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HVAC Done Retro

June 7, 2010 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thybar (Addison, IL) introduces the Retro-mate, a cost-effective method of replacing rooftop HVACs. The old unit is removed, and then the Retro-mate is installed on top of the existing curb to adapt it to the new rooftop unit. Existing ductwork can be utilized for even more savings, according to the manufacturer.

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Hugging The Corner

June 7, 2010 7:23 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Strong Hand Tools (Pico Rivera, CA) designed the 90° Corner Magnet for holding workpeices from the outside, leaving unobstructed space inside your workpiece for welding. The boomerang-shaped magnet has a height of just 3-1/2”, making it compact enough to take anywhere in the shop.

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Get In Your Bunker

June 7, 2010 7:22 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Balluff (Florence, KY) has developed the BunderProx, a rugged, “self-bunkering” M18 inductive proximity sensor designed to survive longer in welding applications without external protection. The BunkerProx has a strong, thick housing that boosts the ability to withstand repeated mechanical impact, and also acts as an intermittent heat sink to shield the electronics from intense heat.

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Gas Goes Wireless

June 7, 2010 7:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model DM-100 SmartWireless gas detection sensors from Detcon (The Woodlands, TX) are low-power devices designed to detect and continuously monitor a wide range of toxic gases. All sensors provide a 2-wire loop powered 4-20 milliamp current signal equivalent to the range of the detected concentration of gas.

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Controlling Fugitive Emissions From Ball Valves

June 7, 2010 6:24 am | by Michael Adkins and Pete Ehlers | Articles | Comments

More and more attention is being focused on fugitive emissions, which are defined as equipment leaks as opposed to point-source emissions from reactor vents or boiler exhaust stacks. United States regulations are honing in on fugitive emissions in regions, such as the Gulf Coast of the United States.

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Stimulus Money Lights The Way For LED Technology

June 7, 2010 6:23 am | by Faraz Hasan, Global Marketing and Business Development Manager for Tyco Electronics' Circuit Protection | Articles | Comments

On January 15, the  U.S. Department of Energy  (DOE) announced funding of more than $37 million to support high-efficiency, solid-state lighting (SSL) projects. With lighting accounting for approximately 24% of the total electricity generated in the U.S. today, it is no small wonder that the DOE decided to accelerate the deployment of SSL technology.

Chrysler Recalls 600,000 Jeeps, Minivans

June 7, 2010 5:02 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Federal regulators say Chrysler is recalling nearly 600,000 Jeep Wranglers and Chrysler and Dodge minivans for brake or wiring problems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website Monday that Chrysler is recalling 288,968 Jeep Wranglers from the 2006 through 2010 model years due to a potential brake fluid leak.

Why Is Nissan 'Manufacturing' A Gospel Choir?

June 7, 2010 4:46 am | by Maria Burnham, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Automobile plants make a lot of noise with welding, stamping and paint machines. But at the Madison County Nissan plant, the new sound is the joyful kind. The plant's three-month old gospel choir has performed for company executives, state officials and the local community.

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Coca-Cola Pays $715 Million To Distribute Dr Pepper

June 7, 2010 4:36 am | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — The Coca-Cola Co. will pay $715 million to Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. for the rights to distribute Dr Pepper and Canada Dry in the U.S. after Coke acquires its largest bottler. Coca-Cola also will distribute Canada Dry, C' Plus and Schweppes in Canada. Those drinks have been distributed by bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.

GM Workers Face Daily Uncertainty, Fear Over Closures

June 7, 2010 4:34 am | by Bobbie J. Clark, AP Writer | News | Comments

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Charlotte and Walt Kowalcyk were going to retire from the local General Motors plant in 2013. He would've had nearly 45 years of service under his belt, while she would have logged 21 years. It would have given them financial security for the rest of their days. Now the Kowalcyks go to work every day under a cloud of uncertainty.

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China's Wages No Longer Viable For Cheap Labor

June 7, 2010 4:31 am | News | Comments

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Recent wage hikes in China could force Taiwanese electronics firms operating there to relocate to other Asian countries, a Taiwanese industry leader has said. Chairman Arthur Chiao of the Taiwan Electronics and Electrical Appliances Association said his group is assisting China-based Taiwanese companies to seek out new manufacturing sites in India, Indonesia and Vietnam in the wake of steadily rising labor costs on the mainland.

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Ammunition Plant Ignored 'Numerous' Safety Concerns

June 7, 2010 4:29 am | News | Comments

COLEBROOK, N.H. (AP) — Court documents regarding a deadly explosion at a New Hampshire gun and ammunition plant indicate evidence of possible violations concerning the storage, manufacturing and handling of explosive materials. The Caledonian-Record reports the state fire marshal's office received two search warrants regarding the MDM Muzzleloader plant in Colebrook.

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Oil Industry: Thousands Of Jobs At Stake

June 4, 2010 5:00 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With a six-month moratorium ordered for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, oilfield companies and analysts are warning of job losses and production delays. In addition, drilling companies could send idled rigs to foreign markets, and new regulation could make producing some fields unprofitable, they said.

The (Almost) Perfect Game

June 4, 2010 4:46 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

As many of you loyal IMPO readers know, I am quite a serious baseball fan. In fact, I am pretty sure Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio owes me a drink at some point; I swear I’ve paid a league minimum salary or two after years of dumping money into this organization.

Chrysler CEO: Our Products Were 'Inexcusable'

June 4, 2010 4:39 am | by Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The auto industry can't afford to become complacent and must guard against slipping into old habits as it rebounds, the head of Chrysler Group LLC said Thursday. CEO Sergio Marchionne said he worries that he's seeing a reluctance to make the fundamental, structural, traumatic change the industry must make to remain competitive.

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'Shrek'-Themed McDonalds Cups Pulled For Cadmium

June 4, 2010 4:26 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cadmium has been discovered in the painted design on "Shrek"-themed drinking glasses being sold nationwide at McDonald's, forcing the fast food company to recall 12 million of the cheap U.S.-made collectibles while dramatically expanding contamination concerns about the toxic metal beyond imported children's jewelry.

GM Starts Venture Capital Company For New Tech

June 4, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. says it has set up its own venture capital company with $100 million to find new technology. The automaker says General Motors Ventures LLC will help nurture new technology and bring it to market so GM has the latest innovations. GM says former vice president of global product planning Jon Lauckner will head the new venture starting July 1.

CAT Buys Locomotive Maker For $820 Million

June 4, 2010 4:23 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. says its Alabama-based railroad service unit will spend $820 million cash to acquire locomotive maker Electro-Motive Diesel. Caterpillar says that its Progress Rail Services division, headquartered in Albertville, Ala.

Survey Shows Little Risk Of Industrial Brain Cancer

June 4, 2010 4:22 am | by Stephen Singer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The incidence of brain cancer at jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney was the same as or less than for the general population, researchers said Thursday. The researchers, from the University of Pittsburgh and University of Illinois, released the second of three phases of their massive study of 212,513 workers at one of eight Connecticut plants from 1952 to 2001.

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Material Disclosure Best Practices

June 3, 2010 11:54 am | Articles | Comments

Are there toxic chemicals in the charm bracelet I bought for my daughter? Is there lead in this paint? These days, manufacturers and suppliers must disclose materials information to regulatory agencies and, often, to the public. The process is appropriately called material disclosure, and regulatory compliance depends on it.

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