OEM News 08/21/2008

August 21, 2008

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Articles

GM To Put 1.2 Megawatt Solar Installation On Roof of Baltimore Plant
General Motors is planning to put a a 1.2 megawatt solar power installation onthe roof of its transmission assembly plant in White Marsh, Maryland.
The installation will generate about 1.4 million kWh of clean renewable solar energy, which is equivalent to the demand of about 140-150 U.S. households with an average annual consumption of 10,000 kWh. Additionally, the installation will enable GM to displace about 20 percent of the plant’s current power purchased from the local utility with a renewable energy resource, while reducing the plant’s utility bill. Read More

General Dynamics To Acquire Jet Aviation for $2.25 Billion
General Dynamics and Dreamliner Lux S.a.r.l., a company controlled by the Permira Funds, have entered into a definitive agreement for General Dynamics to acquire Zurich, Switzerland-based Jet Aviation for CHF 2.45 billion (approximately $2.25 billion) in cash Read More

General Dynamics Gets Contract For Stryker Mobile Gun Systems
The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, a contract for the production of 62 Stryker Mobile Gun System (MGS) variant vehicles. The contract has a total potential value of $326.5 million including initial funding of $145 million. Read More

Lockheed Martin Gets $8.9 Million Thermal Camera Contract
ORLANDO, FL, August 19, 2008 -- Lockheed Martin has received an $8.9 million production order for 150 Integrated Dewar Cooler Assembly thermal cameras from Gyrocam Systems. This initial order, the first of 500 projected systems under the U.S. Army contract, was awarded to Lockheed Martin's Santa Barbara Focalplane (SBF) production operations Read More

Boeing and Seal Dynamics Sign Contract For Supply Chain
Boeing and Seal Dynamics, an integrated provider of engineering and logistics solutions serving the industrial and airline industries, have signed an agreement that will help airlines significantly reduce their maintenance costs. Read More


Events

Tool Shop Optimization:
Concurrent Engineering for Today's Machine Shop


Live Webinar: August 27, 2008 @ 2:00 pm ET

Applying concurrent engineering processes to design and manufacturing can help toolmakers increase productivity and shorten product delivery times—improving responsiveness to customers and your company's bottom-line results.

How can you make concurrent engineering a success at your machine shop?

Attend this free on-line seminar and learn:
  • What is Concurrent Engineering?
  • What is it NOT?
  • How to make Concurrent Engineering the KEY to improving your delivery times
Register now for this informative live webinar
Sponsored by: Cimatron Group



Now Available On Demand

5 Key Strategies For Reduced Cost and Increased Profitability
Striving to reduce costs and increase profitability while remaining competitive is no easy task.

Epicor Manufacturing talks about ways to plan, schedule, execute and monitor your manufacturing operations – from raw materials to final product – to develop your highest level of flexibility and agility, and to make your operations more competitive.

Watch Now!
Sponsored by: EPICOR


Benchmarking at IMTS
American Machinist conducted its third annual Benchmark Survey of American Machine Shops between February and April of this year.

American Machinist, reviews the results of this third annual survey, and talks about what the data means and how shops can use the data to make plans for this year's IMTS.

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Workshop


The only workshop that focuses on the business side of running a machine shop.

The 2008 Machine Shop Workshop is an intensive 2-day event featuring peer presentations, best-practices and an emphasis on solving your real-world problems.

Your registration includes:
  • Tickets to the "Best Machine Shops" award banquet
  • A free copy of the new "Benchmarks for Machine Shops" handbook
  • Plus breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets.
By registering now, you'll also save $100!

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Announcements

American Machinist Launches New Internet Forum
The American Machinist Forum is a place to share thoughts, ideas and best practices for machine shops.

The focus is on making machine shops competitive, efficient and flexible enough to compete in a global environment. You'll find discussion about manpower, use of automation and technology, creative uses of machine tools and a whole lot more. So sign up now and jump in. Click Here


AM Machine Tool Theater


New Machine Tool Theater
American Machinist announces launch of Machine Tool Theater. Watch videos about machining and machining equipment. You'll see faster, more precise machines; cutting tools to process virtually any material; finishing technologies; automation systems; quality instruments and manufacturing software. You'll see how to reduce cycle times and increase productivity. Watch Videos Now




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