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Air Doors Create AIQ Surprise

July 15, 2010 5:47 am | Articles | Comments

Coleman Tool & Mfg. Co. originally specified air curtains to save monthly winter heating costs, but later discovered a dual purpose of filtering welding process smoke to significantly improve employee indoor air quality (IAQ). “We hit two birds (energy savings and IAQ) with one stone (air curtain technology),” said Michael Coleman, president, Coleman Tool, Union Grove, WI.


Q&A With James Johnson, Senior Director, Workplace Safety Initiatives, National Safety Council

July 15, 2010 5:35 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

James Johnson is responsible for leading National Safety Council advocacy initiatives to reduce deaths and injuries associated with workplace safety. Mr. Johnson works with a diverse group of stakeholders to establish and promote best practices for safety and health processes affecting employees on-the-job.

Polyurethane Roll Covers, Revolutionized

July 15, 2010 5:00 am | Articles | Comments

Introduction Due to new technologies, polyurethane (PU) roll covers no longer require molds, as they can be cast directly on the roll core surface using a robotic deposition system and a CNC precision-coordinated spindle. Although this process was originally introduced in the 1980s, advances in chemistry, robotics, and computer technology in the past several years have led to significant maturity of the process, resulting in growth of this technique.


Minimum Wages Around The World

July 14, 2010 8:11 am | Articles | Comments

We don't often hear about the minimum wage in America anymore, but it's an issue that is plaguing countries worldwide as they try to find a middle ground between protecting workers and maintaining an economy accepting of business. Greece, for example, is cutting back on its old minimum wage policy in order to survive the credit crunch, while Asian countries such as India are simply struggling to enact a minimum at all.


Are Those Baked Beans Safe?

July 14, 2010 8:08 am | Articles | Comments

It's almost guaranteed that with every trip to the grocery store you pick up canned food of one kind or another, and that can will likely have a label that guarantees its freshness for years down the road. Some companies say their cans have a five-year shelf life. How can they make such a claim? The BBC visits the biggest Heinz baked beans factory in the world to see how they ensure the beans are safe to eat.


If You're Already Spending $100,000...

July 14, 2010 8:07 am | Articles | Comments

Yesterday, Chevrolet announced the "Corvette Engine Build Experience," which allows buyers of the Corvette ZR1 or Z06 to visit GM's Wixom, Mich. facility and assemble the engine themselves — under the observation of a skilled technician, of course. While many mocked Chevy's new idea, and suggested that it was a way for the company to lower labor costs, it's hard to argue against spending an extra $6,000 (you're already spending more than $100,000 for a ZR1, anyway) and driving around with the added joy of knowing that you helped build the car.


Consumer Reports: Don't Buy The iPhone 4

July 14, 2010 8:05 am | Articles | Comments

So, you just bought a brand new iPhone, but you've been noticing some dropped calls when you hold it a certain way. Turns out the new antenna design seems to be affected by the user's own hand, which leads to a degraded signal. Apple says this is a software issue, but Consumer Reports claims their extensive testing proves the flaw is hardware-based.


Energy Intelligence: The Greening Of ROI

July 14, 2010 6:55 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

With the recent buzz over energy efficiency and sustainability, the pressure is on manufacturers to adopt new technologies or pay the price when it comes to consumer dissent or supply chain issues. Not to mention that nagging energy bill that keeps climbing… For this reason, the industry sometimes gets bogged with going green for going green’s sake: frankly, it looks good.


White House: Stimulus Saving Millions Of Jobs

July 14, 2010 5:09 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new White House report says last year's $862 billion stimulus law has now "saved or created" between 2.5 million and 3.6 million jobs. That's up from 2.2 million to 2.8 million in the last quarterly report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Christina Romer, head of the council, says in congressional testimony prepared for Wednesday that every $1 from the stimulus bill is matched by $3 in private money.

