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Durable Goods Orders Fell 0.1 Percent In August

September 28, 2011 5:18 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies ordered more machinery, computers and communication equipment in August, a positive sign for the slumping U.S. economy. An increase in demand for those kind of longer-lasting factory goods suggests businesses are sticking with their investment plans, despite slow growth and weak consumer spending.

Ford's Success Stirs UAW Resentment In Labor Talks

September 28, 2011 5:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford's turnaround over the last five years has resulted in big profits and won its CEO a reputation for brilliant management of the automaker. But those same achievements are stirring resentment among many of its factory workers. And that is complicating contract talks between the company and its union employees.

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BAE Job Cuts A Blow To British Manufacturing

September 27, 2011 9:50 am | by Cassandra Vinograd, Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Defense contractor BAE Systems PLC confirmed Tuesday it is cutting around 3,000 jobs in Britain, in a move unions described as a "hammer blow" to Britain's manufacturing. In a statement confirming widespread speculation, BAE said the job losses are "in response to changes in key programs and the need to maintain competitiveness.

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NHTSA Investigates Jeep, Honda

September 27, 2011 9:48 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are investigating reports that the air bags on some Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles are suddenly going off without a crash happening. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that in four of seven confirmed cases, the front driver-side air bag went off, while in three both the driver- and passenger-side air bags deployed.

Japanese Manufacturer To Expand IL Plant

September 27, 2011 9:13 am | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Japanese manufacturer says it will expand its north-central Illinois factory, which makes parts and trim for the automotive industry. Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday announced that Eakas Corp. will invest $35 million to expand its Peru facility, which will create 25 new Illinois jobs.

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American Science & Engineering Gets $34.9M Deal

September 27, 2011 9:11 am | News | Comments

BILLERICA, Mass. (AP) — American Science and Engineering Inc., which makes X-ray inspection systems, said Monday it received a $34.9 million order for vehicle screening systems used at border crossings. The company did not disclose the source of the contract. The company said its Z Portal screening systems would be used "by officials at multiple border crossings," to inspect cars and trucks at checkpoints.

MA Wins $20M Federal Job Training Grant

September 27, 2011 9:09 am | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — A group of Massachusetts community colleges has received $20 million in federal funding as part of a nationwide effort to design job training programs that provide the new technical skills workers need. The grant was announced Monday by the U.S. Labor Department. The group includes 15 community colleges and is led by Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.

Jewelers Want States To Replace Cadmium Limits

September 27, 2011 9:04 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S jewelry industry wants states to overturn laws that limit the toxic metal cadmium in children's trinkets and adopt new voluntary guidelines it helped create, saying stricter rules in several states create chaos for manufacturers and importers. Persuading legislators to reopen the issue won't be an easy sell: Many consumer and environmental advocates say the new guidelines weaken protection of...

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Robots Take Over University's Classrooms

September 27, 2011 7:30 am | Videos | Comments

At the University of Maryland, robots rule, if only for a day. Engineering students coax their creations to life, using batteries and, in one case, mind control. Robots Take Over University's Classrooms by associatedpress 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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The Cost Of Workplace Stretching Programs

September 27, 2011 7:03 am | Articles | Comments

Ann Arbor, MICH – Humantech , Inc. recently published an article titled, What is the Cost of Your Workplace Stretching Program , in their monthly e-newsletter, the ErgoAccelerator . According to Blake McGowan, Managing Consultant and Ergonomics Engineer at Humantech, the cost of implementing a stretching program for a medium-sized manufacturing facility can range from a whopping $390,000 to $1,365,000 (see calculations ).

Transformation Of Company And Culture

September 27, 2011 7:00 am | Articles | Comments

The results of a successful performance management system are far-reaching. With proper deployment of strategies and tactics, the entire organization can be transformed. Data can drive all critical decisions. Facts can provide the powerful ammunition to allow the company to make well-calculated strategic moves.

Meet 'The iPhone Doc'

September 27, 2011 6:58 am | Videos | Comments

'"Dr. Brendan" (also known as the "iPhone Doc") has seen his iPhone repair business boom as Apple's popularity soars. Just last year, he was fixing a wide range of Apple products from a tiny New York City apartment. Now he has four stores, eight employees, and boasts 300 percent growth since January.

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Digital Counting Scale

September 27, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

A battery operated electronic counting scale that provides pre-sets for common operations, a sealed keypad, and an LCD display is available from Alliance Scale, Inc. (Canton, MA). The Alliance/Ohaus EC Series Digital Counting Scale features a sealed keypad and three-window backlit LCD that displays weight, APW, and count.

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Pressure, Leak Detector

September 27, 2011 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The filtec Pressure/ Leak Detector from filtec (Torrance, CA) inspects bottles for low pressure caused by misplaced caps, stress cracks, and other defects in PET and HDPE containers. The detector uses a beltless system, so there’s no squeezing of the bottles to detect improper pressure—eliminating the possibility of product spillage from defective bottles and the resulting belt contamination.

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Close-Coupled Positive Displacement Pump

September 27, 2011 6:45 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Moyno 1000 close-coupled positive displacement pump from Moyno, Inc. (Springfield, OH) is ideal where space is a premium. The compact, close-coupled configuration is designed for a variety of services including shear sensitive chemical feeds, adhesives, and polymer metering. The pin-type universal joint is sealed and lubricated, providing long life with minimum maintenance.

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Traco Power AC/DC Converter Series

September 27, 2011 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. (Wrentham, MA) has announced the Traco Power TMP 4 to 10 watt AC/DC converter series. The TMP series AC/DC Power Modules is a new range of fully encapsulated power supplies in a compact module. They feature chassis mounting with a screw terminal block connection or direct PCB mounting with solder pins.

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Navy Awards Contracts To Bath, Ingalls

September 27, 2011 5:16 am | News | Comments

BATH, Maine (AP) — Maine's Bath Iron Works has been awarded an extra ship, winning contracts for two out of three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be built for the Navy. For the contract, the Navy agreed to award one ship apiece to Bath Iron Works and to the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Mississippi.

Paramount Unveils First African Military Plane

September 27, 2011 5:14 am | News | Comments

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A South African arms company has unveiled what it calls the first all-African military plane. Johannesburg-based Paramount Group boss Ivor Ichikowitz, showing reporters the AHRLAC on Tuesday, says the lightweight aircraft can be used for peacekeeping missions and reconnaissance and is armed to defend itself.

Lockheed Martin To Lay Off 540

September 27, 2011 5:11 am | News | Comments

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. is laying off 540 employees in plane-making operations in Texas, Georgia and California. The company said Monday it expected most of the affected workers to leave by year-end. The layoffs are part of a move announced in June to eliminate 1,500 jobs in the aeronautics business as Lockheed cut costs in response to pressure to limit U.

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Cessna Unveils New Business Jet

September 27, 2011 5:08 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Cessna Aircraft Co. introduced on Monday a new light business jet which it plans to build at one of its Kansas facilities. The Citation M2, unveiled to prospective buyers at a customer event in Wichita, aims to fill the market gap between the company's Citation Mustang and the Citation CJ planes.

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