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Bat-Like Robot Clings, Climbs Walls

August 11, 2010 6:36 am | Articles | Comments

This wall-climbing robot uses a pendulum to generate the energy required to scale walls, and has potential applications along soldiers overseas if it can overcome its one downside: As of now, it can only climb carpeted walls. One probably doesn't see many of those in the likes of Afghanistan. Visit msnbc.

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Bionic Legs Help The Paralyzed Walk

August 11, 2010 6:35 am | Articles | Comments

Richard Little and Robert Irving, co-founders of Rex Bionics, explain the development of electromechanical bionic legs. They are available for people that are able to use an electric wheelchair, and will hopefully be available in the United States next year. 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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Buy The Better Safety Glasses

August 11, 2010 6:34 am | Articles | Comments

In this homemade safety video, a slingshot enthusiast tests the damage that could be done to one's eye if they aren't careful around projectiles. He tests cheap sunglasses and your typical safety glasses, but the results point to only one conclusion: If someone is pointing a high-powered slingshot in your direction, you might want to reach for the more expensive eye protection.

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Most Vocal Enemies Of Climate Bills Are Major Polluters

August 11, 2010 4:56 am | by Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Texas-based oil companies that are the primary backers of a November ballot effort to suspend California's global warming law are among the state's biggest polluters, according to a report issued Tuesday by two groups advocating for inner-city residents. Valero Energy Corp.

Auto Parts Company Opens Ind. Plant, Closes In Ohio

August 11, 2010 4:44 am | News | Comments

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Officials say an auto parts company plans to reopen a closed factory in northeastern Indiana while it is shutting down an Ohio plant. The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne reports that Continental Structural Plastics expects to spend at least $9.1 million on upgrades to the Huntington factory and perhaps have 350 workers there by 2012.

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Gov't: Probe Found No More Toyota Safety Issues

August 11, 2010 4:36 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation into runaway Toyotas has found no new safety defects beyond problems with accelerator pedals that explain reports of sudden acceleration in the vehicles, according to preliminary findings released Tuesday. Safety experts have said vehicle electronic systems could be to blame for the problems that have led to Toyota's massive recalls but the review by the government, while still at an early stage, has not found any evidence of those issues.

China's Manufacturing Slows, Inflation Jumps

August 11, 2010 4:19 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China's industrial growth slowed further in July as Beijing clamped down on a credit boom, fueling expectations it will ease monetary policy to shore up its economic expansion. Inflation spiked to its highest level this year as summer flooding wrecked crops but analysts said the increase will likely prove temporary.

NAM: Tariff Bill To Support 90,000 Manufacturing Jobs

August 11, 2010 4:16 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will sign a bill on Wednesday that will help U.S. manufacturers by reducing and suspending some tariffs on certain materials they must import to make their products. Obama is scheduled to sign the bill at the White House. The National Association of Manufacturers says it will help create jobs, cut costs for businesses and consumers and boost U.

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Beer Distributor Reopens After Deadly Shooting

August 11, 2010 4:13 am | News | Comments

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — The president of a Connecticut beer distributor where nine people died in a shooting rampage last week says the company will be reopening after a moment of silence. Hartford Distributors Inc. President Ross Hollander says employees will return to work at the company's offices and warehouse in Manchester Wednesday morning.

Safer, Cleaner Mopping

August 10, 2010 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nilfisk-Advance now offers the Advance EcoFlex System floor scrubber, which helps facilities maintain clean, safe, and sanitary floors while reducing cleaning costs. The scrubbers provide the flexibility to select the right blend of pad pressure, water, and detergent. The EcoFlex lets staff clean low-traffic areas with water only, or use low amounts of detergent when needed to tackle dirtier areas.

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Air-Driven Pumps

August 10, 2010 11:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Pumps 2000 America dual-diaphragm pump from Megator is targeted for demanding applications, and comes in 1”, 1-1/2”, and 2” models capable of passing up to 1-1/2” solids. The air motor runs without any lubrication, and requires low air consumption. In addition, the system’s material design is 41 pounds for the 2” model, helping prevent neck and back injuries, and helps resist deterioration in low pH environments.

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Simplified Pallet Inversions

August 10, 2010 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PalletPal Inverter from Southworth Products is an easy way to rotate fully-loaded pallets, according to the company. It is ideal for replacing broken pallets, switching to or from in-house/shipping pallets, transferring loads to slip sheets, and replacing damaged goods at the bottom of a load without the need for manual restacking.

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An Extendable ERP Suite

August 10, 2010 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plex Online is an ERP SaaS software suite, using 400 modules to manage operations from the shop floor, such as quality management and machine integration. In addition, the system incorporates enterprise resource planning (ERP) functions such as accounting and finance, customer relationship management (CRM) functions, and supply chain management (SCM) capabilities.

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Powder Flow Testing

August 10, 2010 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Brookfield Engineering has expanded into the processing industry with their new Powder Flow Tester, which delivers quick and easy analysis of powder flow behavior. According to the company, the PFT is ideal for manufacturers who need to eliminate the downtime and expense of erratic powder discharge from hoppers.

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Versatile, Non-VOC Lubricant

August 10, 2010 8:07 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

CRC has developed the Syntha-Tech Lubricant w/PTFE, a non-flammable blend of synthetic lubricants that utilize PTFE plus anti-wear and extreme pressure additives, all with no VOCs. The lubricant penetrates deeply into cracks or joints to lubricate and protect all exposed metals, and can withstand temperature ranges form -40° to 450°F.

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Low-Maintenance Wet/Dry Vacuums

August 10, 2010 8:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SpeedClean BucketVac is a wet/dry vacuum that easily attaches to standard 5 gallon buckets, and is recommended to clean job sites, including large water and dry pickups. While conventional vacuums require users to stop and dump, the BucketVac head just pops off the old bucket and onto a new one, eliminating down time.

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Safe Transfer Of Flammable Liquids

August 10, 2010 8:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

GoatThroat introduces the SCP-6500 series of groundable, hand-operated pumps for Class 1 and 2 flammable liquids. The pumps exceed the criteria of NFPA 77 while eliminating fugitive emissions and allowing for the spill-free transfer of flammable liquids from 5 to 55 gallon containers. According to the company, the SCP-6500 will allow facilities to safely transfer flammable liquids without the use of expensive electric pumps.

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Vibration-Resistant Reels

August 10, 2010 8:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Reelcraft Industries now offers the stability of a dual pedestal reel — plus a compact yet strong design — with the DP7000 Series reel. The DP7000 Series features a two-piece, non-welded, and interlocking base that won’t vibrate apart due to its steel-formed and stamped base design.

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Low-Profile Scissor Lifting

August 10, 2010 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Presto Lifts has developed the DXL Series Compact Scissor Lifts, which offer a full 2,000 pounds of lifting capacity with a smaller footprint than standard lifts. According to the company, they are ideal for work positioning, assembly, repair, and inspection applications. A double scissor mechanism allows for a low 6” collapsed height while providing a 42” raised height.

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Portable Vibration Analysis

August 10, 2010 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VIBXPERT II rugged portable vibration analyzer, from Ludeca , combines a rapid processor with an energy-efficient color VGA display, which has 102,400 lines of resolution. All forms of machine vibrations, bearing conditions, process data, and visual inspection information can be collected and stored on the expandable Compact Flash Card for report generation.

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