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Pratt & Whitney Workers Rally One Last Time To Stop Layoffs

November 30, 2010 3:56 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Workers at jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut fear they may be running out of time to prevent job losses. The Machinists union beat the subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. in federal court earlier this year, preventing it from shutting two engine repair shops and shipping 1,000 jobs to Columbus, Ga.

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Toyota To Replace 650,000 Prius Pumps, Not A Recall

November 30, 2010 3:55 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is replacing the pumps that cool the hybrid system in 650,000 Prius cars — the Japanese automaker's prized green vehicle — in a new blow to the automaker's reputation for quality. Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Paul Nolasco said Tuesday the fix is needed in Prius cars for model years 2004 through to 2007.

Garland Company Closes Out Award-Winning Year

November 29, 2010 9:39 am | News | Comments

Despite the continuing recession, The Garland Company, Inc., a mid-sized roofing manufacturer headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, has been the recipient of several achievement awards in 2010. In May, the company was honored with a Manny Award from Ohio’s Inside Business magazine.

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Easily-Programmable Motion Control

November 29, 2010 9:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America (Waukegan, IL) has released the MP2600iec motion controller, which provides motion control of 1 or 1.5 axis along with machine control. The machine controller supports all five IEC61131-3 programming languages: Ladder Diagram, Function Block, Structures Text, Sequential Function Chart, and Instruction List.

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More Efficient, Cheaper Electric Pumps

November 29, 2010 9:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ZE series of 600 bar electric pumps from Enerpac (Milwaukee, WI) have been engineered to save power and increase reliability by reducing the number of moving parts it incorporates, according to the company. The enclosed, fan-cooled electric motor supplies extended life and stands up to harsh industrial environments.

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Spy On Your Building

November 29, 2010 9:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wahl Instruments Inc. (Asheville, NC) has announced the addition of the HSI3000B to its line of Heat Spy Thermal Imaging Cameras. The system has been designed for building diagnostics, making it ideal for thermographers and building maintenance staff alike. The HIS3000B has a temperature sensitivity of 0.

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'Barge'-Sized Pumps

November 29, 2010 9:01 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The LS Barge pump, built by Ruhrpumpen (Tulsa, OK) is a vertical, self-contained pump with a primary self-priming first-stage impeller capable of handling products for efficient stripping. The vertical unit requires minimal space and handles a large variety of petroleum distillates and other materials.

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Q&A: Packaging Can Be More Sustainable

November 29, 2010 5:08 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacuring | Articles | Comments

Interview with Derric Brown, Director of Sustainability, Evergreen Packaging Packaging sustainability continues to be an important issue for food manufacturers. Improving sustainability can be as simple as the choice of packaging, whether it be can, plastic bag or cardboard box — each package has its own benefits.

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SAP Hit With Record $1.3B Copyright Infringement Suit

November 29, 2010 3:53 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On the losing end of a $1.3 billion jury verdict for stealing a rival's intellectual property, SAP AG is facing the difficult decision about whether to double down — by appealing — or folding. Either route is going to cost the German company dearly, and will have implications for how other technology companies approach copyrights.

Your '12 Days' Christmas List Costs Nearly $100,000

November 29, 2010 3:51 am | by Jennifer C. Yates, Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — In the unlikely event that your Christmas list this year includes every item mentioned in "The Twelve Days of Christmas," be prepared to pay nearly $100,000. Trying to buy the 364 items repeated in all the song's verses — from 12 drummers drumming to a partridge in a pear tree — would cost $96,824, an increase of 10.

Fiat Seeks Chrysler For An Italian Joint Venture

November 29, 2010 3:49 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

MILAN (AP) — Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne on Friday proposed a joint venture with Chrysler LLC to build Alfa Romeo and Jeep brand vehicles at Turin's Mirafiori auto plant. But he said he needed union cooperation to make the factory more competitive. The proposal marks the first significant step toward integration in Europe between the Italian and U.

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Food Manufacturers — The FDA Is About To Get Even More Friendly

November 29, 2010 3:47 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration would have to step up inspections of food plantsunder legislation the Senate is expected to pass this week. The bill, which has stalled in that chamber for more than a year, would give the FDA authority to order a recall of tainted products.

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Hershey To Mars: Stop Copying Our Packaging

November 29, 2010 3:43 am | by Marc Levy, Associated Press | News | Comments

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bitter rivals in the candy aisle may also duke it out in court. The Hershey Co. sued Mars Inc. this week in federal district court, with the maker of Hershey's and Reese's chocolate candies accusing the maker of Snickers, M&Ms and Dove candies of mimicking some of its packaging.

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Penn. Tooling Worker Injured By Burst Water Pipe

November 29, 2010 3:42 am | News | Comments

FAIRVIEW, Pa. (AP) — A worker is being treated and undergoing medical tests after he was hurt when a water line burst at a precision tool plant in northwestern Pennsylvania. Matrix Tool president Tim Lewis says company officials still don't know whether the worker was hit with a piece of pipe, hit his head when he fell or was injured in some other way.

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Biodegradable Design

November 23, 2010 10:39 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development (PD&D) | Articles | Comments

Plastics are everywhere in our daily lives; from the packaging that keeps our cold cuts fresh to the containers we use to store out personal items and to discard our trash. According to Anne Trafton,  MIT News Office in  One Word: Bioplastic , the United States produced 101.

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Breaking Up Over Coffee

November 23, 2010 9:08 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Breaking up is a very delicate art with so many intricate details. There is the venue—do you do it over the phone or in person? If you do it in person, should you do it over dinner, or maybe something shorter like a cup of coffee? The café breakup is often a popular choice. It’s short and sweet, and let’s face it, the pang of heartbreak may be slightly lessened by ingesting legal stimulants.

Clean Rooms Adapt To A Changing Industry

November 23, 2010 9:01 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief, PharmPro | Articles | Comments

When you think of the pharmaceutical industry one of the first images that comes to mind is that of the clean room operator. Covered from head-to-toe in a white garment, mask and gloves on, manipulating a piece of sophisticated equipment designed to produce the life-saving drugs we have all come to rely on.

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Higher-Than-High-Quality Hoses

November 22, 2010 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The GilaFlex Inner-braided PVC Air Hose from Coilhose Pneumatics (East Brunswick, NJ) is the newest addition to the company’s line of high-quality hoses. The visible safety orange cover does not trap dirt and is easy to clean — according to the company — and a special blend of PVC allows the hose to lay flat on the ground or floor.

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Make Consistent And Accurate Bends 

November 22, 2010 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Greenlee  (Rockford, IL) offers the 555 series benders and the 855GX IntelliBender. According to the company, they are designed to make consistent and accurate bends in EMT, IMC, Steel Rigid, Aluminum Rigid, Stainless Steel Rigid, and PVC Coated Steel Rigid conduit. The patent pending solid-state control system uses current-limiting technology to protect the motor and on-board electronics from a variety of job site power sources, like generators and temporary drops, as well as eliminates arcing and the potential for relay failure.

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Anti-Pinch, Non-Slip 

November 22, 2010 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VISE-GRIP curved jaw locking pliers from  Irwin  (Phoenix, AZ) feature a self-energizing lower jaw. According to the company, the jaw tightens for maximum grip as torque is applied to the tool. They are available in two core models: Fast Release, with a one-handed, triggerless release and anti-pinch, non-slip ProTouch™ Grips; and Original, with a classic trigger release.

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