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Explosion-Proof Motor For Hazardous Waste Compactor

April 22, 2009 8:11 am | Articles | Comments

KenBay has added a hazardous waste & explosion-proof model to its line of rotary arm compactors. According to the company, this RotoPac has the same small footprint and high 6-to-1 compaction ratio as its other models, but is now fitted with NEMA 4 boxes for electrical control components and hydraulic valves.

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Humans & Machines Unite

April 22, 2009 8:05 am | Articles | Comments

Pro-face America recently released its latest brochure, containing a range of standard, mid-range and high performance industrial PCs, plus open human-machine interface (HMI) solutions. Detailed specification are included for each system, as well as descriptions for the Pro-face system features.

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Exelon and SunPower to Develop Nation's Largest Urban Solar Power Plant

April 22, 2009 7:00 am | Articles | Comments

Exelon and SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA) (Nasdaq: SPWRB) today announced an agreement to develop the nation's largest urban solar power plant at a former industrial site on Chicago's South Side. The 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility is scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

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Sweet Revenge With 110 MPG V-8 Engine

April 22, 2009 6:52 am | Articles | Comments

President/CEO Peter Collorafi of Revenge Designs Inc. (PINKSHEETS: RVGD), a specialty car designer and production assembler, is pleased to announce that an agreement has been signed with Mr. Douglas Pelmear, President/CEO of HP2G LLC, an Ohio based engine company with a 110 MPGe engine. HP2G LLC has designed, developed and built a proprietary V-8 engine called the HP2g.

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Inauguration of World's Largest LNG Facility

April 22, 2009 6:39 am | Articles | Comments

Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and its Emerson Process Management business congratulated Qatargas Operating Company Ltd. on its recent inauguration of the world's largest facility for producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Ras Laffan Industrial City. To capitalize on the growing demand for clean-burning natural gas, Qatargas is in the final stages of commissioning and startup of the largest LNG production "train" ever built.

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Smart Control Panel With Touchpad, LCD Screen

April 21, 2009 10:21 am | Articles | Comments

Blue Giant Equipment Corporation has released the Blue Genius™ Touch Control Panels, a new line of microprocessor-based technology for operating dock levelers, vehicle restraints, doors, communications lights, and safety accessories. A smart-touch keypad with multi-language visual display allows workers to manage all the connected loading dock equipment from one control panel, while an enhanced network communications bus provides more reliable high-speed communications.

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Petro-Canada Isolates Biodegradable, Non-Toxic Lubricants

April 21, 2009 9:18 am | Articles | Comments

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada – March 30, 2009: Petro-Canada today announced their new EcoSia brand, a suite of products from their current line-up which possess environmentally-friendly characteristics. The EcoSia line will make it easier for lubricant customers to identify those products that meet their environmental goals without compromising performance.

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Gallatin Tracks Compliance Through Software

April 21, 2009 5:41 am | Articles | Comments

Gallatin Steel, Ghent KY, is a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Gerdau Ameristeel—with equal emphasis on safety, environment, and quality. This steel manufacturer has a Contract Strip Production facility capable of producing more than 1.4 million tons of hot band coils on an annual basis.

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World markets mixed after downbeat US news

April 15, 2009 11:54 am | by PAN PYLAS, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

World stocks were only modestly changed Wednesday as recent enthusiasm was offset by disappointing U.S. economic data, including an unexpected fall in consumer prices and a continued slump in industrial production. The Labor Department said consumer prices edged down 0.

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Industrial production drops more than expected

April 15, 2009 11:51 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

Industrial production fell for the fifth straight month in March, the government said Wednesday, as companies cut output in order to clear stockpiles of goods. But economists expect that trend to moderate soon, as businesses bring inventories in line with slower sales.

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Auto industry on plug-in hybrids and electric cars

April 15, 2009 11:44 am | Articles | Comments

Several automakers are developing plug-in hybrid vehicles and electric cars that could help meet President Barack Obama's goal of putting 1 million plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015. Many industry officials say the goal is a worthy one but will be difficult to meet. A look at the work by some auto manufacturers: GENERAL MOTORS CORP.

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Can You Spot the Gimmick in the Room?

April 9, 2009 8:50 am | by by David Mantley, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

The scary part about AIG, the Big 3, and similar types of broad media coverage into executive scandals, is the potential affect on manufacturing leaders—particularly, those who are afraid of being viewed as “bad” managers, but don’t necessarily know how to be good ones.

Want to be "The Fall Guy?" Here's How

April 9, 2009 8:13 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Once upon a time, I associated AIG with the comforting voice of the narrator and the clean white lines and blue shading in its advertisements. The name elicited nothing more in me than does any other large American financial and insurance institution—a delicate balance of protection and profit.

Encoders Go Wireless

April 9, 2009 8:06 am | Articles | Comments

BEI Industrial Encoders has released the SwiftComm wireless interface for encoders, designed for motion control applications. The encoders provide a wireless signal in real time over a secure network. According to BEI, the SwiftComm series is unlike other wireless technology such as Wi-Fi because of its fast boot-up and transmission time, which allow it to seamlessly interface with existing control systems.

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Caught On A Variety of Tapes

April 8, 2009 9:03 am | Articles | Comments

Mule-Hide has a number of maintenance and repair solutions that are available in various sizes. Its EPDM tapes come in 3” or 6” wide by 25’ long, and 3”, 6” or 12” wide by 25’ long. EPDM tape primer is also available in 1 gallon or 5 gallon containers.

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Wholesale inventories drop by most in 17 years

April 8, 2009 8:39 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

Inventories dropped in February, but sales rose for the first time since the summer.  Wholesalers cut their inventories in February by the steepest amount in more than 17 years, but sales rose for the first time since the summer, encouraging signs that companies may be getting their inventories under control.

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New Breed Awarded Contract by Boeing IDS, Earns Gold Performance Excellence Award

April 8, 2009 8:35 am | Articles | Comments

New Breed has received another contract from Boeing to operate a distribution and supply support program. HIGH POINT, N.C., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- New Breed Logistics, Inc., has announced that they have received a contract from Boeing Integrated Defense Systems to operate a distribution and supply support program at Boeing's Global Services & Support site in San Antonio, Texas.

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French workers release 4 managers in factory

April 8, 2009 8:27 am | Articles | Comments

Hostage-taking has re-emerged as a popular negotiating tactic among frustrated French workers.  French workers on Wednesday released four managers they had held captive overnight at a British-run factory following a labor dispute over the plant's closure, officials said. The managers at the plant in the foothills of the French Alps, run by Britain's Scapa Group PLC, were allowed to leave the site to attend negotiations Wednesday at the local mayor's office.

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Chrysler president: 30 days enough for Fiat deal

April 8, 2009 7:27 am | Articles | Comments

Jim Press says the government has provided the automaker ample time to complete a deal with Fiat.  Chrysler's president says the government has provided the automaker ample time to complete a deal with Fiat. Jim Press said Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show that Chrysler would prefer signing a definitive agreement before the May 1 deadline so it can "get back to business as usual.

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Ergonomic, Straddle-Free Pallet Handling

April 8, 2009 6:21 am | Articles | Comments

Bishamon Industries Corporation recently released the UniLift™, designed to make the transportation and ergonomic positioning of a standard GMA pallet or skid possible without having to straddle the device. According to Bishamon, the deployable outrigger design gives UniLift™ the handling and steering characteristics of a standard pallet jack.

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