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FTC Files Antitrust Suit Against Intel

December 16, 2009 3:23 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is suing Intel Corp., accusing the world's biggest chip maker of using its size to snuff out competition. The FTC says Intel, which makes the microprocessors that run personal computers, has shut rivals out of the marketplace. In the process, the FTC says Intel has deprived consumers of choice and stifled innovation in the chip industry.

Copenhagen Debate Stall As U.S. Balks On Climate Change

December 16, 2009 3:18 am | by Charles J. Hanley, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Danish police fired pepper spray and beat protesters with batons outside the U.N. climate conference on Wednesday, as disputes inside left major issues unresolved just two days before world leaders hope to sign a historic agreement to fight global warming. With the talks clearly deadlocked, Connie Hedegaard, former Danish climate minister, resigned from the conference presidency to allow her boss, Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen to preside as world leaders from 115 nations streamed into Copenhagen.

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Boeing's 787 A 'Joy To Fly'

December 16, 2009 3:12 am | by George Tibbits, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The first flight of Boeing's new 787 jetliner brought no surprises — exactly what pilots, engineers and company officials had anxiously sought for the long-delayed aircraft. "The airplane responded just as we expected," Randy Neville, one of the two pilots, said after touchdown Tuesday at Seattle's Boeing Field.

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Goals for 2010: Tackling the 5lb. Bag of Oranges

December 15, 2009 6:26 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

In the spirit of my annoyance over those overwhelming, uninteresting, almost certainly irrelevant lists of the “Top 10 X of 2009,” I’ve developed my own. Though it’s a far cry from David Letterman, at least it’s not the perennial Top 10 Break-ups of 2009 (thank you Time.

Restore Power Anywhere

December 15, 2009 5:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bridgeport Magnetics (Shelton, CT) has developed the PhazeSaver Model PS8000, a transportable 8000VA transformer to restore 240VAC power from a single 120VAC and a neutral source. The PhazeSaver restores power to businesses that lose partial service — either 120VAC or 208/240VAC — until permanent repairs can be completed, without the use of shunts or bridging utilities.

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Universal Valve Actuators

December 15, 2009 5:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

VICI Valco (Houston, TX) has a new Universal Valve Actuator that allows instrument manufacturers to use a single motor and control software to operate any Valco or Cheminert rotary valve. All valves and selectors, with a wide range of turning torques, are covered by three actuator versions: high-speed, medium-speed/medium-torque, and high-torque.

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Anti-Stick Gasketing

December 15, 2009 5:12 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Flange Free anti-stick gasket coating from Garlock Sealing Technologies (Palmyra, NY) is a proprietary, anti-stick agent that facilitates the removal of gaskets from flanged joints, which is applied to all of Garlock’s compressed sheet gasketing. Treating gaskets with Flange Free can reduce the time and effort required for removal after extended service, according to the company.

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Pipe Weld Inspection, For Any Size

December 15, 2009 5:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus NDS (Waltham, MA) introduces a suite of tools for the inspection of circumferential welds in pipes with a diameter as small as 0.84”. Integral in the solution is the COBRA, a manual scanner specifically designed to inspect welds in small diameter pipes. The COBRA is used in conjunction with the OmniScan MX Phased Array flaw detector and OmniScan MXU software to provide a portable inspection solution.

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Whitacre: GM Will Repay Federal Loans By June

December 15, 2009 4:39 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. plans to pay all of its $6.7 billion in government loans by the end of June, Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre Jr. said Tuesday. The automaker plans to make quarterly installments starting this month with a $1.2 billion payment, Whitacre said. He said GM could repay the loan sooner but that hasn't been decided.

GE Aviation Expands Mississippi Operations By 350

December 15, 2009 3:54 am | News | Comments

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — GE Aviation is expanding its operation in the northern Mississippi city of Batesville. Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday that the company will add 350 jobs over the next several years. The plantalready has more than 100 workers. The plant makes composite components for the GEnx jet engine, which will power Boeing's new 787 and 747-8 aircraft.

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Man With 'Popcorn Lung' Settles Explosive Lawsuit

December 15, 2009 3:40 am | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver man believed to be the only consumer to develop "popcorn lung" from regularly eating microwave popcorn and its artificial butter flavoring has settled his claims against a flavor developer. Documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Denver say Wayne Watson has settled claims against FONA International Inc.

Poll: Climate Bills Help, Not Hurt, Jobs And Economy

December 15, 2009 3:33 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans believe steps taken to reduce global warming pollution will help the U.S. economy than say such measures will hurt it. It's a sign the public is showing more faith in President Barack Obama's economic arguments for limiting heat-trapping gases than in Republican claims that the actions would kill jobs.

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CPSC Recalls 50 Million Window Blinds

December 15, 2009 3:28 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government and the window covering industry on Tuesday recalled more than 50 million Roman-style shades and roll-up blinds because of the risk children may be strangled by the cords. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said five deaths and 16 near-strangulations from Roman shades have been reported since 2006, while three deaths connected to roll-up blinds have been reported since 2001.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Spreads Its Wings... Today

December 15, 2009 3:14 am | by George Tibbits, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Weather permitting, Boeing Co. plans to finally get its new 787 jetliner into the air Tuesday, more than two years after it had intended. The test aircraft completed its ground tests during the weekend, including a 150-mph dash down the runway at Everett's Paine Field during which its nose gear briefly lifted off the pavement.

Cummins Engine To Cut 200 Indiana Workers

December 15, 2009 3:11 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Cummins Engine Co. will lay off more than 200 workers in Columbus. Spokesman Mark Land said the company will idle off 195 workers at its fuel systems plant by Jan. 2 because of a decline in demand for heavy-duty truck engines. Land says customers have been buying more trucks with older engines instead of buying new and more expensive trucks that meet new government emissions standards that take effect on Jan.

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Visible Hydrogen Sulfide Cloud Forces Evacuation Of 4,000

December 14, 2009 10:33 am | by Matt Leingang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A gas leak at an oil recycling company forced about 4,000 workers to evacuate nearby office buildings for six hours Monday, sending one person to the hospital, authorities said. Firefighters who arrived at Heartland Petroleum LLC saw a gas cloud over the company, said Battalion Chief David Whiting.

GM-Rooted Flint Manufacturing Plant On Auction Block

December 14, 2009 10:25 am | by David Runk, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A Flint manufacturing and office complex that includes a building constructed in the 1920s by the founder of General Motors and that still houses his one-time office will be auctioned off Tuesday. The Great Lakes Technology Centre, as it's now known, will be auctioned off in four parts.

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The Brainstorm: Innovation In A Recession

December 14, 2009 10:23 am | by Tim Bowe, CEO & Co-Founder, Foliage | Articles | Comments

It has been suggested that the recession is, in part, a result of a lack of innovation in America? Do you buy that?  This question has been discussed by economists for quite some time. The basis of the question is that in the 1980’s, the U.

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Miniature Circuit Breakers

December 14, 2009 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) now offers Fuji Electric’s BW series of molded case circuit breakers, which take up a small amount of space and offer standard type and high-interrupting capacities in identically-size housings. The three-pole non-adjustable magnetic trip breakers, in sizes up to 800A, are also suitable for reverse-feed applications.

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Fast, Low-Power Vacuum Gripping

December 14, 2009 7:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FXC-HD large-area gripping system from Schmalz (Raleigh, NC) facilitates energy-saving and cost-efficient automation with a small main body and a small evacuation volume. The chambers from the suction and blow-off functions are separate, so items can be set down quickly, using less power, with only 0.

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