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Collaborating To Advance Face Protection

March 29, 2011 12:11 pm | Articles | Comments

Material suppliers, extruders, and product manufacturers in the face protection market are working together, sharing knowledge and expertise, to create novel solutions to advance the industry options available.  In industrial settings, there is a growing need for a single faceshield that offers a variety of important specifications, including excellent clarity, as well as chemical and impact resistance.


The Unlearned Lesson Of Lean

March 29, 2011 12:09 pm | by Alan Nicol | Articles | Comments

The true power of the Lean methodology, or any business improvement program, lives not in training personnel, creating metrics, or conducting improvement events.  The true power is a deep cultural change whereby everyone in the business exercises problem-solving skills, habitually and relentlessly.

High-Accuracy Workholding Chucks

March 29, 2011 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Northfield Precision Instrument Corporation (Island Park, NY) has introduced their Automotive Rubber Grip chuck for automotive “rubber coupling” drive shaft joints. The small collet in the center grips a 14mm I.D. to an accuracy of less than 1/10,000” T.I.R. Three extended fingers simulate “bolting” the flange in place the way it is used in vehicles.


Rip Up Your Floors

March 29, 2011 12:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

General Equipment Company (Owatonna, MN) has introduced the CTS 12 Rip-R-Stripper for floor-covering removal projects. The machine can remove ceramic tile, hardwood floors, and other tough floor coverings. The CTS12 acts as a tool carrier for electric-powered breakers with ratings between 30 and 40 foot-pounds of force.


Cheaper, Lighter-Duty Casters

March 29, 2011 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Colson Caster Corporation (Jonesboro, AK) has introduced two new caster lines to serve lighter-duty markets. The first two sets of its new low-cost casters include the L Series for light duty and the G Series for more general applications. The L Series offer a 150-pound capacity and come in 2-5” wheel diameters.


Control Liquid Nitrogen

March 29, 2011 12:00 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Union Process, Inc. (Akron, OH) has developed a system for controlling the flow of liquid nitrogen into the grinding chamber for customers performing cryogenic grinding. The system includes a probe inside the chamber that monitors the temperature and regulates the flow of liquid nitrogen into the mill at the desired temperature.


ERP Software: Enabling Businesses To Lean, Green, And Prosper

March 29, 2011 6:20 am | by Harold Katz, Technology Enabling Manager, SYSPRO ERP | Articles | Comments

During the early years of the decade, the adoption of “green” practices was a major concern for manufacturers and distributors. While Government legislation did much to promote green initiatives, the overall consensus was that the responsibility to conserve the earth’s resources and save the environment rested with the business community.

Siemens Spins Off Light Bulb Maker Osram

March 29, 2011 5:14 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Industrial engineering company Siemens AG said Tuesday it is shaking up its organizational chart, spinning off light bulb maker Osram and forging a new division that will focus on energy-efficient infrastructure projects in the world's cities. Osram GmbH will be sold off to investors in an initial public offering of shares later this year, said Munich-based Siemens, which makes a wide range of industrial equipment...


Judge Rules With Boeing, Spirit In Age Discrimination Lawsuit

March 29, 2011 5:06 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to reconsider his earlier ruling siding with The Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems in an age discrimination lawsuit brought by former workers in the wake of Boeing's 2005 sale of its commercial airplane operations in Kansas and Oklahoma. U.


Subaru Slows Production At Lafayette Plant Over Shortage

March 29, 2011 5:03 am | News | Comments

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Subaru of America is slowing production at its Lafayette plant because of a temporary auto parts shortage caused by Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. spokeswoman Jennifer McGarvey said Monday that the company will be reducing its Subaru production shifts to the first four hours of each shift this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Nokia Sues Apple For Infringing 'Virtually All' Of Its Patents

March 29, 2011 5:01 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia is suing Apple in the United States for allegedly infringing patents in "virtually all" of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers, the Finnish company said Tuesday. The move is the latest in a string of lawsuits by Nokia and comes as the world's largest handset maker struggles to keep up with smartphone rivals like Apple.

Four Weapon-Smuggling Executives Plead Guilty

March 29, 2011 4:59 am | by Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Four men accused of smuggling military weapons and parts, some of which were sold to Middle East nations, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court and have agreed to testify against a British firearms manufacturer who currently faces extradition from England.

S.C. Lawmakers Fight For Incandescent Lightbulbs

March 29, 2011 4:56 am | by Jim Davenport, Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are taking a stand in favor of states' lights. With incandescent bulbs being phased out under federal law in favor of energy-efficient compact fluorescents, legislators want to exempt South Carolina from the measure, saying Washington has no business telling the state how to light its closets and countertops.


Lifting With Magnets

March 28, 2011 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Magnetics (Castle Rock, CO) now offers Neodymium Lifting Magnets, which are ideal for handling steel plate, forgings, die casting, and similar items in machine shops, warehouses, and industrial processing plants. Lift magnets eliminate the need for slings or clamping devices and allow one person to do the work of two or more.


Double-Diaphragm For Many Applications

March 28, 2011 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new portable, variable-speed electric double diaphragm pump — available from EDSON (New Bedford, MA) — is rated for 25 GPM service in a variety of industrial applications. The EDSON Model 2500 electric-powered double diaphragm plastic pump can transfer liquids with solids up to 1” diameter, with low emulsion and no shear.


Weigh With Your Forklift

March 28, 2011 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc. (Irvine, CA) has developed a new integrated scale, now available on 4,000 to 5,000 pound Toyota internal combustion, cushion tire lift truck models. The new scale allows for simultaneous weighing and transportation of loads. In addition, it eliminates the repetitive, time-consuming process of transporting loads to and from floor scales.


More Compact Storage Systems

March 28, 2011 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spacesaver Industrial (Fort Atkinson, WI) has introduced the ActivRAC Mobilized Storage, which is a full-line of space-saving storage systems that give manufacturers the ability to increase their capacity without having to expand existing facilities. With ActivRAC Mobilized Storage, fixed rows of pallet racking are mounted on carriages and mobilized.


Packing And Shipping Facility Does The Robot

March 28, 2011 6:56 am | Articles | Comments

An effort to upgrade a Kansas-based flour mill into a state-of-the-art operation led to the development of a new packing and shipping facility, complete with robotic arms that do the loading and lifting of sacks of flour. NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — After months of enduring detours, demolition and construction, residents of Newton have had a chance to see what the work was all about — the upgrade of the central Kansas town's old flour mill...


Perception Is A Funny Thing

March 28, 2011 6:54 am | by Karin Lindner, Founder, Karico Performance Solutions | Articles | Comments

I recently spoke with a young VP (son of the owner) of a manufacturing facility in Mississauga (Ontario). At one point during our conversation he said, "Karin, I honestly think that most of my workers are stupid. Some people have "it" and some people don't. Most of the ideas we get from the workers (which are not many), I find to be stupid ideas.


Kodak Revives Patent Battle Against Apple, Wants $1 Billion

March 28, 2011 4:59 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A federal agency said Friday that it will review Eastman Kodak Co.'s high-stakes patent-infringement claim against technology giants Apple Inc. and Research in Motion Ltd. The U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., agreed to examine a judge's finding in January that Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry don't violate an image-preview patent the photography pioneer obtained in 2001.


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