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The Next Generation In Condition Monitoring

September 5, 2013 9:35 am | by SPM Instrument | Videos | Comments

SPM Instrument releases the latest portable instruments in Vibration and Bearing Monitoring. Rugged Construction, Tri-Axial Vibration, Shock Pulse, Electronic Stethoscope, Temperature, Laser Alignment, Balancing, Voice Recording, and much more.

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Nissan Juke Nismo: Tiny SUV Packs A Punch

September 4, 2013 5:28 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Nissan Juke Nismo delivers only 9 HP more than the base Juke model, but with tighter suspension and steering it does make this small SUV just a touch more fun. Nismo is Nissan's performance brand, and in this case, does deliver just a bit more power.

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NASA Creates A Rocket Component Using 3D Printing

September 4, 2013 5:24 pm | by Mashable Video | Videos | Comments

NASA has successfully tested a new kind of rocket engine component created using 3D printing. The engine injector was put through high-pressure, test firings of liquid oxygen and gaseous hydrogen, and it passed.            

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The New But Not Much Improved Microsoft

September 4, 2013 5:22 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Microsoft's $7 billion deal to buy Nokia's cellphone business has investors wondering if the software giant can finally stake a claim in the mobile phone industry. A source of national pride, Finland's Nokia Corp. had led the cellphone industry for more than a decade, reaching a peak of 40 percent market share in 2008.

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The Pencil: An Engineered Communication Device

September 4, 2013 5:19 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

As students go back to school, CBS News' Mo Rocca explores that classic writing instrument: the pencil. He introduces us to David Rees, who has written the book on sharpening pencils, and brings us to Pencil City USA to learn how pencils are made.

EYE Lighting Embraces Digital Media

September 4, 2013 3:32 pm | by EYE Lighting International | Product Releases | Comments

EYE Lighting International, a leading manufacturer of lamps, luminaires, controls, and related lighting products, has taken its communications online through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube videos to engage with its customers. Through its digital media strategy, EYE Lighting will build stronger customer relations and improve its ability to meet its client’s needs for both its commercial and utility lighting products. 

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Automakers Report Sales Up Double-Digits

September 4, 2013 2:22 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Chrysler and General Motors all reported double-digit U.S. sales gains last month as strong sales of pickup trucks and small cars led the industry toward its best month in six years. Toyota posted the biggest gain, with sales up nearly 23 percent over August of last year. 

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UAW May Gain Southern U.S. Foothold

September 4, 2013 2:20 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The prospect of the United Auto Workers gaining a new foothold at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee worries some Southern Republicans, who say laws banning mandatory union membership have helped lure foreign automakers. But Volkswagen faces pressure from labor interests on its supervisory board to grant workers a stronger voice at the plant.

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Court Asked To Uphold BP Settlement Approval

September 4, 2013 2:17 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plaintiffs' attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP following the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a judge's approval of the deal. Only a "paltry few objectors" have raised the "narrowest of concerns" about the settlement that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier approved in December 2012, private lawyers said in a filing.

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Fiat Confirms Investment In Flagship Turin Plant

September 4, 2013 2:14 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Italian carmaker Fiat, which controls Chrysler, will go ahead with investments in its flagship Mirafiori plant in Turin, where it will produce Maserati SUVs. Fiat confirmed the decision Wednesday, after signing a contract with seven unions on flexible work rules.

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Battery Maker Picks KY For Research Site

September 4, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky has landed its first major tenant at a battery research laboratory in Lexington as the state jockeys for a prominent role in developing next-generation automobiles. NOHMs Technologies Inc. said Wednesday it will locate research, product development and manufacturing operations at the Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center.

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Lighting Company To Expand, Add Jobs In MS

September 4, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. James Lighting is expanding its operations in Columbia, Miss., to create 20 new jobs. The announcement came Tuesday from the company and the governor's office. Officials say the $225,000 investment will meet a growing demand for its products. The company currently has 23 employees.

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Report Signals U.S. Manufacturing Getting Stronger

September 4, 2013 12:51 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Stocks initially rose after a new report signaled the country's manufacturers are getting stronger. A jump in orders helped Unites States factories expand in August at the fastest pace in more than two years.            

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Toyota Recalls 369,000 Vehicles Worldwide

September 4, 2013 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 200,000 vehicles worldwide for a hybrid-system problem and another 169,000 vehicles for an engine bolt defect. Toyota Motor Corp. spokeswoman Shino Yamada said Wednesday there were no accidents related to either recall.

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China Scoops Up 220,000 Pounds Of Poisoned Fish

September 4, 2013 10:18 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have scooped up around 100,000 kilograms (220,000 pounds) of dead fish they say were poisoned by ammonia from a chemical plant, environmental officials and state media said Wednesday, in a reminder of the pollution plaguing the country.

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NC Mattress Manufacturer Facing Federal Lawsuit

September 4, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A family owned mattress manufacturer in Thomasville is facing a federal lawsuit, saying the company subjected black employees to a racially hostile work environment. The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Aug. 28 against Carolina Mattress Guild Inc. The EEOC wants a jury trial.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Widens To $39.1B

September 4, 2013 10:14 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit widened in July from a four-year low in June. American consumers bought more foreign cars and other imported goods, while U.S. companies exported fewer long-lasting manufactured goods. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the trade gap rose 13 percent to $39.1 billion. 

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Kodak CEO Talks Company's Future

September 4, 2013 10:12 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Kodak emerged from bankruptcy protection Tuesday vastly different from the company of old. Gone are the cameras and film that made it famous. The company hopes to replace them with new technologies such as touch screens for smartphones and smart packaging embedded with sensors.

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Calsonic Kansei To Add 1,200 Jobs At TN Plants

September 4, 2013 10:10 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier Calsonic Kansei North America announced Tuesday it will add 1,200 jobs at its plants in Tennessee over the next three years. The Nissan subsidiary said it is investing $109 million at its facilities in Lewisburg, Shelbyville and Smyrna, and that total employment in the state will reach nearly 3,800 within three years.

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Explosion Proof Lighting: Quality Is The Goal (Part I)

September 4, 2013 8:02 am | by Rob Bresnahan, Larson Electronics | Articles | Comments

Industrial lighting systems although performing the same basic role as lighting in any other setting by providing illumination in areas where available light is inadequate, must also address a host of factors that never come into play in common non commercial/industrial settings. 

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