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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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?
Innovation: Beating the More-for-Less Mandate
"More for less" -- no manufacturer competing today is above this universal and contradictory call.
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.
Mason plant named among ‘best plants’
IndustryWeek magazine and web site has named a Mason plant as among those receiving its “best plants awards.”
Harris Products Group, a Lincoln Electric Co., at 4501 Quality Place, was one of the winners. So was another Ohio plant, Warren Rupp Inc.
GE crafting innovative maintenance program
The support package will enable leasing companies to better control maintenance costs regardless of who is leasing and operating the aircraft, GE said in a news release.
Aldus currently has 20 Embraer regional E-Jets in its fleet and has an order for as many as 35 more.
GE is the sole supplier of engines for the current generation of E-Jets, although Embraer recently announced that a new-generation of E-Jets it intends to develop will be powered by engines from GE rival Pratt & Whitney.
Honda To Build Hybrid Accord In Ohio
Honda says it will start building a new hybrid Accord sedan at its plant in central Ohio this year.
The auto maker announced Thursday that it will invest $23 million and add around 50 new jobs at the Marysville plant to build the 2014 Accord hybrid sedan.
New GE Aviation joint venture to make jet engine components
GE Aviation — which has a growing Dayton-area presence — has established a joint venture with SeaCast Inc. to produce jet engine components.
The two companies created Montana Precision Products at SeaCast’s facility in Butte, Mo. SeaCast produces castings and specialty components.
The joint venture in Butte will produce tubes, ducts and small structural castings for GE jet engines.
Intelligrated marks latest HQ expansion
Intelligrated Inc. is holding a grand opening ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 9 for its headquarters expansion in Mason.
Announced in late 2011, the project benefited from $15 million in city and state financial incentives.
It’s just the latest milestone in the company’s rapid growth spurt since it acquired the North American operations of FKI Logistex in 2009.
Green Bay Packaging buys Lebanon site for relocation project
Green Bay Packaging Inc. purchased the old World Color Press plant in Lebanon for $4.2 million and plans to relocate operations from its existing facilities in Sycamore Township. The company currently operates out of two smaller buildings on School Road. It will begin moving into the 269,00-square-foot building on 28 acres in Lebanon next month, according to a company statement.
“Ongoing sales growth has dictated the need for an improved and expanded manufacturing facility,” it said.
December is 'Made in America' Month
Power of Consortia to Drive Innovation
(Target – Andy Nelson: Fall 2012 Issue)
Manufacturing sector driving growth in local economy
Cincinnati Business Courier
Manufacturing is back.
How do we break this cycle of boom and bust?
The following article is from AMT News' monthly report. Click here to view the entire report.
Late last month we held another very successful AMT Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference. The theme of the conference was "Make Your Own Future," and we learned much to help us do just that in the coming months and year.
New York aviation company buys building
Dayton Daily News
Kettering — A New York state company, Aviation Ground Equipment Corp., has bought a Lance Drive building once occupied by Bell Optical Laboratories.
The president of the Freeport, N.Y.-based company, Barry Spilka, told the Dayton Daily News last month that he was eyeing the building.
Safe Supply Chains Help Produce Sustainable Businesses
While international supply chains have created tremendous business opportunities for companies, they have spurred great risks, too. It is no longer enough for organizations to manage their own exposures. They should be equally concerned with their suppliers’ exposures – especially their suppliers’ supply chains.
Dayton manufacturer adding 35 new jobs
PhillyInc: Campbell Soup Co. continues sustainability conversions in Ohio factory
Shop Hop - Celebrate Manufacturing Day 2012
In honor of the National and Ohio's Manufacturing Day - October 5, 2012 - TechSolve, along with Richards Industries and Cast-Fab Technologies, hosted more than 100 students from 4 different junior high and high schools as part of a national campaign effort to improve public perception of manufacturing careers, and attract future talent to the manufacturing industry.
The students were first given an interactive overview of what today’s modern American manufacturing technologies are, and the chance to learn about the career opportunities that come with being a skil
U.S. manufacturing shows September bounce back
U.S. manufacturing bounced back in September following a three-month decline, according to a Monday report from the Institute for Supply Management.
