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Klein Tools Enters Australian Market, Partnership With Mumme Tools

September 18, 2013 2:41 pm | by Klein Tools | News | Comments

Klein Tools, a top hand tool choice of professional electricians in the United States, today announced its entry into the Australian market through a significant financial investment and strategic partnership with Mumme Tools, Australia’s leading mining tool manufacturer.

The Gray Shift Part 2: Using Ergonomy To Retain Valuable Older Workers

September 18, 2013 8:01 am | by Earl Hagman, PhD, MSEE, MBA, President, Ergotech Incorporated | Articles | Comments

To address coming workforce demographic changes, employers must create a corporate culture that promotes both safety and wellness. Healthy workers and a safe workspace reduce costs and increase productivity, so these efforts will be repaid fully.

Feet On The Floor

September 17, 2013 4:20 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The risk of slips and falls is one every business must face, but industrial environments contend with the added challenge of preventing significantly more dangerous incidents. With heavy machinery, rotating equipment, sharp corners, and other various dangers around every corner, it’s critical manufacturers stress safety… and what better place to start than the floors.

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Fastener Standards Today: Improving Quality

September 17, 2013 4:17 pm | by Dick Seidl, Global Applications Engineering Director, Stanley Engineered Fastening | Articles | Comments

Fasteners are essential to modern life; it is easy to forget just what an important role they play. Automakers have reported that the majority of their warranty costs arise from fastener related issues – ranging from the simple rattle in the dashboard coming from a loose tapping screw to a major recall resulting from mis-torqued high strength fasteners in the steering system. Many problems relate back to the not-so-simple fastener.

Faster, Stronger, And More Precise

September 17, 2013 4:05 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

When people look to chemical threadlockers, they are almost always looking to secure a troublesome fastener from vibrating loose. However, a key advantage of anaerobic threadlockers often overlooked is their ability to seal the threaded joint from leaks.

Dispense Sense

September 17, 2013 3:58 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Point-of-use dispensing technology has gained in popularity for many manufacturers who have struggled for years with the tracking of MRO products. Manufacturers and distributors alike can recount horror stories of contending with hundreds of SKUs of something as simple as work gloves.

Selection To Avoid Downtime

September 17, 2013 3:54 pm | by Jack Gayara, Product Manager, Lapp USA | Articles | Comments

A typical manufacturing plant today will have thousands, or even many thousands, of electrical connections on both fixed equipment and moving machines. And it’s just a matter of time before some of those connections fail or wear out, bringing production machines to a dead stop.

September 2013: Built Ford Tough

September 17, 2013 11:01 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Ford readies its Kansas City location for 2,000 new jobs, a connector expert explains how to prevent downtime, experts discuss proper product selection for threadlocking and gasketing, and more. 

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Fouling In Heat Exchangers: A Costly Problem

September 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Jan De Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The fouling of heat exchangers in processing industries is a chronic operating problem. Costs due to additional fuel consumption and maintenance, loss of production, etc. have been estimated as 0.25 percent of the GNP of industrialized countries. EWT offers companies an environmental, effective, and cost saving method of reducing fouling on heat exchangers which can only prove a win, win, win scenario for all.

The Gray Shift Part 1: An Aging Workforce Creates New Workplace Injury Issues

September 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Earl Hagman, PhD, MSEE, MBA, President, Ergotech Incorporated | Articles | Comments

The median age of the labor force is anticipated to increase rapidly, with one-third of the U.S. labor force turning 55 by 2015. This may have far-reaching implications on the number and type of work-related injuries experienced. Most companies are not prepared for these changing demographics.

EMO Hannover 2013 Promises Solutions

September 16, 2013 12:42 pm | by EMO Hannover | News | Comments

EMO Hannover returns today through September 21,2013. International producers of manufacturing technology are exhibiting their metalworking products, solutions and services under the theme “Intelligence in Production” at the world's leading metalworking trade show.

IMTSTV: New Co-Located Show At IMTS 2014

September 16, 2013 12:37 pm | by imtsvideos | Videos | Comments

Industrial Automation North America made its debut as a co-located show with IMTS in 2012. It will make its return in 2014, showcasing the best in process, factory, and building automation. Larry Turner, President & CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, explains why they have decided to bring the Industrial Automation NA and MDA NA to IMTS 2014 and what you can expect to see there.

Spare Parts Inventory: An Exercise In Risk Management, Part 2

September 11, 2013 8:02 am | by Joel Levitt, Phillip Slater | Articles | Comments

With insurance, you want to cover only what you need and can afford – nothing more. It’s the same with your spare parts inventories. Of course, with your spare parts, it is important to cover the risk but it is also important to be able to justify everything on the shelf – holding only what you need, and can justify, and nothing more. That is the key to effective spare parts risk management.

