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LEDs Reveal Dark Places

April 19, 2010 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Mfg., Inc (Bluffton, IN) announces the launch of its new Stubby II Cordless LED industrial grade work light, which has eight 1/2-watt side LEDs and comes with a lensed 1-watt LED on the end. The LEDs are rated to 50,000 hours and produce 5000K color light. The 7.

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Bulky Items, Small Aisles

April 19, 2010 8:56 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Crown Equipment Corporation (New Bremen, OH) has introduced the Crown SP 3500 Four-Point Series Stockpicker, which allows user to lift large, bulky, and heavy loads in narrow aisles. The SP 3500 can handle non-standard loads at heights exceeding 30 feet by evenly distributing forces through the mast and power unit.

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Getting Everyone On The Same Project Page

April 19, 2010 7:20 am | Articles | Comments

ASML is the world’s leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, manufacturing complex machines that are critical to the production of integrated circuits or microchips. The company spends an average of €460 million annually on research and development and has more than 3,000 engineers in R&D.

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Tesla Takes On Chevrolet, Nissan

April 19, 2010 6:43 am | Articles | Comments

Tesla is forging ahead with their mass-market electric sedan, the Model S, priced at about $50,000 after rebates. The car, which will be released to the market in 2012, is designed to be attractive enough that consumers will not care what's under the hood, or that it runs on just a hum. But with cheaper alternatives from the likes of Chevrolet and Nissan, the higher sticker price could sway consumers away from the Tesla.

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Where No Excavator Has Gone Before

April 19, 2010 6:37 am | Articles | Comments

If you put a man in a big machine, like this excavator, chances are at some point he'll try to do some crazy stunt with it. The people at Liebherr are no different. To prove the strength of their hydraulic system, they put this excavator to the ultimate test: a vertical climb. It's hard to explain here, so direct yourself toward the videos to see for yourself.

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We Are Under Attack

April 19, 2010 5:35 am | by Mike Rainone, co-founder, PCDworks | Articles | Comments

Our only salvation is to out-innovate the rest of the world. In March, I spoke at the World's Best Technology (WBT) conference in Arlington, TX, addressing a large venue of venture capitalists and other parties interested in my company’s new wastewater treatment system, the Water Phoenix.

Manufacturing’s Old Age Problem

April 19, 2010 5:32 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I thought I knew what a deadline was in college, but when I was miraculously able to translate my English literature degree into a full-time writing job, I learned what this really meant. When someone is paying you to do something, you get it done—plain and simple. What this occasionally means for me are long nights, early mornings, and a rare summer Saturday spent getting laptop burns on my legs instead of sunburns.

Eliminate Compressed Air Waste

April 19, 2010 5:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

EXAIR (Cincinnati, OH) introduces the new Summing Remote Display for the Digital Flowmeter, making it easy to monitor compressed air consumption from a convenient location. With the push of a button, the display cycles to show the current air consumption, usage for the previous 24 hours, and total cumulative usage.

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Hydrogen Still An Automotive Frontrunner

April 19, 2010 4:36 am | by Arthur Max, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Hydrogen, one of Earth's most abundant elements, once was seen as green energy's answer to the petroleum-driven car: easy to produce, available everywhere and nonpolluting when burned. Hydrogen energy was defeated by a mountain of obstacles — the fear of explosion by the highly flammable gas, the difficulty of carrying the fuel in large, heavy tanks in the vehicle, and the lack of a refueling network.

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Geely Considers Shanghai For Volvo Headquarters

April 19, 2010 4:28 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Co. may locate the China headquarters and factory for Volvo Cars in Shanghai once its takeover of the Swedish company is finalized, an official said Monday. The plan, reported in the state-controlled newspaper Economic Observer, calls for Volvo to set up its headquarters in the Shanghai suburb of Jiading, home to Volkswagen AG's joint venture with local carmaker Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corp.