The PMI, an index used to measure the strength of manufacturing, was at 51.5 percent last month, an increase of 1.9 percentage points compared to August.
$7M solar project set for Springfield
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Decisions about Making Decisions
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The Next Generation of the Cincinnati Manufacturing Workforce
What Can be ‘Made in the USA’?
Manufacturing in the United States is mounting an unlikely comeback. In fact, it’s leading our steps toward economic recovery. This year, manufacturing is expected to outpace growth of the overall economy. One part of this trend is the fact that more businesses are deciding to produce domestically.
Ohio Forms UAV Test Center, Partners with Indiana
Ohio is launching a new UAV and UAS testing center and is searching sites in the Dayton region for the center's offices.
To be called the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center and Test Complex, the state is funding the center with $1.5 million, but hopes it will eventually become self-sufficient with testing fees paid by companies that would use the center, according to the state.
The Dayton Development Coalition is charged by the state with leading planning for the UAS Center.
White House to Seek $7B in Green Energy Contracts for Military
The White House announced Tuesday it is inviting contract proposals from green energy firms to boost the Army’s use of renewable energy.
The administration is making $7 billion available for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to spend on locally-generated biomass, geothermal, solar or wind energy for up to 30 years.
The move is part of a broader White House-led push to green the armed forces, over GOP opposition, which claims the efforts are a waste of taxpayer dollars.
At Portman’s Urging, ITC Votes to Extend Protections for Tapered Roller Bearing Manufacturers
Washington, D.C. – Following U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s (R-OH) recommendation, the International Trade Commission (ITC) voted to extend the antidumping order on tapered roller bearings (TRBs) from China and thereby to protect U.S. tapered roller bearing products, including three Ohio manufacturing facilities, from unfair dumping of Chinese products in U.S. markets.
Clippard Instrument Laboratory Inc.
In 1941, William Leonard Clippard, Jr. founded a company that sold electrical test equipment, magnetic windings and radio frequency coils. In order to manufacture that equipment, Clippard Instrument Laboratory began designing and building the miniature fluid power devices for which the company eventually became widely known.
Honda Sales Up 42% in 2Q, Profit Quadruples
Honda Motor Co.'s 2012 comeback campaign led it to a 42 percent sales improvement in the quarter, boosting its bottom line after coming off a year in which natural disasters slammed sales and profit, the Associated Press reports.
Honda (NYSE:HMC) saw sales hit the $31.2 billion mark between April and June, including a doubling of sales in Japan and North America, the AP reports. The company, which maintains manufacturing operations in Central Ohio, sold 849,000 vehicles in the quarter.
Focus on Innovation is Key to Strengthening U.S. Manufacturing
As U.S. manufacturing gets molded by the current administration’s policy initiatives and the political rhetoric of presidential candidates, one thing remains clear: U.S. manufacturing needs to globally dominate if the United States is to remain an economic force. Although the U.S. is the world’s largest manufacturing economy, with about 21 percent of global manufactured goods produced here, that foothold is being threatened by its own policies on taxes, energy, and trade. Many have fingered innovation as a target for strengthening U.S.
Ohio Job Gains Rank 2nd in Nation Behind California
The 18,400 jobs that Ohio gained in June was the second-largest increase in the country behind only California, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that the state's unemployment rate had fallen to 7.2 percent and that the state added more than 18,000 jobs last month. California was the only state to add more jobs as it saw employment increase by 38,300, the newspaper reports.
Meyer Tool Expanding, Adding 50 Jobs
Cincinnati City Council passed a package of agreements at the end of June that will allow Meyer Tool Inc. to expand in Camp Washington.
The company plans to invest $3.5 million to construct and equip a new 30,000-square-foot facility at 3154 Spring Grove Ave. and to expand its existing building at 3055 Colerain Ave., allowing it to add 50 new jobs by 2015.
UK Aerospace, Defense and Security trade organization ADS and subsidiary Farnborough International Limited (FIL) reported that the 2012 Farnborough Airshow hosted 1,506 exhibiting companies vs 1,450 in 2010; orders for the show so far total US $72b vs $47b in 2010.
