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Calif. Ponders Gagging 'Obnoxious' Motorcycles

September 13, 2010 4:40 am | by Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — The laid-back vibe of this affluent Los Angeles suburb gets a jarring wakeup on weekends when hundreds of motorcycles thunder through the Santa Monica Mountains, triggering car alarms, rattling windows and jolting alive barking dogs. "They rev their engines with complete disregard for the people who live here," complained neighborhood resident Tonia Aery.

Stimulus-Funded Car Batteries Roll Off Assembly Lines

September 13, 2010 4:37 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first wave of mass-produced advanced batteries funded by the Obama administration's economic recovery program is starting to roll off assembly lines, setting the stage for new hybrid and electric vehicles. So how will consumers respond? Fending off criticism of the $787 billion stimulus program, the administration has cited the battery industry as one of the success stories.

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Your Car, The Fire Hazard

September 10, 2010 11:16 am | Articles | Comments

According to the US Fire Administration statistics from 2008, a quarter of all vehicle fires are electrical in nature. U.S. automobile organizations are paying attention to these hazards and are also looking ahead to the next generation of electric vehicles. by Guillemette Paour , Global Market Manager, Automotive, Tyco Electronics Circuit Protection As automobile electronics become more sophisticated, so does the vehicle’s electric system.

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Formulating Your Energy Master Plan

September 10, 2010 11:12 am | by Jerry Cater, Senior Associate, LEED AP BD+C and Zach Platsis, LEED AP O+M and Energy Specialist, SSOE Group's Sustainable and Renewable Solutions | Articles | Comments

Not too long ago, making decisions about a company’s energy management and sustainability was a fairly uncomplicated process for most facility managers. Switching to fluorescent lighting, replacing the HVAC to a more efficient system or upgrading to a more integrated process controls architecture to streamline production.

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Glow-In-The-Dark Labeling

September 10, 2010 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Safeguard Technology (Streetsboro, OH) has developed five new glow-in-the-dark colors for its Hi-Traction Glo Series, which allows the anti-slip surface to be seen in areas of low illumination. The additions include: Glo Safety Yellow Glo Safety Lime Glo Orange Glo Pink Glo Green All of the covers are made with a non-toxic, non-radioactive, photoluminescent pigment that is embedded in the surface of the product.

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Faster And Safer Wood Joining

September 10, 2010 10:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new generation joiner for precise fusing of wood or plastic profiles is now available from PAM Fastening Technology, Inc. (Charlotte, NC). The IM5 PT Joiner joins hard and soft wood molding up to 6” wide and 4-1/4” high, and allows for joining the frame while it is held in one position.

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Heat-Killing Fans

September 10, 2010 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MNC Mixed Flow Cooling Fan from Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) is designed to rapidly dissipate heat. These fans utilize the MF Mixed Flow Impeller and adjustable blade geometry to provide a wide range of performance. The fan has “non-stall” airflow properties and non-overloading absorbed power characteristics.

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More In-Plant Channels

September 10, 2010 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Detcon’s (The Woodlands, TX) Model MCS-32 is an “auto-configurable” multi-channel integrated control system with a maximum capacity of 64 active channels. The controller has a design that allows users to customize a system by choosing from selection-addressable field devices.

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Reid Supply To Unveil New Products At IMTS

September 10, 2010 6:11 am | News | Comments

Muskegon, Michigan — Reid Supply Company, a Michigan-based global distributor of industrial products, will be showcasing new products from innovative floor dryers to time-saving industrial clamps during the 2010 International Manufacturing Technology Show at the McCormick Place in Chicago, September 13th through the 18th.

Injured Workers Expand Lawsuits In Power Plant Explosion

September 10, 2010 4:45 am | by Everton Bailey Jr., Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Attorneys for nine workers injured or killed in a Connecticut power plant explosion are suing companies involved with the plant, saying the facility was rife with violations. The four lawyers filed a lawsuit for each of the workers Thursday in Middletown Superior Court, alleging plantowner Kleen Energy Systems, general contractor O&G Industries, of Torrington, and Bluewater Energy Solutions of Acworth, Ga.

