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403 Ways To Transmit Motion

April 21, 2010 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Quality Transmission Components (Garden City Park, NY) unveiled its new series of metric worm gears and worm wheels, which provide a solution to many power transmission design applications. The wormed gears are stocked in 4140 alloy steel for the worms and CAC702 aluminum bronze for the worm wheels.

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Cheese Producer Puts Metal Detection To The Test

April 21, 2010 6:02 am | Articles | Comments

Anthony Rowcliffe, a 42 year-old company that has its roots in Peckham, London, has grown over the years and is now operating out of two purpose-built BRC accredited sites at Paddock Wood in Kent, supplying over 1,000 different lines, including its own branded Clemency Hall product.

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Dipping Into The Future Of Food Safety

April 21, 2010 5:18 am | by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Family-owned Country Maid, maker of dips, spreads and salads, has always been devoted to food safety and quality, but its recently installed track-and-trace system puts the facility on the cutting edge of traceability. In 1939 Irene Grebe opened Grebe’s Bakery, selling home-baked goodies from her own kitchen in Milwaukee.

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Getting More From Accounting

April 21, 2010 5:03 am | by Jim Mandt, Vice President of Technical Services, Metafile Information Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

From invoices to purchase orders and myriad supporting documentation, all manufacturing organizations rely on their accounting departments to keep business moving. After all, a manufacturer’s success and profitability are ultimately defined by their ability to efficiently pay for what’s needed to run their business and, in return, promptly receive payment for goods and services rendered.

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GE Transportation Mulls Rehiring 145 of 1,500 Laid Off

April 21, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The union at GE Transportation's plant in Erie will vote Friday on some work rule changes necessary to bring back 145 of 1,500 workers laid off last year. The plan would recall 88 laid off workers permanently and 57 others for 12 weeks to fill a specific order. A company official says GE wants to be prepared should the market for locomotives improve.

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The 'Volvo King Kong' And Geely's Cheeky Past

April 21, 2010 4:44 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Chinese tycoon Li Shufu's car company Geely has a knack for giving its vehicles oddball names: Gleagle, King Kong, Englon. Not as memorable for buyers of the King Kong and its stablemates is a standard of quality that's so-so even by the Chinese auto industry's standards. Zhejiang Geely Holding Co.

Poll: U.S. Makes Better Cars Than Asian Automakers

April 21, 2010 4:36 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a long romance with foreign rivals, America's love affair with the automobile is returning to its roots with a revived affection for U.S.-made cars. Slightly more Americans now say the United States makes better-quality vehicles than Asia does, with 38 percent saying U.

The Price Of Carbon: 27c Per Gallon

April 21, 2010 4:21 am | by Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest | Articles | Comments

Perhaps the only thing under heaven that moves slower and more unpredictably than evolution is the evolution of carbon policy. Biofuels investors have long since written off carbon as a factor, saying that the uncertainty of policy has led them to fund only those projects that can survive without a price on carbon.

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Volcano Disrupts Just-In-Time Manufacturers

April 21, 2010 4:10 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The strategy of keeping inventories lean paid off for U.S. manufacturers during the recession. Just-in-time delivery of parts makes even more sense when budgets are tight. Now that a giant ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland is disrupting global air freight, some manufacturers are finding that this strategy is backfiring.

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Ammonia Leak Leads To Evacuation Of 125

April 21, 2010 4:10 am | News | Comments

BIRDSBORO, Pa. (AP) — An ammonia leak at a kosher Pennsylvania poultry plant has led to the evacuation of about 125 people, including six who suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Emergency crews were called Tuesday night to the Mehadrin Kosher Poultry plant in Birdsboro, which is about 8 miles southeast of Reading.

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GM Repays $6.7 Billion Government Loan

April 21, 2010 4:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. has repaid the $8.1 billion in loans it got from the U.S. and Canadian governments, a move its CEO says is a sign automaker is on the road to recovery. GM CEO Whitacre will formally announce the loan paybacks Wednesday at the company's Fairfax AssemblyPlant in Kansas City, Kansas, where he will also announce that GM is investing $257 million in that factory and the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, both of which will build the next generation of the midsize Chevrolet Malibu.

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Stay Off That Plane

April 20, 2010 12:13 pm | by by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

To fly or not to fly is suddenly  the question , and though I do enjoy the Shakespearean spin on the tragedy, let’s not get too loose with the definition of tragedy. If anything, the airport crisis plays out more like a dark comedy than a tragic event. Labeling a week stranded in an airport a tragedy is like calling  Piano Man  the greatest song ever made.

Energy Harvesting Gets A Boost

April 20, 2010 12:05 pm | by Tony Armstrong, Director of Product Marketing, Power Products, Linear Technology Corporation | Articles | Comments

A wide range of low-power industrial sensors and controllers are turning to alternative sources of energy as the primary or supplemental means of supplying power. Ideally, such harvested energy will eliminate the need for wired power or batteries altogether. Transducers that create electricity from readily available physical sources such as temperature differentials (thermoelectric generators or thermopiles), mechanical vibration (piezoelectric or electromechanical devices), and light (photovoltaic devices) are becoming viable sources of power for many applications.

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Iran Won't Hinder Global Nuclear Power Development

April 20, 2010 10:27 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

This week the hot topic of nuclear power was overshadowed by President Obama’s announcement to restrict the use of nuclear weapons and reduce nuclear stockpiles—along with Russia—by about one-third. If you missed it, the President specified that the  use of nuclear weapons  would only be considered against countries that are not in compliance with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; for example, North Korea and Iran.

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Displacement Gone High-Tech

April 20, 2010 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The LK-G5000 Laser Displacement Sensor from KEYENCE (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) now features a RS-CMOS sensor and provides a 392 kHz sampling rate that is eight times faster than previous models, with a 0.01µm repeatability. The sensor is now more compact than previous models, making it easy to mount in tight production environments.

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Finding The Best Angle

April 20, 2010 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Metabo Corporation (West Chester, PA) now offers the 5” W11-125 Quick Compact Class Angle Grinder, which features a quick wheel change system that makes changing discs both safe and easy, without the use of tools. The W11-125 is ideal for cutting and grinding applications with a Vibratech side handle that reduces vibration up to 60 percent, lowering the risk of white finger syndrome, according to the company.

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Showing The Ropes

April 20, 2010 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Konecranes (Springfield, OH) has developed RopeQ, a reliable system that evaluates the working condition of wire ropes using a proprietary Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) method. The RopeQ uses electromagnetic technology to assess the inner and outer wires and strands of a rope, which ensures accurate and repetitive inspection results.

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Be Graceful, Safe Around Electricity

April 20, 2010 7:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VoltageVision Power Warning Alerts from Grace Engineered Products (Davenport, IA) provide electricians with electrical safe information while working on de-energized systems. The system is now available in a solid-on model type, which features LEDs to illuminate the presence of voltage.

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Keep Your Fingers Safe

April 20, 2010 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Danray Products LLC (Rockford, IL) introduces its new fan guard safety scale, which checks the openings in fan guards for compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.212(a)(5). The OSHA regulation states that fan blades must be covered with a guard, which may not have openings more than ½”.

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Make Shaft Welding Easy

April 20, 2010 6:58 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

A line of AISI 1018 steel shaft collars from Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (Wilmington, MA) can be machined to facilitate the welding of components such as brackets, cams, lever arms, mounts, pins, and rods. The collars come in one- and two-piece styles that can be further machined to make fixturing easier when creating welded assemblies.

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