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pIon Fluoride Measurement

December 21, 2009 9:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Highly-accurate Fluoride ion (F−) measurement for applications including semiconductor fabrication and glass manufacturing is now available with the S10 and S17 pIon Sensors from Electro-Chemical Devices (ECD, Irvine, CA) The S10 and S17’s specific (pIon) electrode cartridge measures the activity of “free” Fluroride ions in solution in concentrations from 0.

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Miniature Cutters And Pliers

December 21, 2009 9:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Xuron Corp. (Saco, ME) has released a pair of wire cutters and pliers for grasping and tip-cutting soft lead wires in electronics production, assembly, and rework. The Xuron 170-II Micro-Shear Flush Cutter and Model 450S Pliers are ideal for working with wire from 1 mil to 18 Ga thick, and feature Light-Touch return springs, along with Xuro-Rubber cushioned hand grips.

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Automatically-Adjustable Distance Sensoring

December 21, 2009 9:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Baumer (Southington, CT) has introduced IP69K-rated laser distance sensors, featuring corrosion-resistant stainless steel housings, for use in harsh applications, such as washdowns or exposure to caustic compounds. The OADR 20 sensors have a PMMA front screen that is safe for use in food and beverage processing.

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All-Welded Polyester Bagging

December 21, 2009 9:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eaton Corporation (Cleveland, OH) announced the availability of its new UNIBAG Series Filter Bags, designed using low-cost, environmentally-friendly materials. The bags also feature a molded top ring seal with an all-welded construction of new needlefelt media, which is made from recycled fibers and contains no optical white additives.

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Panasonic Absorbs Sanyo For Solar Panel Technology

December 21, 2009 4:03 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Panasonic Corp. said Monday that it had taken majority control of Sanyo Electric Co., officially forming one of the world's largest electronics makers. Panasonic said it had converted preferred shares to give it a 50.27 percent stake in Sanyo. It acquired the shares in a previously announced $4.

A Dim Future For Mitsubishi's Arkansas Turbine Plant

December 21, 2009 3:58 am | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The fate of a promised wind-turbine factory with 400 jobs near Fort Smith remains uncertain after a decision in a patent fight between two conglomerates was delayed until next month. Hoping to grab a larger share of the growing U.S.wind-power industry, Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas Inc.

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Spyker Cars Tosses In Last-Ditch Bid To Save Saab

December 21, 2009 3:40 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — In a final attempt to rescue Saab Automobile AB, Dutch auto maker Spyker Cars on Sunday submitted a new offer to buy the Swedish brand from General Motors Co. Spyker said it has submitted a new 11-point proposal to GM, addressing the issues that made talks collapse earlier this week.

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Judge To Hear Pratt & Whitney Jobs Lawsuit

December 21, 2009 3:39 am | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge will begin hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney's plans to move 1,000 jobs out of Connecticut. U.S. District Judge Janet Hall is set to take up the lawsuit filed by the International Association of Machinists on Monday.

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Bucyrus To Buy Terex Mining For $1.3 Billion

December 21, 2009 3:39 am | News | Comments

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — Bucyrus International Inc. said it will buy Terex Corp.'s mining equipment division for $1.3 billion in cash, adding complementary services to its business and broadening its geographic reach. The Terex unit makes hydraulic excavators, electric drive mining trucks, track and rotary blasthole drills and highwall mining systems.

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Lifting Spirits This Holiday Season

December 18, 2009 10:19 am | Articles | Comments

The holiday season already is fast upon us. In light of this festive time of year and the spirit of goodwill, those in the material handling industry can maximize the use of some of the equipment at their disposal—in particular, their forklift(s). Consider these options to leverage the lift trucks in your facility for spreading holiday cheer: 1.

The World's Worst Christmas Wish List

December 18, 2009 9:56 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Don’t worry. It’s probably not your fault that you’re insane – let’s conspire to somehow pin blame on the pharmaceutical companies and overzealous doctors. Oh, I apologize, I actually started mid-rant, but I need to comment on a colleague's Christmas wish list.

Temperature Sensing With One Hand

December 18, 2009 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TM 100 Type K/J Single Input Thermometer from Extech Instruments (Waltham, MA) features an ergonomic design operation and weighs in at just 7 oz., making it ideal for use by HVAC and maintenance professionals where simple, one-hand operation is required. A high accuracy ±(0.

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Infinitely Adjustable Conveyors

December 18, 2009 9:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dispense Works, Inc. (McHenry, IL) has introduced an RC conveyorized system to automatically filll aluminum molds with six different colors of vinyl (Plastisol). The system includes the slip roller conveyor with quick-adjust rails to accommodate pallets of different sizes.

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Customizable Containers

December 18, 2009 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Universal Package Systems (Dale, IN) has expanded its bulk container and tote cut and weld capabilities, and is now producing a variety of custom containers based on customer demands. By customizing the size of the container for a specific application, customers will be able to maximize their storage area while effectively reducing shipping costs.

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The Genie Of Battery Charging

December 18, 2009 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP, Redmond, WA) has introduced a new battery charger for its Genie-branded slab scissor models (the GS-30, -32, and -46 series), which helps deliver maximum battery life. The new charger meets ANSI, CSA, and CE standards. Four primary improvements were made to the new charger, which include: Moving the charger plug from the side to the rear of the scissor to improve the overall durability and make it less susceptible to damage.

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Reducing Emissions While Recouping Costs

December 18, 2009 4:05 am | by Karl Walby | Articles | Comments

The aluminum division of CMWA approached the Environmental and Energy Systems group of Dürr Systems Inc. in keeping with their green factory efforts and a focus on reducing fuel consumption. The plant was in the midst of a company-wide initiative to reduce energy at both the aluminum and steel wheel divisions.

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Copenhagen: U.S.-China Climate Negotations Get Hot

December 18, 2009 3:56 am | by Michael Casey & Seth Borenstein, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

COPENHAGEN (AP) — President Barack Obama and other world leaders took stalled climate talks into their own hands Friday, holding an emergency meeting to come up with a political agreement to salvage a conference marked by deep divisions between rich and poor countries. But neither Obama nor Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao offered any new commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions as they addressed the U.

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Honda Scaling Back North American Production

December 18, 2009 3:46 am | News | Comments

TORONTO (CP) — Honda Motor Co. Ltd., tempering some of the optimism wafting through the North American auto industry, will scale back production at three of its plants in January, including trimming output of Civic compacts at its plant in Alliston, Ont., the Globe and Mail newspaper reports.

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Recalled Simplicity Crib Deaths Rise To 11

December 18, 2009 3:39 am | by Christine Simmons, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite several recalls and warnings, the number of reported baby deaths linked to defective Simplicity cribs has risen to 11. The most recent death occurred in September when a 7-month-old child from Princeton, Ky., became entrapped in the crib when a part of it broke, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

CPSC Delays Ruling On Toy Lead Limits

December 18, 2009 3:36 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Makers of toys and other children's products won a reprieve Thursday from federal regulators trying to implement legislation Congress passed more than a year ago after a holiday season marred by scores of lead-tainted toy recalls. The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to delay for another year — until February 2011 — the certification and independent third-party testing rules on the amount of lead allowed in children's products.

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