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Tight Tolerance Is Critical For Top Quality And Superior Performance

November 18, 2013 9:16 am | by Ken Glassen, Vice President of Engineering, Kaysun Corporation | Articles | Comments

“Tight tolerance” is a term that is often tossed around loosely in the industry—however, if tight tolerance is not done correctly, parts and products will underperform or possibly fail, resulting in customer dissatisfaction and a tooling and/or process overhaul.

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New Heavy Duty Hand Crank Reels

November 18, 2013 8:59 am | by Reelcraft | Product Releases | Comments

The cast aluminum base, rated at 40,000 PSI tensile strength, provides excellent support even in demanding applications while reducing overall weight significantly. 

Green Powered Morse Drum Handlers

November 18, 2013 8:48 am | by Morse Manufacturing Co., Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Environmentally friendly Morse drum handlers offer optional batteries that contain no lead, no acid, create no gasses during charge, and are lighter than lead-acid batteries. 

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Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat

November 18, 2013 8:42 am | by Superior Manufacturing Group, Inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Based on the existing Superfoam® product, the new Superfoam Plus® with its full ¾” thick softer material is the latest in high performance anti-fatigue floor mats from Superior taking comfort and ergonomic support to the next level.

ABB Unveils New Industrial Robots

November 18, 2013 8:04 am | by ABB Robotics IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The new IRB 6700 is available in payloads from 150 to 300 kg, and reaches from 2.6 to 3.2 meters, and is designed for spot welding, material handling and machine tending.

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3D Printed Car Could Be On The Road Soon

November 15, 2013 2:28 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Canadian engineers are on the verge of creating a car with more than 60 percent of parts made on a 3D printer.                                        

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Miss. Group Points To Nissan's Positive Impact

November 15, 2013 2:16 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The group unveiled a report from a Mississippi State University professor on Wednesday that says Nissan Motor Co.'s Canton plant has created 16,000 jobs in surrounding areas since it opened in 2003. The report estimates that Nissan contributes $2.5 billion to the state's yearly economic output, which is about $100 billion overall.

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Factory Production Rises In October

November 15, 2013 2:13 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories increased production for a third straight month in October, as stronger output of primary metals and furniture offset declines in auto production.  Manufacturing output rose 0.3 percent last month, up from 0.1 percent in September, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.

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Boeing Reaches Out To Utah About 777x Production

November 15, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. leaders have reached out to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert about the state's interest in bringing the production line of 777X airplanes to the state. Michael Sullivan, a spokesman for the Governor's Office of Economic Development, says Herbert received the call Thursday afternoon and has begun preliminary discussions with Boeing leaders.

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GM To Recall Nearly 60,000 Chevy Malibus

November 15, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling nearly 60,000 Chevy Malibu midsize cars to fix window defrosters that may not work and power seat wiring that can catch fire.The largest of the recalls covers more than 44,000 Malibus from the 2014 model year.   

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Gulf States Get First $113M From Oil Spill Fines

November 15, 2013 2:02 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the next five years, the foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund will receive about $1.3 billion for barrier island and river diversion projects in Louisiana, $356 million each for natural resource projects in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, and $203 million for similar projects in Texas.

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AP: U.S. Union Vote Won't Affect VW Plans

November 15, 2013 1:56 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

A top Volkswagen labor official said Thursday that a pending decision about union representation for workers at the automaker's lone U.S. plant will have no bearing on whether the company will decide to add the production of another SUV vehicle there or make it in Mexico.

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U.S. Wholesalers Boost Stockpiles For 3rd Month

November 15, 2013 1:53 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles in September for the third straight month, an indication that they expect more demand from businesses and consumers.                          

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November/December 2013: Visual Analysis

November 15, 2013 1:23 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we tour a corn milling facility in Missouri, discuss new maintenance technologies, highlight some products from the National Safety Council's Congress & Expo, and talk to experts about hand safety in the manufacturing industry.  

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Japan Dials Back Climate Change Emissions Target

November 15, 2013 9:57 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The new target approved by the Cabinet on Friday calls for reducing emissions by 3.8 percent from their 2005 level by 2020. The revision was necessary because the earlier goal of a 25 percent reduction from the 1990 level was unrealistic, the chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters in Tokyo.

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Official: Tesla Factory Had Previous Violation

November 15, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The San Francisco Bay Area Tesla factory where three workers were burned by hot metal was previously cited for a safety violation that led to an injury, a state official said Thursday. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined Tesla $2,700 last year for a serious violation at the Fremont factory that was uncovered during an accident investigation.

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For Philippine Relief, China Beat By Ikea, Coke

November 15, 2013 9:45 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

China has pledged less than $2 million in cash and materials, compared to $20 million provided by the United States, which also launched a massive military-driven rescue operation that includes an aircraft carrier.           

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Heinz Closing 3 Plants, Cutting 1,350 Jobs

November 15, 2013 9:42 am | by The Associate Press | News | Comments

The food maker said Thursday that it will close facilities in two states and Canada over the next six to eight months. The cuts total 200 jobs in Florence, South Carolina, 410 jobs in Pocatello, Idaho and 740 employees in Leamington, Ontario, in Canada.

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Fire Damages Detroit Chemical Company

November 15, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Detroit company that makes adhesives, paint, primers and sealants was heavily damaged Thursday by a blaze that forced authorities to evacuate surrounding homes and a nearby elementary school.  The fire started early Thursday afternoon at Chemical Technology Inc.'s offices and warehouse.

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Kimberly-Clark To Spin Off Health Care Business

November 15, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Corp. said on Thursday that it plans to spin off its health care business into a separate publicly traded company.  Kimberly-Clark's stock jumped 5 percent in after-hours trading following the announcement Thursday.     

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