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Dehumidifiers Recalled For Fire Risk

September 14, 2011 4:14 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thousands of dehumidifiers are being recalled for a second time after being blamed for more house fires. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co. is again announcing a recall of Goldstar and Comfort-Aire dehumidifiers because they can pose a fire and burn hazard.

V, VS Series Trash Pumps

September 13, 2011 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Ultra V Series and VS Series solids-handling, self-priming centrifugal trash pumps from Gorman-Rupp (Mansfield, OH) offer up to three times the pressure and up to 60 percent more performance. Available in a variety of pump station configurations or stand-alone 3-, 4-, and 6-inch sizes, they are suited for a variety of applications.


SP 9000 Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive

September 13, 2011 11:51 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Sprayon Products (Cleveland, OH) has added the new SP 9000 Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive to its line of industrial specialty chemicals. The new adhesive can be used to bond plastic, glass, and laminates to tables, cabinets, and shelving. Featuring variable volume controlled, lace spray pattern for stronger bonds and spray control, the spray also contains no ozone-depleting CFCs.


Arlink 8000 Modular Workstation System

September 13, 2011 11:50 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Lista International Corporation (Holliston, MA) has presented the Arlink 8000 Modular Workstation System, ergonomically designed with flexibility in mind. Ideal for a variety of applications, Arlink 8000 workstations can be reconfigured quickly, saving time and money. Each workstation can be configured in a variety of heights and lengths to suit specific needs.


IDEA Motor Drive Platform Now RS-485 Ready

September 13, 2011 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IDEA stepper motor drive platform from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, Inc. (Waterbury, CT) now has the capability of communicating using an RS-485 data protocol. Industrial equipment, such as stepper drives, motor drives, and servo systems, can now have the advantage of long data transmissions with resistance to electrical noise.


Fig 34HP Cast Carbon Steel Strainer

September 13, 2011 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spirax Sarco (Blythewood, SC) has announced the Fig 34HP cast carbon steel Y-type strainer, rated to ASME Class 600 standards. The FigHP is designed to protect equipment from pipeline debris such as scale, rust, jointing compound, weld metal, and other solids in flowing liquids or gases. This new range of strainers has a large screen area providing high CV and low pressure drop as well as making the frequency of blowdown for cleaning...


Pound Class Platform Truck

September 13, 2011 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hamilton Caster (Hamilton, OH) has re-introduced its popular model PB1108 2000 pound class platform truck; better running gear has been added to improve the truck’s “rollability.” Using 8 inch x 2 inch premium moldon rubber tired wheels with ball bearings reduces the required starting forces, and reduces operator fatigue and the related risk of injury.


JR Automation Tech To Open New SC Facility

September 13, 2011 9:14 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — JR Automation Technologies plans to open a new facility in Pickens County, creating 54 high-paying jobs over five years. The Holland, Mich.-based company said Tuesday it plans to invest more than $2 million in its engineering, sales and manufacturing plant in Pickens.


Toyota To Build New Factory In Indonesia

September 13, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

JAKARTA, Sept. 13 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp., Asia's biggest carmaker, announced Tuesday it will build a second factory in Indonesia to meet demand in the growing Indonesian market. The new plant, to go into operation in early 2013, will increase the company's production capacity in the country to 180,000 units per year from the current 110,000.


Union Backs Offshore Wind Power In VA

September 13, 2011 9:10 am | News | Comments

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Labor leaders representing steelworkers, the construction trades and shipbuilders added their collective clout Tuesday to the drive to develop offshore wind power in waters off Virginia. The union leaders said Virginia has the skilled workforce to help build an industry that one estimate said could generate more than 10,000 jobs.

Obama Proposes Taxes To Pay For Jobs Bill

September 13, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, In a sharp challenge to Republicans, proposed paying for his costly new jobs plan Monday with tax hikes on the wealthy that Republicans have already emphatically rejected, setting the stage for a likely new fight with Congress. By daring Republicans anew to reject the tax increases on rich Americans and corporations, Obama could gain a talking point as the 2012 presidential campaign...

Car Makers Show Off In Frankfurt But Outlook Dims

September 13, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

By Colleen Barry, Jamey Keaten, AP Business Writers FRANKFURT (AP) — The world's carmakers showed off the next generation of cleaner, smaller, and higher-mileage vehicles at the Frankfurt auto show Tuesday, but all the thumping sounds systems, slick videos and glossy concept cars could not obscure the anxiety about Europe's financial crisis.

Boeing Says Outlook Strong Despite Uncertainty

September 13, 2011 9:02 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — An executive from Boeing Co. said Tuesday the airplane maker continues to have a "very positive outlook on the commercial aerospace market" despite growing economic uncertainty. Speaking at Deutsche Bank Aviation and Transportation Conference, Boeing's vice president of business development, Nicole Piasecki, said airlines are still buying new aircraft despite renewed fears about a slowdown in the U.

Addressing Right-Turn Accidents at Every Level

September 13, 2011 6:24 am | Videos | Comments

Volvo Trucks has a long tradition of working with traffic safety. Through innovative solutions, the company strives constantly to improve safety in and around the truck. Among the most vulnerable road users are those that the truck driver has difficulty seeing in what is known as the "blind spot" on the right side of the truck.


Luxury Living With A Twist

September 13, 2011 6:22 am | Videos | Comments

This unique project demonstrates how dumpsters can be repurposed into comfortable living areas. 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.


Kinect Robot from MIT (KinectBot)

September 13, 2011 6:21 am | Videos | Comments

Here, the Kinect is being used as a sensor for the KinectBot. 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.


Propane Combustion Cannon

September 13, 2011 6:20 am | Videos | Comments

Dan Spangler built this propane combustion cannon and uses it to fire soda cans, tennis balls, and even a small camera across the backyard of MAKE HQ. This is an archived clip from Make: Live . Go to for information about the show. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Can We Make Things That Make Themselves?

September 13, 2011 6:19 am | Videos | Comments

MIT researcher Skylar Tibbits works on self-assembly -- the idea that instead of building something (a chair, a skyscraper), we can create materials that build themselves, much the way a strand of DNA zips itself together. It's a big concept at early stages; Tibbits shows us three in-the-lab projects that hint at what a self-assembling future might look like.


The Great Patent War Will Cost You

September 13, 2011 6:13 am | Videos | Comments

The tech industry is in the midst of a patent war, with a number of lengthy legal battles that need to be resolved. Samsung is currently squaring off with Apple, who is waging a battle against, Nokia, HTC, and Motorola. Google acquired Motorola in an effort to defend itself against patent litigation.


Tools: From Design to Development

September 13, 2011 6:11 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, | Blogs | Comments

To say advancements in technology have had a powerful and positive effect on the hand and power tool industry is to make an obvious statement. Manufacturers and distributors understand the importance of leveraging technology to achieve their business goals, and as the relevant technology continues to evolve, industrial firms are becoming more adept at utilizing it.


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