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Angular Position Receptacles

December 7, 2011 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Binder-USA (Camarillo, CA) has announced new receptacles with adjustable angular positions as part of the Series 713, 763, 715, and 766 automation product ranges. The panel-mounted receptacles can be rotated during installation to allow a right-angle cordset to connect in a desired angular position.


Electric Wire Rope Hoists

December 7, 2011 5:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Harrington Hoists, Inc. (Manheim, PA) has launched a new line of Electric Wire Rope Hoists, the RHN Series. These hoists are offered in two configurations, the Deck/Base Mounted hoist in 2–20 metric tons and the Ultra-Low Headroom trolley hoist in 2–15 metric tons. Both versions are dual speed.


Linear Position Sensors

December 7, 2011 5:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors (Pennsauken, NJ) offers an upgraded series of intrinsically safe LVDT Linear Position Sensors for use in hostile environments such as gas and steam turbine plants, chemical process plants, and paper mills. Rated for operation to 212 degrees F, the HLR sensors are UL/ULC listed for hazardous locations Class I, Division 1, Groups A, B, C, D, and Class I, Zone 2 by Underwriters Laboratories.


LED Trouble Light

December 7, 2011 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ (Kemp, TX) has announced the addition of a powerful LED trouble to its line of LED work lights that produces four times the illumination of a comparable biaxial fluorescent bulb trouble light. The VPHLED-12W-25 is a compact and powerful trouble light designed to provide high light output.


Solar Company SunPower To Cut Jobs

December 7, 2011 4:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solar power company SunPower Corp. will cut about 125 jobs, or 2 percent of its workforce, as the company faces a global solar power market where prices and demand are stagnating. SunPower filed a disclosure with federal regulators Tuesday that said the job cuts were part of a companywide restructuring plan its management approved on Nov.

Olympus Vows To Go After Erring Executives

December 7, 2011 4:33 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Olympus Corp. vowed Wednesday to go after erring executives involved in an elaborate scheme to hide $1.5 billion of investment losses. The Japanese camera and medical equipment maker said it will investigate some 70 people including former and current board members, auditors and other officials for their possible involvement in the deception that has become one of Japan's biggest corporate scandals.

Deal Could Yield Years Of Labor Peace For Boeing

December 7, 2011 4:31 am | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Some unionized workers at Boeing say they hope their vote Wednesday on a four-year contract extension augurs a new, peaceful era in their relations with the company. The Machinists union announced last week that it reached a tentative deal following secret talks initiated by the company.


AL Considers Inmates To Replace Immigrant Labor

December 7, 2011 4:30 am | by Jay Reeves, Associated Press | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama agriculture officials are considering whether prisoners can fill a chronic labor shortage the farm agency blames on the state's new law against illegal immigration. Brett Hall, a deputy commissioner with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, said planting season is coming up in south Alabama, and some growers fear most of their usual workers have left the state because of the law.


Coolant Leak Likely Caused Volt Fires

December 7, 2011 4:28 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The liquid solution that cools the Chevrolet Volt's batteries is the likely cause of fires that broke out inside the electric car after government crash tests, a person briefed on the matter said. Engineers at General Motors Co., which makes the much-celebrated car, are working on structural changes to strengthen the car's T-shaped battery pack, the person said.

Saab Says Its Salvage Process Is In Jeopardy

December 7, 2011 4:25 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The owner of Saab Automobile says its court-appointed administrator doesn't think the cash-strapped car company has a future and has applied to end the salvage process. Saab, owned by the Netherlands-based Swedish Automobile N.V., said Wednesday the court has given it less than a week to come up with a plan or be declared bankrupt.


Start-Up Aims To Teach Computer Coding For Free

December 6, 2011 10:18 am | Videos | Comments

Tech start-up Codecademy aims to teach anyone and everyone basic computer coding skills, for free. Codecademy's founder, 21-year-old Zach Sims, believes computer coding will be the literacy of the 21st century. He also says the job market will be looking for the computer coding "construction workers" of tomorrow.


Industrial Machining Applications with VFD

December 6, 2011 10:14 am | Articles | Comments

A major metal finishing company in Ohio has a joint venture between a United States Steel company and a Canada-based holding company with 40 companies that provide electroplating, machining of high-tolerance parts and assemblies and development of new finishes for steel work rolls that are used in steel and aluminum rolling mills.


Bal Seal Plans $45M CO Plant

December 6, 2011 8:28 am | News | Comments

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A California-based manufacturer plans to build a new plant in Colorado Springs. Bal Seal Engineering announced the $45 million project on Tuesday. It expects to hire 210 people to work in the plant when it's finished in early 2013. Bal Seal is a privately-held company based in Foothill Ranch, Calif.


The Dodge Dart Makes A Comeback

December 6, 2011 8:24 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The Dodge Dart, a 1960s compact car that gearheads turned into street racers, is making a comeback. Chrysler said Tuesday that it will use the Dart name for a new compact car based on Italian technology that it will introduce in the U.S. next year. The Dart, which is expected to get 40 miles per gallon of gas on the highway, is an extremely important car for Chrysler Group LLC, which currently has outdated...


Microsoft, Hitachi Announce Venture In Fargo

December 6, 2011 8:22 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A worldwide consulting and technology services company that plans to join forces with Microsoft Corp. says it was attracted to Fargo partly by the way residents reacted to a record-setting flood in 2009. Microsoft officials announced Monday that Hitachi Consulting has been selected to help develop new software for the Microsoft business group based in Fargo.

Ford Invests $128M To Shift Production To OH

December 6, 2011 8:19 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says its $128 million investment at an Ohio plant will protect nearly 2,000 jobs and shift medium-duty truck production from Mexico. Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik), on hand Tuesday at the Ford plant in Avon Lake west of Cleveland, says it shows manufacturing is reviving.


Verizon Nixes Google Wallet In New Phone

December 6, 2011 8:16 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Wireless is blocking Google's new flagship phone from supporting Google's attempt to make the smartphone the credit card of the future. In blocking the Google Wallet software from running on the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Verizon Wireless said Tuesday that it was waiting to provide a wallet application until it can offer "the best security and user experience.

EU In Antitrust Probe Of Apple, e-Book Publishers

December 6, 2011 8:11 am | by Gabriele Steinhauser, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust watchdog is probing whether Apple helped five major publishing houses illegally raise prices for e-books when it launched its iPad tablet and iBookstore in 2010. The probe, announced Tuesday by the European Commission, offers a glimpse into the fierce fight for shares of the growing e-book market, especially as Apple has tried to take on Amazon and its Kindle e-book reader.


December 6, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Vibro-Curb from Thybar Corporation (Addison, IL) has integral, vibration-dampening, spring isolators that may be easily accessed. These curbs provide mounting for rooftop HVAC units; roofing may be completed at later date without disturbing the unit which eliminates extra crane or helicopter expenses.


Label Printer, Applicator

December 6, 2011 6:25 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Tharo Systems ’ (Brunswick, OH) industry proven PA2000t/b Tamp/Blow Label Printer/Applicator is an accessory for Tharo’s H-Series thermal transfer bar code label printers. The PA2000t/b Tamp/Blow features a small footprint, 16.5 inches wide x 30 inches long for the H-400 or 19.5 inches wide x 30 inches long for the H-600, with a remote front panel for easy access, regardless of the orientation of the applicator.



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