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Versatile, Modular Fume Hoods

March 11, 2011 3:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

HEMCO (Independence, MO) has announced the UniMax Floor Mount Fume Hood, which comes in sizes from 6’ to 24’ wide, 4’ to 8’ deep, and 7’ to 16’ high. According to the company, tall apparatus or long, integrated instrumentation systems can be easily accommodated into the hoods, which are constructed of chemical-resistant, non-conductive modular panels in a composite resin material.

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Stop Porosity, Leaks

March 11, 2011 3:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

WeldSeal from IMPCO Inc. (East Providence, RI) is a brush-on methacrylate compound formulated for sealing porosity in welds that will contain gases under pressure, or liquids. The low dynamic viscosity allows it to move into pores and seams, or close-fitting ferrous metal surfaces. Additional benefits include: A mixture that is a VOC-free, low-viscosity, and pale blue liquid that can be easily applied by a brush.

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CPSC Starts Public Database For Dangerous Products

March 11, 2011 3:48 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a last-minute attempt to derail it, the government launched a public database Friday that allows people to report and search safety complaints on thousands of products — from cribs and toys to power tools and hair dryers. SaferProducts.gov, overseen by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, went live as scheduled over the objections of manufacturers and a stalled GOP effort on Capitol Hill to withhold money for the project until critics' concerns were addressed.

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Japan Evacuates Residents Near Nuclear Plant After Quake

March 11, 2011 3:42 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan ordered thousands of residents near a northeastern nuclear power plant to evacuate on Friday following a massive earthquake that caused a problem in the plant's cooling system. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the Fukushima No. 1 power plant was not leaking radiation.

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GM CFO Unexpectedly Quits, Likely For CEO Snub

March 11, 2011 3:29 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The chief financial officer who guided General Motors Co. to its first profitable year since 2004 and led its successful return to the stock market is leaving after being passed over for the top job. Chris Liddell will step down on April 1 after just 15 months at GM. He'll be replaced by Treasurer Dan Ammann, a former Wall Street banker, the company said in a surprise announcement on Thursday.

Pharmaceutical CEO Pleads Guilty To Misbranding Drugs

March 11, 2011 3:24 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The former chairman and CEO of St. Louis-based KV Pharmaceutical Co. was fined $1 million after pleading guilty Thursday to misdemeanor counts related to manufacturing oversized tablets of a pain-relief drug called morphine sulfate. Marc S. Hermelin, 69, also was sentenced to a month in prison after pleading guilty to two federal counts of misbranding drugs.

Automakers Try To Stay Ahead Of Hackers

March 11, 2011 3:20 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Could modern cars operating with the help of internal computers be vulnerable to hackers? Could someone tamper with your software-controlled brakes or stop the engine from afar? The familiar problem for personal computers is being studied in automobiles as internal computer networks become as critical to vehicles as tires and engines, and as auto companies push to bring the Internet to motorists.

One Dead After Crane Collapses At Pepsi Plant

March 11, 2011 3:14 am | News | Comments

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a crane collapsed at a Pepsi bottling plant in Tampa. Tampa Fire Rescue officials say the collapse happened just before 1 a.m. Friday when a lift system that was undergoing maintenance collapsed on two workers. Capt.

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FDA Barrs J&J From Manufacuring After Recalls

March 11, 2011 3:09 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials said Thursday that the consumer health unit of Johnson & Johnson will be barred from resuming operations at a Pennsylvania manufacturing plant linked to millions of bottles of defective medicines until it meets quality standards. The Food and Drug Administration signed a formal consent decree with the company designed to improve operations at three manufacturing sites linked to multiple recalls of medications last year, including Children's Tylenol, Benadryl and Motrin.

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IRWIN Tools And The Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Finals

March 9, 2011 5:52 am | News | Comments

Huntersville, N.C. — IRWIN® Tools , a world-class manufacturer and marketer of a broad line of professional hand tools and power tool accessories, will host the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Finals on Sunday, March 20, 2011 . Six competitors from around the world will use their trade skills to perform a series of precise tasks — such as gripping, sawing, marking, clamping and drilling — in a race against the clock.

