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Designed To Be Struck

October 29, 2009 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Snap-On Industrial (Kenosha, WI) has expanded its lines of heavy-duty striking wrenches and 1” Drive Flank Drive impact sockets. The striking wrenches range from 13/16” to 4-5/8” and feature the company’s Flank Drive design. A dense, rectangular beam helps maintain rigidity and transfers more power.

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No More Dust

October 29, 2009 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Proterra rider sweeper from Advance (Plymouth, MN) has a 64-inch dust-controlled sweeping path that features a five-stage dust-suppression system that captures at the main and side brooms. This helps minimize airborne dust and keeps manufacturing facilities free of particles.

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NEMA 4-Compliant Displays

October 29, 2009 7:39 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The CyRAQ 40 monitors from CyberResearch (New Haven, CT) are the latest addition to the family of rugged NEMA 4 displays. The CyRAQ 40A has a brightness of 700 nits and the CyRAQ 40SB provides 1,000 nits. Both models feature a 40” screen and WXGA resolution (1366 x 768 pixels).

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The Mattress Dominoes World Record

October 28, 2009 10:36 am | Articles | Comments

The warehouse staff at Bensons for Beds attempt to set the world record for mattress dominoes. Do you think your facility staff could do any better? First, you just have to round up about 100 mattresses, which might be tricky unless you work at, you know, a mattress factory. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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There's A Robot For Everything

October 28, 2009 9:15 am | Articles | Comments

We all know manufacturing is being overrun by robots. In many cases, they've become vital resources to our assembly lines, whether it comes to welding, sorting, or fabrication. In many cases, they've taken on jobs that humans find difficult or repetitive, and sometimes dangerous. So, it's inevitable that robots start taking over our other repetitive tasks, like playing Guitar Hero.

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The Man With The Golden Audit

October 28, 2009 7:28 am | Articles | Comments

Check out some of Atlas Copco's newest products, including the AIRScan and AIROptimizer, in this James Bond-esque clip. No, the funky music won't play in the background when you're using these products, but you can at least pretend they're some of Q's gadgets. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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Bologna Is A 'Dirty Job'

October 28, 2009 6:56 am | Articles | Comments

What won't Mike Rowe do for TV? Luckily, this trip to a bologna factory ranks pretty low on the gross-out factor that has made Mike's expeditions so popular. We do get to see him "throw up," though. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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The SuperFreakonomics Of Global Warming

October 28, 2009 6:39 am | Articles | Comments

Steven D. Levitt, author of the famed book "Freakonomics," has some interesting proposals when it comes to global warming. When most people are trying to "green" their lifestyle to reduce their environmental impact, Levitt bucks conventional thought with some cold, hard statistics. Instead of exerting so much effort to be green, there's a simple solution available to us, at little cost or trouble.

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International Paper Profits Double, 1,600 Still Jobless

October 28, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — International Paper, the world's biggest wood products company, said Wednesday its third-quarter profit more than doubled as a huge federal tax credit more than offset falling sales of cardboard box materials. The 13 percent sales decline shows retailers who depend on consumer spending for their profits have yet to resume large-scale purchases of the cardboard boxes that are made from materials made by IP.

Beer Stays Strong Through Global Recession

October 28, 2009 4:46 am | News | Comments

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch brewer Heineken NV on Wednesday raised its forecast for full-year operating profit, citing cost savings, better prices and higher sales of its most profitable brands, even though overall sales volumes were down. The company raised its forecast for full year "organic" operating profit -- a nonstandard measure -- to low double digit growth from high single digit growth.

Goodyear Doubles 3Q Profit

October 28, 2009 4:38 am | News | Comments

CLEVELAND (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. says its profit more than doubled in the third quarter, helped by new products and lower raw-material costs. The performance marked a reversal by Goodyear, which had reported $554 million in losses in the first six months of the year as the recession staggered the automotive industry.

Ford Picks Favorites In Volvo Sale

October 28, 2009 4:24 am | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A group led by China's Geely Group is the preferred bidder for Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo Cars unit, the U.S. automaker said Wednesday. Ford said the selection signals that it is conducting "more detailed and focused negotiations" with Zhejiang Geely Group Holding Co.

S.C. Senate OKs Tax Incentives To Court Boeing

October 28, 2009 4:20 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An economic incentive package that appears tailored to bring a massive Boeing assembly facility to North Charleston easily received key approval Tuesday in the South Carolina Senate. The full Senate voted 44-0 on low-interest construction bonds and incentives that include a sales tax exemption on fuel used in test flights.

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Asian Autos Top Reliability, Ford Close Behind

October 28, 2009 4:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Asian automakers are still building the most reliable cars and trucks, with eight of the top 10 brands from Japanese and Korean companies, according to an annual survey by Consumer Reports. But several models from Ford Motor Co. are now consistently scoring above Honda and Toyota, the perennial leaders.

Fish Company Ensures Metal-Free Product

October 27, 2009 11:20 am | Articles | Comments

Channel Fish Company (Boston, MA), producers of frozen and salted seafood, takes tremendous care at every step of their process to produce the highest quality product. To improve the effectiveness of their metal detection operation — both in terms of maximizing detection sensitivity and production uptime — they recently turned to Mettler-Toledo Safeline and selected the PowerPhasePRO.

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Top 10 EPA GHG Reporting Facts

October 27, 2009 10:52 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

October 28, 2009 Last week I attended a webinar on the EPA’s mandatory reporting of greenhouse gases (GHGs) rule, hosted by U.S. Steel and Wenck. The presenters did a great job of highlighting all of the important points from the rule, and the areas that could be confusing.

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Predict The Future

October 27, 2009 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Process Management (Austin, TX) has developed its DeltaV digital automation system, designed to integrate machinery protection and prediction of critical mechanical equipment. Emerson’s integrated protection and prediction solution, a key component of the PlantWeb digital plant architecture, easily connects to the DeltaV system from AMS Suite predictive maintenance software and the CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor.

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Miniature Door Guards

October 27, 2009 9:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aptos Industries Inc. is introducing a new model of the Rolls Up Door Guard to supplement the RUDG1, which fits doors with minimum dimensions of 10’ x 14’. The new model—the RUDG2—fit smaller doors, down to a height of only eight feet. The RUDG2 has a collision prevention device and can be installed in less than an hour.

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Manual Of Piping

October 27, 2009 9:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

This practical book from Industrial Press , titled “Manual of Piping Practice,” offers coverage of piping practices and maintenance. Written by a 35-year professional with hands-on knowledge and experience in pipeline building and maintenance, this book is designed to be kept at the ready on the shop floor.

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Lock Any Thread

October 27, 2009 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Loctite 2047 is a new high lubricity threadlocker from Henkel Corportation (Rocky Hill, CT), and has been designed to ensure maximum performance on fasteners greater than 7/8” in diameter. 2047 works both as a lubricant that reduces friction, and as an adhesive/sealant that eliminates loosening, maintains clamp load, and prevents corrosion.

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