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American Airlines Buys 460 Planes From Airbus, Boeing

July 20, 2011 5:08 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is buying at least 460 new planes over the next five years in what it calls the biggest airline order in history. And in a victory for Airbus, it's splitting the work between the European plane maker and Boeing. American said Wednesday it will buy 260 planes from Airbus and 200 from Boeing Co.

Flying Orb Goes Where Humans Can't

July 19, 2011 11:58 am | Videos | Comments

It's called the "futuristic circular flying object" and it can hover, tumble, and soar.'s Nick Dietz reports on the unprecedented aircraft designed to aid in search and recue operations. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


German Scientists Develop Thought-Controlled Car

July 19, 2011 11:53 am | Videos | Comments

German scientists are developing technology which allows a person to steer and drive a car using brain power alone. Using a cap fitted with sensors and an onboard computer, the researchers are able to control their experimental Volkswagen, just by thinking about it. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


New IAWP-7.3 Platform

July 19, 2011 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new IAWP-7.3 from Absolute E-Z Up (Charleston, SC) is the smallest in its line of self-propelled industrial aerial work platforms. Measuring at 43”L x 30”W x 59”H, the IAWP-7.3 has a maximum capacity of 397 lbs. Combined with a zero inside and 39 in. outside turning radius and at 965 lbs.


T9000 Series of I/P And E/P Transducers

July 19, 2011 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild (Winston Salem, NC) has launched the T9000 Series of I/P and E/P transducers for high accuracy and the capability to customize the product for the user’s exact application. The basic T9000 Electro-Pneumatic transducer attains accuracy of 0.5 percent or better and has an LCD display screen with a keypad user interface.


3200 Series iDrive Belt Conveyor

July 19, 2011 11:43 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The 3200 Series iDrive belt conveyor from Dorner (Hartland, WI) offers increased weight capacity and indexing capabilities. The iDrive series integrates the motor, gearbox, and motor controller all within the frame of the conveyor for a space-saving design. Designed for heavy-duty industrial and packaging applications, the 3200’s frame and motor can carry more weight (up to 120 lbs), operate at faster speeds (up to 171 FPM), and is...


Sprite Roamer Intensive Care Unit

July 19, 2011 11:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Sprite Roamer™ Intensive Care Unit (ICU) from Azima DLI (Woburn, MA) is a portable, online monitoring system. Typically used by facilities with no online monitoring system that need more than monthly data collection, the system is also used on problematic machines to gather frequent, consistent data.


Hershey Plans To Sell Original Plant

July 19, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey Co. is selling off part of its original chocolate plant at the sweet price of nearly $58 million. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Monday that the company wants to sell a part of the century-old building that's being used for office space.


Plans For Plant Under Scutiny In NC

July 19, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — Plans for a $95 million sulfur processing plant at the port in Morehead City, N.C. is drawing fire from some coastal-area residents who have scheduled a meeting to discuss details of the project. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at the Crystal Coast Civic Center.


Former Michigan Governor To Plug Electric Cars

July 19, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Michigan governor is in North Carolina to plug electric cars and job creation from clean energy. Ex-governor Jennifer Granholm speaks in Raleigh on Tuesday at the start of a four-day conference for the electric car industry. Granholm is now an adviser to the Pew Charitable Trusts and she'll be visiting the Plug-in 2011 convention.

Solar Cell Plant Will Hire 250

July 19, 2011 8:59 am | News | Comments

HENDERSON, N.C. (AP) — A small North Carolina company with big backers plans to build a solar cell manufacturing plant employing more than 250 people after getting a promise of up to $18 million of tax breaks and other incentives. Gov. Bev Perdue's office on Tuesday announced Durham-based Semprius Inc.


IL Governor Must Pay Worker Raises

July 19, 2011 8:56 am | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn violated the union contract with 30,000 state workers by refusing to give them a pay raise due July 1, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday. Edwin Benn ordered Quinn to start paying the 2 percent increase and provide back pay within 30 days. "As a matter of contract, the state cannot simply refuse to pay the increase," Benn wrote in his opinion.

Chrysler Suspends Workers Caught Drinking On TV

July 19, 2011 8:50 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC has suspended nine workers for allegedly drinking and smoking marijuana before their shifts at a Michigan plant. Detroit television station WJBK-TV aired a story about the workers at the Trenton Engine Plant last week. Chrysler says it identified the workers using the station's video.


Rush Tracking Systems and Sky-Trax, Inc. Announce Merger

July 19, 2011 6:20 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY , Kans. and NEW CASTLE, Del. – Rush Tracking Systems ( ) and Sky-Trax, Inc. ( ) announce they have merged to form a vertically integrated provider of smart truck tracking systems for manufacturing and warehousing environments, solidifying the combined companies’ market leadership.

Solar Windows Offer Solution To Brighter Future

July 19, 2011 6:17 am | Videos | Comments

An Israeli company hopes to revolutionize the green solutions market with solar windows that combine electricity production, energy reduction, and transparent design. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Northeast, West Offer Cheaper Manufacturing

July 19, 2011 6:00 am | Articles | Comments

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Despite the conventional wisdom that the South is best place for manufacturing in the United States, eight of the top 10 states for cost-efficient manufacturing are located in the West and Northeast, new research by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) shows.

Teaching Others Is Often The Best Lesson

July 19, 2011 5:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

After two years of work on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations (IMPO), I’ve accepted the role of managing editor at, another property with Advantage Business Media. I was recently tasked with training a new employee to take over my previous responsibilities with IMPO Magazine .


J&J 2Q Profits Down 20 Percent

July 19, 2011 5:20 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that its second-quarter profit fell nearly 20 percent due to restructuring, recall and litigation costs and higher spending on overhead and research. The results still topped Wall Street expectations. The maker of Band-Aids, biologic medicines and birth control pills said its net income was $2.


Harley's Second-Quarter Profits Doubled

July 19, 2011 5:18 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — Fueled by its first U.S. sales increase in more than four years, Harley-Davidson's second-quarter profit more than doubled, easily beating Wall Street's expectations. The iconic motorcycle maker also boosted its shipment forecast for 2011 and its shares rose $1.

Tablets Shift PC Industry

July 19, 2011 5:17 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The personal computer industry needs a jumpstart — and it's counting on a rescue from emerging markets and a late-to-the-party push into tablet computers. The U.S. and European PC markets have entered a dangerous new phase: Fewer people are buying new PCs because of economic anxiety, market saturation and the rise of seductive new gadgets such as Apple's iPad.


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