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BlackBerry Maker Tries To Soothe Angry Customers

October 18, 2011 5:43 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — The maker of the struggling BlackBerry tried to soothe tens of millions of frustrated customers Monday, offering more than $100 worth of free software to each one and giving some a month of technical support as compensation for last week's massive outage. But some BlackBerry users and experts cast doubt on whether the freebies from Research In Motion would be enough to keep people from abandoning the tarnished...

Apple Supplier Faces Pollution Complaints In China

October 18, 2011 5:41 am | News | Comments

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Taiwan-based company that supplies metal casings for Apple's Inc.'s MacBook series of laptops says it is shutting down some operations at its factory complex in eastern China following complaints of bad odors by residents. Catcher Technology Chairman Hung Shui-shu told reporters late Monday that Chinese authorities had ordered the company to close down some production lines in Suzhou city for inspection.

OSHA Fines Welding Shop $59K

October 18, 2011 5:37 am | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Stollings welding company is facing more than $59,000 in fines after federal investigators found more than two dozen safety violations. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the proposed penalties against Mollett Welding and Mine Service Inc.


Navigator Scales

October 17, 2011 11:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

OHAUS Corporation (Parsippany, NJ) has introduced two new models to the Navigator family. The new Navigator and Navigator XL models, which join the recently launched Navigator XT, offer a unique combination of features including sensors for “touchless” operation, fast response time, and overload protection.


Duplex Compressors

October 17, 2011 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Jenny Products, Inc. (Somerset, PA) has announced its complete line of single- and two-stage duplex compressors. Each unit is equipped with two pumps and two electric motors, which can be operated separately or at the same time. This allows the second pump to serve as a back-up or complement the first pump to accommodate greater air flow needs.


Industrial Gear Oils

October 17, 2011 11:28 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

ExxonMobil Lubricants & Petroleum Specialties (Fairfax, VA) has announced its new lineup of high-performance, fully-synthetic industrial gear oils, known as the Mobil SHC Gear series. Mobil SHC Gear fluids are approved by Siemens for use in Flender gearboxes and meet or exceed nearly every other major industry and Original Equipment Manufacturers specification for industrial gearbox applications.


Insul-Lock Roof Insulation Adhesive

October 17, 2011 11:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Insul-Lock E HR roof insulation adhesive from The Garland Company (Cleveland, OH) is a highly elastomeric, one-step, VOC-compliant, foamable adhesive that sets in minutes, and contains no solvents. Insul‑Lock E HR adhesive features a unique packaging construction that eliminates the risk of improper mixing through the use of special static mixing nozzles.


The Commuter 'Car' Of The Future?

October 17, 2011 10:46 am | Videos | Comments

This new concept vehicle may best be described as "the safest motorcycle ever built." Check out the features of this vehicle, which combines the efficiency and romance of a motorcycle with the convenience and safety of a car. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Containment Technologies

October 17, 2011 10:43 am | by Gary Partington, Sales & Marketing Manager, Walker Barrier Systems | Articles | Comments

As new drug compounds are being developed to fight diseases, the potency of these compounds is increasing, which puts the personnel working with them at higher risk. Containment technologies are being employed to protect operators from these potent compounds. Other reasons for containment technologies include cross contamination and product migration.

‘Lost’ Prototypes

October 17, 2011 10:37 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

San Francisco police enlist in the greatest guerilla marketing ploy of 2011. Looking for some marketplace heat on the product you’re working on right now? Drop everything in the office and head to the local watering hole, prototype in hand. Drub up conversation with a few regulars and point out the revolutionary manner in which this prototype, that you hold in your hands, will change the [insert industry here].

Harris Gets $66M Radio Order From U.S. Army

October 17, 2011 9:41 am | News | Comments

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Military contractor Harris Corp. said Friday that it received a $66.3 million order from the U.S. Army to provide multiband "manpack" radios to support the modernization of battlefield communications systems. The system will allow for streaming video, collaborative chat, biometric enrollment and secure network connectivity.

$30M Turbine Plant Put On Hold

October 17, 2011 9:39 am | News | Comments

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A project to build a $30 million wind turbine manufacturing plant at the Port of Muskogee has been put on hold. Eagle Claw Fabrication president Tom Word told the Muskogee Phoenix ( a sluggish economy and hesitation by private investors have slowed construction.


Fly Adds 49 Planes To Fleet For $1.4B

October 17, 2011 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Irish aircraft leasing company Fly Leasing Ltd. said on Monday that it closed its purchase on 49 planes for $1.4 billion, increasing its fleet to 109 aircraft. Fly bought the planes from Global Aviation Asset Management, an Australian leasing company. The planes are mostly Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s, with an average age of 7.

CT Firm Credits More Business To Robotics

October 17, 2011 9:32 am | by Lee Howard | News | Comments

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — Robert J. Marelli Jr., owner and president of the sheet-metal fabricator Seconn, looked five years down the road and didn't like what he saw. The average age for welders nationwide had hit 55, and Marelli knew it was only a matter of time before these workers would hit retirement age, leaving a gaping hole in a business he had spent eight years building up.


Philips To Cut 4,500 Jobs As Profit Plunges

October 17, 2011 9:29 am | News | Comments

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Philips Electronics NV, the world's largest lighting maker, said Monday it will slash 4,500 jobs after third quarter earnings fell sharply, hurt by a strong euro, weaker margins and more losses at its television division, which it intends to sell. Net profit was euro74 million ($102 million) from euro524 million in the same period a year ago, the company said.

Apple Sells 4M iPhones In 3 Days

October 17, 2011 9:27 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says it sold more than 4 million units of the new iPhone model in three days. It's selling more than twice as fast as the previous model did when it launched last year. Apple Inc. and its phone company partners started selling the iPhone 4S on Friday in the U.

Oshkosh Corp.'s Union Ratifies New 5-Year Contract

October 17, 2011 5:45 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — After rejecting two previous contract deals, the union for production workers at Oshkosh Corp. easily ratified a new five-year contract Saturday after the maker of military vehicles abandoned a provision that would have allowed it to hire temporary workers. About 77 percent of members approved the deal, said Nick Nitschke, president of the United Auto Workers Local 578.

Samsung Seeks iPhone 4S Ban In Japan

October 17, 2011 5:44 am | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics is asking Japanese and Australian courts to block sales of Apple's new iPhone 4S in those countries. The preliminary injunctions Samsung filed Monday in Tokyo District Court and the Federal Court in Australia are part of an intensifying patent battle between the smartphone giants.

Majority Of Ford Workers Supporting New Contract

October 17, 2011 5:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Workers at some of Ford Motor Co.'s largest local unions have approved a new labor contract with the company, making it likely that the four-year deal will be approved when voting finishes on Tuesday. The United Auto Workers union said Sunday night that more than 90 percent of the 2,991 workers voting at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.


Thailand Flooding Closes Factories

October 17, 2011 5:39 am | by Grant Peck, Thanyarat Doksone, Associated Press | News | Comments

BANGKOK (AP) — Bangkok breathed easier Monday as barriers protecting the capital from Thailand's worst flooding in decades held firm, but authorities ordered a new evacuation in an industrial park north of the city, as the disaster's economic impact worsened. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the Nava Nakorn industrial estate, in Pathum Thani province just north of Bangkok, after water burst through one of several...


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