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Reel Adventures June Fishing Report

first_imgReel Adventures Fishing Report for June 2010Kootenay LakeFishing in Kootenay Lake comes down to one word, “unbelievable.”What can I say?My favorite month for fishing has always been May, however things seem to be a month behind this year. There is one good thing about our dreary spring weather, it has kept the fishing going very well.May saw some great days of fishing. With many days of 10 – 15 fish, it was an exciting month. But now, the water has finally hit the optimum temperature and the fish are very aggressive.  The fights have been spectacular.  Sometimes a fish will take up to 400-foot of line on a lively run with lots of acrobatic jumps and lengthy battles. It’s definitely an exciting time of year.Rainbows up to 23 pounds and Dollies up to 15 pounds have been caught lately.The high water has caused a few problems out there though with lots of debris on the surface.  Logs and sticks and grass make it difficult to fish in certain areas.  But, patience will definitely pay off.  If you can keep the debris off your line, you should be able to get into a few fish.In our last week of fishing, we landed many fish in the 12 – 18 pound range.  Some days there’s up to 15 fish and some days with only five or six.  But it’s definitely the time to be out there.Recently we started the day around 8:30 a.m.  I had all the lines in the water by about 8:45 a.m. and at 9:05 a.m, ‘Fish on!’Jason grabbed the rod and the line started screaming.  Looking back about 400-foot from the boat I could see this giant fish jumping madly.  Definitely not happy about being hooked.  While Jay was fighting his fish, another reel started screaming . . . yep, another fish on.  It’s called a double header.  Greg grabs that rod and begins his battle. Luckily both fish are co-operating and the lines aren’t getting tangled.After about 15 minutes of battling his fish, Jay finally landed a beautiful 18 pounds Rainbow.  No time to celebrate though, Greg is getting his fish close to the boat.So, quick photo of the big one and back in the water it goes.I’m just about to net Greg’s fish when another rod starts to scream.  Unbelievable.Three fish on in a matter of 10 minutes.  Jason is fighting his second fish of the day already. Greg finally gets his fish nearby and I slip the net under this nice slab, a 12 pound Rainbow.  Nice colors too.  Looks like this fish must have spawned last month, but recovered quite nicely.  A few photo’s and back in the lake she goes.Another minute or two goes by and Jason is ready to land his second fish, a beautiful 14 pound Rainbow.  It’s hard to believe.  I rarely get a double header, let alone a triple-header.  And even more rarely do we end up landing all of the fish. But today luck was in our favor.  We get a few photos of this great fish and get it back in the water.What a start to the day. It’s been less than an hour and we have already landed three big fish.  That’s a tough act to follow, but we’re going to keep fishing anyway.Lines back in the water and carry on.  We only went for about an hour before the line starts singing again with another great Rainbow.  A few jumps in the water and out the hook comes.  Oh well, we were due to lose a fish.  An hour later we get another fish on.  This time a bright silver five pound Rainbow.  Back it goes and we continue fishing.In the next few hours of fishing, we manage to land three or four smaller fish and lose a couple also.  Just before we head in, the line starts peeling off. After a few long runs and a couple of jumps, this fish is tired out and ready to land.  A nice 12 pound Rainbow to end the day.Not bad for a short day of fishing. It’s been a fun month of fishing so far. The fish are so energetic. I sometimes worry when I see the line screaming off the reel. Wondering if the fish doesn’t slow down, are we going to run out of line. Well, it hasn’t happened yet, but it’s definitely nerve racking.If you haven’t had the chance to get out yet, now is the time.  Some of the most exciting battles I’ve seen have been the past few weeks. So, hey everyone, let’s get out there.NOTE: Watch for debris at this time of year.  Most of the time it seems to pile up in certain areas.  So, if you pay attention, you should be able to steer clear of it.  It’s definitely worth getting out though. What are they biting on?Surface, surface, surface.  The Kokanee have been schooling up near the surface, so the big fish have been spending a lot of time near the top also.  So, concentrate on the surface.Bucktail flies have been the ticket for me.  The usual black and whites and grey and whites have been working great.  But remember, you do have to experiment in different conditions.  If it’s cloudy or overcast, stick to the darker colors.  But if the sun comes out, try using some brighter colors.  Greens have been working well on the brighter days.  Some of the most common flies used lately are:  # 211, 214, 215, and 228.My favorite plug has produced some giant fish lately also.  Lyman #16 has been good to me.  Landed a couple 18 pounders on it last week.  Also working well are the #24, 55, and 135.Gerrard Rainbows had a record year spawning !!The numbers were even higher than last year.  With a peak of 980 fish up there on one day, this has officially been the biggest run ever.  Over the period of the spawn, a total of between 2500 – 3000 fish made their way up to the grounds.  It looks like we have a great future to look forward to.Kootenay Lake ProjectsB.C. Hydro and FWCP is continuing the Kootenay Lake Creel Census.  You may have noticed on certain days there are people waiting at the dock or boat launch when you get in.Also if you notice a low flying airplane, don’t be alarmed.  They are just counting boats. They are collecting information on size of fish being caught, catch rates,and the amount of time that anglers are spending on Kootenay Lake.  This information will help with management of our resources.  So, if you see them on the dock, feel free to share some information.  Samples of your catch are also appreciated. ( scale samples, size and weight of fish).Also, still going on is our tagging program.  Keep your eyes open for any tagged fish.  Some of these fish have a reward tag attached to the dorsal.  If you catch a tagged fish you can cut the tag off to claim your reward.  You may then release the fish or choose to keep it.  But, either way if you can get length and weight of the fish, that will help us determine how well the fish are growing and how healthy our population is.  It’s an exciting time of year.So, let’s get out there.Tight lines………..Kerry Reed is the owner/operator of Reel Adventures Charters and writes a fishing report for media outlets in the region. He can be reached at 250-505-4963 or www.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more


