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The Mysteries Of Ketchup

October 8, 2009 4:16 am | Articles | Comments

Ever wondered how ketchup is manufactured? This video will take you through (most of) the process, save for the "myserious" blue bags containing the Heinz secret recipe. And ironically enough, they actually have a test to make sure that the ketchup is next to impossible to extract from those glass bottles.

Combustible Dust At Imperial Sugar

October 7, 2009 5:54 am | Articles | Comments

The CSB has investigated the Imperial Sugar refinery explosion of 2008, and has concluded that combustible dust was to blame for the deaths of 14 workers and injuries of many more. The company did not properly clean up after combustible dust, particularly that which accumulated on hard-to-reach places like light fixtures and beam, and did not provide adequate ventilation systems for dust in the air.

Forget The Cling Wrap

October 6, 2009 9:04 am | by ScienCentral | Articles | Comments

Scientists have created a new type of food wrapping that will someday leave the traditional plastic wrap unused in the back of some kitchen drawer. The new material is anti-microbial, which means things like fresh fruit stay fresh considerably longer. In addition, it's completly edible and environmentally-friendly.

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The Cloaking Cop Car

October 6, 2009 8:57 am | by HARD Lifestyle | Articles | Comments

These guys have developed a paint that changes colors when applying heat, and they thought it would be perfect for a cop car that goes from jet black to fully-marked in seconds. They strip the interior of an Escalade to attach massive heaters to the doors and, well, you can see the rest for yourself.

Respect The Nerd: Part 3

October 6, 2009 8:21 am | Articles | Comments

Watch the exciting conclusion of Gerard's long struggle with keeping his processes quick and error-free. With a robotic arm from FARO, Gerard manages to not only capture the attention and respect of his boss, but also a special someone... Do you 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 a future deployment? Email me at Joel.

Respect The Nerd: Part 2

October 6, 2009 8:18 am | Articles | Comments

Gerard still can't seem to stay on top of his work. After that many complaints, it's no wonder he gets sent to his supervisor. At the end of his rope, it seems like Gerard won't ever catch a break... Stay tuned for Part 3 . Do you 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 a future deployment? Email me at Joel.

Respect The Nerd: Part 1

October 6, 2009 8:14 am | Articles | Comments

Poor Gerard. The nerdy quality control inspector is mocked incessently by his co-workers for being slow and keeping things off schedule. In Part One of the series, see how Gerard finds a glimmer of hope in his effort to revolutionize his quality control process.

Biodegradable Plastic Packaging Material

October 2, 2009 11:54 am | Articles | Comments

Poly(lactic acid) cup before and after adding hot water. Interest in biodegradable disposable plastic items has steadily grown over the last decade. With packaging materials, the reduction in usage of raw materials, re-use, and recycling is of course the best route to a sustainable lifestyle.

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Doing A 180

October 1, 2009 4:55 am | Articles | Comments

Via Hossfeld Bender . This video demonstrates the process behind creating a 180 degree bend in a length of pipe. See how to mount the 180 degree die, the back block, and the draw block, with additional tips to keep your components working strong well into the future. 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.

Hop Aboard The Jet-Powered Merry-Go-Round

October 1, 2009 4:55 am | Articles | Comments

Here at IMPO , we like discovering the best in new technolgies, whether it's a oddly-shaped device that encourages sedentariness from a major automaker, or a jet-powered, steampunk-inspired merry-go-round. Built by a Brooklyn-based arts collective, The Madagascar, the ride is relatively simple. Ignore the "Caution: This may kill you!" sign, fire up the massive jets, and get airbourne.

Like A Bird On A Wire

October 1, 2009 4:53 am | Articles | Comments

See how maintenance is performed on live, high-powered electric lines. Thanks to Michael Faraday's theory that a man enclosed in a metallic box will not be affected by an electric current supplied to the box, regardless of its voltage, this work is now possible. Every movement has an elegance and beauty, even when there's half a million volts flowing over his body.

Our Robot Future

October 1, 2009 4:46 am | Articles | Comments

Via FORA.Tv . At Maker Faire 2009 iRobot CTO Rodney Brooks had the opportunity to speak about the future of robotics in manufacturing. He argues that "untouchable" robots are a thing of the past, even though they're just reaching their hayday in manufacturing facility. But they're dangerous; no one can get close unless they're shut down.

Yep, Walking Is So 20th Century

October 1, 2009 4:44 am | Articles | Comments

The U3 X from Honda hopes to, like the Segway, "revolutionize" the way people move around their lives. The UX 3 is small, sleek, and looks relatively easy-to-use. It's certainly more attractive than the Segway. So what do you think? Can we abandon walking altogether yet? 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.

