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Hyundai Marked As Biggest Automaker Threat

October 2, 2009 3:53 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. — not the up-and-coming Chinese, nor the leaner meaner Americans — is the automaker that has the Japanese seriously worried. Talk to any Japanese auto executive, and the official is likely to say the South Korean automaker is rapidly emerging as the most feared competitor to Japan's world-leading car companies.

Chips Conduct 16% Less August Sales

October 2, 2009 3:49 am | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Global sales of semiconductors fell 16 percent in August to $19.1 billion compared to a year ago, according to an industry report Friday. But chip sales rose by 5 percent from the previous month, with strength in all geographic regions, the Semiconductor Industry Association said.

Senator Backs Northrop, Blocks Boeing's $35b Contract

October 2, 2009 3:47 am | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate Republican who backs Northrop Grumman Corp.'s bid for a disputed $35 billion Air Force tanker contract wants to withhold funding until the service resolves a company gripe with the competition. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama filed an amendment Thursday that would require the Air Force to release pricing information of previous bids from both Northrop and its partner, Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co.

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Compressed Air Catalog

October 1, 2009 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exair (Cincinnati, OH) has released its Catalog 23, a full-color technical guide, offering solutions to common industrial cooling, drying, conveying, blowoff, cleaning, and static electricity problems. The 160-page catalog features products that help companies conserve compressed air and reduce noise levels from operating machinery.

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Efficient Chemical Handling

October 1, 2009 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Almatech (Kamp-Lintfort, Germany) announces the availability of its newest metal pneumatic diaphragm pump for the use in the handling of chemical. The product chambers for the CHEMICOR sereis have been designed to meet the sensitive needs of chemical handling due to their smooth flow channels and lack of dead spaces.

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Keep The Noise Down

October 1, 2009 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Vibro-Curb, now available from the Thybar Corporation (Addison, IL), includes integral, vibration-dampening spring isolators that can be easily accessed. These curbs have been designed for mounting rooftop HVAC units. Features and benefits of the Vibro-Curb system include: The ability to add roofing at a later date without disturbing the unit.

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UL-Certified Surge Protection

October 1, 2009 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas & Betts (Richmond, VA) announces that their entire line of Current Technology surge protection devices have been evaluated and approved under the new UL standards going into effect on September 29, 2009. The new UL standard, replacing the second edition of UL 1449, prevents manufacturers from selling non-compliant devices until they are proven to meet the new, more robust criteria.

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Being A Real Tool

October 1, 2009 8:41 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Wednesday was my first day in the office last week, as the first two allowed for a dynamic range of visits that ran the gamut from medical equipment firms to a private label chocolate processor. No offense to the good people at the surgical device companies, but the tempting smells and allure of the subject matter (along with a couple of sweet samples that were so graciously provided) made the chocolate company portion of the trip a definite highlight of this sabbatical from the office environment.

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Automated Storage Makes A Play For Sustainability

October 1, 2009 8:13 am | Articles | Comments

Although the term “carbon footprint” has been added to the latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, few users of automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) have added it to their corporate dictionary. As a result, most companies still focus on traditional justification measures, overlooking the value of a facility’s carbon footprint.

Steamlining For 'Incredible' Efficiencies

October 1, 2009 6:41 am | Articles | Comments

For any large industrial manufacturer handling 13,000 SKUs in their assembly parts warehouse, it is no small organizational challenge to keep production requirements satisfied without a hitch. But integrate into that system a full-scale aftermarket fulfillment distribution center with 80,000 additional active SKUs needing to be processed simultaneously, and you have the recipe for a potential logistics meltdown.

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Doing A 180

October 1, 2009 4:55 am | Articles | Comments

Via Hossfeld Bender . This video demonstrates the process behind creating a 180 degree bend in a length of pipe. See how to mount the 180 degree die, the back block, and the draw block, with additional tips to keep your components working strong well into the future. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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Hop Aboard The Jet-Powered Merry-Go-Round

October 1, 2009 4:55 am | Articles | Comments

Here at IMPO , we like discovering the best in new technolgies, whether it's a oddly-shaped device that encourages sedentariness from a major automaker, or a jet-powered, steampunk-inspired merry-go-round. Built by a Brooklyn-based arts collective, The Madagascar, the ride is relatively simple. Ignore the "Caution: This may kill you!" sign, fire up the massive jets, and get airbourne.

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Like A Bird On A Wire

October 1, 2009 4:53 am | Articles | Comments

See how maintenance is performed on live, high-powered electric lines. Thanks to Michael Faraday's theory that a man enclosed in a metallic box will not be affected by an electric current supplied to the box, regardless of its voltage, this work is now possible. Every movement has an elegance and beauty, even when there's half a million volts flowing over his body.

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Our Robot Future

October 1, 2009 4:46 am | Articles | Comments

Via FORA.Tv . At Maker Faire 2009 iRobot CTO Rodney Brooks had the opportunity to speak about the future of robotics in manufacturing. He argues that "untouchable" robots are a thing of the past, even though they're just reaching their hayday in manufacturing facility. But they're dangerous; no one can get close unless they're shut down.

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Yep, Walking Is So 20th Century

October 1, 2009 4:44 am | Articles | Comments

The U3 X from Honda hopes to, like the Segway, "revolutionize" the way people move around their lives. The UX 3 is small, sleek, and looks relatively easy-to-use. It's certainly more attractive than the Segway. So what do you think? Can we abandon walking altogether yet? Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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Avoid Spills And Save The Environment

September 30, 2009 10:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Help keep spills under control and avoid accidents with the EcoPolyBlend Spill Pallets from Justrite Manufacturing (Des Plaines, IL), made from 100 percent polyethylene. The pallets protect against groundwater contamination and utilize 100 percent post-industrial recycled material that might have otherwise been discarded.

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Your Three Wishes Await

September 30, 2009 10:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Terex AWP (Redmond, WA) introduces the new Genie QuickStock life, designed to make inventory picking easier and safer than rolling stairs or manually-propelled lifts. The QuickStock is ideal for locations utilizing high-density racking systems, with a footprint of just 53” by 29.

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Get Inverted

September 30, 2009 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Clore Automotive (Lenexa, KS) introduces a new 3000 Watt power inverter, the PI30000X, from SOLAR. The new model is designed to deliver clean, reliable power from a 12 volt power source to a wide variety of power equipment, electronics, and appliances. A temerpature-activated fan control helps eliminate unnecessary draining of the 12 volt power source when in standby mode.

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The Plant Won't Design Itself

September 30, 2009 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Autodesk, Inc. (Aberdeen, UK) announces the availability of AutoCAD Plant 3D 2010, a new software product designed to bring the benefits of model-based design to mainstream plant design projects. AutoCAD Plant 3D allows teams to increase productivity through accuracy and coordination of shared information.

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Self-Replicating Nano-Robots

September 30, 2009 8:24 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Yesterday marked 20 years since IBM researcher Don Eigler became the first person to move an individual atom , using the tip of his custom-built scanning tunneling microscope. Needing to show that he could do it with a high level of precision, Eigler later arranged 35 xenon atoms in the shape of his company’s logo.

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