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A PC-And-PLC Controller

August 10, 2010 7:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect’s Productivity 3000 is a programmable controller that combines the features and capabilities of a PC-based control system with that of a typical programmable logic controller (PLC). The modular rack-based system supports up to 116,000 I/O points with local, expansion, and remote I/O bases.


Safety Glasses Promote Compliance

August 10, 2010 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Workers tired of the bulky and out-of-date designs of traditional over-the-glasses options of protective eyewear have an alternative through Gateway Safety’s Cover2. According to the company, the Cover2 has a balance between safety, style, and comfort, which helps improve compliance. Other features include: A lightweight lens and soft, flexible temple tips to increase long-term comfort.


Rugged, Efficient Central Vacuums

August 10, 2010 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control introduces the Gold Series High Vacuum (GSHV) pneumatic receiver that controls emissions in applications up to 17” Hg vacuum or 8 psi positive pressure. The pump combines rugged construction and high-efficiency cartridge filtration with simple service to create a heavily-reinforced dust capture vessel for use as a central vacuum system.


Protect Your Body Parts

August 10, 2010 6:11 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Allegro Industries (Garden Grove, CA) is offering a number of new ergonomic products for the workplace, including back supports, wrist supports, kneepads, and more. The Dual-Flex wrist supports contains eight stays that provide firm support, plus an ambidextrous design that fits both right and left hands.


All-Day Bench Grinder

August 10, 2010 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

W. W. Grainger, Inc. (Lake Forest, IL) now offers a combination belt and bench grinder, which features a powerful capacitor motor for all-day grinding and finishing applications. The grinder has an adjustable belt for vertical and horizontal positioning, plus a dynamically-balanced rotor and sealed bearings that minimize vibration.


Pressure Washing In Small Spaces

August 10, 2010 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Steam Jenny, from Jenny Products, Inc. (Somerset, PA) has introduced a full line of electric-powered cold pressure washers, which can be operated in enclosed areas where gas-powered machines can’t be used. The washers are powered by Marathon or Baldor electric motors, which range from 1.


Better Battery Packs

August 10, 2010 6:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation (Milwaukee, WI) has announced the transition of all its V28 cordless power tools to the new M28 LITHIUM-ION battery pack, which is completely compatible with current V28 products. The company has also added Digital Power Management (DPM) to the battery packs to ensure optimal battery life and run-time, while protecting the battery from tough conditions.


Texas Attorney General: BP Illegally Released Air Toxins

August 10, 2010 4:59 am | by Sarah Portlock, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — BP illegally emitted nearly 500,000 pounds of toxic air pollutants at its Texas City refinery during a 41-day period this spring, the state attorney general contends in a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit filed Monday in state district court in Austin, BP's poor operation and maintenance for those days in April and May were the primary cause of the toxic emissions of cancer-causing benzene, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides.


Recliner Maker Expands, Ready To Hire 200 Workers

August 10, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) — A company that makes reclining furniture broke ground Monday for a plantexpansion in northeast Mississippi. Southern Motion said it's investing $7 million in its new 180,000-square-foot production facility in Pontotoc. The company said it will create at least 200 new jobs over the next two years, with the potential to double that number within five years.


Toyota Cuts 600 Japanese Workers On Sales Drop

August 10, 2010 4:36 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has cut 600 workers at its Japanese factories, the company said Tuesday, as it prepares for a drop in local sales when incentives for green cars run out next month. Toyota Motor Corp. employed a total of 2,400 contract workers at the end of 2010, it said. Contract workers are hired under different terms from other employees at Toyota, mainly to make it easier to increase or cut the numbers of workers in response to fluctuating demand for cars.

Tata Motors Recovers On Jaguar, Land Rover Sales

August 10, 2010 4:28 am | by Erika Kinetz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MUMBAI, India (AP) — India's Tata Motors posted quarterly profit of 19.9 billion rupees ($428.4 million) Tuesday, turning around a loss as reviving global demand for its Jaguar and Land Rover brands made up for rising commodities costs. The company returned to profitability on a consolidated basis for the April to June quarter from a loss of 3.


HP's Ex-CEO Gets A Payday As Investors Suffer

August 10, 2010 4:27 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Whatever Mark Hurd did that cost him his job as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest technology company, it wasn't enough to cost him a payday that could top $40 million. Meanwhile, with little still known about why an actress and HP contractor threatened Hurd with a sexual-harassment lawsuit, stockholders took a $9 billion hit Monday, and HP's 300,000 workers were left to wonder about its future.

B-2 Stealth Engineer Sold Secrets To China

August 10, 2010 4:23 am | by Mark Neisse, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — A former B-2 bomber engineer who marketed and sold his stealth expertise to China is facing life in a federal prison following his conviction for bartering U.S. military secrets. Noshir Gowadia, 66, was found guilty Monday on charges that he designed a cruise missile component for China and pocketed at least $110,000, which he allegedly used to help pay a $15,000-a-month mortgage on a multimillion-dollar oceanview home he built on Maui's north shore.

A Switch Is Not Simple

August 9, 2010 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Trinetics Compact UltraVac from Maysteel, LLC (Menomonee Falls, WI) is a single-phase capacitor switch that provides maximum dielectric strength in a compact design. The switches are designed for long life in tough conditions, and are available with either reliable motor operators or with high-speed dual solenoid operators.


Redesigned Butterfly Valves

August 9, 2010 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sure Seal, Inc. (Mineral Point, MO) announces that the tapered-seat design of its LBF Series Lined Butterfly Valves requires lower torque in all applications, has improved seat integrity, and significantly improves the service life of the valve. The butterfly valves are available in 12 different sizes — from 2” to 24” — and have been designed for use in corrosive processes.


Pressure-Safe Filtering

August 9, 2010 10:13 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Orival, Inc. (Englewood, NJ) has fabricated complete manifolds for multiple filter systems, all of which are designed to meet the specific requirements of the project. The manifolds can be equipped with flanged, welded, or Victaulic ends in any size required, and are coated inside and out with a tough coating used on Orival filter housings.


Sanitation Is Important, Says Dilbert

August 9, 2010 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega (Laval, Quebec, Canada) has released its catalog, the DILBERT NEW HORIZONS in Products for Sanitary Applications Version No. 27 , which contains 180 pages of information on top-selling products for manufacturers. These products include the Digital RTD Thermometers with NEMA 4 enclosures, which are ideal for washdown environments, according to the company.


The Apple In The Supply Chain

August 9, 2010 6:30 am | by Amanda Earing,, News Editor | Articles | Comments

In its search for the latest technology to aid a growing supply chain operation,  Markley Enterprises, a small manufacturer of point-of-purchase displays, found the solution in Apple’s iPad. As technology continuously changes, your supply chain and its processes should be revolving continuously, too.

The New Normal: Consumers And Private Labels

August 9, 2010 6:25 am | by Pat Conroy, Vice Chairman and U.S. Consumer Products Leader, Deloitte LLP | Articles | Comments

The recession has caused many to make spending changes, especially when it comes to grocery shopping. More and more consumers are making the switch to private labels, leaving some national brand manufacturers at a loss of what actions to take.


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