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Safer Compressed Air Cleaning

August 2, 2010 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The re-engineered Jet-Kleen Personnel Blow-Off Gun from Specialized Safety Products (Chicago, IL) is a safe and effective alternative to compressed air for dust, debris, and moisture removal, according to the company. The system is lightweight and portable, not to mention much quieter than compressed air.

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Shred Anything

August 2, 2010 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 0300 Jackhammer Hard Drive Shredder from Security Engineered Machinery (SEM — Westboro, MA) has a small footprint but can destroy hard drives, other electronic devices (cell phones, PDAs, etc), optical media, and computer backup tapes. The sawtooth cutters can handle 125 to 500 drives per hour, reducing them to random 1-1/2” shreds.

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ERP On Your iPhone

August 2, 2010 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Deacom, Inc. (Wayne, PA) has developed the addition of mobile access technology to the DEACOM Integrated Accounting and ERP Software System for manufacturers of all sorts. Mobile DEACOM now gives accessibility to ERP data — including sales orders, purchase orders, production jobs, and consumer relationship management — via any smartphone device.

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Chinese Manufacturing Continues To Wind Down

August 2, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Expansion of Chinese manufacturing activity slowed for the third month in July, as production, new orders and purchasing prices all declined, a survey showed Sunday. The state-affiliated China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said its purchasing managers index, or PMI, fell to 51.

ISM Index Shows Slowing Of Manufacturing Growth

August 2, 2010 4:29 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — As fears build that the recovery from the recession is petering out, analysts expect the manufacturing sector grew more slowly in July. A swell of production in factories has helped lead the rebound for about a year as exports increased and companies rebuilt their stocks of supplies and goods.

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CAT Chooses N.C. For Parts Plant, 500 Jobs

August 2, 2010 4:28 am | News | Comments

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. said Friday it will build a parts plant for large mining machines and it expects to employ about 510 full-time and contract workers in five years. Construction is scheduled to begin in November on the Winston-Salem factory where workers will machine, assemble, test and paint axle assemblies for large mining machines.

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Geely Completes Acquisition Of Volvo

August 2, 2010 4:27 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Geely Holding Group completed its acquisition of Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo unit Monday in a $1.5 billion deal that gives the small-but-ambitious Chinese automaker a global brand and huge management challenges. The legendary Swedish automaker is China's biggest foreign auto acquisition and an unusually large deal for a private Chinese company.

Huntsville-Built 'Hermes' Becomes A Help For Soldiers

August 2, 2010 4:25 am | by Kenneth Kesner, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — There are eyes and brains on the table at Advanced Optical Systems, next to a big metal hand with a powerful grip. The rugged little cameras, black boxes of bristling circuit boards, LED beacons and the automatic cargo hook assembly housed in what looks like a desktop beer keg are part of the company's Hermes autonomous pickup and delivery system.

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'Gorilla' Glass Gets Revived After 50 Years

August 2, 2010 4:24 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CORNING, N.Y. (AP) — An ultra-strong glass that has been looking for a purpose since its invention in 1962 is poised to become a multibillion-dollar bonanza for Corning Inc. The 159-year-old glass pioneer is ramping up production of what it calls Gorilla glass, expecting it to be the hot new face of touch-screen tablets and high-end TVs.

Video Case Study: RFID And Guided Missiles

July 30, 2010 7:58 am | Articles | Comments

In the lastest edition of The RFID Network , Louis Sirico visits an aerospace and defense manufacturing facility, where RFID technology is being used to help simplify the complex process of building unmanned aircraft and guided missiles for the Department of Defense.

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The Big-Idea Man

July 30, 2010 7:46 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

While the Big-Idea Man has become easy to strike through on budgets during a down economy, even the big idea itself has come under scrutiny because the industry’s competitive landscape no longer lends itself to the plodding and planning associated with big idea execution. He was an elusive character.

The Ultimate Dock Compatibility

July 30, 2010 7:10 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Manual Safety-Chock from  Serco  (Carrollton, TX) provides loading docks with a versatile wheel restraint solution, capable of engaging and restraining the wide range of trailers that come to the dock, including trucks with lift gates, damaged rear impact guards, or different axle configurations.

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Intelligent Smoke Detectors

July 30, 2010 7:09 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Fireray 5000 Auto Alignment Beam Detector range from Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE — Mentor, OH) has been certified to meet rigorous loss prevention standards. The Fireray 5000 is a beam-type smoke detector that covers large areas with fewer units than traditional “point” type sensors.

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Lockring Bushings Get Accurate

July 30, 2010 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

ETP Shaft locking bushings from Zero-Max (Plymouth, MN) produce accurate and concentric mounting compared to mechanical shaft locking bushings. In addition, the ETP bushings incorporate a double-walled sleeve that encapsulates a pressure medium, and are ideal where repeated mounting and dismantling of components is required.

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Easy-To-Install Collets

July 30, 2010 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Royal Products (Hauppauge, NY) has developed the Quick-Grip CNC Collet Chucks for workholding. When installing the collet, a special installation tool compresses the rear end of the collet so it can be inserted, and upon expansion, the collet locks into place via a hook-and-groove arrangement.

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Honda Posts Record Profit, Mazda Minimizes Losses

July 30, 2010 5:10 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Honda's quarterly profit ballooned to a record $3.2 billion while Mazda reduced its losses, rounding out a tale of recovery among Japanese automakers. Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. have also reported stronger results but the prospect of a continued recovery for the Japanese automakers remains shaky.

Economic Recovery Idles As Consumers Close Wallets

July 30, 2010 5:05 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The recovery lost momentum in the second quarter as growth slowed to a 2.4 percent pace, its most sluggish showing in nearly a year and too weak to drive down unemployment. Weaker spending by consumers, less growth coming from companies restocking shrunken stockpiles and a bigger drag from the nation's trade deficits were the main factors behind the second quarter's slowdown.

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Will CAT Choose North Carolina?

July 30, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina hopes to be picked as the site for a new plant planned by heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. that will employ about 500 employees and contract workers. An official announcement on the company's decision is expected Friday afternoon. Sites in Forsyth County, Spartanburg, S.

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Obama Heads To Michigan To Tout Auto Bailout

July 30, 2010 4:28 am | by Charles Babington, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is going to the heart of the U.S. auto industry to push an important election-year claim: his administration's unpopular auto industry bailout has turned into an economic good-news story. With Americans facing a still-limping economy and potentially pivotal congressional elections in three months, the White House sees progress in the auto industry as a concrete area of improvement — and one with direct ties to the president's own actions.

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Kia Tallies 61 Percent Surge In 2Q Profit

July 30, 2010 4:26 am | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kia Motors posted a 61 percent surge in quarterly profit, boosted by sales of popular new models in South Korea and increased demand overseas. Kia, an affiliate of Hyundai Motor Co., earned 557.8 billion won ($471 million) in the April-to-June quarter, it said Friday.

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