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All-Day Bench Grinder

August 10, 2010 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

W. W. Grainger, Inc. (Lake Forest, IL) now offers a combination belt and bench grinder, which features a powerful capacitor motor for all-day grinding and finishing applications. The grinder has an adjustable belt for vertical and horizontal positioning, plus a dynamically-balanced rotor and sealed bearings that minimize vibration.

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Pressure Washing In Small Spaces

August 10, 2010 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Steam Jenny, from Jenny Products, Inc. (Somerset, PA) has introduced a full line of electric-powered cold pressure washers, which can be operated in enclosed areas where gas-powered machines can’t be used. The washers are powered by Marathon or Baldor electric motors, which range from 1.

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Better Battery Packs

August 10, 2010 6:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation (Milwaukee, WI) has announced the transition of all its V28 cordless power tools to the new M28 LITHIUM-ION battery pack, which is completely compatible with current V28 products. The company has also added Digital Power Management (DPM) to the battery packs to ensure optimal battery life and run-time, while protecting the battery from tough conditions.

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Texas Attorney General: BP Illegally Released Air Toxins

August 10, 2010 4:59 am | by Sarah Portlock, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — BP illegally emitted nearly 500,000 pounds of toxic air pollutants at its Texas City refinery during a 41-day period this spring, the state attorney general contends in a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit filed Monday in state district court in Austin, BP's poor operation and maintenance for those days in April and May were the primary cause of the toxic emissions of cancer-causing benzene, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides.

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Recliner Maker Expands, Ready To Hire 200 Workers

August 10, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) — A company that makes reclining furniture broke ground Monday for a plantexpansion in northeast Mississippi. Southern Motion said it's investing $7 million in its new 180,000-square-foot production facility in Pontotoc. The company said it will create at least 200 new jobs over the next two years, with the potential to double that number within five years.

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Toyota Cuts 600 Japanese Workers On Sales Drop

August 10, 2010 4:36 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has cut 600 workers at its Japanese factories, the company said Tuesday, as it prepares for a drop in local sales when incentives for green cars run out next month. Toyota Motor Corp. employed a total of 2,400 contract workers at the end of 2010, it said. Contract workers are hired under different terms from other employees at Toyota, mainly to make it easier to increase or cut the numbers of workers in response to fluctuating demand for cars.

Tata Motors Recovers On Jaguar, Land Rover Sales

August 10, 2010 4:28 am | by Erika Kinetz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MUMBAI, India (AP) — India's Tata Motors posted quarterly profit of 19.9 billion rupees ($428.4 million) Tuesday, turning around a loss as reviving global demand for its Jaguar and Land Rover brands made up for rising commodities costs. The company returned to profitability on a consolidated basis for the April to June quarter from a loss of 3.

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HP's Ex-CEO Gets A Payday As Investors Suffer

August 10, 2010 4:27 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Whatever Mark Hurd did that cost him his job as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest technology company, it wasn't enough to cost him a payday that could top $40 million. Meanwhile, with little still known about why an actress and HP contractor threatened Hurd with a sexual-harassment lawsuit, stockholders took a $9 billion hit Monday, and HP's 300,000 workers were left to wonder about its future.

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B-2 Stealth Engineer Sold Secrets To China

August 10, 2010 4:23 am | by Mark Neisse, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — A former B-2 bomber engineer who marketed and sold his stealth expertise to China is facing life in a federal prison following his conviction for bartering U.S. military secrets. Noshir Gowadia, 66, was found guilty Monday on charges that he designed a cruise missile component for China and pocketed at least $110,000, which he allegedly used to help pay a $15,000-a-month mortgage on a multimillion-dollar oceanview home he built on Maui's north shore.

A Switch Is Not Simple

August 9, 2010 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Trinetics Compact UltraVac from Maysteel, LLC (Menomonee Falls, WI) is a single-phase capacitor switch that provides maximum dielectric strength in a compact design. The switches are designed for long life in tough conditions, and are available with either reliable motor operators or with high-speed dual solenoid operators.

