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A 'Tiger' To Carry Your Transformers

January 12, 2011 3:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Transformer Dolly, from Tiiger (Mt. Juliet, TN), is a high yield strength steel system that allows for the safe and easy handling of a pole-mounted transformer. The compact design allows it to be used in small spaces, but it can accommodate various sizes. To use, position the Hook Brackets with the chain to accommodate for transformer size, and then push the dolly forward to allow the brackets to attach to the transformer.

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Better-Smelling Disinfectants

January 12, 2011 3:16 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Hard Surface Disinfecting Wipes from Spartan (Maumee, OH) are now available in two fragrances: lemon and fresh scent. The durable wipes are ready-to-use in portable dispensers of 125 wipes, and eliminate the spraying of potentially harmful chemicals into the air, reduce respiratory problems, and stop over-spray on sensitive equipment.

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Boom Lifts Get A Steel 'Hat'

January 12, 2011 3:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

JLG Industries (McConnellsburg, PA) has announced that it is installing steel hoods on several of its engine-powered boom lifts, beginning with the 600S, 800S, and 800A models. The hoods will reduce the cost of ownership and provide improved long-term value, according to the company. They can help provide additional protection from weld sprawls and other damaging elements, which adds to the new low cost of ownership, and helps keep maintenance costs down.

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A Tougher Gear Rack

January 12, 2011 3:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

ATLANTA Drive Systems, Inc. (Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany) has developed a new class of precision gear racks that use a carburized case-hardening process to increase the strength of the rack, including the tooth flanks and root, which maximizes power density, stiffness, and performance. Because of the increased power density, a small rack size can be used, according to the company.

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November Tech Consumption Up 81 Percent Over 2009

January 11, 2011 5:24 am | News | Comments

Peter Borden, AMTDA President November U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $318.18 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 17.

Singing The 'Blue-Collar Blues' On $10 Million A Year

January 11, 2011 5:08 am | by by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It is time to begrudgingly accept that we live (and work) in a world of haves and have-nots, and there’s a growing difference between the two groups. One cannot help but wonder why General Motors CEO Dan Akerson didn’t think twice — or perhaps even once — before he opened his mouth and started speaking.

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Intel Ponies Up $1.5 Billion For Nvidia's Patent Goldmine

January 11, 2011 3:43 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Intel Corp.'s decision to pay Nvidia Corp. $1.5 billion for the right to its patents highlights the seismic shifts the semiconductor industry is undergoing. The licensing deal announced Monday comes as both companies are adapting to the new rules of the consumer electronics world, as mobile devices are changing the way chips are made.

Ford To Hire 7,000 U.S. Workers By 2012

January 11, 2011 3:36 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says it will add more than 7,000 workers in the U.S. over the next two years, including 750 engineers with expertise in batteries and other advanced technology, as it begins producing several new vehicles. The company plans to hire 4,000 manufacturing workers this year.

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Detroit Auto Show, Day 2: Toyota's Aging Lineup

January 11, 2011 3:31 am | by Sharon Silke Carty, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota's biggest problem: Aging lineup  DETROIT (AP) — It would be easy to think Toyota's biggest problem is its damaged reputation caused by sudden acceleration recalls, millions in government fines and massive lawsuits and settlements. But what's hurting the company most is an aging lineup of boring cars.

AMD's CEO Fired Unexpectedly After Staging Comeback

January 11, 2011 3:28 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc. forced out its CEO Dirk Meyer in a surprise twist of fate for a technologist who inherited the chip maker when it was in tatters and won fans on Wall Street for steering it through a wrenching turnaround. AMD is a heavyweight in the computer industry as the world's No.

Chrysler Wants To Refinance Loans Ahead Of IPO

January 11, 2011 3:25 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler will try to refinance its government loans this year as it prepares for an initial public stock offering, and the reduced expense could let the company post a net profit for the first time since it left bankruptcy protection in 2009, CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday. Marchionne told reporters Monday at the Detroit auto show that the automaker, which lost $453 million in the first three quarters of last year, will need to post two quarterly net profits before it returns to the stock market as a publicly traded company.

Lawmakers Praise Detroit's Recovery From Bankruptcy

January 11, 2011 3:23 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Touring the Detroit auto show Monday, House Democrats praised the U.S. auto industry for rebounding from the depths of bankruptcy and despair and credited an unpopular bailout of General Motors and Chrysler. Getting behind the wheels of shiny new cars, lawmakers who helped GM and Chrysler secure billions of dollars in federal aid said the companies were on the comeback after government-led bankruptcies in late 2008 and 2009.

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Get 'Chuck' To Hold Your Work

January 10, 2011 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Northfield Precision Instrument Corporation (Island Park, NY) has introduced their Model 470 chuck, which was retooled for Caterpillar. The chuck has special serrated insert pads to securely grip the part during drilling. In addition, the chuck is mounted on an indexing head to expose both sides of the part for drilling.

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Riding On Air

January 10, 2011 9:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The actuators for scissor lifts and tilt tables from Air Springs (Meadowbank, New South Wales, Australia) attempt to eliminate one of the weakest links in pneumatic actuation: the seals in traditional cylinders. The Airstroke actuators are essentially — according to the company — heavy-duty balloons.

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Foggy Or Dirty Eyewear?

January 10, 2011 9:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro Industries (Garden Grove, CA) has added a complete line of eyewear cleaning products to its family of safety equipment and accessories. The line includes two metal, wall-mounted, and refillable cleaning stations: the Deluxe or Economy Low Profile Station. The Deluxe model offers a mirror and a lock, while the Economy version has a white, high-gloss powder-coated finish that reduces wear.

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Cylinders That Handle The Unexpected

January 10, 2011 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new long-stroke RC Duo hydraulic cylinders from Enerpac (Milwaukee, WI) optimized extension capabilities while minimizing retraction times to get the job done faster and more reliably, according to the company. The 700 bar cylinders are available in capacities from 5 to 95 tons, with stroke lengths from 156 to 362mm.

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Manufacturing In 2025, Part Two

January 10, 2011 6:44 am | Articles | Comments

This is the second part of a two-part series on the next fifteen years in manufacuring. To read the first part, go here . ___ 1. Segment of one: Will you be able to suit customers’ increasingly specific needs? The migration to highly customized products is accelerating in both consumer and business-to-business markets.

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U.S. Sets Up First Foreign Safety Commission In China

January 10, 2011 3:57 am | by Alexa Olesen, Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will set up its first office outside the United States in China in a bid to reduce the amount of dangerous products reaching the American market. Commission head Inez Tenenbaum told reporters Monday the "history-making" office also aims to make it easier for the U.

Spirit Aerosystems Ready To Hire 200 Workers

January 10, 2011 3:45 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems is planning to hire workers for several locations this year. The Wichita Eagle reported that the hiring is expected to occur in the first quarter because production on new and existing programs is increasing. Spokesman Ken Evans said Friday that the near-term plans call for hiring about 200 workers for Wichita and Tulsa, Okla.

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Official Suspended After Factory Sickens Hundreds Of Children

January 10, 2011 3:40 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — An environmental official in eastern China was suspended after a battery factory sickened more than 200 children with lead poisoning, authorities said Sunday. China is the world's largest producer and consumer of lead, a key component in lead-acid batteries needed for the growing number of vehicles in the country.

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