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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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Caterpillar Expects Strong 2010 Despite 4Q Tumble

January 27, 2010 3:57 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter profit tumbled as its dealer inventories dwindled, the same reason the company expects sales and revenue to rebound this year. Leading the way will be China and other developing countries where the world's biggest mining and construction equipment company has seen an increasing share of its business go.

Indiana Unions Push for 'Green' Manufacturing Jobs

January 27, 2010 3:43 am | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Union workers are joining with environmentalists in calling on state lawmakers to pass legislation they say would bring new "green" manufacturing jobs to Indiana. Members of the Blue Green Alliance held a news conference Tuesday at the Statehouse to urge state lawmakers to pass legislation requiring that the state get a certain percentage of its electricity from renewable sources.

Boeing Gives Cautious 2010 Outlook For 787 Delays

January 27, 2010 3:41 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Boeing is giving a cautious outlook for 2010 after dealing with program delays and declining orders in 2009. The airplane maker and defense contractor expects to earn $3.70 to $4 per share. Wall Street analysts were expecting $4.26. Boeing says the guidance accounts for lower production of its 777 aircraft, some smaller defense programs, and "market risks.

Toyota Idles 6 American Plants Due To Faulty Cars

January 27, 2010 3:40 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — The faulty gas pedals that prompted Toyota to suspend U.S. sales of eight of its most popular models — including the Camry, America's best-selling car — are also in its vehicles sold in Europe, an official with the automaker said Wednesday. Toyota Motor Corp.

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Toyota Idling Could Hurt Quality-Based Reputation

January 27, 2010 3:38 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Toyota's suspension of U.S. sales on an unprecedented scale to fix faulty gas pedals deals a blow to the automaker's reputation for quality and endangers its fledgling earnings recovery. The suspect parts are made by a U.S. supplier, but they are also found in its European-made vehicles, an official with the automaker said Wednesday.

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High-Definition Video In Your Facility

January 26, 2010 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba Teli America, Inc. (Irvine, CA) has launched the CSDS60CM3, the company’s first high-definition color camera to target the industrial vision marketplace. With high picture quality and smearless imaging, the camera is ideal for industrial facilities requiring machine vision.

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Fan-Powered Utility

January 26, 2010 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new line of BIU Utility Fans from Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) are offered in thirteen sizes, ranging from 10” to 36”. The Utility Fans feature heavy gauge, rugged welded steel construction in either Class I or II construction. They come with either backward inclined or B1 airfoil wheels, depending on size selected.

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Gas Detection With Infrared

January 26, 2010 8:13 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Infrared Industries Inc. (Hayward, CA) announces the new Automated Programmable Calibration tool that reduces the service, maintenance, and labor costs for CEMS gas monitoring. The calibration is offered on the Model IR8400D, an explosion-proof NEMA7 IR gas analyzer that is approved for hazardous areas.

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Dress The Part With Dickies

January 26, 2010 8:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Reid Supply (Muskegon, MI) has added the Dickies family clothing line, in addition to other safety products, to its online offerings at www.reidsupply.com . Reid offers a selection of work pants and shirts, in addition to garments such as denim jeans, bib overalls, shorts, high-visibility apparel, jackets, and insulated apparel in a variety of colors.

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Ultrasonic Tank Testing a Resounding Success

January 26, 2010 7:46 am | Articles | Comments

SGS Colombia S.A. was awarded the contract to perform storage tank inspections for the expansion of the Cartagena Refinery. All inspection services were performed in accordance with applicable Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) requirements. The storage of dangerous goods in tanks involves risk to the population, the environment, and the surrounding area, and must therefore be executed safely.

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Focusing on Distractions

January 26, 2010 7:45 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

During a week in which there were plenty of newsworthy stories floating around, I spent the majority of my news-reading time emotionally invested in a fight among millionaires. I don’t tend to get overly wrapped up in the lives of famous people, but for reasons that are difficult to articulate, I’m apparently completely entranced by the sight of a bunch of rich people fighting over exactly what time they should be paid millions of dollars to tell jokes on TV.

Mueller Industries Fined $638,000 For Unsafe Operations

January 26, 2010 3:41 am | News | Comments

FULTON, Miss. (AP) — Federal labor officials are recommending that three Mueller Industries subsidiaries in Mississippi pay $638,000 in fines for allegedly exposing employees to unsafe working conditions. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the companies in Fulton for 128 alleged violations.

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