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Building Muscle

January 29, 2010 9:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Zebra Skimmers Corporation (Chagrin Falls, OH) has expanded its Muscle Coalescer line to include new model for servicing air compressor condensate. According to the company, the Muscle Coalescer line has been solid for many years for separation and removal of contaminate oil from water-based fluids.

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Effortless Deburring

January 29, 2010 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Abtex Corporation (Victor, NY) has introduced a compact, wet Tri-Ten planetary head deburring system in a return-to-operator (RTO) configuration. The system deburrs both sides of flat parts, up to 4.5” in diameter, in a single pass while drenching the workpiece in coolant to keep parts clean and extend brush life.

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Honeywell Hobbs Phases Out Springfield Plant

January 29, 2010 3:59 am | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A corporate spokesman says Honeywell Hobbs expects to complete the phase-out of its Springfield manufacturing plant and eliminate approximately 120 jobs by the end of the year. The closing would end the company's more than 70-year run in Springfield. A second plant in Spring Valley, about 60 miles northeast of Peoria, will be shut down by midyear.

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ArcelorMittal To Revive Ind. Blast Furance

January 29, 2010 3:55 am | News | Comments

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — Company and union officials say steel maker ArcelorMittal is planning to restart a blast furnace at a northwestern Indiana mill in a move that could put hundreds of workers back on the job. The company says it is increasing production at the East Chicago plant in response to improving market demand.

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U.S. Wages, Benefits Rise Slightly In 4Q

January 29, 2010 3:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wages and benefits paid to U.S. workers posted a modest gain in the fourth quarter, ending a year in which recession-battered workers saw their compensation rise by the smallest amount on records going back more than a quarter-century. The anemic gains have raised concerns about the durability of the economic recovery.

Obama Offers Tax Credits To Hiring Companies

January 29, 2010 3:45 am | by Charles Babington and Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House Republican leader said the GOP expects President Barack Obama to do more listening than talking when he huddles privately with lawmakers Friday at a retreat in Baltimore. Obama wants to offer tax credits to companies that hire new workers, a plan that drew a cool reception from Congress last month despite the nation's double-digit unemployment rate.

Toyota Fixes Accelerator Problem, But Sales May Still Slip

January 29, 2010 3:42 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. says it has figured out how to fix a problem with sticking accelerator pedals and will update employees with details. The company said in an e-mail to workers Thursday night that it presented a remedy to federal regulators. The e-mail obtained by The Associated Press says that plans are being developed on a variety of fronts.

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Feds: Series Of DuPont Leaks Unrelated

January 29, 2010 3:41 am | by John Raby, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three recent chemical leaks at a DuPont plant, one of which killed a worker, don't appear to be related, a federal investigator said Thursday. U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigator Johnnie Banks promised a thorough investigation into the leaks, which prompted the plant's temporary shutdown over the weekend.

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All The Bubble Wrap, Minus The Fuss

January 28, 2010 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The NewAir I.B. Express system from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) is an inflatable cushioning system that quickly creates patented Barrier Bubble material that can be used for cushioning, or blocking and bracing applications. The NewAir allows operators to create cushions with widths of 12” and 24”, and includes options for film strength to accommodate a variety of applications.

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Keep The Hydrogen Out

January 28, 2010 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

VIC Leak Detection (Ronkonkoma, NY) announces its new series of hydrogen gas leak detectors. The portable, battery-operated hydrogen leak detector uses a safe 5 percent hydrogen gas mixture and can test wet parts without being affected by humidity. Additional features include: A minimal amount of required maintenance, with no chamber evacuation vacuum pumps, evacuation valves, and manifolding.

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Environmental Palletizing

January 28, 2010 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The EcoPolyBlend spill control pallets from Justrite Mfg. (Des Plaines, IL) are an eco-friendly solution that protects against groundwater contamination to meet EPA standards. In addition, the pallets are made of 100 percent recycled polyethylene, so they support other green initiatives as well.

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Upgrade Your ERP Solution

January 28, 2010 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Deacom, Inc. (Wayne, PA) has released a new version of the DEACOM ERP Software System, which incorporates design changes to the main menu and enhancements to specific functionality. The new menu contains all the functional areas that are managed in the single system, such as purchasing, sales, inventory control, and production.

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The Solution To Everything: Charge More

January 28, 2010 7:41 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

The current slugfest between Verizon and AT&T has made for moderate entertainment if you’re one of the few who still watch — or lack the capacity to skip — commercials. Every time I see the other Wilson brother (Luke) wobbling around with a missing head or flinging postcards, it helps remind me that competition can still work in the consumer’s favor.

Food Industry — We Have A Problem

January 28, 2010 7:41 am | by John G. Surak, American Society For Quality | Articles | Comments

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) conducted a survey on Food Safety (ASQ, 2009) revealing 93 percent of adults say food manufacturers, growers or suppliers should be held legally responsible when individuals are fatally sickened by tainted food. Other findings included:  61 percent of U.

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The Beauty Of CNC Machining

January 27, 2010 8:29 am | Articles | Comments

A lot of people see manufacturing as a dark, dirty business. Too bad they don’t know the whole truth, but this video could help spread the good word. It has all the design aesthetics of a product from Apple combined with the whole “getting work done” thing that we’re used to in manufacturing.

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Why Cap-And-Trade Won't Work, Environmentally

January 27, 2010 8:29 am | Articles | Comments

Dr. James Hansen, a leading climatologist, thinks cap-and-trade won’t work, at least from an environmental standpoint. While many manufacturers are against a cap-and-trade system for the damage it could cause to their manufacturing capacity, Dr. Hansen points out that with carbon offsets, a tree planted in one place means a tree cut down somewhere else, and a puff of pollution saved from one plant is another puff some another.

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The 225,000 Lb. Injection Molder

January 27, 2010 8:27 am | Articles | Comments

Sometimes a big job calls for an even bigger machine. Well, that’s what happened when this manufacturer needed to do some injection molding on a massive scale. The 225,000 pound hydraulic toggle injection molding system is one of the biggest in the U.S. It’s impressive to see how it all comes together.

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The 'Augmented' Future Of Maintenance

January 27, 2010 8:25 am | Articles | Comments

In an ideal world, your maintenance professionals know how to work on every piece of equipment in your facility. But sometimes that just can’t happen, especially considering how complex some of the machines can be. But with augmented reality — a type of virtual reality data that is embedded into a worker’s vision using special glasses or displays — could help anyone with a screwdriver and a tinkering aptitude perform many of the complex maintenance work that’s usually left to specifically-trained professionals.

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Dear Governor, Can Detroit Survive?

January 27, 2010 8:23 am | Articles | Comments

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm sits down with TIME to answer some reader questions regarding her state, and more specifically, what is going to happen to Detroit in the coming years. One reader asks: “Will Detroit ever really recover, in your honest opinion?” As Gov. Granholm says, Michigan is chock-full of hard workers and intelligent engineers who can do more than just make cars.

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Oracle Looks To Hire 2,000 After Sun Acquisition

January 27, 2010 4:04 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Oracle Corp. is planning to hire 2,000 sales and engineering employees, which will outnumber the cuts it is making at its latest acquisition, Sun Microsystems Inc., The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison told the newspaper that his company, the leader in proprietary database software, is charting a new course with its $7.

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