September 30th 2020
At 35,000 feet in the air, while clouds drift by and starlight fills the night skies, it’s a testament to technology for an airline passenger to be able to recline their seat back and enjoy on-the-ground amenities, such as overhead lighting illuminating the pages of a paperback crime thriller or being able to get enthralled by an in-flight movie. Making these experiences possible is the technological wizardry of Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CIT), one of this year’s 2020 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards finalists. Founded in 1940 in Tarrytown, NY, and now headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, CIT employs 500 people and specializes in high-perform.
September 29th 2020
Airports are a hub of activity with jets landing and taking off; a procession of taxis picking people up and dropping people off and luggage carousels, trams, and baggage carriers all circulating the things people need for travel. In Orlando, Florida, John Bean Technologies (JBT), manufactures the fleet of equipment that keeps this current of activity efficiently moving.
“JBT’s Orlando facility specializes in the design, assembly, and testing of airport mobile ground support equipment,” says Josh Parkin, Plant Manager for JBT-Orlando. “We make specialty aircraft pushback tractors, cargo loaders, and aircraft deicers; basically all the equipment that you see driving around the airports.”
September 23rd 2020
Eastman Chemical Company’s history goes back one hundred years. As the middle class was expanding in the 1920s, and new technologies such as vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, radios, electric irons, and yes, cameras transformed the American home, Eastman Kodak became a household name as a manufacturer of chemicals used to process camera film. Fast forward to 1994 when Eastman spun-off as an independent company, and a century after it’s start in Kingsport, Tenn., Eastman has evolved into a global specialty materials company that makes products that people use daily.
One of the company’s manufacturing locations is in the Florida Panhandle in the town of Pace –
September 12th 2020
When they hear the words “Bausch + Lomb,” people associate it with one thing: eyes. Whether it’s contact lenses, over-the-counter eye drops or prescription medications for the eye, millions of people around the globe rely daily on the multitude of vision products from this company in Tampa, FL. Bausch + Lomb is one of the ten finalists for the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Awards program, they manufacture an array of eye health, optic and nasal products found at practically every local grocery or drug store. LUMIFY® eye drops (redness reliever), Soothe® XP eye drops (for dry eyes), Opcon-A® antihistamine and redness reliever eye drops, and Alaway® antihistamine eye drops (eye itch and allergy relief) are just a few examples of the products made at the Tampa facility.
“In addition to our over-the-counter products, we make prescription pharmaceuticals for the eye that are sterile,” says Nicole Ferrari, Director of Engineering for Bausch + Lomb’s Tampa plant. “Because these products are sterile, they’re made to the same stringent standard as an injectable for the body. Many people in Florida might not know these incredibly vital products are made right here in the Tampa Bay area,” says Ferrari. “In fact, at the Tampa plant, we make millions of units of products a year that are shipped and distributed throughout the world.”
September 12th 2020
According to the most recent studies, in the United States alone, 7,000 to 9,000 people die each year as a result of a medication error. Hundreds of thousands of other patients experience but often do not report an adverse reaction or other complications related to a medication. For busy health care institutions such as hospitals and senior homes treating patients with a multitude of maladies that require many different medications, organizing and managing the pharmacy is critically important. Recognizing that a manual and disjointed pharmacy inventory management system compromises workflow efficiency and safety, Omnicell has brought robotics and artificial intelligence to the dispensing, sorting, packaging, and retrieval of medications.
“At Omnicell, we make the management and administering of medication as seamless as possible for the pharmacy and the hospital,” says Bruce Craig, Sr. Director of Manufacturing for Omnicell’s St. Petersburg, Florida facility (Omnicell is headquartered in Mountain View, California). “We believe our tools and technology will free up clinicians for more patient-focused activities while transforming the hospital’s central pharmacy into the smart, efficient, and accurate hub of care they need it to be.”