Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT 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, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 10.
Exposure to ionizing radiation is believed to be dangerous for humans. The rays or particles can damage human tissue based on the exposure; typically, the more radiation, the more damage. As Japan’s nuclear disaster continues, the Fukushima 50 and others risking their lives to prevent a nuclear catastrophe have been exposed to dangerous levels of radiation as they attempt to stabilize the power plants.
The System One centrifugal pumps from Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) are designed for high-volume, severe-duty applications. The System One has a stiffer heavy-duty shaft and larger bearings, which means that operators can expect improved mean time between failures for reduced maintenance costs.
Pres-On (Addison, IL) is now offering an EPDM tape that combines the flexibility of standard open-cell foam tapes with the sealing qualities of closed-cell foam tapes. The Pres-On P9400 seals out damaging dust, wind, water, and noise with a variety of roll widths, lengths, and thicknesses. It is excellent for filling joints and spaces, as well as for sealing HVAC installations.
Stanley Proto (Conyers, GA) has developed nine new Interchangeable Head torque wrenches and 125 head attachments. The wrenches consist of three electronic, two micrometer, and four pre-set versions, and come in 1/4”, 3/8”, and 1/2” drives. Torque values range from 25 inch-pounds to 250 foot-pounds.
Falcon Electric, Inc. (Irwindale, CA) has announced it has obtained UL listing for its CE-approved 220VAC SSG Series UPS product line. The SSG Series UPS are designed to operate in temperature environments beyond the capability of standard UPS products, with an operational temperature range of -4° to 131°F.
I blew it. I made a whopper of a mistake at Jameco last month. I still feel horrible, and I’m embarrassed about the error, and I've apologized to everyone. All of us say things like "I'm only human" and "We all make mistakes," but too often these generalized comments disappear when it comes to specifics.
Here is what manufacturers should do to ensure their I-9 processes are in compliance with federal immigration laws, so as to avoid costly fines and disruptions. Recently, in the course of one week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency charged with enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, instituted 1,000 new worksite investigations.
DETROIT (AP) — Honda Motor Co. says it will add a week to production slowdowns at its 11 North American auto plants. The company said in late March that it would shut down assembly lines for several hours a day because of parts shortages from Japan. Now Honda says the temporary shutdowns will be extended to the week of April 18.
TOKYO (AP) — Sharp Corp. has suspended domestic production of large-sized LCD panels because of a shortfall of industrial gas after a massive earthquake and tsunami. The Osaka-based company is one of the world's largest makers of LCD TVs and panels. Spokeswoman Miyuki Nakayama says the company has decided to focus on making smaller panels — under 10 inches (25 centimeters) — because it has a stockpile of larger ones.
How old is too old for an airplane? Most travelers don't think twice about it — although there's something unsettling about easing into your seat and finding the armrest still has an ashtray built in. But fliers may be more worried than usual after a 5-foot hole opened in the roof of a 15-year-old Southwest jet earlier this month.
by Josh Brown, Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Where workers once assembled Ford pickups, they now will sort, package and ship plastic pellets. Billions of them. Hampton Roads, meet the nurdle. Nurdles, which range in size from a BB to a gum ball, come in various shapes and colors.
by Rodney Manley, Associated Press EAST DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) — Quitting time on Nathaniel Drive once meant traffic, bumper to bumper, from the bridge spanning the Oconee River into Dublin back to the textile plants that spun the fabric of a thriving local economy. Now, Nathaniel is a lonely, almost lifeless 3.
ATLANTA (AP) — A massive Russian cargo plane roared into Atlanta on Friday to pick up one of the world's largest concrete pumps, which has been retrofitted to pour water on a Japanese nuclear power plant stricken by an earthquake and tsunami. The 190,000-pound (86,180-kilogram) pump designed by Wisconsin-based Putzmeister America Inc.
Spectronics Corporation (Westbury, NY) has introduced the Spectroline Marksman ultrasonic diagnostic tool, which converts and amplifies inaudible ultrasonic sound into audible “natural” sound. This allows maintenance staff to hear sounds that signify problems such as compressed air leaks, electrical discharge, and natural gas, propane, seal, or gasket leaks.
To expand their Vortec Pro bonded abrasives product line, Weiler Corporation (Cresco, PA) has added 12” and 14” cutting wheels in aluminum oxide and silicon carbide grains for general purpose cutting. According to the company, they are designed for use with steel, iron, and other ferrous metals, with a resin-bond formulation for aggressive stock removal and fast cutting.
Lista International Corporation (Holliston, MA) has developed new Technician Series toolboxes, technician carts, and cart garages. The toolboxes use a rugged design with drawers that are full extension, with a 440 pound capacity. According to the company, the addition of worktops transform the toolbox cabinet into a work area, and can come with surfaces in stainless steel, butcher block, galvanized steel, plastic laminate, or retainer top with a rubber mat.
Pinpoint Laser Systems (Peabody, MA) has announced a new four-axis Microgage Receiver, which provides useful alignment information for evaluating and correcting machinery alignment problems. The 4D Receiver measures two linear axes, and their two angular components: yaw and pitch. According to the company, the tool is ideal for aligning lathes, turning centers, spindles, as well as linear slides, injection molding machinery, and more.
Healthier employees lead to lower premiums, according to numerous studies. If companies can help their workers improve their health without cutting benefits or shifting more premium costs to employees, where is the downside? After all, Fortune 1000 companies have been using wellness programs for years to combat the rising costs of healthcare.
Firefighters try to extinguish a fire that broke out in a Czech plastic plant in Chropyne, about 250 km east of Prague, Czech Republic, on Friday, April 8, 2011. An official says more than a hundred firefighters have been battling a huge fire that hit the factory in the eastern Czech Republic.