August 3, 2020 0

Leaf rally twice but Fordy sends fans home disappointed after Princeton nips Nelson 5-4 in overtime

first_imgKeenan Fordy scored at the 3:16 mark of the second overtime period lifting Princeton Posse to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League win over the Nelson Leafs Friday at the NDCC Arena.The win allowed the Posse to sweep the season series 2-0.Twice Nelson rallied from deficits, including a 4-3 deficit with Nick Newman scoring in the final seconds of the third period to force overtime.Devon Grossler, Alex Demchuk, Jaden Jazen and Brendan Colter also scored for the Posse.Walker Sidoni, Colton Mamlsten and Matthew Naka replied for Nelson, which out shot the visitors 35-24.Sky Buller was outstanding between the pipes for Princton to out duel Nelson netminder Andrew Walton.The loss drops the Leaf to 4-5-0-1 in its last 10 games and makes the climb to the Murdoch Division title even more of a grind as Nelson trails leading Beaver Valley by 14 points.The Leafs return to the NDCC Arena tonight to face the lowly Grand Forks Border Bruins.The Castlegar Rebels pasted the Bruins 10-0 Friday in the Boundary City to run the Grand Forks record to 1-35.Kody Disher and Anthony Delong each had four points and Conner Beauchamp registered the goose egg in goal to lead the Rebels, which pulled to within two points of idle Beaver Valley.Game time at the NDCC Arena is 7 [email protected]last_img read more


