U.S. manufacturing technology orders down in February

February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.40 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) program, was down 6.6% from January and down 6.2% when compared with the total of $377.82 million reported for February 2013. With a year-to-date total […]

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OSHA’s assistant secretary looks back on the year 2013

On February 11, 2014, Dr. David Michaels, who serves as assistant secretary for OSHA, issued his annual update address.  He reported on a wide variety of matters.  For instance, he highlighted OSHA’s success in joining with more than 300 employers and labor organizations to hold a safety stand-down at construction sites throughout Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, […]

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Measuring safety within an organization

Business leaders and managers can use leading and lagging indicators to predict safety in the workplace. By definition, lagging indicators “tell you how you did (someone either got hurt or they did not),” reported an OSHA spokesperson. By contrast, leading indicators are predictive and include behaviors, activities, or processes that are linked to favorable or […]

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Assistant secretary sets OSHA’s agenda

On February 11, 2014, Dr. Michaels, assistant secretary for OSHA, issued his annual update address.  Central to this year’s message was the need for OSHA to do as much with fewer resources due to sequestration and the government shutdown. OSHA relied on several resources, including its Whistleblower Protection Program. “In total, we helped to award more than 24 […]

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Barney Giacobello joins AFP Transformers as director of sales

Barney Giacobello has joined AFP Transformers, an Edison, N.J., manufacturer of cast coil transformers and power transformers, as director of sales.  He has a B.S. in systems engineering from NYU – Polytechnic Institute and brings with him many years of experience in the transformer industry with Westinghouse, General Electric and WEG. Giacobello has extensive knowledge and […]

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Kankakee Community College opens Manufacturing & Industrial Technology Center

Kankakee Community College will celebrate the opening of its new Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center (MITC) with an open house today, Friday April 11 at its facility. The event will feature tours of the facility, program demonstrations, and the opportunity to learn about each of the four programs available–fabrication, machine tool, millwright, and welding. The […]

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Seven NEMA member companies honored with Energy Star Award

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy honored seven National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) member companies with the 2014 ENERGY STAR Award. Businesses and organizations were honored for their “outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.” “Our members are in the energy efficiency business,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R Gaddis in congratulating […]

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Siemens and McAfee extend partnership to provide online security for customers

The Siemens Industry Sector and McAfee, a provider of security services and a division of Intel Security, are extending their partnership to enhance the security offerings for industrial customers to protect against rapidly evolving global cyber threats. This partnership utilizes the depth of both companies’ security portfolios and further enhances the joint effort started in 2011. […]

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Semiconductor sales up 11.4% compared to last year

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing the semiconductor manufacturing and design industry, announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.87 billion for the month of February 2014, an increase of 11.4% from February 2013, when sales were $23.23 billion. This marks the industry’s largest year-to-year increase in more than three years. Global sales from February 2014 […]

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U.S. manufacturing sector lost 1,000 jobs in March

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the American manufacturing sector lost 1,000 jobs in March. This news follows President Obama’s goal of creating 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term, which was announced in 2012. “It’s not the robots nor the weather. There are still more manufacturing jobs leaving the U.S. than […]

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