Most companies wouldn’t know how to innovate if the opportunity bit them on the leg. Last column , I mentioned that our spin-off company, Active Water Sciences (AWS), was a runner up in the Environmental category for the Wall Street Journal’s 2010 Technology Innovation Awards.
Case Herrera builds tortilla preparation equipment for the corn and flour tortilla industry, provides equipment for the bakery and snack food industries, and is the preferred supplier to several national brands. We build several varieties of our machines to meet customer specifications, and we install and service all of the equipment we manufacture.
JLG Industries, Inc. (McConnellsburg, PA) has announced a new model in its line of boom lifts: the 340AJ. The new lift has a lift height of 34 feet, with 20 feet of horizontal reach and a 17-foot up and over reach, all with a low gross vehicle weight of 9,700 pounds. In addition, the new lift features steel hoods to increase its durability, and has a 500-pound capacity at its maximum reach.
The star-tipped tools from Bondhus (Monticello, MN) now work with both the company’s Star and Star-Plus fasteners. The tool is available in many styles, including: L-wrenches, wing and flag, fold-up, screwdriver, and T-hangle, and in a full range of sizes, from T5 to T60. Other features include: The freedom from not stocking separate tools for both fasteners.
Hollaender (Cincinnati, OH) developed the 47R in 1-1/2” IPS size, wide-footprint flange used to attach solar racking systems and railings to narrow gauge metal roofing. The new design is ideal for applications on narrow gauge corrugated metal where the load must be spread out further and where numerous fasteners are required.
MISUMI USA, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has announced new additions to its Aluminum Extrusion Safety Fences and Doors. The HFUAY and HFUBY Safety Mesh Fences feature yellow-painted extruded aluminum frames, which are constructed of cut-to-order lengths of MISUMI’s HFS Aluminum Extrusion Series profile.
After calling on Costco for years and getting nowhere, one manufacturer took some unorthodox steps toward gaining access to a targeted distributor. Mitch Liss is the president of Edsal Mfg. Co. Inc., an American manufacturer of steel shelving based out of Chicago. His company started humbly, opening in the 1950s out of a small garage with roughly $800 and some simple machinery.
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Toyota Motor Sales has opened two more U.S. product quality field offices, more than a year after safety-related product recalls bruised the company's reputation for building safe, reliable cars. The offices, located in Houston and Jacksonville, Fla., will put more Toyota researchers in the field, helping the Japanese auto giant detect and address quality problems, the company said.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Chinese officials recently unveiled a new, high-tech stealth fighter that could pose a significant threat to American air superiority — and some of its technology, it turns out, may well have come from the U.S. itself. Balkan military officials and other experts have told The Associated Press that in all probability the Chinese gleaned some of their technological know-how from an American F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Industry economists say the U.S. economic recovery is gaining strength, with more firms expressing positive hiring plans than in over a decade. A new survey from the National Association for Business Economics finds that economists are more hopeful about overall economic growth, the job market and demand for companies' products and services by many measures than they have been since the start of the Great Recession.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pitched freer trade as a prescription for U.S. job growth Saturday and said the nation must spare no effort to open markets abroad. Warming up for a State of the Union address that is expected to focus on jobs and the economy, Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday that getting access to foreign markets is the reason he met China's President Hu Jintao at the White House in the past week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The brightest bulb in most homes for more than a century is fading toward darkness this year as California turns out the light on the century-old incandescent. Beginning Jan. 1, the state began phasing out certain energy-sucking bulbs, federal standards the rest of the country will enact next year.
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will add a shift and more than 650 jobs at its assembly plant in Flint where it makes the hot-selling GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks, a person familiar with the plan said Saturday. The move is yet another sign that truck sales are on the rise for the recovering automaker.
The Eclipse Desiccant Dryer line from ZEKS Compressed Air Solutions (West Chester, PA) is designed to minimize the time and effort associated with scheduled maintenance by keeping all serviceable parts available for convenient access. The design also results in a low overall height, which allows it to be installed in locations where competitive dryers will not fit.
The T16 Battery-Powered Rider Scrubber from Tennant Company (Minneapolis, MN) is designed to provide facility managers with a powerhouse scrubber for improved safety, productivity, and performance. The T16 can reduce operating costs up to 20 percent compared to traditional scrubbing methods, and the design uses a Touch-N-Go control module that allows the operator to keep both hands on the wheel while operating the scrubbing functions.
The Hyster Company (Las Vegas, NV) has created the H190-360HD2 heavy-duty pneumatic lift truck series, with lifting capacities of 19,000 to 36,000 pounds. Each uses a Cummins QSB 6.7 Tier 3 industrial diesel engine with a turbocharger and intercooler. The mated three-speed autoshift transmission allows for precise inching and smooth shifting.
Decade Products (Grand Rapids, MI) has developed a 48x48 Fixed-Wall container, constructed of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) structural foam. The bins are strong, yet lightweight, and offer corrosion resistance. According to the company, they require virtually no maintenance. Unlike other types of containers, the Decade products meet USDA/HACCP standards for direct food contact.
Saf-T-Bump, LLC (Cleveland, TN) has developed a new product to pad the sharp exposed forks on forklifts while they are in a raised position, and not in use. The pads are made from a tough, yet soft polymer that is designed for shock absorption. They come in highly-visible safety orange, yellow, or green.
The new SGi Shaft Grounding Bearing Isolator from Garlock (Palmyra, NY) helps protect bearings from electrical damage, as well as from lubricant loss and contamination. It combines the technologies of the GUARDIAN non-sparking bronze labyrinth seal and the AEGIS shaft grounding ring, in a single unit.
The FLA 1650 AGV, from Amerden, Inc. (Augustine, FL), provides a flexible material handling link between production lines and warehousing. The vehicle provides automatic pick-up and drop-off of unitized loads, and laser guidance for ease of installation and maximum flexibility within a plant’s given layout.