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3200 Series iDrive Belt Conveyor

July 19, 2011 11:43 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The 3200 Series iDrive belt conveyor from Dorner (Hartland, WI) offers increased weight capacity and indexing capabilities. The iDrive series integrates the motor, gearbox, and motor controller all within the frame of the conveyor for a space-saving design. Designed for heavy-duty industrial and packaging applications, the 3200’s frame and motor can carry more weight (up to 120 lbs), operate at faster speeds (up to 171 FPM), and is available in larger sizes.

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Sprite Roamer Intensive Care Unit

July 19, 2011 11:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Sprite Roamer™ Intensive Care Unit (ICU) from Azima DLI (Woburn, MA) is a portable, online monitoring system. Typically used by facilities with no online monitoring system that need more than monthly data collection, the system is also used on problematic machines to gather frequent, consistent data.

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Hershey Plans To Sell Original Plant

July 19, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey Co. is selling off part of its original chocolate plant at the sweet price of nearly $58 million. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Monday that the company wants to sell a part of the century-old building that's being used for office space.

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Plans For Plant Under Scutiny In NC

July 19, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — Plans for a $95 million sulfur processing plant at the port in Morehead City, N.C. is drawing fire from some coastal-area residents who have scheduled a meeting to discuss details of the project. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at the Crystal Coast Civic Center.

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Former Michigan Governor To Plug Electric Cars

July 19, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Michigan governor is in North Carolina to plug electric cars and job creation from clean energy. Ex-governor Jennifer Granholm speaks in Raleigh on Tuesday at the start of a four-day conference for the electric car industry. Granholm is now an adviser to the Pew Charitable Trusts and she'll be visiting the Plug-in 2011 convention.

Solar Cell Plant Will Hire 250

July 19, 2011 8:59 am | News | Comments

HENDERSON, N.C. (AP) — A small North Carolina company with big backers plans to build a solar cell manufacturing plant employing more than 250 people after getting a promise of up to $18 million of tax breaks and other incentives. Gov. Bev Perdue's office on Tuesday announced Durham-based Semprius Inc.

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IL Governor Must Pay Worker Raises

July 19, 2011 8:56 am | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn violated the union contract with 30,000 state workers by refusing to give them a pay raise due July 1, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday. Edwin Benn ordered Quinn to start paying the 2 percent increase and provide back pay within 30 days. "As a matter of contract, the state cannot simply refuse to pay the increase," Benn wrote in his opinion.

Chrysler Suspends Workers Caught Drinking On TV

July 19, 2011 8:50 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC has suspended nine workers for allegedly drinking and smoking marijuana before their shifts at a Michigan plant. Detroit television station WJBK-TV aired a story about the workers at the Trenton Engine Plant last week. Chrysler says it identified the workers using the station's video.

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Rush Tracking Systems and Sky-Trax, Inc. Announce Merger

July 19, 2011 6:20 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY , Kans. and NEW CASTLE, Del. – Rush Tracking Systems ( www.rushtrackingsystems.com ) and Sky-Trax, Inc. ( www.sky-trax.com ) announce they have merged to form a vertically integrated provider of smart truck tracking systems for manufacturing and warehousing environments, solidifying the combined companies’ market leadership.

Solar Windows Offer Solution To Brighter Future

July 19, 2011 6:17 am | Videos | Comments

An Israeli company hopes to revolutionize the green solutions market with solar windows that combine electricity production, energy reduction, and transparent design. 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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Northeast, West Offer Cheaper Manufacturing

July 19, 2011 6:00 am | Articles | Comments

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Despite the conventional wisdom that the South is best place for manufacturing in the United States, eight of the top 10 states for cost-efficient manufacturing are located in the West and Northeast, new research by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) shows.

Teaching Others Is Often The Best Lesson

July 19, 2011 5:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

After two years of work on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations (IMPO), I’ve accepted the role of managing editor at Manufacturing.net, another property with Advantage Business Media. I was recently tasked with training a new employee to take over my previous responsibilities with IMPO Magazine .

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J&J 2Q Profits Down 20 Percent

July 19, 2011 5:20 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that its second-quarter profit fell nearly 20 percent due to restructuring, recall and litigation costs and higher spending on overhead and research. The results still topped Wall Street expectations. The maker of Band-Aids, biologic medicines and birth control pills said its net income was $2.

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Harley's Second-Quarter Profits Doubled

July 19, 2011 5:18 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — Fueled by its first U.S. sales increase in more than four years, Harley-Davidson's second-quarter profit more than doubled, easily beating Wall Street's expectations. The iconic motorcycle maker also boosted its shipment forecast for 2011 and its shares rose $1.

Tablets Shift PC Industry

July 19, 2011 5:17 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The personal computer industry needs a jumpstart — and it's counting on a rescue from emerging markets and a late-to-the-party push into tablet computers. The U.S. and European PC markets have entered a dangerous new phase: Fewer people are buying new PCs because of economic anxiety, market saturation and the rise of seductive new gadgets such as Apple's iPad.

AP Study Shows Western States Lag In Recovery

July 19, 2011 5:13 am | by Martin Crutsinger, Mike Schneider, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Western states hit hardest by the housing crisis are feeling the greatest economic stress two years after the recession ended, according to The Associated Press's monthly analysis. Depressed home prices and high rates of foreclosures have limited job growth in Arizona, California and Nevada.

Cisco Will Cut 6,500 Jobs

July 19, 2011 5:11 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of computer-networking gear, is reducing its work force by about 9 percent to reduce costs and raise profits as the company tries to become more competitive. Monday's announcement to cut 6,500 of its roughly 73,000 worldwide employees follows up on a plan disclosed in May to eliminate thousands of jobs.

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MI Governer Sees Immigrants As Key To Economy

July 19, 2011 5:08 am | by Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has seen the results of what immigrants can do to help the economy through companies such as Meijer Inc., Masco Corp. and Dow Chemical Co., and should be attracting more immigrants who can repeat those successes, Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday. Speaking at a conference on immigration and Michigan's economy at Wayne State University, the governor pointed out that the Meijer retail chain was founded by a Dutch immigrant, the building products maker Masco by an Armenian immigrant and Dow by a Canadian.

Dynorbital Silver Supreme Random Orbital Sander

July 18, 2011 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Dynorbital Silver Supreme Random Orbital Sander from Dynabrade (Clarence, New York) is an American-made, air-powered sander designed for high production areas. Ideal for flat and horizontal sanding, the Dynorbital Silver Supreme can be used on wood, metal, composites, plastic, fiberglass, and various other materials.

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BBP31 Sign And Label printer

July 18, 2011 10:54 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The New 4” BBP31 Sign and Label printer from Brady (Milwaukee, WI) offers two-step printing. With the intuitive touch-screen display and “smart chip” auto-calibration supplies, users can type their desired text and hit print. Offering a full range of editing and design capabilities, including “drag and drop” editing and a database of more than 200 symbols, the BBP31 can operate as a stand-alone unit or connect to a PC.

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