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LG Chem To Begin MI Production In July

May 6, 2013 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An advanced battery maker said it plans to launch commercial production of automotive lithium-ion battery cells in southwestern Michigan in July. LG Chem Michigan Inc., a subsidiary of South Korean company LG Chem, announced Sunday night that test runs have begun at the facility in Holland and that it anticipates shipping products by the end of the summer.

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CAT To Close Toronto Factory

May 6, 2013 10:25 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Heavy equipment giant Caterpillar Inc. says it is closing a tunnel-boring machine factory in Toronto by mid-2014, throwing 330 workers out of a job. Caterpillar acquired the facility in 2008 when it bought Lovat Inc. and got into the tunnelling business, but now says the plant is no longer a "strategic growth opportunity" and will be shut down.

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TX Plant That Blew Up Carried $1M Policy

May 6, 2013 10:22 am | by Christopher Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Texas fertilizer plant that exploded last month, killing 14 people, injuring more than 200 others and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to the surrounding area had only $1 million in liability coverage, lawyers said Saturday.

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Moberly Dismissed From Mamtek Investor Lawsuit

May 6, 2013 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The city of Moberly and its industrial development agency have been dismissed from a civil lawsuit filed by spurned investors in the failed Mamtek artificial sweetener factory. The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that a Cole County judge on April 25 dismissed the city and the Moberly Industrial Development Authority from a 2012 suit filed by Shelter Insurance Cos. and the Waddell & Reed investment brokerage.

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Solar Plane Lands In AZ, First Leg Of U.S. Trip

May 6, 2013 10:18 am | by Bob Seavey, Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alone in the single-seat cockpit and high above the American Southwest, pilot Bertrand Piccard could hear only his plane's gear box and the quiet whine of four electric motors. No noisy jet engines. He's flying Solar Impulse, considered the world's most advanced sun-powered plane.

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Preventing Discharge Damage: Conductive Rolling Bearing Greases

May 6, 2013 8:05 am | by Heiko Stache, Manager Business Unit – Bearing Technology & Sabine Petri, Product Manager, Klüber Lubrication | Articles | Comments

Damage caused by electric discharge is a well-known issue, and today it is more prevalent than ever. It primarily affects rolling bearings in machines susceptible to static charging. In many cases, conductive grease made especially for these applications can provide an inexpensive and efficient solution to this problem, while at the same time ensuring optimum rolling bearing lubrication.

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An Opportunity For Intelligent Device Manufacturers

May 6, 2013 8:00 am | by Steve Schmidt, Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy, Flexera Software | Articles | Comments

Opportunity beckons intelligent device manufacturers. They must evolve their products from fixed function and disconnected systems to flexible and seamlessly connected devices. Making products smarter will provide a wide array of benefits.

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May 2013: Behind Bars

May 3, 2013 5:09 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, Hearthside Food Solutions manufactures snack bars for some of the world's largest food companies, industry experts talk vibration detection for critical machinery, innovative manufacturers work to develop new avenues for conveyor efficiency, and more.

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Texas Fire Official: 'Debris Could Give Answers'

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Kelly Kistner, an assistant state fire marshal in Texas, said that investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a deadly fertilizer plant explosion that killed at least 14 people. He said that debris there could provide answers.

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ALCOA Expanding TN Plant For Auto Making Needs

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALCOA says resurgent auto manufacturing is creating demand for its aluminum products and it will expand its plant in Tennessee. The Daily Times first reported the company will create 200 new jobs with a $275 million expansion of its rolling mill in Alcoa, Tenn. Some 400 construction jobs will be created in building it.

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Clean Technology Investors Shift Focus To Drilling

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

A decade ago, large investors in so-called clean technology had a straightforward goal: finance companies that would help eliminate the world's dependence on oil, natural gas and coal. But as profits from wind, solar, biofuels and other alternatives consistently fell short of expectations — and as the fossil fuel business boomed — things got complicated.

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Survey: China Manufacturing Growth Is Slowing

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturing growth slowed in April as global demand weakened, adding to signs its shaky recovery might be weakening, a survey showed Thursday. HSBC Corp.'s purchasing managers index fell to 50.4 from March's 51.6 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show an expansion in activity.

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GM Is Buying 'Factory One' Facility In Flint

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is buying the original Durant-Dort Carriage Co. facility, a century-old building in Flint known as "Factory One" that officials say was the automaker's birthplace. GM North America President Mark Reuss signed an agreement Wednesday to purchase the 133-year-old, 25,000-square-foot facility, MLive.com reported.

U.S. Factory Orders Down 4 Percent In March

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories fell in March by the largest amount in seven months but a key category that signals business investment plans managed a small increase. Factory orders dropped 4 percent in March, reflecting a big plunge in the volatile category of commercial aircraft, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

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Fire At TX Formosa Plant Leaves 16 Hurt

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire at a South Texas petrochemical plant has left 16 workers hurt — including two critically — and the ethylene purification area shut down. A spokesman for Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. said Friday that the cause of the fire at the Port Comfort plant remains under investigation.

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24/7 Case Sealers

May 3, 2013 5:03 pm | by Intertape Polymer Group | Product Releases | Comments

The InterpackUSA Series Case Sealers are adjustable, operator fed machines that process same sized RSC style cases.

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The Roll Raptor™

May 3, 2013 5:01 pm | by SPS Ideal Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

The Roll Raptor™ is the company’s latest design for the roll film industry to replace the wooden pallet/end board method of smaller roll handling.

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Laser Marking System

May 3, 2013 4:58 pm | by Primera Technology, Inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

LP130 enables fast and easy in-house production of labels and tags for use in a wide range of severe and harsh-duty applications, says the company, including part numbers, warning and instruction labels, and serial tags.

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Waterproof LED Work Light

May 3, 2013 4:54 pm | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The WAL-M-LED72-120 LED work light is a compact and highly versatile lighting solution that produces 4,320 lumens of brilliant illumination in a wide flood pattern from 72 watts of power use.

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NORGLIDE® Composite Bearings

May 3, 2013 4:51 pm | by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics | Product Releases | Comments

Self-lubricating and wear-resistant, this technology ensures friction control within pump applications throughout the long life of the mechanism, says the company.

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