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Celery Contamination From Texas Processor Kills Four

October 22, 2010 4:06 am | by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is looking into a produce contamination case linked to a shuttered Texas processing plant and may decide to expand a recall, an agency official told The Associated Press. Texas health officials shut down the SanGar Produce & Processing Co. plant in San Antonio and ordered a recall of all of the produce that had passed through the plant since January.


Pumping Up The Bottom Line

October 21, 2010 12:26 pm | Articles | Comments

For the management of a fiberglass and steel door manufacturer, taking their traditional East Coast manufacturing facility through a three-year Lean manufacturing process in order to re-engineer and improve their practices and workflow turned out to be a profit making investment. In fact, it actually led to additional and more creative income streams.


An Introduction To Vibration

October 21, 2010 12:19 pm | by Eric Hudson, Fluke Corporation | Articles | Comments

Most industrial devices are engineered to operate smoothly and AVOID vibration, not produce it. In these machines, vibration can indicate problems or deterioration in the equipment. If the underlying causes are not corrected, the unwanted vibration itself can cause additional damage. In this article, we are focused not on machines that are “supposed” to vibrate as part of normal operation, but on those that should not vibrate: electric motors, rotary pumps and compressors, and fans and blowers.


Lean Manufacturing Isn't Enough: You Need a Growth Plan

October 21, 2010 11:17 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

If you were a doctor who was examining a new patient who complained that pains in their abdomen had become intolerable, you would not prescribe a painkiller and send the patient home. You would have to do a careful diagnosis that included blood work and tests as well as a thorough physical examination.

Sweet Success

October 21, 2010 11:06 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Wolfgang Candy officially opened for business in York, PA in 1921, but the Wolfgang family’s candy-making began decades earlier when the Wolfgang brothers opened the first Wolfgang Candy Factory in the late 1890s. After only a few years, the factory was burned down in the North York Fire, and the candy-making business came to a halt.

Master Appliance Launches YouTube Channel

October 21, 2010 9:38 am | News | Comments

RACINE, Wis. — Master Applicance , a designer and manufacturer of heat tools for industrial purposes,  has announced a new YouTube channel, which can be found here . In addition, the company has released its first video, titled "Replacing A Defective Capacitor on an IMac G5 Motherboard.

'Dean of Invention' Looks at Life-Changing Science

October 21, 2010 9:23 am | Articles | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Dean Kamen was game to do a weekly TV show about science. Under two conditions, that is: First, he wanted to keep the focus squarely on science — especially its thrilling possibilities for youngsters who dive in. Second, Kamen, a world-renowned inventor (maybe you've heard of his Segway human transporter), didn't feel like reinventing himself as a TV personality.


Turn Oil Into Dust

October 21, 2010 9:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Organic HTP Oil Solidifier and Encapsulator from American Products Enterprises Corporation (Woodstock, GA) works by solidifying and encapsulating oil on contact. According to the company, HTP will transform any type of petroleum spill into a fluffy dry substance on contact. The solution works equally as well on hard and dry surfaces as it does on water, ice, snow, and more.


Get To The Root Cause

October 21, 2010 9:15 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

RCI (Hopewell, VA) has launched their PROACTOnDemand Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) version of its PROACT Root Cause Analysis Software application. Instant access to PROACT RCA software allows users to begin analysis instantly, and accommodates most common RCA methods. RCI supports users at every step with: An interactive “frequently asked questions” utility, along with movies, tutorials, and PDF manuals.


Get Smarter Vehicle Safety

October 21, 2010 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Keytroller, LLC (Tampa, FL) has introduced the SMARTEST: an inexpensive and easy-to-install dual video drive camera system that can protect a company from false claims in regard to accidents that company vehicles are involved in. SMARTEST records digital both forward and rearward while the vehicle’s ignition is on.


Prevent Door Panel Damage

October 21, 2010 9:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

APS Resource’s (Mequon, WI) FLEX-BACK panel helps prevent one of the most frequent and costly maintenance problems in manufacturing facilities and warehouses: lower door panel damage. The FLEX-BACK panel is constructed of a high-impact polymer skin and flexible tube frame, which bends upon impact and returns to its normal operating position.


The Value Of Laser-Driven Gas Analysis

October 21, 2010 4:57 am | Articles | Comments

Laser-driven gas analysis for molecular process control spurred a relatively new technological trend that has had a major effect on the manufacturing industry, particularly semiconductor fabrication, industrial gas production, and High Brightness LEDs.  Ease of implementation, low cost of ownership, and the technology’s level of cleanliness have made it a very attractive option for these manufacturers.

Why Isn't China Exporting Tech Materials? 

October 21, 2010 4:36 am | Videos | Comments

China supplies approximately 90 percent of the rare earth materials to the rest of the world for use in the manufacturing of tech goods, among other uses. Needless to say, the recent news about China holding back exports of these important materials to countries such as Japan is rather disconcerting.


Controlling Gadgets On Your Sleeve

October 21, 2010 4:35 am | Videos | Comments

A researcher from Georgia Tech visited CNN to show off some of their newest innovations in the way we control all of our electronic gadgetry: conductive fibers embroidered right onto the sleeve of a jacket or shirt. The wires can then be run right through the fabric to whatever gadget might be in your pocket at the time, allowing you to answer your phone with the swipe of the sleeve.


Chrysler Picking Fiat Dealers In U.S.

October 20, 2010 5:42 am | News | Comments

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC is starting to pick dealers to sell Fiats in the U.S. when the Italian-designed cars start arriving in December. The automaker said Wednesday that it wants Fiat dealers in 119 U.S. markets — mostly in areas that have a high number of small-car registrations — and will name more dealers by year's end.

Verizon To Sell Samsung's iPad Rival For $600

October 20, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The first big-name competitor to the iPad in the U.S. won't be undercutting it in price. Verizon Wireless on Wednesday said it will start selling Samsung Electronics Co.'s tablet computer, which is half the size of the iPad, for $600. That's more than the basic version of Apple Inc.

Groveport, OH Chosen For $13.5M Silicon Mfg Plant

October 20, 2010 5:26 am | News | Comments

Meritex announced today a new 30,700 square foot lease to Iosil Energy Corporation, located in Groveport, Ohio. Iosil, an Albuquerque, New Mexico based company, is an innovator in solar technology and chose Columbus, Ohio for its new pilot manufacturing plant. The company plans to create 20 new to the region engineering and manufacturing jobs in its production of high purity polysilicon, the essential raw material for solar cells.


Lockheed Martin Says 3Q Profit Fell 28 Percent

October 20, 2010 5:17 am | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's getting harder to make a buck in the planes-and-missiles business. Even as the big defense contractor Lockheed Martin was explaining why its third-quarter profit shrank 28 percent, British Prime Minister David Cameron was laying out sweeping defense cuts on Tuesday.

Boeing Tops 3Q Forecasts, Sells More Commercial Planes

October 20, 2010 4:28 am | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Boeing posted an $837 million third-quarter profit on Wednesday and raised its profit guidance for the full year as it sold more commercial airplanes. Boeing has already made plans to raise production rates on the 737, its best-selling plane. The improved 2010 guidance reflects a strong outlook for commercial planes.

4 Deaths Prompt Graco Stroller Recall

October 20, 2010 4:17 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Baby gear maker Graco is recalling about 2 million strollers after receiving reports that four infants died in the strollers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall Wednesday, said the four infants became trapped inside the strollers and were strangled.


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