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Battle Bots Educate Youth On Manufacturing, Engineering

May 24, 2010 6:24 am | by Pamela Kan, President, Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation | Articles | Comments

I first learned about the FIRST program while traveling with one of my salesmen. We called on several companies where somewhere within the course of the meeting one of the engineers would reveal their involvement as a mentor in a group called FIRST . I realize now that these mentors during the time of the competition are extremely dedicated and devote many hours to their teams and probably think of little else.


China Promises Currency Reform, More U.S. Imports

May 24, 2010 5:00 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China promised currency reforms Monday as it opened a high-level dialogue with Washington but said it will decide the pace and pressed for an end to U.S. curbs on high-tech exports. President Hu Jintao made the pledge at the start of the two-day meeting, apparently trying to defuse a key irritant as officials began wide-ranging talks on financial market reforms, trade and reviving global growth.

Professor: Engineers Aren't What They Used To Be

May 24, 2010 4:41 am | by Amy Rolph | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Adam Bruckner has noticed a disturbing trend during his 38 years as a University of Washington professor of aeronautics engineering. His tests are less rigorous. His students, less prepared. Even the format of classes is changing, morphing into something that requires less manpower and smaller amounts of state money.


Oil Boom Manufacturing Experiencing Unfortunate Boom

May 24, 2010 4:40 am | by Kevin Spears | News | Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Nearly a mile of newly made oil-containment boom, which provides a final and desperate line of defense against an enormous slick in the Gulf of Mexico, gets trucked out of a small factory in Cape Canaveral each day. "We're maxed out," said Sean Geary, sales manager at American Boom & Barrier Corp.

Marble Manufacturer Fires Up Furnace For The Last Time

May 24, 2010 4:37 am | by Michael Sangiacomo | News | Comments

MARIETTA, Ohio (AP) — David McCullough will say a little prayer early Monday, fire up a massive gas furnace for perhaps the last time and do what he does best — produce pretty marbles. McCullough may have to work his magic on the furnace, which has sat idle for months in Jabo Inc.'s tiny factory near Marietta.


300 Motts Workers Strike Over Wage, 401(k) Cuts

May 24, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

WILLIAMSON, N.Y. (AP) — About 300 workers at a Mott's apple juice plant in western New York have gone on strike over proposed wage and benefit reductions. The unionized hourly employees at the Mott's plant in Williamson, 20 miles east of Rochester, walked off the job Sunday after contract negotiations on Friday failed to reach an agreement.


Will The Volt Recharge Detroit Automaking?

May 24, 2010 4:27 am | by Sharon Cohen, AP National Writer | News | Comments

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — He stands all day, bent over noisy machines, cutting giant sheets of steel and feeding them into monster-sized presses so powerful the concrete floor rumbles beneath his size-16 feet. This is how Steve Prucnell builds cars. In 22 years, the parts haven't changed much.


Ford Investing $135 Million In Two Detroit Plants

May 24, 2010 4:26 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Two Ford Motor Co. factories near Detroit will see 170 additional jobs in the next two years as the automaker brings battery pack and gas-electric hybrid transmission assembly to the United States. The company said Monday it will create a "center of excellence" for electric vehicle development in the Detroit area, and it intends to add more than 50 engineers to work on the next generation of electric vehicles.


For Cutting, Wavy Is Better

May 21, 2010 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS, Southbridge, MA) has engineered a line of professional-grade blades, the Wavy Scallop Edge Blades, that combine the ability to cut tough materials with a longer blade life to outperform standard beveled edge blades. The new product can be used in numerous applications, such as cutting reinforced hydraulic hose or rubber belting.


Hoses Ready For Anything

May 21, 2010 7:31 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

A flexible, wire-reinforced Santoprene thermoplastic rubber hose from Flexaust (Warsaw, IN) is well-suited for a wide range of ventilation and light bulk handling applications, according to the manufacturer. The Flexadux TR T-6 hose is highly resistant to chemicals, moisture, UV, and abrasion, and is capable of handling toxic fumes, dust, wood chips, and similar materials.


