Olympus NDT (Waltham, MA) announces the new IPLEX LX and IPLEX LT industrial videoscopes, designed for a wide range of remote visual inspections where access is limited. The new scopes are compact — about half the weight of the IPLEX FX — due to their thin LCD monitor, which makes them ideal for usable inside boiler rooms, airplane fuselages, or wind turbine gearboxes.
DETROIT (AP) — The new Italian leader of Chrysler Group LLC says he is not alarmed by the automaker's market share decline and he expects to improve the company's U.S. share from this point forward. Fiat SpA CEO Sergio Marchionne, speaking to reporters Thursday while on a tour of Chrysler's headquarters with Italy's economic development minister, also said there are no plans to reverse a decision to close an assembly plant in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights.
KIRKWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York book manufacturer is closing its doors after nearly a century in business. Vail-Ballou Press in Kirkwood will close in the next 90 days, eliminating 270 jobs. Vail-Ballou's parent company, The Maple Press Co. of York, Pa., cited a significant decrease in manufacturing demand during the recession as the reason for the shutdown.
DUNDALK, Md. (AP) — The union that represents 2,500 Sparrows Point steel mill workers says the plant's Russian owners' proposed restructuring could affect nearly a third of the work force. John Cirri, president of United Steelworkers Local 9477, said Thursday that Russian steel company Severstal's restructuring proposal details different ways about 580 jobs could be affected, including reductions, retirements or transfers.
by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's president said it was "extremely regrettable" an American family died in a crash in which a floor mat in one of the Japanese automaker's vehicles is suspected as the cause. "Four precious lives have been lost," Toyota Motor Corp.
TOKYO (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. — not the up-and-coming Chinese, nor the leaner meaner Americans — is the automaker that has the Japanese seriously worried. Talk to any Japanese auto executive, and the official is likely to say the South Korean automaker is rapidly emerging as the most feared competitor to Japan's world-leading car companies.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Global sales of semiconductors fell 16 percent in August to $19.1 billion compared to a year ago, according to an industry report Friday. But chip sales rose by 5 percent from the previous month, with strength in all geographic regions, the Semiconductor Industry Association said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate Republican who backs Northrop Grumman Corp.'s bid for a disputed $35 billion Air Force tanker contract wants to withhold funding until the service resolves a company gripe with the competition. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama filed an amendment Thursday that would require the Air Force to release pricing information of previous bids from both Northrop and its partner, Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co.
Exair (Cincinnati, OH) has released its Catalog 23, a full-color technical guide, offering solutions to common industrial cooling, drying, conveying, blowoff, cleaning, and static electricity problems. The 160-page catalog features products that help companies conserve compressed air and reduce noise levels from operating machinery.
Almatech (Kamp-Lintfort, Germany) announces the availability of its newest metal pneumatic diaphragm pump for the use in the handling of chemical. The product chambers for the CHEMICOR sereis have been designed to meet the sensitive needs of chemical handling due to their smooth flow channels and lack of dead spaces.
The Vibro-Curb, now available from the Thybar Corporation (Addison, IL), includes integral, vibration-dampening spring isolators that can be easily accessed. These curbs have been designed for mounting rooftop HVAC units. Features and benefits of the Vibro-Curb system include: The ability to add roofing at a later date without disturbing the unit.
Thomas & Betts (Richmond, VA) announces that their entire line of Current Technology surge protection devices have been evaluated and approved under the new UL standards going into effect on September 29, 2009. The new UL standard, replacing the second edition of UL 1449, prevents manufacturers from selling non-compliant devices until they are proven to meet the new, more robust criteria.
Wednesday was my first day in the office last week, as the first two allowed for a dynamic range of visits that ran the gamut from medical equipment firms to a private label chocolate processor. No offense to the good people at the surgical device companies, but the tempting smells and allure of the subject matter (along with a couple of sweet samples that were so graciously provided) made the chocolate company portion of the trip a definite highlight of this sabbatical from the office environment.
Although the term “carbon footprint” has been added to the latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, few users of automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) have added it to their corporate dictionary. As a result, most companies still focus on traditional justification measures, overlooking the value of a facility’s carbon footprint.
For any large industrial manufacturer handling 13,000 SKUs in their assembly parts warehouse, it is no small organizational challenge to keep production requirements satisfied without a hitch. But integrate into that system a full-scale aftermarket fulfillment distribution center with 80,000 additional active SKUs needing to be processed simultaneously, and you have the recipe for a potential logistics meltdown.
Via Hossfeld Bender . This video demonstrates the process behind creating a 180 degree bend in a length of pipe. See how to mount the 180 degree die, the back block, and the draw block, with additional tips to keep your components working strong well into the future. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.
Here at IMPO , we like discovering the best in new technolgies, whether it's a oddly-shaped device that encourages sedentariness from a major automaker, or a jet-powered, steampunk-inspired merry-go-round. Built by a Brooklyn-based arts collective, The Madagascar, the ride is relatively simple. Ignore the "Caution: This may kill you!" sign, fire up the massive jets, and get airbourne.
See how maintenance is performed on live, high-powered electric lines. Thanks to Michael Faraday's theory that a man enclosed in a metallic box will not be affected by an electric current supplied to the box, regardless of its voltage, this work is now possible. Every movement has an elegance and beauty, even when there's half a million volts flowing over his body.
Via FORA.Tv . At Maker Faire 2009 iRobot CTO Rodney Brooks had the opportunity to speak about the future of robotics in manufacturing. He argues that "untouchable" robots are a thing of the past, even though they're just reaching their hayday in manufacturing facility. But they're dangerous; no one can get close unless they're shut down.
The U3 X from Honda hopes to, like the Segway, "revolutionize" the way people move around their lives. The UX 3 is small, sleek, and looks relatively easy-to-use. It's certainly more attractive than the Segway. So what do you think? Can we abandon walking altogether yet? Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.