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J-tec Industries Inc. designs and manufactures the patented CarryMore® Tugger Cart System to deliver materials to manufacturing work and assembly stations in factories and reduce or eliminate the use of forklifts.

By Russ Gager

Lean manufacturing methods have proven effective in speeding factory production, but sometimes they require specialized material-handling equipment to realize their full potential. This is the specialty of J-tec Industries Inc., which can custom-design carts that can be pulled in a train, turn in tight spaces and mate with auxiliary carriers handling specialized equipment.

J-tec Industries’ flagship product is the patented CarryMore® Tugger Cart System. With the mother cart moving the weight and the daughter cart carrying the parts, the carts’ tandem “mother/daughter” design reduces costs and improves delivery times to production lines.

“It is unique in the simplicity, functionality, maintenance and operation of the system itself,” co-owner and President Jon Peterson says. “That is what our customers say they like the most when it comes to the product and the way they use it.”

In October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed changes to its regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regarding the export and import for recovery operations of hazardous wastes from and into the United States.

EPA’s regulations regarding the transboundary shipment of hazardous waste are found at 40 C.F.R. Part 262, Subparts E, F and H. Part 262, Subpart E applies to exporters of hazardous waste and is designed to ensure that hazardous waste is not exported to a foreign country without that country’s prior consent. Part 262, Subpart F contains the regulations that apply to importers of hazardous waste. Part 262, Subpart H contains the regulations implementing the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Decision Concerning the Control of Transfrontier Movements of Wastes Destined for Recovery Operations. The proposal would modify the requirements under Subpart H and expand the jurisdictional scope of the Subpart to include shipments now subject to Subparts E and F.

According to recent research by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and environmental nonprofit As You Sow, large brands waste $11.4 billion every year because of poor packaging policies.

Although it is easy to point the finger at large corporations that use more resources, companies of all sizes must do a better job of managing the way that they approach environmental and sustainable packaging policies. Not only will creating or improving your sustainability agenda better the environment, it will help your brand and its bottom line in the long run.

This year marked the 30th anniversary for the Women in Aerospace (WIA) organization, which works to expand women’s opportunities for leadership in aerospace, as well as to increase their visibility in 

As in the manufacturing industry as a whole, women’s presence in aerospace continues to grow, and is bolstered by the fact that many organizations continue to recognize the extensive talents of women in the industry. 

First up, in late October, WIA recognized Ball Aerospace & Technologies Program Manager Lisa Hardaway, Ph.D., with the Leadership Award for Outstanding Dedication to Space Exploration. Hardaway joined Ball Aerospace in 1995 and was most recently the program manager for Ball’s Ralph imaging instrument that flew aboard NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, returning the closest images ever seen of the dwarf planet on July 14. She  also has a long relationship with the Hubble Space Telescope, having worked on three Ball-built instruments. In addition, Hardaway was part of Ball’s Deep Impact mission and worked on the company’s star tracker program.

Recognizing the skills of veterans, especially as related to many industrial sectors, many manufacturers are stepping up their efforts to hire veterans. UTC Aerospace Systems is proud to support the nation’s veterans with the donation of $100,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) through its ISR & Space Systems business.

This is the sixth-consecutive year that Charlotte, N.C.-based UTC Aerospace Systems has supported Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. 

L’Oreal USA takes pride in honoring female scientists at critical stages of their careers, and with the 2015 For Women in Science Fellowship, the company provided $60,000 fellowships to advance recipients’ postdoctoral research.

Celebrating its 12th year in the United States, the L’Oreal For Women in Science program has awarded 60 postdoctoral women scientists nearly $3 million in grants. The 2015 fellows exemplify the range of research women in STEM are pursuing: 

Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the nation’s largest network, is investing more than $100,000 in Indiana students to drive engagement and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with many of its grants serving underserved youth.

The foundation has established programs that enable students to explore in STEM in new ways, increase teachers’ efficiency in integrating technology into the classroom and create more personalized learning environments to help students succeed.

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) are working together to foster innovation in the Canadian province’s growing agri-based industrial bioproducts sector.

Through the $3 million Agri-Based Industrial Bioproducts (ABIB) R&D Challenge launched in November, OCE and AAC will partner with the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), academia and the bioproducts industry to fund approximately 10 projects. The program encourages for-profit businesses with innovative industrial bioproduct ideas to collaborate with academic research institutions to foster innovation and drive commercialization.

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