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Kia CEO Resigns After 100,000-Vehicle Recall

September 7, 2010 4:40 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The top executive at Kia Motors has resigned after the company recalled more than 100,000 vehicles worldwide over defective wiring, the automaker said Tuesday. Chung Sung-eun, vice chairman and CEO of South Korea's No. 2 automaker, stepped down on Friday, according to company spokesman Michael Choo.

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Honeywell's 2,100-Worker Nuke Plant Breaks Ground

September 7, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled this week at the site of a privately developed plant in south Kansas City where non-nuclear parts for nuclear weapons will be built. The facility being built for Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies will employ 2,100 people and replace the current Honeywell plant at the Bannister Federal Complex, also in south Kansas City.

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When Manufactuing Jobs Return, They Will Be High-Skill

September 7, 2010 4:37 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — American workers faced a sobering reality as they celebrated the U.S. holiday of Labor Day at a time of high unemployment, scant hiring and a widespread loss of job security: economists foresee fewer moderately paid factory supervisors, postal workers and office administrators.

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Obama Proposes $200 Billion In Business Tax Breaks

September 7, 2010 4:31 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will call on Congress to pass new tax breaks that would allow businesses to write off 100 percent of their new capital investments through 2011, the latest in a series of proposals the White House is rolling out in hopes of jump-starting economic growth ahead of the November elections.

Your Plant In 3-D

September 2, 2010 12:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MobileScan3D is a mobile CNC laser scanning solution, available from Wenzel/Xspect Solutions (Wixom, Michigan), that allows for fully-automatic reverse engineering and part inspection verification. According to the company, its portability and rapid set-up let users scan on location without time-consuming efforts.

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Get Better Back Support

September 2, 2010 12:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro Industries (Garden Grove, CA) has developed a number of back supports for various applications and jobs, including the Liftbak, which is a 5” belt of rigid foam that supports the back during strenuous lifting. Allegro’s popular Deluxe Spanbak and Bodybelt are designed for greater durability and strength, while the Flexbak offers a three-part closure for a custom fit and superior lumbar support.

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Water-Proof Cabling

September 2, 2010 12:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Heyco Products, Inc. (Minotola, NJ) now offers the Right Angle Strain Relief Cord Grips, which bend electrical cable without damage after insertion, an assembly method that saves time and money, according to the company. The design provides liquid-tight integrity even in the open position, and acme threads on the body prevent skipping and speed installation.

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Thermally-Conductive Adhesives

September 2, 2010 12:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Master Bond EP30FLAO (Hackensack, NJ) is a two-component epoxy resin system for high performance potting, bonding, sealing, and coating. The low-viscosity epoxy is ideal as a thermally-conductive potting compound, and has a wide service temperature range of 4K to 250°F, plus a thermal conductivity of 9-10 BTU/in/ft²/hr/ºF.

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Food AND Fuel

September 2, 2010 9:50 am | by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

A lot of great ideas are developed by imagining a magical black box through which you can process an input to produce a desired output. For example, what if you could take an ear of corn, feed it into a device and get food, fuel and fertilizer out of the other side? This was the challenge given to SynGest engineers when the company set out to produce a system that efficiently utilizes all parts of the corn crop.

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Creative Destruction And The Middle Class

September 2, 2010 9:46 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing is not the total answer to a declining middle class; but for every eight manufacturing jobs created, six other jobs are created in the economy. Joseph Schumpeter in his classic book “Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy” called eras of great change in a capitalist system creative destruction.

Manage Your Plant

September 2, 2010 5:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation developed the R3.05 upgrade to its Plant Resource Manager (PRM), which is an integrated device management software package that can be used to manage, monitor, and diagnose plant field devices. The PRM now supports PROFIBUS DP/PA and wired HART 7 devices, allowing it to be used with a larger range of devices online.

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Recover, Reuse Oil Mist

September 2, 2010 5:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OILMISER Vapor Guard (OVG) from JLM Systems is designed for lubricated gearboxes and bearing housings that are vented to atmosphere. The OVG traps the oil mist and fumes migrating out of the gearbox before they foul the air filter. In addition, the system has a central diffuser post inside a sealed aluminum containment chamber, which allows fumes to condense back into liquid oil.

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Better Welding Helmets

September 2, 2010 5:00 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Professional’s Jackson Safety brand has updated its line of passive welding helmets to incorporate models with fixed-shade and variable auto-darkening visors. At the top of the line is the W-60 series, a multi-functional auto-darkening helmet that operates on a digital platform.

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More Comfortable Safety Goggles

September 2, 2010 4:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The XPR36 high-performance safety goggle from Encon is designed for protection against chemical splash, dust, and flying particles. According to the company, the 360° circuitous ventilation system combines with the QD2 easy strap adjustment system and the ENCOTE (anti-scratch and anti-fog) lens to set a new standard in comfort and durability.

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The Plastic-To-Oil Converter

September 1, 2010 9:49 am | Articles | Comments

Saddened by the damage plastics have incurred on the environment, one Japanese entrepreneur has developed a new machine that is capable of converting a variety of plastics right back into oil. This helps keep recycling costs down, and essentially creates another "home-grown" source of oil that could be used as gasoline in our nation's cars.

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Is 'Big Food' Making Americans Sick?

September 1, 2010 9:26 am | Articles | Comments

It's no surprise that in the last few decades, fewer companies have gained control over more of the meat Americans eat every day. CNN 's John King sits down with Food Inc. director, Robert Kenner, about how centraliziation has negatively affected our food supply. If you ask Kenner, salmonella has become an issue precisely because of our unsustainable food system.

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Miss. Town Awaits Toyota's Decision

September 1, 2010 8:10 am | Articles | Comments

Residents of Blue Springs, Mississippi spent years looking for a new automotive assembly plant in the region, and Toyota's plan for a 2,000-worker facility was a dream come true. But as Toyota's sales dropped, the plant was idled before it even began — and the recent recall issues haven't helped.

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Miniature Trains Make For Big Profits

September 1, 2010 8:07 am | Articles | Comments

One California manufacturer, Role Models Railworks, has found a great deal of success making a quirky something that appeals to a select few consumers: fully-functioning model trains. Called "trainiacs," these enthusiasts spend thousands of dollars (sometimes up to $50,000) on miniature steam engines that are completely rideable.

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NASA-Approved Adhesives

September 1, 2010 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Supreme 10AOHT-LO adhesive from  Master Bond   is a single-component, no mix, thermally-conductive compound featuring electrical insulation and durability against impact, thermal shock, vibration, and stress fatigue cracking. It meets NASA low outgassing specifications and is formulated to cure at elevated temperatures between 250° and 300°F for 1 hour.

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V-Belts Survive Extreme Temperatures

September 1, 2010 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Gates Rubber Co. industrial molded notch v-belts have been upgraded to a high-performance EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) material construction, which provides longer belt life at extreme temperatures, according to the company. The EPDM belts offer a 70 percent broader operating temperature range (-60° to +230°F), which improves resistance to cracking, a common belt failure.

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