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OSHA Fines Bimbo Bakeries $230,000

April 2, 2010 4:23 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — State regulators have fined Bimbo Bakeries more than $230,000 for violations of health and safety laws at three of its California plants. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health said Thursday that citations were issued at Bimbo Bakeries in Montebello, Escondido and South San Francisco.

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Accident Kills Two At Kansas Fertilizer Plant

April 2, 2010 4:22 am | News | Comments

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An industrial accident at a Kansas fertilizer plant has left two workers dead and another injured. The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the MagnaGro International plant in Lawrence. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford says a worker fell into a tank of a nonhazardous substance he wouldn't identify.

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At Least You Have A Job

April 2, 2010 4:14 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

“Well… I guess I should just be glad I have a job.” Ugh. I sincerely feel that this distasteful phrase is the ugly ribbon tied around our pre-packaged recession malaise. Don’t get me wrong… I AM glad to have a job. But as we grapple up this economic canyon, the lingering cries of a desperately submissive workforce have muted our national confidence.

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Chocolate Potpourri Finds Sweet Solution

April 1, 2010 10:54 am | Articles | Comments

After experiencing operational inefficiencies, candy store truffle manufacturer Chocolate Potpourri, sought out an affordable ERP solution that offered a single, integrated database providing up-to-the minute, real-time data for manufacturing, distribution and accounting purposes.

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Jump Starting Your Manufacturing Business In 2010

April 1, 2010 10:52 am | by Dave Mischler, President, Inner Circle Chicago | Articles | Comments

It is no secret that 2009 was tough for a lot of manufacturing business owners. However, 2010 is setting up to be a year of growth for many businesses and there is no reason yours cannot be a part of that. There are some straight-forward but important steps that you can take to help reinvigorate your business’s performance and get it on track to achieve your long-term goals.

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The Spider Of Efficiency

April 1, 2010 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

RSW BV (Duvien, The Netherlands) has developed the Smart Mixed Palletizing software, which features the Intelligent Palletizing Software (IPS) to quickly calculate the optimum stacking patterns in any medium. The software works with the MLS Spider palletizing machine to determine the sequence in which crates and boxes should be stacked.

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Prevent Pallet Damage

April 1, 2010 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Polymer Solutions International, Inc. (Medford, NJ) introduces its ProStack Double Leg Ratchet pallet as a material handling solution for companies tired of forklift and pallet jack damage that leads to piles of scrapped pallets. Additional features on the pallets include: Telescoping double legs for twice the forklift damage protection.

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Control Your Electricity

April 1, 2010 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Thermal Controls (Redwood City, CA) offers the DigiTrace NGC-30, a multi-circuit electronic control, monitoring, and power distribution system for heat-tracing used in process-temperature maintenance and freeze protection applications. The NGC-30 system can control up to 260 circuits with multiple networked panels.

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ShipShape For Tip-Top Handling

April 1, 2010 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

ShipShape bulk containers from Meese Orbitron Dunne, Co. (Ashtabula, OH) feature durable covers that establish a sturdy seal with the container to safeguard against dust and vapor release. The molded covers protect the products or materials inside the container from contamination and spillage during transport.

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Increasing Motor Efficiency With Power Factor Control

April 1, 2010 7:26 am | by Mark Steinmetz, Field Applications Engineer VincoTech GmbH | Articles | Comments

“Global warming, carbon footprint, and energy efficiency” are becoming mantras for the industrial manufacturing sector. With energy costs constantly rising leading to increased overhead costs, the need to use electrical energy in a more efficient manner by reducing the amount is at the fundamental basis of this crisis.

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On-The-Spot Cooling

March 31, 2010 12:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Oscillating WayCool evaporative cooler from Schaefer Fan (Sauk Rapids, MN) can provide spot cooling for any indoor location. A 20°F temperature drop is possible at 1/10 of the operating costs of conventional air conditioning. In addition, the WayCool is portable and easy to maintain.

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Many-Sided Industrial Airlocks

March 31, 2010 12:19 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Airlocks from AIRLANCO (Falls City, NE) are available in customized fabricated and machined models for pneumatic systems, gravity feeds, and volumetric discharge devices. Fabricated models handle dust collection, plastics, feeds, and corrosive chemicals where pressure differentials are 20” of water column or less.

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Think For Free

March 31, 2010 12:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has announced that it will now offer its Think & Do programming software for the WinPLC processor for free. The Demo version can be used to create software applications with Think & Do, which can be downloaded to an unlimited number of WinPLC targets.

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Prevent Forklift Heists

March 31, 2010 12:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Keytroller, LLC (Tampa, FL) introduces a new 215 generation START-SMART keypad ignition system designed for tough conditions. No keys means no unauthorized, no untrained operators, and no “borrowing” of equipment. The START-SMART system replaces the ignition key with a sealed and potted keypad, which can also be RFID-enabled.

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GM Commited To Electric Technology

March 31, 2010 11:18 am | Articles | Comments

CNNMoney reporter Poppy Harlow speaks to Bob Lutz, vice chairman of GM, about the upcoming Chevrolet Volt, and why it's such a revolutionary product for the company. Lutz says the Volt is the car he's most proud of in all his automaking years, considering the brand new and "very expensive" technology that has been mated together within the chassis.

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Neb. CommScope Manufacturing Shut Down

March 31, 2010 8:17 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — CommScope Inc. has announced it will close its Omaha plant late next year, eliminating about 400 manufacturing jobs. The Omaha plant, operating as a Connectivity Solutions Manufacturing Inc. subsidiary, manufactures parts used in cable networks. CommScope said Wednesday those operations would be relocated to its other U.

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Making A World Cup-Worthy Ball

March 31, 2010 6:56 am | Articles | Comments

Eagerly waiting for the 2010 World Cup to start in June? If you're an American, that's not likely. I suppose we just don‘t understand fútbol as well as the rest of the world. Whether you prefer good ‘ol American football, or the more global version, you can still appreciate the extensive and precise manufacturing process that goes into making official game balls.

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Jay Leno's 1909 Electric Car

March 31, 2010 6:55 am | Articles | Comments

The automotive industry is all a-flutter with electric cars, but the technology is nothing new. Jay Leno is the proud owner of a 1909 Baker Electric, a fully-electric car that's was certainly ahead of the game. With a range of almost a hundred miles, the Baker could outlast even some of the modern offerings, albeit at a top speed of 22 miles per hour.

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Under Pressure, Kraft Slashes Salt

March 31, 2010 6:54 am | Articles | Comments

Kraft, the nation’s largest food maker, has promised to cut 10 percent of the sodium from its portfolio of foods. A ten percent cut doesn’t seem like a whole lot, until you consider how big a piece of the pie it really is: 10 million pounds. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Kicking The Fossil Fuel Habit

March 31, 2010 6:51 am | Articles | Comments

Tom Rand — the engineer, venture capitalist, and self-appointed “philosopher” — thinks the world has every technology and resource it needs to break the bonds of fossil fuels. Why is that so important? Regardless of your stance on global warming, these green technologies can help any manufacturing facility save money.

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