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The Industrial Sauna

June 11, 2010 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kadant Johnson Inc. (Three Rivers, MI) has developed a new line of direct steam injection water heaters, which are used to rapidly and accurately heat water and water-based slurries by injecting steam directly into the fluid. Applications include boiler preheating, sanitation and tank cleaning, among others.

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The Massive Proliferation Of Government Regulations

June 11, 2010 6:03 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

“Just because you can fly a hang glider does not mean that you will make a good 747 pilot.” -John Knight, vice president of Knight Electronics In the latest PD&D   Fireside Chat , John Knight, vice president of Knight Electronics, talks absurd shipping polices, companies that suffer from NIH (not invented here), soaring Asian lead times and material costs, the future of contract manufacturing, big government and fears over the massive proliferation of new government rules and regulations — and a potential screaming halt to the global economy.

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Greenhouse Gas Laws Pass Senate Vote

June 11, 2010 5:12 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a boost for the president on global warming, the Senate on Thursday rejected a challenge to Obama administration rules aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other big polluters. The defeated resolution would have denied the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to move ahead with the rules, crafted under the federal Clean Air Act.

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Wood-Burning Power Worse For Environment Than Coal

June 11, 2010 5:03 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — A new study has found that wood-burning power plants using trees and other "biomass" from New England forests releases more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than coal over time. The six-month study, commissioned by Massachusetts state environmental officials, found biomass-fired electricity would result in a 3 percent increase in carbon emissions compared to coal-fired electricity by 2050.

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Tesoro Plant To Stay Closed Over Safety Concerns

June 11, 2010 4:39 am | by George Tibbits, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Tesoro Corp.'s Anacortes refinery, where an April explosion and fire killed seven people, will remain closed at least through September — three months longer than once expected — a company spokesman said Thursday. Meanwhile, Robert Hall, who is leading the accident investigation for the U.

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3M To Close Okla. Plant, 125 Jobs At Stake

June 11, 2010 4:31 am | News | Comments

ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) — 3M has announced plans to close its plant in Ardmore by the end of the year. Company officials made the announcement Thursday to its 125 employees at the plant that makes dental implant products. The company says the plant's operations will be moved to St.

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Arctic Cat To Ditch Overseas Supplier, Build Locally

June 11, 2010 4:21 am | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Snowmobile maker Arctic Cat Inc. said Thursday it will begin manufacturing some of its own snowmobile engines in St. Cloud, Minn., beginning after the 2014 model year. Currently, Suzuki Motor Corp. supplies all engines for Arctic Cat's snowmobiles. Suzuki will continue to supply the company with engine parts to service existing engines after the 2014 model year.

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GM: Back Off Government, It's Our IPO

June 11, 2010 4:19 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors Co., not the government, will determine when the automaker will conduct a public stock offering at the heart of the company's revival, the Obama administration said Thursday. The Treasury Department said in a statement that it expects to sell some of its 61 percent stake in GM when the automaker goes public.

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10 Charged For Bilking Xerox In $4 Million Forklift Fraud

June 11, 2010 4:18 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Seven mechanics at Xerox Corp.'s manufacturing hub in upstate New York and three owners of a forklift company were charged Thursday with bilking the printer and copier maker out of an estimated $4.1 million. Over five years, four current and three former employees who maintained Xerox's forklift fleet in suburban Rochester ordered forklift parts from Clarkson Auto Electric Co.

A Union Of Air

June 10, 2010 5:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Barco (Chicago, IL) has introduced the E-Series air union for air-related manufacturing applications. The E-2 series can handle difficult industrial environments that other rotary units might not, with a nitrotec surface treatment, which increases the wear- and corrosion-resistance.

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Loctite… Tape?

June 10, 2010 5:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Loctite QuickTape 249, from Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland, OH), is the first threadlocker in tape form, which allows for easy portability and allocation. The tape offers no leaking, clogging, or mess. Check out the video below to learn more: Or visit www.appliedindustrial.

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Trimming Goes Anywhere

June 10, 2010 5:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Precision AirConvey (Newark, DE) has developed a mobile package based on its TrimPAC series of automatic trim systems. By setting the entire TrimPAC system on a steel platform with strong, non-marking casters, the mobile package makes installation of a flexible trim handling system easy.

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Get A 1,000-Newton Grip

June 10, 2010 5:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bilsing Automation North America (Clinton Township, MI) has announced the availability of its GT30 and GT40 family of pneumatic grippers, which provide cost-effective clamping solutions in metal assembly. According to the company, they are durable enough to exceed a million cycles.

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Harleys Of The World: Want To Race?

June 9, 2010 10:17 am | Articles | Comments

The Triumph is a classic British motorcycle, dating back decades to when they ran neck-and-neck with America's powerhouse: the Harley-Davison. While Triumph is still producing motorcycles across the pond, one company, Falcon Motorcycles, is taking vintage bikes and refurbishing them with a creative twist.

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Until You Buy A Real F1 Car

June 9, 2010 6:53 am | Articles | Comments

Want to experience all the neck-breaking forces of an F1 race, without actually getting into a car? Look no further than this simulator, which tilts, dips, and dives to approximate how it feels to hit an apex just right. 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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A Train That Never Stops

June 9, 2010 5:58 am | Articles | Comments

A train that never stops? How in the world would you hop aboard? This concept video has (some of) the answers. You might want to turn off the sound, unless you're fluent in Mandarin. It's not going to help you any. The idea is pretty simple: At any station, you get on a "boarding" cart, which is elevated on a second series of tracks.

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The Bhopal Disaster, 25 Years Later

June 9, 2010 5:57 am | Articles | Comments

Some criminal liability was finally found in the Bhopal industrial accident of 1984, but that doesn't help heal the lingering wounds — both physical and psychological — that the victims are still feeling. Between the 100,000 people still suffering from chronic illnesses due to explosure, the Bhopal disaster is a painful reminder that industry can have an enormous impact on everyday people.

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Hummer Fanatics Mourn Brand's Quiet Demise

June 9, 2010 5:56 am | Articles | Comments

While many are looking forward to Hummer's demise in the near future, a select few customers are "broken-hearted" over losing their favorite brand of mega-SUV. Yes, many consider the Hummer to be the go-to car for the man's man, but if you ask dealers, more women have bought them. To which brand they will move is unknown, but you can guess it's not going to be something environmentally-friendly, like the upcoming Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt.

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Job Market Stages Comeback As People Call It Quits

June 9, 2010 5:02 am | by Christopher Leonard and Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — One sign of better economic times is when more people start finding jobs. Another is when they feel confident enough to quit them. More people in the United States have quit their jobs in the past three months than were laid off — a sharp reversal after 15 straight months in which layoffs exceeded voluntary departures.

Mr. Potato Head Dons Jumpsuit, Impersonates Elvis

June 9, 2010 5:00 am | News | Comments

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Elvis Presley estate has signed a deal for Hasbro Inc. and PPW Toys to release an Elvis version of Mr. Potato Head. Kevin Kern, a spokesman for Presley's Graceland estate, told The Commercial Appeal the new toy is one of 15,000 Elvis-licensed products and is one the company is excited about.

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