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Smart Control Panel With Touchpad, LCD Screen

April 21, 2009 10:21 am | Articles | Comments

Blue Giant Equipment Corporation has released the Blue Genius™ Touch Control Panels, a new line of microprocessor-based technology for operating dock levelers, vehicle restraints, doors, communications lights, and safety accessories. A smart-touch keypad with multi-language visual display allows workers to manage all the connected loading dock equipment from one control panel, while an enhanced network communications bus provides more reliable high-speed communications.

Petro-Canada Isolates Biodegradable, Non-Toxic Lubricants

April 21, 2009 9:18 am | Articles | Comments

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada – March 30, 2009: Petro-Canada today announced their new EcoSia brand, a suite of products from their current line-up which possess environmentally-friendly characteristics. The EcoSia line will make it easier for lubricant customers to identify those products that meet their environmental goals without compromising performance.

Gallatin Tracks Compliance Through Software

April 21, 2009 5:41 am | Articles | Comments

Gallatin Steel, Ghent KY, is a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Gerdau Ameristeel—with equal emphasis on safety, environment, and quality. This steel manufacturer has a Contract Strip Production facility capable of producing more than 1.4 million tons of hot band coils on an annual basis.

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World markets mixed after downbeat US news

April 15, 2009 11:54 am | by PAN PYLAS, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

World stocks were only modestly changed Wednesday as recent enthusiasm was offset by disappointing U.S. economic data, including an unexpected fall in consumer prices and a continued slump in industrial production. The Labor Department said consumer prices edged down 0.

Industrial production drops more than expected

April 15, 2009 11:51 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

Industrial production fell for the fifth straight month in March, the government said Wednesday, as companies cut output in order to clear stockpiles of goods. But economists expect that trend to moderate soon, as businesses bring inventories in line with slower sales.

Auto industry on plug-in hybrids and electric cars

April 15, 2009 11:44 am | Articles | Comments

Several automakers are developing plug-in hybrid vehicles and electric cars that could help meet President Barack Obama's goal of putting 1 million plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015. Many industry officials say the goal is a worthy one but will be difficult to meet. A look at the work by some auto manufacturers: GENERAL MOTORS CORP.

Encoders Go Wireless

April 9, 2009 8:06 am | Articles | Comments

BEI Industrial Encoders has released the SwiftComm wireless interface for encoders, designed for motion control applications. The encoders provide a wireless signal in real time over a secure network. According to BEI, the SwiftComm series is unlike other wireless technology such as Wi-Fi because of its fast boot-up and transmission time, which allow it to seamlessly interface with existing control systems.

Caught On A Variety of Tapes

April 8, 2009 9:03 am | Articles | Comments

Mule-Hide has a number of maintenance and repair solutions that are available in various sizes. Its EPDM tapes come in 3” or 6” wide by 25’ long, and 3”, 6” or 12” wide by 25’ long. EPDM tape primer is also available in 1 gallon or 5 gallon containers.

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Wholesale inventories drop by most in 17 years

April 8, 2009 8:39 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

Inventories dropped in February, but sales rose for the first time since the summer.  Wholesalers cut their inventories in February by the steepest amount in more than 17 years, but sales rose for the first time since the summer, encouraging signs that companies may be getting their inventories under control.

New Breed Awarded Contract by Boeing IDS, Earns Gold Performance Excellence Award

April 8, 2009 8:35 am | Articles | Comments

New Breed has received another contract from Boeing to operate a distribution and supply support program. HIGH POINT, N.C., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- New Breed Logistics, Inc., has announced that they have received a contract from Boeing Integrated Defense Systems to operate a distribution and supply support program at Boeing's Global Services & Support site in San Antonio, Texas.

French workers release 4 managers in factory

April 8, 2009 8:27 am | Articles | Comments

Hostage-taking has re-emerged as a popular negotiating tactic among frustrated French workers.  French workers on Wednesday released four managers they had held captive overnight at a British-run factory following a labor dispute over the plant's closure, officials said. The managers at the plant in the foothills of the French Alps, run by Britain's Scapa Group PLC, were allowed to leave the site to attend negotiations Wednesday at the local mayor's office.

Chrysler president: 30 days enough for Fiat deal

April 8, 2009 7:27 am | Articles | Comments

Jim Press says the government has provided the automaker ample time to complete a deal with Fiat.  Chrysler's president says the government has provided the automaker ample time to complete a deal with Fiat. Jim Press said Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show that Chrysler would prefer signing a definitive agreement before the May 1 deadline so it can "get back to business as usual.

