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When Concrete Isn't Dense Enough

July 8, 2010 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The LIQUID-HARD ULTRA lithium concrete densifier and chemical hardener from W.R. Meadows (Hampshire, IL) is a ready-to-use, colorless liquid, which dustproofs concrete at a molecular level, according to the company. The finished surface offers an improvement in abrasion and chemical resistance and will improve the durability the surface compared to untreated concrete.

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Vibration Recording In High-Definition

July 8, 2010 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

LUDECA, INC. (Doral, FL) introduces VIBXPERT //, the latest addition to the PRUEFTECHNIK family of portable route-based vibration data collectors. The VIBXPERT // combines the advantages of a rapid processor with a brilliant energy-efficient color VGA display, plus a rugged and lightweight construction.

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A Small Town's Big Cheese

July 8, 2010 4:15 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

With over 100 years of experience and a commitment to local dairy production, Westby Cooperative Creamery has kept one foot planted in the traditions of the past and a keen eye on the future. A small, Midwestern town, Westby, Wisconsin covers just over two square miles, and a sign at the edge of town announces, “Population: 2,045.

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Apple's Other Co-Founder

July 7, 2010 10:43 am | Articles | Comments

Did you know there was a third co-founder of Apple? Just a mere 11 days after he helped form the company with fellow co-counders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Ron Wayne sold his 10-percent share in the company for $800. If he had only known what the future held for Apple, Wayne's share of the company would be worth about $20 billion today.

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Use A 'Bat Hook' To Steal Power

July 7, 2010 7:29 am | Articles | Comments

You're out in the middle of nowhere, with no outlet in sight, but you need a little juice to power a gadget or two. What used to be an impossible sitation is now a reality thanks to the engineers at the U.S. Air Force, who developed a "bat hook" that can be tossed over nearby power lines. A small razor blade cuts through the insulation and completes the circuit, which brings electricity down to the user.

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Homemade Fusion Power

July 7, 2010 6:44 am | Articles | Comments

According to almost any physicist you ask, creating a fusion reaction that will output more energy than it consumes — not unlike our sun — is well beyond our scientific reach at the moment. Just don't say that to Mark Supez. He's spent $37,000 of his own money, and two years of his time, to build a miniature fusion reactor that gets us a little closer to the energy "holy grail.

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Can The Grid Handle Electrics?

July 7, 2010 6:44 am | Articles | Comments

With more electric cars coming to the market, one has to ask: will the grid be able to handle the extra load? Experts say that charging an electric car draws the same amount of energy as half the average house, which means that as few as three Teslas or Nissan Leafs on one block could overload a nearby transformer.

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Engineering Fatter Consumers

July 7, 2010 6:43 am | Articles | Comments

Have you ever wondered why certain foods are just so edible? Let's be honest — if you're like most people, you just keep on eating instead. And that's exactly what the food industry wants you to do. The Today Show takes a look at food engineering and the effects that some foods may have on consumers’ brains.

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Solar Plane Takes First 24-Hour Flight

July 7, 2010 4:44 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — An experimental solar-powered plane whose makers hope to one day circle the globe using only energy collected from the sun took off for its first 24-hour test flight Wednesday. The plane with its 262.5-foot (80-meter) wingspan left Payerne airfield in Switzerland shortly before 7 a.

EPA Hopes To Tighten Bush-Era Pollution Restrictions

July 7, 2010 4:42 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing a new rule to tighten restrictions on pollution from coal-burning power plants in the eastern half of the country, a key step to cut emissions that cause smog. The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the new rule represented its most consequential effort yet to tackle deadly pollution that contributes to smog and soot that hangs over more than half the country.

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FDA Approves First In-Eye Telescope

July 7, 2010 4:39 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have approved a first-of-its-kind technology to counter a leading cause of blindness in older adults — a tiny telescope implanted inside the eye. The Implantable Miniature Telescope aims to help in the end stages of incurable age-related macular degeneration, a creeping loss of central vision that blocks reading, watching TV, eventually even recognizing faces.

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Toyota Learns To Take Its Time With New Vehicles

July 7, 2010 4:38 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is extending the time it takes to develop new vehicles by about four weeks for more quality checks in the wake of its massive safety-related recalls, a top executive said Wednesday. Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada said the company has learned a lot from its recalls of more than 8.

Executives Charged For Running Bankrupt Company

July 7, 2010 4:32 am | News | Comments

SALEM, S.D. (AP) — Two men at the helm of Salem's largest employer when it collapsed into bankruptcy now face criminal charges. Randy Bauer, 52, of Appleton, Wis., and Jason Ollerich, 37, of Sioux Falls, each are charged with four counts of theft by deception, Attorney General Marty Jackley said.

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Researchers Discover Cheaper Adhesive By Accident

July 7, 2010 4:29 am | by Greg Bolt, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Researchers at Oregon State University appear to have landed themselves in a sticky business thanks to a discovery made entirely by accident. The researchers, led by wood science Professor Kaichang Li, recently stumbled on a new form of adhesive that they say is just as good as those currently used in various tapes, stick-on notes and stamps.

Clean Parts Faster

July 6, 2010 6:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The five-gallon Oil Eater Table-Top Parts Cleaner from Kafko International Ltd. (Skokie, IL) makes the cleaning of greasy parts faster, easier, and safer, according to the company. The water-soluable Oil Eater solution flows through the integral cleaning brush, allowing for an easier clean-up.

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Step Up Your Monitoring

July 6, 2010 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Union Process, Inc. (Akron OH) is now offering an optional data acquisition package to provide customers with real-time data for monitoring conditions in the manufacturing facility, as well as improving quality control and making test comparisons easier. The software package is designed to interface with the Baldor VS1SP variable frequency drive, and enables customers to monitor the following parameters: Voltage to the motor.

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Ventilate And Perforate Easily

July 6, 2010 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schober USA (Fairfield, OH) announces five VentPerf-Hot systems for the online or offline micro-perforation of film and other specialty materials. According to the company, the VentPerf-Hot systems are ideal for packaging or ventilation applications, with a system to fit any need.

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Polyurethane Coatings For Tough Environments

July 6, 2010 6:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sherwin-Williams (Cleveland, OH) introduces Polysiloxane 1K, a single-component polysiloxane finish coat that provides weathering and chemical resistance like other polyurethanes. The 1K coat also has long-term color and gloss retention, extending the system’s life cycle in harsh environments, making it an ideal steel coating choice for maintenance in industrial environments.

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The Tax Downfall

July 6, 2010 5:40 am | by by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Photo via flickr user alancleaver_2000 . The economic recovery may be in full swing, but many manufacturers are still struggling and some federal tax policies have the potential to send these manufacturers to the soup line. Of the manufacturers in the U.S., approximately 70 percent are mid-size to small manufacturers.

So Boring It Must Be Important

July 6, 2010 5:39 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

As we do our planning for the content of each print issue of  IMPO , as well as the overall strategy for www.impomag.com  and our daily e-newsletter, we’re faced with three primary marching orders. Keep it interesting. Keep in pertinent. Address the readers' critical issues.

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