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IP Networks Support Modern Energy-Saving Techniques

September 12, 2011 6:25 am | by Adam VanOort, Founder and President, DataNab | Articles | Comments

IP Networks Support Modern Energy-Saving Techniques In today's world, food manufacturing facilities are faced with the task of improving energy efficiency to control costs. One way to reduce energy costs is to replace outdated and inefficient HVAC equipment or lighting systems with newer, more efficient designs.

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A Well-Deserved ‘Shout Out’ For America’s Tradesmen

September 12, 2011 6:19 am | by Ross Porter, President IRWIN Tools, Huntersville, NC | Articles | Comments

There’s a day to honor administrative assistants, a day to recognize bosses, and even a day to champion teachers. But what about those folks who show up at your house when the toilet is overflowing, or the A/C quit and it’s 100 degrees outside, or the rain is pouring through the kitchen ceiling? When we do say ‘thanks’ to the tradesmen who build America and keep it running? The answer: September 16th.

Cargill Announces Second Turkey Recall

September 12, 2011 5:34 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Cargill Inc. announced a second recall of ground turkey products Sunday after a test showed salmonella in a sample from the same Arkansas plant tied to a recall issued last month. The second recall is much smaller than the one the company issued Aug. 3 for 36 million pounds of ground turkey.

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Union Takes Bankruptcy Action Against Saab

September 12, 2011 5:30 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish trade union on Monday said it will take bankruptcy action against troubled automaker Saab Automobile to secure payments to its members, who still haven't received their August salaries. White-collar labor union Unionen said it will file bankruptcy proceedings against Saab on Monday afternoon, following last week's rejection of Saab's application for bankruptcy protection by a district court.

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Suzuki To Cut Ties With Volkswagen

September 12, 2011 5:29 am | by Tomoko Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Suzuki Motor Corp. said Monday it will abort its alliance with Volkswagen AG following a nearly two-year marriage that never worked. Even at what appeared to be the end of the union, the two companies seemed unable to agree as Volkswagen said it wanted the cooperation to continue.

Honda Recalls 310,000 Pilot SUVs

September 12, 2011 5:26 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (Kyodo) — Honda Motor Co. is recalling 310,773 units of the Pilot sport utility vehicle in the United States due to defective parts in seat belts, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Subject to the recall are 2009-2011 model year Pilot vehicles manufactured from March 13, 2008 through Aug.

Volkswagen Recalls 30,000 Jettas

September 12, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen is recalling more than 30,000 Jetta sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years because the tailpipes can stick out too far and burn people. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that stainless steel exhaust pipe tips installed at the point of importation can stick out farther than the factory-installed tailpipes.

Man Injured In Warehouse Explosion

September 12, 2011 5:24 am | News | Comments

NIAGARA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a plant worker was injured when thousands of pounds of aluminum powder exploded in a warehouse in western New York, sparking a fire that caused minor damage to the building. Niagara County Sheriff's officials said the Stollberg, Inc. worker was treated at Mt.

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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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