Archive for August 16th, 2013

As advanced technologies command more skilled engineers in the manufacturing space, companies are finding a shortage of talent. Recruiting the best engineers is often a matter of having a fundamental hiring strategy in place, and two professional engineering recruiters shared their insights with IMT Career Journal on how this can be done most effectively.
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In this week’s episode of This Week in Engineering, hosts Dan Hedges and Vince Penman talk about hacking cars, a sling-inspired space railroad, laser space communication, the quantum enigma machine, smart scalpels, and exploding baseball bats. Read more


GM recycles Chevy Volt battery boxes into wildlife nesting habitats. Credit: GM.

Most people do not realize the sea of change that has occurred at companies like General Motors (GM) when it comes to dealing with waste. The automotive giant has been quietly developing extensive strategies for utilizing materials they once had to pay to dispose of, emulating what Cradle to Cradle authors Michael Braungart and William McDonough talk about when they say, “waste equals food.” This is the way it works in nature. Leaves fall from trees in the forest providing food for soil organisms and insects, which in turn provide food for the trees as well as many other creatures.

As an example, GM’s plant in Rayong, Thailand, along with its plant in Talegaon, India, swapped wood pallets for reusable, recycled plastic containers that weigh less and cost less. The two facilities reduced wood pallet waste by a combined 146 tons last year, a success that now has GM’s North American operations researching the use of these plastic containers in their operations. Read more

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