The Airshow's peak in terms of deals was reached in 2008 with a total $88.7b in orders.
This year's event, held July 9 - 15, had 70 delegations from 46 countries in attendance, though trade visitors overall were down by 9% year-over-year.
Environmental Food Packager Set for Growth
When Heena Khakhdia and Rakesh Rathore look at cafeterias across the country, they see several shades of green.
That’s green, as in making money, and green, as in turning the eateries into more environmentally friendly places by replacing plastic and styrofoam products.
The married couple and founders of Centerville-based BioGreenChoice, a biodegradable food packaging products company, are working on several major deals on a national level, which if successful, could spark big growth in their business.
Koch Foods Plans Fairfield Expansion
Koch Foods is planning to double the size of its chicken processing and packaging plant in Fairfield.
The Chicago-based company plans to spend $45 million on the project, which includes construction of a 179,000-square-foot addition to its 185,000-square-foot facility on Port Union Road, improvements to its existing plant, new machinery, equipment and inventory.
Employment is projected to increase 53 percent, from 730 employees today, to 1,120 within three years, according to documents filed with Fairfield.
Manufacturers Struggle to Fill Jobs
Even with a regional unemployment rate of 7.5 percent for the month of May, manufacturers around Northern Kentucky have high-paying positions that go unfilled because they’re having a hard time finding workers with the skills necessary to do the job.
Gateway helps fill the pipeline
According to Rick Jordan, vice president of LSI Graphic Solutions Plus in Erlanger, the average manufacturing wage in Kentucky is between $53,000 and $55,000 a year.
MAG’s New XTi Profiler Sets Metal Removal Record
MAG’s New XTi Profiler sets metal removal record machining titanium at 90+ cubic inches per minute.
Producing unmatched throughput, first two five-spindle XTi profilers will ship to Aerospace Dynamics International, Inc. Erlanger, KY,
Honda's Marysville Plant Production Ranks 7th in Nation
Honda Motor Co. Ltd.'s Marysville plant was one of two Ohio facilities to rank among Automobile Magazine's top-producing assembly plants in the country, the Vindicator in Youngstown reports.
The 285,258 vehicles assembled at the Marysville plant in 2011 ranked it No. 7 in the U.S., the newspaper reports. General Motors Co.'s Lordstown plant ranked No. 9, building 278,674 vehicles last year.
GE Aviation lands $5B engine order, service agreement
Cincinnati Business Courier
GE Aviation landed a $5 billion engine order and long-term service agreement with United Airlines, the company announced Thursday at the Farnborough International Air Show.
United Continental Holdings, parent company of United Airlines, ordered 100 advanced LEAP-1Bpowered Boeing 737 MAX airplanes.
LEAP engines are a product of CFM International – a 50/50 joint company between Snecma, part of Safran Group, and General Electric Co.
Exporting American Products, Not American Jobs
There’s an old cliché that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.
Well, if that’s the case, then our trade policy represents insanity. Though NAFTA was signed nearly two decades ago, a trade deal with China was inked about a dozen years ago, and CAFTA was signed some seven years ago, we still haven’t seen any change.
Ohio Heads to Farnborough International Airshow
The Farnborough International Airshow is a seven-day international aerospace exhibition held every other year in Hampshire, England. The show, which showcases the best of the global aerospace industry, was officially opened Monday, July 9th, by the British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The exhibition is a prime opportunity for the aerospace industry - part trade show, part deal-hatching sessions, part flying exhibition - known particulary for the announcement of new, major developments and orders.
GE Aviation Joint Venture Part of Busy First Day in Farnborough
Engines manufactured by Evendale-based GE Aviation and its French partner Snecma were part of a busy first day at the Farnborough air show.
Boeing Co. opened the show with a $7.2 billion order from Steven Udvar-Hazy’s Air Lease Corp., the first purchase by a lessor for the planemaker’s new, fuel-efficient 737 MAX. The 75-plane firm order is for 60 of the MAX 8 version and 15 of the MAX 9, Chicago-based Boeing said Monday in a statement at the show outside London.