August 3, 2020 0

Community News: Dunkineely launch local ‘Hear 4 U’ initiative

first_imgDunkineely Community News: Naomh UltanThe minor team put in a tremendous effort before losing narrowly to Glenfin in the county semi – final played in Glenties. The U-13 team lost their semi-final to St Nauls. The club extend sympathy to the family of Hugh Sweeney who died recently in Waterford.Hugh was a native of croagh and played football for Donegal at junior and senior level. Ar Dheis De Go raibh  Nanam.There was no winner of the royal Flush Jackpot Numbers drawn were 16, 17, 20, 22 Consolation prizes went to Billy Floyd, Olga Cassidy, And Angela Lowther,  Jackpot next week €1,840 last week’s consolation winners were Stella Lowley, Patrick Dourd and Bridgett Gallagher, Thank you for your support.The Club’s 25 card Drive resumes for the winter months on Wednesday 5th October, in Mary Murrin’s at 9:00pm. Everybody’s welcome. Bingo in clubhouse every Friday at 9:00pmClassesCrochet classes in Inver community centre commencing on Monday 3rd October 7:30pm – 9:30pm.Patch work classes Commencing the 28th September in Inver Community Centre From 7:30pm- 9:30pm.Certificate in Marine Tourism and Seafood Fundamentals LYIT’s School of Tourism, Killybegs is running a 13 weeks from September to December 2016. Further information about the course is available by contacting Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin, [email protected] or (074) 9186603O’Donnell School of MusicWe are fortunate to have some excellent musicians living in our community, and we are also fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from these talented individuals. Music Lessons are held in the Dunkineely Community Ltd Office building on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week from 3:30 to 9:00pm. For further information please contact (087) 9644019.Traditional Music McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely has a traditional music session every Wednesday evening at 9:30pm. All musicians and singers welcome.Methodist Sunday ServicesArdara 12:00pm. Dunkineely 10:30pm.Youth Events in Methodist Hall, DunkineelyAnchor Boys Fri nights 6:45 – 8:00pm (4 – 8yr olds)Boys Brigade Fri nights 8:00 – 9:30pmBadminton Mondays nights3rd-5th class 6:30- 7:306th – secondary 7:30- 8:30Badminton for adults from 8.30 to late.President of the Methodist Church will be visiting Ardara Methodist Church onthe 6th Nov at 7pm, service and tea afterwards.Tom Team will be coming to town from the 11th – 13th Nov. Watch this space.Recovery from Emotional DistressGROW – (Gradually, Regaining, Our, Wellbeing) Support and a program for recovery. Weekly Meetings at Niall Mór Centre, Killybegs on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. Also in the Day Hospital, adjacent to Donegal Hospital on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm. For further information contact Marian on (086)7856912. All are welcome.Hear 4 UIs a local listening service where any problem can be discussed, over the phone or face to face, 10:30am to 1:30pm. For more information, to make an appointment, or to chat, call 087 3488192.SITT Extended Rural Transport.Bus between Donegal Town and Glencolmcille, serving all towns in between; now running six days a week. For more info contact 074 9741644 or [email protected] Community Limited (DCL)The DCL office is open from 9:00-1:00 Monday to Thursday 9:00-12:30 Friday. Feel free to call into the office for a chat, use the Internet (20c per half hour), print or photocopy documents (20c per page) or borrow a book. We also have several rooms to hire for meetings by the hour or session at very reasonable rates.Apply now while place’s are still available.Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Art Course,  Basic Car Mechanicing/ Servicing, Calligraphy, Carpentry, Change Makers, card making/ jewellery making, Complementary First Aid/Homeopathy, Creative Writing, Creel Making, Defibrillator, Family History, Getting the most out of your Smart Phone, Interior Design, Introduction to Computers, Make-up Artistry, More computer skills for beginners, Nature Talks (geology, botany, birds, seashore), Night-time Photography, On-line shopping/banking/EBay/PayPal/Internet Security, Photoshop, Pilates, Upcycling and Yoga.To confirm your place email: [email protected]: 074 97 37678 or get us on our Facebook page Dunkineely community LTD.(Courses will only run if we have enough numbers )Complementary First Aid/HomeopathyCommencing Tuesday November 1st 2016 for five weeks, if interested please contact by Email : [email protected] or phone  : 074 97 37678 for more info.CreelsSpaces are available, to confirm your place please apply by contacting DCL on 074 97 37678 or by email dunkin[email protected] .Bluestack Ramblers’ Walking CalendarOn the 16th October Danny McNamee will lead a 5 hour Strenuous Walk on Croaghnirwore and Croaghnageer. Meeting at 10.00 am at the Tourist Office, Donegal Town. For more information ring 087 2562706.On the 30th October the Ciulciagh- Belturbet Walking Group will be leading a 2.5- 3.0 hour moderate walk in the Ciulciagh- Belturbet area. Meeting at 10.00am in the Post Office  Car Park, Belturbet. For more information ring 087 2861482 .On the 6th November Brian Boyle & Kathleen Friel will lead a 4/5hour moderate walk on the Aghlas. Meeting at 10.00am at the GAA Field, Fintown. For more information ring 087 9777554On the 27 November Paddy Meehan will lead a 3 hour easy walk on Clogher Hill. Meeting at 10.00 am. at the Tourist Office, Donegal Town.For more information ring 086 6014386Going on a sun holiday?Print your boarding pass with us in the DCL office.Certificate in Marine Tourism and Seafood FundamentalsLYIT’s School of Tourism, Killybegs is running a 13 weeks from September to December 2016. Further information about the course is available by contacting Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin, [email protected] or (074) 9186603.A Joint Conference between Dassatt and JPIC of Irish Ofm provinceVenue: Franciscan Friary 4 Merchants Quay Dublin 8Date: Saturday 29th OctoberRegistration: 9:30Am – 1:30PmIncluded: Refreshments & LunchFees: 20 Euro + ConcessionsContacts Giorgia Fioravanti  Email : [email protected] Mobile No: 0858300810Local CalendarIf you have anything you would like to add to the dunkineely local calendar which can be found on the dunkineely website please email [email protected] And provide us with as much info as possible.Eire SignWe are looking for Volunteers to help with restoring the St John’s Point EIRE sign and Identification Number to its original state. A few hours of your time would go a long, long way.We will be continuing the work on (Wednesday 5th October) from 5:30pm onwards.Please bring something to kneel on and a small trowel (all the heavy work has been done)If you are interested, please call Michael on 0872770408DCL Library:Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) has a small library of over 1000 books. We have books ranging from Children’s Literature to Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Biographies to Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), from Horror to Comedy, Booker-Prize to Thrillers, Health to Hobbies, etc. Borrowing costs 20c per book.If you have anything you would like to add the Bruckless / Killaghtee / Dunkineely Community notes, please call the Dunkineely Community Ltd office in the Old Methodist Manse, Dunkineely; or phone 074 9737678; or email us at [email protected] News: Dunkineely launch local ‘Hear 4 U’ initiative was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CommunityDunkineelyFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more


