Northrop Grumman wins $555 million Air Force deal -
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. has landed a more than half-billion dollar deal to modernize the U.S. Air Force Global Hawk fleet.
The Department of Defense late Monday announced the $555 million contract, which includes engineering work, design, development and retrofits for the unmanned aircraft systems, also known as UAS’ or UAV’s. It falls under Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton.
Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif.
Honda to unveil new Ohio manufacturing site -
Honda North America will unveil a new central Ohio manufacturing site for its Acura NSX on Tuesday.
The Marysville-based automaker plans to make an announcement about eight miles west of its headquarters.
Acura said the new NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine paired with its sports hybrid, super handling all-wheel drive system.
GM to invest $16B in U.S. operations -
General Motors Co. will spend about $16 billion to bolster its U.S. plants during the next three years, according to Bloomberg, and that bodes well for the Dayton region.
While GM closed its Moraine truck assembly plant more than four years back, it still has a big impact here.
Local health official among nation's 50 leading experts -
Stephen Grossbart of Catholic Heath Partners has been named one of the “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety” by Becker’s Hospital Review.
The list recognizes administrators, researchers and others who are leading efforts to reduce harm and ensure safety.
Grossbart serves as senior vice president and chief quality officer of the hospital system’s Center for Patient Safety and Clinical Transformation.
Beckers noted Grossbart’s work with the Washington, D.C.-b
Manufacturing profitability through well-maintained cutting tools -
Advanced Machining R&D
As with all work, there's a right tool for every job. In manufacturing, successful machining depends on sharp, well-maintained cutting tools that not only ensure precision, but also speed. Successful sharpening of cutting tools depends upon the use of the correct grinding wheel, tool setup and method of grinding for each type of tool. This article provides some basic but valuable information on cutting tool sharpening.
Improved outlook will create jobs -
U.S. manufacturing is resurging. High transportation costs, favorable currency exchange rates, and the benefits of suppliers’ being closer to their customers favor the “reshoring” of manufacturing to the U.S. as well as investment and purchasing in the U.S. by overseas manufacturers.
The U.S. automotive industry is poised to return to levels of production last seen in the early 2000s. Major U.S.
Packaging company buys building for expansion -
A local packaging company has purchased a second building to make room for expansion.
2013 Innovation Organization of the Year: TechSolve -
Every decade comes with its new technology and challenges. And in today’s hyper-competitive global manufacturing market, if you’re not moving ahead, you’re falling behind.
GE Aviation celebrates opening of new factory -
GE Aviation is celebrating the grand opening of its $75 million jet engine components factory in Auburn, Ala., today.
The 300,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing plant will produce parts for GE commercial and military jet engines that are yet to be produced as well as those already in service.
GE will employ 50 at the plant initially and up to 400 workers by the end of the decade, depending on demand.
Create ideas or applications using MTConnect – win cash PRIZES! -
Advanced Machining R&D
Are you a dreamer, or a doer? The MTConnect Challenge has something for both. The ultimate goal of the challenge is to engage and stimulate development of a broader base of advanced manufacturing intelligence applications that utilize the MTConnect standard.
A perfect recipe for manufacturing success -
Use software as a competitive weapon
Ron Clontz, VP of Sales at Godlan, has done consulting work with thousands of companies.
Honda spent $9.2B with Ohio suppliers, honors local companies -
Three companies in the Dayton region made the list of top performing suppliers for Honda North America, which spent $9.2 billion with Ohio suppliers to produce autos last year.
F&P Manufacturing Inc. in Troy (excellence in delivery), Industry Products Co.
Balluff Inc. breaks ground on 3rd expansion in Independence -
Balluff Inc., a German-owned supplier of sensing devices used in industrial automation applications, broke ground Thursday on a $6 million expansion in Independence.
The project is expected to create at least 24 new jobs in addition to more than 150 existing positions. The company located in Independence in 1983 and underwent two previous expansions in 1994 and 2001.
The facility on Holton Drive is Balluff’s final assembly, distribution and training site for the U.S.
Manufacturer to buy Dayton facility, hire 250 workers -
A Miami County manufacturing company has now settled on the city of Dayton for its expansion and consolidation project that will bring 250 new jobs to the city of Dayton.
Tipp City-based Process Equipment Co. — which currently has three sites in Tipp City and one in Huber Heights — announced Monday it will be purchasing a 425,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on 30 acres located at 2333 McCall St. in Westview Industrial Park.
The Missing Link in Improvement Capability -
March, 28, 2013 -
"It'll never work."
Anyone that has been inspired by a great idea, only to have it marginalized or rejected by peers will understand the frustration of trying to move their organization forward in an environment of diverse stakeholders and strategies. The industry is replete with examples of performance improvement efforts gone bad, and so it is perhaps no surprise that organizations and their cultures have given way to ambivalence, cynicism or outright rejection of any efforts aimed at quality improvement.
8 Operational Excellence Principles to Grow your Business -
March, 28, 2013 -
The word improvement in an operation means different things to different people. Some define it as lower operating cost or reduced inventory while others describe it in terms of increased efficiency or better quality. The process of improvement in an organization often involves management setting one of these goals, employees making changes in their areas to achieve it, then management setting a new goal.
