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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Saudi Aramco, Hyundai Heavy Sign MoU

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

Saudi Aramco, Dussur – the Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company, and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly collaborate on engines and pumps business development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The MOU lays out an engine and pump business cooperation framework, through the formation of a joint venture (JV) to manufacture two-stroke engines, four-stroke engines and marine pumps; including sales and aftersales services in the MENA region.

US Iron Ore Boosts St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping

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With strong increases in iron ore and other cargo, total tonnage shipped via the St. Lawrence Seaway is up 20 percent over last year. The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation reports that cargo shipments from March 20 to June 30 totaled more than 12 million metric tons – up two million metric tons over the same period in 2016. “St. Lawrence Seaway shipping is a bellwether for the health of the overall U.S. and Canadian economies and reflects strong demand for raw materials to support the automotive…

Wärtsilä Opens Manufacturing Technology Center

Wärtsilä has officially opens its Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Vaasa, Finland. The MTC is a new concept for Wärtsilä, and is aimed at securing and further developing its manufacturing competencies, and sharing manufacturing know-how throughout the global Wärtsilä network. The MTC concept is designed to enhance Wärtsilä's ability to effectively develop and globally share its core manufacturing competencies, including machining, forging, casting, welding, production & assembly automation, and digital manufacturing technologies. This will produce value-adding benefits by supporting component design, and manufacturing and supplier development. It will also optimize Wärtsilä's efforts towards "first time right" quality, "as promised" delivery times, and competitive costs.

U.S. 2013 Economic Growth to Continue Say Logisticians

The Business Survey Committee of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) forecast is bullish for the rest of 2013. Economic growth is expected to continue in the United States throughout the remainder of 2013, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in their spring 2013 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations for the remainder of 2013 continue to be positive in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. These projections are part of the forecast issued by the Business Survey Committee of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM). The forecast was presented by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee; and by Anthony S. Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee.

Roanwell Enters Marine Market: Acquires Bees Manufacturing

US-based Roanwell Corp. purchases Bees Manufacturing LLC gains entry to marine market. Roanwell, a maker of rugged communications equipment and contract manufacturer of high precision close tolerance machined parts, will be able to enter the marine marketplace through the acquisition. Bees Manufacturing, LLC, ("Bees"), est. 1929, of Weymouth, MA, is a contract manufacturer of various alloy and plastic precision machined components for OEMs in the deep sea marine, medical, and industrial markets. Bees manufacturing operations will merge into Roanwell Corporation's Absolute Manufacturing Division, located in Pepperell, MA. The name "Bees" will be discontinued as products will be shipped under the Absolute Manufacturing name.

Textron Choose IBASEt Manufacturing Software

iBASEt, developers of Solumina’s Product Lifecycle Execution (PLE) software suite say that Textron Systems operating unit Textron Marine & Land Systems, has selected Solumina’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to streamline manufacturing operations for its work on the U.S. Navy’s Ship to Shore Connector (SSC) air cushion vehicle. IBASEt inform that the  SSC is the evolutionary replacement for the Navy’s existing fleet of Landing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC) vehicles, which are nearing the end of their service life. Since Solumina captures all the manufacturing data during the entire product’s manufacturing lifecycle, detailed manufacturing intelligence is easily accessible through dashboards, graphs and reports at the click of a button.

Samsung Uses DELMIA for Digital Shipbuilding Plant

Dassault Systèmes (DS) announced that the shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has built a simulation-based digital shipyard using DELMIA digital manufacturing technology, enabling the company to successfully establish a real-time supply chain network for collaborative production. With DELMIA, SHI’s Korea-based Geoje Shipyard is able to simulate design and engineering processes and digitally manage its facilities, procedures, and engineering schedules by shipbuilding in a virtual environment. “In the future, Simulation-Based Manufacturing (SBM) will play a pivotal role in strengthening the competitiveness of manufacturing by applying IT technologies,” noted Hwang Gyu-Ok, general manager of the Information System Group for SHI.

