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AIAM Responds to President Obama's Remarks Concerning Chrysler

April 30, 2009 11:09 am | Articles | Comments

The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers released the following statement in response to the President's remarks today concerning the restructuring of Chrysler. The statement can be attributed to Michael J. Stanton, President of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc.

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Obama backs Chrysler bankruptcy as wise move

April 30, 2009 11:07 am | by BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

President Barack Obama announced Thursday that Chrysler would head into bankruptcy with the aid of up to another $8 billion in U.S. taxpayer money, a last-resort attempt to quickly restructure the struggling giant.

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Cooling Down High Fuel Costs

April 24, 2009 9:09 am | Articles | Comments

Saving energy and improving comfort for over 100 employees topped the list of priorities for Adam Leiferman, project engineer for the Cleveland building of SPS Technologies. This automotive and aerospace certified manufacturer, with operations worldwide, produces high strength fasteners and precision components for commercial and military applications, jet engines, automobiles, and power generation industries.

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Goodyear Sees Performance Boosts With Drying Systems

April 24, 2009 9:02 am | Articles | Comments

When you’re producing tires on a 24/7 basis at the world’s largest tire manufacturing facility, you’ve got to have highly efficient equipment to keep the operation running smoothly. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company recently incorporated new blower technology in its manufacturing plant in Lawton, OK, in order to increase efficiency in a critical drying process operation.

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Ports and Connectors 101

April 24, 2009 8:18 am | Articles | Comments

Hydraulics have been an essential part of industrial technology for well over a century, which means maintenance technicians may find themselves confronted with anything from the latest high-tech fittings to hundred year-old port configurations. Most of the time, there’s no real way to know exactly what’s under the accumulated paint and grime covering the valve or manifold that just failed, but the technician is still expected to be able to identify the connector and replace it quickly and without error.

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Air Raid

April 24, 2009 7:40 am | Articles | Comments

With energy costs on the rise, recent efforts from both not-for-profit industry organizations like ASHRAE, as well as HVAC/R equipment manufacturers, have helped create facelifts for some of the industry's oldest, most operationally critical equipment. Founded in 1894, ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) is an international organization of 55,000 volunteer members.

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Not So Risky Business

April 24, 2009 7:24 am | by Andy Kaiser, Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A problem has been identified that needs a solution. You have also been given an additional requirement from management that the process identified needs to increase output by 30 percent over the original system. You have already searched the websites of some industrial VFD vendors, but you are still not sure about all the technology, terminology, and performance claims stated.

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Q&A with Ralph Keller from the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and Mike McDonald of Prime Advantage Corp.

April 24, 2009 6:49 am | Articles | Comments

Ralph Keller is President of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (www.ame.org), an organization dedicated to cultivating understanding, analysis and exchange of productivity methods and their successful application in the pursuit of excellence.

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Is College The Answer?

April 24, 2009 6:04 am | by Mike Collins, author of Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

For the last 20 years the government mantra has been to get a college education in order to get ahead. Shop classes that used to be in every grade school and high school were replaced by computer labs to prepare the new knowledge workers for the future.

Feeling The Recession Depression?

April 24, 2009 5:35 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

In Wisconsin, the months of March and April aren’t necessarily spring. Some years we have dream-like spring days; ones where you get to use that word “unseasonably” as a precursor to describe the temperatures. This year, we’ve been using words like “gloom,” “wet,” and—my favorite—“severe.

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A 360 Degree Change

April 24, 2009 5:21 am | Articles | Comments

McCormick Distilling started with small energy efficiency steps, which eventually led to a brand new, eco-friendly product, and a cleaner, greener plant. It’s often speculated that in a recessed economy, certain industries go unaffected. In fact, economic experts will highlight industries that actually benefit from the conditions—one of which, alcohol, is often cited as a booming business when times are tough.

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Rail Mounted Circuit Protection

April 23, 2009 9:32 am | Articles | Comments

Omega's new ASK series of DIN rail mounted fuse holders provide circuit protection for any industrial control system. Two standard fuse styles are supported: 14 × 51 mm (ASK 6) and 10 × 38 mm (ASK 4). Single pole, double pole, and 3 pole models are available with or without blown fuse indicators.

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The Motivation For Innovation

April 22, 2009 12:51 pm | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

In an economic climate that demands efficiency and responsible spending, long term research and development (R&D) projects with no return-on-investment in sight can be a hard pitch. There is, however, evidence indicating that investing during a down economy pays off. SHOW ME THE MONEY According to a survey conducted by the Industrial Research Institute (ISI), R&D spending in the U.

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

April 22, 2009 12:20 pm | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

My parents and their friends came of age in the 1960s, so growing up we were privy to stories about that turbulent decade. I learned what a protest was at a young age as my parents described to me the active response people took to events like The Vietnam War and The French Student Revolution of 1968.

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Flood Light Increases Luminous Flux

April 22, 2009 8:20 am | Articles | Comments

The FLAT TEC luminaire fluorescent flood light for machining and industrial plant applications is the latest in the Waldmann Lighting line of products. Available in a built-up (1.65" in height) or flush version, its flat profile helps it fit into tight spaces.

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Explosion-Proof Motor For Hazardous Waste Compactor

April 22, 2009 8:11 am | Articles | Comments

KenBay has added a hazardous waste & explosion-proof model to its line of rotary arm compactors. According to the company, this RotoPac has the same small footprint and high 6-to-1 compaction ratio as its other models, but is now fitted with NEMA 4 boxes for electrical control components and hydraulic valves.

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Humans & Machines Unite

April 22, 2009 8:05 am | Articles | Comments

Pro-face America recently released its latest brochure, containing a range of standard, mid-range and high performance industrial PCs, plus open human-machine interface (HMI) solutions. Detailed specification are included for each system, as well as descriptions for the Pro-face system features.

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Exelon and SunPower to Develop Nation's Largest Urban Solar Power Plant

April 22, 2009 7:00 am | Articles | Comments

Exelon and SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA) (Nasdaq: SPWRB) today announced an agreement to develop the nation's largest urban solar power plant at a former industrial site on Chicago's South Side. The 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility is scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

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Sweet Revenge With 110 MPG V-8 Engine

April 22, 2009 6:52 am | Articles | Comments

President/CEO Peter Collorafi of Revenge Designs Inc. (PINKSHEETS: RVGD), a specialty car designer and production assembler, is pleased to announce that an agreement has been signed with Mr. Douglas Pelmear, President/CEO of HP2G LLC, an Ohio based engine company with a 110 MPGe engine. HP2G LLC has designed, developed and built a proprietary V-8 engine called the HP2g.

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Inauguration of World's Largest LNG Facility

April 22, 2009 6:39 am | Articles | Comments

Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and its Emerson Process Management business congratulated Qatargas Operating Company Ltd. on its recent inauguration of the world's largest facility for producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Ras Laffan Industrial City. To capitalize on the growing demand for clean-burning natural gas, Qatargas is in the final stages of commissioning and startup of the largest LNG production "train" ever built.

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