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Extreme Maintenance

September 21, 2009 6:54 am | Articles | Comments

Sure, we've all experienced the occasional stuck bolt, especially those charged with building and maintaining manufacturing equipment like yourselves. But what about a stuck bolt in space? In their latest spacewalk outside of the Hubble telescrope, American astronauts braved injury and death to install a new, $150 million dollar camera into the Hubble's aging body.

Building Behemoths

September 21, 2009 6:21 am | Articles | Comments

Digital Altiel gives a quick tour of their facility, where they utilize Delcam's PowerMILL and PowerSHAPE technology to recreate lifesized sculptures in massive scales for the likes of Disney and Pixar. Digital Altiel scans the original piece and machines it in large pieces, which are welded together to create a finished product.

The Lego V8 Roars

September 21, 2009 6:12 am | Articles | Comments

Remember the Lego of your childhood, when you spent countless hours just putting together a space ship or castle that just fell apart after an hour? Well, those days are over. In the 21st century, Lego engineers have moved to bigger and better pastures. Listen to the "roar" of this pushrod V8 as it revs up over 1,500 rpm.

Over-engineering, F1-Style

September 21, 2009 5:45 am | Articles | Comments

Via AutoMotoTV . Take a look inside the incredible precision that goes into making every Red Bull Technology F1 race car. Through extensive research, protoyping, and testing, the vehicles come together like a work of art, not to mention an incredible example of precision in engineering.

Apple Reveals Revolutionary Keyboard-less Laptop

September 18, 2009 12:03 pm | Articles | Comments

Apple is renowned for their revolutionary and innovative products, some of which have changed the way we live. First, the iPod, featuring the world-famous "click wheel." Now, see how Apple has hybridized click wheel technology with their sleek laptops, forming a keyboard-less laptop that functions seamlessly and beautifully.

Virtual Forklifts To Clean Up Computer Screens

September 16, 2009 7:25 am | Articles | Comments

Via TirexiHD . Do you get home from work just wishing you could spend more time in a forklift? Now there's a way. Forklift Simulator 2009 allows users to take control of their own forklift after an extensive training session, allowing them to move around the plant floor and move the targeted pallets onto eagerly waiting semis.

Sushi-Loving Robots With Opposable Thumbs

September 16, 2009 6:55 am | Articles | Comments

Via DigInfo News . These robots from Squse, a Japaese robotics company, are built using air-injected actuators that mimick the motion and sensitivity of a human hand, namely through a swift, delicate touch unheard of in robotics. The actuators, even when filled, release pressure only according to the form of an object, which allows the robot to pick up soft objects such as sushi and strawberries without destroying them.

Hungry FDA Official Orders Massive Pot Pie Recall

September 16, 2009 6:42 am | Articles | Comments

Hungry FDA Official Orders Massive Pot Pie Recall Via The Onion . The Onion, America's most trusted fake news source, offers breaking news: The FDA is issuing a massive recall of all pot pies, which should be sent "piping hot" to the FDA headquarters in Maryland. Don't forget the forks and napkins, which will be aptly used in the inspection process.

Dynamic Fan Balancing With Balmac

September 16, 2009 6:31 am | Articles | Comments

This video provides step-by-step directions on how to balance a small fan using the Balmac Model 216-D Analyzer/Balancer. Useful for those new to the practice, or who have recently purchased a Balmac product, the video walks viewers through finding aplitude, using a strobe to read the fan's phase, placing weights to vary balance, and calculating vectors.

'Mystery At The Factory' — In Lego

September 16, 2009 6:22 am | Articles | Comments

How often does this happen at your facility? You know, when flowers and zombies start coming down your conveyors? Well, in the hyper-colored world of Lego, it happens all too often. This riveting film chronicles the plight of a plant worker as he attempts to sort out the mysteries of his conveyor belt under the supervision of a unique manager.

Double Decker Racing

September 10, 2009 5:13 am | by Top Gear | Articles | Comments

Top Gear's crew heads to the mainland to take on their German counterparts in a no-holds-barred car race. The only problem? They're racing home-made double decker cars. The driver on top controls the steering, while the bottom participant navigates the throttle, brake, and gearbox.

SUV-Sized Engines

September 10, 2009 5:11 am | by Caterpillar Inc | Articles | Comments

Caterpillar, along with MaK, creates massive marine engines for cruise ships and other large boats at this manufacturing facility in Germany. Watch how these incredible machines are built with the same precision and delicacy you would see in a car's engine.

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