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Walk-In Batch Oven

February 14, 2012 3:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

This walk-in oven features 6-inch insulated walls, and aluminized steel exterior and interior.


Emergency Lighting

February 14, 2012 3:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The FNES is equipped with six white LEDs that produce 540 lumens for space lighting applications; for escape route lighting, six white LEDs produce 55 lumens.


Pump Heads

February 14, 2012 3:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The miniature “H” Series Pump Heads are now available with an isolation gland to provide a fluid barrier between the pumped process fluid and atmosphere.


Power Distribution Centers

February 14, 2012 3:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CEP’s standard capabilities range from Single Phase 20 Amp Portable Power Boxes to 600 Amp 3-phase Power Distribution Centers.


Son Of Ex-McDonnell Douglas CEO Sues Boeing

February 14, 2012 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A member of the St. Louis family that ran McDonnell Douglas is suing Boeing Co., which bought the aerospace company in 1997, alleging Boeing infringed on his patents for an unmanned drone landing system.


Overcapacity Could Drag On Solar For Some Time

February 14, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solar panel manufacturers will have a hard time boosting revenues this year with Germany cutting government incentives at a time when the market is flush with supply, industry analysts believe.


Independent Group Inspecting Apple Suppliers

February 14, 2012 2:23 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple said Monday that an independent group, the Fair Labor Association, has started inspecting working conditions in the Chinese factories where its iPads and iPhones are assembled.


Toyota Boosts U.S. Sales With Rental Cars

February 14, 2012 2:21 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The company sold 24,409 cars and trucks to U.S. fleets in January, a 47 percent increase over January of last year. Without fleets, Toyota's U.S. sales would have been up less than 1 percent for the month, instead of the 7.5 percent increase it reported.


Swiss Defense Minister Defends Swedish Jet Deal

February 14, 2012 2:18 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Maurer said, however, that Switzerland would still consider alternatives to the Gripen if the French or any other plane-makers extend worthy counter offers.


India's Tata Motors Logs 40.5 Percent Profit Growth

February 14, 2012 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Backed by strong sales at its Jaguar Land Rover unit, India's Tata Motors posted a 40.5 percent growth in profit in the quarter ended in December 2011, the company said Tuesday.


Phone App Stops Driver Texting

February 14, 2012 11:48 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A new cell phone application limits distracted driving by prohibiting the ability to text or email when the device is traveling.


Boeing Locks In Biggest Order Ever

February 14, 2012 10:23 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

The Chicago airplane manufacturer said Tuesday that it has finalized an order from Indonesian carrier Lion Air for 230 planes — worth a combined $22.4 billion.


Chinese Company To Seek iPad Import, Export Ban

February 14, 2012 10:21 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Proview said Tuesday it will ask customs officials to ban imports and exports of Apple's iPads due to a dispute over ownership of the trademark.


Doctors Urge More Production Of Scarce Drug

February 14, 2012 10:19 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Four pharmaceutical companies that make a crucial cancer drug for children that's suddenly in short supply are being urged to try to quickly step up production to prevent unnecessary deaths.


Eurozone Set For Q4 Economic Contraction

February 14, 2012 10:17 am | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

German figures are expected to show that Europe's largest economy shrank by around 0.3 percent during the fourth quarter following a 0.5 percent expansion in the previous quarter.


Bombardier Says Airline To Buy 5 Planes

February 14, 2012 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An unnamed airline has agreed to buy five Q400 aircraft from Bombardier Aerospace, the company said Monday, with a total combined list price of about $160 million.


Goodyear Posts 4Q Profit, But Misses Street View

February 14, 2012 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. returned to profitability in its fourth quarter partly due to higher tire prices after reporting a loss a year ago that included hefty costs tied to a plant closing.


Going Wireless? Why Not Go All the Way?

February 13, 2012 4:14 pm | by Christine Wheeler, Newcastle Systems | Articles | Comments

Thanks to wireless technology, mobile powered workstations are opening up new frontiers of efficiency and productivity.


Southern Hospitality

February 13, 2012 3:57 pm | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Every company has mechanical and electrical engineers, but at PCDworks, a small company resting high atop a tiny Texas town, the staff is used to doing things a little bit differently.

Boeing Frustrated With Dreamliner Glitch

February 13, 2012 2:32 pm | by Alex Kennedy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing has fixed a shimming problem discovered earlier this month on some 787 fuselages and plans to inspect other planes for the error, Boeing vice president of 787 development Mark Jenks said.



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