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Toyota Only Japanese Automaker To See Production Drops

October 25, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's global production fell in September for the first time in a year, while rivals Honda and Nissan increased output thanks to strong demand in China. Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its worldwide production dropped 1.3 percent to 672,604 vehicles, marking the first year-on-year decrease in 12 months.


Ford's 3Q Profits Might Slip On Higher Costs

October 25, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is set to report its third-quarter earnings before the market opens on Tuesday. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Ford is expected to report its sixth straight quarterly profit. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker has made the biggest U.S. market share gains of any automaker this year.

Intel To Open New Oregon Manufacturing Plant

October 25, 2010 4:43 am | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The new planned Intel Corp. research facility in Hillsboro will provide jobs to hard-hit sectors of Oregon's labor force at a time when they are direly needed. The Oregonian reports construction workers, carpenters and engineers can expect to see new jobs in the Portland metro area — good news with Oregon's 10.


Man Accused Of Two Ohio Plant Murders On $3 Million Bond

October 25, 2010 4:41 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has set bond at $3 million for a man accused of gunning down two people at an Ohio manufacturing plant. Wearing handcuffs and assisted by a translator, 50-year-old Pedro Rodriguez appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court Monday. He's charged with two counts of aggravated murder in Friday's shooting at ParkOhio Products Inc.


Pratt & Whitney, Machinists Gear Up For The 'Big Fight'

October 25, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — A continuing battle between jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney and the machinists union over jobs now moves to the bargaining table. The subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. and the union begin negotiations Tuesday for a contract to replace a three-year agreement that expires Dec.


HACCP In The Food Industry

October 22, 2010 12:06 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is quickly becoming one of the most important issues in the food industry.  Food Manufacturing  spoke with Mike Gay of Rockwell Automation to discuss the latest HACCP technology and trends and how food manufacturers can utilize these tools to improve efficiency, increase cost savings and strengthen product quality control.


Force Gauges For Any Application

October 22, 2010 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mark-10 (Copiague, NY) has introduced their Series 4 digital force gauges, which are designed for tension and compression force testing in quality control and manufacturing. A range of a capacities — from 0.12 pounds to 500 pounds — is available to address numerous applications in virtually any application.


Sump Pump With Propane

October 22, 2010 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

CECOR (Verona, WI) offers a small propane-powered sump cleaner (model SP50-175PL6), which delivers powerful pumping without electric outlets or air drops. A high suction lift removes coolant, chips, and sludge from the sump, forcing them through a filter that separates solids from the coolant.


Position Sensing In All Directions

October 22, 2010 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The POSIROT family of magnetic rotary sensors from ASM Sensors, Inc. (Elmhurst, IL) welcomes to PRAS21 series, which is a non-contact position sensor that uses an external position magnet to provide an absolute output signal over a 360° measurement range. By using an external magnet, the sensor has a wear-free operation.


Pocket-Style Air Filters

October 22, 2010 9:27 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Camfil Farr (Jonesboro, AR) has released its Hi-Flo ES pocket-style air filter for industrial applications, with a tapered design that eliminates pocket-to-pocket contact. This allows for the full use of the media area while reducing the filter’s resistance to airflow. This allows for few required filter changes and reduced disposal costs, not to mention eliminating the carbon footprint of additional cartridges.


Minimizing The Risks Of Termination: Doing It Right

October 22, 2010 7:15 am | by Roberta F. Howell | Articles | Comments

In the first and second columns of this series, we discussed how to minimize the risks inherent in terminating a distribution relationship by maximizing the possibility that termination could be avoided altogether. No matter how carefully the relationship is created, structured or nurtured, however, termination is sometimes necessary.

ERP: Your Strategic Weapon

October 22, 2010 6:41 am | by Cindy Jutras, Vice-President, Research Fellow & Group Director, Aberdeen Group | Articles | Comments

ERP provides a necessary infrastructure that forms the transactional system of record upon which a business is based, it serves as a source of cost savings and operational improvements, and it streamlines and accelerates business processes. As optimism increases for a worldwide economic recovery, small to mid-size enterprises (SMEs) once again look forward to revenue growth.


Down To Wire

October 22, 2010 6:34 am | Articles | Comments

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to ergonomics, especially when confined industrial wiring causes lots of twists and turns of the wrists and hands. Choosing the right tools can be the difference between a safe maintenance associate, and a sidelined one. According to OSHA, there are many potential hazards that come along with using hand tools for electrical installation and connections.

New Motivations For Plant Modernization

October 22, 2010 5:03 am | by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor , Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Pictured is the integrated Bayer site in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park. In the foreground is the state-of-the-art methylene diphenyl diisocyanate plant. On September 27, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The 101-page legislation contains a number of provisions designed to free up credit for small businesses and provide incentives for small business job creation.


Lean Manufacturing Goes Molecular

October 22, 2010 4:37 am | by Tom Fabek, General Manager, Profit Finders | Articles | Comments

The first meeting is with a company president, vice president of operations or lean manufacturing champion. The typical goal is to identify a factory in the company’s system that may qualify for an audit. Step 2: Discovery Day at the Factory A technical team visits the candidate factory to determine if a process audit is appropriate.


Italian Paper Company To Open Racine, Wis. Plant

October 22, 2010 4:11 am | News | Comments

STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — An Italian paper and packaging company is opening its first North American headquarters in Racine with a promise to create 189 new jobs. The Journal Times in Racine reports Thursday that Seda International Packaging Group says it will invest $76 million in its Racine operation.

China's Dairy Producers Abuse Tainted Milk Scandal

October 22, 2010 4:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Rumors on the Web that a major Chinese dairy company's baby formula might harm infants played on the worst fears of jittery parents after a string of scandals over tainted milk. This week, China's biggest milk producer, Mengniu, announced that the rumors targeting rival dairy Yili in July were manufactured by a Mengniu manager in what it said was a bizarre plot to boost his sales.

Honeywell 3Q Income Falls 18 Percent

October 22, 2010 4:08 am | News | Comments

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Honeywell International Inc. says third-quarter net income fell 18 percent because of a charge for pension expenses. But the technology and manufacturing company beat Wall Street estimates and it boosted its earnings forecast for the year. The company says revenue grew 9 percent, to $8.

Calif. Manufacturing Execs Indicted For Conspiracy, Bribery

October 22, 2010 4:08 am | by Greg Risling, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California company and two of its executives were indicted Thursday on conspiracy charges, accused of bribing government officials at Mexico's state-owned utility in exchange for obtaining lucrative contracts. Keith Lindsey, president of Lindsey Manufacturing Co.

CAT Acquires German Engine Maker For $810 Million

October 22, 2010 4:07 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. said Friday it is buying a German engine maker, MWM Holding GmbH, from private-equity firm 3i for 580 million euros, or about $810 million, in cash. Caterpillar, the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, said the deal will help it significantly expand options for customers of its electric power division.


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