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Are Employers Weeding Out The Chronically Jobless?

February 18, 2011 3:40 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Are some companies weeding out job applicants just because they are unemployed? After news accounts about the practice and requests from concerned lawmakers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has jumped in, trying to figure out whether it's a widespread tactic that could violate federal job discrimination laws.

Ex-Chrysler Dealers Sue Gov't Over Bailout Closures

February 18, 2011 3:37 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of car dealers who lost their businesses in Chrysler's 2009 bankruptcy sued the government Thursday, claiming their dealer franchises were closed without adequate compensation. The 64 former Chrysler dealers said in the lawsuit that the Treasury Department violated their constitutional rights by failing to compensate them for taking their auto businesses.

China On 'High Alert' For More Tainted Milk

February 18, 2011 3:33 am | by Alexa Olesen, Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China has warned dairy producers that inspectors are on alert for fresh milk tainted with the industrial chemical melamine and another toxic substance extracted from leather scraps. Both additives — melamine and hydrolyzed leather protein — would make dairy products made with watered-down milk appear to have normal amounts of protein.

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Oregon Exports Surged In 2010, Thanks To China

February 18, 2011 3:31 am | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Exports from Oregon increased last year, led by high-tech sales and record shipments to China. Foreign sales jumped 19 percent to nearly $17.7 billion while exports to China, the state's biggest foreign customer, accounted for more than $4 billion of that total, The Oregonian reported.

Intel Chief Joins White House Job-Creation Council

February 18, 2011 3:23 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Casting about for innovative job-creation ideas, President Barack Obama is naming one of his critics to an advisory council responsible for finding new ways to promote economic growth and bring jobs to the U.S. Obama will name Intel Corp. CEO Paul Otellino to the jobs and competitiveness council during a visit to the company's semiconductor manufacturing facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, on Friday, a White House official said.

Vandals Attack Toyota Cars Over Outsourcing Claims

February 18, 2011 3:18 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say three men accused of vandalizing seven Toyota vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show told them they were angry about U.S. jobs being shipped overseas. Prosecutors say 20-year-old Richard Data, 28-year-old Edmund Grzeszkiewicz (GREZH'-kuh-wits), and Bryan Kjellman (KYELL'-man), all of the Chicago suburb of Orland Park, were charged Thursday with criminal damage to property.

ISO-Quality Tubing

February 17, 2011 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Natvar (City of Industry, CA) has announced that its Clayton, NC facility has been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Certification in recognition of its best practice production techniques. In order to achieve these certification, the company operated with stringent standards and tight quality controls to ensure integrity and safety within their complete line of medical tubing.

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Improved Wire Stripping

February 17, 2011 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The flexibility of the indexing cutter head technology from Schleuniger (Manchester, NH) has been paired with servo drives and improved electronics in the new PowerStrip 9550. The tool processes a wide range of applications, from stranded wire to multi-conductor cables, as well as coaxial and other shielded cables.

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Refrigerated And Desiccant Dryers, Together

February 17, 2011 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Hybritec combination dryer series from Kaeser (Fredericksburg, VA) combines the energy savings of a refrigerated dryer with the low dew points of a desiccant dryer, according to the company. Hybritec units operate on a process that first treats the air to remove a majority of the water vapor.

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Aluminum Enclosures In All Sizes

February 17, 2011 10:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hammond Manufacturing (Cheektowaga, NY) has added nine sizes to its 1550 family of die-cast aluminum enclosures, which provide robust mechanical protection and good EMC attenuation levels. The tapped holes and machine screws used to secure the lid make them suitable for use where interior access will be required on a regular basis.

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Boat Owners, Manufacturers Fear Ethanol-Tinged Gas

February 17, 2011 8:29 am | by Derek Harper, Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gasoline may soon include more ethanol, but people who work on boats and small engines say they fear the change will lead to many more damaged engines and costly repair bills. Even though the federal Environmental Protection Agency did not approve the blend for many types of engines, some may still inadvertently fuel their craft at a station that sells it.

Understand Your Oil

February 17, 2011 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Paul N. Gardner Company (Pompano Beach, FL) has developed the OCMA-310 Oil Content Analyzer, which can assess the trace amount of hydrocarbons in a variety of materials, as well as check for residual hydrocarbons on pre-cleaned products. The S-316 solvent used by the unit can be recycled by a solvent reclaimer, making the system environmentally-friendly.

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Scissor Lifts And Conveyors, Together

February 17, 2011 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

EnKon Systems — the new brand name for Herkules Equipment Corporation ’s (Walled Lake, MY) scissor lift tables — has coupled a hydraulic scissor lift with a tilting conveyor. The system allows for loading and assembling components before sliding the piece to another assembly cell.

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Print On Virtually Anything

February 17, 2011 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Videojet Technologies Inc. (Wood Dale, IL) allows companies to print large, variable data codes on both porous or nonporous substrates with the new Videojet 2120. The system can apply characters on everything from cardboard and paper, to plastic and foil. Multiple printhead and ink options provide the flexibility to configure the industrial ink jet printer for different products.

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This Membrane Dryer Is A 'SuperStar'

February 17, 2011 6:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

LA-MAN Corporation (Mazeppa, MN) is now offering the AMD-035 SuperStar Membrane Dryer that provides clean and dry compressed air. The membrane dryer can be used where refrigerated dryers may be too large. The AMD-035 lowers the dew point by continuously removing water vapor and venting into the surrounding atmosphere.

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A Lesson In The German Model Economy

February 17, 2011 5:01 am | Articles | Comments

There are characteristics of German manufacturers that could enhance U.S. initiatives to create a more successful manufacturing-based economy. Much has been written of late about the loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States. Statistics show that the U.S. has lost over an estimated 3.

Manufacturing Technology Up 85% In 2010

February 17, 2011 4:59 am | News | Comments

Douglas K. Woods, AMT President December U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $446.76 million, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool  Distributors’ Association.  This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 40.

Show Me The Green

February 17, 2011 4:46 am | by Bobbi Klein, PR and Marketing Director, Green Analytics, Inc. | Articles | Comments

With the increase in the urgency to combat climate change, the manufacturing industry is beginning to take responsibility for its actions and transitioning into greener practices with the “Go Green” movement. Nevertheless, the current economic situation is not supportive for manufacturers to spend the high up-front costs of being environmentally sustainable and waiting for the long-term return on investment generally keeps the executives wanting to sustain the “doing business as usual” model.

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

February 17, 2011 4:04 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Chemical disclosure is on the forefront of proactive minds across the processing industry. What is your company willing to divulge? From the dispersants used in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) chemical disclosure to Consumer Product Safety Commission databases to Bisphenol A (BPA) safety concerns, everyone wants to know what’s in their daily inventory of product and how safe it is.

The Seven Steps For Picking A Contractor

February 16, 2011 10:25 am | Articles | Comments

At some point in time every industrial plant must bring in an outside contractor to do specialized work such as boiler blasting, concrete waterproofing and ceiling painting that in-house manpower cannot perform on a cost-effective basis. Such an option makes sense, in that many industrial operations do not enjoy the luxury of re-assigning staff to do labor-intensive work that requires additional training.

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