The Leading Source for Industrial Maintenance News
Subscribe to IMPO Magazine All
View Sample

FREE Email Newsletter

IMPO Insider

Daily industrial news and top headlines for plant and maintenance managers

Arrow Electronic Bids For Chip One Stop

August 8, 2011 9:17 am | News | Comments

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Arrow Electronics announced a $2,857-per-share bid for Japanese electronic components supplier Chip One Stop on Monday. Arrow declined to disclose the total value of the deal. Chip One Stop is based in Yokohama, Japan. Arrow said its sales for the latest fiscal year were about $47 million.

Bridgestone Half-Year Group Net Profit Up 22 Percent

August 8, 2011 9:15 am | News | Comments

TOKYO, Aug. 8 (Kyodo) — Bridgestone Corp. said Monday its group net profit in the January-June period increased 21.6 percent from a year earlier to 54.12 billion yen on brisk sales of tires, its mainline product, both in Japan and overseas. The tiremaker's consolidated operating profit in the first half of the business year rose 19.


Toyota To Produce Electric RAV4

August 8, 2011 9:11 am | News | Comments

SEATTLE, Aug. 5 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it will start mass-producing an electric version of the RAV4 sport-utility vehicle, which it is now jointly developing with U.S. EV venture Tesla Motors Inc., at its plant in Ontario, Canada, in 2012. Toyota currently manufactures gasoline-powered RAV4s at the Ontario plant, and will produce its EV version using motors and batteries made by Tesla at its California factory...


Issa Subpoenas Gov't Documents In Boeing Case

August 8, 2011 9:09 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of the House Oversight committee has subpoenaed documents from the National Labor Relations Board's lawsuit against Boeing Co., increasing the political pressure over a case that has the GOP fuming. Rep. Darrell Issa of California, a leading critic of the dispute, claims the lawsuit interferes with the company's ability to decide where to do its work.


Job Worries Grow As Debt-Limit Issue Recedes

August 8, 2011 9:07 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anger at the nation's leaders for taking so long to strike a debt-ceiling deal has turned into high anxiety over jobs and the economy amid growing fears of a new recession. The news that credit rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the nation's credit rating a notch for the first time ever only added to the tension.

Toyota Plans Record Output In 2012

August 8, 2011 6:23 am | Videos | Comments

Toyota Motor is reportedly seeking to boost global production by 24 percent to a record 8.9 million vehicles in 2012 as it rushes to make up for output lost due to the March earthquake. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


How Cultural Awareness Can Boost Your Bottom Line

August 8, 2011 6:20 am | by Mariah E. de Forest, Imberman and DeForest, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers can boost productivity, lower per-unit costs, and better meet the ever-stiffer demands of customers by focusing on the cultural values of their growing foreign-born Latino population. Most manufacturers have tried to motivate their workers for better productivity -- with varying degrees of success.


SunPower Plans Mexico Plant

August 8, 2011 5:48 am | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Solar cell maker SunPower Corp. said Friday it plans to own and operate a panel-manufacturing plants in Mexicali, Mexico to serve the North American market. The company said it will lease an existing building with up to 320,000 square feet. SunPower said it will use the plant to make several models of solar panels for homes, commercial buildings and power plants.


United Steelworkers Ratify Deal With Ludlum

August 8, 2011 5:46 am | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The United Steelworkers have ratified a four-year contract with Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Technology Inc. covering 3,000 workers at Allegheny Ludlum plants in western Pennsylvania and an ATI plant in Albany, Ore. The union and Pittsburgh-based ATI announced the tentative deal June 30, the day the last contract expired.


Mustangs, Jettas Under Safety Investigation

August 8, 2011 5:44 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Safety investigators are looking into possible transmission problems in some 2011 and 2012 Ford Mustang models and fuel lines in 2011 Volkswagen Jettas. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Defects says on its website Sunday that it has received 32 complaints about an unexpected inability to shift into gear on Mustangs with manual transmissions.

