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Q & A: Quick Response Manufacturing

September 8, 2011 11:20 am | Articles | Comments

Rajan Suri is Emeritus Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Bachelors degree from Cambridge University (England) and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Professor Suri is the Founding Director of the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM).

Energy Intelligence: Making The Sustainable Choice

September 8, 2011 11:07 am | by Anna Wells | Articles | Comments

Equipment purchases are one thing, but getting involved with your community, utility providers, and employees may be what makes a bigger impact. When it comes to the modern sustainable plant, making the energy efficient equipment choice isn’t always enough. While it certainly pays to have the latest and greatest—much of which can mean the difference between sips and gulps of energy use—these purchases can only take users so far.

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Cut Downtime, Energy Costs In F&B With Advanced Alignment

September 8, 2011 10:59 am | by Paul Michalicka of SKF USA Inc. and Linda van Merkesteijn & Mark Ely of SKF Maintenance Products | Articles | Comments

A growing number of food and beverage manufacturers are turning to advanced shaft and belt alignment systems, often equipped with laser sighting. The trend, which affects diverse food sectors, is fueled by the prospect of lower energy costs, reduced downtime, and better overall machine reliability.

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Glass Blending With Abrasion Resistant Rotary Mixer

September 8, 2011 10:54 am | Articles | Comments

From a humble beginning more than 80 years ago, as a manufacturer of red glass for railroad signals, Kopp Glass now claims to be the world’s leading producer of precision molded industrial quality technical glass. The company is known worldwide among the industries it serves as a producer of molded borosilicate glass, a tough material that can withstand harsh industrial environments and is resistant to degradation from sunlight and weathering.

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RAM Grinding Cools Off

September 8, 2011 10:46 am | Articles | Comments

At RAM Grinding, precision is measured in ten-thousandths of an inch. Whether it’s a less expensive part or a $100,000 part, the precision tolerance is often not more than .0002”. With those tight margins, the company needed a consistent air temperature to prevent metal expansion and errors.

What Has Your Utility Done For You?

September 8, 2011 10:17 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The city of Riverside constitutes part of the “Inland Empire,” an urban area just east of Los Angeles, CA, and as the sun rose through a layer of fog on a recent August morning, it didn’t seem like the heart of a manufacturing hub. But just five minutes outside the city’s still-growing downtown sits the Hunter Business Park, home to a handful of influential area manufacturers: Sabert, Mackie, Parker Hannifin, Bourns Inc.

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CYCLO COOL Synthetic Coolants

September 8, 2011 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new CYCLO COOL 900 and 5000 series synthetic coolants from MAG (New York, NY) are additive free, low foaming, and specially formulated for machining titanium, Inconel, beryllium copper, hardened steels, stainless steels, and other superalloys. Developed for the aerospace industry, the new coolants use unique synthetic formulations to provide boundary lubricant properties, while penetrating the heat barrier in the cutting zone, even at lower pressure (300 to 400 psi), to absorb heat from the tool and part, and minimize chemical reactions between tools and workpieces.

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750 Series Documenting Process Calibrators

September 8, 2011 9:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation (Everett, WA) has introduced the 750 Series Documenting Process Calibrators, to calibrate temperature, pressure, voltage, current, resistance, and frequency. With three operating modes: measure, source, or simultaneous measure/source, technicians can troubleshoot, calibrate, or maintain instrumentation with one tool.

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Megamat RS Vertical Carousel

September 8, 2011 9:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Megamat RS Vertical Carousel from Kardex Remstar, LLC (Westbrook, ME) features a new intelligent drive design, providing part and supply operations a more reliable vertical carousel requiring less maintenance and lower energy requirements. The new drive design is made up of a drive track, carrier arms, transportation chain, drive motor, drive chain, and hand crank.

