by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net The catchphrase “going green” has been around for awhile now, garnering a strong following for those who care about the sustainability of the planet. In an effort to become more energy and cost efficient, increasing numbers of companies are utilizing fuel cells as part of their daily operations.
ROME (AP) — Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne says the tradition-laden Italian automaker would be better off without Italy and its balky unions, provoking an angry reaction Monday from some labor and government officials. Fiat has been in tense negotiations with unions over its plan to shut down a factory in Sicily next year.
TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of India and Japan signed a sweeping agreement Monday to boost trade and agreed to speed up talks toward a civilian nuclear energy deal — despite sensitivity in Japan over India's past atomic test blasts. Prime Minister Naoto Kan called the conclusion of nearly 4-year negotiations on the economic partnership agreement a "historic achievement.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's global production fell in September for the first time in a year, while rivals Honda and Nissan increased output thanks to strong demand in China. Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its worldwide production dropped 1.3 percent to 672,604 vehicles, marking the first year-on-year decrease in 12 months.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is set to report its third-quarter earnings before the market opens on Tuesday. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Ford is expected to report its sixth straight quarterly profit. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker has made the biggest U.S. market share gains of any automaker this year.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The new planned Intel Corp. research facility in Hillsboro will provide jobs to hard-hit sectors of Oregon's labor force at a time when they are direly needed. The Oregonian reports construction workers, carpenters and engineers can expect to see new jobs in the Portland metro area — good news with Oregon's 10.
CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has set bond at $3 million for a man accused of gunning down two people at an Ohio manufacturing plant. Wearing handcuffs and assisted by a translator, 50-year-old Pedro Rodriguez appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court Monday. He's charged with two counts of aggravated murder in Friday's shooting at ParkOhio Products Inc.
by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — A continuing battle between jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney and the machinists union over jobs now moves to the bargaining table. The subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. and the union begin negotiations Tuesday for a contract to replace a three-year agreement that expires Dec.
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is quickly becoming one of the most important issues in the food industry. Food Manufacturing spoke with Mike Gay of Rockwell Automation to discuss the latest HACCP technology and trends and how food manufacturers can utilize these tools to improve efficiency, increase cost savings and strengthen product quality control.
Mark-10 (Copiague, NY) has introduced their Series 4 digital force gauges, which are designed for tension and compression force testing in quality control and manufacturing. A range of a capacities — from 0.12 pounds to 500 pounds — is available to address numerous applications in virtually any application.
CECOR (Verona, WI) offers a small propane-powered sump cleaner (model SP50-175PL6), which delivers powerful pumping without electric outlets or air drops. A high suction lift removes coolant, chips, and sludge from the sump, forcing them through a filter that separates solids from the coolant.
The POSIROT family of magnetic rotary sensors from ASM Sensors, Inc. (Elmhurst, IL) welcomes to PRAS21 series, which is a non-contact position sensor that uses an external position magnet to provide an absolute output signal over a 360° measurement range. By using an external magnet, the sensor has a wear-free operation.
Camfil Farr (Jonesboro, AR) has released its Hi-Flo ES pocket-style air filter for industrial applications, with a tapered design that eliminates pocket-to-pocket contact. This allows for the full use of the media area while reducing the filter’s resistance to airflow. This allows for few required filter changes and reduced disposal costs, not to mention eliminating the carbon footprint of additional cartridges.
In the first and second columns of this series, we discussed how to minimize the risks inherent in terminating a distribution relationship by maximizing the possibility that termination could be avoided altogether. No matter how carefully the relationship is created, structured or nurtured, however, termination is sometimes necessary.
ERP provides a necessary infrastructure that forms the transactional system of record upon which a business is based, it serves as a source of cost savings and operational improvements, and it streamlines and accelerates business processes. As optimism increases for a worldwide economic recovery, small to mid-size enterprises (SMEs) once again look forward to revenue growth.
It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to ergonomics, especially when confined industrial wiring causes lots of twists and turns of the wrists and hands. Choosing the right tools can be the difference between a safe maintenance associate, and a sidelined one. According to OSHA, there are many potential hazards that come along with using hand tools for electrical installation and connections.
Pictured is the integrated Bayer site in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park. In the foreground is the state-of-the-art methylene diphenyl diisocyanate plant. On September 27, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The 101-page legislation contains a number of provisions designed to free up credit for small businesses and provide incentives for small business job creation.
The first meeting is with a company president, vice president of operations or lean manufacturing champion. The typical goal is to identify a factory in the company’s system that may qualify for an audit. Step 2: Discovery Day at the Factory A technical team visits the candidate factory to determine if a process audit is appropriate.
STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — An Italian paper and packaging company is opening its first North American headquarters in Racine with a promise to create 189 new jobs. The Journal Times in Racine reports Thursday that Seda International Packaging Group says it will invest $76 million in its Racine operation.
BEIJING (AP) — Rumors on the Web that a major Chinese dairy company's baby formula might harm infants played on the worst fears of jittery parents after a string of scandals over tainted milk. This week, China's biggest milk producer, Mengniu, announced that the rumors targeting rival dairy Yili in July were manufactured by a Mengniu manager in what it said was a bizarre plot to boost his sales.