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Coloring Supplier Ramps Up Safety Efforts

November 3, 2009 10:02 am | Articles | Comments

Founded in 1865 in New York City as a manufacturer of burnt sugars for the brewing industry, D.D. Williamson & Co., Inc, has grown to become the world’s leading supplier of caramel coloring and natural coloring for use in food production. Now headquartered in Louisville, KY, D.D. Williamson has nine operations on five continents that produce food colorings that are used in 1.

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TFT Panels For Your Interfaces

November 3, 2009 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect’s (Cumming, GA) line of C-more operator interfaces now includes two new 6” TFT color panels with LED backlights. Both panels are NEMA 4/4Z, IP65 compliant when mounted correctly for indoor use. Individual features of the two models include: EA7-T6CL-R: 320x240 resolution QVGA display supporting 65,536 colors.

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Dust-Eliminating Conveyor

November 3, 2009 9:43 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The new MARTIN Carryback Capture System from Martin Engineering (Neponset, IL) is a scavenger conveyor system that transfers belt cleaning residue back into the material stream, avoiding cleanup labor and injuries. The design helps prevent material accumulation that can impede conveyor components and increase system downtime.

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Catalogs In The Third Dimension

November 3, 2009 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

PARTsolutions (Milford, OH) has expanded its partnership with Hamilton Caster to supply and embed its 3D cataloguing software directly to the Hamilton website. When Hamilton wanted to make CAD a more integral part of its customers’ product selection, PARTsolutions offered their software, which can help automate the process of creating, migrating, and translating 3D content.

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Labeling Is OK

November 3, 2009 9:40 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Brady Worldwide, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) is releasing its new 5S Marking Supplies, designed to help lean manufacturers organize their workplace, control space usage, and manage inventory. According to the company, its marking tools can help a company improve workflow and reduce downtime by giving every tool a clearly designated location.

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Keep Collisions At Bay

November 3, 2009 5:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aptos Industries Inc. (Aptos, CA) is introducing a new model of the Rolls Up Door Guard to supplement the RUDG1, which fits doors with minimum dimensions of 10’ x 14’. The new model—the RUDG2—fit smaller doors, down to a height of only eight feet.

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Nokia Siemens To Slash 5,700 Jobs

November 3, 2009 3:37 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Siemens Networks said Tuesday it will lay off up to 5,700 workers globally as part of a move to cut annual costs by euro500 million ($740 million). The mobile network equipment maker — a joint venture between Finland's Nokia Corp. and Siemens AG of Germany — said it will reduce its five business units to three by January, and strengthen its business through partnerships and acquisitions.

Toyota Finds No Fault In Deadly Floormat Recall

November 3, 2009 3:31 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its vehicles are not at risk of accelerating out of control unless the driver's side floor mat is improperly installed or is not meant for that vehicle. The Japanese automaker said the conclusion is the result of a U.S. government investigation into unintended acceleration of some Lexus vehicles.

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Stanley Works Sees Green In Black & Decker Takeover

November 3, 2009 3:18 am | by Ashley M. Heher, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Tool makers Stanley Works and Black & Decker Corp. are betting that together they can wring out more profit and better position themselves for a housing market recovery than they could apart. Battered by the housing slump and economic recession, two of the industry's most iconic brands are now merging.

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GM To Use $2.8b Bailout Cash To Buy Ailing Delphi

November 3, 2009 3:11 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors says it has received permission to use $2.8 billion of its government aid to help buy part of troubled auto parts supplier Delphi Corp., the automaker's former parts division. The Detroit automaker said in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the Treasury Department granted the release of $1.

Retailers Drop Mich. Blueberry Grower For Child Labor

November 3, 2009 3:10 am | News | Comments

JAMES PRICHARD Associated Press Writer — November 3, 2009 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Wal-Mart and two other top retailers said Friday they are suspending business with a large southwestern Michigan blueberry grower after investigators found children as young as 6 working in the grower's fields.

What A Piece Of Junk

November 2, 2009 11:13 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Professionally, I’ve always considered myself a fairly progressive and forward-looking individual. Not the smoke and mirrors forward-looking that you can find at the bottom of nine out of 10 “news stories” that cross the wires, but the type that looks at something new and either sees value or, I see it as a potentially never-ending crevasse into which we will always be able to dive, but no amount of money will ever cushion the fall.

Boeing Backers Push Obama On Tanker 'Inequity'

November 2, 2009 11:10 am | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers who support Boeing ( NYSE:BA ) in its bid for a $35 billion tanker contract want President Barack Obama to force the Air Force to include a recent World Trade Organization ruling against Airbus in its decision. The WTO in September issued an interim ruling that found Airbus received illegal launch aid from European governments to build its aircraft.

Acetylene Tank Explosion Rocks Mich. Town

November 2, 2009 10:26 am | by David N. Goodman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Multiple explosions rocked a Michigan welding supply plant after an acetylene tank burst into flames on Monday, sending an employee to the hospital and prompting many homes and businesses to evacuate, authorities said. An employee at the plant in Marysville, about 50 miles northeast of Detroit, was removing a valve from the tank when it exploded, said the town's police chief, Tim Buelow.

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Enterprise Process Monitoring For Winemakers

November 2, 2009 8:53 am | Articles | Comments

“Bronco Winery is passionate about producing its wines with a consistent color, flavor, and mouth-feel,” says John Franzia, a co-owner in the California-based Bronco Wine Company. The metrics are staggering. Their top brand—Charles Shaw—sells for $2 in California.

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Map Out Your Failures

November 2, 2009 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new book from Industrial Press titled Failure Mapping , offers techniques on how to enhance company effectiveness through failure maps that describe past failures accurately and succinctly. The book has been written specifically for professionals working in all levels of maintenance, including managers, engineers, and consultants.

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High-Pressure Pipe Cleaners

November 2, 2009 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Two new Typhoon 10 rotating water jet nozzles from NLB Corp. clean pipes as small as 5/8” in diameter. The 24-10 is ideal for applications requiring water pressure of up to 24,000 psi, while the Typhoon 15-10 is for pressures up to 15,000 psi. These self-propelling nozzles rotate at up to 7,000 rpm with a maximum flow of 10 gpm.

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Truly Mobile Cleaning

November 2, 2009 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hosty (Camas, WA) introduces the Trail Blazer mobile cleaning trailer for on-site or in the field cleaning. The Trail Blazer is a rugged single axle trailer unit with a 200-gallon water tank. Users can select from over 10 gas-powered pressure washers, ranging from 3 to 5.

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Harness The Power Of Water

November 2, 2009 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Guardair Corporation (Chicopee, MA) have announced the addition of two new sizes to their HydroForce Power Wash Gun family: 1/2” and 3/8”. The HydroForce combines compressed air and water, resulting in an air/water jet stream perfect for heavy-duty cleaning. The power washer is designed to operate on compressed air supplied by either an in-plant or 185 tow-behind compressor, and standard municipal utility water.

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E.Coli Death Prompts 546,000 Pound Recall

November 2, 2009 4:11 am | News | Comments

ASHVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York meat company has recalled almost 546,000 pounds of ground beef because, according to health officials, contaminated meat has caused illness and one death. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday the meat sold by Ashville, N.Y.-based Fairbank Farms was linked to cases of E.

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