundreds of legal websites which offer tenders online. Entrepreneurs from all over the globe can bid and win these tenders without any hassles. Nowadays most of the tenders are globalized which provides huge business opportunity to aspiring bidders from any part of the world to bid.

Rise in the Number of Mechanical Tenders

The substantial growth of industrialization and globalization has led to the equivalent growth of the machinery industry. Mechanical components have become indispensable for every industry in the country. It has rightly become the backbone of every manufacturing sector as it provides all the required components and equipments required for production.

As mentioned earlier, tenders are no longer localized. Free global tenders are gaining popularity in the recent times with a number of authentic websites to showcase different components and equipments. Today there are millions of multinational corporations willing to bid for global tenders from all across the world.

Engineering component tenders are floated for the procurement of components and equipments required for various industries such as mining industries, petroleum industries, construction companies, maintenance and repairs of telecommunication, manufacture of tools, manufacture of electrical equipments and components.

Most of these engineering equipments and components are highly necessary in different industrial fields and so it has a high market value. These tenders can be both global as well as domestic. Aspiring bidders from both local and overseas can bid and win the tenders, provided that the bidders fulfill the eligibility criteria, although wining the tenders is quiet different from bidding for them.

It is equally important for the aspiring bidders to comprehend the different aspects of the tenders that are being floated. Updated information related to the tenders is projected in most of the reliable websites. It is quiet important to keep track of such useful information to eventually win the tenders.

The latest mechanical engineers tenders involve highly sophisticated and technical information related to the floated tenders. So the aspiring bidders must keep themselves well-informed about these tenders through the information published in online websites.

New tenders are floated from time to time, so it is necessary to update the database frequently. Moreover, each tender has a specified date and time schedule for filing the bids which is considered as its expiry date. Therefore it is necessary to subscribe to an informative website which provides all the relevant and required data related to the tenders.

The True Value of Mechanical Watches Against Wearable Technology

Mechanical watches are associated with centuries-old tradition, elegance and luxury. In today’s post-modern society where we are confronted with wearable technology such as the smart watches, this distinction comes as the true value of this dinosaur technology.

Chronometers date back to the 1500s with the first pocket watch, the Nuremberg Egg being invented by Peter Henlein. However, there are debates to this claim which state that it was a 19th century invention. Nevertheless, there is history tied to wind-up timepieces.

Swiss watchmakers dominated the timekeeping industry until the mid 1970s when the Japanese introduced highly accurate quartz watches that were mass-produced at low-cost. By the early 1980s Switzerland was only producing 10 percent of the timepieces in the world. Two-thirds of watchmaking jobs in the country also disappeared. This was aptly called the Quartz Crisis in the industry.

Mechanical wristwatches did make a comeback in the late 1990s after the successful introduction of chronometers that used the quartz design. They were marketed on the value of fashion rather than on the accuracy of telling time. The industry banked on this success to re-introduce the old technology of the automatic chronometers. At which time they were presented as carefully crafted (and some even handcrafted) luxury items linked to tradition dating back to the 1500s. This was a re-definition of its value as they were historically perceived as accurate metronomes.

What helped the resurgence of these luxury items was the discovery that they were highly valued by collectors who strongly guarded tradition. When the industry was very fragile and was thought to collapse, these collectors started buying the wristwatches at auctions at record prices. This gave the message that there was underlying value to the ancient technology. In another instance, an old Zenith employee hid all the moulds needed to produce the horologes when other companies were disposing or scrapping theirs. These enthusiasts and the old employee are now seen in history as the guardians of tradition.

It was also necessary in the industry’s revival to redefine the competition. It wasn’t anymore, at this point, competing with quartz, but with horologes in its own league – which is the high-end market.

This is the same pattern that we have seen with the resurgence of the vinyl records or with fountain pens. Record collectors who valued them have facilitated their comeback and redefined competition for these collectibles apart from the downloadable music that this society now enjoys.

Mechanical Engineering Jobs

An engineer is somebody who uses the ideas of science and mathematics in order to develop products or services, meaning that these jobs are centered around the idea of applied science. Mechanical engineers are involved in researching, analyzing, designing, manufacturing, and testing machines, tools, engines, and other mechanical devices. Many different kinds of engineering jobs are available to mechanical engineers. This is because of the fact that the principles can be applied to many different industries. Most of the products that they work either produce or use power. In some cases they may design tools that are used by other engineers. Those who are proficient at working in teams and making difficult decisions may eventually take on managerial positions in technically driven industries.

Mechanical engineering jobs are typically undergone in an office environment, although the office is often located in the same building as a manufacturing facility. Some are more theoretically driven, where others are more experimental. There are varying degrees of hands-on work performed by these engineers, depending on the level of specialization and the industry in which they work. Most work about forty hours a week with weekends off. Work is driven more by deadlines than time spent at work, so schedules can be fairly flexible.

A bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, or the hard sciences is typically necessary for jobs in engineering, and this is equally true for mechanical. It is not necessarily important for a graduate to have a degree specializing in mechanical engineering specifically, however, as long as they have the necessary experience and knowledge to do the work. Nearly all applicants will need to have an extensive background in engineering courses, the hard sciences, industry, and math.

Most engineers will work together closely with other more advanced when they first take the job, and many larger programs will offer classroom training as well. Engineers are gradually given more independence to design, develop, test, and improve upon their own projects.

There are about a quarter million mechanical engineers in the United States, and there are about 1 and a half million engineering positions. While growth for this field is expected to be somewhat slower than average for all professions. On average, mechanical engineers make about $75,000 a year.

An Upside for Industrial, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Sector

It seems there is a lot of talk in the United States about quality manufacturing jobs. But, to compete with other countries and their low cost of labor, many manufacturing companies are buying robotic systems, and putting forth robotic mechanized assembly lines. It’s a lot cheaper to invest in a robot, amortize the cost of that equipment over a period of time, rather than paying for union workers, their pensions, and health care benefits.

Yes, I know that sounds like a mean-spirited thing to say in this day and age, but as a businessperson anyone that wishes to make a profit, maintain shareholders equity, and grow a business has to be thinking here. Luckily, there is some good news for industrial, mechanical, and manufacturing corporations right now the United States. Orders are up, and the global economy appears to be recovering. That means there are products to be made, and buyers waiting.

The supply chain is coming back to life, and things are looking pretty good. But before you jump up for joy and assume that this means more people will go back to work. Perhaps you should consider what I have to say. Most of the manufacturing equipment being bought up right now is high-tech equipment, the kind that operates with fewer employees, not more. Indeed, there will be people who will have to run many of these machines, but they will not need the hundreds, or even thousands of people on the line to produce the same amount of goods as before.

In fact, there was a great little article recently in Industry Week titled; “Manufacturing Technology Consumption Up 138.1% – February Consumption Totaled $329 Million” written by the IndustryWeek Staff and posted on April 11, 2011. The article stated in the teaser paragraph: “February U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $329.43 million, according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total was down 10.9% from January but up 99.3% when compared with the total of $165.31 million reported for February 2010.”

The labor costs in China are also creeping up, along with inflation there. No longer will people work for 18 to 20 hours a day, 6 to 7 days per week. That sort of slave labor isn’t going to happen anymore. Rather than one dollar a day, these folks wish to live in the middle class, and that means they need to make twelve hundred dollars per year (which will increase after China’s currency is properly reevaluated). Already, that is an increase from one dollar a day to nearly 3 dollars per day. Even China is buying more automation equipment for their factories to become more efficient. In many regards this will level the playing field for manufacturers worldwide, but it doesn’t do very much good for employment in any country.

So on one hand this is very good news for those in the manufacturing business, but for many of the union employees who have pushed very hard to increase their salaries year after year, this doesn’t mean that they will automatically be returning to work to those once previously high-paying jobs. Indeed I hope you’ll please consider all this and think on it. If you have any comments, questions, and/or concerns please shoot me an e-mail.

Business Techniques for Automated Truck Washes – Industrial Mechanical Business Case Study

Due to hours of service rules for truck drivers, it makes sense for truckers to keep all stops to a minimum. So, if they need to use the restroom, buy fuel, eat, take a shower, get coffee, sleep, send emails, clean the windows, or wash the truck it makes sense to get it all done at one location with one stop or the fewest possible. This has been a bundling bonanza for truck stops catering to the drivers, and most travel and truck centers have all that and more, including a general or convenience store. Okay so, let’s talk about this, and the challenges of a single location “truck wash” shall we?

Now then, one of the best places you can advertise and market would be at a truck and travel center, and you should choose the truck stops on any major routes leading by your business, within a 250 – 300 mile radius. Some truck stops do have truck washes on their property, or across the street. If this happens it might be difficult to advertise your truck wash at those locations.

However, often there are competing truck stops across the freeway from each other, one with a truck wash, and one without. The one without may wish to help you advertise to make up for the fact that they don’t have a wash on the property as their nearest competitor does. Likewise, overall, most truck stops don’t have a wash, and therefore you are not in competition with them, and therefore you should ask them if you can put up your flyers, business cards, or leave newsletters in their break room.

Indeed, I can remember one time I was at a truck stop in my mobile command center, and some cute gals came up to me and they asked me if I needed my truck cleaned, then they handed me a flyer, and on the back of the flyer was a map of exactly how to get to the truck cleaning facility. I smiled, because as a businessperson I knew exactly what they were doing, and I thought that the owner of the truck cleaning company was quite wise to send cute gals to the truck stop to hand out flyers, and invite truck owners and truck drivers to their location.

Unfortunately, in my case it was in the opposite direction in which I was traveling, but I must have kept that flyer for six months. When I came back through the area again, I actually did stop there and get my truck cleaned. It’s amazing what you can do to increase the volume and number of trucks coming through your automated truck wash if you will just use a little bit of grassroots marketing, and think about how you can sell to truck drivers while they are parked. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.