Conveyors Go Dust-Free

May 21, 2010 7:30 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The DustPruf family of conveyors from Dorner Manufacturing (Hartland, WI) includes the 2300 and 5300 series, and now integrates SmartSlot technology into the frame. This slot provides all the integration and add-on capabilities of a T-slot, without the inherent drawbacks of slots that collect contaminants or debris.


A Luminary In Electrical Safety

May 21, 2010 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) has introduced a new Push-In Luminaire Disconnect that enables technicians to change ballasts safely and easily without having to trip the main power breaker. The disconnect is ideal for all fluorescent lighting applications up to 4A, 600V, and complies with 2008 NEC 4010.


Capital Investment Makes Manufacturing RVs A Plush Ride

May 21, 2010 5:39 am | Articles | Comments

Advanced Machine & Engineering Co., (AME) offers its line of Amlok® cylinder rod locks for a variety of applications in myriad industries. One recent installation is on the worker lift platforms at a major RV manufacturer in the Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana area, home to that industry’s leading producers of motor homes, fifth wheel campers, trailers, and other vehicles.


Contract Manufacturing Is Healthier Than Ever

May 21, 2010 5:38 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

"The thought of U.S. medical device innovators investing millions of dollars on market research and product development time only to compromise the quality and intellectual property of the device by outsourcing to an offshore partner just to save a few dollars. I just don’t get it." - Chris Coghlin, President & CEO, Coghlin Companies In the latest  PD&D Fireside Chat , Chris Coghlin, president and CEO of  Coghlin Companies , discusses the impending limitations new taxes will cause in medical device development, ongoing medical device innovation, protecting his company against counterfeit components, the cool projects he witnesses on the plant floor everyday, and more.


Govt. Aims To Up Fuel Economy Ante Past 2016

May 21, 2010 4:36 am | by Erica Werner, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to a day when cars and trucks use far less gasoline or none at all, President Barack Obama plans to order the government to prepare fuel efficiency standards for many years from now and renew its focus on electric-powered vehicles. Obama is also asking federal agencies to extend a national fuel-efficiency program to big rig and work trucks for the first time, beginning in 2014.

Obama Pushes For More Nuclear Power

May 21, 2010 4:28 am | by Erica Werner, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is poised to ask Congress to agree to $9 billion more in loan guarantees for the nuclear energy industry, a Democratic aide said Thursday, in a renewed push for nuclear power as the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico highlights the risks of fossil fuel production.


PepsiCo To Invest $2.5 Billion In Chinese Manufacturing

May 21, 2010 4:15 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. said Friday that it plans to invest an additional $2.5 billion in China in the next three years on new plants and research facilities as the food and beverage maker builds up its presence in the growing market. The company made the announcement in a news release Friday from Shanghai, site of the Shanghai Expo, where PepsiCo is a sponsor of the USA Pavilion.


Polaris Moves Wisconsin Jobs To Mexico

May 21, 2010 4:13 am | News | Comments

OSCEOLA, Wis. (AP) — Polaris Industries Inc. says it will shut down its parts plant in the western Wisconsin city of Osceola (ahss-see-OH'-luh). The Medina, Minn.-based maker of snowmobiles, ATVs and Victory motorcycles says it's moving many of the operations to a new facility in the Monterrey-Saltillo area of Mexico.


More Suicides Plague Foxconn's Manufacturing Workers

May 21, 2010 4:12 am | by William Foreman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — A worker at Foxconn Technology Group, which makes iPhones and iPads, jumped to his death Friday from a building in the southern Chinese boomtown of Shenzhen — the ninth suicide this year at the world's largest contract maker of electronics, state-run media reported.


Tesla And Toyota Announce NUMMI Joint-Venture

May 21, 2010 4:09 am | by Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The heads of Tesla Motors Inc. and Toyota Motors Corp. surprised the auto world Thursday by announcing a partnership to develop and build electric cars at a recently shuttered auto plant in the San Francisco Bay area. Akio Toyoda, CEO of the world's largest automaker, said Toyota will invest $50 million in Tesla when the company begins selling stock to the public, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company will purchase the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.



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