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Boeing's Second 787 To Take Flight Today

December 22, 2009 3:39 am | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Boeing says its second 787 will take to the skies on Tuesday. The company has scheduled a test flight for the second jetliner at 8:45 a.m. The aircraft will take off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., as long as flight conditions cooperate. About 25,000 people turned out for the first test flight last Tuesday.

Border Patrol Warns Against Illegally Imported Toys

December 22, 2009 3:36 am | News | Comments

SARAH LARIMER,Associated Press Writer MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials warned holiday shoppers Monday to stay away from toys that might be dangerous for children or break copyright, patent or trademark laws. Authorities last year seized more than 1,500 shipments of products that either failed to meet consumer safety standards or violated intellectual property laws, said Harold Woodward, director of the agency's field operations in Miami.

Ind. Attorney General Sues Recycler For Safety Violations

December 22, 2009 3:26 am | News | Comments

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's attorney general is suing a northern Indiana lumber recycling plant with a history of environmental and worker-safety violations. The lawsuit filed Monday in Elkhart County seeks preliminary and permanent injunctions to halt open dumping of wood wastes at VIM Recycling Inc.


Small Calif. Town Haunted By Pollutants, Birth Defects

December 21, 2009 11:14 am | by Noaki Schwartz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KETTLEMAN CITY, Calif. (AP) — Maricela Mares-Alatorre was well aware of the industrial and agricultural pollutants that surrounded her as she grew up in this tiny farm town just three miles from the largest toxic waste dump in the West. Her parents had founded People for Clean Air and Water two decades ago to successfully fight a proposed incinerator at the dump.


Ford Offers Buyouts To Its 41,000 Hourly Workers

December 21, 2009 11:04 am | by Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has offered buyout or retirement incentive packages to all of its 41,000 U.S. hourly workers as it tries to further reduce its factory work force. Ford, the healthiest of Detroit's three automakers and the only one to avoid government aid and bankruptcy protection, still has more workers than it needs to produce cars and trucks at current sales levels, said company spokesman Mark Truby.

Bad Assumptions About Hearing Protection

December 21, 2009 10:25 am | by Brad Witt, Director of Hearing Conservation, Howard Leight / Sperian Hearing Protection | Articles | Comments

Any good proof is based upon assumptions: if the assumptions are good, the proof is valid. If the assumptions are bad, then the proof is worthless, or as writer Angelo Donghia puts it, “Assumption is the mother of screw-up.1”  In the world of personal protective equipment, bad assumptions are hazardous and often injurious.

Government-Controlled Weather

December 21, 2009 9:28 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

When I first heard about Chinese officials trying to control the weather during the Beijing Olympics, I laughed it off as a far-flung idea, loosely based on science, which would never be considered in advanced western countries. For anyone that saw the torrential downpour during the men’s beach volleyball final, it was obvious that the techniques being used by the oriental powerhouse weren’t working too well.


pIon Fluoride Measurement

December 21, 2009 9:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Highly-accurate Fluoride ion (F−) measurement for applications including semiconductor fabrication and glass manufacturing is now available with the S10 and S17 pIon Sensors from Electro-Chemical Devices (ECD, Irvine, CA) The S10 and S17’s specific (pIon) electrode cartridge measures the activity of “free” Fluroride ions in solution in concentrations from 0.


Miniature Cutters And Pliers

December 21, 2009 9:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Xuron Corp. (Saco, ME) has released a pair of wire cutters and pliers for grasping and tip-cutting soft lead wires in electronics production, assembly, and rework. The Xuron 170-II Micro-Shear Flush Cutter and Model 450S Pliers are ideal for working with wire from 1 mil to 18 Ga thick, and feature Light-Touch return springs, along with Xuro-Rubber cushioned hand grips.


Automatically-Adjustable Distance Sensoring

December 21, 2009 9:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Baumer (Southington, CT) has introduced IP69K-rated laser distance sensors, featuring corrosion-resistant stainless steel housings, for use in harsh applications, such as washdowns or exposure to caustic compounds. The OADR 20 sensors have a PMMA front screen that is safe for use in food and beverage processing.


All-Welded Polyester Bagging

December 21, 2009 9:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eaton Corporation (Cleveland, OH) announced the availability of its new UNIBAG Series Filter Bags, designed using low-cost, environmentally-friendly materials. The bags also feature a molded top ring seal with an all-welded construction of new needlefelt media, which is made from recycled fibers and contains no optical white additives.


Panasonic Absorbs Sanyo For Solar Panel Technology

December 21, 2009 4:03 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Panasonic Corp. said Monday that it had taken majority control of Sanyo Electric Co., officially forming one of the world's largest electronics makers. Panasonic said it had converted preferred shares to give it a 50.27 percent stake in Sanyo. It acquired the shares in a previously announced $4.

A Dim Future For Mitsubishi's Arkansas Turbine Plant

December 21, 2009 3:58 am | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The fate of a promised wind-turbine factory with 400 jobs near Fort Smith remains uncertain after a decision in a patent fight between two conglomerates was delayed until next month. Hoping to grab a larger share of the growing U.S.wind-power industry, Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas Inc.


Spyker Cars Tosses In Last-Ditch Bid To Save Saab

December 21, 2009 3:40 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — In a final attempt to rescue Saab Automobile AB, Dutch auto maker Spyker Cars on Sunday submitted a new offer to buy the Swedish brand from General Motors Co. Spyker said it has submitted a new 11-point proposal to GM, addressing the issues that made talks collapse earlier this week.


Judge To Hear Pratt & Whitney Jobs Lawsuit

December 21, 2009 3:39 am | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge will begin hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney's plans to move 1,000 jobs out of Connecticut. U.S. District Judge Janet Hall is set to take up the lawsuit filed by the International Association of Machinists on Monday.


Bucyrus To Buy Terex Mining For $1.3 Billion

December 21, 2009 3:39 am | News | Comments

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — Bucyrus International Inc. said it will buy Terex Corp.'s mining equipment division for $1.3 billion in cash, adding complementary services to its business and broadening its geographic reach. The Terex unit makes hydraulic excavators, electric drive mining trucks, track and rotary blasthole drills and highwall mining systems.


Lifting Spirits This Holiday Season

December 18, 2009 10:19 am | Articles | Comments

The holiday season already is fast upon us. In light of this festive time of year and the spirit of goodwill, those in the material handling industry can maximize the use of some of the equipment at their disposal—in particular, their forklift(s). Consider these options to leverage the lift trucks in your facility for spreading holiday cheer: 1.

The World's Worst Christmas Wish List

December 18, 2009 9:56 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Don’t worry. It’s probably not your fault that you’re insane – let’s conspire to somehow pin blame on the pharmaceutical companies and overzealous doctors. Oh, I apologize, I actually started mid-rant, but I need to comment on a colleague's Christmas wish list.

Temperature Sensing With One Hand

December 18, 2009 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TM 100 Type K/J Single Input Thermometer from Extech Instruments (Waltham, MA) features an ergonomic design operation and weighs in at just 7 oz., making it ideal for use by HVAC and maintenance professionals where simple, one-hand operation is required. A high accuracy ±(0.


Infinitely Adjustable Conveyors

December 18, 2009 9:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dispense Works, Inc. (McHenry, IL) has introduced an RC conveyorized system to automatically filll aluminum molds with six different colors of vinyl (Plastisol). The system includes the slip roller conveyor with quick-adjust rails to accommodate pallets of different sizes.



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