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Successfully Implementing A Condition Monitoring Program, Part 2

March 6, 2013 8:00 am | by Trent Phillips, LUDECA | Articles | Comments

After the proper groundwork has been completed, it is time to build the database for your CM technology. You should be able to easily copy and paste the equipment templates previously created and assign them to the actual equipment you will be monitoring.

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ConAgra, CHS, Cargill To Form Flour Milling Co.

March 5, 2013 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods is combining its North American flour milling business with that of a joint venture of Cargill and CHS Inc. to create a new business that will be called Ardent Mills. The three companies say the deal announced Tuesday will create a business that will have a broader view of the marketplace and be able to serve their customers better.

Innovative Seat Belt Concept Unveiled

March 5, 2013 10:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. is revealing a new seat belt concept in collaboration with Rinspeed at the Geneva Motor Show, which opened today. Instead of a seat belt buckle and tongue, the technology features a 'webbing catcher' which enables semi-automatic buckling and unbuckling. The system is being introduced on the microMAX commuter vehicle concept designed to travel short distances in urban environments.

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U.S. Power Grid Costs Rise, But Service Slips

March 5, 2013 10:19 am | by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

America's power grid is like an old car. It gets the job done, even if its performance is slipping. But the repair bills go up every year and experts say only a major overhaul will reverse its decline. An Associated Press analysis of utility spending and reliability nationwide found that electric customers are spending 43 percent more than they did in 2002 to build and maintain local electric infrastructure.

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PC Sales To Continue Slide In 2013

March 5, 2013 10:09 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sales of personal computers will continue to shrink this year after a grim 2012, as consumers flock toward tablets, research firm IDC said Monday. IDC expects global PC sales to contract 1.3 percent this year after falling 3.7 percent last year.

Toyota Europe Seeks Profits Through Efficiency

March 5, 2013 10:04 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota Europe will post for the first time in five years a profit from just its car business for the 2012 fiscal year thanks to cost-cutting and improved efficiency, the head of the regional division said on the eve of the Geneva Auto Show on Monday.

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Heinz CEO Entitled To $56M Golden Parachute

March 5, 2013 10:01 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Heinz CEO William Johnson is entitled to a golden parachute worth $56 million if he's fired by the company's new owners. The deal lets him walk away with $40 million at any time if he chooses. He would get another $16 million if the new owners were to let him go.

787 Delays Force Thomson Airways To Change Plans

March 5, 2013 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thomson Airways passengers expecting to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on holiday trips in May and June will be put on other aircraft because of ongoing problems with the plane. The company said Tuesday it has not been able to get a delivery schedule from Boeing for planes it had been expecting to put in operation in May.

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China Destroys Ikea Cake, Nestle Chocolate

March 5, 2013 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese authorities say they have destroyed nearly two tons of chocolate cake imported by Sweden's Ikea for violating food quality standards. The Shanghai quarantine bureau said this week that Kraft cream cheese and 2.7 tons of Nestle chocolate bars also were among dozens of imported products destroyed in its latest round of quality inspections.

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Hyundai Executive: Europe Needs To Close Plants

March 5, 2013 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Hyundai executive says it's unclear what will happen in the European car market this year because manufacturers still haven't gotten a handle on their overcapacity problem. In addition to the difficult economy, idle factory floors are weighing on European manufacturers. But stringent labor protections have meant few factories have closed in recent years.

Court Rejects Tesla Lawsuit Against BBC

March 5, 2013 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company sued the broadcaster for libel over a 2008 episode of the popular "Top Gear" show. Host Jeremy Clarkson claimed the car would only run for 55 miles between chargings, far less than billed. He called the car "an astonishing technical achievement ... It's just a shame that in the real world it doesn't seem to work."

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Renault CEO: Carmakers Must Push Outside Europe

March 5, 2013 9:10 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The European car market is going to be tough for five more years, Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn predicted Tuesday, and the only way for struggling carmakers to survive is to push into other markets. Hit by fleeing customers, struggling economies and idle production lines, Europe's carmakers are finding it harder to recover from the collapse of the car market in 2008 than some of its rivals in the U.S. and Asia.

Successfully Implementing A Condition Monitoring Program, Part 1

March 5, 2013 8:00 am | by Trent Phillips, LUDECA | Articles | Comments

Selection of a condition monitoring (CM) technology is not an easy task and requires that many concerns be taken into consideration. Determination of what functionality is needed, selection of a technology provider that can deliver the required technology, and an available budget are all critical considerations to think about before making a purchase.

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Industrial Safety Technologies Acquires Simtronics

March 4, 2013 4:31 pm | News | Comments

Industrial Safety Technologies today announced the addition of Simtronics AS (based in Oslo, Norway) and Simtronics SAS (based in Aubagne, France) to its platform. The companies are being acquired from UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

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Pratt & Whitney Discloses Fraudulent Engine Tests

March 4, 2013 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney said it uncovered fraudulent testing of engine parts involving falsified records, but that no recalls or other problems resulted. The subsidiary of United Technologies said an investigation was begun in June 2011 when an employee alleged that test data had been altered over 15 years at Carmel Forge, another United Technologies unit, in Israel.

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Safety Violations Alleged At Norfolk Food Plant

March 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have proposed $45,000 in fines against the operator of a food plant in Norfolk where two workers were burned. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Henningsen Foods Inc. had seven safety violations, including one repeat, during an inspection after the accident in October 2012.

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Nissan, Honda, Mazda Car Sales Down In China

March 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co., Honda Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. all announced Monday that their sales of new passenger cars in China in the first two months of the year fell from the same period last year. Toyota Motor Corp. on Friday announced a similar drop in sales in the reporting period.

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Apple Shareholder Drops Lawsuit On Preferred Stock

March 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A disgruntled shareholder pressing Apple to create a new class of preferred stock has dropped a lawsuit that became a moot point after the iPhone and iPad maker changed the agenda at its annual meeting earlier this week. Lawyers for hedge fund manager David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital notified U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in a letter sent Thursday that they no longer plan to pursue the lawsuit.

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Volkswagen's Golf Named Europe's Car Of The Year

March 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Volkswagen Golf has been named Europe's Car of the Year by automotive journalists from more than 20 countries. Introduced in 1974 and recently redesigned, the hatchback is the company's mass-market flagship — and a key element in its ambition to overtake Toyota as the world's biggest carmaker.

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China Targets Satellite Launch Market

March 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China is looking to increase its share of the global commercial satellite launching business, targeting a 15 percent share by 2020, a leading space program official said. China hopes to increase its market share by establishing strategic alliances with major launch services providers and satellite manufacturers, the deputy head of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, Liang Xiaohong, said.

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