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On The Line

April 16, 2010 4:21 am | by John Stauffer, PMP & Senior Project Manager at SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

With increasing pressure from retailers, competition from low-cost manufacturers, and global market expansion, consumer product manufacturers are carefully examining their production processes. They seek to help their operations become leaner, reduce cost and time to market, and ultimately impact the top and bottom line.

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Samsung: 'No Risk' Of Cancer For Manufacturing Workers

April 16, 2010 3:53 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

YONGIN, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said workers at its semiconductor factories face no heightened cancer risk as the world's top maker of memory chips tried to quell health fears following employee illnesses and deaths. South Korea's biggest company is trying to reassure the public after a January lawsuit involving six people who developed leukemia and lymphoma they claim was caused by exposure to radiation and benzene, a carcinogen, in Samsung chip factories.

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Cintas, Widow Reach Settlement In Dryer Death Suit

April 16, 2010 3:52 am | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The widow of a Cintas Corp. worker who died after falling into an industrial dryer in Tulsa has settled her wrongful death lawsuit against the nation's largest uniform supplier, according to federal court records. Thursday's settlement with the Cincinnati-based company came four days before a federal trial was to begin in Tulsa.

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Microsoft Investigates Child Labor In Chinese Supplier

April 16, 2010 3:51 am | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it will investigate reports of poor working conditions at a factory in southern China that makes some of its products. The world's largest software maker was responding to a report from The National Labor Committee, a nonprofit that looks into the treatment of foreign workers by U.

Pratt & Whitney: Don't 'Think Good Thoughts'

April 16, 2010 3:49 am | News | Comments

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney says a federal court judge wrongly emphasized what company executives may have thought rather than what they did in deciding to shift 1,000 jobs out of Connecticut. The East Hartford-based subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

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OSHA Cites Buckhorn For Worker's Death

April 16, 2010 3:47 am | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield plant where a worker was crushed to death inside machinery has been cited for more than a dozen alleged safety violations. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it has found one willful and 15 serious violations at Buckhorn Inc.

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Consortium Supports The Rebirth Of Manufacturing Jobs

April 15, 2010 9:45 am | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing, an industry long known as the most vital to the overall economic strength of North America, is faltering. Without the attention it so desperately deserves, it is in grave danger of continual decline. While financial experts claim the economic situation is entering the recovery stage, industries such as manufacturing are still struggling to gain traction.

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Make Safety 'Number 1,500'

April 15, 2010 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa (Newnan, GA) announces the release of the ProSafe-RS R2.03.00, an enhanced version of the ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System, which includes a new CPU module that is 3.5 to 4 times faster than the previous version. In addition, a new digital output module is included for use with higher voltage devices.

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Getting The Right Torque

April 15, 2010 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lowell Corporation (Worcester, MA) has introduced a new torque wrench kit that gives workers greater flexibility in working with US-style No-HUB couplings up to 60 or 80 lb-in. Each kit comprises of two Lowell T-Torker torque wrenches and three hex sockets (1/4”, 5/16”, and 3/8”), with one wrench preset to 60 lbs.

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Actuate Higher Reliability

April 15, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hayward Flow Control Systems (Clemmons, NC) offers a new line of CE- and CSA-Approved reversing, quarter-turn actuators, designed for use with all ball and butterfly valves up to 24” in size and torque outputs from 300-13,500 in. lbs. The EPM actuators include a modular design that utilize US-manufactured modular PC boards to eliminate 90 percent of internal wiring for higher quality, reliability, and easier maintenance.

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Ford Pushing Gasoline Vehicles Off The Road

April 15, 2010 4:59 am | Articles | Comments

The Transit Connect Electric is Ford’s first all-electric vehicle, but the company insists its just the first of four new vehicles arriving in the near future that will dart around the city without a single puff of exhaust. The Transit Connect is meant to replace gasoline-driven fleet vehicles with a top speed of 75 mph and a range of 80 miles.

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Anti-Bacterial Soaps Kill More Than Bacteria

April 15, 2010 4:52 am | Articles | Comments

It’s a chemical you find in most soaps, anti-bacterial products, and even toothpaste: triclosan. While it’s been given a pass by the FDA as safe for humans, some organizations, such as the National Resource Defense Council, think it’s hazardous. Studies on animals have shown a tendency for triclosan to affect thyroid and sex hormones, which can lead to behavioral changes and learning abnormalities.

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A Tribute To LEGO

April 15, 2010 4:50 am | Articles | Comments

I admit — this one is a little out there. But I know many of us grew up with LEGO, and for many, they occupy a special place in our memories. This short film pays tribute to the big — and small — ideas that come from building something with our two hands. Without getting too sappy, all I can say is just watch.

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Is China Changing U.S. Business?

April 15, 2010 4:50 am | Articles | Comments

The fish fillet on your dinner plate tonight might have traveled some 14,000 miles before arriving at the supermarket. Hard to believe? With China’s penchant for cheap labor and highly-subsidized industrial segments, it’s cheaper for many seafood companies to send their Alaskan catches there before returning to U.

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Reid Supply Expands Through Web-Based Efforts

April 14, 2010 10:18 am | News | Comments

Muskegon, Michigan — Reid Supply Company, a Michigan-based global distributor of industrial supplies, announced the launch of more than 8,000 packaging and shipping products to its tens-of-thousands of industrial products inventory. It was a common sense decision to offer our customers packaging and shipping supplies ,” says Greg Palmer, Director of Marketing at Reid Supply.

Hugo Boss Workers Rally To Save Jobs

April 14, 2010 9:57 am | Articles | Comments

Apri 14, 2010 Actor Danny Glover and hundreds of Hugo Boss workers rallied outside of the German clothing manufacturer’s Brooklyn, Ohio facility Wednesday in an effort to gain support for keeping the plant open. In December, Hugo Boss announced its plans to close the Brooklyn plant and move jobs and manufacturing out of the country.

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Toyota's Safety Woes Grow

April 14, 2010 9:26 am | Articles | Comments

Toyota just can’t catch a break. The Lexus GX460 SUV recent received a “Don’t Buy” rating from Consumer Reports due to a quirk in the electronic stability control that allows the car to slide sideways when taking a turn at speed. Toyota has learned it’s lesson, however, and quickly moved to halt sales, provide buyers with loaner cars, and increase internal testing to fix the issue.

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Bunnies Die By Incandescence

April 14, 2010 9:25 am | Articles | Comments

We all know that incandescent bulbs are a “thing of the past” with their electricity-hogging ways. But because they’re usually up in our ceilings, we forget about all the heat they produce, too. For 90 minutes, heat is all this unfortunate chocolate bunny can think about. And it should get you thinking about the possibility of LED technology in your plant.

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Can The Lithium-Ion Battery Save Detroit?

April 14, 2010 9:20 am | Articles | Comments

A panel of experts on the battery technology discuss the emerging market for electric-powered vehicles on the road. Up until now, American battery manufacturing has been nonexistent, meaning that Asian companies like Sanyo have taken in all the profits. As Ann Marie Sastry, CEO of Satki3, says, battery manufacturing is in a “dead sprint” toward stealing back market share, and it’s going to change the landscape of American automaking forever.

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Wal-Mart's Green Balancing Act

April 14, 2010 9:04 am | Articles | Comments

Wal-Mart has long been seen as an opponent to organic food and sustainability efforts, but Lee Scott, chairman of the company, disagrees entirely in an interview with John Huey, Editor-In-Chief of Time Inc. Scott says that there is no conflict between sustainability and low cost — as most consumers believe — and goes as far as to say that the two are “totally aligned.

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