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May 2013: Behind Bars

May 3, 2013 5:09 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Hearthside Food Solutions manufactures snack bars for some of the world's largest food companies, industry experts talk vibration detection for critical machinery, innovative manufacturers work to develop new avenues for conveyor efficiency, and more.

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Texas Fire Official: 'Debris Could Give Answers'

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Kelly Kistner, an assistant state fire marshal in Texas, said that investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a deadly fertilizer plant explosion that killed at least 14 people. He said that debris there could provide answers.

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ALCOA Expanding TN Plant For Auto Making Needs

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALCOA says resurgent auto manufacturing is creating demand for its aluminum products and it will expand its plant in Tennessee. The Daily Times first reported the company will create 200 new jobs with a $275 million expansion of its rolling mill in Alcoa, Tenn. Some 400 construction jobs will be created in building it.

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Clean Technology Investors Shift Focus To Drilling

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

A decade ago, large investors in so-called clean technology had a straightforward goal: finance companies that would help eliminate the world's dependence on oil, natural gas and coal. But as profits from wind, solar, biofuels and other alternatives consistently fell short of expectations — and as the fossil fuel business boomed — things got complicated.

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Survey: China Manufacturing Growth Is Slowing

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturing growth slowed in April as global demand weakened, adding to signs its shaky recovery might be weakening, a survey showed Thursday. HSBC Corp.'s purchasing managers index fell to 50.4 from March's 51.6 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show an expansion in activity.

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GM Is Buying 'Factory One' Facility In Flint

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is buying the original Durant-Dort Carriage Co. facility, a century-old building in Flint known as "Factory One" that officials say was the automaker's birthplace. GM North America President Mark Reuss signed an agreement Wednesday to purchase the 133-year-old, 25,000-square-foot facility, MLive.com reported.

U.S. Factory Orders Down 4 Percent In March

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories fell in March by the largest amount in seven months but a key category that signals business investment plans managed a small increase. Factory orders dropped 4 percent in March, reflecting a big plunge in the volatile category of commercial aircraft, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

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Fire At TX Formosa Plant Leaves 16 Hurt

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire at a South Texas petrochemical plant has left 16 workers hurt — including two critically — and the ethylene purification area shut down. A spokesman for Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. said Friday that the cause of the fire at the Port Comfort plant remains under investigation.

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24/7 Case Sealers

May 3, 2013 5:03 pm | by Intertape Polymer Group | Product Releases | Comments

The InterpackUSA Series Case Sealers are adjustable, operator fed machines that process same sized RSC style cases.

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The Roll Raptor™

May 3, 2013 5:01 pm | by SPS Ideal Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

The Roll Raptor™ is the company’s latest design for the roll film industry to replace the wooden pallet/end board method of smaller roll handling.

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Laser Marking System

May 3, 2013 4:58 pm | by Primera Technology, Inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

LP130 enables fast and easy in-house production of labels and tags for use in a wide range of severe and harsh-duty applications, says the company, including part numbers, warning and instruction labels, and serial tags.

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Waterproof LED Work Light

May 3, 2013 4:54 pm | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The WAL-M-LED72-120 LED work light is a compact and highly versatile lighting solution that produces 4,320 lumens of brilliant illumination in a wide flood pattern from 72 watts of power use.

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NORGLIDE® Composite Bearings

May 3, 2013 4:51 pm | by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics | Product Releases | Comments

Self-lubricating and wear-resistant, this technology ensures friction control within pump applications throughout the long life of the mechanism, says the company.

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JetSlinger

May 3, 2013 4:50 pm | by Hunter Foundry Machinery Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

JetSlinger™ can help ensure improved pattern definition, as well as uniformity of mold hardness and surface integrity.

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Support Arm System

May 3, 2013 4:48 pm | by Rittal | Product Releases | Comments

With the 60/120/180 Support Arm System, monitoring units, controls, and specialized devices can be mounted and precisely positioned via an easily adjusted 3-pendant support arm system that can handle loads from 135 to 405 pounds.

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Lift Truck Navigation Technology

May 3, 2013 4:43 pm | by Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Three available lift truck navigation technologies today—manual, fully-automated, and hybrid—require key issues for managers to consider when evaluating these systems for their application.

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Carbide Epoxy Putty

May 3, 2013 4:40 pm | by Tri-Chem IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Resistant to chemicals, impact, corrosion, and abrasion, CEP can be used on both vertical and horizontal surfaces.

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Customizable Labels

May 3, 2013 4:39 pm | by Graphic Products IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Customizable sample label packets are designed to demonstrate the range of safety and productivity label types offered by the company, compatible with its growing family of mobile, desktop and wide-format thermal transfer printers.

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Durable Bonding System

May 3, 2013 4:37 pm | by Master Bond IMPO Product Releases | Comments

This two part epoxy features a one to one mix ratio by weight and cures at room temperature or more quickly at elevated temperatures, says the company.

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Self-Service Purchasing

May 3, 2013 4:31 pm | by Okuma America Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The eStore is open to both distributors and consumers, allowing easy access to products for business use or simply to celebrate the renowned Okuma brand, says the company.

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