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Nothing Is Too Complex

October 23, 2009 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omron Electronics LLC (Schaumburg, IL) has introduced its compact Trajexia motion controller module that integrates into CJ-Series PLCs to handle complex motion tasks for up to 30 serves or inverters. The module is fully compatible with a variety of processors (CJ1M, CJ1G, and CJ1H), and advanced programmable automation controllers.

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Nucor: 'Global Warming Legislation' Decides Plant Site

October 23, 2009 5:02 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The head of steelmaker Nucor Corp. indicated Thursday that the possible cost of any carbon legislation that emerges from Congress is still a key concern as the company decides whether to build a pig iron plant in Louisiana or South America. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company is considering a site near Convent in St.

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Simonton Windows Rehires 200 Thanks To Tax Credits

October 23, 2009 4:56 am | News | Comments

ELLENBORO, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Commerce Secretary, Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Gov. Joe Manchin are scheduled to make a joint appearance at Simonton Windows. The Commerce Department says Friday's event is being held to show how President Obama's administration is helping create jobs.

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Winning A Fight With Tabasco (And Other Diversions)

October 23, 2009 4:46 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

My friends and I like to play a lot of off-the-cuff word games. For example, my friend posed this question to the group last night: If you were able to ride any animal, real or fictional, into battle, which would it be? The eventual winner, by group vote, was Falkor—the giant flying dog from The NeverEnding Story .

U.S. Seeks Chinese Compensation On Shoddy Drywall

October 23, 2009 4:34 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Top U.S. safety officials are meeting with their Chinese counterparts to seek help for American homeowners complaining of damage from suspect drywall imported from China. Consumer Products Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said Friday that apart from discussing compensation, her agency also is urging China to help set standards for drywall products to help prevent future problems.

UAW Detractors Oppose Concessions At Ford Plant

October 23, 2009 4:27 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krishner AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers union, which have agreed to proposed contract changes that would lower the automaker's labor costs, are running into opposition from some workers who say they've given too much already. Workers at the Dearborn Truck Plant outside Detroit honked horns and shouted down Bob King, the union's top Ford negotiator, Wednesday evening as King tried to speak about the proposed changes, according to Gary Walkowicz, a member of the plant's bargaining committee.

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U.S. Poll Shows Increasing Disbelief In Climate Change

October 23, 2009 4:20 am | by Dina Capiello, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans seem to be cooling toward global warming. Just 57 percent think there is solid evidence the world is getting warmer, down 20 points in just three years, a new poll says. And the share of people who believe pollution caused by humans is causing temperatures to rise has also taken a dip, even as the U.

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Virginia Gov. Vows Aid For Paper Layoffs

October 23, 2009 4:17 am | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Calling International Paper Co.'s plan to idle its Franklin plant "a deep blow" to Virginia, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine is promising help to the nearly 1,100 families affected by the closure. Kaine said Thursday that he would direct the Virginia Employment Commission to dispatch an economic crisis strike force to Franklin within the coming days.

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Gas Explosion Rocks Puerto Rico

October 23, 2009 4:12 am | by Laura N. Perez Sanchez, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CATANO, Puerto Rico (AP) — An explosion at a Gulf gasoline facility Friday rocked a neighborhood outside Puerto Rico's capital, causing minor injuries and forcing evacuations as firefighters raced to prevent additional blasts. Several columns of black smoke and flames were rising from the Caribbean Petroleum Corp.

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Keeping Your Workforce Healthy

October 22, 2009 11:18 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year, on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 people die from seasonal flu complications in the U.S. And it’s predicted that this flu season could be worse because there is a new and very different influenza virus causing illness called 2009 H1N1.

Circuit Board Cutter

October 22, 2009 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 590 Micro-Pneumatic Cutter from Xuron (Saco, ME) is an air-operated flush cutter that can be supplied with three different cutting heads: standard, standard with a lead retainer, and low-profile for reaching into densely populated PC boards. The tapered rectangular shape fits comfortably in small or large hands for the repetitive cutting of up to 16 AWG wire.

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Doesn't Mind The Cold

October 22, 2009 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The T300 and B300 infrared cameras from FLIR Systems (Billerica, MA) are able to capture detailed images and video with a 320 x 240 focal plane array (FPA) detector (76,800 pixels). The T300 features a 2 percent thermal accuracy, 30Hz frame rate, <0.05ºC thermal sensitivity with a temperature range of -20ºC to 650ºC, and an optional range up to 1200ºC.

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Programmable Encoders

October 22, 2009 10:53 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

BEI Industrial Encoders has introduced the Omnicoder, an incremental encoder that allows users to easily program the resolution anywhere between 1 and 10,000 counts per turn. Users can produce a wide range of resolutions from one encoder and can be reprogrammed to change the resolution through an M18-to-USB programming cable.

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Linear Actuators And Belts

October 22, 2009 10:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MacSTANDARD line of linear actuators and belt drives from Macron Dynamics (Croydon, PA) are designed to provide “off-the-shelf” components suitable for industrial linear motion, robotics, and automation applications. The actuators are available in travel lengths from 184 to 2,242mm with maximum speeds of 1,270 mm/sec to 15,240 mm/sec.

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Inspection Methods To Determine Potential Arc Flash

October 22, 2009 6:38 am | by Jeffrey A. O'Hearn, Product Manager, Eaton Corporation | Articles | Comments

The attributes that make Teflon® an ideal hose material for hundreds of critical applications—thermal stability, strength, and compatibility with a wide variety of different media—also make it well suited for many mobile and industrial applications.

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A Teflon® Fluoropolymers Hose Primer

October 22, 2009 6:37 am | by Jeffrey A. O'Hearn, Product Manager, Eaton Corporation | Articles | Comments

The attributes that make Teflon® an ideal hose material for hundreds of critical applications—thermal stability, strength, and compatibility with a wide variety of different media—also make it well suited for many mobile and industrial applications.

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Wis. Paper Mill Slowing Production, Cutting 100

October 22, 2009 4:50 am | News | Comments

WHITING, Wis. (AP) — NewPage Corp. has notified state labor officials it plans to idle one of the Whiting paper machines in December, laying off 75 to 100 employees. The Whiting mill has two paper machines and employs about 340 workers. The company says the length of the layoff will be based on the economy and customer orders.

Hyundai Accelerates To Record Profits

October 22, 2009 4:49 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest automaker and a growing force in the global industry, said third-quarter net profit more than tripled to a record high amid sharply higher sales. Hyundai Motor said in a regulatory filing Thursday that it earned 979.

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CAT Picks 34-Year Veteran Oberherlman As New CEO

October 22, 2009 4:45 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, said Thursday that Douglas Oberhelman will become the company's CEO starting in July of next year. The Peoria, Ill.-based company said Oberhelman, 56, will succeed current Chief Executive Jim Owens on July 1.

Bailed-Out Companies Ordered To Slash Exec Compensation

October 22, 2009 4:39 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Thursday is expected to order seven companies that have not paid back last year's government bailouts to halve their top executives' average compensation. The cuts apply to the 25 highest-paid executives at banks and other companies that received the most assistance, with salaries being slashed by as much as 90 percent, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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