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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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Dolby Sues Blackberry-Maker For Patent Infringement

June 15, 2011 8:39 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dolby International, a unit of audio equipment maker Dolby Laboratories Inc., is suing Research In Motion Ltd. for patent infringement in the U.S. and Germany. Dolby alleges that RIM's Blackberry smartphones and Playbook tablet devices use its patented digital audio compression technology, which enables the playback of high-quality audio files using limited amounts of storage space, without a license.

Styrene-Cancer Warnings Could Trouble Industries

June 15, 2011 8:35 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A Jefferies analyst said Wednesday that chemical companies that make styrene could suffer following its addition to the government's list of cancer-causing chemicals, but the food industry and manufacturers will still need them. Analyst Laurence Alexander said in some cases there are few alternatives to styrene.

U.S. Factory Output Rebounded, Recovered In May

June 15, 2011 8:03 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories rebounded in May to produce more business equipment and construction materials. The gains offset supply disruptions stemming from the Japan crises that have weighed on American auto companies. Factory production increased 0.4 percent last month, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

Bringing Bowling Back To The U.S.

June 15, 2011 7:13 am | Videos | Comments

Ebonite, a maker of bowling balls and gear for almost 100 years, recently bought a Mexican bowling-pin company to expand their reach into the market. But instead of simply running the factory out of the country, Ebonite decided to bring all the machinery back to Hopkinsville, KY, where they use a dozen workers to do the work of what used to be 27 employees.

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'Car Guys' Take On 'Bean Counters'

June 15, 2011 6:45 am | Videos | Comments

Bob Lutz was the former vice chairman of General Motors, and deeply considers himself one of the “car guys.” In a new book, he criticizes the automaker’s movement toward people he calls “bean counters,” which generally were incredibly business savvy, but cared little about the actual product they were creating.

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NASA Embraces The Private Sector

June 15, 2011 6:41 am | Videos | Comments

Astronaut Max Walheim will be the mission specialist for NASA's final shuttle mission, and he sat down with MSNBC to discuss how the agency has come under fire from various GOP presidential candidates. Instead of handing all the power over to the private sector, he wants to build a collaboration when it comes to space.

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Airbus Showcases Flying Of The Future

June 15, 2011 6:39 am | Videos | Comments

Airbus is looking ahead to 2050 with the unveiling of a new concept plane that pretty much revolutionizes everything we think about flying today. The company has envisioned seats that mold to the traveler’s body and a cabin that’s completely enveloped by glass, or some other transparent material.

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The 'SWITL' Works Its Magic On Ketchup

June 15, 2011 6:38 am | Videos | Comments

The SWITL in action doesn't exactly seem real. It uses a Teflon-covered plate to scoop up semi-liquid materials, like ketchup or mayonnaise, without disrupting their shape. While the SWITL is pretty cool to watch, it does have some applications in automated packaging, for example. If you’re having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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GOP Hopeful's Company Settles $33 Million Lawsuit

June 15, 2011 4:42 am | by Charles Babington, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman was a top executive of a large chemical conglomerate that is paying $33 million to settle a lawsuit alleging price-fixing. Huntsman International LLC recently agreed to pay the money to settle a suit filed by several competitors.

Economists: Gas And Food Prices To Fall, Hiring To Rise

June 15, 2011 4:39 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber and Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are finally getting some relief from high gas and food prices. Wholesale food prices fell last month by the most in nearly a year, and gas prices keep dropping after peaking in May. A separate survey suggests CEOs are feeling more optimistic and will hire more in the second half of this year.

Man Killed In Bedding Plant Roller Accident

June 15, 2011 4:31 am | News | Comments

WALLKILL, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 47-year-old man has died after getting trapped between two rollers of a mattress-bagging machine at an upstate New York bedding factory. Police tell the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that Jainarine Depoo of Wallkill was injured Tuesday afternoon at Corsicana Bedding in the Orange County town of Wallkill.

La. Chemical Plant Succumbs To Explosions, Inferno

June 15, 2011 4:28 am | by Molly Davis, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — A fire at a southern Louisiana plant where chemicals are blended and stored for oilfield operations is being allowed to burn itself out before investigators enter the facility to search for a cause. Tuesday afternoon's explosion and fire at the Multi-Chem Corp.

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