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Car Dealers Fear Economy Could Scare Off Buyers

August 19, 2011 4:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Jeff Swanson was in the market for a new car just a few weeks ago. Then the stock market went crazy. So Swanson, 25, decided to keep his 10-year-old Pontiac Grand Prix for at least another year. Gyrations in stocks and talk of a weakening economy rattled Swanson's confidence about taking on another payment, even though his new job running a home for mentally disabled people seems to be secure.

New Boeing 747-8 Freighter Certified For Entry Into Service

August 19, 2011 4:52 am | News | Comments

SEATTLE, PRNewswire - Boeing (NYSE: BA) received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification Friday for the new 747-8 Freighter, passing two of the final landmarks on the airplane's journey to entry into service. The FAA granted Boeing an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) and an Amended Production Certificate for the 747-8 Freighter, while the EASA also granted the company an ATC for the airplane.

PA Metal Worker Dies After Explosion

August 19, 2011 4:50 am | News | Comments

STOYSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania scrap metal worker has died of burns he suffered when he was cutting a lock off a large steel box that he didn't know contained at least 50 pounds of explosive black powder. Fifty-year-old George Rininger, of Hooversville, died at a Pittsburgh hospital on Saturday, a day after he was injured while working for Kantner Iron and Steel in Stoystown.


DefendAir HEPA 500 Air Scrubber

August 18, 2011 12:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The DefendAir HEPA 500 air scrubber from Atlas Sales & Rentals, Inc. (Torrance, CA) is a portable air scrubber that offers advanced, multi-stage filtration options in a compact, versatile unit. The HEPA 500 uses a HEPA filter rated at 99.97 percent efficiency on 0.3 micron particles and larger and a pleated paper pre-filter.


Custom Die Cut Gaskets, Seals

August 18, 2011 12:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Interstate Specialty Products, Inc. (Sutton, MA) has introduced custom die cut gaskets and seals that can be produced from a wide range of materials to match specific application requirements. Interstate gaskets and seals are offered in a variety of configurations, designed to prevent contaminants or light from entering into various types of equipment and instrument enclosures.


No. 911 Truck Oven

August 18, 2011 12:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

No. 911 from The Grieve Corporation (Round Lake, IL) is an electrically-heated, 500°F truck oven. With 30KW Nichrome wire tubular heating elements and a 2 HP recirculating blower, No. 911 features motorized dampers on the fresh air intake and exhaust for accelerated cooling. The truck oven also has an aluminized steel exterior, 4 inch thick insulated walls, and Type 304, 2B finish stainless steel interior with continuously backwelded seam construction.


Knauf Pipe Insulation Line Now Formaldehyde-Free

August 18, 2011 12:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Knauf Insulation (Shelbyville, IN) has announced that the Pipe and Equipment Insulation line are now verified as formaldehyde-free though the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute. The verified products include Earthwool 1000° Pipe Insulation, Insulation Board, Friendly Feel Duct Wrap, and Elevated Temperature products.


P-433 Ship Shape Bulk Container

August 18, 2011 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The P-433 Ship Shape bulk container from Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (Ashtabula, OH) features an optional, built-in, clear plastic card holder set on its front panel to store and display Kanban cards or other documentation for easy integration in material handling and logistics systems implementing Lean Enterprise concepts.


Expanded Line Of Fuji XP SMT Nozzles

August 18, 2011 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools, Inc. (Gainesville, GA) now offers an expanded selection of Fuji XP SMT nozzles. The new nozzle designs enable highly accurate, repeatable, optimized chip placement. The new nozzles are available in both standard and special nozzle designs for odd-form components, such as LEDs, switches, and connectors.


Tolomatic IMA55 Actuator

August 18, 2011 10:08 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) now offers a larger version of its integrated-motor rod-style actuator that is capable of delivering up to 3,000 pounds of force with a standard ball screw. The Tolomatic IMA55 actuator is designed for pressing, clamping, spot welding, and volumetric filling applications.


ShockFusion Permanent Horizontal Lifeline Roof System

August 18, 2011 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell Safety Products (Franklin, PA) has announced the new Miller ShockFusion Permanent Horizontal Lifeline (HLL) Roof System, a versatile surface-mounted lifeline system that accommodates most industrial and commercial roof designs, including standing seam and metal sheathing. Features include: Energy-absorbing end/corner posts manage system forces without tipping.


Cree Buys Ruud Lighting For $525M

August 18, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

DURHAM, N.C (AP) — LED lighting maker Cree Inc. said it has bought Ruud Lighting Inc., which makes outdoor LED lighting, for about $525 million. Cree said the purchase price consists of $372 million in cash, $211 million in stock and $85 million to retire outstanding debt, offset by about $143 million in future tax benefits related to the acquisition.

Paper Maker Says Its LA Plant Caused Fish Kill

August 18, 2011 9:14 am | by Alan Sayre, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Paper producer Temple-Inland Inc. took responsibility Wednesday for a huge fish kill on the Pearl River that borders Louisiana and Mississippi, blaming a discharge from one of its paper mills. In a statement, Austin, Texas-based Temple-Inland apologized "for the impact this issue at the mill has had on the Pearl River.


Carpet Firm Announces GA Layoffs

August 18, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — Executives of Dalton-based Shaw Industries say the carpet company is laying off employees at plants in the northwest Georgia cities of Ringgold and Eton. The Daily Citizen reports ( that company officials declined to say how many workers are affected.


Philadelphia Fed Reports Lower Manufacturing Activity

August 18, 2011 9:10 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturing in the mid-Atlantic region contracted in August by the most in more than two years, adding to fears that the U.S. economy is weakening. Those fears sent financial markets tumbling in morning trading. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve's survey of regional manufacturing activity fell to a reading of negative 30.

CAT Says Heavy Equipment Sales Up

August 18, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar says global sales of its heavy equipment grew 35 percent in July even though last year's numbers were strong. The world's largest maker of mining and construction equipment provided an update on sales Thursday in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

GM To Build Electric Cadillac

August 18, 2011 9:05 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors confirmed Wednesday that it will build a luxury version of its Chevrolet Volt hybrid. The company said it is moving forward with the Cadillac ELR, which will run on electricity and carry a four-cylinder gasoline engine to generate power when the batteries run out of juice.

First Erasable Electronic Paper

August 18, 2011 6:20 am | Videos | Comments

Taiwanese researchers are taking recycling to a new level with ''i2R e-Paper'', a rewritable electronic paper that can be re-used up to 260 times. The developers say their e-paper will soon replace the conventional paper used for signs and posters. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Turning A Valve Upgrade Requirement Into Opportunity

August 18, 2011 6:16 am | Articles | Comments

Grand Rapids, MI– With the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Section 58 safety regulation coming into effect July 1, 2011, Owatonna, MN-based Pirkl Gas, Inc., knew that an upgrade to its propane facility was going to be in order. The new regulation dramatically alters the types of equipment that can legally be used in propane-gas systems, requiring all bulk-storage tanks with a volume of more than 4,000 gallons of water capacity to have their storage tanks fitted with either internal valves or an Emergency Shutoff Valve.


Find & Unload Your Dead Weight

August 18, 2011 6:11 am | by Alan Nichol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions LLC | Articles | Comments

A lesson I learned from one of the Six Sigma masters is to dig into the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system of a business and plot out the sales vs. inventory numbers of various products. We have ERP and MRP systems to help make it easy to mine the data of our daily or yearly productions, but it’s amazing how few of us know how to do so or use these systems for such purposes.


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