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Wholesale Prices Rise 0.3 Percent In April

May 14, 2009 7:35 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

Wholesale prices rose more than expected in April as the biggest jump in food costs in more than a year offset a second monthly decline in the price of energy products. The Labor Department said Thursday that wholesale prices climbed 0.

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VW, Kia Rev Up In The South While Detroit Idles

May 14, 2009 6:59 am | by BILL POOVEY, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

Volkswagen AG executives celebrate raising the first walls of their $1 billion assembly plant here Thursday, giving them a chance to smile amid the auto industry's global despair. When construction is finished and VW starts making a new mid-size sedan in 2011, Chattanooga's biggest catch will be 2,000 jobs at the plant and thousands of others at suppliers and other related businesses.

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Your Pay Just Dropped 11 Percent

May 14, 2009 6:51 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I like statistics that back up what I already know. The ones that let you say, “See, I told you we were in a recession,” or “Only 12 year-old kids are on MySpace.” Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics released figures showing changes in productivity and labor costs during the first quarter of 2009.

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Hold Drums Securely Without Damage

May 13, 2009 12:18 pm | Articles | Comments

The MORcinch from Morse is an entirely new type of drum holder, featuring a unique cinching action that adjusts to almost any drum size. Designed to be more secure, the MORcinch embraces almost the entire girth of drums, evenly distributing the weight to maximize security of the grip and minimize stress points that can cause drum sidewall damage.

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Pivot Drive Rotates To Almost Any Position

May 13, 2009 12:13 pm | Articles | Comments

QC Industries’ new Automation Series low profile belt conveyors offer Pivot™ rotatable drives that can be quickly and easily rotated to almost any position. The drives can be positioned to avoid products on the conveyor belt or obstructions caused by integrated machines.

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Inspect, Analyze And Improve Yield Rates

May 13, 2009 12:08 pm | Articles | Comments

The Keyence CV-5000 Vision System can transfer over 16 ultra high definition images (2431 × 2050 pixels) per second using the high speed 5 megapixel camera — 11 times faster than previous models. The system allows for the simultaneous use of 14 different models, including the ultra-compact standard and Mega Pixel, as well as the high speed standard (640 × 480 pixels) and high speed 2 Mega Pixel (1600 × 1200 pixels), which can transfer images in 4.

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Toolholder Cart Promotes 5S

May 13, 2009 12:02 pm | Articles | Comments

Huot’s new ToolScoot Tree is the latest addition to their lineup of CNC toolholder carts, designed to transport a variety of V-flange and HSK CNC-toolholders. Securing the necessary spanner wrenches, toolholders, collets and cutting tools in one central location makes the ToolScoot Tree ideal for 5S applications.

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Explosions, Smoke At Wis. Chemical Plant Fire Force People From Homes

May 12, 2009 8:18 am | by TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

Dozens of residents stayed away from their homes Tuesday while crews waited for a chemical plant fire to burn itself out. The fire broke out at Columbus Chemical Industries' warehouse late Monday, and three explosions rocked the building just after firefighters arrived, Acting Fire Chief Mark Kenevan said.

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Guy Catches 13-Foot Shark

May 7, 2009 6:53 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

We’ve had plenty of debates over swine flu in the office over the past week—mostly spurred by the sudden cropping up of alcohol-based hand sanitizer bottles throughout our workspace. The whole floor smells like a distillery. “Apparently there is some virus going around,” we joke as we slather this slick substance onto our hands.

Continuous Improvement Drives Index Performance

May 7, 2009 5:54 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

As anyone who has ever been associated with Lean or Six Sigma methodologies will tell you, the key to greater efficiencies is not just changing or correcting poor approaches, but striving for continuous improvement in all facets of an operation or function. It’s an on-going fundamental that is never ending.

GM Posts $6B 1Q Loss

May 7, 2009 5:17 am | by KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON, AP Auto Writers | Articles | Comments

General Motors Corp. lost $6 billion in the first quarter and its revenue was cut nearly in half as car buyers feared the wounded auto giant would enter bankruptcy and no longer honor its warranties. The Detroit-based company also said it spent $10.

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New Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Plunge

May 7, 2009 4:55 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

New applications for jobless benefits plunged to the lowest level in 14 weeks, a possible sign that the massive wave of layoffs has peaked. Still, the number of unemployed workers getting benefits climbed to a new record.

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Canada warns US Steel about temporary shutdown

May 6, 2009 11:07 am | Articles | Comments

The Canadian government warned United States Steel Corp. on Wednesday that it must live up to its production commitments at the former Stelco Inc. plants in Ontario which it has temporarily shut down. Industry Minister Tony Clement said he sent a letter indicating that the shutdown at plants in Hamilton and Nanticoke, Ontario, may violate commitments the U.

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Ford Invests $550M To Bring New Focus To Market

May 6, 2009 10:53 am | by KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

Ford Motor Co. stripped "truck" from the name of one its Detroit-area plants Wednesday as it announced plans to build its next-generation Focus here, including a battery-electric version Ford expects will run up to 100 miles without using gas or emitting greenhouse gas.

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Free Storage & Material Handling Catalog

May 5, 2009 10:02 am | Articles | Comments

C&H claim to have the broadest and deepest selection of storage and material handling products with over 40,000 items available in their catalogue. To order or request a free catalog, call 866-460-7802 or visit their website at http://www.chdist.

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Changes To Lease Accounting: What Should Equipment Manufacturers Know About It?

May 5, 2009 8:04 am | Articles | Comments

FASB’s Proposed Changes The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is a private sector organization funded by corporations—not the government—and overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Its mission is to develop Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), which all public companies must follow.

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Feel The Pressure

May 5, 2009 6:07 am | Articles | Comments

Hotsy has completely redesigned the 5700 series hot water pressure washer. The series now has a 20 HP Baldor electric motor and is available in 208 V, 230 V, 460 V, 575 V, or 3 phase and comes with thermal overload protection. According to Hotsy, the washer uses an upright coil that delivers high efficiency and maintains constant temperature when using oil, natural gas or liquid propane.

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Air Drills Enhanced By Speed Regulators

May 5, 2009 6:01 am | Articles | Comments

The Deschner Kinechek® hydraulic speed regulator is designed to work with the Andrews Tool air drill and PF04 attachment to allow feed rate adjustments for various hole diameters and different types of material. According to the company, this speed regulator saves significant down time by using a simple adjustment knob, compared with the time intensive screw mechanisms used in traditional positive feed drill motors.

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FLIR Sees Temperature Differently

May 5, 2009 5:56 am | Articles | Comments

The FLIR T250 is an infrared camera that displays temperature differences on its bright 3.5” screen. Also included with the camera is the ability to combine infrared and visible light detail with FLIR fusion and speed through reporting with the QuickReport software.

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Hydraulic Weight Lifters

May 5, 2009 5:50 am | Articles | Comments

Pentalift manufactures hydraulic lift tables with load capacities ranging from 500–120,000 lb. It also produces hydraulic tilters, rotators and various work positioners that are designed to increase productivity and ensure safety in the workplace. Learn more: www.

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