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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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Food Manufacturer Expands Nationwise Listeria Recall

January 15, 2010 3:40 am | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota food company its expanding its voluntary nationwide recall. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says Parkers Farm took that action after the department determined that all products made at the company's Coon Rapids plant may have been contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

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World's Cheapest 'Nano' Car Readied For U.S. Sale

January 15, 2010 3:36 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The world's cheapest car is being readied for sale in the U.S., but by the time India's Tata Nano is retrofitted to meet emissions and safety standards, it won't be that cheap. Tata Technologies Ltd., the global engineering arm of the Tata group conglomerate, brought the tiny car to Detroit as a publicity stunt for the engineering group.

Judge Ends FDA Blockade On E-Cigarette Imports

January 15, 2010 3:31 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge said Thursday the Food and Drug Administration cannot stop shipments of electronic cigarettes into the United States. The preliminary ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon came as California Attorney General Jerry Brown sought in a state court to halt one company's sale of electronic cigarettes.

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Montana Town Stranded After Smurfit Paper Mill Closure

January 15, 2010 3:30 am | News | Comments

FRENCHTOWN, Mont. (AP) — Residents of the Frenchtown Valley in western Montana are wondering what the future holds for the region now that the Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. paper mill has closed. About 70 people gathered for a meeting at a Frenchtown high school auditorium Thursday night to talk with community leaders about the impact the loss of 417 jobs will have on the region.

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Johnson & Johnson Recalls More Moldy Tylenol

January 15, 2010 3:29 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is again expanding a recall of Tylenol caplets due to a moldy smell that made some users sick. The company says the problem also affects some lots of its fever and pain drug Motrin. The company's McNeil Consumer Healthcare Products business said the voluntarily recall applies to some batches of Tylenol caplets, geltabs, arthritis treatments, rapid release, and extended relief Tylenol, as well as Motrin IB, chewable extra strength Rolaids, Benadryl allergy tablets, and St.

X-Rays And Precision Scales Enhancing Reliability

January 14, 2010 6:59 am | Articles | Comments

Contract Pharmacal Corporation (CPC) develops, manufactures, and packages premium pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter drugs, and dietary supplements for some very prominent brand owners. To assure the highest product quality, CPC recently installed five SmartChek x-ray inspection systems from Mettler-Toledo Safeline and seven XE2 checkweighers from Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed on their packaging lines.

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Forget Dull Blades And Carry-Back

January 14, 2010 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

ASGCO (Wheeling, IL) announces the new Skalper IV blade and E-Z Torques Tensioning System, designed to remove carry-back efficiently. The new blade design, with its horizontal sipes/wear grooves across the entire blade cleaning edge, ensures a sharp cleaning edge throughout the life of the blade.

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Material Handling Gone 'Extreme'

January 14, 2010 6:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Creform Corporation (Greer, SC) has built the Extreme Size Car—which can be manufactured in virtually any size—to meet needs in large parts handling. The parts feature an elevated load platform with a solid plastic shelf surface to provide for damage-free handling of sensitive parts.

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Dimmable LEDs In Harsh Environments

January 14, 2010 6:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new dimmable LED power supply from Foster Transformer (Cincinnati, OH) features short circuit and overload protection, making it ideal for industrial facilities wishing to control the output of LED lighting. Encapsulated in epoxy and housed in a 304 stainless steel enclosure, the power supply is resistant to dirt, moisture, and corrosive elements.

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Get Everything In Line

January 14, 2010 6:07 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Pinpoint Laser Systems (Peabody, MA) announces a new storage display to be used with the Microgage 2D family of products, enabling the operator to record readings right on the factory floor. The measurement readings can then be uploaded to a laptop PC running the Pinpoint Capture software for analysis, plotting, and storage.

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Trash Talking The Markets

January 13, 2010 10:11 am | Articles | Comments

Peter Schiff, author of Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse , speaks with Justin Fox from TIME about how he, more or less, predicted the recession in which we're currently suffering, and got mocked for it. His book, published in February of 2007, scored him interviews on high-profile financial talkshows on CNBC and Fox, where he was mocked and dismissed by other commentators as being pessimistic and a bit crazy.

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Ford CEO: How To Save Detroit

January 13, 2010 8:50 am | Articles | Comments

While the North American International Auto Show is being held in Detroit, the city has seen better days. Even though the Big 3 automakers are looking to make a large comeback this year, despite the poor economy, Detroit still suffers in the aftermath of their near-collapse. Ford CEO Alan Mulally, who has helped push his company through the dismal 2009 automotive year, offers some advice on how to revive Detroit.

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Detroit Auto Show: Green Everything

January 13, 2010 6:33 am | Articles | Comments

CNN had the chance to visit the North American International Auto Show this week, where "green" has consistently been the biggest buzzword. From smaller cars, to hybrids and all-electric vehicles, fuel-efficiency and environmentally-friendly practices are No. 1 in Detroit. Also significant is interim CEO of GM Ed Whitacre's statement on the future of his company: he is sure they will be able to pay back the government loans, and they have no more plant closures on the docket.

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Welding Ranks Among 'Worst Jobs'

January 13, 2010 6:31 am | Articles | Comments

CNN lists the 10 best and worst jobs for Americans in 2009, with actuaries and historians ranking highly for competitive salaries and normal business hours. Among the worst? Pretty much anything manufacturing, which is a shame. According to CNN , welding is among the worst possible jobs an American can have.

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The Finger-Safe Table Saw

January 13, 2010 6:25 am | Articles | Comments

Table saws are responsible for countless workplace incidents every year, whether it comes down to carelessness, lack of training, or just plain bad luck. But some new technology is hoping to change that, and there's potential for these ideas to be migrated over to other heavy, dangerous machinery, such as those you see every day on the plant floor.

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