ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — GE Aviation, a unit of the General Electric Co., plans to spend $56 million to build a second manufacturing plant in Mississippi to produce advanced composite components for aircraft engines and systems. GE Aviation plans to employ 250 workers at the new Ellisville plant when full production is achieved around 2018.
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Workers at IKEA's only U.S. factory overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to unionize amid complaints they have been paid less, injured more and treated worse than the thousands of Europeans who work for the Swedish furniture giant. The vote among workers at IKEA subsidiary Swedwood Danville was 221-69, according to IKEA and the union that will represent them in collective bargaining, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating the death of a Georgia maintenance worker who was hit in the head by a heavy machine at a Gordon County industrial plant. Gordon County Deputy Coroner Bo Nicholson says Shin Gyun Kim of Rossville taken by helicopter to a hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.
With high fuel prices slicing last year's profit in half, Delta Air Lines said 2,000 workers are taking voluntary buyouts, it will cut its fall schedule more than expected and it won't fly routes where it can't make money. Airlines have been raising fares to cover higher fuel bills. Delta's fuel cost rose 36 percent to $2.
DETROIT (AP) — Ford can't make enough Focus cars to keep up with rising demand because of equipment problems that have caused a shortage of dashboards, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Machinery that makes the skin that covers dashboards at a Ford parts factory outside Detroit works intermittently.
The new Type II AccuFlow Safety Can from Justrite Mfg. Co. (Mattoon, IL) was built to meet OSHA and the National Fire Protection Association requirements. Protection features include an internal stainless steel flame arrester that dissipates heat to prevent flashback ignition and a gasketed, self-closing leak proof lid that automatically vents to guard against explosion.
OHAUS Corporation (Pine Brook, NJ) has launched the Navigator Series of portable scales. The Navigator Series offers sensors for “touchless” operation, fast response time, and overload protection. The touch-free control of tare, zero, print, function, and display backlight helps to minimize touching the keypad, avoiding cross-contamination.
The MiniTest 650 from Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) is ideal for any measuring task in the finishing industry. Its dual sensor identifies the substrate material and upon contact with the surface, the gage automatically switches to the suitable measuring principle based on the user’s application.
The 4SIGHT Yard and Dock Management System from 4Front Engineered Solutions (Carrollton, TX) combines RFID and GPS technology to increase productivity in loading docks and yards. Designed to alleviate bottlenecks in the dock and yard areas, 4SIGHT enables facility managers to effectively schedule and facilitate loading and unloading at various dock positions.
MISUMI USA , Inc., a subsidiary of MISUMI Corporation, part of MISUMI Group, Inc ., has announced the addition of a significant number of frequently ordered components to its distribution center in Elk Grove Village, IL, near Chicago. As the result of increasing demand for certain sizes and styles of many popular MISUMI mechanical and factory automation components, more than 8,700 items have been added to the local stock, effective immediately.
Many see the U.S. economy as recovering. Still, there are structural changes in the economy that are subtle but very important. The U.S. is ignoring manufacturing, budget deficits, trade deficits, China’s manipulation of their currency, the decline of R&D, the loss of our technologies to China, and the decline of good paying jobs for the middle class.
We kicked off this year’s Energy Intelligence Report by going straight to the source to determine which energy and sustainability variables were really driving purchasing decisions among manufacturers. Much like last year’s report, this competitor breakdown aims to give you a cross-sectional view of what other manufacturers are looking at when trying to make their operations more efficient.
Anyone working in manufacturing understands that conveying systems are necessary and, to a lesser extent, a necessary evil that can cause some serious injuries if you, and your operators, aren’t careful. Headlines detailing particularly grotesque industrial accidents should be enough to keep conveyor safety top-of-mind, but it never hurts to have your own “cheat sheet.
For decades, manufacturing facilities have been lit largely by old technological behemoths, like incandescent bulbs. Because they generally reside on the rather tall ceiling of a typical manufacturing facility, these lights can generally go unseen — until they burn out. Due to recent efforts to decrease energy usage, many manufacturers have turned to various new technologies — halogen, fluorescent, and LED — all of which offer equal amount of light output for less wattage.
The TechAngle Electronic Torque Wrench from Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) is now available with a cycle-counting feature which helps track required calibration cycles of torque-measuring instruments. Designed to do the work of four torque wrenches, the wrench allows users to set the torque value in Newton meters, foot pounds, or inch pounds, and angle of rotation.
''It's possible to create a robot that speaks using the exact same method that human beings do,'' says robot inventor Hideyuki Sawada. His robotic mouth uses air to create sounds instead of electronic speakers. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
While Boeing and Airbus racked up orders at the Paris Air Show in June, analysts warned their duopoly could soon be history, as Russia, China and Canada look for a slice of the action. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have created an eco-friendly super absorbent foam they say could revolutionize efforts to purify drinking water in developing countries and disaster-stricken areas. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
Virginia Tech's Dennis Hong leads a team that made a car for blind drivers. Driving is no longer an activity solely reserved for those who can see. A blind person driving a vehical safely and independently is no longer an impossible task. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
Your employer may require credit and criminal history checks. Now your social media history may get the same treatment. Some companies are now using services to check potential a employee's social media background. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.