MELROSE PARK, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a major overhaul of Illinois' workers compensation system. Quinn signed the legislation Tuesday at a Navistar plant in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park. Quinn says the bill would help companies large and small save money and be more competitive, while protecting workers injured on the job.
When Thomas Brandt took over the helm as CEO of the Germany-based manufacturer of the Zeppelin NT airships, he made it his business to visit each airship player in the world. From small companies based in China to his Russian customers, Brandt finally made it to the United States to meet with his prime goal, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has added modular solenoid valves to its NITRA product line. NITRA pneumatic BVS series modular solenoid valves are body ported, three-port, two-position poppet valves available in open or closed configurations. Models are available with removable flying leads or 8 mm micro DIN connectors.
Fluke Electronics (Everett, WA) recently introduced the 481 Radiation Survey Meter for industrial radiation safety. The hand-held radiation device detects skin dose (beta), deep dose (gamma) and x-ray radioactivity. The Fluke 481 can measure radiation on goods, equipment, surfaces or environments—indoors and outdoors.
General Tools & Instruments (New York, NY) has launched the new Energy Audit IR Thermometer/Scanner with Star Burst Laser Targeting, suitable for both commercial and consumer applications. The gun-style device allows the user to designate a set point and determine whether subsequent readings are within or outside selectable ranges.
Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed a new epoxy, Master Bond EP21LV, which features a low viscosity and improved electrical insulation properties. This system is unique in that the rigidity of its cure can be altered by adjusting its mix ratio, giving users the option to get a more rigid cure with enhanced machinability, for example.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood plans to visit General Motors Co. plants in Flint and Bay City on Wednesday to discuss the Obama administration's manufacturing job programs. The stops are in the morning at the Flint plant and in the afternoon at the Bay City plant.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A maker of "green" packaging material will build a new facility in western New York, creating 108 new jobs. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Norampac, a division of the Cascades packaging and paper products company, will invest $430 million to build the facility in Niagara Falls.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automakers' global vehicle production was weaker overall in May due to the lingering impact from the March 11 earthquake, but Nissan showed resilience with an increase in output. Toyota Motor Corp. reported Tuesday that Japan production in May fell 54.4 percent to 107,437 vehicles while its global production declined 49.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Crisis-hit car maker Saab has struck a $40 million deal to sell and lease back property in an effort to improve its ailing finances that have forced it to halt production and withhold workers' salaries. If approved by Swedish and European regulators, Tuesday's property deal could help Saab ease a severe cash shortage that has pushed the loss-making Swedish brand closer to bankruptcy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will tout manufacturing as a key to America's economic success during a trip to Iowa, as he seeks to counter criticism of his policies by Republican presidential candidates who have descended on the state. The trip Tuesday is Obama's first to Iowa since announcing his re-election campaign earlier this year.
CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. says its new 787 is beginning the final phase of flight testing and repeated that it should be ready for delivery in August or September. The final flight testing includes simulations of abnormal operations. It also tests long-range flying, including the 787's ability to divert to a far-away airport on just one engine.
Today’s food business is a swirling sea. World-wide political, economic and social changes, instant communications and the ceaseless ebb and flow of global trade are radically altering how companies must navigate. Industry players have two options: they can scramble to change supply chain strategy based on every new development, or they can accept that some complexity is not only unavoidable and uncontrollable, but even desirable.
Riten Industries, Inc. (Washington Court House, OH) developed Extra-Light live centers specifically to turn or grind parts weighing as little as two ounces. According to the company, these parts are often too flimsy to turn the larger bearings found in typical live centers, resulting in galling or excessive wear on the tip of the live center.
The HC-150 and HC-300 desiccant dehumidification units from Munters Corp. (Amesbury, MA) have been inspected, tested, and approved for ETL compliance to UL 1995 specifications. According to the company, the off-the-shelf units combine air desiccant technology with dependability and long-lasting life for humidity control at virtually any temperature.
Clear Automation (Southington, CT) has announced its new 100 parts-per-minute label applicator system, which was designed with a Fanuc robot, Herma labeler, and a graphical touch-screen human machine interface. Bottles travel to the cell along a conveyor, upright in pucks, which are fed by a servo-driven screw that spreads them to match the pitch of a linear indexer.
Eriez (Erie, PA) has developed its heavy-duty Model CF Metal Separator, which can be installed directly above the material feed throat of an extruder, injection molding, or blow molding machine. It removes both magnetic and non-magnetic metal contaminants from a slow, downward moving column of material, reducing machine downtime, costly repairs, and improving product purity.
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Approximately 300 people at a Tyson Foods processing plant were evacuated and 100 sent to local hospitals after an accidental mixture of chemicals created a chlorine gas inside part of the plant Monday morning. The workers were forced from Tyson's Berry Street plant in Springdale, company spokesman Gary Mickelson said.
EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Caterpillar Inc. for three safety violations and has proposed a $66,000 fine following a December 2010 accident that injured an employee. OSHA said in a news release Monday that the employee was injured while trying to clear a jammed piece of equipment in a Caterpillar plant in East Peoria.
CAMDEN, Arkansas (AP) — The U.S. Army has awarded a $286 million contract to General Dynamics for the production of air-to-ground rockets. Under the contract, the Hydra-70 rockets are to be delivered by April 2015, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics, announced in a news release Monday.