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Painting Upside-Down

February 8, 2010 7:56 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Gasoila Chemicals (Cleveland, OH) has released a new line of FAS-MARK Cap and Cover Paint, an acrylic, upside-down spray paint, which can be used to mark and identify manholes or tank cover valves. The specially-designed cap enables fast, upside-down application with little or no over spray, and the paint can be applied directly to metal and other clean, dry surfaces.

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Transporting Electronics, Safely

February 8, 2010 7:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new transit rack case, the E-TR, for the safe and reliable transport of electronic systems, is now available from Optima EPS (Fremont, CA). The E-TR cases are available in 4U and 12U heights. Optima’s transit rack cases are compliant to MIL-STD 810F and rated to IP65, along with being stable in temperatures from -40°F to +158°F.

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Steering On Any Wheel

February 8, 2010 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kinetic Technologies, Inc. (Wickliffe, OH) introduces the ProFlow TrakSteer series of 4-wheel-steer industrial carts for towing loads up to 2,000 lbs. The steering improves tracking of carts in long trains and is helpful for cornering or maneuvering in tight aisles. The carts have a one-piece formed flat steel deck with welded stiffeners, an 11” deck height, and a quiet operation.

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Get In The Flow

February 8, 2010 7:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eaton Corporation (Cleveland, OH) has announced the availability of its new Flowline II Single Bag Filter Vessel. The vessel includes a one-piece body design to eliminate the multiple welds typically used to fabricate bag vessel bodies. The Flowline II series also feature the standard “no tools required” four-bolt cover closure, and the concave displacement cover prevents spills.

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Stalking Better Food Traceability

February 8, 2010 7:07 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, while I was meandering around the web seeking interesting videos, I came across a video that I found somewhat interesting. When the narrator—who looked to be about my age and was wearing a t-shirt from my favorite band—mentioned that he lived in a nearby town, I decided immediately that we were to be best friends for life.

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Inside Design: The Piranha Kayak Paddle Prototype

February 8, 2010 7:00 am | by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

After retiring from the Navy, US Naval Survival Instructor Ed Halm launched the Backwater Paddle Company in 2007. After retiring from the Navy, US Naval Survival Instructor Ed Halm launched the Backwater Paddle Company in 2007. Given Halm’s vast paddling and military survival experience, he identified potential paddling problems and provided distinctive solutions to the paddle sports market in an immeasurable way — leading up to the patented Backwater Paddle design.

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GM Announces Heavy-Duty Biofuel Pickups

February 8, 2010 6:38 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors said Monday its new lineup of heavy-duty diesel pickups will be capable of running on a biodiesel blend fuel. The pickups will run on B20 fuel, which is a mix of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent conventional diesel. The new Duramax engine, which can run on the biodiesel blend, will power the redesigned 2011 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickups, as well as the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.

Lockheed Tests Unmanned Helicopter

February 8, 2010 5:42 am | News | Comments

DUGWAY, Utah (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. said Monday it and Kaman Corp. successfully demonstrated an unmanned helicopter designed to resupply troops in Afghanistan. The defense contractor said it conducted a series of remote-control flight tests for the K-MAX aircraft last week in subfreezing temperatures at the U.

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Step-by-Step To Finding The Perfect Workbench

February 8, 2010 5:12 am | by James Anderson, Vertical Market Manager, Lista International | Articles | Comments

Purchasing a workbench or workstation may at first seem like a simple task. Your employees have work to do, and they need an efficient, comfortable, and practical place to do it. But behind that deceptively simple proposition may lurk a number of variables that must be considered to make sure you get what you actually need.

A Top Down Approach

February 8, 2010 5:09 am | by Penny Gift, Product Manager, Republic Powdered Metals | Articles | Comments

The concept of restoration as a cool roof solution is not new. In fact, the energy crisis of the 1970s required facility managers to look for every option possible for reducing energy use within their buildings. Reflective roof restoration became popular not only for extending the roof’s life, but for reducing energy consumption and creating a more comfortable work environment.

