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Northrop: Forget The Salary, Want An Hourly Wage?

November 12, 2010 3:23 am | News | Comments

NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia (AP) — Northrop Grumman says it's cutting 380 salaried jobs at its Newport News shipbuilding facility. The company that builds ships for the U.S. military says the reduction was necessary to improve efficiency and costs. Northrop Grumman said Friday the cuts are driven, in part, by the completion of major milestones on existing contracts.

Sweet Sustainability: Plastic From Sugar

November 11, 2010 10:43 am | by Tom Domen, International Marketing Manager Product Portfolio, Ecover | Articles | Comments

Sustainability and the environment are quickly becoming hot trends in product packaging, and some companies are using creative ways to make the industry greener.  Food Manufacturing discussed the best options for sustainable packaging with Tom Domen of Ecover, a company that has partnered with Braskem to develop a sugar-based plastic.

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Candy And Capital Punishment

November 11, 2010 9:54 am | by by Amy Lawrence, News Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

When I was younger, the scariest thing about Halloween was Michael Myers and the creepy woman down the street who was straight out of  Hansel and Gretel . Who knows what could have been in that candy? Jump ahead a decade or so, and you still don’t know what’s in the candy. Children’s jewelry has toxic metal.

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MISUMI Introduces 2011 Metric Components Catalog

November 11, 2010 7:59 am | News | Comments

MISUMI USA , Inc., a subsidiary of MISUMI Corporation, part of MISUMI Group, Inc. , announced today it will immediately begin accepting online orders for the latest edition of its metric catalog. The 2011 MISUMI Metric Catalog of mechanical components for machine building and assembly automation features: Over 690 new pages, More than 1,600 new products, 12 new and expanded product sections, and Over 10,000 products added to local stock for faster shipping and delivery.

Oil-Free Air Compressors

November 11, 2010 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hitachi America, Ltd. (Tarrytown, NY) has announced that it has expanded its product line of Oil-Free Rotary Screw Air Compressors to include units in the size range 132-240kW. The expansion also includes life cycle cost reductions, space conservation, and increased efficiency, according to the company.

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Heavier Duty In A Small Package

November 11, 2010 6:30 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Dorner (Hartland, WI) has developed the new 3200 Series iDrive belt conveyor, which offers faster speeds, increased weight capacity, and indexing capabilities, according to the company. The iDrive Series integrates the motor, gearbox, and motor controller all within the frame of the conveyor, which allows the design to fit into tight spaces without worry.

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It's Time To Mix And Shake It

November 11, 2010 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Paul N. Gardner Co., Inc. (Pompano Beach, FL) has released a line of mixers and shakers, including one-gallon vortex mixers and multi-size shakers. The XVL-10 (Round) One Gallon Vortex Mixer and the XVL-12 (Square) One Gallon Vortex Mixer both mix one gallon, quart, and pint containers in a small package.

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Portable Power In Remote Locations

November 11, 2010 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

For any application requiring portable electric power, the Portable Power Package from Newcastle Systems (Middleton, MA) offers advantages over extension cords or generators. The package uses a rechargeable battery to provide integrated, seamless power for any use, and isn’t noisy like generators, or inconvenient and potentially dangerous, like extension cords.

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And I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time

November 11, 2010 5:13 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Knowing the implications such a device would have on my life expectancy, I will be the first in line to propel into the night on one of Rossy’s custom-made jet-propelled wingsuits. On the road again. The travel distance was greater than a five-hour drive, which means that I allowed myself to succumb to the will of the airlines.

What's So Special About The Volt?

November 10, 2010 10:51 am | Videos | Comments

So what's so special about the Chevy Volt? CNN's Maggie Lake hits the streets for a test drive in General Motor's electric car offering, highlights some of its features, and answers whether or not the Volt drives any different than a typical gas-fueled vehicle. Furthermore, she admits the Volt's $41,000 price tag and its mileage are two of the biggest concerns potential customers have as the vehicle hits showrooms.

