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Conveyors Go 'Pro'

June 18, 2010 11:04 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Midbrook, Inc. (Jackson, MI) has announced a new model in their line of pneumatic material handling conveyors known as “Shuttle Pro Conveyors.” The Shuttle Pro conveyor has a universal t-slot mounting and cross bar support, and uses vibratory/shaking motion to convey materials down the length of a tray.

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What To Do With A Clueless Client

June 18, 2010 7:39 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

What do you do with a clueless client? It’s doesn’t exactly have the sing-song charm of asking what to do with a drunken sailor, but I think we’re two beats away from a viral video here. Okay, maybe the client doesn’t lack basic information processing skills, but maybe they’re looking to build something that represents everything you stand against as a reputable product designer.

What Makes A Modular Conveyor

June 18, 2010 7:31 am | Articles | Comments

Type into any Internet search engine the term “modular conveyor” and you will see a long list of manufactures that label their conveyors as modular.  Using a simple definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary for modular, “constructed with standardized units or dimensions for flexibility and variety in use,” it would appear that all conveyors are modular in design.

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More Than Hot Air

June 18, 2010 7:30 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Source: CSB We know that the most devastating part about the explosion at the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown, CT on February 7, 2010 was that it killed six workers and injured 50 others. But what’s the worst part about what caused the explosion? That the process—the practice of using flammable natural gas to clean power plant piping—is a common industry practice amongst gas-fired power generation facilities—even when there are inherently safer technologies readily available today.

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Dawn Gets Product Placement In Oil Spill Coverage

June 18, 2010 5:01 am | News | Comments

by Joel Walsh, AP Writer KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — BP's brand may be tarnished with each week that oil spills into the Gulf of Mexico. But a brand manufactured in Kansas City, Kan., is enjoying the kind of publicity that can't be bought or planned. Just about any article or newscast about wildlife coated with oil in the gulf region mentions Dawn — the only detergent recommended for cleaning the hundreds of afflicted pelicans, gulls and gannets.

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Toyota Next Up In Chinese Supplier Strikes

June 18, 2010 4:56 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Toyota Motor was assessing the impact Friday from strikes that hit two of its China-based parts suppliers, the latest unrest among migrant workers who are the backbone of the country's industrial sector. Workers at a plastic parts factory of Toyota Motor Corp. affiliate Toyoda Gosei Co.

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Obama To Ohio: Jobs Are Still No. 1 Focus

June 18, 2010 4:45 am | by Ben Feller, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Determined to keep showing the economy is on his mind, President Barack Obama is dashing into Ohio for the groundbreaking of a road project, hoping to remind the nation that the massive, costly stimulus act is still churning out jobs. Millions of unemployed people have yet to feel the relief.

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Boeing Wins $25 Million Navy Contract

June 18, 2010 4:37 am | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department said Thursday that Boeing Co. received a $25 million modification to an existing contract. Boeing's St. Louis operations will make proposed engineering changes to the trailing edge flap for wings on F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fighter aircraft.

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UAW Accuses Toyota Of Phasing Out Unions

June 18, 2010 4:35 am | by Dan Strumpf and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Toyota's announcement that it will resume construction of a car factory in Mississippi was a much-needed piece of good news for both the state struggling with persistent unemployment and the automaker trying to recover some goodwill after a recall crisis bruised its reputation. But the decision drew fire from America's largest auto union, which accused Toyota of shifting production from a union plant to a nonunion facility.

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Campell Recalls 15 Million Pounds Of SpaghettiOs

June 18, 2010 4:34 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company's plants in Texas and left the meat undercooked. The Agriculture Department announced the recall late Thursday. Campbell spokesman Anthony Sanzio said the company is recalling certain lots of the product manufactured since December 2008 "out of an abundance of caution" because officials don't know exactly when the cooker at the Paris, Texas, plant malfunctioned.

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Eye And Face Safety Standard Explained

June 17, 2010 10:39 am | Articles | Comments

The Industrial Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), of which MSA is along-standing member, announced on April 13, 2010 that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved a new standard for eye and face protection. The new Z87.1 standard, titled “ANSI/ISEA Z87.

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Reducing VOCs, Helping The Environment

June 17, 2010 7:19 am | Articles | Comments

Many industrial processes use solvent based paint, ink, and coatings in their manufacturing process. When these solvents dry, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted which are damaging to the environment and can be harmful to health. Legislation, such as the Solvent Emission Directive in the EU and Clean Air Act in the USA, means that something must be done to remove or destroy the VOC prior to exhausting any process air to atmosphere.

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The State Of U.S. Manufacturing

June 17, 2010 6:37 am | by Craig Hodges, General Manager, U.S. Manufacturing and Resources Sector, Microsoft | Articles | Comments

In a 2008 research paper titled, “Revised Forecast Advances Date of China Becoming the Preeminent Global Manufacturer,” Global Insights predicted that by the year 2016-17, the United States could lose its status as the world’s top manufacturer for the first time in more than 100 years, providing a clear call to action for U.

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Buy Genuine

June 17, 2010 6:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Genuine Moyno (Springfield, OH) replacement parts ensure Moyno pumps continue to perform and help reduce the total cost of ownership. The parts meet all product design parameters, quality standards, and manufacturing tolerances. In addition, Moyno’s parts help protect product warranties.

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Analyze Your Water

June 17, 2010 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Triton DO8 Dissolved Oxygen Analyzer System from Electro-Chemical Devices (ECD, Irvine, CA) combines a multi-channel digital controller with a fluorescence quenching (FQ) sensing element to provide a reliable monitoring system for water treatment. The DO8 stores calibration data within the sensor, which minimizes maintenance over long service intervals.

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Prevent Falls Easily

June 17, 2010 6:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Workman Personal Fall Limiter from MSA (Pittsburgh, PA) is made from a lightweight yet durable thermoplastic housing, plus rugged, impact-absorbing protective bumpers. A choice of cable or web lifelines are available, not to mention a multitude of connector choices. The Workman PFL is made to be durable and easy to use, according to the manufacturer, and has a 400-pound working capacity, no annual recertification requirement, and an integral load indicator.

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Cleaning Gets A Cold

June 17, 2010 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cold Jet, LLC (Cincinnati, OH) has introduced the Aero 40 HP, a compact, high-pressure dry ice blast cleaning system, which provides economical cleaning in an environmentally-friendly format. The Aero 40 HP uses Cold Jet’s SureFlow system to prevent clogging and pellet sublimation, ensuring uninterrupted cleaning performance.

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Want An iPad? Head To China

June 16, 2010 9:28 am | Articles | Comments

While the whole tech world is abuzz over the Apple iPad, one country is notably absent: China. The shiny new gadgets aren't available there yet, but that doesn't mean there isn't a host of copycats and replicas available for the more adventurous consumer, and at a fraction of the cost. In fact, one Chinese businessman claims his manufacturing company was stolen from , by Apple, and he's turning to the law to make his case.

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A Toxic Reputation

June 16, 2010 7:46 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

The call for transparency and accountability is everywhere, and it’s deafening. And that means us — even as responsible corporations and/or environmental citizens, too, not just politicians. With the growing pessimism of consumers against the unknowns of chemicals, paired with the origins of explosions and oil spills, these trends could become disastrous for the processing reputation.

Painting Fighter Jets With Lasers

June 16, 2010 7:39 am | Articles | Comments

This Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II doesn't get your standard paint job, to say the least. It's supposed to be able to fly into enemy airspace without being detected by typical radar systems, which isn't an easy task. The people at Lockheed Martin have developed a whole host of laser systems to precisely paint the technology-heavy planes to make them as stealthy as possible.

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