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GM Profits, But Can They Repay That $43.3B Debt?

May 18, 2010 4:18 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin & Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — In less than a year, General Motors Co. has roared back from bankruptcy to a quarterly profit. Now comes the hard part: Sustaining the income and repaying billions of dollars in government aid. There are signs that GM is on track to do just that. Revenue is up 40 percent over the first quarter of last year.

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Measure Conductivity Anywhere

May 17, 2010 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Models S10 and S17 Universal Toroidal Conductivity Sensors from Electro-Chemical Devices, Inc. (ECD, Irvine, CA) feature a standard measurement range from 50 to 1,000 mS. The inductive sensors are built with the toroids in line with the axis of the sensor instead of perpendicular to the axis as is commonly employed.

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Go Rubber For Performance

May 17, 2010 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Robinson Rubber Products (Minneapolis, MN) has a new tool call the Molded Rubber Component Design Specification Checklist, which can be filled in online. A Robinson Rubber Engineer will evaluate your part requirements and provide a free, no-obligation way to investigate potential new methods to improve your product’s performance, life, weight, features, and assembly costs.

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Long-Lasting Pumps

May 17, 2010 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nikkiso-KSB GmbH (Bruchköbel, Germany) has launched a new pump type series to meet the stringent requirements of API 685. The series comprimises of 27 sizes and is designed for a minimum of 20 years of operation under heavy-duty conditions. The low-noise motors are available up to 132 kW and are fitted with a corrosion-resistant and energy-efficient chrome nickel molybdenum alloy.

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All-In-One Machining Center

May 17, 2010 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new SPECHT 500/630 horizonal machining center from MAG Industrial Automation Systems (Sterling Heights, MI) offers modularity with six spindle options, four control options, and three 5-axis configurations to suit various needs. The machine is engineered around a box-in-box, moving-table design for low-inertia responsiveness that delivers accuracies up to 4 microns with 260-Nm full-torque cuts.

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China Rejects Domestic Fighter Jets For Poor Manufacturing

May 17, 2010 4:50 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (Kyodo) — China's Air Force has refused to accept 16 J-11B fighters manufactured by a domestic aircraft maker due to technical problems, the Kanwa Defense Review magazine said in its June issue, quoting a Western intelligence source in Beijing. China is believed to have developed the new fighter based on technology from the Russian fighter Sukhoi Su-27, sparking speculation that the maker, Shenyang Aircraft Corp.

Army Recalls 44,000 Combat Helmets

May 17, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army says it is recalling 44,000 advanced combat helmets that have been issued to soldiers worldwide because they do not meet military specifications. The Army said in a statement Friday that the risk to soldiers wearing the helmets is still being determined. New helmets are being issued to anyone who has a defective one.

Boat Manufacturer Goes Global With Six Employees

May 17, 2010 4:41 am | by Susan Salisbury, AP Writer | News | Comments

STUART, Fla. (AP) — If you've ever perched on the fiberglass platform that juts out from the back of a boat, it might have been made by Beachcomber Fiberglass Technology. The Stuart company, in business since 1978, builds those swim platforms and other ubiquitous items that are so much a part of boating and marinas that most people never think about their origins.

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New Biomass Conundrum: Where To Get Biomass?

May 17, 2010 4:34 am | by Becky Kramer, AP Writer | News | Comments

KETTLE FALLS, Wash. (AP) — Roaring furnaces unleash the energy of wood at Avista Corp.'s Kettle Falls generating station. Chips and bark become white-hot ash as temperatures soar to 2,500 degrees inside the massive seven-story furnaces. The searing heat produces steam, which runs a turbine for electricity.

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Explosion At Gun Manufacturer Caused By Single Machine

May 17, 2010 4:31 am | News | Comments

COLEBROOK, N.H. (AP) — The investigation into a series of explosions at a gun and ammunition manufacturing plant in far northern New Hampshire that killed two people has led to one machine, the state's fire marshal said Saturday. Bill Degnan said that the investigation into Friday's explosions at the MDM Muzzleloader building has led to a machine in the manufacturing section of the plant.

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GM Rides Expense Cuts, Strong Sales To Profitability

May 17, 2010 4:30 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin & Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. rode expense cuts from its bankruptcy and strong sales of redesigned models to its first quarterly net income in nearly three years. The $865 million first-quarter profit is a dramatic reversal from the huge $6 billion loss in the same period last year. The last time the company made a quarterly profit was the second quarter of 2007, when it earned $891 million.

Building Solar Panels On The Strip

May 17, 2010 4:29 am | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A California company is planning to build a $20 million manufacturing plant for solar power cells in the Las Vegas area. The operation will employ about 278 workers, according to officials at Amonix Inc., which is based in Seal Beach, Calif. The plan was announced Saturday during a dedication ceremony in Henderson for a 308-kilowatt solar installation that the company sold to Southern Nevada Water Authority.

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Do Your Part—Recycle

May 14, 2010 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Shure Manufacturing (Washington, MO) offers new Recycle Cabinets, which have a large swing-out door to reveal a 40-gallon plastic receptacle with dolly for recyclable materials. The steel door can be closed to conceal unsightly containers, making the customer’s service area look clean and organized, while helping the environment.

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Go Explosion-Free

May 14, 2010 8:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fike (Blue Springs, MO) has introduced a new brand for its entire line of explosion protection products. The EPIC brand includes explosion venting, flameless venting, explosion isolation (chemical and mechanical), explosion suppression, and more. The EPIC name stands for “Explosion Protection Integrated Components,” and has changed the branding on other model names, so customers are encouraged to visit www.

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Labeling For Safety

May 14, 2010 8:10 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Electronics (Harrisburg, PA) has announced the North American launch of Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) labels for safety, warning, and electrical box identification. The labels have a permanent adhesion and are protected by a lamination that offers resistance to abrasions, fluids, dirt, and stains.

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Learn Hydraulics In-And-Out

May 14, 2010 8:10 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

American Technical Publishers (Orland Park, IL) has introduced a new textbook specifically designed for teaching the design, application, and maintenance of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Fluid Power Systems addresses fluid power systems, components, and devices, and focuses on troubleshooting techniques by introducing descriptions, operational procedures, common applications, and operating characteristics.

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Navistar Turns Stimulus Cash Into Electric Trucks

May 14, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

WAKARUSA, Ind. (AP) — An Elkhart County assembly line has begun turning out Navistar e-Star electric trucks that can travel 100 miles on a single charge. Navistar says the all-electric eStar medium-duty commercial truck being turned out in Wakarusa has batteries can be replaced in about 20 minutes and recharged in six to eight hours.

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China Releases American Engineer After 17 Months

May 14, 2010 4:41 am | News | Comments

by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press Writer BEIJING (AP) — An American engineer held in China for more than a year on accusations he misused trade secrets has been released, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said Friday. Hu Zhicheng remains in China but plans to return home soon. The embassy said he was released late last month, but did not have an exact date.

Toyota To Idle Thai Plant Over Political Unrest

May 14, 2010 4:37 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota said Friday it will halt production at one of its four auto plants in Thailand and transfer the workers to the other factories in a move the carmaker says is unrelated to political unrest in the Southeast Asian country. Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Takanori Yokoi said decision to stop production at a Toyota factory on the outskirts of the Thai capital Bangkok was made in November last year.

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Ohio Unlikely To Land $1 Billion Russian Steel Plant

May 14, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The governor is acknowledging that hope has faded for a Russian steelmaking company's plans for a $1 billion steel mill in southern Ohio. Amanda Wurst, spokeswoman for Gov. Ted Strickland, said Thursday the state has not heard from Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works for some time.

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