Advertisement
The Leading Source for Industrial Maintenance News
Subscribe to IMPO Magazine All
View Sample

FREE Email Newsletter

IMPO Insider

Daily industrial news and top headlines for plant and maintenance managers

U.S. Retail Sales Rise 0.3 Percent Despite Weather

February 15, 2011 3:44 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. shoppers pushed retail sales up for a seventh straight month although the increase was the weakest since June. Retail sales increased 0.3 percent last month to $318.6 billion, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Demand rose at department stores, electronic stores and auto dealerships.

GM CEO: China Is Our New 'Crown Jewel'

February 15, 2011 3:43 am | by Tini Tran, Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China will play a much bigger role in General Motors Co.'s plans including clean energy vehicles as it moves to capitalize further on rapid growth in the world's largest auto market, the company's CEO said Tuesday. Calling China "the crown jewel in the GM universe," Chief Executive Daniel Akerson said the automaker plans to launch more than 20 new or redesigned cars in China over the next two years.

Boeing: Biofuel-Based Aviation Here By 2015

February 15, 2011 3:41 am | by George Tibbits, Associated Press | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Boeing Co. hopes aviation biofuels will be practical for the market by around 2015, but it's going to take a lot of work. Richard Wynne, Boeing Commercial Airplane's director of environment and aviation policy, told reporters Monday that the company is working with others throughout the industry toward having 1 percent of all aviation fuel come from non-petroleum sources by then.

TOPICS:
Advertisement

Ecuador Fines Chevron $9.5 Billion For Contamination

February 15, 2011 3:40 am | by Frank Bajak and Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press | News | Comments

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — An Ecuadorean judge ruled Monday in an epic environmental case that Chevron Corp. was responsible for oil drilling contamination in a wide swath of Ecuador's northern jungle and ordered the oil giant to pay $9.5 billion in damages and cleanup costs. The amount — $8.

TOPICS:

Who Needs Reshoring?

February 14, 2011 11:09 am | by Fred Young, CEO, Forest City Gear | Articles | Comments

A mid-sized gear manufacturer espouses some old-fashioned ideas to confront the challenges of today’s economic environment and world market conditions. The two “ages” of Fred Young, then and now. Forest City Gear supplies some of the world’s leading companies with high-precision gear work.

Pinpoint Any Alignment Issue

February 14, 2011 9:00 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Pinpoint Laser Systems (Peabody, MA) has developed a new roll alignment kit to facilitate the alignment of rollers, idlers, take up reels, shafts, and web-handling systems. The newest addition — the Microgage Roll Alignment kit — is compact and easy to use in industrial environments, according to the company.

TOPICS:

A Microscopic Lubrication

February 14, 2011 7:03 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The DAYlube grease — from Dayton Progress (Dayton, OH) — uses nanoceramic particles that act as microscopic ball bearings, which helps provide continuous lubrication to steel surfaces. Dayton Progress has announced that DAYlube is now available in 5-gallon pails, which makes it ideal for high-volume applications, particularly conveyors, bearings, chains, gears, and more.

TOPICS:

Frictionless Braking Is Possible

February 14, 2011 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Posidyne oil-shear clutch brakes from Force Control (Fairfield, OH) transmit torque between two lubricated surfaces, which eliminates wear and dissipates heat. Because there is no direct contact between the friction surfaces during acceleration or deceleration, there is no need for adjustment or replacement of discs, according to the company.

TOPICS:
Advertisement

A Rugged Computer To Manage Supply Chains

February 14, 2011 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

LXE (Atlanta, GA) has announced the launch of the Tecton rugged handheld computer — the MX7 — which is a IP-65 rated tool for real-time data capture in supply chain applications. The unit’s multi-range scanning capabilities enable bar code reads from 4” to 40’, so operators can perform warehouse moves ranging from receiving, to full pallet put-aways, with the same computer.

TOPICS:

Trend Of Growth Consistent For Manufacturing Industry 

February 14, 2011 5:30 am | by Norbert Ore, CPSM, C.P.M. | Articles | Comments

According to the January ISM Report On Business, economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 20th consecutive month. Norbert J. Ore, CPSM, C.P.M. Chair, ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, recently spoke to Industrial Distribution about the most recent report and what it means for the manufacturing industry.

