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Daily industrial news and top headlines for plant and maintenance managers

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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Does Google Have An R&D 'Disease'?

October 13, 2010 4:41 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In its self-proclaimed drive to make the world a better place, Google has immersed itself in far more than Internet search and online ads. But driverless cars and a wind energy farm in the Atlantic Ocean? It may not always be immediately apparent to frustrated investors — they wish management would be more frugal and focus more on the stock price — but there's usually some calculated logic underlying Google's unconventional strategy.

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Kansas Man Dies In 'Hot Work' Industrial Accident

October 13, 2010 4:41 am | News | Comments

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A man has died after suffering severe burns at a western Kansas industrial plant. Finney County Undersheriff John Andrews says 48-year-old Curtis Nicholson of Garden City was injured Thursday at Darling International Inc. He died Monday at a Wichita hospital. Nicholson and another employee, 40-year-old Troy Morrow, were injured when a plasma torch ignited vapors from barrels that had held hydraulic fluid.

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China, HK Businesses Blocking Labor Reform

October 13, 2010 4:36 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Powerful business interests in China and Hong Kong have effectively blocked recent labor reforms, raising the likelihood of further bouts of wildcat strikes and other unrest, a report said Wednesday. The China Labor Bulletin, a Hong Kong-based group that monitors labor conditions in China, said Hong Kong business leaders recently helped block proposed legislation in neighboring Guangdong province that would have enabled workers to initiate and join in collective bargaining with management.

See Your Plant In 3D

October 12, 2010 12:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

FARO Technologies, Inc. (Lake Mary, FL) has developed the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D, which is a 3D laser scanner for detailed measurement and documentation, with a intuitive touch screen control that makes it as easy to operate as a digital camera, according to the company. It is four times lighter and five times smaller than its predecessor, and is able to produce detailed 3D images in only a few minutes.

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Fully-Integrated Sortation

October 12, 2010 12:27 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Accu-Sort Systems, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA) has a full spectrum of intelligent and integrated sorting systems, which can be used to modernize and lower the cost of sortation. The system works with all major systems integrators, according to the company, including tilt tray conveyors, cross-belt conveyors, and more.

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Glow-In-The-Dark Cables

October 12, 2010 12:26 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Northwire Technical Cable (Osceola, WI) has introduced its ElectriGlow Photoluminescent Glow-In-The-Dark Cables, Power Cords, and Retractables, which are the first industrial photoluminescent glow cables, according to the company. They are ideal for power, industrial networking, control, communication, and more.

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