HONG KONG(AP) — Airplane maker Boeing Co. warned Monday that Asia faces a shortfall of new pilots needed to meet surging demand for air travel and that it will get harder to recruit because the profession isn't desirable anymore. Boeing predicts that the Asia-Pacific region will need 182,300 new pilots from 2011 to 2030, with about two-fifths of that demand coming from China.
IDEAL (Sycamore, IL) has unveiled the next generation of its advanced digital multimeters, the 480 Series, providing commercial and industrial electricians with accuracy, versatility, and safety at an affordable price. Compact for one-handed operation and built for durability, the 480 Series multimeters features true RMS voltage and current measurements, 6000-count resolution, an analog bar graph, active backlight LCD display, and VoltSense non contact voltage detection.
3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes (St. Paul, MN) has launched the new Low VOC Aerosols and 3M Hi-Strength 94 ET Spray Adhesives with up to 50 percent reduction of VOCs. 3M is offering these next generation materials for customers interested in pursuing LEED credits and other environmental certifications.
The Portable Furnace Camera Diagnostic System from Lenox Instrument Company (Trevose, PA) provides an economical way to achieve real-time, color video monitoring and digital recording of combustion and process control in high-temperature furnaces. With this mobile system, operators can use one unit for diagnostics or monitoring and recording of several individual furnaces using any 3.
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation (Milwaukee, WI) has expanded its Hammer Drill line with the introduction of the 5376-20 ½ inch Hammer Drill. Featuring an 8 Amp Motor, the 5376-20 is the most powerful single speed hammer drill in its class, delivering up to 2,800 RPMs and 48,000 BPMs.
Makita (La Mirada, CA) has released two new dust extraction solutions. The new Dust Collecting Guards, for use with Makita 4½ inch grinders, are ideal for a range of concrete and masonry applications including tile cutting, concrete cutting, tuck pointing, and cutting expansion joints.
The world´s car makers unveil their latest models on the first day of the Frankfurt car show, as France´s PSA Peugeot Citroen says it´s cutting jobs and costs to prepare for tough economic times ahead. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. officials say one of the company's East Peoria manufacturing plants is undergoing $200 million in improvements. The Journal Star reports ( http://bit.ly/qD9rMX ) the plants is one of the oldest of Caterpillar's facilities in East Peoria. The company says the effort will improve production of tractors.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An innovative Saft battery plant built in large part with federal stimulus money and government incentives is up and running in Jacksonville. The facility opened Friday. It's billed as the world's most advanced automated lithium-ion factory. The $200 million plant is expected to create about 300 jobs.
NAGOYA, Sept. 17 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp. is considering manufacturing key components for gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles at some of its overseas plants in the United States and Asia to improve its profitability hurt by the strong yen, company sources said Saturday. Production of such parts in the United States and Asian countries would expand the Japanese automaker's earlier plan to make hybrid components in China.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal labor officials want to impose $7,000 in fines against a Canadian company after the August death of a worker at a Fargo industrial park. KFGO radio reports (http://bit.ly/oJXoOl ) that the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed the fines last week.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a major overhaul of the nation's patent system to ease the way for inventors to bring their products to market. "We can't afford to drag our feet any longer," he said. Passed in a rare display of congressional bipartisanship, the America Invents Act is the first significant change in patent law since 1952.
DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union won $5,000 signing bonuses and the possibility of sweeter profit-sharing checks as part of a new four-year contract with General Motors Co., two people briefed on the talks said Saturday. The deal, which was reached late Friday, also includes a $2- to $3-per-hour pay raise for entry-level workers over the life of the contract and guarantees of more union jobs, the people said.
A new report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce confirms that the Midwest was the hardest hit region during the recession, primarily due to the region's industrial composition. Since the recession began in 2007, the Midwest has lost 610,000 jobs in manufacturing—nearly a third (31 percent) of all manufacturing jobs lost during the recession nationally.
One of the most often cited statistics in pharmaceutical manufacturing is that 80 percent of all reportable deviations are “people problems,” deficiencies of human performance. Clients report similar internal estimates ranging from 40 to 90 percent. This statistic shows up in our studies of Corrective and Preventive Action or, CAPA processes and investigation reports.
Lista International Corporation (Holliston, MA) offers modular drawer storage cabinets that have 50 percent more storage capacity than conventional shelving. Lista cabinets feature either a 440 pound or 165 pound capacity and are available in six different full sidewall heights for maximum cubic storage capacity.
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — A large southeast Missouri employer is cutting more than 200 jobs. The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic (http://bit.ly/neW1pb ) reports that lawnmower maker Briggs & Stratton Corp. said Thursday it will lay off 202 workers at the Poplar Bluff plant starting Oct.
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — An electronics plant in Rock Hill is releasing about 15 percent of its staff. The Herald of Rock Hill reported Friday that TE Connectivity has eliminated 57 jobs at the plant that makes electronic connectors. Company spokesman Mike Ratcliff says the reductions come because of a restructuring and a slowdown in business.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's office confirmed Thursday that the state is in talks with General Motors to expand production at the automaker's Tennessee plant. The state's economic development chief, Bill Hagerty, was in Detroit to meet with GM officials, as were mayors representing communities surrounding the Spring Hill plant that stopped assembling the Chevrolet Traverse in 2009.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Alcoa Inc. will invest $300 million to expand and add 150 jobs to its Davenport plant to meet the growing demand for demand from the automotive industry as automakers work to meet federal guidelines for increasing gas mileage and lowering emissions, company officials announced Thursday.