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Raytheon's Ray Gun Preparing To 'Torture' LA Prisoners

August 27, 2010 5:02 am | by Thomas Watkins, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A device designed to control unruly inmates by blasting them with a beam of intense energy that causes a burning sensation is drawing heat from civil rights groups who fear it could cause serious injury and is "tantamount to torture." The mechanism, known as an "Assault Intervention Device," is a stripped-down version of a military gadget that sends highly focused beams of energy at people and makes them feel as though they are burning.

Packager Expands Into Wisconsin With 56 Jobs

August 27, 2010 4:33 am | News | Comments

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A company that makes pouches and other flexible packaging is opening a new plant in Appleton, creating 56 jobs. The Coating Excellence International facility is scheduled to open in about four months. The company is receiving financial help through recovery-zone bonds made possible by the federal stimulus package.

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Goodyear Gets $20 Million For New Oklahoma Plant

August 27, 2010 4:29 am | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma agency has approved a $20 million bond deal that will help pay for the expansion of the Goodyear tire-making plant in Lawton. The Council of Bond Oversight on Thursday authorized the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority to issue $20 million in bonds for the project.

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German Plastics Company Brings 75 Jobs To Georgia

August 27, 2010 4:28 am | News | Comments

ELBERTON, Ga. (AP) — A German plastics manufacturer will bring 75 jobs to Elberton. Moeller Tech will locate a manufacturing plant in Elberton, a $9.75 million investment. Moeller Tech produces injection molded plastic parts for the automotive industry. According to a press release from Georgia Gov.

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Plant Forced To Destroy Chickens After Ammonia Leak

August 27, 2010 4:27 am | News | Comments

THEODORE, Ala. (AP) — A coastal Alabama company was ordered to destroy some of the frozen chicken at its refrigeration plant after the ammonia leak that sent about 130 people to hospitals, but other meat was safe to eat, government regulators said Thursday. Brian Mabry, a spokesman with the U.

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Texas Biofuel Company To Open Three Miss. Plants

August 27, 2010 4:23 am | by Shelia Byrd, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Texas-based KiOR, a company with plans to produce a crude oil substitute from wood chips and other biomass, will locate its first three facilities in Mississippi. Gov. Haley Barbour and KiOR CEO Fred Cannon announced details of the venture Thursday, a day before lawmakers were set to return to the Capitol to approve incentives for the company.

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Boeing Delays 787 Shipments Into 2011

August 27, 2010 4:22 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing Co. postponed the delivery of its first 787 to the middle of the first quarter of 2011, compounding a string of delays for the jetliner that is already more than two years past its original scheduled debut. The latest delay is the result of engine delivery problems, Boeing said in a statement early Friday.

Efficient Water Heaters

August 26, 2010 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Rheem-Ruud SPIDER fire condensing-type commercial water heater offers thermal efficiencies of 92 to 95 percent and high recovery rates, according to the company, particularly during periods of heavy usage. The most powerful unit (at 350,000 BTU/hour) delivers 460 gallons of water per hour at a 100°F rise.

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Scales For Washdown Environments

August 26, 2010 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SW Super Washdown scales from the Paul N. Gardner Company are designed to withstand the most demanding process conditions. They can handle high-pressure and -temperature water, as specified by the IP69K standard (1,450 psi and 175°F). All the scale’s components are made out of food-grade 304 stainless steel and are easy to clean.

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Stackable, Configurable Carts

August 26, 2010 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Creform Corporation (Greer, SC) has introduced a new cart for in-plant handling of totes and parts containers, which can be built to hold just about any size load while ergonomically presenting their contents well off the floor. The unique “Z” design allows empty carts to be nested, significantly reducing required storage space when they are not in use.

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Crimping Gets Faster

August 26, 2010 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

BURNDY (Manchester, NH) announced the new High Performance PATRIOT PATMD6-14V series crimping tools, which utilize the same 14.4 volt Ni-MH batteries as older models, but are 80 percent faster. The PATRIOT can complete a crimp on a 4/0 copper crimp in approximately two seconds, according to the company.

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Long-Lasting Diaphragm Pumps

August 26, 2010 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VACUUBRAND ME1 and ME1C diaphragm pumps from BrandTech Scientific, Inc. (Essex, CT) offer a compact solution that is ideal for both single and multiple filtrations, according to the company. The new pumps deliver pumping speeds of 14 lpm and a vacuum of 100 mbar, while providing a long diaphragm life (10,000 to 15,000 operating hours).

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Count By Lasers

August 26, 2010 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Baumer Group (Southington, CT) has developed a new SCATEC sensor, which uses laser optics and a unique internal algorithm to count the number of documents being transported via conveyor clamps or grippers. The sensor measures documents as thick as 0.25 mm and sensing ranges up to 120 mm, and can scan items traveling at speeds up to 5 m/s.

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An ERP Success Story

August 26, 2010 6:59 am | Articles | Comments

A quality enterprise resource planning solution can offer a manufacturer a powerful, end-to-end value-chain solution to manage key infrastructure and support its manufacturing and business needs. Located in Irwin, Pennsylvania, Precision Defense Services (PDS) is a leading manufacturer of high quality precision machined parts for both the military and commercial marketplaces.

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Principles Of Sustainability For Food Products

August 26, 2010 5:39 am | by Cheryl Baldwin, Ph.D., Editor of Sustainability in the Food Industry | Articles | Comments

Sustainability is a growing concern in the food industry. A study published in the  New Scientist showed the food industry lagging in environmental performance compared to all other industries studied. This is partly because the industry plays a significant role in environmental impact.

Easier Lubricant Dispensing

August 25, 2010 11:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Oil-Rite Corporation has designed a spray dispenser to apply lubricant or industrial fluid to continuously operating machinery with alternating reservoirs in a controlled sequence to attain an “always on” status. Two reservoirs are used together to achieve a constant source of pressurized fluid, avoiding the need for oversized reservoirs to maximize the run time.

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Next-Generation Industrial Doors

August 25, 2010 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Goff’s Enterprises has developed a customized high-speed roll-up door, the “G-2 Door,” which features replaceable and exchangeable panels in vinyl, mesh, and clear PVC. The panels allow users to replace sections of the door with changing seasons without downtime or destruction.

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Self-Contained CNC Fixtures

August 25, 2010 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The S.C.P.U. (Self-Contained Power Unit) from Kirsan Engineering was designed to eliminate the possibility of human error when hydraulically actuating machining fixtures. With the S.C.P.U., the hydraulic pump is integral to the fixture, and when the machining process is complete, the last tool used is then programmed to release the hydraulic press by depressing the release valve.

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Foxconn's Ineffective 'Morale Rallies'

August 25, 2010 8:30 am | Articles | Comments

Last week, Foxconn held a morale-boosting parade in order to stem the wave of suicides that have marred the company’s reputation. While workers certainly couldn’t complain about a little R&R, they were still skeptical of the rally’s effectiveness in making workers happier. One woman says the theatrics are worthless, and that Foxconn needs to start treating its workers like human beings instead.

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China's Straddling Buses

August 25, 2010 6:04 am | Articles | Comments

China is well-known for its massive industrial surge, but their clogged infrastructure is starting to become a major issue, if that 10-day traffic jam is any indication. So what's their solution? A little something called “straddling buses.” These buses travel on two parallel sets of tracks, with one major difference: there is space beneath for cars to pass through, allowing for more traffic and less congestion.

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