Reshaping the Supply Chain: How New Strategies, Goals & Technologies are Altering Supply Chain Operations

Picture trucking in the United States minus interstate highways. Global trade without shipping containers. Supply chain management with no internet. Businesses once managed without those innovations, but it’s hard now to understand how they did it. That kind of evolution never stops. Today’s novelties in logistics technology and strategy will soon become tomorrow’s commonplace tools of the trade. Here are some examples. When trucks drive deadhead miles, or drivers sit around waiting for loads, or tractor-trailers crawl in heavy urban traffic, those underused assets create waste in the supply chain. Waste hurts the bottom line. That’s why some upcoming paradigm shifts involve ways to make better use of transportation assets. At Class I railroad Kansas City Southern (KCS), for instance, strategists expect to see self-driving trucks form platoons to haul intermodal containers from rail terminals to large distribution centers or industrial parks. In this vision, perhaps four autonomous trucks will follow one rig driven by a human. “You have one driver, but five loads,” says Brian Hancock, executive vice president and chief innovation officer at KC...

When one thinks about Las Vegas, thoughts naturally tend towards gambling, bright lights, overpriced restaurants (or

When one thinks about Las Vegas, thoughts naturally tend towards gambling, bright lights, overpriced restaurants (or buffet food), and desert heat – not standing beside the road course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the temperature on the wrong side of 40° while a 200-hp beast idles its way to operating temperature. This is the type of scenario where having track rubber with tire warmers would be significantly less desirable than the Pirelli Diablo Rosso III street tires the 2020 Kawasaki Z H2 I was about to mount was sporting. The first lap would suck the heat out of those toasty warm sticky track compounds rendering them useless. Street tires, however, have a much broader operational temperature envelope. So, we tiptoed out onto the track to follow a Kawasaki rider for a lap or two while we tried to learn the layout of the course and warm our tires before we were set loose. A couple of laps into the first session, I entered a dual-apex left-hander, clipped the first apex, drifted wide, and then dialed in more lean to come back for the second apex. At this moment, the handlebar folded towards the steering lock… The engine looks like any other big inline-Four until you see ...

The best custom gifts that look like your pet, from necklaces to socks

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a pet lover or simply want to spruce up your life with some home decor and accessories that look like your dog or cat, you’re in luck. All you need to do is send a few photos of your pet to BakersStreetCutters, an Etsy shop based out of Idaho, and they will create a custom cookie cutter of your pet’s face. Based on the picture you submit, the shop owner personally designs each cookie cutter, which measures about 4 inches and should be washed by hand. In case you’re planning on ordering this as a gift, keep in mind these cookie cutters take two to three weeks to create before they are ready to ship. DoTellCalligraphy, an Etsy shop based out of Winter Park, Florida, has a listing for a custom laser-cut ornament that can feature a portrait of your animal. A photo of your pet is required in order to create the ornament, and you can also include your pet’s name and date to be engraved on the front. If you’re hoping to get (or gift) a pair of slippers that bear an uncanny resemblance to your pet, these custom ones from Cuddle Clones are just what you need. Since they’re handmade, it takes about e...

‘I was a bad influence on the Beatles’: James Taylor on Lennon, love and recovery | Music

The singer has written many beautiful songs – and was a muse for Joni Mitchell and Carole King. He reflects on his relationship with Mitchell and overcoming childhood trauma and heroin addiction James Taylor looks out at the sprawling London skyline. “This is where it started,” he says. “The moment.” He made his first trip here in 1968, playing for Paul McCartney and George Harrison and becoming the first artist signed to the Beatles’ record label, Apple Records. This was before he moved to Laurel Canyon with the rest of the denim-draped California dreamers who defined the sound of the late 60s and far beyond. Before he met David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King and Joni Mitchell. Before he and Mitchell fell in love. Before he wrote his pivotal album Sweet Baby James during a stint in a psychiatric hospital. Before his marriage to Carly Simon, which opened up his personal life – including his long battle with heroin addiction – to public consciousness. Before he sold 100m records, performed for the Obamas and the Clintons, and then, decades later, appeared on stage with one of the world’s biggest pop stars, Taylor Swift...

