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Keep Your Conveyors FIT

May 27, 2009 7:14 am | Articles | Comments

Dorner's two-tier conveying system. For a limited time Dorner is offering a factory inspection training (FIT) service to assist with new and existing conveyor projects. New conveyors projects can be overseen as part of the GetFIT™ service, which provides advice on installation, safety, optimum product handling, training, spare parts and warranties.

Tow Tractor Hauls Fast

May 27, 2009 5:09 am | Articles | Comments

The new EZS 350XL tow tractor from Jungheinrich can tow several trailers together and has a capacity of 11,000 lbs. The truck is built with a 2.8 kW, 24 V AC drive motor for powerful acceleration and high travel speeds, with significant energy efficiency, longer operating times and low maintenance (through the omission of carbon brushes).

Keep Your Parts Cleaner For Longer

May 26, 2009 12:35 pm | Articles | Comments

The new Oil Eater 45-gallon water-based parts cleaner is made of industrial grade high density polyethylene plastic and uses 1,000-watt heaters to reach its optimal cleaning temperature of 110° F. A filter system on the unit keeps the solution clean, prolonging fluid life.

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Wearable Computer Keeps Hands Free

May 26, 2009 11:58 am | Articles | Comments

The Ridgeline W200 from Glacier Computer LLC is a wearable computer made of reinforced magnesium alloy. At only 10.2 ounces and contoured to fit your arm, the W200 is a portable computer that allows the user to keep both hands free for completing other tasks.

Live Roller That Won't Freeze Up

May 26, 2009 11:42 am | Articles | Comments

The Chain Driven Live Roller (CDLR) manufactured by viastore is designed to be reliabile, low maintenance and freezer capabile with operating temperatures that reach –20º F. It's is available in bed lengths from 2 feet to 10 feet with widths of 44 inches, 48 inches, 52 inches and 60 inches.

AEP Shifts To Non-Toxic Lubricant

May 26, 2009 10:47 am | Articles | Comments

As part of a shift towards more environmentally-friendly operations, American Electric Power (AEP) recently replaced oil-based lubricants at six of its hydro plants with the non-toxic UCON Trident AW hydraulic fluid. This fluid, manufactured by Dow Chemical, is a fully synthetic polyalkylene glycol (PAG) lubricant and does not contain any chemicals on the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERLCA) list of hazardous substances.

New Magnetic Conveying Applications Videos

May 26, 2009 8:54 am | Articles | Comments

BOYNE CITY, MI — April, 2009 — Industrial Magnetics, Inc. has posted several new videos on their website allowing viewers to see actual magnetic conveying applications with magnetic transfer conveyors and magnetic low-profile conveyors.

"Clean" Biomass Power Plant Application Cites Numerous Pollutants

May 26, 2009 7:35 am | Articles | Comments

The developers of a proposed $90 million biomass power plant in southern Indiana say it would release hundreds of tons of nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide, as well as some hazardous air pollutants by burning wood waste to generate electricity.

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Mitsubishi Offers Stimulus Rebate

May 22, 2009 6:43 am | Articles | Comments

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks has announced its own economic rebate stimulus package for customers. Through the end of June, Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks will offer a “ Right on the Money ” rebate on any purchase, lease or long term rental for three forklift truck models.

Solar Power Plant Planned West Of Phoenix

May 22, 2009 6:17 am | Articles | Comments

An Arizona power provider is teaming up with a two companies to build a solar-power plant west of Phoenix that could help it surpass a state-imposed alternative-energy requirement. The $1.5 billion plant, in combination with other Arizona Public Service Co.

QMC Improves Accuracy With Forklift Scale

May 21, 2009 11:27 am | Articles | Comments

Quality Metalcraft, Inc. (QMC), located in Livonia, MI, has served the automotive industry for nearly half a century and is now the world’s leading automotive engineering, prototype, and low volume production facility. The company combines state-of-the-art machinery with traditional “old school” finishing techniques to deliver quick turnarounds on high quality components, ranging from small brackets and simple fabrications to large body-in-white components and assemblies.

Plant Practices: ACT Customizes Workbenches

May 21, 2009 11:10 am | Articles | Comments

In March 2008, Advanced Coating Technologies (ACT) of Middletown, NY began an ambitious $50-million expansion, constructing a new 40,000-square-foot building that would accommodate the manufacture of three different coating applications (two of which were new to the company), as well as other applications, conference rooms, and offices.

