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Stay Safe, Green With PVC Mats

March 16, 2010 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Cushion Trax Ultra ¾” anti-fatigue mat from Superior Manufacturing Group (Chicago, IL) is the latest addition to Superior’s line of mats, which combine a durable vinyl top surface with a PVC foam base using the UniFusion bonding process, which eliminates the possibility of de-lamination, according to the company.

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Condensate-Free Air Dryers

March 16, 2010 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SSRC Refrigerated Cycling Compressed Air Dryer from Sullair Corporation (Michigan City, IN) is furnished in nine models, ranging from 175 to 1000 scfm. The dryers utilize the reliable and energy-saving scroll compressor, and a zero-loss drain integrated into the heat exchanger to collect condensate.

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Belts Of Steel

March 16, 2010 11:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Belt Technologies (Agawam, MA) now offers a line of stainless steel vacuum belts for use in the production of solar cells. They run without lubrication of any kind, minimize variations in surface speed, and don’t stretch. The continuous-length belts minimize debris buildup and eliminate frequent shutdowns.

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Where's Your Inventory?

March 16, 2010 10:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) has a new Level 5 NTC (Networkable Tool Control) system that allows users to manage a virtually unlimited number of lockable tool storage units simultaneously. Critical tools and assets are tracked and the risk of potentially catastrophic foreign object damage.

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Soup Start-Up Finds Path For Growth

March 16, 2010 10:57 am | Articles | Comments

Having recently retired, Philip Wilbur-with family in tow-opened the doors to HURRICANE'S Café & Deli in 2005. Among the traditional deli fare, HURRICANE'S offered quality soups and chowders, which were made entirely from all-natural, local ingredients. Soup sales took off, with volume quadrupling in a single year.

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We Regret To Inform You

March 16, 2010 10:36 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

When I put together a comprehensive daily news resource (fancy talk for the  PD&D Design Daily ), I have the opportunity to not only cover the latest news in the industry, but I also have a chance to transform into a maniacal news junkie. I click on provocative headlines to read about the unfixable economy, to listen to analysts bang their chests and make wild predictions in hopes of creating some new conventional wisdom by sparking a little awareness-building fear, and to sift through the PR rabble — it’s a practice similar to listening to white noise for hours with hopes of connecting to voices from the other side (dead people).

In Search Of Universal Sensors

March 16, 2010 10:16 am | by Wesley Sund, Brooks Instrument | Articles | Comments

You are working in a process development research laboratory. Wouldn’t it be easy if you could take a flow device off the shelf, install it, and have immediate, accurate and reliable measurements? This is a dream, a fantasy for some. Advances in sensor design, electronics and software, however, is bringing this day closer than ever through recently introduced developments.

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Managing Energy With Modern Drive Systems

March 16, 2010 10:11 am | by Michael Perlman, Siemens Industry Inc., Motion Control Marketing Manager | Articles | Comments

While it is valid to state that energy efficiency is defined as the same level of production being achieved at an overall lower energy cost, it is equally important for today’s machine builders and automation engineers alike to remember than an energy-efficient system can actually translate into higher productivity.

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Manufacturers Working To Save American Jobs

March 16, 2010 10:08 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

In an economy where manufacturers are struggling to stay afloat, some are also fighting to find ways to keep their workers employed. Save An American Job (SAAJ) is a branding and networking initiative designed to do just that. Save an American Job, founded by Don Rongione, CEO and President of the Bollman Hat Company, is a proactive initiative to encourage more Americans to buy American-made products and help manufacturers prevent job losses in the industry.

Enough Of The 'Windwilling'

March 16, 2010 9:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Draftguard anti-rotation device from Gates (Denver, CO) prevents belt-driven air-cooled heat exchanger (ACHE) fan drives from “windwilling” when they are idle. A free-spinning fan poses a safety hazard to maintenance workers and causes wear on belts, shafts, bearings, and attached equipment when the fan direction is reversed during start-up.

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Sorting Made Easy

March 16, 2010 9:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intelligrated (Cincinnati, OH) now offers tilt-tray and cross-belt sortation solutions to its product portfolio. Intelligrated now designs and manufactures the complete line of Crisplant sorters, and offers them as standalone sub-systems or as parts of larger automated material handling systems.

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Knowing The Code

March 16, 2010 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) has introduced two new barcode readers to its DataMan line of industrial ID readers. The 100 QL and 200 QL fixed mount readers offer best-in-class 1D barcode reading performance. The included Cognex 1DMax code-reading algorithm handles quiet zone violations that can occur when codes are printed close to the edge of a label.

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Working Up High Is E-Z

March 16, 2010 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

E-Z Drill (Stillwater, OK) now offers the E-Z Tray, a work tray designed for use on scissor lifts, boom lifts, aerial work platforms, and any equipment with railings. The E-Z Tray provides an ergonomically-friendly solution for the safe handling of tools while working at heights.

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Analysts Weigh In On Cost Of Toyota's Recall Fiasco

March 16, 2010 9:33 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — A massive global recall, mounting legal bills and a battered reputation add up to a very expensive problem for Toyota. How expensive? Depends who you ask. With new developments emerging almost daily, predicting a final pricetag for the Japanese automaker is a daunting calculation that only some analysts have attempted.

Unions Bash Kraft CEO On Cadbury Takeover

March 16, 2010 9:32 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British union leaders and lawmakers lashed out at Kraft Inc. Chief Executive Irene Rosenfeld for failing to appear before an inquiry on the U.S. company's takeover of British confectioner Cadbury on Tuesday. The Unite union also criticized Rosenfeld for failing to meet directly with workers at Cadbury sites across the country to reassure them about the company's plans after it backtracked on a promise to keep open a local factory.

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US Steel CEO Takes 83 Percent Salary Cut

March 16, 2010 9:31 am | by Sandy Shore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — United States Steel Corp. CEO John Surma's compensation package plummeted more than 83 percent last year as he took a salary cut and refused stock awards. The reduction came in a year the company struggled with withering demand for steel. Surma, who also is board chairman, received total compensation of $1.

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AK Steel Sues Ex-Workers For Stealing Trade Secrets

March 16, 2010 9:30 am | News | Comments

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — AK Steel Holding Corp. has filed a lawsuit alleging three ex-employees of its Rockport, Ind., plant stole company trade secrets. The lawsuit filed March 11 says Donald Earley resigned as a senior process engineer last year and accepted a job with ThyssenKrupp Steel USA.

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We Applies For $255 Million Wis. Biomass Plant

March 16, 2010 9:30 am | News | Comments

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — We Energies has filed for regulatory permission to build a $255 million biomass power plant near Wausau. In its application to the state Public Service Commission, the utility says the plant would supply steam to Domtar's paper mill in Rothschild and create up to 150 jobs.

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Judge Overturns Suit Against Ford For Sudden Acceleration

March 16, 2010 9:29 am | by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's highest court on Monday overturned an $18 million verdict againstFord Motor Co. in a fatal crash, ruling that one expert shouldn't have been allowed to testify about cruise control problems. Sonya Watson, 17, was paralyzed after losing control of her Ford Explorer in December 1999.

Toyota, UAW Reach Tentative NUMMI Closure Agreement

March 15, 2010 11:25 am | News | Comments

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative agreement to shut down California's sole remaining auto plant which employs 4,600 people. The terms weren't disclosed Monday but will include payouts for workers at the Fremont-based Nummi plantwhich is slated to close on April 1.

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