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American Worker Dies After Industrial Accident

July 29, 2011 7:27 am | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an American Airlines worker is dead after an industrial accident at the Albuquerque International Sunport. Albuquerque police and airport authorities say they're investigating Thursday's accident, but didn't immediately release any details.

CAT Pays $2M For Clean Air Violations

July 29, 2011 7:25 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says Caterpillar Inc. has agreed to pay $2.55 million to settle allegations it violated the U.S. Clean Air Act. The department said Thursday that it believes the Peoria, Ill.-based heavy equipment-maker shipped more than 590,000 engines that lacked proper emissions controls.

Webinar To Feature Iconic Inventor, FIRST Founder Dean Kamen

July 29, 2011 6:51 am | News | Comments

(Madison, WI & Edison, NJ) – On September 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. EST, IET Inspec and Automation Federation, along with support from Newark's element14 engineering community and Interpower will present an interactive webinar entitled; Great Minds on Innovation, Featuring Dean Kamen.


A Robot With The Ability To "Love"

July 29, 2011 5:37 am | Videos | Comments

A researcher at the National University of Singapore is attempting to develop a robot that has the ability to love like a human being. 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...


Cut Downtime, Energy Costs With Advanced Alignment Instruments

July 29, 2011 5:29 am | by Paul Michalicka, SKF USA Inc. Linda van Merkesteijn, SKF Maintenance Products Mark Ely, SKF Maintenance Products | Articles | Comments

A growing number of food and beverage manufacturers are turning to advanced shaft and belt alignment systems, often equipped with laser sighting. The trend, which affects diverse food sectors, is fueled by the prospect of lower energy costs, reduced downtime, and better overall machine reliability.


Top 10 Don’ts In Developing Performance Measures

July 29, 2011 5:23 am | by By Mark Graham Brown, Consultant | Articles | Comments

We can measure how prolific a baseball player is, how profitable a company may be and how effective a salesperson is at his craft. But when it comes to measuring a company’s progress in achieving organizational targets, we often make glaring errors. Rarely do we measure the right things for the right reasons.

Lockheed Martin Wins $72M TSA Contract

July 29, 2011 5:11 am | News | Comments

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. said Thursday it won two regional orders for a combined $72 million to help the U.S. government set up new passenger-screening equipment at about 300 airports. The orders from the Transportation Security Administration will cover airports in eastern and central states.

FL Workers Facing More Hurdles To Get Unemployment

July 29, 2011 5:09 am | News | Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's jobless workers are facing additional hurdles to qualify for state unemployment compensation. Several new requirements go into effect Monday under a law passed this year to help reduce unemployment taxes paid by businesses. Claimants will be required to contact at least five potential employers or else meet with a state reemployment services representative each week.


Spirit Workers Reject Nine-Year Contract

July 29, 2011 5:07 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Engineers and technical workers at Spirit Aerosystems have voted to reject the company's contract offer. Members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace voted Thursday on a 9 1/2-year contract proposal. A strike vote was not on the ballot.


Jury Rules For Ford In Case Of Burned Officer

July 29, 2011 5:04 am | News | Comments

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A jury in Ohio has ruled in favor of Ford Motor Co. in the lawsuit of a former patrol officer severely burned in a crash in one of the automaker's police cruisers. The Vindicator of Youngstown reports the jury reached its verdict Tuesday, denying former Austintown officer Ross Linert's request for monetary damages.

Japan's Industrial Production On The Rise

July 29, 2011 5:02 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's industrial production rose for the third straight month in June as the world's No. 3 economy stages a recovery from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Factory output climbed 3.9 percent from the previous month and is expected to continue growing in the months ahead.


Number Seeking Unemployment Falls Below 400,000

July 29, 2011 5:00 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign the job market may be healing after a recent slump. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 398,000.

FaciliWorks 8i Available In The Cloud

July 28, 2011 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

FaciliWorks 8i CMMS/EAM software from CyberMetrics (Phoenix, AZ) is now available in the cloud. FaciliWorks 8i can help reduce maintenance costs, improve productivity, and eliminate time and money spent on software maintenance. This software can, Track and coordinate assets, preventative maintenance schedules, personnel, tools, parts, procedures, budgets, suppliers and purchasing.


LIFEPLUS TC3-W High-Frequency Smart Charger

July 28, 2011 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

HAWKER (Ooltewah, TN) has introduced the LIFEPLUS TC3-W high-frequency smart charger, equipped with wireless capabilities for real-time data collection and monitoring. The TC3 offers four different charge profile options: Ionic—employing periodic current pulses which both identify the battery’s capacity and state of charge,this profile provides the optimal recharge with minimal heating.


Expanded Line Of ERD Actuators

July 28, 2011 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) has expanded its line of ERD electric rod-style actuators. Enhancements such as ball screws, motor mounts for NEMA, and metric stepper and servo motors make it possible to employ ERD actuators in more types of motion control applications. All three sizes of the ERD are available, with an optional external guide system that prevent rod deflection and rotation during operation.


Steel-Lite Series

July 28, 2011 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Steel-Lite Series from Chloride Systems (Burgaw, NC) is ideal for locations where explosive materials may be present. The Steel-Lite Series is UL listed for Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C, and D; Class I, Zone 2; Class II, Division 2, Groups F and G. Standard Intelli-Charge self-diagnostics electronics continuously monitor all critical functions and the optional self-testing feature satisfies the monthly testing requirements in NFPA...


Are The Long-Term Unemployed Facing Discrimination?

July 28, 2011 9:58 am | Videos | Comments

Are the nation's unemployed being discriminated against if they've been out of work for a significant amount of time? CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports on the challenge to find work for people that have been unemployed for more than six months. Then, Chris Wragge talks to John Challenger, CEO of the job placement firm, Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc.


Trending Right Now...

July 28, 2011 9:43 am | by Martin Stevens, CEO, A1 Technologies | Articles | Comments

When you start to talk about “trending,” immediate reactions will almost certainly take you to Internet search engines, popular culture references, and the topic of the day on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Even within the 3D digital technology sector, trends are often dominated by the medium of film and television, where there are serious investors and therefore serious amounts of money involved.

Overcoming Commodity Prices with Private Labels

July 28, 2011 9:38 am | by Brian Boyle, Senior Managing Director, Food & Beverage Group, McGladrey Capital Markets LLC | Articles | Comments

Without question, the rise of commodity prices has a direct impact upon food manufacturers. Most noticeable is the impact they have on gross margins. When food manufacturers sell through retail or commercial food service channels, there is typically a lag time between the fluctuation itself and the time when a manufacturer can adjust its prices towards the retailer to offset those changes.

Police Investigating Blaze At Tire Plant

July 28, 2011 9:21 am | News | Comments

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — Investigators searched a western Pennsylvania tire plant Thursday, a day after a reported explosion and fire in cold storage area of what a company official said is the oldest tire manufacturing plant in North America. The fire at Specialty Tires of America in Indiana, Pa.



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