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OLED Displays: Wearing Your Plant Around Your Wrist

December 10, 2009 4:01 am | Articles | Comments

First came those clunky CRT monitors that could kill a man even when unplugged, then dainty LCD panels that were thin and light, but looked like you could snap them in two. Now there’s OLED—the latest and greatest in display technology. Just imagine the possibilities of flexible, wearable OLED monitors in manufacturing.

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Fake Thunderstorms And A Few Thousand Spot Welds

December 10, 2009 3:55 am | Articles | Comments

Many of us have ridden one, but do any of us know where—or how—the New York subway trains are put together? National Geographic takes us through the Brazilian plant that produces the NYC staple. There’s even a thunderstorm involved, but you’ll have to see just how that fits in for yourself.

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Got $200,000? Step Aboard The Virgin Enterprise

December 10, 2009 3:54 am | Articles | Comments

On Monday, Sir Richard Branson introduced the world’s first commercial spacecraft, called the U.S.S. Enterprise, which will take six tourists 65 miles into space for a full five minutes of weightlessness and sightseeing. While Branson hopes the craft will finish testing in 2010, he’s making darn sure it’s safe before sending his family up into the abyss (his wife and children are among the first ticket-holders).

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Inside GM's $330 Million Detroit-Volt Investment

December 10, 2009 3:52 am | Articles | Comments

Earlier this week, GM announced a $330 million investment in its Detroit-Hamtramck to build its new electric Chevrolet Volt, a vehicle the company is riding on to bring the automaker back to its once-dominant standing. WSJ 's Neal Boudette and Dow Jones Newswires 's Jeff Bennett get together to discuss the impact this investment will have on Detroit automaking.

Spill Containment 101

December 8, 2009 10:53 am | by Karen Hamel, New Pig Corporation | Articles | Comments

The sooner you can stop a spill, the faster cleanup can begin. Containing spills at facilities is an essential first step in spill response that helps minimize environmental impact and lessen overall response time. According to National Response Center (NRC) statistics, over 10,000 reportable spills occurred in fixed facilities last year.

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Operating In A Carbon-Constrained Marketplace

December 8, 2009 10:28 am | by Casey Whelan, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, U.S. Energy Services | Articles | Comments

As Congress moves towards implementing a mandatory carbon dioxide (CO2) compliance system and a cap and trade market, industrial companies need to evolve to keep up with the changing risks and opportunities. In the past, manufacturers only needed to focus on price and reliability.

Weak Economy Has One Advantage: Fewer Industrial Spills

December 8, 2009 8:58 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to pollution, the economic downturn could have an upside. The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday reported that toxic chemical pollution from the nation's industrial plants, mines and factories declined by 6 percent in 2008, the second year in a row that companies have reported releasing less pollution.

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Exec Pleads Guilty After Raid Reveals 600 Illegal Workers

December 8, 2009 7:48 am | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The only company official charged in the nation's largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants is scheduled to change his not guilty plea at a court hearing Wednesday. Jose Humberto Gonzalez had pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and identity theft charges, among others, related to the raid on Howard Industries in Laurel, Miss.

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New Jobs Down, Employers Afraid To Jump In

December 8, 2009 7:43 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Layoffs may be slowing, but employers are hesitant to take the next step that is key to reducing the unemployment rate: hiring more workers. That is likely to keep the competition fierce for those openings that do exist. There were about 6.3 unemployed people, on average, for each job opening in October, according to Labor Department data released Tuesday.

Obama: Let's 'Spend Our Way Out Of This Recession'

December 8, 2009 7:39 am | by Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama outlined new multibillion-dollar stimulus and jobs proposals Tuesday, saying the nation must continue to "spend our way out of this recession" until more Americans are back at work. Without giving a price tag, Obama proposed a package of new spending for highway, bridge and other infrastructure projects, deeper tax breaks for small businesses and tax incentives to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient.

