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Can You Spot the Gimmick in the Room?

April 9, 2009 8:50 am | by by David Mantley, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

The scary part about AIG, the Big 3, and similar types of broad media coverage into executive scandals, is the potential affect on manufacturing leaders—particularly, those who are afraid of being viewed as “bad” managers, but don’t necessarily know how to be good ones.

Want to be "The Fall Guy?" Here's How

April 9, 2009 8:13 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Once upon a time, I associated AIG with the comforting voice of the narrator and the clean white lines and blue shading in its advertisements. The name elicited nothing more in me than does any other large American financial and insurance institution—a delicate balance of protection and profit.

Encoders Go Wireless

April 9, 2009 8:06 am | Articles | Comments

BEI Industrial Encoders has released the SwiftComm wireless interface for encoders, designed for motion control applications. The encoders provide a wireless signal in real time over a secure network. According to BEI, the SwiftComm series is unlike other wireless technology such as Wi-Fi because of its fast boot-up and transmission time, which allow it to seamlessly interface with existing control systems.


Caught On A Variety of Tapes

April 8, 2009 9:03 am | Articles | Comments

Mule-Hide has a number of maintenance and repair solutions that are available in various sizes. Its EPDM tapes come in 3” or 6” wide by 25’ long, and 3”, 6” or 12” wide by 25’ long. EPDM tape primer is also available in 1 gallon or 5 gallon containers.


Wholesale inventories drop by most in 17 years

April 8, 2009 8:39 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

Inventories dropped in February, but sales rose for the first time since the summer.  Wholesalers cut their inventories in February by the steepest amount in more than 17 years, but sales rose for the first time since the summer, encouraging signs that companies may be getting their inventories under control.


New Breed Awarded Contract by Boeing IDS, Earns Gold Performance Excellence Award

April 8, 2009 8:35 am | Articles | Comments

New Breed has received another contract from Boeing to operate a distribution and supply support program. HIGH POINT, N.C., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- New Breed Logistics, Inc., has announced that they have received a contract from Boeing Integrated Defense Systems to operate a distribution and supply support program at Boeing's Global Services & Support site in San Antonio, Texas.


French workers release 4 managers in factory

April 8, 2009 8:27 am | Articles | Comments

Hostage-taking has re-emerged as a popular negotiating tactic among frustrated French workers.  French workers on Wednesday released four managers they had held captive overnight at a British-run factory following a labor dispute over the plant's closure, officials said. The managers at the plant in the foothills of the French Alps, run by Britain's Scapa Group PLC, were allowed to leave the site to attend negotiations Wednesday at the local mayor's office.


Chrysler president: 30 days enough for Fiat deal

April 8, 2009 7:27 am | Articles | Comments

Jim Press says the government has provided the automaker ample time to complete a deal with Fiat.  Chrysler's president says the government has provided the automaker ample time to complete a deal with Fiat. Jim Press said Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show that Chrysler would prefer signing a definitive agreement before the May 1 deadline so it can "get back to business as usual.


Ergonomic, Straddle-Free Pallet Handling

April 8, 2009 6:21 am | Articles | Comments

Bishamon Industries Corporation recently released the UniLift™, designed to make the transportation and ergonomic positioning of a standard GMA pallet or skid possible without having to straddle the device. According to Bishamon, the deployable outrigger design gives UniLift™ the handling and steering characteristics of a standard pallet jack.


Insulated, Waterproof Camo Boot Means Business

April 8, 2009 6:08 am | Articles | Comments

The all new Camo from Snap On® footwear, manufactured under license by Coastal Boot, is made with a leather upper and waterproof SympaTex Reflexion®, which has insulation properties equivalent to 400 grams of Thinsulate® without the added bulk. Measuring 6 1/2” in height, the Camo sports a polyurethane outsole and Smartmask® sock liners for cushioning, shock absorption and comfort.


Tube Fittings Fit For A King

April 8, 2009 4:27 am | Articles | Comments

The double-ferrule, instrumentation-grade tube fittings from Brennan Industries feature interchangeable nut and ferrule sets, allowing the use of one manufacturer’s set within the body of another’s. With design characteristics that are comparable in form, function and fit to several other manufacturers, the fittings are also intermixable.


Smaller Steps To The Green Goal

April 2, 2009 9:13 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I recently had the opportunity to visit a distillery just outside of Kansas City that would tout its efforts as something of a success story. McCormick Vodka of Weston, MO thrust onto the market 18 months ago, a product you might term the world’s most eco-friendly vodka—made with energy efficient distillation equipment, the bottle is 85 percent recycled glass, with a reusable stopper.


Efficiency Efforts, In the Billions

April 2, 2009 8:18 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

"The billions of federal dollars about to be spent are going to be the biggest government infrastructure investment since the interstate highway system was launched in the 1950s." This statement from a now slightly outdated blog post refers to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (that went into effect on February 17), which promises to bolster just the renewable energy sector with more than $43 billion— And this sliver of stimulus dessert doesn’t even compare to its overall spending.


Green Pump Saves Energy

April 2, 2009 5:49 am | Articles | Comments

The latest pump from PIAB is the P6040. It uses PIAB's COAX® technology to generate low and high suction in a small package. According to PIAB, the pump’s compact size allows it to be mounted close to the point of suction, reducing energy costs by up to 25 percent.


No More Butts

April 2, 2009 5:30 am | Articles | Comments

The Elite Smoker Cease-Fire is a next level ash tray designed to keep facilities free of cigarette butt litter. It also uses a double-drip edge to keep tar build-up on the inside, and a removable steel pail to gather the butts. Justrite Manufacturing built the receptacle from fire-resistant polyethylene, which was fire tested and approved by FM Global.


Walk-Behind Scrubber Steps Up

April 2, 2009 5:20 am | Articles | Comments

PowerBoss has released the Phoenix 35, a walk-behind scrubber that can cover up to 45,208 square feet per hour. The 33" scrubber has a 4" offset for edge scrubs along walls and 30 gallon tanks for solution and recovery. It's designed to be maneuverable and uses easy to understand controls.


Total Remote Control

April 2, 2009 5:08 am | Articles | Comments

Designed by Tri-Tronics Company Inc., the Smarteye® X-Pro model XPC is built for companies that require multi-drop sensor feedback for overall process control. This photoelectric communication sensor provides users with complete remote control from an onboard HMI or central plant control station.


British Gas Business lets 40,000 customers defer bills

April 1, 2009 12:02 pm | Articles | Comments

Utility giant British Gas Business recognizes the financial pressure facing consumers and small businesses. British Gas Business, the market leading small business gas and electricity supplier, is preparing to let up to 40,000 customers defer paying their bills to help them through the recession.


Ford's design chief to take post at Volvo

April 1, 2009 11:21 am | Articles | Comments

Peter Horbury, executive director of Ford Americas design, is heading back to Volvo as Ford tries to sell the Swedish carmaker.  Ford Motor says its leading design director is heading to Volvo, as the company tries to sell the Swedish carmaker. Peter Horbury, executive director of Ford Americas design, will move to Volvo and become vice president of design.


3M cutting worldwide work force by 1,200 more jobs

April 1, 2009 11:17 am | by DONNA BORAK, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

3M Co. is cutting “several hundred” jobs in Minnesota as part of further global work force reductions.  3M Co. is cutting its worldwide work force by another 1,200 jobs, or 1.5 percent, because of the global economic slump.



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