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The Majestic Plastic Bag

September 15, 2010 7:07 am | Videos | Comments

From the open plains of the asphalt jungle, the clever and illustrious plastic bag faces numerous challenges on its migration to the Pacific Ocean. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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Tinkerers Build A Better Lunar Lander

September 15, 2010 7:05 am | Videos | Comments

Tech Shop, in Menlo Park, CA, provides prospective tinkerers with all the tools they could need to make their inventions come to life — everything from sandblasters to welding equipment. And while some members are there to entertain themselves and build something small, others have big dreams.

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U.S. Manufacturers Can Compete

September 15, 2010 7:01 am | Videos | Comments

Rajan Suri, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of industrial and systems engineering, has a strategy that could keep manufacturers strong in the downtrodden economy: quick response manufacturing. QRM can allow manufacturers to reduce lead times, cut inventory, and increase profitability.

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Extreme Maintenance At 1,700 Feet

September 15, 2010 7:00 am | Videos | Comments

After watching this video, you might take that free over-the-air TV or morning radio show a little less for granted. The 1,700-foot towers that broadcast those signals need occasional maintenance, just like any other piece of machinery. That means a brave soul — like the men in the video below — have to make the treacherous journey.

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59 Alabama Pipemakers Laid Off

September 15, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — American Cast Iron Pipe Co. says it plans to lay off another 59 workers in Birmingham. The layoff announced Tuesday is the company's second in a little more than two months. The Birmingham News reports the Birmingham-based maker of iron and steel pipes used for water, oil and natural gas transmission says the layoffs will take effect Oct.

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U.S. Manufacturing Rises 0.2 Percent In August

September 15, 2010 4:51 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industrial production rose modestly in August and the manufacturing sector grew for the 12th time in 14 months. Output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities edged up 0.2 percent last month, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. It rose 0.6 percent in July.

Toyota Moves To Dismiss Acceleration Lawsuits

September 15, 2010 4:49 am | News | Comments

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. has moved to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits over claims stemming from sudden acceleration in its vehicles. The auto giant filed a motion Tuesday with a federal court in Santa Ana, saying attorneys for Toyota drivers had failed to identify any defects in the vehicles.

Bristol-Myers Warned Of Subpar Practices In Puerto Rico

September 15, 2010 4:48 am | by David McFadden, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned drug giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. of possible sanctions if it fails to correct "significant violations" of good manufacturing practices at one of its two plants in Puerto Rico. The drugmaker said it has already begun correcting problems mentioned in the warning letter that the U.

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China-U.S. Steel Deal Could Jeopardize National Security

September 15, 2010 4:47 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — A state-owned Chinese company signed an agreement Wednesday to invest in a Mississippi steel mill in a deal that has prompted complaints by some U.S. lawmakers that it might jeopardize national security. Anshan Iron & Steel Group Corp.'s investment is seen as a test of American willingness to accept Chinese investment.

Explosion Injures 6 At Military Flare Manufacturer

September 15, 2010 4:44 am | by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOONE, Tenn. (AP) — A fire was burning itself out Tuesday night after an explosion injured six workers at a manufacturing plant in southwestern Tennessee that makes flares for the military. Hardeman County Sheriff John Doolen said firefighters at Kilgore Flares Co. in Toone were monitoring the blaze because of the danger there could be another explosion.

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The Importance Of Fundamentals

September 14, 2010 11:36 am | by Girish Malhotra, PE, President, EPCOT International | Articles | Comments

Globally, Johnson & Johnson is known for its integrity and product quality. A few years ago they handled the Tylenol situation extremely well and were commended for it. It is astounding that the year 2010 has become a nightmare for  Johnson & Johnson . It is heart breaking to read the statement “Certain  over-the-counter (OTC) Children’s and Infants’ liquid products  manufactured in the United States have been recalled as they may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles.

Better Penetrating Lubricants

September 14, 2010 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sili Kroil, from Kano Laboratories (Nashville, TN), is the result of blending Kroil and dymethyl silicones, which are able to penetrate spaces as small as one millionth of an inch, according to the company. Sili Kroil dissolves rust and lubricates to help loosen frozen metal parts. It can be used for frozen slides, bearings, gate valves, hinges, chains, and more.

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Faster Tube Cleaning

September 14, 2010 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The semi-automated Saflex 2000 from NLB Corp. (Wixom, MI) makes tube bundle cleaning more productive — according to the company — by cleaning four times as many tubes in a given period as manual water jetting. The system can clean two tubes — ranging between 4mm and 15mm — at once, and operates at pressures up to 40,000 psi.

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Vacuums Lifting More

September 14, 2010 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

A below-the-hook vacuum lifter and power tilter from Anver Corp. (Hudson, MA) uses a dry pump vacuum system rather than hydraulics for lifting steel, plastic, and fiberglass loads. The system is available with a 115 VAC electric or pneumatic actuator for the tilt mechanism. Developed for feeding machinery, the lifter has a removable pendant control for up/down and powered tilt, can be rotated manually, and includes a locking pin.

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Easier Push-Button Connectors

September 14, 2010 10:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allied Electronics (Fort Worth, TX) now stocks the HARTING Han-Yellock Connector Series, which combines multiple features within one connector, including an internal locking system. Push-button technology is also included. The connectors allow for simple installation and locking by turning one of the push buttons 90 degrees, reducing the chance for unauthorized access without the use of a tool.

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Taking A Turn For The Better

September 14, 2010 6:20 am | News | Comments

Manufacturing technology consumption in the United States is up nearly 59 percent when compared with 2009. Peter Borden, AMTDA president Manufacturing technology consumption in the United States totaled $266.08 million in July, according to the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA) and The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT).

Retail Sales Crush Thoughts Of Double-Dip Recession

September 14, 2010 4:48 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales rose in August by the largest amount in five months, adding to evidence that a late spring economic swoon was temporary and not the start of another recession. Retail sales rose 0.4 percent last month, the best advance since March, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

Corn Syrup Makers Seek New Name: Corn Sugar

September 14, 2010 4:46 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Marketing Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The makers of high fructose corn syrup want to sweeten up its image with a new name: corn sugar. The bid to rename the sweetener by the Corn Refiners Association comes as Americans' concerns about health and obesity have sent consumption of high fructose corn syrup, used in soft drinks but also in bread, cereal and other foods, to a 20-year low.

Mott's Workers Approve Contract After 4-Month Strike

September 14, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

WILLIAMSON, N.Y. (AP) — About 300 striking workers have approved a new labor contract with Mott's and will return next week to their jobs at the company's apple juice plant in western New York. Officials with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union say hourly employees at the Wayne Countyplant voted Monday 185 to 62 in favor of the contract and will return to work Monday, four months after they went on strike over proposed wage and benefit reductions.

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Kraft Facility Undergoes 'Flexible' Restart After Shooting

September 14, 2010 4:37 am | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Workers have returned to the Philadelphia Kraft Foods plant where a suspended employee fatally shot two co-workers and wounded a third last week. The Northeast Philadelphia plant reopened Sunday night, with counselors on hand to help employees cope with the aftermath of Thursday's shooting.

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