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Wall Street Jumps On Good Manufacturing, Google News

October 15, 2010 4:36 am | by Stephen Bernard, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures jumped Friday after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke reiterated the central bank is ready to do more to stimulate the sluggish economy. Bernanke's comments were the latest confirmation of what is already widely expected: The central bank is about to ramp up its purchase of Treasury bonds to spark growth.

Comprehensive Skin Care

October 14, 2010 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP — Winchester, VA) has announced its comprehensive skin care solution: the Rubbermaid Flex (Foam Liquid Excellence) TC Skin Care System. According to the company, 80 percent of germs outside the home are transmitted by hand, and 23 percent of adults don’t wash their hands after using public restrooms.

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Twisty Cable Carriers

October 14, 2010 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

igus (East Providence, RI) has developed a compact cable carrier system that can turn through 3,000 degrees in a minimal space: the TwisterBand TB30. The system guides energy, data, and media with little wear, and at high rotating speeds, the carrier stays close to the axis. According to igus, the carrier is designed for one and a half complete rotations, coupled with high dynamics.

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Upend Your Work

October 14, 2010 12:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

A fully powered C-frame style vacuum upender 180° flipper from Anver Corp. (Hudson, MA) lets one person lift, inspect, and reposition wood, plastic, and composite sheets. The Upender allows operators to place sheets and panels in jigs for assembly or secondary operations with eight double spring-loaded vacuum suction pads to assure even loading and stress-free handling.

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Backup Your Transformers

October 14, 2010 12:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new Thomas & Betts (T&B — Memphis, TN) Hi-Tech 38kV Trans-Guard OS Short Backup Current-Limiting Fuse provides the greatest risk reduction of disruptive transformer failure. The system is designed for use in 26.4 to 34.5kV distribution while significantly reducing fault energy and offering high interrupting capability for protection against ever-increasing available fault currents.

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American Companies Don't Innovate

October 14, 2010 10:14 am | Videos | Comments

A lack of innovation on the part of American companies is one of the biggest reasons behind the economy's struggles, or so argues Michael Mandel, the former chief economist at Business Week. And according to a National Science Foundation study, a mere 9 percent of American companies are committed to "innovating.

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Staying Afloat With R&D, Not The Lottery

October 14, 2010 8:12 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I’m a fairly avid listener of podcasts at work. They help me concentrate in the office, and, at times, they can be good inspiration for whatever I’m working through my mind at the time. I’ve been listening to NPR’s Planet Money podcast for a good six months now, ever since I heard their exposé on the recent collapse of our economy through the abuse and failure of subprime mortgages on This American Life .

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The Price Was Right

October 14, 2010 7:49 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing 's inaugural Smart Sourcing Award winners showcase overwhelming returns on their equipment investments.  Regardless of their background or area of expertise, every Food Manufacturing reader struggles with how to stretch limited purchasing budgets in keeping their operations moving as efficiently and profitably as possible.

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Emergency Lighting For Any Plant

October 14, 2010 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chloride Systems (Burgaw, NC) offers advanced technologies in emergency lighting with the CMF/TMF/ZMF Series, which provides a fixture that is versatile enough to meet egress code requirements in industrial applications. The series is available in 6, 12, or 24 volt, 25-450 watt units with high-performance MR16 lamp head assembly options.

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Build Your Own Signs

October 14, 2010 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Mobile In-House Sign Shop (MIHSS) is now available from Visual Workplace, Inc. (Byron Center, MI), giving users the ability to quickly create their own signs, banners, and other visuals either from scratch or with existing templates without the wait of purchasing from an outside vendor.

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Lifts Get Safer And Faster

October 14, 2010 6:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Southworth Products (Portland, ME) has designed its Dandy Lift line of lifter/transporters for more convenience and comfort to make work faster, safer, and easier. The hydraulic systems in the Dandy Lifts offer infinite height adjustment (within range) and a 20:1 mechanical advantage. In addition, they are available in seven models with a wide range of capacities (330 to 1,760 pounds) and lifting heights (29” to 49.

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Get Up-To-Date On HAZMAT

October 14, 2010 6:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The most up-to-date hazardous materials regulations have been combined in MANCOMM ’s (Davenport, IA) forthcoming DOT/PHMSA Hazardous Materials Regulations, Oct. 2010 Edition . The publication will be made with RegLogic, which is a two-color graphical approach that takes the difficulty out of navigating and reading regulations, according to the company.

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Reducing Energy Costs In Warehouses

October 14, 2010 5:03 am | by John Lytle, Application Engineer, Grove Gear | Articles | Comments

With the continuing trend of increasing energy demand and rising energy costs, conserving energy in warehouse facilities should be extremely important to industrial distributors. Efficient warehousing and distribution centers are integral components of a business’ supply chain strategy, especially in today’s competitive global economy.

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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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