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Purge HVAC Or Refrigerator Lines

April 19, 2011 6:32 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

TurboTorch (St. Louis, MO) has introduced a new Nitrogen Flow Meter that is ideal, according to the company, for purging HVAC or refrigerator lines prior to the brazing process. The meter monitors the flow of nitrogen gas through the lines so that oxygen can be displaced. The model NFM-TT can measure gas in two ways: standard cubic feet per hour (outflow 0 to 75 SCFH), or by liters per minute (0 to 35 LPM).

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A Reality Check

April 19, 2011 5:06 am | by Girish Malhotra, PE, EPCOT International | Articles | Comments

Recently in my efforts to assist a client to find suppliers of certain product, I took the easy route: using one of the search engines. The results were very interesting. Most of the products were available from Chinese and/or Indian companies. All of the sites had minimal to no information on any physical properties or performance data.

Automakers Unveil Ambitious Plans To Dominate China

April 19, 2011 4:58 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Global automakers unveiled ambitious expansion plans for China on Tuesday, targeting the country's newly prosperous drivers as the industry struggles to recover from Japan's tsunami. Nissan Motor Co. plans to raise sales by about 15 percent to 1.15 million vehicles this year, said CEO Carlos Ghosn.

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Once-Great Industrial Crane Company Now Dismantled

April 19, 2011 4:54 am | by Susan Harrison Wolffis, | News | Comments

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — At its peak, more than 1,000 people worked at Lift-Tech International, a quiet company in Muskegon Heights that built some of the most sophisticated industrial hoists and cranes in the world. Now all that's left is rubble. On June 30, 2010, the company closed its doors forever, leaving a gaping hole not only in the landscape it dominated for almost 120 years, but also in thousands of lives.

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GM Unveils New 2013 Malibu: More Power, Less Gas

April 19, 2011 4:52 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors has set out to refine the current Chevrolet Malibu midsize car with the 2013 version to be unveiled Tuesday. The new car, GM's first midsize sedan to be sold globally, is designed to have better aerodynamics than the current version, and its all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is designed to perform better than the current version yet be fuel efficient.

Apple Sues Samsung For Devices That 'Slavishly Copy' iPhone

April 19, 2011 4:48 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple Inc. has sued Samsung Electronics Co., saying the South Korean company's Galaxy line of smartphones and tablet computers copy Apple's popular iPad and iPhone. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple alleges the product design, user interface and packaging of the Galaxy products "slavishly copy" Apple.

Grainger Rakes In Healthy 1Q Revenue

April 19, 2011 4:42 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — W.W. Grainger Inc. surpassed most Wall Street expectations in the first quarter thanks to its ability to raise prices. The industrial supply company reported its quarterly results after the market closed on Monday and in addition to unexpectedly health margins, Grainger boosted its outlook for the year.

J&J Profits Slip 23 Percent On String Of Recalls

April 19, 2011 4:39 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) — Health care giant Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday its sales rebounded but its profit dropped 23 percent in the first quarter, due to higher expenses, costs of recalls and litigation and a tax gain that boosted results a year ago. Adjusted earnings topped analysts' expectations.

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Smart-Energy Consumption Via An Open Ecosystem

April 18, 2011 9:10 am | by Tony Paine, Kepware Technologies President and CEO | Articles | Comments

From America’s viewpoint, there is a dire need to transform the way we manage energy consumption and smart grid initiatives are leading the way. Our nation is saying goodbye to inefficient utility control systems plagued by slow reaction speeds, incompatibility, and isolation, which is due in part to the establishment of the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act).

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Long-Lasting Lubricants

April 18, 2011 9:00 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Ultrachem (New Castle, DE) has developed a new line of Omnilube food-grade rotary screw and reciprocating air compressor lubricants with improved wear, oxidation, and lubricity. Omnilube food grade products meet all of the requirements of the USDA and FDA H-1 regulations, 21 CFR 178.3570, and conform to the requirements of NSF.