If everything goes right, the best this cycle will yield is a climb up the staircase of continuous improvement year after year.
Innovation: Beating the More-for-Less Mandate -
"More for less" -- no manufacturer competing today is above this universal and contradictory call.
Innovation: Risks Abound In Cross-Border Commercialization -
It looks great in the R&D lab. The innovative new product sits impressively in front of the production and marketing teams – and, like most good inventions, it has a clear consumer focus, can potentially transform the market, and can be built rapidly at a low cost.
So what do you do now? Small test runs and a few prototypes? No problem. Volume production?
10 Interventions to Mitigate Risk and Create a Culture of Safety in the OR -
The operating room is the traditional revenue engine of the hospital. Perioperative services at better performing institutions contribute up to 68 percent of a hospital's revenue. As the U.S. healthcare paradigm changes from quantity to quality, accountable care and Value-Based Purchasing will transform perioperative services to outcomes-based reimbursement. To achieve optimized clinical outcomes and maximize reimbursement, hospitals will need to ensure that the safety and efficacy of each procedure is realized.
Operating Rooms, Hospitals Face Challenges In Eliminating Risks, Delivering High Quality Of Care -
USA Today reports that many hospitals have not adopted technologies that would help elminate the risk of leaving sponges in patients during surgery. Meanwhile, the Associated Press offers a list to help patients avoid problems in the hospital.
USA Today: What Surgeons Leave Behind Costs Some Patients
Thousands of patients a year leave the nation's operating rooms with surgical items in their bodies.
Mazak Manufacturing Scholarship targets Cincinnati students -
Mazak Corporation, Florence, Ky., believes manufacturers have a vested interest in guiding and funding advanced manufacturing education to ensure adequate levels of skilled and educated labor necessary for keeping U.S. manufacturing strong and growing. As part of its commitment to building tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce, Mazak has provided $24,000 to the SME Education Foundation for the creation of the Mazak Manufacturing Technology Scholarship.
Dayton hospital ranks among best in U.S. -
A Dayton-area hospital — Kettering Medical Center — made a list of the top 100 hospitals in the United States.
The list was released Monday by Truven Health Analytics, an Ann Arbor, Mich., company that was formerly the health care business of Thomson Reuters.
Kettering Medical Center made the list in the Teaching Hospitals category.
The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals study uses 10 criteria, including mortality, patient safety, patient satisfaction and medical complications.
P&G plans to increase productivity with 20 new plants -
Milacron to acquire Mold-Masters in $975M deal -
Milacron LLC has agreed to acquire Toronto, Ontario-based Mold-Masters Limited, a global manufacturer of plastics injection molding technology.
Backed by private equity investor CCMP Capital Advisors LLC, Cincinnati-based Milacron will acquire all of the shares of Mold-Masters in a transaction with an enterprise value, including debt, of $975 million, the companies stated in a Feb. 12 news release.
The seller is United Kingdom private equity firm 3i Group PLC, which initiated an auction process for Mold-Masters last year.
Job openings a hot topic at Cincinnati Sub-Zero -
Cincinnati Sub-Zero, a manufacturer of “temperature management solutions,” is looking to hire another 20 workers at its growing Sharonville facilities.
The company is holding a job fair on Saturday Feb. 16 at its Mosteller Road headquarters from 8 a.m. till noon.
P&G launches website to submit innovation ideas -
Procter & Gamble Co. launched a website to further advance its open innovation as part of its Connect+Develop program, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports.
The website, pgconnectdevelop.com, allows innovators to access a full description of every need for the Cincinnati-based consumer products company, including scale and success criteria.
P&G (NYSE:PG) launched its Connect+Develop program more than 10 years ago and has developed more than 2,000 global partnerships.
Process Equipment to hire 50 new workers -
New rankings compare patient satisfaction, care at Cincinnati hospitals -
A new set of hospital rankings is out, examining 16 elements related to patient experience and clinical effectiveness at Greater Cincinnati institutions.
The YourHealthMatters.org ratings, produced by the nonprofit Health Collaborative, include 23 hospitals.
“Our customers told us that they want more information about health care quality from a trusted resource, particularly now that the prevalence of high-deductible health plans means patients pay more out of pocket when they need care,” Judy Hirsh, director of con
Electrical parts company names new president -
A Dayton-based electrical parts and services company has a new leader.
Jeff Hoffman has been named president of Staco Energy Products Co., the company announced late last week.
Hoffman’s background includes positions in sales, marketing and executive management at Fortune 500 companies including United Technologies, Emerson Electric and Berkshire Hathaway.
French Oil Mill Machinery names new president -
A Piqua manufacturing company has a new leader.
The French Oil Mill Machinery Co. announced Jason McDaniel is taking the role of president and chief operating officer. He was elected to the position this week at the company’s annual stockholder meeting and succeeds Daniel French, who will remain with the company as chairman and CEO.
“I am very pleased to have Jason McDaniel step into the role of president,” French said.