Process Equipment Doubles Investment to $50 million
Dayton Business Journal
The owner of a local manufacturing company has committed to a $50 million expansion and consolidation project in Huber Heights, double the initial investment he announced just three months ago.
Tipp City-based Process Equipment Co. — which currently has three sites in Tipp City and one in Huber Heights — is gearing up to consolidate operations and eventually double its facilities to 500,000 square feet.
Managing energy costs and improving energy performance requires an ongoing commitment.
Happy Anniversary, Honda
Happy Anniversary, Honda
Association for Manufacturing Excellence
By Patricia E. Moody, June 15, 2011
Updating Your Manufacturing NAICS code to D&B
To update your D&B record in the database, with the appropriate NAICS code, anyone at the company can update it by going to: https://iupdate.dnb.com and follow the Step-by-Step guide listed below.
Typically, the updates will show up in the D&B database within 1 – 2 weeks.
Step 1 – Company Look-up
Bringing Jobs Home
Like you, too often I’ve opened the newspaper only to learn that jobs in our state—whether in Mansfield, Lorain, or Springfield—are being outsourced to places like China, Indonesia, or Mexico. We have seen a decade of manufacturing job loss and factory shutdowns, which has weakened communities and blindsided families all across our state.
Multi-Color Revenue Surges in Fourth Quarter
Label maker Multi-Color Corporation on Monday announced fourth-quarter revenue increased 78 percent to $160.6 million on the strength of its 2011 York Label Group aquisition.
Adjusted for special items, net income increased to $6.9 million from $6.4 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted earnings per share decreased to 43 cents per diluted share from 48 cents in the prior year quarter.
Department of Transportation Opens Bidding for Made-in-America Passenger Rail Cars
First Multistate Order for Standardized Rail Cars Will Help Boost American Manufacturers
Federal Railroad Administration
WASHINGTON – Rail car manufacturers across the country will have an opportunity to submit bids to produce the first American-made, standardized passenger rail cars, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today.
Supplier Meetings Being Scheduled Now for Rail Supply Chain
SHORT TIME-FRAME OPPORTUNITY in Next Generation Rail Supply Chain
ISO 50001: How Manufacturers Manage Energy
As the first energy management standard available to U.S. manufacturers, ISO 50001 can help them be models of energy and operations efficiency while improving service to their supply chains. Looking back over the last 30 years, energy prices have risen significantly (the chart below shows that crude prices have risen 300% since 1983).
Ohio Looks to Grow its Aerospace Industry
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Ohio is looking to keep the competitive edge in the aerospace industry. A day-long conference Wednesday looks at how to keep the business and technology coming.
The name of this event gives you a couple of clues about what organizers hope to accomplish. The “Ohio Aerospace Jobs Summit and Technology Showcase” brings together government and corporate leaders to grow Ohio’s number two industry.
Boeing Co. to Increase Business with Ohio Suppliers
Dayton Daily News
EVENDALE – Boeing Co. expects to increase its business with Ohio suppliers, which could make the state more prominent as an aerospace supplier to Boeing than it already is to the French manufacturer Airbus, a top Boeing executive said Wednesday.
Wilmington Sees Potential Savior in Unmanned Drone Testing
Three years after DHL pulled out and left Clinton County with a mostly unused airport and industrial park, unmanned drones and the Federal Aviation Administration may be coming to the rescue.
The Wilmington Air Park is expected to be a prime candidate for one of six proposed test sites for unmanned aircraft and systems mandated by an FAA reauthorization bill in February. The FAA launched a formal search for the sites this month when it published a request for public comment March 7.
Ohio Aerospace Future on Minds of Portman, GE Aviation
Aerospace is Ohio’s second-largest industry, but it will take efficient investment in the state’s workforce and aerospace institutions to grow it, according to keynote speakers at a day-long gathering Wednesday on the industry’s future and job growth at the GE Aviation Learning Centre in Evendale.
More than 160 aerospace executives participated in the Ohio Aerospace & Aviation Council conference led by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R- Terrace Park) and hosted by GE Aviation.
