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Formrite To Buy Thermo Fisher Plant

November 14, 2011 8:24 am | News | Comments

TWO RIVERS, Wis. (AP) — Formrite Companies Inc. says it has reached an agreement to purchase Thermo Fisher Scientific's steel cabinetry plant in Two Rivers. Thermo Fisher previously announced plans to close the plant and move its steel fabrication to Texas and Mexico. Formrite owner, president and CEO David Wage says the companies plan to close the sale by the end of the year, and then Formrite will begin moving all of its...

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States Weigh Benefits Of Utility Smart Meters

November 14, 2011 8:19 am | by Stephen Singer, Susan Haigh, Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The cost of using an air conditioner — whether it runs during the peak time for electrical usage or during off-peak hours — is still the same for many electricity users across the country. The same goes for using a clothes dryer. Many utilities and state energy officials, some armed with federal stimulus money, think that should change and are advocating so-called "smart meter" technology in...

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Mayor Says Tire Plant Delayed

November 14, 2011 8:16 am | News | Comments

MACON, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of Macon says a tire manufacturer's plans to build a sprawling plant in Bibb County have been delayed. Mayor Robert Reichert tells The Telegraph (http://bit.ly/s9ODf6) that Gov. Nathan Deal met with representatives of the South Korean company on a recent oversees trip and learned that construction will not begin for at least two more years due to economic conditions.

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Analyst: Bills Rising Due To Overpriced Renewables

November 14, 2011 8:12 am | by Garance Burke, Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens of renewable energy plants being built to meet California's tough global warming laws, including a major Spanish-owned solar plant in the Mojave Desert, are so overpriced they will increase consumers' energy bills for decades, according to the independent watchdog arm of the state's s utility regulator.

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U.S. Companies Feel European Crisis

November 14, 2011 8:10 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, Jonathan Fahey, Michael Liedtke, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The tremors from Europe's financial upheaval have reached U.S. shores, rattling consumers and companies. The consequences have been limited so far. Yet the United States and Europe are so closely linked that any slowdown across the Atlantic is felt here. U.S. makers of cars, solar panels, drugs, clothes and computer equipment have all reported effects from Europe's turmoil.

How iPhone's Siri Got 'Her' Start

November 14, 2011 6:54 am | Videos | Comments

iPhone "personal assistant" Siri broke onto the scene in recent months as one of the most talked-about features of Apple's iPhone 4S. How did Siri get her start? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Elma Tapped Strips

November 14, 2011 6:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA) offers tapped strips for Eurocard extrusions and other electronics enclosures. The Elma tapped strips have drilled and tapped holes in 0.2 inch internals along the steel strip. They are available in two cross sectional sizes, 2x6 and 1.8x5 millimeters and with either M2.

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ATP 40000 Torque Multiplier

November 14, 2011 6:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Torque Products (Berlin, CT) has introduced its compact, high capacity,  ATP 40000 mechanical torque multiplier. This digitally-controlled wrench produces up to 40,000 foot-pounds and is accurate to ±1 percent, even in extreme temperatures. It is ideal for automatic motor drives, MRO applications, and a variety of high torque applications.

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Polyurethane Adhesive

November 14, 2011 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Henkel (Rocky Hill, CT) has introduced a new high-performance polyurethane adhesive that prevents crack propagation on wind blades and delivers excellent long-term structural integrity on turbine assemblies. The first ever Germanischer Lloyd-approved polyurethane adhesive, Macroplast UK 1340 cures rapidly at room temperature, reduces production costs, and shortens production cycles by 15 to 30 percent.

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GoldSolv Biodegradable Cleaner

November 14, 2011 6:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

E3nvironmental (Texas City, TX) has announced the USDA’s biopreferred program has approved GoldSolv Biodegradable Cleaner to its online product catalog. GoldSolv is a biobased cleaner, degreaser, and solvent custom blended for industrial and commercial use. GoldSolv is derived from biobased oils, making it not only one of the safest cleaning products on the market, but one of the most powerful.

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MSC Safety Catalog Reflects Customer Commitment

November 14, 2011 5:34 am | News | Comments

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. (Melville, NY), a leading distributor of safety products and services, is adding more than 500 new items and 33,000 skus to its new 2012 MSC Safety Catalog in response to strong customer demand. “Work accidents can cost our customers billions of dollars per year,” said Anthony Testa, MSC business manager for MRO.

Temperature Sensor

November 14, 2011 5:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Newnan, GA) has announced the DTSX200 Distributed Temperature Sensor (DTS). The DTSX200 is used to monitor temperature and flow in oil/gas upstream unconventional and conventional in-well applications, pipeline leak detection, fire detection, and other thermal monitoring applications.

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Heavy Duty Surface Deicer

November 14, 2011 5:24 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Sprayon (Cleveland, OH) has introduced the new SP704 Heavy Duty Equipment and Surface Deicer to its expanded line of industrial specialty chemicals. The deicer melts ice, snow, and frost on contact. Harmless to car and fleet finish, Sprayon SP704 will not smear and is effective in sub-zero temperatures to thaw frozen locks, equipment, windshields, headlights, and tail lights.

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Power Design Pro

November 14, 2011 5:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Generac Power Systems, Inc. (Waukesha, WI) has enhanced its award-winning Power Design Pro generator sizing software with a new exhaust piping module. This exhaust piping module allows users to enter the length of the exhaust piping run and the number of various elbow types. It then automatically selects the appropriate exhaust piping for a selected generator.

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Air Quality Monitor

November 14, 2011 5:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new AQ200 from E Instruments International (Langhorne, PA) is a multifunctional, hand-held, highly sensitive, and extremely accurate indoor air quality monitor perfect for numerous IAQ applications. The AQ200 includes: CO2 Sensor (0 – 5000 parts per million) CO Sensor (0 – 1000 parts per million) Ambient Temperature (-4 to 176 degrees F) Atmospheric Air Pressure Humidity CO/CO2...

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China's Recalled Bullet Trains To Resume Service

November 14, 2011 4:27 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Bullet trains on China's showcase Beijing-to-Shanghai line that were recalled over safety concerns following a deadly crash on another line will gradually resume service from this week, Chinese state media reported Monday. China's state-owned train maker, China CNR Corp.

Japan's Economy Rises Out Of Earthquake Slump

November 14, 2011 4:24 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy grew for the first time in four quarters in a comeback from the earthquake and tsunami disaster that already faces multiple global headwinds. The world's No. 3 economy expanded at an annualized rate of 6 percent in the July-September period, driven by exports, the Cabinet Office said in a preliminary report Monday.

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Rules Lag As Factory Dust Explosions Kill Workers

November 14, 2011 4:22 am | by Travis Loller, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Each year, people are killed and maimed by explosions of finely powdered wood, metal or chemicals at factories around the country. Safety experts have studied the threat posed by dust at industrial sites for nearly a decade, yet tighter regulations are still years away.

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Leasing Firm Boosts Airbus Order

November 14, 2011 4:20 am | by Adam Schreck, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Airbus on Monday fattened an order for its new A320neo jets and Boeing snagged another customer for the 787 at the Dubai Airshow as Mideast buyers showed they remain bullish despite the uncertain global economy. The deals, which followed a record $18 billion airplane order from Dubai airline Emirates the day before, added ammunition to forecasts from the two major aircraft manufacturers that...

CAT Shifts Manufacturing From Japan

November 14, 2011 4:17 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. said Friday that it plans to move some of its manufacturing from Japan to North America, a move that it says will put it closer to its many customers in North America and Europe. Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Ill., hasn't decided where the new plant will be, but it plans to do so by the end of the year.

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