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BPA Linked To Slow Sperm Counts

November 10, 2010 10:24 am | Videos | Comments

Recent data suggests that the ubiquitous chemical BPA does have a fairly significant impact on both sperm count and "vitality," according to researchers with Kaiser Permenente. A comparison between male factory workers — who were regularly exposed to BPA — and a normal Chinese male showed that higher exposures to the chemical can cause significant defects.

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Good Enough For The World Series?

November 10, 2010 10:23 am | Videos | Comments

With the World Series over for this year, we can take some time to reflect on how exactly a single baseball is made. It's a pretty delicate process that starts with what's called the "pill," which is a sphere of cork surrounded by a rubber casing, all smaller than a golf ball. The ball is finished with some cross-stitching done by hand, and perhaps even more impressive than the end product itself is the image of a few hundred workers in neat rows, all doing the same 108 stitches.

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The Obsolete, Forgotten Linotype

November 10, 2010 10:22 am | Videos | Comments

“Linotype: The Film” is a documentary about Ottmar Mergenthaler’s amazing Linotype typecasting machine and the people who own and love these machines today. Director & Editor: Douglas Wilson Director of Photography: Brandon Goodwin Audio & Sound Design: Jess Heugel Music: Iron & Wine “Freedom Hangs Like Heaven” Does anyone out there still use one of these machines in a regular (or even ir regular) production process)? “Linotype: The Film” Teaser from Linotype: The Film on Vimeo .

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FDA Considers 'Corpse' Graphics For Cigarettes

November 10, 2010 4:04 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The federal government hopes new larger, graphic warning labels for cigarettes that include images of corpses, cancer patients, and diseased lungs and teeth will help snuff out tobacco use. The images are part of a new push announced by the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday to reduce tobacco use, which is responsible for about 443,000 deaths per year.

Common Sense Ways to Increase Quality And Consistency

November 10, 2010 3:59 am | by David Gulati, Fidelity Technologies | Articles | Comments

Since Fidelity Technologies was founded in 1988, the company’s mission has been to provide value to our customers by fulfilling contracts in a timely and cost-effective manner. It has always been our goal to operate with as little waste as possible, so we can be ultra competitive, yet still earn a profit.

Tesla Losses Continue To On High R&D Costs

November 10, 2010 3:37 am | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter loss widened to $34.9 million as it sold fewer cars than a year earlier and it spent significantly more on research and development for its upcoming Model S sedan. Tesla lost $34.9 million in the third quarter, compared to a loss of $4.

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One Dead, Another Injured After DuPont Tank Explodes

November 10, 2010 3:34 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

TONAWANDA, New York (AP) — A 10,000-gallon (38,000-liter) tank undergoing maintenance exploded at a DuPont plant Tuesday, killing one worker and injuring another. Workers were welding equipment connected to the empty tank outside the facility when the explosion occurred at about 10:45 a.

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Raytheon's Layoffs Gets Muddied With Politics

November 10, 2010 3:33 am | by Glen Johnson, GAP Political Writer | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. defense contractor Raytheon announced a series of layoffs Tuesday just days after Gov. Deval Patrick denied asking it to delay terminations until after the state elections. The announcement follows three other rounds of layoffs announced by Massachusetts employers in the immediate aftermath of last week's elections.

Rolls-Royce Under Fire For More Faulty Jet Engines

November 10, 2010 3:32 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

SYDNEY (AP) — Tests uncovered oil stains in three Rolls-Royce engines on Singapore Airlines' A380 superjumbos, prompting the airline to yank the planes from service Wednesday just two days after Qantas announced troubling oil leaks on its A380s. The oil on the Qantas and Singapore planes was discovered during tests prompted by the explosion of a Rolls-Royce engine on a Qantas A380 during a flight from Singapore to Sydney last week.

GM's Revival Solidified With $2 Billion In 3Q Earnings

November 10, 2010 3:31 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Strong profits on new cars and trucks helped General Motors Co. earn $2 billion in the third quarter, enhancing the company's appeal as it nears next week's initial public stock offering. The third-quarter earnings of $1.20 per share nearly match what GM made in the first two quarters of the year combined, aided by profits from overseas and healthy revenue from North America, the company said Wednesday.

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