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Smartphones: A New Way To Pay

August 24, 2011 6:24 am | Videos | Comments

Soon we may use smartphones to make all of our payments instead of cash or credit cards. Molly Wood, Executive Editor at CNET TV, reports. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.


Scientists Use Mosquitoes To Test Water Quality

August 24, 2011 6:23 am | Videos | Comments

A Costa Rican researcher has discovered a type of mosquito that can be used to identify safe river water for human consumption. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.


Boeing Order Means More PA Jobs

August 24, 2011 5:27 am | News | Comments

RIDLEY PARK, Pa. (AP) — An order of 14 new Chinook helicopters by Britain's Royal Air Force could mean more work at the Boeing Co.'s factory in suburban Philadelphia. Chris Owens, president of Boeing's United Aerospace Workers Union Local 1069, told the Delaware County Times that the order could mean work for as many as 100 new employees.


ReconRobotics Wins $6M Military Contract

August 24, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

EDINA, Minn. (AP) — An Edina (ee-DEYE'-nah) company has been awarded a military contract to build miniature robots. ReconRobotics has military orders, worth nearly $6 million, to build the mini robots that can perform surveillance in areas that are considered too dangerous for troops, like inspecting a potential explosive device.

Chrysler To Invest $72M In OH Plant

August 24, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC plans to invest $72 million in a northwest Ohio plant, and the state's governor said Tuesday there might be bigger things to come from the automaker. Chrysler wants to install new equipment and modernize its Toledo Machining Plant near Perrysburg, which will allow it to retain 640 hourly and salaried jobs, the company said.


China To Appeal WTO Ruling On Raw Materials Curbs

August 24, 2011 5:19 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China will appeal a World Trade Organization rejection of its curbs on exports of industrial raw materials, the government said Wednesday, in a case that Washington and Europe hope will lead to an easing of its restrictions on rare earths sales. "We still consider that China practice and China's policies do not violate WTO rules," Ministry of Commerce spokesman Shen Danyang at a regular news briefing.

CAT To Expand In China

August 24, 2011 5:17 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. said Wednesday it plans to build a factory for large wheel loaders in China. The Peoria, Ill. company said the factory on China's east coast will develop a new model of wheel loader for use in China and other developing countries. Caterpillar didn't say how much it would spend on the new factory or an accompanying research and development facility.

Autos, Aircrafts Lifted July Durable Goods Orders

August 24, 2011 5:15 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge in demand for autos and aircraft drove orders for long-lasting manufactured goods higher in July, easing fears that the economy might be on the verge of another recession. The rebound in the auto industry helped offset a decline in orders for most other factory goods.


UV-Curable Floor Coatings

August 23, 2011 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

UV-curable floor coatings from UVolve Instant Floor Coatings (Elgin, IL) are an ideal solution for line striping applications, curing instantly via a UV light source. The 100 percent solid, single-component systems eliminate the need for mixing, reducing waste, and can also be successfully applied even in cold temperature environments.


DuraTag Tag Stock And Ribbon

August 23, 2011 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Graphic Products, Inc. (Portland, OR) has introduced virtually indestructible DuraTag Tag Stock and Ribbon for the DuraLabel printer. The rugged DuraTag Stock is heat-resistant up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and is resistant to UV-light, moisture, chemical abrasion, and tearing. Available in 100 foot rolls and in five colors (yellow, red, green, orange, and blue), DuraTag Stock was created for indoor and outdoor tagging applications where both...


Baldor RPM AC Motor Line Now Offers 1200 HP

August 23, 2011 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Baldor Electric Company (Fort Smith, AK) has expanded the RPM AC permanent magnet (PM) product offering up to 1200 HP. The RPM AC motor product line performs like a high horsepower servo motor with low rotor inertia and high power density, and is now available in the NEMA frame sizes 180, 210, 250, 280, and 440 with permanent magnet rotor construction.


MBS 1800 Cylinder Pressure Sensor

August 23, 2011 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new MBS 1800 Cylinder Pressure Sensor from Danfoss (Baltimore, MD) is the new high quality pressure sensor, designed to meet the harsh environment encountered in diesel and gas engines. Based on a unique crystal technology, the pressure sensor offers reduced fuel consumption, reduced maintenance costs, and longer operating life.


Honeywell Plans To Acquire EMS

August 23, 2011 9:11 am | News | Comments

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Manufacturing conglomerate Honeywell International Inc. announced Monday that it has successfully completed the tender offer for EMS Technologies Inc. at $33 a share. The offer expired Friday. Nearly 92 percent of shares outstanding had been tendered and not withdrawn by the deadline.

Drew Acquires $13.5M In Assets

August 23, 2011 9:09 am | News | Comments

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Drew Industries Inc., which makes parts for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, said Monday that it acquired the towable RV chassis and slide-out mechanism operation previously owned by Dexter Chassis Group from EA Technologies LLC for $13.5 million in cash.

IL Manufacturer Plans IN Move

August 23, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Officials say an Illinois manufacturer will open a factory in northwestern Indiana, where it plans to potentially hire hundreds of workers. Merrillville Town Councilman Richard Hardaway tells The Times of Munster ( ) that Modern Drop Forge will be coming the town following the council's approval of a 10-year tax abatement for the company in May.

Renesas To Return Chip Shipments To Pre-Disaster Levels

August 23, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

TOKYO, Aug. 23 (Kyodo) — Renesas Electronics Corp. will recover its semiconductor shipments at its main factory in Ibaraki Prefecture to the level prior to the March 11 disaster by mid-September, moving up the initial goal of doing so by a half-month earlier, company officials said Tuesday.


Report: NE Gained Manufacturing Jobs Over Past Year

August 23, 2011 8:59 am | News | Comments

EVANSTON, Ill., PRNewswire - Following three years of consecutive losses, industrial employment in Nebraska increased a half percent over the past twelve months, according to the 2012 Nebraska Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL.


Mars Breaks Ground On Topeka Plant

August 23, 2011 8:54 am | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — City, county and state officials joined Mars Chocolate North America in formally breaking ground on its new candy factory south of Topeka. The event Tuesday was the first phase of the $250 million project that will create about 200 full-time jobs in northeast Kansas.


Wildeck Acquires Arizona-Based Ladder Industries

August 23, 2011 7:08 am | News | Comments

Waukesha, Wisconsin Manufacturer of Mezzanines, Vertical Lifts, and Safety Guarding Products Expands West with Acquisition of Custom Stair and Safety Ladder Products Manufacturer. Waukesha, WI – On the heels of its 35th Anniversary celebration, Wildeck, Inc. – headquartered in Waukesha, WI – has announced the acquisition of Ladder Industries, Inc.

Improving Coin Roll Inspection Productivity

August 23, 2011 6:25 am | by Eascan Automation | Articles | Comments

With a worldwide reputation for product quality, customer service, and minting technology, the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) is at the forefront of innovation in producing coinage and currency. The Mint uses advanced automation equipment to count and wrap pennies in rolls. However, in the past these rolls were manually inspected for the number of pennies contained and the integrity of each package.


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