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Predict The Future

October 27, 2009 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Process Management (Austin, TX) has developed its DeltaV digital automation system, designed to integrate machinery protection and prediction of critical mechanical equipment. Emerson’s integrated protection and prediction solution, a key component of the PlantWeb digital plant architecture, easily connects to the DeltaV system from AMS Suite predictive maintenance software and the CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor.

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Miniature Door Guards

October 27, 2009 9:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aptos Industries Inc. is introducing a new model of the Rolls Up Door Guard to supplement the RUDG1, which fits doors with minimum dimensions of 10’ x 14’. The new model—the RUDG2—fit smaller doors, down to a height of only eight feet. The RUDG2 has a collision prevention device and can be installed in less than an hour.

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Manual Of Piping

October 27, 2009 9:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

This practical book from Industrial Press , titled “Manual of Piping Practice,” offers coverage of piping practices and maintenance. Written by a 35-year professional with hands-on knowledge and experience in pipeline building and maintenance, this book is designed to be kept at the ready on the shop floor.

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Lock Any Thread

October 27, 2009 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Loctite 2047 is a new high lubricity threadlocker from Henkel Corportation (Rocky Hill, CT), and has been designed to ensure maximum performance on fasteners greater than 7/8” in diameter. 2047 works both as a lubricant that reduces friction, and as an adhesive/sealant that eliminates loosening, maintains clamp load, and prevents corrosion.

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Playing Fetch With Magnetics

October 27, 2009 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial Magnetics, Inc. (Boyne City, MI) has added the HDR3045 heavy-duty magnetic retriever to its line of products. The HDR3045 has been designed for retrieving broken drill bits from oil or water wells, but captures metal objects from any wet or dry area that requires large lifting capacity in a small package.

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Southern States Ally To Win Tanker Contract

October 27, 2009 5:00 am | News | Comments

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — The governors of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi have announced the launch of an alliance designed to create an aerospace and aviation corridor from Panama City, Fla., to Louisiana. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Louisiana Gov.

Vermont Home To New 150-Worker Capacitor Plant

October 27, 2009 4:57 am | News | Comments

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Barre electronics manufacturer is poised to begin construction on a 52,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, which is expected to create 150 new jobs. On Monday, the District 5 Environmental Commission issued a land-use permit for SBE Inc., to build the plant in the Wilson Industrial Park.

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Dow Chemical Leak Prompts Evacuations In Texas

October 27, 2009 4:52 am | News | Comments

FREEPORT, Texas (AP) — A leak in a Dow Chemical underground pipeline is prompting the evacuation of more than 60 homes in Freeport. Dow Chemical spokeswoman Trish Rithaller says crews on Wednesday are expected to begin digging in an area around the pipeline, in a field, to repair the leak.

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Economic Recovery Coming, But Job Losses To Stay

October 27, 2009 4:43 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's about to become official: The recession is over — but not the pain. The government will release figures this week expected to show that the economy has awakened from its deepest slump since the 1930s and is in the early stages of a recovery. But the following week, the government will issue another set of figures expected to show unemployment continuing to rise toward and possibly above a clearly recessionary 10 percent.

S.C. ArcelorMittal Mill To Stay Closed Until 2011

October 27, 2009 4:39 am | News | Comments

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — A union leader says he doesn't think a South Carolina steel mill will reopen before 2011. United Steelworkers Union local president James Sanderson told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach a company official told him that ArcelorMittal's Georgetown steel mill may not reopen until 2011.

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Missouri, Michigan Autoworkers Reject Ford Contract

October 27, 2009 4:27 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Autoworkers in Missouri and Michigan overwhelmingly rejected a new contract with Ford Motor Co., a sign that the automaker and the United Auto Workers union are having trouble convincing some workers to accept changes that would lower Ford's labor costs. Ninety-two percent of workers at the Kansas City Assembly Plant voted against changes to their contract Sunday.

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U.S. Steel Posts $303 Million 3Q Loss

October 27, 2009 4:21 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Manufacturing Writer | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — United States Steel Corp. said Tuesday it lost money for a third straight quarter as the global economic downturn continued to dampen demand for the metal. But the company said its production and shipments rose significantly from the previous quarter, and that it expects a narrower loss in the October-December period as North American automakers order more steel for vehicles.

CRM: The Secret Ingredient

October 26, 2009 10:53 am | Articles | Comments

As with many a treasured recipes and favorite dish, Illes Seasonings & Flavors’ name and genesis came from its founding family: current owner Rick Illes’ grandfather, Dr. A.E. Illes, who in 1927 founded this highly respected manufacturer of distinctive seasonings and flavor products.

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Cleaning The Toughest Tubes

October 26, 2009 10:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The automated water jet system from NLB Corp. (Wixom, MI) features five rigid lances, each with a specially-designed nozzle to deliver high-pressure water (up to 20,000 psi) to clear tubes of hardened debris. The powerful hydraulics on the ATL-5000 inserts the five lances at a rate of 39” per second.

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'Barrier-Free' Barriers

October 26, 2009 10:33 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Easyfit, Inc. (North Canton, OH) announces a new line of slip-on structural pipe fittings to build handrail systems that conform to the “barrier-free” requirements of the Americans and Disabilities Act. The fittings can be used to construct handrails that provide a smooth, contiguous gripping surface throughout the entire length of the installation.

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Belt Drive Is Better

October 26, 2009 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Steam Jenny (Somerset, PA), a division of Jenny Products Inc., has introduced four new models of belt-drive cold pressure washers, which provide a longer pump life than direct-drive units. The washers are powered by 9 or 13 horsepower Honda GX Series engines, with pressure ratings between 3,000 and 4,000 psi and flow rates between 3 and 4 gpm.

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Keep The Light On

October 26, 2009 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Champ VMV LED Series from Cooper Crouse-Hinds (Syracuse, NY) provides the same reliability of a traditional Champ luminaire, combined with the improved energy efficiency and long life of LED technology. Improved temperature ratings and enhanced visibility with full spectrum lighting provide a safer work environment in hazardous and industrial locations.

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Per The Yankees, Investment Worthless Without Execution

October 26, 2009 6:27 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Baseball season within the IMPO family leads to several interesting and often heated conversations — many of which offer a unique parallel to the competitive environment you see on the plant floor. Our family resides in two different homes. Out on the east coast we have Chuck Marin.

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Thermocoupling Made Easy

October 26, 2009 5:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Thermocouple Mini-Grabbers from Electronic Development Labs (EDL, Danville, VA) provide a continuous thermocouple connection from bare wires to the measuring instrument without the need to attach plugs. The continuous thermocouple material, from trip to mini plug, offers a better and more convenient connection when compared to copper wire, according to the company.

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'Insourcing' A Boon To Mississippian Economy

October 26, 2009 4:47 am | by David Tortorano, AP Writer | News | Comments

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) -- It's hard to come up with an example that better shows the dual nature of awarding a project to a company with foreign roots than the ongoing controversy over a $40 billion Air Force aerial tanker. Boeing Co. supporters say a win by European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co.

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