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Rio Tinto Sentencing "Very Harsh"

March 29, 2010 4:43 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI, China — A Chinese court slapped four employees of mining giant Rio Tinto with jail terms of seven to 14 years on bribery and commercial secrets charges, unexpectedly harsh sentences that include a decade of imprisonment for Australian Stern Hu. The punishment for Hu was a "very tough sentence," Australia's foreign minister said after the verdict was read out Monday by the lead judge at the Shanghai People's Intermediate Court.

Employee Admits To Tainting Product Over Pay Concerns

March 29, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

BEIJING, March 28 (Kyodo) — A suspect caught in the poison dumpling case, which caused anxiety in Japan over the safety of foods imported from China, has admitted during questioning earlier this month that he tainted the food with pesticide, the Ministry of Public Security said Sunday.

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Ford Reaches Agreement To Sell Volvo

March 29, 2010 4:17 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich., March 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Volvo Car Corporation and related assets to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Limited. The sale is expected to close in the third quarter of 2010, and is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

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The 'Price Is Right' For Economic Recovery

March 26, 2010 10:28 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing.net sat down with Doug Fuehne, VP, Professional Services of PROS Pricing Software Solutions to talk about how manufacturers can improve their pricing strategies and come out ahead as the economy turns around. To get right to it, the five pricing strategies Fuehne suggests will help you come out ahead in the economic recovery: Identify underperformers.

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Filtering Out Filters

March 26, 2010 9:42 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Green Filter Cleaning Machine (GFCM) from Diversi-Tech (Montreal, Canada) is designed to clean and extend the life of industrial filters, which reduces the cost of filter replacement. In addition, the GFCM helps manufacturers reduce the cost of disposal, and minimize their landfill use.

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Don't Be Dense

March 26, 2010 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Endress+Hauser (Greenwood, IN) now offers the Liquiphant M, a density meter that provides on-line measurements, eliminating the need for extensive and expensive off-line procedures. The Liquiphant M allows control systems to react much faster to changing process conditions.

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Get A Hold Of Your Tools

March 26, 2010 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new SINO-R from SCHUNK (Morrisville, NC) is a maintenance-free toolholder that is especially well-suited for rough milling. The holder is based on an expansion technology system, with a solid body as a pressure medium that quickly clamps the cutting tool by using a simple actuation switch.

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Polish With No Spitting Required

March 26, 2010 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dynabrade, Inc. (Clarence, NY) introduces the new Electric Rotary Polisher, which works on a variety of solid surfaces, including fiberglass, plastic, painted surfaces, composites, and more. The polisher features rotary motion for cutting, polishing, and buffing, along with a 180° rotating trigger handle.

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Geely, Ford Could Finalize Volvo Sale Sunday

March 26, 2010 6:06 am | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A spokesman for Volvo Cars says that China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group could sign a binding deal to buy the Swedish automaker from Ford Motor Co. this weekend. Geely and Ford have earlier said that they expect to pen it by the end of March. Volvo spokesman Per-Ake Froberg said Friday that the deal could be reached on Sunday, "but it's not set in stone yet.

Late 2009 Economic Growth Teases Manufacturers

March 26, 2010 5:05 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The burst of energy the economy showed at the end of last year isn't likely to be repeated anytime soon. The Commerce Department reported Friday that the economy grew at a 5.6 percent pace in the October-to-December quarter in its third and final estimate of economic activity during the period.

Your Brain Wants Chocolate Cake

March 26, 2010 4:55 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

When your eyes dart between the grilled cheese and the salad bar during your lunch break, what are you really thinking about? How do you decide between the real-fruit sorbet and the chocolate cake? We recently ran  a video from CBS news , which suggests that the reasons we choose to eat what we choose to eat may be more complicated than they seem at first glance.

Toyota Ceasing Production In France, UK For 9 Days

March 26, 2010 4:42 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota said Friday it is stopping production at its factories in France and Britain for a total of nine days amid falling sales that the company partly attributed to its recent recall woes. The world's No. 1 automaker will suspend output at it plant in France for four days starting April 6, said spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi.

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Siemens AG: Industrial Sector To Stabilize This Year

March 26, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

FRANKFURT (AP) — Siemens AG expects demand for products from its industrial division to stabilize this year after the economic downturn hit spending on big-ticket items, the Munich-based company said Friday. Assuming there is a steady economic recovery, new orders in the sector should reach the level of the company's 2009 fiscal year, which ended in September, Siemens said.

GM Recalls 600 Canadian Workers

March 26, 2010 4:35 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. says it will bring back 600 workers and add equipment at two Canadian factories in order to turn out more hot-selling midsize crossover vehicles. The company said Friday that it will beef up the body-making capacity at its plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, where it assembles the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers.

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Last Day For 465 At Evansville Whirlpool Plant

March 26, 2010 4:33 am | News | Comments

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — More than 450 jobs are being eliminated as Whirlpool Corp. ends a production shift at an Evansville factory that is being shut down in June. Union officials say Friday was the last day for 465 workers at the plant. Whirlpool announced last year that it would shut down the 1,100-worker refrigerator factory and move production to Mexico.

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China Last To Lift Embargo On U.S. Pork

March 26, 2010 4:32 am | by Michael J. Crumb, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nearly a year after nations banned U.S. pork over fears about swine flu, China has become the last one to lift its embargo and is expected to accept shipments by early next month. It's a move welcomed by an industry that has suffered several years of losses, but some experts caution farmers shouldn't expect to see a surge in exports.

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Wake Up And Smell The SCADA System

March 25, 2010 7:39 am | Articles | Comments

For many years, Lavazza’s primary purpose has been to bring the aroma and quality of Italian espresso coffee to the world. Luigi Lavazza invented the concept of blending coffee from various sources to yield a savory blend in the early 1900s. Since then the company has built up more than a century of experience while pursuing its twin aims of excellence and innovation.

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When Pressure Is A Good Thing

March 25, 2010 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CS Hyde Company now offers two high-performance films, Kynar and PEEK, which are available with pressure-sensitive adhesive. The KYNStick Tape is made with Kynar film and offers excellent chemical and corrosion resistance with a high tensile strength, according to the company.

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Be A Professional Designer

March 25, 2010 7:15 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The MarkWare Lean Communication Software from Brady (Milwaukee, WI) can be used to quickly design professional signs, labels, and tags. The Lean Tools edition of the software helps manufacturers simplify machine setup and identify operation abnormalities through the use of visual equipment controls on gauges, oil sight tubes, drive train belts, and other machine components.

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12 Tons Of Portable Cooling

March 25, 2010 7:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The KPO portable air conditioner from Atlas Sales & Rentals, Inc. (Torrance, CA) is manufactured by KwiKool Portable Cooling Systems and measures 32” wide by 64” deep by 62” high, and is small enough to fit through a standard door. The 12-ton unit can be positioned outdoors to duct cold air in, or indoors to duct hot air out.

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