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A Dynamic Waste Solution

January 11, 2010 8:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Delamo Manufacturing, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) has introduced the DYNAMO trash can, available in 32 and 44 gallon sizes. The DYNAMO is the first plastic trash can to offer built-in storage for a variety of cleaning tools, including brooms, mops, dust pans, and more. Flexible belts are available to secure the can liner to the top of the can, along with a number of optional extras, such as the DYNAMO dolly.

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Get Positioned To Save Compressed Air

January 11, 2010 8:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TZIDC Digital Positioner from ABB Instrumentation (Warminster, PA) provides low air consumption at a steady rate: 0.015 scfm, regardless of the air supply pressure. The low air consumption means the positioner is more economical, increasing energy savings. The unique design of the TZIDC current-to-pneumatic conversion component can lead to 50 times less air consumption at steady state, according to the company.

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A Bailout-Free 'Heat' Bank

January 11, 2010 8:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HeatBank mats and cables from EasyHeat (Rosemont, IL) help convert “off-peak” electrical energy into a reservoir of radiant heat stored with a building’s foundation, which can help industrial facilities significantly lower their energy bills. Once stored, the non-drying heat radiates throughout the building during peak energy periods, serving as a cost-effective supplement to standard heating systems, according to the company.

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Clamping With Your Jaws

January 11, 2010 8:38 am | by For more information on the Sitema Safety Catchers, being distributed AME in the U.S., visit www.ame.com . | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Machine & Engineering Co. (Rockford, IL) now offers Sitema Safety Catchers from Sitema GmbH, which are clamping devices that mount around shafts to support vertical loads. The catches help decelerate and stop falling loads, preventing personal injury or damage to equipment.

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Cadmium-Filled Chinese Jewelry For Kids Sold In U.S.

January 11, 2010 3:53 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Moving swiftly, U.S. product safety authorities say they are launching an investigation into the presence of the toxic metal cadmium in children's jewelry imported from China after disclosure of lab tests showing that some pieces consisted primarily of the dangerous substance.

A 'Labyrinth' For Grease

January 11, 2010 3:41 am | by For more information on the Crease Canister Kits, or all the “Labyrinth Seal” motorized pulleys from Rulmeca Corp., visit www.rulmecacorp.com . | Product Releases | Comments

Rulmeca Corp. (Wilmington, NC) has announced that their Grease Canister Kits are now a standard feature with the “Labyrinth Seal Option” Motorized Pulleys, including models 220M, 220H, 320L, 320M, 320H, 400L, 400M, and 400H. The canister helps maintain the labyrinth seal to provide an extra barrier of protection for shaft oil seals by forming a grease-filled path for corrosive and abrasive material.

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Long-Lasting Chain Hoists

January 11, 2010 3:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Demag DC-Pro Chain Hoist from Demag Cranes & Components (Cleveland, OH) has an extended service life of up to 1,900 hours, which results in increased time between service intervals and general overhauls. Many components are maintenance-free for up to 10 years, helping lower operating costs.

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Quick, Clean, Green: Backwash Filtering

January 11, 2010 3:40 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Forsta Filters Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) has released its Green-Clean industrial water filter technology, which can reduce backwash waste water by as much as 75 percent. Without interrupting system flow during backwash, Green-Clean technology utilizes smaller flush valves to minimize the volume of water required to remove buildup on a filter element.

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The Right Torque, Every Time

January 11, 2010 3:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mountz, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has introduced new torque tool options for ensuring the correct torque is applied in applications involving RF/COAX and SMA connectors. In applications using stainless steel or beryllium-copper bodies, the correct tightening of connectors is important to ensure optimum performance.

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WTO To Probe 'Protectionist' Tarriffs On Chinese Tires

January 11, 2010 3:35 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization will launch an investigation into American import taxes on Chinese tires at a meeting of trade diplomats next week, according to a statement Monday. The dispute focuses on a three-year tariff approved in September by President Barack Obama, which aims to slow China's rapid export growth and protect American jobs in the tire sector.

