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Oshkosh Corp. Gets $640 Million Army Contract

February 24, 2010 3:25 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Oshkosh Corp. said Tuesday the U.S. Army has paid it $640 million for all-terrain vehicles designed for the harsh mountains of Afghanistan. The Oshkosh, Wis., vehicle maker said the payment will help the company deliver 1,460 MRAP All Terrain Vehicles. The vehicles use an independent suspension system to navigate unimproved roads.

Easy Wire Stripping

February 23, 2010 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Weidmuller (Richmond, VA) introduces the fourth generation Stripax and Stripax 16 tools for cutting and stripping flexible and solid conductors with PVC insulation, multi-conductors, and thin ribbon cables. The fourth generation Stripax incorporates numerous design changes and ergonomic practical improvements.

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Fire Detection, Infrared-Style

February 23, 2010 7:15 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Multi-Spectrum Infrared (MSIR) FL4000H Flame Detector from General Monitors (Lake Forest, CA) now features a new housing for easy installation that simplifies wiring. The new MSIR sensor incorporates neural network technology (NNT) to provide reliable flame monitoring with immunity to false alarms.

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Give It A Break

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

Hilti (Tulsa, OK) has announced its most powerful breaker, the TE 1500-AVR, which combines impact energy with low vibration. The TE 1500-AVR is offers 22 foot/lbs of impact energy generated by a 1,800-watt motor that offers up to 1,950 blows per minute to efficiently break up floors, slabs, or foundations.

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The Good Kind Of Oil Eating

February 23, 2010 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Oil Eater 45-gallon water-based parts cleaner from Kafko (Skokie, IL) features a thermostat pre-set to deliver a cleaning temperature of 110°F, which enhances cleaning effectiveness and minimizes liquid waste. 1,000W heaters shorten the heat-up time. The unit is made from heavy-duty high-density polyethylene plastic and industrial-grade pumps with Viton seals.

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Cummins Settles Pollution Spat For $2.1 Million

February 23, 2010 4:09 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — The Justice Department says diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. has agreed to pay a $2.1 million penalty and recall 405 heavy-duty engines for alleged Clean Air Act violations. Federal court documents filed Monday allege that Columbus, Ind.-based Cummins shipped 570,000 engines without pollution control equipment to vehicle manufacturers between 1998 and 2006.

Laid-Off Kansas Workers Get $7.5m Aid Grant

February 23, 2010 3:57 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More than 1,100 laid-off workers in south-central Kansas may soon be getting some added help from a $7.5 million grant funded by federal stimulus money. The grant was announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor. It's aimed at workers laid off from jobs in aviation, construction, health care, manufacturing and retail.

S.C. Company Wins $16m Contract For Mine Disposal Vehicles

February 23, 2010 3:49 am | News | Comments

LADSON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina company that makes armored vehicles has received a $16 million contract to build mine disposal vehicles for the armed services of the United Kingdom. Force Protection Inc. of Ladson said Tuesday the contract calls for building 23 of its Cougar Mastiff vehicles.

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More Tritium Leaks Uncovered At Yankee Nuclear

February 23, 2010 3:40 am | by Dave Gram, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Federal officials said Monday that the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant had a radioactive leak years before the one found last month, confirming a Legislature consultant's disclosure last week that aplant employee told him of a previous leak at the reactor. Donald Jackson, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission section chief, confirmed in a conference call between NRC officials and reporters that the 2005 leak occurred in the same pipe system that is the focus of the search for the source of the current leak.

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Brewery Worker Abuses Free Beer, Injures 4 In Car Accident

February 23, 2010 3:38 am | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State Farm Insurance has sued Deschutes Brewery, saying it allowed an employee to drink too much free beer before he was involved in a traffic accident. The lawsuit filed Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court seeks $230,000. It alleges the employee was told by a supervisor that workers were allowed one free beer at the end of a shift, but no one monitored how much the employee drank.

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Kleen, O & G Sued For Safety Violations In Deadly Blast

February 23, 2010 3:37 am | by John Christoffersen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two workers injured in a power plant explosion filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that proper safety procedures were not followed, and an attorney said that included live electricity running through the site, workers welding and a gas-fueled torch heater running when the blast happened.

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Ace Makes The Grade

February 22, 2010 9:53 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Ace Hardware Corp. manufactures only one product that bears its name brand amongst all of the do-it-yourself tools, equipment and other miscellany occupying its more than 4,600 retail stores nationwide. That product is paint, or more specifically, an entire line of interior and exterior water-, latex-, oil- and solvent-based paints, stains, varnishes and coatings.

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Hydrostatic Load Cells Bear The Weight Of Washdown

February 22, 2010 8:01 am | by Rudi Baisch, Emery Winslow | Articles | Comments

“We just lost another load cell on mixer scale number three” is not what any operations or maintenance manager wants to hear in a busy food processing facility. When a scale goes down, and accurate weight data is no longer available, it creates a real problem for production. When Plumrose USA, premium meat product provider, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, decided to do something about it, they turned to Emery Winslow Scale Company for help.

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What Smells Like Eggs?

February 22, 2010 7:59 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

The situation is nothing to rival the  coffee crisis  of 2009 or the interoffice email crisis . We lost many good Cubites in the conflicts that ended with the dismantling of the Great Foam Wall. The site of our latest office scandal hangs over an olive-colored bog wading through the aisles of a once great, now crumbling foam city.

Uncloaking The Food Industry

February 22, 2010 7:59 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Some American consumers seem to believe that a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with regard to the production of our food is the only thing that keeps Americans eating pre-packaged and processed foods—that if we were exposed to the real processes by which our food made it to the shelf, we’d all fork over the extra dollars and spend the extra hours required to cook fresh produce and free range meat.

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Die Casting Ladles

February 22, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Northern Iron and Machine (St. Paul, MN) is now offering an expanded line of replacement ladle cups and mounting brackets for most model die casting machines. The cups now come in eleven models with capacities from 0.44 lbs to 33.70 lbs. The replacement cups are heavy-duty, ¼” ductile iron, and have contoured shapes for smooth pouring and resistance to metal build-up.

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Guard Your Energy

February 22, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ENERGY GUARD from Serco (Carrollton, TX) provides a perimeter seal along the sides and rear hinge of a dock leveler to block dirt, debris, and insects, and most importantly, prevent energy loss. The design seals the gaps between the dock leveler and concrete pit walls up to 9” above the dock.

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Get A Handle On Stress

February 22, 2010 6:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Altech (Flemington, NJ) offers the ATEX polyamide strain reliefs for cable entries to provide increased safety in explosion-endangered areas by eliminating any potential for arcs, sparks, or hot surfaces. The IP68-rated strain reliefs offer neoprene seals and promote optimized sealing and protection against contaminants.

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Short But Powerful

February 22, 2010 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new CM25 self-contained, ceiling-mounted air conditioner from MovinCool (Long Beach, CA) offers a high cooling capacity at a lower cost than conventional solutions, such as precision cooling systems. The CM25 was designed specifically for spaces with dense heat loads and small spaces, at only 20” high.

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Pediatricians Push For Better Choking Warnings On Food

February 22, 2010 4:02 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — When 4-year-old Eric Stavros Adler choked to death on a piece of hot dog, his anguished mother never dreamed that the popular kids' food could be so dangerous. Some food makers including Oscar Mayer have warning labels about choking, but not nearly enough, says Joan Stavros Adler, Eric's mom.

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