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Chrysler CEO: Our Products Were 'Inexcusable'

June 4, 2010 4:39 am | by Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The auto industry can't afford to become complacent and must guard against slipping into old habits as it rebounds, the head of Chrysler Group LLC said Thursday. CEO Sergio Marchionne said he worries that he's seeing a reluctance to make the fundamental, structural, traumatic change the industry must make to remain competitive.

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'Shrek'-Themed McDonalds Cups Pulled For Cadmium

June 4, 2010 4:26 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cadmium has been discovered in the painted design on "Shrek"-themed drinking glasses being sold nationwide at McDonald's, forcing the fast food company to recall 12 million of the cheap U.S.-made collectibles while dramatically expanding contamination concerns about the toxic metal beyond imported children's jewelry.

GM Starts Venture Capital Company For New Tech

June 4, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. says it has set up its own venture capital company with $100 million to find new technology. The automaker says General Motors Ventures LLC will help nurture new technology and bring it to market so GM has the latest innovations. GM says former vice president of global product planning Jon Lauckner will head the new venture starting July 1.

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CAT Buys Locomotive Maker For $820 Million

June 4, 2010 4:23 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. says its Alabama-based railroad service unit will spend $820 million cash to acquire locomotive maker Electro-Motive Diesel. Caterpillar says that its Progress Rail Services division, headquartered in Albertville, Ala.

Survey Shows Little Risk Of Industrial Brain Cancer

June 4, 2010 4:22 am | by Stephen Singer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The incidence of brain cancer at jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney was the same as or less than for the general population, researchers said Thursday. The researchers, from the University of Pittsburgh and University of Illinois, released the second of three phases of their massive study of 212,513 workers at one of eight Connecticut plants from 1952 to 2001.

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Material Disclosure Best Practices

June 3, 2010 11:54 am | Articles | Comments

Are there toxic chemicals in the charm bracelet I bought for my daughter? Is there lead in this paint? These days, manufacturers and suppliers must disclose materials information to regulatory agencies and, often, to the public. The process is appropriately called material disclosure, and regulatory compliance depends on it.

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21st Century Filtration

June 3, 2010 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Custom Service & Design, Inc. (Auburn Mills, MI) offers a line of filtration products and solutions through its standard vessel line, which includes standard bags, pleated bags, stainless steel strainers, baskets, and elements. The OEM/07A Bag Vessel design is unique to the company, and offers good fluid flow and low velocities, not to mention a basket seat that ensures a proper fit for virtually any industry-standard filter bag.

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Lower Your Energy Bills

June 3, 2010 9:35 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The SmartBanks from Maysteel (Menomonee Falls, WI) for Low Voltage Power Factor Correction provide energy efficiency and savings by eliminating KVA and KVAR peaks that drive up energy bills. They can be used near motors, transformers, inductive heating, and arc welding generators.

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No Humidity Here

June 3, 2010 9:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The AMD-035 SuperStar Membrane Dryer from LA-MAN Corporation (Mazeppa, MN) provides clean and dry compressed air designed with the automotive industry in mind, but can be used wherever refrigerated dryers may be too large. The dryer lowers the dew point by continuously removing water vapor, with drops up to 20°F, making it ideal for spray booth applications.

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Laptops 'See' Into Drains

June 3, 2010 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

RIDGID (Elyria, OH) introduces the SeeSnake LT1000 laptop interface, which provides a flexible way to digitally record, monitor, and manage drain footage when paired with a RIDGID SeeSnake reel and the SeeSnake HQ software suite. The laptop interface allows users to complete tasks without transferring data between field devices and a PC, which reduces the overall time spent on the task.

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Good News Is Not News

June 3, 2010 7:25 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The most recent massive E. coli-related recall — Freshway Foods’ lettuce contamination — has food safety once again in the news. Whenever a major (or minor) food safety disaster occurs, the industry grumbling begins: “How come you don’t hear about the facilities that are doing things right? Or the millions of pounds of safe food that arrived in stores this week?” Well, because, “Hey, guys, this system functioned as designed, thus nothing newsworthy happened,” is not news.

The Brainstorm: Total Cost Of Ownership

June 3, 2010 7:18 am | Articles | Comments

What factors do you consider when calculating Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) before you make a significant equipment purchase? Russ Holmer, President,  Haumiller Engineering To get the most value out of your automated assembly machine, looking at total cost of ownership (TCO) is a must.

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The Slower, The Better

June 3, 2010 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) fans from Kelley Company (Carrollton, TX) can move a large column of air slowly, creating a horizontal floor jet that consistently circulates air in large spaces. This allows facilities to raise thermostats in the summer without sacrificing worker comfort, and can help contribute to LEED Certification credits.

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Concrete-Tough, Temperature-Resistant

June 3, 2010 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

CASS Polymers (Oklahoma City, OK) offer the PolyMax Industrial Plant Floor Systems, which are able to withstand extreme temperature changes and thermal shock, with a similar coefficient of expansion compared to concrete. The system is available in slip-resistant profile for wet environments, and is installed in 3/16” or greater thicknesses.

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A Guide To Metal Bumping

June 3, 2010 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new edition of “The Key to Metal Bumping” is now available from Martin Tool & Forge (Fort Worth, TX). The book has been used since its first edition, published in 1939, as a work of reference in technical schools and professional shops. By maintaining close relationships with professionals in the field, Martin Tool & Forge has developed new technologies and updates to its long-running publication.

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Get Partitioned

June 3, 2010 6:58 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Wireway Husky Corp. (Denver, NC) has developed a modular, welded wire partition system that is easy to install in a wide range of storage and machinery applications. The EZ-Matrix Wire Partition System features an 8-gauge 2” square welded wire mesh modular construction.

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Building The Audi R8 Spyder

June 2, 2010 9:41 am | Articles | Comments

Building a car like the Audi R8 Spyder takes a lot of hard work, patience, and hand-built labor. No wonder the end product is so stunning. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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Living The Plastic-Free Life

June 2, 2010 7:44 am | Articles | Comments

According to CNN , Americans use enough plastic in a year to shrink wrap Texas. Enter Jean Haegele, who wanted to live her life plastic-free. Two-and-a-half years later, she's almost there, going to extremes to keep plastic out of her life, including baking her own bread and making cinnamon toothpaste (with vodka).

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No One Plays With Marbles Anymore

June 2, 2010 7:43 am | Articles | Comments

Marbles might not be as popular as they once used to be, but that doesn't mean many of us don't have fond memories of playing with them as kids. Even though marble production largely occurs outside the U.S. these days, we can still see how the colorful glass spheres are made. Like much of manufacturing, it takes an artistry that not anyone can achieve.

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The Diet-Coke-And-Mentos Car

June 2, 2010 7:42 am | Articles | Comments

The guys who made the Diet Coke and Mentos reaction a worldwide phenomenon are at it again: they built a "car" powered on the explosive mixture alone. Will we forget about electric cars in favor of this contraption? Probably not. 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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