Toyota Hopes For Revival After Sinking To No. 3

August 8, 2011 5:42 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp., which has sunk to No. 3 in global vehicle sales from pole position, is counting on emerging markets to drive a revival in its fortunes, one of its top India executives says. Toyota sold 3.7 million vehicles around the world in the first half of 2011, down 11 percent from a year earlier as sales crashed 62 percent in April-June on production disruptions caused by the March earthquake and tsunami...

Congress Has Shot At Passing Jobs-Creation Bill

August 8, 2011 5:40 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Congress gets back to work after Labor Day it will have the chance to achieve something that has largely eluded it for the entire year, passing legislation that might actually create jobs. With the battering debate over the debt ceiling over, the stage is set for Congress to approve and President Barack Obama to sign three big free-trade agreements and the most significant overhaul of the patent system...

Honda Recalls 1.5M Vehicles

August 8, 2011 5:37 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Honda is recalling about 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S. to update the software on the automatic transmission to decrease the possibility of transmission damage. The recall affects certain 2005-2010 4-cylinder Accord, 2007-2010 CR-V and 2005-2008 Element vehicles.

Type 57IL Isolator Lug Butterfly Valve

August 5, 2011 8:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Asahi/America, Inc. (Malden, MA) has expanded their line of valves to include the Type 57IL Isolator Lug butterfly valve. The Type 57IL features a unique lug design where the 316 stainless steel lugs are inserted into the valve body during the injection molding process, permanently combining the lugs and valve body into one unit.


Stainless steel 2-Way Solenoid Valves

August 5, 2011 8:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stainless steel, direct acting, two-way solenoid valves from Magnatrol Valve Corporation (Hawthorne, NJ) are ideal for controlling the flow of steam, hot fluids, and cryogenic fluids. Available in 3/8 and 1/2 inch sizes, the valves require no differential pressure to open and are easily serviced while in the pipeline.


PV 102 Piezoelectric Velocity Sensor

August 5, 2011 8:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt (Fribourg, Switzerland) has added a velocity sensor that works with all condition and health monitoring systems to its Vibro-Meter product line. The PV 102 is a 100mV/inch/second piezoelectric velocity sensor for vibration monitoring of turbomachinery and other rotating equipment. The certified version of the PV 102 carries ATEX, IEC, and CSA hazardous area certifications.


Nansulate EPX Insulation

August 5, 2011 8:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nansulate EPX insulation from Industrial NanoTech (Naples, FL) is a corrosion prevention, chemical and flame resistant coating for equipment insulation. The two-part epoxy formula is splash resistant to acids, bases, and fuels and also reduces heat transfer to lower energy demand. Easily applied with a texture sprayer, trowel, or stiff brush while equipment in in-service, this textured coating is water-based, low odor, and low voc.


South Korean Biotech To Build VT Plant

August 5, 2011 7:47 am | News | Comments

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Vt. Gov. Peter Shumlin and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy are going to announce a plan by a South Korean biotechnology company to build a facility in Newport that will eventually employ about 200 people. The announcement is planned for Friday in Newport. The project is being put together by Jay Peak ski area president Bill Stenger who is partnering with South Korean company AnC Bio to build a $50 million...


Orthopedics Company Plans $27M IN Project

August 5, 2011 7:44 am | News | Comments

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana company that makes hip replacements and other artificial joint products is planning to spend $27 million on manufacturing and research equipment. Warsaw-based DePuy (duh-PEW') Orthopaedics expects to spend $20 million on manufacturing equipment and $7 million on research and development equipment and have it installed before 2014.

Boeing Wraps Up 747-8 Testing

August 5, 2011 7:41 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing painted the numbers "7-4-7" in the skies from Minnesota to California on the final test flight for its new jumbo jet. A map on the flight-tracking service FlightAware shows that the plane left the airport in Everett, Washington, and flew over Montana, south to California, and back north working its way across North Dakota and Minnesota, with trips as far south as New Mexico and Oklahoma, to spell out "747.


You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address.
The password field is case sensitive.