Construction, food and beverage driving global bearings market

Significant growth is expected in the global bearings market over the next five years with much of the growth occurring in the construction and food and beverage segments, according to the latest market intelligence study from Infiniti Research. In 2016, the combined market size for bearings in the construction and food and beverage segments grew at an average compound annual growth rate of 9.1 percent in revenue and 6.8 percent in volume. For more information about the report, visit Infiniti Research.  

Automation, offshoring may extend job losses

Communities with large numbers of residents with only high school degrees or who earn low salaries working low skilled positions are at risk of losing jobs to automation and offshoring, says a new report from Ball State University. The rise of automation and offshoring could extend these job losses beyond the factory floor, according to the report, titled “How Vulnerable Are American Communities to Automation, Trade and Urbanization?” The report was prepared by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and the Rural Policy Institute’s Center for State Policy at Ball State University.

DOE announces $28M for advanced energy systems

Approximately $28 million was made available by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for cost-shared research and development. The three new funding opportunities through the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy’s Advanced Energy Systems program are designed to advance technologies related to advanced combustion systems, advanced turbines and gasification. Areas of interest include modularization of emerging gasification technologies; modularization of advanced air separation technologies to enable oxygen-blown gasifier within a radically engineered modular systems context; and small field pilot front-end engineering design study. Learn more about this funding opportunity here.

U.N. cap on North Korean coal exports could decrease earnings

North Korea’s $1.2 billion in coal exports in 2016 made up about 40 percent of the country’s total export revenue, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. A United Nations-imposed cap on imports of coal from North Korea is expected to limit the country’s coal export earning to about $400 million in 2017, about a third of the previous five-year average.

Awards & Milestones

Dow Recognized as 2017 Manufacturer of the Year

Market research firm Frost & Sullivan named The Dow Chemical Company  as the 2017 Manufacturer of the Year, Large Enterprise, during its Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala. A two-time winner of the award, Dow was recognized for three outstanding initiatives. Additionally, Paul Dean, vice president of Dow’s Engineering, Maintenance & Technology Centers was selected as a winner in the Visionary Leadership category. His leadership was instrumental in driving value from Dow’s engineering resources to maximize returns.

DuPont wins 2017 European Bio-based Materials Company Award

Market research firm Frost & Sullivan named DuPont Industrial Biosciences as the 2017 European Bio-based Materials Company of the Year for its innovation in the bio-based materials market and its commitment to shaping future development industry. Frost & Sullivan cited DuPont’s successful development of Sorona, a versatile bio-based polymer comprised of 37 percent renewable plant-based ingredients, as demonstrating the company’s commitment to implementing innovating practices that lower reliance on fossil fuels and elevate product quality and manufacturing efficiency.

Siemens wins 3D Printing Industry Award

Siemens was presented the international 3D Printing Industry Award in the category of “3D Printing application of the year” by 3Dprintingindustry.com during an awards ceremony in London, U.K. Siemens received the award for the first worldwide successful test of gas turbine blades manufactured with Additive Manufacturing (AM).

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Siemens wins the award in the category “3D Printing application of the year” for the world’s first successfully tested 3D printed gas turbine blades. Phil Hatherley, General Manager Materials Solutions – A Siemens business, gives his acceptance speech at the award ceremony in London. Image courtesy of Siemens

ISPE announces 2017 Facilities of the Year Awards

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) announced the winners of its 2017 Facility of the Year Awards, an annual program that recognizes state-of-the-art projects that utilize new, innovative technologies to improve the quality of products, to reduce the cost of producing high-quality medicines, and demonstrate advances in project delivery. The program provides a platform for the pharmaceutical science and manufacturing industry to showcase its accomplishments in facility design, construction, and operation, while sharing the development of new applications of technology and cutting-edge approaches that it is adopting.

The 2017 winners are:

  • Equipment Innovation – Cook Pharmica
  • Facility Integration – Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Facility of the Future – Eli Lilly and Company
  • Operational Excellence – Abbott
  • Process Innovation – Eli Lilly and Company
  • Project Execution – Jazz Pharmaceuticals Ireland Limited
  • Honorable Mentions – Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Novartis-Penn Center for Advanced Cellular Therapies and PT Kalbio Global Medika

Coperion K-Tron was part of the supply team for Eli Lilly which was the only company to win two award categories. Coperion K-Tron provided the continuous loss-in-weight feeders and material handling equipment for each of the Lilly facilities and worked closely with the Lilly team in the integration and design of the feeder system.

