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Sigma Control 2 Compressor Control System

August 15, 2011 12:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new Sigma Control 2 compressor control system from Kaeser (Fredericksburg, VA) maintains all the features of the Sigma Control plus enhanced communication and control options. Its built-in web server and standard Ethernet port let users view compressor information from any PC without any additional hardware or software.

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What Are We Going To Do Now?

August 15, 2011 10:33 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

A look at how manufacturers can benefit from continuity planning, and resources for handling everything from supply chain shortages to natural disasters. We’re fascinated by the photos and video of the earthquakes and tornadoes – both during the event as well as in the wake of their destruction.

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A Low Tech Approach Shows A High Tech Industry Is Alive And Well

August 15, 2011 10:28 am | by Rob Akers | Articles | Comments

In the age of email, websites, Twitter and Facebook, it’s easy to forget that, in sales, there is no real substitute for the personal touch.  This personal connection has never been more important to U.S. suppliers, who are seeing an upswing in orders from both U.S. and overseas manufacturers.

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Apple Vs. Exxon

August 15, 2011 10:19 am | Videos | Comments

Tech giant Apple recently (but briefly) took the title of "World's Most Valuable Company" from longtime leader Exxon. Apple first surpassed Exxon on Tuesday afternoon, but settled at No. 2 by the time the stock market closed. On Wednesday it kept the top spot after the close, with a market cap of $337 billion versus Exxon's $331 billion.

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RP 330-B Press Tool

August 15, 2011 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

RIDGID (Elyria, OH) pioneered press technology makes the high-performance tools that drive the speed and reliability of pressed copper, stainless steel, and PEX tubing connections. Benefits include the ability to work on wet systems and the removal of costly consumables like flux and solder.

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Grainger Plans $344M Fabory Group Purchase

August 15, 2011 9:21 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Industrial maintenance and safety products supplier W.W. Grainger Inc. plans to buy European fastener distributor Fabory Group for $344 million to boost its product offerings. Fabory, based in the Netherlands, sells its 80,000 products in 14 countries. It had 2010 revenue of about $300 million.

Western Iowa Manufacturers Report Flood Problems

August 15, 2011 9:19 am | News | Comments

AMES, Iowa (AP) — More than half the manufacturers surveyed in six western Iowa counties say they are being affected by Missouri River flooding. The flooding has played havoc with transportation logistics and employee commuting, given the blockages of Interstate 29 and the closing of some Nebraska-Iowa bridges over the river.

Jury Rules Daramic Did Not Discriminate In Firings

August 15, 2011 9:17 am | News | Comments

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A Daviess County jury has ruled that Daramic Inc. did not discriminate when it fired two older workers at its Owensboro plant. Paul Mitchell and Paul Stinnett filed suit after they were fired in Oct. 2008. Mitchell, the plant's production scheduler, was 59 at the time and had been with the company for 17 years.

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General Dynamics Awarded $42M Army Contracts

August 15, 2011 9:15 am | News | Comments

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — General Dynamics Corp.'s land systems unit has been awarded two contracts to provide tank work for Saudi Arabia with a combined value of $42.4 million. The contracts were awarded by the U.S. Army on behalf of the Royal Saudi Land Forces. This work is part of a plan by Saudi Arabia to upgrade its fleet of 314 Abrams tanks.

Spirit Worker Dies Following Accident

August 15, 2011 9:13 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A longtime Wichita aircraft worker has died from injuries he suffered in an accident on the job. Officials of Spirit Aerosystems say Jerry Milligan was injured Thursday afternoon when he and other workers were moving a fuselage panel. Milligan died Saturday at a Wichita hospital.

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IN Residents Oppose Proposed Copper Wire Plant

August 15, 2011 9:10 am | News | Comments

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (AP) — Northeastern Indiana residents irritated for years by an aluminum smelting plant's emissions are now worried a proposed copper wire plant nearby will worsen the region's air quality. New Haven resident Don Markley says he and his neighbors have for years endured the health impacts of emissions from OmniSource Superior Aluminum.

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LXE Marathon Field Computer

August 15, 2011 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

EMS Global Resource Management (Norcross, GA) has announced that the LXE Marathon field computer has been tested and certified for use in the field with Datamax O’Neil’s line of rugged portable printers. In communication certification tests, the Marathon Field Computer connected wirelessly via Bluetooth or 802.

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Pulse Control Module PCM5

August 15, 2011 8:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Pulse Control Module PCM5 from Omega (Stamford, CT) converts a 4 to 20 mA signal from a process or temperature controller or computer to a time proportional output. This pulse control module mounts directly on a single 3 to 32 Vdc input SSR and supports a single phase 50 or 60 Hz operation.

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New Range Of Lift Check Valves

August 15, 2011 8:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spirax Sarco (Blythewood, SC) has released a new range of lift check valves: LCV3 (cast iron), LCV4 (carbon steel), LCV6 (stainless steel), and LCV7 (SG iron). These check valves are designed for EN and ASME standards which can be used for a wide range of applications. Providing a solution for the prevention of reverse flow in pipelines carrying most types of fluids, these check valves protect equipment and prevent pressure surges associated with hydraulic forces such as water hammer.

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Google To Buy Motorola Mobility For $12.5B

August 15, 2011 5:34 am | News | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (AP) — Google Inc. is buying cell phone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion in cash. It's by far Google's biggest acquisition and a sign the online search leader is serious about expanding beyond its core Internet business and setting the agenda in the fast-growing mobile market.

Honda To Build $800M Factory In Mexico

August 15, 2011 5:32 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Honda Motor Co. plans to build an $800 million factory in Mexico to make small cars for customers in North America, the company said Friday. The plant, near Celaya, Guanajuato, north of Mexico City, is expected to open in 2014 and will employ 3,200 workers from the region, Honda said in a statement.

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Retail Sales At Highest Level In Four Months

August 15, 2011 5:30 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers spent more on autos, furniture, clothing and gas in July, pushing up retail sales by the largest amount in four months. The gain signaled that Americans are a little more confident in the economy and could helped dispel fears that the country is headed for another recession.

Saab Owner To Issue Four Million New Shares

August 15, 2011 5:28 am | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The owner of Sweden's Saab is issuing new shares under a €150 million ($214 million) equity facility to keep the troubled car maker afloat. Swedish Automobile, or Swan, said Monday it is issuing 4 million new shares under an existing agreement with GEM Global Yield Fund Limited.

"Doomsday" Defense Cuts Loom Large

August 15, 2011 5:23 am | by Donna Cassata, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the dozen lawmakers tasked with producing a deficit-cutting plan, the threatened "doomsday" defense cuts hit close to home. The six Republicans and six Democrats represent states where the biggest military contractors — Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Corp.

Toyota Recalls 33,380 Corollas

August 15, 2011 5:21 am | News | Comments

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp.'s China subsidiary said Monday it will recall 33,380 Toyota Corolla EX sedans for repair to fix an engine computer malfunction. The company said the onboard computer controlling engine functions may fail when the computer case is exposed to static electricity, making it impossible to start the engine or causing the engine to stall.

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