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Vertical Lift: The Nucleus of Saving Floor Space


Safety is the overriding focus of the plant, and a fair share of the responsibility for ensuring safety lies in maintaining onsite inventory of parts and tools required for equipment maintenance. The 56,000-ft2 (5200-m2) main warehouse on site currently inventories over 58,000 active SKUs needed for mandatory preventive maintenance work and scheduled shutdown maintenance.
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Renewable Energy Sources Test Limits of Grid Systems

Ken Boyce, Principal Engineer Manager, UL


California and Hawaii are taking advantage of renewable resources, such as sun, wind and water, to power their states. California’s utilities received 20% of their electricity from renewables in 2014, while 21% of Hawaii’s power now comes from clean sources. While they realize the benefits and promise of renewable energy, the surge in solar-equipped homes and other systems are also testing the limits of the power grid. Full Article

Schlumberger Loses $1 Billion in Fourth Quarter

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


The depressed oil market is continuing to take its toll on oil service companies if Schlumberger’s fourth quarter (2015) earnings report is any indication. The company stated that it lost $1 billion on revenue of $7.7 billion during the period. Schlumberger also reported that it trimmed 10,000 jobs as part of its effort to control costs "in anticipation of extended activity weakness in the first half of 2016."
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The Good News and Bad News about Oil Prices

James D. Sawyer, Executive Editor


On Jan. 7 US benchmark crude oil contracts dropped below $34 a barrel, according to the Wall Street Journal, the lowest close in more than a decade. That is at the heart of a classic—and complicated—good news/bad news situation. Full Article

UL Goes Modern

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


How UL, founded in the 19th century, shifted to be a new manufacturing player in the 21st century. Full Article

OMCO Adds Three Roll Forming Lines to Southeast Facility; Triples Workforce at Plant

Press Release - OMCO


OMCO, the largest manufacturer of custom roll formed parts in the United States, has announced the expansion of its Talladega, Alabama, facility. Three new roll forming lines have been installed at the plant, increasing OMCO’s corporate-wide capacity to over 50 active roll forming mills. The facility was acquired along with the purchase of Weaver & Sons, Inc. in August of 2014. Since the acquisition, the plant’s workforce has more than tripled. Full Article

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