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Alloys Survive Pressure, Heat

August 4, 2010 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Penn Stainless Products (Quakertown, PA) added a new line of 330 Plate and Processed Flat Bar to its family of high-temperature products. According to the company, 330 is ideal for high-temperature, high-pressure applications. In addition, the alloy can be used where resistance to the combined effects of thermal cycling and carburization is necessary.

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Get A True Picture Of Water Cooling

August 4, 2010 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE (Trevose, PA) has introduced the TrueSense platform for optimizing productivity and increasing water savings through the monitoring and control of cooling water systems. According to the company, TrueSense automation capabilities allow users to free up time and resources to focus on critical processes.

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Bagel Bakery Goes HI-SPEED

August 4, 2010 9:44 am | Articles | Comments

When a 30-year-old, U.S.D.A.-certified bakery wanted to increase production and improve quality and process control, Mettler-Toledo HI-SPEED developed an innovative solution for the Pacific Northwest business. The commercial bakery business can be tough, so keeping production and quality control up is the only way to stay competitive.

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Active Listening Really Pays Off

August 4, 2010 9:39 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Chances are, you probably learned about active listening at some point during your schooling. Lean forward, make eye contact and nod to let the speaker know you’re listening, right? I always thought these tips were silly because you could do all these things and still not be listening. However, these actions do accomplish one goal: They make the speaker think you’re listening—even if you really aren’t.

High-Temperature Lubrication

August 4, 2010 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZYP Coatings, Inc. (Oak Ridge, TN) introduces is 4-oz. Boron Nitride Aerosol Lubricoat spray can. The small container allows users to test the boron nitride coating on various substrates at temperatures up to 1,000°C in air, and over 1,800°C in inert/nitrogen atmospheres. According to the company, boron nitride is chemically inert and provides non-stick, release, and barrier-layers to reactive materials.

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Stronger AC Motors

August 4, 2010 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) has expanded the power range of its Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 755 AC drives to 450 kW/700 hp, in order to provide users with increased application flexibility. The 755 AC is well-suited for motor control applications in material handling, metalworking, and more, according to the company.

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High-Flow Water Filtering

August 4, 2010 9:14 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The M-90 automatic water filter from Forsta Filters (Los Angeles, CA) is less than 12” tall, making it easy to incorporate into nearly any piping system. An automatic backwash feature allows the filter to clean itself as needed, and it requires almost no routine maintenance, according to the company.

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Stop Any Power Surge

August 4, 2010 9:14 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Thomas & Betts (T&B — Memphis, TN) offers a new Surge Protection line that provides protection for alternative energy sources from the damaging effects of electrical power surges. The products are available with optional EMI and RFI filters to protect systems from interference caused by variable frequency equipment, plus individually-fused MOVs to protect against extended surge events.

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Greed Can Mend a Broken Heart

August 4, 2010 7:31 am | by by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Greed drives innovation in industry. While I might not always like it, when it comes time for me to deal with a serious medical condition, I want as many treatment and non-treatment options on the table as possible. In  “What Broke My Father’s Heart,”  a piece in New York Times magazine a couple weeks ago, journalist Katy Butler writes about how an implanted pacemaker kept her father’s heart ticking long after the rest of his body was ready to go.

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'Back To The Future' On Trash-To-Fuel

August 4, 2010 7:25 am | Articles | Comments

Remember that scene from Back to the Future , where Doc throws a bunch of trash into the Delorean for fuel? More and more entrepreneurs are stepping up with companies willing to do just that. Actually, the technology has been around for a while, but the market has only very recently become viable. 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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X-Prize Proves Our Cars Are Inefficient, Slow

August 4, 2010 7:24 am | Articles | Comments

Automakers are constantly bragging about their fuel-efficient cars, but if you ask the engineers involved in the Progressive Automotive X-Prize, the world's automakers are just saving face and pushing false marketing. The prize, which carries a purse of $10 million, is searching for cars that get more than 100mpg and are economically viable for mass production .

