Workforce Development

Workforce Development August 1, 1999

Preparing for free agency

Engineers who approach their careers with a most valuable player (MVP) mentality are better prepared to find new jobs if and when downsizing, rightsizing, or headcount-reducing mergers occur. Watch any televised sporting event and the statistics about team and individual performance are mind boggling.

By Dave Harrold
Workforce Development July 1, 1999

Skills assessment aids staff development, deployment

While most manufacturers know the capacities of their equipment, software, and other facilities, many are unaware of the skills employees' possess or the training they need to become more productive. In an increasingly competitive environment, manufacturers must track staffers' abilities just as they assess equipment to operate with greater efficiency.

By Jim Montague
Workforce Development July 1, 1999

Elastomeric keypad

Millville, N.J. —A new membrane switch assembly from Silver Cloud Manufacturing features an elastomeric keypad over the membrane switch for use in dirty environments that need to be continually disinfected or cleaned. It is designed for applications where cutting and polishing of various materials produces a residue that settles over the operator station.

By Staff
Workforce Development May 1, 1999

NTvision camera tracks changes with snapshots

A watched pot never boils, unless it's monitored by a PC-based camera that takes digital snapshots, then compares them to find even tiny changes.Designed to aid domestic and international nuclear safeguarding, NTvision was developed by researchers in the Nonproliferation and International Security Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, N.

By Staff
Workforce Development May 1, 1999

Laser monitors bulk materials

Orlando, Fla.— Monitor fill levels of powder and bulk material or tanks of opaque liquids with LD90-350HiP pulsed laser distance monitor. It has a range of 330 ft (100 m) and has a Class I rating. A narrow measurement beam allows operation in dusty, foggy, or steamy environments. The sensor has both digital and analog outputs.

By Staff
Workforce Development May 1, 1999

Follow nature’s path to a better career

Squirrels, beavers, and geese present some useful career analogies, according to a team builder speaking at the third annual Worldwide Lessons In Leadership Series held Nov. 18, 1998, at the Rosemont Convention Center (Rosemont, Ill.). The 1998 series, World Class: How to Team Up for Success Wherever You Live and Work, focused on diverse ways to use teams.

By Lara Jackson
Workforce Development March 1, 1999

MES Applications Reveal Increased Power

Delta Motors Sees Success with FactorySuite Solution Overview The team developing a Manufacturing Execution System at Delta Motor Corp.'s Corsa manufacturing plant (Struandale, Port Elizabeth, South Africa) chose InTrack from Wonderware (Irvine, Calif.). The team was composed of members from Delta Motors and their integrator, ISIS. Vehicle Tracking System (VTS) is first implementation of InTrack manufacturing execution system in the country. Objective The overall goal of the project was to increase productivity and reduce costs by implementing planning and line optimization on the factory floor. System requirements included: Supply accurate and timely information to all relevant areas of the company's business; Bring about common practices in all plants; Provide real time integrated information with as little human intervention and paperwork as possible; Provide a scaleable system as a foundation for future changes; and Be based upon a commercially available package(s) to reduce development time and costs InTrack from Wonderware was chosen for the factory floor and MES portion while SAP's (Waldorf, Germany) R/2 enterprise resource planning software was chosen for the business system. System Overview Dealer orders for Corsa vehicles input to the Vehicle Distribution System (VDS) on a central mainframe computer with R/2 software located at headquarters about 6 km from the factory.

By Gary Mintchell, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Workforce Development March 1, 1999

Intel, Analog Devices launch joint DSP development

Intel Corp. and Analog Devices Inc. (ADI, Norwood, Mass.) reported Feb. 3 they'll jointly design a digital signal processing (DSP) core architecture. This fixed-point, low-power DSP core will process video, images, voice, and data in emerging embedded communications and Internet appliances.

By Staff
Workforce Development March 1, 1999

Growing ARC renamed ARC Advisory Group

Expanding demand for automation and enterprise analyses in 1998 spurred Automation Research Corp. to add 45% more staff; establish a global presence with new U.S. and international offices; and even change its name Feb. 5 to ARC Advisory Group to reflect its increasingly diverse research and services.

By Staff
Workforce Development March 1, 1999

Comparing enclosure standards

As a way of standardizing enclosure performance, organizations like NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association), UL (Underwriters Laboratories), CSA (Canadian Standards Association), IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), VDE (Institute of German Electronics Engineers), and TÜV Rheinland of North America use rating systems to identify an enclosure's ability to resi...

By Dave Harrold, Senior Editor