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Don’t Wait ... Automate!

May 10, 2013 3:02 pm | by By Jeff Burnstein, President, Association for Advancing Automation (A3) | Articles | Comments

Recently, there has been a large amount of media coverage on the issue of automation technologies taking jobs, especially in manufacturing. Though we appreciated the focus on how technological advances in automation and robotics are revolutionizing the workplace, we were very disappointed in how they characterized the segment as “robots taking jobs” in America.

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Vibration Detection For A Safe, Reliable Plant Floor

May 10, 2013 2:49 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

There is no such thing as a vibration free machine,” says Steve Matthews, business manager of VibrAlign’s service company, PdM Solutions, Inc. Rotor unbalance, sheave misalignment, worn bearings, loose bolts, and bearing lubrication issues can affect every machine on the plant floor. And when they do, costly and dangerous failures can result.

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Intertech Plastics Completes $2M Investment

May 10, 2013 2:43 pm | Articles | Comments

Intertech started 2013 off in a big way, after the  addition of 2 new Husky 1100 ton high-speed molding presses, related automation, and state of the art centralized chilling system. These moves allow Intertech to support its clients’ needs for high quantity injection molded product production, warehousing, and distribution to the western United States, within a cost structure that keeps Intertech competitive in the global marketplace.

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Industrial Doorway Accident Prompts Metal Fabricator’s Air Curtain Installation For Safety

May 10, 2013 2:40 pm | Articles | Comments

After several near-misses culminating with an injurious forklift truck collision involving strip curtains, a Northeast Ohio metal fabricator and manufacturer searched for creative solutions to improve safety, energy efficiency, and productivity at a high traffic ground level material handling doorway.

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Raising The Bar

May 10, 2013 2:23 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Hearthside Food Solutions is a young company with deep roots. Co-founded in 2009 by a group of investors led by Hearthside Chairman and CEO Rich Scalise, the company strives to be the largest and best contract manufacturer of snacks in the country.

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Better, Worse, Or Just Different?

May 10, 2013 2:17 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Recently, Kiplinger released a forecast of its own, and it’s a direct and complex identification of both the good and the bad elements facing manufacturers and the economy as a whole. Notably, Kiplinger cites that, despite losing some steam this year, manufacturing will still power the economy and continues to outpace gains in the economy as a whole, both this year and next.

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Texas Launches Criminal Probe Into Plant Explosion

May 10, 2013 2:04 pm | by Angela K. Brown, Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas law enforcement officials on Friday launched a criminal investigation into the massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people last month, after weeks of largely treating the blast as an industrial accident. The announcement came the same day a paramedic who helped to evacuate residents the night of the explosion was arrested on a charge of possessing a destructive device.

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All Nippon Airways To Add Boeing 787 Routes

May 10, 2013 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

All Nippon Airways Co. is planning to start flying the Boeing 787 to Taipei and Shanghai in addition to three other cities abroad previously served by the U.S. manufacturer's advanced aircraft, after it resolves the battery issue and resumes services on June 1.

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Williams Delays Gas Plant Addition

May 10, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans for a new addition to a gas processing plant in western Colorado are being pushed back, but officials say it has nothing to do with a leak of hydrocarbons recently discovered coming from a pipeline near the facility. A Williams spokesman told the Grand Junction Sentinel the expansion is being delayed until 2016 because of the decline in local drilling levels.

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Homebuilders Can't Find Enough Qualified Workers

May 10, 2013 1:59 pm | by Alex Veiga, AP Real Estate Writer | News | Comments

U.S. builders and the subcontractors they depend on are struggling to hire fast enough to meet rising demand for new homes. Builders would be starting work on more homes — and contributing more to the economy — if they could fill more job openings. In the meantime, workers in the right locations with the right skills are commanding higher pay.

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Deal: Dubai Company Plans To Build GA Plant

May 10, 2013 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Nathan Deal says a company based in Dubai plans to build a manufacturing plant in Murray County with the goal of creating 200 jobs over the next three years. Deal said Wednesday the expansion planned by Mattex "speaks to the continued revitalization of the floor covering industry in northwest Georgia."

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Nissan Profit Up 46 Percent On Strong Sales

May 10, 2013 1:55 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nissan's fiscal fourth quarter profit jumped 46 percent on stronger sales and a favorable exchange rate that offset declines in China over a bitter territorial dispute. Nissan Motor Co. reported Friday a January-March profit of 110 billion yen ($1.1 billion), up from 75.3 billion yen the same period the previous year. Quarterly sales gained 6 percent to 2.87 trillion yen ($28.7 billion).

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Google Glass: A First Real Life Look

May 10, 2013 12:34 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

ABC News' Joanna Stern shares what life is like behind Google's connected glasses.  With 16 gigabytes of storage, a 5 megapixal camera, Bluetooth radio, and more, Google Glass is making it's debut into the real world.    

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Spring Driven Hose Reels

May 10, 2013 11:58 am | by Reelcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Series 80000 spring driven liquid propane hose reels incorporate a dual pedestal base and guide arm design for structural strength.

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Filter Compressed Air

May 10, 2013 11:57 am | by LA-MAN ® Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The patented series of Extractor/Dryers® is designed as a point of use filter that efficiently removes moisture and contaminates to improve and extend the life cycle of tools and equipment.

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Narrow Aisle Forklifts

May 10, 2013 11:55 am | by Hyundai | Product Releases | Comments

At 8 KHz high frequency, the ZAPI controller provides smooth and quiet operation along with protection from low and high voltage, overheating, and fault recording.

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Waterproof, Steel Toe Work Boot

May 10, 2013 11:53 am | by KEEN | Product Releases | Comments

This low-cut work boot keeps hardworking feet comfortable with removable metatomical dual-density EVA footbed and dual-density compression molded EVA midsole, says the company.

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The Loctite® Equipment Sourcebook

May 10, 2013 11:51 am | by Henkel Corporation IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Loctite® Equipment Sourcebook, Volume 9, is an updated 102-page catalog, presenting the complete line of Loctite® dispensing and curing equipment, from simple hand-held devices to fully automated systems.

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Professional Skin Conditioner

May 10, 2013 11:49 am | by GOJO Industries | Product Releases | Comments

HAND MEDIC® Professional Skin Conditioner is specially formulated to meet the harsh demands of professional technicians who work in tough environments.

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Compact Rotary Screw Compressor

May 10, 2013 11:48 am | by Atlas Copco | Product Releases | Comments

This new type of compressor offering a variable speed (frequency-controlled) will be suitable for most industries and aims to contribute significantly to the green economy needs.

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