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Flaming Pallets Cost NY Manufacturer $4 Million

September 10, 2010 4:17 am | News | Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say damage from a fire that destroyed a wood pallet company's warehouse in western New York's largest city will exceed $4 million. The fire Thursday morning leveled the warehouse at the Superior Pallets Inc. property in Buffalo. About 100 firefighters battled the blaze after it broke out at around 4 a.

Tums Celebrates 80 Years Of Gastrointestinal Relief

September 10, 2010 4:15 am | by Lisa Brown, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — If you've ever popped a tablet for a tummy ache, chances are it was made here. For decades, Tums has rolled off billions of antacid tablets from its red brick building at 320 S. Broadway, where 99.9 percent of the world's Tums supply is produced. September marks the 80th anniversary of Tums' production at the five-story plant that nearly stretches a city block across from Busch Stadium.

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Large-Scale Agriculture Makes For Big Problems

September 10, 2010 4:13 am | by David Mercer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — From the first days of the recent recall of 550 million eggs from two Iowa farms, one issue about large-scale agriculture has been clear: When something goes wrong on a big farm, it's going to be a big problem. It's a point even some supporters of industrialized farming acknowledge.

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Manufacturers Of Cleaning Products Forced To Open Up

September 10, 2010 4:12 am | by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers curious — or concerned — about the chemicals in household cleaning products will get detailed rundowns under state plans to require manufacturers to detail their products' contents. The move to start enforcing a nearly 40-year-old state law and related regulations, apparently unique in the country, comes amid growing scrutiny of the chemicals that make up consumer goods.

Woman In Custody After Shooting At Kraft Plant

September 10, 2010 4:10 am | by Patrick Walters, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Minutes after a woman was suspended from her job at a Kraft Foods Inc. plant and was escorted out, she returned with a handgun and opened fire, killing two people and critically injuring a third before being taken into custody, police said. The shootings occurred shortly after 8:30 p.

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Heat-Resistant Foam

September 9, 2010 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pres-On (Addison, IL) has developed a cost-effective alternative to silicone foam with N3000, a lightweight, closed cell, cross linked form based on Nylon 6. The form is offered in 39” x 78” sheets, with thicknesses ranging from 1/16 to 1/2”. According to the company, N3000 can be fabricated into complex shapes for a variety of products, like industrial seals, gaskets, or thermal insulation.

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Keep The Cold Out

September 9, 2010 8:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Curtron Products (Pittsburgh, PA) has announced the Polar-Pro Gravity Hinge (GH) flexible swinging door, which can be installed in minutes to create a barrier that separates cold storage environments from work areas while enabling personnel and mechanical traffic to pass through. The GH is available in standard and low-temperature PVC, capable of withstanding temperatures as low as 0° and -20°F, respectively.

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Multi-Profile Feeding

September 9, 2010 8:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dallas Industries (Troy, MI) offers a new control package, the ProfileSelect Feed Control, a press feed technology that matches the speed of feed advance to the available feed window and press speed equipment. The smooth profile uses software accel/deval (sinusoidal) motion, the standard profile matches standard (trapezoidal) accel/decal, and the accel profile has a fast initial strip movement.

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Better PVC Hoses

September 9, 2010 8:33 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The line of reinforced PVC high-stretch hose from Flexaust (Warsaw, IN) can be customized for upright, canister, and central vacuum cleaners.  The Dayflex Lightweight Stretch Hose features PVC construction reinforced with a vinyl-coated spring steel wire helix, and comes in a flat top style with a 5:1 stretch ratio, or a full block style with a 4:1 ratio.

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The Counterfeit Conundrum

September 9, 2010 6:02 am | by Duane Sword, vice president, Thermo Portable Optical Analysis, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific | Articles | Comments

Once a product leaves its manufacturer, it enters a world where it can be adultered, completely faked, diluted, relabeled, or repackaged without authorization. Trying to pinpoint the exact vulnerabilities in the supply chain is almost impossible. Counterfeiters have become increasingly sophisticated at imitating real products, from shoes and handbags to DVD’s, chainsaws, watches, airplane parts, and drugs.

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