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Inclinometers For Many Purposes

November 17, 2010 3:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Fredericks Company (Huntingdon Valley, PA) has announced the release of its new Dual Axis Inclinometer with 0-5 V analog outputs (X and Y axes) for PWM and temperature. The new inclinometer is designed for all types of instrumentation and equipment, with an angle range of ±60° over the X and Y axis, 0.

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Despite Recession, Food Producers Expand, Invest

November 16, 2010 4:13 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — While the recession took a toll on manufacturing and other industries, one part of the U.S. economy has remained a bright spot over the past few years: food production. Across the nation, food producers are seeing enough growth that many are expanding and investing in new equipment.

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SPX Breaks Ground On $40M China Manufacturing Campus

November 16, 2010 4:06 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI, Nov. 16, 2010/PRNewswire/ -- SPX Corporation today reiterated its long-term commitment to China and the Asia-Pacific region with an official ground-breaking ceremony marking the start of construction of its new 53-acre China manufacturing campus, which is being built in the FOHO Economic Development Zone.

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Detroit Energy-From-Waste Plant Gets $50M Lifeline

November 16, 2010 3:55 am | News | Comments

DETROIT, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A coalition of public and private enterprises, led by Detroit Renewable Energy LLC, the new parent company of Detroit Thermal, LLC; along with the City of Detroit, the Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Authority, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324, Utility Workers Union of America, AFL, CIO Local 223, and DTE Energy, has attracted a $50 million investment to Detroit in a deal that assures a long-term, cost-effective and eco-friendly supply of renewable energy from waste derived fuel to support the essential energy needs of Detroit's core business districts.

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Industrial Production Falls Flat In October

November 16, 2010 3:45 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industrial production was unchanged in October, even as manufacturers revved up to produce more big-ticket goods for consumers and businesses. A drop in output by utilities offset factory growth. The Federal Reserve says that output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities was flat last month after falling by 0.

Gulfstream Aerospace Announces $500M Expansion

November 16, 2010 3:41 am | News | Comments

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Aircraft manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. said Monday it plans to add 1,000 employees over the next seven years as part of a $500 million expansion plan. Management cited order bookings, which increased in the third quarter to the highest level since mid-2008.

GM Ups Share Price, Cites High Demand

November 16, 2010 3:36 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A confident General Motors has added 20 million shares of preferred stock to its initial public offering, and it raised the estimated price range for common shares by about 14 percent to $32 to $33. The Detroit automaker, just 16 months out of bankruptcy protection, will now sell 80 million shares of preferred stock for $50 each when its offering takes place on Thursday.

The Advancement Of Air

November 15, 2010 10:04 am | by Dan Leiss, President, Jenny Products, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Compressors may not have drastically changed, but manufacturers still find ways to innovate. During one episode of the sitcom  Seinfeld , George Costanza made a profound observation about a product that had not seen any developments in his lifetime. “Everything else has changed.

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Water Filtering's Many Benefits

November 15, 2010 8:00 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Forsta Filters Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) has developed their self-cleaning water filters, which help reduce water use, improve energy efficiency, and are made from sustainable materials, according to the company. They are ideal for protecting heat exchangers, condenser tubes, and other water-cooled process equipment because they can control particulate levels.

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Be A Better Catcher

November 15, 2010 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Sitema Safety Catchers, manufactured by Sitema GmbH (Karlsruche, Germany), are clamping devices that mount around shafts to support vertical loads. They can decelerate and stop falling loadings, preventing personal injury or damage to equipment. A series of wedged clamping jaws are arranged inside the Safety Catcher housing, each with one slide lining and one brake lining.

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Protect Your Products

November 15, 2010 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pres-On (Addison, IL) has developed the PBWMF-4 white masking film, which can help prevent glass, auto trim, clear-coated aluminum and other polished surfaces from being scratched during manufacturing, shipping, or installation. PBWMF-4 is a 3.0 mil polyolefin film coated with a removable acrylic adhesive, and removes cleanly from most surfaces up to one year after deployment, depending on the application.

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Magnetic Powder Sorting

November 15, 2010 7:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez (Erie, PA) has announced its newly redesigned Dry Vibrating Magnetic Filter (DVMF) with a stainless steel construction option that makes it an ideal choice for handling various powders. The DVMF uses a high-intensity, high-gradient magnetic field generated in the bore of a solenoid coil.

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Reducing Wide Mouth PET Packaging Costs

November 15, 2010 6:30 am | Articles | Comments

By dividing the PET bottle manufacturing process into two steps instead of one, manufacturers experience significant savings in shipping and inventory costs. For decades, producers of PET blow-molded containers have been shipping bulky bottles and jars that contained nothing more than air, in many cases over long distances.

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Chinese Banks Ready To Turn The Tables, Invest In GM

November 15, 2010 4:08 am | by Sharon Silke Carty, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Among the banks helping General Motors with its initial public stock offering next week are two identified by initials only: ICBC and CICC. Americans uncomfortable with U.S. government ownership of General Motors may want to hear more: One of those banks is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, one of China's four big central government banks.

Belden Agrees To Buy Thomas & Betts Division

November 15, 2010 3:54 am | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Belden Inc., an electronics components maker, said Thursday it agreed to buy Thomas & Betts Corp.'s communications products business for $78 million in cash. Memphis, Tenn.-based Thomas & Betts said the communications products business is part of its electric segment.

Supermarket Irony: Some Reusable Bags Tainted By Lead

November 15, 2010 3:51 am | by Michael Gormley, Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, New York (AP) — A U.S. senator is seeking a federal investigation after a newspaper's report of lead content in some reusable grocery bags. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York told The Associated Press that many of the reusable grocery bags sold nationwide are manufactured in China.

What Are The Red Flags For GM's IPO?

November 15, 2010 3:50 am | by Sharon Silke Carty, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors executives are playing up three bright spots in the company's future as they try to persuade investors to buy GM stock: a better lineup of cars and trucks, potential for global growth and a new cost structure that enables the company to make money even when the economy dips.

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Retail Sales Hit Seven-Month High In October

November 15, 2010 3:49 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales, helped by strong demand for autos, increased in October by the largest amount in seven months. The Commerce Department reported Monday that retail sales rose 1.2 percent last month. That was nearly double the gain that had been expected and the largest increase since March.

Caterpillar To Buy Bucyrus For $7.6 Billion

November 15, 2010 3:47 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar, the world's largest construction and mining equipment maker, moved aggressively to capitalize on demand for commodities in emerging markets Monday with a $7.6 billion buyout of Bucyrus International. Bucyrus makes surface mining equipment used for mining coal, copper, iron ore, oil sands and other minerals.

The Value Of A True CRM Tool 

November 12, 2010 9:02 am | Articles | Comments

Elobau Sensor Technology was using software to manage contacts and customer interaction notes, but the software didn’t have follow-up features, the ability to access the information remotely via the Web, and didn’t allow users to share information in a common database. It became clear to Elobau management that the company needed a true customer relationship management (CRM) tool.

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