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FDA: A 'Preventative Approach' Needed To Stop Egg Fiasco

August 23, 2010 4:34 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Food and Drug Administration chief Margaret Hamburg said Monday her agency is limited by law to a mostly reactive stance on food safety and argued that it needs a more "preventive approach." Giving a series of network interviews in the wake of the egg and salmonella breakout, Hamburg said the FDA is taking the issue "very, very seriously.


Escape Could Be Months Away For 33 Chilean Gold Miners

August 23, 2010 4:30 am | by Mauricio Cuevas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

COPIAPO, Chile (AP) — For 33 men found alive after 17 days trapped deep in a copper and gold mine, the toughest challenge now may be preserving their sanity during the months it may take to carve a tunnel big enough for them to get out. For their families above ground on Monday, euphoria and and more anxiety meant for a sleepless night at the realization that the miners may be stuck until Christmas.


Drill Adaptors Make Operations Smoother

August 20, 2010 7:37 am | Articles | Comments

Rangers Die Casting Company, based in Southern California, is a major  producer of high quality “no porosity” aluminum die cast parts. They use over 30 DUMORE drill units at the facility for secondary operations, and rely on a hydraulic check system to control the feed rate of each drill.


Entering The Federal B2G Marketplace In Six Steps

August 20, 2010 7:17 am | by Paul Wellener, Principal, Consumer and Industrial Products Practice, and Tanay S. Shah, Manager, Strategy & Operations, Deloitte Consulting LLP | Articles | Comments

The 2009 stimulus package, known formally as the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, was designed to give an immediate shot in the arm to an ailing U.S. economy. While the majority of the funds were aimed at activities starting within 120 days of the law's passage, the bulk of actual spending will occur from 2010 through 2013.

The Most Flexible Of Mounts

August 20, 2010 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new “Versatile Mount” from Sprinter Marking, Inc. (Zanesville, OH) was engineered to provide manufacturers with a flexible, changeable mount for a variety of positioning applications. Despite its compact size (1-3/8” x 2” x 2”), the company claims it can support substantial weights when secured.


Adjustable, Metered Pumps

August 20, 2010 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Neptune Chemical Pump Co. (Lansdale, PA) is offering the Series 500 Metering Pumps, which feature a Variable Oil By-pass stroke adjustment that allows for better valve performance than variable-linkage designs. The Series 500 pumps include the ability to be adjusted from 10 to 100 percent of capacity via a micrometer dial, and have EZE-CLEAN valve cartridges that can be removed for cleaning without disturbing piping to the pump.


Recirculation Makes For Safer Cleaning

August 20, 2010 7:03 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Duro-Tank Stainless Steel Recirculating Systems from A.W.T. World Trade (Chicago, IL) are designed for use with a washout sink with biodegradable chemistry to clean a variety of objects. The cleaning solution is applied directly to the part through a one-piece wand and scrub brush, while the closed-loop recirculating system uses progressive multi-stage filtering to extend solvent life.


Inverters Get More Torque

August 20, 2010 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hitachi America, Ltd. (Tarrytown, NY) has announced the WJ200 series of inverters, which are sensorless vector (SLV) drives capable of 200 percent or greater torque across the speed range. According to the company, speed regulation at low speed has been dramatically improved, and fluctuation is half that of previous models.


Dell Income Rises 16 Percent, Still Disappointing

August 20, 2010 4:56 am | by Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — PC maker Dell Inc. said Thursday its net income improved 16 percent in the fiscal second quarter as businesses replaced aging technology, though a key profit measure fell. The majority of Dell's revenue comes from selling technology to other companies, so its results offer a gauge of the economic recovery in the form of business spending on technology.

Investors Ready To Take Big Risks On GM IPO

August 20, 2010 4:36 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Would you buy stock in a company that has hemorrhaged tens of billions of dollars for years and run through three bosses in quick succession just because it's turned a profit for a few months? That is essentially what General Motors will ask investors to do when it takes itself public again with one of the largest initial stock offerings ever.

Montana Takes Dubious Title Of 'Deadliest Place To Work'

August 20, 2010 4:27 am | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming no longer is the nation's deadliest place to work, a dubious distinction that now belongs to Montana. The number of workers killed on the job in Montana increased from 40 in 2008 to 50 in 2009, according to figures released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Pratt & Whitney Announces Layoffs, Might Be In Contempt

August 20, 2010 4:26 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney said Thursday that declining work is forcing it to lay off about a quarter of its hourly labor force at a repair plant, prompting the workers' union to question whether the company is violating a federal court order barring it from moving jobs out of the state.


CAT CEO: No Double-Dip Recession, Get Ready For Growth

August 20, 2010 4:25 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. officials said Thursday they don't expect a double-dip recession because the world's central banks haven't made major errors and the economy has been improving throughout 2010, especially in the developing world. New CEO Doug Oberhelman and other executives met with analysts in New York and discussed the opportunities ahead for the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment.


U.S. Not Pressuring India To Drop Bhopal Claims

August 20, 2010 4:22 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

MUMBAI, India (AP) — The U.S. says it is not pressuring India to drop claims against an American corporation linked to the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, trying to cool a furore over leaked emails that suggest high-level heavying in advance of President Barack Obama's November India trip. The outcry over the e-mail exchange between a U.


Automation Saves A Watch Maker Time

August 19, 2010 7:50 am | Articles | Comments

Titan Industries is the world's fifth largest and India's leading manufacturer of watches. Corporately based in Tamil Nadu, India, the company has manufactured more than a 100 million watches to date and has a customer base of over 80 million. The umbrella brand Titan is one of India's leading watch brands that brought about a paradigm shift in the Indian watch market, offering quartz technology with international styling.


A Weld-Safe Bunker For Sensors

August 19, 2010 7:20 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Balluff ’s BunkerProx is a rugged, “self-bunkering” M18 inductive proximity sensor designed to survive longer in abusive welding applications without external protection. The BunkerProx has a strong, thick housing that boosts the ability to withstand repeated mechanical impact and serves as an intermittent heat sink to shield the sensor electronics from intense heat.


Dot-Peen Marking Tools

August 19, 2010 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The I-Mark I-Series dot-peen marking system from  Columbia Marking Tools, Inc. comes with a marking head, a system controller, cables, and programming software. The x-y CNC movement for the marking head is provided by high-torque steeper motors that mark up to five (1/8”) characters per second.


Industrial-Strength Spot Cooling

August 19, 2010 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Jetstream 2400, a new product in Port-A-Cool ’s evaporative cooling line, features a 48-gallon water reservoir built into the one-piece leak- and rust-resistant housing for extended cooling without having to refill. The unit can cool a 2,000 square foot area and has a louver panel that allows concentrated spot cooling simultaneously to the left, right, up, and down.


All-In-One Vehicle Tracking

August 19, 2010 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PowerFleet wireless vehicle management system from I.D. Systems helps increase productivity and safety, optimize vehicle use, create visibility of vehicles, and reduce damage to facilities. The system incorporates many functionality modules, including: Vehicle access control, which creates accountability by restricting vehicle use to authorized operators.


To Scrap Or Not To Scrap

August 19, 2010 6:46 am | by Jason Howton, Take Supply Chain | Articles | Comments

Every manufacturer deals with shipments of nonconforming parts (also known as “part deviation”) from suppliers. Quality control systems simply do not eliminate nonconforming parts altogether. However, by better managing deviation and minimizing its impact, manufacturers can reduce costs, strengthen customer relationships, and build stronger ties with suppliers and partners.


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