Anyone who has ever worked in an office can appreciate some of the humor of NBC’s The Office – even if we haven’t had a boss like the bumbling and offensive Michael Scott. In an episode earlier this month, Michael arrived to work after a morning dentist appointment with some alarming news: “China is going to pass us as the number one global super power! When did this happen?” Michael’s concerns about China – repeated to his coworkers from the news magazine feature he read at the dentist’s office – are both serious and ridiculous.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft Corp. on Tuesday announced its commitment to keep its aircraft operations in Kansas for the next 10 years as part of a $45 million deal brokered with state and local officials. In return for an incentives package, Hawker Beechcraft has agreed to maintain its current aircraft lines and keep at least 4,000 jobs in the state during the next 10 years.
SHANGHAI (AP) — A Chinese subsidiary of U.S.-based PPG Industries Inc. has pled guilty to violating U.S. export controls by exporting high-tech coatings to a nuclear reactor in Pakistan, the U.S. Commerce Department said. PPG and its wholly owned subsidiary PPG Paints Trading (Shanghai) Co.
PARIS (AP) — Airbus has warned pilots about a dangerous potential malfunction of speed sensors on aircraft like the Air France A330 that crashed into the Atlantic last year, killing all 228 people aboard. The European jet maker on Monday sent the warning over the sensors, called Pitot tubes, to the roughly 100 operators of its A330 and A340-200 and A340-300 long-range, widebody aircraft.
WASHINGTON (AP) — South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia and German car maker Volkswagen lead the insurance industry's annual list of the safest new vehicles, used by safety-minded consumers looking to buy a new car. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recognized 66 vehicles on Wednesday with its "top safety pick award" for the 2011 model year, the most-ever awarded by the Virginia-based group.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Fire investigators say dust in the air at an animal vitamin plant led to an explosion that damaged the plant and left two workers injured. Jackson County firefighters responded to the blast at the Hoffman-La Roche/DCM Materials plant on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today announced that it has named Jay Timmons president and CEO, effective January 2011. Timmons has served as Executive Vice President at the NAM and will succeed former Michigan Governor John Engler in this position. Timmons has extensive experience in government relations, public affairs, political campaigns and business.
An alternative to implementing multiple modules like flow and discrete for manufacturing, the process-mix can be handled using Discrete Manufacturing module alone, resulting in lowering of implementation and support cost. Manufacturing companies usually have a mix of discrete and flow type manufacturing processes.
Southworth Products Corp. (Portland, ME) has redesigned its PalletPal Level Loader to make it more ergonomic. A smaller base makes loading and unloading pallets faster, safer, and easier because it allows users to step closer to the unit’s platform. According to the company, its use can eliminate injury-producing bending, lifting, reaching, and stretching common to pallet-loading applications.
The RTV Silicone Dispenser from Dispense Works, Inc. (McHenry, IL) is a bench-top solution for automatically dispensing RTV onto a user’s product. The Axis 300 robot uses a built-in digital valve controller and a full-length T-Slot base to simplify fixturing and tooling. In addition, the robots feature continuous contouring and real-time syringe/valve control, which results in dispensed beads of consistent widths and volume.
The duplexpackslip from Premier Print (Chicago, IL) allows shipping departments to streamline the shipping label and packing slip process with two-sided thermal printing. The duplexpackslip allows facilities to reduce high labor costs and excessive error rates. According to the company, the system takes a five-step process and brings it to a two-step process with minimal intervention, which enables costs savings.
Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) has announced that a manufacturer of components in the aerospace industry has selected the Cognex DataMan handheld ID reader to help speed order processing and error-proof part handling at its production facilities worldwide. The DataMan 8500 reader can be used to scan ID codes marked on parts and on order sheets to verify that the orders have been correctly processed.
This tour through Google’s California headquarters sounds like one of those late-night infomercials that just keep tacking on the promises. From free food, free gyms, massages on your birthday, and a multitude of laundry machines so that you don’t have to take a trip to the laundromat, Google’s fringe benefits just keep on giving.
Considering how long ago the U.S. went through its industrial revolution, it's surprising that OSHA wasn't formed and ratified until 1971. The organization, which is now a staple in any workplace, was formulated because in the two preceding years, some 28,000 workers died from workplace hazards. Every year, another two million were disabled or harmed.
While much of the world's attention is currently focused on electric cars, the development of 2nd generation biofuels is moving ahead significantly as well. Researchers of the University of Twente, in cooperation with BTG (as part of the Biocoup consortium) have reached a breakthrough in the conversion of biomass into liquid biofuel.
CNN reports on an old weapons factory in Baghdad that now makes robots that will help Iraqi police and military in the disposal of bombs. The most incredible thing about the story is what the factory — and its manager — used to make under the Hussein regime: bombs. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Boom from the BP oil spill is getting a new charge from the maker of the Chevrolet Volt electric car. General Motors says that instead of going to landfills, roughly 100 miles of plastic boom material will be converted into vehicle parts. The parts deflect air around the vehicle's radiator.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mark Hurd is facing more fallout from his ouster five months ago as CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's biggest personal computer and printer maker. The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the circumstances of Hurd's forced resignation in August, a surprising exit that triggered an immediate $9 billion drop in HP's market value and involved allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate sharing of inside information.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Union workers at Kohler Co. have approved a new contract against the recommendation of their leaders. The contract passed with 62 percent of the vote. Vote totals were not made available immediately following the vote Sunday in Sheboygan. The contract calls for a 5-year pay freeze, and workers will pay more for health insurance.
NEW YORK (AP) — Drug developer Pfizer Inc. on Tuesday recalled a batch of 19,000 bottles of the blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipitor, citing a consumer complaint about an "uncharacteristic" odor. The latest announcement marks the fourth such recall since August over similar issues. Pfizer said the bottles were supplied by an outside manufacturer, though it did not identify the party.