Althought the report is a little dated, CBS News hits the trouble of U.S. manufacturing right on the head. Aside from the obvious trouble of outsourcing, one of the main issues manufacturers are facing is the complete lack of interest from younger generations. One high school, Benson Polytechnic, is trying to change that by teaching their students an essential lesson: Making things with your hands is both honorable and essential to the future success of our country.
The well-known financier and long-time advocate for natural gas, T. Boone Pickens, discusses energy policy on almost every level, from the BP spill, to OPEC, to what Americans can do to become energy independent. He thinks that blowing up BP's well is a silly and dangerous idea, while claiming that natural gas is the only way that Americans will be able to rid themselves of foreign fuel while preventing enormous environmental disasters.
The people at Blendtec have never shied away from blending the most sought-after gadgets of the day, like they did with the iPad , and they're no different with the iPhone 4. Tune in to see a couple hundred dollars go down the drain (or around the blender). If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
Consumer Reports got the chance to take a pre-production model of the Chevy Volt out for a test drive, and the results are pretty positive overall. The car handles just like any other, and is pretty quick off the line thanks to its always-available electric torque. Some might be disappointed simply because the Volt drives and feels just like any other, as it could be less incentive for consumers to pick it up on a premium over a gasoline-powered car.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Procter & Gamble Co. is aiming to make disposable diapers fashionable. Popular designer Cynthia Rowley has designed 11 styles of Pampers, including pastels, stripes, madras and ruffles. P&G says they'll be offered in Target Corp. stores beginning in mid-July.
TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. said Wednesday that it has started providing free software updates to more than half a million users worldwide to fix a glitch that could cause overheating in its popular VAIO laptops. So far, no injuries have been reported, but the Tokyo-based electronics company said it has received a total of 39 problem reports, including 26 in the U.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Boeing said Wednesday it has agreed to acquire combat engineering firm Argon ST Inc. for about $775 million in cash in a deal to expand its capabilities in intelligence gathering and warfare. Argon ST is a Fairfax, Va., company that develops a variety of systems used in surveillance, reconnaissance and combat.
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co., the only Detroit automaker to avoid bankruptcy protection, said Wednesday it will reduce its huge debt by another $4 billion as it continues to show signs of financial strength. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker will pay $3.8 billion in cash to a United Auto Workers trust fund that pays retiree health care bills, and it will pay out $255 million in dividends on preferred securities that had been deferred as the automaker worked its way through financial troubles.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — If President Barack Obama wants to see a community hard hit by the recession, there's not many places better in Wisconsin than where he's coming Wednesday. Obama invited the public to attend a round table discussion on the economy in Racine, a city suffering under 14.
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Federal immigration agents have taken 43 people into custody following a raid at a Fullerton manufacturing plant. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lori Haley says federal agents executed a search warrant Tuesday morning at Terra Universal Inc. Haley says the 43 people taken into custody are suspected of being in the country illegally.
Star Prototype China is owned and run by Gordon Styles, British businessman and engineer. In 1993, Styles began building what became the U.K.’s largest rapid prototyping technology (RPT) company, which he later sold. Styles then founded Star Prototype — a full service RPT bureau that specializes in rapid prototyping, urethanes, CNC machining, rapid tooling and molding — in 2005 with the intention of offering western clients the opportunity to use a reliable and high-quality rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing supplier in China.
Lenox Instrument Company (Trevose, PA) announces the Portable Videoscope System that combines video technology, cordless operation, compact portability, and rugged durability. The system is well-suited for inspection of turbines, airframes, process tanks and vessels, tubing, heat exchanges, hydraulic cylinders, and more.
The AMI Motorized Axial Fans from Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) are suited to applications where space is limited due to the coupling of the motor and impeller, which also provides for vibration-free operation. The AMI fans are speed controllable, and both the motor and impeller are located directly in the air stream, where the impeller acts as a rotating “heat sink.
The In-Sight 5605 from Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) is a high-resolution self-contained vision system that can see very small defects, even in a large field of view. The In-Sight 5605 offers a full 5 megapixel resolution, support for Gigabit Ethernet communications, and an IP67 rating to withstand dust and washdown environments.
Kadant Solutions (Auburn, MA) has extended its doctoring product line to include drum flaking applications with its new ProFlake doctor blade line. The blade uses a bi-metal technology for longer blade life, reduced operating costs, and improved flaker performance. In addition, they’re available in a variety of widths, thicknesses, and bevel configurations.
The Situation Perishable Distributors of Iowa, Ltd. (PDI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of HyVee, Inc., Iowa’s largest employer. PDI is one of the nation’s largest food distribution companies, supplying more than 5,000 perishable food products including fresh chicken, beef, and pork; seafood; boxed frozen foods; bakery, dairy and deli products to grocery customers in eight Midwest states.
Aerospace is a great industry to monitor for trends: What developments today might we be able to translate into innovations in other industries tomorrow, especially those involving materials? One material trend that is revolutionizing the aerospace industry in terms of reducing vehicle weight and achieving fuel savings is especially interesting.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A senior American energy official said Tuesday the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico dramatically illustrates the need for investment into renewable sources of energy. David Sandalow, an assistant energy secretary, spoke during a visit to the capital of the United Arab Emirates, an OPEC member that is pumping some of its vast oil wealth into green technology.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. said Tuesday it completed its acquisition of American Pie LLC, a maker of desserts and frozen dinners under the Marie Callender's and Claim Jumper brand names. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. American Pie makes pies, fruit cobblers and pie crusts under license from Marie Callender's and Claim Jumper.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — CarMax Inc. CEO Tom Folliard is expecting the recovery of the worst U.S. auto sales market in decades is going to be slower than some others foresee. The head of the Richmond-based used car dealership chain told shareholders at its annual meeting in Richmond that customers are starting to return and sales are improving, but not at pre-recession levels.