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Small In Size, Big In Features

February 24, 2009 12:34 pm | Articles | Comments

The Power Probe Micro Torch is small in size, but offers many features and ease of use.

Rotary Screw Technology

February 24, 2009 12:30 pm | Articles | Comments

Sullair Corporation offers its new ShopTek™ lubricated rotary screw air compressor. According to the company, these compressors combine Sullair's proven rotary screw technology in a compact belt-drive package which establishes new standards for continuous-duty compressors to meet the needs of small horsepower markets.

Tools & Equipment For Your Every Need

February 24, 2009 12:15 pm | Articles | Comments

For over 40 years, Neu Tool & Supplyhas offered thousands of tool and equipment items from hundreds of manufacturers.

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Rollers For Those Hostile Environments

February 24, 2009 12:01 pm | Articles | Comments

Ralphs-Pugh Companyhas developed a series of rollers to counter the harsh conditions in battery manufacturing and storage and charging station environments.

Company Chosen By Army Corps Of Engineers To Boost Energy Efficiency And Cut Costs

February 24, 2009 9:23 am | Articles | Comments

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has  received a contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help the Department of Defense and other agencies increase energy efficiency, leverage renewable eneargy and save water. The work will be performed under the federal Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) program and builds on the Department of Energy contract Honeywell recently secured to implement up to $5 billion of similar projects in government facilities across the globe.

Online Layoff Tracker Captures Economy's Carnage

February 24, 2009 9:06 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Layoff Tracker can be planted on a Web site or a computer desktop to provide a running tally of the pink slips being handed out by major employers around the country. The tracker complies the numbers from news reports and company announcements.

Steel’s Revival May Provide Roadmap For Auto Industry

February 24, 2009 9:00 am | by Daniel Lovering and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | Articles | Comments

The 57-year-old steelworker from Port Vue, PA, lived through painful restructuring that drastically reshaped the domestic steel industry. The most recent crisis, from 1998 through 2003, involved dozens of bankruptcies, huge job cuts and mill closures.

What About The Other Mobile Workers?

February 20, 2009 11:39 am | by Stephen Woram, CEO, Form Automation Solutions | Articles | Comments

It’s a common site at any factory, power plant, refinery, or other production facility: a worker, armed with pen and clipboard, making rounds, checking non-instrumented equipment, and filling out forms. Big companies love their data collection forms.

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Indicators Suggest Recession Will Continue Through 2009, But Intensity Will Ease

February 19, 2009 6:10 am | Articles | Comments

Index(TM) (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.4 percent in January, following a 0.2 percent increase in December and a 0.7 percent decline in November.

The Auto Dead Zone

February 19, 2009 6:04 am | Articles | Comments

The cover page of Chrysler's restructuring plan, submitted along with GM's late Tuesday, tells you all you really need to know about these 100-page-plus tomes. Replete with pictures of World War II Army Jeeps, dead men in starched collars -- and the now-obligatory "hybrid" logo and plug-in car -- the first page declares that Chrysler "is the Quintessential American Auto Company."

25 ‘Go Brennan’ Scholarships For Students Seeking Careers In Manufacturing Now Available Via YouTube Promotion

February 19, 2009 6:00 am | Articles | Comments

It’s “lap three” for teen race car driver Brennan Palmiter’s “Go-Brennan” YouTube Scholarship promotion that offers up to 25 scholarships of $500 each to students seeking careers in manufacturing. Sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) Foundation and SolidWorks Corporation, the “GO-Brennan” Scholarships are tied to FMA’s sponsorship of 17-year-old stock car driver Palmiter’s 2009 racing season.

Hydraulic Institute Launches New Positive Displacement Pump e-Learning Course

February 19, 2009 5:56 am | Articles | Comments

Hydraulic Institute (HI) has launched its latest pump industry e-Learning program titled “Positive Displacement Pumps: Fundamentals, Design and Applications.”  The comprehensive Positive Displacement (PD) Pump course is an Internet-delivered educational program designed to provide individual users with a broad, comprehensive knowledge of PD pumping technologies. The material is visual and interactive, allowing students to take full advantage of the latest learning technology.

ISM Launches Knowledge Center Offering

February 19, 2009 5:53 am | Articles | Comments

The latest tool for supply professionals seeking to acquire the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification is here. Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) now offers a CPSM® Bridge Exam Online Review Course through the ISM Knowledge Center.

