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GM Welcomes New CEO, Readies Public Offering

August 13, 2010 4:36 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — In a signal moment for the turnaround of the American auto industry, General Motors is edging toward a public stock sale, and its profits are now solid enough that the demanding CEO will step aside, saying his work is done. GM said Thursday that it made $1.3 billion from April through June, its second straight quarter in the black and a complete reversal from last year, when it was forced into bankruptcy and the U.

Hewlett-Packard Implicated In International Bribery Plot

August 13, 2010 4:35 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. said Thursday it is cooperating with U.S. and German authorities investigating allegations that three company executives used bribes to win a contract to sell computer gear to the Russian prosecutors' office. German prosecutors have been looking into whether the executives, plus at least six accomplices who did not work for the company, paid bribes totaling 8 million euros (about $10.

Xcel Accused Of Ignoring Safety After Fire Killed 5

August 13, 2010 4:34 am | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — A draft report on a tunnel fire that killed five workers at a Colorado hydroelectric plant accuses Xcel Energy Inc. and contractor RPI Coating Inc. of ignoring worker safety. The draft says that a lack of planning for hazardous work and inadequate contractor selection were among problems that contributed to the accident Oct.


Donkeys And Elephants Agree To Overhaul Food Safety

August 13, 2010 4:33 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday they have reached agreement on legislation designed to enhance the safety of the nation's food supply, setting the stage for the full Senate to take up the measure later this year. The bill would give the Food and Drug Administration the power to order a food recall rather than merely request one.


Braking With Oil

August 12, 2010 9:00 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Posistop oil shear coupler brake from Force Control Industries (Fairfield, OH) is an ideal replacement for electric brakes, according to the company. The system mounts to the working end of a standard C-face motor, eliminating the need for a special brake motor, allowing them to be used in virtually any application in which electrically-released brakes are used, including palletizers, conveyors, hoists, loaders, and more.


Dual-Purpose Conveyors

August 12, 2010 8:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mayfran International (Cleveland, OH) has introduced the ConSep Flex universal chip conveyor/separator, a system that handles a range of materials while cleaning coolant at the machine tool. The system combines the features of a hinged steel belt conveyor with a scraper/drag conveyor for removing finer chips, while the magnetic bed technology captures ferrous fines such as machined cast iron.


A New Kind Of Roof

August 12, 2010 8:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CELOTEX STRUCTODEK, built by Blue Ridge Fiberboard (Hampshire, IL), is a high-density roofing fiberboard that has been specifically designed for low-slope applications and systems. According to the company, the product has natural bonding qualities, resulting in superior adhesion, and the result is a secure roof system that bonds well with many asphalt, coal tar, and cold-process adhesive products.


Get Unstuck With Ultrasonic

August 12, 2010 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ROTEX ULTRASONEX Blinding Control System from ROTEX Global (Cincinnati, OH) minimizes mesh blinding and bridging when screening difficult or sticky materials, such as metal powders, ceramics, powder coatings, plastic resins, and more. According to the company, the ULTRASONEX system increases sieving capabilities by enabling powders to pass through screens faster.


June Technology Consumption Rises 35.8 Percent

August 12, 2010 7:25 am | News | Comments

Douglas K. Woods, AMT president June U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $241.47 million, according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology — and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 35.

Lubricants Go 5S

August 12, 2010 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sprayon is now integrating their chemical and lubricant products with a packaging and identification system, based on the principles of 5S and Kanban, to create the Sprayon System. The system communicates what products are to be used for each application, and ensures users always have the right product on hand when it is needed.


Keep L-Wrenches Handy

August 12, 2010 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools Inc. developed the PB Swiss Tools’ KeyDisc Holder, which keeps L-wrenches readily available for every situation. The holder is available for all chromed L-wrenches as well as powder-coated RainBow versions, which range in size from 1.5 to 10mm. The clear disc can be rotated around the holder to lock the tools in place for transportation, and then rotated clockwise to allow access to the L-wrenches.


Heating Pumps Electrically

August 12, 2010 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Viking Pump has released its Electrically Heated pumps, which are available with Viking’s Heavy Duty Universal Seal series, for the heating of asphalt and bitumen. The heaters are located on the bracket to ensure asphalt/bitumen is in a liquid state at the seal chamber prior to startup. In addition, the use of electric heating eliminates hot oil or steam connections for quicker removal from service and easier routine maintenance.


VOC-Free Chemical Degreasing

August 12, 2010 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The T-91 Non-Solvent Degreaser from LPS Laboratories is an environmentally-safe, high-performance, heavy-duty, solvent-free degreaser that removes grease and oil. T-91 has no VOCs and complies with a handful of VOC regulations. The 28 fl. oz., 3-finger trigger spray bottle has two spray pattern options: pinpoint and wide spray.


Terminal Blocks For Heavy Vibrations

August 12, 2010 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact’s newest terminal blocks use push-in technology (PIT) to reduce insertion forces by 50 percent compared with spring-technology products, according to the company. The leg-spring design increases termination speed and reduces operator fatigue. These modular PIT blocks have 250N of pullout force — five times the IEC requirement — making them ideal for high-vibration applications.


Isolate And Vent Pressure Gauges

August 12, 2010 7:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Swagelok compact gauge valve reduces maintenance and installation time by providing quick, convenient access for the isolation and venting of pressure gauges, according to the company. The design features an integral purge valve, which reduces leak potential. Other features include: A design that incorporates a purge valve for easy bleeding of trapped fluid pressure between the valve seat and gauge upon shutoff.


Material Handling With Compressed Air

August 12, 2010 7:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Aero-Drive, from AeroGo , provides motor power and steering control for operators to position and control awkward, delicate, or heavy loads up to 220 tons. The unit is propelled by compressed air for safe, frictionless movement that requires no batteries or fuel, and creates zero emissions. The swing-arm steering provides 360° movement in forward and reverse modes, while fingertip controls make it easy for operators to adjust and maneuver loads efficiently.


Actuators, A Sum Of Their Parts

August 12, 2010 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bimba’s OLE actuators are available in strokes up to 18”, thrusts to 350 pounds, and speeds to 24” per second. According to the company, they benefit from a flexible modular design, a massive bronze rod bearing, a custom motor coupler, and more. A special composite, self-lubricating nut provides high load capacity and speed while keeping noise low.


High Volume, High Speed Fans

August 12, 2010 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Ventilation has introduced the BigDog, a 72” diameter, 3 HP, belt-driven, fiberglass variable speed circulation fan, which is fitted with six fully-adjustable air deflectors. The BigDog is designed for ceiling or post mounting, and is ideal for large area cooling and de-stratification, according to the company.


Protect Your Cables

August 12, 2010 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yellow Jacket Inc. has developed the BarrierFree WASP AMS cable protector, which eliminates rails, barriers, and drop-offs for smooth transitions with tapered ramps for ease of access or crossing. The system can be used with Yellow Jacket’s Hipernsap locking devices, which ensure a secure connection.


Crane Operators Make The Grade With Training

August 12, 2010 6:38 am | Articles | Comments

Employee training has a bottom-line impact on ROI, according to Jim Lang, General Manager of the Konecranes Training Institute, a full-service training organization designed to help companies be more productive with their material handling. Investments in training can bring workforces to a higher level of proficiency, helping companies increase ROI over the entire lifecycle of their operations.



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