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"Rural Sourcing": Big Idea, Small Towns

August 4, 2010 7:21 am | Articles | Comments

“Rural sourcing” is becoming a very real phenomenon for manufacturers, and it’s something every company should think about. Rural Sourcing Inc. CEO, Montey Hamilton, recently appeared on CNBC to discuss what rural sourcing actually is, and why it’s the best choice for American manufacturers.

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The Bionic Cat

August 4, 2010 7:17 am | Articles | Comments

Every once in a while, we hear about the revolutionary surgery doctors are performing on people who lose their limbs in an accident. From blade-shaped carbon fiber legs, to prosthetic arms that can respond to signals from the brain, 21st century medicine is proving to be all about bionics. So what happens when a cat gets his hind legs severed by a combine harvester? A veterinarian takes a big risk to develop two bionic legs that allow the little guy to live out the rest of his days like any other cat.

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Industrial Runoff Poisons Water For 10,000 In China

August 4, 2010 4:59 am | by Tini Tran, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Some 10,000 residents in a southern China town have been told not to drink tap water after tests showed it was contaminated by a heavy metal, a local official said Wednesday. Tests showed the amount of manganese in the water supply to some residents of Da'an town in Guangdong province was much higher than the maximum allowed by the government, said a town official who only gave his surname, Wang.

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Choosing The Right Lift Truck

August 4, 2010 4:46 am | by Susan Comfort, Manager, Class II Narrow Aisle Truck Product and Joe LaFergola, Manager, Business and Information Solutions - The Raymond Corproation | Articles | Comments

Increasing efficiencies and reducing costs in a manufacturing facility can be a challenging task, especially considering all the factors that contribute to expenses. However, taking a close look at a facility’s lift truck fleet to ensure each truck is being used for the right application is an astute way to help manage costs.

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DuPont To Make Better Car Batteries In Virginia

August 4, 2010 4:44 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The DuPont Co. says it is building a production facility in Virginia that will use new technology to improve the performance of batteries used in electric and hybrid vehicles. The Delaware-based company said Tuesday that the facility in Chesterfield County, Va., will begin production early next year and will produce separators that can increase the performance and safety of lithium ion batteries.

Auto Sales Rise Over June, Most Experience Growth

August 4, 2010 4:38 am | by Dan Strumpf and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Summer promotions and easier credit lured shoppers back to car buying last month, a relief to an industry worried about June's sales slowdown. Every major automaker except for Ford and Daimler said their July sales topped those in June. The biggest monthly sales gains were posted by Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, Subaru and Kia.

Profit-Sharing Mill Rakes In Hard Work, Record Sales

August 4, 2010 4:28 am | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — After a record year at North Dakota's state-owned flour mill, workers are splitting up more than $1.2 million in profit-sharing payments. The Grand Forks mill has about 130 employees. Vance Taylor, its president and general manager, said profit-sharing checks averaging about $9,500 would be distributed at a company picnic Tuesday.

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Ford: UAW Concessions Have Created 2,000 Jobs

August 4, 2010 4:18 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Competitive contracts with the United Auto Workers union are helping Ford Motor Co. bring nearly 2,000 jobs back into its factories that would have gone to parts supply companies — some in other countries, the company said Wednesday. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker said the 2007 union master contract allows it to hire workers at $14 per hour, about half the hourly rate of current workers.

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After 107 Years, Harley-Davidson Could Leave Milwaukee

August 4, 2010 4:17 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — It's the roar that made Milwaukee famous — the distinctive throaty rumble of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. But that much-loved racket could be rumbling away to another state if the company cannot bring down its labor costs. Harley-Davidson warned employees in April that it will move its Wisconsin manufacturing operations elsewhere if it cannot cut millions of dollars at the factories that build the bikes known as "Milwaukee Iron.

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