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HV/LS Fans Keep Workers Comfortable In Extreme Temps

February 8, 2010 4:51 am | Articles | Comments

Johnson Level & Tool Manufacturing Company, Inc. manufactures more than 270 types of Johnson brand levels, and distributes nearly 900 other hand tools under the Fuller Tool brand. With its headquarters and manufacturing facility located in Mequon, WI., just north of Milwaukee, Johnson Level & Tool prides itself on its highly efficient loading dock operation, despite temperature extremes often found in the Northern climate.

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Endeavour Takes Last Nighttime Shuttle Launch

February 8, 2010 4:06 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Endeavour and six astronauts rocketed into orbit Monday on what's likely the last nighttime launch for the shuttle program, hauling a new room and observation deck for the International Space Station. The space shuttle took flight before dawn, igniting the sky with a brilliant flash seen for miles around.

Economy Reached Breaking-Point In December

February 8, 2010 3:55 am | by Mike Schneider, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Weakness in Western energy-producing states helped raise the average U.S. county's economic stress in December to its highest point since the recession began in December 2007, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of conditions in more than 3,100 U.S. counties. States such as Alaska, Wyoming and Montana lost jobs related in part to a drop in energy and mining exploration.

Beijing Finds 170 Tons In Tainted Milk Crackdown

February 8, 2010 3:50 am | by Cara Anna, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China has found another 170 tons of tainted milk powder in an emergency crackdown that has made it increasingly clear many products discovered in the country's 2008 milk scandal were repackaged for sale instead of destroyed. The growing number of cases in recent weeks challenges the government's earlier promise to overhaul its approach to food safety after hundreds of thousands of children in that scandal were sickened by milk products tainted with an industrial chemical.

Boeing 747-8 Freighter Takes First Flight Today

February 8, 2010 3:41 am | by George Tibbits, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing Co.'s giant 747-8 freighter should make its first flight Monday after performing well on taxi tests and reaching a top speed of about 103.5 mph, the company said. At 250 feet long, the plane is the largest Boeing has ever built and about 18 feet longer than the existing 747-400 jumbo jet.

Toyota Pulling Strings With Washington Pals

February 8, 2010 3:36 am | by Sharon Theimer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota has friends in high places in Washington, including some of the very people now investigating the Japanese automaker. The company has sought to sow good will and win allies with lobbying, charitable giving, racing in the American-as-apple pie NASCAR series and, perhaps most important, creating jobs.

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Power Plant Blast Kills 5, 95 Percent Workers Accounted For

February 8, 2010 3:27 am | by John Christoffersen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut fire official says at least 95 percent of the nearly 100 workers who were at a power plant that exploded are accounted for. Middletown Deputy Fire Marshal Al Santostefano said Monday that most of the workers are accounted for, judging by conversations with contractors and labor union officials.

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Chinese Seller Of Phony Cisco Parts Gets 2.5 Years

February 5, 2010 10:02 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Chinese businessman who sold phony Cisco computer parts to U.S. buyers has been sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison. The U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles announced the sentence Friday against Yongcai Li. He also was ordered to repay nearly $800,000 to Cisco Systems Inc.

Wis. Gov. Signs Green Jobs Bill To Rake In Stimulus Cash

February 5, 2010 9:57 am | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Jim Doyle says a bill he signed into law will help the state increase access to federal bonds and create hundreds of jobs in Wisconsin. Doyle signed the bill Friday at Energy Composites, a wind blade manufacturing plant in Wisconsin Rapids. The bill allows cities and counties to tap into unused bonding authority given under the federal stimulus law.

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Safer Hopper Dumping

February 5, 2010 9:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Roura Material Handling (Clinton Twp., MI) has developed MHR (Mechanical Hopper Release) system, which helps to prevent a forklift operator from having to get off the lift in order to dump a self-dumping hopper. According to the company, the MHR is a new solution for safely handling bulk material and waste.

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