December 28, 2019 0

Wilkins: United fans would embrace Lampard if he moved to Old Trafford

first_imgRay Wilkins has told BBC Radio Manchester he believes Frank Lampard would be accepted by fans and make a major impact were he to join Manchester United.Lampard and Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole, whose contracts expire this summer, have both been linked with moves to Old Trafford.And Wilkins, who joined United from the Blues in 1979, is convinced Lampard would be a success were he to make the switch.Wilkins said: “He’ll win them [United fans] over because of his footballing ability.“If you look at Old Trafford, if anything they lack goals from the middle of the pitch.“They’ve got goals coming from everywhere else – full-back, centre-half – but from the middle they are not scoring as regularly as when Paul Scholes was a tad younger.“Frank will guarantee you goals because he has that knack of arriving at the right situation and the right time to put the ball in the back of the net, and he finishes like a forward.“Frank has been an unbelievable servant to Chelsea and I honestly felt they would have given him maybe a year or two more.“They have obviously decided to take a different look at the way things are going at Stamford Bridge and alter their philosophy.”YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


December 21, 2019 0

Ommwriter: Be Alone with Your Thoughts

first_imgdana oshiro Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Between Skype, chat, texts, push news notifications and three screens of scrolling feeds, it’s easy to get distracted while writing an email or post. If you’ve misspelled names, forgotten words or hit send prematurely on numerous occasions, then you probably just need to slow down. Rather than resorting to a life in the woods of hermit-like solitude, you could just take a few moments to think with Ommwriter. Built by Barcelona-based design agency Herraiz Soto & Co., Ommwriter is a gorgeous Mac download that allows users to block out other applications and focus on their writing. The company originally created Ommwriter for their own internal use but quickly realized the service’s consumer appeal. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Ommwriter from Herraiz Soto on Vimeo.Similar to WriteRoom, users download the writing tool and install it on their desktop. Upon opening it, you receive a distraction-free environment with just a few spartan font choices and an export feature. While WriteRoom offers a CRT monitor-style interface, Ommwriter offers a white Zen-like experience. Keystroke sounds can be replaced by plinking water or what sound like soft footsteps in snow and users can choose to play ambient music or keep their writing space dead silent. If you’re the type of person who is married to iPhone editing and a large feature set for word processors, then this is not your tool. But if you just want a few moments to collect your thoughts, then this is a great way to do it. To register for this free service visit ommwriter.com. last_img read more


