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In Memory of Engineers

November 28, 2011 5:18 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

October was a bad month for the technology world -- we lost a number of incredible thinkers, engineers, and innovators. In order to honor the effect these people have had on our lives, I've been trying to dissect exactly how we remember their accomplishments. They're not necessarily famous or news-worthy people, generally, preferring their computer monitors to flashing paparazzi lights.

Toyota Unveils High-Tech Concept Car

November 28, 2011 4:47 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's president unveiled a futuristic concept car resembling a giant smartphone to demonstrate how Japan's top automaker is trying to take the lead in technology at the upcoming Tokyo auto show. Toyota Motor Corp. will also be showing an electric vehicle, set for launch next year, and a tiny version of the hit Prius gas-electric hybrid at the Tokyo Motor Show, which opens to the public this weekend.

Deere 4Q Profit Up 46 Percent

November 28, 2011 4:45 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Deere & Co. says strong sales of its farm equipment helped boost its fourth-quarter profit by 46 percent and says it expects robust demand will lead to further growth next year. The quarterly results beat Wall Street expectations, and Deere shares rose more than 3 percent in afternoon trading.


For Returing Vets, Green Energy Jobs Await

November 28, 2011 4:42 am | by Andy Brownfield, Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ben Noland served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years, then spent 18 months looking for a job. "I've probably put my resume in to 300 places in the past year," the 33-year-old Kenton resident said. "The farthest I've ever got was a phone interview." Noland finally landed a job installing solar panels at Tipping Point Renewable Energy, a Columbus-based solar power company that is hiring only...

WSU Expert: Boeing Uncertainty Slows Economy

November 28, 2011 4:39 am | by Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press | News | Comments

The uncertainty surrounding the Boeing Co.'s plans for its Wichita defense facility will reverse two or three months of economic progress and recovery, according to an expert at Wichita State University. Jeremy Hill, the director of the university's Center for Economic Development and Business Research, said Boeing's announcement that options being reviewed as part of a study include "the potential closure of the Wichita site"...

AT&T, Telekom Press Ahead With T-Mobile Deal

November 28, 2011 4:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom and AT&T vowed Thursday to press ahead with the planned sale of the German company's T-Mobile USA unit to the U.S. cell phone operator despite concerns raised by American authorities. Nevertheless, AT&T said it plans to take a pretax accounting charge of $4 billion in the current quarter to reflect the break-up fees that would be due to Deutsche Telekom if regulators block the deal.

Feds Probe New Battery Fires In Chevrolet Volt

November 28, 2011 4:34 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is investigating new fires involving the lithium-ion batteries in General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet Volt to assess the fire risk in the electric car after a serious crash. One Volt battery pack that was being closely monitored following a government crash test caught fire Thursday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement Friday.

Corrosion Resistant Pumps

November 23, 2011 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Moyno, Inc. (Dayton, OH) offers Moyno 500 Series 301 Pumps for outstanding performance and process versatility in corrosive chemical dosing and transfer applications. These pumps feature a reverse covered seal design between the rotor and shaft that eliminates metal exposure to fluids. Phenolic housings and rotors offer superior corrosion resistance.


Brushless DC Blowers

November 23, 2011 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Windjammer brushless DC blowers from Ametek (Kent, OH) offer compact, low-noise, and long-life solutions ideal for a wide array of air-moving applications. The product line includes low-voltage and high-voltage versions as well as bypass and thru-flow products.  Sizes range from 3 to 5.


New, Rugged Mixers

November 23, 2011 9:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hyde Tools (Southbridge, MA) has introduced two new mixers that are designed for better mixing of paint and stains. The new impeller design is engineered to loosen solids from the bottom of the can, promoting better coverage. Item #43420 has a ¼-inch steel hex shaft for use with electric drills, and is designed for use with 1-gallon cans.


Ergonomic Blow Gun

November 23, 2011 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coilhose Pneumatics (East Brunswick, NJ) now has a new state-of-the-art addition to its industry leading offering of blow guns, CEG-1. CEG-1 is a truly ergonomic blow gun that gives the user more blow off capacity than the typical lever operated blow gun. Features include a curved steel lever with a soft vinyl grip, a thermoplastic wraparound body cover, and a full size hanging hook.


CLC Plans $16.5M VA Expansion

November 23, 2011 7:38 am | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Commonwealth Laminating & Coating Inc. is planning a $16.5 million expansion of its manufacturing operation in Henry County. Gov. Bob McDonnell says in a news release that the expansion will create 40 jobs. The company manufactures solar-control window films and precision high-performance coatings.

Toyota N. American Production Normal For 2 Weeks

November 23, 2011 7:36 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. will continue to run a normal production schedule at its North American factories for at least the next two weeks, including overtime, the automaker said Wednesday. Toyota said it will make decisions on future production based on parts supplies. Toyota had begun cutting overtime in North American plants in October due to parts shortages from catastrophic flooding in Thailand, but the...


City Drops Immigration Case Against Mercedes Exec

November 23, 2011 7:33 am | News | Comments

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities said Wednesday they dropped a charge against a German Mercedes-Benz executive who was arrested under Alabama's new crackdown on illegal immigration after a police officer caught him driving without identification required by the law. While Tuscaloosa police arrested the man last week for not having proper citizenship documents while driving a rental car in the city, city attorney Tim...


Chinese Electric Bus Maker Plans ID Factory

November 23, 2011 7:30 am | News | Comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Chinese maker of electric buses said it hopes to move its U.S. office to Boise this year and could eventually manufacture some of its vehicles in southwestern Idaho. Zonda USA, the small liaison of Zhongda Industrial Group in the United States, isn't saying just where or when a manufacturing plant would be built or how many jobs such a move would create.


APS Planning New Solar Plant In AZ

November 23, 2011 7:26 am | News | Comments

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Public Service has unveiled plans to develop a new solar plant in Yuma that will provide 17 megawatts of power, or enough for 4,250 homes. The Yuma Sun ( ) reports the plant site is in east Yuma on property provided by the utility company.


Midsize Car Sales Shrink As Buyers Go Small

November 23, 2011 7:24 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — You can't drive far without seeing a Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or Ford Fusion. Midsize sedans have been America's favorite cars for decades. That's changing. More people are choosing small cars like the Chevrolet Cruze and even smaller ones like the Honda Fit because they're worried about gas prices and car payments.

Battery Low? Buy A Quick Charge

November 23, 2011 6:23 am | Videos | Comments

Hercules Networks is a company that sells automated charging machines (ACMs) for powering mobile devices. The company was built on the idea that people need to be able to charge up their mobile devices on the go. This video shows what an ACM is and how people can use it. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Roger That

November 23, 2011 6:17 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing Business Technology “Did you hear… ?” It feels like I hear some form of this phrase on a fairly regular basis. Considering how often this transpires, even if there is a sense of urgency in the voice of the family member, friend, acquaintance, or colleague who utters these words, a significant portion of the overall message often fails to get through to me.

Right Angle Helical Gear Drives

November 23, 2011 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new series of right angle helical gear drives from Stock Drive Products (New Hyde Park, NY) feature base or panel mount design. These lightweight units are made with a fiberglass reinforced nylon housing, hardened steel helical gears, steel shafts, and nonmetallic bearings. They are identified as the A 2Z11 Series and feature both single and double output shaft configurations.



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