Struggling to strike a balance between keeping expenditure and turnover low, suppliers are modifying their starkly utilitarian factory complexes, bearing employee comfort and recreational needs in mind. by Gordon Styles, Engineer & Managing Director, Star Prototype The growing demands of China's new generation of workers are eroding the cost competitiveness of many export products, particularly those in labor-intensive industries such as garments, footwear and bags.
Change-on-demand capabilities allow companies to quickly realign their ERP and business processes, and to continuously embrace change without consuming costly IT resources. The Limits of a Legacy Approach Manufacturers traditionally implement enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solutions through static versions.
RIP, cassette Walkman. Anyone who was alive in the ’80s or ’90s fondly remembers the Sony Walkman, once the world’s smallest cassette player. Of course, the march of technology makes all things obsolete, this gadget included. Sony has recently announced they will discontinue selling the product in most markets.
What’s 830 pounds, can be moved using only one human thumb, and can travel 100 miles using just one gallon of gas? Apparently, the car featured in this video. The Edison 2 is this year’s winner of the Automotive X Prize competition. It’s certainly not a luxury automobile an executive would buy to impress his or her friends and colleagues, but it's a pretty impressive (and efficient) vehicle in its own right.
Richard Branson, billionaire and adventurous entrepreneur, recently unveiled the runway at what will someday be the world’s first commercial spaceport. While the actual craft that will take aspiring "astronauts" into space isn't quite ready yet, those who have already booked their six-figure ticket are eager to get into the air (and beyond it) some 12 to 18 months from now.
Styrofoam is well-known as an environmental disaster, considering that it can stick around for centuries after we throw it out. The problem is, it's relatively cheap to make compared to the alternatives, and it uses easily-procured petroleum. Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material.
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — The forest green algae bubbling in a stainless steel fermenting tank in a suburban warehouse may look like primordial pond scum, but it is a promising new source of domestically produced fuels being tested on the nation's jets and warships. In a laboratory just a few steps away from the warehouse, white-coated scientists for a company called Solazyme are changing the genetic makeup of algae to construct a new generation of fuels.
HONOLULU (AP) — There's a story behind the blue, white and green plastic covering the surface of the Pacific Ocean vacuum cleaner. They're tiny bits of plastic collected from one of Hawaii's dirtiest beaches, Kahuku, where waves dump trash from the Pacific all day long. The machine made by Electrolux AB is fully functional and can suck up dirt from a rug like any other vacuum.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — It's another day off for production workers at the Case plant in Racine County. A tornado tore a section of the roof off the plant in Mount Pleasant Tuesday, sending workers scrambling for cover. Two employees suffered minor injuries. Case spokesman Duane Nelson says the temporary shutdown includes all three plant functions; manufacturing, the North American parts operation and service training.
BOSTON (AP) — British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline PLC will pay $750 million to settle allegations that it knowingly manufactured and sold adulterated drugs, including the popular antidepressant Paxil, federal prosecutors in Massachusetts said. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced Tuesday that the London-based company will pay $150 million in criminal fines and $600 million in civil penalties related to faulty manufacturing processes at its plant in Cidra, Puerto Rico.
SEATTLE (AP) — Johnson & Johnson, Mattel Inc. and other manufacturers of children's products would be required to report whether toys, cosmetics, jewelry, apparel and other items contain certain harmful chemicals, under new rules proposed by Washington state. Officials have come up with a list of 59 chemicals that would trigger reporting to the state.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge in demand for commercial aircraft lifted orders for big-ticket manufacturedgoods in September, but business spending that signals expansion plans weakened. The Commerce Department says orders for durable goods rose 3.3 percent last month. Overall, it was the best showing since January.
ZYP Coatings, Inc. (Oak Tree, TN) has announced its new “Brushable” biodegradable, oil-based lubricant/coating/paint: Keralon-B. It can be used in temperatures from ambient to 1,000°C. The lubrication is based on a combination of organic and inorganic ingredients, including Methylated Seed Oil, boron, graphite, and more.
The new and improved Super Power Pusher from NuStar, Inc. (Shakopee, MN) is a pedestrian-operated, battery-powered pusher that has the ability to push, pull, and maneuver industrial loads up to 150,000 pounds. The system eliminates forklifts or other more expensive ride-on equipment, increasing productivity and creating a safer work environment by keeping the load under control.
ITW Dymon (Olathe, KS) has expanded its DYKEM CROSS CHECK Tamper Proof Torque Mark products to include five new colors: dark pink/red, yellow, blue, green, and orange. DYKEM CROSS CHECK creates a bead of color that seals nuts, bolts, fasteners, and assemblies so that changes in torque or operating settings caused by vibration loosening can be quickly determined by checking the marks for cracks, breaks, and misalignment.
Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co. (Rock Hill, SC) has been developing a 3/8” impact wrench that delivers up to 415 ft.-lbs. of torque. The CP7729’s ergonomic design features S2S technology, which allows users to change between forward and reverse with one hand in any position, making the wrench good for hard-to-reach places.
SHANGHAI (AP) — The U.S. is hoping China will help persuade its manufacturers of tainted drywall to cooperate in helping homeowners fix their homes, the chairman of the Consumer Products Safety Commission said Tuesday. Inez Tenenbaum, in Shanghai for meetings with her Chinese and European counterparts, said she was encouraged by the response of product safety officials in China but needs help from the country's trade ministry in convincing makers of the drywall to meet with the U.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Future generations of semi-trucks, school buses and large pickups will need to cut fuel consumption and emissions by 10 to 20 percent under first-ever fuel efficiency rules for trucks announced Monday by the Obama administration. For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department released proposed fuel economy requirements and reductions in tailpipe emissions for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, beginning with those sold in the 2014 model year and into the 2018 model year.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Federal labor officials on Monday proposed fining a gun and ammunition manufacturer $1.2 million, saying that two men who died in an explosion at its northern New Hampshire plant weren't properly trained and had been feeding explosive powder into equipment by hand.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s third-quarter net income rose 68 percent as it grabbed a bigger share of the U.S. auto market and buyers paid more for its highly-rated cars and trucks. It was Ford's sixth straight quarterly profit and the company's best third-quarter performance since at least 1990.