Truck-maker Navistar has invested millions of dollars in new equipment it believes will help improve the efficiency of its manufacturing processes at its plant in Springfield, Ohio, and ultimately pinpoint quality assurance issues earlier. The move comes amid a culture change at the company, which Mark Hernandez, vice president of global manufacturing at Navistar, says entails a shift toward greater lean manufacturing.
Any company that seeks to create a so-called factory of the future should be able to handle five important capabilities, starting with internal process optimization, per the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership. Plants can create greater mobility through mobile cell towers and wireless mesh networks.
Proactive maintenance of pumps can deliver major reliability benefits for offshore oil platforms, writes Sulzer's Jennifer Cardillo. Pre-emptive action is especially important for monitoring vibration and operational temperature of components.
There's still time to register for the SMRP Annual Conference, taking place Oct. 22-25 in Orlando, Fla. This year's conference features five exciting facility tours and more than 60 track sessions and 30 workshops, hosted by top professionals working in maintenance, reliability and physical asset management. Don't miss out on this great opportunity and register today!
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An experimental device has enabled three patients paralyzed below the waist to walk without the assistance of an exoskeleton. The technology provides electrical stimulation to natural nerve circuits disconnected from the brain due to spinal injury, sending signals that, with a good deal of training, allow for simple movement.
Light, as opposed to electricity, may be the key to novel hearing prostheses that could one day outclass even the most cutting-edge cochlear implants. Two different approaches -- gene reprogramming and laser listening -- reveal a promising future for those with hearing impairments.
ASME will mark this year's Rail Safety Week, which will be observed through Sept. 29, with the designation of the Janney Coupler as the society's 267th Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. Rail Safety Week was launched last year by rail safety education nonprofit Operation Lifesaver Inc. in partnership with the US Department of Transportation and other organizations.
Solar power historically has been criticized as cost-prohibitive, but the industry has already achieved a goal set for 2020 to make solar energy competitive with other energy sources on the market, according to Marie Mapes of the Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office.
MIT researchers have developed a battery powered by a solid form of carbon dioxide, which one day could lead to commercially viable lithium-CO2 batteries. Unlike similar past experiments, the MIT team developed a technique that doesn't require metal catalysts and instead relies on carbon electrolytes that work in tandem with liquid amines.
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