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Hawker Beechcraft To Power Down Kansas Operation

November 10, 2009 3:34 am | News | Comments

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Airplane maker Hawker Beechcraft Corp. announced Monday that it will close its Salina operation. The company, one of the nation's leading business jet manufacturers, said in a news release that it informed its Salina employees and the International Association of Machinists leadership Monday morning.


Man Jailed For Selling Uncertified Parts To Boeing

November 10, 2009 3:23 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles businessman has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for selling uncertified aircraft manufacturing parts that were used to make Boeing 737 airplanes. Prosecutors say 74-year-old Duane Lepire was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty in April to fraud for selling commercial-grade rubber gaskets that were not approved for aviation manufacturing.

Germany Gets Bossy Over Opel's Future

November 10, 2009 3:18 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed General Motors Co. on Tuesday to present a "reliable concept" for the future of its European unit Opel, adding that GM should produce most of the funding. GM last week called off the planned sale of a majority of Opel, based in Germany, to a consortium of car parts maker Magna International Inc.


Flammable Liquid Grounding

November 9, 2009 10:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

GoatThroat Pumps (New York, NY) announces their SCP-6500 pump, which allows containers holding flammable liquids to be grounded, which makes them safe for use with Class 1 and 2 flammables. All components of the new pump which come in contact with the fluid are created with conductive plastic so that the system remains grounded.


Light-Duty And Pop-Up

November 9, 2009 10:26 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The pop-up transfer conveyors from TKF (Cincinnati, OH) are light-duty units designed to handle loads up to 250 pounds with motorized roller-driven strands, eliminating noisy chain drives. The conveyors also do not use vertical guides or cam ramps for positioning, which simplifies maintenance.


Compressors, Redesigned

November 9, 2009 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sullair Corporation (Michigan City, IN) announces the redesign of their 200 HP compressors offered with a choice of constant speed drive models (the LS-200S) or constant speed drive with variable capacity control (the VCC-200S and VCC-250S). The VCC models use Sullair’s spiral valve technology, which allows the compressor to match pressure and capacity with system demand, lowering energy usage.


Be A Square

November 9, 2009 10:25 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Pinpoint Laser Systems (Peabody, MA) introduces a new right 90-Line Square Plane, ideal for squaring machinery and equipment, setting up presses, checking machine tools, aligning guide rails, among other uses. The 90-Line Square Plane is designed to be placed in the path of a laser reference beam to form a precise right angle for checking alignment.


Greenwashing — I've Been Had

November 9, 2009 6:56 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

There aren’t many feelings worse than that of being duped, especially if you have an elevated estimation of your own intellectual powers. (I tested at 29 on my ACT exam, I swear.) Most of the time, I like to think that I’m pretty shrewd when it comes to marketing schemes and statistics being twisted by the most keen of spin doctors, distinctly because as an editor — trust me — I’ve seen it all.


Obama Visiting Asia To Ease Trade Tensions

November 9, 2009 4:00 am | by Charles Hutzler, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Days after coming to power in September, Japan's new prime minister broached forming a new East Asian trading bloc with rival China — one that would exclude the United States. Some in Washington took it as a snub from the nation that has been America's rock in Asia for decades.


Cadbury Rejects Another Hostile Bid From Kraft

November 9, 2009 3:50 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. launched a 9.8 billion pound ($16.4 billion) hostile bid for Cadbury PLC on Monday — refusing to sweeten a previous offer rejected by the British candy maker. The terms of the cash-and-stock approach were left unchanged, effectively representing a lower offer for Cadbury investors because of a shift in share prices of both companies.

GM Rumored To Invest $100 Million In Ontario Plant

November 9, 2009 3:41 am | News | Comments

TORONTO (CP) — General Motors Co. will reportedly invest nearly $100 million to increase production at an assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont. Sources tell the Globe and Mail the upgrade to Cami Automotive Inc. will be announced today at the facility in southwestern Ontario. The investment is designed to boost output of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossover utility vehicles.


Chinese Car Sales Leave U.S. In The Dust

November 9, 2009 3:34 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Powered by tax cuts and stimulus spending, China's October auto sales soared 72 percent from a year earlier, outpacing U.S. sales for another month, according to data reported Monday. Automakers sold a total of 1.2 million cars and trucks, the government-sanctioned China Association of Auto Manufacturers announced.

General Dynamics To Build Military Vehicles In Michigan

November 9, 2009 3:29 am | News | Comments

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — General Dynamics Corp. ( NYSE:GD ) is building a Detroit-area center it says will speed the design and construction of new military land vehicles. General Dynamics Land Systems holds a groundbreaking ceremony Monday in Sterling Heights, where the division is headquartered.

Sturgis, S.D. To Get More Guns, Workers

November 9, 2009 3:13 am | News | Comments

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — As many as 30 new jobs are coming to the South Dakota town of Sturgis. California-based Bar-Sto Precision Machine Co. has announced plans to open a new facility on the south end of the Sturgis industrial park. The Bar-Sto plant will manufacture precision gun barrels for most of the handguns in use today by law enforcement agencies, as well as by competitive shooters.


Toyota Workers Complain Over Anti-Union Policies

November 9, 2009 3:12 am | News | Comments

BUFFALO, W.Va. (AP) — Workers at the Toyota Motor Corp. ( NYSE:TM ) plant in Buffalo have filed a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board, saying they're being denied the right to pass out union literature. The complaint was filed Friday at the federal agency's regional office in Cincinnati.


Don't Screw It Up

November 6, 2009 11:17 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

In the latest Electronic CEO Fireside chat, Steve Schott, President of Comark discusses some of the landmark projects he has had an intricate role in — from aircraft carriers to engine monitors for the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC). PD&D Design Daily: You’re coming up on your 6th year as president of Comark, what has been the most memorable moment thus far? Steve Schott: My first visit to a pork processing plant.


Clorox's Preemptive Strike

November 6, 2009 11:00 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

November 9, 2009 Clorox isn’t waiting around for new chemical security legislation to take effect. And according to , the company has not hired any lobbyists in 2009 to convince politicians that transporting and storing large amounts of chlorine is safe.


Network Meshing

November 6, 2009 10:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Detcon (The Woodlands, TX) has released the Model RXT-300 wireless mesh-network transceiver, designed to transmit signal data in a wide range of industrial applications. The transceiver operates at 2.4GHz, and processing power is shared, allowing each transceiver to act as both a router and repeater.


Protect Your Conduits

November 6, 2009 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OCAL-BLUE Form 8 PVC-coated cast-iron conduit body from Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) now carries the UL Type 4X and NEMA Type 4X ratings on sizes up to two inches. These ratings assure conduit protection and corrosion-resistant performance in wash-down areas and outdoor environments.


Modular, Custom Machining

November 6, 2009 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

MAG (Sterling Heights, MI) has redesigned its modular HMC 1250 Series machining tool with a new 180,000 position A-axis tilt spindle for 5-axis horizontal machining on large parts. The new 6,000 rpm/ 46 kW tilt spindle is engineered for machining large equipment parts for aerospace, pump, or valve applications.



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