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The Future Of Air Traffic Control

August 31, 2011 6:29 am | Videos | Comments

Technology normally used for organizing pit stops will map runways like they would a Formula 1 track in order to cut emissions. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Japan Automakers To Expand Operations

August 31, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

NAGOYA, Aug. 31 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp. and other major automakers in Japan will restart their operations on Thursdays from September after having to shift them to the weekends due to power shortages triggered by the March 11 earthquake. The carmakers suspended operations on Thursdays and Fridays in July and August to avoid boosting electricity consumption during busy hours under the initiative of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

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Plant In ND Saved In Brink Of Time

August 31, 2011 5:22 am | News | Comments

OAKES, N.D. (AP) — A plant in the southeast North Dakota city of Oakes that was slated for closure at the end of August was saved when it was bought by a locally owned company. Gov. Jack Dalrymple says Harris Machine Co. has purchased the JLG Industries plant in the community of about 1,700 people and plans to expand it.

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Intersystems Plans $10M NE Expansion

August 31, 2011 5:20 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska company is planning to spend $10 million expanding its manufacturing plant in Omaha and hire about 30 more workers. Intersystems, which makes equipment for grain elevators, processing plants and port facilities, announced its plans on Tuesday. Its products help sort grains, powders, rock and wood chips.

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Person Burned After Steam Explosion

August 31, 2011 5:17 am | News | Comments

ROME, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say at least one person was burned in an explosion at a northwest Georgia manufacturing plant. Rome-Floyd County Fire Chief Gordon Henderson tells the Rome News-Tribune (http://bit.ly/nLyfN6) that one person was being treated for steam burns. He did not know the extent of the person's injuries.

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Automakers Bet On Compact Car Demand

August 31, 2011 5:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Automakers are gearing up to make more compact cars this year. It's another bet on a part of the car market that has thrived this year as consumers fret about the economy but still want a new set of wheels. General Motors is adding Saturday shifts in the fourth quarter at an Ohio factory that makes the compact Cruze, two people briefed on the matter said Monday.

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Mid Rail Gantry Water Jet Cutting Machine

August 30, 2011 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Jet Edge, Inc. (St. Michael, MN) has introduced the Mid Rail Gantry Model MR513 water jet cutting machine. Capable of processing material up to 5’x13’, the machine is sized especially for fabricators, machine shops, and stone and tile shops. It cuts complex parts from virtually any material without creating a heat-affected zone (HAZ).

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Double Float Master Pump Switch

August 30, 2011 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

SJE-Rhombus (Detroit Lakes, MN) has enhanced the design of the Double Float Master pump switch for use in a wider range of applications. The new mechanical pump switch has an enhanced pumping range of 3 to 48 inches and an increased amp rating of 15 FLA at 120 VAC or 240 VAC. The Double Float Master pump switch consists of two narrow-angle mechanical floats and a splice tube, which contains a holding relay that enables the floats to function in series.

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DP8891 Waterproof Digital Thermometer

August 30, 2011 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DP8891 series of waterproof digital thermometer from Omega (Stamford, CT) features a wide temperature range and can be used as a portable unit or a wall mounted large LCD meter. This battery powered unit is Celsius and Fahrenheit switchable. The meter and probe offer waterproof (IP67) rating.

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Four-Channel ESD Overvoltage Suppressor

August 30, 2011 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Cooper Bussmann (St. Louis, MO) four-channel array ESD overvoltage suppressor device provides fast response and reliable ESD protection for data signals in any application requiring input/output, antenna, audio/video ports, or data lines. The low 0.1pF capacitance protects data without distorting signals.

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Free Floor Marking Kit

August 30, 2011 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Safety and OSHA laws demand that fire extinguishers be in a visible location in a workplace so they can be easily accessed in the event of a fire. Stop-Painting.com (Wake Forest, NC) is offering a free floor marking kit to mark where your fire extinguishers are located. The kit includes pre-cut Superior Mark aisle marking tape, which quickly creates a highly visible floor marking to draw attention to the fire extinguisher’s location and prevent employees from putting anything in front of it that would hinder visibility.

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Sullair Plans $12M Expansion

August 30, 2011 8:56 am | News | Comments

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A company that makes air compressors and other air tools says it will expand its headquarters in northern Indiana and expects to add some 100 jobs in the next few years. United Technologies subsidiary Sullair Corp. announced Tuesday it would spend up to $12.

Ohio's Spangler Candy Adds Candy Cane Jobs

August 30, 2011 8:54 am | News | Comments

BRYAN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Spangler Candy Co. is adding jobs and space to produce more candy canes sold under brand names such as Jelly Belly and Cinnabon. The company said in a statement Monday that it will spend $400,000 to upgrade and install two candy cane production lines at its plant in Bryan, the northwest Ohio community where Spangler is based.

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$12B May Not Be Enough To Finish Hanford Vit Plant

August 30, 2011 8:52 am | by Annette Cary | News | Comments

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Energy may not be able to complete the Hanford vitrification plant for the projected $12.2 billion, according to an internal DOE document. The $12.2 billion figure is at risk due to uncertainties in congressional funding for the project, increased cost growth outpacing savings and delays in resolving technical waste mixing issues, according to a briefing document by the Construction Project Review team.

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Japanese Auto Production Down In July

August 30, 2011 8:50 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Most Japanese automakers are reporting lackluster vehicle production and sales figures for July. The results underscore ongoing malaise in the industry as it grapples with a strong yen, a precarious global economy and recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Pfizer To Sell Manufacturing Plant

August 30, 2011 8:48 am | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell says Pfizer is selling its manufacturing plant in Henrico County to Fareva. McDonnell announced the deal Tuesday in a news release. He says Fareva plans to acquire and invest $42 million in the facility. McDonnell says the plant will continue to produce Pfizer consumer products under a manufacturing and supply agreement between the companies.

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Auto Supplier To Open $23M TN Plant

August 30, 2011 8:46 am | by Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An automotive supplier will open a new $23 million manufacturing plant and create 400 jobs in the next five years in Perry County, where the unemployment rate in recent years has reached nearly 30 percent, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday. The Republican governor and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said Michigan-based NYX Inc.

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Sticking To The Plan

August 30, 2011 5:53 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Manufacturing Group | Blogs | Comments

In the beginning, there were no single-use packaging applications. There were no dosage control offerings. There were no topical patches. There certainly were no transdermal delivery products. There was however, a stamping and printing company, as well as a man with vision, discipline and an open mind.

How Do Your Benefits Shape Up?

August 30, 2011 5:48 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

With the troubled economy, all of manufacturing is worried about its future. Most companies are devising new methods for staying competitive against foreign, low-cost providers, and others are still struggling with the possibility of layoffs. While managers and executives worry about the next decade of their company's success, the people they employ are also increasingly concerned about their future, particularly if they're nearing retirement.

New Weapon Against Bird-Strike At Airports

August 30, 2011 5:43 am | Videos | Comments

New Zealand scientists have developed a bird-repelling grass designed to reduce the number of bird strikes at airports. Marketed as "Avanex," the grass is infected with a fungus that birds won't eat and is seen as an important new weapon in a fight that costs the airline industry about $1.

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