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AS/RS Means More Yogurt To Go Around

July 28, 2010 8:37 am | Articles | Comments

YORK, Pa. — FAGE USA’s yogurt manufacturing venture in the USA has been a great success, so much so they are already expanding the facility. Back in early 2008, FAGE USA opened their new manufacturing plant and attached distribution center in Johnstown, NY. The original facility includes a Westfalia High Density Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) and Savanna.

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Congress Passes Tariff Relief Bill

July 28, 2010 5:11 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has passed legislation that temporarily reduces or suspends tariffs on 639 items, mostly components that American manufacturers use in their production processes. The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill comes up periodically. On Tuesday it passed the Senate without opposition or a recorded vote.

Durable Goods Orders Fall, Manufacturing Growth Slowing

July 28, 2010 5:05 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks traded in a tight range Wednesday after another disappointing economic report added to investors' doubts about the recovery. The Commerce Department's durable goods orders report for June indicated manufacturing growth is slowing. Orders for goods expected to last at least three years fell 1 percent last month, well short of the 1 percent gain that economists polled by Thomson Reuters had forecast.

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747-8 Delays May Reach 2011, Says Boeing

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

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Boeing Co.'s second-quarter profit fell 21 percent, as revenue dropped in both its commercial airplane and defense units. Boeing also said on Wednesday that the first delivery of its new 747-8 may slip into early next year. It's in flight testing now, and Boeing is still working toward delivering it by the end of this year, but "there is increasing pressure on that schedule," it said.

Chinese Plastics Factory Explodes, Kills 12

July 28, 2010 4:17 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — A powerful blast caused by a suspected gas leak rocked a plastics factory in eastern China on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people and seriously injuring more than a dozen others. An initial investigation showed the explosion occurred after workers accidentally breached a propylene pipeline beneath the factory in downtown Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province in eastern China, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Matches Are Made Out Of... What?

July 27, 2010 12:32 pm | Articles | Comments

Matches are so common nowadays we hardly think about them ( not unlike copiers ). So, where did they come from? Start with a little bit of animal urine, and mix in some engineering virtuosity. 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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Applied Industrial Technologies Announces 2010/2011 Catalog

July 27, 2010 11:03 am | News | Comments

CLEVELAND, OH (July 27, 2010) — Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT) has announced the publication of its 2010 / 2011 Applied® Product Catalog with more than 3,000 new products. The full-line catalog, with 38,000 products overall, includes the industry’s best selection of bearings, motors, drives, belts, fluid power products, tools, welding supplies, safety items and more.

Doubling Exports in Five Years: How We Do It

July 27, 2010 6:06 am | News | Comments

Fundamental Changes Are Necessary to Meet Goal of National Export Initiative WASHINGTON, D.C., July 26, 2010 — The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the Coalition of Service Industries (CSI) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) put forth a comprehensive approach today to double U.

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BP Replaces Hayward, Posts $17 Billion 2Q Loss

July 27, 2010 5:08 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — BP's much-criticized CEO Tony Hayward will be replaced by American Robert Dudley on Oct. 1, the company said Tuesday as it reported a record quarterly loss and set aside $32.2 billion to cover costs of the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP said the decision to replace Hayward, 53, with the company's first ever non-British chief executive was made by mutual agreement.

DuPont's Income Triples, Revenue Surges

July 27, 2010 4:57 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Chemical maker DuPont Co. said Tuesday its net income nearly tripled in the second quarter as revenue surged in most of its businesses and it raised prices. The Wilmington, Del., company also raised its earnings forecast for the year, saying it expects to continue to benefit from higher prices, growing sales and better efficiency.

U.S. Steel Posts 2Q Loss, But Sales Double

July 27, 2010 4:46 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — United States Steel Corp. on Tuesday posted a second-quarter loss, although it was far smaller than a year ago as sales more than doubled. The company said the results indicate "a sharp turnaround" from last year, but it sees some hurdles ahead. US Steel expects to post a third-quarter profit, but the Pittsburgh company said operating results will fall from the second quarter because of declines in orders from spot market customers.

Foxconn Closes Indian Plant For Widespread Illness

July 27, 2010 4:44 am | News | Comments

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group temporarily shut down a plant in India on Monday after some 250 workers became sick, possibly from a pesticide sprayed at the facility. The Chennai, India, plant could end up suspending operations for about a week to address whatever caused the sickness, the company said in a statement.

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Case Against Body Armor Fraudsters Nears Close

July 27, 2010 4:43 am | by Frank Eltman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Two former top executives of the nation's leading supplier of body armor to the U.S. military shared a limitless appetite to steal from the company and cover up their wrongdoing, a federal prosecutor said Monday in closing arguments at the pair's fraud and insider trading trial.

Joint-Venture To Build EVs In Iowa, Create 300 Jobs

July 27, 2010 4:42 am | News | Comments

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — A manufacturing company said Monday it plans to build electric cars in Webster City, a project that officials said will create up to 300 new jobs in the north-central Iowa community. Webster City and AMS Inc., a new division of Eagle Manufacturing, jointly announced the signing of a contract with Envision Motor Company, of Ames.

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Ford's New Explorer: Think Smaller

July 26, 2010 12:19 pm | Articles | Comments

Ford announced the all-new Explorer on Tuesday, which represents a major break from the old way of thinking about SUVs — hulking and gas-guzzling. The new vehicle is built on a car platform, not a truck's, and eschews the V-8 option for a more fuel-efficient V-6. In the wake of the announcement, MSNBC anchors take Ford CEO Alan Mullaly to task over fuel efficiency, Ford's part in the recovery of American automaking, and the difficulty of making and selling SUVs in a world where energy independence is so critical.

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Managing Warehouse Temperatures

July 26, 2010 11:48 am | Articles | Comments

Anchor Warehouse Services is a commercial cold storage provider serving growers in California’s lush Central Valley. Anchor provides pre-cooling and SO2 gassing services to maintain the optimum quality of all types of perishable produce including avocadoes, kiwis, and quinces as well as large quantities of table grapes and citrus.

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Arguing As An Art Form

July 26, 2010 11:03 am | by by Amy Radishofski, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

My father was the type of person who could make a customer service agent cry. He would argue his case with manager after manager until he found someone who could do what he wanted. It didn’t matter if a sale ended months ago; we always got the sale price. When I got my first car, the dealership actually  lost  money on the sale.

Measure Thicknesses

July 26, 2010 8:19 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc. (Gardco — Pompano Beach, FL) developed the MiniTest 70 Series for quick and easy non-destruction coating thickness measurement. It is available in two models: The MiniTest 70 F, with a built-in sensor for measuring non-magnetic coatings applied on steel.

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Don't Stop The Flow

July 26, 2010 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Sprocket (Arlington, TX) offers products designed to regulate the rate of material flow from a hopper or bin. The company has uniform diameter screws, tapering diameter screws, variable diameter or variable pitch screws, and more. For fine free-flowing materials, the company suggests the uniform diameter screws; for material with lumps and dead space in flow, a tapering diameter screw can be used.

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Magnets In All Shapes

July 26, 2010 8:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS) has expanded the inventory of products now available online, including bonded neodymium, sintered neodymium, samarium cobalt, alnico, and ceramic magnet product lines. More size and shape options for block, disc, plug, and ring styles of magnets are now offered.

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