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Flashing Dome Signal Lights

April 8, 2014 9:22 am | by Patlite | Product Releases | Comments

The most telling feature of these new dome signal lights is the 200 percent to 500 percent increase in luminosity over previous generation LEDs. 

Why Low Voltage Lighting Is Growing In Popularity Within The Industrial Sector

November 22, 2013 9:39 am | by Robert Bresnahan, Larson Electronics Magnalight | Articles | Comments

Low voltage lighting has gained popularity over the last several years due in large part to the...

Reflecting On Reflectivity: Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep

November 22, 2013 9:26 am | by Richard Catley, The Garland Company and Joseph W. Mellott, Roof Consultant Institute | Articles | Comments

Coatings can play a role in reducing energy loads, especially peak energy loads in many...

High-Efficiency VTH Venturi Heater Coil

November 5, 2013 3:53 pm | by Berner International Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Berner International Corp. has added lengths up to 16-foot-long and the high-efficiency VTH...

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Ceramic Lamps With Electronic Ballasts

October 29, 2013 9:47 am | by EYE Lighting | Product Releases | Comments

EYE Lighting 375W ceramic lamps run on an exclusive electronic ballast, and can be used to replace up to 1000W HPS and MH systems, generating over 675 watts in energy savings.

Beijing Adopts New Smog Emergency Measures

October 22, 2013 9:56 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Beijing is seeking to tame the spikes in its infamous smog by preparing emergency measures such as factory shutdowns and traffic limits to kick in when air pollution levels are especially heavy.          

Japan Delaying Cleanup Of Towns Near Nuclear Plant

October 21, 2013 2:40 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Radiation cleanup in some of the most contaminated towns around Fukushima's damaged nuclear power plant is behind schedule, so some residents will have to wait a few more years before returning, Japanese officials said Monday.          

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Argentines Worry Agrochemicals Are Killing Them

October 21, 2013 9:40 am | by Michael Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

Argentina's agricultural industry has been dramatically transformed by the introduction of genetically modified plants in 1996.                     

Efficient Warehouse Lighting

October 18, 2013 9:01 am | by Magnaray | Product Releases | Comments

Magnaray (Sarasota, FL) introduces the WLED-48, WLED-96, and WLED-192 luminaires.

Temperature Data Logger

October 18, 2013 8:57 am | by Onset | Product Releases | Comments

Onset (Bourne, MA) has announced the HOBO UX120 Thermocouple Logger, a four-channel LCD data logger for measuring and recording temperature in a broad range of monitoring applications.

Mid-Wave Infrared Camera

October 18, 2013 8:54 am | by FLIR Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

FLIR Systems, Inc. (Portland, OR) announces the introduction of the FLIR A6700sc, the company’s newest science-grade mid-wave infrared camera that redefines affordable high performance.

Terex Corporation To Upgrade Okla. City Facility

October 16, 2013 1:59 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Terex Corporation of Westport, Conn., said Wednesday that the upgrade comes following the sale of some road building equipment that was manufactured at the Oklahoma City plant.          

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Pa., W.Va. Landowners Sue FirstEnergy Over Waste

October 15, 2013 9:49 am | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 50 West Virginia and Pennsylvania property owners are suing FirstEnergy Corp. over groundwater pollution, soggy yards and foundation damage they blame on a leaking coal ash impoundment and the 7-mile waste pipeline that feeds it.  

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. 

Ammonia Leak Kills 15 People In Shanghai

September 3, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 15 people were killed Saturday after liquid ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit at a cold storage plant in China's financial hub of Shanghai, the local government said. Twenty-five people were injured in the accident, which happened at a plant in the Baoshan district of the east coast city, the Shanghai government Information Office said. Five of the injured were in serious condition.

IEPA OKs Work At Fire-Damaged Plant

August 29, 2013 12:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says limited manufacturing may resume at a fire-damaged northern Illinois chemical plant. Agency officials and attorney general's office gave the approval Wednesday for the Nova-Kem plant in the town of Seward, about 18 miles west of Rockford.

Air Pollution Takes Toll On China's Tourism

August 13, 2013 10:00 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China, one of the most visited countries in the world, has seen sharply fewer tourists this year — with worsening air pollution partly to blame. Numbers of foreign visitors have declined following January's "Airpocalypse," when already eye-searing levels of smog soared to new highs.

