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Applied Industrial Technologies Names New Director Of Corporate Purchasing

February 24, 2011 10:46 am | News | Comments

CLEVELAND, OH — Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT) has announced that Dave Smith has been promoted to Director of Corporate Purchasing.  In this role, Smith will oversee the product purchasing needs for all of the company’s distribution centers, as well as activities related to transportation and procurement systems.

Better Fuses For Solar Applications

February 24, 2011 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

NTE Electronics, Inc. (Bloomfield, NJ) has expanded its fuse line to include 10x38mm photovoltaic fuses for solar panel applications. The 74-10FC Solar Protection Fuse series has been specifically designed for photovoltaic (PV) systems. The midget fuses can safely protect PV modules and their conductors from reverse over current conditions despite the challenges of DC power.

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Find New Products More Easily

February 24, 2011 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Reid Supply Company (Muskegon, MI) has launched a new section on ReidSupply.com, which allows customers to quickly see the latest releases in any selected product area. According to Reid, this allows companies to better keep their productivity at its highest, as they are not wasting time to find the newest or latest products relevant to their processes.

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Rugged Casters On Any Surface

February 24, 2011 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hamilton Caster (Hamilton, OH) has released the new 7500 Caster Series, which carries heavy loads over uneven surfaces. The casters use a forged steel design and heavy-duty, semi-pneumatic tires, which offer twice the capacity of a traditional pneumatic caster. According to the company, they deliver a smooth ride, even more rough or broken concrete.

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Abrasive Blasting Gets Your Plant Clean

February 24, 2011 6:23 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Mole-Master Services Corporation (Marietta, OH) now provides abrasive blasting as an environmentally friendly, cost-effective alternative for cleaning food processing bins and silos. The abrasive blasting services are ideal for removing a variety of materials, including paint, surface rust, scale, graffiti, corrosion, and contaminants.

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Grainger Honors Georgia-Pacific For Environmental Excellence

February 24, 2011 4:14 am | News | Comments

ATLANTA — Grainger recently presented Georgia-Pacific Professional with two Partners in Performance Awards for 2010 at Grainger’s annual supplier conference held recently in Schaumburg, Ill. Georgia-Pacific Professional earned both the Green Supplier of the Year and an award for operational excellence.

How To Be A Happy Camper

February 24, 2011 3:57 am | Articles | Comments

Outdoor Gear Manufacturer discovers rugged flexibility of modular conveyors When an outdoor gear manufacturer developed a new concept for manufacturing ice substitutes and handling scrap plastic, it needed several special conveyors to bring it to fruition. After using traditional conveyors for years, engineers at the facility wanted conveyors that were adaptable to other projects, because they felt that using conveyors designed for other tasks compromised the success of the operation.

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Food And Jobs On Jobs

February 23, 2011 11:22 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder, PCDworks | Articles | Comments

I came across a few things in life that bear comment this month. One leads into the same rant from last month about Silicon Valley. The other is an optimistic story about my recent experience at the National Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers show in Orlando. I noticed last week on the  PD&D  feed, President Obama was assembling the biggest names in Silicon Valley to confer on jobs, education, and innovation.

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Americans Get Too Tied Up In Gadgets

February 23, 2011 9:03 am | Videos | Comments

A new survey with MSNBC and Reader's Digest shows that more Americans than ever are inextricably connected to their gadgets. With more than 95 percent of respondents with access to a computer, it's clear that we're downing as much digital media as possible. Are we getting too connected? Visit msnbc.

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Hail Cannons: Pseudoscience Or Crop-Saver?

February 23, 2011 8:08 am | Videos | Comments

For decades, farmers have been using acetylene-powered "hail cannons" as a method to protect their delicate crops from the devastating effect of hailstorms. They function, on a basic level, by generating shockwaves that aim to break up falling hailstones. Now in smaller pieces, the fragments melt quickly and fall as rain.

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We Are All 'Makers'

February 23, 2011 8:07 am | Videos | Comments

At TED@MotorCity, Dale Dougherty, publisher of MAKE , talks about the American tradition of being "makers": the people who play, interact, develop, and innovate new technology, even if only for fun. We can't help but agree with the importance of being "makers." If more people were encouraged to be creative with technology, we wouldn't have the major skilled worker shortage in manufacturing, and we would better be able to continue technological innovation, which helps create jobs and business for the American public.

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Why Is Glass Transparent?

February 23, 2011 8:06 am | Videos | Comments

Why is glass transparent? Seems like a dumb question, right? Perhaps, but I would wager that most people don't know the real reason. Thankfully, Sixty Symbols  regular Professor Phil Moriarty is here to save us from our ignorance with an explanation that involves photons, electrons, and a little something known as the "electron gap.

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U.S. Investigates Toyota Highlander Hybrids For Stalling

February 23, 2011 3:49 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has opened a preliminary investigation into reports of stalling engines in more than 40,000 Toyota Highlander hybrids. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website it had received 32 complaints alleging stalling engines in Highlander hybrids from the 2006 model year.

Apotheker: HP Has Grown Too Big For Its Own Good

February 23, 2011 3:40 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s new CEO Leo Apotheker delivered some disappointing news to Wall Street on Tuesday after his first full quarter with the technology company. Revenue growth, a persistent worry for companies of HP's size, will be slower this year than many analysts had envisioned.

Chinese Manufacturer Accuses Motorola Of Selling Its Secrets

February 23, 2011 3:33 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei has won a preliminary injunction from a U.S. court barring Motorola Inc. from transferring business secrets in a planned deal with Nokia Siemens Networks. The order by a federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday prohibits Motorola, which is a vendor of Huawei equipment, from transferring any confidential information about the Chinese company pending resolution of the dispute.

Detroit Mayor Bing: Yes, We're Making A Comeback

February 23, 2011 3:25 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — For at least one night, Detroit's troubled economy, blighted neighborhoods and budget problems played second fiddle to Mayor Dave Bing's guarded optimism that the Motor City slowly is driving toward a better future. Bing's annual State of the City address Tuesday night even opened with a popular Chrysler 200 sedan television ad that makes no apology for Detroit's grittiness and features a voiceover that says the city has survived going through "hell and back.

Ford Cracks Under Pressure, Recalls 150,000 F-150s

February 23, 2011 3:23 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under government pressure, Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will recall nearly 150,000 F-150 pickup trucks to fix air bags that could deploy without warning. The recall covers trucks from the 2005-2006 model years in the United States and Canada for what the auto company calls a "relatively low risk" of the air bag deploying inadvertently.

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Alcoa's CEO Sees Compensation Rise To $12.3 Million

February 23, 2011 3:20 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The CEO of Alcoa Inc. saw his compensation rise about 10 percent last year, to $12.3 million, as the aluminum company posted its first full-year profit after two years of losses, according to an Associated Press calculation from the company's proxy statement. The salary for Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld was unchanged at $1.

Comdust Safety Standard Stumbles

February 22, 2011 10:46 am | by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The NFPA 654 committee is working on “emergency” interim changes after the updated combustible dust safety standard was rejected by its members. National Fire Protection Act (NFPA) 654, the standard for the prevention of fire and dust explosions from combustible particulate solids, is facing a number of hurdles.

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Prevent Falls With A Post

February 22, 2011 8:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Miller Fall Protection (Franklin, PA) announces the new Miller Fusion Roof Anchor Post, which is a versatile single-point anchor that adapts to a wide range of roof designs, including seam, membrane, metal sheathing, concrete, and wood. Additional features include: A quick, easy attachment to the roof surface, which reduces installation time by more than 50 percent.

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