LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally previewed his company's next Kentucky-made vehicle Tuesday night, saying the new version of the Escape small SUV that will roll off the assembly line at a retooled Louisville manufacturing plant will be transformational. Mulally also praised the automaker's partnership with Louisville, calling the city where Ford has twomanufacturing plants a "center of excellence.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Toyota manufacturing employees in North America who donate money to earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan will have their gifts matched by the company. Employees, temporary workers and contractors are all eligible, and there is no cap on the match. Spokesman Rick Hesterberg told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the Erlanger-based manufacturing operations will match donations dollar for dollar.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators gave first-round approval Tuesday to legislation that restricts employees from suing co-workers over injuries incurred on the job. The legislation also expressly states that occupational diseases, such as health problems associated with asbestos exposure in a workplace, are covered by the state workers' compensation system.
Pharmaseal Scrubs LLC (Riviera Beach, FL) has introduced the Truck-Gard modular protective covers for Class 3 Walkie pallet trucks in all makes and models. The covers allow full functionality of the truck with the cover on, including battery charging. All nameplates, placards, controls, and safety components are easily-accessible as well.
Precision Quincy (Woodstock, IL) now offers the #49C-650D, an electrically-heated oven, which is available in NFPA 86 Class ‘A’ or Class ‘B’ configurations. According to the company, the oven is a popular choice among heat processors for most curing, drying, and pre-heating needs.
DeWalt (Towson, MD) has announced the launch of four new jobsite work standings, including the Heavy Duty Miter Saw Stand (DWX723), the Compact Miter Saw Stand (DWX724), the Heavy Duty Work Stand (DWX725), and the Heavy Duty Work Stand with Miter Saw Mounting Brackets (DWX725B). All four of the miter saw stands feature screw-attached, non-marring polymer feet that are secure and won’t mark flooring surfaces.
For applications where flexible, high-performance bonds are required, Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed its Polymer System EP37-3FLF, which is suitable for castings with wider cross-section thicknesses. According to the company, the polymer is serviceable over the wide range of 4K to 250°F, and it cures at room temperature in two to three days, or faster at elevated temperatures.
On Jan. 31, 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2010 Dietary Guidelines (better late than never). The food industry reactions are varied and anything but tepid. The Salt Institute calls the Guidelines “drastic, simplistic and unrealistic” after the recommendations suggested cutting sodium.
INSIGHT Inc., a top international provider of supply chain planning solutions for the world's foremost companies, reminds companies that in an era of globe-spanning operations, multiple events over the past year once again underscore the critical need to develop comprehensive business continuity plans in light of supply chain vulnerabilities.
PARIS (AP) — A security agent for Renault has been charged with fraud and accused of inventing industrial espionage claims that led the French carmaker to wrongly suspect — and suspend — three executives, the state prosecutor said Monday. The cloak-and-dagger affair, in the public eye since January, was deeply embarrassing for France's second biggest carmaker, which announced that all executives involved, including president Carlos Ghosn and chief operating officer Patrick Pelata, would forego all stock option benefits for 2011 and the "variable portion" of their 2010 earnings.
DALLAS (AP) — Chip maker Texas Instruments Inc. said Monday that "substantial" damage to one of its majormanufacturing plants near Tokyo in last week's earthquake will result in extra costs and lost revenue in the first half of this year. The Miho plant, which produces mostly analog chips but also makes digital light processing technology used in televisions and projectors, won't return to full production until mid-July.
MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — Investigators working to determine the cause of a chemical plant explosion that shook a neighborhood and sent four people to the hospital were still waiting Monday for clearance from structural engineers to get into the building. The blast and fire happened Sunday night at Bostik Inc.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma State University professor says she's found a way to turn byproducts from the production of soda pop into ethanol. Biosystems and agricultural engineering associate professor Danielle Bellmer said that by adjusting the pH levels she has found that the leftover materials from soda manufacturing can be converted into ethanol.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota, Honda and Nissan are halting production in Japan for most of the week as they review damage to plants, roads and ports following the deadly earthquake and tsunami. Analysts say U.S. dealers have an adequate supply of vehicles and do not expect car shoppers to find fewer choices at dealerships.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — General Electric Co. Chairman and CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt's 2010 compensation more than doubled to $15.2 million as the company benefited from a recovering economy. Immelt's $3.3 million salary was unchanged from the previous year, according to an Associated Press analysis of a company filing on Monday.
Rotor Clip Company, Inc. (Somerset, NJ) now offers its MST-series of Truwave wave springs. The single-turn metric wave springs are available in sizes from 16mm to 170mm and are ideal for short deflection applications, according to the company. Advantages of the Truwave springs include: The ability for the springs to be installed automatically via a tapered mandrel similar to the automatic installation of retaining rings.
Piab (Hingham, MA) has launched its piCOMPACT10 range, the manifold-mounted and functional ejector system based on MICRO COAX technology. Products in the piCOMPACT10 range are ideal for pick-and-place operations where efficient handling of small, heavy parts is crucial. By using Piab’s MICRO COAX cartridges, the new range provides three times more vacuum flow, resulting in substantial sustainability benefits, as well as energy and cost savings.
The new FMG70 series of electromagnetic low flow meters from Omega Engineering, Inc. (Stamford, CT) contain no moving parts, which makes them maintenance-free. In addition, they do not obstruct flows, and have a fast response time of <500ms. The low-cost FMG70 series can be used in areas where flow meters with moving parts cannot be used due to contamination/particulate in the media.
The FLA 1650 AGV, from Amerden, Inc. (Augustine, FL), provides a flexible material handling link between production lines and warehousing. They have produced the following video to demonstrate their product in use: To learn more, visit www.amerden.
From my experience, it is much easier to build a growing, thriving, and profitable business when the economy is expanding and more companies are investing in product development. How does the economy correlate with product development? It’s an interesting question and someone from the product development world might assume, “Sure! It is highly correlated.