Clear Path Recycling receives 2 GE Environment awards

GE Water & Process Technologies honored Clear Path Recycling with the Ecomagination Leadership and the Return on Environment (ROE) awards to recognize the plastic bottle recycling operation for its noteworthy reductions in chemical usage and cost. Clear Path is a joint venture between flooring provider Shaw Industries and DAK Americas, a producer of polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) resin. The GE Water & Process Technologies Ecomagination Leadership award recognizes the achievements of industrial users for striking a positive balance between today’s environmental, industrial and sustainability challenges. It is given to the top GE customers in environmental and economic performance. The GE Water & Process Technologies ROE honors a significant environmental (water, energy, resource) accomplishment.

Global System Integrator Alliance Partner Excellence Awards presented

Schneider Electric announced the winners of its 2017 Global System Integrator Alliance Partner Excellence Awards, designed to recognize SI Alliance partners responsible for the most outstanding growth, technical innovations and great service. The winners of the 2017 Global SI Alliance Partner Excellence Awards include:

  • Business Growth Award: Prime Controls (USA) – Prime Controls
  • Certified Expert of the Year: Maicol de Souza (Brazil) – Maicol de Souza
  • Technical Expertise Award (joint): Supertech Instrumentation Services (India) and Convenient Software Solutions (South Africa) – Supertech Instrumentation Services and Convenient Software Solutions
  • Global M580 Partner of the Year: LLC NexusSystems (Russia) – LLC NexusSystems
  • Global Telemetry Partner of the Year: True North Automation (Canada) – True North Automation
  • Global PES Partner of the Year: Artiflex (South Africa) – Artiflex

Xyntek celebrates 30-year anniversary

Newton, Pennsylvania-based Xyntek celebrated its 30th anniversary serving the Life Sciences industry. Xyntek was founded in 1986 to provide engineering services for automating business critical processes and functions within real-time manufacturing environments and operations. Since then, the company has grown from a small niche integration firm to a global technology enabler in information technology, automation and compliance.

Ethyl, FMC, BASF recognized at ACC Annual Meeting

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) presented its Responsible Care Company of the Year award to three companies – Ethyl Corporation in the small size category, FMC Corporation in the medium size category and BASF Corporation in the large size category. The companies were recognized for outstanding performance and leadership in environmental, health, safety and security performance (EHS&S). To be eligible for the Responsible Care Company of the Year award, companies must demonstrate they have met and surpassed Responsible Care performance criteria, including having a safety performance rating in the top 10 percent of companies in their size category with no significant process incidents in the previous year; obtaining positive performance measures in the areas of transportation safety, process safety and emissions reduction; and demonstrating improvements in EHS&S performance, product stewardship, distribution safety and emergency preparedness.

MRS, TMS announce Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow

The Materials Research Society (MRS)  and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) selected Scott Litzelman, of Booz Allen Hamilton, as the 2017-2018 MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. Litzelman will serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or on a congressional committee. The Congressional Fellowships program brings technical and scientific backgrounds and external perspectives to the decision-making process in Congress.

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SJE-Rhombus receives 2017 ESOP Company of the Year award. Image courtesy of SJE-Rhombus

ESOP Company of the Year presented to SJE-Rhombus

SJE-Rhombus was named the 2017 ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Company of the Year during the annual ESOP Association Conference in Washington, D.C. SJE-Rhombus was one of 18 finalists considered for the award. The company previously was awarded the Silver ESOP Award from The ESOP Association for maintaining its ESOP for at least 25 years.

Danfoss honored for product innovation

Danfoss was voted a Bronze Winner in the Edison Awards, a program that honors innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services. The awards were presented in April in New York City. The Edison Awards are judged by a panel of more than 3,000 business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.

TrendMiner wins Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award

TrendMiner was awarded the Frost & Sullivan Award for Entrepreneurial Company of the Year 2017 for its visionary leadership and focus on innovation in the European predictive analytics market. Each year, Frost & Sullivan looks at the emerging market players in the industry and recognizes their best practices that are positioned for future growth excellence.

Atlas RFID Solutions receives President’s “E” Award for Exports

Atlas RFID Solutions received the President’s “E” Award for Exports from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at a March 22 ceremony in Washington, D.C. The President’s “E” Award for Exports is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive. It is presented to companies that make a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Thirty-two companies and organizations from across the country received the President’s “E” Award this year.

SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to be presented to Dow executive

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Group, will present Dr. Melinda H. Keefe of The Dow Chemical Company  with the 14th annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal. The Gordon E. Moore Medal was established by SCI to recognize early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life. The award will be presented at a luncheon during Innovation Day, hosted jointly by SCI and the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) Sept. 12 at the CHF headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.