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Ind. Truck Part-Maker Shuttered, 225 Jobs Cut

February 19, 2010 3:35 am | News | Comments

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana factory that makes truck parts is being shut down, with about 225 people to lose their jobs. Accuride Corp. spokeswoman Eva Schmitz says its Gunite Corp. factory in Elkhart will be closed by May 1. Its production will be moved to factories in Rockford, Ill.

Toyoda To Testify Before Congress Over Recalls

February 19, 2010 3:34 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, ,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's president Akio Toyoda, under fire for his handling of sweeping recalls, will testify before a congressional hearing next week, appealing to U.S. lawmakers and aggrieved customers for understanding while the company fixes its safety problems. Japanese officials praised the decision by Toyoda, grandson of the company's founder, to accept a formal invitation to explain the recalls and outline plans by the world's largest automaker to ensure safety and satisfy worried car buyers.

Exec Indicted In Price-Fixing, Bribery-Based Food Cartel

February 19, 2010 3:33 am | by Robin Hindery, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The former owner of a California food company was indicted Thursday in an alleged price-fixing plot that involved buyers for some of the nation's biggest food chains. A federal grand jury in Sacramento charged Frederick Scott Salyer with racketeering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

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Eaton Suspends Production After Death

February 19, 2010 3:29 am | News | Comments

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) — The Eaton Corp. has suspended production at its plant in Belmond after a worker died on the job. Company officials say 51-year-old Doug Barkema, of Belmond, died in an accident at the plant Wednesday afternoon. Jason Smith, director of North American Automotives for Eaton, says production will not be restarted until officials determine what happened.

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Finding The Right Manufacturer For Your RFID Hardware

February 18, 2010 10:07 am | by Tamara Harri s, RFID Wizards | Articles | Comments

As in any consideration when trying to produce a product, there are a number of factors that need to be considered in selecting a manufacturer. Cost, quality, reliability and deliverability are just a few. When looking at manufacturing RFID hardware, however, all of the above factors and more should come into consideration.

I'm Suing You, And You, And You

February 18, 2010 8:40 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

We’ve all heard enough talk about Toyota’s recalls and quality control troubles of late, and I’ll do my best to not repeat what’s already been said about the company. Frankly, I’ve grown tired of it, and I’m sure some of you have as well.

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Pickin' Up Bad Vibrations

February 18, 2010 8:14 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Balmac Inc. (Plain City, OH) offers the Model 4216 Vibration Analyzer with an LED Strobe Light for vibration analysis and dynamic balancing applications. The analyzer is a portable solution for vibration and balancing work with a highly efficient, high-brightness light source.

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Keep An Eye On Logistics

February 18, 2010 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

TECSYS, Inc. (Montreal, Canada) announces the EliteSeries 8 Visual Logistics, which enables customers to streamline putaway, picking and packing, and achieve a high order accuracy. The new version is founded on web-based technology that communicates the “what, when, where, why, and how” of plant logistics.

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Tubing Doesn't Stand A Chance

February 18, 2010 8:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Han-Kwang USA (Lombard, IL) announces its Model TL 6015, a tube cutting laser system capable of handling 24’ long, 6.5” diameter workpieces. The maximum wall thicknesses are up to ¼” in mild steel and 1/5” in stainless steel. A 2.5KW Panasonic laser and a versatile Siemens 840D CNC controls all function of the machine, alongside Han-Kwangs proprietary “Flex 3D” tube cutting software.

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Hit The Right Harmonies

February 18, 2010 8:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Danfoss Drives (Milwaukee, WI) introduces the VLT Low Harmonic Drive, which performs real-time analysis and actively imposes currents, as needed, to ensure the highest quality sine waves from the power supply grid. All VLT drives are individually-configured according to the customer’s specific needs.

Worker Dies At Eaton's Belmond, Iowa Plant

February 18, 2010 3:33 am | News | Comments

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) — The Eaton Corp. says a worker has died on the job at its plant in Belmond in northern Iowa. Company spokeswoman Julie Habbouche says 51-year-old Doug Barkema, of Belmond, died in the accident on Wednesday. She says Barkema was a machine operator and had worked at the plant for 24 years.

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CPSC Warns Of 'Creative' Punishments For Sloppy Manufacturers

February 17, 2010 11:03 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation's top safety officials is delivering a stern warning to the makers of toys, cribs and other children's products, telling them to put safety first — or face potential fines, lawsuits or other actions. "If you resist our efforts to recall children's products, be forewarned: This commission stands ready to be creative in the use of our enforcement authorities," Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum said Wednesday.

Baby Bracelets and Pacifier Clips Recalled For Lead

February 17, 2010 10:13 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Utah company is recalling 900 bracelets for babies and pacifier clips because they contain high levels of lead. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday that a 10-month-old girl received medical treatment for elevated lead levels after being exposed to one of the baby bracelets.

Honda's 'Southern Belle': The ATV

February 17, 2010 7:08 am | Articles | Comments

Honda of South Carolina in Timmonsville, South Carolina, builds a variety of ATVs for their flagship brand, and we take a look at how they’re built, from design to piecing together their single-cylinder, four-stroke engines. 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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Writing E-mails With Your Mind

February 17, 2010 7:07 am | Articles | Comments

Back in 1997, Kathy Wolfe was given a painful diagnosis: she has Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS. In the time since her diagnosis, Kathy has lost her ability to move, speak, and even breathe. But thanks to some new technology that translates electrical signals in the brain into text on her computer, she can still write e-mails, and, most importantly, communicate with her husband of 41 years.

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Price Wars: China vs. Japan

February 17, 2010 7:06 am | Articles | Comments

CNN’s Kyung Lah (Tokyo) and John Vause (Beijing) compare prices on popular products in their respective countries, such as cars and TVs. The differences can be staggering, at times. 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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Reviving Manufacturing, One Guitar At A Time

February 17, 2010 7:04 am | Articles | Comments

Every summer, professors at the College of Technology at Purdue bring students in for the High School Guitar Workshop, which allows the youngsters to build a fully-functioning guitar in little more than a few days. Using their own designs, students go through the entire process, and get to take home their custom guitar at the end.

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Manufacturing Olympic Gold

February 17, 2010 7:03 am | Articles | Comments

With the Olympics at full-steam right now, we take a look with VBS.TV into where the gold, silver, and bronze medals came from. Visit Omer Studio in Vancouver, where designers were asked to create a medal that incorporates recycled metal from electronic components. It’s a great combination of industrial design, manufacturing, and sustainability.

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Mueller Appeals $683K OSHA Fine After Blast Kills 1

February 17, 2010 3:48 am | News | Comments

FULTON, Miss. (AP) — Mueller Industries has appealed a $683,000 fine levied by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration for alleged safety violations. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports John Hansen, Mueller's vice president of manufacturing, confirmed the appeal was filed but declined to discuss specifics.

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Mueller Appeals OSHA Fine After Blast Kills 1

February 17, 2010 3:48 am | News | Comments

FULTON, Miss. (AP) — Mueller Industries has appealed a $683,000 fine levied by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration for alleged safety violations. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports John Hansen, Mueller's vice president of manufacturing, confirmed the appeal was filed but declined to discuss specifics.

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