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Precision-Cut Fences, Doors

January 24, 2011 5:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

MISUMI USA, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has announced new additions to its Aluminum Extrusion Safety Fences and Doors. The HFUAY and HFUBY Safety Mesh Fences feature yellow-painted extruded aluminum frames, which are constructed of cut-to-order lengths of MISUMI’s HFS Aluminum Extrusion Series profile.

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Calling Out Costco 

January 24, 2011 5:30 am | by by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

After calling on Costco for years and getting nowhere, one manufacturer took some unorthodox steps toward gaining access to a targeted distributor. Mitch Liss is the president of Edsal Mfg. Co. Inc., an American manufacturer of steel shelving based out of Chicago. His company started humbly, opening in the 1950s out of a small garage with roughly $800 and some simple machinery.

Toyota Opens Two More U.S. Quality Control Offices

January 24, 2011 3:48 am | News | Comments

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Toyota Motor Sales has opened two more U.S. product quality field offices, more than a year after safety-related product recalls bruised the company's reputation for building safe, reliable cars. The offices, located in Houston and Jacksonville, Fla., will put more Toyota researchers in the field, helping the Japanese auto giant detect and address quality problems, the company said.

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China's Stealth Fighter Could Use Stolen U.S. Technology

January 24, 2011 3:45 am | by Susan Stojanovic and Slobodan Lekic, Associated Press | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — Chinese officials recently unveiled a new, high-tech stealth fighter that could pose a significant threat to American air superiority — and some of its technology, it turns out, may well have come from the U.S. itself. Balkan military officials and other experts have told The Associated Press that in all probability the Chinese gleaned some of their technological know-how from an American F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999.

2011 Hiring Plans Most Positive In More Than A Decade

January 24, 2011 3:38 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industry economists say the U.S. economic recovery is gaining strength, with more firms expressing positive hiring plans than in over a decade. A new survey from the National Association for Business Economics finds that economists are more hopeful about overall economic growth, the job market and demand for companies' products and services by many measures than they have been since the start of the Great Recession.

Obama: Freer Trade Will Boost Our Economy

January 24, 2011 3:33 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pitched freer trade as a prescription for U.S. job growth Saturday and said the nation must spare no effort to open markets abroad. Warming up for a State of the Union address that is expected to focus on jobs and the economy, Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday that getting access to foreign markets is the reason he met China's President Hu Jintao at the White House in the past week.

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California Bans The Century-Old Incandescent Bulb

January 24, 2011 3:31 am | by Noaki Schwartz, Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The brightest bulb in most homes for more than a century is fading toward darkness this year as California turns out the light on the century-old incandescent. Beginning Jan. 1, the state began phasing out certain energy-sucking bulbs, federal standards the rest of the country will enact next year.

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GM To Hire 650, Export $900 Million In Goods To China

January 24, 2011 3:27 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will add a shift and more than 650 jobs at its assembly plant in Flint where it makes the hot-selling GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks, a person familiar with the plan said Saturday. The move is yet another sign that truck sales are on the rise for the recovering automaker.

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Easy-To-Maintain Dryers

January 21, 2011 10:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Eclipse Desiccant Dryer line from ZEKS Compressed Air Solutions (West Chester, PA) is designed to minimize the time and effort associated with scheduled maintenance by keeping all serviceable parts available for convenient access. The design also results in a low overall height, which allows it to be installed in locations where competitive dryers will not fit.

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Take A Ride As You Clean

January 21, 2011 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The T16 Battery-Powered Rider Scrubber from Tennant Company (Minneapolis, MN) is designed to provide facility managers with a powerhouse scrubber for improved safety, productivity, and performance. The T16 can reduce operating costs up to 20 percent compared to traditional scrubbing methods, and the design uses a Touch-N-Go control module that allows the operator to keep both hands on the wheel while operating the scrubbing functions.