Mission Critical

May 21, 2009 10:49 am | by Paul Haake, Vice President of Engineering, Chloride North America | Articles | Comments

The increasingly sophisticated control systems of today, mixed with the inherently poor power environment of an industrial facility and aging power generation and distribution facilities—both inside and outside of the plant—can produce a wide variety of power and electrical noise problems.

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A Lift In Technology

May 21, 2009 10:28 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

The technology behind Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU)'s hybrid concept lift truck combines an IC engine, electric generator, and battery. The lift truck shifts automatically between battery and engine mode, simultaneously recharging the battery during operation. It’s no question that lift trucks are getting smarter—and with this, user capabilities and access to information becomes better.

Daimler Acquires Stake in Tesla

May 19, 2009 7:07 am | Articles | Comments

Daimler AG has acquired an equity stake of nearly 10 percent of Tesla Motors Inc. This investment deepens the relationship between the inventor of the automobile and the newest member of the global auto industry.

Steelworkers Urge Leaders to Reject Auto Plans That Close Plants

May 19, 2009 6:25 am | Articles | Comments

The United Steelworkers (USW) today urged Congress and the Administration to reject any taxpayer-supported plan to restructure automobile companies that would export jobs instead of strengthen the domestic industry.

GM, UAW In Dispute Over Imports And Plant Closures

May 18, 2009 10:46 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

Critical concession talks between General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers are being overshadowed by a public spat about the automaker's plans to import vehicles from other countries while it closes 16 U.S. factories.

F-35 Fighter Jets Needed By 2015 Deadline

May 15, 2009 5:33 am | by DONNA BORAK, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

The chief of naval operations said Thursday on-time delivery of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s next-generation Joint Strike Fighter will be critical in closing the gap of the fighter jets needed to match current and future threats.

Industrial Production Falls By Least In 6 Months

May 15, 2009 5:17 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

The nation's industrial production fell in April by the smallest amount in six months, fresh evidence that the pace of the economy's decline is slowing. Output by U.S. factories, mines and utilities fell by 0.

Wholesale Prices Rise 0.3 Percent In April

May 14, 2009 7:35 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

Wholesale prices rose more than expected in April as the biggest jump in food costs in more than a year offset a second monthly decline in the price of energy products. The Labor Department said Thursday that wholesale prices climbed 0.

VW, Kia Rev Up In The South While Detroit Idles

May 14, 2009 6:59 am | by BILL POOVEY, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

Volkswagen AG executives celebrate raising the first walls of their $1 billion assembly plant here Thursday, giving them a chance to smile amid the auto industry's global despair. When construction is finished and VW starts making a new mid-size sedan in 2011, Chattanooga's biggest catch will be 2,000 jobs at the plant and thousands of others at suppliers and other related businesses.

Hold Drums Securely Without Damage

May 13, 2009 12:18 pm | Articles | Comments

The MORcinch from Morse is an entirely new type of drum holder, featuring a unique cinching action that adjusts to almost any drum size. Designed to be more secure, the MORcinch embraces almost the entire girth of drums, evenly distributing the weight to maximize security of the grip and minimize stress points that can cause drum sidewall damage.

Pivot Drive Rotates To Almost Any Position

May 13, 2009 12:13 pm | Articles | Comments

QC Industries’ new Automation Series low profile belt conveyors offer Pivot™ rotatable drives that can be quickly and easily rotated to almost any position. The drives can be positioned to avoid products on the conveyor belt or obstructions caused by integrated machines.

Inspect, Analyze And Improve Yield Rates

May 13, 2009 12:08 pm | Articles | Comments

The Keyence CV-5000 Vision System can transfer over 16 ultra high definition images (2431 × 2050 pixels) per second using the high speed 5 megapixel camera — 11 times faster than previous models. The system allows for the simultaneous use of 14 different models, including the ultra-compact standard and Mega Pixel, as well as the high speed standard (640 × 480 pixels) and high speed 2 Mega Pixel (1600 × 1200 pixels), which can transfer images in 4.

Toolholder Cart Promotes 5S

May 13, 2009 12:02 pm | Articles | Comments

Huot’s new ToolScoot Tree is the latest addition to their lineup of CNC toolholder carts, designed to transport a variety of V-flange and HSK CNC-toolholders. Securing the necessary spanner wrenches, toolholders, collets and cutting tools in one central location makes the ToolScoot Tree ideal for 5S applications.

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