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China: Stop Blaming Us For Domestic Troubles

June 22, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China said world leaders should focus on overcoming economic difficulties together and not play the blame game at this weekend's summit of the Group of 20 leading economies, just days after Beijing announced greater flexibility for its currency. China's central bank loosened the yuan's peg to the dollar on Saturday.

Bangladesh Workers Join Chinese In Wage Protests

June 22, 2010 4:45 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — About 700 garment factories in Bangladesh were shut Tuesday after days of violent protests by tens of thousands of workers demanding better wages. The manufacturers decided late Monday to close their factories because they had no other way to avoid the anarchy in the major industrial hub outside the capital, according to an official at the Bangladesh GarmentManufacturers and Exporters Association.

FDA's Anti-Tobacco Regulation On Slow Burn

June 22, 2010 4:36 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A year after a new law put tobacco regulation in the hands of the Food and Drug Administration, one thing is clear: It will likely be years before any of the most aggressive steps to reduce deaths from smoking might happen. When President Barack Obama signed the bill into law last June, anti-tobacco advocates suggested it could lead to a reduction in nicotine levels, a ban on menthol cigarettes or other aggressive moves.


Toyota To Hire 100 At Southern Indiana Factory

June 22, 2010 4:32 am | News | Comments

PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. plans to add about 100 temporary workers to its southern Indiana plant as it increases production. Factory spokeswoman Kelly Dillon says the new production workers for the plant near Princeton will be hired in the coming weeks through its staffing agency, Aerotek.


Disgruntled Mazda Employee Slams Car Into Co-Workers

June 22, 2010 4:31 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — A disgruntled worker slammed his car into employees at a Mazda factory Tuesday, killing one and injuring 10, stunning Japan just two years after an autoworker went on a deadly rampage in central Tokyo. Toshiaki Hikiji, 42, was arrested about an hour later on attempted murder charges after fleeing in his car from Mazda's Ujina plant in Hiroshima prefecture, southwestern Japan, police said.


Multiple Flows, Directions, Media

June 21, 2010 11:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Conant Controls, Inc. (Medford, MA) introduces custom manufactured pneumatic selector (diverter) stack valves that can handle multiple flows, in multiple directions, with multiple media. According to the company, Conant Custom Selector Valves can be manufactured to specification from a variety of materials such as aluminum, brass, and 316 stainless steel; with O-rings and sleeve materials to handle various media.


Emergency Shut-Off

June 21, 2010 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Assured Automation (Clark, NJ) announces the FireBag, a new line of thermally actuated gas shut-off valves used to control the flow of natural, propane, or butane gases. According to the company, many existing emergency gas shut-off devices require manual manipulation– a poor solution in emergency fire situations.


Time To Split

June 21, 2010 11:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

According to Graphite Metallizing Corp . (Yonkers, NY), its GRAPHALLOY® Type 1017 Self-lubricating Split Bushings are ideal for screw conveyor applications. GRAPHALLOY®, a graphite/metal alloy formed from molten metal, graphite, and carbon, is insoluble in most industrial liquids and is not affected by submersion in most acids, alkalies, hydrocarbons, or liquid gases.


Go Vertical

June 21, 2010 11:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Jenny Products, Inc. (Somerset, PA) offers a line of electric two-stage, vertical-tank stationary air compressors. According to the company, the two-stage models provide 175 psi and displace between 9.1 and 43.6 cfm. Each of the line’s 16 models encompass a smaller footprint than their horizontal-tank counterpart.


Wash, Wax, Waste Of Money

June 21, 2010 10:17 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

When it’s summer and the sun is shining, there are a few things that bump up on my priority list. One is managing my free time to include lots of outdoor walks and runs, and then DVR-ing anything that interferes with Brewers games. Another is keeping my freezer stocked with various frozen treats… or at least re-routing home so I can swing by Sonic for a fresh fruit slush.

Strong Pneumatic Presses

June 21, 2010 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (Lake Forest, IL) is now a distributor for pneumatic presses from Dayton, built for assembling, drawing, and punching operations. The presses feature dual safety controls, a timer for an automatic cycle, a workpiece counter, an adjustable depth stop nut, and head elevating screw.


Extreme Linear Bearings

June 21, 2010 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RW64-V RoundWay Linear Roller Bearing from Thomson (Wood Dale, IL) is a 4” version boasting a dynamic load capacity of 70,000 lbf — more than twenty times the load capacity of a conventional linear ball bearing, even at extreme operating temperatures up to 500°F.


Ergonomics In Tough Environments

June 21, 2010 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro Industries (Garden Grove, CA) offers new products in ergonomic protection, including back and wrist supports, kneepads, and elbow supports for specific jobs. The wrist supports, including the Dual-Flex and Maxrist offerings, feature the all-around comfort and support of Neoprene.


Suction Cups Of All Kinds

June 21, 2010 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Misumi USA, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has expanded its family of Suction Cups, which are suitable for use in a host of automated processes within industrial environments, including assembly, conveying, testing, and inspection. The Suction Cups have fittings made of brass with Electroless nickel plating.


Climbing Out Of The 'Uncanny Valley'

June 21, 2010 7:59 am | Articles | Comments

Most people think of Honda as an automotive manufacturer, but that would be grossly underestimating the amount of time and money the company has spent in the last few decades on developing Asimo and other robotic technologies. While Honda's main goal is to create a robot that ordinary people would be comfortable using in their homes, their R&D efforts have led to better manufacturing processings and better products as well.


Leveling The IP Playing Field In China

June 21, 2010 6:59 am | by Lee Osman, Dorsey Whitney, LLP | Articles | Comments

Over the past 15 years, companies developing, manufacturing and selling products and services in China have “gotten drunk” on the financial upside of moving these operations to China from North America and Europe.

High-Pressure Pipe Cleaners

June 21, 2010 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new family of Rotating Line Moles (RLM) are now available from NLB Corp. (Wixom, MI), and give users more than 40 choices to clean pipes with high-pressure water. The RLMs feature operating pressures of 10,000 or 20,000 psi, plus a variety of flows and nozzle patterns for specific applications.


Make Ladders Safe

June 21, 2010 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wildeck, Inc. (Waukesha, WI) has added two Laddergard Safety Swing Gates that protect personnel at potentially dangerous openings, including loading dock ladders, mezzanine ladders, rooftop access ladders, and more. The safety swing gates are self-closing and meet OSHA 1910.


Eliminate Flux, Dirt

June 21, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aqueous Technologies Corp. (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) introduces the Trident OneShot automatic deflexing and cleanliness testing system, which is designed to work with post-reflow circuit assemblies. The OneShot is equipped with a 16” touch-screen interface, unlimited recipe quantities, a Windows PC control platform, networking capabilities, and real-time cleanliness testing.


Easy Bucket Conveying

June 21, 2010 6:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new bucket elevator that moves material in three different directions is now available from Gough Econ, Inc. (Charlotte, NC). The Gough Elecon bucket conveyor and elevator system is ideal for applications requiring gentle handling, according to the manufacturer. Cantilevered buckets can move vertically, horizontally, and can turn any direction up to 90° without having to transfer the load being conveyed.



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