RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (AP) — Yasuhiko Konno stands next to a pile of debris that reaches over two stories high. He bows his head for a moment and takes a deep breath. This was his sake brewery, one of the best in Japan, with a history that goes back hundreds of years. A week after he barely escaped a tsunami that flattened it and nearly everything else in sight, he's come back for the first time, and it takes him a second to collect his thoughts.
Surprise, surprise — Bill is back with a tear-down and explanation of how liquid crystal displays (LCDs) work. Chances are you're looking at one right now. The technology behind them — which involves diffusing light across the entire width and length of the screen, followed by unique polarizers and "sub-pixels" — is nothing short of incredible.
Shurter (Santa Rosa, CA) has announced the addition of the V-Lock cord retaining system for 10A and 16A appliance couplers and power entry modules. The V-Lock power cord provides a safe and reliable power connection that latches into the notched inlet to prevent accidental disconnection of the power from the equipment.
The Moyno (Springfield, OH) 2000 Model G3 Progressing Cavity Pump is suited for handling semi-dry, high-solids content or caked substances. By positioning the pump above the auger feed, the bridge breaker device prevents the accumulation of material in the throat of the pump. In addition, this bridge breaker is independently-driven for flexibility in controlling the pump and breaker, which helps meet specific application requirements.
Material Transfer (Allegan, MI) has developed the Sanitary Stainless Steel Hydraulic Container Dumper, which discharges containers of food products into an existing hopper at 63” above floor level. The unit has a sanitary, wash-down duty, tubular 304 stainless steel construction with continuous TIG welds, and no tube penetrations.
Altech (Flemington, NJ) is offering the “PSW Series” AC/DC wide voltage input, DIN rail power supplies, which offer a 50 percent smaller size and a wider input voltage range (180VAC-550VAC and 254VDC-780VDC). The latest family has been designed for high efficiency (up to 93 percent), according to the company.
BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) — Zippo lighters have retained their retro cool even as the tiny northwestern Pennsylvania company that makes them gets ready to celebrate its 80th anniversary and 500 millionth lighter next year. But with pressure increasing on folks not to smoke, Zippo Manufacturing Co.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The Boeing Co.'s newest and largest passenger plane completed its first flight on Sunday, marking another milestone as the company prepares to get the long-haul jumbo jet ready for the market by the end of the year. The 4½ hour-flight, which began in Everett and landed in Seattle, was the first in a months-long test program that will log more than 600 flight hours between now and the fall.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that Samsung SDI Co. has agreed to plead guilty in a price-fixing conspiracy and pay a $32 million fine. The Justice Department said Samsung SDI, part of South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co., conspired to fix prices, reduce output and allocate market shares of color display tubes, a type of cathode ray tube used in computer monitors and other devices.
Nissan Motor Co. plans to resume auto and parts production at more Japanese factories next week, but it may be several months before inventories and other elements of the country's auto industry return to normal. Nissan said it will resume production of parts at five plants Monday. It then plans to resume vehicle production Thursday as long as supplies last.
NEW YORK (AP) — GM said Saturday it is cutting unnecessary spending companywide as it assesses the impact of production disruptions from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The move will help the automaker preserve cash as it deals with the financial implications from shortages of parts made in Japan, a company spokesman said.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 3M Co. has agreed to pay up to $12 million to settle an age-discrimination lawsuit with as many as 7,000 current and former employees. The 2004 lawsuit targeted the company's performance-review system, alleging that older workers were disproportionately downgraded. It also accused the company of favoring younger employees for certain training opportunities that could fast-track them for promotions.
The TPU-SD duct with steel wire helix — from Novaflex (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada) — is now manufactured using raw materials to meet FDA requirements for food contact applications when used in accordance with the limitations of 21 CFR: 175.105 and 177.2600a. The specially-formulated grade of urethane also maintains the TPU-SD duct’s ability for permanent protection against electrostatic discharge.
NLB Corp. (Wixom, MI) has developed wireless controls for its automated water jet Crawler, which is a surface preparation tool for towers and other large structures that does not expose personnel to the risk of falling. The SRT-10-W Crawler removes coatings and scale faster than manual methods using only ultra-high pressure water (up to 40,000 psi).
Damotech (Boisbriand, Canada) has introduced the Damo Super Guard, which protects pallet racks in warehouses from damage, typically from forklifts. The Super Guard offers an extra level of durability, including five anchor bolts with high shearing capacity to sustain the most common impacts in warehouse environments.
Assured Automation (Clark, NJ) has announced two new butterfly valve series, the first of which is the FK Polypropylene Butterfly Valve Series. This line offers superior strength and chemical resistance in highly-corrosive environments. The valves feature double, self-lubricating seals and direct-mount actuator capability.
When considering product configuration systems it is easy to become inwardly focused and lose out on the greatest benefits as a result. If you are using a product configuration system today or are considering implementing one, remember this one point: Your customers’ experiences with your selling strategies and systems are all that really matter.
The evolution of software-as-a-service ERP is one of the most widely-discussed topics in the manufacturing industry today. Mark Symonds, CEO and President of Plex Systems , a provider of SaaS ERP software, recently spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology about the latest trends surrounding this technology.
This story originally ran in the March 2011 issue of Food Manufacturing . The nation’s largest shipper of Gulf Coast oysters has fallen on hard times. Still recovering from a natural disaster, operations were set back again when BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April, 2010.
There is a sign along a roadway I travel that puts a wonderfully positive spin on the purchase of a used car. A 2006 Rav4 with 59,000 miles may have been around the block a few times, but at Boch Superstore it’s “NEW TO YOU.” I often recall that headline in a similar context when I’m visiting a new customer for the first time.