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Pick From 22 Different Positioners

April 18, 2011 8:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

MISUMI USA. Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has announced the addition of several new products to its family of Standard Precision Positioning Stages. The stages come in 22 different styles, which can be selected depending on specific applications requirements, such as: moving axes, positioning accuracy, load capacity, feed mechanism, linear guidance structure, or type of clamping mechanism.

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Easier Pallet Wrapping

April 18, 2011 8:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Combi Packaging Systems LLC (Canton, OH) is now offering the SW-10 Stretchwrapper, which has basic components and requires no formal installation. According to the company, it is a more affordable pallet wrapper that is designed to boost productivity. It has been manufactured with a manual mechanical core braking film tensioning system that simplifies threading of the film, and a hinged column that reclines for shipping, allowing for minimal shipping costs.

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Computers Survive In Tough Environments

April 18, 2011 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Glacier Computer (New Milford, CT) has announced the release of the Everest S9000 stainless steel rugged computer terminal. According to the company, the S9000 was designed for customers who need an IP 65 and NEMA 4-approved, sealed unit to meet hygienic standards in food processing, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries.

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Survey: U.S. Economy Recovering Despite Global Unrest

April 18, 2011 4:44 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Economists say the U.S. economy is gaining strength despite political unrest in North Africa and the Middle East and last month's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. A survey from the National Association for Business Economics finds that economists are hopeful that the broader economy is substantially improving, with rising employment reported for the fifth quarter in a row.

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VW Starts Tenn. Passat Production, Unveils All-New Beetle

April 18, 2011 4:36 am | by Bill Poovey, Associated Press | News | Comments

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers starting production of a cheaper, larger Passat at Volkswagen Group of America's new plant in Chattanooga have a message for car shoppers: It's a winner. But there are questions. The name is familiar but this Passat is different. Why risk buying an unproven car? Why trust workers who have no track record? VW's Chattanooga Operations said in a statement Friday that the first 2012 Passats destined for the marketplace will roll off the line next week to be sold in the second half of this year.

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GM Aims To Double Sales In China To 5 Million

April 18, 2011 4:29 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. said Monday it plans to double the number of cars it sells in China to 5 million by 2015. GM China President Kevin Wale said he's optimistic the company can achieve the "ambitious" target, which is more than twice the 2.35 million vehicles it sold in 2010.

Japan Taps U.S.-Made Robots For Reactor Clean-up

April 18, 2011 4:22 am | by Jacob Adelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — In this country of break-dancing androids and artificially intelligent pets, nuclear cleanup crews on the tsunami-ravaged northern coast are depending on U.S.-made robots to enter damaged reactor units where it is still too dangerous for humans to tread. Utility workers seeking to regain control of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are deploying robots from Bedford, Mass.

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CAT CEO's Pay Quadruples To $10.4 Million

April 18, 2011 4:20 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. quadrupled Doug Oberhelman's compensation last year when he was promoted to the top job at the world's largest maker of mining and construction equipment, but his $10.4 million compensation was less than half what the retiring chief executive received, according to an Associated Press review of a regulatory filing Friday.

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ThyssenKrupp Exec Convicted Of Murder Over Plant Blaze

April 18, 2011 4:17 am | News | Comments

TURIN, Italy (AP) — A top ThyssenKrupp executive was convicted of murder in Italy on Friday for a 2007 plant blaze that killed seven workers in Italy, news reports said. The court in Turin sentenced ThyssenKrupp's CEO for Italy, Harald Espenhahn, to 16 1/2 years in prison, as had been requested by the prosecutors, ANSA and LaPresse news agencies said.

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Why China Is Vulnerable — Part 1

April 15, 2011 10:49 am | Articles | Comments

Let’s not concede anything to  China  just yet, shall we? After all, it wasn’t that long ago that everyone was all but certain that  Japan was going to supplant the U.S. as the world’s manufacturing leader. And we know how that turned out. The following is part one of a two-part list of eight reasons why China’s future as the biggest dog on the manufacturing block is not nearly so clear as many would have you believe, and why China’s manufacturing sector continues to grow increasingly vulnerable, despite its obvious strengths.

