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New, Free Software For Vision Inspection Systems

July 2, 2009 4:56 am | Articles | Comments

PPT VISION, Inc. recently released the IMPACT™ Software Suite 8.3, the latest installment of the company's vision software. IMPACT 8.3 pairs with smart camera technology to provide enhanced usability and inspection capabilities for challenging machine vision applications.


Control Multiple Gas Sensors

July 2, 2009 4:30 am | Articles | Comments

Detcon has introduced the Model 880-N4X, a PLC-based control and alarm system designed to monitor and control multiple gas detection sensors and other field devices. The main system is programmed as a Modbus master with two options available, the Model 880S-N4X for up to 32 addressable field devices, and Model 880A-N4X for up to 72 analog devices via Detcon’s DA4 Modules (4 channels per module, up to 18 modules).


There. I Fixed It.

July 1, 2009 12:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I have a good friend who works for a large, reputable technology consulting company and we were speaking recently on some of the things his employer was testing in the technology realm. A couple of these upcoming advancements gave me visions of The Jetsons , while others—like a software program that automatically transcribes your voicemails into emails—seem a bit over the top.


Potato Salad & Algae

July 1, 2009 11:40 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

One of the things I look forward to the most about the pending Fourth of July festivities is the wonderful combination of my dad’s grilled brats and my mom’s potato salad. This perfect storm of smells and flavors, washed down by a couple of cold well-brewed beverages, seems to relax me to a point in which I can actually feel any extra burden drop from my shoulders.

Motor Management

July 1, 2009 7:13 am | Articles | Comments

Schneider Electric’s TeSys® T advanced motor management system is designed for the management of critical processes. Used with short circuit protection and a contactor, the TeSys T provides full monitoring, control and protection for electric motors. According to Schneider, the TeSys T’s innovation starts with the capability to be seamlessly integrated into an automation system.

Manufacturing Index Continues To Improve

July 1, 2009 6:26 am | by BY TALI ARBEL | Articles | Comments

A report on manufacturing activity shows the sector contracted less than expected in June, posting its best showing since last August and another sign that a recovery may be near. Manufacturing sectors overseas also are rebounding a bit, according to new reports, but other U.


Knowledge Management Template

June 30, 2009 12:35 pm | Articles | Comments

The PROACT® Logic Tree Knowledge Management Templates from Reliability Center Inc. are an aggregation of experience garnered from more than 800 field investigations. The analyses have been thoroughly reviewed and their results compiled to form this unique, single Root Cause Analysis Knowledge Base.

GM Ends Joint Venture With Toyota At CA Plant

June 30, 2009 7:45 am | by DAN STRUMPF, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

General Motors Corp. said Monday it is ending its joint venture with Toyota Motor Corp. at a Fremont, Calif., manufacturing plant, bringing to a close the first partnership of its kind between a U.S. and foreign automaker as GM continues to downsize under bankruptcy.


Hyundai Offering Buyers $1.49 Gas Guarantee

June 30, 2009 7:09 am | Articles | Comments

Hyundai Motor America said Tuesday it will launch an incentive program that guarantees the price of gas at $1.49 a gallon for a year for U.S. consumers who buy or lease its vehicles by Aug. 31, as the automaker looks to win over customers uncertain about the direction of fuel prices.


Caterpillar Unveils Hybrid Diesel-Electric Bulldozer

June 30, 2009 6:56 am | Articles | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. is launching a line of diesel-electric hybrid bulldozers it says will improve fuel efficiency 30 percent while maintaining the power the company's customers expect. According to Caterpillar, the D7E, which was 10 years in the making, is to go into production in East Peoria in October.


ERP Software

June 30, 2009 5:32 am | Articles | Comments

According to DEACOM, its Integrated Accounting and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software System integrates all areas of a process manufacturing business– laboratory and formula management, inventory management, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), lot tracking, production, quality control (QC), expiration date management, sales, purchasing, CRM, environmental reporting, electronic document management, labor tracking, Point of Sale (POS), and accounting– in a single software solution.

88. Narrow-Aisle Reach Truck

June 30, 2009 5:29 am | Articles | Comments

Specifically engineered for the unique challenges of a narrow-aisle warehouse environment, the Crown RR 5700 features the industry’s first traction control system, enhanced execution of load-handling functions, and the fastest lift and travel speeds among other available reach trucks.

Ergonomic Chair

June 26, 2009 11:31 am | Articles | Comments

BioFit Engineered Products has announced its new Intensive Plus line of 500-lb. capacity, continuous use chairs, recently rated compliant with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) requirements for 24-hour intensive use in severe environments. Featuring a fully contoured profile, the Intensive Plus chair has a 21" wide saddle-shaped seat with a waterfall front to ensure even weight distribution, and comes standard with an executive style seat pan control so users can quickly and easily adjust the seat position.

Distributed Control Technology

June 26, 2009 11:08 am | Articles | Comments

Bardac introduces the all new drive.web technology, which uses distributed control over Ethernet to provide integration for drives systems of any size or complexity without the need for a PLC or system computer. According to the company, innovative configuration tools incorporate dynamic graphical function blocks, drag and drop connections, powerful navigation features and self documenting signal flow diagrams.

GE To Build Michigan Manufacturing Research Center

June 26, 2009 6:36 am | Articles | Comments

General Electric Co. said Friday it will build a $100 million manufacturing technology center in Michigan that will eventually employ more than 1,100 workers. The Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center will include a GE research and development facility with scientists and engineers who will develop manufacturing technologies for GE's renewable energy, aircraft engine, gas turbine and other products.


Lawmakers Vote To Continue Production Of F-22 Jets

June 26, 2009 5:53 am | by DONNA BORAK | Articles | Comments

Congressional supporters of an advanced jet fighter won battles Thursday to build more of the aircraft. But with the Obama administration threatening to veto the move, they're a long way from winning the war.


Report: China Likely To Reject Hummer Acquisition

June 26, 2009 5:45 am | Articles | Comments

China's planning agency is likely to reject a Chinese company's bid to acquire General Motors Corp.'s Hummer unit, in part because its gas-guzzling vehicles conflict with Beijing's conservation goals, state radio reported. The National Development and Reform Commission also is likely to say Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp.


GM Recalling 900 Workers In Michigan

June 25, 2009 6:15 am | by Tom Krisher AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

A bright spot has surfaced in a sea of negative auto sales statistics for General Motors Corp. The company said Friday it will recall 900 workers and restore the second shift at a factory near Lansing, Mich., because of increased sales of its Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia large crossover vehicles.


California Weighs Global Warming Fee On Industry

June 25, 2009 4:35 am | by SAMANTHA YOUNG, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

Nearly three years after California adopted its landmark global warming law, the state is poised to impose the nation's first statewide carbon fee on utilities, oil refineries and other industries. The money will go toward funding a regulatory bureaucracy that will oversee the law and ensure the state lowers its greenhouse gas emissions.


White House Threatens Veto Over F-22 Jet Fighters

June 25, 2009 4:14 am | by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

Preparing for a possible showdown with Congress, the White House threatened on Wednesday to veto legislation authorizing a $680 billion military budget if it contains money for jet fighters the U.S. Defense Department does not want.



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