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Keep Your Bins In Sight

October 5, 2010 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

The InSight Ultra Clear Bins from Akro-Mils (Akron, OH) are made from autoclavable polycarbonate material and are available in four sizes to provide maximum visibility to users in a sleek design. The InSight bins’ “lock-in-place” design allows bins to be stacked, even with lids in place, and the molded rear hanger lip easily hooks the bins onto rails or louvered panels.


Torque Testing Made Easy

October 5, 2010 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Promess, Inc. (Brighton, MI) has launched a new family of Motorized Torque Assembly & Test Systems for assembly and test applications requiring cranking, twisting, turning, ratcheting, or pre-loading of the products being produced. The product offers in five standard torque capacities: 5 Nm, 20 Nm, 50 Nm, 100 Nm, and 200 Nm, with standard rotational speeds up to 1,400 rpm.


High-Capacity Blowers

October 5, 2010 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) has introduced a new line of CPB Cast Aluminum Blowers, which are available 8” to 15”, with capacities to 3,410 cfm. The CPB Blowers have cast aluminum radial bladed wheels, are ideal for exhaust systems where air is laden with dust or grit, and can be used to supply high-pressure air for cooling applications and conveying systems.


Wire Rope Isolators In All Sizes

October 5, 2010 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new series of 70 wire rope isolators from Advanced Antivibration Components (AAC — New Hyde Park, NY) feature multiaxial shock and vibration protection, corrosion-resistance, and maintenance-free operation. The cable itself is made from stainless steel in a variety of sizes (1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 1/4”, 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", and 7/8" diameter), and the mounting plates are made of aluminum.


Trust Your Gut

October 5, 2010 6:06 am | by by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business technology | Blogs | Comments

While software and technology providers are experts on their respective offerings, it’s the customers who are the experts when it comes to their respective needs and wants. When it comes to new technology, I’m hardly a bandwagon-jumper. I still don’t own a BlackBerry, iPhone, or even a high-definition television.

5 Ways To Lose Points On Your Pest Control Audit

October 5, 2010 6:04 am | by Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC & Jim Bail, Director of Technical Services, Food Processors Program, NSF | Articles | Comments

With the ever increasing demands of our daily jobs, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of pest management details that can make a big difference during a third-party audit, especially with the current focus on the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). That’s why Orkin Commercial Services and NSF International teamed up on myauditprep.


Iran Blames Covert Western Sabotage For Stuxnet Worm

October 5, 2010 4:51 am | by Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran claimed Tuesday that a computer worm found on the laptops of several employees at the country's nuclear power plant is part of a covert Western plot to derail its nuclear program. Iranian officials have suggested in recent days that the Stuxnet worm that has affected computers of employees at the Bushehr nuclear power plant could be a conspiracy to damage Iran's nuclear activities.


Toyota To Sell Smart Grid System Alongside EVs

October 5, 2010 4:49 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is pairing its little known housing business with its expertise in green cars to sell computer systems that link homes, utilities and vehicles to reduce energy use. The world's biggest automaker said Tuesday the launch of its home smart grid system in Japan will coincide with its plug-in hybrid cars going on sale in early 2012.


BMW To Hire 600 More S.C. Workers

October 5, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

GREER, S.C. (AP) — BMW Manufacturing Co. says it will hire an additional 600 workers at its Greer plant to work as they are needed to assemble the company's vehicles. BMW told multiple media outlets on Monday it will hire the new employees at job fairs Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 at Spartanburg Community College's Tyger River Campus.


Initiative Reinforces Manufacturing 'Skills' For Young Workers

October 5, 2010 4:47 am | by Eric Gorski, AP Education Writer | News | Comments

As the White House stages a first-of-its-kind community college summit Tuesday, the Obama administration is proposing that stronger partnerships between two-year public colleges and big-name U.S. employers such as McDonald's and The Gap will help better match workers with jobs during the economic recovery and beyond.

AP: U.S. Economic Stress Eased In August

October 5, 2010 4:42 am | by Martin Crutsinger and Mike Schneider, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's economic stress eased slightly in August thanks to lower foreclosure rates in the hardest-hit states, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of conditions around the country. But the improvement was meager, and it added to evidence of sluggish economic growth.


Gov't Tightens Standards For 'Five Star' Passenger Cars

October 5, 2010 4:41 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department is outlining changes Tuesday to the U.S. government's 5-Star Safety Rating System that will make it more difficult for new cars and trucks to earn top scores. Only two of the first 34 vehicles tested under the new program — the 2011 BMW 5 Series and a version of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata — received the top grade of five stars.

Distributing Ergonomics And Safety

October 4, 2010 9:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Melmor Associates Inc. (Niles, OH) has added a new product line, which includes platform trucks, direct drive portable blowers, chrome wire shelving and carts, casters, bulk containers, and more. The new products include the Prohanger, which is a plastic cradle that holds, hangs, and organizes extra-long parts in service trucks used by technicians.


Corrosion-, Abrasion-Free Storage

October 4, 2010 9:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Knaack LLC (Crystal Lake, IL) Jobsite storage products are now manufactured using a new powder paint process, which now offers improved corrosion resistance, abrasion resistance, scratch resistant, and paint film thickness. According to the company, corrosion resistance is now five times better than the company’s previous liquid enamel paint, and abrasion resistance is 2.


Get A Full Range Of Welding

October 4, 2010 9:06 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

A full range of welding end prep tools that combine a formed tool bit with an adjustable bit locking system are available from ESCO Tool (Holliston, MA) with the ESCO MILLHOG Welding End Prep Tools. The line includes several models for machining compound end preps on tube and pipe from 2” I.


Create Bags Of Any Type

October 4, 2010 9:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The r2b Horizontal Form Fill Seal Bagger from WeighPack (Lachine, QC Canada) can create a wide variety of bags to integrate bag-making, filling, sealing, and printing into one automatic process, which can reduce labor and film costs. The r2b uses laminated roll firm stock, which can be used to create an array of bags, including: flat-bottom, stand-up, 3-sided seal, 4-sided seal, and with or without zipper closures.


Wireless Sensor Network Progress

October 4, 2010 5:49 am | by Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx Ltd | Articles | Comments

Meeting in the middle: Wireless sensor networks must reduce power requirements, while energy harvesting technology continues to improve. . Approximately 100 years after Michael Faraday came Nikola Tesla, another European electrical theory giant who parted his hair down the middle. Faraday brought us the DC motor and much more; Tesla brought us the AC motor and likewise.


Dead Wood Rising

October 4, 2010 5:48 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D  | Blogs | Comments

When we think of dead wood, we will always think termites before we think family. "This economy is lumpy.” The statement didn’t launch the event with the flash and bang that I had anticipated. Then again, I was a first-timer and had no idea what to expect. For some reason, as I was munching on food from the journalist trough on the SolidWorks campus, I pictured a press event with musical overtures, pyrotechnics, and a shotgun blast to kick it off.

U.S. Car Sales Down Despite New Models

October 4, 2010 5:21 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — New models and Labor Day holiday promotions didn't do much to fire Americans' appetites for new cars in September. Sales at Chrysler and Ford rose slightly from August. They fell at General Motors and Honda and were flat at Toyota. Car companies say a recovery is still happening, but it's not as strong as they had hoped following a terrible 2009.

Apple Could Surpass Exxon As 'Most Valuable' Company

October 4, 2010 4:53 am | by David K. Randall, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Here's something to think about the next time you pick up a call on your iPhone: the device you're holding may soon be the signature product of the most valuable company in the world. Thanks to its line of gadgets that combine the ability to make calls, send email, read books, watch movies and listen to music, Apple Inc.


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