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Wider, Better Skimming

October 12, 2009 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The B-Series Belt Skimmer line from Zebra Skimmers Corp. (Cleveland, OH) has been expanded to include a wider belt for heavier oil load applications for customers with large surface area sumps or central tank applications. Additional features include: A rugged, heavy-duty steel construction.


Build A Strong Foundation

October 12, 2009 7:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Athena Controls, Inc. (Plymouth Meeting, PA) has announced the availability of their new line of Foundation series of customizable modular control products. The Foundation series offers virtually limitless heat and/or cool control possibilities in a small package. The basic control board can handle everything from simple multi-loop PID control to more complex custom “state machine” control using a large flash code and RAM memory.


Thermally-Resistant Epoxy

October 12, 2009 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed the EP46HT-1, which extends the limits of epoxy adhesive/sealant formulations, according to the company. It can operate in temperatures from -100°F to 550°F and intermittent exposures up to 600°F. In addition, the epoxy has been designed to withstand repeated thermal cycling.


Weigh In Any Unit

October 12, 2009 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Newton line of precision balances from Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) feature ten different capacities over a broad range of applications: 120g, 210g, 310g, 410g, 610g, 1500g, 2100g, 3100g, 4100g, and 6100g, all with 0.1g resolution. The 16mm LCD display has an amber backlight for easy viewing.


Onyx Pharma Buys Proteolix For $851m

October 12, 2009 4:45 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday it will buy cancer drug developer Proteolix Inc. in a deal that could be worth as much as $851 million. Onyx shares advanced $2.20, or 8.2 percent, to $29.10 in premarket trading. Onyx will pay $276 million upfront for the privately held South San Francisco company, and in the process it gains Proteolix's cancer drug candidate carfilzomib, which is being tested as a treatment for multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and solid tumors.

Plasan Expands Armor Manufacturing

October 12, 2009 4:27 am | News | Comments

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Bennington manufacturer has purchased a second industrial site in town as it prepares to fill a Pentagon contract to make armor for vehicles going to Afghanistan. Plasan North America, a subsidiary of an Israeli firm, is joining with a Wisconsin-based company, Oshkosh Corp.

Steel Makers Raise Outlook On Global Demand

October 12, 2009 4:24 am | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) -- World steel makers said Monday that "exceptionally strong growth" in Chinese demand and a better-than-expected global economic recovery would keep steel consumption from falling as sharply as previously expected. The World Steel Association said steel use was likely to fall by 8.

Hybrid, Indian Automakers Show Interest In Ex-GM Plant

October 12, 2009 4:17 am | News | Comments

NEWPORT, Del. (AP) — Three automakers reportedly have toured the shuttered Boxwood Road auto plant near Newport as Delaware officials work to find another tenant for the former General Motors plant. The Wilmington News Journal reported Sunday that the three include a start-up developing a plug-in hybrid and an Indian automaker.


China Asks WTO To Probe EU Steel Taxes

October 12, 2009 4:11 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — China said Monday that it will ask the World Trade Organization to examine whether European Union charges on imports of Chinese steel fasteners comply with international commerce rules. Beijing argues that the EU is illegally taxing the screws needed for products from furniture to cars.

Manufacturers Turn To Prisoners For Work

October 12, 2009 4:07 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Good help is hard to find, unless that help is doing hard time. Two manufacturers are taking advantage of a program in which they develop factories in Arkansas prisons and put convicts to work at market wages. The workers use their earnings to fund the program, pay child support, fines, restitution and build a nest egg.


Printing Up Cheesesteak

October 9, 2009 11:55 am | Articles | Comments

A Philly cheesesteak sandwich is a culinary indulgence to some and a dietary staple to others. Thin slices of beef, chicken or pork piled high on an Amoroso-style roll with lots of melted cheese is a palate-pleasing treat that originated in Philadelphia, but can now be found in sandwich shops all over the world.


Minimal, Efficient Lidding

October 9, 2009 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. (Addison, IL) announces the launch of a high-performance, 100 percent polyester lidding alternative for medical, pharmaceutical, and food processing applications. The SteamOne uses are much as 50 percent less material and helps companies meet recycling objectives.


Chill Out

October 9, 2009 11:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Instapak TempGuard Cold Chain Packaging system from Sealed Air (Danbury, CT) has been designed to keep temperature-sensitive products safe during shipment. The Instapak polyurethane foam performs better than expanded polystyrene, according to the company, allowing customers to choose more cost-effective solutions than overnight priority shipping.


Front-And-Back Labeling

October 9, 2009 11:18 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA) has launched the Inline Series 5100 Vacuum Wrap Front/Back label system, which was designed to accurately apply both front and back labels to round bottles without the need for a second applicator. The 5100 labeler features a vacuumized wrap transport belt using a single Label-Aire 3015-ND Wipe-ON label applicator.


Get Vertical

October 9, 2009 11:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new SVI Vertical Bagger from Bosch Packaging Technology (Waiblingen, Germany) is ideal for a wide range of food and non-food application due to its versatile operation. The SVI machines can produce bags with a corner seal and doy style bags with optional zippers, with simple additions and changes.


GM Inks Hummer Sale To Chinese

October 9, 2009 8:41 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Hummer, the off-road vehicle that once was a symbol of America's love for hulking trucks, is now in the hands of a Chinese heavy equipment maker. General Motors Co. and Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp. finally signed the much-anticipated deal to sell the brand on Friday, according to a joint statement issued by both companies.

Body Found At Conn. Recycling Center

October 9, 2009 7:22 am | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford police are at a recycling plant investigating the death of a man whose body was found near cardboard boxes. Police are trying to determine who the man was and how he died. They say he was not an employee of the plant. Authorities were called to All Waste Inc.


France Orders Anti-Stress Plans For Workers

October 9, 2009 5:28 am | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — France's labor minister has ordered all companies with more than 1,000 employees to develop an anti-stress plan based on discussions about pressure in the workplace. If not, they will go on a list of shame to be published on the Internet. The government's concern about the psychological and physical health of employees follows outrage caused by 25 suicides in 18 months at the phone company France Telecom.

NC Gov. Orders Dell To Pay Back Incentives

October 9, 2009 4:43 am | News | Comments

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina has no choice but to keep offering incentives packages to attract out-of-state companies even with the closing of the Dell computer plant. But Perdue told reporters Thursday she's made plain to Dell the state expects back every "red cent" it's owed in tax breaks and other benefits because it didn't meet job and investment performance standards.


Ford Union Summons Execs To Detroit

October 9, 2009 4:37 am | by Ken Thomas and Tom Krisher, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has summoned representatives from Ford factories across the nation to Detroit on Tuesday to discuss contract talks with the automaker. Union President Ron Gettelfinger confirmed the meeting after a charity appearance in Washington on Thursday night but would not elaborate.


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