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It Goes Where You Can't

October 2, 2009 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lenox Instrument Company (Trevose, PA) has developed the water-cooled Portable FireSight Diagnostic System. The new FireSight was designed to view and record real-time color video images of combustion and other high-temperature processes in furnaces, kilns, and incinerators.

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A Whirlwind Of Safety

October 2, 2009 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gateway Safety (Cleveland, OH) reminds workers and employers that October is the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Eye Injury Prevention Month, and, according to the company, their Wheelz safety eyewear is at the forefront of designing modern eyewear that is both attractive and comfortable.

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Tough Videoscopes

October 2, 2009 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus NDT (Waltham, MA) announces the new IPLEX LX and IPLEX LT industrial videoscopes, designed for a wide range of remote visual inspections where access is limited. The new scopes are compact — about half the weight of the IPLEX FX — due to their thin LCD monitor, which makes them ideal for usable inside boiler rooms, airplane fuselages, or wind turbine gearboxes.

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Chrysler's Italian Boss Unfazed By Low Market Share

October 2, 2009 5:00 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The new Italian leader of Chrysler Group LLC says he is not alarmed by the automaker's market share decline and he expects to improve the company's U.S. share from this point forward. Fiat SpA CEO Sergio Marchionne, speaking to reporters Thursday while on a tour of Chrysler's headquarters with Italy's economic development minister, also said there are no plans to reverse a decision to close an assembly plant in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights.

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Bookmaker Closes Factory Because Nobody Reads Anymore

October 2, 2009 4:13 am | News | Comments

KIRKWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York book manufacturer is closing its doors after nearly a century in business. Vail-Ballou Press in Kirkwood will close in the next 90 days, eliminating 270 jobs. Vail-Ballou's parent company, The Maple Press Co. of York, Pa., cited a significant decrease in manufacturing demand during the recession as the reason for the shutdown.

580 Jobs At Sparrows Point Steel Mill At Risk

October 2, 2009 4:12 am | News | Comments

DUNDALK, Md. (AP) — The union that represents 2,500 Sparrows Point steel mill workers says the plant's Russian owners' proposed restructuring could affect nearly a third of the work force. John Cirri, president of United Steelworkers Local 9477, said Thursday that Russian steel company Severstal's restructuring proposal details different ways about 580 jobs could be affected, including reductions, retirements or transfers.

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Toyota President Regrets Fatal Floormat Crash

October 2, 2009 3:58 am | News | Comments

by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's president said it was "extremely regrettable" an American family died in a crash in which a floor mat in one of the Japanese automaker's vehicles is suspected as the cause. "Four precious lives have been lost," Toyota Motor Corp.

Hyundai Marked As Biggest Automaker Threat

October 2, 2009 3:53 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. — not the up-and-coming Chinese, nor the leaner meaner Americans — is the automaker that has the Japanese seriously worried. Talk to any Japanese auto executive, and the official is likely to say the South Korean automaker is rapidly emerging as the most feared competitor to Japan's world-leading car companies.

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Chips Conduct 16% Less August Sales

October 2, 2009 3:49 am | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Global sales of semiconductors fell 16 percent in August to $19.1 billion compared to a year ago, according to an industry report Friday. But chip sales rose by 5 percent from the previous month, with strength in all geographic regions, the Semiconductor Industry Association said.

Senator Backs Northrop, Blocks Boeing's $35b Contract

October 2, 2009 3:47 am | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate Republican who backs Northrop Grumman Corp.'s bid for a disputed $35 billion Air Force tanker contract wants to withhold funding until the service resolves a company gripe with the competition. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama filed an amendment Thursday that would require the Air Force to release pricing information of previous bids from both Northrop and its partner, Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co.

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Compressed Air Catalog

October 1, 2009 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exair (Cincinnati, OH) has released its Catalog 23, a full-color technical guide, offering solutions to common industrial cooling, drying, conveying, blowoff, cleaning, and static electricity problems. The 160-page catalog features products that help companies conserve compressed air and reduce noise levels from operating machinery.

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Efficient Chemical Handling

October 1, 2009 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Almatech (Kamp-Lintfort, Germany) announces the availability of its newest metal pneumatic diaphragm pump for the use in the handling of chemical. The product chambers for the CHEMICOR sereis have been designed to meet the sensitive needs of chemical handling due to their smooth flow channels and lack of dead spaces.

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Keep The Noise Down

October 1, 2009 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Vibro-Curb, now available from the Thybar Corporation (Addison, IL), includes integral, vibration-dampening spring isolators that can be easily accessed. These curbs have been designed for mounting rooftop HVAC units. Features and benefits of the Vibro-Curb system include: The ability to add roofing at a later date without disturbing the unit.

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UL-Certified Surge Protection

October 1, 2009 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas & Betts (Richmond, VA) announces that their entire line of Current Technology surge protection devices have been evaluated and approved under the new UL standards going into effect on September 29, 2009. The new UL standard, replacing the second edition of UL 1449, prevents manufacturers from selling non-compliant devices until they are proven to meet the new, more robust criteria.

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Being A Real Tool

October 1, 2009 8:41 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Wednesday was my first day in the office last week, as the first two allowed for a dynamic range of visits that ran the gamut from medical equipment firms to a private label chocolate processor. No offense to the good people at the surgical device companies, but the tempting smells and allure of the subject matter (along with a couple of sweet samples that were so graciously provided) made the chocolate company portion of the trip a definite highlight of this sabbatical from the office environment.

Automated Storage Makes A Play For Sustainability

October 1, 2009 8:13 am | Articles | Comments

Although the term “carbon footprint” has been added to the latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, few users of automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) have added it to their corporate dictionary. As a result, most companies still focus on traditional justification measures, overlooking the value of a facility’s carbon footprint.

Steamlining For 'Incredible' Efficiencies

October 1, 2009 6:41 am | Articles | Comments

For any large industrial manufacturer handling 13,000 SKUs in their assembly parts warehouse, it is no small organizational challenge to keep production requirements satisfied without a hitch. But integrate into that system a full-scale aftermarket fulfillment distribution center with 80,000 additional active SKUs needing to be processed simultaneously, and you have the recipe for a potential logistics meltdown.

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Doing A 180

October 1, 2009 4:55 am | Articles | Comments

Via Hossfeld Bender . This video demonstrates the process behind creating a 180 degree bend in a length of pipe. See how to mount the 180 degree die, the back block, and the draw block, with additional tips to keep your components working strong well into the future. 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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Hop Aboard The Jet-Powered Merry-Go-Round

October 1, 2009 4:55 am | Articles | Comments

Here at IMPO , we like discovering the best in new technolgies, whether it's a oddly-shaped device that encourages sedentariness from a major automaker, or a jet-powered, steampunk-inspired merry-go-round. Built by a Brooklyn-based arts collective, The Madagascar, the ride is relatively simple. Ignore the "Caution: This may kill you!" sign, fire up the massive jets, and get airbourne.

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Like A Bird On A Wire

October 1, 2009 4:53 am | Articles | Comments

See how maintenance is performed on live, high-powered electric lines. Thanks to Michael Faraday's theory that a man enclosed in a metallic box will not be affected by an electric current supplied to the box, regardless of its voltage, this work is now possible. Every movement has an elegance and beauty, even when there's half a million volts flowing over his body.

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