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Hassle-Free HVAC Inspection

October 29, 2010 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SEEKER 100 (DCS100) Wireless Video Inspection System from General Tool & Instruments (New York, NY) is able to wirelessly connect to a Windows computer, enabling video to be viewed on the computer or streamed live over the Internet via Skype. Designed for HVAC/R applications — such as detecting leaks, inspecting corrosion and deposit buildup, or reading hidden parts and serial numbers — the system allows users to visually inspect inaccessible or hazardous areas without requiring disassembly or teardown.

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Heavy-Duty Wire Hosts

October 29, 2010 12:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Columbus McKinnon Corporation (CMCO — Amherst, NY) announces the launch of a new line of wire rope hoists in capacities from 25 to 50 tons. The core of the Yale Global Max HC is a double-girder style, which contains numerous features that set it apart from other hoists. The external hoist motor helps optimize cooling by preventing heat transfer in either direction, and allows for easy maintenance.

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Finding The Correct Grinding Medium

October 29, 2010 12:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Union Process, Inc. (Akron, OH) has produced a video on 11 factors required to select the proper grinding media for a particular application. This video takes the viewer through determinations for size, consistency, initially feed size, shape, specific gravity, grinding efficiency, pH, discoloration, contamination, availability, and cost.

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Covering All Your Bases With Capital Investment

October 29, 2010 8:01 am | Articles | Comments

A new laser-guided 1,000 amp sub-arc welding facility has been introduced by the T.W. Woods Group to help handle large and challenging pipelines, pressure vessels, cylinders, tanks, and other material handling and metal fabrication tasks in which it specializes. The high speed, high efficiency facility — which delivers crack-free high quality butt welds in thick steel — is part of an ongoing multi-million dollar expansion of the company’s Tomago facility to serve customers in industries including energy, mining, minerals processing, materials handling, metals, manufacturing, process engineering, energy, and water.

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The Heat Is On Industry

October 29, 2010 7:44 am | by How do you keep cool? Let me know by e-mailing me at carrie.ellis@advantagemedia.com . | Blogs | Comments

by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info As I near the close of yet another issue of Chem.Info, I can’t seem to tune out “The Heat is On,” an old relic from Glenn Frey, which has played like a broken record in my brain over the last couple of weeks. (Why that song in particular? I have no idea.

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Halliburton Admits To Skipping Cement Test On Oil Well

October 29, 2010 4:43 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Halliburton Co. acknowledged that it skipped a critical test on the final formulation of cement used to seal BP's oil well before it blew out catastrophically in the Gulf of Mexico. The company, which was BP's cementing contractor, came under increased scrutiny when investigators from the president's oil spill commission revealed Thursday that tests performed by the company before the deadly blowout showed the cement to be unstable.

Honda's Profit Doubles, Mazda's Surges 10-Fold

October 29, 2010 4:42 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automakers Honda and Mazda posted hefty profits despite a strengthening yen as the global recovery and government incentives for green cars drove sales higher. Honda, the manufacturer of the Insight hybrid, Accord sedan and Asimo human-shaped robot, said Friday its second quarter profit more than doubled to 135.

Oshkosh Corp. Earnings Fall On Higher Operating Costs

October 29, 2010 4:40 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Specialty vehicle maker Oshkosh Corp. on Thursday reported lower net income for its fiscal fourth-quarter that missed Wall Street expectations. For the three months ended Sept. 30, the Oshkosh, Wis., company earned $116.6 million, or $1.28 per share. That's compared with $140.

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Wis. Printer Ready To Hire Hundreds, Restart Plants

October 29, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

SUSSEX, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin company that prints Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and L.L. Bean catalogs says it plans to hire hundreds of people immediately. Quad/Graphics is restarting equipment in Wisconsin that was shut down during the recession. The Sussex company is closing plants in Ohio, Mississippi, Tennessee and Nevada and moving production to Wisconsin.

