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Xuron Precision Cutters

September 9, 2011 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Xuron Precision Cutters from Xuron Corporation (Saco, ME) come in a wide range of standard models and can also be custom designed to match specific OEM assembly and maintenance applications. The precision cutters feature the Micro-Shear by-pass shear cutting head which results in square, clean cuts with no spikes and requires less pressure than compression-style cutters.

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Pneumatic Servo Dispensing System

September 9, 2011 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Pneumatic Servo Dispensing (PSD) system from Sealant Equipment & Engineering, Inc. (Plymouth, MI) is a positive rod displacement metering system that combines the cost efficiency of a pneumatic drive motor with the controlling accuracy of a servo drive motor.  The PSD system eliminates the need for a servo drive motor or material flow meters in a dispensing system.

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Loctite Design Guide

September 9, 2011 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Henkel Corporation (Rocky Hill, CN) has updated and reintroduced its Loctite Design Guide for bonding plastics to simplify the challenge of determining the most effective adhesive/plastic bonding combinations. An informational resource for anyone looking to bond plastics, this completely updated 96-page guide provides detailed technical information on the seven leading adhesive technologies that effectively bond the 30 most common plastic substrates.

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Large Bore Shaft Collars

September 9, 2011 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (Wilmington, MA) offers a line of large bore shaft collars featuring bore sizes up to 14 inches. Offered in one- and two-piece clamp-type configurations with smooth- or threaded-bores, they are suited for heavy-duty drive system applications. These split shaft collars are supplied with one or more alloy socket cap screws for optimum clamping power.

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Snap-N-Stac Combo Duct Spacers

September 9, 2011 9:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Carlon Snap-N-Stac Combo Duct Spacers from Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) combine the traditional two-piece base and intermediate spacer systems into a single, one-piece unit, simplifying underground duct base installation and reducing installation time in concrete-encased applications. The duct spacers also feature a horizontal locking system and an exclusive vertical locking system that enable the product to be used as either a base or intermediate spacer.

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GX Series Sliding Vane Pumps

September 9, 2011 9:48 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) has introduced the GX Series Sliding Vane Pumps, designed with the versatility to handle a wide variety of non-corrosive solvents and industrial liquids. Ideal for in-line blending and mixing, the pumps are available in four different models. With flow rates ranging from 40 and 528 gpm, the pumps are equipped with head-mounted gear-reduction drives that feature oil-lubricated, hardened helical gears.

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Magnalight LED10W-6R-HT

September 9, 2011 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Magnalight LED10W-6R-HT from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is a durable and compact LED light that offers high light output and a combined handle and magnetic mounting system to provide both mobility and secure mounting of the unit on any surface that will accept a magnet. This lightweight LED light produces 5,400 lumens and is capable of throwing a light beam over 600 feet, yet uses less than half the amount of electrical power as comparable incandescent lamps.

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DFense Blok Quick Patch

September 9, 2011 9:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

New DFense Blok Quick Patch from ITW Devcon (Danvers, MA) is the only ceramic bead-filled wear and abrasion epoxy formulated for emergency repairs to processing equipment, even in severe conditions. With a working time of 4 minutes and a fast cure time (functional cure in just 30 minutes), DFense Blok Quick Patch is ideal for the emergency patching and repairing of holes, leaks, and cracks.

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DAYLube High Performance Grease

September 9, 2011 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

New DAYLube high performance grease from Dayton Progress Corporation (Dayton, OH) uses nano-ceramic particles which act as sub-microscopic ball bearings to provide continuous lubrication to steel surfaces, and is especially suited for metalworking applications. With a low coefficient of friction at all temperatures, chemically inert DAYLube is also environmentally friendly.

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SPIROL Expanded Disc Spring Line

September 9, 2011 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

SPIROL International Corporation (Danielson, CT) has expanded their disc spring product line to include larger sizes per DIN 2093 Group 2 (now available up to 250 millimeters in diameter) and a full range of stainless steel discs. SPIROL disc springs’ performance characteristics are predictable and the minimum life cycle can be calculated.