Outdoors calendar for Lancaster County, listings starting Feb. 23 | Sports

The Outdoors Calendar publishes submitted information on hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoors events. Email details to sports@lnpnews.com; send to LNP, Attn: Sports, P.O. Box 1328, Lancaster, PA 17608-1328; or call 717-291-8666. • Atglen Sportsmen: 3D indoor archery shoot from 7 a.m. to noon. Open to the public. All archery disciplines welcome. Sorry, no crossbows. Known yardage. Registration is $10 per round. Club is on Creek Road, Christiana. • Hikes for public, led by Lancaster Hiking Club: At 1:15 p.m., hike 6 easy miles along the Enola Low Grade Trail. Meet at the corner of Race and Buchanan avenues, Lancaster, to carpool. For information or a calendar of upcoming hikes, go online at lancasterhikingclub.com. • Quittapahilla Audubon Society: Holding a free field trip to the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area for the observation and identification of waterfowl. Meet at 9 a.m. at Stop No. 1, marked along Hopeland Road just north of the visitor center. Call Jim Fiorentino at 717-269-0675 to register. For information, go online at QASAudubon.org. • Maple sugaring: Visit Pavilion 11 in Lancaster County Central Park, located at 733 Williamson Road, Lancaster, from 1-4 p...

Clariant-Sabic-to-merge-part-of-materials-portfolio web web

MUTTENZ, Switzerland—Materials supplier Clariant A.G. and Saudi chemical company Sabic are to merge parts of their businesses in a bid to create a leading supplier of high-performance materials. The move follows Sabic’s takeover of a 24.99 percent stake in Clariant earlier this month, and builds on the previous Catalyst joint venture Scientific Design between the two companies. Muttenz-based Clariant said Sept. 18 that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Sabic to combine its additives and high value masterbatches—color, high temperature resins and health care—with parts of Sabic’s specialties business to create a new joint venture business for high performance materials. The deal does not include several well-known Sabic materials that originated with GE Plastics. Materials remaining with Sabic include Lexan-brand polycarbonate, Cycolac-brand ABS, Cycoloy-brand PC/ABS, Valox-brand PBT and Xenoy-brand PC/PBT. A definitive agreement is expected to be signed in the first half of 2019 with the business, which is estimated to create more than $4 billion in sales by 2021, to be carved out by the end of next year. The new business is set to launch at the start...

DMC Global Inc. (BOOM) Q4 2019 Earnings Call Transcript

<!–*/ */ /*–>*/ Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the DMC Global Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] At this time, it is my pleasure to turn the floor over to your host for today, VP of Investor Relations, Mr. Geoff High. Hello, and welcome to DMC’s fourth quarter conference call. Presenting today are President and CEO, Kevin Longe; and CFO, Mike Kuta. I’d like to remind everyone that matters discussed during this call may include forward-looking statements that are based on our estimates, projections and assumptions as of today’s date and are subject to risks and uncertainties that are disclosed in our filings with the SEC. Our business is subject to certain risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in our forward-looking statements. DMC assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements that become untrue because of subsequent events. A webcast replay of today’s call will be available at dmcglobal.com after the call. In addition, a telephone replay will be made available approximately two hours after the call. Details for listening to the replay a...

Birmingham’s biggest garage sale is back! The Bargain Carousel returns Feb. 27, Apr. 4 + Apr. 25.

Know how people say they’re “treasure hunting” when it comes to scouring garage sales, antique shops or thrift stores for gems? The Bargain Carousel’s events on Feb. 27, Apr. 4 and Apr.25 are the opposite of that. It’d be hard not to find amazing items. Grab your tickets and find out how you can be a part of the fun while putting your money right back into Birmingham. If you’ve ever heard the term “invest your influence,” you know one way to do so is with your dollars. Shopping at the Bargain Carousel is a small way to support a huge cause. But it doesn’t stop there—it connects you face to face with members of our community. Take it from the chair of the committee. “I remember one young pregnant woman shopping in our infant department. I had just had my first child so she asked what products I had used and liked. Together, we picked her out a bouncer, high chair and more gently used baby essentials. At the very end, her mother-in-law said she would buy all of it for her. The young mom was overwhelmed to tears by the gesture and I was sold on the Bargain Carousel!” Shopping makes you realize how much we all have in common with our neighbors. Everyone needs clothes and sheets and ...