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Turbocharge Your Forklift

January 21, 2011 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hyster Company (Las Vegas, NV) has created the H190-360HD2 heavy-duty pneumatic lift truck series, with lifting capacities of 19,000 to 36,000 pounds. Each uses a Cummins QSB 6.7 Tier 3 industrial diesel engine with a turbocharger and intercooler. The mated three-speed autoshift transmission allows for precise inching and smooth shifting.

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Strong, Food-Safe Bins

January 21, 2011 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Decade Products (Grand Rapids, MI) has developed a 48x48 Fixed-Wall container, constructed of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) structural foam. The bins are strong, yet lightweight, and offer corrosion resistance. According to the company, they require virtually no maintenance. Unlike other types of containers, the Decade products meet USDA/HACCP standards for direct food contact.

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Protection From Dangerous Forklifts

January 21, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Saf-T-Bump, LLC (Cleveland, TN) has developed a new product to pad the sharp exposed forks on forklifts while they are in a raised position, and not in use. The pads are made from a tough, yet soft polymer that is designed for shock absorption. They come in highly-visible safety orange, yellow, or green.

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It's Okay To Be Over-'Bearing'

January 21, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new SGi Shaft Grounding Bearing Isolator from Garlock (Palmyra, NY) helps protect bearings from electrical damage, as well as from lubricant loss and contamination. It combines the technologies of the GUARDIAN non-sparking bronze labyrinth seal and the AEGIS shaft grounding ring, in a single unit.

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Automate Your Material Handling

January 21, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FLA 1650 AGV, from Amerden, Inc. (Augustine, FL), provides a flexible material handling link between production lines and warehousing. The vehicle provides automatic pick-up and drop-off of unitized loads, and laser guidance for ease of installation and maximum flexibility within a plant’s given layout.

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Optimizing Your Solar Potential

January 21, 2011 4:24 am | by Dr. Gilad Almogy, CEO, Cogenra Solar | Articles | Comments

With an uncertain economic climate, processors are now more than ever looking to cut costs and foster long-term financial stability. It’s no surprise that the energy-intensive nature of processing leaves many producers vulnerable to rising electricity and fuel prices. These financial motivators coupled with new environmental guidelines and strict industry regulations are prompting many processors to reassess how to most effectively meet their energy needs.

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Preventive Maintenance For A Torque Wrench

January 21, 2011 4:21 am | by Steve Hands, Service Manager with Mountz Torque (Foley, AL) | Articles | Comments

To maintain consistent accuracy, torque wrenches must be checked periodically for wear or defective parts. A properly structured preventive maintenance program optimizes tool performance and reduces unexpected downtime, thereby saving time and money. The more often a  torque wrench  is used the faster it will wear or go out of calibration.

Obama Shows Off Economic Successes, Friendship With GE

January 21, 2011 4:00 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants to cast some light on economic success stories in the shadows of a slow recovery. And he is looking to find some more. On Friday, the president travels to Schenectady, N.Y., birthplace of the General Electric Co., to showcase a new GE deal with India and announce a restructured presidential advisory board to focus on increasing employment and competitiveness.

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Google's 'Adult Supervision' Steps Aside

January 21, 2011 3:52 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eric Schmidt, a technology veteran brought in as Google Inc.'s "adult supervision" a decade ago, is relinquishing the CEO job to Larry Page, one of the prodigies who co-founded the company behind the Internet's dominant gateway. The surprise shake-up announced Thursday appears to be driven by Schmidt's desire to tackle other challenges as much as Page's personal ambition.

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Dwindling Demand Leads To 1,100 Boeing Job Cuts

January 21, 2011 3:39 am | News | Comments

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Dwindling domestic demand for C-17 cargo planes will force Boeing Co. to slash 1,100 jobs at its U.S. plants, most of them in Long Beach where the aerospace giant has cut 13,000 jobs since the 1990s, the company said Thursday. The 900 jobs in Long Beach and 200 jobs at plants in Mesa, Ariz.

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