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HVLS Fans As A Complement to HVAC

August 12, 2013 3:58 pm | by Dan Anderson, Rite-Hite Fans | Articles | Comments

Distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, and other large, open warehouse environments face a host of unique design and maintenance challenges. These challenges include energy costs, temperature control, air quality, and employee safety/comfort issues. In an effort to mitigate these challenges, more and more facilities are installing high volume, low speed (HVLS) fans as a complement to their HVAC system.

Dream, Build, Create

August 12, 2013 3:11 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In 1939 – and inspired by a plastic toothbrush – L.A. Blackwellhad a simple dream: To be able to produce a well-made, standard, plastic product. He built his first injection molding machine by hand and Houston, TX became home to a leader in custom plastics injection molding and extrusion: Blackwell Plastics, Inc.

Product Update: Lighting Retrofits At Pro Weld Inc.

July 22, 2013 3:11 pm | Articles | Comments

Pro Weld Inc., a Michigan manufacturer of material handling containers, set goals to improve the quality of their product, eliminate re-work, and reduce energy costs in their welding and painting operation that runs three shifts per day. A key improvement in the final painting and inspection portion of the building was increasing the levels and quality of light so the employees could clearly see their work.

Product Update: Lighting Retrofits At Southeast Packaging

July 22, 2013 3:05 pm | Articles | Comments

Southeast Packaging has been on the fast track to lead its industry in energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly, “green” programs. So when management began investigating ways to improve the efficiency of lighting at its packaging facility in Concord, NC, they turned to OEO’s “BIG LIGHT.”

Product Update: Lighting Retrofits At Saint-Gobain

July 22, 2013 3:01 pm | Articles | Comments

With more than 15,000 people working at 58 manufacturing sites worldwide, the Saint-Gobain brand Verallia is a worldwide leader, specializing in high quality glass containers. When the time came to renovate a quality control and packing hall at its Neuburg  glass packaging plant in Germany, Verallia was looking for a more efficient lighting solution to replace its 250W HPS high bays that were actually drawing 300W.

Bird-X Joins GSA To Help Federal Facilities Reduce Pest Bird Costs

July 9, 2013 3:43 pm | by Bird-X, Inc. | News | Comments

Bird control leader, Bird-X, joins the GSA Advantage program to bring pest bird control solutions directly to federal facilities and institutions – cutting out the costs and inefficiencies of “middleman” resellers.  The U.S. General Services Administration is a tool to help government institutions find the best products and services at the most affordable prices.

Fire At PA Titanium Plant Causes $3.5M In Damage

June 19, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators say a fire earlier this week at a titanium-manufacturing plant in eastern Pennsylvania caused $3.5 million in damage and has been ruled accidental. The blaze started in a building at the Timet Corp. facility in Caernarvon Township around 8 p.m. Monday.

An Easy Reach: Industrial Ergonomics

June 17, 2013 4:45 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Ergonomics can be thought of as much like a dinner table setting: Everything should be in easy reach and no one should have to reach too far or stretch into an unnatural position to get at what they need, says Ed Metzger, president of BioFit. “By ensuring that workers have the freedom to move comfortably and naturally, companies can prevent many of the musculoskeletal injuries and fatigue that leads to lost time and productivity.”

Toshiba: Made In America

June 17, 2013 3:34 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Many don’t think of Toshiba as an American-made brand, especially when it comes to the U.S. automotive market. And for quite some time, that was true. Since 2003, Toshiba had manufactured HEV motors for Ford Motor Company at its Japan facility. But in 2011, under the weight of supply chain pressures and growing currency risks, Toshiba Industrial Corporation began manufacturing motors for Ford’s hybrid vehicles in Houston, TX.

New Fans Cut Lead Times

June 17, 2013 8:05 am | Articles | Comments

Located in the heart of Coppell, Texas, just outside of Dallas, Stone Panels Incorporated manufactures one of a kind, light-weight stone veneer panels used in new construction and renovations across the globe. The facility does not have a centralized air-conditioning system and working in close quarters in a humid, and often times dusty facility can lead to uncomfortable employees and a drop in productivity.

U.S.-China Climate Deal Was Long In The Works

June 12, 2013 9:47 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Although it took most proponents by surprise, the deal was in the bag before President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at the California desert retreat where they announced it over the weekend. And for China, it came only after a change in financial incentives made it more lucrative to get on board.

Emergency Fluorescent Light

May 24, 2013 2:06 pm | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The HALP-EMG-48-2L-T5HO Class 1 Division 2 emergency fluorescent light is designed to provide operators with a failsafe lighting solution that can withstand the rigors of operation in locations where corrosion and wetness is an issue.

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