After Four Months, Orange Gel Spill Remains A Mystery

December 8, 2009 7:14 am | News | Comments

WEST UNION, W.Va. (AP) — Four months after a spill left 2 inches of orange gel on a Doddridge County stream, officials in West Union are still awaiting answers. The spill was on Buckeye Run in August, and Tapo Energy of West Union was cited. A cleanup crew vacuumed up 2,500 gallons of gel.

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Even Under Cap-and-Trade, U.S. Gas Cuts 'Insufficient'

December 8, 2009 6:31 am | by Charles J. Hanley, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

COPENHAGEN (AP) — This decade is on track to become the warmest since records began in 1850, and 2009 could rank among the top-five warmest years, the U.N. weather agency reported Tuesday on the second day of a pivotal 192-nation climate conference. Only the United States and Canada experienced cooler conditions than average, the World Meteorological Organization said, although Alaska had the second-warmest July on record.

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Don't Gamble With Mother Nature - Go UPS

December 8, 2009 5:51 am | Articles | Comments

El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU) provides water, wastewater, and reclaimed water service to one of the region’s fastest growing areas — the greater metropolitan area of El Paso, Texas. The utility analyzes water samples with sophisticated, computer-controlled systems and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) instruments to assure the sanitation and safety of the potable water supply.

2010 Industry Perspective: Take Your Recession Lessons With You

December 8, 2009 5:36 am | Articles | Comments

The financial meltdown and resulting economic crisis is easing, and the U.S. economy is showing signs of improving. The recovery remains fragile, however, and growth will remain modest for the foreseeable future. A Brief Look Back Matt Ericksen, Partner, Booz & Company The challenge of the past year for many engineered products and services (EPS) corporations—including those in aerospace and defense, industrials, the automotive sector, and transportation—was simply to weather the crisis.

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High-Temperature Solids Sensors

December 8, 2009 5:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

BinMaster Level Controls (Lincoln, NE) announces the SmartBob-SH and SmartBob-SHT sensors, which are designed for measuring the level of solid materials in storage and processing bins at high temperatures. The HT model is for applications up to 500°F, while the SHT model can handle temperatures up to 900°F, with bursts up to 1,685°F.

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Forget Brute Force: Innerduct Slitting

December 8, 2009 5:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The General Machine Products Company, Inc. (GMP, Trevose, PA) has announced the Cordless Power DuctSlitter, a battery-powered blade that offers a mechanized method for trimming and slitting innerduct utility conduit, providing an easy alternative to the brute force typically required when cutting innerduct by hand.

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Turbine Vibration For Cleanrooms

December 8, 2009 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Cleveland Vibrator Co. (Cleveland, OH) has expanded its line of acetal body (CVT-P-10 and stanless steel (CVT-S-10) miniature turbine vibrators with the new Turbomite CVT-P-22. Constructed with acetal plastic and stainless steel exterior parts with laser etching, the CVT-P-22 is ideal for cleanroom environments, and is FDA- and USDA-compliant.

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Knives Of Air

December 8, 2009 5:02 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The new Long Super Air Knives from EXAIR (Cincinnati, OH) produce a laminar sheet of airflow to blowoff, dry, or cool surfaces up to 96”. The compact design minimizes compressed air use by combining 40 parts room air to one part compressed air, and is ideal for use on conveyors, according to the company.

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Vestas Temporarily Shuttering Windsor Turbine Plant

December 8, 2009 3:53 am | News | Comments

WINDSOR, Colo. (AP) — The Danish wind-turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S plans to halt production at its Windsor blade manufacturing plant in the first part of 2010. Vestas spokesman Peter Kruse says most, if not all, of the plant's 500 employees at the plant will be placed on furlough.

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EPA Q&A: What Cap-and-Trade Means To America

December 8, 2009 3:52 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A big meeting in Copenhagen. A cap-and-trade bill in Congress. And now, a determination by the Environmental Protection Agency that global warming pollution is a threat to public health — a move that clears the way for the first-ever federal regulations targeting climate-changing emissions.

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