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Indonesia: We're A BRIC Too

March 17, 2010 7:45 am | Articles | Comments

Indonesia has long been considered a third-rate competitor in the new running for industrialization in the 21st century. But massive developments in the last decade have catapulted the 4th most populous country into the industrial limelight. Some have called for Indonesia’s inclusion into the BRIC group — an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, and China — as the most promising of industrial nations.

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Manufacturing Invincible Black Boxes

March 17, 2010 7:43 am | Articles | Comments

Airline accidents are rare events, but when they do occur, investigators pore through every detail of the wreckage to determine if the crash was the result of human error or mechanical failure. The black box is one of the many keys to solving these massive puzzles, but they have to survive the perils of a crashed, burning plane.

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The Ultimate Rube Goldberg Machine

March 17, 2010 7:42 am | Articles | Comments

OK Go, known for their low-budget and very-viral music videos, takes on the Rube Goldberg machine for their latest project. With the help of Synn Labs and director James Frost, the band designed and built what is arguably the most impressive Rube Goldberg machine to date. Any engineer or manufacturer can not only see the fun and whimsy in this creation, but also its incredible attention to detail and immaculate craftsmanship.

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China's Communist Billionaires

March 17, 2010 7:41 am | Articles | Comments

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that China is a Communist country. When the government used to condemn its richest citizens for greed, a newfound love for capitalism has sprouted among the more than 1 billion citizens, creating a new land of immense wealth. With all those people and all that productivity, China now has the world’s most billionaires except for the U.

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Senators Rally To 'Confront' Chinese Currency Manipulation

March 17, 2010 4:58 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of 14 U.S. senators unveiled legislation Tuesday that seeks to increase pressure on China to let its currency to rise in value against the dollar, saying Chinese "currency manipulation" is hurting the U.S. economy. The bill calls for stiff trade sanctions if China does not act.

China Set To Begin Rio Tinto Bribery Trials

March 17, 2010 4:47 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — A Shanghai court will Monday begin hearing China's case against four employees of mining giant Rio Tinto, including one Australian, on charges of stealing commercial secrets and bribe-taking. Stern Hu, the Australian national, will be among the four defendants appearing at the Shanghai No.

BP PLC Saved From $100 Million Lawsuit

March 17, 2010 4:43 am | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — A $100 million jury award against BP PLC over a 2007 refinery leak at its Texas City plant has been rejected. A federal judge in Houston on Tuesday set aside the punitive judgment of $10 million apiece for 10 contract workers who said they were injured. U.S. District Judge Kenneth M.

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BP Saved From $100 Million Lawsuit

March 17, 2010 4:43 am | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — A $100 million jury award against BP PLC over a 2007 refinery leak at its Texas City plant has been rejected. A federal judge in Houston on Tuesday set aside the punitive judgment of $10 million apiece for 10 contract workers who said they were injured. U.S. District Judge Kenneth M.

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N.C. Has 'Clear' Vision Of Automotive's Electric Future

March 17, 2010 4:35 am | by Daniel Jackson, AP Writer | News | Comments

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — Forty miles ... 100 miles ... 200 miles ... A new generation of fully electric vehicles claims the ability to cover that much ground on a single charge, which would easily get most Americans to work and back without having to plug in. But so far, the batteries powering EVs haven't gone the distance at a cost that most U.

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Biofuels To Power Airlines Within A Decade

March 17, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Aviation experts say recent test flights have proved the viability of plant-based fuels for jet aircraft and that they may largely power airline traffic within a decade. They say the focus now is on finding plants that can be used without taking land from food crops or causing deforestation.

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CAT Adding 500 Jobs To S.C. Generator Plant

March 17, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A diesel generator plant in South Carolina plans to add up to 500 jobs in the next four years. The State newspaper reported Caterpillar plans to more than triple employment at its plant in Newberry. Caterpillar spokesman Jim Dugan says the company has 190 workers now.

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Stay Safe, Green With PVC Mats

March 16, 2010 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Cushion Trax Ultra ¾” anti-fatigue mat from Superior Manufacturing Group (Chicago, IL) is the latest addition to Superior’s line of mats, which combine a durable vinyl top surface with a PVC foam base using the UniFusion bonding process, which eliminates the possibility of de-lamination, according to the company.

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Condensate-Free Air Dryers

March 16, 2010 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SSRC Refrigerated Cycling Compressed Air Dryer from Sullair Corporation (Michigan City, IN) is furnished in nine models, ranging from 175 to 1000 scfm. The dryers utilize the reliable and energy-saving scroll compressor, and a zero-loss drain integrated into the heat exchanger to collect condensate.

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Belts Of Steel

March 16, 2010 11:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Belt Technologies (Agawam, MA) now offers a line of stainless steel vacuum belts for use in the production of solar cells. They run without lubrication of any kind, minimize variations in surface speed, and don’t stretch. The continuous-length belts minimize debris buildup and eliminate frequent shutdowns.

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Where's Your Inventory?

March 16, 2010 10:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) has a new Level 5 NTC (Networkable Tool Control) system that allows users to manage a virtually unlimited number of lockable tool storage units simultaneously. Critical tools and assets are tracked and the risk of potentially catastrophic foreign object damage.

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Soup Start-Up Finds Path For Growth

March 16, 2010 10:57 am | Articles | Comments

Having recently retired, Philip Wilbur-with family in tow-opened the doors to HURRICANE'S Café & Deli in 2005. Among the traditional deli fare, HURRICANE'S offered quality soups and chowders, which were made entirely from all-natural, local ingredients. Soup sales took off, with volume quadrupling in a single year.

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We Regret To Inform You

March 16, 2010 10:36 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

When I put together a comprehensive daily news resource (fancy talk for the  PD&D Design Daily ), I have the opportunity to not only cover the latest news in the industry, but I also have a chance to transform into a maniacal news junkie. I click on provocative headlines to read about the unfixable economy, to listen to analysts bang their chests and make wild predictions in hopes of creating some new conventional wisdom by sparking a little awareness-building fear, and to sift through the PR rabble — it’s a practice similar to listening to white noise for hours with hopes of connecting to voices from the other side (dead people).

In Search Of Universal Sensors

March 16, 2010 10:16 am | by Wesley Sund, Brooks Instrument | Articles | Comments

You are working in a process development research laboratory. Wouldn’t it be easy if you could take a flow device off the shelf, install it, and have immediate, accurate and reliable measurements? This is a dream, a fantasy for some. Advances in sensor design, electronics and software, however, is bringing this day closer than ever through recently introduced developments.

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Managing Energy With Modern Drive Systems

March 16, 2010 10:11 am | by Michael Perlman, Siemens Industry Inc., Motion Control Marketing Manager | Articles | Comments

While it is valid to state that energy efficiency is defined as the same level of production being achieved at an overall lower energy cost, it is equally important for today’s machine builders and automation engineers alike to remember than an energy-efficient system can actually translate into higher productivity.

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Manufacturers Working To Save American Jobs

March 16, 2010 10:08 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

In an economy where manufacturers are struggling to stay afloat, some are also fighting to find ways to keep their workers employed. Save An American Job (SAAJ) is a branding and networking initiative designed to do just that. Save an American Job, founded by Don Rongione, CEO and President of the Bollman Hat Company, is a proactive initiative to encourage more Americans to buy American-made products and help manufacturers prevent job losses in the industry.

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