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Clean Up With Dry Ice

April 13, 2010 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IceBlast KG50 from Ice Tech (West Chester, OH) is an industrial-strength dry ice blaster, which can be used to clean manufacturing equipment faster than traditional methods. According to the company, dry ice blasting allows for reduced maintenance downtime and fewer environmentally-damaging products in your facility.

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A Labyrinth On Your Roof

April 13, 2010 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Moffitt Corporation (Jacksonville Beach, FL) has developed the Labyrinth ventilation system, which is a natural ventilator that removes heat and allows light in without allowing rain or snow inside as well. According to the company, the Labyrinth system is a cost-effective and energy efficient product, and is ideal for aluminum, steel, glass, and process industries.

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Railing Safety Comes Cheap

April 13, 2010 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cubic Designs (New Berlin, WI) introduces the Cubic Barrier Rail, and industrial safety rail for facilities where a physical barrier is required but cost is a concern. A Barrier Rail can delineate high-traffic areas within a facility and provide personnel with protection around loading docks.

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Choosing The Right Inspection System, Screener Or Separator

April 13, 2010 5:30 am | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info  recently spoke with Jeffrey Kaveney, Manager — Product Marketing at Eriez Magnetics, about how chemical, food and pharmaceutical processors can choose the best quality control technology—inspection/vision systems, screeners, separators—for their specific applications.

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China's President Rejects Calls To Re-Value Yuan

April 13, 2010 4:37 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Hu Jintao rebuffed U.S. calls to re-value China's currency, telling President Barack Obama that any tinkering with the yuan will be done by Beijing in accord with domestic interests. Hu defended China's policy of pegging the yuan to the dollar at a Monday meeting with Obama in Washington and said changes to the exchange rate would not come from U.

GM: Chevy Volt Glides Past 40-Mile Electric Range

April 13, 2010 4:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Real-world tests show that General Motors Co.'s rechargeable electric car can travel 40 miles on battery power as promised, company engineers said Monday. Engineers are testing six Volts that recently were made on a Detroit assembly line, driving them at the company's proving ground and on roads around Detroit.

AP: Economic Stress Eased In February As Jobs Return

April 13, 2010 4:12 am | by Martin Crutsinger and Mike Schneider, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Economic stress declined in the nation's most troubled areas in February as unemployment stabilized and the pace of foreclosures eased, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of conditions in more than 3,100 U.S. counties. After peaking in January, economic stress dipped in February in half the states and half the 3,141 counties.

IBM Opens $30 Million Server Manufacturing Plant

April 13, 2010 4:11 am | News | Comments

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — IBM Corp. says it has opened a new $30 million manufacturing facility at its Poughkeepsie, N.Y., site to produce the next generation of mainframes and servers. The Hudson Valley facility officially opened Tuesday and will produce IBM's next line of System z mainframe computers and high-end Power Systems servers.

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Washington Approves Taxes On Soda, Candy

April 13, 2010 4:10 am | by Rachel La Corte, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A multimillion-dollar revenue package that increases taxes on bottled water, soda, candy and mass-produced beer was approved by the Washington state Legislature as lawmakers finished their work to plug a $2.8 billion budget deficit. Just hours before the Legislature adjourned the special session, the Senate passed, on a 25-21 vote, the measure that makes up about $668 million of Democrats' nearly $800 million revenue package.

China Announces Massive Antidumping Taxes On U.S. Steel

April 13, 2010 4:08 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China announced antidumping duties of up to 64.8 percent on U.S. and Russian steel used by the power industry Tuesday amid a series of disputes with the United States and other trading partners. Investigators also found U.S. producers of flat-rolled electrical steel received subsidies, the Commerce Ministry said.

'Agnes' Transforms Material Handling With Tape

April 12, 2010 8:01 am | Articles | Comments

With more than 500 retail stores in 36 states, Eye Care Centers of America Inc. is the third largest retail optical chain in the U.S.  To meet Eye Care Centers’ need for product, parent company HVHC Inc. has to produce huge quantities of eye glasses in an array of configurations.

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Six Ways Outsourced Maintenance Saves

April 12, 2010 7:58 am | by Ron Hoffman, VP/General Manager, MAG Maintenance Technologies | Articles | Comments

With today's limited internal resources, it's tough to transform machine maintenance from reactionary to preventive, and ultimately proactive, despite the obvious upsides in higher overall equipment efficiency (OEE), better process control, and lower total cost. Outsourcing this requirement to a third-party specialist, however, is a cost-effective alternative.

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Pressure-Sensitive Labels Go Anywhere

April 12, 2010 7:12 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Electronics (Harrisburg, PA) introduces the new EET G4 woven nylon, Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) acrylic labels for thermal transfer printers. The labels are suitable for wire, harness, and cable identification labeling as well as applications with irregular contours.

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Conveyor Belts Go Stainless Steel

April 12, 2010 7:11 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Belt Technologies (Agawam, MA) now offers a line of stainless steel indexing belts to pair with the high-speed conveyors used to assemble multi-component assemblies. The steel belts resist stretching, provide good repeatability, and allow for the exact positioning of tools and parts.

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Get Cutting

April 12, 2010 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

A line of circular knives and blades, along with hand knives designed for cutting hose and tube materials, are available from Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS, Southbridge, MA). The blades and knives are engineered to cut the strongest materials, including tough wire-reinforced hydraulic hose.

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An Electric Pick-Me-Up

April 12, 2010 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hyster Company (Greenville, NC) has introduced the E30-40HSD2 series of electric stand-up lift trucks. The three-wheeled truck delivers lifting capacities of 3,000 to 4,000 lbs. and anti-fatigue mats that absorb and reduce the transmission of vibration and shock to the operator by 25 percent.

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It's Not Easy Being Green, But You Have To Be

April 12, 2010 4:55 am | by by Amy Radishofski, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

I’m sorry, you’re not green enough. Just a few years ago, using that type of reasoning for dissolving a business partnership may have been hard to swallow. However, that’s exactly what Nestle did. The Swiss food company announced that it was  dropping an Indonesian palm oil supplier  due to the damage that palm oil plantations are causing in Southeast Asia.

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AP: Evasion And Foreign Status Among Toyota's Tricks

April 12, 2010 4:21 am | by Curt Anderson and Danny Robbins, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

MIAMI (AP) — Toyota has routinely engaged in questionable, evasive and deceptive legal tactics when sued, frequently claiming it does not have information it is required to turn over and sometimes even ignoring court orders to produce key documents, an Associated Press investigation shows.

Govt. Panel: Celebration Of Recession's End 'Premature'

April 12, 2010 4:19 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of academics that date the beginnings and ends of recessions isn't ready to declare just yet when this downturn ended. The National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday that although most barometers show improvements in the economy, it would be "premature" to pinpoint the end of a recession based on economic data seen so far.

Sharp Brings 3-D, Dorky Glasses Into Your Living Room

April 12, 2010 4:12 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Sharp is trying to play catch-up in 3-D TVs with powerful rivals Samsung and Panasonic with displays the Japanese electronics maker says are brighter and clearer. Osaka-based Sharp Corp., which makes Aquos brand liquid-crystal display TVs, initially played down the urgency of selling 3-D TVs, questioning whether consumers wanted them.

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