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'Pool Noodle' Manufacturer Helps Clean Up The Gulf

June 21, 2010 4:41 am | by Stephen Tait, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Barry Jorgensen has never traveled to the Gulf of Mexico. That doesn't mean he isn't concerned about the extensive oil spill affecting that region. "I'm disgusted with what is going on there," said Jorgensen, 50, of Marysville. Now, Jorgensen is getting a chance to help.

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Toyota Preparing To Hire 2,000 Miss. Workers

June 21, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Toyota officials say they'll begin hiring later this year in Blue Springs, Miss., and details about the process will be announced in a few weeks. Ray Tanguay, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada and executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, says the workers won't need any special skills.

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Copiers 'Goldmines' For Identity Thieves

June 18, 2010 11:36 am | Articles | Comments

Every business in the U.S. has at least one copy machine that’s used on an almost-constant basis. The problem is that most Americans, nor the businesses that employ them, are aware the copy machines store every document ever scanned, printed, and faxed on hard drives buried deep within the machinery.

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Pallets Cause Foobourne Illness

June 18, 2010 11:35 am | Articles | Comments

We've all heard about the typical food safety issues, but did you know pallets might be to blame for many of the millions of food-related illnesses in the U.S. every year? The National Consumers League conducted a study, which found that 10 percent of food pallets have E.coli, and 3 percent have the even-deadlier Listeria.

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Americans Get Bigger, Coffins Get Wider

June 18, 2010 11:34 am | Articles | Comments

There's no questions Americans are getting wider, and everyone knows we'll all end up in the ground someday. But some Americans are so large they're fueling a niche Indiana business: extra-large caskets. This 5-person operation is positively booming, manufacturing caskets as wide as double beds for people 500-600 pounds.

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Hold Delicate Parts

June 18, 2010 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ROTA NCR 6-jaw compensation chunk from SCHUNK (Morrisville, NC) allows the clamping of thin-walled and easily-deformed components with diameters up to 1,200mm. The ROTA NCR consists of a central chuck piston, which has three inner pendulums positioned at 120°, which work in conjunction with three pairs of base jaws.

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Lifting With Vacuums

June 18, 2010 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

EXAIR (Cincinnati, OH) Modular E-Vac Vacuum Generators are compressed air powered vacuums for lifting, “pick and place,” clamping, chucking, and surface mounting applications. The pumps are offered in many sizes and offer a variety of vacuum levels and flow rates.

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Nozzles For Any Application

June 18, 2010 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

A complete line of flat fan spray nozzles is available from Lechler Inc. (St. Charles, IL). Flat fan nozzles cover a fan-shaped area on a single plane, and are ideal when used in a stationary position on a conveyor when the target moves through the spray. Typical applications for flat fans include cleaning, coating, cooling, lubricating, rising, high-pressure cleaning, and more.

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Conveyors Go 'Pro'

June 18, 2010 11:04 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Midbrook, Inc. (Jackson, MI) has announced a new model in their line of pneumatic material handling conveyors known as “Shuttle Pro Conveyors.” The Shuttle Pro conveyor has a universal t-slot mounting and cross bar support, and uses vibratory/shaking motion to convey materials down the length of a tray.

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What To Do With A Clueless Client

June 18, 2010 7:39 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

What do you do with a clueless client? It’s doesn’t exactly have the sing-song charm of asking what to do with a drunken sailor, but I think we’re two beats away from a viral video here. Okay, maybe the client doesn’t lack basic information processing skills, but maybe they’re looking to build something that represents everything you stand against as a reputable product designer.

What Makes A Modular Conveyor

June 18, 2010 7:31 am | Articles | Comments

Type into any Internet search engine the term “modular conveyor” and you will see a long list of manufactures that label their conveyors as modular.  Using a simple definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary for modular, “constructed with standardized units or dimensions for flexibility and variety in use,” it would appear that all conveyors are modular in design.

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More Than Hot Air

June 18, 2010 7:30 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Source: CSB We know that the most devastating part about the explosion at the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown, CT on February 7, 2010 was that it killed six workers and injured 50 others. But what’s the worst part about what caused the explosion? That the process—the practice of using flammable natural gas to clean power plant piping—is a common industry practice amongst gas-fired power generation facilities—even when there are inherently safer technologies readily available today.

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Dawn Gets Product Placement In Oil Spill Coverage

June 18, 2010 5:01 am | News | Comments

by Joel Walsh, AP Writer KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — BP's brand may be tarnished with each week that oil spills into the Gulf of Mexico. But a brand manufactured in Kansas City, Kan., is enjoying the kind of publicity that can't be bought or planned. Just about any article or newscast about wildlife coated with oil in the gulf region mentions Dawn — the only detergent recommended for cleaning the hundreds of afflicted pelicans, gulls and gannets.

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Toyota Next Up In Chinese Supplier Strikes

June 18, 2010 4:56 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Toyota Motor was assessing the impact Friday from strikes that hit two of its China-based parts suppliers, the latest unrest among migrant workers who are the backbone of the country's industrial sector. Workers at a plastic parts factory of Toyota Motor Corp. affiliate Toyoda Gosei Co.

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Obama To Ohio: Jobs Are Still No. 1 Focus

June 18, 2010 4:45 am | by Ben Feller, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Determined to keep showing the economy is on his mind, President Barack Obama is dashing into Ohio for the groundbreaking of a road project, hoping to remind the nation that the massive, costly stimulus act is still churning out jobs. Millions of unemployed people have yet to feel the relief.

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Boeing Wins $25 Million Navy Contract

June 18, 2010 4:37 am | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department said Thursday that Boeing Co. received a $25 million modification to an existing contract. Boeing's St. Louis operations will make proposed engineering changes to the trailing edge flap for wings on F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fighter aircraft.

UAW Accuses Toyota Of Phasing Out Unions

June 18, 2010 4:35 am | by Dan Strumpf and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Toyota's announcement that it will resume construction of a car factory in Mississippi was a much-needed piece of good news for both the state struggling with persistent unemployment and the automaker trying to recover some goodwill after a recall crisis bruised its reputation. But the decision drew fire from America's largest auto union, which accused Toyota of shifting production from a union plant to a nonunion facility.

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Campell Recalls 15 Million Pounds Of SpaghettiOs

June 18, 2010 4:34 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company's plants in Texas and left the meat undercooked. The Agriculture Department announced the recall late Thursday. Campbell spokesman Anthony Sanzio said the company is recalling certain lots of the product manufactured since December 2008 "out of an abundance of caution" because officials don't know exactly when the cooker at the Paris, Texas, plant malfunctioned.

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Eye And Face Safety Standard Explained

June 17, 2010 10:39 am | Articles | Comments

The Industrial Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), of which MSA is along-standing member, announced on April 13, 2010 that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved a new standard for eye and face protection. The new Z87.1 standard, titled “ANSI/ISEA Z87.

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Reducing VOCs, Helping The Environment

June 17, 2010 7:19 am | Articles | Comments

Many industrial processes use solvent based paint, ink, and coatings in their manufacturing process. When these solvents dry, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted which are damaging to the environment and can be harmful to health. Legislation, such as the Solvent Emission Directive in the EU and Clean Air Act in the USA, means that something must be done to remove or destroy the VOC prior to exhausting any process air to atmosphere.

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