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Position Sensing In All Directions

October 22, 2010 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The POSIROT family of magnetic rotary sensors from ASM Sensors, Inc. (Elmhurst, IL) welcomes to PRAS21 series, which is a non-contact position sensor that uses an external position magnet to provide an absolute output signal over a 360° measurement range. By using an external magnet, the sensor has a wear-free operation.

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Pocket-Style Air Filters

October 22, 2010 9:27 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Camfil Farr (Jonesboro, AR) has released its Hi-Flo ES pocket-style air filter for industrial applications, with a tapered design that eliminates pocket-to-pocket contact. This allows for the full use of the media area while reducing the filter’s resistance to airflow. This allows for few required filter changes and reduced disposal costs, not to mention eliminating the carbon footprint of additional cartridges.

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Minimizing The Risks Of Termination: Doing It Right

October 22, 2010 7:15 am | by Roberta F. Howell | Articles | Comments

In the first and second columns of this series, we discussed how to minimize the risks inherent in terminating a distribution relationship by maximizing the possibility that termination could be avoided altogether. No matter how carefully the relationship is created, structured or nurtured, however, termination is sometimes necessary.

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ERP: Your Strategic Weapon

October 22, 2010 6:41 am | by Cindy Jutras, Vice-President, Research Fellow & Group Director, Aberdeen Group | Articles | Comments

ERP provides a necessary infrastructure that forms the transactional system of record upon which a business is based, it serves as a source of cost savings and operational improvements, and it streamlines and accelerates business processes. As optimism increases for a worldwide economic recovery, small to mid-size enterprises (SMEs) once again look forward to revenue growth.

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Down To Wire

October 22, 2010 6:34 am | Articles | Comments

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to ergonomics, especially when confined industrial wiring causes lots of twists and turns of the wrists and hands. Choosing the right tools can be the difference between a safe maintenance associate, and a sidelined one. According to OSHA, there are many potential hazards that come along with using hand tools for electrical installation and connections.

New Motivations For Plant Modernization

October 22, 2010 5:03 am | by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor , Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Pictured is the integrated Bayer site in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park. In the foreground is the state-of-the-art methylene diphenyl diisocyanate plant. On September 27, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The 101-page legislation contains a number of provisions designed to free up credit for small businesses and provide incentives for small business job creation.

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Lean Manufacturing Goes Molecular

October 22, 2010 4:37 am | by Tom Fabek, General Manager, Profit Finders | Articles | Comments

The first meeting is with a company president, vice president of operations or lean manufacturing champion. The typical goal is to identify a factory in the company’s system that may qualify for an audit. Step 2: Discovery Day at the Factory A technical team visits the candidate factory to determine if a process audit is appropriate.

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Italian Paper Company To Open Racine, Wis. Plant

October 22, 2010 4:11 am | News | Comments

STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — An Italian paper and packaging company is opening its first North American headquarters in Racine with a promise to create 189 new jobs. The Journal Times in Racine reports Thursday that Seda International Packaging Group says it will invest $76 million in its Racine operation.

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China's Dairy Producers Abuse Tainted Milk Scandal

October 22, 2010 4:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Rumors on the Web that a major Chinese dairy company's baby formula might harm infants played on the worst fears of jittery parents after a string of scandals over tainted milk. This week, China's biggest milk producer, Mengniu, announced that the rumors targeting rival dairy Yili in July were manufactured by a Mengniu manager in what it said was a bizarre plot to boost his sales.

Honeywell 3Q Income Falls 18 Percent

October 22, 2010 4:08 am | News | Comments

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Honeywell International Inc. says third-quarter net income fell 18 percent because of a charge for pension expenses. But the technology and manufacturing company beat Wall Street estimates and it boosted its earnings forecast for the year. The company says revenue grew 9 percent, to $8.

Calif. Manufacturing Execs Indicted For Conspiracy, Bribery

October 22, 2010 4:08 am | by Greg Risling, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California company and two of its executives were indicted Thursday on conspiracy charges, accused of bribing government officials at Mexico's state-owned utility in exchange for obtaining lucrative contracts. Keith Lindsey, president of Lindsey Manufacturing Co.

CAT Acquires German Engine Maker For $810 Million

October 22, 2010 4:07 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. said Friday it is buying a German engine maker, MWM Holding GmbH, from private-equity firm 3i for 580 million euros, or about $810 million, in cash. Caterpillar, the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, said the deal will help it significantly expand options for customers of its electric power division.

Celery Contamination From Texas Processor Kills Four

October 22, 2010 4:06 am | by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is looking into a produce contamination case linked to a shuttered Texas processing plant and may decide to expand a recall, an agency official told The Associated Press. Texas health officials shut down the SanGar Produce & Processing Co. plant in San Antonio and ordered a recall of all of the produce that had passed through the plant since January.

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Pumping Up The Bottom Line

October 21, 2010 12:26 pm | Articles | Comments

For the management of a fiberglass and steel door manufacturer, taking their traditional East Coast manufacturing facility through a three-year Lean manufacturing process in order to re-engineer and improve their practices and workflow turned out to be a profit making investment. In fact, it actually led to additional and more creative income streams.

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An Introduction To Vibration

October 21, 2010 12:19 pm | by Eric Hudson, Fluke Corporation | Articles | Comments

Most industrial devices are engineered to operate smoothly and AVOID vibration, not produce it. In these machines, vibration can indicate problems or deterioration in the equipment. If the underlying causes are not corrected, the unwanted vibration itself can cause additional damage. In this article, we are focused not on machines that are “supposed” to vibrate as part of normal operation, but on those that should not vibrate: electric motors, rotary pumps and compressors, and fans and blowers.

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Lean Manufacturing Isn't Enough: You Need a Growth Plan

October 21, 2010 11:17 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

If you were a doctor who was examining a new patient who complained that pains in their abdomen had become intolerable, you would not prescribe a painkiller and send the patient home. You would have to do a careful diagnosis that included blood work and tests as well as a thorough physical examination.

Sweet Success

October 21, 2010 11:06 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Wolfgang Candy officially opened for business in York, PA in 1921, but the Wolfgang family’s candy-making began decades earlier when the Wolfgang brothers opened the first Wolfgang Candy Factory in the late 1890s. After only a few years, the factory was burned down in the North York Fire, and the candy-making business came to a halt.

Master Appliance Launches YouTube Channel

October 21, 2010 9:38 am | News | Comments

RACINE, Wis. — Master Applicance , a designer and manufacturer of heat tools for industrial purposes,  has announced a new YouTube channel, which can be found here . In addition, the company has released its first video, titled "Replacing A Defective Capacitor on an IMac G5 Motherboard.

'Dean of Invention' Looks at Life-Changing Science

October 21, 2010 9:23 am | Articles | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Dean Kamen was game to do a weekly TV show about science. Under two conditions, that is: First, he wanted to keep the focus squarely on science — especially its thrilling possibilities for youngsters who dive in. Second, Kamen, a world-renowned inventor (maybe you've heard of his Segway human transporter), didn't feel like reinventing himself as a TV personality.

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Turn Oil Into Dust

October 21, 2010 9:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Organic HTP Oil Solidifier and Encapsulator from American Products Enterprises Corporation (Woodstock, GA) works by solidifying and encapsulating oil on contact. According to the company, HTP will transform any type of petroleum spill into a fluffy dry substance on contact. The solution works equally as well on hard and dry surfaces as it does on water, ice, snow, and more.

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