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Circuit Board Cutter

October 22, 2009 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 590 Micro-Pneumatic Cutter from Xuron (Saco, ME) is an air-operated flush cutter that can be supplied with three different cutting heads: standard, standard with a lead retainer, and low-profile for reaching into densely populated PC boards. The tapered rectangular shape fits comfortably in small or large hands for the repetitive cutting of up to 16 AWG wire.

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Doesn't Mind The Cold

October 22, 2009 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The T300 and B300 infrared cameras from FLIR Systems (Billerica, MA) are able to capture detailed images and video with a 320 x 240 focal plane array (FPA) detector (76,800 pixels). The T300 features a 2 percent thermal accuracy, 30Hz frame rate, <0.05ºC thermal sensitivity with a temperature range of -20ºC to 650ºC, and an optional range up to 1200ºC.

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Programmable Encoders

October 22, 2009 10:53 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

BEI Industrial Encoders has introduced the Omnicoder, an incremental encoder that allows users to easily program the resolution anywhere between 1 and 10,000 counts per turn. Users can produce a wide range of resolutions from one encoder and can be reprogrammed to change the resolution through an M18-to-USB programming cable.

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Linear Actuators And Belts

October 22, 2009 10:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MacSTANDARD line of linear actuators and belt drives from Macron Dynamics (Croydon, PA) are designed to provide “off-the-shelf” components suitable for industrial linear motion, robotics, and automation applications. The actuators are available in travel lengths from 184 to 2,242mm with maximum speeds of 1,270 mm/sec to 15,240 mm/sec.

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Inspection Methods To Determine Potential Arc Flash

October 22, 2009 6:38 am | by Jeffrey A. O'Hearn, Product Manager, Eaton Corporation | Articles | Comments

The attributes that make Teflon® an ideal hose material for hundreds of critical applications—thermal stability, strength, and compatibility with a wide variety of different media—also make it well suited for many mobile and industrial applications.

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A Teflon® Fluoropolymers Hose Primer

October 22, 2009 6:37 am | by Jeffrey A. O'Hearn, Product Manager, Eaton Corporation | Articles | Comments

The attributes that make Teflon® an ideal hose material for hundreds of critical applications—thermal stability, strength, and compatibility with a wide variety of different media—also make it well suited for many mobile and industrial applications.

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Wis. Paper Mill Slowing Production, Cutting 100

October 22, 2009 4:50 am | News | Comments

WHITING, Wis. (AP) — NewPage Corp. has notified state labor officials it plans to idle one of the Whiting paper machines in December, laying off 75 to 100 employees. The Whiting mill has two paper machines and employs about 340 workers. The company says the length of the layoff will be based on the economy and customer orders.

Hyundai Accelerates To Record Profits

October 22, 2009 4:49 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest automaker and a growing force in the global industry, said third-quarter net profit more than tripled to a record high amid sharply higher sales. Hyundai Motor said in a regulatory filing Thursday that it earned 979.

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CAT Picks 34-Year Veteran Oberherlman As New CEO

October 22, 2009 4:45 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, said Thursday that Douglas Oberhelman will become the company's CEO starting in July of next year. The Peoria, Ill.-based company said Oberhelman, 56, will succeed current Chief Executive Jim Owens on July 1.

Bailed-Out Companies Ordered To Slash Exec Compensation

October 22, 2009 4:39 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Thursday is expected to order seven companies that have not paid back last year's government bailouts to halve their top executives' average compensation. The cuts apply to the 25 highest-paid executives at banks and other companies that received the most assistance, with salaries being slashed by as much as 90 percent, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Disgruntled Meatpacker Tosses Glove Into Grinder

October 22, 2009 4:34 am | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a cotton glove found in a meat grinder at a Des Moines meatpacking plant stopped production and led to an inspection of about 40,000 pounds of meat. Police have no motive for last Thursday's incident at Swan Packing Inc. But the plant's general manager, Jerry Rowles, blames a disgruntled employee who police have yet to identify.

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Vibration Due To Shaft Misalignment

October 21, 2009 10:38 am | by Bill Hillman, technical contributor for LUDECA, INC. | Articles | Comments

Unlike imbalance, misalignment does not produce forces that are similar in the radius of the machine. Vibration in one radial direction may be very different in amplitude when compared to vibration in another radial direction. This is one instance where amplitude readings are not only helpful in detecting a problem but also helpful in diagnosing a problem.

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Why I Fired GM's CEO

October 21, 2009 9:13 am | Articles | Comments

Yesterday Steve Rattner, the former head of Obama's automotive task force, said he was alarmed by the "stunningly poor management" of GM and Chrysler earlier this year and considered GM to have "perhaps the weakest finance operation any of [the task force] had ever seen in a major company." Ouch.

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Bentley Motors Benefits From Design For Manufacture

October 21, 2009 7:30 am | Articles | Comments

With a heritage covering almost a century, Bentley Motors is among the world’s most iconic brands. The mixture of speed and luxury combine in the Continental and Arnage ranges to suit the world’s most discerning drivers. From Bentley’s Crewe, UK plant, the company produces limited numbers of hand-finished cars that incorporate the famous leather and wood craftsmanship that typify the brand.

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Workers' Compensation Loss Run Reports: How To Assess Your Safety Culture

October 21, 2009 7:20 am | by Teresa A. Long, Director of Agency Services, The Institute of WorkComp Professionals | Articles | Comments

While it may not sound very exciting, a Loss Run Report documents information about your company’s Workers’ Compensation claims––and that includes where your money is going. Loss run reports come from your insurance company or Third Party Administrator (TPA). While some reports are more thorough than others, there is always useful information on job-related accidents and claims.

Mother Sues Louisville Slugger For Son's Death

October 21, 2009 4:58 am | News | Comments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A woman is suing the maker of Louisville Slugger aluminum baseball bats over the 2003 death of her son, who was hit with a ball during a youth league baseball game. Opening arguments began Tuesday in Helena's district court. Debbie Patch says her teen son Brandon was pitching for the Miles City Mavericks when a ball hit by a Helena Senators batter struck him in the temple, causing a fatal injury.

Throw The Book At Him

October 21, 2009 4:52 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Beijing Autos (BA) says it doesn’t know anything  about the ex-engineer who photocopied thousands of documents and coincidentally took an overseas vacation to shop his merchandise to the highest bidder. Yeah, and I denied it when the side view mirror disappeared out of my father’s truck and a bird was left to take the rap.

Auto Task Force 'Shocked' By Detroit Mismanagement

October 21, 2009 4:43 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The shockingly poor financial management of General Motors and Chrysler weakened their case for a government bailout, but officials feared letting the automakers collapse would severely harm the U.S. economy, the former head of the Obama administration's auto task force says.

Sun Microsystems Cutting Up To 3,000 Jobs

October 21, 2009 4:37 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sun Microsystems Inc. plans to eliminate up to 3,000 jobs, or 10 percent of its worldwide work force, as it awaits a takeover by Oracle Corp., a deal being held up by antitrust regulators in Europe. The layoffs Sun outlined Tuesday in a regulatory filing are the latest in a series of job cuts at the world's No.

Boeing Loses $1.6b In Midst Of 787 Mess

October 21, 2009 4:19 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Manufacturing Writer | News | Comments

Boeing Co. lost $1.6 billion in the third quarter as charges from its delayed 787 and revamped 747 dragged down results. Those charges also forced the airplane maker to slash this year's profit forecast. Shares of the Chicago-based company fell $1.22, or 2.4 percent, to $50.67 in pre-market trade after results were announced Wednesday.

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