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GM Production In Thailand Shut Down Amid Strike

October 7, 2009 3:56 am | News | Comments

BANGKOK (AP) — General Motors Co.'s plant in Thailand has halted production after hundreds of workers went on strike to demand higher pay and better conditions, an official said Wednesday. It marked the third day the assembly line's operations were suspended since several hundred of its 1,700 workers began striking Monday.

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Study: Neb. Meatpackers Face Brutal Conditions

October 7, 2009 3:52 am | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ten years after the state approved a bill of rights to protect Nebraska meatpacking workers from unsafe conditions, a new report says the job remains dangerous. A report from the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest says Nebraska plant workers face hazardous conditions, including unrelenting line speed and humiliating treatment and verbal abuse.

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Forget The Cling Wrap

October 6, 2009 9:04 am | by ScienCentral | Articles | Comments

Scientists have created a new type of food wrapping that will someday leave the traditional plastic wrap unused in the back of some kitchen drawer. The new material is anti-microbial, which means things like fresh fruit stay fresh considerably longer. In addition, it's completly edible and environmentally-friendly.

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The Cloaking Cop Car

October 6, 2009 8:57 am | by HARD Lifestyle | Articles | Comments

These guys have developed a paint that changes colors when applying heat, and they thought it would be perfect for a cop car that goes from jet black to fully-marked in seconds. They strip the interior of an Escalade to attach massive heaters to the doors and, well, you can see the rest for yourself.

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Respect The Nerd: Part 3

October 6, 2009 8:21 am | Articles | Comments

Watch the exciting conclusion of Gerard's long struggle with keeping his processes quick and error-free. With a robotic arm from FARO, Gerard manages to not only capture the attention and respect of his boss, but also a special someone... Do you have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider ? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in a future deployment? Email me at Joel.

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Respect The Nerd: Part 2

October 6, 2009 8:18 am | Articles | Comments

Gerard still can't seem to stay on top of his work. After that many complaints, it's no wonder he gets sent to his supervisor. At the end of his rope, it seems like Gerard won't ever catch a break... Stay tuned for Part 3 . Do you have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider ? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in a future deployment? Email me at Joel.

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Respect The Nerd: Part 1

October 6, 2009 8:14 am | Articles | Comments

Poor Gerard. The nerdy quality control inspector is mocked incessently by his co-workers for being slow and keeping things off schedule. In Part One of the series, see how Gerard finds a glimmer of hope in his effort to revolutionize his quality control process.

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Boeing Tallies Up $1 Billion Charge

October 6, 2009 5:09 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing said Tuesday it expects to record a charge of $1 billion in the third quarter due to higher costs in its 747-8 program and difficult market conditions. Last year, the company said it was delaying deliveries of the 747-8 freighter and passenger jets due to design changes, limited engineering resources and a strike that shut down the company's commercial jet factories for eight weeks.

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Chrysler Gives Visteon $31 Million Pick-Me-Up

October 6, 2009 5:02 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) -- Chrysler Group LLC will pay auto supplier Visteon Corp. at least $31 million and shift business to other suppliers as part of a plan to help Visteon emerge from bankruptcy protection, a Visteon spokesman said Monday. Under the deal, which must be approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, Visteon would help Chrysler find new suppliers and sell Chrysler parts-making tools in exchange for the payments.

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Ill. Steel Company Fined For Dangerous Conditions

October 6, 2009 4:50 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) -- A suburban Chicago steel company has been fined more than $111,000 for alleged violations of federal worker safety law. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Quinco Steel Inc. of Chicago Heights with the proposed penalties. The citations follow an inspection of a bridge construction site in Chicago where the company was providing steel erection work.

Boeing Deliveries Up This Month, Whole Year

October 6, 2009 4:45 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. said Tuesday its delivery of commercial jets jumped by more than a third in the latest quarter, much improved over the same period last year when machinists walked off the job. The Chicago-based airplane manufacturer said it delivered 113 planes, up from 84 in the third quarter of 2008, when operations were disrupted by an eight-week strike by the International Association of Machinists.

Tenn. Unilever Plant Anything But 'Slim'

October 6, 2009 4:36 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Unilever plant in Covington, Tenn., will expand to add 275 new jobs, nearly doubling its work force. The current 163 employees at the plant now produce Slim-Fast and will add the manufacture of ice cream and frozen novelties to its production line. Unilever brands include Breyers, Klondike, Good Humor and Popsicle.

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Miss. Hybrid Startup To Unveil Prototypes

October 6, 2009 4:28 am | News | Comments

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — A startup car company was expected to unveil four prototype vehicles Tuesday that it has said would be built at a multibillion dollar car plant in Mississippi. Bill Brabec, an attorney with GreenTech Automotive, said the company hopes to break ground this year on a $6.

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French Workers 'Bossnap' Manager Overnight

October 6, 2009 4:26 am | by Remy De La Mauvinere, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SEMOY, France (AP) — Workers at a French chemical plant owned by the U.S. company Dow Chemical freed their boss Tuesday after holding him overnight to protest the closing of the factory in the Loire Valley. Christian Siest, the director of the Rohm and Hass chemical factory, was given access to the bathroom, water, telephones and the Internet while he was held, said Christophe Fillippi, a worker at the plant.

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Emerson Buys Avocent For $1.2 Billion

October 6, 2009 4:21 am | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Emerson Electric Co. said Tuesday it has agreed to buy Avocent Corp. for about $1.2 billion in cash, a move the company says will offer customers better management of their data centers. The manufacturing and technology services company said it will offer $25 per share for Avocent, a 22 percent premium over Monday's closing price.

Super Lathe

October 5, 2009 8:36 am | by Joyce Laird | Articles | Comments

Dual ScrewRails and a linear actuator resulted in a series of semi-complex parts in the LA3200 XZ-Axes housing. Microabrasive blasting has been around for decades and is in use in a wide range of industries from metalworking to medical. Comco, headquartered in Burbank, CA has been focused on this technology since 1968.

Moderating The Death Panel

October 5, 2009 8:25 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Appropriately, I write this blog from the comfort of bed — pillows stacked up behind me, tissue on my right, orange juice on the left, laptop whirring on my arched legs in the beautiful Gaylord Hotel in Orlando, FL. Considering that I flew here specifically to be at the Emerson Global Users Exchange (in amazing Floridian weather whilst my native Wisconsin is getting pummeled by rain and even hail), I couldn’t help but think what a waste.

Ultra-Efficient UPS

October 5, 2009 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite (Chicago, IL) has developed its latest line of SmartOnline 3-Phase UPS systems incorporate an economy mode function, which yields an efficiency rating of up to 97 percent, according to the company. The economy mode reduces operating costs through lower heat output and lessens cooling requirements.

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Go Tubeless For Reliability

October 5, 2009 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new NF600 self-priming diaphragm pump from KNF (Trenton, NJ) has been designed for dosing or transferring liquids and incorporates a four-diaphragm technology to promote smoother and continuous flow, quiet-running performance, and maximized efficiency, according to the company.

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Switch Up Your Pneumatics

October 5, 2009 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The NITRA line of pneumatics from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) now includes the CPS series of pneumatic position switches to offer a robust interface between acutators and electrical control systems. The solid-state switches are available in 3-wire DC PNP, NPN normally open, or PNP normally closed configurations.

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