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Why Low Voltage Lighting Is Growing In Popularity Within The Industrial Sector

November 22, 2013 9:39 am | by Robert Bresnahan, Larson Electronics Magnalight | Articles | Comments

Low voltage lighting has gained popularity over the last several years due in large part to the generally safer operation it presents. In many cases, low voltage lighting is indicated for use in specific locations according to OSHA regulations and NEC recommendations. 

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Reflecting On Reflectivity: Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep

November 22, 2013 9:26 am | by Richard Catley, The Garland Company and Joseph W. Mellott, Roof Consultant Institute | Articles | Comments

Coatings can play a role in reducing energy loads, especially peak energy loads in many buildings, but they also offer benefits in terms of service life extension, fire retardancy, reducing the heat-history of the underlying membrane and insulation, improve traffic resistance, increase friction for safety, preserve impact resistance, help shed water or even be part of a waterproofing system.

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High-Accuracy Torque Testers

November 22, 2013 8:51 am | by Mark-10 Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Mark-10 Corporation has announced its Series TT02 torque tool testers for the accurate and reliable verification of applied torque values derived from torque screwdrivers, wrenches, and other small hand tools used on the factory floor and in other production environments.

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WIDIA Drills, Mills, And Taps

November 22, 2013 8:33 am | by WIDIA | Product Releases | Comments

While WIDIA's VariMill™, VariDrill™, and VariTap™ deliver convenience and results for the customer, the concept behind the Vari portfolio was conceived with the WIDIA™ distributor in mind. 

Motorola Releases Computer Sled

November 22, 2013 8:09 am | by Motorola Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers, announced the RFD5500 UHF RFID sled that can instantly turn the MC55N0, MC55A0, MC65 and MC67 mobile computers into handheld RFID readers that deliver fast read rates and improved productivity for warehouses and field applications. 

Greenlee Utility Launches The Gator Pack

November 22, 2013 8:02 am | by Greenlee Utility | Product Releases | Comments

The Gator Pack features 13 square feet or 0.37 square meters of storage, divided between three internal pockets and three external compartments. Additional space is available to securely transport a Greenlee EHP700L Battery-Powered Hydraulic Pump.

Robot Colleague Boosts The Bottom Line

November 21, 2013 1:51 pm | by Universal Robots | Videos | Comments

For Stantræk, automation means growth. The company is now able to expand production with no significant increases in payroll. From 2008 to 2013, revenue almost doubled while the number of employees only increased from 21 to 28. Much of the added work load is now handled by Universal Robots.

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Reopening Of Indiana Food Plant Pushed Back

November 21, 2013 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A food-processing company has pushed back the date for restarting a closed factory in eastern Indiana where it plans to eventually have 400 workers.  The company had planned to begin limited production at the plant in July 2014, but has delayed that until early 2015.

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Unemployment Benefit Applications Drop To 323K

November 21, 2013 1:26 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000 last week, the lowest since late September and further evidence of an improving job market.               

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House OKs Bills To Speed Oil, Gas Drilling

November 21, 2013 1:20 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The measures were among three energy bills the House is considering this week as Republicans who control the chamber push to expand an oil and gas boom that's lowered prices and led the U.S. to produce more oil last month than it imported from abroad.

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Improves in November

November 21, 2013 1:17 pm | by Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation | News | Comments

Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 56.9, an increase from the October index of 54.0, demonstrating an overall steady industry outlook despite continuing concerns about the U.S. economy and the negative impact of federal government fiscal policies. 

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Bangladesh To Inspect Safety Of Garment Factories

November 21, 2013 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Bangladesh will begin inspecting its export-oriented garment factories to assess the building structures and how safe they are from fire and electrical accidents. The Labor Ministry said Thursday that the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology will inspect the factories using standards accepted by the government, factory owners and international buyers.

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Gov't Expects To Finish GM Stock Sale By Year End

November 21, 2013 11:53 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government expects to sell the last of its stake in General Motors by the end of the year, bringing an end to a sad chapter in the company's storied history. The Treasury Department, in a statement issued Thursday, said it still owns 31.1 million shares of the auto giant, less than 2 percent. It plans to sell the shares by Dec. 31, as long as the price holds up.

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Louisiana Drug Lawsuit Brings In $238M

November 21, 2013 11:51 am | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies will pay the Louisina $88 million to resolve allegations they charged Louisiana's Medicaid program too much for their drugs, the final settlement reached in a 2010 lawsuit filed by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. 

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Automotive Parts Supplier To Bring 118 Jobs to Mo.

November 21, 2013 11:07 am | by The Missouri Partnership | News | Comments

Missouri’s resurgent automotive industry is bringing another leading automotive parts supplier and more jobs to the Kansas City region, Gov. Jay Nixon announced.  Grupo Antolin North America will invest more than $15.7 million in a 150,000 square-foot automotive manufacturing facility to supply Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant, creating an estimated 118 new jobs.

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Hydrogen Cars Could Be Headed To Showroom Near You

November 21, 2013 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher and Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Cars that run on hydrogen and exhaust only water vapor are emerging to challenge electric vehicles as the world's transportation of the future. At auto shows on two continents Wednesday, three automakers unveiled hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to be delivered to the general public as early as next spring.

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Kia Recalling About 80,000 Vans To Fix Suspensions

November 21, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kia Motors Corp. is recalling nearly 80,000 minivans in the U.S. because a suspension part can break and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles.  The recall affects Sedona minivans from 2006 through 2012. They were sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

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Tyson To Drop Hog Supplier After Abuse Video

November 21, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An animal rights group said Wednesday it videotaped workers at a central Oklahoma farm abusing hogs raised for Tyson Foods, and the meat company said it would immediately end its contract with the supplier.             

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Microsoft and Nokia Ready For Long Fight

November 21, 2013 9:44 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Microsoft's purchase of Nokia, and the ads both companies are running, show they are ready to duke it out with Google and Apple over mobile.                               

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Launching A Tech Startup Behind Bars

November 21, 2013 9:34 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

A tech incubator inside San Quentin is turning inmates into entrepreneurs and helping them find work at startups when they're released. Laurie Segall reports.                           

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