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Clamp Metering Gets Flexible

October 7, 2010 7:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation (Everett, WA) has introduced its new iFlex flexible current probes, which are designed to make current measurement easier for industrial technicians. The probes use a large coil that allows users to reach around large or awkwardly-shaped conductors up to 6” in diameter, and expands the measurement range of select Fluke meters to 2000 amps.


The Best Thing Since Sliced... Mouse?

October 6, 2010 9:07 am | Videos | Comments

A British bread maker recently came under fire for a certain disturbing find in a loaf of bread: a cooked, chopped-up mouse. The company was fined about $27,000 for the mistake, which they claim must have happened before the dough was even mixed together. The worst part of the whole story? The tail is missing, and no one's quite sure who might have washed it down with some turkey and cheese.


Robots Perform Grape Surgery

October 6, 2010 9:03 am | Videos | Comments

While most manufacturing processes do not take this level of precision, this "surgery" on a grape proves just how advanced robotic technology has come in recent years. The drive of competition has pushed even the most heavy-duty of industrial robots to become increasingly accurate as well.


Buffet: It's Time To Tax The Ultra-Rich

October 6, 2010 9:02 am | Videos | Comments

Warren Buffet, investor extraordinaire and current CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, recently sat down with CNN 's Poppy Harlow to talk the state of the U.S. economy. With deficits growing, Buffet offers a simple solution: raise taxes on the super-rich, even himself. With more money in the coffers from the greatest capitalist success stories, the country could better afford a tax break for the middle class.


Inventing A Better (Less Sticky) Bubble Gum

October 6, 2010 9:01 am | Videos | Comments

Thanks in part to extensive university research, an American company is pushing to solve a timeless problem: chewing gum that's stuck to just about every surface imaginable. The solution is a chewing gum that retains much more moisture, making it easier to remove for a longer period of time. Even if the gum has hardened out, simply rewetting it can be enough to break the bond.


Criminal Negligence Case Opened For Toxic Sludge Avalanche

October 6, 2010 4:58 am | by Bela Szandelszky and Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

KOLONTAR, Hungary (AP) — Police say Hungary's top investigative agency is taking over the inquiry into the toxic sludge reservoir that burst, flooding several towns in western Hungary and killing at least four people. Police spokeswoman Monika Benyi tells The Associated Press that the decision Wednesday by National Police Chief Jozsef Hatala reflects the importance and complexity of the sludge disaster.


Geithner: Yuan Undervaluation Hurting U.S. Manufacturers

October 6, 2010 4:48 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner stepped up pressure on China to make more progress in moving toward flexible exchange rates. Geithner said Wednesday that it is particularly important to see appreciation in countries where the currency is significantly undervalued. Geithner never mentioned China, but the speech was clearly aimed at the world's second-largest economy.

Majority Of 6,000 Kan. Beechcraft Jobs Saved By Gov.

October 6, 2010 4:41 am | by John Milburn, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An agreement has been reached that could keep "the vast majority" of the Hawker Beechcraft general aviation jobs in the Wichita, Gov. Mark Parkinson said late Tuesday. Parkinson said he brokered a "long-term deal" with the company and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union.


Mother Sues Bayer Over Son's Chemical Exposure Death

October 6, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mother of a West Virginia State University student is suing Bayer CropScience and the school over her son's death in 2008. Portia Gray's lawsuit claims her 19-year-old son, Ra'Sean Gray, died as a result of exposure to substances released during an explosion at Bayer's Institute plant.


Frito-Lay To Pull Noisy, Biodegradable SunChips Bags

October 6, 2010 4:37 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Frito-Lay hopes to quiet complaints about its noisy SunChips bags by switching out the biodegradable bags for the old packaging on most flavors. The company is switching back to original packaging, which is made of a type of plastic, for five of the six varieties of the chips.


Prius Sales Drop For First Time In 17 Months

October 6, 2010 4:35 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Sales of Toyota's Prius hybrid in Japan dropped for the first time in 17 months as government subsidies for green cars expired, an auto industry group said Wednesday. Despite the lower sales, the gasoline-electric hybrid was the top-selling car in Japan for the 17th straight month in September, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said.

Keep Your Bins In Sight

October 5, 2010 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

The InSight Ultra Clear Bins from Akro-Mils (Akron, OH) are made from autoclavable polycarbonate material and are available in four sizes to provide maximum visibility to users in a sleek design. The InSight bins’ “lock-in-place” design allows bins to be stacked, even with lids in place, and the molded rear hanger lip easily hooks the bins onto rails or louvered panels.


Torque Testing Made Easy

October 5, 2010 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Promess, Inc. (Brighton, MI) has launched a new family of Motorized Torque Assembly & Test Systems for assembly and test applications requiring cranking, twisting, turning, ratcheting, or pre-loading of the products being produced. The product offers in five standard torque capacities: 5 Nm, 20 Nm, 50 Nm, 100 Nm, and 200 Nm, with standard rotational speeds up to 1,400 rpm.


High-Capacity Blowers

October 5, 2010 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) has introduced a new line of CPB Cast Aluminum Blowers, which are available 8” to 15”, with capacities to 3,410 cfm. The CPB Blowers have cast aluminum radial bladed wheels, are ideal for exhaust systems where air is laden with dust or grit, and can be used to supply high-pressure air for cooling applications and conveying systems.


Wire Rope Isolators In All Sizes

October 5, 2010 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new series of 70 wire rope isolators from Advanced Antivibration Components (AAC — New Hyde Park, NY) feature multiaxial shock and vibration protection, corrosion-resistance, and maintenance-free operation. The cable itself is made from stainless steel in a variety of sizes (1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 1/4”, 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", and 7/8" diameter), and the mounting plates are made...


Trust Your Gut

October 5, 2010 6:06 am | by by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business technology | Blogs | Comments

While software and technology providers are experts on their respective offerings, it’s the customers who are the experts when it comes to their respective needs and wants. When it comes to new technology, I’m hardly a bandwagon-jumper. I still don’t own a BlackBerry, iPhone, or even a high-definition television.

5 Ways To Lose Points On Your Pest Control Audit

October 5, 2010 6:04 am | by Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC & Jim Bail, Director of Technical Services, Food Processors Program, NSF | Articles | Comments

With the ever increasing demands of our daily jobs, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of pest management details that can make a big difference during a third-party audit, especially with the current focus on the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). That’s why Orkin Commercial Services and NSF International teamed up on myauditprep.


Iran Blames Covert Western Sabotage For Stuxnet Worm

October 5, 2010 4:51 am | by Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran claimed Tuesday that a computer worm found on the laptops of several employees at the country's nuclear power plant is part of a covert Western plot to derail its nuclear program. Iranian officials have suggested in recent days that the Stuxnet worm that has affected computers of employees at the Bushehr nuclear power plant could be a conspiracy to damage Iran's nuclear activities.


Toyota To Sell Smart Grid System Alongside EVs

October 5, 2010 4:49 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is pairing its little known housing business with its expertise in green cars to sell computer systems that link homes, utilities and vehicles to reduce energy use. The world's biggest automaker said Tuesday the launch of its home smart grid system in Japan will coincide with its plug-in hybrid cars going on sale in early 2012.

BMW To Hire 600 More S.C. Workers

October 5, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

GREER, S.C. (AP) — BMW Manufacturing Co. says it will hire an additional 600 workers at its Greer plant to work as they are needed to assemble the company's vehicles. BMW told multiple media outlets on Monday it will hire the new employees at job fairs Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 at Spartanburg Community College's Tyger River Campus.



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