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Leaner cleaner electrode boilers

The pressure for industry to reduce harmful emissions is stronger than ever. Electrode boilers could be one part of the solution for some companies. We talk to Robert Presser, Vice President of Acme Engineering Products.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

For most of 2021, roughly 4 percent of the retail workforce has quit every month; in June alone 632,000 workers quit their retail job. Even though retail workers are quitting at a record pace, more new stores are opening than expected and looking to hire new employees. So how can retail chains retain and make sure they are prioritizing their employee base?

Cloud-based solutions can empower chain operators with the technology to simplify business operations and improve workflow, which leads to better customer service, employee management, and day-to-day functions. Businesses across industries including food and beverage, grocery, and fashion can simplify store management operations across multiple locations, with one seamless hub to provide real-time analytics to managers and operators.

But retail in particular is often resistant to change. Small and medium-sized businesses, often focused on short-term profitability, don’t see a financial advantage to implementing tech solutions. In addition retail has been managed a certain way for so long that store owners and managers are reluctant to look at changing the “way things have always been.”

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By: Gleb Tsipursky

Fear of losing their innovative edge pushes many leaders to reject hybrid and virtual work arrangements. Yet extensive research shows that hybrid and remote teams can gain an innovation advantage and out-compete in-person teams by adopting best practices for innovation, such as virtual brainstorming. What explains this discrepancy between leadership beliefs and scientific evidence?

Having consulted with more than a dozen companies on a strategic return back to the office, I discovered the root of the problem. The vast majority of leaders tried to pursue innovation during the lockdowns by adapting their office-based approach of synchronous brainstorming to videoconference meetings. However, they found that videoconferences aren’t well-suited for traditional brainstorming, and thus felt the need to go back to the office.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

The pressure for industry to reduce harmful emissions and greenhouse gas emissions in particular has increased significantly in the past few years. Recently, President Joe Biden set an aggressive new target for the United States to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The announcement, made at the Leaders Summit on Climate held in April 2021, challenges global leaders to raise their ambitions to tackle climate change on the scale required.

In December 2020, the European Union agreed to cut greenhouse gas carbon emissions by 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. According to a recent report that has tracked the EU’s power sector since 2015, renewables surpassed fossil fuels last year (38% to 37%), indicating that industry is already pivoting away from carbon emissions.

Building a culture of quality

A culture of quality is more important than ever. Yet only 46% of organizations say that quality values are consistently applied in their organization. We talk to Hong Xu, vice president of quality at Kaiser Aluminum, to learn why a culture of quality is important. Be sure to registrar for the webinar "Culture of Quality: Why a quality culture is more Important in 2022 (than ever) and how you can create one"  Oct. 26, 2021 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern.

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By: William A. Levinson

Luddism is, as depicted by Henry Ford, “...the theory that there is only so much work in the world to do and it must be strung out.”1 This dysfunctional paradigm is shared today by otherwise highly capable people such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg, while former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for a “robot tax” on employers who introduce automation. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has called for a universal basic income (UBI) to compensate for jobs lost to automation.2

These proposals can, if taken seriously and acted upon, do nothing more than derail almost limitless growth and a high standard of living for all Americans. They are, in fact, just variations on Luddism as depicted in a song for the Children’s BBC series Horrible Histories. It begins, “We were weavers highly skilled ‘till things were mechanized...” and goes on to describe how machines purportedly displaced workers. The result was a revolution in which the Luddites smashed the machines in question; robot taxes are simply a nonviolent modification of machine-breaking.

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By: Anna Akins

More than 130 million pounds of peaches are produced in Georgia per year, and the Southern staple has a total farm gate value of more than $71 million, according to recent estimates.

But cultivating peaches is a complex and manually intensive process that has put a strain on many farms stretched for time and workers. To solve this problem, the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has developed an intelligent robot that is designed to handle the human-based tasks of thinning and pruning peach trees, which could result in significant cost savings for peach farms in Georgia.

“Most folks are familiar with the harvesting of fruit and picking it up at the market,” says Ai-Ping Hu, a GTRI senior research engineer who is leading the robot design project. “But there’s actually a lot more stuff that gets done before that point in the cultivation cycle.”

Peach picking robot
Peaches, not surprisingly, pack a punch for Georgia’s economy. Credit: Ai-Ping Hu

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(Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence: North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division announces the first exclusive showing of its new genre-busting HP-L 10.10 noncontact laser line scanner in Booth No. 3103 at EASTEC 2021, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, Massachusetts, Oct. 19–21, 2021.

The HP-L-10.10 is the latest addition to Hexagon’s extensive offering of sensor solutions for coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) that provide manufacturers with future-ready options for busy shop floors. This cross-platform technology deploys the same ultra high-speed, high-precision, 3D scanning capability found in the latest portable Absolute Arm and Absolute Tracker solutions. The HP-L-10.10 is seven times faster than its predecessor and delivers high-precision scanning currently not present in the CMM marketplace. Additionally, the scanner offers comparable repeatability and performance to tactile measurements executed on the same CMM.

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(Suburban Tool Inc.: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Suburban Tool Inc., a well-known manufacturer of high-precision, high-quality tools for toolmakers, announces this addition to its line, the SineSet System.

The SineSet System is comprised of a series of SineSet compatible accessories that can be bolted directly to Suburban sine plates, compound sine plates, and 90° conversion plates to create complete working systems.

Starting with a sine plate, quickly add and remove a magnetic chuck, precision vise, precision angle plate, vacuum chuck, Master-Grind spin index fixture, and more, knowing that each accessory will be perfectly fit and aligned each and every time.

The SineSet System:
• Saves time and money
• Gives you the competitive edge
• Allows quick setups
• Requires less investment in tools
• Eliminates clamping
• Needs little or no indicating
• Enables an almost limitless number of tool combinations

All tools can be used independently or as a sine system.

Remote auditing for today's digital workplace
Companies are looking for digital solutions to help with risk assessment, management, and compliance. What are certification bodies doing to meet those needs? We talk to Paul Butcher, CEO of LRQA.