Manufacturing Sustainability: Green Manufacturing News


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Caterpillar Releases 2008 Sustainability Report

posted April 28, 2009
Caterpillar recently released its 2008 Sustainability Reports, titled "Big Picture," to accompany its annual report, titled "Big Challenge." The 2008 sustainability report includes detailed performance information and data and highlights specific projects that support Caterpillar's sustainable development efforts across the corporation.Read more

Grainger Helps Businesses Reduce Environmental Impact

posted April 16, 2009
Grainger's website provides green solutions for industrial operationsIn celebration of Earth Day, Grainger, a leading distributor of facilities maintenance supplies, will host "green" educational events in 25 markets across the country focused on helping businesses and institutions garner the knowledge and tools needed to maintain and operate more sustainable and energy-efficient facilities. In addition, Grainger announced the launch of an online green product catalog that provides customers easy access to more than 3,300 environmentally responsible products.Read more

National Instruments Hosts Green Engineering Virtual Event Series

posted April 14, 2009
National Instruments announced the Green Engineering Virtual Event Series, an offering of five live webcasts that provide engineers and scientists information on how to use the most current measurement and control tools and techniques to design, develop and improve technologies that result in environmental and economic benefits. The free Green Engineering Virtual Event Series will be hosted live on ni.com during Earth Week, April 20-24, from noon to 1:00 p.m. CDT, and will cover a different green engineering topic every day. An NI technical expert will present each webcast, focusing on real-world application examples and hardware and software demonstrations.Read more

Alternative and Renewable Energy Focus at EASTEC

posted April 14, 2009
For years, manufacturers in the Northeast got chills when the word energy was mentioned. Today, due to the relatively high cost of energy in the region, the Northeast is poised to become the hotbed of alternative and renewable energy technologies and resources. EASTEC, the largest manufacturing event on the East Coast, will introduce the potential of this exciting trend though its Alternative and Renewable Energy Resource Center run in partnership with the Regional Technology Corporation.Read more

Glow in the Dark Exit Signs Require Zero Energy, Zero Maintenance

posted April 12, 2009
Jessup Manufacturing Company has introduced a new product brochure outlining the features and benefits of the company's full line of award-winning Glo Brite Eco Exit signs. These signs consume no energy and need no maintenance, reducing costs and the carbon footprint for building owners.
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EE Global to Feature New Studies on Energy Efficiency

posted April 12, 2009
The organizers of EE Global have announce two new studies that will be presented at the 2009 event—"Averting the Next Energy Crisis: The Demand Challenge" by the McKinsey Global Institute and McKinsey’s global energy and materials practice, and Cambridge Energy Research Associates’ "(CERA) Strategies for a Lean-Europe: Meeting the Energy Efficiency Challenge"—are poised to help leaders navigate a new wave of global energy efficiency deployment.
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FM Facility Maintenance Partners with BroadStar Wind Systems

posted April 12, 2009
AeroCam turbines can be placed atop commercial buildings to generate electricity in urban settings.FM Facility Maintenance has made a major investment with wind turbine producer BroadStar Wind Systems of Dallas, in a strategic partnership to install energy efficient, building-mounted AeroCam wind turbines for major customer facilities. BroadStar designs and develops commercially viable wind-generated energy systems. The new program features BroadStar's patented AeroCam turbine, which uses a horizontal orientation to capture wind energy and generate power more efficiently, in a smaller footprint, than existing, comparable-sized turbines. The design is particularly well suited to rooftop locations of major retailers and multi-location customers, which are already serviced by FM Facility Maintenance (FM).Read more

Casella TUFF Air Sampling Pumps Designed for Harsh Environments

posted April 07, 2009
Casella TUFF Air Sampling Pumps for harsh environmentsWorking in harsh environments can expose employees to dangerous airborne particulates, such as lead, mold or asbestos. To combat this serious health issue, Casella USA introduced its TUFF line of personal air sampling pumps featuring a sealed case with rubber over-molding that protects internal electronics from damaging moisture, extreme temperatures, solvents, and impact.Read more

Ball Corporation Receives Sustainability Reporting Award

posted April 07, 2009
Ball Corp. Chairman, President and CEO R. David HooverCeres and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) have selected Ball Corporation as a co-winner for the Best First Time Reporter Award for sustainability reporting in the 2009 Ceres-ACCA North American Sustainability Awards. Ball is the first packaging and first aerospace company to receive this distinction.
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Competitive Manufacturing Toolkit Introduced at WESTEC

posted April 07, 2009
Manufacturers struggling through this economy got a glimmer of hope today when the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the National Institute of Standards & Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP) announced a new Competitive Manufacturing Toolkit at the annual WESTEC Advanced Productivity Exposition at the Los Angeles Convention Center.Read more

ECOsine Active Harmonics Filters Improve Power Quality, Reduce Downtime

posted April 06, 2009
ECOsine Active Harmonics Filters from SchaffnerSchaffner has introduced its digital ECOsine Active Harmonics Filters that provide real-time mitigation of harmonics and immediate compensation for voltage dips and reactive power surges. ECOsine Active filters continuously measure and analyze disturbances in the power network and provide an exactly opposite compensation current. In doing so, the filters actively adapt to changing network topologies and respond in less than half a millisecond, before damage from the disturbances can occur.Read more

International Organizations Cooperate on Energy Efficiency

posted April 06, 2009
Cooperation on International Standards to promote energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions was the focus of a March 2009 workshop in Paris, France, which brought together 290 experts from the public and private sector. The workshop was jointly organized by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).Read more

Energy Saving Partnership Helps West Virginia Manufacturers

posted April 06, 2009
Energy Automation Systems, Inc. (EASI) and the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WVMEP) have forged a partnership that will lower the consumption and costs associated with electrical energy usage for manufacturing and industrial companies throughout West Virginia. This partnership will help companies cut operating costs by offering EASI's engineered systems to West Virginia businesses to reduce their electrical system waste and increase their power quality. Business will be able to retain these costs savings as profit, to reinvest or to offset sales losses due to the economic downturn.Read more