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Get Everything In Line

January 14, 2010 6:07 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Pinpoint Laser Systems (Peabody, MA) announces a new storage display to be used with the Microgage 2D family of products, enabling the operator to record readings right on the factory floor. The measurement readings can then be uploaded to a laptop PC running the Pinpoint Capture software for analysis, plotting, and storage.

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Trash Talking The Markets

January 13, 2010 10:11 am | Articles | Comments

Peter Schiff, author of Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse , speaks with Justin Fox from TIME about how he, more or less, predicted the recession in which we're currently suffering, and got mocked for it. His book, published in February of 2007, scored him interviews on high-profile financial talkshows on CNBC and Fox, where he was mocked and dismissed by other commentators as being pessimistic and a bit crazy.

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Ford CEO: How To Save Detroit

January 13, 2010 8:50 am | Articles | Comments

While the North American International Auto Show is being held in Detroit, the city has seen better days. Even though the Big 3 automakers are looking to make a large comeback this year, despite the poor economy, Detroit still suffers in the aftermath of their near-collapse. Ford CEO Alan Mulally, who has helped push his company through the dismal 2009 automotive year, offers some advice on how to revive Detroit.

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Detroit Auto Show: Green Everything

January 13, 2010 6:33 am | Articles | Comments

CNN had the chance to visit the North American International Auto Show this week, where "green" has consistently been the biggest buzzword. From smaller cars, to hybrids and all-electric vehicles, fuel-efficiency and environmentally-friendly practices are No. 1 in Detroit. Also significant is interim CEO of GM Ed Whitacre's statement on the future of his company: he is sure they will be able to pay back the government loans, and they have no more plant closures on the docket.

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Welding Ranks Among 'Worst Jobs'

January 13, 2010 6:31 am | Articles | Comments

CNN lists the 10 best and worst jobs for Americans in 2009, with actuaries and historians ranking highly for competitive salaries and normal business hours. Among the worst? Pretty much anything manufacturing, which is a shame. According to CNN , welding is among the worst possible jobs an American can have.

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The Finger-Safe Table Saw

January 13, 2010 6:25 am | Articles | Comments

Table saws are responsible for countless workplace incidents every year, whether it comes down to carelessness, lack of training, or just plain bad luck. But some new technology is hoping to change that, and there's potential for these ideas to be migrated over to other heavy, dangerous machinery, such as those you see every day on the plant floor.

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Top Pratt & Whitney Exec To Testify On Layoffs

January 13, 2010 3:51 am | News | Comments

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Pratt & Whitney's top executive is likely to testify in federal court near the end of a series of hearings over the jet engine manufacturer's plans to move 1,000 jobs out of Connecticut. David Hess, president of the East Hartford subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

Toxco Moves To Prevent Battery Explosion Repeat

January 13, 2010 3:46 am | News | Comments

TRAIL, B.C. (CP) — A Trail, B.C. battery recycling plant is calling in some outside help to avoid a repeat of a spectacular explosion and fire in November. U.S.-based Toxco, Inc. has retained consultants to provide advice on better building design, evaluate the process of battery receiving, storage and treatment, and prepare a risk management plan.

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Asian Automakers Fight To Keep U.S. Market Share

January 13, 2010 3:45 am | by David Runk, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Asian automakers grabbed their biggest chunk ever of the U.S. car and truck market in 2009, but they'll struggle to build on that momentum this year as rivals in Detroit offer a fleet of efficient, small cars. All automakers that sell cars and trucks in the U.S. will try to woo cautious consumers still nervous about heavy debt, high unemployment and rising gas prices.

White House: Stimulus Has Created 2 Million Jobs

January 13, 2010 3:38 am | by Mark S. Smith, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is trumpeting a new White House estimate that his top economist calls "stunning": His stimulus plan has already created or saved up to 2 million jobs. The analysis is part of the administration's quarterly report to Congress on the controversial $787 billion package of spending and tax cuts he signed weeks after taking office.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Playstation

January 13, 2010 3:22 am | Blogs | Comments

I’m the “boy who harnessed the Playstation.” And for what, exactly? Let me explain. A while back I learned about the accomplished life of one William Kamkwamba, an African who, at the age of 14, built a windmill from trash (yes, literally) in order to keep his starving family alive.

