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OSHA Fines Ammo Manufacturer $1.2M For Deadly Explosion

October 26, 2010 4:10 am | by Holly Ramer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Federal labor officials on Monday proposed fining a gun and ammunition manufacturer $1.2 million, saying that two men who died in an explosion at its northern New Hampshire plant weren't properly trained and had been feeding explosive powder into equipment by hand.

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Ford Beats Expectations, Ready To Hire And Invest

October 26, 2010 4:08 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s third-quarter net income rose 68 percent as it grabbed a bigger share of the U.S. auto market and buyers paid more for its highly-rated cars and trucks. It was Ford's sixth straight quarterly profit and the company's best third-quarter performance since at least 1990.

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Feds Raid Home Of Ex-Raytheon Missile Systems Expert

October 26, 2010 4:07 am | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — Federal agents on Monday searched and removed materials from a suburban Boston home owned by a missile systems expert who worked for the U.S. defense contractor Raytheon. The home is owned by Richard M. Lloyd, the former Raytheon Co. employee, and Lori Lloyd, public records show.

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U.S. Steel Posts $51 Million Loss On Slow Demand

October 26, 2010 4:05 am | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — U.S. Steel said Tuesday it continues to lose money because demand for its products remains weak due to the uneven global economic recovery. The Pittsburgh manufacturing giant reported a third-quarter loss of $51 million. In late July the company was predicting a profit for the quarter, but it tempered that outlook as the period progressed.

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Manufacturers Worried About Absenteeism During Flu Season

October 25, 2010 11:10 am | Articles | Comments

New Survey Finds Support for Hand Hygiene Education & Preventive Measures On the heels of last year’s H1N1 scare, manufacturers are taking a closer look at how to avoid wide-spread workplace absenteeism and productivity declines if faced with another flu pandemic. According to a recent survey conducted by Kimberly-Clark Professional, 87 percent of manufacturing industry professionals polled said they are concerned about declines in productivity at their workplace due to absenteeism or presenteeism related to a flu pandemic.

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Tell Your Boss To Go Home

October 25, 2010 10:56 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Not too long ago, my trusty Office Depot desk calendar informed me that National Boss Day was upcoming. I don’t know who organizes these things, but having a work-related “day” on a Saturday seems inappropriate — kind of like inviting your family to work for Thanksgiving lunch.

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Move Plenty Of Air

October 25, 2010 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) has introduced a new line of CAB Cast Aluminum Blowers, which can move up to 1,550 cfm of air. According to the company, the blowers are ideal for smoke and fume removal, spot cooling, and electronic equipment cooling. Features and benefits of the blowers include: A spark-resistant construction.

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Upgraded Gas Sensors

October 25, 2010 8:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Detcon’s (The Woodlands, TX) Model 524 and 624 MicroSafe gas detection sensors have been upgraded to “D” series transmitters, which includes more rugged circuitry and better fault diagnostics. The non-intrusive “Smart” sensors feature embedded intelligence that makes the operator interface simple.

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More Durable Polyester Labels

October 25, 2010 8:33 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The CILS-8200/9200 metalized polyester labels from Computer Imprintable Label Systems (CILS — Burlington, MA) provides durability and resistance against harsh industrial conditions, such as abrasion, oils, grease, extreme temperatures (-196° to 388°C), chemicals, and severe weathering.

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A 'Greener' Filter Bag

October 25, 2010 8:32 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Eaton Corporation (Cleveland, OH) has announced that its UNIBAG filterbag has received the Eaton “Green Leaf” symbol for sustainability because it provides environmental advantages over standard filter bags. The felt used in the polyester contains 40 to 60 percent recycled fibers without optical white additives.

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The Challenges Of Viscous Fluids

October 25, 2010 6:50 am | Articles | Comments

Measuring flow in fluids with viscosities of more than 100 centipoise (cP) requires special consideration by those responsible for operating and maintaining the equipment. In addition to heavy crude, other challenging high-viscosity products include: heavy fuel and lubricating oils, bunker fuels and grease components.

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The Business Case For Fuel Cells

October 25, 2010 6:39 am | Blogs | Comments

by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net The catchphrase “going green” has been around for awhile now, garnering a strong following for those who care about the sustainability of the planet. In an effort to become more energy and cost efficient, increasing numbers of companies are utilizing fuel cells as part of their daily operations.

Fiat: We'd Be Better Off Without Italy's Unions

October 25, 2010 5:16 am | by Alessandra Rizzo, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

ROME (AP) — Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne says the tradition-laden Italian automaker would be better off without Italy and its balky unions, provoking an angry reaction Monday from some labor and government officials. Fiat has been in tense negotiations with unions over its plan to shut down a factory in Sicily next year.

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Japan, India Sign Agreement To Boost Trade

October 25, 2010 5:00 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of India and Japan signed a sweeping agreement Monday to boost trade and agreed to speed up talks toward a civilian nuclear energy deal — despite sensitivity in Japan over India's past atomic test blasts. Prime Minister Naoto Kan called the conclusion of nearly 4-year negotiations on the economic partnership agreement a "historic achievement.

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Toyota Only Japanese Automaker To See Production Drops

October 25, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's global production fell in September for the first time in a year, while rivals Honda and Nissan increased output thanks to strong demand in China. Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its worldwide production dropped 1.3 percent to 672,604 vehicles, marking the first year-on-year decrease in 12 months.

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Ford's 3Q Profits Might Slip On Higher Costs

October 25, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is set to report its third-quarter earnings before the market opens on Tuesday. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Ford is expected to report its sixth straight quarterly profit. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker has made the biggest U.S. market share gains of any automaker this year.

Intel To Open New Oregon Manufacturing Plant

October 25, 2010 4:43 am | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The new planned Intel Corp. research facility in Hillsboro will provide jobs to hard-hit sectors of Oregon's labor force at a time when they are direly needed. The Oregonian reports construction workers, carpenters and engineers can expect to see new jobs in the Portland metro area — good news with Oregon's 10.

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Man Accused Of Two Ohio Plant Murders On $3 Million Bond

October 25, 2010 4:41 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has set bond at $3 million for a man accused of gunning down two people at an Ohio manufacturing plant. Wearing handcuffs and assisted by a translator, 50-year-old Pedro Rodriguez appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court Monday. He's charged with two counts of aggravated murder in Friday's shooting at ParkOhio Products Inc.

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Pratt & Whitney, Machinists Gear Up For The 'Big Fight'

October 25, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — A continuing battle between jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney and the machinists union over jobs now moves to the bargaining table. The subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. and the union begin negotiations Tuesday for a contract to replace a three-year agreement that expires Dec.

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HACCP In The Food Industry

October 22, 2010 12:06 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is quickly becoming one of the most important issues in the food industry.  Food Manufacturing  spoke with Mike Gay of Rockwell Automation to discuss the latest HACCP technology and trends and how food manufacturers can utilize these tools to improve efficiency, increase cost savings and strengthen product quality control.

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