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China Angered By U.S. Anti-Dumping Duties On Steel

November 6, 2009 3:25 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China criticized Washington for imposing anti-dumping duties on Chinese-made steel pipes and launched a probe Friday of imported U.S. autos, adding to trade tensions two weeks before President Barack Obama visits Beijing. The latest moves ratchet up disputes over market access for goods from poultry and tires to Hollywood movies.

Ford Introduces First Inflatable Seatbelts

November 5, 2009 9:55 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Air bags have long been mounted in the steering wheel, dashboard and sides of vehicles. Now, they're in the seat belts. Ford Motor Co. ( NYSE:F ) plans to introduce seat belt-mounted air bags in the back seat of the 2011 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle, which will hit the market next fall.

Evergreen Solar To Cut Jobs, Move Others To China

November 5, 2009 9:21 am | News | Comments

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A solar panel company is moving some jobs overseas after receiving $58 million in state aid and being touted by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick as a symbol of the state's economic future. Evergreen Solar Inc. ( ESLR ) said Wednesday it is moving panel assembly jobs currently done at a plant in Devens to China next year.

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U.S. Still On Top Of Manufacturing World

November 5, 2009 5:13 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

While U.S. manufacturing jobs have shrunk from 20 million in 1980 to about 12 million today, the U.S. has never been more important in global manufacturing. Manufacturing.net spoke with Dr. Chris Kuehl, Economic Analyst, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, to learn what he believes the future holds for U.

SmartBobbing For Apples

November 5, 2009 4:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

BinMaster (Lincoln, NE) announces the SmartBob-SS sensor, which is designed to measure solids submersed under water. The sensor is a solution for brine interface applications, such as measuring the level of settled salt under water. The SmartBob-SS drops a weighted bob through the liquid, and when the bob comes in contact with solid settled material, it retracts and sends a measurement to a PC loaded with eBob software.

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Counting, Made Easy

November 5, 2009 4:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mettler Toledo (Columbus, OH) introduces the BBA449 counting scale that allows molding machine operators to more effectively supervise their machines. The colorWeight display alerts operators if boxes are full with a visible display—useful for operators responsible for multiple machines.

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SuperStar Of Filters

November 5, 2009 4:06 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The SuperStar .01 Micro Filters from LA-MAN Corporation (Port Orange, FL) are designed to be installed at the point of use to remove moisture and contaminants from air lines to improve the life cycle of tools and equipment. The four-stage design operates most efficienty within 25 feet of the point of use, and has a flow range of 50, 75, or 100 SCFM with pressure ratings of 250 psi.

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Linear Bearings That Won't Break

November 5, 2009 4:05 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Thomson (Wood Dale, IL) introduces the RW64-V RoundWay Linear Roller Bearing, a 4” version with a dynamic load capacity of 70,000 lbf (310,800 N), more than 20 times the load capacity of a conventional linear ball bearing. The RoundWay can carry that load even at operating temperatures up to 500°F and speeds up to 100 ft/s (68mph).

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Government: Toyota Misleading Consumers Over Recall

November 4, 2009 9:51 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says Toyota Motor Corp. is misleading consumers about an investigation into problems with stuck gas pedals that led to a massive Toyota recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday it was still investigating the case and meeting with Toyota to hear about the company's plan to redesign the vehicles and fix "this very dangerous problem.

Can Recycling Be Fun?

November 4, 2009 9:10 am | Articles | Comments

Even in the 21st century, getting people to recycle can be a challenge. But what if we made it fun? That's exactly what the guys at The Fun Theory decided to try. Check out how they made recycling as exciting as an arcade game. Is there a way we could make recycling fun for all our manufacturers too? Via The Fun Theory .

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Snowboards: Made By 'Mad Scientists'

November 4, 2009 8:49 am | Articles | Comments

When the weather gets cold, that means only one thing to a lot of people: snowboarding season. But do you think they know how their boards are made? Do you? Chris Doyle, resident "mad scientist" at Burton, takes us through the process of building a snowboard, layer by layer. Check out how they're using rapid manufacturing to innovate and perfect their products.

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From Refuse To Refueling

November 4, 2009 6:09 am | Articles | Comments

Waste Management and Linde North America have teamed up to turn trash into fuel by refining the natural gas emitted by landfills. The gas is then purified and sent out to refueling stations across California, where it provides large vehicles with cleaner-burning fuels. Now the garbage trucks run on the very same trash they picked up the week before.

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All The Better To Arrest You With!

November 4, 2009 5:39 am | Articles | Comments

Sometimes, traditional handcuffs just aren't enough. They're awkward, potentially painful, and easy to get out of (for the smaller-boned of us). Simply put, traditional handcuffs are a thing of the past. To fix the nagging issues of the old design, engineers have used CNC machines and a new rigid locking mechanism to create a modern version that's harder to break free from, more comfortable, and easier to use.

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Mexican Blue Jeans: An American Tradition

November 4, 2009 5:14 am | Articles | Comments

The Mount Vernon Mill in Georgia is one of the last functioning cotton mills in the country, making a product that's truly American: blue jeans. But the mill only weaves denim. The sewing and hemming work has largely been outsourced to foreign companies, largely Mexican, that turn the long rolls of denim into jeans with labels that read: "Made in Mexico of U.

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Merck Eager For More Takeovers

November 4, 2009 4:04 am | News | Comments

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) — The new Merck & Co. becomes the world's second-biggest drugmaker overnight, and it's boasting a fat wallet to fund future deals. That's after the maker of vaccines and cholesterol and diabetes drugs bought Schering-Plough Corp. yesterday for $41.1 billion.

Okla. Home To 1,400 Trashy New Jobs

November 4, 2009 3:55 am | News | Comments

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — City officials in Okmulgee say a Florida-based waste recycling company will build a plant and bring about 1,400 jobs to the northeastern Oklahoma town. Mayor Brian Priegel says Destin-based Waste Not Technologies will build an 800,000 square-foot office and manufacturing park on a 250-acre site.

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MillerCoors Collects 37 Percent Profit Jump

November 4, 2009 3:52 am | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — MillerCoors, a U.S. joint venture between Molson Coors Brewing Co. and SABMiller PLC, said Wednesday that its third-quarter profit climbed on cost-control efforts as well as the strength of beer brands like MGD 64. The maker of Blue Moon and Miller Genuine Draft said its earnings rose 37 percent to $229.

Kansas Backs Boeing In $35b Tanker Battle

November 4, 2009 3:43 am | by John Milburn, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — With hundreds of new jobs at stake, Kansas officials are keeping an eye on the competition for an Air Force contract to build a new refueling plane. Chicago-based Boeing Co., which has a plant in Wichita, is competing with Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corp.

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Honda Begins Production Of American-Made Crossover

November 4, 2009 3:33 am | News | Comments

EAST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) — Honda Motor Co. says it has begun mass production in Ohio of its new crossover utility vehicle. The automaker says the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour began rolling off the line Monday night at the company's factory in East Liberty. It's the largest vehicle ever produced at the plant, which also makes the Honda CR-V and Honda Element.

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GM Gets Cold Feet, Abandons Opel Sale

November 4, 2009 3:20 am | by Melissa Eddy, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's politicians fumed with anger and Opel workers cancelled cost concessions and readied walkouts after General Motors Co. abandoned the sale of its European subsidiary to parts maker Magna International and Russian bank Sberbank. Klaus Franz, Adam Opel GmbH's top employee representative, called it a "black day" and said workers would start brief work stoppages Thursday.

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