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Dust Is No More

July 16, 2010 5:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

DeWalt (Towson, MD) has launched two new Dust Extraction Systems (D25302DH and D25301D) for cordless and corded DeWalt SDS rotary hammers (in 7/8” and 1”), which completes their line of dust extraction solutions. The cordless system with a HEPA filter (the D25302DH) for 36-volt and 28-volt SDS rotary hammers is equipped with a built-in motor, delivering increased suction and high tool performance, according to the company.

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Make An Impact

July 16, 2010 5:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ingersoll Rand (Annandale, NJ) has designed the new 2015MAX and 2025MAX Hammerhead low-profile Impactools, which are designed for optimal performance even in extremely confined spaces. According to the company, the tools have the power and speed of an impact combined with the reach of a ratchet, with a head-height of less than 2”, 180 ft-lb of max torque, and 7,100rpm of speed.

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GE Nets First Profit Since 2007 On Cost Cutting

July 16, 2010 4:37 am | by Stephen Manning, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Cost cuts and an improved financial business helped General Electric Co. post its first increase in quarterly profit since 2007, but sales remained sluggish for the industrial giant. The second-quarter results showed that challenges remain for the economy and GE, one of the world's largestindustrial and financial companies.

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Ethanol's Time Fading As $6 Billion In Subsidies Expire

July 16, 2010 4:36 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The once-popular ethanol industry is scrambling to hold onto billions of dollars in government subsidies, fighting an increasing public skepticism of the corn-based fuel and wariness from lawmakers who may divert the money to other priorities. The industry itself can't agree on how to persuade Congress to keep the subsidies, which now come in the form of tax credits worth about $6 billion annually.

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Toyota, Tesla To Co-Develop Electric RAV4

July 16, 2010 4:35 am | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. and electric vehicle upstart Tesla Motors Inc. will work together to develop an electric version of Toyota's RAV4 small crossover vehicle, with plans to begin selling it in the U.S. in 2012, the companies announced Friday. Tesla already is working on the electric power system for the RAV4, which looks like a small sport utility vehicle but is based on a car frame.

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BP Stops Gulf Leak With Cap — Don't Celebrate Yet

July 16, 2010 4:34 am | by Colleen Long and Harry R. Weber, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP finally gained control over one of America's biggest environmental catastrophes by placing a carefully fitted cap over a runaway geyser that has been gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico since early spring, though no one was declaring victory just yet. Engineers, politicians and Gulf residents will watch anxiously over the next day and a half to see if the cap holds.

J&J Lays Off Hundreds To Renovate Tainted Plant

July 16, 2010 4:32 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Thursday it will lay off most of the staff at a factory idled over repeated recalls of Tylenol and other popular nonprescription medicines. The healthcare giant said it has decided to make a significant investment in the manufacturing facilities, equipment and laboratories at its plant in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

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Steel Coke Plants Inherently Dangerous, Some Say

July 16, 2010 4:29 am | by Jennifer C. Yates, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — From the outside, a typical coke plant looks like something from a dystopian science-fiction movie: a maze of metal buildings, pipes, conveyer belts and tall smokestacks belching white puffs of smoke and steam into the air. Inside, there's danger seen and unseen: ovens that heat coal to more than 3,000 degrees, massive steel doors for loading the ovens, moving cars and chutes for coal, and gases that can cause cancer or ignite.

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Oil Shear Technology Keeps Reading Rockin’

July 15, 2010 9:39 am | by Reading Rock | Articles | Comments

Reading Rock was using SmartPac vibrator shafts to introduce vibration to achieve the half-block height molds. For several years, however, Reading has been using a variation that allows Reading personnel to change the amplitude and frequency. In addition to flexibility never before seen in this application, the technology offers a service life that is fully twice the number of cycles of prior designs.

