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Move Plenty Of Air

October 25, 2010 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) has introduced a new line of CAB Cast Aluminum Blowers, which can move up to 1,550 cfm of air. According to the company, the blowers are ideal for smoke and fume removal, spot cooling, and electronic equipment cooling. Features and benefits of the blowers include: A spark-resistant construction.

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Upgraded Gas Sensors

October 25, 2010 8:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Detcon’s (The Woodlands, TX) Model 524 and 624 MicroSafe gas detection sensors have been upgraded to “D” series transmitters, which includes more rugged circuitry and better fault diagnostics. The non-intrusive “Smart” sensors feature embedded intelligence that makes the operator interface simple.

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More Durable Polyester Labels

October 25, 2010 8:33 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The CILS-8200/9200 metalized polyester labels from Computer Imprintable Label Systems (CILS — Burlington, MA) provides durability and resistance against harsh industrial conditions, such as abrasion, oils, grease, extreme temperatures (-196° to 388°C), chemicals, and severe weathering.

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A 'Greener' Filter Bag

October 25, 2010 8:32 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Eaton Corporation (Cleveland, OH) has announced that its UNIBAG filterbag has received the Eaton “Green Leaf” symbol for sustainability because it provides environmental advantages over standard filter bags. The felt used in the polyester contains 40 to 60 percent recycled fibers without optical white additives.

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The Challenges Of Viscous Fluids

October 25, 2010 6:50 am | Articles | Comments

Measuring flow in fluids with viscosities of more than 100 centipoise (cP) requires special consideration by those responsible for operating and maintaining the equipment. In addition to heavy crude, other challenging high-viscosity products include: heavy fuel and lubricating oils, bunker fuels and grease components.

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The Business Case For Fuel Cells

October 25, 2010 6:39 am | Blogs | Comments

by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net The catchphrase “going green” has been around for awhile now, garnering a strong following for those who care about the sustainability of the planet. In an effort to become more energy and cost efficient, increasing numbers of companies are utilizing fuel cells as part of their daily operations.

Fiat: We'd Be Better Off Without Italy's Unions

October 25, 2010 5:16 am | by Alessandra Rizzo, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

ROME (AP) — Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne says the tradition-laden Italian automaker would be better off without Italy and its balky unions, provoking an angry reaction Monday from some labor and government officials. Fiat has been in tense negotiations with unions over its plan to shut down a factory in Sicily next year.

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Japan, India Sign Agreement To Boost Trade

October 25, 2010 5:00 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of India and Japan signed a sweeping agreement Monday to boost trade and agreed to speed up talks toward a civilian nuclear energy deal — despite sensitivity in Japan over India's past atomic test blasts. Prime Minister Naoto Kan called the conclusion of nearly 4-year negotiations on the economic partnership agreement a "historic achievement.

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Toyota Only Japanese Automaker To See Production Drops

October 25, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's global production fell in September for the first time in a year, while rivals Honda and Nissan increased output thanks to strong demand in China. Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its worldwide production dropped 1.3 percent to 672,604 vehicles, marking the first year-on-year decrease in 12 months.

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Ford's 3Q Profits Might Slip On Higher Costs

October 25, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is set to report its third-quarter earnings before the market opens on Tuesday. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Ford is expected to report its sixth straight quarterly profit. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker has made the biggest U.S. market share gains of any automaker this year.

Intel To Open New Oregon Manufacturing Plant

October 25, 2010 4:43 am | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The new planned Intel Corp. research facility in Hillsboro will provide jobs to hard-hit sectors of Oregon's labor force at a time when they are direly needed. The Oregonian reports construction workers, carpenters and engineers can expect to see new jobs in the Portland metro area — good news with Oregon's 10.

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Man Accused Of Two Ohio Plant Murders On $3 Million Bond

October 25, 2010 4:41 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has set bond at $3 million for a man accused of gunning down two people at an Ohio manufacturing plant. Wearing handcuffs and assisted by a translator, 50-year-old Pedro Rodriguez appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court Monday. He's charged with two counts of aggravated murder in Friday's shooting at ParkOhio Products Inc.

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Pratt & Whitney, Machinists Gear Up For The 'Big Fight'

October 25, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — A continuing battle between jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney and the machinists union over jobs now moves to the bargaining table. The subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. and the union begin negotiations Tuesday for a contract to replace a three-year agreement that expires Dec.

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HACCP In The Food Industry

October 22, 2010 12:06 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is quickly becoming one of the most important issues in the food industry.  Food Manufacturing  spoke with Mike Gay of Rockwell Automation to discuss the latest HACCP technology and trends and how food manufacturers can utilize these tools to improve efficiency, increase cost savings and strengthen product quality control.

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Force Gauges For Any Application

October 22, 2010 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mark-10 (Copiague, NY) has introduced their Series 4 digital force gauges, which are designed for tension and compression force testing in quality control and manufacturing. A range of a capacities — from 0.12 pounds to 500 pounds — is available to address numerous applications in virtually any application.

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Sump Pump With Propane

October 22, 2010 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

CECOR (Verona, WI) offers a small propane-powered sump cleaner (model SP50-175PL6), which delivers powerful pumping without electric outlets or air drops. A high suction lift removes coolant, chips, and sludge from the sump, forcing them through a filter that separates solids from the coolant.

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Position Sensing In All Directions

October 22, 2010 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The POSIROT family of magnetic rotary sensors from ASM Sensors, Inc. (Elmhurst, IL) welcomes to PRAS21 series, which is a non-contact position sensor that uses an external position magnet to provide an absolute output signal over a 360° measurement range. By using an external magnet, the sensor has a wear-free operation.

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Pocket-Style Air Filters

October 22, 2010 9:27 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Camfil Farr (Jonesboro, AR) has released its Hi-Flo ES pocket-style air filter for industrial applications, with a tapered design that eliminates pocket-to-pocket contact. This allows for the full use of the media area while reducing the filter’s resistance to airflow. This allows for few required filter changes and reduced disposal costs, not to mention eliminating the carbon footprint of additional cartridges.

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Minimizing The Risks Of Termination: Doing It Right

October 22, 2010 7:15 am | by Roberta F. Howell | Articles | Comments

In the first and second columns of this series, we discussed how to minimize the risks inherent in terminating a distribution relationship by maximizing the possibility that termination could be avoided altogether. No matter how carefully the relationship is created, structured or nurtured, however, termination is sometimes necessary.

ERP: Your Strategic Weapon

October 22, 2010 6:41 am | by Cindy Jutras, Vice-President, Research Fellow & Group Director, Aberdeen Group | Articles | Comments

ERP provides a necessary infrastructure that forms the transactional system of record upon which a business is based, it serves as a source of cost savings and operational improvements, and it streamlines and accelerates business processes. As optimism increases for a worldwide economic recovery, small to mid-size enterprises (SMEs) once again look forward to revenue growth.

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