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2010 Industry Perspective: Take Your Recession Lessons With You

December 8, 2009 5:36 am | Articles | Comments

The financial meltdown and resulting economic crisis is easing, and the U.S. economy is showing signs of improving. The recovery remains fragile, however, and growth will remain modest for the foreseeable future. A Brief Look Back Matt Ericksen, Partner, Booz & Company The challenge of the past year for many engineered products and services (EPS) corporations—including those in aerospace and defense, industrials, the automotive sector, and transportation—was simply to weather the crisis.


High-Temperature Solids Sensors

December 8, 2009 5:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

BinMaster Level Controls (Lincoln, NE) announces the SmartBob-SH and SmartBob-SHT sensors, which are designed for measuring the level of solid materials in storage and processing bins at high temperatures. The HT model is for applications up to 500°F, while the SHT model can handle temperatures up to 900°F, with bursts up to 1,685°F.


Forget Brute Force: Innerduct Slitting

December 8, 2009 5:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The General Machine Products Company, Inc. (GMP, Trevose, PA) has announced the Cordless Power DuctSlitter, a battery-powered blade that offers a mechanized method for trimming and slitting innerduct utility conduit, providing an easy alternative to the brute force typically required when cutting innerduct by hand.


Turbine Vibration For Cleanrooms

December 8, 2009 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Cleveland Vibrator Co. (Cleveland, OH) has expanded its line of acetal body (CVT-P-10 and stanless steel (CVT-S-10) miniature turbine vibrators with the new Turbomite CVT-P-22. Constructed with acetal plastic and stainless steel exterior parts with laser etching, the CVT-P-22 is ideal for cleanroom environments, and is FDA- and USDA-compliant.


Knives Of Air

December 8, 2009 5:02 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The new Long Super Air Knives from EXAIR (Cincinnati, OH) produce a laminar sheet of airflow to blowoff, dry, or cool surfaces up to 96”. The compact design minimizes compressed air use by combining 40 parts room air to one part compressed air, and is ideal for use on conveyors, according to the company.


Vestas Temporarily Shuttering Windsor Turbine Plant

December 8, 2009 3:53 am | News | Comments

WINDSOR, Colo. (AP) — The Danish wind-turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S plans to halt production at its Windsor blade manufacturing plant in the first part of 2010. Vestas spokesman Peter Kruse says most, if not all, of the plant's 500 employees at the plant will be placed on furlough.


EPA Q&A: What Cap-and-Trade Means To America

December 8, 2009 3:52 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A big meeting in Copenhagen. A cap-and-trade bill in Congress. And now, a determination by the Environmental Protection Agency that global warming pollution is a threat to public health — a move that clears the way for the first-ever federal regulations targeting climate-changing emissions.


Boeing, Airbus Split United Airlines Jet Order

December 8, 2009 3:47 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

CHICAGO — United Airlines on Tuesday said it would buy its first new jets since 1998, splitting an order for 50 planes between Airbus and Boeing Co. United said it ordered 25 of Boeing's long-awaited 787 widebody jetliners and 25 of the Airbus A350. Delivery is expected between 2016 and 2019, around the same time the airline will retire Boeing 747 and 767 aircraft.


Shop Safe: Zhu Zhu Pets Non-Toxic, Says CPSC

December 8, 2009 3:35 am | News | Comments

by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zhu Zhu Pets robotic hamsters — one of the holiday season's hottest toy crazes — do not violate safety standards, federal toy regulators said Monday after a consumer group raised concerns over the presence of a heavy metal on one model.

Nissan To Sell Electric LEAF In San Francisco

December 8, 2009 3:24 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nissan Motors says it will sell its new electric car in the San Francisco Bay area as part of a limited rollout, citing the region's commitment to building electric car infrastructure. Company spokeswoman Katherine Zachary says the Nissan LEAF, a zero-emission, all-electric vehicle, will be on sale in the Bay area in December 2010.