Measureable Results: TechSolve Focuses on Innovation, Efficiency and Bottom Line
Headquartered in northern Cincinnati, TechSolve is a problem solving company that has increased sales, promoted innovation and saved money for hospitals, manufacturers and other companies throughout the region through its dedication to a single key word: efficiency.
TechSolve offers solutions to companies aimed at eliminating extraneous costs, increasing production value, and maximizing profits.
U.S. Factory Output Rises, but Construction Falls
The Columbus Dispatch
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. factories stepped up hiring and production in March, the latest evidence that manufacturing is growing at a healthy pace and fueling the recovery.
But a separate report on construction spending showed that building activity declined in February for the second straight month, disappointing economists.
The reports show “that the economy is still locked on a very gradual healing trajectory,” said Steven Ricchiuto, chief economist at Mizuho Securities.
Ohio Gives Positive Report for Utica Shale
Dayton Business Journal
Early returns from oil and natural gas wells drilled by Chesapeake Energy Corp. in Ohio’s Utica shale play look promising, especially for “wet gases” such as ethane, propane and butane, a state agency reported Monday.
GE Aviation Wins $380M Engine Order
Kenya Airways selected GE Aviation’s GEnx engines to power nine Boeing 787 Dreamliners with an option for four additional aircraft. The firm engine order is valued at $380 million at list price, GE Aviation said in a press release Monday.
Kenya Airways is the fastest growing airline in Africa and is pursuing a network expansion strategy to link all African countries with the rest of the world, it said.
US Orders for Long-Lasting Goods Rise 2.2 percent
Source: Middletown Journal
WASHINGTON — U.S. companies ordered more long-lasting goods last month, showing businesses are willing to buy equipment and machinery even after an investment tax credit was halved.
The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders for durable goods rose 2.2 percent in February after a steep drop in January. Greater demand for machinery, computers, autos and aircraft drove much of the increase.
Smucker acquires minority stake in Chinese oatmeal company
J.M. Smucker Co. is expanding into China, acquiring a minority interest in a privately owned oats products manufacturer and marketer based in the country’s Guangxi province, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Orrville-based Smucker (NYSE:SJM) made a $35 million investment in Seamild Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd., which has a portfolio consisting mainly of oatmeal that it distributes throughout China, the newspaper reports.
CNC Machining Is The Foundation Of Manufacturing
Zelinski: “Any product you pick up and touch, it’s not too many steps away from a machining process.”
PMPA Speaking of Precision
Most of the parts in your car engine come from a CNC machine. Medical devices, your kitchen cabinets — CNC machine. Your computer case, your iPhone earbuds — well, no. But the mold that created them — CNC machine.
The growth of these machines represents the biggest change in manufacturing over the last 20 years. The people who run them are factory workers.
President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation
Last Friday, in Prince George County, Virginia, the President announced a proposed $1B budget for a new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. This investment announcement continues to encourage support of the manufacturing sector by promoting insourcing and creating high-tech/ high wage jobs in the U.S. – all part of the President’s Blueprint For An Economy Built to Last.
GE Harnesses Nanotechnology, Nature to Help Save Airlines Cash
GE (IW 4/500) Global Research has released a new research report showing promising results for its nanotextured anti-icing surface technology.
According to the report, the technology dramatically reduces ice adhesion and delays ice formation on flat surfaces, which could lead to some significant advantages for the airline industry.
$900M Gas-Processing Operation Planned In Ohio
A group of companies is planning a $900 million project for processing natural gas and natural gas liquids in eastern Ohio, with some operations expected to begin next year.
Effort Aims To Bring Jobs Home
Small businesswoman Lisa Pease of Indian Hill has learned the business lesson that Harry Moser is teaching.
Moser is founder and chief advocate of the national Reshoring Initiative, a growing non-profit movement aimed at reinvigorating U.S. manufacturing by showing that goods can be competitively produced in this country without sending jobs overseas.
