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Chrysler Posts 3Q Profit, Passes Labor Deal

October 27, 2011 8:18 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Rising sales and higher prices helped push Chrysler Group LLC back into the black in the latest quarter, another sign that the once-troubled company is turning around under its new Italian management. The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Chrysler reported Thursday that its net income was $212 million for the July-September period, its second quarterly profit this year and only the second since 2006.

YouTube Generation Looks For A Job

October 27, 2011 6:51 am | Videos | Comments

In the UK, employers and recruitment agencies are experimenting with video as a way of expediting the search for potential employees. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at...

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Cleanliness And Cost-Savings For The Packaging Industry

October 27, 2011 6:50 am | Articles | Comments

Packaging machines, from cartoning and filling devices, to palletizing, labeling or inspection equipment, are constantly handling sensitive products.  Since these machines must meet the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene, so must their bearing solutions.  However, most bearings require lubrication, which can contaminate food products and also attract dust and dirt, which can eventually cause a bearing to seize.

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Quick-Response Manufacturing For Custom Product

October 27, 2011 6:47 am | by Mike Collins, Author of Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Lean manufacturing methodology has been around for many years and successfully used by many manufacturers to eliminate waste and lower costs. But in the 21st Century, there has also been a trend in manufacturing toward high-variety, low-volume products with options configured for individual customers, and even custom-engineered per client or plant.

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Arc Flash Harness

October 27, 2011 6:43 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Capital Safety (Red Wing, MN) has announced a new extension to its revolutionary DBI-SALA ExoFit NEX product line, the ExoFit NEX Arc Flash harnesses. The innovative harnesses feature flame-resistant and non-conductive properties, making them perfect for use in any industry that involves exposure to high-voltage electricity or hot work, such as welding.

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OSTAR Compact LEDs

October 27, 2011 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, CA) has added another LED to its portfolio for projection applications. The new OSRAM OSTAR Compact 2x2 is the brightest LED of its type on the market. Its high performance makes it ideal for high-power projectors. With the new 2x2 version, the OSTAR Compact series of LEDs now offers even greater flexibility.

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Wireless Temperature Logger

October 27, 2011 6:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

T&D Corporation (Saratoga Springs, NY) has introduced the RTR-505Pt Wireless Temperature Logger. This new unit is compatible with Industry Standard 3-Wire Pt-100 Sensors and accepts the Industry Standard 3-Wire screw terminal attachments. The possible temperature range of the RTR-500Pt can be from -199 degrees C up to +650 degrees C.

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Ultra Maxi-Duty Casters

October 27, 2011 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hamilton Caster (Hamilton, OH) has announced the new Ultra Maxi-Duty (UMD) Caster Series with a load rating up to 40,000 pounds per caster. This new series represents the highest capacity production caster series on the market today. Moving colossal loads that formerly required six or eight casters can now be accomplished with four, simplifying designs and lowering maintenance costs.

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The Digital Drum Debuts In Uganda

October 26, 2011 11:40 am | Videos | Comments

A solar-powered computer kiosk is breaking new ground by making the internet available to school children in Uganda for the first time. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at...

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Chinese Robots Display Ping-Pong Prowess

October 26, 2011 11:38 am | Videos | Comments

China's world-class table tennis players may soon face competition from two robots, programmed by scientists to serve, return, and hold rallies. The humanoid machines have been equipped with ball-tracking technology and responsive limbs and could one day give human opponents a run for their money.

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The Pros, Cons Of Being 'Connected'

October 26, 2011 11:36 am | Videos | Comments

Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain talks with CNN about her new documentary, "Connected," that explores our wired culture. The film asks and attempts to answer a number of questions. What does it mean to be connected in the 21st century? What is good about it? What is bad about it? 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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An Inside Look At A Cyber Attack Drill

October 26, 2011 11:35 am | Videos | Comments

Divided into two teams, cyber-attackers and cyber-defenders get a lesson in an "attack" on critical infrastructure. The cyber-attackers are trying to penetrate into the Acme Specialty Chemical Corporation, tunnel down into their control operations, and take over production. 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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Unlocking New Energy Possibilities With Dead Wood

October 26, 2011 11:32 am | Videos | Comments

Could dead wood be the answer to the world's energy problems? Scientists at the University of Maine have invented a simple two-step way to turn wood, and even garbage, into fuel that could power your car and heat your home. 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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CA Startup To Create 1,200 Indy Jobs

October 26, 2011 9:15 am | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Reports say a California startup company will create more than 1,000 jobs in Indianapolis LiTEBOX Inc. chief executive Bob Yanagihara told the Indianapolis Business Journal and WRTV-TV on Tuesday that his company expects to hire 1,200 employees, mostly at a 125,000-square-foot factory on the city's northwest side that will produce trucks with giant video screens.

Nokia Unveils Windows Smartphones

October 26, 2011 9:14 am | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. on Wednesday unveiled its first Windows cell phones, in a bid to recapture lost ground to chief rivals in the tough top-end smartphone market. Nokia's Lumia 800, priced at some euro420 ($580), and Lumia 710 with a price tag of euro270, are the Finnish cell phone maker's first models based on Microsoft Corp.

Manufactured Goods Orders Up In September

October 26, 2011 9:12 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies ordered more heavy machinery, computers and other long-lasting manufactured goods in September, a positive sign for the slumping economy. An increase in demand for those types of durable goods suggests businesses are sticking with investment plans, despite slow growth and dismal consumer confidence.

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Ford 3Q Profit Falls 2 Percent To $1.6B

October 26, 2011 9:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — With its tenth straight quarterly profit under its belt, Ford Motor Co. is becoming a victim of its own success. Ford reported a $1.6 billion profit in the third quarter, down 2 percent from a year earlier but still above Wall Street's expectations. Investors promptly pummeled the company's shares, disappointed by slowing growth, rising costs and the carmaker's decision to hold off on paying a dividend.

Boeing 787's Inaugural Flight Lands In Hong Kong

October 26, 2011 9:09 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

ABOARD ANA FLIGHT 7871 (AP) — Boeing's much-anticipated 787 carried its first passengers Wednesday on a four-hour, 8-minute flight filled with cheers, picture-taking and swapping of aviation stories. The new long-haul jet aims to change the way passengers think about flying with larger windows, improved lighting and air pressure and humidity that more closely resembles that on the ground.

GM Recalls SUVs To Fix Tire Pressure Monitors

October 26, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling more than 36,000 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossover SUVs to fix tire pressure monitors that don't work right. The company says the systems in the 2012 vehicles should warn drivers when tire pressure drops 25 percent below the recommended pressure.

Heat Resistant Knife Handles

October 26, 2011 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for increased comfort and protection, Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (Southbridge, MA) has introduced a line of Heat Resistant Hand Knife Handles for knives used by professionals to cut, sheer, trim, or slice materials on the line or in the field. Hyde's knife handles are made of a proprietary composite nylon-based material and are engineered not to transfer heat to hands when used on blades heated up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

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