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Bunnies Die By Incandescence

April 14, 2010 9:25 am | Articles | Comments

We all know that incandescent bulbs are a “thing of the past” with their electricity-hogging ways. But because they’re usually up in our ceilings, we forget about all the heat they produce, too. For 90 minutes, heat is all this unfortunate chocolate bunny can think about. And it should get you thinking about the possibility of LED technology in your plant.

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Can The Lithium-Ion Battery Save Detroit?

April 14, 2010 9:20 am | Articles | Comments

A panel of experts on the battery technology discuss the emerging market for electric-powered vehicles on the road. Up until now, American battery manufacturing has been nonexistent, meaning that Asian companies like Sanyo have taken in all the profits. As Ann Marie Sastry, CEO of Satki3, says, battery manufacturing is in a “dead sprint” toward stealing back market share, and it’s going to change the landscape of American automaking forever.

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Wal-Mart's Green Balancing Act

April 14, 2010 9:04 am | Articles | Comments

Wal-Mart has long been seen as an opponent to organic food and sustainability efforts, but Lee Scott, chairman of the company, disagrees entirely in an interview with John Huey, Editor-In-Chief of Time Inc. Scott says that there is no conflict between sustainability and low cost — as most consumers believe — and goes as far as to say that the two are “totally aligned.

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Bernanke: Slow Economic Recovery Won't Kill Unemployment

April 14, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke goes to Capitol Hill on Wednesday with a bittersweet message: The economic recovery is taking hold but won't be strong enough to quickly drive down unemployment. Bernanke's out-of-the box thinking during the 2008 financial crisis helped prevent the Great Recession from turning into the second Great Depression.

Feds Slap Meat Industry With Massive Antitrust Rules

April 14, 2010 4:43 am | by Christopher Leonard, AP Agribusiness Writer | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal regulators are set to release the most sweeping antitrust rules covering the meat industry in decades, potentially altering the balance of power between meat companies and the farmers who raise their animals. Activists, farmers and meat industry officials have been anxiously awaiting the new rules, which will be released this spring for public comment and are set to take effect this summer.

Toyota Halts Sale Of 'Do Not Buy' SUV

April 14, 2010 4:33 am | by Dan Strumpf and Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. has suspended sales of the 2010 Lexus GX 460 after Consumer Reports warned car shoppers not to buy the sport utility vehicle because handling problems could lead to rollover accidents during sharp turns. Toyota said Tuesday it had asked dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the SUV while it conducts its own tests on the GX 460.

Jerky Manufacturer Drops Roethlisberger Endorsement

April 14, 2010 4:29 am | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh company that markets food products endorsed by local sports stars has ended its beef jerky sponsorship deal with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. PLB Sports president Ty Ballou says Roethlisberger is "falling short" of the company's standards after a Georgia prosecutor announced Monday he will not prosecute the quarterback over sexual assault allegations.

Rising Yuan Won't Save U.S. Manufacturing

April 14, 2010 4:28 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite its latest public pushback, China is expected to soon let its currency rise against the dollar, a long-sought goal of U.S. manufacturers. For the U.S., that shift could boost exports and potentially raise the prices of imported Chinese goods. The undervalued Chinese currency has made Chinese goods cheaper for American consumers.

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Man Killed By Polishing Machine

April 14, 2010 4:19 am | News | Comments

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — A man working at a manufacturing plant in Forsyth County died Tuesday in an industrial accident after authorities say he became trapped in a machine that polishes heavy gauge metal. Authorities have not identified the 53-year-old man, who Capt. Jason Shivers of the Forsyth County Fire Department says died at the AP Specialty Metals plant on Grassland Parkway.

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Direct Your Angry E-Mails Elsewhere

April 13, 2010 8:56 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Fan of the Obama administration or not, it’s clear that we need a new direction on our country’s manufacturing policy. We’ve needed one for a long time, actually — before President Obama took office, and before President Bush won for the first time in 2000.

Carpet Maker, Employees Reach $18 Million Settlement

April 13, 2010 8:40 am | News | Comments

by Kate Brumback, Associated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — One of the world's largest carpet makers has agreed to an $18 million settlement with employees who claimed the company hired illegal immigrants in an effort to reduce wages. U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy on Monday granted a motion by employees of Mohawk Industries Inc.

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Lexus SUV Deemed Unsafe

April 13, 2010 6:58 am | by Dan Strumpf , AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Consumer Reports has given the Lexus GX 460 SUV a rare "Don't Buy" warning, saying a problem that occurred during routine handling tests could lead to a rollover accident in real-world driving. In the latest blow to Toyota's reputation, the magazine said that during a test of the vehicle's performance during unusual turns, the rear of the vehicle slid until it was nearly sideways before the electronic stability control system kicked in.

Clean Up With Dry Ice

April 13, 2010 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IceBlast KG50 from Ice Tech (West Chester, OH) is an industrial-strength dry ice blaster, which can be used to clean manufacturing equipment faster than traditional methods. According to the company, dry ice blasting allows for reduced maintenance downtime and fewer environmentally-damaging products in your facility.

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A Labyrinth On Your Roof

April 13, 2010 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Moffitt Corporation (Jacksonville Beach, FL) has developed the Labyrinth ventilation system, which is a natural ventilator that removes heat and allows light in without allowing rain or snow inside as well. According to the company, the Labyrinth system is a cost-effective and energy efficient product, and is ideal for aluminum, steel, glass, and process industries.

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Railing Safety Comes Cheap

April 13, 2010 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cubic Designs (New Berlin, WI) introduces the Cubic Barrier Rail, and industrial safety rail for facilities where a physical barrier is required but cost is a concern. A Barrier Rail can delineate high-traffic areas within a facility and provide personnel with protection around loading docks.

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Choosing The Right Inspection System, Screener Or Separator

April 13, 2010 5:30 am | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info  recently spoke with Jeffrey Kaveney, Manager — Product Marketing at Eriez Magnetics, about how chemical, food and pharmaceutical processors can choose the best quality control technology—inspection/vision systems, screeners, separators—for their specific applications.

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China's President Rejects Calls To Re-Value Yuan

April 13, 2010 4:37 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Hu Jintao rebuffed U.S. calls to re-value China's currency, telling President Barack Obama that any tinkering with the yuan will be done by Beijing in accord with domestic interests. Hu defended China's policy of pegging the yuan to the dollar at a Monday meeting with Obama in Washington and said changes to the exchange rate would not come from U.

GM: Chevy Volt Glides Past 40-Mile Electric Range

April 13, 2010 4:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Real-world tests show that General Motors Co.'s rechargeable electric car can travel 40 miles on battery power as promised, company engineers said Monday. Engineers are testing six Volts that recently were made on a Detroit assembly line, driving them at the company's proving ground and on roads around Detroit.

AP: Economic Stress Eased In February As Jobs Return

April 13, 2010 4:12 am | by Martin Crutsinger and Mike Schneider, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Economic stress declined in the nation's most troubled areas in February as unemployment stabilized and the pace of foreclosures eased, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of conditions in more than 3,100 U.S. counties. After peaking in January, economic stress dipped in February in half the states and half the 3,141 counties.

IBM Opens $30 Million Server Manufacturing Plant

April 13, 2010 4:11 am | News | Comments

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — IBM Corp. says it has opened a new $30 million manufacturing facility at its Poughkeepsie, N.Y., site to produce the next generation of mainframes and servers. The Hudson Valley facility officially opened Tuesday and will produce IBM's next line of System z mainframe computers and high-end Power Systems servers.

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