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GE's Immelt Sees Compensation Double In 2010

March 15, 2011 4:28 am | News | Comments

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — General Electric Co. Chairman and CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt's 2010 compensation more than doubled to $15.2 million as the company benefited from a recovering economy. Immelt's $3.3 million salary was unchanged from the previous year, according to an Associated Press analysis of a company filing on Monday.

Springs With Sinusoidal Reliability

March 14, 2011 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rotor Clip Company, Inc. (Somerset, NJ) now offers its MST-series of Truwave wave springs. The single-turn metric wave springs are available in sizes from 16mm to 170mm and are ideal for short deflection applications, according to the company. Advantages of the Truwave springs include: The ability for the springs to be installed automatically via a tapered mandrel similar to the automatic installation of retaining rings.


Vacuum More With Less

March 14, 2011 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Piab (Hingham, MA) has launched its piCOMPACT10 range, the manifold-mounted and functional ejector system based on MICRO COAX technology. Products in the piCOMPACT10 range are ideal for pick-and-place operations where efficient handling of small, heavy parts is crucial. By using Piab’s MICRO COAX cartridges, the new range provides three times more vacuum flow, resulting in substantial sustainability benefits, as well as energy and cost...


Less Obstructive Flow Meters

March 14, 2011 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new FMG70 series of electromagnetic low flow meters from Omega Engineering, Inc. (Stamford, CT) contain no moving parts, which makes them maintenance-free. In addition, they do not obstruct flows, and have a fast response time of <500ms. The low-cost FMG70 series can be used in areas where flow meters with moving parts cannot be used due to contamination/particulate in the media.


Video Release: Flexible Automated Handling

March 14, 2011 7:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FLA 1650 AGV, from  Amerden, Inc.  (Augustine, FL), provides a flexible material handling link between production lines and warehousing. They have produced the following video to demonstrate their product in use: To learn more, visit   www.amerden.


The Correlation Between The Economy And Product Development

March 14, 2011 5:28 am | by Dr. Ronald L. Hollis, Founder, President & CEO, | Articles | Comments

From my experience, it is much easier to build a growing, thriving, and profitable business when the economy is expanding and more companies are investing in product development. How does the economy correlate with product development? It’s an interesting question and someone from the product development world might assume, “Sure! It is highly correlated.

Berkshire Hathaway Buys Lubrizol For $9 Billion In Cash

March 14, 2011 5:05 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying specialty chemicals company Lubrizol Corp. for about $9 billion in cash, making it among Berkshire's biggest acquisitions. The companies said Monday that the transaction also includes about $700 million in net debt. Berkshire will pay $135 per share, a 28 percent premium to Lubrizol's closing stock price Friday of $105.

S.C. Company To Hire 100 For Boeing Support

March 14, 2011 5:01 am | News | Comments

HANAHAN, S.C. (AP) — A company in Hanahan plans to hire between 75 and 100 workers to provide warehouse services for the new Boeing plant. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that New Breed Logistics will store and deliver parts from suppliers to the aircraft manufacturer. The Boeing plant is supposed to open in North Charleston this summer.


Use Pirated Windows And Microsoft Will Take Your Product

March 14, 2011 4:52 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Microsoft backed anti-software-and-hardware piracy measure moving through the Washington state Legislature is drawing sharp opposition from other giant technology companies and a group of big-name retailers, setting up a contentious political fight among these multi-national companies that could spread to other states.

Lockheed Martin CEO's Pay Falls In 'Demanding' Year

March 14, 2011 4:50 am | News | Comments

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The CEO of defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. received 2010 compensation worth $19.1 million, 7 percent less than in 2009, according to an Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing by the company. Robert J. Stevens got a bigger annual bonus, and his stock awards grew slightly.

China Arrests 3,001 For Piracy Of Liquor, Cell Phones

March 14, 2011 4:46 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have arrested 3,001 people in their latest crackdown on rampant product piracy and seized fake or counterfeit medicines, liquor, mobile phones and other goods, officials said Sunday. The campaign launched in October comes as Beijing faces pressure from the United States and other trading partners to stamp out product copying.

Big Agriculture, Lawmakers Battle Undercover Videos

March 14, 2011 4:38 am | by Andrew Duffelmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Angered by repeated releases of secretly filmed videos claiming to show the mistreatment of farm animals, Iowa's agriculture industry is pushing legislation that would make it illegal for animal rights activists to produce and distribute such images. Agriculture committees in the Iowa House and Senate have approved a bill that would prohibit such recordings and punish people who take agriculture jobs only to gain...


Q&A: Growing Your Business With Accounts Receivable Financing

March 11, 2011 10:16 am | by Gene Knapp, Vice President-Commercial, Coface Credit Management North America, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The recession has caused many banks to reduce or cut credit for businesses, making it difficult for many manufacturers to obtain operational funds. Some companies are turning to accounts receivable financing to obtain these needed funds and grow their businesses.

Read Up On Better Design

March 11, 2011 8:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Design for Reliability (by Daniel T. Daley), is a new book available from Industrial Press (New York, NY) that addresses the process from the manufacturer’s viewpoint, allowing readers to deliver the goods that their customers want. According to the company, the book is ideal for anyone involved in the design, development, or purchase of new assets.


Monitor Gas With More Reliability

March 11, 2011 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Model X-40 from Detcon (The Woodlands, TX) is a low-power alarm and control system designed to monitor multiple gas detection sensors and a wide range of other field devices. It is available in two packages — the Model X40-8 and Model X40-32 — both of which can be customized and expanded based on individual application needs.


More Efficient Condensers

March 11, 2011 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Luvata Grenada (Grenada, MS) has announced its new range of air-cooled condensers that reduce refrigerant charge and perform 25 percent more efficiently. The 800mm series air-cooled condensers are available with enhanced copper tube/aluminum fin, or with all-aluminum Microchannel coils, both of which are compatible with environmentally- friendly refrigerants.


Custom, Effective Safety Nets

March 11, 2011 8:08 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Custom-designed, OSHA-compliant safety nets from Carron Net Company (Two Rivers, WI) can help protect workers from falling objects, and reduce costly product damage. According to the company, the nets are cost-effective and easy-to-install to protect pallet racks, conveyors, mezzanines, and floor-stacked loads from loads up to 5,000 pounds.


How An Air Motor Operates With Energy Efficiency

March 11, 2011 5:11 am | by DEPRAG SCHULZ | Articles | Comments

 An air motor is often the right choice when it comes to specifying a drive system for a manual device or a complex industrial system, whether as a high torque motor in the agitator system of a paint and coating manufacturer, as a highly durable stainless steel motor in newspaper print production, or as a compact power pack for an innovative roller transport device.


Better Robotics With Better Drives

March 11, 2011 3:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Baldor Electric (Fort Smith, AR) has developed their Ethernet-compatible PowerLink servo drives, which have been used in a variety of applications, such as a conformal coating machine with three-dimensional spraying accuracy at Advanced Coating Robotics (ACR). The drives, equipped with Baldor’s motion control software, offer real-time interpolated control via a simple plug-together system building approach.


Stretch Wrapping Gets Easier

March 11, 2011 3:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Load Seeking Clamp 4.0, available on the SL automatic stretch wrapper from Lantech (Louisville, KY), was designed to reduce film breaks. At the beginning of the wrap cycle, the Load Seeking Clamp 4.0 goes to the edge of the load, creating clamp-to-load contact regardless of the width of the load.



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