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Be A Better Catcher

November 15, 2010 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Sitema Safety Catchers, manufactured by Sitema GmbH (Karlsruche, Germany), are clamping devices that mount around shafts to support vertical loads. They can decelerate and stop falling loadings, preventing personal injury or damage to equipment. A series of wedged clamping jaws are arranged inside the Safety Catcher housing, each with one slide lining and one brake lining.

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Protect Your Products

November 15, 2010 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pres-On (Addison, IL) has developed the PBWMF-4 white masking film, which can help prevent glass, auto trim, clear-coated aluminum and other polished surfaces from being scratched during manufacturing, shipping, or installation. PBWMF-4 is a 3.0 mil polyolefin film coated with a removable acrylic adhesive, and removes cleanly from most surfaces up to one year after deployment, depending on the application.

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Magnetic Powder Sorting

November 15, 2010 7:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez (Erie, PA) has announced its newly redesigned Dry Vibrating Magnetic Filter (DVMF) with a stainless steel construction option that makes it an ideal choice for handling various powders. The DVMF uses a high-intensity, high-gradient magnetic field generated in the bore of a solenoid coil.

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Reducing Wide Mouth PET Packaging Costs

November 15, 2010 6:30 am | Articles | Comments

By dividing the PET bottle manufacturing process into two steps instead of one, manufacturers experience significant savings in shipping and inventory costs. For decades, producers of PET blow-molded containers have been shipping bulky bottles and jars that contained nothing more than air, in many cases over long distances.

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Chinese Banks Ready To Turn The Tables, Invest In GM

November 15, 2010 4:08 am | by Sharon Silke Carty, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Among the banks helping General Motors with its initial public stock offering next week are two identified by initials only: ICBC and CICC. Americans uncomfortable with U.S. government ownership of General Motors may want to hear more: One of those banks is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, one of China's four big central government banks.

Belden Agrees To Buy Thomas & Betts Division

November 15, 2010 3:54 am | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Belden Inc., an electronics components maker, said Thursday it agreed to buy Thomas & Betts Corp.'s communications products business for $78 million in cash. Memphis, Tenn.-based Thomas & Betts said the communications products business is part of its electric segment.

Supermarket Irony: Some Reusable Bags Tainted By Lead

November 15, 2010 3:51 am | by Michael Gormley, Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, New York (AP) — A U.S. senator is seeking a federal investigation after a newspaper's report of lead content in some reusable grocery bags. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York told The Associated Press that many of the reusable grocery bags sold nationwide are manufactured in China.

What Are The Red Flags For GM's IPO?

November 15, 2010 3:50 am | by Sharon Silke Carty, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors executives are playing up three bright spots in the company's future as they try to persuade investors to buy GM stock: a better lineup of cars and trucks, potential for global growth and a new cost structure that enables the company to make money even when the economy dips.

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Retail Sales Hit Seven-Month High In October

November 15, 2010 3:49 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales, helped by strong demand for autos, increased in October by the largest amount in seven months. The Commerce Department reported Monday that retail sales rose 1.2 percent last month. That was nearly double the gain that had been expected and the largest increase since March.

Caterpillar To Buy Bucyrus For $7.6 Billion

November 15, 2010 3:47 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar, the world's largest construction and mining equipment maker, moved aggressively to capitalize on demand for commodities in emerging markets Monday with a $7.6 billion buyout of Bucyrus International. Bucyrus makes surface mining equipment used for mining coal, copper, iron ore, oil sands and other minerals.

The Value Of A True CRM Tool 

November 12, 2010 9:02 am | Articles | Comments

Elobau Sensor Technology was using software to manage contacts and customer interaction notes, but the software didn’t have follow-up features, the ability to access the information remotely via the Web, and didn’t allow users to share information in a common database. It became clear to Elobau management that the company needed a true customer relationship management (CRM) tool.

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Easy-To-Use Ohmmeter

November 12, 2010 8:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DO4A digital ohmmeter from Seaward (Tampa, FL) uses True 4 Wire measurement to eliminate lead resistance errors across a range from 40mW to 4kW, with respective resolutions between 10mW and 1W. The unit is contained in an aluminum case with a tilted carrying handle, and input protection is provided up to 415 volts rms.

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Stronger Porcelain-Like Coatings

November 12, 2010 8:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

A line of high-temperature, high-gloss, and VOC-compliant coatings that provide a porcelain-like appearance for metal surfaces is now available from Dampney Company, Inc (Everett, MA). The Thurmalox 8800 Series Heat Resistant High Gloss Coatings are silicone-based baking enamels that can withstand head to 500°F.

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Get More Selective Welds

November 12, 2010 8:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools, Inc. (Gainesville, GA) has announced that it now manufactures the RPS Automation Selective Solder Nozzles for the Rhythm, Harmony, Opus, and SS100A range of selective soldering machines. The custom solder nozzles assist to replace labor-intensive hand soldering while eliminating defects caused by wave soldering machines.

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Non-Magnetic Fasteners

November 12, 2010 8:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yardley Products Corporation (Yardley, PA) has announced that it is offering inserts manufactured using a “non-magnetic” brass material, making it ideal for applications involving electronics or medical devices. Most brass inserts are slightly magnetic due to small traces of iron in the alloy, which can cause RF inferference with sensitive electronics.

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Q&A: Sanitation As A Competitive Advantage

November 12, 2010 5:25 am | by Doug Newman, Senior Vice President, Celerant Consulting | Articles | Comments

Sanitation is a crucial part of the food manufacturing business and must be managed, controlled and executed with the same level of attention as that of the production and maintenance operations.  Food Manufacturing  spoke with Doug Newman, Senior Vice President for Celerant Consulting, about the importance of sanitation in the food industry.

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'ERP Plus' Aids In The Pursuit Of Profits

November 12, 2010 5:02 am | Articles | Comments

As the foundational system of record for the business, ERP can be one of the best tools process manufacturers can use to implement cost cutting measures and to achieve these goals. Some would argue that the “process” industry has been invented by software companies. Companies in this category think of themselves as food & beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, metal processing, or other related industries.

Nissan Recalls 600,000 Vehicles For Steering, Battery Issues

November 12, 2010 4:09 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is recalling more than 600,000 vehicles in North and South America and Africa due to steering or battery cable problems. The Japanese automaker said Thursday that the steering recall affects 303,000 Frontier pickup trucks and 283,000 Xterra sport utility vehicles in the U.

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Manufacturers Eager To Use Health-Focused Food Labels

November 12, 2010 3:34 am | by Shelia Byrd, Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Making healthy choices at the supermarket may get a little easier next year when food makers and retailers start putting easier-to-read nutrition labels on the front of packages, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday during an obesity summit in Mississippi.

Ky. Manufacturer Honored For 5 Million Hours Without Accident

November 12, 2010 3:30 am | News | Comments

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Bowling Green manufacturer has joined an elite group of Kentucky employers as it marked 5 million worker hours without a lost-time accident. Sun Products Corp. received two awards from the state Labor Cabinet on Wednesday. One is certification under the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

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