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Diamonds Make For Better Polishing

September 27, 2010 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Pro Polish floor polishing system from General Equipment Company (Owatonna, MN) was designed for use with popular models of single- and dual-head, low-speed surface grinders, and works well with concrete, marble, and any other surface that can be polished. The system uses a series of seven 10-inch diameter diamond-polishing pads, which have a chemistry that is specially formulated to operate at the lower rotational speeds found in surface grinding equipment.

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Learn To Solder

September 27, 2010 11:01 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

STI Electronics, Inc. (Madison, AL) announces that its Through-Hole Solder Training Kits are an economic way to ensure each employee receives consistent skills training for through-hole component types and wire terminal attachments, which are encountered in production. The kits are updated versions of the industry-standard certification kits created for the Military Certification Programs.

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A Strong Skeleton

September 27, 2010 11:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kundel Industries (Austintown, OH) has developed the istrut, which is a modular strut aluminum building system that addresses the gap between standard strut and heavy-duty structural frame. At its core, istrut has an aluminum body, which creates a structural skeleton with high strength-to-weight ratios.

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21-In-One Screwdrivers

September 27, 2010 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ideal Industries, Inc. (Sycamore, IL) has introduced the 21-in-1 Twist-a-Nut multi-bit, dual-ratcheting screwdriver for more versatility and 50 percent more torquing power than standard ratchets. IDEAL has configured the tool so that the four bits more frequently used by electricians are pre-loaded into the driver shaft with an additional 12 specialty bits securely stored for quick access within the handle.

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Raytheon's Real-Life 'Iron Man' Suit

September 27, 2010 8:07 am | Videos | Comments

Raytheon — which has been in the news lately for a variety of military technologies, including a "death ray" — has not announced is XOS 2 exoskeleton, which has been developed to provide users additional strength and support when lifting or carrying heavy objects. This new model uses 50 percent less power than its predecessor, which brings the "Iron Man"-esque technology one step closer to seeing international deployment.

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The 'Very Light' Future Of Automobiles

September 27, 2010 8:03 am | Videos | Comments

The Very Light Car, built by the fledgling company Edison2, has recently been announced as the winner of the mainstream class in the Progressive Automotive X Prize, a $10 million competition to build production-ready cars that get more than 100 mpg. The car's construction is based on a simple principle: being as light weight as possible.

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If At First You Don’t Succeed, Dry Again

September 27, 2010 7:58 am | Articles | Comments

When it comes to fenestration, the components of today’s energy efficient doors and windows should be made with the same attention to resource management. Recently the Amesbury Group’s Textile Facility, part of its Sealing Solutions Division, completed a compressed air reduction project which will yield a $41,000 annual electricity cost savings in their extrusion department.

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The 'Greening' Of The Metal Fabrication Industry

September 27, 2010 7:07 am | by Gerald Shankel, President and CEO, Fabricators Manufacturers Association, International | Articles | Comments

Use of the term “a win-win” in the business world has become a cliché. However, because this article will address how the green movement today permeates throughout the metal forming and fabricating industry, it’s certainly appropriate to “recycle” the phrase here.

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After A Year-Long Shortage, Canned Pumpkins Return

September 27, 2010 4:58 am | by Sarah Skidmore, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Pumpkin lovers can relax: A nearly yearlong shortage of the canned stuff is over. That means an end to the hoarding, rationing and even pumpkin profiteering that have been going on since heavy rain ruined last year's harvest and caused a shortfall. But the country's top producer says this year's crop is healthy and cans are arriving in stores.

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Tenn. Court Eases Burden On Job Discrimination Lawsuits

September 27, 2010 4:57 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a decision that some legal observers found surprising, the state Supreme Court has reversed precedent and made it easier for workers to sue their employers when they believe they were fired illegally. The court ruled 3-2 this week that employers must prove that workers' claims of discrimination or retaliation are false or else face a trial, according to The Tennessean.

