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Businesses Shook Off April Slip, Rebounded In May

June 24, 2011 4:28 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses boosted their orders for machinery, electronics products and airplanes in May. The pickup suggests manufacturing is rebounding after the Japan crises made parts scarce and slowed production of some factory goods temporarily. Orders long-lasting manufactured products increased 1.

Obama Announces $500M High-Tech Manufacturing Incentive

June 24, 2011 4:23 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Imagining advances from lighter cars to smarter robots, President Barack Obama is announcing a $500 million project to spur high-technology manufacturing, a sector of U.S. industry that presidential advisers say has lost ground to such competitors as Germany and Japan. On Friday in Pittsburgh, Obama is to call for a joint effort by industry, universities and the federal government to help reposition the United States as a leader in cutting-edge manufacturing, including biotechnology, robotics and nanotechnology — the development of new materials at the molecular level.

A Gateway To Networking

June 23, 2011 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) is now offering the MB-GATEWAY, a single-port Modbus Gateway module that converts Modbus TCP to Modbus RTU. The module uses an automatic read function and is equipped with a RJ45 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port and one RS-422/485 serial port. The gateway module is 35mm DIN-rail mountable, and it supports NetEdit or Web browser configuration tools.

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Tough Casters For High Speeds

June 23, 2011 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Enhanced Heavy Service (EHS) Caster Series from Hamilton Caster (Hamilton, OH) is a towable caster that is well-suited for in-plant trailers, tow carts, and AGV systems. The new series uses the company’s new HPI Swivel Technology with 6” x 2” and 8” x 2” wheel sizes.

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Proven Leak Detection

June 23, 2011 11:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

UE Systems (Elmsford, NY) has independently verified the accuracy of its UE3000 leak detectors to estimate compressed air leak flows. Air Power USA ran head-to-head comparisons of air flow estimates between the UE3000 and their own engineering-based approach to finding leaks, and found that the two approaches came with 5 percent of each other, or within 2 cfm.

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Smaller, Lighter Accelerometers

June 23, 2011 11:18 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt (Germantown, MD), the maker of Wilcoxon Research accelerometers, has announced improvements to its side exit 4-20 mA vibration sensors, including a reduced size. The PCC421 and PCC423 series are 50 percent lighter and operate at 221°F. Additional connector and mounting options have also been added to the PCC421, such as the traditional MIL-C-5015 connector and the popular M12 connector.

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Wisconsin Initiative Showcases Profitable Sustainability

June 23, 2011 9:41 am | News | Comments

Innovative Pilot Program to Promote Sustainable Manufacturing to Generate a $54 Million Economic Impact Over Five Years Sustainability Fuels Savings, Growth and Competitive Advantage for 45 Participants Environmental and Financial Impacts Exceed Expectations, Program Delivers Substantial ROI for Manufacturers, State of Wisconsin    ___ MILWAUKEE — An innovative program to promote sustainable manufacturing in Wisconsin is projected to generate a five-year $54 million economic impact and significant environmental benefits, states a report released today by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) .

Elkhart Hit Again By Bankruptcy Of Norwegian EV Startup

June 23, 2011 9:05 am | News | Comments

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — The bankruptcy filing of an electric car manufacturer has clouded the future of a northern Indiana factory that was touted as an economic boost for an area hit hard by job losses in the recreational vehicle industry. Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore said a company official told the city's economic development director that the factory there wouldn't be affected by Norway-based Think Global's bankruptcy filing, but he remains concerned.

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Airbus Soars Past Boeing With $72 Billion In Orders

June 23, 2011 8:54 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Airbus is trouncing Boeing in the race to be the world's biggest planemaker, claiming over $72 billion dollars worth of orders and commitments at the Paris Air Show, where the popularity of its new fuel-efficient jets twice broke records for the largest order ever. Airbus' success cast a long shadow over Chicago-based Boeing, which recorded only $22 billion in orders and commitments, and raised questions over the U.

