SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Charlotte and Walt Kowalcyk were going to retire from the local General Motors plant in 2013. He would've had nearly 45 years of service under his belt, while she would have logged 21 years. It would have given them financial security for the rest of their days. Now the Kowalcyks go to work every day under a cloud of uncertainty.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Recent wage hikes in China could force Taiwanese electronics firms operating there to relocate to other Asian countries, a Taiwanese industry leader has said. Chairman Arthur Chiao of the Taiwan Electronics and Electrical Appliances Association said his group is assisting China-based Taiwanese companies to seek out new manufacturing sites in India, Indonesia and Vietnam in the wake of steadily rising labor costs on the mainland.
COLEBROOK, N.H. (AP) — Court documents regarding a deadly explosion at a New Hampshire gun and ammunition plant indicate evidence of possible violations concerning the storage, manufacturing and handling of explosive materials. The Caledonian-Record reports the state fire marshal's office received two search warrants regarding the MDM Muzzleloader plant in Colebrook.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With a six-month moratorium ordered for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, oilfield companies and analysts are warning of job losses and production delays. In addition, drilling companies could send idled rigs to foreign markets, and new regulation could make producing some fields unprofitable, they said.
As many of you loyal IMPO readers know, I am quite a serious baseball fan. In fact, I am pretty sure Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio owes me a drink at some point; I swear I’ve paid a league minimum salary or two after years of dumping money into this organization.
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The auto industry can't afford to become complacent and must guard against slipping into old habits as it rebounds, the head of Chrysler Group LLC said Thursday. CEO Sergio Marchionne said he worries that he's seeing a reluctance to make the fundamental, structural, traumatic change the industry must make to remain competitive.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cadmium has been discovered in the painted design on "Shrek"-themed drinking glasses being sold nationwide at McDonald's, forcing the fast food company to recall 12 million of the cheap U.S.-made collectibles while dramatically expanding contamination concerns about the toxic metal beyond imported children's jewelry.
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. says it has set up its own venture capital company with $100 million to find new technology. The automaker says General Motors Ventures LLC will help nurture new technology and bring it to market so GM has the latest innovations. GM says former vice president of global product planning Jon Lauckner will head the new venture starting July 1.
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. says its Alabama-based railroad service unit will spend $820 million cash to acquire locomotive maker Electro-Motive Diesel. Caterpillar says that its Progress Rail Services division, headquartered in Albertville, Ala.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The incidence of brain cancer at jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney was the same as or less than for the general population, researchers said Thursday. The researchers, from the University of Pittsburgh and University of Illinois, released the second of three phases of their massive study of 212,513 workers at one of eight Connecticut plants from 1952 to 2001.
Are there toxic chemicals in the charm bracelet I bought for my daughter? Is there lead in this paint? These days, manufacturers and suppliers must disclose materials information to regulatory agencies and, often, to the public. The process is appropriately called material disclosure, and regulatory compliance depends on it.
Custom Service & Design, Inc. (Auburn Mills, MI) offers a line of filtration products and solutions through its standard vessel line, which includes standard bags, pleated bags, stainless steel strainers, baskets, and elements. The OEM/07A Bag Vessel design is unique to the company, and offers good fluid flow and low velocities, not to mention a basket seat that ensures a proper fit for virtually any industry-standard filter bag.
The SmartBanks from Maysteel (Menomonee Falls, WI) for Low Voltage Power Factor Correction provide energy efficiency and savings by eliminating KVA and KVAR peaks that drive up energy bills. They can be used near motors, transformers, inductive heating, and arc welding generators.
The AMD-035 SuperStar Membrane Dryer from LA-MAN Corporation (Mazeppa, MN) provides clean and dry compressed air designed with the automotive industry in mind, but can be used wherever refrigerated dryers may be too large. The dryer lowers the dew point by continuously removing water vapor, with drops up to 20°F, making it ideal for spray booth applications.
RIDGID (Elyria, OH) introduces the SeeSnake LT1000 laptop interface, which provides a flexible way to digitally record, monitor, and manage drain footage when paired with a RIDGID SeeSnake reel and the SeeSnake HQ software suite. The laptop interface allows users to complete tasks without transferring data between field devices and a PC, which reduces the overall time spent on the task.
The most recent massive E. coli-related recall — Freshway Foods’ lettuce contamination — has food safety once again in the news. Whenever a major (or minor) food safety disaster occurs, the industry grumbling begins: “How come you don’t hear about the facilities that are doing things right? Or the millions of pounds of safe food that arrived in stores this week?” Well, because, “Hey, guys, this system functioned as designed, thus nothing newsworthy happened,” is not news.
What factors do you consider when calculating Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) before you make a significant equipment purchase? Russ Holmer, President, Haumiller Engineering To get the most value out of your automated assembly machine, looking at total cost of ownership (TCO) is a must.
The High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) fans from Kelley Company (Carrollton, TX) can move a large column of air slowly, creating a horizontal floor jet that consistently circulates air in large spaces. This allows facilities to raise thermostats in the summer without sacrificing worker comfort, and can help contribute to LEED Certification credits.
CASS Polymers (Oklahoma City, OK) offer the PolyMax Industrial Plant Floor Systems, which are able to withstand extreme temperature changes and thermal shock, with a similar coefficient of expansion compared to concrete. The system is available in slip-resistant profile for wet environments, and is installed in 3/16” or greater thicknesses.
A new edition of “The Key to Metal Bumping” is now available from Martin Tool & Forge (Fort Worth, TX). The book has been used since its first edition, published in 1939, as a work of reference in technical schools and professional shops. By maintaining close relationships with professionals in the field, Martin Tool & Forge has developed new technologies and updates to its long-running publication.