Nucor Creates Job Security Despite Deep Recession

September 27, 2010 4:54 am | by Shannon Spears Harris, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HICKMAN, Ark. (AP) — For employees at Nucor-Yamato Steel, there is plenty of incentive to get the job done right. The majority of their pay comes from production-based bonuses, and even though the recent financial downturn has had a negative effect on the amount of jobs available, Nucor-Yamato is proud of the fact that it has never once laid off an employee because of lack of work.

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'Stuxnet' Computer Worm Affecting Siemens PLCs

September 27, 2010 4:52 am | by Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful computer code attacking industrial facilities around the world, but mainly in Iran, probably was created by experts working for a country or a well-funded private group, according to an analysis by a leading computer security company. The malicious code, called Stuxnet, was designed to go after several "high-value targets," said Liam O Murchu, manager of security response operations at Symantec Corp.

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Hyundai Recalls 139,500 Sonatas For Steering Defect

September 27, 2010 4:50 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. said it is voluntarily recalling 139,500 Sonata sedans in the U.S. because of a manufacturing defect that could cause drivers to lose steering control. The recall affects 2011 models built between Dec. 11, 2009 and Sept. 10, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted on its website Sunday.

Even Now, Out-Of-Work Americans Won't Take 'Immigrant' Jobs

September 27, 2010 4:49 am | by Garance Burke, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — As the economy tanked during the past two years, a debate has raged over whether immigrants are taking jobs that Americans want. Here, amid the sweltering vineyards of the largest farm state, the answer is no. Most Americans simply don't apply for jobs harvesting fruits and vegetables in California, where one of every eight people is out of work, according to government data for a federal seasonal farmworker program analyzed by The Associated Press.

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Pecan Processor Enhances Safety With Metal Detector

September 24, 2010 9:43 am | Articles | Comments

Although wild pecans were well-known among the colonial Americans as a delicacy, the commercial growing of pecans in the United States did not begin until the 1880s. Today, the United States produces between 80 and 95 percent of the world's pecans, with an annual crop of 150,000 to 200,000 tons.  Historically, the leading pecan-producing state in the country has been Georgia, followed by Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

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Better Lighting In Tight Spaces

September 24, 2010 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Lighting Control Relays from Trinetics (Menomonee Falls, WI) provide durable options for coordinated area lighting, which helps improve efficiency and a more aesthetically-pleasing area coverage. The RLY Series is a compact, inexpensive relay for “tight fit” applications, while the MR Series features high compression low audible noise, minimum eddy current heating, and offers a wide range of flexibility.

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Improved Control Valves

September 24, 2010 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spirax Sarco, Inc. (Blythewood, SC) released its control valve range, SPIRA-TROL, in 6” and 8” sizes and with more control options. Thanks to a “clamp in seat” design, the valves are easy to maintain and do not require any special tooling, according to the company. In addition, a number of options have been added to ensure the valve can be optimized for the specific requirements of a customer application.

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An Epoxy That Handles Anything

September 24, 2010 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

IMSEAL-800 is a high-strength epoxy resin that seals visible porosity in castings and other metal parts. The multi-purpose sealant from IMPCO, Inc. (East Providence, RI) is drawn beneath the surface, penetrating and filling the crack by creating a pressure-tight seal. Once cured, the resin can be drilled, tapped, or machined.

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Industrial-Friendly Laptops

September 24, 2010 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic Solutions Company (Secaucus, NJ) has announced the newest member of its Toughbook U1 ultra-mobile PC product family, with the Toughbook U1 Ultra. The new model has a TransflectivePlus display for easy viewing in direct sunlight, a 64GB solid state hard drive, 2GB of memory, and Windows 7.

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An Asset You Can’t Afford To Lose

September 24, 2010 5:21 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Upton Sinclair’s early 20th century novel,  The Jungle , has often been credited as the catalyst for the launch of food safety laws in America. It’s no wonder, as Sinclair horrified readers with images of maggoty beef and sausage infused with rat guts. As the author of a novel that inspired such change, one would think Sinclair would have been pleased.

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