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The Future Of Control Automation Has Arrived

September 11, 2013 8:01 am | by Eric Klein, Director of Sales, Lenze Americas | Articles | Comments

Automated and robotic machines for manufacturing operations can pose design challenges. The expansion of automation into broader applications has spurred demand for smarter, more efficient drives, controls and software tools. Staying ahead of the technological curve requires leveraging state of the art tools.

Spare Parts Inventory: An Exercise In Risk Management, Part 1

September 10, 2013 8:02 am | by Joel Levitt, Phillip Slater | Articles | Comments

Just like your car insurance is a way to minimize the financial consequence of a car crash and backing up your files is a way to minimize the consequence of a computer crash, spare parts inventory is a way to minimize the consequence of an equipment crash. It’s all about risk management.

EYE Lighting Embraces Digital Media

September 4, 2013 3:32 pm | by EYE Lighting International | Product Releases | Comments

EYE Lighting International, a leading manufacturer of lamps, luminaires, controls, and related lighting products, has taken its communications online through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube videos to engage with its customers. Through its digital media strategy, EYE Lighting will build stronger customer relations and improve its ability to meet its client’s needs for both its commercial and utility lighting products. 

Explosion Proof Lighting: Quality Is The Goal (Part I)

September 4, 2013 8:02 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics | Articles | Comments

Industrial lighting systems although performing the same basic role as lighting in any other setting by providing illumination in areas where available light is inadequate, must also address a host of factors that never come into play in common non commercial/industrial settings. 

Power Plants Diagnose Motor Problems Without Highly Trained Personnel

September 3, 2013 8:02 am | by Jacob Beck, Electrom Instruments, developer of the iTIG II | Articles | Comments

The electronic devices used to test and analyze electric motors and other equipment have become much more powerful than in the past. Yet, in many instances these sophisticated devices have also introduced a high degree of complexity for users, requiring that highly trained and experienced personnel perform the testing.

Free Industrial Manufacturer Symposium

August 23, 2013 2:55 pm | by Finishing Brands | Events

This FREE symposium, held on Sept. 18, 2013 from 8:30am-2:30pm, will include presentations from industry experts and live product demonstrations. The agenda will include market trends, automating your system with robotics, and live product demonstrations.

How To Manage Machinery Lubrication (Part II): Sealing Systems

August 23, 2013 8:02 am | by Bryan A. Ogden, Business Development-Food & Beverage for SKF USA Inc. | Articles | Comments

Seals for processing equipment play vital roles in protecting bearings and lubricants. From the perspective of managing lubrication, a seal’s primary purpose will be to retain lubricant and keep contaminants from degrading or harming the grease.

The Future Of Energy-Efficient Compressor Technology

August 23, 2013 8:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In the last twelve months, the compressor industry has seen the release of several innovative, patented air compressor technologies that significantly reduce energy consumption. These recent advancements derive from improvements throughout the compressor design and contribute to dramatic increases in energy efficiency.

How To Manage Machinery Lubrication (Part I): Eliminating Bearing Relubrication

August 21, 2013 8:02 am | by Bryan A. Ogden, Business Development-Food & Beverage for SKF USA Inc. | Articles | Comments

Few industrial environments can match the diverse and difficult operating conditions encountered in the food and beverage processing industries. Equipment often will be exposed to contaminants, frequent washdowns can degrade machinery and may cause lubricant leakage, and other adverse influences can combine to impact an operation’s lines and productivity.

Designing A High Power, Right Angle Drill

August 9, 2013 8:02 am | by Spirol | Articles | Comments

DEWALT’s lead design engineer for drills was tasked with designing a high power right angle drill that is lightweight, compact, and portable. As is common with hand power tools, the goal with the design was to maximize performance while minimizing the size of the tool.

Surface Mount Technology Vs. Workstation Design

August 7, 2013 8:02 am | by Jim Norton, Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In today’s modern assembly facilities, the design and flexibility of the workstation is critical to maintain quality, workflow, and ergonomics. Unlike the old, static, welded frame workbenches of the past, modern workstations incorporate a modular, flexible, adaptable design, with a wide variety of options that allows the end user tremendous flexibility in reconfiguring the furniture to meet an ever changing production environment.

Klein Tools Doubles Its Pledged Donation to Operation Homefront

July 31, 2013 11:16 am | by Klein Tools | News | Comments

Operation Homefront has accepted a generous $50,000 donation from Klein Tools to support ongoing efforts to provide emergency financial aid and other assistance to military members and their families.Klein Tools, a leading U.S. hand tool manufacturer, originally pledged to donate $25,000 to Operation Homefront this year in conjunction with the company’s Limited Edition Camouflage Pliers Promotion.

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