December 17, 2019 0

Bathroom Exhaust Fans

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Older homes often lack bathroom exhaust fans. In the old days, if the bathroom was smelly or steamy, you were supposed to open a window to air it out.This isn’t a very logical ventilation method, especially when temperatures are below zero, or when the weather is 90°F and humid. Yet this time-honored method of bathroom ventilation is still enshrined in our building codes. According to the 2009 International Residential Code (sections R303.3 and M1507.3), a bathroom with an operable window does not need to have a bath exhaust fan.In spite of the code’s archaic loophole, builders should install an exhaust fan in every bathroom or toilet room — even when the bathroom has a window.A bath exhaust fan can perform several functions:Designing an exhaust-only ventilation system is a topic unto itself, and is beyond the scope of this article. For more information on exhaust-only ventilation systems, see Designing a Good Ventilation System.When the bathroom door is closed and the fan is operating, where is the makeup air coming from?If the bathroom has an exterior wall, some of the makeup air is coming from the exterior — for example, through leaks around the window or baseboard.Some of the makeup air is probably coming into the bathroom from other rooms in the house, via the crack between the bottom of the door and the flooring. Of course, if the bathroom fan is exhausting 50 cfm, then 50 cfm must be simultaneously entering the building. If some of the makeup air is entering the bathroom through the crack under the bathroom door, an equivalent volume of exterior air must be entering other rooms of the house through a variety of random cracks in the home’s envelope.Unfortunately, many exhaust fans pull some of their makeup air through a… last_img read more