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Execute Flawlessly, Or Competitors Will

July 15, 2010 9:34 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Greg Galvin, PH.D. founded Ithaca, NY-based  Kionix in 1993 to commercialize a novel micromechanical technology pioneered by researchers at Cornell University. From 1993 to 2000, Kionix went from its two founding fathers to a 40-person operation that developed products in inertial sensors, microfluidics, data storage, micro-relays and micro-optics.

3-D Glasses Not Required

July 15, 2010 7:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZONEWORKS (Milwaukee, WI) has developed three-dimensional environmental containment enclosures, which are custom-designed and modular to cost-effectively address challenging environmental conditions virtually anywhere within an industrial plant. The enclosures allow users to control temperature, heat, humidity, sound, odor, dust, fumes, and other elements to protect employees or products.

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Get Every Last Drop

July 15, 2010 7:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

The general-purpose CX Series of pneumatic diaphragm pumps from Almatec (Kamp-Lintfort, Germany) are ideal for low- to medium-duty application, as well as drum pumps, according to the company. The CX pumps have been designed to self-prime and are protected against dry-running, which allows them to empty containers down to the last drop of liquid.

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Seals Are Nashville-Bound

July 15, 2010 7:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tencarva Machinery Company (Greensboro, NC) has expanded its territory for representation of the John Crane lines of seals to include Tennessee. The mechanical seal brand names now available through Tencarva in Tennessee include John Crane, Sealol, Safematic, and Flexibox.

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Making Your Motions Smarter

July 15, 2010 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

KolverUSA (Westford, MA) has developed the SmartMotion Linear Arm, which provides smooth positioning motion for assembly tools, such as screwdrivers, particularly when torque is involved. The arm can absorb the torque reaction while providing ergonomic support for the operator.

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Industrial Vending For The Masses

July 15, 2010 5:49 am | Articles | Comments

Given vending’s long history, the question is: why hasn’t it been more widely adopted for industrial applications? Generally speaking, it boils down to cost. There’s been some great industrial vending technology out there, but the up-front capital expenses have been a tough sell for smaller or medium sized companies.

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Air Doors Create AIQ Surprise

July 15, 2010 5:47 am | Articles | Comments

Coleman Tool & Mfg. Co. originally specified air curtains to save monthly winter heating costs, but later discovered a dual purpose of filtering welding process smoke to significantly improve employee indoor air quality (IAQ). “We hit two birds (energy savings and IAQ) with one stone (air curtain technology),” said Michael Coleman, president, Coleman Tool, Union Grove, WI.

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Q&A With James Johnson, Senior Director, Workplace Safety Initiatives, National Safety Council

July 15, 2010 5:35 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

James Johnson is responsible for leading National Safety Council advocacy initiatives to reduce deaths and injuries associated with workplace safety. Mr. Johnson works with a diverse group of stakeholders to establish and promote best practices for safety and health processes affecting employees on-the-job.

Polyurethane Roll Covers, Revolutionized

July 15, 2010 5:00 am | Articles | Comments

Introduction Due to new technologies, polyurethane (PU) roll covers no longer require molds, as they can be cast directly on the roll core surface using a robotic deposition system and a CNC precision-coordinated spindle. Although this process was originally introduced in the 1980s, advances in chemistry, robotics, and computer technology in the past several years have led to significant maturity of the process, resulting in growth of this technique.

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Minimum Wages Around The World

July 14, 2010 8:11 am | Articles | Comments

We don't often hear about the minimum wage in America anymore, but it's an issue that is plaguing countries worldwide as they try to find a middle ground between protecting workers and maintaining an economy accepting of business. Greece, for example, is cutting back on its old minimum wage policy in order to survive the credit crunch, while Asian countries such as India are simply struggling to enact a minimum at all.

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Are Those Baked Beans Safe?

July 14, 2010 8:08 am | Articles | Comments

It's almost guaranteed that with every trip to the grocery store you pick up canned food of one kind or another, and that can will likely have a label that guarantees its freshness for years down the road. Some companies say their cans have a five-year shelf life. How can they make such a claim? The BBC visits the biggest Heinz baked beans factory in the world to see how they ensure the beans are safe to eat.

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