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Wearable Computer Keeps Hands Free

May 26, 2009 11:58 am | Articles | Comments

The Ridgeline W200 from Glacier Computer LLC is a wearable computer made of reinforced magnesium alloy. At only 10.2 ounces and contoured to fit your arm, the W200 is a portable computer that allows the user to keep both hands free for completing other tasks.

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Live Roller That Won't Freeze Up

May 26, 2009 11:42 am | Articles | Comments

The Chain Driven Live Roller (CDLR) manufactured by viastore is designed to be reliabile, low maintenance and freezer capabile with operating temperatures that reach –20º F. It's is available in bed lengths from 2 feet to 10 feet with widths of 44 inches, 48 inches, 52 inches and 60 inches.

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AEP Shifts To Non-Toxic Lubricant

May 26, 2009 10:47 am | Articles | Comments

As part of a shift towards more environmentally-friendly operations, American Electric Power (AEP) recently replaced oil-based lubricants at six of its hydro plants with the non-toxic UCON Trident AW hydraulic fluid. This fluid, manufactured by Dow Chemical, is a fully synthetic polyalkylene glycol (PAG) lubricant and does not contain any chemicals on the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERLCA) list of hazardous substances.

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New Magnetic Conveying Applications Videos

May 26, 2009 8:54 am | Articles | Comments

BOYNE CITY, MI — April, 2009 — Industrial Magnetics, Inc. has posted several new videos on their website allowing viewers to see actual magnetic conveying applications with magnetic transfer conveyors and magnetic low-profile conveyors.

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"Clean" Biomass Power Plant Application Cites Numerous Pollutants

May 26, 2009 7:35 am | Articles | Comments

The developers of a proposed $90 million biomass power plant in southern Indiana say it would release hundreds of tons of nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide, as well as some hazardous air pollutants by burning wood waste to generate electricity.

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Mitsubishi Offers Stimulus Rebate

May 22, 2009 6:43 am | Articles | Comments

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks has announced its own economic rebate stimulus package for customers. Through the end of June, Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks will offer a “ Right on the Money ” rebate on any purchase, lease or long term rental for three forklift truck models.

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Solar Power Plant Planned West Of Phoenix

May 22, 2009 6:17 am | Articles | Comments

An Arizona power provider is teaming up with a two companies to build a solar-power plant west of Phoenix that could help it surpass a state-imposed alternative-energy requirement. The $1.5 billion plant, in combination with other Arizona Public Service Co.

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Biological Warfare

May 21, 2009 11:59 am | by Luke Simpson, Assocaite Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Just like the hundreds of small oil companies drilling for crude across the U.S. early last century, high-tech startups are scrambling for a piece of the biofuel landscape, which is already worth billions of dollars. However, ethanol, biodiesel and biogasoline are yet to be proven as cost-effective, environmentally friendly solutions.

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Stimulus I Can Believe In

May 21, 2009 11:56 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

President Obama recently announced at the National Academy of Sciences’ annual meeting that he planned to allocate 3 percent of the gross domestic product to research and development. This represents the largest commitment to scientific research in U.S. history, and in more real-world terms, a better than $400 billion investment.

QMC Improves Accuracy With Forklift Scale

May 21, 2009 11:27 am | Articles | Comments

Quality Metalcraft, Inc. (QMC), located in Livonia, MI, has served the automotive industry for nearly half a century and is now the world’s leading automotive engineering, prototype, and low volume production facility. The company combines state-of-the-art machinery with traditional “old school” finishing techniques to deliver quick turnarounds on high quality components, ranging from small brackets and simple fabrications to large body-in-white components and assemblies.

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Plant Practices: ACT Customizes Workbenches

May 21, 2009 11:10 am | Articles | Comments

In March 2008, Advanced Coating Technologies (ACT) of Middletown, NY began an ambitious $50-million expansion, constructing a new 40,000-square-foot building that would accommodate the manufacture of three different coating applications (two of which were new to the company), as well as other applications, conference rooms, and offices.

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Mission Critical

May 21, 2009 10:49 am | by Paul Haake, Vice President of Engineering, Chloride North America | Articles | Comments

The increasingly sophisticated control systems of today, mixed with the inherently poor power environment of an industrial facility and aging power generation and distribution facilities—both inside and outside of the plant—can produce a wide variety of power and electrical noise problems.

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A Lift In Technology

May 21, 2009 10:28 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The technology behind Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU)'s hybrid concept lift truck combines an IC engine, electric generator, and battery. The lift truck shifts automatically between battery and engine mode, simultaneously recharging the battery during operation. It’s no question that lift trucks are getting smarter—and with this, user capabilities and access to information becomes better.

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Combating Animal Rights Extremists

May 20, 2009 10:18 am | by Philip Lobo, Communications Director, Animal Agriculture Alliance | Articles | Comments

If you are processing meat, milk or eggs, the goal of these groups is to shut down your facility. A recent survey, funded by Vegetarian Times, indicated that just over 3 percent of Americans say they follow a vegetarian-based diet. Approximately, 0.5 percent claim to be vegans, consuming no animal products at all.

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Leaving Little GTO In The Past

May 20, 2009 9:42 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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Success Is Based On People

May 20, 2009 8:50 am | by Mike Collins, Author of Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

  Remember when the trade journals had long articles about the factory of the future? It was going to be an automatic factory with robots and all types of computers and software that would run 24 hours a day without lights. The subtle assumption was that we would eventually eliminate our labor problems through automation.

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Energizing Efficiency

May 20, 2009 7:51 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Articles | Comments

How internal practices, workflow and finished products at Yaskawa’s new facility all share in the yields of a greater, common focus. A new facility has provided the ability to refine work cell layouts, as can be seen by this horseshoe configuration. There can be a variety of reasons for a company to move its operations.

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Daimler Acquires Stake in Tesla

May 19, 2009 7:07 am | Articles | Comments

Daimler AG has acquired an equity stake of nearly 10 percent of Tesla Motors Inc. This investment deepens the relationship between the inventor of the automobile and the newest member of the global auto industry.

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Steelworkers Urge Leaders to Reject Auto Plans That Close Plants

May 19, 2009 6:25 am | Articles | Comments

The United Steelworkers (USW) today urged Congress and the Administration to reject any taxpayer-supported plan to restructure automobile companies that would export jobs instead of strengthen the domestic industry.

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GM, UAW In Dispute Over Imports And Plant Closures

May 18, 2009 10:46 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

Critical concession talks between General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers are being overshadowed by a public spat about the automaker's plans to import vehicles from other countries while it closes 16 U.S. factories.

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