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Seafood Supply Chains Jump 'Sideways' To Avoid Gulf

July 1, 2010 11:00 am | by Michael Hill, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — At the Carioto Produce and Seafood warehouse, shrimp from India and Vietnam stock the freezer, while a refrigerated aisle is stacked with bags of clams from Rhode Island, cockles from New Zealand, a fresh 5-pound fillet of lane snapper from Nicaragua and mahi-mahi from Ecuador.

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Makeup Can't Cover Manipulation In L'Oreal Case

July 1, 2010 10:59 am | by Angela Doland, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NANTERRE, France (AP) — Judges on Thursday postponed a highly awaited trial on whether a schemer manipulated France's richest woman out of euro1 billion ($1.2 billion) after secret recordings emerged suggesting the L'Oreal heiress was evading taxes by keeping millions in Swiss bank accounts. The recordings have implications that reach beyond the trial, shaking the highest echelons of power in France and embarrassing the government — in part because the wife of a leading minister worked for the company managing Liliane Bettencourt's fortune.

Industrial-Sized Straining

July 1, 2010 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kochek Company (Putnam, CT) has introduced a new all-aluminum strainer designed with a self-leveling float system that makes drafting possible under almost any condition. The high intake ratio allows for maximum volume flow rates while the vortex shield protects against whirlpooling.

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Energy-Efficient Dry Pumps

July 1, 2010 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Edwards (Tewksbury, MA) has launched a new range of dry pumps that enable full process integration. The compact GXS pump features screw technology that enables users to optimize their processes, resulting in a low cost of ownership. According to the company, the GXS has a service life of up to five years and is virtually maintenance-free, even in harsh conditions.

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Cut Anything

July 1, 2010 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The pneumatic saw and quick-clamp assembly from ESCO Tool (Holliston, MA) lets users cut steel plate up to 2” thick and 15’ wide anywhere there is a 90 psi compressed air supply. The APS-438 Air-Powered Saw and Quick-Clamp lets workers take the saw to the steel plate rather than transporting the plate to a large table saw.

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Manufacturing, Up Close

July 1, 2010 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus America Inc. (Center Valley, PA) has signed an agreement with Hirox-USA, Inc. (Hackensack, NJ) to distribute the Hirox KH-7700 Digital Microscope system. The KH-7700 is an all-in-one portable digital microscopy system designed to provide observation for industrial and quality applications.

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Demand Signals At The Speed Of Light

July 1, 2010 5:33 am | by Glenn Steinberg, Managing Partner, Global Americas Distribution Sector, IBM Global Business Services | Articles | Comments

When it comes to getting the right amount of the right products to market, we need to get the right demand signals to make our critical manufacturing and inventory management decisions. For better or worse, we depend on many aspects of these demands signals: where they come from (our transactional systems, marketing activities, customer research), how complete they are, how accurate they are and how fast we get them.

Are We Safer, Yet?

July 1, 2010 5:30 am | by Scott Orlosky, In Safety | Articles | Comments

Safety has been in the news a lot lately. Remember the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in April and the HUGE ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil debacle?  As always there is enough finger pointing going on to implicate a whole host of manufacturers and operators.

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Don't Worry, Just Plummet

July 1, 2010 5:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Plummet from the Paul N. Gardner Company (Gardco; Pomano Beach, FL) is a universal instrument to determine the density of paints or related products. The Plummet works on the “Archimedes” principle, which involves reading the upward force caused by immersing the plummet into the liquid, which is then expressed in grams/ml.

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Vibration At High Temperatures

July 1, 2010 5:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The BinMaster SHT (Super High Temperature) vibrating rod from BinMaster (Lincoln, Nebraska) features a piezo system built specifically for higher process temperatures up to 482°F. The SHT has a reinforced membrane that insulates internal electronics from heat, not to mention an IP66/IP67 aluminum enclosure for further protection.

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Spray Nozzles In All Sizes

July 1, 2010 5:02 am | by Learn more visiting www.lechlerusa.com . | Product Releases | Comments

Lechler, Inc. (St. Charles, IL) has a complete line of full cone spray nozzles to handle capacities from less than a gallon per minute to thousands of gallons per minute. The nozzles cover a complete circular area and are ideal for applications requiring cleaning, cooling, coating, dust suppression, and more.

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Prevent Cyber-Intrusions

July 1, 2010 5:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial Defender, Inc. (Foxborough, MS) announced its Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS), an application whitelisting-based security solution that prevents malware attacks on control system servers and end-point devices. The HIPS is ideal for environments where it is critical to avoid the high overhead of software scanning operations, as well as the administrative overload of anti-virus patch updates.

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When Workarounds Backfire

June 30, 2010 12:02 pm | by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

On August 28, 2008, a runaway reaction inside a pesticide residue treater at the Bayer CropScience facility in Institute, W.V., resulted in a violent explosion that propelled the treatment vessel 50 feet through the air and caused extensive damage to the surrounding infrastructure.

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Putting Americans Back To Work

June 30, 2010 10:04 am | Articles | Comments

Althought the report is a little dated, CBS News hits the trouble of U.S. manufacturing right on the head. Aside from the obvious trouble of outsourcing, one of the main issues manufacturers are facing is the complete lack of interest from younger generations. One high school, Benson Polytechnic, is trying to change that by teaching their students an essential lesson: Making things with your hands is both honorable and essential to the future success of our country.

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Energy Policy Is Slim 'Pickens'

June 30, 2010 8:16 am | Articles | Comments

The well-known financier and long-time advocate for natural gas, T. Boone Pickens, discusses energy policy on almost every level, from the BP spill, to OPEC, to what Americans can do to become energy independent. He thinks that blowing up BP's well is a silly and dangerous idea, while claiming that natural gas is the only way that Americans will be able to rid themselves of foreign fuel while preventing enormous environmental disasters.

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Getting A Lungful Of iPhone 4 Dust

June 30, 2010 7:43 am | Articles | Comments

The people at Blendtec have never shied away from blending the most sought-after gadgets of the day, like they did with the iPad , and they're no different with the iPhone 4. Tune in to see a couple hundred dollars go down the drain (or around the blender). If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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The Volt Is Just A Regular Car

June 30, 2010 7:41 am | Articles | Comments

Consumer Reports got the chance to take a pre-production model of the Chevy Volt out for a test drive, and the results are pretty positive overall. The car handles just like any other, and is pretty quick off the line thanks to its always-available electric torque. Some might be disappointed simply because the Volt drives and feels just like any other, as it could be less incentive for consumers to pick it up on a premium over a gasoline-powered car.

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P & G To Make Fashionable Diapers

June 30, 2010 5:04 am | by Dan Sewell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Procter & Gamble Co. is aiming to make disposable diapers fashionable. Popular designer Cynthia Rowley has designed 11 styles of Pampers, including pastels, stripes, madras and ruffles. P&G says they'll be offered in Target Corp. stores beginning in mid-July.

Sony Recalls 535,000 Overheating, Warping Laptops

June 30, 2010 4:57 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. said Wednesday that it has started providing free software updates to more than half a million users worldwide to fix a glitch that could cause overheating in its popular VAIO laptops. So far, no injuries have been reported, but the Tokyo-based electronics company said it has received a total of 39 problem reports, including 26 in the U.

Boeing Acquires Combat Firm For $775 Million

June 30, 2010 4:47 am | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Boeing said Wednesday it has agreed to acquire combat engineering firm Argon ST Inc. for about $775 million in cash in a deal to expand its capabilities in intelligence gathering and warfare. Argon ST is a Fairfax, Va., company that develops a variety of systems used in surveillance, reconnaissance and combat.

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