How does workplace life differ in Asia from the U.S.? I discussed this question with four Singapore-headquartered companies and found that there were a surprising number of similarities as well as a few differences. CEI SMT Caption: CEI Contract Manufacturing Limited’s SMT area in Bantam, Indonesia.
“Looking for skilled, low-cost labor?” asks CNN. “Forget about India and China. How about Jonesboro, Ark.?” Interestingly enough, this is no rhetoric. This statement highlights one of the more recently publicized (but not exactly new) phenomena in manufacturing known as “on-shoring” or, in the case of Jonesboro, “rural-sourcing.
The AirMist, from Lechler (St. Charles, IL), is an air atomizing spray nozzle that has been redesigned to provide increased flexibility and improved reliability. It can be easily combined with any of the interchangeable aircaps that go with it to create a wide choice of spray patterns, flow rates, and coverages.
The re-engineered Jet-Kleen Personnel Blow-Off Gun from Specialized Safety Products (Chicago, IL) is a safe and effective alternative to compressed air for dust, debris, and moisture removal, according to the company. The system is lightweight and portable, not to mention much quieter than compressed air.
The Model 0300 Jackhammer Hard Drive Shredder from Security Engineered Machinery (SEM — Westboro, MA) has a small footprint but can destroy hard drives, other electronic devices (cell phones, PDAs, etc), optical media, and computer backup tapes. The sawtooth cutters can handle 125 to 500 drives per hour, reducing them to random 1-1/2” shreds.
Deacom, Inc. (Wayne, PA) has developed the addition of mobile access technology to the DEACOM Integrated Accounting and ERP Software System for manufacturers of all sorts. Mobile DEACOM now gives accessibility to ERP data — including sales orders, purchase orders, production jobs, and consumer relationship management — via any smartphone device.
BEIJING (AP) — Expansion of Chinese manufacturing activity slowed for the third month in July, as production, new orders and purchasing prices all declined, a survey showed Sunday. The state-affiliated China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said its purchasing managers index, or PMI, fell to 51.
NEW YORK (AP) — As fears build that the recovery from the recession is petering out, analysts expect the manufacturing sector grew more slowly in July. A swell of production in factories has helped lead the rebound for about a year as exports increased and companies rebuilt their stocks of supplies and goods.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. said Friday it will build a parts plant for large mining machines and it expects to employ about 510 full-time and contract workers in five years. Construction is scheduled to begin in November on the Winston-Salem factory where workers will machine, assemble, test and paint axle assemblies for large mining machines.
BEIJING (AP) — Geely Holding Group completed its acquisition of Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo unit Monday in a $1.5 billion deal that gives the small-but-ambitious Chinese automaker a global brand and huge management challenges. The legendary Swedish automaker is China's biggest foreign auto acquisition and an unusually large deal for a private Chinese company.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — There are eyes and brains on the table at Advanced Optical Systems, next to a big metal hand with a powerful grip. The rugged little cameras, black boxes of bristling circuit boards, LED beacons and the automatic cargo hook assembly housed in what looks like a desktop beer keg are part of the company's Hermes autonomous pickup and delivery system.
CORNING, N.Y. (AP) — An ultra-strong glass that has been looking for a purpose since its invention in 1962 is poised to become a multibillion-dollar bonanza for Corning Inc. The 159-year-old glass pioneer is ramping up production of what it calls Gorilla glass, expecting it to be the hot new face of touch-screen tablets and high-end TVs.
In the lastest edition of The RFID Network , Louis Sirico visits an aerospace and defense manufacturing facility, where RFID technology is being used to help simplify the complex process of building unmanned aircraft and guided missiles for the Department of Defense.
While the Big-Idea Man has become easy to strike through on budgets during a down economy, even the big idea itself has come under scrutiny because the industry’s competitive landscape no longer lends itself to the plodding and planning associated with big idea execution. He was an elusive character.
The Manual Safety-Chock from Serco (Carrollton, TX) provides loading docks with a versatile wheel restraint solution, capable of engaging and restraining the wide range of trailers that come to the dock, including trucks with lift gates, damaged rear impact guards, or different axle configurations.
The Fireray 5000 Auto Alignment Beam Detector range from Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE — Mentor, OH) has been certified to meet rigorous loss prevention standards. The Fireray 5000 is a beam-type smoke detector that covers large areas with fewer units than traditional “point” type sensors.
ETP Shaft locking bushings from Zero-Max (Plymouth, MN) produce accurate and concentric mounting compared to mechanical shaft locking bushings. In addition, the ETP bushings incorporate a double-walled sleeve that encapsulates a pressure medium, and are ideal where repeated mounting and dismantling of components is required.
Royal Products (Hauppauge, NY) has developed the Quick-Grip CNC Collet Chucks for workholding. When installing the collet, a special installation tool compresses the rear end of the collet so it can be inserted, and upon expansion, the collet locks into place via a hook-and-groove arrangement.
TOKYO (AP) — Honda's quarterly profit ballooned to a record $3.2 billion while Mazda reduced its losses, rounding out a tale of recovery among Japanese automakers. Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. have also reported stronger results but the prospect of a continued recovery for the Japanese automakers remains shaky.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The recovery lost momentum in the second quarter as growth slowed to a 2.4 percent pace, its most sluggish showing in nearly a year and too weak to drive down unemployment. Weaker spending by consumers, less growth coming from companies restocking shrunken stockpiles and a bigger drag from the nation's trade deficits were the main factors behind the second quarter's slowdown.