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2 Koreas Talk At Border On Stalled Industrial Park

July 8, 2013 10:12 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Delegates from North and South Korea held talks Saturday on restarting a stalled joint factory park that had been a symbol of cooperation between the bitter rivals, but there was no word on whether any significant progress had been made as discussions went into the night.

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5 New Features That Could Be On Your Next Car

July 8, 2013 10:11 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Cameras that check around the car for pedestrians. Radar that stops you from drifting out of your lane. An engine able to turn off automatically at traffic lights to conserve fuel. Technology that saves lives — and fuel — is getting better and cheaper. That means it's no longer confined to luxury brands like Mercedes and Volvo. It's showing up in mainstream vehicles like the Nissan Rogue and Ford Fusion.

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China Officials' Negligence Blamed For Deadly Fire

July 8, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese authorities have filed criminal charges against nearly a dozen public officials blamed for the high death toll in a fire last month that killed 121 people in a poultry plant in the northeast. China's top prosecuting agency has charged 11 public officials with dereliction of duty, according to a report Friday in the agency's official publication, Jiancha Daily.

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Chrysler Recalling Minivans For Air Bag Defect

July 8, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 282,000 minivans from the 2013 model year because the side air bags can deploy on the wrong side in a crash. Side air bags are supposed to deploy on the side of the vehicle that's involved in a crash. Chrysler says a software problem is causing its air bags to deploy on the opposing side of the vehicle.

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Companies Move Ahead With Bangladesh Safety Accord

July 8, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of primarily European retailers and clothing makers has set a deadline of next spring to inspect clothing factories in Bangladesh that make garments for the companies. The group of 70 companies includes Swedish retailer H&M, Italian clothing maker Benetton and French retailer Carrefour. They say they will concentrate on renovating the most hazardous factories.

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ISM: Manufacturing Back On Track

July 8, 2013 8:02 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector returned to a slow, steady expansion in June, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest ISM Report On Business. The PMI number indicated expansion in manufacturing for the fifth time in six months, reversing May’s contracting PMI rate of 49 percentage points. Although U.S. manufacturing is growing at a slow, steady rate, it’s still in line to meet yearly expectations.

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Tech Savvy

July 8, 2013 8:01 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

According to the business consulting firm Jones Lang LaSalle, there has been a significant uptick in the number of tech manufacturing jobs in the U.S. since 2001. One of the major reasons for expanding manufacturing to the U.S. stems from the desire to have factories closer to consumers and those who can then fix problems.

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Bigfoot OSH

July 3, 2013 5:09 pm | by Smartware Group, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bigfoot OSH (Occupational Safety and Health) is an add-on solution that can help maintenance organizations ensure worker health and safety, pass regulatory inspections, and avoid fines.

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LED Curing Lamps

July 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by DELO Industrial Adhesives IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The innovative optical system of DELOLUX 202 / 400 generates an extremely even irradiation area with intensities of more than 200 mW/cm², says the company.

Telescoping Magnetic Flashlight

July 3, 2013 5:06 pm | by Impeltronics | Product Releases | Comments

The LED Telescoping Magnetic Flashlight Pick Up Tool that offers the ability for the user to find and retrieve objects in hard to reach areas.

Corrosion-Resistant Chains

July 3, 2013 5:04 pm | by iwis | Product Releases | Comments

The special-purpose conveyor chains are used for gripping, collecting, and transporting thin-walled, large-surface materials.

RW6072 Parts Washer

July 3, 2013 5:01 pm | by Viking Blast & Wash Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The new RW6072 features a 20 HP pump curve reservoir mounted vertical centrifugal pumps, giving approximately 200 gallon per minute pump capacity at approximately 65 pounds per square inch pressure.

Safety Contact Mats

July 3, 2013 4:58 pm | by ABB JOKAB SAFETY | Product Releases | Comments

A new line of Safety Contact Mats is now available for safeguarding personnel around machines, presses, robots, and other types of active equipment.

OPTIMAX™ 400

July 3, 2013 4:55 pm | by Spectronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The OPTIMAX 400 features a high-output LED that causes fluorescent dyes to glow more brilliantly and with greater contrast than conventional lamps, says the company.

Wire Cargo Cart

July 3, 2013 4:53 pm | by Nashville Wire Products | Product Releases | Comments

The shelves are easily adjustable and removable, and have a 180-pound capacity. The cart itself can hold up to 1,800 pounds.

Dry, Comfortable Feet

July 3, 2013 4:50 pm | by KEEN | Product Releases | Comments

The Milwaukee WP features oil-and slip-resistant non-marking rubber outsole and patent-pending asymmetrical steel toes delivering lightweight protection to a boot built to work.

Terminator Impact Bits

July 3, 2013 4:48 pm | by Wiha Tools | Product Releases | Comments

Terminator Impact Bits include two component impact absorbing materials combined for enhanced tool life and optimized dual material torsion zone allows 60 degrees of twist.

Circular Cold Saws

July 3, 2013 4:46 pm | by Scotchman Industries | Product Releases | Comments

The SUP-500 NF is an Upcut Circular Cold Saw designed specifically for cutting non-ferrous material.

Emergency Lighting Inverter

July 3, 2013 4:44 pm | by Controlled Power Company | Product Releases | Comments

Meeting stringent design and performance specifications, the self-testing, self-diagnostic EON is UL 924 listed as “Emergency Lighting Equipment” and “Auxiliary Lighting and Power Equipment,” as well as NFPA compliant as “Life Safety Equipment,” says the company.

Targeted, Durable Lighting

July 3, 2013 4:41 pm | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Producing 10,000 lumens of bright white light, this portable 16-inch LED light provides illumination for nearly 8,000 square feet of work area.

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