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Increase Picking Productivity

May 3, 2010 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) and KNAPP Systemintegration GmbH unveiled their new automation solution, which is meant to be installed within current warehouse infrastructure to help reduce operational costs through increased picking productivity. Automated forklifts can be used to fetch empty roller cages, escort the RF-terminals-equipped picker to the required pick locations, and dispatch full roller cages.

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Go Swaged For Leak-Free Days

May 3, 2010 6:20 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The PYPLOK® fittings from Tu be-Mac Industries Ltd. (Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada) are a non-weld, 360° radial swaged connection for tubing and pipes. The fittings range in size from ¼” to 3” and can withstand pressures up to 9,000 psi. In addition, the swaging action produces a leak-free and tamper-proof connection.

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Lock Down The Threads

May 3, 2010 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Henkel Corporation (Rocky Hill, CT) has introduced their newest anaerobic threadlocker: Loctite QuickTape 249 Threadlocker Tape. The medium-strength tape provides the same performance of liquid threadlockers yet can be carried in a pocket or toolbox, and can be pre-applied to fasteners for future assembly.

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VOC-Friendly Film

May 3, 2010 6:19 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The new DRI TOUCH Non-VOC is a high-grade corrosion preventative from Birchwood Casey (Eden Prairie, MN) that contains no VOCs and forms a colorless, dry-to-touch protective film suitable for all metal surfaces. The DRI TOUCH has a flash point of 248°F, making it ideal for manufacturing facilities under air quality restrictions or with flammability hazards.

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Your Own Dinosaur

May 3, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (Ashtabula, OH) now offers the Recycleosaurus, a waterproof and weatherproof recycling cart and container made out of 100 percent polyethylene. The recycling bins can be configured with permanent, molded-in company logos, tracking numbers, or other markings.

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Apple Sells 1 Million iPads, Outpaces iPhone Sales

May 3, 2010 4:47 am | News | Comments

CUPERTINO, Calif., (AP) — Apple Inc. said Monday that is has sold 1 million of its new iPad tablet computers in the month after its launch, meaning it's been selling more than twice as fast as the iPhone did when it was new. Apple said it reached the milestone on Friday, when the new 3G model of the iPad was delivered to its first buyers.

Feds Investigate Meatpackers For Antitrust Violations

May 3, 2010 4:37 am | by Nate Jenkins, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The federal government is conducting its first investigation into whether the handful of large meatpackers that slaughter most of the nation's cattle are illegally or unfairly driving down cattle prices, according to an official representing independent beef producers nationwide.

Boeing's St. Louis Machinists Authorize Strike

May 3, 2010 4:33 am | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Machinists at Boeing's St. Louis defense systems plant have authorized a strike if a contract is not accepted before the current agreement expires next month. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 837 said in a statement that the strike authorization vote was supported by 99 percent of the workers who attended a meeting on Sunday.

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Outsourcing From Indiana Doubles From Previous Recessions

May 3, 2010 4:28 am | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Burial casket jobs in Richmond and computer assembly services in Carmel have shifted to Mexico. Auto stamping work once done in Howe has moved to Canada and India. Client performance analysis done in South Bend is now being handled in China. The number of Indiana plants, warehouses and offices sending jobs abroad since the recession began in December 2007 has more than doubled that of past economic downturns, U.

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Fleet Maintainers Moonlighting As Fire Truck Manufacturers

May 3, 2010 4:26 am | by Holly Setter | News | Comments

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — The garage at Circle K Service in Midland maintains the fleet of vehicles at nearby Dow Chemical Co., but a group of mechanics there has an unusual side job: building fire trucks. "We do what they call component manufacturing," said Rodney Kloha, executive vice president of Circle K Service, 4300 James Savage.

Manufacturing Expands At Six-Year High In April

May 3, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The manufacturing sector likely expanded in April at the fastest pace in nearly six years, analysts say. Economists polled by Thomson Reuters expect the index from the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, rose to 60 in April from 59.

Keeping It Fresh

April 30, 2010 12:09 pm | Articles | Comments

A leading international wholesale distributor that provides quality products at very competitive prices, Fair Market, Inc. requires extensive storage space to keep its products cold and fresh.  With its corporate headquarters and main warehouse located in Wentzville, MO, Fair Market, Inc.

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Manufacturing, MBAs, And Residencies

April 30, 2010 12:01 pm | by Michael Collins, President, MPC Management | Articles | Comments

Masters of Business Administration degrees (MBAs) are beginning to cost as much as a small house and have been under constant criticism for the last 20 years from many critics — including the college professors who teach the programs. So, is an MBA degree worth it for the owners, CEOs, and General Managers of manufacturing companies who design and build industrial and technical products? These kinds of manufacturing companies make complicated products that usually require engineering, machining, fabrication and a large investment in plant and capital machinery.

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How to Avoid And Respond To FDA Warning Letters

April 30, 2010 10:29 am | Articles | Comments

No regulated business wants to receive an FDA Warning Letter (or Form-483) of Inspectional Observations. In such controlled industries as food, agriculture and pharmaceutical, receiving a list of deficiencies can feel like a heavy blow to your quality system. Worse, with the 2009 increase in enforcement staff (1) and the September 2009 change to the response time—now 15 days—the FDA appears to be ramping up its enforcement mandate (2).

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How Sweet

April 30, 2010 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Paul N. Gardner Company (Pompano Beach, FL) now offers the Polax-2L manually-operating meter, which features a digital indicator for the accurate measurement of the angle of rotation (or the value in the international standard sugar scale) with a simple operation.

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Printing Goes Anywhere

April 30, 2010 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dalemark Industries, Inc. (Lakewood, NJ) has developed the Model 8000-TT Tabletop Hot Stamp Coder for virtually any surface. The coder has a compact design and accommodates up to three lines of print with an interchangeable metal type. Other features include: Capability to handle products up to 4mm.

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It's Time To Cool Off

April 30, 2010 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Garland Company, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) has extended its reflective product line to include the Pyramic Base Coat, which is an applicator-friendly natural buff base coat. The color allows the applicator to see where the base and finish coats have been applied, ensuring proper coverage.

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Spend Time By The Pool

April 30, 2010 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hayward Flow Control Systems (Clemmons, NC) announces their new PoolMaster Butterfly Valves for water treatment and other industrial applications. The PoolMaster valves feature a PVC body and disc with EPDM liners, and are available in sizes from 2” to 8”.

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Turbine Maker Gets $7 Million In State, Federal Grants

April 30, 2010 4:53 am | News | Comments

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The state and federal governments are providing $7 million to help a western Michigan company develop wind-energy products. Energetx Composites of Holland makes turbines. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. this week said it's giving $3.5 million and the U.S. Energy Department will match it.

Tomato Exec Faces More Felonies For Antitrust Violations

April 30, 2010 4:33 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal authorities investigating an alleged tomato price-fixing plot involving some of the nation's biggest food chains broadened their case against the former owner of a California company Thursday with five more felony counts. The new charges, which add to seven counts pending from an earlier indictment, allege that Frederick Scott Salyer violated antitrust laws by fixing prices or rigging bids for the sale of tomato products to McCain Foods USA Inc.

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