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Free MovinCool Guide

June 14, 2013 5:08 pm | by DENSO Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new guide considers the benefits of a class of self-contained, commercial portable air conditioners called spot air conditioners or spot coolers.

New Force Gauge

June 14, 2013 5:06 pm | by Riten | Product Releases | Comments

The new Force Gauge, in conjunction with the tailstock’s hydraulic cylinder pressure reading, accurately calibrates the lathe or grinder to deliver the precise load for faster setup and repeatable, scrap-free production.

Six Pack Sequential Charger

June 14, 2013 5:04 pm | by Milwaukee Tool Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new Energy Star rated charger will sequentially charge up to six battery packs of any Milwaukee M18™ LITHIUM-ION battery, allowing the user to walk away confident they will have enough power to complete their job, says the company.

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Baghouse Performance Analyzers

June 14, 2013 5:02 pm | by FilterSense IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The B-PAC series of Baghouse Performance Analyzers & Controllers feature a combination of features to help powder processing, air pollution control, and dust collection users meet regulatory compliance while simultaneously reducing operating costs and improving the process.

Rechargeable LED Lighting

June 14, 2013 5:00 pm | by Magnalight | Product Releases | Comments

A 100 foot cord is included and the rechargeable, explosion proof lighting system can be charged inside or outside a hazardous area.

SafeLOCK Tank Scale

June 14, 2013 4:57 pm | by Mettler Toledo | Product Releases | Comments

The SafeLOCK protects the weigh module against accidental overload and ensures safety during installation without the need for auxiliary devices such as dead stands or dummy load cells.

Sheridan Insulated Work Boot

June 14, 2013 4:55 pm | by KEEN Utility | Product Releases | Comments

Features include a dry waterproof, breathable, membrane, and hydrophobic/hydrophilic 2-zone comfort liner to help keep the boot ventilated and feet warm and dry.

Guillotine-Style Cutting Heads

June 14, 2013 4:53 pm | by Greenlee Utility | Product Releases | Comments

The Utility SDG45 and SDG55 remote cutting heads are designed to cut ACSR cables and other materials, such as rebar, guy strand, and ground rods.

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Free Air Delivery

June 14, 2013 4:50 pm | by Atlas Copco | Product Releases | Comments

The new 7-15 kW (10-20 hp) GA VSD+ range, including a full feature version with an integrated dryer, is also 15 percent more efficient than the previous generation and offers a 12 percent improvement in free air delivery.

Digital Pressure Calibrator

June 14, 2013 4:47 pm | by Fluke IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The portable pressure calibrator features an internal, motorized pump providing an efficient alternative to time consuming, tiring hand pumps.

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Spectrum Oil Containers

June 14, 2013 4:44 pm | by Trico Corporation IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Oil Containers are semi-transparent with molded volume markings, in gallons and liters, to provide visual monitoring of fluid levels.

Blast At LA Plant Kills 1, More Than 70 Hurt

June 14, 2013 10:02 am | by Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press | News | Comments

The blast sent workers on a mad scramble to escape the plant, said a worker, some of them by clambering over gates. Outside the plant, witnesses saw towering flames and felt the ground shudder. A body was found by hazardous materials crews moving through the site after the blast, state police Capt. Doug Cain said.

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New Hostess Owner Prepares To Re-Start GA Plant

June 14, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The smell of snack cakes could soon return to the Dolly Madison plant in Columbus as Hostess Brands LLC prepares to relaunch production. Hostess Brands LLC spokesman Michael Cramer said workers will be resuming production by July. He said crews are now getting the facility ready to bake goods again, including testing equipment that's been idle since November.

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Nissan Hopes To Grab Share Of Japan Minicar Market

June 14, 2013 9:58 am | by Azusa Uchikura, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automakers Nissan and Mitsubishi are joining forces to grab a bigger share of the country's lucrative market for tiny cars, now dominated by their three rivals. The new model, sold as Dayz for Nissan Motor Co. and eK Wagon for Mitsubishi Motors Corp., marks the first time Nissan has been involved from start to finish in the development of a minicar, or "kei," which means "light" in Japanese.

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Once-Promising IN Car Venture Ends In Bankruptcy

June 14, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that had planned to build high-tech police cars in a vacant plant that once housed a rust belt city's largest employer has filed for bankruptcy, dashing the hopes of a community desperate for economic rejuvenation. Carbon Motors Corp. filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis on Friday.

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Honda Recalling 104,500 Cars To Fix Brakes

June 14, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is recalling 104,500 cars in 49 countries worldwide to fix problems with the brakes. In the U.S., the recall covers more than 18,000 Acura RSX compact cars from 2006 and the Honda S2000 sports car from the 2006 and 2007 model years.

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IN City Sues Over Failed Pharmaceutical Facility

June 14, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A suburban Indianapolis city has filed a foreclosure lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company that failed to open after receiving $8.4 million in loans and other assistance from the city. Greenwood officials had tried for months to help with talks involving possible investors in hopes of saving Elona Biotechnologies before deciding to file the lawsuit, Mayor Mark Myers said.

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Food Safety & Collaboration

June 14, 2013 8:05 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The recall of Earthbound’s organic bagged spinach dominated the news cycle during the autumn of 2006; I can remember exactly where I was in my life as the story broke and continued to unfold, as I’m sure many of you can as well. For those who cared about food safety, the recall — and the illness and death associated with it — was big news.

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Measuring The Impact: Quality Metrics And Manufacturing Intelligence

June 14, 2013 8:00 am | by Steve Wise, VP of Statistical Methods, InfinityQS Intl. | Articles | Comments

What if you could report to your board room that reducing scrap has increased your company’s profit by 10 percent? Or, what if you could show plant managers that exactly 15 defects occurred within a particular shift? Because quality affects every level of an organization — from the plant floor, to the C-suite, to the customer — it is far more than a cost of doing business; it is a game changer.

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At Least 30 Injured In LA Plant Explosion

June 13, 2013 2:20 pm | by Stacey Plaisance Associated Press | News | Comments

Ambulances and helicopters took at least 30 people from a burning chemical plant after an explosion Thursday in Louisiana, officials said. Early tests did not indicate dangerous levels of any chemicals around the plant in Geismar, southeast of Baton Rouge, but area residents were told to remain indoors with doors and windows closed, said Jean Kelly, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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