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Redesigned Butterfly Valves

August 9, 2010 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sure Seal, Inc. (Mineral Point, MO) announces that the tapered-seat design of its LBF Series Lined Butterfly Valves requires lower torque in all applications, has improved seat integrity, and significantly improves the service life of the valve. The butterfly valves are available in 12 different sizes — from 2” to 24” — and have been designed for use in corrosive processes.

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Pressure-Safe Filtering

August 9, 2010 10:13 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Orival, Inc. (Englewood, NJ) has fabricated complete manifolds for multiple filter systems, all of which are designed to meet the specific requirements of the project. The manifolds can be equipped with flanged, welded, or Victaulic ends in any size required, and are coated inside and out with a tough coating used on Orival filter housings.

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Sanitation Is Important, Says Dilbert

August 9, 2010 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega (Laval, Quebec, Canada) has released its catalog, the DILBERT NEW HORIZONS in Products for Sanitary Applications Version No. 27 , which contains 180 pages of information on top-selling products for manufacturers. These products include the Digital RTD Thermometers with NEMA 4 enclosures, which are ideal for washdown environments, according to the company.

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The Apple In The Supply Chain

August 9, 2010 6:30 am | by Amanda Earing, Manufacturing.net, News Editor | Articles | Comments

In its search for the latest technology to aid a growing supply chain operation,  Markley Enterprises, a small manufacturer of point-of-purchase displays, found the solution in Apple’s iPad. As technology continuously changes, your supply chain and its processes should be revolving continuously, too.

The New Normal: Consumers And Private Labels

August 9, 2010 6:25 am | by Pat Conroy, Vice Chairman and U.S. Consumer Products Leader, Deloitte LLP | Articles | Comments

The recession has caused many to make spending changes, especially when it comes to grocery shopping. More and more consumers are making the switch to private labels, leaving some national brand manufacturers at a loss of what actions to take.

Cloudy With A Chance For Collaboration

August 9, 2010 6:19 am | by Craig Hodges, General Manager, Microsoft Corp. | Articles | Comments

These days, manufacturers have their heads in the cloud, as cloud computing promises to drastically improve the ability of companies and their customers to drive modern product design and development. Collaboration isn’t new to manufacturing — it has long been essential. But it’s no secret that collaborative processes have tended toward the awkward and time-consuming.

The Best Ways To Convey With Metal Detection

August 9, 2010 6:11 am | by AJ Naber, Senior Design Engineer - Dorner Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

An essential part of any inspection process is the ability to quickly and effectively remove questionable product from the process flow. And a key component of that inspection process is metal detection. Once contaminated product has been detected there are many methods of product removal from a simple stop-on-detect mechanism to a more complex system such as a retractable tail.

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Sara Lee CEO Steps Down Following Stroke

August 9, 2010 5:07 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. Chairman and CEO Brenda Barnes will step down permanently to focus on improving her health following a stroke, the food maker said Monday. Barnes, 56, had been on temporary medical leave since May 14. She will also leave her position on Sara Lee's board of directors.

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Chrysler Recoups In 2Q, Still Loses $172 Million

August 9, 2010 4:54 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A year after emerging from bankruptcy protection, Chrysler Group LLC said Monday that growing car and truck sales helped it narrow its second-quarter loss to $172 million. The U.S. and Canada are Chrysler's primary markets, and both have seen increased demand for cars and trucks since a recession-related slump last year.

Two Men Crash Firebird Into Ethanol Plant, Gas Line

August 9, 2010 4:52 am | News | Comments

FAIRBANK, Iowa (AP) — Two Fairbank men are dead after the car they were riding in crashed into a natural gas line at an ethanol plant. Authorities say 49-year-old Brad William Higgins died at the scene of Friday's crash. The car's driver, 23-year-old Corey Allen Annis, died Saturday. The Iowa State Patrol says it appears that Annis lost control of the Pontiac Firebird, sending the car into a ditch, where it rolled several times.

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