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China Announces Massive Antidumping Taxes On U.S. Steel

April 13, 2010 4:08 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China announced antidumping duties of up to 64.8 percent on U.S. and Russian steel used by the power industry Tuesday amid a series of disputes with the United States and other trading partners. Investigators also found U.S. producers of flat-rolled electrical steel received subsidies, the Commerce Ministry said.

'Agnes' Transforms Material Handling With Tape

April 12, 2010 8:01 am | Articles | Comments

With more than 500 retail stores in 36 states, Eye Care Centers of America Inc. is the third largest retail optical chain in the U.S.  To meet Eye Care Centers’ need for product, parent company HVHC Inc. has to produce huge quantities of eye glasses in an array of configurations.

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Six Ways Outsourced Maintenance Saves

April 12, 2010 7:58 am | by Ron Hoffman, VP/General Manager, MAG Maintenance Technologies | Articles | Comments

With today's limited internal resources, it's tough to transform machine maintenance from reactionary to preventive, and ultimately proactive, despite the obvious upsides in higher overall equipment efficiency (OEE), better process control, and lower total cost. Outsourcing this requirement to a third-party specialist, however, is a cost-effective alternative.

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Pressure-Sensitive Labels Go Anywhere

April 12, 2010 7:12 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Electronics (Harrisburg, PA) introduces the new EET G4 woven nylon, Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) acrylic labels for thermal transfer printers. The labels are suitable for wire, harness, and cable identification labeling as well as applications with irregular contours.

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Conveyor Belts Go Stainless Steel

April 12, 2010 7:11 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Belt Technologies (Agawam, MA) now offers a line of stainless steel indexing belts to pair with the high-speed conveyors used to assemble multi-component assemblies. The steel belts resist stretching, provide good repeatability, and allow for the exact positioning of tools and parts.

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Get Cutting

April 12, 2010 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

A line of circular knives and blades, along with hand knives designed for cutting hose and tube materials, are available from Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS, Southbridge, MA). The blades and knives are engineered to cut the strongest materials, including tough wire-reinforced hydraulic hose.

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An Electric Pick-Me-Up

April 12, 2010 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hyster Company (Greenville, NC) has introduced the E30-40HSD2 series of electric stand-up lift trucks. The three-wheeled truck delivers lifting capacities of 3,000 to 4,000 lbs. and anti-fatigue mats that absorb and reduce the transmission of vibration and shock to the operator by 25 percent.

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It's Not Easy Being Green, But You Have To Be

April 12, 2010 4:55 am | by by Amy Radishofski, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

I’m sorry, you’re not green enough. Just a few years ago, using that type of reasoning for dissolving a business partnership may have been hard to swallow. However, that’s exactly what Nestle did. The Swiss food company announced that it was  dropping an Indonesian palm oil supplier  due to the damage that palm oil plantations are causing in Southeast Asia.

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AP: Evasion And Foreign Status Among Toyota's Tricks

April 12, 2010 4:21 am | by Curt Anderson and Danny Robbins, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

MIAMI (AP) — Toyota has routinely engaged in questionable, evasive and deceptive legal tactics when sued, frequently claiming it does not have information it is required to turn over and sometimes even ignoring court orders to produce key documents, an Associated Press investigation shows.

Govt. Panel: Celebration Of Recession's End 'Premature'

April 12, 2010 4:19 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of academics that date the beginnings and ends of recessions isn't ready to declare just yet when this downturn ended. The National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday that although most barometers show improvements in the economy, it would be "premature" to pinpoint the end of a recession based on economic data seen so far.

Sharp Brings 3-D, Dorky Glasses Into Your Living Room

April 12, 2010 4:12 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Sharp is trying to play catch-up in 3-D TVs with powerful rivals Samsung and Panasonic with displays the Japanese electronics maker says are brighter and clearer. Osaka-based Sharp Corp., which makes Aquos brand liquid-crystal display TVs, initially played down the urgency of selling 3-D TVs, questioning whether consumers wanted them.

Ford's Rawsonville Plant To Manufacture Hybrid Batteries

April 12, 2010 4:11 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is expected to use a parts plant near Ypsilanti to supply hybrid vehicle battery packs. A letter dated March 30 and posted on the Web site of United Auto Workers union Local 898, which represents employees at Ford's Rawsonville plant, says the facility has been selected to build the components.

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Body Part Manufacturer In High Demand

April 12, 2010 4:09 am | by Holly Hollman | News | Comments

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Bill Turner's company manufactures products nobody wants to use, but people are thankful they are available if needed. If a wreck crushes bones in a motorist's back, Turner's company makes a metal implant doctors can insert in the spine to fuse to the remaining bones.

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GM's Chinese Sales To Top 3 Million By 2015

April 12, 2010 4:07 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. said Monday demand in China is so strong that the company's annual sales may top 2 million vehicles this year — four years ahead of schedule — and could exceed 3 million by 2015. GM is counting on robust growth in China, India and other emerging markets to help offset weakness in its home U.

Survive The Economy By Getting Leaner With ERP

April 9, 2010 11:09 am | by Jim Shepard, Sr. VP of AMR Research, for SYSPRO Inc. | Articles | Comments

Under today's conditions of stagnant demand and tight credit, many mid-market manufacturers and distributors face intense competition for dwindling markets and increasing pressure on their bottom line. With recovery still "around the corner" at an uncertain date, how can they continue to survive, let alone thrive? Essentially, the same way they compete in prosperous times — by increasing the efficiency of their planning, administration, production, sales, distribution, service, and other essentials of their particular business.

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Perdue Accused Of Hiring Illegal Immigants In Lawsuit

April 9, 2010 6:59 am | News | Comments

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Employees of Perdue Farms Inc. are accused in a class-action lawsuit of knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. The plaintiffs allege that Perdue has conspired to hire large numbers of illegal immigrants, driving down wages of legal workers below market levels. The complaint was filed in federal court in Alabama.

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Like Lightning

April 9, 2010 6:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tanis Technologies (Holland, MI) offers the Lightning Cool system as a permanent solution to Fadal machining center maintenance issues. Now a factory option for Fadal machines, this system is designed to put an end to replacing spindle drive belts, drawbar components, rubber motor mounts, through spindle coolant seals, and more.

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Afraid Of The Dark?

April 9, 2010 6:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bossco International (San Diego, CA) announces its newest product, a battery-operated lighted wrench set. According to the company, the new self -supported battery operated wrenches use replaceable CR 2032 lithium batteries, which allow users to take the wrenches with them.

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Bubble Wrap Goes 'Green'

April 9, 2010 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bubble Wrap brand from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) now offers recycled-grade cushioning with a minimum of 50 percent pre-consumer recycled content, the highest in the market. The material combines the recycled content with Barrier Bubble technology, which helps the cushioning retain air longer and promote reusability, according to Sealed Air.

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When The Lights Go Out

April 9, 2010 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Electric Portable Power unit from Schumacher Electric (Mount Prospect, IL) has a 22 amp hour rechargeable lead-acid battery that can provide limited light and power, which allows you to show down your workstation in the case of a power outage. The Portable Power unit can provide light up to 66 hours using the included light, or a 4-watt fluorescent work light can be used for up to 68 hours.

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