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AF Range Contractors

May 22, 2014 2:09 pm | by ABB Low Voltage Products | Product Releases | Comments

The new line of AF Range contactors from ABB Low Voltage Products division features four coils in the entire voltage range for 90 percent fewer stock keeping units (SKUs) than conventional contactor lines. 

Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial to Merge

May 22, 2014 11:59 am | by Steven Dubois, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial said Wednesday they are forming a combined company that will employ about 2,300 workers in the Pacific Northwest.                             

May 2014: High-Tech Material Transport

May 22, 2014 10:36 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we visit America's oldest continuously operating paper mill, talk to experts about ways to improve Lean efforts, and showcase advancements in the material handling industry.

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Advanced Dock Sealing System

May 22, 2014 10:06 am | by Rite-Hite | Videos | Comments

The Eclipse is the first system to block light and seal gaps where previous enclosures have failed, guaranteeing the darkest, most environmentally-secure dock possible, says the company.                   

Vietnam Offers Help to Companies Hit by Riots

May 22, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vietnam on Thursday pledged to help companies whose factories were targeted during anti-Chinese riots last week, offering tax breaks and other incentives to try and undo some of the damage to its reputation as a low-risk country for foreign manufacturers.

Unilever Selling Ragu Brand for $2.15B

May 22, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unilever PLC says it has agreed to sell ownership of its Ragu and Bertolli brand sauces in North America to Japan's Mizkan Group for $2.15 billion.                             

Heinz Says Ontario Plant Deal Complete

May 21, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food giant Heinz says a deal to prevent closing a food processing plant that's a key part of the town's economy is now complete, saving at least 250 jobs.                            

Probe: Scant Oversight of Chemical Plants

May 21, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

The government has no way of fully knowing which U.S. chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say.              

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Inside the Salemtown Board Company

May 20, 2014 2:22 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

At Salemtown Board Company in Nashville, Tenn., 27-year-old Will Anderson can turn a slab of middle Tennessee oak into a world-class sidewalk cruiser.                              

Wide Format General Labeling Solution

May 19, 2014 2:34 pm | by K-SUN | Product Releases | Comments

The 400iXL General Labeling Solution is designed for hazard communication, safety, 5S/Lean, GHS, manufacturing, warehouse, lab and facility professionals.

Avoiding Decision Fatigue in the Engineering Change Management Process

May 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Heatherly Bucher, Arena Solutions | Articles | Comments

In product design and manufacturing environments, we assume decisions are based on facts and technical details. But, perhaps not always. Sometimes, it could be the wrong time of day to make one more good decision.            

Texas Agency Says Firefighters Unprepared for Blast

May 16, 2014 10:13 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The firefighters who tried in vain to stop a burning Texas fertilizer plant from exploding weren't prepared for the dangers of the blaze, which was too big for them to fight, state investigators said in a report released Thursday.        

6 Injured in Explosion at Tenn. Steel Mill

May 16, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Six workers have been injured in an explosion at a Knoxville, Tennessee, steel mill, fire officials said. One worker was critically burned in the Thursday night blast.                        

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Agency to Report on Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast

May 15, 2014 9:51 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The men who died last year fighting a fire at a Texas fertilizer plant that then exploded have been called heroes, but they have also been called victims of a failed system.                      

Samsung Apologizes To Sick Chip Workers

May 14, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure.                    

Chrysler Dedicates Indiana Transmission Plant

May 14, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler's Tipton Transmission Plant, a sprawling factory seven years in the making, was dedicated Tuesday during an event that celebrated the promise of 850 jobs.               

Texas Lawmakers Tour Embattled California Sriracha Plant

May 13, 2014 11:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the popular hot sauce Sriracha said that he has no plans to move his contested plant out of California but would consider expanding into Texas if the state can produce peppers as hot as the ones grown especially for him in California.

Thousands of Vietnamese Workers Protest at Chinese Factories

May 13, 2014 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand Vietnamese workers protested at Chinese-owned factories on Tuesday, vandalizing some of them, as anger flared at Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam.                 

Standard O-Ring Kit Makes Decisions Easy

May 12, 2014 4:00 pm | by PIRTEK USA | Product Releases | Comments

PIRTEK has developed a Standard O-Ring Kit designed to be used with the most popular thread forms and flanges found on equipment today.

New Line of RFID Printers

May 12, 2014 2:39 pm | by Zebra Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Zebra Technologies has launched the new ZT400 series printers, Zebra’s latest mid-range printer offering that will replace all ZM series printers. 

Hillshire Brands Buys Pinnacle Foods for $4.23B

May 12, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hillshire Brands is buying Pinnacle Foods, whose brands include Duncan Hines and Aunt Jemima, in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $4.23 billion.                           

Survey Investigates Manufacturing Firms Use of Mobile Apps

May 12, 2014 1:43 pm | by Canvas | News | Comments

Among manufacturing firms that have deployed mobile apps to their workforces, 48 percent are using mobile apps for inspections, followed by 36 percent for work orders and 23 percent for surveys.                  

Wall Collapses at China Plant, Kills 18

May 12, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Heavy rain caused a retaining wall to collapse at a recycling plant in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao on Sunday, killing 18 people.                                 

New Tool Will Change How Maintenance Teams Communicate

May 12, 2014 12:19 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Videos | Comments

Fluke has changed how maintenance professionals analyze information, communicate with their team and respond in emergencies with the Fluke Connect system. Last week, IMPO got a sneak peek at the technology.         

Emergency Eyewashes & Showers: Testing and Maintenance

May 12, 2014 11:49 am | by Grainger - @grainger | Articles | Comments

Studies show that the seconds immediately following an eye injury or chemical splash are often critical to minimizing damage. Is your equipment ready?                              

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