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21st Century 'Land' Rush: Alternate Energy Across The West

September 28, 2009 9:39 am | by Paul Foy, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Want some solar energy with your geothermal? In Utah, state officials are fielding various combinations of energy proposals, a list that includes solar and geothermal installations and an energy storage project that would turn salt caverns into a kind of giant battery.

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Chinese Drywall Makers Likely To Ignore Suits

September 28, 2009 9:33 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers representing homeowners and homebuilders who used drywall suspected of causing corrosion and possible health risks say they expect Chinese companies that made the wallboard to ignore hundreds of lawsuits filed against them in U.S. courts. So, who's going to be on the hook for any damages courts might award? That's the pivotal question for lawyers as they pursue about 300 lawsuits in U.

Skim Off The Top

September 28, 2009 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Zebra Skimmers Corp. (Cleveland, OH) has expanded it s Muscle Coalescer line to include a new model for servicing air compressor condensate. Because many industries are required to treat their compressor condensate before its release into the water table, the new model can help in the separation and remove of contaminate oils.

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It's Alright To Conform

September 28, 2009 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bondhus Corporation (Monticello, MN) introduces a revolutionary new screwdriver line featuring a handle that conforms to the tool user’s hand, which helps eliminate pressure points. In addition, less force is required to grip the handle, allowing more of the effort to be focused on extracting the screw.

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'Doctor' Your Flexographic Printing

September 28, 2009 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kadant Web Systems Inc. (Auburn, MA) has expanded its current doctor blade product line to include the ProEdge system for flexographic printing and offset coating applications. The blades are available in seven wear-resistant materials and feature application-specific bevels and profiles for precise cleaning and metering performance.

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Removable, Reusable Adhesive

September 28, 2009 6:32 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

un-du (St. Louis Park, MN) introduces its eponymous un-du line of adhesive removers, allowing workers to remove self-sticking and pressure-sensitive tapes, labels, and adhesives quickly. Even duct tape can be removed without leaving behind reside, grease, or a sticky mess.

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Kraft Considers Hostile Bid For Cadbury

September 28, 2009 4:52 am | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) -- Kraft Foods Inc. is poised to launch a hostile bid for British candy maker Cadbury PLC, The Observer said Sunday, citing unnamed sources. Kraft earlier this month made a $16.7 billion stock-and-cash proposal that was rebuffed by the U.K. confectionary company. Cadbury has repeatedly said it is not interested in a takeover but the U.

Analyst: Success For Chrysler-Fiat Would Be 'A Herculean Feat'

September 28, 2009 4:45 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler thinks its future may be in a new lineup of smaller cars based on models from Italian partner Fiat. The question is how to make them for Americans put off by stiff suspensions, firm seats and — perish the thought — not enough cupholders. The problem is further complicated because Americans generally are plumper and taller than Western Europeans, and they're used to driving fatter and longer cars on wider roads.

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Waste Not The Profit

September 28, 2009 4:33 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

While it’s not the first time a trip to Starbucks has helped propel my work, it usually has more to do with the caffeine kick than any topical inspiration. However, a visit last week offered some insight on both the innovation and challenges that lie ahead for the processing industry.

Clean Energy Bill Could Create 5,000 SD Jobs

September 28, 2009 4:17 am | by Roger Larsen | News | Comments

HURON, S.D. (AP) — Transitioning to a clean energy economy with passage of an energy bill pending in the Senate would create 5,000 South Dakota jobs, break the nation's dependence on oil and help solve the climate crisis, the state director of Repower South Dakota said Wednesday. Wind turbine blade manufacturer Knight & Carver stands to double or triple its current 60-employee base should the measure pass.

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MN Pig Iron Plant Fights For American Steel

September 28, 2009 4:16 am | by Peter Passi | News | Comments

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The sea of vehicles crowding the approach to Mesabi Nugget bespeaks the project's scale. Somewhere between 600 and 700 contractors are on the job most days, working to launch the Iron Range's newest taconite processor. At the peak of activity, about a month ago, upwards of 800 tradespeople were working to construct the $270 million plant that will transform taconite into pig iron.

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BP And Kuwait Begin Joint Venture For Chinese Oil

September 28, 2009 4:12 am | News | Comments

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Oil giant BP PLC is interested in teaming up with Kuwait in a planned $9 billion joint venture refinery project in southern China, a senior Kuwaiti official said Monday. Hussein Ismail, president of the state-owned Kuwait Petroleum International, told the official Kuwait News Agency that "preliminary talks" with the British oil giant have begun, and that BP was evaluating the 300,000 barrel per day facility's site in southern China's Guangdong province.

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IL-Based Abbott To Buy Solvay Pharma For $6.6b

September 28, 2009 4:11 am | by Damian Troise, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Abbott Laboratories is buying the pharmaceutical business of Belgian chemicals maker Solvay for $6.6 billion in a move to further expand internationally and add to its product portfolio. North Chicago, Ill.-based Abbott already holds U.S. marketing rights for Solvay's Trilipix and TriCor, drugs which raise "good" HDL cholesterol while reducing triglycerides and "bad" LDL cholesterol.

Force Gauge For Any Application

September 25, 2009 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Dart 2.0 FGV-XY Force Gage from the Paul. N. Gardner Company (Pompano Beach, FL) is an ergonomically-designed force gauge for inspection, finished goods testing, and R&D. The built-in USB port and 1,000 point memory allows for data exporting in real-time. Other features include: A 1,000 Hz sample rate to provide more accurate results.

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Magnetic Particle Separator

September 25, 2009 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS) has recently added a redesigned RotoGrate Magnetic Separator to its product line. The RotoGrate is ideal for products with poor flow characteristics and features a powerful motorized grate magnet which will remove ferrous metals from powders and granular products.

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The Medusa Of Smoke Detectors

September 25, 2009 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Fireray 5000 optical beam smoke detector from Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE, Corinth, TX) delivers a wide area coverage, ideal for large indoor spaces like manufacturing facilities. When utilizing the new Multi Head System, the Fireray 5000 becomes the first UL/ULC-listed, motorized, self-correcting beam smoke detector that allows up to four detectors installed into a single system.

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Professional Splicing Kit

September 25, 2009 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

PAPCO Industries (Northvale, NJ) is now offering an array of splicing products and tools for making emergency repairs on non-metallic expansion joints, which can be purchased individually or as a part of a professional kit. The professional splicing kit includes the following: splicing iron (P38), stapler, spray adhesive, PFA splice film, spare fuses, a splice rubbing block, and more.

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SCADA-Supporting Flow Meter

September 25, 2009 5:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model ML04 Water Specialties Propeller Flow Meter from McCrometer (Hemet, CA) is now available with an optional transmitter that supports 4-20 mA output in support of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. The ML04 is a steel-flanged end tube meter with a measurement accuracy of ±2 percent while measuring liquid flow from 40 to 35,000 gpm.

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Automatic Beam Drilling

September 25, 2009 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nitto Kohki (Hanover Park, IL) has introduced its Atra Ace Automatic Drill, a solution for medium-volume and irregularly-shaped beam drilling. The Atra Ace enables fabricators to drill holes in steel in applications unsuitable for a CNC beam drill line. The Atra Ace also allows operators to bring the drill to the beam, rather than the beam to the drilling line for processing.

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Air Force To Reopen $35b Boeing-Northrop Battle

September 25, 2009 4:47 am | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Air Force is poised to reopen the competition between rivals Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. for a troubled $35 billion tanker contract. The Pentagon has tried and failed twice to award a contract to replace its Eisenhower-era fleet of tankers that refuel military planes in flight.

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