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Wireless Power Systems: A Perspective On Standardization

February 1, 2010 11:26 am | by Dr. Rahul Razdan, CEO, WiPower | Articles | Comments

Recently, wireless power has seen resurgence in core technology innovation , as well as the introduction of early products. As a transmission technology that delivers power from a transmission source to an embedded receiver, wireless power creates an understandable desire to standardize this interface such that one can achieve interoperability between a variety of embedded receivers and transmitters.

Increasing Heat Exchanger Performance

February 1, 2010 11:23 am | by Nwaoha Chikezie | Articles | Comments

Heat exchangers are typically employed in the process industries as a means of providing heat transfer between two streams of fluid across a medium. The heat exchanger ensures the conservation of heat energy otherwise known as heat economic operations. They are designed to foster contact between materials in a conduit network, with one material exchanging heat and the other material flowing within the network either counter-currently or co-currently.

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Get Vertical For Space Saving

February 1, 2010 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stanley Vidmar (Allentown, PA) has relaunched its vertical lift product, now called the Vidmar Vertical. The automated storage and retrieval system that can manage up to 132,000 lbs of material from the convenience of one computer console. According to the company, use of vertical space is a simple way to save up to 75 percent of a facility’s floor space.

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Chain Drives For Rain Or Shine

February 1, 2010 9:14 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Iwis Drive Systems (Indianapolis, IN) now offers the Elite product range of chains and complete drive solutions for systems that are exposed to harsh conditions, such as dust, dirt, extreme temperatures, and water. The chains feature Iwis' proven design, in addition to special materials and coatings, to withstand extreme environmental conditions.

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Gauge Your Pressure Valves

February 1, 2010 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new compact gauge valve from Swagelok (Solon, OH) is designed to provide quick andconvenient access for isolating and venting pressure gauges. The gauges can be positioned with tube adapter ends, eliminating threaded connections and leak points. Additional features of the gauge valve include: A smaller, lightweight footprint that reduces the need for supports, along with a streamlined body that incorporates a purge valve for easy bleeding of trapped fluid pressure.

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Add Some Bling To Your Tools

February 1, 2010 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bondhus Corporation (Monticello, MN) has added to its line of gold and BriteGuard (silver) plated tools with a full range of inch, metric, and star tools, now available in either finish. According to the manufacturer, a popular purchase is a silver inch set and a gold metric set, to allow easy visual identification of inch or metric tools when in use.

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The Challenge Of Removing Free-Floating Oil

February 1, 2010 7:05 am | Articles | Comments

Imagine tackling your greatest production challenge quickly, easily and inexpensively — and even generating a profit while doing so. For businesses and industries that deal with oil separation and removal, the solution does not need to be expensive or inefficient. In fact, the answer may be simpler than you think.

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Shatter-Free Lighting

February 1, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Shat-R-Shield (Salisbury, NC) has recently added the T5 High-Output and High Intensity Discharge lamps to their safety-coated lighting products. The new T5HO fluorescent lamp offers an output of 5,000 lumens in a slim-profile lamp, at only 54 watts. They feature low mercury and are TLCP-compliant, in addition to a 30,000 hour rated lifespan to help reduce maintenance and recycling costs.

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Power Supplies For Any Phase

February 1, 2010 6:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new family of UL-listed and CSA-certified switching power supplies from Wieland (Burgaw, NC) deliver a control voltage of 24V DC, at an output current from 1.25A to 40A. Nine models are available, including six single-phase and three three-phrase, which can function in a temperature range from -25°C to 71°C.

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No Bumper Cars With Forklifts

February 1, 2010 6:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Knuffi Soft-Edged Bumper Guards from Independent Warehouse Inc. (IWI; Sparks, NV) were designed to address safety issues in the workplace, and feature a highly visible black and yellow striped covering to warn of danger or restricted access. Knuffi guards can function as protection for covering indoor and outdoor wall edges, doorways, and stair edges.

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Is It Hot, Or Is It Just Me?

February 1, 2010 6:52 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Power Adhesives (Charlotte, NC) introduces a series of hot melt adhesive formulations, including a new Lost Foam adhesive, which is ideal where sand cores are fixed together and assembled. The adhesives bond instantly, without any wait time or use of solvents, which results in a reduction of scrap.

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Doubling Exports: Possible, Two Million Jobs: Good Luck

February 1, 2010 3:57 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he wants to double exports over the next five years, supporting 2 million American jobs. The doubling is doable; the job increase is debatable. "The more products we make and sell to other countries, the more jobs we support right here in America," Obama said in one of the few instances of his State of the Union address last week where he received hearty applause from Republicans.

Umm ... That Edible Food-Like Substance Really Hits The Spot

February 1, 2010 3:47 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

Some of you might have heard about Michael Pollan, author and "food activitst," and his book, Food Rules . First, I'm going to admit that I haven't read the book, so I'm solely going off his remarks in a recent interview, which can be found in this video . Overall, I thought he made some very interesting points, and I’d agree with many of them in terms of further examining one’s diet, making a greater effort to really think about what we’re eating and even the points he touched upon relating to getting more animals back on the farms from where so much of our food supply stems.

Obama Encourages Privatization Of Space, 'Space Taxis'

February 1, 2010 3:37 am | by Alicia Chang and Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting to space is about to be outsourced. The Obama administration on Monday will propose in its new budget spending billions of dollars to encourage private companies to build, launch and operate spacecraft for NASA and others. Uncle Sam would buy its astronauts a ride into space just like hopping in a taxi.

China Threatens Sanctions Against Boeing For Arms Sale

February 1, 2010 3:32 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China blasted Washington's approval of an arms sale to Taiwan again Monday, but industry experts say Beijing's reliance on foreign technology may limit its ability to make good on threats to impose sanctions on the companies involved. State media commentaries and editorials attacked U.

Tesla Planning IPO To Raise $100 Million

February 1, 2010 3:29 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. said Friday it plans to sell stock to the public. The company, based in Palo Alto, Calif., did not disclose in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission specifically how much it plans to raise though it listed $100 million as a placeholder figure.

Despite Growth, High Jobless To Remain Until Mid-Decade

February 1, 2010 3:23 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy's 5.7 percent growth last quarter — the fastest pace since 2003 — was a step toward shrinking the nation's 10 percent unemployment rate. There's just one problem: Growth would have to equal 5 percent for all of 2010 just to lower the average jobless rate for the year by 1 percentage point.

Toyota Begins Fixing Accelerators On Recalled Vehicles

February 1, 2010 3:13 am | by Ken Thomas and Tom Krisher, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its dealers should get parts to fix a sticky gas pedal problem by the end of this week as the automaker apologized to customers and tried to bring an end to a recall that has affected 4.2 million vehicles worldwide. The company said in a statement that it has begun shipping parts and is training dealers on the repairs.

How Modular Conveyors Can Reduce Costs

January 29, 2010 10:30 am | Articles | Comments

From the smallest manufacturing plant that employs manual methods to create their product to the most elaborately automated plant where conveyors dominate floor space, the majority of manufacturers have at least one conveyor in their plant. Whether it’s a single conveyor employed to take away product from a packaging machine, or the transportation system that connects all areas of a plant, conveyors, like the tires on a vehicle, are often the least thought about component in a processing line.

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Slow Down, Man

January 29, 2010 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Deschner (Santa Ana, CA) is now offering the Super-K Kinechek speed regulator, designed for a wide variety of motion control solutions, including robotics, food processing equipment, and packaging machines. The Super-K now comes in a 4” or 6” stroke within a short overall length, and can handle loads up to 1,200 lbs.

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