Pye-Barker Engineered Solutions January 2020


This is helpful when you need to send someone a quick answer to keep things moving, but you’re not interested in getting into the details then and there. In other words, you can buy yourself time until you can focus on a more thought-out response. Leo Laporte, host of the “This Week in Tech” (“TWiT”) podcast, has another suggestion: Tell people you don’t read emails. Of course, you do read emails, but the world doesn’t need to know it. This is a great way to cut down on the number of emails waiting in your inbox. Finally, set aside time to do an email purge. Look at the people and businesses sending you emails, decide which ones you don’t read anymore and unsubscribe. Depending on the size of your inbox, this can take time, but it’s worth it. You’ll receive fewer emails, which means you won’t spend hours scrolling through your inbox, and that can save you time and money in the long run.

Emails are a time suck. As you read through the subject lines, you wonder how your time can be better spent. Kevin Rose, entrepreneur and founder of, discovered an interesting way to limit the time he spends replying to emails, and it’s extremely simple. All you have to do is end all emails with “Sent from my smartphone.” Why does this make a difference? According to Rose, he found that people have different expectations based on whether emails are sent from mobile devices or computers. Presumably, any email that doesn’t include the tag “Sent from my smartphone” is sent from a computer with a full keyboard and your full attention. As it turns out, people don’t mind short, to-the-point emails if you reply on the go. The best part is that you can add the “Sent from my smartphone” from any device. You can add the signoff manually when you need a quick fix or add it to your signature. You no longer have to waste time writing paragraphs in response. Instead, you can limit your responses to single words or short phrases.



He has the deep industry knowledge required to hit the ground running, and his familiarity with mills, plants, and refineries makes it that much easier for him to adapt to niche challenges in the field. Of course, it wasn’t just his work history that impressed us. “What I like about Pye-Barker is their willingness to reach for the future,” Kris reflects. “They don’t just do things the same way because they’ve been done that way for years.” The fact that he shared our passion for innovation made him real Pye-Barker material. Service technicians need to be adaptable and think outside the box, a philosophy Kris embodies. In fact, Kris has been trying his hand at a new hobby. “I’ve always wanted to be a gunsmith, though I have no formal schooling,” he says. “Still, I enjoy fixing guns and customizing them.” When he’s not using his mechanical skills to help clients or modify firearms, Kris enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and going to the mountains.

Whether you need a new pump installed or emergency maintenance on a blower you’ve had for years, our service technicians are here for you. Having recently expanded this vital part of our team, we want to introduce you to one of its newest members. Kris Brackbill may only be going into his third month with Pye-Barker, but he’s very familiar with the mechanical needs of just about every kind of plant out there. backs him up. Since he was young, he’s worked on cars as a hobby, which he still does to this day. But it’s Kris’ resume that really speaks for itself. “I’ve been a millwright/ mechanic for 16 years,” he recalls, “working in many different industries like power plants, pulp/paper mills, oil refineries, and food processing plants.” “I was always meant to be a mechanic!” Kris tells us enthusiastically, and his track record

With his many years and wide array of experiences, Kris is an ideal fit for our team.


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