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Wireless Sensor Network Progress

October 4, 2010 5:49 am | by Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx Ltd | Articles | Comments

Meeting in the middle: Wireless sensor networks must reduce power requirements, while energy harvesting technology continues to improve. . Approximately 100 years after Michael Faraday came Nikola Tesla, another European electrical theory giant who parted his hair down the middle. Faraday brought us the DC motor and much more; Tesla brought us the AC motor and likewise.


Dead Wood Rising

October 4, 2010 5:48 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D  | Blogs | Comments

When we think of dead wood, we will always think termites before we think family. "This economy is lumpy.” The statement didn’t launch the event with the flash and bang that I had anticipated. Then again, I was a first-timer and had no idea what to expect. For some reason, as I was munching on food from the journalist trough on the SolidWorks campus, I pictured a press event with musical overtures, pyrotechnics, and a shotgun...

U.S. Car Sales Down Despite New Models

October 4, 2010 5:21 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — New models and Labor Day holiday promotions didn't do much to fire Americans' appetites for new cars in September. Sales at Chrysler and Ford rose slightly from August. They fell at General Motors and Honda and were flat at Toyota. Car companies say a recovery is still happening, but it's not as strong as they had hoped following a terrible 2009.


Apple Could Surpass Exxon As 'Most Valuable' Company

October 4, 2010 4:53 am | by David K. Randall, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Here's something to think about the next time you pick up a call on your iPhone: the device you're holding may soon be the signature product of the most valuable company in the world. Thanks to its line of gadgets that combine the ability to make calls, send email, read books, watch movies and listen to music, Apple Inc.

China's Reliance On Rare Earth Metals Worries Washington

October 4, 2010 4:49 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — China's recent halt of exotic metal shipments to Japan amid a diplomatic spat has reverberated throughout the world's high-tech manufacturing hubs — now on heightened alert to the risks of relying on one country for materials that do everything from helping hybrid engines run to creating the color red in televisions.

Students Build, Battle Robots To Understand Manufacturing

October 4, 2010 4:47 am | by Lugene Hudson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — The plan for being the best involves building a robot. At Lawrence County Career and Technical Center, the best stands for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology. Students from various shops have been meeting with electronics instructor Barry Clever to construct a prototype operating robot.


GE To Invest $68 Million In Indiana Plant

October 4, 2010 4:47 am | News | Comments

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — General Electric plans to invest $68 million to redesign side-by-side refrigerators made at an Indiana plant. Louisville, Ky.-based GE Appliances & Lighting told employees at the Bloomington plant Friday about the investment. It's part of an agreement with the union in May that includes a wage freeze and competitive wage structure for new employees.


Manufacturing Growth Sparks Wall Street Recovery

October 4, 2010 4:45 am | by Stephen Bernard, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks started off October on a positive note following mostly good news on the economy. Shares of big manufacturing companies like Boeing Co., General Electric Co. and 3M Co. rose Friday after the Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index showed that factory activity was still expanding in September, although not quite as fast as analysts had hoped and slightly slower than the month before.


The Evolution Of Clean Pumping

October 1, 2010 10:42 am | by Wallace Wittkoff, Hygienic Director, Dover's Pump Solutions Group (PSG) | Articles | Comments

Not surprisingly, safety has always been a top concern for food and beverage companies. So, it goes without saying that this is a precise industry, one that requires the highest standards in hygienic and sanitary production processes. Despite this emphasis on food safety, there still have been a number of scandals that have combined to give the consuming public reduced trust in the safety that the industry can provide.


Salt, Sugar, Fat: Above The Legal Limit?

October 1, 2010 10:40 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Things are not looking up for manufacturers of the bacon-wrapped turkey-infused donut. I'm not sure that such a product is real, but the level of disappointment I've felt walking the grocery store aisles lately leads me to believe that it must be. A CDC report released last month shows that a record number of U.

Dispose Of Oily Rags

October 1, 2010 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

According to Creform Corporation (Greer, SC), every manufacturing plant, fabricating shop, or machining facility has a need for safe storage and disposal of oily or solvent-soaked rags. The oil pail cart from Creform has been designed to meet ergonomic requirements while securely holding the container and preventing it from tipping.


Flowmeters In Tough Environments

October 1, 2010 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FMG600 Series electromagnetic flow meters from Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) are designed for the measurement of conductive liquids. The FMG600 mag meters have no moving parts, which means they can handle applications involving wastewater, pulp, food, and slurries. Standard outputs include analog, frequency, and RS485 communications.


Oil-Friendly Thread Taps

October 1, 2010 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Reed Manufacturing Company’s (Erie, PA) ½ horsepower, electric 5401TMSO Threading Machine centers and chucks pipe or conduit for cutting, threading, and reaming applications. The oil system uses a self-priming pump that floods the pipe with oil while threading, and the open workspace features a large, integral oil reservoir.


More Pure Steam Samples

October 1, 2010 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The mobile Steam Sampling Cart from Spriax Sarco (Blythewood, SC) is engineered to improve safety, efficiency, and operability in the collection of pure steam samples for testing. The unit is designed to take critical quality samples for total organic carbon (TOC), conductivity, microbial levels, and endotoxin monitoring.


Mezannines Lift Operational Efficiency, Safety

October 1, 2010 5:23 am | Articles | Comments

Alliance Packaging is a well-known, independent corrugated box manufacturer with several facilities located throughout northwest United States. The company provides a full range of packaging solutions from custom shipping containers to retail packaging, from stock boxes to in-store displays, from creative design to same day delivery service.


Munire Furniture To Buy Abandoned Auto Parts Plant

October 1, 2010 5:05 am | News | Comments

GAS CITY, Ind. (AP) — A company plans to buy a closed auto parts factory in central Indiana and start producing children's furniture there this fall. Executives of New Jersey-based Munire Furniture joined Gov. Mitch Daniels and local officials Friday in announcing plans for the Gas City factory.


People Over Profit? Fool Me Once ...

October 1, 2010 5:03 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

To allow profit to take precedent over people is a dangerous prospect, no matter the size or type of company. If you’re fooled into thinking safety is other people’s problems only, then shame on you. Prioritizing profit over people: The implications of this seemingly popular trend are not limited to the processing market, but the severity of the implications are amplified here.


J&J Execs, FDA Take Heat For 'Phantom' Recall

October 1, 2010 4:47 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson executives and the Food and Drug Administration both shouldered the blame Thursday for a secret recall in which hired contractors quietly bought up defective painkillers to clear them from store shelves. J&J Chief Executive William Weldon told House lawmakers the company "made a mistake" in conducting the so-called "phantom recall," which is one of a string of problems that have drawn...

Weath Gap Hits Manufacturing Workers Hard

October 1, 2010 4:46 am | by Jim Fitzgerald and Vicki Smith, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — A Wall Street adviser leaves early for work to avoid panhandlers at his suburban train station. In coal country, a suddenly homeless man watches from a bench as wealthy women shop for dresses. A down-and-out waitress sits glumly on her stoop across the street from a gleaming suburb.


HP's New CEO Befuddles Investors, Wall Street

October 1, 2010 4:45 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board upset many investors when it forced out Mark Hurd as CEO nearly two months ago. Now, those directors appear to have baffled Wall Street with its selection of HP's new leader — Leo Apotheker, who lost his job running German business software maker SAP earlier this year after he didn't live up to expectations.


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