Recap: Keys to Energy Success
For the past few weeks, we have taken a closer look at 5 key principles that are imperative to
sustaining an effective energy management system. A comprehensive management system
will help your organization achieve the following benefits:
‘Reshoring’ Touted As Savior For Ohio’s Manufacturing Industry
Ohio’s courtship of new manufacturing jobs may be more of a welcome back than a welcome to the Buckeye State.
The Multiplier Effect
The embrace of Smart Manufacturing techniques will turn conventional wisdom about indirect jobs creation on its head and change the image of the industry itself.
The Reshoring Story of GE Appliances
Perhaps I’m just an optimist, but it’s starting to seem like the discussion on manufacturing in America is changing. Just a year or two ago it was a struggle to find anyone -- outside of manufacturing that is — that believed that the U.S. could be a manufacturing powerhouse again.
Employee Training and Awareness
The success of any organization’s energy management system is driven by their employees, but often times, employee training and awareness is neglected when attempting to drive improvements. Alcoa, the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, is committed to making sustainability relevant for every employee. Alcoa’s Chief Sustainability Officer Kevin Anton says,
Lean and Green: Energy Savings In Manufacturing
Is your company ready for ISO 50001, which gives organizations the requirements for energy management systems, and the new energy era?
Download the news article to learn more!
Metering and Monitoring of Energy Use and Consumption
“You cannot manage what you do not measure” is a simple statement that captures the importance of data collection for any organization focused on change. Once collected, the data must be analyzed and interpreted to effectively quantify progress towards achieving your energy objectives and targets.
The following are helpful tips to keep in mind when developing your metering and monitoring program:
Cincy Magazine Announces Its 6th Annual Tristate Manny Awards
Cincy Magazine is proud to host its 6th annual Tri-State MANNY awards this June. The MANNY Awards are committed to recognizing the manufacturing industry’s greatest accomplishments, and in doing so will honor local companies for their innovation and best practices. This prestigious award is given to those companies who have excelled in several areas. Past winners exemplified accomplishments in areas such as: product innovation, e-business, supply-chain management, employee safety, systems/process innovation, global business, technology transfer and quality control.
The Power Of Positive
Improve productivity by accentuating the human dimension of lean Six Sigma
In 50 Words Or Less
Positive psychology suggests a qualitative human dimension within lean Six Sigma.
A cornerstone of positive psychology is the fostering of excellence in work through creativity and optimal productivity.
This psychology model provides the framework leaders can use to optimize the productivity of a culturally diverse workforce.
With a clear understanding of your current energy performance, your organization will be able to develop effective targets, energy performance indicators, and motivation.
Development of Targets, Energy Performance Indicators (EnPIs), and Motivation
Targets are meant to provide a measurable focus and direction to develop an action plan for achieving energy savings.
U.S. Market Shines Brighter
Manufacturers Look Homeward, Boosting Domestic Production and Speaking as Overseas Gains Overseas
U.S. companies, facing slowing markets and rising costs around the world, are taking a new look at their home market.
With growth slowing in China and a slump gripping much of Europe, companies are adding capacity in the U.S., replacing aging equipment and even moving overseas production back from low-cost labor markets, a sign that corporate America could be poised to take a bigger role in the economic recovery.
CEO Q&A: Joseph Morgan Jr., Standard Register
Standard Register Co. is at a crossroads.
The Dayton-based document services provider, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this spring, is fighting hard to regain the dominance it once enjoyed. (Click here for list of historical milestones for the company.)
Last month, the company announced a restructuring effort that includes shedding as much as 15 percent of its workforce, including 75 local jobs, during the next six to nine months. Currently, Standard Register has 2,600 employees, including 614 in the Dayton area.
Michelman’s Hydrosize® PA845 Ideal for Carbon Fiber Sizing Where Thermal Stability is Required Strong
Hydrosize PA845 from Michelman is a polyamide based fiber sizing formulated for high temperature resin applications where a greater degree of thermal stability is required. It is particularly effective in high performance carbon fiber sizing applications.
Formulated with a small particle size, Hydrosize PA845 exhibits excellent film forming properties. It is solvent, VOC and alkylphenol ethoxylate (APE) free, and is also fully compliant with the EC Directives on plastics for food applications. This allows its use in far reaching carbon fiber based applications.
