Industrial Indicators is a U.S. manufacturer of tension indicating SmartBolts® and related tools.

Our products are outfitted with proprietary condition monitoring technologies to improve the reliability and efficiency of industrial bolting operations.


We are proud to foster a corporate culture that emphasizes the importance of safety, quality, productivity, and continuous improvement.

Safety

• Ensuring our work environment is safe for every employee and visitor. Safety is about protecting yourself, protecting coworkers, and protecting equipment from injury or damage.

• Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is to be worn at all times when the factory is operating and will be provided at no cost to the employee or visitor by the company.

• Our company training program has been designed to provide skills that will enable the operator or technician to work safely. It is the employee’s responsibility to maintain understanding and awareness of the safety resources available.

Quality

• Maintaining and improving the quality of our products is critical for value to be maintained with customers.

• Our Quality Management System is based on ISO:9001 compliance and every employee has a duty to ensure our system is complete, maintained, and accurate.

• Quality is ensured when we follow successfully demonstrated Standard Operating Procedures.

Productivity

• Productivity can be a great measure of success, but this is only true if our Safety and Quality requirements have been met.

• True productivity is an expectation within our culture. Maintaining consistent production rates and process cycle times are necessary for our success.

• Maintaining an organized work environment is necessary for every employee to be successful and productive.

Continuous Improvement

• The method by which we develop and evolve our culture is with Continuous Improvement.

• Continuous Improvement enables safer work, higher quality work, and greater productivity.

• Continuous Improvement is a fundamental aspect of Lean Meanufacturing and supports our ability to increase the amount of value we can offer our customers.

Charles Popenoe

Charles Popenoe: Chief Executive Officer

Charles joined Industrial Indicators in 1998 and has presided over the growth of the company to date. He holds a B.S. from University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an MBA from American University Kogod School of Business. Charles began his career with FDIC as a computer networking specialist, serving for 10 years before joining the company founded by his father, Chuck Popenoe.

Chris Bunai

Christopher Bunai: Chief Technology Officer

Chris joined Industrial Indicators in 2010 and is a graduate of The University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering, where he studied mechanical engineering. Chris designed and built our Gaithersburg manufacturing facility and leads product design and development for Industrial Indicators. He specializes in fasteners, CNC machining, lean manufacturing, and machine design.

2018

Company rebrands as Industrial Indicators to better align with market conditions. Next-generation technology (Chromaulic Technology) and product line (SmartBolts® Chroma Series) released to public.

2017

Further expansion into wind energy and slew ring bearing markets. Development of next-generation technology starts.

2016

Stress Indicators Incorporated augments engineering staff, expands product size range to serve customers in crane industry and creates new intellectual property for next generation SmartBolts.

2015

Stress Indicators Incorporated introduces standard product catalog of Pre-Engineered DTI SmartBolts, and initiates partnerships with sales channels in South America and Africa. Another CNC Turning Center is purchased which increases production to serve new markets.

2014

Stress Indicators Incorporated initiates partnerships with sales channels in US and internationally, including Fastenal, Bossard and Stanley Engineered Fasteners (Asia Pacific region).

2013

Stress Indicators Incorporated relocates to current, larger facility to meet customer demand. Expands product offerings to serve the Injection Molding and Mining industries.

2011

Stress Indicators Incorporated won contract to supply Eaton Electrical. Eaton offers DTI SmartBolts in its busway product line and is an OEM customer to this day. Machining capability is added with purchase of CNC Turning Center.

2010

Strategic decision to consolidate production into manufacturing facility in Gaithersburg, MD in order to serve a growing customer base with greater product variety. Chief Engineer, Chris Bunai is hired to manage the new production facility.

2009

Stress Indicators Incorporated won contract with Gersan Elektrik of Turkey. Gersan offers DTI SmartBolts in its busway product line, and is an OEM customer to this day.

2006

Stress Indicators Incorporated won contract with National Weather Service to outfit all 159 NEXRAD Doppler radar stations with DTI SmartBolts. This would become an 8-year project.

2000

“SmartBolts” product name is chosen, and the trademark is registered with USPTO.

