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Water Jetting Goes Automatic

March 18, 2011 10:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

NLB Corp. (Wixom, MI) has developed wireless controls for its automated water jet Crawler, which is a surface preparation tool for towers and other large structures that does not expose personnel to the risk of falling. The SRT-10-W Crawler removes coatings and scale faster than manual methods using only ultra-high pressure water (up to 40,000 psi).

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Guard Your Pallet Racks

March 18, 2011 10:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Damotech (Boisbriand, Canada) has introduced the Damo Super Guard, which protects pallet racks in warehouses from damage, typically from forklifts. The Super Guard offers an extra level of durability, including five anchor bolts with high shearing capacity to sustain the most common impacts in warehouse environments.

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New, Better Butterfly Valves

March 18, 2011 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Assured Automation (Clark, NJ) has announced two new butterfly valve series, the first of which is the FK Polypropylene Butterfly Valve Series. This line offers superior strength and chemical resistance in highly-corrosive environments. The valves feature double, self-lubricating seals and direct-mount actuator capability.

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Transforming Product Complexity Into Cash

March 18, 2011 9:04 am | by Louis Columbus, Cincom Systems | Articles | Comments

When considering product configuration systems it is easy to become inwardly focused and lose out on the greatest benefits as a result. If you are using a product configuration system today or are considering implementing one, remember this one point: Your customers’ experiences with your selling strategies and systems are all that really matter.

The Continued Evolution Of SaaS ERP

March 18, 2011 9:01 am | Articles | Comments

The evolution of software-as-a-service ERP is one of the most widely-discussed topics in the manufacturing industry today. Mark Symonds, CEO and President of  Plex Systems , a provider of SaaS ERP software, recently spoke with  Manufacturing Business Technology  about the latest trends surrounding this technology.

Keeping The Oyster Boats Afloat

March 18, 2011 8:49 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

This story originally ran in the  March 2011  issue of Food Manufacturing . The nation’s largest shipper of Gulf Coast oysters has fallen on hard times. Still recovering from a natural disaster, operations were set back again when BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April, 2010.

New To You

March 18, 2011 8:31 am | by Bruce Hamilton, OldLeanDude.org | Articles | Comments

There is a sign along a roadway I travel that puts a wonderfully positive spin on the purchase of a used car. A 2006 Rav4 with 59,000 miles may have been around the block a few times, but at Boch Superstore it’s “NEW TO YOU.” I often recall that headline in a similar context when I’m visiting a new customer for the first time.

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Drive Technology For A Bottling Plant

March 18, 2011 7:53 am | by NORD Drive Systems | Articles | Comments

The Hacklberger Getränke- und Logistikcenter (Hacklberger Beverages and Logistics Center), founded in 1998, is a spin-off of the Hacklberger brewery, where according to historical documents, beer has been brewed since 1618. The company supplies about 1,200 beverage dealers and is one of the largest breweries in the German area of Bavaria.

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Micro-Sized Inspection Cameras

March 18, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

RIDGID (Elyria, OH) has introduced the micro CA-100 view-only inspection camera as the newest addition to its Hand-Held Diagnostic and Inspection product line. The micro CA-100 camera allows for more detailed visual digital inspection in hard-to-reach areas. According to the company, the 3.

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Weigh With Speed, Precision

March 18, 2011 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

METTLER TOLEDO (Columbus, OH) has introduced the versatile WMS weigh modules, which can be integrated into automated processes with ease. According to the company, they meet demanding standards and quality requirements. The FDA-compliant stainless steel design features overload stops and a long service life.

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Valves That Handle The Highest Pressures

March 18, 2011 7:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Badger Meter (BMI; Milwaukee, WI) has added the Ultra High Pressure Valve Assembly HP-60 to its product line. It is engineered for use in high-pressure chemical applications in need of a 60,000 psi, low-flow control valve. It is designed with a 17-4ph alloy and solid Stellite Innervalve assembly, allowing it to withstand intense pressure.

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See Oil Spills With A 'Flare'

March 18, 2011 7:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

New Pig Corporation (Tipton, PA) has introduced the PIG Oil-Only Absorbent Mat with Color Flare Technology, which is specifically designed to change color to reveal light-colored oil leaks. The outer spunbond layer contains oil-indicating wax dots, which dissolve in oil to release dye. This process “flares” bright blue to provide a clear visual indication that mineral oil or hydraulic fluid is leaking.

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Factory Production Signals Increased Hiring Soon

March 18, 2011 4:47 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Factories are producing more cars, computers and household appliances, and applications for unemployment benefits over the past four weeks are at the lowest point since summer 2008. Economic data released Thursday suggest that March will be the second straight month of strong job growth.

GM Forced To Halt Production At Shreveport Plant

March 18, 2011 4:41 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A shortage of parts from Japan will force General Motors Co. to halt production at its pickupplant in Shreveport, La., next week, the company said Thursday. It's the first time a U.S.-based automaker will stop production in North America over parts shortages caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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Why Inflation Hurts More Now Than 30 Years Ago

March 18, 2011 4:38 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation spooked the nation in the early 1980s. It surged and kept rising until it topped 13 percent. These days, inflation is much lower. Yet to many Americans, it feels worse now. And for a good reason: Their income has been even flatter than inflation. Back in the '80's, the money people made typically more than made up for high inflation.

Alabama Firm Buys Weapon Manufacturer Under Investigation

March 18, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An Alabama company has bought the assets of a Nashville weapons manufacturerwhose former owner and operators face federal charges of illegally exporting weapon parts overseas. Manroy USA, headquartered in Scottsboro, Ala., finalized the $4.95 million sale this week in a federal bankruptcy court auction for Sabre Defence Industries, LLC, which has current contracts with the military to provide parts for the .

China Suspends Three, Punishes Dozens Over Tainted Pork

March 18, 2011 4:30 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Three senior officials in central China have been suspended and more than two dozen others punished after pigs in farms there tested positive for a banned chemical that can be dangerous to humans, state media said Friday. Tainted pork has become the latest food safety scandal to shock China after state broadcaster CCTV ran an expose earlier this week showing that several farms in Henan province were using the fat-burning drug, clenbuterol, in pig feed.

Auto Critic Quits After Calling Chrysler 200 A 'Dog'

March 18, 2011 4:28 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit News' auto critic said Thursday that he resigned because editors demanded that he delete sections of a scathing review of the Chrysler 200, a car promoted in a popular Super Bowl television ad starring rapper Eminem. Scott Burgess' original review made it into the newspaper's March 10 print edition.

Needle In The Haystack

March 17, 2011 12:05 pm | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

While it’s difficult to specify the best bearing — each application calls for different performance and cost characteristics — the needle bearing can take many forms. Needle bearings can often offer major advantages over conventional bushings because they operate with a rolling motion rather than a sliding motion.

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Get Power Anywhere

March 17, 2011 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation (Germantown, WI) has developed the CPO Series DIN-rail Mount Outlet Boxes to provide control cabinets with power for common tools, including laptops and testing equipment. The CPO Series utilizes a UL 498 Receptacle, which is ideal for UL 508 panels. In addition, the PVC housing measures just 60mm by 109mm and features an ABS plastic cover.

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