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Daily industrial news and top headlines for plant and maintenance managers

Bigfoot CMMS For Maintenance Operations

July 14, 2011 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bigfoot CMMS (computerized maintenance management system) from Smartware Group (Center Harbor, NH) is a web-based solution to improve facility and equipment maintenance operations. Features include preventative and predictive maintenance scheduling, equipment history tracking and reporting, and asset life cycle and parts inventory managing.

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A1000 Variable Speed Drive

July 14, 2011 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new A1000 Variable Speed Drive from Yaskawa America Inc. (Waukegan, IL) is compatible with interior and surface permanent magnet motors and provides up to 200 percent torque. The user-friendly configuration includes a multi-language LCD display, parameter storage, and application presets.

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Boeing's 787 Is Packed With High-tech

July 13, 2011 10:00 am | Videos | Comments

Boeing's 787, its newest passenger airliner, arrived in Japan last week for readiness tests ahead of its entry into commercial service. The 787 is not only the newest airliner in the skies, but it's also the most high-tech. 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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Tyson Cited For Violations In NE

July 13, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 10 violations against a Tyson Foods Inc. meatpacking plant in northeast Nebraska. The federal agency on Tuesday cited the Dakota City plant for one repeat and nine serious violations following safety and health inspections initiated in May.

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Oil-Dri Completes $9M Expansion

July 13, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. (AP) — A multi-million-dollar expansion of Oil-Dri Corp. of America plant in Blue Mountain Production Co. will mean 20 new jobs. Chicago-based Oil-Dri, the world's largest manufacturer of cat litter, will manufacture a new line of Cat's Pride cat litter at the Blue Mountain facility On Tuesday, company officials celebrated the completion of a $9 million project and the addition of 20 jobs at the Blue Mountain plant.

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Chrysler Recalls Ram Pickup Trucks

July 13, 2011 9:01 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling more than 242,000 Ram pickup trucks because of a problem in the steering system. The recall affects certain Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2008 to 2011 model years. The Ram is Chrysler's best-selling vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that a part near the left wheel can fracture and cause loss of steering control, leading to crashes.

GE Head: No Magic Potion To Job Creation

July 13, 2011 8:59 am | News | Comments

Susanne M. Schafer, Associated Press GREENVILLE, Sourth Carolina (AP) — The chairman of President Barack Obama's jobs and competitiveness council said Wednesday there is no magic potion to jobs creation, but the panel is devising pragmatic plans to put people back to work. General Electric Co.

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Russian Steelmaker Gets Loan For MI Plant

July 13, 2011 8:57 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department says it has loaned $730 million to the North American arm of one of Russia's largest steel companies to modernize its Detroit-area plant. The government and Severstal North America on Wednesday officially announced plans to upgrade and expand facilities in Dearborn that make steel for the auto industry.

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Crews Battle Fire At Buffalo Plant

July 13, 2011 8:54 am | News | Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Firefighters in Buffalo continue to battle a stubborn blaze at a plant that manufactures industrial lubricants. Buffalo media outlets report that the fire started before 6 a.m. Wednesday at the Niagara Lubricant Co. in the city's Black Rock neighborhood. Thick black smoke spewed from the three-story structure several hours after the fire started.

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New Viega ProPress System

July 13, 2011 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Viega ProPress system from Viega (Wichita, KS) is now available for joining stainless steel piping in sizes from ½-inch to 4-inches using press technology to secure pipe connections in under seven seconds. The system of stainless steel pipe, valves, and fittings provides a flameless way for water-tight and gas-tight stainless steel joining.

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Next Generation Swivel Technology

July 13, 2011 7:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co. (Hamilton, OH) engineering department unveils its next generation swivel technology, Hamilton Precision Integrated, HPI. The new HPI design improves the bearing’s element of contact and the number of contact points. It can be found on select series of Hamilton’s heavy duty forged steel casters with load capacities ranging from 600-23,000 lbs per caster.

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Manufacturing Software Launched On The Cloud

July 13, 2011 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Acumatica with JAAS Systems (Bethesda, MD) has launched a fully integrated manufacturing, distribution, and accounting solution on the Windows Azure Cloud. Companies can use it to manage sales, inventory, material plans, and master production schedules from a web-browser from any location.

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19-Series Steel Storage Cabinet Line Expanded

July 13, 2011 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Akro-Mils (Akron, OH) announces the expansion of its line of heavy-duty 19-Series Steel Storage Cabinets to include five drawer colors—black, blue, gray, red, and yellow. Ideal for storing, consolidating, and organizing small parts, these cabinets are available in six models and feature a heavy-duty welded steel frame.

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Weak Job Growth Continues

July 13, 2011 6:07 am | Videos | Comments

U.S. employers added far fewer jobs than anticipated for a second month in a row, casting doubt on an economic pick-up in the second half of the year. 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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3D Map Shines Light On New York Solar Potential

July 13, 2011 6:02 am | Videos | Comments

A new, three-dimensional map with a bird's eye view of New York City is showing residents the solar energy potential of their city, the largest in the United States. The map's creators have set out to demonstrate that solar power is more than just an abstract idea. 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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Job Issue Takes Center Stage

July 13, 2011 5:59 am | Videos | Comments

As unemployment inches higher and presidential candidates emerge, the issue of how to add jobs takes center focus. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Ultra-realistic Robots Test Our Relationship With Machines

July 13, 2011 5:55 am | Videos | Comments

An ultra-realistic robot, known as a geminoid, is helping psychologists test how we relate to machines. The device is designed to be almost identical to the professor who's leading the project in Denmark. 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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Product Barcodes Get A Creative Upgrade

July 13, 2011 5:31 am | Videos | Comments

A subtle change is emerging in the often overlooked barcodes used on retail items. New "designer barcodes" are meant to give traditional packaging a little extra flair by embellishing a functional barcode, something found on every packaged item. 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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Toyota Strengthens Japanese Production

July 13, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's president said the car maker plans to take 100 percent ownership of two auto-assembly companies it partly owns and combine one of them with two other subsidiaries in an effort to strengthen Japanese manufacturing. Toyota Motor Corp.

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Electric Boat To Lay Off Workers

July 13, 2011 4:51 am | News | Comments

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Electric Boat has notified workers that it plans to lay off 104 employees at its Groton shipyard. A spokesman for the Groton-based division of General Dynamics Corp. says the layoffs reflect a projected softening of the workload for carpenters, machinists and pipefitters.

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