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Registration RedShift:2009 Now Open

February 19, 2009 5:44 am | Articles | Comments

RedPrairie Corporation announces registration is open for its upcoming user conference, Red Shift :2009, Engineered Evolution. Red Shift , to be held May 11 - 14 at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX, generates new ideas and information-sharing on how to improve workforce, inventory and transportation operations through product updates, customer-led breakout sessions and various networking opportunities.

Successful Automation’s Best Kept Secret

January 23, 2009 12:47 pm | by Roy Kok, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Kepware Technologies | Articles | Comments

Sure, the engineer is proud of his HMI and the plant manager pleased with his KPI dashboard and how effectively the plant is running with the implementation of his new MES solution. The historian and analytic solution get all the credit when a plant control crisis is averted. 

A Green View

November 21, 2008 12:15 pm | by Anna Wells | Articles | Comments

In response to an increasing emphasis on energy visibility as a cost calculation, Infor has developed Infor EAM Asset Sustainability Edition, a new solution that integrates energy management with asset management. With Infor EAM Asset Sustainability Edition, Infor has redefined enterprise asset management from a solution that helps you maintain and extend the life of your assets to a solution that also can help you lower costs by reducing your energy consumption.

Water Conservation: The Business Case

October 9, 2008 6:44 am | by William F. Harfst, Harfst and Associates, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Record-breaking droughts have plagued the Southeast and the arid Southwest. Georgia is caught in the grip of a drought that is the worst in 100 years of record keeping while at the same time 30 million people in the Southwest witnessed water reserves in Lake Mead and Lake Powell, both part of the Colorado River system, decline to near-record low levels.

Time To Align

September 12, 2008 8:13 am | by David Zdrojewski, Founder & CEO, VibrAlign, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A well trained aligner can accomplish a precision shaft alignment in one or two moves virtually every time. This is true whether the aligner uses laser tools or dial gauges to measure the misalignment— and I'm talking about making shaft centers collinear to within a few thousandths of an inch. 

Opportunities In A Tough Electrical Market

September 12, 2008 8:13 am | by Bob Zak, President, Powerit Solutions | Articles | Comments

Industrial manufacturers consume roughly one-third of the power utilized in the US. This fact is not lost on utilities and energy service providers. Lucrative programs and new incentives exist today for industrial companies as power providers try to find ways to tap into the demand side and create more capacity.

Circuit Breaker Replacement & Retrofill For Uptime, Compliance

June 25, 2008 12:47 pm | by Mike Rice, Vice President, Square D Services, Schneider Electric | Articles | Comments

Circuit breakers are key to an industrial facility’s power distribution system. That’s why it’s not surprising that several warning signs of an aging system relate to these devices, such as nuisance tripping or a main breaker failure.

An Equipment Approach To Dust Elimination

June 25, 2008 12:10 pm | by Andy Mandell, Marketing Manager, Dynabrade, Inc. | Articles | Comments

High quality dust collection air tools and accessories are important in today’s workplace. Eliminating dust at the source is not only beneficial for the worker’s health, but it also achieves a clean work environment and extends the life of the tool itself, resulting in reduced costs.

Efficiency, Useful Power & ROI

June 5, 2008 1:07 pm | by Eric Ingersoll, Chairman, General Compression | Articles | Comments

Recently, as fuel prices have shot skyward and demonstrated considerable volatility, and as electricity grids have shown signs of strain, energy efficiency— or sometimes fuel efficiency— has received increasingly serious consideration in boardrooms and boiler rooms alike.

An Education In Adhesives

May 9, 2008 6:22 am | Articles | Comments

Suppliers of adhesives and sealants are oftentimes not taking the time and energy required to examine user applications in detail, or they lack the expertise. In the end, they are often prescribing the incorrect compound for the customer.

Arc Flash Safety Starts With Electrical Distribution Maintenance

April 21, 2008 9:47 am | by Joseph Weigel, Product Manager, Square D Services, Schneider Electric | Articles | Comments

The electricity that flows through the electrical distribution system of any industrial facility is the lifeblood of the entire operation. Production processes, environmental controls and security, lighting and safety systems all require a clean, reliable, and continuously available flow of power.

Going Lean? Don't Forget IT

April 18, 2008 12:03 pm | by Diskeeper Corporation | Articles | Comments

In today’s manufacturing universe, cost-effectiveness is a constant battle. Every element from raw goods to worker efficiency, eliminating waste of time and material, streamlining processes, and even evaluating and improving supervisory expertise, is undergoing microscopic and expert examination so that companies can remain functional and profitable.

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