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Ford Abandons Ranger Pickup In North America

September 21, 2010 4:53 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has confirmed that it will not sell the next generation of the small Ford Ranger pickup truck in North America. The market for small pickups has shrunk in recent years, and Ford believes it can cover the whole North American market with multiple versions of its F-150 full-size pickup truck, said Mark Schirmer, a spokesman for the Dearborn, Mich.


Survey: Computers, Electronics Keep Getting Better

September 21, 2010 4:52 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Consumers are as happy as they've ever been with their computers, and those with Apple computers are the most pleased, a new survey says. The American Customer Satisfaction Index's score for personal computers, which is part of a larger survey that also includes consumer sentiments on home electronics, totaled 78 out of 100 for the past 12 months.

Platinum And Gold Sensors

September 20, 2010 12:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The S10 and S17 ORP Sensors from Electro-Chemical Devices (ECD — Irvine, CA) have a no-glass design with platinum or gold sensor tips to operate safely in a wide range of demanding applications. They come with easily-replaceable ORP cartridges that plug into a 316 stainless steel body, which incorporates the sensing element, a temperature module, and a signal conditioner with cabling.


Piping And Fittings Get Better

September 20, 2010 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Lubrizol Corporation (Cleveland, OH) offers a more durable, corrosion-resistant piping alternative with its Corzan HP pipe and fittings, which have a 25 percent higher pressure rating than standard CPVC at 180°F. The fittings are pressure-rated to the same pressure as the pipe. In addition, the Corzan HP fitting compound has also been tested to verify performance, and it has demonstrated improved creep resistance and the ability to better withstand long-term, high-temperature hydrostatic pressure.


Built-Tough Floor Mats

September 20, 2010 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Superior Manufacturing Group (Chicago, IL) introduces the Dura Trax series, which is the latest in anti-fatigue floor mats for today’s industrial environments. The Dura Trax combines a rubber top surface with a dense sponge backing that utilizes the company’s UniFusion bonding process.


Stronger, Safer Blowoff

September 20, 2010 12:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new ¾ NPT Stainless Steel Super Air Nozzle from EXAIR (Cincinnati, OH) delivers 4.5 pounds blowing force for blowoff, cooling, and drying applications located in corrosive, high-temperature, and pharmaceutical environments. Its blowing strength makes it ideal for blowing heavy materials, according to the company.


Performance With Intelligent Safety System Design

September 20, 2010 11:00 am | by George Schuster - CFSE, Senior Industry Consultant, Safety and Sustainability Solutions - Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Ask any production line manager about the importance of safety and they will likely tell you about the critical role it plays in helping to protect personnel, reduce injuries, and meet compliance demands. These are all valid objectives, but manufacturers and machine builders are missing opportunities if they only focus on avoiding negative consequences rather than striving for greater performance — e.


Is Student Debt Worth A College Degree?

September 20, 2010 9:31 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The American dream has always been about upward mobility and the mantra for the last 50 years has been “just get a college education.” In the 1950s, only 10 percent of workers had bachelor's degrees. Then the mantra kicked in and people flocked to college. By 2007, 27 percent of the working people had four-year degrees.


New Asphalt Plant Meets Suburban Resistance

September 20, 2010 5:02 am | by Dan Olson, AP Writer | News | Comments

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A major Twin Cities asphalt manufacturer has run into strong opposition over a new plant in Roseville. Mendota Heights-based Bituminous Roadways wants to build an asphalt plant in the northern inner ring suburb. State pollution control officials say the asphalt plant poses no human health risks.


Seven Arrested In Chinese Toxic Milk Scandal

September 20, 2010 5:01 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese dairy company executive and six other people were arrested after authorities discovered 26 tons of milk powder tainted with a toxic chemical, the latest incident highlighting the country's enduring struggle with food safety, a report said Monday. The Jinfulai Dairy Company in Yangquan city of Shanxi province traded fresh milk for expired milk powder that contained high levels of the industrial chemical melamine, according to JCRB.