Jeffboat Appoints Linzey

Jeffboat LLC appointed Jerry R. Linzey as its Senior Vice President, Manufacturing. Mr. Linzey brings over 20 years of manufacturing and leadership skills to the company and has held positions with various organizations including Delphi Automotive Systems, a division of General Motors, The Stanley Works, a division of Stanley Tools, and most recently as the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing for Wabash National Corporation, where he oversaw over 3,500 salaried and hourly associates. Mr. Linzey holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University.

Willard Marine ISO9001 Certification

Willard Marine Inc. announced that the Anaheim manufacturing facility has been granted ISO9001 certification. Included are the company’s design/engineering, manufacturing/assembly and testing facilities. The procedure involved both management and staff participating in intense training and the development of quality and training documents and procedures to provide continuous improvement in the company’s manufacturing processes.  

ACL Names Vanier as VP

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) has appointed Jacques J. Vanier to the position of Vice President Manufacturing. Most recently, Vanier served as Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Operations with Alcoa Automotive and Truck Systems. Throughout his 21 year career with Alcoa, Mr. Vanier held a variety of positions in operations management, manufacturing, logistics, production control and sales. He holds a BS in Industrial Distribution and an MBS in Industrial Management, both from Clarkson University.

Brunswick Buys North Carolina Boat Plant

Brunswick Corporation will expand its manufacturing presence in North Carolina with the purchase of a boat manufacturing facility in Navassa, N.C., near Wilmington, from KCS International, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Navassa site will offer Brunswick additional and needed capacity to build larger boats -- a growing market segment -- as well as the ability to manufacture several brands of cruisers at the facility, increasing production flexibility, productivity and efficiency. In a related action, Brunswick will close its Salisbury, Md., plant and transfer cruiser production to the new North Carolina facility.

Rolls-Royce Gets Submarine Power Contract

This contract includes regeneration of the current Rolls-Royce submarine reactor core manufacturing facility in Derby. The Group will introduce the latest technology and manufacturing techniques to deliver increased efficiencies committed by the MoD and industry as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review. Under this contract Rolls-Royce will continue to maintain and operate its existing reactor core manufacturing facility in Derby, UK. In parallel the Group will complete a phased rebuild to provide a leading-edge manufacturing facility with the highest standards of safety to support future MoD programme needs. Rolls-Royce is the UK’s lead company…

Parker Hannifin Launches Rapid Service Unit

Motion and control technologies company Parker Hannifin announced the introduction of its new rapid service unit as a part of the existing custom manufacturing operation. According to the company, the rapid service unit can turn certain orders for critical fittings, hose-tube combinations and other custom pieces in the same day they are received. Parker’s custom manufacturing operation was created to provide customers with a source for critical pieces, custom prototypes or uncommon sized parts in one-piece or short-run productions. Parker’s custom manufacturing operation specializes in making custom and non-standard parts in uncommon sizes…

Climax Portable Machine Tools Announces New Hires

Climax Portable Machine Tools, Inc. a global leader in comprehensive, on-site machining solutions for the power generation, shipbuilding, industrial and engineering sectors, announced that Scott Simmons has joined the company as the Vice President of Manufacturing and Brian Harris as Vice President of Sales. Simmons is an expert in lean manufacturing and will assist Climax in streamlining the workflows and shipment of their machine tools. Harris will assist with worldwide sales management, new product development and promoting Climax services to international customers and prospects. Simmons’ previous experience in manufacturing, quality and engineering management with Columbia Machine and The Boeing Company have allowed Simmons to hone his extensive skills in the area of lean practices…

MHI, MHPS in Consolidation Mode for Enhanced Competitiveness

Nagasaki Shipyard and Machinery Works

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) have planned to reorganize their  their Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works and Nagasaki Works respectively. The coordinated decisions are aimed at further strengthening global competitiveness, particularly in terms of technologies, costs and efficiency, by pursuing higher productivity through consolidation of their manufacturing sites by product: at MHI in the area of defense and space systems, and at MHPS in operations involving thermal power generation systems.

