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Heathrow Moves Forward With Pod Cars

October 4, 2011 10:59 am | Videos | Comments

Laser-guided pods land at London's Heathrow Airport, allowing travellers to shuttle between terminals in futuristic fashion. Reuter's Ruairidh Villar reports. 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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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

October 4, 2011 10:51 am | by Joseph M. Hetzer, Wall Colmonoy Aerobraze | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing operation instructions are a lifeline to success. Successful instructions need to be succinct, accurate, and easy to understand. In the manufacturing world the operation sheets or process instructions are the lifeline to success. Creating universal instructions for all to read, understand, and perform a sequence of precise actions and adjustments that will repeatedly result in a known and consistent outcome is not easy.

Chinese Environmentalists Target Apple

October 4, 2011 10:12 am | Videos | Comments

A Chinese environmental group is concerned about fumes coming from a factory in Suzhou, China. This factory is an alleged supplier to United States tech giant Apple. Residents living in the area of the factory have complained of a strong odor that makes them feel sick. 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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One Bowl Of Cheerios At A Time

October 4, 2011 9:52 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

How many “bowls of Cheerios” do you have, stacked on the shelves, waiting to be consumed? Feel free to replace the word Cheerios with something that hits a little closer to home—adhesives, cleaning supplies, PPE, or any of the other consumables that take a big dent out of your budget .

MO Window Maker Plans $11M Expansion

October 4, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

FREEBURG, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri window manufacturer plans to spend more than $11 million on an expansion that could add 95 new employees. Gov. Jay Nixon traveled to the Quaker Windows headquarters in Freeburg on Tuesday to announce the company's expansion plans. The state is offering the company more than $350,000 of tax incentives over five years.

Flowserve To Buy Lawrence Pumps For $89M

October 4, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — Flowserve Corp., a pump maker and fluid handling company, is buying privately held Lawrence Pumps Inc. for about $89 million so that it can better serve some of its key markets. Lawrence Pumps' makes centrifugal pumps used primarily in the petrochemical and oil and gas industries.

Sprint To Buy More Than 30M iPhones

October 4, 2011 9:04 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint Nextel Corp. has committed to buying more than 30 million iPhones over the next four years, imposing a heavy burden on an already cash-strapped company, according to a report published Monday. The Wall Street Journal's online edition attributed the report to unnamed sources.

Ford To Pay Workers $6K Bonus In New Contract

October 4, 2011 9:01 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. will pay its U.S. factory workers a $6,000 signing bonus and add thousands of U.S. factory jobs as part of a four-year contract deal reached Tuesday with the United Auto Workers union. Most Ford workers will get profit-sharing checks instead of annual raises under the deal, starting with a payment of around $3,700 this year.

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Obama: No Regrets About Solyndra Loan

October 4, 2011 9:00 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Monday he does not regret a $528 million loan to a solar energy company that later collapsed, saying officials always knew a clean energy loan program would not back winners 100 percent of the time. "There are going to be some failures, and Solyndra's an example," Obama said in an ABC News interview, referring to a California solar panel maker that declared bankruptcy last month...

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Long-Lasting Goods Orders Up In September

October 4, 2011 8:58 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses ordered more computers, communications equipment and other big-ticket items in August, a hopeful sign for the slumping economy. Orders for capital goods, which are considered a good measure of business investment plans, rose 0.9 percent in August, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

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Multiple Sensor Weigh Terminal

October 4, 2011 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IND780 weigh terminal from Metter Toledo (Nänikon, Switzerland) is ideal where weight is used to check individual components during assembly. With simple connectivity for multiple sensor technologies, the IND780 can connect to up to four weighing platforms. This allows the IND780 to produce accurate, traceable quality control results in several applications along a production line simultaneously.

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Air Comb Filter Cleaner

October 4, 2011 7:38 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Air Comb Filter and Radiator Cleaner from Innovative Products of America (Woodstock, NY) is ideal for cleaning cylindrical industrial air filters, radiators, condensers, and other hard-to-reach applications. For the first time, maintenance personnel can thoroughly clean cylinder-style air filters, radiators and condensers with the Air Comb’s focused high-pressure output and long reach 90 degree, multi-port air flow.

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Centrifugal Trash Pumps

October 4, 2011 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Centrifugal trash pumps from Subaru Trash Pumps (Lake Zurich, IL) combine a powerful engine and heavy-duty construction to move high volumes of trash water without clogging the pump. The centrifugal-type pumps are available in models with 2-, 3- and 4-inch discharge outlets. A Subaru overhead cam or overhead valve gasoline engine powers each model.

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Rugged, High Speed Connection

October 4, 2011 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial (Sidney, NY) has introduced a rugged, high speed connector for use in harsh environments. The Max-M12 was designed to withstand high vibration, high temperature, and rugged environments. The connector meets both IEC 61076-2-101 and SAE J 2839 standards. The new system is housed in an HDM 12 EX impact resistant metal shell and is available as a 90 degree right angle connector or as a straight version.

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Cargill Lays Off Ground Turkey Production Workers

October 4, 2011 5:46 am | News | Comments

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Cargill Inc. has laid off 130 people at its Springdale plant because the company hasn't been able to produce ground turkey since a recall last month. Cargill spokesman Mike Martin said Monday the company couldn't find work for all the employees assigned to that area since production stopped Sept.

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OSHA Orders WI Company To Pay $550K Fine

October 4, 2011 5:43 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered a Wisconsin grain company to increase safety training for grain bin employees and pay a fine of $550,000. Burlington-based Cooperative Plus Inc. was cited for 14 willful, 23 serious and two other safety violations in August 2010 for lacking proper equipment and procedures and exposing workers to the risk of being engulfed in storage bins.

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More Than 1,800 Thomas-Built Buses Recalled

October 4, 2011 5:41 am | News | Comments

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — The parent company of High Point-based Thomas Built Buses says more than 1,800 buses are being recalled to repair a faulty part. The High Point Enterprise reported (http://bit.ly/oBVDiA) that the recall involves clamps on engines supplied for the buses by Cummins Inc.

Ford, UAW Reach Tentative Agreement

October 4, 2011 5:40 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says it will add 5,750 jobs and invest $4.8 billion in its factories as part of a new contract deal with the United Auto Workers union. Company Vice President of Manufacturing John Fleming tells reporters that most of the new hires will be at an entry-level wage, which will cut the company's labor costs.

Feds Investigate Saturn Safety Issues

October 4, 2011 5:37 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The federal government is investigating the Saturn Ion midsize sedan after getting reports of a sudden loss of power steering. The investigation, opened Thursday, focuses on Ions from the 2004 through 2007 model years. GM sold more than 382,000 Ions during that time.

Chemical Mixing Sparks Massive TX Plant Fire

October 4, 2011 5:35 am | by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press | News | Comments

WAXAHACHIE, Texas (AP) — A fire sparked as workers mixed chemicals at a plant south of Dallas shot massive plumes of black smoke and bright orange flames into the sky Monday, forcing schoolchildren and residents to evacuate or take cover indoors to avoid possible exposure to dangerous gases.

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