Clearing Manufacturing Hurdles

February 14, 2011 5:28 am | by MetalMoro, SolidWorks | Articles | Comments

MetalMoro's Sport Protótipo MCR model race car. MecSoft’s VisualMILL for SolidWorks helps MetalMoro achieve design goals accurately and quickly. For over 40 years,  MetalMoro  in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, has been producing competitive automotive racing cars and parts.

TOPICS:

Nokia CEO Under Heavy Fire For Microsoft Alliance

February 14, 2011 3:56 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Investors have panned his shake-up strategy and employees are not happy. Now,Nokia Corp.'s Stephen Elop, the first non-Finn to lead the world's largest maker of phones, is in a hurry to justify his decision to ditch the company's smart-phone software in favor of a former employer's, Microsoft.

IBM's Supercomputer Ready To Take On Humans

February 14, 2011 3:50 am | by David Bauder, AP Television Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — When he was mowing down opponents en route to a record of 74 wins in a row on the game show "Jeopardy!" Ken Jennings often seemed more machine than man. Now television viewers can see him going up against a real machine. On Monday, "Jeopardy!" will begin airing two matches spread over three days between Jennings, Brad Rutter (the show's all-time money-winner with $3.

Energy Drink Manufacturers Under Fire For Health Risks

February 14, 2011 3:46 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Energy drinks are under-studied, overused and can be dangerous for children and teens, warns a report by doctors who say kids shouldn't use the popular products. The potential harms, caused mostly by too much caffeine or similar ingredients, include heart palpitations, seizures, strokes and even sudden death, the authors write in the medical journal Pediatrics.

Drinking More Beer Can Save The World

February 14, 2011 3:41 am | by John Curran, Associated Press | News | Comments

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Before he started "saving the earth, one beer at a time," all inventor Eric Fitch knew about home brewing was that it could make quite a mess. Once, he accidentally backed up the plumbing in his apartment building by dumping into his garbage disposal the spent grain left over from his India Pale Ale home brew.

TOPICS:

Japan: Yes, China Is The Bigger Economy

February 14, 2011 3:31 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan confirmed Monday that China's economy surpassed its own as the world's second largest in 2010 and said a late-year downturn was its first quarterly contraction in more than a year. Japan's economy expanded 3.9 percent in the calendar year in the first annual growth in three years.

GM's Workers To Get $4,000 In Profit-Sharing

February 14, 2011 3:27 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will pay more than $189 million in profit-sharing to 48,000 U.S. hourly workers and millions more in performance bonuses to salaried employees, according to a person briefed on the matter. The company, less than two years out of bankruptcy protection, will pay most hourly workers more than $4,000 each as compensation for the company's strong financial performance last year, the person said.

Reid Announces Customized Industrial Products

February 11, 2011 11:02 am | News | Comments

Muskegon, Michigan — Reid Supply Company has an exhaustive catalogue of industrial supplies, but no supplier can carry every conceivable piece of industrial equipment down to the individual component. This is why Reid Supply announces its own state-of-the-art precision  tool components  and machining company to create industrial products on demand for clients, via their sister company Total Quality Machining (TQM).

Pumps For Sensitive Production

February 11, 2011 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Full Stroke PTFE Diaphragm from Wilden (Grand Terrace, CA) can be used on all of the company’s AODD pump lines. They offer considerable suction capability, along with increased flow, and are designed to withstand common steam sterilization temperatures. According to the company, they fully comply with FDA material compatability requirements.

TOPICS:

Thermoplastic Purging Gets Easier

February 11, 2011 6:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Dyna-Purge Division of Schuman Plastics, Inc. (Depew, NY) has introduced the improved Dyna-Purge M, which is a non-abrasive, non-chemical engineered thermoplastic purging compound. It is formulated to flow naturally through the barrel and hot runner system of an injection molding machine, as well as extrusion equipment.

TOPICS:

Pages

X
You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address.
The password field is case sensitive.
Loading