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Oil-Friendly Thread Taps

October 1, 2010 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Reed Manufacturing Company’s (Erie, PA) ½ horsepower, electric 5401TMSO Threading Machine centers and chucks pipe or conduit for cutting, threading, and reaming applications. The oil system uses a self-priming pump that floods the pipe with oil while threading, and the open workspace features a large, integral oil reservoir.

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More Pure Steam Samples

October 1, 2010 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The mobile Steam Sampling Cart from Spriax Sarco (Blythewood, SC) is engineered to improve safety, efficiency, and operability in the collection of pure steam samples for testing. The unit is designed to take critical quality samples for total organic carbon (TOC), conductivity, microbial levels, and endotoxin monitoring.

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Mezannines Lift Operational Efficiency, Safety

October 1, 2010 5:23 am | Articles | Comments

Alliance Packaging is a well-known, independent corrugated box manufacturer with several facilities located throughout northwest United States. The company provides a full range of packaging solutions from custom shipping containers to retail packaging, from stock boxes to in-store displays, from creative design to same day delivery service.

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Munire Furniture To Buy Abandoned Auto Parts Plant

October 1, 2010 5:05 am | News | Comments

GAS CITY, Ind. (AP) — A company plans to buy a closed auto parts factory in central Indiana and start producing children's furniture there this fall. Executives of New Jersey-based Munire Furniture joined Gov. Mitch Daniels and local officials Friday in announcing plans for the Gas City factory.

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People Over Profit? Fool Me Once ...

October 1, 2010 5:03 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

To allow profit to take precedent over people is a dangerous prospect, no matter the size or type of company. If you’re fooled into thinking safety is other people’s problems only, then shame on you. Prioritizing profit over people: The implications of this seemingly popular trend are not limited to the processing market, but the severity of the implications are amplified here.

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J&J Execs, FDA Take Heat For 'Phantom' Recall

October 1, 2010 4:47 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson executives and the Food and Drug Administration both shouldered the blame Thursday for a secret recall in which hired contractors quietly bought up defective painkillers to clear them from store shelves. J&J Chief Executive William Weldon told House lawmakers the company "made a mistake" in conducting the so-called "phantom recall," which is one of a string of problems that have drawn congressional scrutiny In the same committee hearing, the FDA's deputy commissioner, Dr.

Weath Gap Hits Manufacturing Workers Hard

October 1, 2010 4:46 am | by Jim Fitzgerald and Vicki Smith, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — A Wall Street adviser leaves early for work to avoid panhandlers at his suburban train station. In coal country, a suddenly homeless man watches from a bench as wealthy women shop for dresses. A down-and-out waitress sits glumly on her stoop across the street from a gleaming suburb.

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HP's New CEO Befuddles Investors, Wall Street

October 1, 2010 4:45 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board upset many investors when it forced out Mark Hurd as CEO nearly two months ago. Now, those directors appear to have baffled Wall Street with its selection of HP's new leader — Leo Apotheker, who lost his job running German business software maker SAP earlier this year after he didn't live up to expectations.

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At Paris Auto Show, Gasoline Is Still King

October 1, 2010 4:44 am | by Colleen Barry and Greg Keller, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — Hybrids and electric cars may get top billing. But at the Paris Auto Show, conventional engines are showing they have plenty of mileage left. New gas and diesel models have carbon emissions not far behind those of hybrids, and there's nothing old-fashioned about their small size and highly efficient internal combustion technology.

Economists Expect Manufacturing Growth In September

October 1, 2010 4:43 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Growth in the manufacturing sector likely continued in September but at a slightly slower pace, economists say. Makers of goods such as PCs, autos, furniture and factory machinery helped pull the economy out from the recession because of overseas sales and strong demand from businesses that needed to replenish their stockpiles of goods.

Piping Problems No More

September 29, 2010 4:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

RIDGID (Elyria, OH) has introduced the new all-in-one CS1000 digital recording monitor, which is compatible with all RIDGID SeeSnake reels. It also consists of an upgraded LCD Pak , as well as a durable keyboard. The LCD Pak is designed for performance and durability, with a lightweight design and battery-powered mobility, and has a 12.

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Easier-To-Read Pressure Gauges

September 29, 2010 3:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PG10 Digital Pressure Gauge from Automation Products Group, Inc. (APG — Logan, UT) is an IP65-rated indoor/outdoor gauge that features a 5.5” display casing, a five-digit display, and a 270° digital “dial” that shows a user-selectable pressure range from 0 to 100 percent.

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Solder Paste Gets Better

September 29, 2010 3:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

FCT Assembly (Milpitas, CA) has introduced its RMA250 Solder Paste, which is a rosin-based chemistry designed to provide repeatability and consistency in the printing process. The paste offers an extended abandon time and excellent soldering activity with all surface finishes, according to the company.

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Chip-Proof And Temperature-Resistant

September 29, 2010 3:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

igus (East Providence, RI) is offering an energy tube for the machine-tool industry that is nearly 100 percent chip-proof, according to the company. The RX energy tube ensures debris simply falls off due to its smooth domed outer contour. In addition, internal testing has confirmed that the energy tube is nearly 100 percent airtight.

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Boeing Receives $5.3 Billion Fighter Jet Order

September 29, 2010 3:39 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is ordering $5.3 billion worth of F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Boeing Co. Boeing says the order is for 124 aircraft to be delivered between 2012 and 2015. The order includes 66 Super Hornets and 58 of its new Growlers, which are two-seat jets equipped with radar-jamming equipment and other gear to knock out a wide array of electronic devices.

HP Paints Rosy Outlook Despite Missing A CEO

September 29, 2010 3:21 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. offered a rosy financial outlook Tuesday without giving any guidance on the biggest issue hanging over the world's largest technology company: the identity of its next CEO. The leading maker of personal computers and printers has been looking for a new leader since its board pressured Mark Hurd, its CEO of five years, to step down in an early August scandal revolving around allegations of sexual harassment and deceptive expense reports.

Kid's Science Kits May Be No More Thanks To CPSC

September 29, 2010 3:16 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the tools that teachers use to get kids jazzed about science — hands-on science kits — could face an uncertain future amid a debate on safety. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has been mired for weeks in deliberation as it writes guidelines on what makes a product a "children's product.

Caterpillar To Build Mini Excavators In China

September 29, 2010 3:13 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest marker of construction and mining equipment, said Wednesday it plans to open a new facility in Wujiang, China, to build mini hydraulic excavators. The company currently supplies Chinese customers with mini excavators produced at a facility in Xuzhou, China, and with machines produced in Sagami, Japan.

Iowa-Based AMS 'Anxious' To Build Electric Cars

September 29, 2010 3:12 am | News | Comments

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Webster City company is close to beginning production of electric vehicles. AMS Inc. owner Joe Fleming says the firm is about two weeks away from producing the autos and is putting final preparations in place. The Webster City Freeman Journal reports Tuesday that the company will start out assembling about 38 cars a week and increase that to about 100 cars a week in December.

Warehouse Shooter Quarreled With Woman He Shot 11 Times

September 29, 2010 3:09 am | News | Comments

CRETE, Neb. (AP) — Investigators say the man who shot three co-workers at a cold-storage warehouse in southeast Nebraska and then fatally shot himself had argued with the woman he shot 11 times. The Saline County Sheriff's office released an update Tuesday on its investigation of the Sept.

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