People always say that you can tell a lot about a person by simply observing his or her hands. In most cases, I’ve found this to be true. In fact, I’m pretty sure that it’s still apparent that my first real job was dishwashing. I remember spending back-breaking hours over those stainless steel tubs of suds and half-scraped dinner plates and appetizer baskets, but nothing was more satisfying than earning a few bucks at an early age, even if the job only paid $4 an hour.
BERLIN (AP) — German luxury automaker BMW AG reported Wednesday a first-quarter profit on improved sales and said that rising demand for premium cars bodes well for its full-year earnings. The world's biggest luxury car maker, BMW earned euro324 million ($424.1 million) in net income in the first quarter compared with a loss of euro152 million a year ago.
NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors is recalling all Hummer H3s produced since the 2006 model year to fix a portion of the hood that can detach during driving. The voluntary recall affects 164,190 Hummer H3s and H3Ts in the U.S. and 198,404 worldwide. Hummer spokesman Nick Richards says a device on the hood called a hood louver (LOO-ver) can come loose and possibly detach while driving.
When your mission is to make the world’s freshest pickle, you can’t afford any jams in your cucumber processing line. A major pickle manufacturer experienced this disruption in production at least two to three times per month because the conveyor that transferred the cucumbers from the water wash tank was prematurely wearing and breaking.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The best short-term solution to bottling up a disastrous oil spill threatening sealife and livelihoods along the Gulf Coast should be arriving on Wednesday in the form of a specially built giant concrete-and-steel box designed to siphon the oil away. Crews for contractor Wild Well Control were putting the finishing touches Tuesday on the 100-ton containment dome.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ingredients used by Johnson & Johnson in some of the 40 varieties of children's cold medicines recalled last week were contaminated with bacteria, according to a report by the Food and Drug Administration. Agency officials said Tuesday none of the company's finished products tested positive for the contaminants, though such testing is not definitive.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nissan says it will recall nearly 135,000 Infiniti G35 sedans and coupes to address a problem that could lead to the air bag not deploying in a crash. Nissan Motor Co. says the recall involves G35 Coupes from the 2005 to 2007 model years and G35 Sedans from the 2005 to 2006 model year.
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A panel of scientists evaluating Hudson River dredging will hear presentations from General Electric Co. and federal regulators. The panel Tuesday is studying results of last year's dredging of PCB "hot spots" on the river about 40 miles north of Albany. The panel will make recommendations for the second phase of the dredging, which the U.
NEW YORK (AP) — The oil spill spreading across the Gulf of Mexico has drained $32 billion from BP's stock market value. Lawsuits, fines, cleanup and reputation-repair are certain to cost the company billions more and could tie up BP for many years to come. Yet the still-unfolding environmental disaster isn't likely to put one of the world's largest oil companies out of business.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of business groups turned in signature petitions Monday for a ballot initiative that would unravel Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's top environmental priority. If the California Jobs Initiative qualifies for the November ballot, as expected, voters will be asked to consider putting the brakes on the nation's most far-reaching global warming law.
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. car shoppers took a wait-and-see approach in April. They eased up on purchases as the lure of big incentives faded and hoped summer would bring a new flurry of deals. Automakers will have to match incentives from Toyota Motor Corp. at least through Memorial Day.
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) — The purchase of the Renew Paper mill near St. Francisville is official, but no decision has been made on restarting the plant, a plant official says. The $10 million sale was approved last month by a federal bankruptcy judge in Baton Rouge. West Feliciana Acquisition LLC, which is in bankruptcy reorganization, sold the 455,000-square-foot mill and 610 acres to Amzak Capital Management LLC of Florida.
NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) — Twin Rivers Foods says it will keep its plant in Neosho open, saving almost 500 jobs in the southwest Missouri town. The Fayetteville, Ark.-based company had told the state in February that it would close the chicken deboning plant on April 9 and lay off about 485 workers.
The LB942-LW Model reciprocating gas compressor from Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) features a single-stage, oil-free operation and is designed specifically for LPG transfer and vapor recovery. According to the company, its design helps reduce vibration, and it is well-suited for dealing with items that present poor suction conditions, such as pumps where system piping restricts flow and installations that require an initial lift to the liquid.
Bunting Magnetics (Newton, KS) developed a new design for its cross-belt conveyor product line. The new design features an improved magnetic deep-reach circuit and tramp metal deflector to help increase belt protection. It also has a new wing design that seals the edge of the belt and keeps tramp metal from snapping to the side of the conveyor frame, or getting under the belt.
VICI Precision Sampling (Baton Rouge, LA) offers a wide range of custom and pre-cut metal tubing, including 316 stainless steel, Nickel 200, Hastelloy C, Inconel 600, electroformed nickel, and titanium. All metal tubing is electrolytically cut and deburred, then cleaned with high pressure, micro-filtered steam from deionized water, which removes both organic and inorganic contaminants.
Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) and KNAPP Systemintegration GmbH unveiled their new automation solution, which is meant to be installed within current warehouse infrastructure to help reduce operational costs through increased picking productivity. Automated forklifts can be used to fetch empty roller cages, escort the RF-terminals-equipped picker to the required pick locations, and dispatch full roller cages.
The PYPLOK® fittings from Tu be-Mac Industries Ltd. (Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada) are a non-weld, 360° radial swaged connection for tubing and pipes. The fittings range in size from ¼” to 3” and can withstand pressures up to 9,000 psi. In addition, the swaging action produces a leak-free and tamper-proof connection.
The Henkel Corporation (Rocky Hill, CT) has introduced their newest anaerobic threadlocker: Loctite QuickTape 249 Threadlocker Tape. The medium-strength tape provides the same performance of liquid threadlockers yet can be carried in a pocket or toolbox, and can be pre-applied to fasteners for future assembly.
The new DRI TOUCH Non-VOC is a high-grade corrosion preventative from Birchwood Casey (Eden Prairie, MN) that contains no VOCs and forms a colorless, dry-to-touch protective film suitable for all metal surfaces. The DRI TOUCH has a flash point of 248°F, making it ideal for manufacturing facilities under air quality restrictions or with flammability hazards.