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Student In Scissor Lift Dies Filming Notre Dame Practice

October 29, 2010 4:38 am | by Tom Coyne, Associated Press | News | Comments

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — As the Notre Dame football team drilled on its practice field, Declan Sullivan stood high above the turf in a hydraulic lift, videotaping the session so players could get an aerial view of their performance. Suddenly, the wind, already whipping so much that Sullivan tweeted that it was "terrifying," surged as high as 51 mph.

Microsoft's Income Rose 51 Percent Over 2009

October 29, 2010 4:36 am | by Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — A swell of spending by businesses on new computers, software and servers helped push Microsoft Corp.'s earnings for the most recent quarter past Wall Street's expectations. Business spending on technology slowed to a trickle during the economic downturn. Microsoft's report, released after the market closed Thursday, is the most recent evidence that corporate spending is back in full swing.

Phoenix Man Indicted For Violating Weapon Export Laws

October 29, 2010 4:35 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man and the company he heads have been indicted by a grand jury for violating federal arms export laws by shipping military aircraft engines to the Venezuelan air force and providing training on how to maintain them. The indictment announced on Thursday alleges that Floyd D.

'Dandy' Lifting And Transporting

October 28, 2010 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Southworth Products (Portland, ME) has redesigned its Dandy Lift line of lifter/transporters for a higher level of convenience and comfort to make work faster and safer. The hydraulic systems offer infinite height adjustment, with a 20:1 mechanical advantage. Seven models are available with a range of capacities (330 to 1,760 pounds), lifting heights (29” to 49.

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A Pump That Handles Anything

October 28, 2010 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Moyno, Inc. (Springfield, OH) has developed the Moyno L-Frame Progressing Cavity Pump for handling clean, thin, shear-sensitive products to viscous, corrosive, abrasive slurries, and sludges. According to the company, they are built for dependable performance and maximum operating efficiency.

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Better Linear Positioning

October 28, 2010 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Linear Positioning Stages from H2W Technologies (Santa Clarita, CA) use a moving magnet voice technology to provide a high resolution (from 50 nm), zero cogging, high reliability, and a long service life. The stages can be mounted horizontally or vertically, and are ideal for short stroke positioning applications, according to the company.

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Supersized Metal Grinding

October 28, 2010 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Metabo Corporation (West Chester, PA) has introduced a new angle grinder in the Metabo Metal Master series — the W24-180 — which is designed for cutting and grinding metal. With a 7” wheel, the tool offers 124 inch-pounds of torque and a no-load speed of 8,500 rpm. The 15 A, 4.

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Changing Worker Attitudes Reshape Management Views

October 28, 2010 4:36 am | Articles | Comments

Struggling to strike a balance between keeping expenditure and turnover low, suppliers are modifying their starkly utilitarian factory complexes, bearing employee comfort and recreational needs in mind. by  Gordon Styles, Engineer & Managing Director,  Star Prototype The growing demands of China's new generation of workers are eroding the cost competitiveness of many export products, particularly those in labor-intensive industries such as garments, footwear and bags.

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ERP As A Living System

October 28, 2010 4:32 am | Articles | Comments

Change-on-demand capabilities allow companies to quickly realign their ERP and business processes, and to continuously embrace change without consuming costly IT resources. The Limits of a Legacy Approach Manufacturers traditionally implement enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solutions through static versions.

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RIP, Cassette Walkman?

October 27, 2010 11:46 am | Videos | Comments

RIP, cassette Walkman. Anyone who was alive in the ’80s or ’90s fondly remembers the Sony Walkman, once the world’s smallest cassette player. Of course, the march of technology makes all things obsolete, this gadget included. Sony has recently announced they will discontinue selling the product in most markets.

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100 Miles On One Gallon Of Gas

October 27, 2010 11:23 am | Videos | Comments

What’s 830 pounds, can be moved using only one human thumb, and can travel 100 miles using just one gallon of gas? Apparently, the car featured in this video. The Edison 2 is this year’s winner of the Automotive X Prize competition. It’s certainly not a luxury automobile an executive would buy to impress his or her friends and colleagues, but it's a pretty impressive (and efficient) vehicle in its own right.

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