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Chinese Manufacturers Unconcerned About Cadmium Dangers

January 13, 2010 3:13 am | by Alexa Olesen and Eugene Hoshiko, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

YIWU, China (AP) — For China's low-cost jewelry makers, it was an open trade secret: The metal cadmium is shiny, strong and malleable at low temperatures, regardless of its health hazards. And it's cheap. Despite the risks, manufacturers in factories ringing this city on China's east coast say their top priority is profit.

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Detroit Auto Show, Day 2: Tiny Cars, Touchscreens

January 13, 2010 3:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A roundup of news and notes out of the Detroit auto show on Monday: __ Korean car maker to make electric vehicles in U.S. DETROIT (AP) — South Korean electric car maker CT&T said Tuesday it will begin producing electric cars in the U.S. this year. The company makes low-speed two-seaters and golf cart-style vehicles as well as the City EV, which can reach 65 miles per hour and travel up to 70 miles on an electric charge.

Heavy-Duty Multitasking Mezzanines

January 12, 2010 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Delta Industrial (Chesterfield, MI) has a range of mezzanine systems designed for both large and small facilities, making them ideal for in-plant offices, storage, industrial platforms, catwalks, and conveyor integration. Features of Delta’s mezzanine systems include: Customer-designed specifications.

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Expand Your Pump Possibilities

January 12, 2010 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Time Mark (Tulsa, OK) announces their new Model 42X Pump Expansion Unit, which can control up to 3 pumps with a 4-20mA input. Alarm inputs for seal failure, over-temp, contactor fail, and a spare (a second seal fail, for example) are available. Configuration for the 42X is completed via a PC through a USB cable, and the software shows current depth, pump status with run time meters, and alarm status.

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Thermal Printing, Worry-Free

January 12, 2010 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tharo Systems (Brunswick, OH) has extended the warranty for its H-400 Series of thermal transfer printers. Effective immediately, the new warranty will cover the H-427 and H-436 printers for two years. In addition, Tharo will warranty the printhead for two years/two million inches for thermal transfer, or 500,000 inches for direct thermal applications.

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Keep Your Flow In Check

January 12, 2010 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new flow conditioner from Westfall Manufacturing (Bristol, RI), the Model 3000, has been designed to achieve a fully-developed velocity profile with minimal head loss (K=0.579). The Model 3000 mounts directly into a piping system and features four leading tabs and four anti-swirl plates that suppress turbulence to produce a developed velocity profile within eight diameters downstream.

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Five Commandments For The Next Industry Leaders

January 12, 2010 6:50 am | by George Young, founding partner, Kalypso | Articles | Comments

This month, the food and beverage (F&B) industry is embarking not only on a new year, but the dawn of a new decade—one driven by the demands of  a new consumer reality  focused on value, food safety, health and wellness, and environmental sustainability.

China To Investigate Cadmium-Laced Jewelry Exports

January 12, 2010 3:52 am | by Jeremiah Marquez, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

HONG KONG (AP) — China's product safety agency will look into findings that dangerous levels of cadmium are being used in exports of children's jewelry, a Chinese official said Tuesday following growing concern in the United States about the products. Attending a toy safety conference in Hong Kong, the official said that his agency only just learned of findings in an Associated Press investigation published Sunday and would examine the findings on cadmium contamination.

Dozens Of Chinese Power Plants Nearly Without Coal

January 12, 2010 3:45 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Dozens of Chinese power plants are running out of coal and might be forced to shut down this week as bitter winter cold boosts demand and snow hampers delivery of new supplies, state media said Tuesday. Factories have been closed in parts of central China where power demand exceeds supply but analysts said they expected no immediate impact on the economy.

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