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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.

America's Skilled Worker Shortage

February 7, 2011 5:15 am | Articles | Comments

According to a recent New York Times article: Despite the fact that there have been 2 million manufacturing employees laid off since 2007, manufacturers are still facing skilled worker shortages. According to the article, “Plenty of people are applying for jobs. The problem, the companies say, is a mismatch between the kind of skilled workers needed and the ranks of the unemployed.

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How Industrial Wiping Can Be Environmentally Sustainable

February 7, 2011 5:02 am | by Dave Hoeller, Category Manager, Kimberly-Clark Professional | Articles | Comments

Given the number of industrial wipes used every day by large and small industrial facilities alike, is it possible for a facility’s use of industrial wipers to be environmentally sustainable? The answer is “yes” if the facility considers the entire wiper product lifecycle in its purchasing policies for this ubiquitous tool.

Michigan Man Develops Car With 'Universal' Parts

February 7, 2011 4:03 am | by Jameson Cook, The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) — Colin Kelly Sikkila has an idea he believes helps make vehicles more affordable for car buyers and more profitable for automakers. A retired metal model maker at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Sikkila designed a model car that could be used as a blueprint for building a car with several identical parts on the front and back, such as the hood and trunk lids, doors, fenders and windows.

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Despite Hubbub, U.S. Does Not Cite China For Currency

February 7, 2011 3:58 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration declined to cite China for manipulating its currency to gain trade advantages against the United States. The Treasury Department on Friday noted that China last June said it would begin allowing its currency to rise against the dollar. The agency said the pace of revaluation has been too slow since and more rapid appreciation is needed.

Ford To Expand U.S. Production By 13 Percent

February 7, 2011 3:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ford Motor Co. will increase factory production 13 percent in the first quarter because of higher demand for Ford and Lincoln brand cars and trucks, and further increases are likely through the year, company executives said Sunday. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker said its sales to individual buyers rose 27 percent in January, a strong increase that shows demand for Ford products like the Explorer sport utility vehicle is on the rise.

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Chrysler CEO Complains About 'Shyster Rates' Of Bailout Interest

February 7, 2011 3:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chrysler's CEO apologized Saturday for the way he described the interest rates the U.S. and Canadian governments are charging on the bailouts his company received in 2008 and 2009. Sergio Marchionne, speaking Friday during an automotive conference in San Francisco, called the interest rates a "thorn" in his side and said that refinancing the two loans would mean no longer having to explain the "shyster rates.

Despite High Unemployment, Layoffs Decline Rapidly

February 7, 2011 3:46 am | by Derek Kravitz and Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. labor force has been split into two groups: the relieved and the desperate. Those who have a job are less likely to lose it than at any point in at least 14 years. Those who are unemployed are in trouble. Finding a job remains a struggle 20 months after the recession technically ended.

Obama, Business Leaders Seek Common Ground

February 7, 2011 3:42 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama named Gene Sperling as his chief economic adviser, two of Sperling's early calls went to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue. Known for his pugilistic style, Donohue wasted no time. Come on over, he said.

When 'Creativity And Innovation' Means Everything

February 4, 2011 11:00 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Tom Moran, COO and President of Midwest Plastic Fabricators, stands next to the "ferris wheel," one of many homemade technological innovations he has developed over his 30-year engineering career. Tom Moran, COO of Ohio’s Midwest Plastic Fabricators (MPF), has a unique story to tell.

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Scared Straight By Foreign Object Damage

February 4, 2011 10:28 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Dallas at the request of Snap-On, the well-known manufacturer of all things tooling. At the event, they educated me and other members of the press on a tool crib that takes all of the hassle out of asset management. All tools removed from the crib are automatically detected by the system.

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Labels, Containers, And More

February 4, 2011 5:45 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Melmor Associates Inc. (Niles, OH) has added a new label holder line and material handling identification line. The label holder is a placard label holder, which enables the user to repetitively label returnable containers, pallet racks, and flock racks, without the mess of label and adhesive build-up.

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Indestructible Steam Hoses

February 4, 2011 5:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eaton Corporation (Eden Prairie, MN) has developed a new line of steam hose that was engineered to provide maximum safety. The Steam Slayer hose combines a chlorobutyl tube with high-tensile steel wire reinforcement and an Ethylene Proylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) cover to produce a hose with a 10:1 burst safety factor.

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Bolle Brings Eyewear To The U.S.

February 4, 2011 5:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bollé (Overland Park, KS) has announced the launch of its Bollé Safety product line to the U.S. safety eyewear market. According to the company, the line is known for its performance, style, and comfort. To support the launch, Bollé has reached a distribution agreement with Protective Industrial Products, Inc.

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Stop Cutting Hoses With Razor Blades

February 4, 2011 5:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TC-1 tube and hose cutter — from Beswick (Greenland, NH) is a precision tool for making square cuts, and uses chrome-plated metal for strength. A plastic coating is then applied to the handles to improve the feel. According to the company, the V-shaped head ensures straight cuts and prevents jagged edges, which makes it easier to use than a utility knife or razor.

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Obama Proposes Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

February 4, 2011 3:58 am | by Ben Feller, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — President Barack Obama, turning briefly to his eclipsed domestic agenda Thursday, called on the nation's businesses to make fresh investments in clean energy technology that lay a foundation for long-term American prosperity. He proposed a new tax credit and other measures to encourage businesses to retrofit their plants and reduce costs — steps that he said would save $40 billion a year in utility bills.

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