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A College Degree Is Closer Than You Thought

May 27, 2010 11:58 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. — The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and University of Phoenix have reached an agreement that will provide holders of SME certifications with articulation credits toward their college degree. This will enable them to expedite their time towards a degree through a prior learning assessment, potentially saving them as much as an entire semester in courses.

A Chance To LEED The Green Revolution

May 27, 2010 11:49 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Innovative manufacturers have the opportunity to pave a greener path for the industry. As consumer attention turns more toward environmental stewardship, LEED certification is emerging as a growing trend in building design and engineering. At the close of 2009, there were 4,286 LEED certified projects — and only 39 of them were in manufacturing facilities.


Manufacturing Can Be Competitive In The United States

May 27, 2010 11:31 am | by John W. Kemp and Charles M. Mouranie | Articles | Comments

Increased foreign competition continues to drive much of the U.S. manufacturing sector overseas to take advantage of cheap labor. However, there are still many ways to improve performance and become more competitive while keeping operations in the United States.


Choosing A Process Automation System

May 27, 2010 9:59 am | Articles | Comments

It started as a modest dream among three friends. Recently, the vision became reality with the opening of Green Planet Farms — a $40 million, 195,000 square-foot soy protein isolate (SPI) manufacturing facility in South Sioux City, Neb. As an ingredient manufacturer, Green Planet Farms’ main focus is to serve organic and non-genetically modified protein isolates to food and beverage producers worldwide.


Where The Wind Blows

May 27, 2010 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Degree Controls, Inc. (Milford, NH) has developed the AccuSense F333 air velocity sensor for embedded applications. The sensor is manufactured with a RoHS-compliant, rugged construction, and is aimed at ducting applications, fume hoods, and more. The F333 provides air velocity measurements within the range of 0.


Get Custom Plastic

May 27, 2010 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Custom-engineered plastic components that can be machined and drilled to customer specification are now available from Interstate Specialty Products, Inc. (Sutton, MA). The components can be made from a wide range of materials, including rubber and virtually all thermoplastics, between 0.


Blowing A Lot Of Cool Air

May 27, 2010 7:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Equipment Company (Owatonna, MN) introduces the EP20ACP Downforce Convection Blower intended for a variety of applications, such as drying damp environments, keeping personnel cool, or diluting contaminated air. The multi-bladed propeller draws warm, dry air from above and forces it downward at a high velocity, drying wet surfaces along the way.


Let Light Guide You

May 27, 2010 7:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic (Fremont, CA) now offers standing light guides for the transportation of light from a PCB to the front of a panel. The light guides are typically used in applications where the PCB stands parallel to the light emitters and front panel, such as indication systems that transmit the operating status for a device.


Increasing Manufacturing Jobs Through Clean Energy

May 27, 2010 5:37 am | by by Amanda Earing, News Editor, | Blogs | Comments

Desperately in need of new jobs to help sustain our economy, the U.S. government has been pushing for advancement in the clean energy sector — and with good reason. Most renewable energy analysts predict the clean-tech sector will grow in worldwide revenue from $116 billion to $325 billion over the next decade, making it the largest single industrial sector in the world.


Large-Scale Bagging Made Easy

May 27, 2010 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The redesigned Bag Dump Station from VAC-U-MAX (Belleville, NJ) features a 5 cubic foot capacity hopper, complete with an integral Dust Collector. Overall, there is 130 sq ft of filter area, and a 300 ft/min face velocity across the door of the bag dump station. A square-to-round transition in the hopper section ensures constant flow of most powders without use of flow promotion devices.


Outfit Filters With Magnets

May 27, 2010 5:08 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Flow Ezy Filters (Ann Arbor, MI) has announced an agreement to become a major distributor for Eclipse Tools of North America and to market their line of magnetic filtration and separation products. The Eclipse products hope to reach a variety of applications, such as commercial air filtration, fluid power, hydraulics, food processing, and machine tools.


Reclaim Your Cutting Fluids

May 27, 2010 5:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MiniSystem from PRAB (Kalamazoo, MI) reclaims up to 98 percent of cutting fluids associated with machining operations, as well as reduces the volume of overall metal scrap. The system is fully automatic, completely portable, and is contained in a 4’ x 11’ area.


Pumps With Simple Maintenance

May 27, 2010 5:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Griswold Pump Company (Grand Terrace, CA) has announced its E, F, and G Series Centrifugal Pumps, which are ideal for use in HVAC cooling towers. The pumps have capacities of up to 3,000 gpm, heads to 310 feet, and a broad range of sizes and configuration options. They are also equipped with a choice of either a close-coupled NEMA electric motor or frame-mounted with couplings to electric motors.


Manufacturing A Bigger Truck

May 26, 2010 7:26 am | Articles | Comments

If you’re in need of a massive truck at your facility, maybe the new Chevy Silverado is your best bet. Production started on Monday, and we get a sneak peek into some of the new manufacturing processes that promise to make this year's version the best yet. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Spider-Like Robots Boogie Down

May 26, 2010 7:21 am | Articles | Comments

If you’re looking to see some hexapod robots boogie, or at least listen to some tedious electronic music, look no further. I’ll be honest — some of these robots have moves I’m pretty jealous of. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


J&J CEO: We're Sorry For Bad Products, Recalls

May 26, 2010 7:19 am | Articles | Comments

Johnson & Johnson has been under fire recently for a spate of poorly-manufactured products, and like other major companies mired recalls, the pharmaceutical giant is working hard to restore its image. Bill Wheldon, J&J's CEO, apologizes for the failure to see its manufacturing practices falter, and for the workers themselves who did not follow GMP.


Oil Regulators Took Bribes, Did Drugs On The Job

May 26, 2010 7:16 am | Articles | Comments

More evidence comes to light that our federal oil regulators were doing their jobs, and then some: CNN reports that some of these "watchdogs," so to speak, took company gifts and used government computers to watch pornography while they were supposed to be working. One even dabbled in drugs, partaking in crystal meth while on the job.


Tanker Deal Would Bring Boeing Jobs To Michigan

May 26, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Boeing Co. says it will bring about 450 new jobs and $25 million in annual economic impact to Michigan if it wins the Pentagon's contract to build a new fleet of aerial refueling jets. The Chicago-based company said Tuesday components would come from Eaton Aerospace in Jackson and Grand Rapids, General Electric in Grand Rapids, Honeywell International in Boyne City, and LaSalle Electric Supply in Livonia.

EPA: Most Texas Refineries Break Clean Air Act

May 26, 2010 4:47 am | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency moved Tuesday to end a long-running dispute with Texas over how the state regulates emissions, including cancer-causing toxins such as benzene and butadiene, from dozens of refineries that produce a third of the nation's gasoline and billions of dollars of petrochemicals.


Nissan Breaks Ground On 1,300-Job Tenn. Battery Plant

May 26, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — Nissan North America Inc. is breaking ground on a lithium-ion battery plant as part of its plan to build electric cars and eventually create up to 1,300 jobs in Tennessee. The battery plant at Smyrna is part of a $1.7 billion investment in the new battery plant and initial production of the all-electric Leaf starting in 2012.



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