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Will Manufacturing’s Future be Open?

March 6, 2012 9:32 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacutring.net | Blogs | Comments

More manufacturers like Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Philips, L’Oreal and Unilever are starting to rely on “open innovation,” a process philosophy that aims to merge new technology from sometimes disparate industries.

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Bulk Bag Conditioner

March 5, 2012 4:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The BLOCK-BUSTER™ Bulk Bag Conditioner with two hydraulic rams and specially contoured end plates presses opposing sides of bulk bags, loosening material that has solidified during storage and shipment and enabling bulk bag unloaders to discharge it through bag spouts.

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Clear Screen Covers

March 5, 2012 4:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Clear, plastic screen covers provide a window for constant, visual monitoring of product in process to quickly detect screen blinding without requiring removal of the cover, machine disassembly or shutting down the operation.

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Serial Device Connector

March 5, 2012 4:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The 3rd Generation NEWPORT® iServer3G connects any Serial Device (RS-232, RS-485) to an Ethernet network or the Internet in minutes. The system can send notifications by email, and has SNMP for remote management.

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Addressing The Skilled Trades Shortage

March 5, 2012 1:36 pm | by Karin Lindner, founder of Karico Performance Solutions | Articles | Comments

Have you ever wondered how we can give manufacturing the recognition and attention it deserves? Have you ever wondered if we're doing everything we can to attract the next generation of skilled workers to the manufacturing industry?

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Recall: Pizza Sticks Produced Without Inspection

March 5, 2012 1:24 pm | News | Comments

Pasou Foods, a Syracuse, Ind. establishment, is recalling approximately 147 pounds of frozen, fully cooked, ready-to-eat pizza stick products because a meat ingredient used in the product may have been produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Water Bottling Plant To Bring 100 Jobs To Pa.

March 5, 2012 1:21 pm | News | Comments

A Florida-based beverage bottler said it will open a new bottling and manufacturing facility in eastern Pennsylvania.

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Neb Supreme Court: Tax 'Alcopops' As Hard Liquor

March 5, 2012 1:19 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that sweetened malt beverages known as "alcopops" should be taxed as hard liquor instead of beer.

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Company Says Arsenic Testing Proves Baby Formula Safe

March 5, 2012 1:11 pm | News | Comments

The manufacturer of the nation's first organic baby formula today announced findings from independent laboratory tests that refute recent allegations its products may have contained high levels of arsenic.

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Judge Says Gov't Can Require Union Posters At Work

March 5, 2012 1:05 pm | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge ruled Friday that the National Labor Relations Board can require most private businesses to put up posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union.

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Consumer Trends: Weight, Diet Among Top Wellness Concerns For Employees

March 5, 2012 12:59 pm | News | Comments

Some 43 percent of employees said weight loss was their top health concern this year, a 10 percent increase over 2011, according to a Tell It NowSM poll released today by ComPsych Corporation.

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Wireless Scale System

March 5, 2012 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SnapStream allows a scale to send weight data wirelessly to an indicator and the indicator in turn to send that data wirelessly to a host of peripheral equipment such as remote displays, printers, PCs and networks.

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CO2 Data Logger

March 5, 2012 12:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The CO2 Recorder TR-76Ui is a three-channel data logger designed to simultaneously measure and record CO2 concentration, temperature and humidity. Making atmospheric pressure settings for the measurement location ensures more stable and accurate CO2 measurements.

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Cooker/Mixer For Caramel Corn

March 5, 2012 11:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CMD line of Caramelizers is designed to make it easy for concession businesses to diversify and offer caramel corn. The machines allow businesses to cook and mix a variety of savory and caramel flavors.

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Washing Scale Parts

March 5, 2012 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Developed in cooperation with manufacturers of multihead weighers, Douglas Scale Parts Washers are designed to quickly and efficiently wash, rinse and sanitize weigh buckets; chutes; and feeder pans in as little as 6 minutes.

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Handle Grips

March 5, 2012 11:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Handle Grips use strong, durable elastic material to provide mechanical and evnrionmental protection while enhancing user comfort. It is ergonomic and reduces muscle fatique while having non-slip properties for better control and safety.

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End-Of-Line Pallet Handling

March 5, 2012 11:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Freeway® Solution is a fully integrated end-of-line solution that combines robotic palletizers, laser-guided vehicles, label equipment, product tracking software and a PC-based monitoring system.

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Potato Plant Receives Grant To Help Trace Product

March 5, 2012 10:04 am | News | Comments

A south-central Idaho potato packing and shipping company has received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will help the company trace where potatoes are shipped.

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U.S. And North Korea To Finalize Food Aid

March 5, 2012 10:02 am | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON,Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States and North Korea will meet in Beijng next week to finalize arrangements of the first U.S. government food aid shipment to the impoverished country in three years, the State Department said Friday.

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Meat Pies: Mystery Meat No More

March 5, 2012 9:59 am | by JOCELYN NOVECK,AP National Writer | News | Comments

 Historically speaking, the meat pie hasn’t always had the best associations attached to it. But, in the United States, it’s showing signs of hitting trend status with high-end fillings. 

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