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A Waste-Reducing Skimmer

March 4, 2011 7:50 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Keller Products, Inc. (Lexington, MA) has developed the TKO-10-DP pump/skimmer specifically for dye penetrant applications, which are used to detect cracks, seams, or porosity in the surfaces of the parts. The system pulls the penetrant from the surface of the tank through a floating inlet valve using an air-operated pump, separates the penetrant from the rinse water with a permanent separator element, and returns water to the rinse tank at a high flow rate.

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Ball Valves In Many Sizes

March 4, 2011 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The True Union Ball Valves — from Spectrom Parts (Grand Terrace, CA) — come in 1/2”, 1”, 1-1/2”, 2”, and 3” sizes, and are constructed of Georg Fisher PVC or CPVC. They have threaded or rocket connections, with the option of EPDM or Viton seals. TUBCs come in standard pipe sizes so they will work with any matching sized and material piping system.

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Abrasive Cutting In Many Ways

March 4, 2011 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The AbrasiMatic 300 abrasive cutter from Buehler (Lake Bluff, IL) now features the optional X-Bed for increased convenience when sectioning in the x-axis direction. The accompanying digital display tracks x-axis travel, improving precision, consistency, and repeatability in serial (parallel) sectioning applications.

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Flowmeters Use Sound On Big Pipes

March 4, 2011 7:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

KROHNE, Inc. (Peabody, MA) has developed the OPTISONIC 6400 portable ultrasonic flowmeter for liquids, which measures the flow velocity, the current volumetric flow, and a variety of other diagnostic values. According to the company, the OPTISONIC 6400 is compact and easy to install by attaching the sensor rail to the pipe and plugging in all the cables.

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Monitoring Your Brain Waves

March 4, 2011 5:25 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

Escaping the sub-zero weather in Wisconsin is enough to make the convention experience worthy of the time, effort, and expense. I arrived in Anaheim and walked off of the plane a sweaty mess covered in jackets, multiple layers, and gloves engineered for the Arctic. The ability to take a mid-winter stroll to the Medical Device & Manufacturing conference and exhibition without fear of frostbite and numbing limbs was refreshing; however, meeting with Julien Penders, program manager of Body Area Networks for imec, was an equally exhilarating experience.

Foul-Smelling Plant Causes Local Children To Vomit

March 4, 2011 3:40 am | News | Comments

COACHELLA, Calif. (AP) — It's the Mecca everyone wants to make a pilgrimage away from. Complaints of foul odors sickening residents of the California desert community of Mecca have prompted a smog control agency to step up an air monitoring effort on Thursday. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said it has concluded that a waste recycling facility just north of Mecca is the source of the stinky fumes.

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Economists: Factory Orders Rose 2 Percent In January

March 4, 2011 3:32 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses likely ordered more manufactured goods from U.S. factories in January, but much of the gain is expected to come from a sharp rise in volatile aircraft orders. Economists expect factory orders rose 2 percent in January. The new report will be released at 10 a.m. EST Friday.

GM Cancels Shifts Due To Fire At Major Supplier

March 4, 2011 3:29 am | by David Runk, Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. canceled production shifts at assembly plants in Flint, Mich., and Lordstown, Ohio, and made changes at several others because of a fire at an auto parts plant in Michigan that makes interior components for a number of automakers, the company said Thursday.

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Paper Companies To Pay $700M For Green Bay Cleanup

March 4, 2011 3:26 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge in Wisconsin has ordered NCR Corp. and Appleton Papers Inc. to pay an estimated $700 million to clean a contaminated river, the latest effort to hold paper makers accountable for toxins in the Green Bay waterway. NCR, based in Atlanta, and Appleton, based in the Wisconsin city of the same name, must share responsibility for cleaning up the most contaminated segment of the Fox River, U.

Unemployment Falls To 8.9 Percent With New Jobs

March 4, 2011 3:21 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers hired in February at the fastest pace in almost a year and the unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent — a nearly two-year low. The economy added 192,000 jobs last month, with factories, professional and business services, education and health care among those expanding employment.

