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Show Off Your Data

April 7, 2010 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DXAdvanced R4 data acquisition and display station from Yokogawa (Newnan, GA) now features standard high capacity memory and a new option for pharmaceutical applications. The Advanced Security option delivers full compliance with FDA regulation 21 CFR Part 11, and is completmented with a multi-batch option.

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Geithner To Visit China Over Currency Control Debate

April 7, 2010 4:56 am | by Aijaz Ansari, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MUMBAI, India (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will visit Beijing for talks with a Chinese vice premier for economic affairs on Thursday, Geithner's spokesman said, in a sign the two sides are moving toward settling a dispute over China's currency controls. Geithner will meet with Vice Premier Wang Qishan, spokesman Andrew Williams said Wednesday, as the Treasury secretary ended a two-day visit to India.

China Threatens Shutdowns For Cadmium-Laced Products

April 7, 2010 4:42 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Product safety officials in China are investigating jewelry makers and warning them against using cadmium after high levels of the cancer-causing metal were found in Chinese-made children's trinkets sold in the United States. Product safety watchdogs in several Chinese cities have told jewelry manufacturers they will be shut down if their products are found to contain cadmium, though none reached Wednesday would say whether they had found any cadmium products or closed any factories.

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Eliminating Moisture In Electrical Cabinets

April 7, 2010 4:35 am | by David J.Connaughton, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Filtration and Separation Division | Articles | Comments

Moisture in electrical cabinets, control panels and motor compartments can affect plant efficiency and product quality, leading to significant downtime and expensive repairs. This is especially critical in food processing industries, since moisture can lead to mold and/or bacterial growth and create regulatory concerns.

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Firefighters Save Iowa Manufacturing Plant

April 7, 2010 4:28 am | News | Comments

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say quick action by firefighters prevented a disaster at a Fort Madison company. Crews managed to contain the fire to the room where it started early Tuesday at the Gregory Design and Manufacturing plant. The company designs and produces flat and automotive glass racks.

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Toyota Warned EU Regulators Of Defects Before U.S.

April 7, 2010 4:27 am | by Ken Thomas and Larry Margasak, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before Toyota told U.S. regulators about sticking accelerator pedals, the Japanese automaker warned its distributors throughout Europe about similar problems, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. Concerns about sticking gas pedals and complaints from Toyota owners in the U.

Mitsubishi Plans Arkansas Wind Turbine Plant

April 7, 2010 4:26 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Mitsubishi said Tuesday it is aiming to produce wind turbines in Arkansas by next year at a new $100 million plant, a facility that signals the company is seeking to regain its U.S. customers. Company executives gathered with state and local officials to mark Mitsubishi's decision to build the plant, which will employ at least 400 people and help stem the tide of manufacturing jobs that have left the Fort Smith area.

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Officials: Upper Big Branch Mine Took Safety Second

April 7, 2010 4:18 am | by Tim Huber, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

JULIAN, W.Va. (AP) — The coal mine rocked by an explosion that killed at least 25 workers in the nation's deadliest mining disaster since 1984 had been cited for 600 violations in less than a year and a half, some of them for not properly ventilating methane — the highly combustible gas suspected in the blast.

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V-Vehicle Plans Second Bid At $320 Million Loan

April 6, 2010 10:26 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — V-Vehicle Co., a startup automaker planning to build its vehicle in northeastern Louisiana, will apply again for $321.1 million in government loans, but must come up with another $100 million in private investment and credit to satisfy federal concerns, the acting company head said Tuesday.

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What We Can Learn From Toyota

April 6, 2010 10:08 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Toyota taught us how to build a successful lean production system, and now it’s teaching manufacturers what to do — or what NOT to do — when faced with massive recalls. Manufacturing.net sat down with Ron Atkinson, past president of the American Society for Quality and long-time auto manufacturing expert to discuss what we can learn from Toyota’s problems.

The Arm Strength You Always Wanted

April 6, 2010 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Positech Corporation (Laurens, IA) has redesigned its ReactionArm industrial manipulator under the Positech brand name. The ReactionArm is a pneumatic torque reaction arm that absorbs shock, torsional forces, and impact forces from power tools — this helps reduce carpal tunnel injury and cumulative trauma disorders.

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Get Bent — It's A Good Thing

April 6, 2010 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Compact Spiral hose from Parker Hannifin Corporation (Wickliffe, OH) offers 5,000 and 6,000 psi performance in a compact design. The hoses are available in a variety of sizes. The inner tube within the hoses allows for ½ the bend radius and a 30 percent smaller O.

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A Plant With No Wires

April 6, 2010 9:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

SKF (San Diego, CA) offers its Multilog On-Line System WMx, which is a battery-powered, eight-channel monitoring device that communicates acceleration, displacement, temperature, and bearing condition data using industry standard 802.11b/g wireless networking. The WMx automatically uploads data for viewing, alarm evaluation, and analysis to the SKF @ptitude software.

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Give Your Pumps A Boost

April 6, 2010 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Best Controls (Clearwater, FL) introduces the PC 4000 Controller, which is a dedicated product for pressure control applications using variable frequency drives (VFDs). Typical applications include booster pump controls. Other features include: A 1 to 4 pump configuration with P.

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Renault, Nissan Unveil Research Alliance With Daimler AG

April 6, 2010 5:33 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. will unveil a parts-sharing and research alliance with German automaker Daimler AG on Wednesday, officials said. The carmakers will hold a joint news conference in Brussels to present the partnership, which will also see the companies exchange small stakes of around 3 percent, two officials close to Renault told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Metals USA Hopes To Raise $200 Million In IPO

April 6, 2010 5:09 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Metal processor Metals USA Holdings Corp. wants to raise about $200 million in an initial public offering this week. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., company is being taken public by private equity firm Apollo Management LP, which owns more than 90 percent of the company. After the IPO, Apollo would own more than 60 percent of Metals USA.

Bearing Replacement, Made Easy

April 6, 2010 4:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

ATI Performance Products (Baltimore, MD) has released a full CNC-machined aluminum adapter that replaces the seal you have to remove when repacking wheel bearings. Because the housing can be removed with only your fingertips, the #150006 part helps reduce the otherwise time-consuming task of removing pressed-in wheel bearing seals.

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Boston Scientific Guilty Of Fraud, Hit With $296M Fine

April 6, 2010 4:52 am | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Boston Scientific Corp.'s Guidant LLC division pleaded guilty Monday to two federal misdemeanor counts alleging it failed to properly disclose changes made to some implantable heart devices. The deal calls for Guidant to pay more than $296 million, which federal prosecutors called the largest criminal penalty ever assessed against a medical device company.

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Green Ideas In Motion

April 6, 2010 4:46 am | Articles | Comments

It started as a modest dream among three friends. Recently, the vision became reality with the opening of Green Planet Farms—a $40 million, 195,000 square-foot soy protein isolate (SPI) manufacturing facility in South Sioux City, Neb. As an ingredient manufacturer, Green Planet Farms’ main focus is to serve organic and non-genetically modified protein isolates to food and beverage producers worldwide.

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Carbon Motors Hiring 1,500 In Eastern Indiana

April 6, 2010 4:44 am | News | Comments

CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Hundreds of people attended information sessions to learn about possible jobs at a startup company planning to build high-tech police cars in eastern Indiana. Carbon Motors is awaiting approval of a $310 million federal loan before it starts hiring potentially 1,500 workers for the Connersville factory.

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