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Johnson & Johnson Recalls More Moldy Tylenol

January 15, 2010 3:29 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is again expanding a recall of Tylenol caplets due to a moldy smell that made some users sick. The company says the problem also affects some lots of its fever and pain drug Motrin. The company's McNeil Consumer Healthcare Products business said the voluntarily recall applies to some batches of Tylenol caplets, geltabs, arthritis treatments, rapid release, and extended relief Tylenol, as well as Motrin IB, chewable extra strength Rolaids, Benadryl allergy tablets, and St.

X-Rays And Precision Scales Enhancing Reliability

January 14, 2010 6:59 am | Articles | Comments

Contract Pharmacal Corporation (CPC) develops, manufactures, and packages premium pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter drugs, and dietary supplements for some very prominent brand owners. To assure the highest product quality, CPC recently installed five SmartChek x-ray inspection systems from Mettler-Toledo Safeline and seven XE2 checkweighers from Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed on their packaging lines.


Forget Dull Blades And Carry-Back

January 14, 2010 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

ASGCO (Wheeling, IL) announces the new Skalper IV blade and E-Z Torques Tensioning System, designed to remove carry-back efficiently. The new blade design, with its horizontal sipes/wear grooves across the entire blade cleaning edge, ensures a sharp cleaning edge throughout the life of the blade.


Material Handling Gone 'Extreme'

January 14, 2010 6:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Creform Corporation (Greer, SC) has built the Extreme Size Car—which can be manufactured in virtually any size—to meet needs in large parts handling. The parts feature an elevated load platform with a solid plastic shelf surface to provide for damage-free handling of sensitive parts.


Dimmable LEDs In Harsh Environments

January 14, 2010 6:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new dimmable LED power supply from Foster Transformer (Cincinnati, OH) features short circuit and overload protection, making it ideal for industrial facilities wishing to control the output of LED lighting. Encapsulated in epoxy and housed in a 304 stainless steel enclosure, the power supply is resistant to dirt, moisture, and corrosive elements.


Get Everything In Line

January 14, 2010 6:07 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Pinpoint Laser Systems (Peabody, MA) announces a new storage display to be used with the Microgage 2D family of products, enabling the operator to record readings right on the factory floor. The measurement readings can then be uploaded to a laptop PC running the Pinpoint Capture software for analysis, plotting, and storage.


Trash Talking The Markets

January 13, 2010 10:11 am | Articles | Comments

Peter Schiff, author of Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse , speaks with Justin Fox from TIME about how he, more or less, predicted the recession in which we're currently suffering, and got mocked for it. His book, published in February of 2007, scored him interviews on high-profile financial talkshows on CNBC and Fox, where he was mocked and dismissed by other commentators as being pessimistic and a bit crazy.


Ford CEO: How To Save Detroit

January 13, 2010 8:50 am | Articles | Comments

While the North American International Auto Show is being held in Detroit, the city has seen better days. Even though the Big 3 automakers are looking to make a large comeback this year, despite the poor economy, Detroit still suffers in the aftermath of their near-collapse. Ford CEO Alan Mulally, who has helped push his company through the dismal 2009 automotive year, offers some advice on how to revive Detroit.


Detroit Auto Show: Green Everything

January 13, 2010 6:33 am | Articles | Comments

CNN had the chance to visit the North American International Auto Show this week, where "green" has consistently been the biggest buzzword. From smaller cars, to hybrids and all-electric vehicles, fuel-efficiency and environmentally-friendly practices are No. 1 in Detroit. Also significant is interim CEO of GM Ed Whitacre's statement on the future of his company: he is sure they will be able to pay back the government loans, and they have no more plant closures on the docket.


Welding Ranks Among 'Worst Jobs'

January 13, 2010 6:31 am | Articles | Comments

CNN lists the 10 best and worst jobs for Americans in 2009, with actuaries and historians ranking highly for competitive salaries and normal business hours. Among the worst? Pretty much anything manufacturing, which is a shame. According to CNN , welding is among the worst possible jobs an American can have.


