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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.

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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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Insulated, Waterproof Camo Boot Means Business

April 8, 2009 6:08 am | Articles | Comments

The all new Camo from Snap On® footwear, manufactured under license by Coastal Boot, is made with a leather upper and waterproof SympaTex Reflexion®, which has insulation properties equivalent to 400 grams of Thinsulate® without the added bulk. Measuring 6 1/2” in height, the Camo sports a polyurethane outsole and Smartmask® sock liners for cushioning, shock absorption and comfort.

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Tube Fittings Fit For A King

April 8, 2009 4:27 am | Articles | Comments

The double-ferrule, instrumentation-grade tube fittings from Brennan Industries feature interchangeable nut and ferrule sets, allowing the use of one manufacturer’s set within the body of another’s. With design characteristics that are comparable in form, function and fit to several other manufacturers, the fittings are also intermixable.

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Smaller Steps To The Green Goal

April 2, 2009 9:13 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I recently had the opportunity to visit a distillery just outside of Kansas City that would tout its efforts as something of a success story. McCormick Vodka of Weston, MO thrust onto the market 18 months ago, a product you might term the world’s most eco-friendly vodka—made with energy efficient distillation equipment, the bottle is 85 percent recycled glass, with a reusable stopper.

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Efficiency Efforts, In the Billions

April 2, 2009 8:18 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

"The billions of federal dollars about to be spent are going to be the biggest government infrastructure investment since the interstate highway system was launched in the 1950s." This statement from a now slightly outdated blog post refers to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (that went into effect on February 17), which promises to bolster just the renewable energy sector with more than $43 billion— And this sliver of stimulus dessert doesn’t even compare to its overall spending.

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