Toyota To Pay Record $16 Million Fine

April 19, 2010 4:13 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says Toyota has agreed to pay a record $16.4 million fine for failing to properly notify federal authorities about a dangerous pedal defect. The fine is the largest-ever penalty paid by an automaker to the U.S. government. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says that by failing to report safety problems, Toyota put consumers at risk.

Woman Dies In Victaulic Plant Fire

April 19, 2010 4:12 am | News | Comments

ALBURTIS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania say one of the two people injured in a fire at a pipe manufacturing plant has died. Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim says 37-year-old Bridgette Geist of Walnutport died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. An autopsy Friday concluded that her death was accidental.

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Main Street: The Recession Is Over? Yeah, Right

April 19, 2010 4:08 am | by Meghan Barr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TWINSBURG, Ohio (AP) — The clerk at the candy shop does not want to cry. She is determinedly cheerful, a professional smiler, dressed head to toe in bright turquoise. But standing next to a display of plastic-wrapped candles and teddy bears, her face crumples at the most basic of questions: Are you doing OK? "I'm sorry," she says, wiping her eyes with a shirt sleeve, her voice a shaky whisper.

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Microsoft: Supplier Broke Labor Laws For Teenage Workers

April 19, 2010 4:07 am | by William Foreman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Two factories that make Microsoft Corp. products in southern China violated overtime regulations and failed to properly register the use of workers aged 16 to 18, officials said Monday. The problems at the plants in the city of Dongguan were initially raised last week by the National Labor Committee, a New York-based nonprofit that monitors the treatment of foreign workers by U.

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Detect Harmful Gasses And Flames

April 16, 2010 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Notifier by Honeywell (Northford, CT) has developed two new lines of gas and flame detection products designed to work with fire alarm and life safety systems in industrial facilities: Sensepoint XCD and FD Series lines. The Sensepoint XCD detector can be used to monitor industrial sites for a wide range of toxic and flammable gasses, and it provides diagnostic, alarm, and gas concentration values from multiple sensors.

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GM Embraces Deadly Sin: 'EN-V'

April 16, 2010 11:50 am | Articles | Comments

GM is predicting a revolution in the way urbanites get from one place to another, and it doesn't involve two legs or four wheels. The EN-V concept car proposes to send its drivers about on two wheels, like a Segway, using electric batteries and a bit of technological know-how. While the EN-V doesn't have much to show for range or speed, it could make up for it in convenience and price.

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Avoid Flying Debris

April 16, 2010 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Frommelt Safety Products (Milwaukee, WI) has unveiled the new Kwik-Snap interlocking safety curtains, designed to protect industrial and manufacturing employees from weld flash and flying debris. The curtains feature snap fasteners along the sides, and mounting hooks for ease of installation.

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Prevent Industrial Explosions

April 16, 2010 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Flexaust (Warsaw, IN) offers a new permanently static dissipative hose meant to prevent static buildup and reduce the potential for explosions in powder handling, plastics extrusion, and related applications. The hose features a seven-strand copper ground wire embedded in a thermoplastic polyurethane alloy to provide clean ESD protection.

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Market Update for April — Regulatory Issues

April 16, 2010 10:09 am | by Karen Langhauser, Editor-In-Chief, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The large number of recalls in recent history has caused consumers to doubt the safety of our food supply as well as stimulated scrutiny of regulatory agencies in the food industry. While FDA and USDA guidelines, policies and inspections are devised to ensure the safety of our nation's food supply, they still can be a source of frustration and confusion within the food industry, and their efficacy is sometimes called into question.

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Avoiding Pink Easter Eggs

April 16, 2010 9:37 am | Articles | Comments

Established in 1978, Kinnerton today is part of Zetar Plc, and can boast a turnover of £60 million ($92 million). At its manufacturing plant in Fakenham, the company produces confectionery ranging from Easter eggs and Advent calendars, through to chocolate bars and chocolate miniature figures, as well as chocolate lollipops.

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