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Hydraulic Weight Lifters

May 5, 2009 5:50 am

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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Federal report calls Canada a laggard in business research and development

May 5, 2009 5:25 am

A new federal report says Canada lags other countries in business research and development, despite providing substantial tax breaks to the corporate sector. The Science, Technology and Innovation Council says Canada ranks sixth among G7 industrialized countries in R&D as a proportion of gross domestic product.

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Valve manufacturer Velan hit by strike involving 530 Quebec employees

May 4, 2009 7:15 am

Industrial valve maker Velan Inc. (TSX:VLN) has been hit by a strike at its Quebec plants. Velan said Monday the stoppage involves 530 workers, out of its worldwide workforce of 1,800. Management "cannot determine the possible impact on its operations and results at this time," the company stated.

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Nrc To Discuss 2008 Performance Assessment For San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

May 1, 2009 6:00 am

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will hold two meetings in Dana Point, Ca., on May 7, to discuss the agencys 2008 assessment of safety performance for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The plant, operated by the Southern California Edison Co. , is located near San Clemente, Ca.

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Eveready to be acquired by U.S.-based Clean Harbors

May 1, 2009 5:55 am

Eveready Inc. (TSX:EIS), an Edmonton-based energy services company, has signed a definitive C$464 million deal to be acquired by Clean Harbors Inc. (NYSE:CLH), North America's biggest provider of environmental and hazardous waste management services. The pricetag of the cash and stock deal, announced early Wednesday, values the Canadian company at C$11 a share or about C$202 million.

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AIAM Responds to President Obama's Remarks Concerning Chrysler

April 30, 2009 11:09 am

The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers released the following statement in response to the President's remarks today concerning the restructuring of Chrysler. The statement can be attributed to Michael J. Stanton, President of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc.

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Obama backs Chrysler bankruptcy as wise move

April 30, 2009 11:07 am | by BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer

President Barack Obama announced Thursday that Chrysler would head into bankruptcy with the aid of up to another $8 billion in U.S. taxpayer money, a last-resort attempt to quickly restructure the struggling giant.

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Cooling Down High Fuel Costs

April 24, 2009 9:09 am

Saving energy and improving comfort for over 100 employees topped the list of priorities for Adam Leiferman, project engineer for the Cleveland building of SPS Technologies. This automotive and aerospace certified manufacturer, with operations worldwide, produces high strength fasteners and precision components for commercial and military applications, jet engines, automobiles, and power generation industries.

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Goodyear Sees Performance Boosts With Drying Systems

April 24, 2009 9:02 am

When you’re producing tires on a 24/7 basis at the world’s largest tire manufacturing facility, you’ve got to have highly efficient equipment to keep the operation running smoothly. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company recently incorporated new blower technology in its manufacturing plant in Lawton, OK, in order to increase efficiency in a critical drying process operation.

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Ports and Connectors 101

April 24, 2009 8:18 am

Hydraulics have been an essential part of industrial technology for well over a century, which means maintenance technicians may find themselves confronted with anything from the latest high-tech fittings to hundred year-old port configurations. Most of the time, there’s no real way to know exactly what’s under the accumulated paint and grime covering the valve or manifold that just failed, but the technician is still expected to be able to identify the connector and replace it quickly and without error.

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Air Raid

April 24, 2009 7:40 am

With energy costs on the rise, recent efforts from both not-for-profit industry organizations like ASHRAE, as well as HVAC/R equipment manufacturers, have helped create facelifts for some of the industry's oldest, most operationally critical equipment. Founded in 1894, ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) is an international organization of 55,000 volunteer members.

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Not So Risky Business

April 24, 2009 7:24 am | by Andy Kaiser, Yaskawa Electric America, Inc.

A problem has been identified that needs a solution. You have also been given an additional requirement from management that the process identified needs to increase output by 30 percent over the original system. You have already searched the websites of some industrial VFD vendors, but you are still not sure about all the technology, terminology, and performance claims stated.

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Q&A with Ralph Keller from the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and Mike McDonald of Prime Advantage Corp.

April 24, 2009 6:49 am

Ralph Keller is President of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (www.ame.org), an organization dedicated to cultivating understanding, analysis and exchange of productivity methods and their successful application in the pursuit of excellence.

Is College The Answer?

April 24, 2009 6:04 am | by Mike Collins, author of Saving American Manufacturing

For the last 20 years the government mantra has been to get a college education in order to get ahead. Shop classes that used to be in every grade school and high school were replaced by computer labs to prepare the new knowledge workers for the future.

A 360 Degree Change

April 24, 2009 5:21 am

McCormick Distilling started with small energy efficiency steps, which eventually led to a brand new, eco-friendly product, and a cleaner, greener plant. It’s often speculated that in a recessed economy, certain industries go unaffected. In fact, economic experts will highlight industries that actually benefit from the conditions—one of which, alcohol, is often cited as a booming business when times are tough.

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Rail Mounted Circuit Protection

April 23, 2009 9:32 am

Omega's new ASK series of DIN rail mounted fuse holders provide circuit protection for any industrial control system. Two standard fuse styles are supported: 14 × 51 mm (ASK 6) and 10 × 38 mm (ASK 4). Single pole, double pole, and 3 pole models are available with or without blown fuse indicators.

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Flood Light Increases Luminous Flux

April 22, 2009 8:20 am

The FLAT TEC luminaire fluorescent flood light for machining and industrial plant applications is the latest in the Waldmann Lighting line of products. Available in a built-up (1.65" in height) or flush version, its flat profile helps it fit into tight spaces.

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Explosion-Proof Motor For Hazardous Waste Compactor

April 22, 2009 8:11 am

KenBay has added a hazardous waste & explosion-proof model to its line of rotary arm compactors. According to the company, this RotoPac has the same small footprint and high 6-to-1 compaction ratio as its other models, but is now fitted with NEMA 4 boxes for electrical control components and hydraulic valves.

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Humans & Machines Unite

April 22, 2009 8:05 am

Pro-face America recently released its latest brochure, containing a range of standard, mid-range and high performance industrial PCs, plus open human-machine interface (HMI) solutions. Detailed specification are included for each system, as well as descriptions for the Pro-face system features.

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Exelon and SunPower to Develop Nation's Largest Urban Solar Power Plant

April 22, 2009 7:00 am

Exelon and SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA) (Nasdaq: SPWRB) today announced an agreement to develop the nation's largest urban solar power plant at a former industrial site on Chicago's South Side. The 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility is scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

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