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Volcano Wreaks Havoc On Automakers, Suppliers

April 20, 2010 4:22 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — BMW AG says it will suspend production for two days at three plants in Germany because of the effects of a ban on flights in much of Europe. BMW spokesman Mathias Schmidt said production would be halted Wednesday and Thursday at plants in Dingolfing, Regensburg and Munich, and that Tuesday's late shift at Dingolfing also is off.

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OSHA Fines Wis. Manufacturer After Explosion Death

April 20, 2010 4:19 am | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal investigators have cited a Columbus packing plant with nearly 30 health and safety violations following a fatal explosion. Fire officials have said sparks from a grinder ignited vapors set at the American Packaging Corp. in October. The grinder's operator, 47-year-old Jeffrey Doxtator, was killed in the ensuing explosion.

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GM To Repay $6.7 Billion Loan Before June

April 20, 2010 4:17 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will fully repay the $6.7 billion loan portion of its U.S. government aid earlier than its previously promised payback date of June, a person briefed on the plans said Monday. GM CEO Ed Whitacre will announce details of the repayment during a visit Wednesday to the company's Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan.

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Harley-Davidson Profits Plummet 71 Percent

April 20, 2010 4:16 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc. said Tuesday its first-quarter profit fell 71 percent as sales of its high-end bikes remained sluggish. Harley-Davidson CEO Keith Wandell said the uncertain economy is likely to make business conditions challenging throughout the year. Still, the Milwaukee company's results beat analysts' forecasts, sending shares climbing in premarket trading.

Control Flow Rate And Efficiency

April 19, 2010 12:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Wilden (Grand Terrace, CA) released its of Pro-Flo X™ HS (hygienic series) stainless steel pumps for sanitary applications in the beverage-manufacturing industry. The pump allows the user to control flow rate and efficiency, and it satisfies a wealth of application requirements.

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Collect And Count Asbestos

April 19, 2010 12:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Casella USA (Amherst, NH) offers a Ulta-Flow sampling pump, designed to collect and count airborne asbestos fibers. Able to collect 6-20 liters of free air per minute for up to five hours, the pump features an asbestos head that holds a gridded membrane for asbestos clearance sampling measurements or personal sampling.

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Put It To The Test

April 19, 2010 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering Inc. (Stamford, CT) released its new DFG41 high accuracy digital force gauge, designed for basic and complex automotive, lab, R&D, and testing applications, as well as handheld or test stand usage. The product features user-selectable units of measure and selectable display languages, and it may be equipped with integral load cells or smart remote sensors for load or torque measurement.

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Getting The Timing Down

April 19, 2010 11:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hytrol (Jonesboro, AR) unveiled its E24™ timing belt transfer, a conveyor accessory that features E24-powered timing belt strands and a pneumatic lift. The timing belt transfer has a modular design, which helps allow for simple system configurations. Its neoprene timing belts are coated with urethane to ensure positive grips when transferring the product, and the drive sheaves come standard with ABEC-1 bearings.

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Get Wired

April 19, 2010 8:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has added a new line of Bryant wiring devices, including locking and straight blade plugs, connectors, and receptacles—available in 15, 20, and 30 amp models. The locking plugs and connectors are constructed with impact- and chemical-resistant nylon, and accept 14 to 8 gauge solid or stranded conductor wires.

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A Whisper Of Compressed Air

April 19, 2010 8:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The WHISPERBLAST from Lechler (St. Charles, IL) is a line of air nozzles that are designed to handle most industrial usage for compressed air, such as drying off parts, blowing dirt or dust off parts, or blowing off rejected items from a conveyor. The standard flat version can be installed with others on a header to create an air curtain, while the standard round version can be used for hand-held applications.

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LEDs Reveal Dark Places

April 19, 2010 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Mfg., Inc (Bluffton, IN) announces the launch of its new Stubby II Cordless LED industrial grade work light, which has eight 1/2-watt side LEDs and comes with a lensed 1-watt LED on the end. The LEDs are rated to 50,000 hours and produce 5000K color light. The 7.

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Bulky Items, Small Aisles

April 19, 2010 8:56 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Crown Equipment Corporation (New Bremen, OH) has introduced the Crown SP 3500 Four-Point Series Stockpicker, which allows user to lift large, bulky, and heavy loads in narrow aisles. The SP 3500 can handle non-standard loads at heights exceeding 30 feet by evenly distributing forces through the mast and power unit.

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Getting Everyone On The Same Project Page

April 19, 2010 7:20 am | Articles | Comments

ASML is the world’s leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, manufacturing complex machines that are critical to the production of integrated circuits or microchips. The company spends an average of €460 million annually on research and development and has more than 3,000 engineers in R&D.

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Tesla Takes On Chevrolet, Nissan

April 19, 2010 6:43 am | Articles | Comments

Tesla is forging ahead with their mass-market electric sedan, the Model S, priced at about $50,000 after rebates. The car, which will be released to the market in 2012, is designed to be attractive enough that consumers will not care what's under the hood, or that it runs on just a hum. But with cheaper alternatives from the likes of Chevrolet and Nissan, the higher sticker price could sway consumers away from the Tesla.

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Where No Excavator Has Gone Before

April 19, 2010 6:37 am | Articles | Comments

If you put a man in a big machine, like this excavator, chances are at some point he'll try to do some crazy stunt with it. The people at Liebherr are no different. To prove the strength of their hydraulic system, they put this excavator to the ultimate test: a vertical climb. It's hard to explain here, so direct yourself toward the videos to see for yourself.

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We Are Under Attack

April 19, 2010 5:35 am | by Mike Rainone, co-founder, PCDworks | Articles | Comments

Our only salvation is to out-innovate the rest of the world. In March, I spoke at the World's Best Technology (WBT) conference in Arlington, TX, addressing a large venue of venture capitalists and other parties interested in my company’s new wastewater treatment system, the Water Phoenix.

Manufacturing’s Old Age Problem

April 19, 2010 5:32 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I thought I knew what a deadline was in college, but when I was miraculously able to translate my English literature degree into a full-time writing job, I learned what this really meant. When someone is paying you to do something, you get it done—plain and simple. What this occasionally means for me are long nights, early mornings, and a rare summer Saturday spent getting laptop burns on my legs instead of sunburns.

Eliminate Compressed Air Waste

April 19, 2010 5:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

EXAIR (Cincinnati, OH) introduces the new Summing Remote Display for the Digital Flowmeter, making it easy to monitor compressed air consumption from a convenient location. With the push of a button, the display cycles to show the current air consumption, usage for the previous 24 hours, and total cumulative usage.

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Hydrogen Still An Automotive Frontrunner

April 19, 2010 4:36 am | by Arthur Max, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Hydrogen, one of Earth's most abundant elements, once was seen as green energy's answer to the petroleum-driven car: easy to produce, available everywhere and nonpolluting when burned. Hydrogen energy was defeated by a mountain of obstacles — the fear of explosion by the highly flammable gas, the difficulty of carrying the fuel in large, heavy tanks in the vehicle, and the lack of a refueling network.

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Geely Considers Shanghai For Volvo Headquarters

April 19, 2010 4:28 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Co. may locate the China headquarters and factory for Volvo Cars in Shanghai once its takeover of the Swedish company is finalized, an official said Monday. The plan, reported in the state-controlled newspaper Economic Observer, calls for Volvo to set up its headquarters in the Shanghai suburb of Jiading, home to Volkswagen AG's joint venture with local carmaker Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corp.

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