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Be Graceful, Safe Around Electricity

April 20, 2010 7:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VoltageVision Power Warning Alerts from Grace Engineered Products (Davenport, IA) provide electricians with electrical safe information while working on de-energized systems. The system is now available in a solid-on model type, which features LEDs to illuminate the presence of voltage.

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Keep Your Fingers Safe

April 20, 2010 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Danray Products LLC (Rockford, IL) introduces its new fan guard safety scale, which checks the openings in fan guards for compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.212(a)(5). The OSHA regulation states that fan blades must be covered with a guard, which may not have openings more than ½”.

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Make Shaft Welding Easy

April 20, 2010 6:58 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

A line of AISI 1018 steel shaft collars from Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (Wilmington, MA) can be machined to facilitate the welding of components such as brackets, cams, lever arms, mounts, pins, and rods. The collars come in one- and two-piece styles that can be further machined to make fixturing easier when creating welded assemblies.

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Sliding Vanes Pump Anything

April 20, 2010 6:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) announces its SMVP Series Sliding Vane Pump, which combines the energy-efficiency of sliding-vane technology with a seal-less magnetic coupling. The SMVP offers zero shaft leakage when dealing with hard-to-seal surfactants, fatty acids and oils, glycerin, additives, and more.

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Gear Reducers In All Shapes And Sizes

April 20, 2010 6:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cleveland Gear Company, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) is broadening its product offerings to a new line of shaft mount reducers and accessories (tapered bushing kits, belt guards, torque arms, motor mounts, and backstop assemblies). The gears are available in eight CGSM sizes (2-9), input horsepower from 1/3 to 125, and output rpm from 4-6 up to 118-125.

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Complaining Lawers: Toyota's $16M Fine A 'Speeding Ticket'

April 20, 2010 4:55 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota agreed on Monday to a record $16.4 million fine for its slow response to sticking gas pedals — the equivalent of a little more than $2 for every vehicle the company sold around the globe in 2009. But the fine, the maximum under the law, could be simply a downpayment in the long run: The Japanese auto giant still faces dozens of private lawsuits, which have been combined before a federal judge in Santa Ana, Calif.

Canadian Enerkem Backs Out On $250M Biofuel Plant

April 20, 2010 4:37 am | by Dennis Seid, AP Writer | News | Comments

PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) — A Canadian company has scaled back its initial plans to build a biofuels plant in Pontotoc County. Enerkem Corp. said last year it would invest $250 million in a new ethanol-producing plant that would create 150 jobs. It also would generate another 300 construction jobs during construction and startup phases.

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Volcano Wreaks Havoc On Automakers, Suppliers

April 20, 2010 4:22 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — BMW AG says it will suspend production for two days at three plants in Germany because of the effects of a ban on flights in much of Europe. BMW spokesman Mathias Schmidt said production would be halted Wednesday and Thursday at plants in Dingolfing, Regensburg and Munich, and that Tuesday's late shift at Dingolfing also is off.

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OSHA Fines Wis. Manufacturer After Explosion Death

April 20, 2010 4:19 am | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal investigators have cited a Columbus packing plant with nearly 30 health and safety violations following a fatal explosion. Fire officials have said sparks from a grinder ignited vapors set at the American Packaging Corp. in October. The grinder's operator, 47-year-old Jeffrey Doxtator, was killed in the ensuing explosion.

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GM To Repay $6.7 Billion Loan Before June

April 20, 2010 4:17 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will fully repay the $6.7 billion loan portion of its U.S. government aid earlier than its previously promised payback date of June, a person briefed on the plans said Monday. GM CEO Ed Whitacre will announce details of the repayment during a visit Wednesday to the company's Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan.

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Harley-Davidson Profits Plummet 71 Percent

April 20, 2010 4:16 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc. said Tuesday its first-quarter profit fell 71 percent as sales of its high-end bikes remained sluggish. Harley-Davidson CEO Keith Wandell said the uncertain economy is likely to make business conditions challenging throughout the year. Still, the Milwaukee company's results beat analysts' forecasts, sending shares climbing in premarket trading.

Control Flow Rate And Efficiency

April 19, 2010 12:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Wilden (Grand Terrace, CA) released its of Pro-Flo X™ HS (hygienic series) stainless steel pumps for sanitary applications in the beverage-manufacturing industry. The pump allows the user to control flow rate and efficiency, and it satisfies a wealth of application requirements.

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Collect And Count Asbestos

April 19, 2010 12:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Casella USA (Amherst, NH) offers a Ulta-Flow sampling pump, designed to collect and count airborne asbestos fibers. Able to collect 6-20 liters of free air per minute for up to five hours, the pump features an asbestos head that holds a gridded membrane for asbestos clearance sampling measurements or personal sampling.

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Put It To The Test

April 19, 2010 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering Inc. (Stamford, CT) released its new DFG41 high accuracy digital force gauge, designed for basic and complex automotive, lab, R&D, and testing applications, as well as handheld or test stand usage. The product features user-selectable units of measure and selectable display languages, and it may be equipped with integral load cells or smart remote sensors for load or torque measurement.

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Getting The Timing Down

April 19, 2010 11:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hytrol (Jonesboro, AR) unveiled its E24™ timing belt transfer, a conveyor accessory that features E24-powered timing belt strands and a pneumatic lift. The timing belt transfer has a modular design, which helps allow for simple system configurations. Its neoprene timing belts are coated with urethane to ensure positive grips when transferring the product, and the drive sheaves come standard with ABEC-1 bearings.

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Get Wired

April 19, 2010 8:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has added a new line of Bryant wiring devices, including locking and straight blade plugs, connectors, and receptacles—available in 15, 20, and 30 amp models. The locking plugs and connectors are constructed with impact- and chemical-resistant nylon, and accept 14 to 8 gauge solid or stranded conductor wires.

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A Whisper Of Compressed Air

April 19, 2010 8:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The WHISPERBLAST from Lechler (St. Charles, IL) is a line of air nozzles that are designed to handle most industrial usage for compressed air, such as drying off parts, blowing dirt or dust off parts, or blowing off rejected items from a conveyor. The standard flat version can be installed with others on a header to create an air curtain, while the standard round version can be used for hand-held applications.

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LEDs Reveal Dark Places

April 19, 2010 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Mfg., Inc (Bluffton, IN) announces the launch of its new Stubby II Cordless LED industrial grade work light, which has eight 1/2-watt side LEDs and comes with a lensed 1-watt LED on the end. The LEDs are rated to 50,000 hours and produce 5000K color light. The 7.

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Bulky Items, Small Aisles

April 19, 2010 8:56 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Crown Equipment Corporation (New Bremen, OH) has introduced the Crown SP 3500 Four-Point Series Stockpicker, which allows user to lift large, bulky, and heavy loads in narrow aisles. The SP 3500 can handle non-standard loads at heights exceeding 30 feet by evenly distributing forces through the mast and power unit.

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Getting Everyone On The Same Project Page

April 19, 2010 7:20 am | Articles | Comments

ASML is the world’s leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, manufacturing complex machines that are critical to the production of integrated circuits or microchips. The company spends an average of €460 million annually on research and development and has more than 3,000 engineers in R&D.

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