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Bucyrus To Buy Terex Mining For $1.3 Billion

December 21, 2009 3:39 am | News | Comments

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — Bucyrus International Inc. said it will buy Terex Corp.'s mining equipment division for $1.3 billion in cash, adding complementary services to its business and broadening its geographic reach. The Terex unit makes hydraulic excavators, electric drive mining trucks, track and rotary blasthole drills and highwall mining systems.

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Lifting Spirits This Holiday Season

December 18, 2009 10:19 am | Articles | Comments

The holiday season already is fast upon us. In light of this festive time of year and the spirit of goodwill, those in the material handling industry can maximize the use of some of the equipment at their disposal—in particular, their forklift(s). Consider these options to leverage the lift trucks in your facility for spreading holiday cheer: 1.

The World's Worst Christmas Wish List

December 18, 2009 9:56 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Don’t worry. It’s probably not your fault that you’re insane – let’s conspire to somehow pin blame on the pharmaceutical companies and overzealous doctors. Oh, I apologize, I actually started mid-rant, but I need to comment on a colleague's Christmas wish list.

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Temperature Sensing With One Hand

December 18, 2009 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TM 100 Type K/J Single Input Thermometer from Extech Instruments (Waltham, MA) features an ergonomic design operation and weighs in at just 7 oz., making it ideal for use by HVAC and maintenance professionals where simple, one-hand operation is required. A high accuracy ±(0.

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Infinitely Adjustable Conveyors

December 18, 2009 9:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dispense Works, Inc. (McHenry, IL) has introduced an RC conveyorized system to automatically filll aluminum molds with six different colors of vinyl (Plastisol). The system includes the slip roller conveyor with quick-adjust rails to accommodate pallets of different sizes.

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Customizable Containers

December 18, 2009 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Universal Package Systems (Dale, IN) has expanded its bulk container and tote cut and weld capabilities, and is now producing a variety of custom containers based on customer demands. By customizing the size of the container for a specific application, customers will be able to maximize their storage area while effectively reducing shipping costs.

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The Genie Of Battery Charging

December 18, 2009 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP, Redmond, WA) has introduced a new battery charger for its Genie-branded slab scissor models (the GS-30, -32, and -46 series), which helps deliver maximum battery life. The new charger meets ANSI, CSA, and CE standards. Four primary improvements were made to the new charger, which include: Moving the charger plug from the side to the rear of the scissor to improve the overall durability and make it less susceptible to damage.

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Reducing Emissions While Recouping Costs

December 18, 2009 4:05 am | by Karl Walby | Articles | Comments

The aluminum division of CMWA approached the Environmental and Energy Systems group of Dürr Systems Inc. in keeping with their green factory efforts and a focus on reducing fuel consumption. The plant was in the midst of a company-wide initiative to reduce energy at both the aluminum and steel wheel divisions.

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Copenhagen: U.S.-China Climate Negotations Get Hot

December 18, 2009 3:56 am | by Michael Casey & Seth Borenstein, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

COPENHAGEN (AP) — President Barack Obama and other world leaders took stalled climate talks into their own hands Friday, holding an emergency meeting to come up with a political agreement to salvage a conference marked by deep divisions between rich and poor countries. But neither Obama nor Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao offered any new commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions as they addressed the U.

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Honda Scaling Back North American Production

December 18, 2009 3:46 am | News | Comments

TORONTO (CP) — Honda Motor Co. Ltd., tempering some of the optimism wafting through the North American auto industry, will scale back production at three of its plants in January, including trimming output of Civic compacts at its plant in Alliston, Ont., the Globe and Mail newspaper reports.

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Recalled Simplicity Crib Deaths Rise To 11

December 18, 2009 3:39 am | by Christine Simmons, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite several recalls and warnings, the number of reported baby deaths linked to defective Simplicity cribs has risen to 11. The most recent death occurred in September when a 7-month-old child from Princeton, Ky., became entrapped in the crib when a part of it broke, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

CPSC Delays Ruling On Toy Lead Limits

December 18, 2009 3:36 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Makers of toys and other children's products won a reprieve Thursday from federal regulators trying to implement legislation Congress passed more than a year ago after a holiday season marred by scores of lead-tainted toy recalls. The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to delay for another year — until February 2011 — the certification and independent third-party testing rules on the amount of lead allowed in children's products.

NY GM Plant To End 'Big Block' V-8 Production

December 18, 2009 3:23 am | News | Comments

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — General Motors' Buffalo-area engine plant is marking the end of the line for a class of V-8 engine that's been produced there for 50 years. On Friday, the Tonawanda (ton-uh-WAN-duh) plant will stop production of the latest variation of the "big block" V-8 engines.

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GM Shuts Down Saab After Sale Collapses

December 18, 2009 3:10 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will wind down Saab after talks to sell the brand to Dutch carmaker Spyker Cars collapsed. GM says issues arose during the sale talks that could not be resolved. GM says it will continue to honor Saabcustomer warranties. GM previously tried to sell the brand to Koenigsegg Group AB, but the Swedish carmaker withdrew from the talks last month.

Trash-Talking Intelligently, Or Not At All

December 18, 2009 2:54 am | by Masha V. Petrova, founder/CEO, MVP Modeling Solutions | Articles | Comments

  Or to put it simply — do not talk trash about anyone, whether you know them or not, on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, etc, because your words WILL comeback to bite you. Here is a real life example. I am a member of the Board of Directors of a newly formed non-profit, called the Franklin Foundation.

SlipNOT With Metal Flooring

December 17, 2009 11:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

SlipNOT (Detroit, MI) Metal Safety Flooring offers a variety of slip-resistant flooring products, such as floor plate, bar grating, and ladder rungs. In addition, other products can be custom fabricated according to a user’s need. The SlipNOT flooring is an extremely hard, high-traction surface, ranking between 55 and 63 on the Rockwell C scale, and can endure the abuse of feet, cars, or heavy machinery.

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Safe And Simple Cranks

December 17, 2009 11:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ratcheting crank handles from Lowell Corporation (Worcester, MA) offer an alternative to handwheels and other devices for machine control. Designed for permanent mounting on shafts or studs, the handles are less likely to slip, stick, or freeze than other devices. The small arc of operation is easier and safer for the operation, and helps reduce wear on the machinery.

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Totally Tubular Sensors

December 17, 2009 11:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The GlobalProx line of tubular inductive sensors from Balluff (Florence, KY) allows for a wide range of choice and flexibility in sensor selection with tubular M8, M12, M18, and M30 sensors in multiple varieties of 3- and 2-wire DC outputs. The most recent expansion includes additional 3-wire DC PNP and NPN models for more control variations and more metal porthole models for robust applications.

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A T-Rex For Your Plant

December 17, 2009 11:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cooper Instruments (Warrenton, VA) has released the T-Rex Test Stand to accommodate a variety of materials, component, and product tests. The rugged and flexible system provides the capacity of 4 tons in tension and 10 tons in compression, with custom and larger capacity systems also available.

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PMMI's 'Powerful Show' Of Processing And Packaging

December 17, 2009 4:45 am | News | Comments

Arlington, Va. — Several new features at next October’s PACK EXPO International 2010 (October 31-November 3; McCormick Place, Chicago, IL) will make it easy for packagers and processors from around the globe to enhance operational excellence across the production line, speed new product commercialization and grow brand sales.

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