Category Archives: Electronics

MSU Engineering researchers turn a flag into a loudspeaker

EAST LANSING — A paper-thin, flexible device created at the Michigan State University College of Engineering not only can generate energy from human motion, it can act as a loudspeaker and microphone as well, nanotechnology researchers reported May 16 in the scholarly journal Nature Communications (https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15310).

The audio breakthrough could eventually lead to such consumer products as a foldable loudspeaker, a voice-activated security patch for computers, and even a talking newspaper.

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A Stretchable Smart Screen? MSU Says Yes

EAST LANSING — Engineering researchers at Michigan State University have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit that is made entirely using an inkjet printer, raising the possibility of inexpensive mass production of smart fabric.

Imagine: an ultrathin smart tablet that can be stretched from mini-size to extra large. Or a rubber band-like wrist monitor that measures one’s heartbeat. Or wallpaper that turns an entire wall into an electronic display.

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New Test Unit From Wixom’s DSpace

WIXOM — The test equipment and electronics manufacturer dSpace has introduced an additional processing unit for its Scalexio hardware-in-the-loop test systems.

Equipped with an eight-core Intel Xeon Processor E5, dSpace officials say the new processing unit is ideal for the parallel execution of complex and computationally intensive simulation models. This enables engineers to use high-fidelity, physically realistic models, increases model accuracy, and makes hardware-in-the-loop simulations more realistic.

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Four companies to invest $15.6 million, add 366 jobs in Michigan

LANSING – Four business expansions – which combined will generate nearly $15.6 million in total investment and create 366 jobs around the state – have received Michigan Strategic Fund support, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced.

The projects are as follows:

* DornerWorks Ltd. received a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to support an expansion at its Grand Rapids headquarters, creating 25 engineering jobs and investing $710,000. DornerWorks provides electronic engineering services for the aerospace, medical, automotive, and other industrial markets. The funds will help offset recruitment and training costs for the 25 new jobs. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Arizona, Ohio, and Wisconsin, where the company has strong customer bases. In addition, other MEDC local partners including The Right Place, West Michigan Works, and the city of Grand Rapids have supported this project with economic and workforce development tools. For information about careers with DornerWorks, visit http://dornerworks.com/careers. “We have been asked by several customers to open additional design and development engineering centers close to their locations, but we are dedicated to West Michigan and we wanted to expand here,” said DornerWorks President and CEO David Dorner. “The Right Place understood our business and the competitive situation we were in. Thanks to their efforts, along with their partners, we are able to continue growing in Grand Rapids.”

* OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy received a $500,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to support a new location in Kalamazoo County’s Oshtemo Township, which will generate $1.2 million in capital investment and create 77 new jobs. OptiMed provides personalized medication management and research-based clinical support. OptiMed specializes in caring for individuals with rare and complex conditions such as: immune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, HIV, hepatitis C and multiple sclerosis. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in California and Louisiana due to the area’s economic diversity, broad talent pool, and community support. Southwest Michigan First is supporting the project in the form of staff time and resources. For more information about careers with OptiMed Pharmacy, Inc., visit http://www.optimedspecialtyrx.com/careers. “We are very excited that we have the opportunity to build our national headquarters here, in Kalamazoo, surrounded by the community that has continually inspired and empowered our organization,” said Andrew Reeves, CEO of OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy.

* Shipston Aluminum Technologies (Michigan) Inc. received a $600,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to support an expansion in Ottawa County’s Spring Lake Township that will generate $10 million in capital investment and create 114 new jobs. Shipston is a manufacturer of aluminum components for the auto industry. Spring Lake Township is offering support through a property tax amendment related to the project. In addition, other MEDC local partners, The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg and West Michigan Works, have supported this project with economic and workforce development tools. For more information about careers with Shipston Aluminum Technologies (Michigan) Inc., visit http://www.shipstonaluminumtech.com/careers/.

* Karma Automotive LLC received a $450,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to support a new automotive engineering and purchasing office in Troy to support the company’s California-based supply chain activities and automotive production. The office is expected to generate $3.6 million in capital investment and create up to 150 jobs. Karma, a subsidiary of the Chinese auto supplier Wanxiang, designs and manufactures luxury hybrid vehicles. Karma Automotive will debut its first vehicle, the Karma Revero, later this year. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in California. The city of Troy is supporting the project in the form of marketing and promotional assistance. For more information about careers with Karma Automotive, visit https://careers-karmaautomotive.icims.com.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit michiganbusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment should check mitalent.org, where more than 98,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

State Aid OK’d for Business Expansions Adding 123 Jobs, $21M Investment

LANSING – Three business expansions – which combined will generate more than $21 million in capital investment and create 123 jobs around the state – have received Michigan Strategic Fund approval for support, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced.

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New CEO at Hemlock Semiconductor

HEMLOCK — Mark Bassett has been named chairman and CEO of Hemlock Semiconductor, effective June 1.

Bassett, who currently serves as global vice president of Dow
Chemical Co.’s polyurethanes business, replaces Denise Beachy,
who has been named commercial director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India for Dow’s Elastomers, and Electrical and Telecommunications business.

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Visteon Sets June 9 Shareholders Meeting

VAN BUREN TWP. — Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) announced that it will conduct its 2016 annual shareholders meeting at 11 a.m. Eastern time on June 9 at Grace Lake Lodge on the campus of Visteon’s headquarters and innovation center in Van Buren Township.

Further details will be included in the company’s proxy materials for the annual meeting, which will be made available in April.

Visteon provides instrument clusters, head-up displays, information displays, infotainment, audio systems, and telematics products to the transportation industry. It has nearly 11,000 employees at 50 locations in 19 countries and posted sales of $3.25 billion in 2015.

More at http://www.visteon.com.

Harman Unveils New Automotive HQ

NOVI — The Stamford, Conn.-based electronics and audio products manufacturer Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE:HAR), said it has opened its new North American automotive headquarters in Novi.

The 188,000-square-foot building was developed by Northern Equities Group and anchors the 400-acre Haggerty Corridor Corporate Park. It is home to about 1,000 employees involved in creating products for the connected car, automotive audio and cloud services.

The new headquarters replaces a 60,000-square-foot headquarters in Farmington Hills and two other buildings in the area totaling about another 60,000 square feet.

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GE Aviation, Farmington Hills Firm Working On Advanced Army Electronics

GRAND RAPIDS — GE Aviation said Monday it had received a contract for the research and development of silicon carbide-based power electronics supporting the high-voltage next generation ground vehicle electrical power architecture for the United States Army. A Farmington Hills electronics manufacturer will assist in the work.

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