GM Exec: Will Be 'Solidly Profitable' Once Industry Returns

January 11, 2010 3:34 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. should be "solidly profitable" when demand for new cars and trucks rebounds to normal levels, a top executive said on the eve of the Detroit auto show. Bob Lutz, GM's vice chairman, said during a speech Sunday to the Society of Automotive Analysts that the U.

Ford Sweeps 2010 North American Car, Truck Awards

January 11, 2010 3:30 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The Ford Fusion Hybrid midsize sedan wins the 2010 North American Car of the Year, while the Ford Transit Connect takes truck of the year at the Detroit auto show. Forty-nine auto journalists made the picks. Finalists for the car award included the Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Ford Unveils New Focus To Be Sold Globally

January 11, 2010 3:27 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is unveiling the 2012 Focus, a small sedan that is the company's first truly global car. The new Focus, due in European and North American showrooms early next year, was designed and engineered to be sold worldwide using almost all the same parts, unlike past versions.

Cities Struggle To Revive Abandoned Automaking Plants

January 11, 2010 3:23 am | by David Runk and Jeff Karoub, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WIXOM, Mich. (AP) — Henry Ford's great-grandson arrived at the shuttered auto plant to brag about a plan to revive the vast empty space: Investors would transform it into a modern factory to make solar panels and high-tech energy systems instead of Town Cars and Thunderbirds. "I can't imagine a better way to reuse the facility," Bill Ford said during his visit to the former Wixom Assemblyplant in September.

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Out With the Old, In With the Kardashians

January 11, 2010 3:02 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I recently watched a video on the prospected “obsolete” technology of 2010 —a compilation developed by the Huffington Post which highlighted once prosaic things that were now going the way of the dinosaur. Before I pressed PLAY, I pondered the obsolete… it stood to reason that things like analog television would make the list of the recently tapping out… or DVD in the wake of BluRay? Maybe the Snuggie was past its prime.

Good Housekeeping With Industrial Vacuums

January 8, 2010 11:11 am | Articles | Comments

Under intense scrutiny since the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s (CSB), released its 2006 Combustible Dust Hazard Study, OSHA is taking action to amend is General Industry Housekeeping provision, 1910.22. The amendment to the housekeeping requirements comes as a result of employers’ misinterpretation of housekeeping standards already included in the provision.

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Panasonic Aims For No. 1 'Green' Electronics Company

January 8, 2010 4:03 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Panasonic Corp. said Friday it aims to catapult sales by more than a third in three years in an aggressive bid to become the dominant electronics company in green technologies. The Japanese electronics giant is targeting revenue of 9.5 trillion yen ($101.7 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 2013, up from the 7 trillion yen ($74.

NY Seeks Change On Tax Breaks For Manufacturing Jobs

January 8, 2010 4:02 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Paterson administration wants to change the way New York businesses get tax breaks for job creation, proposing credits for research and development, capital investment and payroll costs for new jobs in high technology, biotechnology, clean energy, finance and manufacturing.

Executives Covered Up Death Toll In Chinese Gas Leak

January 8, 2010 3:42 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — State media says 21 workers were killed by a gas leak at a factory in northern China earlier this week after executives were caught underreporting the number of deaths. The Xinhua News Agency says workers were poisoned after a gas pipeline broke at the Hebei Puyang Iron and Steel Co.

TVA Coal Spill A $428 Million Payday To Contractors

January 8, 2010 3:34 am | News | Comments

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cleaning up the Tennessee Valley Authority's coal ash spill at Kingston is already delivering big paydays for some contractors and it's a tab rate payers should be watching. The nation's largest public utility has open contracts that total $428.5 million. A review of the contracts by The Knoxville News Sentinel shows that 10 firms are under contract to make more than $10 million each from the first phase of the cleanup.

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