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Pick From 22 Different Positioners

April 18, 2011 8:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

MISUMI USA. Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has announced the addition of several new products to its family of Standard Precision Positioning Stages. The stages come in 22 different styles, which can be selected depending on specific applications requirements, such as: moving axes, positioning accuracy, load capacity, feed mechanism, linear guidance structure, or type of clamping mechanism.

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Easier Pallet Wrapping

April 18, 2011 8:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Combi Packaging Systems LLC (Canton, OH) is now offering the SW-10 Stretchwrapper, which has basic components and requires no formal installation. According to the company, it is a more affordable pallet wrapper that is designed to boost productivity. It has been manufactured with a manual mechanical core braking film tensioning system that simplifies threading of the film, and a hinged column that reclines for shipping, allowing for minimal shipping costs.

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Computers Survive In Tough Environments

April 18, 2011 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Glacier Computer (New Milford, CT) has announced the release of the Everest S9000 stainless steel rugged computer terminal. According to the company, the S9000 was designed for customers who need an IP 65 and NEMA 4-approved, sealed unit to meet hygienic standards in food processing, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries.

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Survey: U.S. Economy Recovering Despite Global Unrest

April 18, 2011 4:44 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Economists say the U.S. economy is gaining strength despite political unrest in North Africa and the Middle East and last month's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. A survey from the National Association for Business Economics finds that economists are hopeful that the broader economy is substantially improving, with rising employment reported for the fifth quarter in a row.

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VW Starts Tenn. Passat Production, Unveils All-New Beetle

April 18, 2011 4:36 am | by Bill Poovey, Associated Press | News | Comments

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers starting production of a cheaper, larger Passat at Volkswagen Group of America's new plant in Chattanooga have a message for car shoppers: It's a winner. But there are questions. The name is familiar but this Passat is different. Why risk buying an unproven car? Why trust workers who have no track record? VW's Chattanooga Operations said in a statement Friday that the first 2012 Passats destined for the marketplace will roll off the line next week to be sold in the second half of this year.

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GM Aims To Double Sales In China To 5 Million

April 18, 2011 4:29 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. said Monday it plans to double the number of cars it sells in China to 5 million by 2015. GM China President Kevin Wale said he's optimistic the company can achieve the "ambitious" target, which is more than twice the 2.35 million vehicles it sold in 2010.

Japan Taps U.S.-Made Robots For Reactor Clean-up

April 18, 2011 4:22 am | by Jacob Adelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — In this country of break-dancing androids and artificially intelligent pets, nuclear cleanup crews on the tsunami-ravaged northern coast are depending on U.S.-made robots to enter damaged reactor units where it is still too dangerous for humans to tread. Utility workers seeking to regain control of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are deploying robots from Bedford, Mass.

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CAT CEO's Pay Quadruples To $10.4 Million

April 18, 2011 4:20 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. quadrupled Doug Oberhelman's compensation last year when he was promoted to the top job at the world's largest maker of mining and construction equipment, but his $10.4 million compensation was less than half what the retiring chief executive received, according to an Associated Press review of a regulatory filing Friday.

ThyssenKrupp Exec Convicted Of Murder Over Plant Blaze

April 18, 2011 4:17 am | News | Comments

TURIN, Italy (AP) — A top ThyssenKrupp executive was convicted of murder in Italy on Friday for a 2007 plant blaze that killed seven workers in Italy, news reports said. The court in Turin sentenced ThyssenKrupp's CEO for Italy, Harald Espenhahn, to 16 1/2 years in prison, as had been requested by the prosecutors, ANSA and LaPresse news agencies said.

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Why China Is Vulnerable — Part 1

April 15, 2011 10:49 am | Articles | Comments

Let’s not concede anything to  China  just yet, shall we? After all, it wasn’t that long ago that everyone was all but certain that  Japan was going to supplant the U.S. as the world’s manufacturing leader. And we know how that turned out. The following is part one of a two-part list of eight reasons why China’s future as the biggest dog on the manufacturing block is not nearly so clear as many would have you believe, and why China’s manufacturing sector continues to grow increasingly vulnerable, despite its obvious strengths.

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