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Trending Right Now...

July 28, 2011 9:43 am | by Martin Stevens, CEO, A1 Technologies | Articles | Comments

When you start to talk about “trending,” immediate reactions will almost certainly take you to Internet search engines, popular culture references, and the topic of the day on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Even within the 3D digital technology sector, trends are often dominated by the medium of film and television, where there are serious investors and therefore serious amounts of money involved.

Overcoming Commodity Prices with Private Labels

July 28, 2011 9:38 am | by Brian Boyle, Senior Managing Director, Food & Beverage Group, McGladrey Capital Markets LLC | Articles | Comments

Without question, the rise of commodity prices has a direct impact upon food manufacturers. Most noticeable is the impact they have on gross margins. When food manufacturers sell through retail or commercial food service channels, there is typically a lag time between the fluctuation itself and the time when a manufacturer can adjust its prices towards the retailer to offset those changes.

Police Investigating Blaze At Tire Plant

July 28, 2011 9:21 am | News | Comments

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — Investigators searched a western Pennsylvania tire plant Thursday, a day after a reported explosion and fire in cold storage area of what a company official said is the oldest tire manufacturing plant in North America. The fire at Specialty Tires of America in Indiana, Pa.


GE Aviation Plans $56M Expansion

July 28, 2011 9:18 am | News | Comments

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — GE Aviation, a unit of the General Electric Co., plans to spend $56 million to build a second manufacturing plant in Mississippi to produce advanced composite components for aircraft engines and systems. GE Aviation plans to employ 250 workers at the new Ellisville plant when full production is achieved around 2018.


Workers Unionizing At IKEA's Only U.S. Plant

July 28, 2011 9:13 am | by Steve Szkotak, Associated Press | News | Comments

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Workers at IKEA's only U.S. factory overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to unionize amid complaints they have been paid less, injured more and treated worse than the thousands of Europeans who work for the Swedish furniture giant. The vote among workers at IKEA subsidiary Swedwood Danville was 221-69, according to IKEA and the union that will represent them in collective bargaining, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.


Officials Investigating Death Of Maintenance Worker

July 28, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating the death of a Georgia maintenance worker who was hit in the head by a heavy machine at a Gordon County industrial plant. Gordon County Deputy Coroner Bo Nicholson says Shin Gyun Kim of Rossville taken by helicopter to a hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.


2,000 Delta Employees Taking Buyouts

July 28, 2011 9:10 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

With high fuel prices slicing last year's profit in half, Delta Air Lines said 2,000 workers are taking voluntary buyouts, it will cut its fall schedule more than expected and it won't fly routes where it can't make money. Airlines have been raising fares to cover higher fuel bills. Delta's fuel cost rose 36 percent to $2.

Ford Can't Keep Up With Demand

July 28, 2011 9:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford can't make enough Focus cars to keep up with rising demand because of equipment problems that have caused a shortage of dashboards, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Machinery that makes the skin that covers dashboards at a Ford parts factory outside Detroit works intermittently.


Type II AccuFlow Safety Can

July 28, 2011 8:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Type II AccuFlow Safety Can from Justrite Mfg. Co. (Mattoon, IL) was built to meet OSHA and the National Fire Protection Association requirements. Protection features include an internal stainless steel flame arrester that dissipates heat to prevent flashback ignition and a gasketed, self-closing leak proof lid that automatically vents to guard against explosion.


Navigator Series Of Portable Scales

July 28, 2011 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

OHAUS Corporation (Pine Brook, NJ) has launched the Navigator Series of portable scales. The Navigator Series offers sensors for “touchless” operation, fast response time, and overload protection. The touch-free control of tare, zero, print, function, and display backlight helps to minimize touching the keypad, avoiding cross-contamination.


MiniTest 650 Measures Anything

July 28, 2011 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MiniTest 650 from Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) is ideal for any measuring task in the finishing industry. Its dual sensor identifies the substrate material and upon contact with the surface, the gage automatically switches to the suitable measuring principle based on the user’s application.


Yard And Dock Management System

July 28, 2011 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 4SIGHT Yard and Dock Management System from 4Front Engineered Solutions (Carrollton, TX) combines RFID and GPS technology to increase productivity in loading docks and yards. Designed to alleviate bottlenecks in the dock and yard areas, 4SIGHT enables facility managers to effectively schedule and facilitate loading and unloading at various dock positions.


MISUMI Adds Over 8,700 In-Stock Components

July 27, 2011 12:27 pm | News | Comments

MISUMI USA , Inc., a subsidiary of MISUMI Corporation, part of MISUMI Group, Inc ., has announced the addition of a significant number of frequently ordered components to its distribution center in Elk Grove Village, IL, near Chicago.  As the result of increasing demand for certain sizes and styles of many popular MISUMI mechanical and factory automation components, more than 8,700 items have been added to the local stock, effective immediately.


A War Of Economic Survival

July 27, 2011 12:13 pm | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

Many see the U.S. economy as recovering. Still, there are structural changes in the economy that are subtle but very important. The U.S. is ignoring manufacturing, budget deficits, trade deficits, China’s manipulation of their currency, the decline of R&D, the loss of our technologies to China, and the decline of good paying jobs for the middle class.


Energy Intelligence Report: The Color Of Money

July 27, 2011 12:01 pm | by Anna Wells | Articles | Comments

We kicked off this year’s Energy Intelligence Report by going straight to the source to determine which energy and sustainability variables were really driving purchasing decisions among manufacturers. Much like last year’s report, this competitor breakdown aims to give you a cross-sectional view of what other manufacturers are looking at when trying to make their operations more efficient.


An Object In Motion

July 27, 2011 11:50 am | by Anna Wells | Articles | Comments

Anyone working in manufacturing understands that conveying systems are necessary and, to a lesser extent, a necessary evil that can cause some serious injuries if you, and your operators, aren’t careful. Headlines detailing particularly grotesque industrial accidents should be enough to keep conveyor safety top-of-mind, but it never hurts to have your own “cheat sheet.


Lighting The Future Of Efficiency

July 27, 2011 11:40 am | by Joel Hans | Articles | Comments

For decades, manufacturing facilities have been lit largely by old technological behemoths, like incandescent bulbs. Because they generally reside on the rather tall ceiling of a typical manufacturing facility, these lights can generally go unseen — until they burn out. Due to recent efforts to decrease energy usage, many manufacturers have turned to various new technologies — halogen, fluorescent, and LED — all of which offer equal amount of light output for less wattage.


TechAngle Electronic Torque Wrench

July 27, 2011 11:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TechAngle Electronic Torque Wrench from Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) is now available with a cycle-counting feature which helps track required calibration cycles of torque-measuring instruments. Designed to do the work of four torque wrenches, the wrench allows users to set the torque value in Newton meters, foot pounds, or inch pounds, and angle of rotation.


Singing Robot Finds Its Voice

July 27, 2011 9:37 am | Videos | Comments

''It's possible to create a robot that speaks using the exact same method that human beings do,'' says robot inventor Hideyuki Sawada. His robotic mouth uses air to create sounds instead of electronic speakers. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


New Planemakers Aiming High

July 27, 2011 9:32 am | Videos | Comments

While Boeing and Airbus racked up orders at the Paris Air Show in June, analysts warned their duopoly could soon be history, as Russia, China and Canada look for a slice of the action. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.



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