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Kansas Man Dies In 'Hot Work' Industrial Accident

October 13, 2010 4:41 am | News | Comments

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A man has died after suffering severe burns at a western Kansas industrial plant. Finney County Undersheriff John Andrews says 48-year-old Curtis Nicholson of Garden City was injured Thursday at Darling International Inc. He died Monday at a Wichita hospital. Nicholson and another employee, 40-year-old Troy Morrow, were injured when a plasma torch ignited vapors from barrels that had held hydraulic fluid.


China, HK Businesses Blocking Labor Reform

October 13, 2010 4:36 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Powerful business interests in China and Hong Kong have effectively blocked recent labor reforms, raising the likelihood of further bouts of wildcat strikes and other unrest, a report said Wednesday. The China Labor Bulletin, a Hong Kong-based group that monitors labor conditions in China, said Hong Kong business leaders recently helped block proposed legislation in neighboring Guangdong province that would have enabled workers to initiate and join in collective bargaining with management.

See Your Plant In 3D

October 12, 2010 12:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

FARO Technologies, Inc. (Lake Mary, FL) has developed the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D, which is a 3D laser scanner for detailed measurement and documentation, with a intuitive touch screen control that makes it as easy to operate as a digital camera, according to the company. It is four times lighter and five times smaller than its predecessor, and is able to produce detailed 3D images in only a few minutes.


Fully-Integrated Sortation

October 12, 2010 12:27 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Accu-Sort Systems, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA) has a full spectrum of intelligent and integrated sorting systems, which can be used to modernize and lower the cost of sortation. The system works with all major systems integrators, according to the company, including tilt tray conveyors, cross-belt conveyors, and more.


Glow-In-The-Dark Cables

October 12, 2010 12:26 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Northwire Technical Cable (Osceola, WI) has introduced its ElectriGlow Photoluminescent Glow-In-The-Dark Cables, Power Cords, and Retractables, which are the first industrial photoluminescent glow cables, according to the company. They are ideal for power, industrial networking, control, communication, and more.


Video Release: Engineering A Versatile Positioning Mount

October 12, 2010 12:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Product Design & Development Editor David Mantey discusses the new Versatile Mount with Sprinter Marking’s John Bishop. The Versatile Mount was engineered to provide manufacturers with a flexible, changeable mount for a variety of positioning applications. Despite its compact size (1-3/8” x 2” x 2”), the company claims it can support substantial weights when secured.


Minisplit Installation Accessory Checklist

October 12, 2010 6:00 am | by Lou Laroche, National Sales Manager, Airtec Products | Articles | Comments

Minisplit air conditioners are similar to central air conditioning or commercial split systems in that they all have an evaporator and condenser.  However, minisplits require far different support accessories for efficient, aesthetic and code-compliant installations. Therefore, a contractor should refer to a minisplit checklist of accessories before leaving the wholesaler.


U.S. Manufacturing Grows Despite 'Summer Slowdown'

October 12, 2010 5:53 am | News | Comments

Douglas K. Woods, AMT President August U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $246.42 million, according to AMT (The Association For Manufacturing Technology) and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association.  This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 5.


Pfizer To Buy King Pharmaceuticals For $3.6 Billion

October 12, 2010 4:56 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Pfizer Inc., the world's largest pharmaceutical company by revenue, said Tuesday it will buy pain drug maker King Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $3.6 billion in cash. Pfizer is paying $14.25 per share for King. That's a premium of 40 percent to the stock's Monday closing price of $10.

Ill. Officials Invest $8.8 Million To Retain 1,400 Jobs

October 12, 2010 4:52 am | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are announcing an investment package they say will retain 1,400 jobs at a western Illinois pork-processing plant. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will administer an $8.8 million investment package for Farmland Foods in Monmouth.


Trane Inc. Lays Off 109 Workers From Ark. Plant

October 12, 2010 4:50 am | News | Comments

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Trane Inc. says 109 hourly workers have been laid off from the company's air conditioning manufacturing plant. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Trane officials on Monday confirmed the layoffs were made Friday as part of a restructuring that was announced in February.


China's Auto Sales Slow As Tax Breaks Fade

October 12, 2010 4:47 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China's auto sales slowed further in September as a boom fueled by tax breaks and subsidies faded. Official figures for the month, delayed by a weeklong national holiday, showed total sales rising 17 percent from a year earlier to 1.56 million vehicles, down from 18 percent in August, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported Tuesday.

HP's New CEO To Start Job In The Courtroom

October 12, 2010 4:44 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s new CEO will start his job in a courtroom — and in the crosshairs of HP's new antagonist, Oracle Corp. Court documents show that Leo Apotheker is being called as a witness in Oracle's corporate espionage trial against rival SAP AG, Apotheker's employer of more than 20 years.

Marubeni Joins Google In Offshore Wind Projects

October 12, 2010 4:43 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese industrial conglomerate Marubeni said Tuesday it is joining Google Inc. and two other companies to build an undersea power cable that would link wind power plants off the U.S. Atlantic coast. The project involves connecting wind farms to be built off the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia with inland power networks in the four states, Marubeni Corp.


Handle 15 Systems At Once

October 11, 2010 10:37 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The TransferLine — a flexible, individually-adaptable modular system that can handle up to 15 processing stations — is available from Schleuninger (Manchester, NH). The mechanical, pneumatic, and electrical interfaces are designed to accommodate quick and simple retrofitting and installation of add-on modules.


Round Bar In All Sizes

October 11, 2010 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Penn Stainless Products (Quakertown, PA) has expanded its inventory to include large-diameter sizes of round bar through 22” diameter (in 304/L) and through 24” diameter (in 316/L). The materials conform to ASTM A479 and ASTM A182, and the addition allows the company to be the only stainless center that stocks 304/L and 316/L in their largest sizes.


Pump Less, Do More

October 11, 2010 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Parker Hannifin Corporation (Marysville, OH) announces the PV360, a new addition to the PV plus axial pistol pump family. The PV360 is a variable displacement, 360 cc/rev pump, which can handle industrial applications with operating pressures to 5,000 psi. According to the company, the PV360 is best suited for cranes and lifting equipment, presses, metal forming machines, hydraulic power units (HPUs), and more.


Redesigned Pressing Tools

October 11, 2010 10:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stanley VIRAX (Conyers, GA) has redesigned its industrial pressing tool — the P22+ — to make it easier to use and maintain. In addition, it uses industry-standard press fittings to make solder-less joints in copper, stainless steel, and PEX tubing. The new version has lost two pounds in weight compared to its predecessor, while a redesigned housing offers an ergonomic pistol grip, a sleek profile, and enhanced resistance to drops and shocks.


Spuds With All The Right Moves

October 11, 2010 6:29 am | by Hapman Engineering | Articles | Comments

Known as the pioneer that perfected potato dehydration, Basic American Foods is the foodservice source for unique, convenient potato and bean products. From the restaurant operator to the household consumer, Basic American Foods provides a variety of innovative products.  In the mid-fifties, Basic American Foods established a potato processing plant in Blackfoot, Idaho, where the first instant potato product that could be rehydrated with boiling water was developed.


A Tom Swift Life

October 11, 2010 6:28 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder of PCDworks | Articles | Comments

The foundation of becoming a theoretical powerhouse is to understand what it is to “know” something. Since I was child I have read science fantasy books, as did many a young man in a generation born to the awakening of electronics, rocketry, and the atomic era. But my earliest recollections are the adventures of Tom Swift Jr.


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