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Hop Aboard The Jet-Powered Merry-Go-Round

October 1, 2009 4:55 am | Articles | Comments

Here at IMPO , we like discovering the best in new technolgies, whether it's a oddly-shaped device that encourages sedentariness from a major automaker, or a jet-powered, steampunk-inspired merry-go-round. Built by a Brooklyn-based arts collective, The Madagascar, the ride is relatively simple. Ignore the "Caution: This may kill you!" sign, fire up the massive jets, and get airbourne.


Like A Bird On A Wire

October 1, 2009 4:53 am | Articles | Comments

See how maintenance is performed on live, high-powered electric lines. Thanks to Michael Faraday's theory that a man enclosed in a metallic box will not be affected by an electric current supplied to the box, regardless of its voltage, this work is now possible. Every movement has an elegance and beauty, even when there's half a million volts flowing over his body.


Our Robot Future

October 1, 2009 4:46 am | Articles | Comments

Via FORA.Tv . At Maker Faire 2009 iRobot CTO Rodney Brooks had the opportunity to speak about the future of robotics in manufacturing. He argues that "untouchable" robots are a thing of the past, even though they're just reaching their hayday in manufacturing facility. But they're dangerous; no one can get close unless they're shut down.


Yep, Walking Is So 20th Century

October 1, 2009 4:44 am | Articles | Comments

The U3 X from Honda hopes to, like the Segway, "revolutionize" the way people move around their lives. The UX 3 is small, sleek, and looks relatively easy-to-use. It's certainly more attractive than the Segway. So what do you think? Can we abandon walking altogether yet? 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 one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.


Avoid Spills And Save The Environment

September 30, 2009 10:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Help keep spills under control and avoid accidents with the EcoPolyBlend Spill Pallets from Justrite Manufacturing (Des Plaines, IL), made from 100 percent polyethylene. The pallets protect against groundwater contamination and utilize 100 percent post-industrial recycled material that might have otherwise been discarded.


Your Three Wishes Await

September 30, 2009 10:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Terex AWP (Redmond, WA) introduces the new Genie QuickStock life, designed to make inventory picking easier and safer than rolling stairs or manually-propelled lifts. The QuickStock is ideal for locations utilizing high-density racking systems, with a footprint of just 53” by 29.


Get Inverted

September 30, 2009 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Clore Automotive (Lenexa, KS) introduces a new 3000 Watt power inverter, the PI30000X, from SOLAR. The new model is designed to deliver clean, reliable power from a 12 volt power source to a wide variety of power equipment, electronics, and appliances. A temerpature-activated fan control helps eliminate unnecessary draining of the 12 volt power source when in standby mode.


The Plant Won't Design Itself

September 30, 2009 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Autodesk, Inc. (Aberdeen, UK) announces the availability of AutoCAD Plant 3D 2010, a new software product designed to bring the benefits of model-based design to mainstream plant design projects. AutoCAD Plant 3D allows teams to increase productivity through accuracy and coordination of shared information.


Self-Replicating Nano-Robots

September 30, 2009 8:24 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Yesterday marked 20 years since IBM researcher Don Eigler became the first person to move an individual atom , using the tip of his custom-built scanning tunneling microscope. Needing to show that he could do it with a high level of precision, Eigler later arranged 35 xenon atoms in the shape of his company’s logo.


Congress Battles Over Manufacturing Contracts For Military

September 30, 2009 4:56 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — While ceding some ground to President Obama on high-profile weapons cuts, lawmakers are cutting money for training and spare parts to pay for other weapons Obama doesn't want and their own pet projects. The push-and-pull is playing out within a massive, $626 billion funding bill for the Pentagon that is being debated on the Senate floor.

Starbuckling Down

September 30, 2009 4:48 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps it’s because it’s one of the most visible brands out there, but Starbucks has been all up in my face in this recession. I remember vividly when I knew this whole economic collapse was real… and it was literally the day last summer I read in the paper that Starbucks—one of the most ubiquitous and iconic brands of my generation—was going to close the doors on several hundred stores.

Wal-Mart Sees Slow U.S. Recovery, Looks To China

September 30, 2009 4:42 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The chairman of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. warned Wednesday the global economic recovery will likely be lethargic, even as the retailing behemoth sees great growth potential in China and India. "The world recovery is going to be led by Asia although it's going to be very challenging.

Controlling Motor Inefficiencies

September 30, 2009 4:39 am | by Christian Fritz, Product Marketing Manager, and Brian MacCleery, Senior Product Manager, National Instruments | Articles | Comments

In the face of economic uncertainties and increasing environmental concerns, many businesses today are evaluating ways to make their operations more lean, efficient, and environmentally friendly. Examining the electricity bill is a good place to start. The top consumers of electricity are typically the HVAC system, water heating, lighting, office equipment, and machinery.

China Puts Brake On Industrial Overexpansion

September 30, 2009 4:33 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China announced sweeping curbs on surging investment in steelmaking, cement and other industries, warning that chaotic overexpansion was raising the danger of job losses and trouble for banks. Business groups and economists have warned that Beijing's huge stimulus might fuel a dangerous boom and bust.

Toyota Recalls 3.8m Cars For... Floor Mats?

September 30, 2009 4:24 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will recall 3.8 million vehicles in the United States, the company's largest-ever U.S. recall, to address problems with a removable floor mat that could cause accelerators to get stuck and lead to a crash. The recall will involve popular models such as the Toyota Camry, the top-selling passenger car in America, and the Toyota Prius, the best-selling gas-electric hybrid.

BAE Systems Under Midnight Deadline In Fraud Probe

September 30, 2009 4:18 am | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British defense contractor BAE Systems PLC faces a midnight deadline set by the Serious Fraud Office to agree to a settlement or potentially be prosecuted for alleged bribery, The Guardian newspaper reported Wednesday. The Serious Fraud Office declined to discuss the matter.

Oshkosh Corp. Lands $800m Pentagon Truck Contract

September 30, 2009 4:13 am | News | Comments

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — The defense division of Oshkosh Corp. has signed a roughly $800 million deal with the Pentagon to deliver nearly 2,500 new and rebuilt military vehicles. Oshkosh Defense said Tuesday it will provide more than 1,450 new trucks and trailers. It will also deliver more than 1,000 tactical trucks that have been restored to like-new condition after being damaged in warfare.

Northrop: Boeing Given 'Unfair' Edge In Tanker Contract

September 29, 2009 12:21 pm | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has given Boeing Co. an "unfair" advantage in the latest competition for a troubled $35 billion tanker contract, a Northrop Grumman Corp. executive said Tuesday. The Pentagon shared Northrop's pricing data from its previous bid with Chicago-based Boeing, but did not reveal Boeing's cost estimates to Northrop.

Toyota Issues Recall Of 3.8 Million Cars

September 29, 2009 11:42 am | News | Comments

TORRENCE, Calif., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. takes public safety very seriously. It believes its vehicles to be among the safest on the road today. Recent events have prompted Toyota to take a closer look at the potential for an accelerator pedal to get stuck in the full open position due to an unsecured or incompatible driver's floor mat.

Reid Supply Adds Plethora Of New Products

September 29, 2009 10:16 am | News | Comments

Muskegon, Michigan — Reid Supply Company, a Michigan-based, premier global distributor of industrial supplies , added over 20,000 new apparel and footwear products to its online offerings at “We are very excited to add the new apparel and footwear category to our industrial product offerings”, says John Carrier, President of Reid Supply Company.


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