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High-Pressure Pipe Cleaners

November 2, 2009 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Two new Typhoon 10 rotating water jet nozzles from NLB Corp. clean pipes as small as 5/8” in diameter. The 24-10 is ideal for applications requiring water pressure of up to 24,000 psi, while the Typhoon 15-10 is for pressures up to 15,000 psi. These self-propelling nozzles rotate at up to 7,000 rpm with a maximum flow of 10 gpm.

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Truly Mobile Cleaning

November 2, 2009 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hosty (Camas, WA) introduces the Trail Blazer mobile cleaning trailer for on-site or in the field cleaning. The Trail Blazer is a rugged single axle trailer unit with a 200-gallon water tank. Users can select from over 10 gas-powered pressure washers, ranging from 3 to 5.

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Harness The Power Of Water

November 2, 2009 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Guardair Corporation (Chicopee, MA) have announced the addition of two new sizes to their HydroForce Power Wash Gun family: 1/2” and 3/8”. The HydroForce combines compressed air and water, resulting in an air/water jet stream perfect for heavy-duty cleaning. The power washer is designed to operate on compressed air supplied by either an in-plant or 185 tow-behind compressor, and standard municipal utility water.

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E.Coli Death Prompts 546,000 Pound Recall

November 2, 2009 4:11 am | News | Comments

ASHVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York meat company has recalled almost 546,000 pounds of ground beef because, according to health officials, contaminated meat has caused illness and one death. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday the meat sold by Ashville, N.Y.-based Fairbank Farms was linked to cases of E.

Overwhelming UAW Rejection Leaves Ford Disadvantaged

November 2, 2009 4:08 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. workers have overwhelmingly rejected contract changes that would have allowed the automaker to cut labor costs, leaving Ford at a disadvantage to its Detroit rivals as it continues its struggle to return to profitability. The United Auto Workers union had given local unions until Monday to complete voting.

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Raytheon, Machinists Union Avoid Strike

November 2, 2009 4:01 am | News | Comments

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Members of the Machinists Union have voted to approve a new three-year contract, averting a possible strike at Raytheon Missile Systems Inc. About 75 percent of the bargaining unit's dues-paying members met Sunday at the Tucson Convention Center and overwhelmingly approved the new contract.

Navy Ship Built From WTC Steel Returns Home

November 2, 2009 3:54 am | by Deepti Hajela, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The new Navy assault ship USS New York, built with World Trade Center steel, arrived in its namesake city Monday with a 21-gun salute near the site of the 2001 terrorist attack. First responders, families of Sept. 11 victims and the public gathered Monday at a waterfront viewing area, where they could see the crew standing at attention along the deck of the battleship gray vessel.

Consumers Push For Reycled Paper

November 2, 2009 3:47 am | by Erik Olson, AP Writer | News | Comments

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — For retailers, the "100 percent recycled" label on a product is a badge of honor declaring their civic responsibility. For consumers, it's a status symbol showing their environmental awareness. For manufacturers, such as Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging Inc.

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Businesses Spending More On Equipment

November 2, 2009 3:34 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses are finally willing to spend more money on equipment, a healthy sign for the economic recovery. For the first time in nearly two years, companies ponied up more money for a category called "equipment and software" in the third quarter of the year. It isn't a huge growth rate — just 1.

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Ford Posts Surprise $1 Billion 3Q Profit

November 2, 2009 3:19 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford, the only Detroit automaker to dodge direct government aid and bankruptcy court, surprised investors with net income of nearly $1 billion in the third quarter and forecast a "solidly profitable" 2011. The automaker said Monday earnings were fueled by U.

Be A Video Historian

November 2, 2009 3:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Longwatch, Inc. (Norwood, MA), developer of the Video Historian for Video MES applications, has announced support of the Wonderware ActiveFactory trend chart object. This allows users to link plant video directly Wonderware’s graphical data trends charts automatically.

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Get Coupled

November 2, 2009 3:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new EZ-Lock Spindle Coupling Kits from Brookfield Engineering (Middleboro, MA) are now available for the Helipath Stand, DIN Adapter, Thermosel, and the Vane Spindle Set. The Spindle Coupling allows technicians to easily attach and detach spindles, and features of the individual kits include: A UL Adapter for low viscosity materials.

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Flexible Safety

November 2, 2009 3:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gamewell-FCI (Northford, CT), a subsidiary of Honeywell, has expanded its Flex Series with two fire alarm releasing panels designed to offer flexible control of single- and dual-hazard agent-based suppression or deluge systems. Both panels are listed to Ul/ANSI-864 Ninth Edition standards for supplemental fire protection.

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Getting A Fix On Conveyors

November 2, 2009 3:11 am | Articles | Comments

Traditionally, conveyors are sensitive pieces of equipment needed frequent alignment, belt replacement, and lubrication. Because reconfigurable modular conveyors are maintenance-free, engineering departments are free to hang the systems without worry about taking down conveyors to work on them.

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United We Stand — Divided We ... Run?

November 2, 2009 3:07 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

It’s not a new problem, per se. The need to improve energy usage trends and implement more efficient approaches has been a relevant topic long before Al Gore invented Power Point presentations or President Obama campaigned on a pledge to overhaul our national grid. What is new is the debate surrounding the slew of potential solutions.

Look Cool While Welding

November 2, 2009 3:02 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Professional (Roswell, GA) has added four new graphic designs to its Jackson-brand Halo X welding helmets. Welders can select the helmet design, auto darkening filter, and graphics to meet their specific needs and preferences. According to the company, individualized choices can help improve compliance, helping to ensure worker safety, maximizing performance, and enabling workers to exhibit a personal style on the job.

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GM Idles Delta Township Plant Due To Indian Strike

October 30, 2009 5:02 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Co. will temporarily shutdown a plant that builds two of its crossover vehicles and reduce production at a transmission plant as a result of a parts shortage stemming from a strike at a supplier in India, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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Merck And Schering-Plough Clear FTC Approval

October 30, 2009 4:58 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp. said Thursday they have won merger approval from the Federal Trade Commission and antitrust regulators in Switzerland and Canada. Merck hopes to close its $41.1 billion acquisition of Schering-Plough Corp. before the end of the year.

Egyptian Sues URS Corp. For 'Terrorist' Discrimination

October 30, 2009 4:53 am | News | Comments

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina worker at the Savannah River Site has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming racial and religious discrimination by co-workers. The Aiken Standard reported Friday that 41-year-old Al Zeiny sued his former employer in U.S. District Court in Aiken.

Machinists Union To Reevaluate Boeing Relationship

October 30, 2009 4:45 am | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Matt Gettmann began working in finance at Boeing Co. last year, and it wasn't long before he found himself watching, stunned, as union members prepared for what became an eight-week strike. The work stoppage cost the company billions in deferred revenue and caused some of the delays in production of its new 787 at a time when Boeing was growing increasingly frustrated with labor squabbles.

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