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Look Cool While Welding

November 2, 2009 3:02 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Professional (Roswell, GA) has added four new graphic designs to its Jackson-brand Halo X welding helmets. Welders can select the helmet design, auto darkening filter, and graphics to meet their specific needs and preferences. According to the company, individualized choices can help improve compliance, helping to ensure worker safety, maximizing performance, and enabling workers to exhibit a personal style on the job.

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GM Idles Delta Township Plant Due To Indian Strike

October 30, 2009 5:02 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Co. will temporarily shutdown a plant that builds two of its crossover vehicles and reduce production at a transmission plant as a result of a parts shortage stemming from a strike at a supplier in India, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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Merck And Schering-Plough Clear FTC Approval

October 30, 2009 4:58 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp. said Thursday they have won merger approval from the Federal Trade Commission and antitrust regulators in Switzerland and Canada. Merck hopes to close its $41.1 billion acquisition of Schering-Plough Corp. before the end of the year.

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Egyptian Sues URS Corp. For 'Terrorist' Discrimination

October 30, 2009 4:53 am | News | Comments

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina worker at the Savannah River Site has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming racial and religious discrimination by co-workers. The Aiken Standard reported Friday that 41-year-old Al Zeiny sued his former employer in U.S. District Court in Aiken.

Machinists Union To Reevaluate Boeing Relationship

October 30, 2009 4:45 am | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Matt Gettmann began working in finance at Boeing Co. last year, and it wasn't long before he found himself watching, stunned, as union members prepared for what became an eight-week strike. The work stoppage cost the company billions in deferred revenue and caused some of the delays in production of its new 787 at a time when Boeing was growing increasingly frustrated with labor squabbles.

More UAW Locals Reject Ford Contract

October 30, 2009 4:29 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Workers at two more United Auto Workers locals overwhelmingly rejected changes to their contract with Ford Motor Co. on Thursday, casting further doubt on whether the deal will be approved. Workers at a parts-making plant in Saline, Mich., west of Detroit, voted 75 percent against the deal, while research and engineering employees in Dearborn, Mich.

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BP Fined $87 Million By OSHA For Texas Explosion

October 30, 2009 4:21 am | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British oil company BP PLC said Friday it is disappointed to receive a fine — expected to be a record $87 million — from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration over a 2005 explosion that killed 15 people at its Texas City refinery.

Manufacturing Footprint Optimization

October 29, 2009 12:31 pm | by Raj G. Konanahalli and Russ Dillion, AlixPartners LLP | Articles | Comments

Chances are, your competitors are quickly rightsizing their manufacturing footprint in response to today’s deteriorating global market conditions. Improving operations within facilities is likely not enough. In order for companies to be competitive in this economic environment as well as going forward, manufacturing footprint optimization (MFO) will need to be a strategic priority.

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Banging My Head Against The Wall

October 29, 2009 9:14 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Although it’s an instance that is becoming more and more rare as we grow older and our responsibilities increase, my friends and I like to get together on the occasional weekend night and spend hours at a long, lavish dinner out. We give ourselves time for wine and coffee and dessert, and do our best to catch up.

Keeping An Eye On Things

October 29, 2009 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Invensys Operations Management (Plano, TX) announces the availability of its Avantis PRO 5.0 enterprise asset management (EAM) software that allows users to organize, track, and manage maintenance activity and costs over time. The new version of the EAM solution includes customizable screen views and improvements in data-type awareness, multi-column list controls, and maintenance entity value optimization.

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Get A Networkout

October 29, 2009 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Opto 22 (Temecula, CA) has partnered with N-TRON Corporation to sell the company’s line of industrial Ethernet switches and wireless access points.  The N-TRON switches can operate in temperatures from -40 to 85°C, in addition to increased shock and vibration resistance.

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Designed To Be Struck

October 29, 2009 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Snap-On Industrial (Kenosha, WI) has expanded its lines of heavy-duty striking wrenches and 1” Drive Flank Drive impact sockets. The striking wrenches range from 13/16” to 4-5/8” and feature the company’s Flank Drive design. A dense, rectangular beam helps maintain rigidity and transfers more power.

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No More Dust

October 29, 2009 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Proterra rider sweeper from Advance (Plymouth, MN) has a 64-inch dust-controlled sweeping path that features a five-stage dust-suppression system that captures at the main and side brooms. This helps minimize airborne dust and keeps manufacturing facilities free of particles.

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NEMA 4-Compliant Displays

October 29, 2009 7:39 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The CyRAQ 40 monitors from CyberResearch (New Haven, CT) are the latest addition to the family of rugged NEMA 4 displays. The CyRAQ 40A has a brightness of 700 nits and the CyRAQ 40SB provides 1,000 nits. Both models feature a 40” screen and WXGA resolution (1366 x 768 pixels).

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The Mattress Dominoes World Record

October 28, 2009 10:36 am | Articles | Comments

The warehouse staff at Bensons for Beds attempt to set the world record for mattress dominoes. Do you think your facility staff could do any better? First, you just have to round up about 100 mattresses, which might be tricky unless you work at, you know, a mattress factory. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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There's A Robot For Everything

October 28, 2009 9:15 am | Articles | Comments

We all know manufacturing is being overrun by robots. In many cases, they've become vital resources to our assembly lines, whether it comes to welding, sorting, or fabrication. In many cases, they've taken on jobs that humans find difficult or repetitive, and sometimes dangerous. So, it's inevitable that robots start taking over our other repetitive tasks, like playing Guitar Hero.

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The Man With The Golden Audit

October 28, 2009 7:28 am | Articles | Comments

Check out some of Atlas Copco's newest products, including the AIRScan and AIROptimizer, in this James Bond-esque clip. No, the funky music won't play in the background when you're using these products, but you can at least pretend they're some of Q's gadgets. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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Bologna Is A 'Dirty Job'

October 28, 2009 6:56 am | Articles | Comments

What won't Mike Rowe do for TV? Luckily, this trip to a bologna factory ranks pretty low on the gross-out factor that has made Mike's expeditions so popular. We do get to see him "throw up," though. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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The SuperFreakonomics Of Global Warming

October 28, 2009 6:39 am | Articles | Comments

Steven D. Levitt, author of the famed book "Freakonomics," has some interesting proposals when it comes to global warming. When most people are trying to "green" their lifestyle to reduce their environmental impact, Levitt bucks conventional thought with some cold, hard statistics. Instead of exerting so much effort to be green, there's a simple solution available to us, at little cost or trouble.

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International Paper Profits Double, 1,600 Still Jobless

October 28, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — International Paper, the world's biggest wood products company, said Wednesday its third-quarter profit more than doubled as a huge federal tax credit more than offset falling sales of cardboard box materials. The 13 percent sales decline shows retailers who depend on consumer spending for their profits have yet to resume large-scale purchases of the cardboard boxes that are made from materials made by IP.

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