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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.

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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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Toyota Earns $2.2 Billion, Shedding Safety Concerns

August 4, 2010 4:13 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota reported a quarterly profit of $2.2 billion, reversing from red ink a year earlier as the world's top automaker benefited from a global sales recovery that offset lingering doubts about the safety of its cars. The company, which makes the Camry sedan and Prius hybrid, raised its full year earnings forecast Wednesday, and said it now expects to sell 7.

Asking the Right Questions About Cartridge Dust Collection

August 3, 2010 11:27 am | by Camfil Farr | White Papers

Whitepaper covers four key areas to investigate when selecting a dust collector: compliance, problem-solving, reliability, and return on investment.

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Steel Mini-Mill Industry Plant Gains Efficiency by Replacing Vacuum-Truck Process

August 3, 2010 11:20 am | by Oil Skimmers, Inc | White Papers

Steel mill plant gains efficiency by replacing vacuum-truck process with the installation of the Oil Skimmers, Inc., Model 6V oil-recovery systems to remove the tramp oil from the water into a collection tank as well as from a scale pit that was added during a rolling mill upgrade at the hot-strip mill.

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When CPVC Beats Steel For Corrosive Piping

August 3, 2010 7:56 am | by Donald Townley, PE, business manager for Corzan Industrial Systems | Articles | Comments

Industrial wastewater treatment plants have always presented significant challenges for piping systems, not only because of the highly corrosive chemicals being transported throughout the system, but also because of demanding schedules that, typically, mandate a 24/7 operation. In recent years, however, the demands on these systems have increased greatly, largely as a result of newer disinfection technologies and chemical treatment processes, as well as more complex equipment designs and specification processes.

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Easy-To-Use Connectors

August 3, 2010 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schurter (Santa Rosa, CA) has announced the IEC C14 inlet with EMI filter, series 5120 ECO design, which comes in two new configurations to ease installation, reduce assembly time and cost, and provide optimal filter performance in a compact package, according to the company. The new version has flexible wire leads, which allow for pre-assembly, further reducing handling and associated costs.

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Smarter, More Efficient Forklifts

August 3, 2010 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yale Material Handling Corporation (Greenville, NC) has improved its Veracitor VX truck series with a choice of engine options designed to deliver performance with low fuel consumption, minimal noise, and reduced maintenance costs. The trucks’ lifting capacity ranges from 3,000 to 19,000 lbs.

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Long-Term Bearing Protection

August 3, 2010 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Electro Static Technology (Mechanic Falls, ME) has introduced the Split-Ring AEGIS Bearing Protection Ring with Conductive Epoxy Mounting, which is designed for easy installation in order to protect the bearings in VFD-driven motors. According to the company, the Split-Ring kit offers effective, long-term protection of AC motor bearings from electrical damage by safely channeling VFD-induced bearing currents to ground.

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Save Your Lubricants

August 3, 2010 6:43 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Spectro Incorporated (Littleton, MA) has developed the FluidScan, a handheld analyzer that can be used to measure water contamination, additive depletion, Total Base Number (TBN), and Total Acid Number (TAN), all of which are key parameters used to understand how healthy your lubricant is. According to the company, 80 percent of lubricants are disposed of before their time.

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