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Ford Can't Keep Up With Demand

July 28, 2011 9:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford can't make enough Focus cars to keep up with rising demand because of equipment problems that have caused a shortage of dashboards, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Machinery that makes the skin that covers dashboards at a Ford parts factory outside Detroit works intermittently.

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Type II AccuFlow Safety Can

July 28, 2011 8:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Type II AccuFlow Safety Can from Justrite Mfg. Co. (Mattoon, IL) was built to meet OSHA and the National Fire Protection Association requirements. Protection features include an internal stainless steel flame arrester that dissipates heat to prevent flashback ignition and a gasketed, self-closing leak proof lid that automatically vents to guard against explosion.

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Navigator Series Of Portable Scales

July 28, 2011 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

OHAUS Corporation (Pine Brook, NJ) has launched the Navigator Series of portable scales. The Navigator Series offers sensors for “touchless” operation, fast response time, and overload protection. The touch-free control of tare, zero, print, function, and display backlight helps to minimize touching the keypad, avoiding cross-contamination.

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MiniTest 650 Measures Anything

July 28, 2011 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MiniTest 650 from Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) is ideal for any measuring task in the finishing industry. Its dual sensor identifies the substrate material and upon contact with the surface, the gage automatically switches to the suitable measuring principle based on the user’s application.

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Yard And Dock Management System

July 28, 2011 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 4SIGHT Yard and Dock Management System from 4Front Engineered Solutions (Carrollton, TX) combines RFID and GPS technology to increase productivity in loading docks and yards. Designed to alleviate bottlenecks in the dock and yard areas, 4SIGHT enables facility managers to effectively schedule and facilitate loading and unloading at various dock positions.

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MISUMI Adds Over 8,700 In-Stock Components

July 27, 2011 12:27 pm | News | Comments

MISUMI USA , Inc., a subsidiary of MISUMI Corporation, part of MISUMI Group, Inc ., has announced the addition of a significant number of frequently ordered components to its distribution center in Elk Grove Village, IL, near Chicago.  As the result of increasing demand for certain sizes and styles of many popular MISUMI mechanical and factory automation components, more than 8,700 items have been added to the local stock, effective immediately.

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A War Of Economic Survival

July 27, 2011 12:13 pm | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

Many see the U.S. economy as recovering. Still, there are structural changes in the economy that are subtle but very important. The U.S. is ignoring manufacturing, budget deficits, trade deficits, China’s manipulation of their currency, the decline of R&D, the loss of our technologies to China, and the decline of good paying jobs for the middle class.

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Energy Intelligence Report: The Color Of Money

July 27, 2011 12:01 pm | by Anna Wells | Articles | Comments

We kicked off this year’s Energy Intelligence Report by going straight to the source to determine which energy and sustainability variables were really driving purchasing decisions among manufacturers. Much like last year’s report, this competitor breakdown aims to give you a cross-sectional view of what other manufacturers are looking at when trying to make their operations more efficient.

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An Object In Motion

July 27, 2011 11:50 am | by Anna Wells | Articles | Comments

Anyone working in manufacturing understands that conveying systems are necessary and, to a lesser extent, a necessary evil that can cause some serious injuries if you, and your operators, aren’t careful. Headlines detailing particularly grotesque industrial accidents should be enough to keep conveyor safety top-of-mind, but it never hurts to have your own “cheat sheet.

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Lighting The Future Of Efficiency

July 27, 2011 11:40 am | by Joel Hans | Articles | Comments

For decades, manufacturing facilities have been lit largely by old technological behemoths, like incandescent bulbs. Because they generally reside on the rather tall ceiling of a typical manufacturing facility, these lights can generally go unseen — until they burn out. Due to recent efforts to decrease energy usage, many manufacturers have turned to various new technologies — halogen, fluorescent, and LED — all of which offer equal amount of light output for less wattage.

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TechAngle Electronic Torque Wrench

July 27, 2011 11:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TechAngle Electronic Torque Wrench from Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) is now available with a cycle-counting feature which helps track required calibration cycles of torque-measuring instruments. Designed to do the work of four torque wrenches, the wrench allows users to set the torque value in Newton meters, foot pounds, or inch pounds, and angle of rotation.

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Singing Robot Finds Its Voice

July 27, 2011 9:37 am | Videos | Comments

''It's possible to create a robot that speaks using the exact same method that human beings do,'' says robot inventor Hideyuki Sawada. His robotic mouth uses air to create sounds instead of electronic speakers. 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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New Planemakers Aiming High

July 27, 2011 9:32 am | Videos | Comments

While Boeing and Airbus racked up orders at the Paris Air Show in June, analysts warned their duopoly could soon be history, as Russia, China and Canada look for a slice of the action. 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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Super-Foam Makes Contaminated Water Fit To Drink

July 27, 2011 9:29 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers at North Carolina State University have created an eco-friendly super absorbent foam they say could revolutionize efforts to purify drinking water in developing countries and disaster-stricken areas. 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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Designing A Car For Blind Drivers

July 27, 2011 9:25 am | Videos | Comments

Virginia Tech's Dennis Hong leads a team that made a car for blind drivers. Driving is no longer an activity solely reserved for those who can see. A blind person driving a vehical safely and independently is no longer an impossible task. 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 That Status Update Cost You A Job?

July 27, 2011 9:18 am | Videos | Comments

Your employer may require credit and criminal history checks. Now your social media history may get the same treatment. Some companies are now using services to check potential a employee's social media background. 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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Dennen Steel Starts Work On $7.4M Facility

July 27, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — Dennen Steel Corp., a contract stamping manufacturer of steel products, has broken ground for construction of a new 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Luka, Miss. The ground-breaking was held Wednesday at the construction site. Chairman and CEO Andrew Dennen said in a statement that the $7.

MS Job Picture Recovering After Flooding

July 27, 2011 9:04 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A month after flooding disrupted the economy along the Mississippi River, Mississippi's employment picture improved slightly in June even though the state had 1,700 fewer non-farm jobs than a year ago. The Department of Employment Security said Wednesday that 2,300 jobs vanished from May to June.

Boston Scientific Plans $150M China Expansion

July 27, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

NATICK, Mass. (AP) — Boston Scientific Inc. plans to spend $150 million in China over five years to expand operations and staff in the rapidly developing nation, the medical device maker said Wednesday. The company says its investment will include establishing a new manufacturing plant to serve China, and a training center where doctors can learn how to use medical technology.

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GM CEO Says European Car Business Not For Sale

July 27, 2011 9:01 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' CEO says the company's European car business is not for sale. There have been numerous media reports that GM wanted to shed Opel. The struggling brand employs 18,500 workers and has manufacturing plants throughout Europe. High labor costs and sagging European sales caused a $1.

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