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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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Trek Bicycles Software Races To 9-Month ROI

August 3, 2010 5:26 am | Articles | Comments

Trek Bicycle Corporation, founded in 1976 and based in Wisconsin, is a world-leading manufacturer of bikes. As a company that focuses as heavily on its carbon footprint as it does its manufacturing quality, they were looking for ways to streamline their nesting for their Gerber knife cutters. Trek evaluated the market, finalizing on two systems, however only JETCAM’s nesting and CAM software delivered the combined mix of automation and desired interaction.

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Boeing Moves Programs To Okla. For Lower Costs

August 3, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Boeing Co. announced Monday it will move two defense programs and an expected 550 engineering jobs from California to Oklahoma City in the next two years. Boeing will move its C-130 Avionics Modernization program beginning in the first quarter of 2011. Its B-1 program is expected to move toward the end of 2012.

BMW Earnings Surge On Automotive Recovery

August 3, 2010 4:27 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Second-quarter earnings at luxury car maker BMW AG surged to €834 million ($1.1 billion) as better selling prices and robust demand in China helped drive a strong increase in revenues, the company said Tuesday. The company's April-June profit was above market expectations and up from €121 million a year earlier, while revenues climbed 18.

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Ford Scrambles To Upgrade Overshadowed Pickups

August 3, 2010 4:23 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s 2011 heavy-duty pickups just came out in April, but already the company is boosting the power in their diesel engines and giving free upgrades to owners. Ford said it just wants to give its Super Duty trucks all the horsepower they're capable of. But there's another motive: The Super Duty's power was recently eclipsed by General Motors Co.

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9 Killed During Shooting At Beer Distributor

August 3, 2010 4:22 am | by Stephen Singer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — A warehouse driver who was asked to resign his job at a beer distributor went on a shooting rampage Tuesday morning that left nine people dead, including himself, and others wounded, company and state officials said. The number of dead was confirmed by a Connecticut government official who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

China's Fuel-Guzzling Economy Crushes Green Efforts

August 3, 2010 4:20 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Government efforts to make China's fuel-guzzling economy more efficient suffered a setback this year as surging growth drove a boom in steelmaking and other energy-intensive industries. Beijing is in the final year of a five-year campaign to cut energy intensity, or energy consumed per unit of economic output, by 20 percent to curb pollution and dependence on foreign oil and gas.

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HP Agrees To Settle On Kickback Case

August 3, 2010 4:19 am | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. said Monday that it has agreed in principle to settle a lawsuit by the Department of Justice, which alleged that HP and other technology companies paid kickbacks to Accenture PLC in exchange for recommendations for government work. HP denied "engaging in any illegal conduct.

The Criminal Mind

August 2, 2010 10:00 am | by by Mike Auerbach, Editor-In-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I don’t think I have a criminal mind. Which is probably why I can’t seem to wrap my head around the idea of counterfeiting — at least how it’s being done in relation to pharmaceuticals. Sure, I am quite familiar with other forms of counterfeiting; whether it’s a rip-off of a designer handbag made from the “hide” of the elusive “nauga” animal instead of real leather, or the genuine “faux” pearls I once saw advertised on late night television.

Quality Of Life Key To Singaporean Manufacturing

August 2, 2010 7:59 am | by Susan Mucha, Powell-Mucha Consulting, Inc. | Articles | Comments

How does workplace life differ in Asia from the U.S.? I discussed this question with four Singapore-headquartered companies and found that there were a surprising number of similarities as well as a few differences. CEI SMT Caption: CEI Contract Manufacturing Limited’s SMT area in Bantam, Indonesia.

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Is It Time to Dispose of Rental Shop Towels?

August 2, 2010 7:33 am | by SCA Tissue | White Papers

Reusable cotton shop towels have been an accepted mainstay in many industries.but non-woven wipers are clearly a better option.

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China's Manufacturing Successor: Is It Us?

August 2, 2010 7:26 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

“Looking for skilled, low-cost labor?” asks CNN. “Forget about India and China. How about Jonesboro, Ark.?” Interestingly enough, this is no rhetoric. This statement highlights one of the more recently publicized (but not exactly new) phenomena in manufacturing known as “on-shoring” or, in the case of Jonesboro, “rural-sourcing.

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More Flexible Misting

August 2, 2010 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The AirMist, from Lechler (St. Charles, IL), is an air atomizing spray nozzle that has been redesigned to provide increased flexibility and improved reliability. It can be easily combined with any of the interchangeable aircaps that go with it to create a wide choice of spray patterns, flow rates, and coverages.

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Safer Compressed Air Cleaning

August 2, 2010 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The re-engineered Jet-Kleen Personnel Blow-Off Gun from Specialized Safety Products (Chicago, IL) is a safe and effective alternative to compressed air for dust, debris, and moisture removal, according to the company. The system is lightweight and portable, not to mention much quieter than compressed air.

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Shred Anything

August 2, 2010 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 0300 Jackhammer Hard Drive Shredder from Security Engineered Machinery (SEM — Westboro, MA) has a small footprint but can destroy hard drives, other electronic devices (cell phones, PDAs, etc), optical media, and computer backup tapes. The sawtooth cutters can handle 125 to 500 drives per hour, reducing them to random 1-1/2” shreds.

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ERP On Your iPhone

August 2, 2010 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Deacom, Inc. (Wayne, PA) has developed the addition of mobile access technology to the DEACOM Integrated Accounting and ERP Software System for manufacturers of all sorts. Mobile DEACOM now gives accessibility to ERP data — including sales orders, purchase orders, production jobs, and consumer relationship management — via any smartphone device.

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Chinese Manufacturing Continues To Wind Down

August 2, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Expansion of Chinese manufacturing activity slowed for the third month in July, as production, new orders and purchasing prices all declined, a survey showed Sunday. The state-affiliated China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said its purchasing managers index, or PMI, fell to 51.

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