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Handheld Thermometer/Hygrometer Data Logger

September 8, 2011 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new RHXL3SD Handheld Thermometer/Hygrometer Data Logger from Omega (Stamford, CT) comes with a temperature-humidity probe, 2 GB SD card, and features automatic temperature compensation for dew point, wet-bulb, and thermocouple measurements. It has the ability to hold readings and display maximum and minimum readings and an automatic power off function that extends battery life.

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Brunswick To Expand Boat Plant

September 8, 2011 8:28 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. (AP) — The Brunswick Corp. has announced plans to expand its Lund Boats plant in New York Mills. Brunswick, which owns and operates Lund Boats, plans to add 22,000 square feet to the western Minnesota plant. The company says demand has been high for both the Crestliner and Lund boat brands.

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Man Hit With Environmental Charges At KY Plant

September 8, 2011 8:27 am | News | Comments

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Wisconsin man has been charged with tampering with environmental monitors, then covering it up at a southern Kentucky secondary aluminum production plant. A federal grand jury in Bowling Green on Wednesday charged 59-year-old Daniel Evanoff of Plymouth, Wis.

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UAW, Ford, Chrysler Far Apart In Talks

September 8, 2011 8:25 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford, Chrysler and the United Auto Workers remain far apart in labor talks with just a week left before their contracts expire, two people briefed on the talks said Wednesday. Negotiators for the two companies and the union have started serious talks on wages in the past few days, even though the union's contracts with all three Detroit carmakers expire at 11:59 p.

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Unemployment Applications Increasing

September 8, 2011 8:24 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits ticked up slightly last week, evidence that the job market isn't improving. Weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 414,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The report suggests companies aren't significantly increasing layoffs, despite weak economic growth.

Boeing Plans 5,000 Planes For China

September 8, 2011 8:22 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. on Wednesday raised its estimate for the number of new planes that the Chinese market will need over the next 20 years. Boeing said it expects China will need 5,000 new commercial planes worth $600 million over the next 20 years. Last year it predicted that China would need 4,330 new planes valued at $480 billion over the 20-year period starting in 2010.

Saab Denied Bankruptcy Protection

September 8, 2011 8:20 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish court on Thursday rejected car maker Saab's application for creditor protection, paving the way for possible bankruptcy filings from labor unions. The ruling by the Vanersborg District Court, which can be appealed, is the latest setback for cash-strapped Saab as it scrambles to solve a liquidity crisis that has left it teetering on the brink of collapse.

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Industrial Real Estate Gaining Positive Momentum

September 8, 2011 5:09 am | by Jim Dieter, SIOR, Executive Vice President of Industrial Brokerage, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. | Articles | Comments

While things have been looking up for the U.S. industrial markets steadily over the past year, it is now clear that our recovery is picking up momentum. National industrial market statistics heading into the second half of 2011 - including vacancy, leasing and absorption rates - provide reason for guarded optimism.

Q&A: Heavy Metal Safety In Food Manufacturing

September 8, 2011 5:06 am | by Kim Dennis MacDougall, research scientist, Kimberly-Clark Professional | Articles | Comments

A recent study released by environmental consulting firm Gradient found that towels routinely used by food manufacturers are often contaminated with heavy metal residues from other industries that survived the cleaning process. Food Manufacturing spoke with Kim Dennis of Kimberly-Clark Professional about the health risks of this issue, as well as the steps food processors can take to enhance the safety of their clothing and safety apparel.

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Making Computers Disappear

September 8, 2011 5:04 am | Videos | Comments

As computing power increases exponentially, the ways we relate to computers become more natural — and more ubiquitous. Msnbc.com's Wilson Rothman explores the evolution of interfaces, from primitive punch cards to interactive buildings. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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TMS 9250 Torque Measurement System

September 7, 2011 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell (Minneapolis, MN) has introduced the new TMS 9250 Torque Measurement System. Utilizing non-contact digital telemetry technology, the system is designed to meet evolving industry needs for wireless torque measurement systems. The TMS 9250 offers new options for mounting, installing, sensing, controlling, actuating, and reporting data.

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