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RIM Earnings Down As Blackberry Fails To Compete

June 17, 2011 4:13 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd.'s quarterly results on Thursday provided fresh evidence of the company's struggles to come up with a device to compete with the iPhone and smartphones running Google's Android operating system. The Waterloo, Ontario, company reported a nearly 10 percent drop in its fiscal first-quarter net income.

Bunk Beds Recalled After Boy Dies In Accident

June 17, 2011 4:12 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 30,000 bunk beds have been recalled because of the threat of children becoming entrapped in the bed, a federal consumer agency said Thursday. A 3-year-old Iowa boy died after such a mishap in March 2010. Big Lots of Columbus, Ohio, issued the voluntary recall of the metal futon bunk beds, which can entrap a child when the futon and its metal frame are lowered to a flat position.

Toyoda Promises Full Recovery, A Revived Automaker

June 17, 2011 4:06 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — President Akio Toyoda promised shareholders a revived Toyota despite the production disruptions from the earthquake and tsunami that decimated northeastern Japan on March 11, and first offered his prayers for those killed. The disaster dominated Friday's annual shareholders at Toyota Motor Corp.

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United Tech. Exec: Boeing Will Win Labor Dispute

June 16, 2011 9:37 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The chief financial officer of United Technologies Corp. said Thursday that Boeing Co. will ultimately prevail in its battle with the National Labor Relations Board over the plane-maker's decision to build a non-union production line in South Carolina. At an investor analyst conference, Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes said unions and their political allies are on the losing side of the argument.

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Terex Ups Offer For Demag To $1.38 Billion

June 16, 2011 9:33 am | News | Comments

WESTPORT, Connecticut (AP) — Machinery products manufacturer Terex Corp. raised its offer for Demag Cranes AG on Thursday by more than 9 percent to $1.38 billion, and the German company indicated it expects to be able to recommend that its shareholders accept it. Terex's German unit is now offering euro45.

Unemployment Data Offers Hope Of Spring Slump Recovery

June 16, 2011 9:27 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber and Derek Kravitz, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week and builders broke ground on more homes in May. The latest data offered some hope that the economy may be improving after hitting a slump in late spring. Unemployment benefit applications fell to a seasonally adjusted 414,000, the Labor Department said.

BMW To Add New Shift At S.C. Plant

June 16, 2011 9:18 am | News | Comments

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — BMW in South Carolina is adding a new shift of workers in October to increase production by at least 20,000 more vehicles. BMW president of manufacturing Josef Kerscher says the Greer plant is at capacity after a $750 million expansion. Kerscher says he wants to move from 240,000 vehicles to more than 260,000 vehicles annually.

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IBM Succession Chatter Heats Up Near Centennial

June 16, 2011 9:14 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As IBM turns 100 this year, the anniversary coincides with another milestone: CEO Sam Palmisano is turning 60, the typical age at which an IBM CEO retires. With succession chatter growing, Palmisano has tried to tamp down speculation that he's ready to step aside, even as he's put a spotlight on his possible heirs.

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Boeing: Airlines Will Need $4 Trillion In Jets By 2030

June 16, 2011 9:10 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — Boeing Co. upped its forecast Thursday for aircraft demand over the next 20 years, saying airlines will need $4 trillion worth of new planes to meet a pickup in passenger numbers, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Airlines will need 33,500 new jets from now through 2030, Boeing said in a statement.

Honeywell Expands Its Limitless Platform

June 16, 2011 6:57 am | News | Comments

Revolutionary industrial wireless receiver connects up to 14 Limitless™ inputs to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)   MINNEAPOLIS, June 15, 2011 — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today introduced its new Limitless™ WDRR Wireless Din-Rail Receiver for industrial, construction, machine, material handling, and heavy transportation applications, including agricultural equipment, cranes, lifts, conveyors, grain diverters, and door positions.

Out-Of-The-Box Positioning

June 16, 2011 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors (Pennsauken, NJ) offers an “out-of-the-box” solution for linear position gaging with its new EAZY-GAGE Bundle. The package combines spring-loaded LVDT position sensors with an EAZY-CAL Mini-Module LVDS Signal Conditioner. According to the company, it takes the guesswork out of gaging applications by providing a fully calibrated and complete linear position gaging system ready for immediate operation.

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High-Temperature Hoses

June 16, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

An expanded line of high-temperature hose is being offered in several temperature ranges by Flexaust (Warsaw, IN). The Flex-Lok High Temperature Hoses are made from materials that are locked around a galvanized or stainless steel metal clip and mechanically crimped in a continuous process.

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Protect Your Hands From Cuts

June 16, 2011 6:29 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Youngstown Glove Company (Agoura Hills, CA) has introduced the Titan XT glove, which is lined with Kevlar for safeguarding the top of the hand from impact. In addition, it is highly visible, cut-resistant, and durable, according to the company. The TPR knuckles across the top keep hands safe from being smashed or pinched by heavy machinery or power tools, and the Kevlar fiber equates to complete hand protection.

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See Better At Your Dock Door

June 16, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TKO impactable dock doors from TKO Doors (Sussex, WI) are one of the best means to ensure dock doorways are completely sealed to combat the loss of room conditioning energy, according to the company. The TKO visibility panel, newly available, allows sunlight to enter through the door and provides the ability to monitor outside truck traffic.

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Did You Know IBM Invented That?

June 16, 2011 5:29 am | Videos | Comments

IBM has been around since 1911, and in that time, they’ve made some pretty fantastic innovations, like the orginal punch card counting machines, digital calculators, or solid-state memory. Bernie Meyerson, VP of innovation at IBM, walks through some of the company’s best products over the years.

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Selecting The Best Touch Screen LCD Monitor

June 16, 2011 5:01 am | Articles | Comments

Here is a breakdown of the three most common types of touch screen monitors, their advantages, and their disadvantages. Touch screen monitors seem to be everywhere. The great thing about them is that they are extremely easy to use. A touch screen functions like an invisible keyboard, but it displays only as much data and button choices as users need to complete a task.

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Only One Master: Customer or Process

June 16, 2011 5:00 am | by Patrick Hunter, Vice President and General Manager, Quickparts | Articles | Comments

Can an organization serve more than one master? For the past century the manufacturing community has been trying to serve multiple masters, but not being very successful at it. Manufacturers feel they have to serve the customer but they invest all of their time and resources into their manufacturing technologies.

Polaris To Close Fargo Plant, Move Production To Iowa

June 15, 2011 9:32 am | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Polaris Industries Inc. plans to close the Global Electric Motorcars plant in Fargo by the end of the year. GEM builds electric-powered vehicles. The business started in 1997 and was sold to Chrysler in 2000. Polaris bought GEM from Chrysler in April. Polaris plans to move the GEM manufacturing operation to its plant in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

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Boeing To Produce More 737s On 'Unprecedented' Sales

June 15, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. will ramp up production of the next-generation 737, its most popular jet. The world's second-biggest maker of commercial planes said Wednesday that it plans to build 42 of the jets per month by the first half of 2014. Then it will boost production further to an average of two of the planes per workday for a total of nearly 500 a year.

J&J To Stop Making Stents, Cut Jobs, Take $500M Charge

June 15, 2011 9:02 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it will stop making and developing heart stents to focus on other stent types, a case of the pioneer in effect ceding that territory of the stent market to later entrants amid increasingly fierce competition and flat sales. In a surprise move, the company that produced the first drug-coated heart stent, Cypher, now will abandon it, with sales barely a quarter of their peak five years ago.

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