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Volt, Leaf Get Top Electric-Car Safety Ratings

April 26, 2011 4:28 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf got top safety ratings in some of the first-ever tests of electric cars by an insurer-funded research group. Both cars earned top scores for front, side and rear-impact crashes and for rollover crash protection, according to results released Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Boeing's Woes May Have Been Caused By Faulty Riveting

April 26, 2011 4:26 am | by David Koenig and Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators trying to determine why the roof of a Southwest Airlines jet cracked open in flight have issued preliminary findings suggesting there may have been flaws in the riveting work when Boeing built the plane 15 years ago. The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that some of the rivets used to bind the Boeing 737's aluminum panels together were sunk in holes larger than the rivet shafts.


Ford Posts Highest First-Quarter Profit In 13 Years

April 26, 2011 4:23 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford posted its best first-quarter profit in 13 years, as its new, more fuel-efficient vehicles reached showrooms during a surge in gasoline prices. New arrivals such as the Ford Explorer and Fiesta small car are selling well. Company profits are growing around the world.


Going Green In Manufacturing

April 25, 2011 11:44 am | by Richard Travers, President, Freeaire Corporation | Articles | Comments

As energy costs continue to climb, manufacturers are searching for ways to reduce their energy usage to both save money and reduce their environmental impact.  Food Manufacturing  spoke with Richard Travers of Freeaire Corporation about how manufacturers can utilize “greener” processes and renewable resources.


Visiting Star Prototype In China

April 25, 2011 11:25 am | by Jon Buford, Founder, | Articles | Comments

What we are trying to do with Makible is pretty different from how products are currently brought to the market. Two key points is that the initial volume for production is quite low — within 500 to 1,000 units of an item — and the other is the speed to market, which we are working on one to two months to start with.


Cracking Boeing Jets Likely Flawed At Manufacturing

April 25, 2011 7:43 am | by David Koenig and Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators trying to determine why the roof of a Southwest Airlines jet peeled open in flight this month are focusing on the manufacturing process at Boeing. Government and industry officials say investigators noticed that the stricken jet and five other Southwest planes that had cracks in their metal skins were all built at about the same time in the same Boeing plant.


Ford Idles Three Overseas Plants On Part Shortages

April 25, 2011 7:36 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says it has idled three overseas factories to conserve auto parts following last month's earthquake in Japan. Assembly plants in Pretoria, South Africa, and Nanjing, China, will be down this week. Spokesman Todd Nissen says the factories had been scheduled to shut down for a week later this year, but the downtime was pulled ahead.


The Dangers Of Unsecured Wireless Networks

April 25, 2011 7:32 am | News | Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lying on his family room floor with assault weapons trained on him, shouts of "pedophile!" and "pornographer!" stinging like his fresh cuts and bruises, the Buffalo homeowner didn't need long to figure out the reason for the early morning wake-up call from a swarm of federal agents.


A Tough Industrial Computer

April 25, 2011 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Everest E200 rugged industrial computer, from Glacier Computer (New Milford, CT), can now provide an optional Windows CE Thin Client, which is a minimal version that can support a Remote Desktop device. The E2000 will also run the full version of Windows CE 6.0. The E2000 is engineered to withstand extremes of vibration, shock, and moisture while providing users easy access to critical information with the capability to be mounted on vehicles or fixed structures.


Get A New Pump, Without The Hassle

April 25, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Grundfos Pumps (Olathe, KS) has released the CR(N)-H and CRNE-H stainless steel horizontal end suction pumps, which were designed to be used in a variety of applications, including washing and cleaning, paper industries, and more. According to the company, the CR(N)-H can bolt directly to the piping and pump case footprint of a traditional ANSI pump.


Laser Cutting Gets Better

April 25, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cincinnati Incorporated (Cincinnati, OH) has expanded its laser cutting product line with the CL-900 series fiber laser cutting system, which combines a low operating cost with high-performance 12,000 ipm linear-motor axis drives. The CL-900 cuts mild steel two to three times faster than conventional lasers, while reducing operating costs by up to 40 percent.


Lash Any Cable

April 25, 2011 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Machine Products Company, Inc. (GMP; Trevose, PA) has added new cable lashers to its line of aerial utility tools and equipment. The Apollo Lasher, the C2 Lasher, the J2 Lasher, and the G Lasher are designed for the placement of new cables and lashing previously-installed cables. Each come with dual wire magazines for housing stainless steel lashing wire, a 6’ towing bridle, and a storage chest.


Wis. Welcomes Robot-Controlled Medical Manufacturer

April 25, 2011 7:21 am | News | Comments

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — An Australian company that makes containers for needles and medical waste is opening a processing plant in Racine County. Daniels Sharpsmart has leased a 22,000 square-foot building in Yorkville. The company will install a sterilization system controlled by robots that alone will cost $1.


iPhone Location Tracking Sets Off Privacy Firestorm

April 25, 2011 7:17 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If you're worried about privacy, you can turn off the function on your smartphone that tracks where you go. But that means giving up the services that probably made you want a smartphone in the first place. After all, how smart is an iPhone or an Android if you can't use it to map your car trip or scan reviews of nearby restaurants? The debate over digital privacy flamed higher this week with news that Apple Inc.

Johnson Controls Sees Earnings Climb 29 Percent

April 25, 2011 6:21 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Johnson Controls Inc.'s fiscal second-quarter earnings climbed 29 percent on higher revenue as each of its main business segments reported double-digit sales increases amid a recovering global economy. But the Milwaukee company, which makes auto parts and building climate control systems, forecast third-quarter earnings and revenue below Wall Street expectations, however.

Why China Is Vulnerable — Part 2

April 25, 2011 5:39 am | Articles | Comments

For the first part of Perry's analysis, go here . Reason #5: The Brain Drain Many people in this country complain that the Chinese are sending their best and their brightest over here for their schooling, and that those kids then return home with the knowledge they’ve acquired in the U.

Hurling Bricks At Mach 5

April 25, 2011 5:18 am | Videos | Comments

General Atomics has been testing a new railgun that can hurl "hypersonic bricks" at Mach 5 (roughly 3,800mph). Their new projectile, outfitted with a sabot , can travel 4.34 miles downrange — with the gun pointed completely parallel with the ground — even after punching through a steel plate.


Iran Uncovers Second Industrial Computer Virus

April 25, 2011 4:49 am | by Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press | News | Comments

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has been hit by a second computer virus, a senior military official said Monday, suggesting it was part of a concerted campaign to undermine the country's disputed nuclear program. Gholam Reza Jalali, the head of an Iranian military unit in charge of combatting sabotage, said that experts discovered the "espionage virus," which he called "Stars.


Merck To Add 150 Jobs At Durham, N.C. Plant

April 25, 2011 4:45 am | News | Comments

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A major pharmaceutical company will add 150 workers in Durham as it expands to produce chickenpox and other live-virus vaccines. The Herald-Sun of Durham reported Monday that Merck & Co.'s plant will begin making Varivax, a chickenpox vaccine recently approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.


GM Likely To Reclaim 'No. 1' Title From Toyota Soon

April 25, 2011 4:40 am | by Sharon Silke Carty and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is almost certain to claim the title of world's biggest automaker this year, retaking the top spot from Toyota, which has been hurt by production problems since the Japanese earthquake and still can't escape the shadow of major safety recalls. The No. 1 title, a morale booster for the winner's employees and managers, would cap GM's remarkable comeback from bankruptcy.


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