S.C. Electric Car Company Delays Production

September 20, 2010 5:00 am | News | Comments

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — An electric car manufacturing company is delaying production at a new South Carolina plant until at least Christmas. The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported Monday that CC&T Southeast expects production at its plant in Duncan to start in four to six months.


Govt', GM Could Seek Foreign Investors For IPO

September 20, 2010 4:57 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Investment bankers handling the upcoming General Motors Co. stock sale are expected to court foreign investors as well as those in North America, according to a U.S. Treasury Department statement. GM and the Treasury Department would not comment Sunday on reports that the automaker is in talks with its current partner in China, SAIC, about buying a stake in the Detroit company.

Paper Mill Worker Hospitalized For Steam Burns

September 20, 2010 4:56 am | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Maine (AP) — A co-owner a paper mill in Lincoln, Maine, says a worker has been hospitalized after suffering burns during the mill's annual shutdown for maintenance. Keith Van Scotter, co-owner of Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC, says the worker suffered hot water and steam burns while inspecting one of the tissue machines at the plant on Thursday.


The Well Is Dead, But Troubles Aren't Over

September 20, 2010 4:55 am | by Allen G. Breed, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The "nightmare well" is dead. But the Gulf coast's bad dream is far from over. Federal officials declared Sunday that the well where the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded had finally been killed. Workers drilled a relief well into the damaged one and sealed it with cement. Its official end came 11 years after Texaco first sank an exploratory well near that same spot 50 miles (80 kilometers) out in the Gulf of Mexico, then moved on after finding it unprofitable.


Faster Cutting, Grinding

September 17, 2010 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Enduro-Flex Turbo, from Walter Surface Technologies (Windsor, CT) uses its Cyclone technology and a unique mixture of abrasive grains, plus cooling agents, to produce a fast removal rate of welded material, not to mention a uniform finish. According to the company, the technology can guarantee a 36 Grit cut with a 60 Grit final finish, and can help reduce costs by as much as 30 percent through quicker labor.


Tuck-Away Safety Latches

September 17, 2010 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

All Metric Small Parts (New Hyde Park, NY; aMsp) has launched a series of flush-handle latches that feature fold-away safety handles. They are designed for use in EMI shielding racks for information devices, such as digital equipment, magnetic disk devices, control boards, and more. The rectangular shape measures 75mm x 110mm.


Massive Heating Or Cooling

September 17, 2010 12:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

A portable heat pump that delivers 1.8 tons (21,240 BTU/hour) of heating capacity and 1.5 tons (17,700 BTU/hour) of cooling is being offered by Atlas Sales & Rentals, Inc. (Torrance, CA). The SHAC Model 1811 portable unit provides supplemental heating in environments with ambient temperatures of 45°F and above.


Food-Grade Stainless Scales

September 17, 2010 12:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The multi-head scale by CombiScale, Inc. (Opa Locka, FL) is designed so that all contact parts are completely tool-less: pans, buckets, and chutes are all designed for quick and easy removal and feature a food-grade stainless steel construction. All functions are controlled digitally using a microprocessor.


ERP: An Excellent Strategic Weapon 

September 17, 2010 7:51 am | by Cindy Jutras, Vice-President, Research Fellow & Group Director, Aberdeen Group | Articles | Comments

As optimism increases for a worldwide economic recovery, small to mid-size enterprises (SMEs) once again look forward to revenue growth. As a result, SMEs must seek competitive advantages that enable them to contain costs to ensure that growth of revenues is not at the expense of profits. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) can indeed be a strategic weapon.


A Fertile Field

September 17, 2010 7:38 am | by Dr. Ronald L. Hollis, President & CEO, | Articles | Comments

What do you do when you design parts that have a specific purpose? What do you do when they’re not only critical to operations, but they’re expensive, and you only need a few? Well, the aerospace and defense (A&D) industries have been fighting this battle forever.


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