Plant Gas Explosion Kills Truck Driver At Highway Rest Stop

December 8, 2009 3:16 am | by Karen Hawkins, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) — A gas line exploded Monday at a technology plant in northern Illinois, sending aloft debris that killed a man at a nearby highway rest area. The explosion rocked the NDK America Inc. plant in Belvidere, about 70 miles northwest of Chicago, sending trembles through buildings as far as a mile away and echoing throughout the community of about 20,000 people.


Going Under The Knife

December 7, 2009 11:45 am | by Anna Wells, Editor and Joel Hans, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Perhaps it’s a dramatic interpretation, but we are talking about life and death here. Based in Cambridge, MA, OmniGuide Inc. designs and manufactures the world’s most precise optical laser scalpels. Dedicated to expanding the reach of minimally invasive surgery, OmniGuide brings to surgeons the precision of CO2 laser surgery, enabling precision surgery around intricate anatomy and near critical structures.


The Death of 'American-Made'

December 7, 2009 6:34 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

We live in a time of a globalized economy—no one knows this better than those in manufacturing. With competition literally rising from the smoke stacks in China and India, among a bevy of other countries, there is no doubt that most of what’s sold in America is longer made here.


Reduce Hand Injuries With Beefy Gloves

December 7, 2009 6:05 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

West Chester Holdings, Inc. (Monroe, OH) introduces the New ProSeries R3 heavy-duty gloves for demanding industrial applications, designed with safety in mind in order to reduce recordable hand injuries. The R-series reduce hand fatigue while providing critical protection through a synthetic leather palm, which provides oil resistance, breathability, and comfort.


Access Doors, Toughened Up

December 7, 2009 6:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Type J-AL aluminum access doors from The Bilco Company (New Haven, CT) are now available with stainless steel hardware, enhancing the corrosion-resistance of the product, according to the company. The Type J-AL doors provide access to underground areas, including water treatment facilities, with a single- or double-leaf design with reinforcement for 300 PSF or H-20 loading conditions.


Automate Anything, Even Productivity

December 7, 2009 6:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Productivity3000 Programmable Automation Controller is the newest generation of industrial controllers from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA), and consists of a modular, rack-based system of up to 116,000 I/O points with local, expansion, and remote I/O bases, along with a full lineup of discrete, analog, and specialty I/O modules.


Heavy-Duty Die Grinders

December 7, 2009 6:03 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Dynabrade, Inc. (Clarence, NY) has introduced a new series of air-powered Die Grinders, which feature high-quality steel housings ideal for heavy-duty applications. The grinders are available with either 0.5 or 0.7 hp air motors, and each tool features a rubber grip housing to insulate the operator from vibration and cold air transmission.


Preserve, Protect, Prosper: Packaging Sustainability

December 7, 2009 5:42 am | by Rush LaSelle, director of worldwide sales and marketing for Adept Technology, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Our world’s need to preserve resources for the future means the packaging industry’s ultimate goal is achieving packaging sustainability. Packaging sustainability balances economic prosperity with social responsibility, and packagers must find ways to preserve resources by minimizing environmental impact, energy consumption, and scrap by adopting new environmentally-friendly packaging.

Arizona Lands $42 Million In Combat Body Armor Contracts

December 7, 2009 3:48 am | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — Two Phoenix-area manufacturers could pick up as much as $42 million in new military body-armor plate orders from the U.S. Department of Defense. The Pentagon announced this week it will buy hard-armor plates that fit inside soldiers' vests from Chandler-based ArmorWorks Enterprises and Rockville, Md.

Drugmakers To Cough Up More For Health Care Overhaul

December 7, 2009 3:43 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pharmaceutical industry may have to cough up more than the $80 billion it agreed to contribute to President Barack Obama's health overhaul effort, reflecting pressure from Democrats and their supporters for more money to cover older and low-income people. Obama and congressional Democrats want the drug industry to remain a crucial ally in the health care fight because of its deep pockets and influence in states where it is a large employer, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Indiana.


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