1999

Production requirements for General Electric lead to investment in automated production machinery and sub-contracting production. All product quality testing is done in-house in Bethesda, MD. Charles Popenoe, III joins the company as President, while Chuck retains the role of Technical Director.

1997

Stress Indicators Incorporated won contract with General Electric, Electrical Distribution and Control. DTI SmartBolts are included in GE’s Spectra Series busway product line. GE is an OEM customer to this day.

1994

Sales to NASA, and others. Components are manufactured on custom-designed machines and assembled in the basement workshop.

1992

Stress Indicators Incorporated founded in the Bethesda, MD basement workshop of Chuck Popenoe, the technology inventor and developer, as a one-person firm.

Industrial Engineer

Industrial Indicators is currently seeking an Industrial Engineer to help support our growing technology and manufacturing company. The ideal candidate will possess creativity, attention to detail, complex problem solving abilities, strong mechanical, electrical, and computer skills. In addition, the ability to effectively collaborate well with a team is a must. The job duties will begin in manufacturing but will also include expectations to contribute to product design, research and development, and sales engineering. The successful candidate will become an integral part of a close-knit team responsible for many aspects of engineering in an entrepreneurial, continuous improvement environment.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • A positive attitude and emphasis on continuous improvement
  • Basic understanding and exposure to lean manufacturing concepts
  • Electro-mechanically Inclined
  • Ability to produce quality prototypes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Genuine interest in product engineering, manufacturing, and entrepreneurship
  • Systems Thinking Ability
  • Reliable, dedicated, and self-starting individual

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering, or Electrical Engineering
  • US citizenship or proper US work authorization
  • Reads, writes, and speaks English fluently
  • Experience with Computer Aided Design software
  • Able to efficiently use Microsoft Office

If you think you are a good fit for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume for consideration. The desired job opportunity start date is January 2019.

Industrial Engineer Job Description:
The Industrial Engineer role is an engineering position responsible for contributing to the successful implementation of many different types of projects in support of Industrial Indicators. The IE is expected to work closely with the business operations team to make sure that projects are completed successfully and on schedule. The position receives direction from and reports to the CTO, Chief Engineer.

1. Product Development Support
a. Product Data Management
i. Data Organization
ii. Data Entry with focus on maintaining data integrity
b. R&D Project Assignments
i. Collaborate with CTO on New Product Development initiatives
c. Computer Aided Design
i. Maintain up to date part drawings

2. Production Process Improvement
a. Manufacturing Performance Metrics
i. Capacity
ii. Quality
iii. Establish documentation systems of performance metrics
b. Provide strategic contributions to process improvements
c. Self-manage projects to completion

3. Quality System Management
a. Assist in the development of our Quality Management System
i. Ensure Data integrity
ii. Maintain and Improve
b. Provide information system support
c. Contribute to ISO 9001 accreditation efforts
d. Participate in Kaizen activity progress and completion
e. Calibration System collaboration

4. Product Design and Technical Sales Support
a. Preliminary Design Analysis
i. Manufacturing Feasibility Analysis
ii. Production Time and Costing analysis
b. Technical Sales Support where necessary*
i. Customer request evaluations
ii. Technical Question support
iii. *DTI Operations Engineer primarily responsible for DTI product support

Job Type:
Full-time

Salary:
$55,000.00 to $70,000.00 /year

Experience:
Industrial Engineering: 1 year (Preferred)

Education:
Bachelor’s (Required)

Work authorization:
United States (Preferred)

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to sales@smartbolts.com.

End-users benefit from the selective use of qualified Authorized Distributors for local service and support.

Our distributors are selected, trained and authorized based on their ability to support engineered condition-monitoring solutions. All of our distributor partners have a qualified engineering sales force and some have a market specialization.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an Authorized Distributor, please contact us.

Email

Telephone

General Inquiries:
1-240-631-7246

Sales:
1-240-631-7246 x1

Engineering & Technical Support:
1-240-631-7246 x2

Fax:
1-240-750-6025


Corporate Headquarters:

Industrial Indicators
202 Perry Parkway, Suite 7
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
USA

Operating Hours: 8AM to 5PM Monday – Friday