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Factory Orders Rise Again

June 3, 2009 12:24 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Articles | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories rose 0.7 percent in April, the second increase in three months and further evidence that manufacturers may be recovering. Still, the Commerce Department's report Wednesday was below analysts' expectations of a 0.

Soft Grip Brush-Scraper Tool

June 3, 2009 12:17 pm | Articles | Comments

Hyde has added a wire brush and integrated scraper to its MAXXGRIP PRO® line, comprising an industrial grade wire brush and steel carbon blade. It’s designed to: Remove corrosion and rust              Scrub factory floors Get to the tightest corners Scrape off paint and coatings Work on wood, metal, concrete and masonry According to Hyde, the combo tool’s ergonomic soft-grip handle maximizes grip and eliminates pressure points, reducing user fatigue.

Locate & Measure Small Leaks

June 3, 2009 11:42 am | Articles | Comments

The next generation CPS refrigerant leak detector can sense leaks as small as 0.1 oz per year. Fully automatic one button operation detects most refrigerants including R410A. Two LED readouts are used to indicate the concentration and location of the leak. Learn more: www.

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Lockheed Martin Test Flies Composite Aircraft

June 3, 2009 8:36 am | Articles | Comments

On Tuesday, June 2, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) successfully conducted the initial demonstration flight of the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA).

GM Strikes Tentative Deal To Sell Hummer Brand

June 2, 2009 4:54 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

General Motors Corp. took two key steps toward its downsizing on Tuesday, striking a tentative agreement to sell its Hummer brand and obtaining the first payout of federal loans for its European division. Detroit-based GM said it has reached a memorandum of understanding with a buyer for Hummer, though it did not name the buyer or the price.

GM China To Continue Aggressive Growth Strategy Despite U.S. Bankruptcy

June 1, 2009 6:26 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

General Motors Corp. said Monday that its U.S. bankruptcy filing will have no impact on its thriving China operations, reaffirming what it called its "aggressive growth strategy." "Our operations across China will operate normally," Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group, said in a statement.

ISM Manufacturing Index Expected To Improve For May

June 1, 2009 6:12 am | Articles | Comments

Economists expect an index measuring the manufacturing sector's health to have contracted at a slower pace in May than in the previous month. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect the index from the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, will come in at 42 for May compared with 40.

Hazmat Picnic

May 28, 2009 1:00 pm | by Marlyn Huwe, Maintenance Clerk,Yaskawa Electric America | Articles | Comments

Can you imagine having a picnic during a full blown hazmat incident? Well I had a front row seat. On a record setting hot and humid day in early June, production was in full swing at Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. located in Buffalo Grove Illinois.    Located right next to the large warehouse and production for servo motors were railroad tracks still used by freight trains .

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SC University To Develop Bridge Sensors

May 28, 2009 11:57 am | by KATRINA A. GOGGINS, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

With the average U.S. bridge approaching time for replacement, researchers at the University of South Carolina said Thursday that they'll work with a team of experts to develop a quicker method of detecting cracks and early signs of wear on the structures.

A Brief History Of General Motors Corp.

May 28, 2009 5:17 am | Articles | Comments

Some key events in General Motors' history: Sept. 16, 1908 - General Motors Company founded by William C. Durant, incorporating Buick Motor Co. Oldsmobile joins GM in November. 1909 - GM sells 25,000 cars and trucks. Acquires Cadillac for $5.5 million.

GM To Announce 14 Plant Closures Monday

May 28, 2009 4:53 am | by KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON, AP Auto Writers | Articles | Comments

A person briefed on General Motors Corp.'s plans says the company on Monday will identify the 14 factories it will close as it heads toward a likely Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing. The person says United Auto Workers officials in Detroit have told plant-level union leaders that the company will make the announcement, not the union.

German Officials Still Seeking Opel Rescue Plan

May 28, 2009 4:49 am | by GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

German officials readied for another try at a rescue deal for General Motors Corp.'s Opel subsidiary after last-minute financing demands stalled overnight talks Thursday, officials said. Germany had hoped for an agreement to shield automaker Opel — which employs 25,000 people there — from a looming GM bankruptcy by making it legally independent under a trustee.

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.

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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.

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.

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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