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Brainstorm: Pest Control

April 15, 2011 10:45 am | Articles | Comments

This feature originally ran in the  April 2011 issue  of  Food Manufacturing . The  Food Manufacturing  Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask:  What is the biggest contributor to pest control issues in manufacturing facilities, and what can processors do to avoid such problems? Ron Harrison, Ph.

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Control Gases And Liquids

April 15, 2011 10:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spartan Scientific (Boardman, OH) is offering a miniature solenoid operator pilot assembly — Series 38KRE and 38KRI — which are designed to control inert gases and liquids. The 2-way and 3-way solenoids can be easily mounted to a flat manifold surface, and feature fully molded coil assemblies, plus either spaded or flying lead configurations.

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Carbide Burs In All Shapes

April 15, 2011 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

A full line of carbide burs in a variety of styles and shapes are available from Rex-Cut Products, Inc. (Fall River, MA). According to the company, the burs are offered in standard-, double-, and non-ferrous cuts in oval ball, ball nosed tree, and tapered shapes — all of which makes them ideal for weld preparation and removal applications.

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Tough Stainless Steel Enclosures

April 15, 2011 10:06 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Hammond Manufacturing Company Inc. (Cheektowaga, NY) is now offering its Eclipse Junior (EJ Series) enclosure in 316 grade stainless steel, which offers increased corrosion resistance, making the units suitable for installation in areas with aggressive chemicals. They are designed for use as instrument enclosures, electrical, hydraulic, or pneumatic control housings, electrical junction boxes, or terminal wiring enclosures.

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Go Wireless Up To 400 Feet

April 15, 2011 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering, Inc. (Stamford, CT) has released a new wireless process transmitter — the UWPC-2-NEMA — to convert process signal to wireless up to 400 feet. The product accepts 0 to 1V, 0 to 5V, 0 to 10V, and 4-20mA signals. Free software for monitoring, recording, and data logging is included, in addition to a low-power operation/sleep mode for longer battery life.

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Investing In U.S.-Based Manufacturing Pays Off

April 15, 2011 6:25 am | by Kevin Jobsky, Inside Sales & Marketing Manager, ICM Controls | Articles | Comments

U.S.-based manufacturers are finding themselves reacting to shifts in the global supply chain that are increasing prices and delivery lead times. Rather than rolling over and crying uncle, vertically integrated companies are playing on their strengths, which include faster times to market for new, updated, or custom-built products.

Proterra Unveils First Greenville-Made Electric Bus

April 15, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — An electric bus manufacturer has publicly unveiled its first Greenville-made bus, sending the unit to Pennsylvania for further testing. Proterra LLC on Thursday sent its first bus to the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center at Penn State University to complete testing required to unlock federal subsidies for bus purchases.

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Illinois Man: I Didn't Take Military Tech To China

April 15, 2011 4:45 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An Illinois man pleaded not guilty Thursday to taking restricted military data from his former job at a New Jersey technology company and presenting it at two conferences in China last fall. Sixing Liu, wearing a green prison jumpsuit, did not speak during the brief hearing before U.

Recalls: Baby Boots, Industrial Heaters

April 15, 2011 4:39 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The following recalls have been announced: ___ MONKEEZ & FRIENDS WRIST RATTLES AND BABY BOOTIES DETAILS: The knitted-yarn products were manufactured in China and imported by Midwest-CBK Inc. of Union City, Tenn. WHY: The pom-poms attached to the wrist rattles and booties can detach, posing a choking hazard.

Toyota To Remain At Half Capacity At Japanese Plants

April 15, 2011 4:33 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it will maintain output at half capacity in Japan from May 10 to June 3 amid a supply crunch following the March tsunami disaster. The world's No. 1 automaker said it still remained unclear when the company would return to full production in Japan.

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