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Retail Sales Hit Seven-Month High In October

November 15, 2010 3:49 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales, helped by strong demand for autos, increased in October by the largest amount in seven months. The Commerce Department reported Monday that retail sales rose 1.2 percent last month. That was nearly double the gain that had been expected and the largest increase since March.

Caterpillar To Buy Bucyrus For $7.6 Billion

November 15, 2010 3:47 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar, the world's largest construction and mining equipment maker, moved aggressively to capitalize on demand for commodities in emerging markets Monday with a $7.6 billion buyout of Bucyrus International. Bucyrus makes surface mining equipment used for mining coal, copper, iron ore, oil sands and other minerals.

The Value Of A True CRM Tool 

November 12, 2010 9:02 am | Articles | Comments

Elobau Sensor Technology was using software to manage contacts and customer interaction notes, but the software didn’t have follow-up features, the ability to access the information remotely via the Web, and didn’t allow users to share information in a common database. It became clear to Elobau management that the company needed a true customer relationship management (CRM) tool.

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Easy-To-Use Ohmmeter

November 12, 2010 8:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DO4A digital ohmmeter from Seaward (Tampa, FL) uses True 4 Wire measurement to eliminate lead resistance errors across a range from 40mW to 4kW, with respective resolutions between 10mW and 1W. The unit is contained in an aluminum case with a tilted carrying handle, and input protection is provided up to 415 volts rms.

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Stronger Porcelain-Like Coatings

November 12, 2010 8:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

A line of high-temperature, high-gloss, and VOC-compliant coatings that provide a porcelain-like appearance for metal surfaces is now available from Dampney Company, Inc (Everett, MA). The Thurmalox 8800 Series Heat Resistant High Gloss Coatings are silicone-based baking enamels that can withstand head to 500°F.

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Get More Selective Welds

November 12, 2010 8:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools, Inc. (Gainesville, GA) has announced that it now manufactures the RPS Automation Selective Solder Nozzles for the Rhythm, Harmony, Opus, and SS100A range of selective soldering machines. The custom solder nozzles assist to replace labor-intensive hand soldering while eliminating defects caused by wave soldering machines.

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Non-Magnetic Fasteners

November 12, 2010 8:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yardley Products Corporation (Yardley, PA) has announced that it is offering inserts manufactured using a “non-magnetic” brass material, making it ideal for applications involving electronics or medical devices. Most brass inserts are slightly magnetic due to small traces of iron in the alloy, which can cause RF inferference with sensitive electronics.

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Q&A: Sanitation As A Competitive Advantage

November 12, 2010 5:25 am | by Doug Newman, Senior Vice President, Celerant Consulting | Articles | Comments

Sanitation is a crucial part of the food manufacturing business and must be managed, controlled and executed with the same level of attention as that of the production and maintenance operations.  Food Manufacturing  spoke with Doug Newman, Senior Vice President for Celerant Consulting, about the importance of sanitation in the food industry.

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'ERP Plus' Aids In The Pursuit Of Profits

November 12, 2010 5:02 am | Articles | Comments

As the foundational system of record for the business, ERP can be one of the best tools process manufacturers can use to implement cost cutting measures and to achieve these goals. Some would argue that the “process” industry has been invented by software companies. Companies in this category think of themselves as food & beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, metal processing, or other related industries.

Nissan Recalls 600,000 Vehicles For Steering, Battery Issues

November 12, 2010 4:09 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is recalling more than 600,000 vehicles in North and South America and Africa due to steering or battery cable problems. The Japanese automaker said Thursday that the steering recall affects 303,000 Frontier pickup trucks and 283,000 Xterra sport utility vehicles in the U.

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Manufacturers Eager To Use Health-Focused Food Labels

November 12, 2010 3:34 am | by Shelia Byrd, Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Making healthy choices at the supermarket may get a little easier next year when food makers and retailers start putting easier-to-read nutrition labels on the front of packages, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday during an obesity summit in Mississippi.

Ky. Manufacturer Honored For 5 Million Hours Without Accident

November 12, 2010 3:30 am | News | Comments

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Bowling Green manufacturer has joined an elite group of Kentucky employers as it marked 5 million worker hours without a lost-time accident. Sun Products Corp. received two awards from the state Labor Cabinet on Wednesday. One is certification under the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

Volkswagen Sales Rise 10 Percent Over 2009

November 12, 2010 3:28 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen AG says it sold nearly 10 percent more cars in October than it did the previous year as demand remained strong in China and the U.S. The company said Friday that the Volkswagen group, which also includes brands such as Audi, Skoda and Seat, sold 612,200 vehicles in October — up from 557,400 a year earlier.

Cause Of Rolls-Royce Turbine Failures: Faulty Bearing Box

November 12, 2010 3:27 am | by Jane Wardell, Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — An Airbus executive said Friday that Rolls-Royce has identified a faulty bearing box as the cause of the oil leak problem implicated in the midair disintegration of an engine on one of the world's largest airliners, an Australian newspaper reported. Airbus Chief Operating Officer John Leahy told reporters in Sydney that Rolls-Royce had at some point fixed the bearing box on newer versions of the massive Trent 900 engine, a model designed for the massive A380 superjumbo.

Toyota Ready To Learn From Partnership With Tesla

November 12, 2010 3:26 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — The usually grim-faced Toyota President Akio Toyoda was all smiles Friday, trumpeting a newfound friendship with U.S. luxury electric carmaker Tesla. Toyoda received as a gift from Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk a red roadster, that would sell for 19 million yen ($232,000) — 4 million yen ($49,000) more than usual because of a special paint job.

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Northrop: Forget The Salary, Want An Hourly Wage?

November 12, 2010 3:23 am | News | Comments

NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia (AP) — Northrop Grumman says it's cutting 380 salaried jobs at its Newport News shipbuilding facility. The company that builds ships for the U.S. military says the reduction was necessary to improve efficiency and costs. Northrop Grumman said Friday the cuts are driven, in part, by the completion of major milestones on existing contracts.

Sweet Sustainability: Plastic From Sugar

November 11, 2010 10:43 am | by Tom Domen, International Marketing Manager Product Portfolio, Ecover | Articles | Comments

Sustainability and the environment are quickly becoming hot trends in product packaging, and some companies are using creative ways to make the industry greener.  Food Manufacturing discussed the best options for sustainable packaging with Tom Domen of Ecover, a company that has partnered with Braskem to develop a sugar-based plastic.

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Candy And Capital Punishment

November 11, 2010 9:54 am | by by Amy Lawrence, News Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

When I was younger, the scariest thing about Halloween was Michael Myers and the creepy woman down the street who was straight out of  Hansel and Gretel . Who knows what could have been in that candy? Jump ahead a decade or so, and you still don’t know what’s in the candy. Children’s jewelry has toxic metal.

MISUMI Introduces 2011 Metric Components Catalog

November 11, 2010 7:59 am | News | Comments

MISUMI USA , Inc., a subsidiary of MISUMI Corporation, part of MISUMI Group, Inc. , announced today it will immediately begin accepting online orders for the latest edition of its metric catalog. The 2011 MISUMI Metric Catalog of mechanical components for machine building and assembly automation features: Over 690 new pages, More than 1,600 new products, 12 new and expanded product sections, and Over 10,000 products added to local stock for faster shipping and delivery.

Oil-Free Air Compressors

November 11, 2010 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hitachi America, Ltd. (Tarrytown, NY) has announced that it has expanded its product line of Oil-Free Rotary Screw Air Compressors to include units in the size range 132-240kW. The expansion also includes life cycle cost reductions, space conservation, and increased efficiency, according to the company.

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