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Maintenance Reminders App

September 6, 2013 3:47 pm | by Okuma America Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Depending on the particular maintenance that needs to be performed, service recommendations can be displayed on a daily basis or intermittently throughout the life of the CNC machine tool.

Bending Shoes

September 6, 2013 3:45 pm | by Greenlee | Product Releases | Comments

The redesigned bending shoes for the 555® “triple nickel” line of electric conduit benders allow users to bend ½” to 2” of the same conduit type on the same shoe.

RDBK Load Sharing Backstop

September 6, 2013 3:42 pm | by Stieber Clutch | Product Releases | Comments

The product features a compact design with increased torque capacity compared to conventional designs, which helps avoid the over specification of gearboxes to meet large outside diameter requirements of some backstops.

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OPTI-VISOR

September 6, 2013 3:39 pm | by Armstrong Fluid Technology | Product Releases | Comments

The OPTI-VISORTM controls the key components of a chiller plant, providing the optimal operating settings for equipment such as water-cooled variable speed chillers, variable flow cooling towers, and variable speed pumps.

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EAZY CAL™ Signal Conditioner

September 6, 2013 3:36 pm | by Macro Sensors | Product Releases | Comments

Modern signal conditioners offer a virtually effortless front panel fingertip routine for easy field calibration.

Explorer Precision Balances

September 6, 2013 3:34 pm | by OHAUS Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

A die-cast metal base, 377 x 311 mm stainless steel pan, and thick metal housing add another level of protection and make this balance as sturdy as it is accurate, says the company.

Car Prices Hit Record As Buyers Load In Options

September 6, 2013 2:26 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Americans are paying record prices for new cars and trucks, and they have only themselves to blame. The average sale price of a vehicle in the U.S. hit $31,252 last month, up almost $1,000 over the same time last year. 

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Mulally Says No Plans To Leave Ford Early

September 6, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executive of Ford Motor Co. says he has no plans to leave the company early after reports that he might be tipped to take a leading role at software maker Microsoft Corp. Ford said last year that Alan Mulally would stay with the company through at least 2014.

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BP, Feds Offer Dueling Gulf Spill Estimates

September 6, 2013 2:22 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

With a high-stakes trial set to resume in less than a month, BP and the federal government on Thursday offered conflicting estimates of how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the blowout of the company's Macondo well triggered a deadly explosion.

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Study: New Gas Development Boom Unlikely In MI

September 6, 2013 2:19 pm | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Michigan may have large natural gas reserves deep underground, but it will likely be years before they would be developed on a large scale, giving policymakers time to deal with the environmental and public health concerns associated with the extraction method known as fracking, according to a study released Thursday.

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Green Mountain Coffee Closes Toronto Facility

September 6, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. said Thursday that it will cease production at its facility in Toronto and cut 120 jobs as it consolidates its Canadian production in Montreal. The Waterbury, Vt., company said it will move all of its Canadian coffee and portion-pack production to its facility in Montreal. It plans to end its operations in Toronto by March 5.

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MAPI Forecast: Return To Moderate Growth

September 6, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

After a slow first half of 2013, expectations are for the U.S. economy to gradually return to moderate growth in the second half and through 2014, according to a new forecast. The MAPI Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) will expand 1.6 percent in 2013 and 2.8 percent in 2014, the former down from 1.8 percent and the latter showing no change from MAPI’s May 2013 report.

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What Do Strong Auto Sales Mean For The Broader Economy?

September 6, 2013 1:31 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

New numbers show August had the highest number of auto sales of any month since the Great Recession. Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Chrysler and General Motors all reported double-digit U.S. sales. Financial and economic analyst Mellody Hobson explains why sales are booming.

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UAW Confirms Talks With VW About TN Plant

September 6, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers union confirmed Friday that it's in talks with Volkswagen about representing workers a factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. Currently no U.S. plants owned by foreign automakers have UAW representation. But the union has been trying for years to organize the plants, which mainly are in southern states.

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U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls To 7.3 Percent

September 6, 2013 10:09 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added 169,000 jobs in August and much fewer in July than previously thought. Hiring has slowed from the start of the year and could complicate the Federal Reserve's decision later this month on whether to reduce its bond purchases.

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IL-Based Company Fined For Injury At WI Plant

September 6, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials fined an Illinois-based company more than $185,000 on Thursday after a worker suffered severe burns at the same northern Wisconsin plant where five people have been killed since 2008. Packaging Corp. of America was cited for 30 alleged safety violations, including failing to provide proper safety equipment and improperly storing hazardous materials.

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IN Gov. Departs For Trade Mission To Japan

September 6, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence left Thursday on his first overseas trade mission as governor, taking along more than 40 political and business leaders to Japan. The trade delegation flew out of Indianapolis for a nine-day trip through Tokyo, Nagoya and Tochigi Prefecture, Indiana's Japanese sister state.

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Timken Says It Will Split Into 2 Companies

September 6, 2013 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Timken Co. said Thursday that it plans to split the company into two publicly traded companies. The Canton, Ohio, company's board approved a plan to separate its steel business from its bearings and power transmission business through a spinoff.

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MI Gov. Names Auto Adviser, Creates Auto Office

September 6, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Rick Snyder has tapped a veteran auto industry executive to become the state's automotive adviser. The appointment of Nigel Francis and creation of the Automotive Industry Office were effective as of Sunday. Francis will make $170,000 a year in his new job.

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Explosion Proof Lighting In The Industrial Workplace (Part II)

September 6, 2013 8:02 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics | Articles | Comments

Explosion proof fixtures provide protection by preventing any ignitions within the fixture housing from igniting the atmosphere outside of the fixture. Intrinsically safe fixtures are more specialized and provide their protection by being low powered and incapable of producing enough heat or spark to produce ignition. 

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