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Labeling Goes Portable

February 8, 2011 5:38 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Visual Workplace, Inc. (Bryon Center, MI) has introduced LabelShop, a portable labeling and bar code machine that enables users to quickly create adhesive-backed bar codes and labels. The system features a large keyboard and an LCD display for ease of use. Three 26’ long rolls of white label tape comes in widths of 0.

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Find Any Hydraulic Leaks

February 8, 2011 5:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spectronics Corporation (Westbury, NY) has introduced the OPK-341 Industrial Leak Detection Kit, an effective and efficient way to pinpoint the exact source of fluid leaks in hydraulic equipment, compressors, engines, and gearboxes. The OPTIMAX 3000 is a cordless, rechargeable blue light LED inspection flashlight.

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Get In Control Of Vibration

February 8, 2011 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Reid Supply (Muskegon, MI) is now offering hundreds of new products in its vibration control lines. These products can significantly cut down on the excessive motion that causes harmful noise levels on the plant floor. In addition, controlling excess motion also increases the service life of industrial equipment, as well as their support structures.

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Seal Up Your Welds

February 8, 2011 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

WeldSeal, a brush-on methacylate compound formulated for sealing porosity in welds that well contain gases under pressure or liquids, is now available from IMPCO Inc. (East Providence, RI). The WeldSeals low dynamic viscosity enables it to wick into pores and seams, allowing any excess material on the surface to be easily rinsed away with water.

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Boeing Begins Production At MidAmerica Assembly Plant

February 8, 2011 4:05 am | News | Comments

MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) — The Boeing Corp. says it has begun production at its new military aircraft assembly plant at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah. The Chicago-based aerospace giant announced Monday that it has 14 employees at work at the building that was formerly the airport's 50,000-square-foot warehouse.

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Gov't To Release Findings On Toyota Investigation

February 8, 2011 3:51 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is completing a 10-month investigation into runaway Toyotas, preparing a review that could address whether faulty electronics played a role in the Japanese automaker's safety recalls. The Transportation Department said it would issue on Tuesday the findings of its study, which has examined whether electronics or electromagnetic interference played a factor in Toyota Motor Corp.

AP: Manufacturing Lowers 'Main Street' Economic Stress

February 8, 2011 3:42 am | by Martin Crutsinger and Mike Schneider, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's economic stress inched up in December because higher foreclosures outweighed lower unemployment, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis. Bankruptcy levels remained largely unchanged from November. But the depressed housing market took a toll. Foreclosure rates rose in 33 states, most sharply in Utah, New Jersey, Nevada and Arizona.

Super Bowl Ad Recharges Love Of Detroit Automaking

February 8, 2011 3:39 am | by Jeff Karoub and Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — To a pulsating beat, hip-hop star Eminem drives a sleek Chrysler through the streets of Detroit, proudly cruising by the city's landmarks, towering skyscrapers and the hopeful faces of its people. His journey ends with an unapologetic message: "This is the Motor City, and this is what we do.

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Intel Continues Shipping Faulty Chips, Makes Buyers Promise

February 8, 2011 3:35 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Intel Corp. has resumed shipments of a chip with a known flaw. But in order to get it, computer makers must promise not to use it in designs that trigger the serious performance problem. Intel stopped production of the faulty "chipset" last month, after discovering that it would cause some computers to gradually lose their ability to talk to their hard disk and DVD drives.

Toyota's Quarterly Earnings Drop 39 Percent

February 8, 2011 3:32 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota reported a 39 percent slide in quarterly profit but raised its full-year forecasts as business booms in Asia and other emerging markets while image problems linger in the U.S. The results show a mixed picture for the world's biggest automaker, which is enjoying robust sales in Asia, Africa and South America while still trying to repair its reputation in the key U.

Top Five Packaging Trends in 2011

February 7, 2011 8:22 am | Articles | Comments

At the start of each New Year, along with the usual all-too-soon forgotten resolutions, many industry experts make predictions about where their industry is headed during the upcoming year, usually in the format of trends to watch.  

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Massive Bearings For Massive Loads

February 7, 2011 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kaydon Corporation ’s Bearings Division (Muskegon, MI) is now offering many models of its space-saving HS Series slewing ring bearings, which handle moment loads of up to 139,000 ft-lbs. The ability to deliver heavy load and thrust and space savings makes the series ideal for medium- to heavy-duty applications, such as cranes, aerial lifts, lift truck rotators, and industrial turntables.

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Shaft Alignment Gets Easier

February 7, 2011 7:58 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

VibrAlign (Richmond, VA) has launched a new wireless shaft alignment, the Fixturlaser GO Pro, which uses an adaptive and time-saving user interface, according to the company. Depending on what the measurement results show, the tool will guide the user through the alignment process. In addition, the new tool comes with the Verizontal Compound Move function, which eliminates the need to take more measurements after the vertical alignment.

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Better-Performing Butterfly Valves

February 7, 2011 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new line of High Performance Butterfly Valves from Assured Automation (Clark, NJ) offer Class VI shut-off and an advanced seat design, which provides a bi-directional interference and pressure-assisted seal. The valves are available in sizes from 2” to 12”, with a pressure rating up to 285 PSI for the 150-class, and 740 PSI for the 300-class valves.

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Work With Super-Tough Alloys

February 7, 2011 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Seco Tools (Troy, MI) has announced its new CBM 170 grade, the first PCBM grade developed specifically for the finish turning of nickel-based super alloys. The CBM 170 is designed for both toughness and wear-resistance, which makes it ideal for materials like Inconel 718, UDIMET, Waspaloy, MAR M, and more, according to the company.

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Reaping The Green

February 7, 2011 7:38 am | by by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturers have a lot to worry about these days. From the competitiveness of the global marketplace to the seemingly never-ending attempts at heightening efficiency, it’s easy to get bogged down in the minutiae without a clear idea as to where to begin.  But becoming bigger and better often requires some sort of expenditure.

The Case For Thermal Imaging

February 7, 2011 6:18 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In many ways, thermal imaging represents an opportunity to see your plant in a whole new light. It’s a revolutionary technology, one that allows manufacturing processionals to conduct a range of tasks, such as increasing efficiency in automated environments, detecting leaks in malfunctioning equipment, and conducting predictive maintenance.

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Paint Manufacturer Turns Up Volume

February 7, 2011 5:57 am | Articles | Comments

Since 1925, Dunn-Edwards Corporation has been a leading manufacturer and supplier of architectural and industrial coatings in the Southwest, providing a complete line of paints and painting supplies to professionals and quality-conscious consumers. Dunn-Edwards paints are manufactured exclusively in the Southwest and formulated specifically for the climate of the Southwest.

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Are You Ready for April Showers?

February 7, 2011 5:50 am | by Greg Bruce, Technical Training Manager, LPS Labs | Articles | Comments

So where do you start? If your facility was flooded, you have more than a simple moisture issue. Obviously there are many steps ahead of cleaning and drying out the electrical systems (such as debris removal and facility renovation) but let’s suppose you are ready to clean the electrical connections and components.

Q&A With John Nofsinger, CEO Of Material Handling Industry Of America (MHIA)

February 7, 2011 5:29 am | Articles | Comments

John Nofsinger is the current CEO of Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA). MHIA is an international trade association that has represented this industry since 1945. MHIA and affiliated organizations have sponsored trade events such as ProMat and MODEX 1012 for 60 years. More information on MHIA can be found on-line at www.

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