True Artisanship

March 9, 2011 4:56 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Machinist Mike Medrano Jr. assesses parts, quality stamp in hand, as Manufacturing Supervisor Rick Sadler observes. “We firmly believe that quality is when the customer returns, and not the product.” Don Hoover doesn’t just say these words. He, and the Houston-based EagleBurgmann team he works with, stands behind them.

Choosing The Right Power Supply For Portable Hydraulics

March 9, 2011 4:38 am | by Jon Tan, Enerpac Sales and Marketing Manager, South East Asia | Articles | Comments

Increasingly, powerful and portable hydraulic tools are being relied upon for jobs that once involved backbreaking and often hazardous manual labour. Many plant maintenance tasks, such as tightening or loosening bolts, cutting rusted nuts, spreading flanges, or positioning equipment, can be made easier by using these powerful and precise time-savers.

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America's Skilled Worker Shortage Part II

March 9, 2011 4:26 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Last month, part one of this column outlined the disconnect between the skills that are required for the incoming workforce, and the training that is actually being conducted. Part two will outline how a focus on advanced apprentice training will improve the skills of the manufacturing workforce.

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Maine Manufacturer Signs Pact To Reduce Illegal Employment

March 9, 2011 3:49 am | News | Comments

WHITNEYVILLE, Maine (AP) — A wreath manufacturing company in eastern Maine is the first business in the state to sign an agreement with the federal government aimed at preventing unlawful employment of illegal immigrants. Whitney Wreath President David Whitney and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Bruce Foucart signed the agreement at the company's headquarters in Whitneyville.

GM Recalls Buicks, Cadillacs For Faulty Defrosters

March 9, 2011 3:44 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling new models of the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac SRX to fix a software glitch that could prevent the defroster from clearing the windshield. The recall affects more than 10,000 LaCrosse and SRX vehicles from the 2011 model years. GM says the software in the electronic climate control module could disable the ability to adjust and control the defroster and affect the driver's visibility.

China's Voracious Demand For Cars Falls Dramatically

March 9, 2011 3:38 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China's voracious demand for cars eased in February, as surging gasoline prices, the end of government subsidies and a major holiday took a toll on the world's biggest auto market. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported Wednesday that total sales including buses and trucks fell 33 percent in February from the month before to 1.

Japanese See Potential In Mississippi Manufacturing

March 9, 2011 3:30 am | by Molly Davis, Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Japanese ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that he sees potential in energy and manufacturing for more economic partnership between Mississippi and his country. "Automobiles is a very promising area, but we are looking at various fields, electronics and nuclear powerplants as well," Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki said at a Mississippi Museum of Art luncheon.

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Toyota Aims For Industry-First 10 Million Annual Sales

March 9, 2011 3:23 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is aiming for an auto industry first by reaching annual sales of 10 million vehicles by 2015 even as it acknowledges that overly rapid growth was at the root of its recall fiasco. Toyota President Akio Toyoda gave the 10 million figure Wednesday while outlining the company's "global vision" in his first major strategy announcement since the recall crisis that hit a year and a half ago.

Crane Topples At Steel Plant: One Dead, One Injured

March 9, 2011 3:22 am | by Hasan Dudar, Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 40-foot-tall movable platform toppled over at a New Castle steel plant Tuesday, killing one worker and seriously injuring a second, authorities said. The injured worker was on top of the scissor lift at the Alleghany Ludlum Steel Corp. when the accident happened, Henry County Emergency Medical Service chief Ron Burns said.

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Q&A With Monty Hamilton, CEO, Rural Sourcing Inc.

March 8, 2011 11:00 am | Articles | Comments

Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI) provides a competitive onshore alternative to the traditional answers of IT outsourcing. Mr. Hamilton is the CEO responsible for leading the strategic direction and the growth of RSI to launch 30 new high-tech hubs across the US. He is a sought after speaker on the outsourcing topic, having recently been featured on CNBC, NPR radio, and at various industry conferences.

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