Baldor Electric (Fort Smith, AR) has developed their Ethernet-compatible PowerLink servo drives, which have been used in a variety of applications, such as a conformal coating machine with three-dimensional spraying accuracy at Advanced Coating Robotics (ACR). The drives, equipped with Baldor’s motion control software, offer real-time interpolated control via a simple plug-together system building approach.
The Load Seeking Clamp 4.0, available on the SL automatic stretch wrapper from Lantech (Louisville, KY), was designed to reduce film breaks. At the beginning of the wrap cycle, the Load Seeking Clamp 4.0 goes to the edge of the load, creating clamp-to-load contact regardless of the width of the load.
HEMCO (Independence, MO) has announced the UniMax Floor Mount Fume Hood, which comes in sizes from 6’ to 24’ wide, 4’ to 8’ deep, and 7’ to 16’ high. According to the company, tall apparatus or long, integrated instrumentation systems can be easily accommodated into the hoods, which are constructed of chemical-resistant, non-conductive modular panels in a composite resin material.
WeldSeal from IMPCO Inc. (East Providence, RI) is a brush-on methacrylate compound formulated for sealing porosity in welds that will contain gases under pressure, or liquids. The low dynamic viscosity allows it to move into pores and seams, or close-fitting ferrous metal surfaces. Additional benefits include: A mixture that is a VOC-free, low-viscosity, and pale blue liquid that can be easily applied by a brush.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a last-minute attempt to derail it, the government launched a public database Friday that allows people to report and search safety complaints on thousands of products — from cribs and toys to power tools and hair dryers. SaferProducts.gov, overseen by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, went live as scheduled over the objections of manufacturers and a stalled GOP effort on Capitol Hill to withhold money for the project until critics' concerns were addressed.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan ordered thousands of residents near a northeastern nuclear power plant to evacuate on Friday following a massive earthquake that caused a problem in the plant's cooling system. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the Fukushima No. 1 power plant was not leaking radiation.
DETROIT (AP) — The chief financial officer who guided General Motors Co. to its first profitable year since 2004 and led its successful return to the stock market is leaving after being passed over for the top job. Chris Liddell will step down on April 1 after just 15 months at GM. He'll be replaced by Treasurer Dan Ammann, a former Wall Street banker, the company said in a surprise announcement on Thursday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The former chairman and CEO of St. Louis-based KV Pharmaceutical Co. was fined $1 million after pleading guilty Thursday to misdemeanor counts related to manufacturing oversized tablets of a pain-relief drug called morphine sulfate. Marc S. Hermelin, 69, also was sentenced to a month in prison after pleading guilty to two federal counts of misbranding drugs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Could modern cars operating with the help of internal computers be vulnerable to hackers? Could someone tamper with your software-controlled brakes or stop the engine from afar? The familiar problem for personal computers is being studied in automobiles as internal computer networks become as critical to vehicles as tires and engines, and as auto companies push to bring the Internet to motorists.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a crane collapsed at a Pepsi bottling plant in Tampa. Tampa Fire Rescue officials say the collapse happened just before 1 a.m. Friday when a lift system that was undergoing maintenance collapsed on two workers. Capt.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials said Thursday that the consumer health unit of Johnson & Johnson will be barred from resuming operations at a Pennsylvania manufacturing plant linked to millions of bottles of defective medicines until it meets quality standards. The Food and Drug Administration signed a formal consent decree with the company designed to improve operations at three manufacturing sites linked to multiple recalls of medications last year, including Children's Tylenol, Benadryl and Motrin.
Huntersville, N.C. — IRWIN® Tools , a world-class manufacturer and marketer of a broad line of professional hand tools and power tool accessories, will host the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Finals on Sunday, March 20, 2011 . Six competitors from around the world will use their trade skills to perform a series of precise tasks — such as gripping, sawing, marking, clamping and drilling — in a race against the clock.
Machinist Mike Medrano Jr. assesses parts, quality stamp in hand, as Manufacturing Supervisor Rick Sadler observes. “We firmly believe that quality is when the customer returns, and not the product.” Don Hoover doesn’t just say these words. He, and the Houston-based EagleBurgmann team he works with, stands behind them.
Increasingly, powerful and portable hydraulic tools are being relied upon for jobs that once involved backbreaking and often hazardous manual labour. Many plant maintenance tasks, such as tightening or loosening bolts, cutting rusted nuts, spreading flanges, or positioning equipment, can be made easier by using these powerful and precise time-savers.
Last month, part one of this column outlined the disconnect between the skills that are required for the incoming workforce, and the training that is actually being conducted. Part two will outline how a focus on advanced apprentice training will improve the skills of the manufacturing workforce.
WHITNEYVILLE, Maine (AP) — A wreath manufacturing company in eastern Maine is the first business in the state to sign an agreement with the federal government aimed at preventing unlawful employment of illegal immigrants. Whitney Wreath President David Whitney and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Bruce Foucart signed the agreement at the company's headquarters in Whitneyville.
WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling new models of the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac SRX to fix a software glitch that could prevent the defroster from clearing the windshield. The recall affects more than 10,000 LaCrosse and SRX vehicles from the 2011 model years. GM says the software in the electronic climate control module could disable the ability to adjust and control the defroster and affect the driver's visibility.
SHANGHAI (AP) — China's voracious demand for cars eased in February, as surging gasoline prices, the end of government subsidies and a major holiday took a toll on the world's biggest auto market. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported Wednesday that total sales including buses and trucks fell 33 percent in February from the month before to 1.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Japanese ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that he sees potential in energy and manufacturing for more economic partnership between Mississippi and his country. "Automobiles is a very promising area, but we are looking at various fields, electronics and nuclear powerplants as well," Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki said at a Mississippi Museum of Art luncheon.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is aiming for an auto industry first by reaching annual sales of 10 million vehicles by 2015 even as it acknowledges that overly rapid growth was at the root of its recall fiasco. Toyota President Akio Toyoda gave the 10 million figure Wednesday while outlining the company's "global vision" in his first major strategy announcement since the recall crisis that hit a year and a half ago.