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Brainstorm: Pest Control

April 15, 2011 10:45 am | Articles | Comments

This feature originally ran in the  April 2011 issue  of  Food Manufacturing . The  Food Manufacturing  Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask:  What is the biggest contributor to pest control issues in manufacturing facilities, and what can processors do to avoid such problems? Ron Harrison, Ph.

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Control Gases And Liquids

April 15, 2011 10:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spartan Scientific (Boardman, OH) is offering a miniature solenoid operator pilot assembly — Series 38KRE and 38KRI — which are designed to control inert gases and liquids. The 2-way and 3-way solenoids can be easily mounted to a flat manifold surface, and feature fully molded coil assemblies, plus either spaded or flying lead configurations.

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Carbide Burs In All Shapes

April 15, 2011 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

A full line of carbide burs in a variety of styles and shapes are available from Rex-Cut Products, Inc. (Fall River, MA). According to the company, the burs are offered in standard-, double-, and non-ferrous cuts in oval ball, ball nosed tree, and tapered shapes — all of which makes them ideal for weld preparation and removal applications.

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Tough Stainless Steel Enclosures

April 15, 2011 10:06 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Hammond Manufacturing Company Inc. (Cheektowaga, NY) is now offering its Eclipse Junior (EJ Series) enclosure in 316 grade stainless steel, which offers increased corrosion resistance, making the units suitable for installation in areas with aggressive chemicals. They are designed for use as instrument enclosures, electrical, hydraulic, or pneumatic control housings, electrical junction boxes, or terminal wiring enclosures.

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Go Wireless Up To 400 Feet

April 15, 2011 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering, Inc. (Stamford, CT) has released a new wireless process transmitter — the UWPC-2-NEMA — to convert process signal to wireless up to 400 feet. The product accepts 0 to 1V, 0 to 5V, 0 to 10V, and 4-20mA signals. Free software for monitoring, recording, and data logging is included, in addition to a low-power operation/sleep mode for longer battery life.

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Investing In U.S.-Based Manufacturing Pays Off

April 15, 2011 6:25 am | by Kevin Jobsky, Inside Sales & Marketing Manager, ICM Controls | Articles | Comments

U.S.-based manufacturers are finding themselves reacting to shifts in the global supply chain that are increasing prices and delivery lead times. Rather than rolling over and crying uncle, vertically integrated companies are playing on their strengths, which include faster times to market for new, updated, or custom-built products.

Proterra Unveils First Greenville-Made Electric Bus

April 15, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — An electric bus manufacturer has publicly unveiled its first Greenville-made bus, sending the unit to Pennsylvania for further testing. Proterra LLC on Thursday sent its first bus to the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center at Penn State University to complete testing required to unlock federal subsidies for bus purchases.

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Illinois Man: I Didn't Take Military Tech To China

April 15, 2011 4:45 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An Illinois man pleaded not guilty Thursday to taking restricted military data from his former job at a New Jersey technology company and presenting it at two conferences in China last fall. Sixing Liu, wearing a green prison jumpsuit, did not speak during the brief hearing before U.

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Recalls: Baby Boots, Industrial Heaters

April 15, 2011 4:39 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The following recalls have been announced: ___ MONKEEZ & FRIENDS WRIST RATTLES AND BABY BOOTIES DETAILS: The knitted-yarn products were manufactured in China and imported by Midwest-CBK Inc. of Union City, Tenn. WHY: The pom-poms attached to the wrist rattles and booties can detach, posing a choking hazard.

Toyota To Remain At Half Capacity At Japanese Plants

April 15, 2011 4:33 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it will maintain output at half capacity in Japan from May 10 to June 3 amid a supply crunch following the March tsunami disaster. The world's No. 1 automaker said it still remained unclear when the company would return to full production in Japan.

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U.S. Factory Output Rises For Ninth Straight Month

April 15, 2011 4:28 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories likely produced more goods in March for the ninth straight month, as businesses and consumers spent more money. Economists expect that the output of the nation's factories, mines and utilities increased 0.6 percent last month. That would be the biggest increase since December, when severe winter weather caused a spike in output by utilities.

Ford Expands F-150 Recall To 1.2 Million Vehicles

April 15, 2011 4:25 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford bowed to pressure from regulators on Thursday and widened a recall of America's top-selling vehicle, the F-150 pickup, because its air bags can deploy at the wrong time. The recall now covers nearly 1.2 million F-150s built for the 2004 and 2005 model years and some built for 2006.

Bearings For High-Temperatures

April 14, 2011 6:30 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Graphite Metallizing Corporation (Yonkers, NY) is announcing a family of tin-based babbit GRAPHALLOY materials for high-temperature bearing applications. The materials are available in NSF-certified grades for drinking water, and are FDA-accepted. They are environmentally-safe through the elimination of the need for grease or oil.

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Shine UV Light On Your Problems

April 14, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Magnalight (Kemp, TX), a Larson Electronics company, has added the RL-8510W-1-UV365 handheld LED ultraviolet spotlight to their line of specialty LED lights. The light produces UV light in the 365 Nm range and has a pistol grip shape to provide comfortable handling, plus a machined aluminum body for extreme durability.

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Get Rid Of Humidity

April 14, 2011 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Atlas Sales & Rentals, Inc. (Torrance, CA) is now offering a portable dehumidifier that offers high water removal capacity in a portable unit, for both low and high humidity settings. The DA 3500i dehumidifier removes 170 pints at AHAM* (80°F / 60% RH) while drawing only 10.5 amps, making it ideal for challenging drying applications.

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Go On A 'Star Teck'

April 14, 2011 6:29 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) has developed the Star Teck Extreme Director Cable Fitting, which is an adjustable, range-taking fitting, used to terminate metal-clad and Teck cable. The tool easily adjusts from 90 to 180 degrees, allowing for faster, more cost-efficient installation. A full circular bore provides for easy cable insertion, and alignment guides serve as reference points for ensuring that fittings are installed at the same angle.

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Loss-In-Weight System Improves Pet Food Quality

April 14, 2011 5:05 am | Articles | Comments

The original system at Chenango Valley Pet Foods (CVPF) consisted of a stainless steel tank on legs with a dual hose peristaltic pump with an inverter drive. The pump discharged through a 2-inch sanitary tube line and passed through a 1-inch coriolis style flow meter on its way to the mill/extruder.

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Three Steps To Improve Supply Chain Management

April 14, 2011 5:03 am | by Bobby Kaemmer, Vice President, Cadre Technologies | Articles | Comments

Information is a powerful dimension that these companies should fully employ to gain a distinct advantage by coupling the necessary inventory and operational processes with customer service, order entry, and financial management processes. In the past decade, volumes have been written about the value of supply chain visibility and execution systems.

Saving Lives By Cutting Out Drivers

April 13, 2011 9:18 am | Videos | Comments

Sebastain Thrun helped build Google’s driverless car, which can navigate through almost any real-life driving scenario, all without any human interaction. At the end of the day, the project isn’t about the technology itself, but rather what it can do for everyone on the road. As Thrun explains, the benefits for machine-controlled motoring are numerous, if done correctly.

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