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Air Products Offers $5.1B For Airgas, Willing To Get Hostile

February 5, 2010 3:28 am | News | Comments

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. (AP) — Industrial gas supplier Air Products and Chemicals Inc. said Friday that it made an unsolicited cash bid of about $5.1 billion for smaller rival Airgas Inc. and is willing to make a hostile offer if necessary. Airgas said its board will review the offer with financial and legal advisors and recommended that its stockholders not take any action yet.

Body Armor CEO Spent $353,000 On Pens

February 5, 2010 3:22 am | News | Comments

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A federal prosecutor says a former chief executive had lavish spending habits — including $353,000 worth of pens, some made of gold or silver. The evidence was presented Thursday at the Central Islip (EYE'-slip), N.Y., trial of David H. Brooks. He founded DHB Industries, Inc.

Feds Adopt Safety Revisions After Slim Jim Explosion

February 5, 2010 3:20 am | by Mike Baker, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials voted Thursday night to adopt urgent safety recommendations in response to last year's deadly explosion at a Slim Jim snack factory in North Carolina. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board approved the recommendations Thursday night by a 2-1 vote taken following a public hearing in Raleigh.

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Thermal Imaging For Cost Savings, Energy Conservation, and Innovation

February 4, 2010 10:51 am | by Sandra J. Blum, for FLIR Systems Inc. | Articles | Comments

“As long as the simple truth prevails that something gets hot before it breaks down, applications for infrared cameras will be endless.” Infrared radiation is emitted by every object above a temperature of -273 degrees C. To capture this radiation and make it visible, you need an infrared camera that can take clear thermal pictures, measure temperatures instantly, and convert these infrared images into a standard electronic format for further processing.

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Gearing Up For Success

February 4, 2010 10:20 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Roscoe, IL might be considered the gear capital of the world. This small city serves as stomping ground to three gear manufacturers, and is part of an enclave of manufacturing towns in Northern Illinois, including Rockford—a once industrial giant which now suffers the highest unemployment rate of any city in the state.

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Fluorescent Takes On HID

February 4, 2010 8:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cooper Lighting (Peachtree City, GA) offers the HBI High-Bay Industrial Fluorescent Series, which features an optic that has been optimized to provide maximum performance from T8 lamps. The high lumen package allows the benefits of fluorescent to be applied at high mounting heights that were traditionally exclusive to HID lamps.

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Make Your Work Portable

February 4, 2010 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Veto Pro Pac (Norwalk, CT) has introduced the Model LT-XL tool bag, which is designed to store and organize hand tools with two large zippered storage compartments and two padded storage slots. The LT-XL is built from a PVC-impregnated body fabric, which is then riveted to a 3mm injection-molded polypropylene base.

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Gas Phase Analysis In Real-Time

February 4, 2010 8:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Titan industrial FTIR systems from MIDAC (Costa Mesa, CA) provide real-time, multi-component extractive gas phase analysis for various applications, including industrial hygiene, CEM, and process optimization. Cell pathlengths range from 1cm to 60 meters, and thermal isolation from the spectrometer allows operation from ambient temperatures to 240°C, allowing moist sample streams to be analyzed without condensation.

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Get The Right Angle

February 4, 2010 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kadant Solutions (Auburn, MA) has launched the AngleSet angle gauge tool for doctor blade and scraper installations. The new gauge is used to set the proper angle for improved doctoring performance and longer blade life. The AngleSet tool provides an accurate reading of the blade angle, and its compact design allows for flexibility in various applications, including creping, coating, drum flaking, and converting.

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I Drive A Yaris

February 4, 2010 8:12 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

I drive one, I don’t own one — the only vehicle with my name on the plates (2LGT2QT) is a ’98 Dodge Neon that has made me its most outspoken proponent since high school. I remember the day a future cop and former friend rode beside me and called the Neon a disposable 10-year car.

An Alternative to Diverging Roller Size Graders

February 4, 2010 8:12 am | Articles | Comments

Nutra Manufacturing is the manufacturing arm of GNC, the largest global specialty retailer of nutritional supplements. With GNC’s “quality first” principle guiding every step, Nutra uses the latest technologies to produce the highest quality supplements.

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Joojoo Web Tablet To Reach Consumers By Month's End

February 4, 2010 4:49 am | by Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — The Joojoo, a Web-browsing tablet device that's the subject of a high-profile Silicon Valley legal dispute, appears on track to reach early buyers at the end of February. The flat touch-screen computer was known until December as the CrunchPad, after the technology blog TechCrunch.

Civil Lawsuit Reopened Over Stinky Hogs

February 4, 2010 3:45 am | by Bill Draper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Fourteen rural northwest Missouri residents who received $100,000 apiece in a 1999 lawsuit against a major hog producer have asked a Jackson County jury to give them more money for what they say are intolerable smells coming from its 80,000-head hog confinement in Gentry County.

Deadly Slim Jim Blast Prompts New Rules

February 4, 2010 3:35 am | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials are scheduled to vote Thursday evening on urgent safety recommendations in response to a deadly explosion at a Slim Jim snack factory in North Carolina last year. The proposal before the U.S. Chemical Safety Board recommends that national and international safety codes be changed to more strongly control gas-line purging.

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Boeing's Biofuel-Powered Hydroplane

February 3, 2010 9:22 am | Articles | Comments

In a departure from their endless 787 production, Boeing has gotten together to build this biofuel-powered hydroplane. The racing hydroplane uses a 50/50 blend of sustainable biofuel and jetfuel, and while the eco-friendly stuff costs a bit more, Boeing is sure that once more people adopt the technology, prices will plummet.

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Industrial Waste Pool Party

February 3, 2010 9:21 am | Articles | Comments

The wastewater from one of Iceland's geothermal power plants forms the Blue Lagoon, where 300,000 tourists a year go to frolic in the blue-green algae-infested waters. 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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Our 'C-Average' Food Safety

February 3, 2010 9:21 am | Articles | Comments

A recent CBS poll has found that only 7 percent of American consumers give our food safety system an “A,” and a majority (34 percent) give it a “C.” And while we have an incredible selection of food available to us, our system seems pretty safe at first glance. In Canada, 33 percent of consumers get sick each year from something they ate.

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How To Stop A Toyota

February 3, 2010 9:18 am | Articles | Comments

Have a Toyota? Then you might want to figure out how you stop the darn thing in case your accelerator pedal gets stuck. It’s pretty simple, so check out the video below for CNN's tips on what to do in the rare event, regardless of which kind of vehicle you drive. Better yet — just go get it fixed, and fast.

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Drowning In A Sea Of Jargon

February 3, 2010 9:18 am | Articles | Comments

Ever feel like you’re drowning in a sea of technical jargon, most of which is probably a ploy by some marketing firm to make you think you’re getting your money’s worth?  Well, get ready for the Retro Encabulator device, a new automation solution from Rockwell Automation, which uses six hydrocoptic marzel vanes and an ambifacient lunar wane shaft to prevent unwanted side fumbling.

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Cincinnati Couple Sue Toyota Over Fraud, Negligence

February 3, 2010 9:02 am | by Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati couple represented by a veteran civil action attorney has filed a lawsuitagainst Toyota charging fraud and negligence over a safety issue involving gas pedals that has caused a massive auto recall. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, seeks class-action status on behalf of all Ohio residents who have bought or leased vehicles Toyota-manufactured vehicles subject to the recall.

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