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TX Law Gets Tough On Public, Private Drone Use

September 16, 2013 10:05 am | by Will Weissert, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 40 state legislatures have debated the increasing presence of unmanned aircraft in civilian airspace, with most of the proposals focused on protecting people from overly intrusive surveillance by law enforcement. But Texas' law tips the scales in police favor — giving them broad freedoms to use drones during investigations and allowing them to bypass a required search warrant if they have suspicions of illegal activity.

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Workers At CAMI Plant Ratify Agreement With GM

September 16, 2013 10:02 am | by CAMI, plant, GM, CAW, union, agreement, union, workers, auto, Unifor | News | Comments

Production and skilled trades workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., have ratified a contract agreement with the automaker. The 2,700 workers are members of Unifor, the new union created by the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union.

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Post To Pay $2M For Violations At CA Cereal Plant

September 16, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Central California cereal plant will have to spend more than $2 million for violating federal air quality rules. The Environmental Protection Agency says Friday that Post Holdings Inc. and Ralcorp Holdings Inc. will pay a $635,000 penalty for failing to install air pollution controls at its cereal plant in Modesto.

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Daimler North America To Expand In Portland

September 16, 2013 9:59 am | by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press | News | Comments

Daimler Trucks North America announced Friday it will expand its Portland headquarters after state and city officials offered nearly $20 million in incentives. The unit of Daimler AG said its new building will house 400 new white-collar workers and hundreds of existing employees who now work in rented offices across the Willamette River. 

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Fire Put Out In Bangladesh Factory, No Casualties

September 16, 2013 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire broke out Sunday in a garment factory in Bangladesh's capital, but the blaze was extinguished before it could spread and there were no casualties, an official said. The fire broke out on the top floor of a six-story building in Dhaka where bundles of clothes were kept, fire official Sheikh Mizanur Rahman said.

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Manufacturing Irony: Fans Are The ‘Achilles Heel’ Of Your PC

September 16, 2013 8:02 am | by John Donoghue, Content Manager, Logic Supply | Blogs | Comments

Those of you working with a desktop, take a moment and look at the fans on the back of your PC. Go ahead, I’ll wait… Not a pretty sight, I imagine. If you are like most people - even those working in an air conditioned office - you are seeing a nice patina of dust covering your blades. And if you are in manufacturing, you are likely seeing something much uglier: the genesis of a huge suck of time, money and resources.

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5 Quick Questions: Mike Weller, President, Miller Electric

September 16, 2013 8:01 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Miller Electric, a leading manufacturer of welders and welding supplies, recently announced that its president, Mike Weller, has been recognized by the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association for his service to the Wisconsin Technical College System. Given the constant pressure that manufacturers face in attracting and replacing skilled workers, we asked Weller for some perspective on the future of the skills trades. 

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PowerBlade Cable Cutter

September 13, 2013 4:30 pm | by IDEAL | Product Releases | Comments

The PowerBlade installs like a drill bit on virtually any corded or uncorded drill with a 3/8” drive shaft, with the turning action of the drill providing the needed force to quickly and cleanly slice through up to 750 MCM hard-drawn copper cable, says the company.

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Vision130™ PLC+HMI

September 13, 2013 4:28 pm | by Unitronics | Product Releases | Comments

With a variety of onboard and expandable I/O options, these new units are capable of supporting up to 256 I/O.

Portable LED Work Light

September 13, 2013 4:27 pm | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

This portable work light features a 16 inch LED lamp assembly producing 12,000 lumens of light output from only 150 watts.

Black Streak & Tire Mark Remover,

September 13, 2013 4:25 pm | by North American Bioindustries | Product Releases | Comments

This “ready-to-use” liquid product was designed to remove black streaks and tire marks and other heavily soiled and stubborn areas on epoxy-coated concrete floors.

Thread Milling

September 13, 2013 4:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new solid carbide thread mills feature a left hand spiral flute design, increased flute count and core diameter, and advanced multilayered TiALN-T46 coating. 

Comfort Reusable Respirator

September 13, 2013 4:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Designed with comfort, durability, and stability in mind, the 6500 Series respirator is built tough enough to withstand long hours and extreme conditions.

Anti-Bacterial Chainflex

September 13, 2013 4:17 pm | by igus | Product Releases | Comments

The jacket material itself has special additives, which are emitted over time and thus prevent the growth of microorganisms.

Wirefox Wire Strippers

September 13, 2013 4:14 pm | by Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

Right Angle Wirefox strippers are durable and tested for 150,000 strip cycles, and the replaceable stripping blades are estimated to last 25,000 cycles.

Compact Ratcheting Crimper

September 13, 2013 4:12 pm | by Klein Tools | Product Releases | Comments

This crimping tool delivers fast, reliable connector terminations for voice and data applications, says the company. 

Tools In Action

September 13, 2013 4:10 pm | by Verti-Lift | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to give its distributors the tools to succeed, Verti-Lift’s new website and video gallery feature a broad range of equipment capabilities.

Hybrid Storage

September 13, 2013 4:08 pm | by Rousseau | Product Releases | Comments

In addition to maximizing available space, a hybrid storage system with shelving and drawers allows users to easily find stored items, with drawers equipped with 100 percent extension.

Clean White Light

September 13, 2013 4:06 pm | by EYE Lighting International | Product Releases | Comments

The 375W ceramic lamps run on an exclusive electronic ballast, and can be used to replace up to 1000W HPS and MH systems, generating over 675 watts in energy savings, says the company.

400V Class Inverters

September 13, 2013 4:03 pm | by Hitachi America, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

With popular preconfigured and simple default settings, the NE-S1 400V class variable frequency drive offers end users and integrators the ability to use the control as is right out of the box.

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