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Main Street: The Recession Is Over? Yeah, Right

April 19, 2010 4:08 am | by Meghan Barr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TWINSBURG, Ohio (AP) — The clerk at the candy shop does not want to cry. She is determinedly cheerful, a professional smiler, dressed head to toe in bright turquoise. But standing next to a display of plastic-wrapped candles and teddy bears, her face crumples at the most basic of questions: Are you doing OK? "I'm sorry," she says, wiping her eyes with a shirt sleeve, her voice a shaky whisper.

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Microsoft: Supplier Broke Labor Laws For Teenage Workers

April 19, 2010 4:07 am | by William Foreman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Two factories that make Microsoft Corp. products in southern China violated overtime regulations and failed to properly register the use of workers aged 16 to 18, officials said Monday. The problems at the plants in the city of Dongguan were initially raised last week by the National Labor Committee, a New York-based nonprofit that monitors the treatment of foreign workers by U.

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Detect Harmful Gasses And Flames

April 16, 2010 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Notifier by Honeywell (Northford, CT) has developed two new lines of gas and flame detection products designed to work with fire alarm and life safety systems in industrial facilities: Sensepoint XCD and FD Series lines. The Sensepoint XCD detector can be used to monitor industrial sites for a wide range of toxic and flammable gasses, and it provides diagnostic, alarm, and gas concentration values from multiple sensors.

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GM Embraces Deadly Sin: 'EN-V'

April 16, 2010 11:50 am | Articles | Comments

GM is predicting a revolution in the way urbanites get from one place to another, and it doesn't involve two legs or four wheels. The EN-V concept car proposes to send its drivers about on two wheels, like a Segway, using electric batteries and a bit of technological know-how. While the EN-V doesn't have much to show for range or speed, it could make up for it in convenience and price.

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Avoid Flying Debris

April 16, 2010 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Frommelt Safety Products (Milwaukee, WI) has unveiled the new Kwik-Snap interlocking safety curtains, designed to protect industrial and manufacturing employees from weld flash and flying debris. The curtains feature snap fasteners along the sides, and mounting hooks for ease of installation.

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Prevent Industrial Explosions

April 16, 2010 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Flexaust (Warsaw, IN) offers a new permanently static dissipative hose meant to prevent static buildup and reduce the potential for explosions in powder handling, plastics extrusion, and related applications. The hose features a seven-strand copper ground wire embedded in a thermoplastic polyurethane alloy to provide clean ESD protection.

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Market Update for April — Regulatory Issues

April 16, 2010 10:09 am | by Karen Langhauser, Editor-In-Chief, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The large number of recalls in recent history has caused consumers to doubt the safety of our food supply as well as stimulated scrutiny of regulatory agencies in the food industry. While FDA and USDA guidelines, policies and inspections are devised to ensure the safety of our nation's food supply, they still can be a source of frustration and confusion within the food industry, and their efficacy is sometimes called into question.

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Avoiding Pink Easter Eggs

April 16, 2010 9:37 am | Articles | Comments

Established in 1978, Kinnerton today is part of Zetar Plc, and can boast a turnover of £60 million ($92 million). At its manufacturing plant in Fakenham, the company produces confectionery ranging from Easter eggs and Advent calendars, through to chocolate bars and chocolate miniature figures, as well as chocolate lollipops.

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Innocent iPads Detained By Israeli Customs

April 16, 2010 7:16 am | by by Karen Langhauser, Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Yesterday, global media sources were abuzz with news that Israel has banned imports of the Apple iPad , citing concerns that the unit’s wireless frequencies are not compatible with national standards. American WiFi standards permit broadcasting at a higher power than European standards; Israeli standards mirror those of Europe.

Conveyors Get Dynamic, Cool

April 16, 2010 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dynamic Conveyor (Muskegon, MI) offers a rapid part cooling system used in conjunction with a DynaCon modular conveyor system that provides instant cool air in the hottest environments, such as production lines, manufacturing processes, injection molding, and others. The unit creates cool air up to 25 degrees below room temperature, and provides up to 60,000 BTU/hour.

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Circular Sawing Without The Strain

April 16, 2010 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

PORTER-CABLE (Towson, MD) introduces its new heavy-duty 15 Amp Circular Saw (PC15TCSMK), which offers a lightweight construction (9.5 lbs) for a more comfortable grip. An angled auxiliary handle allows users to naturally and comfortably hold the saw without impeding line of sight.

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See The Little Things

April 16, 2010 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus Canada Inc. (Markham, Ontario, Canada) and Hitachi High-Technologies Canada have announced a new partnership to make Olympus the exclusive distributor of the new TM3000 Table Top Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The new fully-automated, table-top SEM offers 30,000X magnification, good depth of field, a compact size, and affordability.

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The Hard Nut Life

April 16, 2010 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fasteners Plus, Inc. (Iverness, IL) has developed the Hard Lock Nuts, which are designed to withstand loosening from vibration longer than any other fastener on the market. A unique wedge principle creates a self-locking force — a small curve in the sliding part of the convex top of the lower nut acts as the wedge, and the effect is similar to hammer-driving in a wedge.

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Look Ma, No Hands

April 16, 2010 4:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hydro Systems Co. (Cincinnati, OH) has developed the ICS Mobile Touchless Cleaning Systems as a way to cut costs through reduced water and chemical consumption, lower energy bills, and decreased man-hours, all while providing a higher standard of cleanliness. The ICS can clean a typical six-fixture restroom with less than half a gallon of water.

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On The Line

April 16, 2010 4:21 am | by John Stauffer, PMP & Senior Project Manager at SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

With increasing pressure from retailers, competition from low-cost manufacturers, and global market expansion, consumer product manufacturers are carefully examining their production processes. They seek to help their operations become leaner, reduce cost and time to market, and ultimately impact the top and bottom line.

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Samsung: 'No Risk' Of Cancer For Manufacturing Workers

April 16, 2010 3:53 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

YONGIN, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said workers at its semiconductor factories face no heightened cancer risk as the world's top maker of memory chips tried to quell health fears following employee illnesses and deaths. South Korea's biggest company is trying to reassure the public after a January lawsuit involving six people who developed leukemia and lymphoma they claim was caused by exposure to radiation and benzene, a carcinogen, in Samsung chip factories.

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Cintas, Widow Reach Settlement In Dryer Death Suit

April 16, 2010 3:52 am | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The widow of a Cintas Corp. worker who died after falling into an industrial dryer in Tulsa has settled her wrongful death lawsuit against the nation's largest uniform supplier, according to federal court records. Thursday's settlement with the Cincinnati-based company came four days before a federal trial was to begin in Tulsa.

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Microsoft Investigates Child Labor In Chinese Supplier

April 16, 2010 3:51 am | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it will investigate reports of poor working conditions at a factory in southern China that makes some of its products. The world's largest software maker was responding to a report from The National Labor Committee, a nonprofit that looks into the treatment of foreign workers by U.

Pratt & Whitney: Don't 'Think Good Thoughts'

April 16, 2010 3:49 am | News | Comments

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney says a federal court judge wrongly emphasized what company executives may have thought rather than what they did in deciding to shift 1,000 jobs out of Connecticut. The East Hartford-based subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

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OSHA Cites Buckhorn For Worker's Death

April 16, 2010 3:47 am | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield plant where a worker was crushed to death inside machinery has been cited for more than a dozen alleged safety violations. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it has found one willful and 15 serious violations at Buckhorn Inc.

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