Every manufacturing (or heat treat) plant has raw materials that come into the receiving dock and finished products that are sent out from the shipping dock. Between the receiving and shipping docks, transformation occurs. Transformation adds value to the materials in a step-by-step process, and energy is required. Evaluating the process transformation steps and energy inputs provides clues about where to look for energy savings.
Manufacturers of all types account for approximately one-third of GDP and national employment. For every employee in the industrial base, four others are employed elsewhere based on that manufacturing output.
Just how clear is your crystal ball? Over the past two years, The Doctor has had the good fortune of interacting with a large number of industrial clients and industry professionals from all over the globe.
Caterpillar will open a casting facility in Greenwood County, S.C., in early 2019. The $13.5 million investment is expected to create 85 new jobs. The 103,000-square-foot facility will produce specialty castings used in a variety of engines and transmissions within the Caterpillar product line. It will also supplement the production of existing castings elsewhere in the Caterpillar production network.
HarbisonWalker International (HWI) celebrated the grand opening of its newly constructed monolithic refractories manufacturing plant in South Point, Ohio. HWI announced in February 2017 that it would invest $30 million to build a technologically advanced refractories plant. Ground was broken for the facility on June 8, 2017, and the plant began shipping products in spring 2018. The plant features state-of-the-art processes and technology and utilizes lean-manufacturing techniques throughout its operations to maximize material flow efficiency and production.
When my grandson was not admitted to several colleges this spring, I started wondering why, after all the wonderful awards and accolades he had received from the public school he attended. Then I reread “The Conspiracy of Ignorance: The Failure of American Public Schools.”
Check out the April 2019 issue of Industrial Heating, which features our cover story on 10 steps to saving energy, regenerative thermal oxidizers, "The Ups and Downs of the Worldwide Graphite Electrode Market", and much more.