By the Numbers

3 non-Ford employees and Ford executives were named to the “Transformation Advisory Council” to explore solutions to society’s sustainability challenges, says Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. Initial “outside sustainability thought-leaders” include Amory Lovins, chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute; Paul Hawken, environmental...

02/01/2008


3 non-Ford employees and Ford executives were named to the “Transformation Advisory Council” to explore solutions to society’s sustainability challenges, says Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. Initial “outside sustainability thought-leaders” include Amory Lovins, chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute; Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author; and Peter Senge, senior lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founding chair of Society for Organizational Learning. www.ford.com

20 most popular articles of 2007, along with links to other well-read topics, can be found at Control Engineering online in a Jan. 15 posting. www.controleng.com

3.14 (or March 14) is “pi day,” so think ahead and plan a way to celebrate, then celebrate even larger in 2016 (3.1416). Read some fun history about the calculation of pi at www.codehappy.net/pi.htm

2 channels of programming offered Cutting Tool Materials and Deburring Processes in January, from Society of Manufacturing Engineers. www.sme.org . www.manufacturingengineering.tv

7 top 10 lists are among oddities at the diversion area of the Bosch Rexroth Website, some even engineering related, such as most exciting projects, best white papers, and reasons to date, and not date, an engineer. www.boschrexroth-us.com/diversions

300 members of the The Tooling, Manufacturing & Technologies Association (TMTA) now includes the American Mold Builders Association, which will make a greater impact in advocacy efforts for trade reform legislation on behalf of U.S. manufacturers, the groups say. TMTA, which offers insurance and a directory, addresses trade imbalances, infrastructure imbalances including living standards and regulatory standards, currency fluctuation standards, enforcement standards, and encourages a study period for existing trade relationships to see if they meet the above principles. www.amba.org , www.thetmta.com

10% more text messaging and use of iPods caused drivers to leave their lanes 10% more often in a simulated driving study conducted by researchers in the Clemson University psychology department. www.clemson.edu

$100,000 donation went to FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, a scientific organization dedicated to young science and technology leaders) from the Association for Laboratory Automation (ALA), “exemplifying its mission to educate scientists and engineers of all ages across all geographical boundaries,” ALA says. www.labautomation.org , www.usfirst.org .

40% is the amount, since 1980, that the U.S. electric power industry has cut sulfur dioxide emissions. Nitrogen oxides have been cut by 44%, while electricity demand grew by 77%, says the Edision Electric Institute. Coal, the source of such emissions, is used for about half of U.S. electricity generation. www.eei.org





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
2015 Top Plant: Phoenix Contact, Middletown, Pa.; 2015 Best Practices: Automation, Electrical Safety, Electrical Systems, Pneumatics, Material Handling, Mechanical Systems
A cool solution: Collaboration, chemistry leads to foundry coat product development; See the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists
Raising the standard: What's new with NFPA 70E; A global view of manufacturing; Maintenance data; Fit bearings properly
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Migrating industrial networks; Tracking HMI advances; Making the right automation changes
Understanding transfer switch operation; Coordinating protective devices; Analyzing NEC 2014 changes; Cooling data centers
Upgrading secondary control systems; Keeping enclosures conditioned; Diagnostics increase equipment uptime; Mechatronics simplifies machine design

Annual Salary Survey

After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.

The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.

Read more: 2014 Salary Survey: Confidence rises amid the challenges

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.