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Manage Your Plant

September 2, 2010 5:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation developed the R3.05 upgrade to its Plant Resource Manager (PRM), which is an integrated device management software package that can be used to manage, monitor, and diagnose plant field devices. The PRM now supports PROFIBUS DP/PA and wired HART 7 devices, allowing it to be used with a larger range of devices online.

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Recover, Reuse Oil Mist

September 2, 2010 5:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OILMISER Vapor Guard (OVG) from JLM Systems is designed for lubricated gearboxes and bearing housings that are vented to atmosphere. The OVG traps the oil mist and fumes migrating out of the gearbox before they foul the air filter. In addition, the system has a central diffuser post inside a sealed aluminum containment chamber, which allows fumes to condense back into liquid oil.

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Better Welding Helmets

September 2, 2010 5:00 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Professional’s Jackson Safety brand has updated its line of passive welding helmets to incorporate models with fixed-shade and variable auto-darkening visors. At the top of the line is the W-60 series, a multi-functional auto-darkening helmet that operates on a digital platform.

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More Comfortable Safety Goggles

September 2, 2010 4:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The XPR36 high-performance safety goggle from Encon is designed for protection against chemical splash, dust, and flying particles. According to the company, the 360° circuitous ventilation system combines with the QD2 easy strap adjustment system and the ENCOTE (anti-scratch and anti-fog) lens to set a new standard in comfort and durability.

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The Plastic-To-Oil Converter

September 1, 2010 9:49 am | Articles | Comments

Saddened by the damage plastics have incurred on the environment, one Japanese entrepreneur has developed a new machine that is capable of converting a variety of plastics right back into oil. This helps keep recycling costs down, and essentially creates another "home-grown" source of oil that could be used as gasoline in our nation's cars.

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Is 'Big Food' Making Americans Sick?

September 1, 2010 9:26 am | Articles | Comments

It's no surprise that in the last few decades, fewer companies have gained control over more of the meat Americans eat every day. CNN 's John King sits down with Food Inc. director, Robert Kenner, about how centraliziation has negatively affected our food supply. If you ask Kenner, salmonella has become an issue precisely because of our unsustainable food system.

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Miss. Town Awaits Toyota's Decision

September 1, 2010 8:10 am | Articles | Comments

Residents of Blue Springs, Mississippi spent years looking for a new automotive assembly plant in the region, and Toyota's plan for a 2,000-worker facility was a dream come true. But as Toyota's sales dropped, the plant was idled before it even began — and the recent recall issues haven't helped.

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Miniature Trains Make For Big Profits

September 1, 2010 8:07 am | Articles | Comments

One California manufacturer, Role Models Railworks, has found a great deal of success making a quirky something that appeals to a select few consumers: fully-functioning model trains. Called "trainiacs," these enthusiasts spend thousands of dollars (sometimes up to $50,000) on miniature steam engines that are completely rideable.

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NASA-Approved Adhesives

September 1, 2010 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Supreme 10AOHT-LO adhesive from  Master Bond   is a single-component, no mix, thermally-conductive compound featuring electrical insulation and durability against impact, thermal shock, vibration, and stress fatigue cracking. It meets NASA low outgassing specifications and is formulated to cure at elevated temperatures between 250° and 300°F for 1 hour.

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V-Belts Survive Extreme Temperatures

September 1, 2010 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Gates Rubber Co. industrial molded notch v-belts have been upgraded to a high-performance EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) material construction, which provides longer belt life at extreme temperatures, according to the company. The EPDM belts offer a 70 percent broader operating temperature range (-60° to +230°F), which improves resistance to cracking, a common belt failure.

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Intrinsically Safe Pressure Transmitters

September 1, 2010 5:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The P612 Silicon Glass Fused Pressure Transmitter from Tel Tru is specifically designed to operate safely in hazardous areas, and is cCSAus Intrinsically Safe certified to Class I, Div.1, Groups A, B, C, and D, when used with approved zener barrier systems. The single-piece 316L stainless steel sensing element with a high-output silicon glass fused strain gauge maximizes cycle life even in the presence of pressure spikes, vibration, and aggressive fluid media.

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Quicker Washing And Sanitization

September 1, 2010 5:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Douglas Model 1536,SPW is designed to efficiently wash, rinse, and sanitize scale buckets, weigh hoppers, chutes, and feeder pans. Racks are available for all types and sizes of scales and are designed to protect the parts during cleaning and extend their lifetime. According to the company, turnaround time is significantly reduced because the buckets and feeder pans of most 12 head scales can be cleaned in just one wash/rinse cycle of only six minutes.

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Technology-Enabled Cabinets

September 1, 2010 5:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CribMaster Hybrid Accu-Cab combines two cutting-edge technologies: weight-sensing and RFID. The dual solution combines to accurately manage both bench stock and durable types of inventories all in a single device, and is driven by CribMaster software. The Hybrid Accu-Cab consists of a heavy-duty, double-walled cabinet equipped with highly-sensitive scales, four RFID antennae, and a secure door lock.

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Biodegradable Lubricants

September 1, 2010 5:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Summit EnviroTech FGPL is a NSF-registered H-1 bio-based penetrating lubricant, formulated for use in the food processing and packaging industry. The biodegradable formulation is odorless, tasteless, fast-acting, and rapidly penetrates corrosion or carbon residue on equipment, according to the company.

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Small Fans, Big Fans

September 1, 2010 5:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

The direct drive APW Panel Fan is available in diameters from 14” through 60”, with capacities ranging to 60,000 cfm. Continental Fan includes an adjustable pitch impeller for precise performance matching, and the airfoil axial impeller is constructed of spark-resistant die cast aluminum.

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Federal Agents Visit Epicenter Of Salmonella Outbreak, Again

September 1, 2010 4:54 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, the two Iowa farms at the center of a salmonella outbreak and massive egg recall, have been visited by federal agents again. Spokeswomen for the farms said the agents who arrived Tuesday worked for the Food and Drug Administration.

Ad Agency Drops Harley-Davidson Due To Slow Sales

September 1, 2010 4:52 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Marketing Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc.'s main ad agency for more than three decades has dropped the struggling motorcycle maker in favor of new business. Ad agency Carmichael Lynch, a unit of Interpublic Group, said many factors went into the decision, including the fact that the Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker has slashed its marketing spending in recent years amid slumping sales.

Heinz 1Q Income Rises 13 Percent

September 1, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co.'s fiscal first-quarter net income jumped 13 percent, largely on stronger sales in Asia. The foodmaker best known for its signature ketchup said Wednesday that it earned $240.4 million, or 75 cents per share, for the quarter that ended in late July. That's up from $212.

Chinese Manufacturing Rebounds In August

September 1, 2010 4:37 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Chinese manufacturing growth improved and auto sales rebounded in August, suggesting the world's second-biggest economy may not be slowing as quickly as feared. Two surveys released Wednesday showed production, new orders and purchasing prices all rose in August, with the HSBC purchasing managers index — a seasonally adjusted index designed to measure the performance of the manufacturing economy — rising to its highest level in three months, at 51.

Hyundai Shifts SUV Production To Kia Plant

September 1, 2010 4:36 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hyundai Motor America said Tuesday it will shift manufacturing of its Santa Fe SUV beginning this fall from its plant in Alabama to one in Georgia run by Kia Motor Manufacturing, a move aimed at boosting production of Hyundai's popular Sonata sedan. The automaker plans to increase production of the Sonata at the plant in Montgomery, Alabama, said Hyundai Motor America spokesman Chris Hosford.

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