Ford Edge Sport To Get Mustang V-6

July 14, 2010 5:04 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The Ford Edge Sport is getting sportier with a new engine swiped from the Ford Mustang. Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday that the 2011 Ford Edge Sport — the high-performance version of the Edge, which is one of the country's top-selling mid-size crossovers — will have the same engine as the Mustang sports car.

DoT Says Many Toyota Accidents Due To Driver Error

July 14, 2010 4:50 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The Department of Transportation has analyzed dozens of black boxes in Toyota vehicles involved in accidents blamed on unintended acceleration, finding the throttles were open and the brakes were not engaged, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. That suggests that drivers of the speeding cars were stepping on the accelerator rather than hitting the brakes.

Automakers Battle For Mid-Size MPG Trophy

July 14, 2010 4:47 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — To improve gas mileage, automakers are tweaking cars and trucks between model years, especially in the cost-conscious and popular market for midsize sedans. Honda Motor Co. recently announced changes in its Accord sedan that boosted highway mileage by almost 10 percent from the 2010 to 2011 model years.

GM To Guarantee Battery Packs Longer Than Engines

July 14, 2010 4:38 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will guarantee the battery in the Chevrolet Volt electric car for a longer period than its conventional car warranties, according to a person briefed on the plans. GM guarantees conventional car engines and transmissions for five years or 100,000 miles, but will guarantee the Volt battery for longer, the person said, who did not want to be identified because an announcement was scheduled Wednesday afternoon at the company's battery pack assembly plant south of Detroit.


Five Men Burned By Hot Tar At Asphalt Plant

July 14, 2010 4:36 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say five men were taken to hospitals after being burned at an asphalt plant in Wichita. KFDI reports two of the men were flown to a hospital with critical burns following the accident Tuesday afternoon at Shilling Construction Co. The other three were taken to hospitals by ambulance.


Police Outline Shooting At N.M. Manufacturer

July 14, 2010 4:36 am | by Sue Major Holmes, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A gunman storming through his former workplace fired without provocation or warning at his first victim, then moved on in a spree that left three dead and four injured, police said Tuesday. A day after the shooting that ended with Robert Reza turning the gun on himself, Chief Ray Schultz detailed the 37-year-old's rampage at solar manufacturer Emcore Corp.


Spread The Word: There Isn't A 'Next China'

July 13, 2010 11:47 am | by Josh Green, CEO, Panjiva | Articles | Comments

Prices of products made in China are rising. In the short term, this is bad news for consumers and businesses that buy products made in China (read: everyone). As a result, a lot of people in the manufacturing world are asking, "Where's the 'Next China?'" The answer to this question is vitally important, but not particularly uplifting.


Lessons From The Fonz: Nix The Water-Skis

July 13, 2010 10:16 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I wasn’t familiar with the term “jump the shark” until just a few years ago. For those of you not “in the know,” jumping the shark is when something hits a point past its prime culturally, and anyone with a hipster bone in their body becomes collectively “over it.

Refine Your Condition-Monitoring To Prevent Recurring Failures

July 13, 2010 7:52 am | by Paul Michalicka, SKF USA Inc. | Articles | Comments

Are your condition monitoring technologies deployed and integrated in the most efficient way? Have they succeeded in improving machine availability and reducing recurring equipment failures? If your answer is not a resounding "yes," then it might be time to review your condition-monitoring strategy.


The Ultimate Dock Compatability

July 13, 2010 7:08 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Manual Safety-Chock from Serco (Carrollton, TX) provides loading docks with a versatile wheel restraint solution, capable of engaging and restraining the wide range of trailers that come to the dock, including trucks with lift gates, damaged rear impact guards, or different axle configurations.


Aluminum Versus Stainless Steel

July 13, 2010 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Parker Hannifin Corporation (Columbus, OH) has introduced a new line of SAE aluminum tube fittings that are approximately 65 percent lighter than equivalent steel and stainless steel fittings, according to the company. The aluminum fittings can reduce the costs of converting a system from steel or stainless steel because no component redesign is necessary.



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