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.
EAST BEND, N.C. (AP) — EcoVolt Power Corp. says it is hiring 61 workers and investing $20 million in East Bend to produce environmentally-friendly automotive batteries. The Winston-Salem Journal reports Friday that the New York-based manufacturer should be shipping some 6 million automotive starter batteries annually from Yadkin County within three years.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government wants to increase production and use of a higher blend of ethanol fuel by giving financial help to gas stations that install more pumps for the fuel, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in advance of a formal announcement planned for Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. has filed a lawsuit against a former executive over allegations he took trade secrets with him when he went to work for rival Oracle Corp. The case against Adrian Jones, who was a senior vice president in HP's server, storage and networking division in Asia, shows the growing rancor between the Silicon Valley technology titans.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it will resume car production at all its plants in Japan at half capacity from April 18 to 27 after the March earthquake and tsunami forced it to halt manufacturing due to shortages of parts and power. Toyota, the world's No. 1 automaker, said production at its 18 plants will then halt from April 28 to May 9, a period that includes Golden Week holidays when factories would normally close.
HULL, Iowa (AP) — No one was hurt by explosions and a fire at a manufacturing plant in the northwest Iowa town of Hull. Authorities say the fire started inside the K & O Manufacturing Co., Inc., plant a little before 5 p.m. Thursday. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Doran (Cincinnati, OH) has developed a tire pressure monitoring system through a collaborative project with PeopleNet, allowing for in-cab integration with off-truck communication and fleet management capabilities. The Doran 360 tire pressure monitoring system will help reduced fleet maintenance costs by providing real-time tire pressure data, warnings, and reports directly to maintenance professionals.
The NLB (Wixom, MI) 605 Series of water jet pump units now give users a combination of ultra-high pressure and high horsepower in a rugged unit that can be converted to a variety of operating pressures. The range has been expanded to include eight operating pressures from 4,000 to 40,000 psi, with engines of up to 600 hp.
Baldor Electric Company (Fort Smith, AR) had added a compact IP65-rated operator panel with a CANopen interface to its range of motion control products. The panel provides machine builders with a cost-effective way to implement simple human-machine interfaces. The KPD202-501 panel uses a backlit, 4-line x 20-character LCD with six programmable function keys.
AmeriPride (Minneapolis, MN) has announced the Bulwark Excel FR ComforTouch Premium Coveralls, which are intended to resist ignition and prevent the spread of flame in areas where intermittent exposure to flame or heat is possible. They have an arc rating (ATPV) of 8.6 calories/cm², which allows them to meet NFPA 70E standards for hazard/risk category (HRC) 2 applications.
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Dr. James Porter, the medical director of robotic surgery at Swedish hospital in Seattle, has used their da Vinci surgical robot for a little after-hours challenge: folding a tiny paper airplane with the incredible precision and dexterity the system provides. One can only imagine the possibilities if this sort of technology finds its way into manufacturing someday.