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GM Fuel Cell Demo Rolls To 1 Million Miles

September 11, 2009 4:07 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

September 11, 2009 BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — General Motors Co. is now 1 million miles into its fuel cell experiment and company officials say having everyday people drive a test fleet of pollution-free cars has convinced them they are on the right track. The automaker on Friday said it passed the 1 million-miles-driven mark in its fuel cell Chevrolet Equinox vehicles, with about 5,000 people rotating in and out of more than 100 cars over the past 25 months.

Deere To Cut 367 At IL Plant

September 11, 2009 4:00 am | News | Comments

September 11, 2009 MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Co. said Thursday it plans to lay off 367 production workers at its John Deere Harvester works in East Moline, Ill., due to weak demand for the factory's products. The world's largest maker of farm equipment said the indefinite layoffs, effective Sept.

Conveying Yourself, Your Product

September 10, 2009 12:28 pm | Articles | Comments

Keeling & Walker Ltd, and its sister company Thermox Performance Materials Ltd, operate from the same site in Stoke-on-Trent. Between them, they offer more than 50 tin oxide-based materials for use in ceramics, electrical, electronic,s and advanced technology applications. Originally, the companies supplied materials for the local ceramics industry.

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Boeing's Composites, Compressors & Pumps

September 10, 2009 11:36 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Bonjour! This week’s column comes from about 30,000 feet above Quebec, on my way home after three glorious days in Montreal for the Labor Day weekend. Perfect weather, two days of great music on the city’s waterfront and some interesting food (beef tartare — basically a raw hamburger patty but surprisingly good) was exactly what the doctor ordered, and I’m returning to Chem.

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Official Arrested At Factory Of Dec. Sit-In

September 10, 2009 8:59 am | News | Comments

September 10, 2009 CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a former official at a Chicago factory where workers staged a high-profile sit-in has been arrested and others who ran Republic Windows and Doors are also under investigation. The six-day occupation of the shuttered plant last December drew national attention to the plight of laid-off workers.

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Electronic Pressure Switch

September 10, 2009 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

WIKA (Lawrenceville, GA) has released the PSD-30, an electronic pressure switch with display, which can be used in machine-building, hydraulics, pneumatics, pumps, or compressors. The display is easily-readable and robust, and the PSD-30 features an intuitive setup. In addition, the switch is flexible for your particular application.

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The Eco-Friendly Mini-Heater

September 10, 2009 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Reznor (Memphis, TN) Model CAUA, a vertical gas-fired air handler is available with staged heating from 75 to 400MBH to provide the right amount of heat in non-extreme conditions. This system will save on energy usage particularly during the fall and spring, but also during mild winters.

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Safety That’s Cool

September 10, 2009 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gateway Safety (Cleveland, OH) has developed the Serpent Ventilated Safety Helmet, designed to offset the adverse effects of working in hot weather. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, workers in hot environments face the risk of heat stress, which can lower mental alertness and physical performance, particularly when wearing safety clothing.

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Strike A Chord

September 10, 2009 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Tool & Forge (Fort Worth, TX) has three styles of drop-forged, heavy-duty striking wrenches, including the offset 12 point, straight-pattern 12 point, and “roughneck” straight-pattern six point. All three styles are produced using alloy steel and are heat-treated for extended life, especially when used on difficult fasteners requiring large amounts of force.

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Double Decker Racing

September 10, 2009 5:13 am | by Top Gear | Articles | Comments

Top Gear's crew heads to the mainland to take on their German counterparts in a no-holds-barred car race. The only problem? They're racing home-made double decker cars. The driver on top controls the steering, while the bottom participant navigates the throttle, brake, and gearbox.

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SUV-Sized Engines

September 10, 2009 5:11 am | by Caterpillar Inc | Articles | Comments

Caterpillar, along with MaK, creates massive marine engines for cruise ships and other large boats at this manufacturing facility in Germany. Watch how these incredible machines are built with the same precision and delicacy you would see in a car's engine.

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Shades Of Green

September 10, 2009 5:07 am | by Faro Technologies and Discovery | Articles | Comments

The Discovery Channel has recently featured FARO technologies in a documentary entitled "Shades of Green," a behind-the-scenes look at how those massive turbines progress from design and engineering to manufacturing.

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Robots With A Taste For Flesh

September 10, 2009 5:00 am | by New Scientist | Articles | Comments

James Auger, at the Royal College of Art in London, has built a series of furniture that do a little more than decorate your home. A table that eats mice? Yes, it's true. A fuel cell hidden inside the table can decompose a trapped mouse and generate enough electricity to not only power a table-top display, but also capture the next sorry rodent.

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Forklift Safety: 16 and Paralyzed

September 10, 2009 4:53 am | by Work Safe BC | Articles | Comments

John Higgins was a regular 16-year-old who found a good-paying job, and was eager to help most anyone around the workplace. All was well, up until a simple mistake — along with improper forklift training — led to an accident that left John with a broken back and without a kidney.

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Goodyear-Steelworkers Contract To Protect 6 Plants

September 9, 2009 5:46 am | News | Comments

September 9, 2009 AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The United Steelworkers says the union's tentative contract with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. protects six U.S. tire plants from closing for the next four years. Union members on Tuesday received a summary of the deal reached with the Akron, Ohio-based tire maker on Aug.

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German Labor Anxiously Awaiting GM's Opel Decision

September 9, 2009 4:45 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

September 9, 2009 FRANKFURT (AP) — German workers and politicians waited anxiously Wednesday for a decision by the board of General Motors Co. on the fate of its Opel unit, with thousands of jobs at stake and national elections less than three weeks away. The automaker had little to say about the second day of the meeting in Detroit on Wednesday.

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Chinese Geely Group Considers Volvo Buyout

September 9, 2009 4:33 am | News | Comments

September 9, 2009 SHANGHAI (AP) — Geely Group, one of China's main independent automakers, is considering bidding for Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo Cars unit in alliance with an unnamed investment partner, a company spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Geely, based in the eastern city of Hangzhou, is among several Chinese automakers that reportedly have shown interest in the Swedish automaker, though company officials had earlier denied such reports.

Global Air Travel May Not Recover Until 2011

September 9, 2009 4:27 am | by Jeremiah Marquez, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

September 9, 2009 HONG KONG (AP) — International air travel, whacked by the economic downturn, is starting to stabilize but may not recover until 2011 as companies and passengers continue to scale back, executives at aviation giants Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS said Wednesday. Passenger travel, somewhat better so far in the second half of 2009 than in the first, was still expected to slump between 6 percent and 8 percent for the year, said Randy Tinseth, a Boeing vice president for marketing.

Mitsubishi To Hire 1,300 In Thailand

September 9, 2009 4:21 am | News | Comments

September 9, 2009 TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is hiring 1,300 workers in Thailand, the latest sign of a global auto recovery, coming a day after Toyota announced it was adding 800 employees in Japan. Mitsubishi, Japan's fifth biggest automaker, said Wednesday it's hiring the workers for its two auto assembly plants and one engine plant in Thailand.

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Inquiry Of Egg Hatchery Finds Welfare Violations

September 9, 2009 4:09 am | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a northwest Iowa egg hatchery where a video shows unwanted chicks being tossed alive into a grinder says an independent investigation found animal welfare policy violations at the plant. But West Des Moines-based Hy-Line North America said in a Tuesday statement that it won't release further details.

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