A stunt by any other name would reek as foul. Recently, one of the few companies to remain living, however infamously, despite continuous bouts with bad press, made a splash in the news when a demonstration from the company’s CEO became a trite example of the company’s ignorance and arrogance.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The maker of Invisalign clear braces for teeth will close its New Jersey facility next year, eliminating 119 jobs, and move operations overseas to cut costs. Align Technology Inc. expects to save about $4 million per year because of the moves, the company said Wednesday.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A spokesman for American Crystal Sugar Co. says there have been no issues with inexperienced replacement workers hired to take over harvesting duties this week. About 1,300 regular workers have been locked out since Aug. 1 after the union and management could not agree on a contract.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead says too many workers die on the job in Wyoming and the state needs to keep working to improve its workplace safety. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the number of occupational fatalities in the state rose to 34 last year.
LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday said recent college graduates, cash-strapped retirees, laid-off middle-aged workers and skills shortfalls are at the heart of the state's nearly worst-in-the-nation unemployment rate. Haley, speaking at her hometown Rotary Club in Lexington, also said she wants to require drug testing for people who get the unemployment benefits they've earned while working.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Federal workplace safety regulators have proposed $176,000 in fines for potentially fatal safety violations at a Concord manufacturing plant. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday it was proposing the fines for 16 violations at Stowe Woodward LLC's plant.
FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — FBI agents executed search warrants Thursday at the headquarters of California solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, which received more than $500 million in federal loans before filing for bankruptcy last week. Blue-jacket-clad agents swarmed the company's headquarters in Fremont as part of an investigation with the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General into the manufacturer once touted by President Barack Obama as a beneficiary of economic stimulus, FBI spokeswoman Julianne Sohn said.
175 companies in Standard and Poors 500 Stock Index have a new model for making money. They don’t have to hire people or even invest in new equipment or facilities. In 2010 The New York Times reported that revenue increased 7 percent but profits soared by 42 percent (seven times faster than revenue).
The oldest known tools date back to two million years ago, to the earliest period of human development. Hand tools represent humans’ first steps in using things in the world to get what we want. These tools may have started as sticks and rocks, but have evolved into tools of efficiency, and are safer and stronger than ever before.
One of my all-time favorite Far Side cartoons showed a deer with a target on its chest. The caption has another deer commenting, “Bummer of a birthmark, Hal.” In our work with firms serving business markets, we’ve come across many organizations that feel they are the ones sitting squarely in the bulls-eye, with supply chain managers and competitors alike taking aim on an ongoing basis.
While the U.S. economy remains in a fragile state, statistics point to a resurgence of sorts in manufacturing, especially on high tech factory floors. In fact, manufacturers added 25,000 new jobs in April, the seventh month of gains in a row. While this is certainly encouraging news it also creates a serious problem – “baby boomer” business owners who are preparing to leave their businesses behind may find there isn’t enough trained and experienced talent to adequately fill their shoes upon succession… with the added concern that those who have “all the right stuff” may be lured away by rival companies.
In order for organizations to capitalize on cloud computing and its benefits, there are new and emerging trends within the ERP cloud market that organizations should be cognizant of. These trends can affect IT strategy, architecture, and may even determine the specific software an organization selects.
Rajan Suri is Emeritus Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Bachelors degree from Cambridge University (England) and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Professor Suri is the Founding Director of the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM).
Equipment purchases are one thing, but getting involved with your community, utility providers, and employees may be what makes a bigger impact. When it comes to the modern sustainable plant, making the energy efficient equipment choice isn’t always enough. While it certainly pays to have the latest and greatest—much of which can mean the difference between sips and gulps of energy use—these purchases can only take users so far.
A growing number of food and beverage manufacturers are turning to advanced shaft and belt alignment systems, often equipped with laser sighting. The trend, which affects diverse food sectors, is fueled by the prospect of lower energy costs, reduced downtime, and better overall machine reliability.
From a humble beginning more than 80 years ago, as a manufacturer of red glass for railroad signals, Kopp Glass now claims to be the world’s leading producer of precision molded industrial quality technical glass. The company is known worldwide among the industries it serves as a producer of molded borosilicate glass, a tough material that can withstand harsh industrial environments and is resistant to degradation from sunlight and weathering.
At RAM Grinding, precision is measured in ten-thousandths of an inch. Whether it’s a less expensive part or a $100,000 part, the precision tolerance is often not more than .0002”. With those tight margins, the company needed a consistent air temperature to prevent metal expansion and errors.
The city of Riverside constitutes part of the “Inland Empire,” an urban area just east of Los Angeles, CA, and as the sun rose through a layer of fog on a recent August morning, it didn’t seem like the heart of a manufacturing hub. But just five minutes outside the city’s still-growing downtown sits the Hunter Business Park, home to a handful of influential area manufacturers: Sabert, Mackie, Parker Hannifin, Bourns Inc.
The new CYCLO COOL 900 and 5000 series synthetic coolants from MAG (New York, NY) are additive free, low foaming, and specially formulated for machining titanium, Inconel, beryllium copper, hardened steels, stainless steels, and other superalloys. Developed for the aerospace industry, the new coolants use unique synthetic formulations to provide boundary lubricant properties, while penetrating the heat barrier in the cutting zone, even at lower pressure (300 to 400 psi), to absorb heat from the tool and part, and minimize chemical reactions between tools and workpieces.
Fluke Corporation (Everett, WA) has introduced the 750 Series Documenting Process Calibrators, to calibrate temperature, pressure, voltage, current, resistance, and frequency. With three operating modes: measure, source, or simultaneous measure/source, technicians can troubleshoot, calibrate, or maintain instrumentation with one tool.