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Plant Explosion Claims Life Of TN Worker

July 8, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A worker has died from injuries he received in a flash fire at a Nashville metals plant over the weekend, less than two months after a fire at a metals plant in Gallatin resulted in two deaths. The Metro Nashville Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the death of Shawn Allen Austin, 28, of Nashville, according to The Tennessean.

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WV Plant To Fight OSHA Violations

July 8, 2011 4:35 am | News | Comments

Vicki Smith, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia chemical plant where three men died in a December explosion will fight federal safety violations issued against it last month. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration received notice last week that AL Solutions in New Cumberland plans to contest the 18 violations, said spokeswoman Lenore Uddyback-Fortson.

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Unemployment Rises As Hiring Stalls

July 8, 2011 4:32 am | News | Comments

Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring slowed to a near-standstill last month. Employers added the fewest jobs in nine months and the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent. The Labor Department said Friday that the economy generated only 18,000 net jobs in June.

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Quiet Sheet Metal Work

July 7, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Columbia Marking Tools, Inc. (Chesterfield Township, MI) introduces its new Slide-A-Mark to quiet the marking of sheet metal parts. The stamp holder is mounted stationary on the opposite side of the part in a special molded sound suppressor material that is slightly raised above the stamps.

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Spring Loaded Collection Cart

July 7, 2011 7:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Poly-Trux 54P-18 recycling collection cart from Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (Ashtabula, OH) is now available with an optional, ergonomic spring loaded platform. Set inside the utility truck, the plastic platform automatically rises as materials are removed while hiding the spring mechanism underneath to prevent contact.

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Wera Screwdrivers Available In Six-Piece Sets

July 7, 2011 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) now offers Wera standard, insulated, and miniature screwdrivers in six-piece sets. Screwdriver handles are marked with a screw symbol and the tip size for easy identification. A laser treatment provides a microrough surface on the tip of the blade for less slipping.

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New Angle Grinder

July 7, 2011 7:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new angle grinder from Metabo (West Chester, PA) is ideal for cutting, grinding, and deburring applications. The W680 4½ inch angle grinder features a 6.2 amp motor with 680 watts of power, 14 inch-pounds of torque, and a no-load speed of 11,000 rotations per minute. Weighing 4.

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Securing your Supply Chain

July 7, 2011 5:12 am | by THE RFID NETWORK | Articles | Comments

Some people don't understand how critical it is to secure their supply chain. After all, for most companies, it's not as if lives are put on the line if their competitors get unauthorized access to the supply chain, right? But securing your supply chain is critical. If you don't, a competitor can exploit weaknesses and steal some of your customers.

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Leveraging Technology To Deal With Disaster

July 7, 2011 5:01 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

More and more industrial enterprises are wising up to the fact that the development of a strong disaster recovery plan is a high-priority business task, and leveraging technology is one of the more effective ways to achieve that end. When it comes to embracing cutting-edge technology to protect business data, it appears the manufacturing sector is at or near the head of the pack.

Visual Workplace Announces SHADOW-Mark

July 7, 2011 4:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Visual Workplace, Inc. (Byron Center, MI) introduces SHADOW-Mark, a method to designate specific locations for each item in the workplace. Users trace the item, cut it out, peel the backing, and place the SHADOW-Mark in the desired location. It is available in six colors in 12.25 in. x 15 ft.

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Bacteria-Evading Hygienic Pallet

July 7, 2011 4:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ProStack One-Piece Hygienic Pallet from Polymer Solutions International Inc. (Medford, NJ) is formed in a single piece to eliminate crevices that could harbor bacteria, mold, and other contaminants. Its see-through, open-grid top deck, smooth finish, and flow-through design are ideal for sanitation and inspections.

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Swagelok Adds To Welding, Tubing Lines

July 7, 2011 4:41 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Swagelok (Solon, OH) has added five new tools to its orbital welding and tubing equipment lines. The new product selection includes four new tube facing tools and one cutting tool. The tools are intended for use with 316 stainless steel, carbon steel, and most nickel-based alloys. The new tube facing tools are available in four different sizes (TF16, TF24, TF40, and TF72) and feature coated tool bits with cutting edges and built-in electronic speed regulation.

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New SuperStar 0.1 Micron Filter

July 7, 2011 4:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

La-Man Corporation (Mazeppa, MN) announces the new SuperStar 0.1 micron filter, designed to be installed at the point of use to remove moisture and contaminants from air lines. A four-stage filter, it is designed to operate most efficiently within 25 feet of the point of use. The filter has a charcoal absorption element and offers a .

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AOL Co-Founder Talks Today's Job Market

July 6, 2011 9:09 am | Videos | Comments

AOL co-founder and Chair of the White House Startup America Partnership Steve Case discusses the fight to create jobs in America. Now that the country is two years into the economic recovery, what is the current state of the job market? What can people expect moving forward? Case answers these questions and more.

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Inside Microsoft: The Kinect Frontier

July 6, 2011 8:26 am | Videos | Comments

Jaron Lanier, the "father" of virtual-reality, says the Kinect was the riskiest and one of the most successful product developments of 2010 while Google executive Eric Schmidt criticized Microsoft's ability to innovate. Lanier says Microsoft's Kinect is just the first step, and some say it could be the gateway to a new form of computing.

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Do Americans Lack Necessary Trade Skills?

July 6, 2011 8:09 am | Videos | Comments

Chandrakant Patel, HP Fellow and Director, discusses U.S. sustainability, how to make today's wireless hyper-connectivity more efficient, the data centers of the future, and the importance of learning trade skills, not just computer science, for the next generation of American workers. 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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The Flying Car Is Ready

July 6, 2011 7:34 am | Videos | Comments

The new Transition, dubbed "the flying car," is really an airplane that can legally and safely be driven on the road. It can also be parked in a single car garage and parked in a home's driveway--perfect for for your personal aviation adventure. 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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Atlas Copco Portable Air Becomes Portable Energy

July 6, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

Geert Follens, president, Portable Energy Division With effect from July 1, the Portable Air Division is changing its name to the Portable Energy Division, a name which more accurately reflects the division’sextended product portfolio. The new Portable Energy division focuses on five “pillars”, each one relating to a product group: air (on-site compressors), power (on-site generators), light (on-site light towers), water (on-site pumps), and used equipment.

OSHA Cites Howard For 17 Violations

July 6, 2011 5:06 am | News | Comments

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Howard Industries for 17 safety and health violations following the January death of a worker who was electrocuted while calibrating a transformer test station. Authorities say the worker was testing electrical transformers when he was electrocuted.

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Aecom Receives $72M Army Contracts

July 6, 2011 5:04 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aecom Technology Corp., which handles construction management and other services for governments and corporations, said on Tuesday that it has gotten two contracts worth as much as $72 million for work at the Letterkenny U.S. Army Depot near Chambersburg, Pa. The work under the two contracts includes production engineering and manufacturing related to the Army's mine-resistant truck.

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