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Easier 'All-In-One' Water Handling

January 25, 2011 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Holley Transfer Pipe from Kochek Company (Putnam, CT) can efficiently move water from dump tanks to drafting tanks, replacing lower volume, more complicated, and labor-intensive methods of transferring water. The “all-in-one” system requires no assembly, with an integrated intake hole, a jet siphon port, a support bracket, and a handle for easy transport.

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Test Your Hydraulic Systems

January 25, 2011 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering, Inc. (Stamford, CT) is offering a new digital hydraulic tester, which is compact, lightweight, and self-contained. The tool is designed for fast diagnostic troubleshooting of all types of mobile or stationary hydraulic systems components, and it makes all flow pressure and temperature measurements simultaneously from one point.

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Managing Product And Process Records

January 25, 2011 5:07 am | by Chuck Cimalore, CTO, Omnify | Articles | Comments

How important the need is for PLM in downstream processes? It is well known that getting a product to market quickly is critical to a company’s success. There are many steps involved in this process and manufacturers need to continuously find areas to improve upon in order to meet their product goals.

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Let's Build A Firetruck

January 25, 2011 4:55 am | Videos | Comments

Ultimate Factories , via the National Geographic Channel, visits Pierce Manufacturing's Appleton, Wis. facility to see how their high-tech and heavy-duty fire trucks are built. The factory is 800,000 square feet of production on a massive scale, where over 1,500 highly-skilled workers build the life-saving tools that our fire departments depend on.

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Kodak Loses Major Patent Suit Against Apple, RIM

January 25, 2011 3:50 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Eastman Kodak Co. lost a crucial opening round Monday in a high-stakes patent dispute over whether iPhones and BlackBerry camera phones infringe on its digital-imaging technology. The U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington said in a preliminary ruling that Apple Inc.

China Insists Stealth Technology Is Home-Made

January 25, 2011 3:39 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — An official Chinese newspaper on Tuesday dismissed a report that the country used technology taken from a downed U.S. airplane in its own stealth fighter program. Chinese officials this month staged the first-known test flight of the J-20 prototype stealth fighter that could one day challenge American air superiority.

It's Earnings Season: 3M, J&J, Siemens, DuPont

January 25, 2011 3:37 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Transportation Writer | News | Comments

3M profit dips in 4Q, lifts forecast for 2011  NEW YORK (AP) — 3M Co. on Tuesday raised its profit expectations for the new year, saying research and investments in new products are paying off. 3M said net income dipped slightly in the last quarter of 2010 because of higher costs.

Harley Considers $47 Million Loss 'Strong Progress'

January 25, 2011 3:27 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc. cut its fourth-quarter loss, getting a ride from a restructuring and a strong performance from its financial services unit even as motorcycle sales slumped. The Milwaukee company on Tuesday reported a net loss of $46.8 million, or 20 cents per share, a vast improvement over the $218.

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GM Fights To Take Back World's No. 1 Title

January 25, 2011 3:23 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — General Motors has a shot at being No. 1 again. The resurgent automaker reported Monday that its worldwide sales last year came within 30,000 of beating Japanese rival Toyota, which took a big hit because of safety recalls. GM is hiring, producing more and basking in a better reputation for quality.

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Stealth Bomber Engineer Gets 32 Years For Selling Secrets

January 25, 2011 3:18 am | by Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — A former B-2 stealth bomber engineer was sentenced to 32 years in prison Monday for selling military secrets to China in the latest of several high-profile cases of Chinese espionage in the U.S. Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway said Noshir Gowadia, 66, would likely be in his late 80s by the time he is released if he gets credit for good behavior in prison.

The Problem With Boys

January 24, 2011 10:00 am | Videos | Comments

All around the country, boys are tuning out. They're disengaging from school, and they're forgetting what it means to learn and work hard. While this talk from Ali-Carr Chellman focuses mostly on the U.S.'s education system, this issues could have implications in our world, too. Without learning what it means to engage with anything, and work for it, the future manufacturing workers and businessmen won't learn to enjoy engineering and the technical aspects of simply making things.

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Is Elkhart Really Recovering?

January 24, 2011 9:33 am | Videos | Comments

Recent studies show that Elkhart is in a recovery. RV manufacturing is slowly climbing back toward its golden days, and companies like Navistar are helping put some of the swath of skilled workers back in employment. But to say that the area is recovering? That depends on who you ask. Visit msnbc.

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How Long Is This Piece Of String?

January 24, 2011 9:32 am | Videos | Comments

It’s easy enough to measure a piece of string, right? Your job probably relies heavily on your ability to easily measure the dimensions of the product you’re trying to make. But getting a true measurement of something as simple as a string isn’t as simple as pulling out a ruler. BBC reporter Alan Davies tries to tackle a question that has been around for centuries, and ultimately ends up in a world of atomic scales and black holes.

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The Obama-GE Love Story

January 24, 2011 9:31 am | Videos | Comments

Last week, Obama tapped Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of GE, to head a new White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. In a string of attempts to reach out to business leaders around the country, Obama and Immelt will hope to create a business climate that is more conducive to job creation and retention.

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Better Ceramic Membranes

January 24, 2011 8:58 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

SJE-Rhombus (Detroit Lakes, MN) will offer two new tubular ceramic membrane modules in its CFS (Ceramic Filtration Solutions) line. Typical applications for the CFS products include industrial process water and wastewater treatment, and the products are suitable for high flow rates. The company also offers the following features: A long membrane life, a high filtration rate, and a high recovery rate.

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Reduce Production Costs With Tubular Drag

January 24, 2011 8:32 am | Articles | Comments

Dhunseri Petrochem & Tea Ltd. (DPTL) is a leading global manufacturer of bottle-grade PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resin. The company’s plant is located in the port city of Haldia in West Bengal, India. The facility is a continuous chemical process plant which operates non-stop round the year.

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Fear And Loathing In Redwood City

January 24, 2011 6:15 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder of PCDworks | Articles | Comments

Most companies wouldn’t know how to innovate if the opportunity bit them on the leg. Last  column , I mentioned that our spin-off company,  Active Water Sciences  (AWS), was a runner up in the Environmental category for the Wall Street Journal’s 2010 Technology Innovation Awards.

Powerful PAC Upgrades Tortilla Machine

January 24, 2011 5:53 am | by Ron Meade, Chief Executive Officer, Casa Herrera | Articles | Comments

Case Herrera builds tortilla preparation equipment for the corn and flour tortilla industry, provides equipment for the bakery and snack food industries, and is the preferred supplier to several national brands. We build several varieties of our machines to meet customer specifications, and we install and service all of the equipment we manufacture.

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Even More Height And Reach

January 24, 2011 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

JLG Industries, Inc. (McConnellsburg, PA) has announced a new model in its line of boom lifts: the 340AJ. The new lift has a lift height of 34 feet, with 20 feet of horizontal reach and a 17-foot up and over reach, all with a low gross vehicle weight of 9,700 pounds. In addition, the new lift features steel hoods to increase its durability, and has a 500-pound capacity at its maximum reach.

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Two Tools In One

January 24, 2011 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The star-tipped tools from Bondhus (Monticello, MN) now work with both the company’s Star and Star-Plus fasteners. The tool is available in many styles, including: L-wrenches, wing and flag, fold-up, screwdriver, and T-hangle, and in a full range of sizes, from T5 to T60. Other features include: The freedom from not stocking separate tools for both fasteners.

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