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Torque Wrenches Go Digital

August 30, 2010 11:09 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Mountz Inc.  introduces newest version of the TorqueMate® Digital Torque Wrench, a microprocessor-controlled digital torque wrench designed for use in quality control and maintenance. With a large LED screen, the wrench is well-suited for torque calibration, joint testing, auditing, or verification of torque applied.

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Safe, Bright Work Lights

August 30, 2010 11:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Mfg., Inc. has launched its IS300 Intrinsically Safe, Cordless LED work light. The IS300 comes with three 3-watt LEDs and has the capability of operating in beam mode for use as an inspection light. The long-life LEDs are rated at 50,000 hours and produce 5,000K bright, white light.

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You Don't Need A New Heat Exchanger

August 30, 2010 7:59 am | Articles | Comments

When a heat exchanger begins to fail or becomes problematic, it may be indicative of various problems ranging from inappropriate mechanical design to unforeseen chemical reactions. Chemical process industry professionals know all to well that damaged or failed heat exchangers can lead to unexpected downtime and corresponding consequences.

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Make Your Tools Safer, More Mobile

August 30, 2010 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Portable Mechanics’ Service Sets from Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) put large and small hand tools, including screw drivers, wrenches, and pliers — along with multimeters and other specialty equipment — at easy reach for professionals looking for maximum protection of their tools.

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Guardrails Get Portable

August 30, 2010 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Capital Safety (Red Wing, MN) has enhanced its Portable Guardrail System, an economic passive fall protection system. The guardrails can be erected in minutes, require no permanent or surface-penetrating attachments, and seal off areas and edges that are unprotected. The entire system is offered in six-foot, eight-foot, and ten-foot sections to fit a site’s specific needs.

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Industrial-Strength Embedded PCs

August 30, 2010 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens (Atlanta, GA) has announced that an embedded PC is now available for its Simotion P320-3 motion control applications, which provides maintenance-free motion control. The embedded PC is free of wear from moving parts, such as hard disks or fans, and its compact size allows for maximum flexibility for applications that require a compact size.

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Better Alignment Is Important

August 30, 2010 7:16 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The ROTALIGN ULTRA LIVE TREND is a short-term continuous monitoring application from LUDECA (Doral, FL) that determines the relative positional changes between coupled machines during run-up or shutdown. The ROTALIGN 5-axis sensor monitors both the vertical and horizontal parallel continuously, allowing the machines to be precisely aligned to reflect normal operating conditions.

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Fine-Tuning Pump Performance Bands

August 30, 2010 6:01 am | by Wallace Wittkoff, Hygienic Director, Dover's Pump Solutions Group (PSG) | Articles | Comments

When it comes to evaluating a pump’s performance or choosing the proper pump for an application, many people focus solely on flow rate. In reality, a number of fluid-transfer concepts must work in concert in order to have a pump that is dependable while meeting the needs of the application.

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Consumer Spending Rises In July, Economists Still Worried

August 30, 2010 5:17 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spent last month at the fastest pace in four months, helped by a jump in demand for automobiles. Consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in July after three lackluster months, the Commerce Department said Monday. Spending fell 0.1 percent in April, rose a tiny 0.1 percent in May and was flat in June.

Raytheon Lands $55 Million Navy Contract

August 30, 2010 5:02 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raytheon Co. has landed a $55.4 million Navy contract related to the production of a test site for the Aegis missile-defense system, the Department of Defense said Friday. The contract modifies and earlier contract to exercise an option for the production of an Aegis ashore test site transmitter and fire control system.

Tough Computer Industry Means Bargains For Consumers

August 30, 2010 5:01 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If you're looking for bargains on personal computers, bad news from the industry could be good for your pocketbook. Computer makers are scrambling for ways to goose faltering consumer demand after a weak start to the back-to-school shopping season. That could mean deeper price cuts and other promotions beyond the incentives that the industry dangled in front of shoppers to lure them into stores during the worst of the recession.

Japanese Plastics Company Readies $100M W.Va Facility

August 30, 2010 5:00 am | News | Comments

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — A Japanese company expects to finish building a $100 million specialty plastics factory in Belle by the end of the month. Manager Tom Provost says the Kureha Corp. factory should start production in November. Kureha has hired 35 people to work there already and expects to have a total of 50 employees once the operation is up and running.

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Coca-Cola Workers Sue After Health Care Cut Off

August 30, 2010 4:59 am | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — The 500 Coca-Cola employees who went on strike last week have filed a class-actionlawsuit against the company after the soda giant canceled their health care coverage. KOMO News reports that Coca-Cola canceled health care coverage for the workers on Tuesday, one day after they walked off the job.

Microsoft Co-Founder Sues Google, Apple, Facebook

August 30, 2010 4:57 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft Corp. co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen is suing nearly a dozen major companies, including tech giants Google Inc. and Apple Inc., alleging they infringed on four Web technology patents held by his company Interval Licensing LLC. Interval said Friday it filed the suit in a U.

Japan Calls For 'Transparent' Chinese Labor Policies

August 30, 2010 4:56 am | by Anita Chang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Japan called for "transparent policies" governing workers in China, saying labor disputes that halted operations at dozens of factories this year were troubling to Japanese companies. Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada brought up the issue at a high-level economic meeting between China and Japan — the world's second and third largest economies — held in Beijing to discuss ways to recover from the economic crisis and foster regional cooperation.

More Beans To Count

August 27, 2010 10:39 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The units above have been added to help Faribault Foods better manager their water and natural gas usage rates. When you look at either the finished product or the actual facility’s exterior, it’s not unlike the canning factory my grandfather worked at over 60 years ago. However, much like the products they process, the most appealing elements of Faribault Foods are found beneath the outer skin and within the distinctive flavors of their processes and approaches.

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Swedish-Designed Oil Separators

August 27, 2010 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The oil smoke and oil mist separators from 3nine USA, Inc. (Tulsa, OK) are based on centrifugal separation, making it possible to achieve a high degree of purification in a compact size. The Lina separator was specially designed for small, enclosed machines, with a diameter of 19” and a height of 33”.

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Better Torque Support

August 27, 2010 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The “Torque Supporter” Precision Rack & Pinion Drive Systems from ATLANTA Drive Systems, Inc. (Farmingdale, NJ) handle dynamic and heavy loads, according to the company. Precision planetary reducers with an integral output housing and outboard bearing provide a rigid support.

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Get In The Flow With Magnetics

August 27, 2010 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS) has developed the Center-Flow Bullet Magnet, which reduces the pressure drop through the housing, and can be cleaned in seconds, according to the company. The design maintains a 15 psi rating for all types of dilute-phase pneumatic or gravity-flow conveying lines, plus a one-piece gasket that improves sealing along the production line.

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Take A Better Look

August 27, 2010 10:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Raytek (Santa Cruz, CA) has introduced the ThermoView Pi20 process image and accompanying DataTemp Pi (DTPi) software. The easy-to-use thermal imaging system provides an expanded view of process performance in industrial applications, according to the company. The system is designed for automated monitoring and control of continuous or stationary targets, allowing technicians to shorten process startup times and lower production line changeover costs.

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