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Daily industrial news and top headlines for plant and maintenance managers

Laptops 'See' Into Drains

June 3, 2010 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

RIDGID (Elyria, OH) introduces the SeeSnake LT1000 laptop interface, which provides a flexible way to digitally record, monitor, and manage drain footage when paired with a RIDGID SeeSnake reel and the SeeSnake HQ software suite. The laptop interface allows users to complete tasks without transferring data between field devices and a PC, which reduces the overall time spent on the task.


Good News Is Not News

June 3, 2010 7:25 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The most recent massive E. coli-related recall — Freshway Foods’ lettuce contamination — has food safety once again in the news. Whenever a major (or minor) food safety disaster occurs, the industry grumbling begins: “How come you don’t hear about the facilities that are doing things right? Or the millions of pounds of safe food that arrived in stores this week?” Well, because, “Hey, guys, this system functioned as designed, thus nothing newsworthy happened,” is not news.

The Brainstorm: Total Cost Of Ownership

June 3, 2010 7:18 am | Articles | Comments

What factors do you consider when calculating Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) before you make a significant equipment purchase? Russ Holmer, President,  Haumiller Engineering To get the most value out of your automated assembly machine, looking at total cost of ownership (TCO) is a must.


The Slower, The Better

June 3, 2010 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) fans from Kelley Company (Carrollton, TX) can move a large column of air slowly, creating a horizontal floor jet that consistently circulates air in large spaces. This allows facilities to raise thermostats in the summer without sacrificing worker comfort, and can help contribute to LEED Certification credits.


Concrete-Tough, Temperature-Resistant

June 3, 2010 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

CASS Polymers (Oklahoma City, OK) offer the PolyMax Industrial Plant Floor Systems, which are able to withstand extreme temperature changes and thermal shock, with a similar coefficient of expansion compared to concrete. The system is available in slip-resistant profile for wet environments, and is installed in 3/16” or greater thicknesses.


A Guide To Metal Bumping

June 3, 2010 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new edition of “The Key to Metal Bumping” is now available from Martin Tool & Forge (Fort Worth, TX). The book has been used since its first edition, published in 1939, as a work of reference in technical schools and professional shops. By maintaining close relationships with professionals in the field, Martin Tool & Forge has developed new technologies and updates to its long-running publication.


Get Partitioned

June 3, 2010 6:58 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Wireway Husky Corp. (Denver, NC) has developed a modular, welded wire partition system that is easy to install in a wide range of storage and machinery applications. The EZ-Matrix Wire Partition System features an 8-gauge 2” square welded wire mesh modular construction.


Building The Audi R8 Spyder

June 2, 2010 9:41 am | Articles | Comments

Building a car like the Audi R8 Spyder takes a lot of hard work, patience, and hand-built labor. No wonder the end product is so stunning. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.


Living The Plastic-Free Life

June 2, 2010 7:44 am | Articles | Comments

According to CNN , Americans use enough plastic in a year to shrink wrap Texas. Enter Jean Haegele, who wanted to live her life plastic-free. Two-and-a-half years later, she's almost there, going to extremes to keep plastic out of her life, including baking her own bread and making cinnamon toothpaste (with vodka).


No One Plays With Marbles Anymore

June 2, 2010 7:43 am | Articles | Comments

Marbles might not be as popular as they once used to be, but that doesn't mean many of us don't have fond memories of playing with them as kids. Even though marble production largely occurs outside the U.S. these days, we can still see how the colorful glass spheres are made. Like much of manufacturing, it takes an artistry that not anyone can achieve.


The Diet-Coke-And-Mentos Car

June 2, 2010 7:42 am | Articles | Comments

The guys who made the Diet Coke and Mentos reaction a worldwide phenomenon are at it again: they built a "car" powered on the explosive mixture alone. Will we forget about electric cars in favor of this contraption? Probably not. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Altria Forks Over $1 Billion To IRS Over Falsified Returns

June 2, 2010 4:57 am | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Altria Group Inc. has agreed to pay about $971 million in taxes and interest in an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service over income tax returns for the years 2000 through 2003, the cigarette maker said in a regulatory filing Tuesday. However, Altria also said in the Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it intends to file administrative claims with the IRS for a refund or credit, and would sue the government if the claims are denied.

Yarn-Making Operation Creates 100 N.C. Jobs

June 2, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

BELMONT, N.C. (AP) — A South Carolina textile company plans to open a yarn-making operation in a vacant mill in North Carolina, employing about 100 people. Multiple media outlets reported that Jo-Mar Spinning will start the spinning and twisting operation in the former Helms plant in Belmont.


Chinese Honda Plant Restarts After Wage Strike

June 2, 2010 4:34 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Honda Motor Co. said a key parts factory in China resumed full operation Wednesday following a two-week strike over wages that forced Honda to halt production at four assembly plants. The strike highlighted tensions between workers and foreign companies that look to China as a source of cheap labor and a fast-growing market amid weak demand elsewhere.


Toyota Boosting Highlander Production At Ind. Plant

June 2, 2010 4:33 am | News | Comments

PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is boosting production of the gas model Highlander sport utility vehicle at its southern Indiana plant. Toyota spokeswoman Kelly Dillon said Tuesday that production of all of company's gas model Highlanders for the North American market will be shifted in the coming months from one of Toyota's plants in Japan to its Princeton-area plant.


OSHA Fines Seafood Processor $214,000

June 2, 2010 4:32 am | News | Comments

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. government has proposed more than $214,000 in fines against a Canadian seafood processing company accused of violations at a New Hampshire plant. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says inspectors found 17 violations of workplace health and safety standards at High Liner Foods in Portsmouth.


Tata Inaugurates Plant For U.S.-Bound Nano

June 2, 2010 4:31 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SANAND, India (AP) — Tata Motors inaugurated a factory Wednesday to produce its super-cheap compact Nano car, nearly two years after violent farmer protests forced the company to relocate. The new factory in India's business-friendly Gujarat state promises to unleash production of the pint-sized car, which Tata plans to export to Europe, and eventually the U.


All Biofuels Are Not Equal

June 1, 2010 12:10 pm | by Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest | Articles | Comments

In Washington, 90 U.S. scientists wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid to fix accounting standards for greenhouse gas emissions associated with bioenergy projects. The scientists said they wanted to correct a perception that “all biofuels and bioenergy are equally good for the environment and are all lower in carbon emissions than fossil fuels.


Not Your Ordinary Labels

June 1, 2010 11:05 am | by Del Williams | Articles | Comments

For the chemical industry, POD printing of labels reduces lead times, improves supply chain managment, equates to shorter run lengths and minimal stock holding, and satisfied the requirements of variable data and other last-minute changes. In the chemical industry, simple adhesive labels are anything but simple.


Emergency? Take A Shower

June 1, 2010 7:16 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

HEMCO (Independence, MO) now offers the Emergency Shower Booth for compliance with OSHA requirements. The unit is capable of immediately drenching personnel that have been exposed to hazardous chemicals, and is ideal for industrial environments. The unit is equipped with a pull rod activated shower and push handle eye/face wash for quick rinsing of the eyes, face, and body.



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