Reducing Parts Costs as Production Scales Up

When OEMs outsource component parts manufacturing, the type of fabrication, stamping or machining technique utilized is often a major factor in the final, per-piece cost. However, the initial volumes required may also dictate the metalworking technique or process selected, particularly for new products just beginning to find a market. While certain complex metal parts can […]

State Department Plans to Save Near Island Bridge From Rust

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) _ The Alaska Department of Transportation said it has plans in spring 2019 to stop the Near Island Bridge from rusting away. The state department revealed its plan Tuesday, saying repairs are necessary to reduce current maintenance efforts and preserve the service life of the bridge, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported . […]

Underwater Video Shows Marine Life Growing at Wind Farm

By Philip Marcelo BOSTON (AP) — Offshore wind proponents are touting new undersea footage that suggests a vibrant marine habitat is growing around the nation’s first offshore wind farm — a five-turbine operation off Rhode Island’s waters. The American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade group, says the roughly two-minute clip it posted on YouTube […]

Worst-Hit Reactor at Fukushima May Be Easiest to Clean Up*

By Mari Yamaguchi OKUMA, Japan (AP) — High atop Fukushima’s most damaged nuclear reactor, the final pieces of a jelly-roll shaped cover are being put in place to seal in highly radioactive dust. Blown apart by a hydrogen explosion in 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, reactor Unit 3 is […]

Expanded Voting, Clean Energy Ballot Drives Get Initial OK

By David Eggert LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Groups wanting to expand access to voting and boost Michigan’s renewable energy requirement will quickly begin gathering signatures for 2018 ballot drives after receiving initial approval from the state elections board Feb. 13. The Board of State Canvassers approved the form of petitions submitted by Promote the Vote, […]