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Valve manufacturer Velan hit by strike involving 530 Quebec employees

May 4, 2009 7:15 am | Articles | Comments

Industrial valve maker Velan Inc. (TSX:VLN) has been hit by a strike at its Quebec plants. Velan said Monday the stoppage involves 530 workers, out of its worldwide workforce of 1,800. Management "cannot determine the possible impact on its operations and results at this time," the company stated.

Nrc To Discuss 2008 Performance Assessment For San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

May 1, 2009 6:00 am | Articles | Comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will hold two meetings in Dana Point, Ca., on May 7, to discuss the agencys 2008 assessment of safety performance for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The plant, operated by the Southern California Edison Co. , is located near San Clemente, Ca.

Eveready to be acquired by U.S.-based Clean Harbors

May 1, 2009 5:55 am | Articles | Comments

Eveready Inc. (TSX:EIS), an Edmonton-based energy services company, has signed a definitive C$464 million deal to be acquired by Clean Harbors Inc. (NYSE:CLH), North America's biggest provider of environmental and hazardous waste management services. The pricetag of the cash and stock deal, announced early Wednesday, values the Canadian company at C$11 a share or about C$202 million.

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AIAM Responds to President Obama's Remarks Concerning Chrysler

April 30, 2009 11:09 am | Articles | Comments

The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers released the following statement in response to the President's remarks today concerning the restructuring of Chrysler. The statement can be attributed to Michael J. Stanton, President of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc.

Obama backs Chrysler bankruptcy as wise move

April 30, 2009 11:07 am | by BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

President Barack Obama announced Thursday that Chrysler would head into bankruptcy with the aid of up to another $8 billion in U.S. taxpayer money, a last-resort attempt to quickly restructure the struggling giant.

Cooling Down High Fuel Costs

April 24, 2009 9:09 am | Articles | Comments

Saving energy and improving comfort for over 100 employees topped the list of priorities for Adam Leiferman, project engineer for the Cleveland building of SPS Technologies. This automotive and aerospace certified manufacturer, with operations worldwide, produces high strength fasteners and precision components for commercial and military applications, jet engines, automobiles, and power generation industries.

Goodyear Sees Performance Boosts With Drying Systems

April 24, 2009 9:02 am | Articles | Comments

When you’re producing tires on a 24/7 basis at the world’s largest tire manufacturing facility, you’ve got to have highly efficient equipment to keep the operation running smoothly. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company recently incorporated new blower technology in its manufacturing plant in Lawton, OK, in order to increase efficiency in a critical drying process operation.

Ports and Connectors 101

April 24, 2009 8:18 am | Articles | Comments

Hydraulics have been an essential part of industrial technology for well over a century, which means maintenance technicians may find themselves confronted with anything from the latest high-tech fittings to hundred year-old port configurations. Most of the time, there’s no real way to know exactly what’s under the accumulated paint and grime covering the valve or manifold that just failed, but the technician is still expected to be able to identify the connector and replace it quickly and without error.

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Air Raid

April 24, 2009 7:40 am | Articles | Comments

With energy costs on the rise, recent efforts from both not-for-profit industry organizations like ASHRAE, as well as HVAC/R equipment manufacturers, have helped create facelifts for some of the industry's oldest, most operationally critical equipment. Founded in 1894, ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) is an international organization of 55,000 volunteer members.

Not So Risky Business

April 24, 2009 7:24 am | by Andy Kaiser, Yaskawa Electric America, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A problem has been identified that needs a solution. You have also been given an additional requirement from management that the process identified needs to increase output by 30 percent over the original system. You have already searched the websites of some industrial VFD vendors, but you are still not sure about all the technology, terminology, and performance claims stated.

Rail Mounted Circuit Protection

April 23, 2009 9:32 am | Articles | Comments

Omega's new ASK series of DIN rail mounted fuse holders provide circuit protection for any industrial control system. Two standard fuse styles are supported: 14 × 51 mm (ASK 6) and 10 × 38 mm (ASK 4). Single pole, double pole, and 3 pole models are available with or without blown fuse indicators.

Flood Light Increases Luminous Flux

April 22, 2009 8:20 am | Articles | Comments

The FLAT TEC luminaire fluorescent flood light for machining and industrial plant applications is the latest in the Waldmann Lighting line of products. Available in a built-up (1.65" in height) or flush version, its flat profile helps it fit into tight spaces.

Explosion-Proof Motor For Hazardous Waste Compactor

April 22, 2009 8:11 am | Articles | Comments

KenBay has added a hazardous waste & explosion-proof model to its line of rotary arm compactors. According to the company, this RotoPac has the same small footprint and high 6-to-1 compaction ratio as its other models, but is now fitted with NEMA 4 boxes for electrical control components and hydraulic valves.

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Humans & Machines Unite

April 22, 2009 8:05 am | Articles | Comments

Pro-face America recently released its latest brochure, containing a range of standard, mid-range and high performance industrial PCs, plus open human-machine interface (HMI) solutions. Detailed specification are included for each system, as well as descriptions for the Pro-face system features.

Exelon and SunPower to Develop Nation's Largest Urban Solar Power Plant

April 22, 2009 7:00 am | Articles | Comments

Exelon and SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA) (Nasdaq: SPWRB) today announced an agreement to develop the nation's largest urban solar power plant at a former industrial site on Chicago's South Side. The 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility is scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

Sweet Revenge With 110 MPG V-8 Engine

April 22, 2009 6:52 am | Articles | Comments

President/CEO Peter Collorafi of Revenge Designs Inc. (PINKSHEETS: RVGD), a specialty car designer and production assembler, is pleased to announce that an agreement has been signed with Mr. Douglas Pelmear, President/CEO of HP2G LLC, an Ohio based engine company with a 110 MPGe engine. HP2G LLC has designed, developed and built a proprietary V-8 engine called the HP2g.

Inauguration of World's Largest LNG Facility

April 22, 2009 6:39 am | Articles | Comments

Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and its Emerson Process Management business congratulated Qatargas Operating Company Ltd. on its recent inauguration of the world's largest facility for producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Ras Laffan Industrial City. To capitalize on the growing demand for clean-burning natural gas, Qatargas is in the final stages of commissioning and startup of the largest LNG production "train" ever built.

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.

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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