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Ford Invests $155 Million In Fuel-Efficient V-6

February 26, 2010 3:21 am | News | Comments

BROOK PARK, Ohio (AP) — The Ford Motor Co. announced Friday that it is investing $155 million and adding 60 jobs at an engine plant in suburban Cleveland to build a fuel-efficient V-6 engine for the 2011 Mustang. The engine built at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1, is expected to help the Mustang lead its class in fuel efficiency with 30 miles per gallon on the highway and 305 horsepower, the Dearborn, Mich.

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Wal-Mart Pushes Suppliers To Drop Greenhouse Emissions

February 26, 2010 3:18 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. wants its suppliers to reduce 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2015. The world's largest retailer's push goes beyond its efforts to date to reduce its own emissions by designing more energy-efficient stores and pursuing alternative fuels for its fleet of trucks.

Dangerous 'Gas Blow' Caused 6 Deaths At Middletown Plant

February 26, 2010 3:17 am | by Stephanie Reitz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — An industrial practice that involved the widespread release of natural gas at a Connecticut power plant shortly before it exploded is "inherently unsafe," and should be curbed to prevent similar incidents, a federal safety investigator said Thursday. Six people were killed in the Feb.

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The Private Brand Revolution

February 25, 2010 11:20 am | by George Young, Founding Partner, Kalypso | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret: the buzz surrounding the trajectory of private, or own, brands has reached a fever pitch. With the growth rate outpacing national brands year over year, the private brand revolution is not only changing how consumers shop, but how retailers stock their shelves.

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I'll Miss You, Olympics... But Only A Little

February 25, 2010 10:59 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

At the risk of being pelted with apple pies, I’ll just come right out and say it: I’m not really into the Olympics. As someone who has dedicated a lot of time to sports—a lifetime cumulative I’d find embarrassing and depressing, I’m certain—the Olympics was never really very compelling for me.

Teaming Up On Pallets

February 25, 2010 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lantech (Brewerton, NY) and Schneider Packaging Equipment introduce the Stack and Wrap Palletizing/Stretch Wrapping Cell, which combines two or more lines into a centralized, automated stretch wrapping station. The palletizing system centers a FANUC robotic arm between two Lantech Q-600 stretch wrappers.

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An Accident, But Not A Mystery

February 25, 2010 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SMARTY from Keytroller (Tampa, FL) is a compact digital camera recorder that matches video incidents with GPS location and tracking. The SMARTY begins to record when its 3-axis accelerometer senses an impact, fast acceleration, or quick turn. Video, GPS location, and G-force is kept 15 seconds before and 5 seconds after the event and stored on the unit’s onboard memory.

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The Wonderful World Of Material Handling

February 25, 2010 10:41 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Martin Sprocket & Gear (Arlington, TX) offers a total package in bulk material handling systems and components, including CEMA standard screws, shaftless screws, dragless conveyors, bucket elevators, cone screws, and ribbon screws. Martin’s material handling solutions are ideal for just about every segment of the manufacturing industry, according to the company.

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Clamping With Accuracy

February 25, 2010 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Misumi USA, Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) introduces additions to its lines of Posts, Stands, and Clamps, which can be configured to suit a variety of applications. They are designed to securely mount devices, such as CCD cameras and photoelectric sensors, which are used by machine designers and builders of automated assembly, inspection, and testing systems.

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Honda: The Land Of Automation

February 25, 2010 3:59 am | Articles | Comments

Honda’s manufacturing plants have largely moved to automation as a means of performing repetitive or labor-intensive tasks, such as welding and metalworking. And while we all know that robotics are slowly gaining hold in manufacturing plants worldwide, it’s sometimes hard to understand the scope until you actually see it.

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It's 2010. Where's My Fuel Cell?

February 25, 2010 3:56 am | Articles | Comments

Fuel cells have been the poster child of the "green revolution" for years, with supporters claiming that America could completely eliminate their dependence of foreign oil if automakers and consumers could work together to get the technology on the road in the foreseeable future. Truly, fuel cells are a remarkable breakthrough, but their major fault isn't the technology itself, but rather infrastructure.

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Vinyl Is Not Dead

February 25, 2010 3:42 am | Articles | Comments

Once again, we dive into the world of vinyl manufacturing, this time at Stoughton Printing & RTI, based out of California, as they press copies of Weezer’s (Red) Album . Who knew that vinyl manufacturing could be as pleasing to the eyes as vinyl itself is to the ears? Weezer Vinyl Manufacturing from Roberto Lepe on Vimeo .

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From Legos To Audis

February 25, 2010 3:35 am | Articles | Comments

Audi's plant in Brussels was recently charged with the responsibility of building their new A1 vehicle, no meager task considering the €285 million ($384 million) the automaker has invested in the facility. So, how do Audi's workers prepare for the new class of car? Why, they start small, of course.

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How Safe Is Your Toyota? Pretty Darn Safe

February 25, 2010 3:31 am | Articles | Comments

Seems like everyone in America is clamoring to put Toyota out to pasture in light of their recent recalls. CNN digs through NHTSA records to find out not only how many complaints all automakers have recieved of unintended acceleration, but also how Toyota and it's competitors rank in overall safety complains.

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Recalls Won't Derail Toyota's New Texas Plant

February 24, 2010 3:55 am | News | Comments

TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — Toyota's troubles will not keep a vehicle processing plant planned for Temple from being built. City and company officials say the project has been put on hold but that Toyota still intends to build the plantdespite its ongoing recall of more than 6 million vehicles.

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Boeing To Reduce C-17 Production, Cut Jobs

February 24, 2010 3:52 am | News | Comments

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Boeing says it will reduce production of its C-17 military cargo planes by a third at its Long Beach plant. The Chicago-based company said Tuesday it does not know exactly how many jobs will be lost. The plant employs about 5,000 people, and produces 15 aircraft per year.

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Pratt Lays Off Workers In Retaliation For Outsourcing Block

February 24, 2010 3:39 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney delivered a blow to its unionized work force Tuesday, announcing it will lay off 163 employees and appeal a judge's decision blocking it from moving 1,000 jobs out of Connecticut. Just hours after announcing the planned layoffs at its Cheshire and East Hartford facilities, company president David Hess said Pratt & Whitney strongly disagreed with the federal court's ruling earlier this month and planned to file an appeal.

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Jury Finds DuPont Liable For 2004 Leak

February 24, 2010 3:36 am | News | Comments

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A federal jury has found DuPont liable for a chemical leak that sickened and injured three people in northeastern Kentucky. The Daily Independent in Ashland reports that the jury awarded damages totaling just over $9,000 to Arthellia Bates, Phillip Justice and Janet Senters in the second trial stemming from the October 2004 leak at the company's Wurtland plant.

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OSHA Clears GE Transportation In Crane Death

February 24, 2010 3:31 am | News | Comments

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cleared GE Transportation of any wrongdoing in the death of a crane operator at the company's Erie plant last month. Theresa Naim, OSHA's area director, says the company's equipment, workplace safety, training and emergency response were all fine.

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Oshkosh Corp. Gets $640 Million Army Contract

February 24, 2010 3:25 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Oshkosh Corp. said Tuesday the U.S. Army has paid it $640 million for all-terrain vehicles designed for the harsh mountains of Afghanistan. The Oshkosh, Wis., vehicle maker said the payment will help the company deliver 1,460 MRAP All Terrain Vehicles. The vehicles use an independent suspension system to navigate unimproved roads.

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