Hoeganaes To Resume Production Despite Four Deaths

June 23, 2011 8:47 am | News | Comments

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Gallatin, Tenn., Hoeganaes chemical plant where four workers have died in fires this year will resume partial production this week. Officials at the Hoeganaes plant did not specify which day and said production in other areas of the facility is expected to restart over the coming weeks after reviews.

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Saab Runs Out Of Money To Pay 3,700 Employees

June 23, 2011 8:44 am | by Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Saab, the Swedish car company renowned for its sometimes quirky designs, moved closer to bankruptcy Thursday after it conceded that it didn't have any money to pay employees' wages. After months of production stoppages and problems with paying suppliers, Saab said the situation is so dire that it won't be able to pay its 3,700 employees, raising doubts over how long the brand can survive.

Survey: New U.S. Cars Struggle With Quality

June 23, 2011 8:40 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Owners of cars that were new or redesigned for the 2011 model year are reporting more quality problems, partly because of glitches with the navigation screens, voice-activated systems and other technology packed into their dashboards. J.D. Power and Associates released its annual survey of new vehicle quality Thursday.

Don't Become The Laughing-Stock

June 23, 2011 8:07 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

If you’re paying much attention to the business/technology/Internet world right now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the numerous nefarious hacks that have occurred against a wide array of targets, from the U.S. government to Sony to Citibank to online video games. These attacks have been perpetrated, largely, by two organizations: Anonymous and the relative newcomer, Lulz Security (LulzSec).

Always Gaining Momentum

June 23, 2011 7:36 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor | Articles | Comments

A rich heritage, flexible operations, tribal knowledge and an enormous product line are some of the reasons why Momentive Performance Materials excels in silicones. Last year was a milestone. Not only did Momentive Performance Materials and Hexion Specialty Chemicals merge in October under the all-encompassing Momentive brand, but the company also celebrated 70 years of innovation.

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Track All Your Inventory

June 23, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wasp Barcode Technologies (Plano, TX) has announced the launch of Wasp Inventory Control v6, which is an updated version of the inventory software that features real-time visibility of stock levels, locations, and inventory access. In addition, it allows SMBs to instantly update inventory data using an 802.

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Long-Lasting Industrial Bushings

June 23, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Graphite Metallizing Corporation (Yonkers, NY) has announced the availability of additional sizes of the GRAPHALLOY 453 family of self-lubricating bushings, which are intended for use in severe industrial applications where temperatures reach 750°F. According to the company, they are designed to operate without lubrication.

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Tougher Butterfly Valves

June 23, 2011 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Matco-Norca (Brewster, NY) is now offering a range of rugged B5 and B6 Series Butterfly Valves for use in applications involving chemical, pulp and paper, and other mediums. The B5 Series are available in wafer and lug style in 200 PSI, 2”-12”; and 150 PSI, 14”-36” sizes.

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IP67 Toughness For Pressure Sensors

June 23, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Balluff (Florence, KY) has developed new pressure sensors to combine the advantages of a display, measuring transducer, and pressure switch into a single device. According to the company, there are more than 130 versions available, all with an IP67 housing that rotates 320° and a bright display with easy programming.

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Man Controls Robotic Hand With Mind

June 23, 2011 5:23 am | Videos | Comments

Pierpaolo Petruzziello lost his left forearm and hand in a car accident with a drunk driver, but his situation wasn't without hope. A project at Rome's Università Campus Bio-Medico, a campus and university that was developing a prosthetic arm that could be controlled by thought alone.

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Drive And Control System Leads To Smoother Machine

June 23, 2011 4:55 am | Articles | Comments

Highly efficient, ultra-sanitary HFFS machine uses Rexroth integrated motor and drive, pneumatics, machine control and linear motion system. It was about 35 years ago when company executives at  CP Packaging  began developing packaging machinery. Back then, it was only a concept to buy prepackaged meat and deli products.

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