The United Space Alliance aerospace company manufactures special tiles that protect space shuttles from the fiery heat they encounter when re-entering Earth’s atmosphere.
The company wanted to cut down on waste in space shuttle tile production. So they turned to Microsoft Corp. Visio software and the ProModel Corp. Process Simulator to get the job done. Visio is software that helps businesses visualize systems, processes and other information while Process Simulator is a Visio plug-in.
United Space Alliance representative David Tucker, a guest on this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” radio program, says the results were better than expected. Accompanying Tucker on the program is Microsoft representative Ingo Heel and ProModel Consulting Services Vice President Bruce Gladwin.
“I can tell you to triple the production requirements and not have to hire anybody new or buy any new equipment was a pretty amazing feat,” Tucker says. “So we were able to do that without tripling our resource requirements. We used what we had.”
Reporter James Fallows, a frequent contributor to Atlantic Monthly magazine, returns to “America’s Business” this week to continue his conversation about China’s environmental problems. China is one of the fastest growing economies in the world but lags far behind the United States when it comes to keeping air and water clean.
Nuclear energy could be an important component in making America independent of expensive imported oil. And a recent report from the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (CASEnergy) says a renaissance of America’s nuclear power industry could create thousands of high-paying jobs.
Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, co-chair of CASEnergy, will join Mike to talk about that report.
In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of American Justice Partnership gives us the latest on tort reform and commentator Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.” And the National Association of Manufacturers President Gov. John Engler will close the program with “The Last Word.”
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