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U.S. Manufacturing Rises 0.2 Percent In August

September 15, 2010 4:51 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industrial production rose modestly in August and the manufacturing sector grew for the 12th time in 14 months. Output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities edged up 0.2 percent last month, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. It rose 0.6 percent in July.

Toyota Moves To Dismiss Acceleration Lawsuits

September 15, 2010 4:49 am | News | Comments

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. has moved to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits over claims stemming from sudden acceleration in its vehicles. The auto giant filed a motion Tuesday with a federal court in Santa Ana, saying attorneys for Toyota drivers had failed to identify any defects in the vehicles.

Bristol-Myers Warned Of Subpar Practices In Puerto Rico

September 15, 2010 4:48 am | by David McFadden, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned drug giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. of possible sanctions if it fails to correct "significant violations" of good manufacturing practices at one of its two plants in Puerto Rico. The drugmaker said it has already begun correcting problems mentioned in the warning letter that the U.

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China-U.S. Steel Deal Could Jeopardize National Security

September 15, 2010 4:47 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — A state-owned Chinese company signed an agreement Wednesday to invest in a Mississippi steel mill in a deal that has prompted complaints by some U.S. lawmakers that it might jeopardize national security. Anshan Iron & Steel Group Corp.'s investment is seen as a test of American willingness to accept Chinese investment.

Explosion Injures 6 At Military Flare Manufacturer

September 15, 2010 4:44 am | by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOONE, Tenn. (AP) — A fire was burning itself out Tuesday night after an explosion injured six workers at a manufacturing plant in southwestern Tennessee that makes flares for the military. Hardeman County Sheriff John Doolen said firefighters at Kilgore Flares Co. in Toone were monitoring the blaze because of the danger there could be another explosion.

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The Importance Of Fundamentals

September 14, 2010 11:36 am | by Girish Malhotra, PE, President, EPCOT International | Articles | Comments

Globally, Johnson & Johnson is known for its integrity and product quality. A few years ago they handled the Tylenol situation extremely well and were commended for it. It is astounding that the year 2010 has become a nightmare for  Johnson & Johnson . It is heart breaking to read the statement “Certain  over-the-counter (OTC) Children’s and Infants’ liquid products  manufactured in the United States have been recalled as they may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles.

Better Penetrating Lubricants

September 14, 2010 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sili Kroil, from Kano Laboratories (Nashville, TN), is the result of blending Kroil and dymethyl silicones, which are able to penetrate spaces as small as one millionth of an inch, according to the company. Sili Kroil dissolves rust and lubricates to help loosen frozen metal parts. It can be used for frozen slides, bearings, gate valves, hinges, chains, and more.

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Faster Tube Cleaning

September 14, 2010 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The semi-automated Saflex 2000 from NLB Corp. (Wixom, MI) makes tube bundle cleaning more productive — according to the company — by cleaning four times as many tubes in a given period as manual water jetting. The system can clean two tubes — ranging between 4mm and 15mm — at once, and operates at pressures up to 40,000 psi.

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Vacuums Lifting More

September 14, 2010 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

A below-the-hook vacuum lifter and power tilter from Anver Corp. (Hudson, MA) uses a dry pump vacuum system rather than hydraulics for lifting steel, plastic, and fiberglass loads. The system is available with a 115 VAC electric or pneumatic actuator for the tilt mechanism. Developed for feeding machinery, the lifter has a removable pendant control for up/down and powered tilt, can be rotated manually, and includes a locking pin.

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Easier Push-Button Connectors

September 14, 2010 10:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allied Electronics (Fort Worth, TX) now stocks the HARTING Han-Yellock Connector Series, which combines multiple features within one connector, including an internal locking system. Push-button technology is also included. The connectors allow for simple installation and locking by turning one of the push buttons 90 degrees, reducing the chance for unauthorized access without the use of a tool.

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Taking A Turn For The Better

September 14, 2010 6:20 am | News | Comments

Manufacturing technology consumption in the United States is up nearly 59 percent when compared with 2009. Peter Borden, AMTDA president Manufacturing technology consumption in the United States totaled $266.08 million in July, according to the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA) and The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT).

Retail Sales Crush Thoughts Of Double-Dip Recession

September 14, 2010 4:48 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales rose in August by the largest amount in five months, adding to evidence that a late spring economic swoon was temporary and not the start of another recession. Retail sales rose 0.4 percent last month, the best advance since March, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

Corn Syrup Makers Seek New Name: Corn Sugar

September 14, 2010 4:46 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Marketing Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The makers of high fructose corn syrup want to sweeten up its image with a new name: corn sugar. The bid to rename the sweetener by the Corn Refiners Association comes as Americans' concerns about health and obesity have sent consumption of high fructose corn syrup, used in soft drinks but also in bread, cereal and other foods, to a 20-year low.

Mott's Workers Approve Contract After 4-Month Strike

September 14, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

WILLIAMSON, N.Y. (AP) — About 300 striking workers have approved a new labor contract with Mott's and will return next week to their jobs at the company's apple juice plant in western New York. Officials with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union say hourly employees at the Wayne Countyplant voted Monday 185 to 62 in favor of the contract and will return to work Monday, four months after they went on strike over proposed wage and benefit reductions.

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Kraft Facility Undergoes 'Flexible' Restart After Shooting

September 14, 2010 4:37 am | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Workers have returned to the Philadelphia Kraft Foods plant where a suspended employee fatally shot two co-workers and wounded a third last week. The Northeast Philadelphia plant reopened Sunday night, with counselors on hand to help employees cope with the aftermath of Thursday's shooting.

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Boeing Demolishes Plant 2, Home To 'Rosie The Riveter'

September 14, 2010 4:36 am | by George Tibbits, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SEATTLE, Washington (AP) — The dilapidated factory that helped make Seattle a high-tech town is being demolished after 75 years, a casualty of time, technology and tails that grew too tall. Boeing Co.'s Plant 2, a sprawling but outdated building, gave birth to some of the world's most significant aircraft.

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Harley Workers Divided, Disgruntled Over Being 'Threatened'

September 14, 2010 4:31 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc.'s three Wisconsin unions have agreed to a contract with steep concessions. Now it's up to the company to confirm it won't move its production out of the state. Harley's board of directors was scheduled to review the voting results Tuesday from the unions, which all agreed to accept the new contract to save jobs.

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Implementing On-the-Fly Motor Phasing

September 14, 2010 4:03 am | by Siemens Industry, Drive Technologies & Motion Control | Articles | Comments

Located in Glen Carbon, Ill., near St. Louis, FASTechnology Group (FASTech) is an industrial controls system integration and manufacturing company that specializes in turnkey automation systems.  Siemens Simotion package combines motion control, drive control, and logic control. With its core expertise in the commercial printing industry, FASTech is often called upon to affect changes in the control architecture and drive mechanics on the very largest printing and bindery equipment in the industry.

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Multi-Parameter Gas Detection

September 13, 2010 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Seacoast Science, Inc. and Forston Labs (Fort Collins, CO) has launched the Forston Mini Gas Chromatograph (GC), which uses MEMS technology developed for the Army Research Laboratories. The Forston Mini GC is ideal for industrial processing, quality control applications, and a wide range of safety applications, according to the company.

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Modular, Customizable IT Cabinets

September 13, 2010 7:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new IT cabinet with an extrusion-based modular design, advanced cable management, and convex perforated doors is now available from Optima EPS (Lawrenceville, GA). According to the company, the modular design allows users to customize the cabinets for specific requirements, in addition to integrated ground points plus removable sides, panels, and doors.

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