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Dynamic Pressure Mapping

January 17, 2011 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sensor Products Inc. (Madison, NJ) offers the Tactilus dynamic electronic pressure-mapping system for the packaging industry, which allows for the measurement of contact pressures between two mating surfaces. The system reveals critical pressure distribution problems that can compromise package integrity.

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Review Your Switch Data

January 17, 2011 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RTS Series 30-cycle-rated and 3-cycle-rated automatic transfer switches from Russelectric (Hingham, MA) now come equipped with the company’s RPTCS microprocessor automatic transfer control system. Setup, alarm acknowledgement, and review of actual data are easily accomplished using the controller’s soft keys and color display.

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Seal Your Pores

January 17, 2011 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

CastSeal, a brush-on methacrylate compound formulated for sealing porosity in cast iron parts that will contain gases under pressure, or liquids, has been developed by IMPCO (East Providence, RI). The low dynamic viscosity enables it to wick deeply into pores and seams between close-fitting ferrous metal surfaces.

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High-Accuracy Air Regulators

January 17, 2011 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Precision Controls Divison (PCD) of Marsh Bellofram Corporations (Newell, WV) has announced the Type 78, which is a direct-acting air pressure regulator designed to offer high accuracy, large flow, and exhaust capabilities. The regulators are available in port sizes of 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, and NPT and BPST, with 1/4 NPT gauges.

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Drunken Birds

January 17, 2011 8:35 am | by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

It wasn’t the answer I was expecting, but I’ll take it. The dozens of birds found dead in Romania on Saturday was the latest in a spate of mass bird deaths around the world. Whereas noconcrete explanations have been found for the deaths reported throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, Romanian officials were able to trace the problem back to a substance known as “marc” — the residue left over from wine grape processing.

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Blending Adaptation With Pneumatics

January 17, 2011 8:34 am | Articles | Comments

Often when processors face capital expenditures to purchase new equipment in order to adapt to industry changes, or increased production demands, they turn to toll processors to help lighten the production and financial load. However, when toll processors are confronted with industry changes, they are in a unique position of having to adapt in order to continue servicing their clients, which is what Package Kare Inc.

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U.S., China Clash On 'Cooperative' R&D Projects

January 17, 2011 3:44 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — In late 2009, President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao announced an ambitious array of joint clean energy research projects touted as a mark of a maturing relationship and an alliance to fight climate change. A year after Obama's visit to China, the envisioned partnership has largely evaporated.

GM Expands Recall On 2011 SUVs For Locking Axles

January 17, 2011 3:36 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors is expanding an earlier recall of some 2011 model-year trucks and SUVs to fix a problem that could cause the vehicles' rear axles to lock. The recall, originally announced in December, now covers 26,751 Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC trucks and SUVs. The models affected are: Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Cadillac EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Colorado, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe; and GMC Canyon, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL.

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Deere CEO's Income Tripes During First Year

January 17, 2011 3:32 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The compensation for Deere & Co.'s CEO nearly tripled in 2010 as Samuel Allen completed his first full year in the top job at the world's largest maker of agricultural equipment, but Allen's $12.3 million compensation remains less than his predecessor received in 2009. Predecessor Robert Lane received compensation worth $14 million in his last year leading the company.

The Unemployed: Looking For Work, Not A Dream Job

January 17, 2011 3:30 am | by Jenny Munro, Associated Press | News | Comments

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Forty-five-year-old J.P. Stathakis never thought he'd find himself in the legion of the unemployed, but there he was, a graduate of The Citadel, sucked under in the recession's tidal wave in 2009. Now he is thankful for his job on the maintenance crew at Borg Warner in Seneca, where he operates a forklift, among other duties.

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Toyota Working On Rare Earth-Free Electric Motor

January 17, 2011 3:28 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp., maker of the popular Prius hybrid car, is developing a new type of electric motor to cut its dependence on rare earth metals and lower costs, a company spokesman said Monday. The new technology will help free the world's No. 1 automaker from relying on China, which produces 97 percent of the global output of rare earths needed for many high-tech products, including the current generation of hybrid gasoline-electric motors.

J&J Recalling 47 Million Packages Of Prescription Drugs

January 17, 2011 3:24 am | News | Comments

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Friday it is recalling nearly 47 million packages of Tylenol, Sudafed and other nonprescription drugs manufactured at a Pennsylvania facility that has already been subject to a series of massive recalls, battering the company's household brand.

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Print Directly On Cables

January 14, 2011 9:57 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Norwood Marking Systems (Downers Grove, IL) and Kingsley Machine Company have introduced a hot stamp printer for marking directly on insulated cables or wires that have connectors or terminated ends. The front-loading KIP-FL eliminates the need to print and apply adhesive labels or heat shrink tubing to mark cables or wires with connectors or terminated ends.

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Grinding In Hard-to-Reach Places

January 14, 2011 9:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Mini-Dynafile II from Dynabrade (Clarence, NY) is a lightweight, air-powered belt machine for grinding, blending, and deburring in normally inaccessible areas. The Mini-Dynafile II utilizes 1/8” - 1/2” wide by 12” long abrasive belts running at 25,000 RPM. The multi-positioning head pivots 180°, which makes it ideal for grinding into hard-to-reach areas.

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Swivel Under Any Load

January 14, 2011 9:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The engineering department at Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co. (Hamilton, OH) has unveiled the next generation in swivel technology — the HPI. Hamilton Precision Integrated can be found on select series of Hamilton’s heavy-duty forged steel casters with load capacities from 600 to 23,000 pounds per caster.

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Carry All Your HVAC Tools

January 14, 2011 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

TurboTorch (St. Louis, MO), a subsidiary of Thermadyne, has introduced a durable and lightweight tote for HVAC professionals, which helps to store the essentials on the jobsite. The tote is mounted on rollers and has a telescopic pull handle that allows the owner to roll a heavy bag filled with equipment, including an acetylene “B” tank.

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Brewery Implements High Operating Distance Sensors

January 14, 2011 5:01 am | Articles | Comments

The König brewery in Duisburg, Germany — maker of König Pilsener — counts among the largest breweries in Germany. The König brewery primarily concentrates on the production of a fresh and “hoppy” flavored beer. König only uses choice ingredients for brewing: first-grade hops from the best growing areas of the world, mellow and ripe barley and top quality water.

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Safety In A Bottle

January 14, 2011 4:40 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

This Editor's Note first appeared in the  November/December 2010 issue  of  Food Manufacturing . Though reports on the safety of using BPA in plastic packaging conflict, the industry must ensure that the chemical is safe at all exposure levels. As someone who has begun to feel more comfortable inside a convention hall than inside my living room, I’m very happy to report that November’s PACK EXPO was definitely the busiest trade show I’ve been to this year.

Intel Profits, 'Pulse' Of Technology Sales, Gets Stronger

January 14, 2011 4:02 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sales of server chips saved Intel Corp.'s fourth quarter, as net income jumped 48 percent mainly on strong demand from corporations. Yet the sour economy and the rise of smaller and sleeker gadgets such as the iPad have hurt consumers' appetite for new PCs, depressing that part of Intel's business.

OSHA Fines U.S. Steel For Coke Plant Explosion

January 14, 2011 3:57 am | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal officials have fined U.S. Steel and a subcontractor a total of $175,000 for safety violations found after a coke plant explosion injured at least 15 workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday it cited the companies following a probe of the July 14 explosion at the Clairton Coke Works near Pittsburgh.

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