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Think For Free

March 31, 2010 12:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has announced that it will now offer its Think & Do programming software for the WinPLC processor for free. The Demo version can be used to create software applications with Think & Do, which can be downloaded to an unlimited number of WinPLC targets.

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Prevent Forklift Heists

March 31, 2010 12:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Keytroller, LLC (Tampa, FL) introduces a new 215 generation START-SMART keypad ignition system designed for tough conditions. No keys means no unauthorized, no untrained operators, and no “borrowing” of equipment. The START-SMART system replaces the ignition key with a sealed and potted keypad, which can also be RFID-enabled.

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GM Commited To Electric Technology

March 31, 2010 11:18 am | Articles | Comments

CNNMoney reporter Poppy Harlow speaks to Bob Lutz, vice chairman of GM, about the upcoming Chevrolet Volt, and why it's such a revolutionary product for the company. Lutz says the Volt is the car he's most proud of in all his automaking years, considering the brand new and "very expensive" technology that has been mated together within the chassis.

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Neb. CommScope Manufacturing Shut Down

March 31, 2010 8:17 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — CommScope Inc. has announced it will close its Omaha plant late next year, eliminating about 400 manufacturing jobs. The Omaha plant, operating as a Connectivity Solutions Manufacturing Inc. subsidiary, manufactures parts used in cable networks. CommScope said Wednesday those operations would be relocated to its other U.

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Making A World Cup-Worthy Ball

March 31, 2010 6:56 am | Articles | Comments

Eagerly waiting for the 2010 World Cup to start in June? If you're an American, that's not likely. I suppose we just don‘t understand fútbol as well as the rest of the world. Whether you prefer good ‘ol American football, or the more global version, you can still appreciate the extensive and precise manufacturing process that goes into making official game balls.

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Jay Leno's 1909 Electric Car

March 31, 2010 6:55 am | Articles | Comments

The automotive industry is all a-flutter with electric cars, but the technology is nothing new. Jay Leno is the proud owner of a 1909 Baker Electric, a fully-electric car that's was certainly ahead of the game. With a range of almost a hundred miles, the Baker could outlast even some of the modern offerings, albeit at a top speed of 22 miles per hour.

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Under Pressure, Kraft Slashes Salt

March 31, 2010 6:54 am | Articles | Comments

Kraft, the nation’s largest food maker, has promised to cut 10 percent of the sodium from its portfolio of foods. A ten percent cut doesn’t seem like a whole lot, until you consider how big a piece of the pie it really is: 10 million pounds. 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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Kicking The Fossil Fuel Habit

March 31, 2010 6:51 am | Articles | Comments

Tom Rand — the engineer, venture capitalist, and self-appointed “philosopher” — thinks the world has every technology and resource it needs to break the bonds of fossil fuels. Why is that so important? Regardless of your stance on global warming, these green technologies can help any manufacturing facility save money.

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GM, DOE Partner On Jatropha Biofuel Research

March 31, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will spend the next five years working with federal authorities to study whether oil from a weed can become a sustainable source for biodiesel, the automotive company said Tuesday. The partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy will study whether the jatropha plant can be a dependable biofuel crop.

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Body Parts Found At Medical Waste Company

March 31, 2010 4:39 am | by Maria Sudekum Fisher, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Officials in Kansas have been trying to identify several body parts, including six heads, found in a truck at a medical waste company. The body parts were found last week in 12 large red plastic tubs inside a delivery truck at Stericycle Inc., a company that disposes of medical waste.

Feds Investigate Boston Scientific Defibrillator Recall

March 31, 2010 4:34 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NATICK, Mass. (AP) — Investors shrugged off a report Tuesday that medical device maker Boston Scientific could face a fresh wave of regulatory problems thanks to a product recall investigation. The Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into the recent recall of defibrillators.

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Nissan Electric 'Leaf' To Cost $25,000 In U.S.

March 31, 2010 4:31 am | by Dan Strumpf and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Nissan's new electric car will cost just over $25,000 when it goes on sale in the U.S. in December, aiming to bring gasoline-free technology within reach of mainstream drivers. The Leaf, a four-door hatchback, will have a base price of $32,780, but it's eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles.

Ford Enters Luxury Hybrid Market With Lincoln MKZ

March 31, 2010 4:28 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. will become a player in the small market for luxury hybrids this fall when it launches its first Lincoln hybrid, a gas-electric version of the 2011 Lincoln MKZ. Ford says the hybrid MKZ — to be introduced Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show — will be the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan on the market, getting an estimated 41 miles per gallon in city driving.

Toyota's March Sales Jump 35 Percent

March 31, 2010 4:12 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp's U.S. sales rocketed about 35 percent in March from a year before after Japan's top automaker offered sharp discounts to lure back consumers after massive recalls, U.S. media reported Tuesday. The forecast was provided by Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales U.

Nine Arrested For Drug Use At N.C. Goodyear Plant

March 31, 2010 4:08 am | News | Comments

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies have arrested nine employees at a North Carolina tire plant on drug charges after an undercover investigation prompted by employees' concerns. The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that agents posing as Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

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Finding Those Golden Production Nuggets

March 30, 2010 9:49 am | by Herb Lichtenberg, Senior VP Practice Director for Production | Articles | Comments

Whistles are blowing, phones are ringing and people are scrambling all over the factory floor. There has just been a major equipment breakdown and it looks like it will take days to fix and get the plant running again. Just think of the lost production, the late orders and the unhappy customers.

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OSHA Head Supports Major Reform Legislation

March 30, 2010 9:46 am | by Eric J. Conn and James A. Lastowka, McDermott Will & Emery LLP | Articles | Comments

On March 16, 2010, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Dr. David Michaels, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, in support of a major piece of OSHA reform legislation making its way through the U.

From Harleys To Your Plant

March 30, 2010 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hawg Buddy and Cycle Buddy folding tools sets from the Bondhus Corporation (Monticello, MN) were developed for working specifically on Harley Davidson motorcycles, but can be used in industrial environments as well. The Hawg Buddy tools are finished with chrome plating, while the Cycle Buddy is finished with 14K gold plating.

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Getting The Oil Under Control

March 30, 2010 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OILMISER Technology from JLM Systems Limited (Richmond, BC, Canda) can turn an old oil room into a fully-functioning work area. The Oil Storage & Dispensing System requires an oil-free, pressure-regulated air supply, and covers the basics for best practices in oil maintenance: fluid handling, air quality, oil sampling, and oil cleanliness.

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Solvent-Free Roofing

March 30, 2010 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Garland Company, Inc (Cleveland, OH) announces its cold-applied Green-Lock Membrane Adhesive. Green-Lock is an asphalt-modified polyether adhesive that is stimulated by the moisture in the air and cures in only one to five days, and has been approved for use as a flood coat in cold-applied modified bitumen roofing applications.

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