ABB to Make Robots in the US

Courtesy ABB

ABB announced today it will start production of robots in the United States, making it the first global industrial robotics company to fully commit to and invest in a North American robotics manufacturing footprint. The company made the announcement at the opening of a new robotics plant at an existing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan, where it already has about 500 highly skilled employees. Production is to commence immediately. The new plant is ABB’s third robotics production facility…

IMT Rolls Out 'Full Ride' Scholarship Program

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The Institute of Marine Technology located at Warner University in Lake Wales, Fla. has recently established and is now officially launching a robust “full ride” scholarship program available by application for students participating in its innovative marine technical training program for the upcoming 2017 – 2018 Fall enrollment. Three full scholarships of up to $28,000 each are now available, and cover full tuition costs for a one-year period, excluding housing and food. Inaugural scholarships recipients will include one male, one female, and one former member of a high school bass club.

Two Million Pound Machine Bound for Germany

On October 17, the Port of Cleveland exported a two million pound machine manufactured by an Ohio company to Bremen, Germany for use in ArcelorMittal’s plant there. Butech Bliss, a 150-year-old company based in Salem, manufactures heavy equipment for the metals processing industry. For over a year, the company’s 230 employees have been working to manufacture the shear for ArcelorMittal, the largest steel producer in the world. The machine is designed to cut three-inch-thick by 86 inch wide steel in its Bremen Hot Mill. The company was awarded the work after it won a competitive process with European-based companies for the job. Will Friedman…

W&O Acquires Valco / Premier Group

W&O a supplier of marine valves, pipe, fittings, engineered products and valve automation solutions, has acquired the Valco/Premier Group, which includes Premier Copper Manufacturing, Valco Piping Products and Premier Copper & Brass/Pacific. Based out of , the Valco/Premier group has manufacturing and distribution capabilities that will complement W&O’s maritime offerings. Premier Copper Manufacturing is an industry leader in the manufacture of copper nickel-fittings and flanges, and will be a direct source of copper-nickel products to W&O and its customers. Valco/Premier’s West Coast arm, Premier Copper & Brass/Pacific, will work in conjunction with W&O’s office, which is operated as Valve Automation & Controls.

Austal Awarded Advanced Manufacturer of the Year

Austal’s Richard Williams (center) accepts AMTIL’s Advanced Manufacturer of the Year award from Major Sponsor Deloitte’s Tom Imbesi (left) and AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti.

Austal has been awarded the 2008 Advanced Manufacturer of the Year at the inaugural AMTIL Advanced Manufacturing Awards, held in recently. The Advanced Manufacturing Awards recognize Australian companies that incorporate leading edge practices, technologies and organizational cultures to sustain global competitiveness in manufacturing industries. Having demonstrated excellence in international trade and export, innovation and skills, training and staff development, AMTIL Chief Executive Officer Shane Infanti said Austal was a deserving winner of the award.

EDS Issue Statement on ALSTOM Announcement

EDS today gobal specialist in energy and transport infrastructure, to provide information technology (IT) infrastructure and applications services. Once signed, the contract may rank among the largest IT agreements in the history of the manufacturing and energy industries. Under the outsourcing agreement, EDS would manage ALSTOM's IT infrastructure and applications in 14 countries -- Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and U.S. Approximately 1,300 ALSTOM employees in these countries would be transferred to EDS. The EDS agreement is expected to reduce ALSTOM's IT costs while delivering improved operational efficiency and higher IT service and quality levels.

Rob Hogan Appointed Vice President of Manufacturing at Newport News Shipbuilding

Rob Hogan (Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries)

Rob Hogan has been appointed vice president of manufacturing at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division. Since beginning his career as a welder in 1976, Hogan has held leadership positions at all levels of production and construction. Most recently, he served as director of manufacturing for steel fabrication. Hogan is a graduate of The Apprentice School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Strayer University. In his new position…

Pulse Hires Campbell as Operations Director

Mike Campbell

Pulse Structural Monitoring, an Acteon company, has appointed Mike Campbell as its new operations director. Based in the U.K., he will lead the production, project management and offshore departments and help to manage Pulse’s recent geographical expansion. Campbell brings extensive experience to this role, having been responsible for managing manufacturing, quality, health, safety and environment and supply chain for a group of companies with operations in Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Australia.

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