Daily News For February 22, 2012

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Today's Daily News

China Predicted to Become the 'World's Trade Powerhouse'
U.S. trade growth will pick up but lag global growth, HSBC reports. Click to continue

Could Shale Gas Create a Manufacturing Renaissance in Ohio?
Event speakers tout the state's vast resources as an industrial jobs engine as it vies for Shell's planned ethane cracker. Click to continue

ITT in Global Supply Agreement with Shell
ITT's Goulds Pumps has a five-year contract with Shell Global Solutions to supply a variety of centrifugal pumps to Shell's oil-and-gas operations worldwide. Click to continue

Retail Container Traffic Will Be Up in 2012
Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to be down 6.8% in February from the same month a year ago, but should show year-over-year increases through most of the remaining first half of 2012. Click to continue

An Obligation for Safety
Organizations have an obligation to make sure that they do not injure employees while in pursuit of profit. Likewise, employees are obligated to do everything they can to make sure that they do not get hurt, create a work environment where others do not get hurt and participate in the safety process. Click to continue

CFOs Need to Refocus on Building the Business, Not Just Saving It
'Finance organizations that contribute the most to their company's future performance will be those that align with the corporate growth agenda and have the right capabilities in place while sustaining the cost management gains of the past couple of years,' said Paul Boulanger of Accenture. Click to continue

Foreign Investment Rises 9.7% in Mexico in 2011
Manufacturing accounted for 44.1% of investment Click to continue

Material Flows Blog

Join MH&L's editors as they examine and discuss current and future trends in material handling and logistics. Whether it's a look at the latest in warehousing technology, a thoughtful analysis of pending government legislation, or a humorous take on management snafus, the Material Flows blog is a free-spirited, open conversation between MH&L staff and the material handling and logistics community.

Global Forces Shaping Material Handling and Logistics
"The point is, this first MODEX was an indicator of how international trends are shaping the art and science of material handling..." Click to continue

Safety Hidden in Plain Sight at MODEX Show
"You know you're getting old when you lose target-market status to your doctor..." Click to continue

Sustainability Getting Real for High-Tech Firms
"This may work for high-tech, high-value goods, but is it sustainable for low-margin businesses like food and grocery?..." Click to continue

See these and other discussions at blog.mhlnews.com/material_flows.

Product Spotlight, Courtesy of NewEquipment.com

Differential Pressure Transducer
Setra Systems, Inc. has announced the global market introduction of the Multi-Sense 231RS, the industry's first multi-configurable wet-to-wet differential pressure transducer with remote sensors. With availability in conduit and cable versions, the Setra Systems Multi-Sense Model 231RS offers four unidirectional and bi-directional switch selectable pressure ranges. Each unit also features field-selectable output choices of true 4-20 mA, 0 to 5, 1 to 5, and 0 to 10 VDC, as well as push-button zero and remote zero capabilities and a jumper-selectable port swap. Units are both CE marked and RoHS compliant, and feature an all-cast aluminum construction with NEMA4 rated housings. An optional LCD is also available for greater readability of measured values.The remote sensing capabilities of the Setra Systems Model 231RS are designed to significantly reduce customer labor and materials costs, as well as setup time. Click to continue

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