Located in Glen Carbon, Ill., near St. Louis, FASTechnology Group (FASTech) is an industrial controls system integration and manufacturing company that specializes in turnkey automation systems. Siemens Simotion package combines motion control, drive control, and logic control. With its core expertise in the commercial printing industry, FASTech is often called upon to affect changes in the control architecture and drive mechanics on the very largest printing and bindery equipment in the industry.
Seacoast Science, Inc. and Forston Labs (Fort Collins, CO) has launched the Forston Mini Gas Chromatograph (GC), which uses MEMS technology developed for the Army Research Laboratories. The Forston Mini GC is ideal for industrial processing, quality control applications, and a wide range of safety applications, according to the company.
A new IT cabinet with an extrusion-based modular design, advanced cable management, and convex perforated doors is now available from Optima EPS (Lawrenceville, GA). According to the company, the modular design allows users to customize the cabinets for specific requirements, in addition to integrated ground points plus removable sides, panels, and doors.
Fluke Calibration (Everett, WA) has introduced the PG9607 piston gauge, which delivers unequaled performance for the measurement of absolute and gauge pressures up to 500 kPa (72.5 psi). The PG9607 piston gauge has a 100g mass load to allow a wide range of pressure defined by a single piston-cylinder assembly, and a new 50mm piston-cylinder design.
Elobau Sensor Technology Inc. (Lake Bluff, IL) has developed a line of interlock switches for safety applications by monitoring and interrupting the safety circuit, depending on the position of the machine guard. The locking solenoid holds the guard closed until a stored energy hazard has dissipated.
Have you seen the FDA’s web site home page recently — www.fda.gov ? Here are some other recent headlines to consider: September 2, 2010 – Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration “We expect El Niño to strengthen and persist through the winter months, providing clues as to what the weather will be like during the period,” says Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center — a division of the National Weather Service.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Union workers at Madison-based Sub-Zero/Wolf have agreed to a deal that will save their jobs, but with a 20 percent cut in pay and benefits over a year. Company vice president Chuck Verri tells the Wisconsin State Journal on Friday that the agreement runs through October 2018 and will save the jobs of about 200 workers.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Federal authorities have begun investigating a flash fire that killed one worker and injured another at a central Kansas business. The fire Wednesday at Woodwork Manufacturing in Hutchinson killed 46-year-old Kevin Lewis of Burrton. The Hutchinson News reports that the U.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The chief executive of Harley-Davidson Inc. has urged Wisconsin employees to approve an unpopular labor contract Monday, telling them the motorcycle company is prepared to move on without them if they turn it down. CEO Keith Wandell wrote a letter last week telling the workers it's up to them to decide whether they want to remain part of Harley's future.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Kraft Foods plant worker who had been suspended for feuding with colleagues, then escorted from the building, returned minutes later with a handgun, found her foes in a break room and executed two of them with a single bullet each and critically wounded a third, police said Friday.
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — The laid-back vibe of this affluent Los Angeles suburb gets a jarring wakeup on weekends when hundreds of motorcycles thunder through the Santa Monica Mountains, triggering car alarms, rattling windows and jolting alive barking dogs. "They rev their engines with complete disregard for the people who live here," complained neighborhood resident Tonia Aery.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first wave of mass-produced advanced batteries funded by the Obama administration's economic recovery program is starting to roll off assembly lines, setting the stage for new hybrid and electric vehicles. So how will consumers respond? Fending off criticism of the $787 billion stimulus program, the administration has cited the battery industry as one of the success stories.
According to the US Fire Administration statistics from 2008, a quarter of all vehicle fires are electrical in nature. U.S. automobile organizations are paying attention to these hazards and are also looking ahead to the next generation of electric vehicles. by Guillemette Paour , Global Market Manager, Automotive, Tyco Electronics Circuit Protection As automobile electronics become more sophisticated, so does the vehicle’s electric system.
Not too long ago, making decisions about a company’s energy management and sustainability was a fairly uncomplicated process for most facility managers. Switching to fluorescent lighting, replacing the HVAC to a more efficient system or upgrading to a more integrated process controls architecture to streamline production.
Safeguard Technology (Streetsboro, OH) has developed five new glow-in-the-dark colors for its Hi-Traction Glo Series, which allows the anti-slip surface to be seen in areas of low illumination. The additions include: Glo Safety Yellow Glo Safety Lime Glo Orange Glo Pink Glo Green All of the covers are made with a non-toxic, non-radioactive, photoluminescent pigment that is embedded in the surface of the product.
A new generation joiner for precise fusing of wood or plastic profiles is now available from PAM Fastening Technology, Inc. (Charlotte, NC). The IM5 PT Joiner joins hard and soft wood molding up to 6” wide and 4-1/4” high, and allows for joining the frame while it is held in one position.
The MNC Mixed Flow Cooling Fan from Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) is designed to rapidly dissipate heat. These fans utilize the MF Mixed Flow Impeller and adjustable blade geometry to provide a wide range of performance. The fan has “non-stall” airflow properties and non-overloading absorbed power characteristics.
Detcon’s (The Woodlands, TX) Model MCS-32 is an “auto-configurable” multi-channel integrated control system with a maximum capacity of 64 active channels. The controller has a design that allows users to customize a system by choosing from selection-addressable field devices.
Muskegon, Michigan — Reid Supply Company, a Michigan-based global distributor of industrial products, will be showcasing new products from innovative floor dryers to time-saving industrial clamps during the 2010 International Manufacturing Technology Show at the McCormick Place in Chicago, September 13th through the 18th.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Attorneys for nine workers injured or killed in a Connecticut power plant explosion are suing companies involved with the plant, saying the facility was rife with violations. The four lawyers filed a lawsuit for each of the workers Thursday in Middletown Superior Court, alleging plantowner Kleen Energy Systems, general contractor O&G Industries, of Torrington, and Bluewater Energy Solutions of Acworth, Ga.