Monthly Archives: March 2018

Futurecom Team’s Got Talent!

When he’s not working, Futurecom engineering team member Milos Rankovic enjoys his favorite hobby of woodworking. Milos is always looking for a new project and came up with an idea for a new sign for the front lobby at Futurecom. Not only is the sign beautiful, it is made using reclaimed wood from pallets at work and a few LED lights.
FTC 2018 New sign for lobby
Thanks, Milos, for your hard work on this beautiful sign!
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Tyler Coupling Team Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Millions of people around the world donned their best green attire on March 17th to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Did you know that the first ever St. Patrick’s Day parade was actually held in New York in 1762.  Today it is the largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Tyler Coupling in Marshfield, Missouri celebrated this year by serving team members green popcorn and punch.  Team members were hoping to get a little luck of the Irish.

TPM 2018 St. Patricks Day Celebration

Pictured R-L top to bottom: David Knight, Ronnie Devault and Melody Krueger

MIPL Celebrates National Safety Week

McWane India Private Limited (MIPL) valve and hydrant, machine tooling and Time Square teams located in Coimbatore, India celebrated National Safety Week on March 5-12, 2018.  They kicked off the event with a safety flag raising led by MIPL Senior Vice President K. Shanmugham on March 5.

Several activities were planned for the week including special speeches by managers and shop floor team members on the importance of National Safety Week. During the week they held safety themed demonstrations, a vehicle emissions camp, safety training, and knowledge sharing with other industries. A total of 45 vehicles were tested at the Time Square location to insure they met the required environmental standards and an eye camp was conducted for 180 team members.

Team members competed for prizes for the best safety slogan and safety demonstration and best safety photo and drawing. Team members not only enjoyed themselves, but they learned lots of safety tips during the weeklong event.

MIPL 2018 National Safety Week

Tyler Coupling Holds Annual CPR/AED Training

Did you know that every year over 300,000 Americans die from heart disease and half of these victims die suddenly due to cardiac arrest?  The American Heart Association reports that victims suffering from cardiac arrest have a few short minutes before brain damage, organ damage or even death occurs.  Rescue breathing coupled with chest compressions, known as CPR, buys the victim the time that may be required to save their life.

Every year, Tyler Coupling in Marshfield, Missouri holds CPR/AED training for team members interested in becoming CPR certified or getting recertified.  As part of this training, team members participated in demonstrations on the proper way to respond during a cardiac arrest.  This year General Manager Bill Hoffman (pictured here) played the part of the heart attack victim.

If you haven’t participated in a CPR training class, consider it.  You may find yourself in a position to save someone’s life.

TPM 2018 CPR Training

Join Us in Celebrating World Water Day!

Every year, March 22 is dedicated to focusing attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme is “Nature for Water,” and explores nature-based solutions to water challenges we face in the 21st century.

McWane, Inc. is proud of the role our safe, strong and sustainable products play in bringing water to the world.

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Clow Hydrant at Presidio in San Francisco

AB&I retired Shipping Supervisor David Janney and his wife spotted this Clow hydrant at the Presidio overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. He and his wife live close by and enjoy the beautiful view from this spot.

Although David is officially retired, he does stop by AB&I from time to time to help out and visit with old friends.

Product Presidio San Francisco, CA collage

Futurecom Promotes Latest Feature Enhancements

The Futurecom sales team was recently in Orlando, Florida for two industry trade shows.

The first show was the Motorola Channel Partner Expo (CPE) held at Rosen Shingle Creek. The second show was the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) held at the Orange County Convention Center.

Futurecom announced the latest feature enhancements in Release 3 of the PDR8000 – Portable Digital Repeater. The PDR8000 will now come standard with a local user interface, allowing local channel change operation. Futurecom was also part of a panel discussion on deployable wireless solutions.

Futurecom 2018 Sales Team

Manchester Tank Quincy Celebrates 2017 Safety Record

The Manchester Tank team in Quincy, Illinois ended 2017 with a 2.16 total recordable injury rate and to thank team members for their commitment to working safe every day they recently held a ribeye steak cookout complete with twice baked cheesy potatoes, green beans, roll with tea and lemonade topped off with a Manchester Tank sheet cake. The cookout was catered by the local Hy-Vee Supermarket and team members really enjoyed the lunch.

During the lunch, they reminded team members to follow the job safety analysis (JSA) for every job they perform and the importance of looking for and correcting any hazards in their work area and keeping an eye out for unsafe behaviors.  By following these guidelines, they can have an even better 2018.

MTQ 2018 Safety celebration

2017 McWane Injury/Illness Quartile Club Winners

Clow Valve Company was proud to join M&H Valve Company, Tyler/Union, Division of McWane, Inc and McWane Ductile New Jersey as a member of the 2017 McWane Injury/Illness Quartile Club.

To be a member of the Quartile Club, a facility must have a total recordable injury rate (TRIR) at or below the 1st quartile rates for their industry as provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Congratulations to the entire Clow Valve team for their on-going commitment to working safely each and every day!

(Pictured front to back, L-R: Juana Plum, Mitzi, Fisch, Tony Engle, Maureen Kamphaus, Kelli Harbison, Brian Box, Matt Anderson, Andy Holmberg, Dave Anderson, James Banicky and Mark Willett)

Clow Valve Quartile Club

AB&I Hosts Tour for Stanford Professor and Graduate Students

On Monday, February 26th, Dave Beach, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University along with Anna Olson and Russell Field (graduate students) visited AB&I to learn more about the foundry.  They run a small sand casting foundry Stanford Product Realization Lab and want to get to know ABI with an eye towards bringing small groups of students in conjunction with two courses that will be taught this spring and fall to AB&I.

 

ABI 2018 Stanford Visit

 They were surprised to discover that Professor Beach’s daughter had toured AB&I about 30 years ago while she was studying at Stanford.  Professor Beach had the following comments about the tour:

“On behalf of Anna, Russell, and myself, thank you very much for the wonderful tour of AB&I you led Monday morning.  As a professor at Stanford University I am frequently amazed at how much our students learn when visiting manufacturing sites in the Bay Area.  It makes our efforts in 110-minute lectures and 4-hour laboratories pale.  Your tour was very generous and worth a tremendous amount in tuition value to our students.

AB&I’s energy and innovation regarding environmental quality are awesome, your attention to sand and metal quality, your ability to automate high volume processes, and your enthusiasm to share these initiatives with us are wonderful.

Relative to the automation of AB&I’s highest volume products, I will always remember you saying, if you have to pick it up you just lost money.  The idea of gates that snap off without the need for secondary processing is new to me and impressive.  I will carry a mental picture of the mountains of scrap iron which are your sole metal input.  Visually striking and environmentally wonderful! 

I believe that manufacturing is essential to strong communities.  AB&I is heroic in that regard!”