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Caliber Boiler

January 16, 2012 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fulton Companies (Pulaski, NY) has announced the Caliber™ boiler, a condensing, lightweight commercial hydronic boiler with ultra-low emissions of CO and NOx. The product line features a high quality, full stainless heat exchanger suitable for hydronic heating. This boiler is equipped with a Honeywell SOLA control and a variable speed premix combustion system capable of a 5:1 turndown.


Volumetric Hand Pump

January 16, 2012 6:16 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

To improve quality and reduce waste associated with manufacturing processes that rely on hand-dispensed instant adhesives, Henkel Corporation (Rocky Hill, CT) has introduced the Loctite® CA Volumetric Hand Pump. Weighing less than 10 ounces, this hand-held dispenser ensures precise and repeated dispensing of Loctite® brand instant adhesives.


Battery-Powered Sensors

January 16, 2012 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Powercast ’s (Pittsburgh, PA) two new ultra-long life, battery-powered sensors join the company’s existing battery-less, RF-powered sensors that are available for its Lifetime Power Wireless Sensor System. The WSN-1101, measures temperature, humidity, light, and external temperature.


Laser Alignment System

January 16, 2012 6:14 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The new ROTALIGN ULTRA MultiCoupling feature from LUDECA (Doral, FL) allows the alignment of up to seven machines in a train to be measured simultaneously, with a single quarter rotation, or less, of the shafts. This can save enormous amounts of time and resources when aligning turbine trains on the critical path in an outage, or machine trains with gearboxes that are difficult to turn.


What's Turning Heads At 2012's Detroit Auto Show?

January 16, 2012 5:22 am | Videos | Comments

What's turning heads at this year's Detroit Auto Show? Reuters deputy editor-in-chief and car enthusiast Paul Ingrassia takes a tour of the standout models in the Detroit Auto showroom. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


America's Sad Love Affair With The Electric Car

January 16, 2012 5:18 am | by Alex Planes | Articles | Comments

Electric cars started 2011 with a lot of hype and ended the year with a big face-plant. Combined sales for the plug-in electric movement's marquee names, General Motors' ( GM -1.54 percent ) Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf, clocked in at fewer than 20,000 units . IDC Energy Insights predicted that half a million plug-ins would sell in 2011, which now seems downright silly.


Bringing Jobs Home: How We Get There

January 16, 2012 4:54 am | by Scott N. Paul, Executive Director, Alliance for American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Insourcing seems to be at the top of the trending list for 2012. But, how do we make reshoring—bringing jobs back from overseas—a real phenomenon? For America to have a thriving economy and lower unemployment, we need to create more good-paying jobs. And to do that, we’ll have to win back some of the jobs that have been shipped overseas for the past decade.

Project To Pour Water Into Volcano To Make Power

January 16, 2012 3:58 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Geothermal energy developers plan to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Central Oregon this summer to demonstrate new technology they hope will give a boost to a green energy sector that has yet to live up to its promise. They hope the water comes back to the surface fast enough and hot enough to create cheap, clean electricity that isn't dependent on sunny skies or stiff breezes — without...


Detroit Auto Show Opens To The Public At Cobo

January 16, 2012 3:56 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Thousands of people poured through the doors Saturday for the opening of the Detroit auto show, the global industry's annual showcase of new vehicles and concept cars. Industry executives spent the week promoting their brands to news media from around the world. Now it's the public's opportunity to walk the floor and gaze at more than 500 vehicles, through Jan.

Push To Scrap GA Energy Tax Gains Support

January 16, 2012 3:54 am | by Ray Henry, Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — For manufacturing giant Shaw Industries, producing carpet in north Georgia costs the company millions of dollars in sales taxes that it wouldn't have to pay in most parts of the nation. That's because Georgia is one of the few remaining states that requires manufacturers to pay sales tax on electricity, natural gas and other energy they consume to produce goods — whether they're building Gulfstream business...


CA Imposes Battery Charger Standards

January 16, 2012 3:51 am | by Noaki Schwartz, Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has declared war on vampires, but this time it's no Hollywood monster flick. The state will be the first in the nation to target so-called vampire battery chargers that suck up and waste as much as 60 percent of the electricity they consume. The California Energy Commission voted 3-0 on Thursday to regulate such power-sapping chargers despite objections by consumer product makers.

Natural Gas Price Plunge Aids Businesses

January 16, 2012 3:47 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of natural gas is plummeting at a pace that has caught even the experts off guard. A 35 percent collapse in the futures price over the past year has been a boon to homeowners who use natural gas for heat and appliances and to manufacturers who power their factories and make chemicals and materials with it.


Apple Discloses Suppliers For The First Time

January 16, 2012 3:45 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has disclosed a list of its suppliers for the iPhone, iPad and other popular gadgets for the first time amid growing criticism over labor and environmental practices, especially in China. The list for years has been strictly and fervently protected. Even a glimpse of an Apple iPhone or its components before a public release became a source of intrigue and controversy.


Security Gates

January 13, 2012 8:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Engineered Products (IEP) (Chicago, IL) has launched a security gate for loading docks and receiving doors that proves the adage ‘less is more.’ IEP manufactures the new Eco Gate in Chicago using 25 percent less steel finished in a non-toxic water-based coating. The Eco Gate uses a quarter-less steel than IEP¹s other security gates, and is made from 100 percent recycled materials.


Diamond Segment Grinding

January 13, 2012 8:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Equipment Company (Owatonna, MN) offers the new SG24-2300 series as an extension to its line of DIAM-A-TACH™ diamond segment grinding systems. Designed for a multitude of surface grinding applications, the new attachments feature the largest rectangular diamond segments in their class, and are offered at a low price point.


Ultrasonic Welding Power

January 13, 2012 8:27 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Branson Ultrasonics Corp. (Banbury, CT), a subsidiary of Emerson, has introduced its first global series of ultrasonic welding power supplies for automated assembly systems in the automotive, packaging, textiles, and food industries. With the new DCX Digital Power Supply Series, Branson will deliver high-quality product and technical support.


Pump Search Engine

January 13, 2012 8:24 am | Product Releases | Comments (Tacoma, WA) is a dynamic search engine that helps pump buyers—from engineers and maintenance professionals to farmers and contractors—get price quotes on products. The system is fast and easy for customers and suppliers. The website invites buyers to enter the criteria for their pump, and then identifies suppliers that sell the pump they need.


Unemployment Applications Jump To 399,000

January 13, 2012 7:56 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for weekly unemployment benefits spiked last week, largely because companies let go of thousands of workers after the holiday season. Weekly applications rose by 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 399,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the highest level in six weeks.

Colfax Closes $2.3B Deal For Charter International

January 13, 2012 7:54 am | News | Comments

FULTON, Md. (AP) — Pump and valve maker Colfax Corp. on Friday said that it closed a $2.3 billion acquisition of Charter International plc after approval by a regulator and the boards and shareholders of both companies. Colfax said in September that it would buy Charter, which owns two engineering businesses, in a cash-and-stock deal worth about 1.

IN Dems: Voters Should Decide Right-To-Work

January 13, 2012 7:52 am | by Tom LoBianco, Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House Democrats want voters to decide the fate of a right-to-work bill or else they'll continue stall tactics designed to derail the contentious legislation, the House minority leader said Friday. A statewide referendum should decide whether Indiana will become the 23rd state to ban union contracts that include mandatory representation fees, House Democratic leader Patrick Bauer said.


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