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Become A Better Tracker

September 23, 2010 9:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Huntron, Inc. (Eindoven, The Netherlands) and JTAG Technologies have announced the integration of their test methods within Huntron’s range of prober-enhanced analog signature analysis products. The “Huntron Tracker” allows users to take advantage of advancements that allow PCBs to be tested using built-in logic circuits.

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Minimizing The Risks Of Business Termination

September 23, 2010 4:52 am | by Roberta F. Howell, Attorney, Foley Lardner LLP | Articles | Comments

Terminating a business relationship can be difficult and costly, but sometimes necessary. This is the first of four columns that will discuss how a supplier can minimize the risks of termination at various stages of the relationship, starting at the beginning. Later columns will focus on similar issues during the relationship, when first considering termination, and, finally, when termination becomes inevitable.

Quitting Technology Cold Turkey

September 22, 2010 12:10 pm | Videos | Comments

One way to address and overcome one's insatiable need and overreliance on technology is to put down the connecting devices and take a break from them. But New York comedian Mark Malkoff took this idea to the extreme when he quit technology — cold turkey — for five days and quarantined himself in his apartment bathroom to prevent a tech relapse.

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Building The 1,000-Horsepower Car

September 22, 2010 12:03 pm | Videos | Comments

The Bugatti Veyron carries a certain weight among car enthusiasts. Just the name is suggestive of raw power and incredible speed. It should come as no surprise that a multi-million-dollar car is built by hand, in an equally expensive-looking manufacturing facility. 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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Was Neglect To Blame For Gas Pipeline Explosion?

September 22, 2010 12:01 pm | Videos | Comments

By now, we've all heard about the tragedy in San Bruno, CA, where a large natural gas pipeline exploded. Seven have died, and dozens of homes were damaged, some irreparably. Recently, a number of people have come out and accused the pipeline's owner, PG&E, of neglecting regular maintenance. Was there more the utility company could have done to prevent the explosion? 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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Boeing Soars Into Private Space Industry

September 22, 2010 11:59 am | Videos | Comments

Boeing has decided to throw their multi-billion and international hat into the private space travel market with a number of R&D efforts, and it’s bound to make a few of the smaller companies quiver in their boots, or booster rockets. While experts say Boeing's efforts could be available come 2015, we know that actually means more like 2018 or 2019.

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Locals Blame Oil For Massive Gulf Fish Kill

September 22, 2010 11:57 am | Videos | Comments

Countless Gulf fish were found dead in a Louisiana bayou, and locals fear oil is to blame. While more testing is required to confirm the cause of death, it's entirely plausible that an underwater oil plume could cause this sort of environmental damage. 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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Cessna To Cut Another 700 Jobs In 2010

September 22, 2010 5:05 am | by Roxana Hegemana, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Cessna Aircraft announced Tuesday it will cut another 700 jobs, saying it has not seen the growth and recovery that it expected this year. Cessna CEO Jack Pelton told workers in an e-mail that the company's performance mirrored the "lackluster economy." "While cancellations have slowed, the recovery and growth we expected to see throughout the year have not materialized, and the timing of any recovery remains uncertain," Pelton wrote.

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R&D Is A Company's Lifeblood

September 22, 2010 5:00 am | Articles | Comments

Michelle Brand, business director of DSM Somos, a global materials supplier that provides the stereolithography resins used in 3D models and prototypes recently spoke with Production Design & Development, IMPO’s sister publication, and discussed what she felt is a company’s life-blood, and how the “almighty drive to keep cost down creates an end-state detrimental to humanity.

Congressman: Did J&J Lie About Its 'Phantom Recall'?

September 22, 2010 4:59 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP health Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrutiny of drug and consumer product giant Johnson & Johnson ratcheted up Tuesday as a congressional chairman demanded the company provide proof of its claim that federal regulators cleared a plan to secretly buy up defective painkillers. The letter from Rep. Edolphus "Ed" Towns, D-N.

'Horrified' Egg Exec Apologizes For Salmonella Outbreak

September 22, 2010 4:53 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The owner of an Iowa egg company says in testimony prepared for a House hearing that he was "horrified" to learn that his eggs may have sickened as many as 1,600 people in an outbreak of salmonella poisoning this summer. Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, are scheduled to testify before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee Wednesday.

OSHA: Spartech 'Inviting Tragedy' With Safety Violations

September 22, 2010 4:51 am | News | Comments

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Federal authorities have cited an Evanston plastics company that they say endangered employees through 16 serious safety violations. The action against Spartech Plastics LLC comes from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA says the company exposed workers to unguarded machinery and electrocution and amputation hazards.

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600 N.C. Jobs Saved Through Federal Stimulus Loan

September 22, 2010 4:49 am | by Johnny Whitfield, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WENDELL, N.C. (AP) — More than 600 people in Nash, Johnston and eastern Wake counties still have jobs because of provisions in a federal stimulus package that loosened underwriting rules for loans to companies in rural areas. Mortex, headquartered in Wendell, makes sportswear from raw materials and sells them under brand names such as Eagle to companies that print logos on them and sell them to colleges and universities across the country.

Two BP Workers Suffer Steam Burns

September 22, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — A BP spokesman says two workers at the company's Texas City refinery have been hospitalized after suffering steam burns. Refinery spokesman Michael Marr said the accident happened about 4 p.m. Tuesday. He told the Houston Chronicle he had no other details on how the injuries occurred.

AC Inverters For All Situations

September 21, 2010 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

High-Lites (Wallingford, CT) introduces the PFT Series of universal, fast transfer AC inverter systems. They’re designed to accommodate small- to medium-sized projects requiring emergency power back-up, and unlike ballast packs, they provide reliable emergency power sine wave output to any connected load or fixture.

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Brakes Get Bigger

September 21, 2010 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Twiflex Limited/Hilliard Corp. (South Beloit, IL) is offering its grinding mill braking systems, which have wrap-around motors that measure 38’ in diameter by 45’ in length. The braking system is designed to provide both static and dynamic braking function, and the system can operate in two modes, stopping from full speed in an emergency or providing inching functions in the event of bearing lubrication or power failures.

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Take Your Computer Anywhere

September 21, 2010 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RC Series Mobile Powered Workstation from Newcastle Systems (Woburn, MA) has on-board power to run a laptop, a printer, and a scanner or other device for at least eight hours of normal use, according to the company. Its small footprint (18.5” x 22”) makes it ideal for narrow aisles and small spaces.

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Hybrids Cleaning Plant Floors

September 21, 2010 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Brush and Clean (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) has announced the release of their HybridPro Carpet & Hard Floor Cleaner, which is designed to effectively clean both hard flooring and carpet. The system utilizes counter-rotating brushes to scrub and actively lift dirt, grime, and cleaning compound to instantly produce dry, clean surfaces, according to the company.

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A Post-Brunch Wave Of Regret

September 21, 2010 6:04 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

This past weekend, I returned to eggs for the first time since the recall. After five weeks of brunch abstinence, I went back to my favorite local Southwestern restaurant for their breakfast quesadilla. Sunday brunch is a staple, and I’d been avoiding it due to the recent bad press. This past weekend I was starting to waver.

Subaru Hiring 100 At Ind. Plant On Rising Demand

September 21, 2010 4:58 am | News | Comments

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A Subaru assembly plant in central Indiana plans to add 100 full-time production jobs to its work force over the next six months. Subaru of Indiana Automotive says the new full-time workers will come from among its current temporary employees at the factory near Lafayette.

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