An innovative Minnesota energy company has eliminated labor-intensive air lancing to clean biomass ash from boiler walls by installing a series of high-powered air cannons to dislodge accumulations and restore process flow. The air cannon network at Koda Energy (Shakopee, MN) helps the facility avoid the daily shutdowns and maintenance hours that manual cleaning required, allowing the facility to run at its rated capacity.
SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) — An aluminum plant in northern New York has launched a $200 million expansion to meet rising demand for sheet aluminum for the auto industry, and expects to create 100 new jobs. Novelis's plant in Scriba, 33 miles northwest of Syracuse, currently employs 650 people.
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — United Technologies Corp. has won a maintenance contract worth up to $350 million to support Japan Airlines' fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft. United Technologies said Monday that its subsidiary, Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., would provide the maintenance for the fleet of 35 aircraft.
BEIJING (AP) — Nissan announced an $8 billion expansion plan for China on Tuesday as part of a global strategy to focus on faster-growing emerging markets and reduce reliance on the United States. Nissan's plan with its local partner, Dongfeng Group, calls for opening new factories to meet surging demand and introducing 30 new models by 2015.
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a worker who fell from a lift at a Walker Manufacturing plant in Harrisonburg. Harrisonburg Fire Department battalion chief Jeff Morris says the accident was reported at 2:42 p.m. Monday. Morris tells the Daily News-Record that the man fell from an 8-foot lift.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Aviation electronic systems maker Rockwell Collins said Monday it has won a $160 million contract to update communications systems for U.S. Air Force jets that refuel aircraft. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, company will update the flight management system, displays, data communications and surveillance systems of the KC-10 tankers to meet future air traffic control requirements, Rockwell Collins said in a statement.
DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler retreated to a loss for the second quarter, but only because the expense of shedding its government debt erased what would have been a modest profit. The company, just two years out of bankruptcy protection, maintained that there are healthy signs despite the loss.
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Residents of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida live in states with the most toxic air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants, according to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The study used publicly available data in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).
Smart grid technology is being newly incorporated in all kinds of products and devices. Various software and integration methods are coming into play whereby new products can be brought to market faster and more cohesively to work with smart grid infrastructures. Cutting edge companies who have been able to utilize technologies such as PLM, SCADA, and ERP early on to develop clean technologies for the smart grid have benefited from early adoption.
Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (Irvine, CA) has launched the new Toyota integrated scale, now available on 4,000-5,000 lb. Toyota internal combustion, cushion tire lift truck models through the company’s authorized network of dealers. The new scale, ideal for freight handlers, warehouses, and general shipping and receiving docks allows for simultaneous weighing and transportation of loads for increased efficiency and reduced logistic expenses.
Sprinter Marking (Zanesville, OH) has announced a new product line of band head ink code-marking machines. The Sprinter Model 88 Six Band model has six bands; each band is capable of applying one unique character in up to six positions on one line. The Sprinter Model 88 Date Code Band can apply a date code (month, day, year) by using four separate adjustable bands.
Hitachi America, Ltd. (Tarrytown, NY) has announced the SJ700-2200HFU2 model inverter, with a 440 A output current capability. The SJ700 can develop more than 200 percent starting torque at 0.3 Hz and 150 percent torque near 0 Hz. Another feature is the SJ700 is Hitachi’s EzSQ (Easy Sequence) built-in programming function—in many cases the need for a separate PLC can be eliminated.
The newest StressPly E (Environmental) modified bitumen membrane from Garland (Cleveland, OH) is a high-strength, puncture-, and fatigue-resistant membrane. The new StressPly E membrane retains the high-performance capabilities of earlier versions of the product, but incorporates recyclable materials for increased sustainability.
WASHINGTON -- NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will visit Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo., on Tuesday, July 26, to meet with summer interns from Ball and United Launch Alliance (ULA). Garver will view demonstrations of student-built rockets and payloads and discuss how hands-on experience for students is critical to developing experience for science and technology-related jobs of the future.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Packaging manufacturer Coastal Corrugated Inc. plans to expand its plant in South Carolina's Dorchester County, adding 26 jobs this year. State and local officials announced Monday that the company will add spend $1.5 million on a 40,000-square-foot expansion that's expected to be completed by December.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Steel company Metals USA Holdings Corp. said its second-quarter net income jumped nearly tenfold compared with last year on higher sales and prices. The company said Monday its net income for quarter ended June 30 was $21.5 million, or 57 cents per share, compared with $2.
FARRELL, Pa. (AP) — A tanker truck loaded with more than 6,000 gallons of hydrogen exploded at a metals processing plant, burning the driver, injuring another worker and threatening an even larger storage tank. The blast occurred after 6 p.m. Sunday at the Duferco Farrell Corp. plant in Farrell, about 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh near the Ohio border, said Mike Hrycyk, human resources vice president.
The Associated Press BAE Systems PLC has won orders totaling $56.6 million to upgrade and maintain mine-resistant vehicles used by U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. The global defense contractor, based in London, said Monday that the awards comprise five distinct projects, all involving RG-33 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles: — $17.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — To help American carmakers stay in business, autoworkers grudgingly gave up pay raises and some benefits four years ago. Now that General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are making money again, workers want compensation for their sacrifice. Just how much they get is the central question hanging over contract talks that start this week between Detroit and one of the largest and most powerful U.