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Device Market Size, Key Players, Analytical Overview, Demand And Trends Forecast To 2026

The goal of Global Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Device market research report is to provide the users a complete picture of the Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Device market during the forecast period from 2020-2026. The global Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Device market report provides the key market insights and the growth-inducing factors. It also does the comprehensive study of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Device Industry based on market gains, market volume, key industry sections of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Device which are differentiated based on product type, product application, major geographical regions contributing to the development of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Device market. Get FREE Sample Report Copy @ https://www.globalmarketers.biz/report/chemicals-and-materials/2018-global-extracorporeal-shock-wave-therapy-device-industry-research-report/117673 #request_sample Chattanooga(DJO)(US) BTL(UK) Storz Medical(Switzerland) EMS Electro Medical Systems(Switzerland) MTS Medical(Germany) Zimmer MedizinSysteme(Germany) Gymna(Belgium) Likamed GmbH(Germany) Inceler Medikal(Turkey) HANIL-TM(Korea) HnT Medical(Korea) Urontech(Korea) Wikkon(China...

Upcoming advancements in flexible technology require mechanically compliant dielectric materials. Current dielectrics have either high dielectric

Upcoming advancements in flexible technology require mechanically compliant dielectric materials. Current dielectrics have either high dielectric constant, K (e.g., metal oxides) or good flexibility (e.g., polymers). Here, we achieve a golden mean of these properties and obtain a lightweight, viscoelastic, high-K dielectric material by combining two nonpolar, brittle constituents, namely, sulfur (S) and selenium (Se). This S-Se alloy retains polymer-like mechanical flexibility along with a dielectric strength (40 kV/mm) and a high dielectric constant (K = 74 at 1 MHz) similar to those of established metal oxides. Our theoretical model suggests that the principal reason is the strong dipole moment generated due to the unique structural orientation between S and Se atoms. The S-Se alloys can bridge the chasm between mechanically soft and high-K dielectric materials toward several flexible device applications. Dielectric materials in the form of insulators, capacitors, and resonators are important passive components in most electrical and electronic circuits used for energy storage, pulsed power, power conditioning, band-pass filtering, sensing, and microelectronics (1–6). The curr...

Raspberry Pi health monitoring HAT adds ESP32 and battery for wearables mode

YPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”> ProtoCentral’s open source “Healthy Pi v4” HAT for vital sign monitoring advances from the v3 model with an ESP32 SoC with WiFi AP and BT-BLE and a battery for portable use including a wearable mode without a Raspberry Pi. In 2017, Bangalore, India-based ProtoCentral launched its HealthyPi v3 HAT for the Raspberry Pi for low-cost multi-parameter patient monitoring. Now ProtoCentral has opened pre-orders on Crowd Supply for a similarly open source Healthy Pi v4 model with considerable improvements, including a switch from an Atmel ATSAMD21 Cortex-M0 MCU to a more powerful Espressif ESP32 SoC and support for a battery and standalone wearable operation. The basic, $199 HAT kit features temperature, pulse oximetry, and ECG/respiration sensors, as well as 20 adhesive, single-use ECG electrodes and a three-electrode ECG “snap connector” cable. There’s also a SpO₂ finger-clip probe with a DB9 connector and a HAT mounting kit with headers and screws. New kit features include a 1000mAh LiPo battery and a Qwiic-based temperature sensor. I...

Genetic diversity at the Dhn3 locus in Turkish Hordeum spontaneum populations with comparative structural analyses

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript. Springer Nature is making SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research free. View research | View latest news | Sign up for updates We analysed Hordeum spontaneum accessions from 21 different locations to understand the genetic diversity of HsDhn3 alleles and effects of single base mutations on the intrinsically disordered structure of the resulting polypeptide (HsDHN3). HsDHN3 was found to be YSK2-type with a low-frequency 6-aa deletion in the beginning of Exon 1. There is relatively high diversity in the intron region of HsDhn3 compared to the two exon regions. We have found subtle differences in K segments led to changes in amino acids chemical properties. Predictions for protein interaction profiles suggest the presence of a protein-binding site in HsDHN3 that coincides with the K1 segment. Comparison of DHN3 to closely related cereals showed that all of them...

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