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What Smells Like Eggs?

February 22, 2010 7:59 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

The situation is nothing to rival the  coffee crisis  of 2009 or the interoffice email crisis . We lost many good Cubites in the conflicts that ended with the dismantling of the Great Foam Wall. The site of our latest office scandal hangs over an olive-colored bog wading through the aisles of a once great, now crumbling foam city.

Uncloaking The Food Industry

February 22, 2010 7:59 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Some American consumers seem to believe that a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with regard to the production of our food is the only thing that keeps Americans eating pre-packaged and processed foods—that if we were exposed to the real processes by which our food made it to the shelf, we’d all fork over the extra dollars and spend the extra hours required to cook fresh produce and free range meat.

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Die Casting Ladles

February 22, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Northern Iron and Machine (St. Paul, MN) is now offering an expanded line of replacement ladle cups and mounting brackets for most model die casting machines. The cups now come in eleven models with capacities from 0.44 lbs to 33.70 lbs. The replacement cups are heavy-duty, ¼” ductile iron, and have contoured shapes for smooth pouring and resistance to metal build-up.

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Guard Your Energy

February 22, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ENERGY GUARD from Serco (Carrollton, TX) provides a perimeter seal along the sides and rear hinge of a dock leveler to block dirt, debris, and insects, and most importantly, prevent energy loss. The design seals the gaps between the dock leveler and concrete pit walls up to 9” above the dock.

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Get A Handle On Stress

February 22, 2010 6:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Altech (Flemington, NJ) offers the ATEX polyamide strain reliefs for cable entries to provide increased safety in explosion-endangered areas by eliminating any potential for arcs, sparks, or hot surfaces. The IP68-rated strain reliefs offer neoprene seals and promote optimized sealing and protection against contaminants.

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Short But Powerful

February 22, 2010 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new CM25 self-contained, ceiling-mounted air conditioner from MovinCool (Long Beach, CA) offers a high cooling capacity at a lower cost than conventional solutions, such as precision cooling systems. The CM25 was designed specifically for spaces with dense heat loads and small spaces, at only 20” high.

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Pediatricians Push For Better Choking Warnings On Food

February 22, 2010 4:02 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — When 4-year-old Eric Stavros Adler choked to death on a piece of hot dog, his anguished mother never dreamed that the popular kids' food could be so dangerous. Some food makers including Oscar Mayer have warning labels about choking, but not nearly enough, says Joan Stavros Adler, Eric's mom.

High-Tech Waste Strangling 3rd World

February 22, 2010 3:59 am | by Jim Gomez and Rod McGuirk, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Sales of household electrical gadgets will boom across the developing world in the next decade, wreaking environmental havoc if there are no new strategies to deal with the discarded TVs, cell phones and computers, a U.N. report said Monday. The environmental and health hazards posed by the globe's mounting electronic waste are particularly urgent in developing countries, which are already dumping grounds for rich nations' high-tech trash, the U.

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Del. Negotiates Pollution Deal At Specialty Steel Plant

February 22, 2010 3:53 am | News | Comments

CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials say they are working on a new pollution control settlement for Evraz Claymont Steel. Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O'Mara told lawmakers recently that company officials appear ready to make new investments to control metallic dust and other problems at the site.

Whitacre Earns $9 Million As GM CEO

February 22, 2010 3:44 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Co. CEO Ed Whitacre will receive a salary of $1.7 million this year, plus stock awards that will bring his total pay package to $9 million at a later date, the automaker said Friday. In a surprise announcement, GM also said former CEO Fritz Henderson has been rehired as a consultant.

212 Jobs Lost In Ark. Air Conditioning Plant

February 22, 2010 3:27 am | News | Comments

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Officials say 212 workers are likely to lose their jobs by the end of the year at a Fort Smith plant that makes air conditioning systems, mostly for homes. Ingersoll Rand, the parent firm of Trane Residential Solutions, said Friday that some of the production at the Trane plant at Fort Smith will be moved to a plant in Lynn Haven, Fla.

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Surviving The 1,000-Mile Commute

February 22, 2010 3:26 am | by Sharon Cohen, AP National Writer | News | Comments

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — In the early dawn, after another week building cars, Michael Hanley leaves his job in Kansas. He quickly zips into Missouri, then heads up a ribbon of highway past grain silos and grazing deer, across the frozen fields of Iowa, over the Mississippi River and into the rolling hills of Wisconsin.

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Cranes In Dry Or Wet

February 19, 2010 11:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Demag Cranes & Components (Cleveland, OH) is offering the CastMaster crane series, a custom-engineered crane system designed to improve the speed and efficiency for precast and prestressed product manufacturers using the WetCast or DryCast process. The system can result in a throughput improvement up to 20 percent in areas of the manufacturing process, according to the company.

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Easy-To-Use Friction Testing

February 19, 2010 11:08 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Advanced Friction Tester from Gardco (Pomano Beach, FL) produces detailed fingerprints of new substrates, coatings, and production samples. These characteristic can be saved and compared at any time, allowing the manufacturer to specify the optimum surface finish for any packaging process.

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High-TEK Industrial Fans

February 19, 2010 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) announces the TEK Plug Fans, which feature TEK backward curved airfoil wheels. The TEK Impellers combine precision injection molding techniques with modern high-strength plastics to produce a wheel that is stronger than steel, yet half the weight.

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Get Comfortable With Lift Trucks

February 19, 2010 11:07 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Hyster Company (Greenville, NC) has launched a new series of lift trucks with lifting capacities of 55,000 to 70,000 lbs. The H550-700HD models are ideal for steel manufacturing, loading general cargo, and stacking loaded or unloaded containers. The newly designed models feature the ComforCab II operator compartment, which enhances operator comfort to maximize productivity.

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Finding Their Comfort Zone

February 19, 2010 10:05 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

It seems even a struggling economy has its, well, sweet spots. At least that's what Fort Wayne, IN-based Ellison Bakery is hoping after unveiling the first line of cookies to ever carry the 65-year-old bakery's name. The introduction of their Super-Moist line this past summer represents just one of many key decisions the company has made in transforming from humble beginnings in a two-car garage to a 120,000-square-foot operation.

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Re-Shoring — Bringing Manufacturing Back To American Suppliers

February 19, 2010 10:00 am | by Michael Collins, President, MPC Management | Articles | Comments

In May, the National Tooling and Machining Association and the Precision Metals Association will sponsor a re-shoring fair that will be all about bringing back work that has been outsourced to foreign competitors.  You may be wondering why this is happening.  Did President Obama negotiate a secret deal with the Chinese to reduce imports?  Are omniscient customers anticipating the crash of the dollar? No it is not as simple as these answers.

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Turbine Maker Recalls 79 Workers At Pa. Plant

February 19, 2010 3:59 am | News | Comments

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa has brought back 79 workers laid off from a western Pennsylvania plant in November. The company says it will also hire 50 more workers at its plant in Ebensburg, about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. Company officials said in November that 141 people were laid off, including the 79 who have been recalled.

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Is Wichita The Next Detroit?

February 19, 2010 3:50 am | by Molly McMillin, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita's business jetmakers sometimes think about Detroit. Not that many years ago, U.S. automakers weren't too concerned about emerging foreign competitors. Productivity was poor, costs were out of control, and they became complacent, said Cessna Aircraft CEO Jack Pelton.

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