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Automation Spotlight: Robotic Industrial Trucks

July 25, 2013 9:51 am | by ANNA WELLS, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Despite the modern feel of today’s robotic trucks, AGVs (automated guided vehicles) actually go all the way back to the 1950s. According to John Hayes, National Account Manager for Seegrid, a leading provider of driverless Robotic Industrial Trucks, the basic intention behind this technology was as a labor savings device.

Temperature Monitor

July 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MEASUREMENT & DETECTION: ThermoWorks, Inc.'s temperature monitor allows users to track and record two temperature probes remotely on an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android device as part of an industrial, scientific, or food service process.

Mobile Ductless Fume Hood

July 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Air Science USA’s mobile ductless fume hood is totally self-contained and provides all-around visibility. The unit is easily moved from laboratory to laboratory, and allows for easy installation.


Wireless Remote Monitoring Systems

July 25, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

VRTX Technologies’ wireless remote monitoring systems for their cooling water treatment solutions automatically and instantly provide operational feedback and alerts.

Environmentalists Pan Kansas Coal Plant Provision

July 24, 2013 10:01 am | by JOHN MILBURN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents of a coal-fired power plant planned for southwest Kansas said Tuesday that developers of the nearly decade-old project still face obstacles in completing the work despite legislation approved by the U.S. House removing federal oversight of the project.

Sustaining Market Leadership by Leveraging Business & Manufacturing Intelligence

July 22, 2013 11:36 am | by James Montgomery, Product Manager, Apriso | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers cannot expect to sustain success with traditional decision making when facing today’s unprecedented shifts in markets, demands, technologies and opportunities. To maintain a leadership position and profit margins, companies must respond intelligently to more frequent, drastic and faster changes.

Understanding The Options In Manufacturing eCommerce

July 22, 2013 11:32 am | by Bob Barr, Senior Vice President, Acquity Group | Articles | Comments

With the right eCommerce technology, a manufacturing brand can dramatically improve its online presence, from a basic website to a sophisticated digital resource capable of promoting products, completing orders and performing other function.

The Key to Mobile Success in Manufacturing

July 22, 2013 9:42 am | by Jim Somers, Antenna Software | Articles | Comments

While mobile application adoption in traditional industrial manufacturing corporations has lagged some other industries, many people in manufacturing today have begun to realize the vast potential mobility has to benefit their organization.


Roof Recoating Enhances Workplace Safety

July 22, 2013 9:36 am | by Del Williams, Technical Writer | Articles | Comments

Applying traditional protective coatings to machinery can stop production for days, since they usually require substantial metal surface preparation, a prime coat and two topcoats with at least eight hours of drying time, also known as minimum recoat time, between each.

North Liberty Wants to Build New Water Plant

July 18, 2013 10:07 am | News | Comments

North Liberty wants to build a new water plant and expand its wastewater system ahead of schedule in an effort to meet the demands of its rapidly growing population. Officials said municipality utilities for the city of 15,500 residents will reach capacity five years sooner than previously projected.

TEPCO Sees Steam But No Crisis at Nuclear Plant

July 18, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

Steam or vapors appeared to be coming from a damaged reactor building at Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant Thursday, but the plant operator said radiation levels were steady. The video images showed a small amount of vapor or steam, but the origin wasn't clear.

Fertilizer Industry Grows Despite Safety Concerns

July 18, 2013 10:00 am | by DAVID MERCER & RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

New fertilizer plants promise thousands of jobs during construction and hundreds of full-time spots once they're up and running. And most of them would go in small, rural towns where economic development isn't easy. But the wave of potential expansion comes with concerns.

Range of Energy-Efficient Power Devices

July 18, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: STMicroelectronics’ range of energy-efficient power devices reduces the environmental impact of equipment such as telecom or computing systems, solar inverters, industrial automation and automotive applications.


Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning Product

July 18, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: Earthecco’s environmentally-friendly cleaning product is taking a green approach to cleaning at the industrial level, and is formulated from all-natural plant extracts, reducing the need for harmful and toxic chemicals in various industries and for the home user.

LED Blasting Light

July 18, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: Larson Electronics' high performance LED blasting light is designed to provide high output from a small form factor and is easily attached to metallic surfaces.

Long Live the Twinkie: The Future of Hostess Brands Sheds Light on Manufacturing Evolution

July 17, 2013 4:39 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Blogs | Comments

If Twinkies can indeed achieve a fabled longevity, it will have more to do with savvy business practices and innovation than secret, Frankenstein recipe formulations. This reinvigoration includes a number of strategic modifications to Hostess Brands’ business model.

Finally, Uniform & Secure Enterprise Data Storage Ideal for Manufacturing

July 17, 2013 4:31 pm | by Andres Rodriguez, CEO of Nasuni | Articles | Comments

In a world where manufacturing production is king, capital expenses are laser-focused on tools and equipment, leaving IT to strategically minimize capital investment while delivering enterprise-class IT operations. Data is the nucleus of the business.

Cloud Applications, A Challenge for User & Access Control

July 17, 2013 2:44 pm | by Dean Wiech, Managing Director at Tools4ever | Articles | Comments

For an IT department, working with cloud applications and their providers can present a number of new challenges. Where the IT department previously took a facilitating role that is now transitioning to a coordinating role. In addition, it can be significantly more difficult to control user and access privileges in cloud applications.

Q&A: Greased Up

July 17, 2013 2:32 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Lubrication is one of the most important elements of a solid conveyor maintenance program. IMPO sat down with Tom Dibble, Plant Manager for Mighty Lube Systematic Lubrication, Inc., to discuss some common questions surrounding this critical area.

Valero Refinery Planning for Expansion

July 17, 2013 9:48 am | News | Comments

Construction on a $700 million expansion at Valero Refinery's St. Charles Parish plant is expected to begin sometime in late 2015 or early 2016. The plant occupies roughly 1,000 acres along the Mississippi River in Norco. The expansion will include construction of a large methanol unit.

By the Numbers

July 16, 2013 12:55 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Conveying equipment can’t just keep getting faster — it has to get smarter as well. Learn how market conditions, design elements, and maintenance issues work together to create positive trends in the conveyor industry. Investments in conveying systems have been slowly creeping up in manufacturing environments.

Running on Refuse

July 16, 2013 9:16 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Excel Energy’s French Island plant is a combination generating plant and resource recovery facility. By working together to turn trash into power, the two facilities generated more than 88,500 MWH of electricity in 2012 -- enough to power nearly 10,000 homes.

Cascade Reclaim Line

July 16, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: Raven Industries, Inc.’s high-efficiency cascade reclaim line recovers polymer from internal processes and pelletizes it under conditions that allow the pellets to be used instantly, resulting in increased productivity.

Nanostructured Material for Suspension Plasma Spray

July 16, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: Innovnano’s 4YSZ nanostructured material is designed for use in suspension and is ideally suited for suspension plasma spray, a powerful new method for the application of coatings that offers an environmentally friendly TBC solution and reduces overall carbon footprints.

Nanoceramic Grease

July 16, 2013 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GREEN PRODUCTS: Dayton Progress’ nanoceramic grease uses particles that act as sub-microscopic ball bearings to provide continuous lubrication to steel surfaces, and the grease has a much lower coefficient of friction at all temperatures than traditional PTFE greases, making it environmentally friendly.

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