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Pressure-Safe Filtering

August 9, 2010 10:13 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Orival, Inc. (Englewood, NJ) has fabricated complete manifolds for multiple filter systems, all of which are designed to meet the specific requirements of the project. The manifolds can be equipped with flanged, welded, or Victaulic ends in any size required, and are coated inside and out with a tough coating used on Orival filter housings.

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Sanitation Is Important, Says Dilbert

August 9, 2010 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega (Laval, Quebec, Canada) has released its catalog, the DILBERT NEW HORIZONS in Products for Sanitary Applications Version No. 27 , which contains 180 pages of information on top-selling products for manufacturers. These products include the Digital RTD Thermometers with NEMA 4 enclosures, which are ideal for washdown environments, according to the company.

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The Apple In The Supply Chain

August 9, 2010 6:30 am | by Amanda Earing, Manufacturing.net, News Editor | Articles | Comments

In its search for the latest technology to aid a growing supply chain operation,  Markley Enterprises, a small manufacturer of point-of-purchase displays, found the solution in Apple’s iPad. As technology continuously changes, your supply chain and its processes should be revolving continuously, too.

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The New Normal: Consumers And Private Labels

August 9, 2010 6:25 am | by Pat Conroy, Vice Chairman and U.S. Consumer Products Leader, Deloitte LLP | Articles | Comments

The recession has caused many to make spending changes, especially when it comes to grocery shopping. More and more consumers are making the switch to private labels, leaving some national brand manufacturers at a loss of what actions to take.

Cloudy With A Chance For Collaboration

August 9, 2010 6:19 am | by Craig Hodges, General Manager, Microsoft Corp. | Articles | Comments

These days, manufacturers have their heads in the cloud, as cloud computing promises to drastically improve the ability of companies and their customers to drive modern product design and development. Collaboration isn’t new to manufacturing — it has long been essential. But it’s no secret that collaborative processes have tended toward the awkward and time-consuming.

The Best Ways To Convey With Metal Detection

August 9, 2010 6:11 am | by AJ Naber, Senior Design Engineer - Dorner Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

An essential part of any inspection process is the ability to quickly and effectively remove questionable product from the process flow. And a key component of that inspection process is metal detection. Once contaminated product has been detected there are many methods of product removal from a simple stop-on-detect mechanism to a more complex system such as a retractable tail.

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Sara Lee CEO Steps Down Following Stroke

August 9, 2010 5:07 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. Chairman and CEO Brenda Barnes will step down permanently to focus on improving her health following a stroke, the food maker said Monday. Barnes, 56, had been on temporary medical leave since May 14. She will also leave her position on Sara Lee's board of directors.

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Chrysler Recoups In 2Q, Still Loses $172 Million

August 9, 2010 4:54 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A year after emerging from bankruptcy protection, Chrysler Group LLC said Monday that growing car and truck sales helped it narrow its second-quarter loss to $172 million. The U.S. and Canada are Chrysler's primary markets, and both have seen increased demand for cars and trucks since a recession-related slump last year.

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Two Men Crash Firebird Into Ethanol Plant, Gas Line

August 9, 2010 4:52 am | News | Comments

FAIRBANK, Iowa (AP) — Two Fairbank men are dead after the car they were riding in crashed into a natural gas line at an ethanol plant. Authorities say 49-year-old Brad William Higgins died at the scene of Friday's crash. The car's driver, 23-year-old Corey Allen Annis, died Saturday. The Iowa State Patrol says it appears that Annis lost control of the Pontiac Firebird, sending the car into a ditch, where it rolled several times.

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Experts Conflicted On How To Prevent Workplace Shootings

August 9, 2010 4:51 am | by Ben Dobbin, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Criminologists call it murder by proxy — rampages by employees who go after their boss, supervisors and even co-workers they link to the source of their outrage. The message is: Look who's doing the firing now. These eruptions of workplace violence often occur in similarly brutal ways.

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China Closes Polluting Factories For Being 'Backward'

August 9, 2010 4:49 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China's government has ordered 2,087 steel and cement mills and other factories with poor energy efficiency to close as it struggles to cut waste and improve the country's battered environment. The "backward" facilities produce steel, coke, aluminum, paper and other materials in areas throughout China and must close by late September, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced Sunday.

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HP CEO Ousted Over Sexual Harassment Claim

August 9, 2010 4:47 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The woman at the center of the sexual harassment claim that forced the resignation of Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd revealed her identity Sunday and said she is "surprised and saddened" that Hurd lost his job. Jodie Fisher, 50, an actress and businesswoman, knew Hurd through her contract jobs with HP's marketing department from 2007 to 2009.

Seal Or Sell? BP Has Option On Remaining Oil

August 6, 2010 5:02 am | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The vast oil reservoir beneath BP's blown-out well could still be worth billions of dollars even after it spewed crude into the Gulf of Mexico for more than three months — but the multinational company blamed for causing the disaster isn't saying whether it plans to cash in on this potential windfall.

Convicted Toyota Driver Rejects Offer Of Freedom

August 6, 2010 4:47 am | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Toyota driver convicted in a crash that killed three people has rejected a prosecutor's offer to ask a judge to vacate his sentence and set him free. Koua Fong Lee is serving an eight-year sentence for criminal vehicular homicide in the 2006 crash. He petitioned for a new trial, saying he did all he could to stop his accelerating Toyota Camry before the crash.

GM CEO Expects To Sell All Stock In 1 Batch

August 6, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Eager to get out from under government control, GM expects to sell its stock in one swoop when it offers shares to the public sometime later this year, its CEO said Thursday. Some experts had expected General Motors Co. to sell only a partial stake at first, followed by several smaller sales, but Ed Whitacre told reporters at an auto conference Thursday, "Our anticipation is we'd roll it out there all at once.

Boeing Receives Order To Build 3 Satellites

August 6, 2010 4:33 am | News | Comments

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Boeing Co. said Friday it won a contract from British satellite-telecommunications provider Inmarsat to build three communications satellites. Boeing said it was a fixed-price contract with options, but provided no other financial details. The satellites have an expected 15-year life span.

Bridgestone Returns To Profit On Auto Recovery

August 6, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Bridgestone Corp. returned to profit in the first half and raised its full year forecast Friday amid a recovery in global auto demand that lifted tire sales. The Japanese tire maker, running neck and neck with Michelin SCA of France as the world's biggest, posted a 44.5 billion yen ($517.

Wheat Rots In India As World Grain Prices Soar

August 6, 2010 4:15 am | News | Comments

MUMBAI, India (AP) — A wheat stockpile in India that could feed 210 million people for a year is starting to spoil because the government lacks enough warehouses to store it — a lightning rod for local discontent that could send ripples through the world market for the grain. According to a government estimate obtained by The Associated Press, 17.

Addressing Supply Chain Challenges 

August 5, 2010 11:41 am | Articles | Comments

Planning in the service supply chain is a critical factor to achieving customer service at a low cost. Doing so is not without challenges, and many mid-market manufacturers and distributors simply so not have the resources to address service supply chain planning in the same ways as their larger competitors.

Dematic Group Announces Intent To Acquire HK Systems

August 5, 2010 4:51 am | News | Comments

Luxembourg — Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated material handling solutions and services, announces it has signed an agreement in principle to purchase HK Systems, a North American automated material handling and software solutions provider. The transaction is expected to close sometime in the third quarter of 2010.

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