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MI Plant Source Of Six-Mile Groundwater Contamination

August 25, 2009 4:17 am | News | Comments

MANCELONA, Mich. (AP) — A six-mile-long plume of contaminated groundwater from a polluted northern Michigan factory site is threatening the Cedar River, one of two sources for the area's drinking water. "I would have to say this is one of the largest contaminations we've ever seen," Janice Adams, a senior geologist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, told The Detroit News for a Monday story.

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Jury Finds DuPont Negligent In Herbicide Misuse

August 25, 2009 4:06 am | News | Comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal jury has found the Bureau of Land Management and E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. negligent in the use of an herbicide blamed for damaging thousands of acres of crops across a broad swath of southern Idaho. The jury found the BLM negligent in its decision to use of the powerful herbicide Oust to control invasive weeds on public lands burned by wildfires in 1999 and 2000.

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Worker Badly Burned At AK Steel's Ohio Plant

August 24, 2009 12:01 pm | News | Comments

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Fire and union officials say a worker has been badly burned at AK Steel's Middletown Works coke plant in southwest Ohio. Middletown Fire Capt. David Adams says the man was performing maintenance work Monday when he slipped into what the company says is a condensation pit where hot water collects at the plant.

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WI Man Pleads Guilty In Meatpacking Plant Fire

August 24, 2009 11:52 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of two brothers accused of sparking a $50 million fire at a Milwaukee-area meatpacking plant with a military-grade flare has pleaded guilty to related charges. Twenty-three-year-old Joshua J. Popp pleaded guilty Monday to one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

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Full-View Door

August 24, 2009 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hörmann Flexon (Leetsale, PA) has developed the Speed-Guardian 2400 FV full-view door. The door has a total panel thickness of 1.25” with 6.25” high window slats the entire height of the door panel. The Speed-Guardian 2400 FV also features a quick-opening mechanism, up to 80” per second; and a compact, self-monitoring direct-drive motor.

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High-Temperature Camera Systems

August 24, 2009 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lenox Instrument Company (Trevose, PA) announces the addition to an IP workable model to its line of FireSight high-temperature boiler and furnace camera systems. The new model allows customers to view recorded video in real-time using a standard web browser or other video management systems.

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Keep Your I/Os In Touch

August 24, 2009 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProSoft Technology (Bakersfield, CA) has released the Wireless POINT I/O adapter (ILX34-AENWG), a high-speed 802.11g wireless I/O communication system to link Rockwell Automation controllers to distributed process I/O modules. The Add-On Profile (AOP) utilizes the RSLogix 5000 programming environment and the Ethernet protocol to simplify configuration and communication with various I/O racks scattered across the process facility.

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Micro-Alignment

August 24, 2009 10:52 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Pinpoint Laser Systems (Peabody, MA) announces a new storage system to be used with the Pinpoint Laser Microgage 2D family of products. The new display unit is compatible with existing 2D measuring systems and enables the operator to record readings in the field or on the factory floor.

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Guest Feature: Using GRC to Drive Innovation and Competitive Advantage

August 24, 2009 9:08 am | by by Dan Wilhelms | Blogs | Comments

With governmental regulations for compliance becoming all the more rigorous, chief audit officers (CAOs) are finding themselves between a rock and a hard place regarding controlling costs and satisfying these more rigorous compliance demands. At the same time, external auditors are getting more sophisticated in their investigations of compliance — delving deeper into organizations’ controls.

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Embracing The Role

August 24, 2009 8:59 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

One of the great American traditions is that of embracing the plight of the little guy, the underdog, the one with all the odds stacked against them. I think it’s because even in these seemingly impossible conditions they’re committed to doing whatever it takes and are unwilling to yield to theoretically superior opposition.

Toyota Recalls Over-Lubricated Windows On 690,000 Cars

August 24, 2009 4:52 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 690,000 of its China-made vehicles after finding problems with their electric window controls, China's quality watchdog says. The recall involves 407,503 Camry and Yaris passenger cars made by Toyota's joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group.

Raytheon Guides Home $54.4M Air Force Contract

August 24, 2009 4:34 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unit of Raytheon Co. received a $54.4 million contract from the Air Force to provide 266 guidance and control sections for the Maverick missile, the Pentagon said late Friday. Shares of the Waltham, Mass.-based company added $1.27, or 2.7 percent, to close at $48.22.

Boeing Lands 1.16B C-17 Contract

August 24, 2009 4:32 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aerospace manufacturer Boeing Co. received a nearly $1.16 billion contract boost for the C-17, a large military transport aircraft, the Pentagon said late Friday. The deal will provide for program management, logistics, depot level aircraft maintenance and more for the C-17.

Conocuts Cause Midnight Blaze

August 24, 2009 4:29 am | News | Comments

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Mallo Cups and Smoothies won't be rolling off the Boyer Candy Co.'s production lines for a few days because of a machine fire at the plant in central Pennsylvania. Plant supervisor Gary Himes says a coconut roasting machine caught fire about 12:25 a.m. Monday. The fire was quickly brought under control and nobody was hurt as seven employees got out of the plant safely.

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Malawi Child Workers With 2 Pack A Day Habit

August 24, 2009 4:25 am | by Raphael Tenthani, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Children picking tobacco in the fields of Malawi for consumers far beyond the African country's borders are being poisoned as they absorb up to two cigarette packs' worth of nicotine each day, a children's rights organization said Monday, The "extremely high levels of nicotine poisoning" produces not only nausea, headaches, dizziness, difficulty in breathing and other symptoms but "long-lasting changes in brain structure and function," London-based Plan International said in a report.

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WI Officials Battle Mercury Marine Non-Union Threats

August 24, 2009 4:16 am | News | Comments

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Officials in Wisconsin were working to keep Mercury Marine from moving its manufacturing operations to Oklahoma after union workers rejected a package of wage and benefit concessions the boat engine maker said was necessary. Leaders of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1947 did not release the tally from Sunday's vote but said it was "overwhelming" to reject what Mercury Marine called its final offer.

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Unbeatable Breakers

August 21, 2009 10:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Altech (Flemington, NJ) introduces a new version of its UL508 manual motor controllers, featuring a reinforced housing for improved durability. The product also offers both box and ring tongue terminals as standard in addition to a clear cover for easy tagging. The breakers are offered in 6 trip curves in ampere ratings from 0.

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Take Out The Trash

August 21, 2009 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

VAC-U-MAX (Belleville, NJ) has designed the Bag Compactor, which can be connected directly to the side of the bag dump station so an operator can insert an empty bag directly into the bag compactor. The new design offers a “mail box” front door for standalone use, fork lift slots for portability, and all-pneumatic operation, and a 5,000 pound compression force.

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High-Efficiency Circulator

August 21, 2009 9:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

WILO (Melrose Park, IL) introduces a line of high-efficiency circulators: the Stratos. The line can reduce consumption by up to 80 percent over single-speed pumps by incorporating electronic commutated motor (ECM) technology and a variable speed drive, resulting in greater efficiency than asynchronous motors.

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Trimming The Fat

August 21, 2009 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Precision AirConvey (Newark, DE) has developed the TrimPAC Velocity trimming system, which automatically captures continuous edge trim at the press, slitter, or die cutter and directs waste material into a container. The trimmer is ideal for manufacturers dealing with paper, film, foil, or laminate in a variety of widths and thicknesses.

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