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The Pressure Of Ultrasonic Welding

February 10, 2010 7:03 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Sensor Products (Madison, NJ) is now offering Pressurex pressure-indicating sensor film, which can be used during ultrasonic welding to ensure that the horn and anvil are precisely aligned during setup. Pressurex reveals the distribution and magnitude of pressure between any two contacting surfaces, and when placed between the horn and anvil or the ultrasonic bonder, the film instantaneously and permanently changes color proportional to the pressure applied.

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Breathe Easy In The Sewers

February 10, 2010 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro (Garden Grove, CA) has manufactured the Manhole Ventilation Passthru (MVP), which is designed to maintain and redirect air flow, with minimal restrictions, into manholes, sewers, and tanks. The MVP combines three components—a low-profile air vent, 90° elbow, and built-in mounting—all in one unit.

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Full Range Control

February 10, 2010 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mokon (Buffalo, NY) introduces a Full Range process temperature control system, which offers a combination heating/chilling system in one package. According to the company, the system integrates a Mokon circulating water system with an Iceman chiller to provide heating and chilling from a single, compact, self-supporting unit for optimal performance.

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Contractors May Compromise Investigation At Middletown Site

February 10, 2010 6:58 am | News | Comments

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A federal investigator says employees of the main contractor at a Connecticut power plant that exploded have had unfettered access to the site and could compromise probes into the deadly blast. Don Holmstrom, the lead investigator for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, says he's concerned that employees of O&G Industries could unintentionally alter the scene at the Kleen Energy Systems plant in Middletown.

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Twin River Chicken Processing Plant To Close In April

February 10, 2010 4:00 am | News | Comments

NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) — The owners of the Twin Rivers Foods plant in Neosho says it will close on April 6, costing 485 workers their jobs. The Fayetteville, Ark.-based company's human resources director, Doug Quillen, notified the state on Tuesday of plans to close the chicken deboning plant. The Joplin Globe reports that in a letter to the state, Quillen said the closing would be permanent.

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Workers Lobby For Toyota's Reputation, Mourn Personal Failure

February 10, 2010 3:51 am | News | Comments

by Larry Margasak, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Jim Shuker, who tests vehicles for Toyota, says he feels so strongly about quality that he believes he personally failed by not finding the company's acceleration problem. Shuker was among 23 Toyota workers from across the country who were flown to Washington at company expense to fight Tuesday for their employer's reputation.

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Toyota Turns Down Award For Prius, Cites Recalls

February 10, 2010 3:47 am | by Mari Yamaguchi,Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has declined to accept a Japanese government energy efficiency award given to its hybrid Prius, saying Wednesday the honor is not appropriate for a car hit by massive recalls. The Prius was one of the three products that won the annual trade minister's grand prize for energy efficiency and ecological quality, said Hiroshi Tsuchiya, an official with the government's energy agency.

Toyota Turns Down Awards For Prius, Cites Recalls

February 10, 2010 3:47 am | by Mari Yamaguchi,Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has declined to accept a Japanese government energy efficiency award given to its hybrid Prius, saying Wednesday the honor is not appropriate for a car hit by massive recalls. The Prius was one of the three products that won the annual trade minister's grand prize for energy efficiency and ecological quality, said Hiroshi Tsuchiya, an official with the government's energy agency.

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Airgas Board Rejects 'Bargain Basement' Buyout

February 10, 2010 3:30 am | News | Comments

RADNOR, Pa. (AP) — Industrial gas supplier Airgas Inc. on Tuesday rejected the unsolicited $5 billion buyout bid from larger rival Air Products and Chemicals Inc., calling it a "bargain basement price." In a letter to Air Products CEO John McGlade, Airgas said the $60 per share offer, as well as an earlier bid of $62 per share, "grossly" undervalues the company.

Honda Expands 15-Month Air Bag Recall

February 10, 2010 3:30 am | News | Comments

by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press Writer TOKYO (AP) — Honda's expansion of its global recall for faulty air bags suggests automakers are turning cautious amid consumer scrutiny of Toyota's safety lapses, a trend that could see more recalls in the coming months. Honda Motor Co., Japan's No.

China Charges Rio Tinto Workers With Theft, Bribery

February 10, 2010 3:29 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China will put an Australian national and three other detained employees of mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. on trial on charges of stealing commercial secrets and taking bribes, a state news agency said Wednesday. The four Rio employees were detained in July during contentious iron ore price talks with China's steel industry group.

Drum Lifting And Sealing

February 9, 2010 6:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Material Transfer and Storage (Allegan, MI) now offers the hydraulic Lift & Seal System, which is an explosion-proof drum discharging and feeding system. The system seals the drum outlet to a dust-tight pour cone for a clean working environment. The Control Link Rotation System provides 180° drum rotation for a maximum product discharge, and a docking transition module supports a rotary valve feeder and a tool-free flexible connection to the screener inlet.

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Unattended Laser Cutting

February 9, 2010 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Cincinnati (Harrison, OH) Modular Material Handling System (MMHS) boosts the productivity of its CL-800 series of dual-pallet laser cutting systems, reducing cost-per-part and allowing unattended operation for up to three shifts via an automated load/unload of raw materials and finished parts.

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Not Your Regular Stickers

February 9, 2010 6:35 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Brady Worldwide, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) introduces a new series of temperature indicating labels that permanently document the temperature levels for a piece of equipment during operation. When the labeled equipment reaches a certain temperature, the white area of the label will turn irreversibly black, which provides clear evidence of the highest temperature attained for that piece of equipment.

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Liquid Magnetics

February 9, 2010 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton, KS) has launched a new Tapered-Step design model in the plate-style series of their Magnetic Liquid Trap product line. The new style is structured to hold ferrous debris against its solid tapered step to prevent wipe-off of tramp iron, even in high-density applications.

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Turning Waste Into Electricity Through Heat Recovery

February 9, 2010 4:52 am | Articles | Comments

Dresser-Rand Company recently designed and installed a complete waste heat recovery system at the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority (GNHWPCA). The project included engineering, construction and testing of the waste heat boiler, steam turbine generator set and condenser, ducting and valves.

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Extreme Nuclear Makeover

February 9, 2010 4:51 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Four days after President Obama announced  plans to revive the United States’ nuclear power program  in his State of the Union speech, we received the news that radioactive tritium, produced during the fission process, is leaking from at least 27 of the nation’s 104 nuclear plants .

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Q&A with John Ratzenberger, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs

February 9, 2010 4:40 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Through its manufacturing summer camps and scholarships, NBT is inspiring the next generation of manufacturers, welders, plumbers, carpenters and more... one tinkerer at a time. John Ratzenberger, a founder of NBT, speaks on behalf of the organization and how it's addressing the urgent need to engage young people in career preparation for well-paid, fulfilling jobs that require hands-on skills.

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Mill Workers Agree To Cuts With A 'Gun To Their Heads'

February 9, 2010 4:02 am | News | Comments

MADAWASKA, Maine (AP) — Unionized workers at a Madawaska paper mill will see their paychecks cut by eight and a half percent as part of a new contract mill management says is needed to keep the facility from closing. Officials with the United Steel workers say about 65 percent of the 460 members from the Fraser Papers Inc.

Recalls Compound Dangers Of Panicked Drivers

February 9, 2010 3:51 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — You're driving down the highway and suddenly your car starts accelerating on its own. Knuckles white, going from 60 to 90 miles an hour in a couple of seconds, you do what comes naturally — hit the brakes. But what if the car keeps going? There are options: Put the car in neutral, or in park, or switch off the ignition.

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