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StacoVAR Mini

September 9, 2011 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The StacoVAR Mini from Staco Energy Products (Dayton, OH) is an automatic power factor correction bank which maintains the desired power factor level by using the microprocessor based controller to adjust to system load conditions. Rugged metalized poly-propylene dry type capacitors are placed in a compact enclosure, allowing this bank to fit in a small footprint.

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BTU1100-HE Portable Combustion Analyzer

September 9, 2011 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new, updated BTU1100-HE Portable Combustion Analyzer High Efficiency Kit from E Instruments International (Langhorne, PA) is an all-in-one kit designed to meet the growing needs of mechanical contractors, plumbers, and boiler technicians. The BTU1100-HE High Efficiency Kit includes: Incoming air smart probe Field-replaceable sensors Built-in printer (non-thermal) Unbreakable metal connections Rechargeable battery and AC charger Built-in manometer, thermometer, and CO leak detector Dual hose (9 feet) and 12 inch probe (gas and draft at same time) For more information, visit www.

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Fiat To Sell Doblo Van In U.S., Canada

September 9, 2011 8:51 am | News | Comments

ROME (AP) — Fiat SpA, which controls Chrysler, plans to sell its Doblo van in the U.S. and Canada starting in 2013. The Turin-based automaker said Friday the Fiat Doblo vehicles would be sold under the Ram brand. Fiat said it had signed a letter of understanding with its Turkish joint-venture partner Tofas for the export of 190,000 units under a seven-year-deal.

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Air Advocates Say Tougher Regulation Would Spur Jobs

September 9, 2011 8:49 am | by Dylan Lovan, Associated Press | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Clean air advocates on Thursday criticized a decision by the Obama administration to scrap a proposed smog regulation because of the ailing economy, saying the stricter rule would create thousands of jobs in Kentucky and Tennessee. The federal Clean Air Act has encouraged technological advancement and economic growth since it was enacted in the 1970s, said Mary Gade, an environmental consultant.

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SC Alcoa Plant To Close Without Lower Power Rate

September 9, 2011 8:46 am | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — Alcoa Inc. officials said Wednesday that the company's aluminum smelting plant in Goose Creek, S.C. consumes $4 million a week in power and will close at a loss of more than 600 jobs if they can't negotiate a lower rate with Santee Cooper, South Carolina's state-owned electric utility.

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GM Exec: Nation Needs To Live Within Its Means

September 9, 2011 8:45 am | by Tom Coyne, Associated Press | News | Comments

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The top executive at General Motors Co. says the nation needs to live within its means, saying both Social Security and Medicare need to be changed and improvements are needed in the public education system. GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson made the remarks during a talk Friday to about 300 University of Notre Dame students about leadership.

Feds Approve Loan Guarantee For CO Solar Plant

September 9, 2011 8:44 am | News | Comments

ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department says it has finalized a $90.6 million loan guarantee for the construction of a solar generation project in southern Colorado. Charlotte-based Cogentrix plans to build the 30-megawatt facility near Alamosa. The Department of Energy said Friday that it would be one of the first utility-scale, high concentration photovoltaic generation facilities in the nation and the largest of its kind in the world.

Man Dies In Accident At CAT Plant

September 9, 2011 8:41 am | News | Comments

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — A worker at the Caterpillar Inc. plant in South Milwaukee has died after he was injured in an accident at the facility. According to a statement from Caterpillar, the man was working in the weld shop area Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a welded structure as it was being moved.

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GM Thinks Small To Grow

September 9, 2011 6:13 am | Videos | Comments

GM is investing $500 million to retool one of its Michigan plants to do something the automaker has not done in two decades: produce a sub-compact car in the United States. The Chevrolet Sonic is set to hit showrooms this fall. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Americans Hungry For A Strong Manufacturing Sector

September 9, 2011 6:09 am | by Emily Stover DeRocco, President, The Manufacturing Institute | Articles | Comments

Americans maintain remarkably consistent views on the importance of manufacturing despite year after year of economic turbulence, according to a new survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, with 86 percent of respondents believing that America's manufacturing base is "important" or "very important" to their standard of living.

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