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Boeing Completes 'Important Milestone' In 787 Hoopla

December 1, 2009 3:43 am | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Boeing Co. has completed a key test of the long-expected 787 jetliner, which an analyst called an "important sign of progress" Tuesday. The Chicago-based aerospace giant said Monday it completed the test, five months after it delayed the first test flight and said it needed to reinforce small areas near the connection of the wings and fuselage.

Mysterious Slaughterhouse Illness? Pig Brain Mist

December 1, 2009 3:34 am | by Chris Williams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doctors at the Mayo Clinic and government public health experts have confirmed the mysterious illnesses in 24 slaughterhouse workers in Minnesota and Indiana from 2006 to 2008 was caused by an autoimmune response to a mist of pig brain tissue. Their article was published Monday in the British medical journal Lancet Neurology.

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Nokia Sues Bevy Of LCD Makers For Price Fixing

December 1, 2009 3:20 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp., the world's biggest mobile phone maker, said Tuesday it has filed suits against several leading liquid crystal display makers — including Philips, Toshiba, Sharp and Samsung — for alleged price fixing. Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant said the suits — filed last month in the United States and Britain — came amid international criminal investigations in the U.

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Precision Waterjet Cutting

November 30, 2009 10:58 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Koike Aronson/Ransome, Inc. (Arcade, NY) introduces the KOIKEJET waterjet cutting system, which features a precision ground ball screw drive for a smooth and accurate cutting motion, as well as laser alignment, initial height sensing, and adjustable water level control for improved cutting efficiency.

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Not A Spark In Sight

November 30, 2009 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The non-sparking, non-magnetic Hand Tools from CS Unitec (Norwalk, CT) are manufactured from aluminum-bronze or copper-beryllium and meet ATEX regulations for safe use in areas where hazardous, flammable, or combustible vapors, liquids, dusts, or residues may be present.

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Fast And Flexible Cabling

November 30, 2009 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

TURCK (Minnapolis, MN) announces new A-Size 3 and 4-pin 7/8 16UN powerfast connectors that provide up to 600 volts and 15 amps of power, providing a modular wiring system designed to handle high current applications. The cordsets are available with a tray rated, exposed run PVC flexlife cable, with or without STOOW rating, and 14 AWG wires that allow for replacing hard wiring with a robust, quick disconnect system that saves time and money.

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Adjustable Angle Grinder

November 30, 2009 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

FEIN Power Tools (Pittsburgh, PA) has recently launched its new line of WS 14 compact angle grinder, including a feature called TipStar, which offers a switchless power option. The range of WS 14 range grinders covers the 5” to 6” grinding bandwidth. The WSG 14-70 E can be easily adjusted between 2,500 rpm and 7,000 rpm.

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Improving Control Valve Performance

November 30, 2009 7:52 am | by Fabian C. Gonzalez, Flowserve Corporation | Articles | Comments

The increasing demand on facilities to improve profitability has driven many plant managers to prioritize maintenance activities while striving to increase plant output. Historically, refineries, chemical plants and power plants have focused on achieving cost savings through capital and personnel reductions, and improving output by reducing unplanned downtime.

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Microsoft Provides New Outlook On Lean IT

November 30, 2009 6:37 am | Articles | Comments

Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. is a U.S. $1 billion global provider of manufacturing equipment and services. The company’s employees rely on up-to-date messaging technology to conduct business with partners and customers around the world. Barry-Wehmiller wanted to upgrade to Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 e-mail messaging and collaboration software.

In Your Facebook

November 30, 2009 5:36 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I like to consider myself a true connoisseur of irony. So the circumstances regarding a recent article that Product Design & Development's esteemed associate editor Meaghan Ziemba forwarded on was not lost on me. You see, she e-mailed a collection of editors an article where the author spouted on about the death of e-mail as a form of communication.

The Real 'Twelve Days' Cost Of Christmas: $87,403

November 30, 2009 4:04 am | by Dan Nephin, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Making one's true love happy will cost a whopping $87,403 this year, a minuscule increase from last year, according to the latest cost analysis of the items in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas." That's the grand total for the single partridge in a pear tree to the 12 drummers drumming, purchased repeatedly as the song suggests, according to the annual "Christmas Price Index" compiled by PNC Wealth Management.

Employers Play Dr. Mom Over Swine Flu Threats

November 30, 2009 4:00 am | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Big businesses are spending serious time and money trying to limit the swine flu pandemic's impact on operations, from bankrolling video on good hygiene to training employees to cover for co-workers with critical jobs. Companies from health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Hyundai's Montgomery Plant Reaches Milestone

November 30, 2009 3:53 am | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A white Sonata getting the finishing touches at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama is the 1 millionth vehicle produced at the plant. The vehicle was at the center of attention from plant officials and the company's supply chain as it headed for completion on Monday.

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German Workers Fight Against Mercedes Move To U.S.

November 30, 2009 3:49 am | News | Comments

FRANKFURT (AP) — About 10,000 workers at German carmaker Daimler AG's Sindelfingen plant gathered Monday to ask management not to send production of its C-Class Mercedes cars to the U.S., a move the company is considering to take advantage of lower production costs and to avoid currency fluctuations.

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Caterpillar Expands Operations To S. Korea With Acquisition

November 30, 2009 3:35 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. said Monday it plans to buy a subsidiary of a South Korean manufacturer of components for earthmoving and other machinery. The world's largest maker of mining and construction equipment says it will acquire JCS Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Jinsung T.

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India Still Reeling From Bhopal Industrial Accident

November 30, 2009 3:33 am | by Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BHOPAL, India (AP) — Hazra Bi wishes she could forget. But her damaged family is a living reminder of that December night 25 years ago when lethal gas leaked from a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, in the worst industrial disaster the world has ever seen. The gas that swept through her poor neighborhood left her nearly blind in one eye, menopausal at 36, with searing headaches and breathlessness.

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There's A Wireless App For That

November 23, 2009 8:49 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Here at IMPO and Chem.Info , we try to stay out in front of the trends happening in chemical and processing facilities around the country. Whether it’s the inherently safer technologies that could (read: probably will) change the way chemical facilities operate, or membrane separation technologies designed to improve everything from wastewater treatment to carbon capture , we’re constantly reading, watching and talking about processing technologies in order to present products and stories that can help you on the plant floor.

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Lock Out Waste With SPC

November 23, 2009 7:04 am | Articles | Comments

Eugene, OR — The quality department at Yale Commercial Locks and Hardware takes its job seriously — assuring that the products they manufacture meet the strict requirements of a name synonymous with security. But in an ultra-competitive environment, simply meeting those requirements isn’t enough.

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Keep Rust At Bay

November 23, 2009 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Birchwood Casey (Eden Prairie, MN) now offers a full line of aqueous and solvent-based inhibitors and sealants to prevent rust and corrosion on metal surfaces. The solvent-based inhibitors offer 50 to 300 hours of salt spray protection, making it ideal for raw steel/casting inventory, in-process parts, or parts in long-term storage.

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Impact-Resistant Door Panels

November 23, 2009 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FLEX-BACK Panel by APS Resource (Mequon, WI) helps eliminate bottom door panel damage from forklifts by flexing upon impact and returning to its normal operating position. The FLEX-BACK panel is constructed of a high-impact polymer skin and flexible tube frame, which provides the strength to eliminate damage to bottom door panels.

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