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Squeaky-Clean Doors

November 16, 2009 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new FasTrax Clean high-performance door from Rite-Hite Doors, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) has been designed to withstand the rigors of harsh washdown environments while allowing users to maintain the highest levels of cleanliness. The door’s design minimizes areas where unwanted materials can be trapped, making it USDA- and FDA-compliant.

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Asphalt Manufacturer Gets Rapid-Response Safety Upgrade

November 16, 2009 6:36 am | Articles | Comments

When the crux of your business revolves around 20-hour days spent loading and unloading asphalt into and out of trucks, safety is a primary concern. And when you’re relying on 20-year-old shop-built loading racks for these crucial functions, it’s probably time for an upgrade. That was the reality for Premier Modified Asphalt (formerly known as Premier Emulsions), a Phoenix, AZ-based asphalt-emulsion and asphalt-rubber manufacturer.

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Durable Electronic Cutters

November 16, 2009 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Techni-Tool (Worcester, PA) announces the Tec-Cut Infinity Elite fine electronics pliers and cutters. The six new micro-cutter models can cut electronic wires from 18 to 20 AWG, and have a micro-sized head for fitting into tight spaces. Cutter heads are available in oval and tapered styles, with a choice of semi-flush, flush, and full-flush cuts.

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Get The Green Light On Alignment

November 16, 2009 6:17 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Seiffert Industrial (Richardson, TX) now offers the RollCheck Green , a visual tool used to speed up parallel roll alignment checks using the latest in green laser technology. Reflected beam technology provides an accurate, fast, and simple way to measure and correct vertical angle (pitch) and horizontal angle (parallelism) between the rolls.

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Safe Chemical Dispensing

November 16, 2009 6:17 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The 100 percent metal-free DrumQuik PUR chemical dispensing system from Colder Products Company (St. Paul, MN) provides safe and economic extraction of high-purity chemicals from drums, jerry cans, and intermediate bulk containers. The system is composed of two components: a PVDF coupler and a HDPE drum insert assembly, which contains a bung closure and dip-tube.

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When ‘Frames Per Second’ Aren’t Enough

November 16, 2009 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus (Waltham, MA) introduces the new i -SPEED LT, i -SPEED TR, and i -SPEED FS high-speed video cameras. The FS model is designed with a highly accurate IRIG-B time synchronization (sub 5 microseconds) and time stamping, a global shutter speed to 0.2 microseconds, and a top frame speed of 1,000,000 frames per second.

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October Retail Beats Expectations Through Autos

November 16, 2009 4:03 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales rose more than expected in October, but the gain largely reflected a big rebound in auto sales. Sales fell at many other retail stores as consumer spending remains under pressure, raising questions about the durability of the recovery. The Commerce Department said Monday that retail sales rose 1.

Pfizer Gets Eminent Domain, Does Nothing With Land

November 16, 2009 3:54 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — After drug giant Pfizer Inc. ( NYSE:PFE ) announced that it was opening a new research center here, city officials aggressively moved to acquire surrounding land for an economic development project — triggering an epic fight over eminent domain that reached the U.

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Gen Xers The New Workplace 'Curmudgeons'

November 16, 2009 3:47 am | by Martha Irvine, AP National Writer | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — They're antsy and edgy, tired of waiting for promotion opportunities at work as their elders put off retirement. A good number of them are just waiting for the economy to pick up so they can hop to the next job, find something more fulfilling and get what they think they deserve.

Mass. Struggles Turning Green Tech Into Green Jobs

November 16, 2009 3:36 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — In June, lithium-ion battery maker Boston-Power Inc. unveiled plans for a new manufacturing plant in Auburn that it said would employ 600 workers — a big gain in the state's drive for green jobs. Five months later, the Westborough-based company has scrapped its plans and is scoping out sites in China and other parts of Asia.

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GE Teams With China To Battle Boeing, Airbus

November 16, 2009 3:26 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric's ( NYSE:GE ) aviation unit is teaming with Aviation Industry Corp. of China to develop and market electronic systems for commercial aircraft customers, including the C919 narrow-body aircraft that China hopes will compete with jets made by industry giants Boeing ( NYSE:BA ) and Airbus.

GM Spins $1.2B Loss Into Positive Outlook

November 16, 2009 3:14 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. says it lost $1.2 billion from the time it left bankruptcy protection through Sept. 30, far better than it has reported in previous quarters and a sign that the auto giant is starting to turn around its business. The company also says it will begin repaying $6.

Getting More Than Satisfaction From Your Relationships

November 13, 2009 8:49 am | by Andy Kaiser, Yaskawa | Articles | Comments

I want to ask you to look at a widely accepted business relationship from a little different perspective. As a decision-maker, you are constantly interfacing with numerous vendors who are requesting your time, attention, consideration, and ultimately, a purchase order.  Eventually, you must make decisions regarding the best possible value regarding equipment and services required to either expand or maintain operations at your facility.

Lift Trucks Keep Ben & Jerry's Churning

November 13, 2009 8:44 am | by Susan Comfort, Product Manager of Class II Lift Trucks, The Raymond Corporation | Articles | Comments

Americans love ice cream. Over the last 10 years, total production of ice cream and related frozen deserts has been over 1.5 billion gallons, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This high demand led ice cream manufacturer Ben & Jerry’s, maker of popular, quirky flavors like Cherry Garcia and Phish Food, to reevaluate its operations.

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Nano Manometer

November 13, 2009 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MP100 from E-Instruments (Langhorne, PA) is a compact and rugged manometer for the HVAC professional. The meter includes leak test procedures and air velocity with density compensation. A large backlit LCD display helps readability in either light or dark environments.

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The UPS With Smarts

November 13, 2009 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite (Chicago, IL) has a new high-wattage 2200VA SmartPro UPS system, which protects mission-critical equipment. The system provides 2200VA/1920W capacity for loads in just 2U of rack space and offers high-efficiency operation. Additional features include: Eight outlets with three separately breakered, individually-controllable load banks to support remote reboot or automated load shedding.

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Jetting With Precision

November 13, 2009 5:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson ASYMTEK (Carlsbad, CA) introduces the CPJ+ (Calibrated Process Jetting Plus), which reduces process variability to maintain a constant Takt time by ensuring consistent flow rates. Using the proprietary Fluidmove software for Windows XP, the CPJ+ automatically compensates for fluid viscosity changes over time and batch-to-batch variations.

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Keep The Cold Air Movin'

November 13, 2009 5:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

MovinCool (Long Beach, CA) now offers the CM25 self-contained, ceiling-mounted air conditioner with a total capacity of 25,000 Btu/h. The compact CM25 was designed for server rooms with its 20” height, build-in mounting bracket, and vibration isolators. A variable-speed inverter compressor and inverter fan motor gives the CM25 a 14 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio).

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FDA Challenges Makers Of Alcoholic Energy Drinks

November 13, 2009 5:03 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is challenging makers of alcohol-infused energy drinks to prove their beverages are safe, citing complaints that the products can cause dangerous behavior and injury. The FDA issued a letter to 30 beverage manufacturers, saying they have 30 days to show evidence that the combination of caffeine and alcohol is safe.

Tenn. Home To New 'Solar Way' And $1.2B Plant

November 13, 2009 3:50 am | News | Comments

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. and Tennessee officials on Thursday broke ground on a $1.2 billion plant and renamed the road leading to the sprawling facility "Solar Way." The plant will produce polysilicon, a raw material used to make solar cells and semiconductor devices.

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