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Disaster Planning And Response For Food Processors

February 16, 2010 3:26 am | by Wayne Yon, Stephen Blackwell, Daniel Coto & Melvin N. Kramer, EHA Consulting Group, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Disaster: the word alone congers images of your facility in the worst possible condition; people not understanding what happened, not knowing how to respond to the event or what to tell the media, if anything, and more. But it doesn't have to be that way if you have an emergency plan in place.


Why Foreign Corporations Struggle In America

February 12, 2010 8:43 am | by Jeff Klingberg, President & CEO, Fluid Power Technologies | Articles | Comments

A recent LinkedIn post asked for experiences from foreign national corporations who have had trouble introducing their products and services to the North American market. From our experience in this area, foreign national corporations typically encounter the following issues: Send a foreign national to open the operation just because someone believes there is a large untapped market in North America, but no research is done and no plan is formulated before coming.


Safety Needs A Backup

February 12, 2010 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

SIS-TECH (Houston, TX) announces the DIAMOND-SIS automated independent backup (AIB), a standalone safety instrumented system that backs up current process control trip logic and meets the requirements of IEC 61511. The AIB is available in single, dual, and triplicated channel configurations with on-line diagnostics, testing, and maintenance capabilities.


You Hold The Power

February 12, 2010 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Edison power distribution line from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) now includes the HPB-series open-style power distribution blocks as a convenient way to manage power distribution needs. The distribution blocks are manufactured with tin-plated aluminum connectors suitable for copper conductions, helping maintain a high SCCR rating of 200kA.


Get The Nastiest Of Drain Clogs

February 12, 2010 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

RIDGID (Elyria, OH) introduces the Auto-Clean drain cleaning machine for cleaning drain blockages in pipes from ¾” to 1½” in diameter. The machine features a dual-direction AUTOFEED technology, which advances and retrieves the drain-cleaning cable with the push of a lever.


Industrial Vacuuming With A Pulse

February 12, 2010 7:13 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control (APC, Jonesboro, AR) has introduced a new pulse-cleaned industrial vacuum that reduces clogs to prevent problems that result from a loss of suction during cleaning. The FarrVac operates without compressed air and may be used for everyday cleanup.


Pick Wisely

February 12, 2010 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

TRI-TRONICS, Inc. (Tampa, FL) has introduced the SMARTEYE ColorWise Sensor that solves most difficult color applications at higher speeds than color cameras or other sensors. The ColorWise is ideal for intricate color sorting or inspection problems, such as high-speed packaging and production lines.


Brother: Work On Conn. Plant Had 'Substandard' Safety

February 12, 2010 5:40 am | by John Christoffersen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The brother of one of five workers killed in an explosion at a power plant under construction says his brother called the project "screwed up," and a worker on the job the day before the explosion says safety on the job was "substandard." The concerns about pressure to get the job done and safety standards at the Kleen Energy Systems plant in Middletown were raised in interviews with The Associated Press on Wednesday, and add to a growing number of questions about work conditions at the site.


Strong Growth Predicted For Industrial Wireless

February 12, 2010 5:08 am | News | Comments

Research Triangle Park, NC — The Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance (WINA), expert wireless resource for the industrial market, today announced results of its first End-Users survey on the application of wireless technology in the automation industry at the ARC Forum in Orlando, Florida.


Cleveland Home To New 'Gasification' Power Plant

February 12, 2010 4:43 am | News | Comments

CLEVELAND (AP) — The city of Cleveland will soon be burning trash to power homes and businesses. A $1.5 million agreement signed with the New Jersey-based Princeton Environmental Group would design a 20-megawatt power plant fueled by municipal waste. The plant, the first of its kind in the U.


Toyota Plans Tell-All To Rebuild Consumer Trust

February 12, 2010 4:08 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota said Friday it's planning a new level of disclosure about car problems beyond what the automaker is legally required to reveal as it seeks to rebuild consumer trust. The move comes amid intensifying pressure for the automaker's president Akio Toyoda to testify before the U.

Inventor, Manufacturer Of The Frisbee Dies At 90

February 12, 2010 3:46 am | by Doug Alden, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY — Walter Fredrick Morrison, the man credited with inventing the Frisbee, has died. He was 90. Utah House Rep. Kay McIff, an attorney who represented Morrison in a royalties case, says Morrison died at his home in Monroe, Utah, on Tuesday. McIff is from Richfield, Morrison's original hometown.

Specialists Purge Gas Lines At Middletown Blast Site

February 12, 2010 3:44 am | News | Comments

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Specialists from a natural gas delivery company helped vent a pipe Thursday at a Connecticut power plant where an explosion killed five people. Officials say the venting procedure posed no danger to the public but was necessary to vent natural gas out of about 800 feet of pipeline to the Kleen Energy Systems plant in Middletown.


135 Jobs Cut As GM Moves Parts Factory To Mexico

February 12, 2010 3:43 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (AP) — A union official says about 135 people will be out of work as a northeastern Indiana auto parts factory shuts down. It will be the second time in a year that Fort Wayne Foundry Corp. has closed its Columbia City plant. The company restarted the factory in July, weeks after it laid off more than 600 workers by closing plants in Fort Wayne and Columbia City.


Nissan To Take Orders For Electric Leaf In April

February 12, 2010 3:42 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. said Thursday that it will start signing up customers in April who want to buy its new Leaf electric car, with shipments starting by the end of the year. Nissan has shown the five-passenger sedan, which can go 100 miles on a single charge, at cities around the country over the last three months in a push to market zero-emission technology.


Humvee's Last Hurrah In The U.S. Army

February 12, 2010 3:41 am | by Carly Everson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Army Staff Sgt. Tom Davis never saw the bomb that destroyed his Humvee as he rounded a corner in Ramadi just a week into his second tour in Iraq in 2006. Davis lost a leg and broke his back and both arms and can no longer walk or work. He'll never know whether he would have been less severely injured if he'd been in a different vehicle.

U.S. To Average 95,000 Jobs Per Month In 2010

February 11, 2010 8:40 am | by Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is likely to average 95,000 more jobs each month this year, while personal savings will remain high as credit remains tight, according to a White House report released Thursday. The Council of Economic Advisers also trumpeted the $787 billion economic stimulus package, which it said has saved or created about 2 million jobs.

Silicon Valley's Slow Demise

February 11, 2010 8:38 am | by Brooke Donald, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Silicon Valley's economy took a big hit during the global meltdown and could have trouble climbing out, according to a report released Wednesday. The 2010 Index of Silicon Valley said the region is entering a "new phase of uncertainty" where job losses, a shrinking foreign talent pool, a drop in investments and state legislative gridlock could put its standing as the center of technology at risk.

Pepsi Doubles 4Q Profit On Snacks, Overseas Soda

February 11, 2010 8:37 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit almost doubled on strength in its snacks business and overseas beverage operations, while U.S. beverages continued to slump. The drink maker said Thursday it will continue to launch new snack products as well as speed growth in developing markets, which it expects to boost revenue and profit.

Trade Deficit Surges To $40 Billion In December

February 11, 2010 8:36 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit surged to a larger-than-expected $40.18 billion in December, the biggest imbalance in 12 months. The wider deficit reflected a rebounding economy that is pushing up demand for imports. The Commerce Department said the December deficit was 10.4 percent higher than the November imbalance.


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