December 16, 2019 0

Why Automation is the Only Path Forward for Manufacturing

first_imgElectronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… Related Posts Martin Stein is the founder and managing director of Blackford Capital, which was named Best Private Equity Firm in 2018 by M&A Advisor.Website: https://www.blackfordcapital.com/ Tags:#automation#manufacturing#robotics#systems 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption As anyone working in the industry knows, manufacturing is going through a period of significant upheaval. Outsourcing and automation threaten current manufacturing processes, and as plants continue to close in places like Michigan and Ohio, many people on the frontlines are worried about their futures.The Path Forward for Manufacturing — Won’t Include Going BackwardThe industry also has a severe issue with a labor shortage. Job openings are at a 17-year high, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Skilled-manufacturing employees are retiring, and there aren’t enough people in the pipeline to replace them. When there are not enough people to fill all of the jobs in the first place, this, in turn, leads to more outsourcing and more uncertainty.For some companies, this has led to desperate attempts to stabilize the status quo by finding new ways to bring back old jobs. Some are looking to find ways to incentivize companies to bring low-paying manufacturing positions to the United States.These attempts at protectionism are understandable — but if the manufacturing industry hopes to stand a chance — it has to stop clinging to the past. Instead, manufacturing companies need to embrace a future in which automation plays a significant role — and they need to do it now.The Problem With the Status QuoAlongside a labor shortage, productivity has been declining in nearly every area of manufacturing. According to a Boston Consulting Group analysis of the industry, pharmaceutical productivity growth declined by a median 2.8 percent each year from 2011 to 2015 — while electronics and capital equipment didn’t fare much better. In nearly every industry outside of automotive and consumer goods, productivity growth is slowing.While companies might need to make tweaks here and there to improve productivity growth, at some point the speed at which people can produce will hit a wall. Competitors that have invested in automation and robotics will be leaps and bounds ahead by then.Not having enough readily available workers to fill jobs is especially troubling with the prospect of a trade war looming and barriers to trade increasing.The export market will become increasingly competitive, and only those who can scale products and offer the products at the best price will be able to compete. The companies that make it to the top will have run toward automation, not from it.Other countries are already taking proactive steps to gain the automation edge. In 2017, with the backing of the government, Chinese manufacturers increased robot installations by 60 percent, with plans to make 100,000 new robots a year by 2020. If the U.S. isn’t willing to take automation seriously, China is ready and willing to pick up the slack.To compete in a global economy, automation can no longer remain in the theoretical realm.The industry needs to take real strides toward widespread implementation. Only then can it step into a new era in which the U.S. remains a major player.Automation Is the Key to a Better FutureIt’s estimated that a factory outfitted entirely for automation can triple production compared with a factory with only a handful of systems in place. A machine not only has the ability to work faster, but it can work outside the confines of an eight-hour workday and can be regularly upgraded to be even more efficient without sacrificing quality. Automation is the key to true lean manufacturing, pushing costs down and profits up.Automation doesn’t mean that integrating automation into the manufacturing process will usher in some dystopian landscape where machines replace all humans and everyone is out of a job.It’s true that the jobs that exist today may go away, but they’ll be replaced by other positions that require unique human insight and skills. Automation systems will still need personal guides and maintenance; employees can be trained in new areas that are less dangerous, less wearing, and (in many cases) higher-paying.You can already see the benefits that automation has brought to companies willing to adopt it.Matt Tyler, president, and CEO of Vickers Engineering, specifically cites automation as the reason his auto parts business is ahead of its global competitors. He also credits automation for the creation of new jobs in Michigan. As Vickers beat out competitors in places like Japan and Mexico, more work (and therefore more jobs) came to the U.S.The manufacturing sector should view automation adoption the same way NASA viewed the space race. Companies in the U.S. can no longer afford to be uncertain about adopting end-to-end automation — they need to be aggressive. They need to get there first.Where to Begin to fix the Manufacturing ConundrumSaying something needs to be done and doing it are very different things. The transition between a human-led factory floor and a machine-run one won’t necessarily be smooth, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult as many may think. Here are a few action steps to embrace when moving deeper into the realm of automation:1. Look at every obstacle through the lens of automation.In a manufacturing business, you tend to deal with the same set of variables, the major ones being quality, yield ratio, cycle time, and productivity. The questions, too, are similar: How do we improve quality? How can we reduce cycle time? And so on. The problem is, many people look at these variables only through the current way of operating. Automation is usually not top of mind when thinking about these issues.For sustainable improvement, automation is often the best answer.Business leaders need to train themselves to look at these issues with automation in mind as a solution, rather than seeing it as a separate entity.”An automated culture directly impacts profitability in various ways,” Tyler explains. “It leads to global competitiveness from a cost-of-labor perspective.Automation tends to mitigate the most significant commodity of low-cost countries, which is their competitive workforce.“Speed and predictability of throughput improve, sometimes dramatically. Quality also improves when the human element is removed and automated gauges perform verifications. Safety is addressed when you move humans further from the manual action of a process, and higher wages are available due to increased margins and the need for less labor.”In some ways, this is similar to how a company should look at diversity.You might believe you have the best people, but if you don’t have a diverse workforce and a diverse management team, you’ll always miss out on valuable perspectives. Diversity needs to be brought into the equation when it comes to hiring. Likewise, automation should be brought into every manufacturing equation. Keep this question in mind: How can we get this process automated?2. Change your approach to training. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D…center_img Of course, if machines are coming in to replace jobs, what happens with the people working for you? Going forward; there needs to be a concerted effort to change how — and for what tasks — people are trained.These new forms of training can be seen in Manufacturing USA Institutes, government-backed institutions that have worked with both the public and private centers to create new curricula for the latest technological advances in manufacturing.Employees shouldn’t be kept in a holding pattern, waiting for their jobs to be replaced.Create training programs, or offer to pay for existing pieces of training, that will allow loyal employees to take the next step into the future alongside you and to help run your newly automated factory floors. Martin SteinFounder and Managing Director of Blackford Capital “For OEM plants to be successful, their supply chains need to be world-class,” Tyler says. “Mid- and small-market suppliers have a tremendous need for automation; robots and integration are now affordable for smaller players. Cost, delivery, and quality can be world-class with automated suppliers. If we can provide capital and training related to automation, we can impact economic development in our communities.”The ultimate goal of automation is to create new opportunities.Without the right training, many workers will be left out in the cold; labor shortages, which shouldn’t be an issue in an automated world, could still plague the industry.3. Look toward the education sector.Manufacturing USA also points to another essential element of automation implementation in the private sector: academia. Universities have long been rich centers for progress and can offer solutions for problems that businesses have neither time nor resources to research.Just as manufacturing is undergoing a paradigm shift, the entire educational system is struggling to figure out its place in an ever-advancing society.Partnering with manufacturing companies in order to problem-solve could offer a path forward for both sectors. Given the right incentive, schools could compete to be the top automation school in the way they compete to be the top medical school or business school today.Some colleges have already begun to take advantage of the opportunities that automation R&D provides. Lawrence Technological University near Detroit, for instance, recently launched an accelerator program designed to offer small manufacturing help with sustainability and long-term growth. How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… “Many business users are becoming more active in local community colleges to ensure robotics and other skills are being taught to the upcoming workforce,” Tyler says. “Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor recently built a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in the middle of its campus — a beautiful building that is exposing more kids to manufacturing careers than ever before. A large portion of the funds for the facility were donations from local businesses.”Business schools will enter these debates, bringing fresh ideas from the new generation of business leaders.On a larger scale, The Ohio State University — recognizing that 17 percent of the state’s GDP comes from manufacturing — partnered with more than 200 manufacturers and encouraged people in the industry to bring their problems to its doorstep. More manufacturing partners mean more funding for the university, which means more solutions for manufacturers. A win-win situation, to be sure.Automation has the potential to not only advance the industry for progress’ sake, but also to create a sustainable path forward that benefits businesses, employees, and customers. Tariffs and tax incentives may slow the bleeding, but without aggressive moves toward new technology and automated solutions, manufacturing in America will continue its slow decline.Automation is crucial to attracting new employees and bringing in new customers as we propel into the future. It’s time to take a page from companies like Vickers Engineering and take bold steps into this brave new world.last_img read more


