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But I'm No Billionaire

February 26, 2009 7:06 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

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Small In Size, Big In Features

February 24, 2009 12:34 pm | Articles | Comments

The Power Probe Micro Torch is small in size, but offers many features and ease of use.

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Rotary Screw Technology

February 24, 2009 12:30 pm | Articles | Comments

Sullair Corporation offers its new ShopTek™ lubricated rotary screw air compressor. According to the company, these compressors combine Sullair's proven rotary screw technology in a compact belt-drive package which establishes new standards for continuous-duty compressors to meet the needs of small horsepower markets.

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Tools & Equipment For Your Every Need

February 24, 2009 12:15 pm | Articles | Comments

For over 40 years, Neu Tool & Supplyhas offered thousands of tool and equipment items from hundreds of manufacturers.

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Rollers For Those Hostile Environments

February 24, 2009 12:01 pm | Articles | Comments

Ralphs-Pugh Companyhas developed a series of rollers to counter the harsh conditions in battery manufacturing and storage and charging station environments.

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Company Chosen By Army Corps Of Engineers To Boost Energy Efficiency And Cut Costs

February 24, 2009 9:23 am | Articles | Comments

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has  received a contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help the Department of Defense and other agencies increase energy efficiency, leverage renewable eneargy and save water. The work will be performed under the federal Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) program and builds on the Department of Energy contract Honeywell recently secured to implement up to $5 billion of similar projects in government facilities across the globe.

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Online Layoff Tracker Captures Economy's Carnage

February 24, 2009 9:06 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Layoff Tracker can be planted on a Web site or a computer desktop to provide a running tally of the pink slips being handed out by major employers around the country. The tracker complies the numbers from news reports and company announcements.

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Steel’s Revival May Provide Roadmap For Auto Industry

February 24, 2009 9:00 am | by Daniel Lovering and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | Articles | Comments

The 57-year-old steelworker from Port Vue, PA, lived through painful restructuring that drastically reshaped the domestic steel industry. The most recent crisis, from 1998 through 2003, involved dozens of bankruptcies, huge job cuts and mill closures.

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What About The Other Mobile Workers?

February 20, 2009 11:39 am | by Stephen Woram, CEO, Form Automation Solutions | Articles | Comments

It’s a common site at any factory, power plant, refinery, or other production facility: a worker, armed with pen and clipboard, making rounds, checking non-instrumented equipment, and filling out forms. Big companies love their data collection forms.

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Q&A with Kenneth R. Foster, SKF USA Inc.

February 20, 2009 11:39 am | Articles | Comments

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Proprietary Brands & Diversification

February 20, 2009 11:39 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

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Keeping Pace With Change

February 20, 2009 11:39 am | Articles | Comments

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Peanut Butter: The Glue That Holds Us Together?

February 20, 2009 11:38 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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Putting Green In Motion

February 20, 2009 11:38 am | Articles | Comments

By Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO As part of the NSK group, a global supplier of various motion control components with literally unlimited application potential, the team in Franklin was given the challenge of becoming ISO 14001 certified. Issuing a challenge has long been used as a way of motivating people or pushing them to achieve greater results than they may have previously thought possible.

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Indicators Suggest Recession Will Continue Through 2009, But Intensity Will Ease

February 19, 2009 6:10 am | Articles | Comments

Index(TM) (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.4 percent in January, following a 0.2 percent increase in December and a 0.7 percent decline in November.

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The Auto Dead Zone

February 19, 2009 6:04 am | Articles | Comments

The cover page of Chrysler's restructuring plan, submitted along with GM's late Tuesday, tells you all you really need to know about these 100-page-plus tomes. Replete with pictures of World War II Army Jeeps, dead men in starched collars -- and the now-obligatory "hybrid" logo and plug-in car -- the first page declares that Chrysler "is the Quintessential American Auto Company."

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25 ‘Go Brennan’ Scholarships For Students Seeking Careers In Manufacturing Now Available Via YouTube Promotion

February 19, 2009 6:00 am | Articles | Comments

It’s “lap three” for teen race car driver Brennan Palmiter’s “Go-Brennan” YouTube Scholarship promotion that offers up to 25 scholarships of $500 each to students seeking careers in manufacturing. Sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation and SolidWorks Corporation, the “GO-Brennan” Scholarships are tied to FMA’s sponsorship of 17-year-old stock car driver Palmiter’s 2009 racing season.

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Hydraulic Institute Launches New Positive Displacement Pump e-Learning Course

February 19, 2009 5:56 am | Articles | Comments

Hydraulic Institute (HI) has launched its latest pump industry e-Learning program titled “Positive Displacement Pumps: Fundamentals, Design and Applications.”  The comprehensive Positive Displacement (PD) Pump course is an Internet-delivered educational program designed to provide individual users with a broad, comprehensive knowledge of PD pumping technologies. The material is visual and interactive, allowing students to take full advantage of the latest learning technology.

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ISM Launches Knowledge Center Offering

February 19, 2009 5:53 am | Articles | Comments

The latest tool for supply professionals seeking to acquire the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification is here. Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) now offers a CPSM® Bridge Exam Online Review Course through the ISM Knowledge Center.

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Registration RedShift:2009 Now Open

February 19, 2009 5:44 am | Articles | Comments

RedPrairie Corporation announces registration is open for its upcoming user conference, Red Shift :2009, Engineered Evolution. Red Shift , to be held May 11 - 14 at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX, generates new ideas and information-sharing on how to improve workforce, inventory and transportation operations through product updates, customer-led breakout sessions and various networking opportunities.

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