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The Price Was Right

October 14, 2010 7:49 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing 's inaugural Smart Sourcing Award winners showcase overwhelming returns on their equipment investments.  Regardless of their background or area of expertise, every Food Manufacturing reader struggles with how to stretch limited purchasing budgets in keeping their operations moving as efficiently and profitably as possible.

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Emergency Lighting For Any Plant

October 14, 2010 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chloride Systems (Burgaw, NC) offers advanced technologies in emergency lighting with the CMF/TMF/ZMF Series, which provides a fixture that is versatile enough to meet egress code requirements in industrial applications. The series is available in 6, 12, or 24 volt, 25-450 watt units with high-performance MR16 lamp head assembly options.

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Build Your Own Signs

October 14, 2010 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Mobile In-House Sign Shop (MIHSS) is now available from Visual Workplace, Inc. (Byron Center, MI), giving users the ability to quickly create their own signs, banners, and other visuals either from scratch or with existing templates without the wait of purchasing from an outside vendor.

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Lifts Get Safer And Faster

October 14, 2010 6:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Southworth Products (Portland, ME) has designed its Dandy Lift line of lifter/transporters for more convenience and comfort to make work faster, safer, and easier. The hydraulic systems in the Dandy Lifts offer infinite height adjustment (within range) and a 20:1 mechanical advantage. In addition, they are available in seven models with a wide range of capacities (330 to 1,760 pounds) and lifting heights (29” to 49.

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Get Up-To-Date On HAZMAT

October 14, 2010 6:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The most up-to-date hazardous materials regulations have been combined in MANCOMM ’s (Davenport, IA) forthcoming DOT/PHMSA Hazardous Materials Regulations, Oct. 2010 Edition . The publication will be made with RegLogic, which is a two-color graphical approach that takes the difficulty out of navigating and reading regulations, according to the company.

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Reducing Energy Costs In Warehouses

October 14, 2010 5:03 am | by John Lytle, Application Engineer, Grove Gear | Articles | Comments

With the continuing trend of increasing energy demand and rising energy costs, conserving energy in warehouse facilities should be extremely important to industrial distributors. Efficient warehousing and distribution centers are integral components of a business’ supply chain strategy, especially in today’s competitive global economy.

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Even More Efficient AC Motors

October 13, 2010 9:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Baldor Electric Company (Fort Smith, AR) has recently added additional designs to its Baldor Reliance Super-E line of efficient motors, which will be compatible with almost any configuration for specific applications, according to the company. The Super-E motors include 26 premium efficient ratings designed for the heating, venting, and air conditioning industry; more than 50 washdown, paint-free, and all stainless premium efficient ratings; and more than 70 premium efficient unit handling ratings.

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Compact Manual Motor Controllers

October 13, 2010 9:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bryant line of manual motor controllers (MMC) is now available from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA). The controllers are UL-listed as “suitable as motor disconnects” due to a compact design that uses thermoset bodies to provide high resistance to electrical arc tracking. AC-rated silver alloy contacts extend life and increase conductivity.

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Inserts For Better Threads

October 13, 2010 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Acme Industrial Company (Carpentersville, IL) has announced a new thinwall threaded insert product line: the Swage-Sert. The design allows the product to be used with minimum boss requirements to help reduce weight and increase strength. The inserts are used to repair stripped, damaged, or worn out threads, but can also be deployed in original equipment to strengthen threads and extend thread life.

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A UPS That Survives In Extreme Temperatures

October 13, 2010 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Falcon Electric, Inc. (Irwindale, CA) has announced a new line of SSG-RP Series Ultra-Wide Temperature UPS, with models from 1kVA to 3kVA, which are designed to operate reliably in temperature environments beyond standard UPS products (-22° to 149°F). The LCD display has been replaced with a high-temperature display, internal components have been upgraded, and special batteries with a wide operational temperature range have been incorporated.

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7 Ways Supervisors Throw Their Business Under The Bus

October 13, 2010 8:19 am | by Kevin Ring | Articles | Comments

Supervisors play a key role in the management of injuries, return-to-work, and reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While supervisors may be well trained in the functional aspects of maintaining a safe workplace, reporting injuries, or investigating injuries, many fall short in their interaction with injured employees.

Making Safety The New Toilet Paper

October 13, 2010 7:57 am | Blogs | Comments

I am writing this on an airplane... One of those sinus-frustrating sojourns from the west coast, seemingly airborne for days... The business that jetted me across the skies was in San Diego, attending the National Safety Congress & Expo, in order to get the first glance at new technologies relating to the safety arena (I also saw a ten foot tall robot on the show floor, but I digress.

Is It Time To Upgrade?

October 13, 2010 7:48 am | Articles | Comments

When manufacturers see their operations grow in size and complexity, they should consider system solutions or upgrades that offer more adequate and extensive capabilities. Cedarlane Natural Foods offers an easy solution for home-cooked wholesome meals with a wide variety of all-natural frozen foods.

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eLEGS Give Paralyzed New Hope

October 13, 2010 6:58 am | Videos | Comments

Just last week, Berkely Bionics unveiled eLEGS, which they describe as "an exoskeleton for wheel-chair users who are committed to living life to its fullest." The bionic legs will hopefully allow paraplegics to be mobile even after their accident. 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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Will Kit Kat Take A Break After 75 Years?

October 13, 2010 6:56 am | Videos | Comments

Kit Kat turns 75 this year, so CNN 's Ayesha Durgahee visited a factory in York, England to learn about their secret to success even after three-fourths of a century. The bars you buy today are the same Rowntree recipe that was used decades ago, so no flavor has been lost over the years. As an added bonus, chocolate appears to be relatively recession-proof — despite increases in the price of cocoa, consumers are almost always willing to maintain their chocolate habit even as pursestrings tighten.

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Crews Work To Remove Toxic Sludge

October 13, 2010 6:55 am | Videos | Comments

Workers are trying to turn the chemical tide to stanch the flow of toxic sludge in the rivers flowing toward the Danube River. 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 Joel.

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The Ship That Flips

October 13, 2010 6:55 am | Videos | Comments

The FLIP (FLoating Instrument Platform) is a one-of-a-kind vessel: by filling ballasts in its long, horizontal construction, it can actually rotate itself into a vertical position. By bobbing in the water, the craft is much less susceptible to waves, which aids in properly utilizing the detailed instrumentation onboard.

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ThyssenKrupp To Expand Ind. Facility, Hire 160 Workers

October 13, 2010 4:47 am | News | Comments

TELL CITY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has joined business officials to announce the expansion of a steel foundry in Tell City that's expected to create up to 160 jobs by the end of 2012. A unit of the German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG said Tuesday it will invest $36.5 million in equipment to expand capacity at the 480,000 square-foot plant.

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Intel Sales Give Hope To Struggling PC Industry

October 13, 2010 4:45 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Investors were hoping for a sign from Intel Corp. that the bottom didn't fall out of the consumer personal computer market in the third quarter. The company showed Tuesday that the market held up reasonably well and should stay steady into the all-important holiday shopping season.

Beechcraft Offers 6,000 Kan. Workers 10 Percent Pay Cuts

October 13, 2010 4:42 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Hawker Beechcraft has offered its machinists a seven-year contract offer that includes a 10 percent pay cut and other concessions in a move to keep the majority of its 6,000 jobs in Kansas. The airplane maker's union recommended early Wednesday that its members accept the contract to protect two-thirds of the remaining machinists jobs for the long-term.

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