The Finger-Safe Table Saw

January 13, 2010 6:25 am | Articles | Comments

Table saws are responsible for countless workplace incidents every year, whether it comes down to carelessness, lack of training, or just plain bad luck. But some new technology is hoping to change that, and there's potential for these ideas to be migrated over to other heavy, dangerous machinery, such as those you see every day on the plant floor.


Top Pratt & Whitney Exec To Testify On Layoffs

January 13, 2010 3:51 am | News | Comments

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Pratt & Whitney's top executive is likely to testify in federal court near the end of a series of hearings over the jet engine manufacturer's plans to move 1,000 jobs out of Connecticut. David Hess, president of the East Hartford subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

Toxco Moves To Prevent Battery Explosion Repeat

January 13, 2010 3:46 am | News | Comments

TRAIL, B.C. (CP) — A Trail, B.C. battery recycling plant is calling in some outside help to avoid a repeat of a spectacular explosion and fire in November. U.S.-based Toxco, Inc. has retained consultants to provide advice on better building design, evaluate the process of battery receiving, storage and treatment, and prepare a risk management plan.


Asian Automakers Fight To Keep U.S. Market Share

January 13, 2010 3:45 am | by David Runk, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Asian automakers grabbed their biggest chunk ever of the U.S. car and truck market in 2009, but they'll struggle to build on that momentum this year as rivals in Detroit offer a fleet of efficient, small cars. All automakers that sell cars and trucks in the U.S. will try to woo cautious consumers still nervous about heavy debt, high unemployment and rising gas prices.

White House: Stimulus Has Created 2 Million Jobs

January 13, 2010 3:38 am | by Mark S. Smith, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is trumpeting a new White House estimate that his top economist calls "stunning": His stimulus plan has already created or saved up to 2 million jobs. The analysis is part of the administration's quarterly report to Congress on the controversial $787 billion package of spending and tax cuts he signed weeks after taking office.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Playstation

January 13, 2010 3:22 am | Blogs | Comments

I’m the “boy who harnessed the Playstation.” And for what, exactly? Let me explain. A while back I learned about the accomplished life of one William Kamkwamba, an African who, at the age of 14, built a windmill from trash (yes, literally) in order to keep his starving family alive.


Chinese Manufacturers Unconcerned About Cadmium Dangers

January 13, 2010 3:13 am | by Alexa Olesen and Eugene Hoshiko, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

YIWU, China (AP) — For China's low-cost jewelry makers, it was an open trade secret: The metal cadmium is shiny, strong and malleable at low temperatures, regardless of its health hazards. And it's cheap. Despite the risks, manufacturers in factories ringing this city on China's east coast say their top priority is profit.


Detroit Auto Show, Day 2: Tiny Cars, Touchscreens

January 13, 2010 3:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A roundup of news and notes out of the Detroit auto show on Monday: __ Korean car maker to make electric vehicles in U.S. DETROIT (AP) — South Korean electric car maker CT&T said Tuesday it will begin producing electric cars in the U.S. this year. The company makes low-speed two-seaters and golf cart-style vehicles as well as the City EV, which can reach 65 miles per hour and travel up to 70 miles on an electric charge.

Heavy-Duty Multitasking Mezzanines

January 12, 2010 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Delta Industrial (Chesterfield, MI) has a range of mezzanine systems designed for both large and small facilities, making them ideal for in-plant offices, storage, industrial platforms, catwalks, and conveyor integration. Features of Delta’s mezzanine systems include: Customer-designed specifications.


Expand Your Pump Possibilities

January 12, 2010 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Time Mark (Tulsa, OK) announces their new Model 42X Pump Expansion Unit, which can control up to 3 pumps with a 4-20mA input. Alarm inputs for seal failure, over-temp, contactor fail, and a spare (a second seal fail, for example) are available. Configuration for the 42X is completed via a PC through a USB cable, and the software shows current depth, pump status with run time meters, and alarm status.



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