Whistles are blowing, phones are ringing and people are scrambling all over the factory floor. There has just been a major equipment breakdown and it looks like it will take days to fix and get the plant running again. Just think of the lost production, the late orders and the unhappy customers.
On March 16, 2010, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Dr. David Michaels, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, in support of a major piece of OSHA reform legislation making its way through the U.
The Hawg Buddy and Cycle Buddy folding tools sets from the Bondhus Corporation (Monticello, MN) were developed for working specifically on Harley Davidson motorcycles, but can be used in industrial environments as well. The Hawg Buddy tools are finished with chrome plating, while the Cycle Buddy is finished with 14K gold plating.
The OILMISER Technology from JLM Systems Limited (Richmond, BC, Canda) can turn an old oil room into a fully-functioning work area. The Oil Storage & Dispensing System requires an oil-free, pressure-regulated air supply, and covers the basics for best practices in oil maintenance: fluid handling, air quality, oil sampling, and oil cleanliness.
The Garland Company, Inc (Cleveland, OH) announces its cold-applied Green-Lock Membrane Adhesive. Green-Lock is an asphalt-modified polyether adhesive that is stimulated by the moisture in the air and cures in only one to five days, and has been approved for use as a flood coat in cold-applied modified bitumen roofing applications.
The Lenox Instrument Company (Trevose, PA) announces its new FireSight Thermal Imaging Camera System designed specifically to provide real-time monitoring and non-contact temperature measurement through combustion flames. The FireSight can transmit temperature information from 110,000 individual temperature ports via a high-speed digital connection.
Fresno, Calif. (AP) — A Federal appeals court has ordered a new trial for nearly two dozen women who were laid off from a Fresno plant for failing to get a perfect score on an English-only skills test. The workers had sued NIBCO Inc., an Indiana-based irrigation systems manufacturer, in 1999.
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana recreational vehicle manufacturer is expanding its Elkhart operations and plans to hire up to 265 new workers by 2013. Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC announced Monday that it will invest more than $2.6 million to buy and equip a 125,000 square-foot manufacturing complex in Elkhart.
TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — Toyota promised to respond faster to customer complaints as it held its first meeting of a quality experts committee set up to help salvage a reputation battered by massive recalls and reports of runaway vehicles. Toyota Motor Corp. appointed chief quality officers in key regions — including North America — where the biggest problems have surfaced to convey customer complaints quickly to its headquarters.
CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. (AP) — Foes of a proposed Nestle Waters North America bottling plant in Cascade Locks, Ore., on Monday handed state wildlife officials petitions bearing 3,700 signatures of people against the project. Nestle's plan is to tap a nearby spring that supplies an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery.
The TRT-900 rubber tracks from Trelleborg Wheel Systems (Hartville, OH) are built for use with industrial equipment. According to the company, the TRT-900 adds to its extensive rubber track program, which includes a complete range of solutions for compact track loaders, utility machinery, and other industrial equipment.
Provincial Partitions (Mississauga, Ontario) offers the new PROFLEX line of combined office/storage space solutions to take advantage of the surplus of storage containers, which can be used as modular units. The PROFLEX line offers 5 basic configurations, which can be converted into offices, storage buildings, hazardous material storage, and more.
NEW YORK — Multinational manufacturers are increasingly focused on accessing the growing China market while the number of companies viewing China purely as an export base continues to decline, according to the third annual China Manufacturing Competitiveness survey, jointly conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai) and management consulting firm Booz & Company.
The Fire Extinguisher Wall Cases from Encon (Houston, TX) provide protection for fire extinguishers from corrosive industrial conditions, in order to keep them in ready condition. The cases are built from chemical-resistant ABS plastic with a thermoformed construction, with additional corrosion-resistant external components.
Tanis Technologies (Holland, MI) introduces their Module-Air AF-1000 Series Air Filtration products, which provide a variety of “bolt on” intake options. Customers can choose from multi-directional angled intakes, standard straight intakes, hood pans, and curtain enclosures, all of which offer standard two-stage filtration, as well as option spark arrestors and carbon fiber upgrades.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group expects to spend hundreds of millions of dollars beyond the $1.8 billion purchase price for Volvo Cars to make the Swedish car company profitable, Geely's chairman said Tuesday. Geely is projecting a total tab of $2.7 billion for its takeover of Volvo, with money beyond the purchase price to be spent on expanding production, chairman Li Shufu told reporters.
Over the years, it has become the norm for companies to go through third party supply chain solutions providers for the technology and tools that make true visibility possible. While this is usually the most cost-effective option for shippers with global logistics networks, it is important to remember that any outside visibility solution is only going to be as cost-effective as your third party is capable of making it if you don’t have direct access to their tools and information.
Bell, California — Seeing 250,000 pounds of product go to waste each year can bring a tear to any company’s eye. For powdered food processor Allied Blending & Ingredients, Inc., (Keokuk, IA) there was little comfort in knowing that product shrinkage on this order — one percent — is actually the industry norm when handling 25 million pounds of ingredients each year.
The American dream has always been about upward mobility and the mantra for the last 50 years has been “Just get a college education.” In the 1950s only 10 percent of workers had bachelor's degrees.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Making ice cream is no cake walk. Some time ago, an Edy's Grand Ice Cream job candidate was asked what he thought working at the Fort Wayne plant would be like. The description smacked of Willy Wonka. "He thought there were these huge mixing bowls with guys standing on ladders stirring the ice cream with large wooden spoons," said Gaylord Brooks, a production floor leader and 15-year veteran at the local Edy's plant.