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Making Machining 'COOL'

January 18, 2010 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

MAG (Sterling Heights, MI) now offers a wide range of CYCLO CUT cutting tools and CYCLO COOL metalworking fluids designed and blended for machining. The tools and fluids can increase material removal rates in titanium structures by as much as 300 percent, according to the company, resulting in faster cycle times, 33 percent cost-per-part reductions, and increased tool life.

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Washdown-Friendly, Loves The Heat

January 18, 2010 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Enviro checkweigher bench scales from Hardy Instruments (San Diego, CA) meet the needs of food and chemical manufacturers for sanitary electronics that withstand high-pressure, high-temperature washdown environments. The Enviro is made out of 304 stainless steel and features an IP69K-rated instrument, making it easy to clean and sanitize.

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Intel Brings Brains And Brawn

January 18, 2010 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE Intelligent Platorms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the CT12 6U CompactPCI single board computer, based on the latest 2.53 GHz Intel Core i7 processor technology. The new Intel chip is designed to deliver high performance with low power consumption and heat dissipation, and is future-proof, allowing for further processor upgrades as new chips become available.

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Benefits Of Real-Time Traceability, Cradle-To-Grave

January 18, 2010 6:27 am | by Linda Bryan, CEO, Tamlin Software | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing companies are increasingly under more pressure to be compliant. Whether mandated by the government, customers, third-party auditors or quality standards such as ISO, companies must prove their ability to track and trace inventory, goods and other items in order to remain compliant and competitive in the local and global marketplace.

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A New Era of Loading Dock Safety

January 18, 2010 6:20 am | by Michael Brittingham, manager, 4Front Engineered Solutions | Articles | Comments

For years the focus on the loading dock has been on two issues — stopping energy loss and dock accident protection. With rising concerns about product quality, processing plant management has a new question to ask — how well does the dock protect against the invasion of airborne contaminants? According to Bruce Paulson with Evapco, Inc.

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Rival Pirates Have Shootout Aboard Combustible Oil Tanker

January 18, 2010 4:03 am | by Malkhadir M. Muhumed, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Two rival groups of Somali pirates had a shootout just before a ransom was delivered to free a supertanker loaded with combustible crude oil, prompting the pirates onboard to call the anti-piracy force for help, a European Union naval spokesman said Monday. Helicopters dispatched from a warship ended the standoff that could have caused a catastrophic explosion aboard the Maran Centaurus, which is carrying about 2 million barrels of crude oil that was destined for the United States.

N.H. Leaders Rally Against New Pollution Regulations

January 18, 2010 3:50 am | News | Comments

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Some New Hampshire business leaders say proposed new federal air pollution regulations could put more than half the state in violation of clean air laws. Michael Licata of the Business and Industry Association tells the New Hampshire Union Leader members should be concerned by the proposal, which was announced Jan.

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Updated Chevy Aveo, Ford Focus Steal Spotlight In Detroit

January 18, 2010 3:46 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — More than any auto show in recent memory, the new cars rolled out this week out at the Detroit auto show will redefine what we drive in the future. As the show opened to the public on Saturday, small cars that push the previous limits on gas mileage, performance, quality and looks took the spotlight.

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Montana Seeks Emergency Grant For Smurfit-Stone Workers

January 18, 2010 3:41 am | News | Comments

FRENCHTOWN, Mont. (AP) — Montana labor officials are applying for a federal emergency grant to help businesses and workers affected by the closure of the Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. linerboard plant in Frenchtown. Montana Department of Labor program manager Kathy Yankoff says the grant would protect the state's dislocated worker funds from being depleted.

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Fisker Raises $115 Million For High-Tech Hybrids

January 18, 2010 3:38 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Fisker Automotive, a high-tech startup company, said Friday it has raised $115.3 million to develop high-end hybrid cars, bringing it closer to accessing a government loan it won last year. Fisker spokesman Russell Datz said the money brings the company close to being able to tap a $528.

Tyson Sued, Loses For "Raised Without Antibiotics" Farce

January 18, 2010 3:37 am | News | Comments

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — A judge has given preliminary approval to a settlement in a lawsuit that involves the nation's largest poultry producer, Tyson Foods Inc. The company would pay consumers $5 million in refunds to settle a lawsuit accusing the company of falsely claiming that its chickens were "raised without antibiotics.

What's In Your Paint?

January 15, 2010 11:11 am | Articles | Comments

The motto “any publicity is good publicity” is not always the case. Imagine picking up the Sunday paper and seeing the headline, “Popular Retailer Recalls Millions of Children’s Toys.” Then, imagine the popular retailer in the article is you.

Automation As An Investment

January 15, 2010 7:30 am | by Paul J. Galeski, Maverick Technologies | Articles | Comments

As every business executive knows all too well, high-return, low-risk investments are hard — if not impossible — to find these days. The economy continues to look uncertain at best, with the stock market having reached its lowest level in many years and numerous companies declaring bankruptcy, including American icons like General Motors and Chrysler.

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The Benefits of Deploying AC Drives

January 15, 2010 7:06 am | by Jacob Kimball, AC Drives Product Specialist, Schneider Electric | Articles | Comments

Variable speed AC drives are crucial in food and beverage manufacturing to improve energy efficiency, but that's just the beginning. For example, predictive downtime capabilities built into an AC drive reduce process downtime potential. This benefit can help avoid missed deadlines and product spoilage, while increasing cost savings.

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Wireless Marches On...

January 15, 2010 7:06 am | by Bob Karschnia, Vice President of Wireless, Emerson Process Management | Articles | Comments

The use of wireless technology to reduce engineering and construction costs while increasing productivity is being realized by more and more chemical companies. In that vein, Emerson has added a number of new products and solutions, including full redundancy, which enables further wireless adoption for control and critical monitoring applications.

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Ergonomic Relief For Tough-To-Reach Spots

January 15, 2010 5:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

The compact Tool Box Kneeler from Bennette Design Group and ErgoPads (Millis, MA) is made of soft, but supportive foam, and helps increase comfort for employees who have to work on their knees. The Kneeler also fits inside most toolboxes, allowing for easy transport and storage, and is made from a black, rugged “closed cell” foam that hides stains and dirt.

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Tensioning, Simplified

January 15, 2010 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Tensioner, a ready-to-mount tension mechanism from Misumi USA (Schaumburg, IL), helps reduce design and assembly time for end users. The product comes as a fully assembled unit, complete with slotted holes and adjustment screws for easy mounting, installation, and tension control.

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Thermoplastic Go-Anywhere Springs

January 15, 2010 5:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lee Spring (Brooklyn, NY) introduces LeeP Plastic Composite Springs, which combine the strength of metal with the special attributes of high-performing engineered thermoplastics. The springs are fabricated from distinctive formations of Ultem* PEI resins, and are stocked in a variety of standard sizes, each available in a variety of strengths.

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Squeaky Clean Conduits

January 15, 2010 5:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Machine Products Company, Inc. (GMP, Trevose, PA) announces the Heavy Duty Stiff Spine Conduit Cleaners to its line of underground cable placement tools and equipment. The cleaners are designed to remove obstructions like dirt, ash, sand, oxides, and debris from utility conduits.

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Miss. Lawmakers Impatient Over Toyota Back Rent

January 15, 2010 3:54 am | by Shelia Byrd, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Some Mississippi legislators are becoming impatient about the interest payments Toyota Motor Corp. is expected to make on money the state borrowed to bring a $1 billion car plant in Blue Springs. State Treasurer Tate Reeves told lawmakers during a fiscal briefing at the Capitol on Thursday that discussions are ongoing about when the automaker would begin making payments.

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