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New Motivations For Plant Modernization

October 22, 2010 5:03 am | by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor , Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Pictured is the integrated Bayer site in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park. In the foreground is the state-of-the-art methylene diphenyl diisocyanate plant. On September 27, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The 101-page legislation contains a number of provisions designed to free up credit for small businesses and provide incentives for small business job creation.


Lean Manufacturing Goes Molecular

October 22, 2010 4:37 am | by Tom Fabek, General Manager, Profit Finders | Articles | Comments

The first meeting is with a company president, vice president of operations or lean manufacturing champion. The typical goal is to identify a factory in the company’s system that may qualify for an audit. Step 2: Discovery Day at the Factory A technical team visits the candidate factory to determine if a process audit is appropriate.


Italian Paper Company To Open Racine, Wis. Plant

October 22, 2010 4:11 am | News | Comments

STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — An Italian paper and packaging company is opening its first North American headquarters in Racine with a promise to create 189 new jobs. The Journal Times in Racine reports Thursday that Seda International Packaging Group says it will invest $76 million in its Racine operation.


China's Dairy Producers Abuse Tainted Milk Scandal

October 22, 2010 4:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Rumors on the Web that a major Chinese dairy company's baby formula might harm infants played on the worst fears of jittery parents after a string of scandals over tainted milk. This week, China's biggest milk producer, Mengniu, announced that the rumors targeting rival dairy Yili in July were manufactured by a Mengniu manager in what it said was a bizarre plot to boost his sales.

Honeywell 3Q Income Falls 18 Percent

October 22, 2010 4:08 am | News | Comments

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Honeywell International Inc. says third-quarter net income fell 18 percent because of a charge for pension expenses. But the technology and manufacturing company beat Wall Street estimates and it boosted its earnings forecast for the year. The company says revenue grew 9 percent, to $8.

Calif. Manufacturing Execs Indicted For Conspiracy, Bribery

October 22, 2010 4:08 am | by Greg Risling, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California company and two of its executives were indicted Thursday on conspiracy charges, accused of bribing government officials at Mexico's state-owned utility in exchange for obtaining lucrative contracts. Keith Lindsey, president of Lindsey Manufacturing Co.

CAT Acquires German Engine Maker For $810 Million

October 22, 2010 4:07 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. said Friday it is buying a German engine maker, MWM Holding GmbH, from private-equity firm 3i for 580 million euros, or about $810 million, in cash. Caterpillar, the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, said the deal will help it significantly expand options for customers of its electric power division.

Celery Contamination From Texas Processor Kills Four

October 22, 2010 4:06 am | by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is looking into a produce contamination case linked to a shuttered Texas processing plant and may decide to expand a recall, an agency official told The Associated Press. Texas health officials shut down the SanGar Produce & Processing Co. plant in San Antonio and ordered a recall of all of the produce that had passed through the plant since January.


Pumping Up The Bottom Line

October 21, 2010 12:26 pm | Articles | Comments

For the management of a fiberglass and steel door manufacturer, taking their traditional East Coast manufacturing facility through a three-year Lean manufacturing process in order to re-engineer and improve their practices and workflow turned out to be a profit making investment. In fact, it actually led to additional and more creative income streams.


An Introduction To Vibration

October 21, 2010 12:19 pm | by Eric Hudson, Fluke Corporation | Articles | Comments

Most industrial devices are engineered to operate smoothly and AVOID vibration, not produce it. In these machines, vibration can indicate problems or deterioration in the equipment. If the underlying causes are not corrected, the unwanted vibration itself can cause additional damage. In this article, we are focused not on machines that are “supposed” to vibrate as part of normal operation, but on those that should not vibrate: electric motors, rotary pumps and compressors, and fans and blowers.


Lean Manufacturing Isn't Enough: You Need a Growth Plan

October 21, 2010 11:17 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

If you were a doctor who was examining a new patient who complained that pains in their abdomen had become intolerable, you would not prescribe a painkiller and send the patient home. You would have to do a careful diagnosis that included blood work and tests as well as a thorough physical examination.

Sweet Success

October 21, 2010 11:06 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Wolfgang Candy officially opened for business in York, PA in 1921, but the Wolfgang family’s candy-making began decades earlier when the Wolfgang brothers opened the first Wolfgang Candy Factory in the late 1890s. After only a few years, the factory was burned down in the North York Fire, and the candy-making business came to a halt.

Master Appliance Launches YouTube Channel

October 21, 2010 9:38 am | News | Comments

RACINE, Wis. — Master Applicance , a designer and manufacturer of heat tools for industrial purposes,  has announced a new YouTube channel, which can be found here . In addition, the company has released its first video, titled "Replacing A Defective Capacitor on an IMac G5 Motherboard.

'Dean of Invention' Looks at Life-Changing Science

October 21, 2010 9:23 am | Articles | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Dean Kamen was game to do a weekly TV show about science. Under two conditions, that is: First, he wanted to keep the focus squarely on science — especially its thrilling possibilities for youngsters who dive in. Second, Kamen, a world-renowned inventor (maybe you've heard of his Segway human transporter), didn't feel like reinventing himself as a TV personality.


Turn Oil Into Dust

October 21, 2010 9:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Organic HTP Oil Solidifier and Encapsulator from American Products Enterprises Corporation (Woodstock, GA) works by solidifying and encapsulating oil on contact. According to the company, HTP will transform any type of petroleum spill into a fluffy dry substance on contact. The solution works equally as well on hard and dry surfaces as it does on water, ice, snow, and more.


Get To The Root Cause

October 21, 2010 9:15 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

RCI (Hopewell, VA) has launched their PROACTOnDemand Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) version of its PROACT Root Cause Analysis Software application. Instant access to PROACT RCA software allows users to begin analysis instantly, and accommodates most common RCA methods. RCI supports users at every step with: An interactive “frequently asked questions” utility, along with movies, tutorials, and PDF manuals.


Get Smarter Vehicle Safety

October 21, 2010 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Keytroller, LLC (Tampa, FL) has introduced the SMARTEST: an inexpensive and easy-to-install dual video drive camera system that can protect a company from false claims in regard to accidents that company vehicles are involved in. SMARTEST records digital both forward and rearward while the vehicle’s ignition is on.


Prevent Door Panel Damage

October 21, 2010 9:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

APS Resource’s (Mequon, WI) FLEX-BACK panel helps prevent one of the most frequent and costly maintenance problems in manufacturing facilities and warehouses: lower door panel damage. The FLEX-BACK panel is constructed of a high-impact polymer skin and flexible tube frame, which bends upon impact and returns to its normal operating position.


The Value Of Laser-Driven Gas Analysis

October 21, 2010 4:57 am | Articles | Comments

Laser-driven gas analysis for molecular process control spurred a relatively new technological trend that has had a major effect on the manufacturing industry, particularly semiconductor fabrication, industrial gas production, and High Brightness LEDs.  Ease of implementation, low cost of ownership, and the technology’s level of cleanliness have made it a very attractive option for these manufacturers.

Why Isn't China Exporting Tech Materials? 

October 21, 2010 4:36 am | Videos | Comments

China supplies approximately 90 percent of the rare earth materials to the rest of the world for use in the manufacturing of tech goods, among other uses. Needless to say, the recent news about China holding back exports of these important materials to countries such as Japan is rather disconcerting.



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