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Industrial-Friendly Laptops

September 24, 2010 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic Solutions Company (Secaucus, NJ) has announced the newest member of its Toughbook U1 ultra-mobile PC product family, with the Toughbook U1 Ultra. The new model has a TransflectivePlus display for easy viewing in direct sunlight, a 64GB solid state hard drive, 2GB of memory, and Windows 7.


An Asset You Can’t Afford To Lose

September 24, 2010 5:21 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Upton Sinclair’s early 20th century novel,  The Jungle , has often been credited as the catalyst for the launch of food safety laws in America. It’s no wonder, as Sinclair horrified readers with images of maggoty beef and sausage infused with rat guts. As the author of a novel that inspired such change, one would think Sinclair would have been pleased.

Volvo Gets Two For The Price Of One

September 24, 2010 4:57 am | Articles | Comments

120-position tool carriage holds various HSK63 and HSK100 tooling. By using a  Zimmermann  FZ42 portal milling center, Volvo gets the power and torque needed to cut engine fan cases plus the accuracy to turn the machine tool into a coordinate measuring machine for inspection of finished parts.


Boeing Welds Final Beam In Massive S.C. Facility

September 24, 2010 4:32 am | News | Comments

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Another milestone has been reached in building a $750 million Boeing aircraft assembly plant on the South Carolina coast. Boeing officials on Friday plan a topping off ceremony at the North Charleston plant to mark the last steel beam being put in place for the frame of the plant where the company's new 787 jetliner will be built.


Wall Street Celebrates Good August Manufacturing Report

September 24, 2010 4:31 am | by Stephen Bernard, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures rallied Friday as traders were encouraged that orders for manufactured goods excluding the volatile transportation sector rose sharply last month. A surprise jump in business confidence in Germany also tempered fresh worries about Europe's economy, driving stocks higher in Europe and the U.

Buffett: We're Not Out Of The Recession Yet

September 24, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says the economy remains in a recession, by his definition, because most people and businesses still aren't doing as well as they were before the financial crisis. Buffett talked about the economy and his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. businesses in an interview that aired Thursday on CNBC.

Parents Worried Over Bug-Tainted Baby Formula

September 24, 2010 4:27 am | by Ed White and Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Worried parents have bombarded the maker of Similac with phone calls and peppered Facebook and Twitter pages over fears about insects in the top-selling baby formula after millions of cans were recalled. But the company said Thursday it's unlikely any of the formula already sold is tainted, and doctors offered more reassurance: Even if babies drink bug-tainted formula, the chance for serious harm is slim.


Neb. Man Shoots Three Co-Workers, Kills Self

September 24, 2010 4:26 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CRETE, Nebraska (AP) — A worker entered the lunchroom of a cold-storage food warehouse in southeastern Nebraska and started firing a handgun, wounding three employees — including a woman who was shot 11 times — before going outside and killing himself, authorities said Thursday. Officials gave no information about why the man, identified as 26-year-old Akouch Kashoual of Lincoln, began shooting at the Americold Logistics plant near Crete around 9:50 p.


China Tries To Halt Exports Of Brightest Minds

September 24, 2010 4:24 am | by Saiyu Liang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Having worked for two years at a tech company in Japan and picking up the language, Qiu Zhaohua has decided to return to China, lured by a job in the eastern tech hub of Dalian that pays as much 200,000 yuan a year, or about $29,000 — a handsome starting salary by China's standards.

A New Kind Of Intelligence

September 23, 2010 12:06 pm | by Brick By Brick | Articles | Comments

Earlier this summer, Boral Bricks Inc., the nation’s largest brick manufacturer and distributor of masonry products, announced its Terre Haute, IN manufacturing facility had received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S.


Increase Sales By Adding New Services

September 23, 2010 11:20 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

In order to take a progressive approach to new opportunities, begin thinking about purchasing the things you make from the customer’s point of view. Often, the customer must spend time, effort, and money figuring out how to buy your products, use your product, maintain it, store it, train their people on it, upgrade it, and dispose of it.


Q&A With Phil Roether, AME

September 23, 2010 11:02 am | Articles | Comments

AME’s “Rebirth of Manufacturing Jobs” is built on growing the manufacturing sector and manufacturing employment in North America. Manufacturing job growth provides jobs both in the manufacturing sector but also creates the demand for services creating more jobs. In a Nov 20-22, 2009 Gallop poll, respondents rated “Keep manufacturing jobs here” as the best way to create more U.

Maintenance Considerations For Condensate Removal From Compressed Air Systems

September 23, 2010 10:27 am | by Lester V. Ottinger, President/CEO, Drain-All, Inc. | Articles | Comments

There is a critical, ongoing need to reduce maintenance costs, especially considering companies are being attacked by global competition and such savings go straight to the bottom line. One way to reduce costs is to conduct a survey of the condensate removal approach for your compressed air system.


Quilting Together A Better Company

September 23, 2010 9:43 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Somewhere between the IT offices and the plant floor at Hy-Capacity, Inc. of Humboldt, Iowa, hangs a quilt that serves to remind employees of the multi-faceted and collaborative spirit that makes for a strong company. Many years ago, Hy-Capacity — a remanufacturer and refurbisher of farm equipment parts from the likes of John Deere, Caterpillar, and AGCO — launched an initiative to become leaner, more energy-efficient, and more environmentally-friendly.


Solidified No More

September 23, 2010 9:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Material Transfer & Storage, Inc. (Allegan, MI) has developed a new system that utilizes hydraulically-actuated pivoting conditioning arms and a rotary lift table to safely and efficiently return solidified materials to a free-flowing state. The system’s frames penetrate deeply into the material for a more effective operation, and the lift table rotates and positions the bulk bag for material conditioning.


More Choices Can Be Simpler

September 23, 2010 9:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Side Mount Series of reels from Coxreels (Tempe, AR) adds a multi-position guide arm for convenient hose control. The SG Series features a simple two-bolt mounting pattern for easy installation on vertical flat surfaces and is ideal for tight spaces — including tool benches, vehicle lifts, walls, and more — according to the company.


Mastering Bin Headroom

September 23, 2010 9:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

BinMaster (Lincoln, NE) Level Controls has introduced a series of extended rotaries for top-of-bin mounting when the rotary is used as a high level alarm. For certain applications, BinMaster can custom-manufacture extended rotaries, offering custom lengths up to 144”. These systems help allow users to maintain a certain amount of headroom when filling a bin with solid materials.


Become A Better Tracker

September 23, 2010 9:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Huntron, Inc. (Eindoven, The Netherlands) and JTAG Technologies have announced the integration of their test methods within Huntron’s range of prober-enhanced analog signature analysis products. The “Huntron Tracker” allows users to take advantage of advancements that allow PCBs to be tested using built-in logic circuits.


Minimizing The Risks Of Business Termination

September 23, 2010 4:52 am | by Roberta F. Howell, Attorney, Foley Lardner LLP | Articles | Comments

Terminating a business relationship can be difficult and costly, but sometimes necessary. This is the first of four columns that will discuss how a supplier can minimize the risks of termination at various stages of the relationship, starting at the beginning. Later columns will focus on similar issues during the relationship, when first considering termination, and, finally, when termination becomes inevitable.

Quitting Technology Cold Turkey

September 22, 2010 12:10 pm | Videos | Comments

One way to address and overcome one's insatiable need and overreliance on technology is to put down the connecting devices and take a break from them. But New York comedian Mark Malkoff took this idea to the extreme when he quit technology — cold turkey — for five days and quarantined himself in his apartment bathroom to prevent a tech relapse.



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