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Network Meshing

November 6, 2009 10:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Detcon (The Woodlands, TX) has released the Model RXT-300 wireless mesh-network transceiver, designed to transmit signal data in a wide range of industrial applications. The transceiver operates at 2.4GHz, and processing power is shared, allowing each transceiver to act as both a router and repeater.

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Protect Your Conduits

November 6, 2009 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OCAL-BLUE Form 8 PVC-coated cast-iron conduit body from Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) now carries the UL Type 4X and NEMA Type 4X ratings on sizes up to two inches. These ratings assure conduit protection and corrosion-resistant performance in wash-down areas and outdoor environments.

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Modular, Custom Machining

November 6, 2009 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

MAG (Sterling Heights, MI) has redesigned its modular HMC 1250 Series machining tool with a new 180,000 position A-axis tilt spindle for 5-axis horizontal machining on large parts. The new 6,000 rpm/ 46 kW tilt spindle is engineered for machining large equipment parts for aerospace, pump, or valve applications.

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Breaking Up Is Easy

November 6, 2009 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez (Erie, PA) is introducing the PolyMag Process, which provides multi-material plastic processors with material savings by creating a material that incorporates separation characteristics into the design. By introducing less than one percent of the PolyMag Additive, the leftover scrap resin from co-injection, two-shot injection, or overmolding processes can be separated with high-intensity magnets.

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Alcoa To Invest $110 Million In Cleveland Plant

November 6, 2009 3:56 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alcoa Inc. ( NYSE:AA ) plans to invest more than $110 million at its Cleveland plant in part to refurbish a forging press used in the production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter plane. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said Thursday that the investment will help keep good jobs in Cleveland.

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Delicious Martian Apple Pie

November 6, 2009 3:50 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

A colleague of mine, David Mantey (editor of Product Design and Development ), wrote a column a while ago titled, “ We Landed On The Moon, Big Deal .” There’s no mincing words here; it’s easy enough to tell what his stance on NASA is. One of David’s main contentions is that NASA does not, and cannot, invoke the same soaring heroics and national pride it used to back in the moon-landing era, which is a fair assumption.

Tyson Ordered To Pay $250,000 Over Labor Lawsuit

November 6, 2009 3:39 am | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal court has ruled that Tyson Foods Inc. ( NYSE:TSN ) violated federal labor standards for not paying production line employees for the time it takes them to put on and remove protective and sanitary gear. The company was ordered to pay $250,000 in damages, according to the ruling Wednesday in U.

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Alabama: Kia To Thank For 3,600 New Jobs

November 6, 2009 3:28 am | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is benefiting from Kia's assembly plant on the Georgia state line. The Alabama Development Office released a statement Thursday saying Kia is responsible for more than 3,600 new jobs at automotive supplier plants located in Alabama. Those workers are employed at 34 different plants in Alabama, including 12 new suppliers that came after Kia announced the decision for its first U.

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China Angered By U.S. Anti-Dumping Duties On Steel

November 6, 2009 3:25 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China criticized Washington for imposing anti-dumping duties on Chinese-made steel pipes and launched a probe Friday of imported U.S. autos, adding to trade tensions two weeks before President Barack Obama visits Beijing. The latest moves ratchet up disputes over market access for goods from poultry and tires to Hollywood movies.

Ford Introduces First Inflatable Seatbelts

November 5, 2009 9:55 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Air bags have long been mounted in the steering wheel, dashboard and sides of vehicles. Now, they're in the seat belts. Ford Motor Co. ( NYSE:F ) plans to introduce seat belt-mounted air bags in the back seat of the 2011 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle, which will hit the market next fall.

Evergreen Solar To Cut Jobs, Move Others To China

November 5, 2009 9:21 am | News | Comments

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A solar panel company is moving some jobs overseas after receiving $58 million in state aid and being touted by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick as a symbol of the state's economic future. Evergreen Solar Inc. ( ESLR ) said Wednesday it is moving panel assembly jobs currently done at a plant in Devens to China next year.

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U.S. Still On Top Of Manufacturing World

November 5, 2009 5:13 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

While U.S. manufacturing jobs have shrunk from 20 million in 1980 to about 12 million today, the U.S. has never been more important in global manufacturing. Manufacturing.net spoke with Dr. Chris Kuehl, Economic Analyst, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, to learn what he believes the future holds for U.

SmartBobbing For Apples

November 5, 2009 4:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

BinMaster (Lincoln, NE) announces the SmartBob-SS sensor, which is designed to measure solids submersed under water. The sensor is a solution for brine interface applications, such as measuring the level of settled salt under water. The SmartBob-SS drops a weighted bob through the liquid, and when the bob comes in contact with solid settled material, it retracts and sends a measurement to a PC loaded with eBob software.

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Counting, Made Easy

November 5, 2009 4:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mettler Toledo (Columbus, OH) introduces the BBA449 counting scale that allows molding machine operators to more effectively supervise their machines. The colorWeight display alerts operators if boxes are full with a visible display—useful for operators responsible for multiple machines.

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SuperStar Of Filters

November 5, 2009 4:06 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The SuperStar .01 Micro Filters from LA-MAN Corporation (Port Orange, FL) are designed to be installed at the point of use to remove moisture and contaminants from air lines to improve the life cycle of tools and equipment. The four-stage design operates most efficienty within 25 feet of the point of use, and has a flow range of 50, 75, or 100 SCFM with pressure ratings of 250 psi.

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Linear Bearings That Won't Break

November 5, 2009 4:05 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Thomson (Wood Dale, IL) introduces the RW64-V RoundWay Linear Roller Bearing, a 4” version with a dynamic load capacity of 70,000 lbf (310,800 N), more than 20 times the load capacity of a conventional linear ball bearing. The RoundWay can carry that load even at operating temperatures up to 500°F and speeds up to 100 ft/s (68mph).

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Government: Toyota Misleading Consumers Over Recall

November 4, 2009 9:51 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says Toyota Motor Corp. is misleading consumers about an investigation into problems with stuck gas pedals that led to a massive Toyota recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday it was still investigating the case and meeting with Toyota to hear about the company's plan to redesign the vehicles and fix "this very dangerous problem.

Can Recycling Be Fun?

November 4, 2009 9:10 am | Articles | Comments

Even in the 21st century, getting people to recycle can be a challenge. But what if we made it fun? That's exactly what the guys at The Fun Theory decided to try. Check out how they made recycling as exciting as an arcade game. Is there a way we could make recycling fun for all our manufacturers too? Via The Fun Theory .

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Snowboards: Made By 'Mad Scientists'

November 4, 2009 8:49 am | Articles | Comments

When the weather gets cold, that means only one thing to a lot of people: snowboarding season. But do you think they know how their boards are made? Do you? Chris Doyle, resident "mad scientist" at Burton, takes us through the process of building a snowboard, layer by layer. Check out how they're using rapid manufacturing to innovate and perfect their products.

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From Refuse To Refueling

November 4, 2009 6:09 am | Articles | Comments

Waste Management and Linde North America have teamed up to turn trash into fuel by refining the natural gas emitted by landfills. The gas is then purified and sent out to refueling stations across California, where it provides large vehicles with cleaner-burning fuels. Now the garbage trucks run on the very same trash they picked up the week before.

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