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Unattended Laser Cutting

February 9, 2010 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Cincinnati (Harrison, OH) Modular Material Handling System (MMHS) boosts the productivity of its CL-800 series of dual-pallet laser cutting systems, reducing cost-per-part and allowing unattended operation for up to three shifts via an automated load/unload of raw materials and finished parts.

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Not Your Regular Stickers

February 9, 2010 6:35 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Brady Worldwide, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) introduces a new series of temperature indicating labels that permanently document the temperature levels for a piece of equipment during operation. When the labeled equipment reaches a certain temperature, the white area of the label will turn irreversibly black, which provides clear evidence of the highest temperature attained for that piece of equipment.

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Liquid Magnetics

February 9, 2010 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS) has launched a new Tapered-Step design model in the plate-style series of their Magnetic Liquid Trap product line. The new style is structured to hold ferrous debris against its solid tapered step to prevent wipe-off of tramp iron, even in high-density applications.

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Turning Waste Into Electricity Through Heat Recovery

February 9, 2010 4:52 am | Articles | Comments

Dresser-Rand Company recently designed and installed a complete waste heat recovery system at the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority (GNHWPCA). The project included engineering, construction and testing of the waste heat boiler, steam turbine generator set and condenser, ducting and valves.

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Extreme Nuclear Makeover

February 9, 2010 4:51 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Four days after President Obama announced  plans to revive the United States’ nuclear power program  in his State of the Union speech, we received the news that radioactive tritium, produced during the fission process, is leaking from at least 27 of the nation’s 104 nuclear plants .

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Q&A with John Ratzenberger, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs

February 9, 2010 4:40 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Through its manufacturing summer camps and scholarships, NBT is inspiring the next generation of manufacturers, welders, plumbers, carpenters and more... one tinkerer at a time. John Ratzenberger, a founder of NBT, speaks on behalf of the organization and how it's addressing the urgent need to engage young people in career preparation for well-paid, fulfilling jobs that require hands-on skills.

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Mill Workers Agree To Cuts With A 'Gun To Their Heads'

February 9, 2010 4:02 am | News | Comments

MADAWASKA, Maine (AP) — Unionized workers at a Madawaska paper mill will see their paychecks cut by eight and a half percent as part of a new contract mill management says is needed to keep the facility from closing. Officials with the United Steel workers say about 65 percent of the 460 members from the Fraser Papers Inc.

Recalls Compound Dangers Of Panicked Drivers

February 9, 2010 3:51 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — You're driving down the highway and suddenly your car starts accelerating on its own. Knuckles white, going from 60 to 90 miles an hour in a couple of seconds, you do what comes naturally — hit the brakes. But what if the car keeps going? There are options: Put the car in neutral, or in park, or switch off the ignition.

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Residents Awarded $117,000 Against Messy Smelter

February 9, 2010 3:45 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A jury has awarded $117,000 in damages and $220,000 for legal and other fees to neighbors of a lead smelting company that once operated in northeast Detroit. The Detroit Free Press reports the Wayne County jury reached its decision Monday in a lawsuit against NL Industries, which ran Master Metals until 1974.

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WTO: U.S.-China Protectionism Damaging Global Trade

February 9, 2010 3:43 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The global economic crisis has not led to a return to trade protectionism to the extent feared, but free trade remains under threat, the World Trade Organization's director general said Tuesday. "I still believe we're not out of the woods, but this notion that for the moment .

Criminal Probe Launched Into Deadly Power Plant Blast

February 9, 2010 3:30 am | by John Christoffersen, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Authorities launched a criminal investigation Monday into the cause of an explosion that killed five people at a power plant under construction, saying they could not rule out criminal negligence. "If everything went right, we wouldn't all be here right now," Middletown Mayor Sebastian Guiliano said.

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Toyota Recalls 437,000 Priuses For Braking Software

February 9, 2010 3:29 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota says it is recalling about 437,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicles worldwide to fix brake problems — the latest in a string of embarrassing safety lapses at the world's largest automaker. "I don't see Toyota as an infallible company that never makes mistakes," President Akio Toyoda said at a press conference Tuesday in Tokyo.

Conn. Governor Calls For Review Of Safety Codes

February 8, 2010 10:20 am | by John Christoffersen, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's governor is calling for a review of state safety codes following a deadly explosion at a power plant in Middletown. Rell announced Monday that she is creating two panels — one to identify the cause and origin of Sunday's explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems plant and any contributing factors, such as construction problems, worker safety issues and licensing or permitting matters.

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Caterpillar Backs Experimental Clean-Coal Plant

February 8, 2010 10:14 am | News | Comments

MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest maker of mining and construction equipment, plans to join a coalition of companies planning to build an experimental clean-coal power plant known as FutureGen, key politicians announced Monday. Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin said the addition of Caterpillar comes on the heels of a decision by Chicago-based Exelon Corp.

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Driving Biofuels Into The Future

February 8, 2010 10:06 am | Articles | Comments

Novozymes North America president Adam Monroe talks about how his company could produce more than 9 billion tons of biofuel from municipal and agriculture feedstock, like cardboard or paper. With new vehicles that can run on a biofuel/gasoline or diesel mix, this technology seems to be on the verge of becoming mainstream.

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Nothing Says Love Like Chocolate

February 8, 2010 10:05 am | Articles | Comments

With Valentine’s Day coming up this Sunday, we’re doing our part at IMPO to remind the guys out there (and the gals, too) that the day just isn’t complete without some chocolate for your special someone. What better way to get motivated than to learn how all those little candies are made? How sweet.

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The Nexus One Manufacturing Story

February 8, 2010 10:01 am | Articles | Comments

Innovators and engineers from Google and HTC got together to make the Nexus One, the embodiment of Google’s ideal smartphone. And while the consumer electronics world has been buzzing about both the hardware and software that went into the phone, little attention has been focused on how it was made.

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Designing The Stop Sign By Committee

February 8, 2010 10:01 am | Articles | Comments

This video asks the simple, yet horrifying question: What if there were no stop signs … and a major corporation was charged with inventing one? 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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'Groove' With Vinyl Manufacturing

February 8, 2010 9:59 am | Articles | Comments

For some music fanatics out there, vinyl never went out of style. That said, the decades-old analogue form of music is making its very loud comeback, and that progression can be seen no better than in the success of Gotta Groove Records , who specialize in 7" and 12" vinyl creation/manufacturing using PVC molding.

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Painting Upside-Down

February 8, 2010 7:56 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Gasoila Chemicals (Cleveland, OH) has released a new line of FAS-MARK Cap and Cover Paint, an acrylic, upside-down spray paint, which can be used to mark and identify manholes or tank cover valves. The specially-designed cap enables fast, upside-down application with little or no over spray, and the paint can be applied directly to metal and other clean, dry surfaces.

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