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Foxconn Plans 300,000-Worker Plant Amid Criticism

June 29, 2010 4:35 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Foxconn Technology, a supplier to Apple Inc., looks ready to build a huge new factory in north-central China despite the company's own misgivings about city-sized manufacturing facilities after a spate of suicides among its young migrant work force. The company plans to recruit some 300,000 workers for the new plant, to be located in the Henan city of Hebei, according to a notice seen Tuesday on a local government website.

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FAA Lackadaisical On Boeing Cockpit Fires

June 29, 2010 4:34 am | by Joan Lowy and Joshua Freed, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. federal aviation officials have known for years that cockpit window heaters in some Boeing planes catch fire. But they haven't required airlines to fix the problem, even after dozens of incidents that unnerved pilots and, in some cases, forced emergency landings. Pilots have complained about heaters that burned, smoldered or sent electric currents dancing across cockpit windows since at least 2002, according to an Associated Press search of a NASA aviation safety database.

Real-Time pH And Temperature

June 28, 2010 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) has developed the OM-CP-PHTEMP2000 series data logger, which is a battery-powered standalone pH and temperature data logger. A large LCD display is also standard. The logger collects data in real-time and features programmable engineering units, programmable start-times, and automatic temperature compensation.

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Industrial Sanitation

June 28, 2010 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

STOKO Skin Care (Greensboro, NC) offers a variety of ethanol-based hand sanitizers for use when typical hand-and-soap washing is not possible or feasible, such as in industrial environments. The Gel Instant Hand Sanitizer provides rapid germ-killing activity when hand-washing facilities are not readily available.

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Flashproof Liquid Leveling

June 28, 2010 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

A magnetic liquid level indicator from the Clark-Reliance Corporation (Strongsville, OH) has a unique design that addresses two serious problems that can be encountered with standard level indicators: boiling fluids and flashing vapors. The Jerguson Magnicator II FlashProof gages ensure an optimized magnetic field in close proximity to the indicator, transmitter, or switches.

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Work Lamps Reimagined

June 28, 2010 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Grote Industries (Madison, IN) has developed a new version of its Trilliant 36 LED WhiteLight Conversion Bulb, which is designed to operate in adverse conditions where sodium chloride, high humidity, and other corrosive elements wreak havoc on most PAR 36 incandescent work lamps.

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We Created A Culture Of Job Insecurity

June 28, 2010 5:36 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

"As manufacturing continues to decline, so does our ability to innovate. In the long term this means fewer well paid jobs, lower productivity, declining wages, declining living standards and low economic growth." - Mike Collins People used to have stable, permanent jobs.

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Will The Oil Spill Slip Up Our Economic Recovery?

June 28, 2010 5:15 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The BP oil spill has hammered the fishing and tourism industries along the Gulf of Mexico. But it appears the economic damage to the rest of the United States will be limited. Analysts say the spill will reduce economic growth by only about one-half of 1 percentage point this quarter, and even less during the second half of the year.

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Machinery Exec Convicted For $11 Million Bribe

June 28, 2010 5:12 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — A former executive at German truck and machinery maker MAN SE was convicted of bribery Monday for paying millions of euros (dollars) to secure a contract in Kazakhstan. Heinz Juergen Maus, the former head of the MAN Turbo AG unit, was given a two-year suspended sentence and will have to pay a euro100,000 fine.

Congress Addresses Industrial Natural Gas Dangers

June 28, 2010 4:40 am | by Stephanie Reitz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The circumstances around the fatal Middletown power plant explosion will be the focus of separate hearings Monday by a congressional subcommittee and a federal safety advisory board. Members of both groups are traveling to Connecticut from Washington, D.C.

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Kysor/Warren To Hire 200 Georgians

June 28, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Refrigeration equipment manufacturer Kysor/Warren is expanding its Columbus operations and plans to add about 200 employees. The company says the new hires are needed to meet an increase in demand this year. Kysor/Warren makes commercial refrigeration systems and display cases for supermarkets and is seeking to hire mostly manufacturing workers.

Obama-Touted Ohio Steel Mill Breaks Ground

June 28, 2010 4:37 am | News | Comments

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A steel company is officially beginning work on a new Ohio mill talked up by President Barack Obama during an appearance last month. A groundbreaking Monday was expected to bring Gov. Ted Strickland and other officials to V&M STAR in Youngstown. V&M's parent company is spending $650 million to add a 1 million-square-foot mill to its Ohio facility, a project the firm says will create as many as 750 temporary and permanent jobs.

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Can 'Iron Man' Sell The Electric Car?

June 28, 2010 4:36 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Tesla Motors Inc. begins selling stock to the public on Tuesday. The sale's success depends on how much investors are willing to bet on a car company that has never made a profit, sells a single vehicle and expects to lose money until at least 2012. As for the car, it's electric — a kind of vehicle Americans have shown almost no appetite for — and it's very pricey.

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Boeing Machinists Accept Contract, Avoid Strike

June 28, 2010 4:35 am | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Boeing workers in St. Louis have accepted a contract with the plane manufacturer, avoiding a strike that would have gone into effect Monday if the deal had been rejected. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said the contract passed Sunday by a vote of 1,237 to 838.

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Intrinsically Safe Pressure Transmitters

June 25, 2010 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tel-Tru Manufacturing Company (Rochester, NY) expands its Silicon Glass Fused Sensor Series of pressure transmitters, which are designed to operate safely in hazardous areas. The Tel-Tru P612 and P622 are intrinsically safe certified to Class I, Div. 1, Groups A, B, C, and D when used with approved zener barrier systems.

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Energy-Efficiency Is The Game

June 25, 2010 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

WEG Electric Corp. (Atlanta, GA) adds two new energy-efficient motors to its line: the Quattro and W22 Super Premium. The Quattro is a line-start permanent magnet motor that is more efficient than NEMA Premium efficiency induction motors. The motor operates at synchronous speed regardless of the load, and has the same frame size as an induction motor.

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Workflows Get Logical

June 25, 2010 8:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Professional Systems Associates (Panama City, FL) has developed the Process Workflow Engine (PWE) for its CMPRO software suite, which makes it easier to bring a company’s processes into the workflow of its product lifecycle management (PLM) activities. The new PWE can use conditional logic to control the workflow between steps and processes.

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Go Contamination-Free

June 25, 2010 8:14 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The TECAFORM AH ID polyoxymethylene copolymer from Ensinger (Washington, PA) contains an additive that makes it easily and quickly detected by metal detectors if broken pieces from machinery contaminate the product during processing. The TECAFORM AH ID provides security against contamination, and its resistance to chemicals and cleaning agents makes it ideal for use in food production of all kinds.

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A Taxing Proposition for Medical Manufacturers

June 25, 2010 6:56 am | by by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Although the health care reform bill was signed months ago, everyone seems to still be riffling through the pages trying to figure out what it means and where it’s probably gone wrong. Earlier this month the AP reported that  medical device manufacturers are “bristling”  over a stipulation in the health care law that would add a tax of 2.

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A Bittersweet Lesson

June 25, 2010 6:55 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) reports that the sugar industry, in particular, has had a long love affair with both combustible dust and lackadaisical housekeeping methods. In fact, this trend dates as far back as 1925. In a 2006 study, the CSB identified 281 combustible dust fires and explosions between 1980 and 2005 that claimed 119 workers’ lives and injured 718.

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