Thomas Dinwoodie, the founder and CTO of Sunpower, claims that new solar power construction will end up being a cheaper alternative to new coal or nuclear power. He cites the enormous construction costs that go along with a nuclear plant, compared to the plummeting costs of solar arrays. He also takes issue with the government’s assessment that solar is in fact not the cheaper alternative.
National Optronics, a Virginia manufacturer of high-precision machines for surfacing and finishing plastic eyeglass lenses, has learned firsthand the benefits of involving a casting house at the design stage in the production of certain parts. A leading manufacturer of lens processing equipment is saving time and money, thanks to an economical casting process.
I continually am amazed by the flood of new studies suggesting that consumers eat this; avoid that; disregard this study; ignore that study, the results of which overturned some other study that should be reconsidered; and so on. Savvy consumers looking to keep themselves and their families healthy are likely too overwhelmed to know what to think.
The Pioneers of American Industrial Design stamp pane honors 12 of the nation’s most important and influential industrial designers — according to the United States Postal Service. Encompassing everything from furniture and electric kitchen appliances to corporate office buildings and passenger trains, the work of these designers helped shape the look of everyday life in the 20th century.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Consumer products maker Procter & Gamble says it has agreed to settle a lawsuit by parents who claimed a new version of Pampers diapers caused skin rashes and other problems for their babies. P&G will pay attorney fees, estimated at $2.7 million, and $1,000 to each child of 59 plaintiffs, under terms subject to final approval in U.
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will spend $47 million at a factory in Defiance, Ohio, so it can build more parts that go into the company's small four-cylinder engine. The investment won't create any new jobs at the plant about 60 miles from Toledo. But it will buy equipment so the factory can crank out more parts for the 1.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. plans to lay off 150 people from its Buffalo Stamping Plant in September. The automaker says the New York layoffs will result from the closing of one of two Canadian assembly plants which Buffalo supplies. The layoffs were disclosed Thursday in a notice to the New York Labor Department.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Struggling Swedish car maker Saab Automobile AB says its production plant in Trollhattan will be closed all of next week while it negotiates with suppliers to get a stable material flow to the factory. The Spyker-owned auto group earlier this week said it expects some startup hiccups after recovering from a longer standstill while looking to secure funding.
COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A $13.5 million center aimed at training workers to fill manufacturing jobs that are growing steadily more complex is opening in central Indiana. The Republic of Columbus reports that the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence will open Friday in a 43,000-square-foot facility on Columbus Municipal Airport property.
The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (Naples, FL) has developed the CEMA Application Guide for Unit Handling Conveyors , a book that is meant to be a resource for experienced and novice engineers to learn about the design, application, and maintenance of the most widely used types of unit handling conveying equipment.
SAS Automation (Xenia, OH) has introduced the complete size range of PIAB Dual Durometer vacuum cups for handling difficult-to-grip parts. The cups are ideal for uneven surfaces, porous surfaces (such as corrugated cardboard and paper), and rough surfaces. According to the company, they are made with a specially-developed material that features the elasticity of rubber and the wear resistance of polyurethane.
Oseco (Broken Arrow, OK) helps protect personnel and equipment during deflagrations in high cycling/high vacuum applications with the new MV-RD explosion vent. It provides extended in-service life, lower burst pressure (pstat) in smaller sizes, and a two-year warranty. The product was designed for dust collectors and bag houses that experience vacuum pressures up to 12 psig / 24.
The new Catamount Twist Tail Cable Tie from Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) allows the user to remove the tail end of the tie without the use of tools. The design allows the user to simply bend and twist off the tail after installation, leaving no sharp edges to scratch cables or hands. The system is available in white or ultraviolet-resistant black 6.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys general in 16 states weighed in Thursday on a federal lawsuit filed by the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that its complaint against Boeing Co. for building a South Carolina assembly plant hurts states' abilities to keep manufacturing jobs. The 16 attorneys general — all but one of whom are Republicans — oppose the lawsuit filed in April by the NLRB claiming that Boeing located a new 787 passenger aircraft assembly line in South Carolina to retaliate against Washington state union workers who went on strike in 2008.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An aerospace company says it will expand operations in Utah and potentially bring 2,700 new jobs to the state over the next 15 years. ITT Corporation Vice President Jim Barber says the company, based in White Plains, N.Y., will increase manufacturing positions for their aircraft materials plant in Salt Lake City.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A multi-alarm blaze that burned for hours was declared under control after it consumed an abandoned tire factory in southern New Jersey and damaged several nearby row homes. The fire in Camden broke out around 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the vacant Reliable Tire Co. factory building and burned fiercely for several hours.
HOLCOMB, Kan. (AP) — Tyson officials say a worker's death at the plant appears to be an accident, although law enforcement officials continue to investigate. Thirty-year-old Cesar Muniz died from a stab wound on Tuesday after being stabbed at the Tyson plantnorthwest of Holcomb.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota forecasts its annual profit to dive 31 percent, hammered by production disruptions from parts shortages, but its outlook Friday projects a robust recovery from the earthquake and tsunami in coming months. Toyota Motor Corp. had not given an earnings forecast earlier because of uncertainties about its production outlook after the March 11 disaster wiped out key parts suppliers in northeastern Japan.
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling more than 47,000 Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles in the U.S. because of a problem with the passenger side air bags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents posted on its website Friday, said that the right side head protection air bag won't inflate in a crash if no one is in the front seat.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of epilepsy treatment Keppra agreed Thursday to pay more than $34 million for marketing the medication to treat migraine headaches in violation of U.S. drug laws. The U.S. subsidiary of Belgian manufacturer UCB pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington to a misdemeanor in connection with the misbranding.