Fired Indian Workers Burn Executive To Death

March 4, 2011 3:20 am | News | Comments

BHUBANESHWAR, India (AP) — Indian police detained two people after an angry mob of fired workers burned to death a senior executive of a steel factory, an official said Friday. After learning they were laid off, about a dozen workers attacked a vehicle carrying Radhey Shyam Roy as he was leaving the factory in eastern Orissa state on Thursday, dousing the Jeep with gasoline and setting it on fire, said police Superintendent Ajay Kumar Sarangi.

Choosing The Right Metal Detector

March 3, 2011 7:00 am | by John Klinge, Product Manager, Metal Detection | Articles | Comments

Today's industrial metal detectors — with better technology and numerous features — now make it possible to consider using them at several stages along a production line, not just near the end before the product is stored or shipped. In fact, metal detectors should be used wherever there is the chance that ferrous or nonferrous metal particles may contaminate a product stream.

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A Greener Supply Chain Starts At The Dock

March 3, 2011 6:39 am | by Michael Brittingham, Manager of Marketing Communications, 4Front Engineered Solutions | Articles | Comments

More and more companies are becoming aware of the need for a greener supply chain. A recent Material Handling Institute of America survey of material handling and logistics management found that 79 percent of facilities have instituted or are planning to institute sustainability goals for their operations.

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Value-Focused Supply Management

March 3, 2011 5:53 am | by William Gindlesperger, Chief Executive Officer, e-LYNXX Corporation | Articles | Comments

Value Focused Supply Management is an approach for creating and implementing long-term strategies for key purchase categories and their suppliers that goes beyond just competitive sourcing. This concept was presented at the 2010 Institute of Supply Management Annual International Supply Management Conference in a major research initiative by CAPS (Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies) Research and A.

Longer-Lasting Tool Grades

March 3, 2011 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Beyond platform of high-performance tool grades from Kennametal (Latrobe, PA) is now available in inserts for the company’s FixPerfect system, which promises improved toughness and wear-resistance, resulting in higher turning productivity and safety. The FixPerfect system features a proprietary shaped pocket for high clamping forces, very low cutting forces, chip control, and an improved process stability.

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Faster, Smarter CMM Inspection

March 3, 2011 5:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new PH20 probe head from Renishaw (Hoffman Estates, IL) has a unique “head touch” capability for high-speed point capture with minimal CMM movement. With its infinite positional capability, it increases touch-trigger CMM inspection throughput by up to three times, plus 5-axis inspection capability to smaller CMMs.

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LPS Celebrates 50 Year With Time-Tested Lubricants

March 3, 2011 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

LPS Laboratories (Tucker, GA) has announced its 50th anniversary with a limited edition of the United States LPS 1, LPS 2 Industrial Strength Lubricant, and LPS 3 Heavy-Duty Rust Inhibitor. The aerosol cans come with a “retro” look, which is similar to the design of the original cans in the early 1960s.

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Flow Meters For Difficult Environments

March 3, 2011 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Badger Meter (Milwaukee, WI) has released their industrial oval gear flow meter — the Model IOG — for flow measurement solutions compatible with viscous or highly-corrosive fluids. The flow meters are available in two different construction materials: aluminum with liquid crystal polymer gears (for petroleum, non-acids, oil, paint and ink applications), and stainless steel with stainless steel gears (for cosmetic, acid, water mix and fertilizer applications).

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The Light Bulb: More Complicated Than You Think

March 2, 2011 5:54 am | Videos | Comments

With incandescent bulbs on their way out, it's a good time to take a look back at the technology that has been almost ubiquitous for decades. Bill Hammack, a professor at the University of Illinois — Urbana, take a close-up view at the filament, which is much more complicated than many of us would have expected.

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Where Is Volvo Headed?

March 2, 2011 5:54 am | Videos | Comments

Now that Volvo is a Chinese-owned company, what does its future hold? CEO Stefan Jacoby says that the company's new focus is China, with U.S. and Europe coming in a distant second, with the new V60 plug-in hybrid leading the charge. 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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