December 15, 2019 0

Indian men sink Kazakhstan 80-61 in Asian Games basketball tie

first_imgIndia moved into the next round after winning two out of their three qualifying gamesIndian men cagers picked up the pieces quickly after their loss in the second qualifier to outplay Kazakhstan 80-61 to top Group B at the Asian Games basketball competition here today.The Indians, who lost a hard fought match against Saudi Aradia 67-73 yesterday, won their second of the three qualifying matches and moved into the next round.India took control from the very start after taking the first quarter 24-14. The Amritpal Singh-led team never let slip from there and extended the lead in the next quarter to 47-31. The third and the fourth quarters were no different with the Indian men winning it on a canter.India had won their opening fixture against Palestine 89-49 to give themselves a flying start.India will next play Philippines tomorrow.last_img read more


November 27, 2019 0

SEQTL Finals

first_imgSouthern Storm and Caboolture / Redcliffe Colts have claimed respective titles in the South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) Grand Finals on Saturday, 16 August 2008. Southern Storm won the X-Blades Men’s Open Grand Final 7 – 6 over a courageous Country Club United. CCU defeated Uni Rebels 10 – 4 in the Preliminary Final.Redcliffe / Caboolture Colts defeated Blackest Cats 6 – 1 in the X-Blades Women’s Open Grand Final. The Blackest Cats progressed to the Grand Final with a tight 3 – 2 victory over Uni Rebels in the Preliminary Final.Queensland’s finest attention will now turn reclaiming the State of Origin this weekend in Tempe.For more details on the SEQTL Finals, visit the Brisbane Metro Touch Association’s website – www.bmta.com.aulast_img read more


November 7, 2019 0

Former Penn State Assistants Tom Bradley, Greg Schiano Were Aware Of Sandusky Abuse, Per Released Deposition

first_imgPenn State players run out onto the field.UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – NOVEMBER 18: Terrell Golden #4 and Maurice Evans #48 of Penn State celebrate as they enter the field before the game against Michigan State at Beaver Stadium November 18, 2006 in University Park, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)Various court documents from the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal have been released, and they reveal how much Penn State coaches knew about the abused committed by the former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator before the story broke in 2011. In a deposition of Mike McQueary, the former Penn State quarterback and coach who witnessed Sandusky assaulting a 10-year old boy in 2002, he revealed that former defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was “not shocked” when hearing about what he had seen, because he was aware of previous allegations against Sandusky. Bradley, who is now at UCLA, told McQueary that in the 1990s, Greg Schiano also witnessed Sandusky “doing something to a boy in the shower.”mcqueary 1mcqueary 2mcqueary 3mcqueary 4Bradley coached in various roles at Penn State from 1979 to 2011. In 2014, he joined the staff at West Virginia, and is currently the defensive coordinator at UCLA. Schiano served as a graduate assistant and then defensive backs coach at Penn State from 1990 to 1995. He went on to spend 10 years as head coach at Rutgers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is currently entering his first season as co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State.Earlier today, released testimony from one of Sandusky’s victims revealed that former head coach Joe Paterno was made aware of an allegation of abuse against Sandusky in 1976.[@PancakeCatapult]last_img read more


October 27, 2019 0