Bright Ideas - Focus on Energy: Keys to Success
Last week, we began a series where we examine 5 key principles for sustaining an effective energy management system. We kicked things off with a look at corporate commitment as it’s often considered the most important factor contributing to the success or failure of any energy management system.
Once top management is on board, you can begin working on developing the framework for your system. To do this effectively, you need to fully understand the current state of your organization’s energy performance.
Michelman CEO Appointed to TechSolve Board of Directors
The Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Mr. Steven J. Shifman, President and CEO of Blue Ash, Ohio headquartered Michelman, Inc., has been appointed to serve on the TechSolve Board of Directors.
TechSolve Hits a Home Run at Edison Centers Capital Day
The Ohio manufacturing community, both large and small, is seeing signs of growth and opportunity. TechSolve, along with other Edison Technology Centers and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), traveled to Columbus to showcase their work and success that has been achieved to date to the Ohio legislators.
Bright Ideas - Focus on Energy: Keys to Success
With manufacturing in America starting to make a comeback, organizations are increasingly focused on finding ways to capitalize on the rebounding economy. Whether it’s increasing their presence in the market or maximizing capacity and revenue, it may seem difficult to focus on anything other than getting product out the door. Often times, people view energy management as something that you do when “times are good” and resources are plentiful.
This could not be further from the truth.
Flottman Company Is Recognized As A Finalist In The 2012 Green Business Awards
The Third Annual Cincinnati Business Courier 2012 Green Business Awards Names the Flottman Company as a Finalist in Green Policy and Green Marketing Strategies.
Northern Kentucky - Cincinnati, Ohio – February 3, 2012: The Flottman Company is recognized two (2) times as a finalist in the Cincinnati Business Courier and U.S. Green Building Council Cincinnati Regional Chapter, 2012 Green Business Awards.
GE Foundation Gives $18M To Improve Education
The GE Foundation announced Wednesday it will give $18 million to support the roll-out of new education standards throughout the country, including in Cincinnati.
The money will be spent primarily on tools that will help teachers to share best practices as they work to implement the new standards. The GE Foundation has already created a website, www.achievethecore.org, to provide teachers free resources and is organizing conferences where teachers can learn more about the new standards.
Meyer Tool Gets Tax Credit To Expand
Meyer Tool Inc. received a 45 percent, five-year tax credit from the state of Ohio for its plans to expand operations in Cincinnati.
Meyer is a maker of turbine engine components and test stands used by aircraft engine manufacturing firms. According to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the company will build a 30,000-square-foot facility and make renovations to an existing facility. The project
is expected to create 50 new jobs and generate an additional $1.2 million in payroll.
Bright Ideas: You Are What You Eat...Or Is It Consume?
Growing up, I would always hear the saying, “You are what you eat.” I took this to heart and it made me think twice about reaching for that Twinkie or candy bar. Instead, I would pick up a more nutritious alternative like a banana or apple. Afterwards, I would be glad that I did. If the principle behind this common phrase makes us think twice about what we put into our bodies, why should energy conservation be any different? The same principles of awareness and responsibility apply whether fueling our bodies or fueling a manufacturing process.
ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of America plans expansion
In a shocking development, automotive supplier ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of America Inc. will invest more than $5 million in its Hamilton facilities.
The German-owned manufacturer – it makes shock absorbers – is expanding capacity to accommodate new business and transfers of several manufacturing technologies from its German parent.
Intelligrated CEO Cole surpasses goals
Chris Cole co-founded Intelligrated 10 years ago and his career has in one sense come full circle since then.
The former CEO of Cincinnati-based Buschman Conveyor when it was owned by Pinnacle Automation Co., Cole and colleague Jim McCarthy left when Pinnacle was sold to UK-based FKI Logistex in 2000. McCarthy was Buschman’s president and chief operating officer, the same post he now holds at Intelligrated. Cole is CEO.
The Need to Know is Basic
An MTConnect-enabled monitoring system gives this shop a clear and simple
picture of machine tool usage.
Modern Machine Shop
From the desk of Mark Albert