Ergonomic, Straddle-Free Pallet Handling

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

Bishamon Industries Corporation recently released the UniLift™, designed to make the transportation and ergonomic positioning of a standard GMA pallet or skid possible without having to straddle the device. According to Bishamon, the deployable outrigger design gives UniLift™ the handling and steering characteristics of a standard pallet jack.

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Insulated, Waterproof Camo Boot Means Business

April 8, 2009 6:08 am | Articles | Comments

The all new Camo from Snap On® footwear, manufactured under license by Coastal Boot, is made with a leather upper and waterproof SympaTex Reflexion®, which has insulation properties equivalent to 400 grams of Thinsulate® without the added bulk. Measuring 6 1/2” in height, the Camo sports a polyurethane outsole and Smartmask® sock liners for cushioning, shock absorption and comfort.

Tube Fittings Fit For A King

April 8, 2009 4:27 am | Articles | Comments

The double-ferrule, instrumentation-grade tube fittings from Brennan Industries feature interchangeable nut and ferrule sets, allowing the use of one manufacturer’s set within the body of another’s. With design characteristics that are comparable in form, function and fit to several other manufacturers, the fittings are also intermixable.

Green Pump Saves Energy

April 2, 2009 5:49 am | Articles | Comments

The latest pump from PIAB is the P6040. It uses PIAB's COAX® technology to generate low and high suction in a small package. According to PIAB, the pump’s compact size allows it to be mounted close to the point of suction, reducing energy costs by up to 25 percent.

No More Butts

April 2, 2009 5:30 am | Articles | Comments

The Elite Smoker Cease-Fire is a next level ash tray designed to keep facilities free of cigarette butt litter. It also uses a double-drip edge to keep tar build-up on the inside, and a removable steel pail to gather the butts. Justrite Manufacturing built the receptacle from fire-resistant polyethylene, which was fire tested and approved by FM Global.

Walk-Behind Scrubber Steps Up

April 2, 2009 5:20 am | Articles | Comments

PowerBoss has released the Phoenix 35, a walk-behind scrubber that can cover up to 45,208 square feet per hour. The 33" scrubber has a 4" offset for edge scrubs along walls and 30 gallon tanks for solution and recovery. It's designed to be maneuverable and uses easy to understand controls.

Total Remote Control

April 2, 2009 5:08 am | Articles | Comments

Designed by Tri-Tronics Company Inc., the Smarteye® X-Pro model XPC is built for companies that require multi-drop sensor feedback for overall process control. This photoelectric communication sensor provides users with complete remote control from an onboard HMI or central plant control station.

British Gas Business lets 40,000 customers defer bills

April 1, 2009 12:02 pm | Articles | Comments

Utility giant British Gas Business recognizes the financial pressure facing consumers and small businesses. British Gas Business, the market leading small business gas and electricity supplier, is preparing to let up to 40,000 customers defer paying their bills to help them through the recession.

Ford's design chief to take post at Volvo

April 1, 2009 11:21 am | Articles | Comments

Peter Horbury, executive director of Ford Americas design, is heading back to Volvo as Ford tries to sell the Swedish carmaker.  Ford Motor says its leading design director is heading to Volvo, as the company tries to sell the Swedish carmaker. Peter Horbury, executive director of Ford Americas design, will move to Volvo and become vice president of design.

3M cutting worldwide work force by 1,200 more jobs

April 1, 2009 11:17 am | by DONNA BORAK, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

3M Co. is cutting “several hundred” jobs in Minnesota as part of further global work force reductions.  3M Co. is cutting its worldwide work force by another 1,200 jobs, or 1.5 percent, because of the global economic slump.

Construction, manufacturing dip less than expected

April 1, 2009 11:01 am | Articles | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management revealed a better than expected manufacturing index for February, suggesting contraction may be nearing an end.  Construction spending fell for a fifth straight month in February, but the results were better than expected and along with other economic reports, suggested contraction may be nearing an end.

Bombardier gets boost with US$1.44-billion order for new CSeries jets

March 31, 2009 8:04 am | Articles | Comments

Bombardier said Monday the firm order from Lease Corporation International Aviation Ltd., which leases aircraft to major airlines including Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Air France, SAS and Virgin Atlantic, comes with options for a further 20 jets.

Arkansas governor signs manufacturers' tax cut

March 31, 2009 7:58 am | Articles | Comments

The governor signed identical House and Senate bills Monday that would reduce the tax from 3.875 percent to 3.125 percent. The bills are sponsored by Rep. David Dunn, D-Forrest City, and Sen. Barbara Horn, D-Ashdown.

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