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The Rise and Fall of Crude Oil Production and Its Impact on the Permian Basin

Jeremy KirkpatrickOct 15,2019
Educational

All eyes are on the U.S. oil production rates and prices per barrel. Where will they go next?

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Best Practices for West Texas Machine Shops: Machine Parts Right, the First Time

Jeremy KirkpatrickOct 1,2019
Uncategorized

West Texas is home to many machine shops, the same shops that drive our oil industry. Here are some machining tips from cutting tools expert M&M Sales & Equipment to help you machine parts right the first time.

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Aerospace Alert: Run Longer and Cleaner with New TRIM® C390 Coolant

Jeremy KirkpatrickSep 19,2019
New Products,Product Information

The aerospace industry comes with strict requirements when it comes to the use of lubricants, and for good reason. We’re talking about lubricants used in machining components for expensive machinery, often carrying valuable cargo

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Save on Sandvik Coromant Cutter Bodies with Purchase of New Steel Milling Grades, Sept. 9-20

Jeremy KirkpatrickSep 5,2019
Product Information,Promotions

Manufacturers and fabricators know all too well the challenges of working with hard and abrasive steel, especially when working at high speeds or for extended periods of time.

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Is Pessimism Over Oil Well Productivity in West Texas Premature?

Jeremy KirkpatrickAug 20,2019
Educational

You may recall a recent post titled Steady as it Goes for Permian Basin Rig Counts where we shared April 2019 oil rig count data as supplied by Baker Hughes. We also asked the question, “Why has there been a slowdown in oil drilling?” and countered it was likely due

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Tariffs Give Cause for Concern in Texas Manufacturing

Jeremy KirkpatrickAug 15,2019
Uncategorized

If you were to thumb through some accounts of how tariffs are impacting the Texas economy, many would point to continued expansion and growth. According to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey for June of this year, it would appear that Texas factory activity continued to expand and the production index

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What’s Machine Downtime Really Costing You? (And How to Avoid It)

Jeremy KirkpatrickAug 8,2019
Uncategorized

Manufacturers often spend a lot of time focused on machine uptime and not nearly enough time monitoring downtime. Uptime, otherwise known as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), is comprised of three important components:Quality, Availability and Performance, according to SensrTrx. When any of these three are disrupted for any reason, machine downtime

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How to Choose the Right Drill Bit for Your Application

Jeremy KirkpatrickJul 24,2019
Educational,Product Information

It’s important to choose drill bits that are optimized for the application. Otherwise, you’re likely to be replacing the bits and the tools too often. Not only that, but you risk damaging the workpiece and having to start over.

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SPI: Limited Time Offers! – through August 31, 2019

Jeremy KirkpatrickJul 18,2019
Promotions

From July 1-August 31, 2019 SPI is offering limited-time pricing on: CO-AX Centering Indicators IP54 Digital Tire Tread Gage 3 Speed 20″ Pedestal Fan IP54 Digital Rotor Gage Mention SUMMER PROMO when ordering. Offer expires 8/31/19. Give us a call at your preferred branch location: Odessa: 800-592-4516 Lubbock: 806-765-8461 Amarillo: 806-351-1400 Ft. Worth: 682-841-1700

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U.S. and Texas Economic News Roundup

Jeremy KirkpatrickJul 9,2019
Uncategorized

We think it’s important to stay up to speed on the news that impacts us all. It’s easy to get tied up in the daily grind and not notice what’s happening in the world around us. That’s why we check the headlines every day and when we come across interesting

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