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At Paris Auto Show, Gasoline Is Still King

October 1, 2010 4:44 am | by Colleen Barry and Greg Keller, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — Hybrids and electric cars may get top billing. But at the Paris Auto Show, conventional engines are showing they have plenty of mileage left. New gas and diesel models have carbon emissions not far behind those of hybrids, and there's nothing old-fashioned about their small size and highly efficient internal combustion technology.

Economists Expect Manufacturing Growth In September

October 1, 2010 4:43 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Growth in the manufacturing sector likely continued in September but at a slightly slower pace, economists say. Makers of goods such as PCs, autos, furniture and factory machinery helped pull the economy out from the recession because of overseas sales and strong demand from businesses that needed to replenish their stockpiles of goods.

Piping Problems No More

September 29, 2010 4:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

RIDGID (Elyria, OH) has introduced the new all-in-one CS1000 digital recording monitor, which is compatible with all RIDGID SeeSnake reels. It also consists of an upgraded LCD Pak , as well as a durable keyboard. The LCD Pak is designed for performance and durability, with a lightweight design and battery-powered mobility, and has a 12.


Easier-To-Read Pressure Gauges

September 29, 2010 3:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PG10 Digital Pressure Gauge from Automation Products Group, Inc. (APG — Logan, UT) is an IP65-rated indoor/outdoor gauge that features a 5.5” display casing, a five-digit display, and a 270° digital “dial” that shows a user-selectable pressure range from 0 to 100 percent.


Solder Paste Gets Better

September 29, 2010 3:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

FCT Assembly (Milpitas, CA) has introduced its RMA250 Solder Paste, which is a rosin-based chemistry designed to provide repeatability and consistency in the printing process. The paste offers an extended abandon time and excellent soldering activity with all surface finishes, according to the company.


Chip-Proof And Temperature-Resistant

September 29, 2010 3:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

igus (East Providence, RI) is offering an energy tube for the machine-tool industry that is nearly 100 percent chip-proof, according to the company. The RX energy tube ensures debris simply falls off due to its smooth domed outer contour. In addition, internal testing has confirmed that the energy tube is nearly 100 percent airtight.


Boeing Receives $5.3 Billion Fighter Jet Order

September 29, 2010 3:39 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is ordering $5.3 billion worth of F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Boeing Co. Boeing says the order is for 124 aircraft to be delivered between 2012 and 2015. The order includes 66 Super Hornets and 58 of its new Growlers, which are two-seat jets equipped with radar-jamming equipment and other gear to knock out a wide array of electronic devices.

HP Paints Rosy Outlook Despite Missing A CEO

September 29, 2010 3:21 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. offered a rosy financial outlook Tuesday without giving any guidance on the biggest issue hanging over the world's largest technology company: the identity of its next CEO. The leading maker of personal computers and printers has been looking for a new leader since its board pressured Mark Hurd, its CEO of five years, to step down in an early August scandal revolving around allegations of sexual...


Kid's Science Kits May Be No More Thanks To CPSC

September 29, 2010 3:16 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the tools that teachers use to get kids jazzed about science — hands-on science kits — could face an uncertain future amid a debate on safety. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has been mired for weeks in deliberation as it writes guidelines on what makes a product a "children's product.

Caterpillar To Build Mini Excavators In China

September 29, 2010 3:13 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest marker of construction and mining equipment, said Wednesday it plans to open a new facility in Wujiang, China, to build mini hydraulic excavators. The company currently supplies Chinese customers with mini excavators produced at a facility in Xuzhou, China, and with machines produced in Sagami, Japan.

Iowa-Based AMS 'Anxious' To Build Electric Cars

September 29, 2010 3:12 am | News | Comments

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Webster City company is close to beginning production of electric vehicles. AMS Inc. owner Joe Fleming says the firm is about two weeks away from producing the autos and is putting final preparations in place. The Webster City Freeman Journal reports Tuesday that the company will start out assembling about 38 cars a week and increase that to about 100 cars a week in December.

Warehouse Shooter Quarreled With Woman He Shot 11 Times

September 29, 2010 3:09 am | News | Comments

CRETE, Neb. (AP) — Investigators say the man who shot three co-workers at a cold-storage warehouse in southeast Nebraska and then fatally shot himself had argued with the woman he shot 11 times. The Saline County Sheriff's office released an update Tuesday on its investigation of the Sept.


Hershey Approves $200 Million Expansion Project

September 29, 2010 3:07 am | News | Comments

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Chocolate maker Hershey has gained township approval for a $200 million expansion project that would shift production from a century-old plant to a modern facility nearby. Derry Township supervisors on Tuesday approved the final land development plans for the 243,000-square-foot expansion at a plant in West Hershey.


Automated Cable Security

September 28, 2010 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Seatek Company (Stamford, CT) has introduced a new model in its Roto-Split line — the RS-101B — which is equipped with an auto-clamping feature that eliminates the need for a thumb screw when cutting different sizes of AC/MC cable. Any cable from 14-2 to 10-4 or 3/8” Flex is secured just by squeezing the bottom lever, preventing the application of too much force to aluminum casing.


Better Avoidance Detection

September 28, 2010 7:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omron Scientific Technologies Inc. (Fremont, CA) introduces its compact Type 3 safety laser scanner — the OS32C Safety Laser Scanner — with a 104.5mm profile and low 5W power consumption. According to the company, the OS32C is easy to install, making it ideal for solving presence detection and collision avoidance applications.


Prevent Mold And Bacteria

September 28, 2010 7:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sycamore Systems LLC (Montgomery, IL) provides protection against the spread of mold, bacteria, and staph infections with antimicrobial Exchangemaster lockers. Non-organic silver ions kill bacteria on contact within two hours, and provide 24/7 antimicrobial protection. Check out www.lyonworkspace.


Vibration Analysis Goes Wireless

September 28, 2010 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Process Management (Austin, TX) has extended the capabilities of its CSI 9420 Wireless Vibration Transmitter to deliver more detailed information for machinery analysis. The CSI 9420 can now also use Emerson’s Smart Wireless network to send high-resolution spectra to vibration expects for detailed diagnosis of machinery issues.


Eliminate Contract Termination During Its Term

September 28, 2010 5:43 am | by Roberta F. Howell | Articles | Comments

The first column of this series discussed strategies for minimizing the risks of terminating a distribution relationship by carefully structuring the relationship from the beginning.  In this column, we identify strategies for minimizing the risks of termination during the contract term.

India's Economy Primed To Grow 10 Percent A Year

September 28, 2010 4:47 am | by Vijay Joshi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — India's economy could easily grow 10 percent a year if the government makes dramatic improvements to infrastructure, boosts productivity and improves education standards, a top Indian policymaker said Tuesday. At a time when developed countries are barely growing, India expects to achieve a growth rate of 8.


California Bans Cadmium In Children's Jewelry

September 28, 2010 4:45 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California became the largest U.S. state to limit the toxic metal cadmium in children's jewelry on Monday, effectively creating a new national standard ahead of promised federal action. Lawmakers and public health officials have worried that kids who suck or bite jewelry containing cadmium — a known carcinogen — could suffer long-term poisoning, including problems with their kidneys and bones.


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