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Hand-Held Air Quality Monitoring

November 1, 2010 8:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The AQ200 from E Instruments (Langhorne, PA) is a multi-functional, hand-held, and accurate indoor air quality monitor. The AQ200 has a CO2 sensor (0 - 5,000ppm), a CO sensor (0 – 1,000ppm), and can detect ambient temperatures from (-4 to 176°F), atmospheric air pressure, and humidity.

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Protect Against High Voltage

November 1, 2010 8:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

For life-threatening high voltage applications where over-torque conditions are not tolerated, Mountz Inc. (San Jose, CA) offers insulated torque wrenches. Designed with non-conductive plastic insulation, the torque wrenches provide operators with safety from product failure due to shorting, arcing, or other electrical damage.

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Plants Go Long-Range Wireless

November 1, 2010 8:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) has introduced their long-distance industrial wireless transmitters and receivers — the UWXL series — that are designed for a variety of applications, including temperature, infrared temperature, relative humidity, process transducers, as well as pH.

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I Can’t Believe I Got This Jetpack

November 1, 2010 5:52 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Last week, the mainstream media announced the “retirement” of Sony’s cassette Walkman. After 30 years, the world’s first low-cost portable music player would cease manufacturing and distribution. I have to admit, the announcement evoked a quick wave of nostalgia, even though this was a product I never actually owned.

Choosing A Pneumatic Conveying System

November 1, 2010 5:43 am | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding pneumatic conveying systems, entire books have been written and many white papers published with diagrams and complicated equations to explain how the process works.  It could be said that designing a pneumatic conveying systems is like operating a sailboat.

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A Bi-Partisan Effort: Bashing On Chinese Manufacturing

November 1, 2010 4:48 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — In these angry political times, Democrats and Republicans agree on next to nothing. China is one exception. Democrats and Republicans alike are accusing each other of cozying up to Beijing and backing policies that send U.S. jobs and IOUs to the world's second-largest economy.

Apple Sues Motorola Over Smart Phone Patents

November 1, 2010 4:44 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is suing Motorola for infringing on patents related to its smart phones. Apple Inc. said in a filing on Friday that Motorola's Droid, Cliq, BackFlip and other phones violate its patents related to the iPhone's touch screen and user interface. Apple says it wants Motorola Inc.

Immigration Laws And The I-9 Trip Up Manufacturers

November 1, 2010 4:39 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — They cost clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch $1 million in fines, tripped up Meg Whitman's campaign for California governor, prompted mass layoffs across the country and have been at the center of countless other workplace immigration disputes. An obscure federal document called the I-9 form has emerged as a contentious element in the national immigration debate since the Obama administration vowed to go after employers who hire undocumented workers.

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Miss. Toyota Supplier Hiring 300 Workers

November 1, 2010 4:34 am | News | Comments

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Toyota supplier in north Mississippi is taking applications for about 300 jobs at its Baldwyn facility. The job listings for Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi were posted on the Mississippi Department of Employment Security website Thursday. The company is looking for about 250 hourly workers and 50 supervisors that will work on salary.

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After 84 Years, Pontiac Drives Into The Sunset

November 1, 2010 4:32 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Pontiac, whose muscle cars drag-raced down boulevards, parked at drive-ins and roared across movie screens, is going out of business on Sunday. The 84-year-old brand, moribund since General Motors decided to kill it last year as it collapsed into bankruptcy, had been in decline for years.

Manufacturing Leads The Economy Out Of The Recssion

November 1, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The manufacturing sector likely grew in October for the 15th straight month, but at the slowest pace in almost a year. Economists expect that the Institute for Supply Management's index of manufacturing activity will drop to 54, according to a survey from Thomson Reuters, from 54.

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An In-Plant 'Tiiger'

October 29, 2010 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The universal dolly, designed to carry both pad- and pole-mounted transformers, from Tiiger, Inc. (Mt. Juliet, TN) uses a unique three-wheel design to provide a stable load platform that can be easily repositioned for loading and unloading. The high-yield steel construction and low-pressure turf tires allow the system to carry transformers up to 1,000 pounds.

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Hassle-Free HVAC Inspection

October 29, 2010 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SEEKER 100 (DCS100) Wireless Video Inspection System from General Tool & Instruments (New York, NY) is able to wirelessly connect to a Windows computer, enabling video to be viewed on the computer or streamed live over the Internet via Skype. Designed for HVAC/R applications — such as detecting leaks, inspecting corrosion and deposit buildup, or reading hidden parts and serial numbers — the system allows users to visually inspect inaccessible or hazardous areas without requiring disassembly or teardown.

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Heavy-Duty Wire Hosts

October 29, 2010 12:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Columbus McKinnon Corporation (CMCO — Amherst, NY) announces the launch of a new line of wire rope hoists in capacities from 25 to 50 tons. The core of the Yale Global Max HC is a double-girder style, which contains numerous features that set it apart from other hoists. The external hoist motor helps optimize cooling by preventing heat transfer in either direction, and allows for easy maintenance.

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Finding The Correct Grinding Medium

October 29, 2010 12:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Union Process, Inc. (Akron, OH) has produced a video on 11 factors required to select the proper grinding media for a particular application. This video takes the viewer through determinations for size, consistency, initially feed size, shape, specific gravity, grinding efficiency, pH, discoloration, contamination, availability, and cost.

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Covering All Your Bases With Capital Investment

October 29, 2010 8:01 am | Articles | Comments

A new laser-guided 1,000 amp sub-arc welding facility has been introduced by the T.W. Woods Group to help handle large and challenging pipelines, pressure vessels, cylinders, tanks, and other material handling and metal fabrication tasks in which it specializes. The high speed, high efficiency facility — which delivers crack-free high quality butt welds in thick steel — is part of an ongoing multi-million dollar expansion of the company’s Tomago facility to serve customers in industries including energy, mining, minerals processing, materials handling, metals, manufacturing, process engineering, energy, and water.

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The Heat Is On Industry

October 29, 2010 7:44 am | by How do you keep cool? Let me know by e-mailing me at carrie.ellis@advantagemedia.com . | Blogs | Comments

by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info As I near the close of yet another issue of Chem.Info, I can’t seem to tune out “The Heat is On,” an old relic from Glenn Frey, which has played like a broken record in my brain over the last couple of weeks. (Why that song in particular? I have no idea.

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Halliburton Admits To Skipping Cement Test On Oil Well

October 29, 2010 4:43 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Halliburton Co. acknowledged that it skipped a critical test on the final formulation of cement used to seal BP's oil well before it blew out catastrophically in the Gulf of Mexico. The company, which was BP's cementing contractor, came under increased scrutiny when investigators from the president's oil spill commission revealed Thursday that tests performed by the company before the deadly blowout showed the cement to be unstable.

Honda's Profit Doubles, Mazda's Surges 10-Fold

October 29, 2010 4:42 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automakers Honda and Mazda posted hefty profits despite a strengthening yen as the global recovery and government incentives for green cars drove sales higher. Honda, the manufacturer of the Insight hybrid, Accord sedan and Asimo human-shaped robot, said Friday its second quarter profit more than doubled to 135.

Oshkosh Corp. Earnings Fall On Higher Operating Costs

October 29, 2010 4:40 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Specialty vehicle maker Oshkosh Corp. on Thursday reported lower net income for its fiscal fourth-quarter that missed Wall Street expectations. For the three months ended Sept. 30, the Oshkosh, Wis., company earned $116.6 million, or $1.28 per share. That's compared with $140.

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