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GM Wants Tough Punishment In Hybrid Secrets Theft

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by Ed White, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. wants a long prison sentence next week for a former employee and her husband who were convicted of stealing hybrid vehicle technology for potential use by competitors in China. Trade secrets were found on at least seven computers owned by ex-GM engineer Shanshan Du and Yu Qin, according to prosecutors.

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Chrysler To Invest $20M In Toledo Machining Plant

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by Chrysler Group LLC | News | Comments

Chrysler Group LLC announced today that it will invest $19.6 million in its Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg, Ohio, to increase capacity of the torque converter it’s machining for the nine-speed transmission. With this announcement, the Company’s total investments in its U.S. operations since June 2009 increase to over $5.2 billion.

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Welder Apparently Electrocuted At AZ Plant

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man doing welding work on the rooftop of a Glendale manufacturing plant is dead of an apparent electrocution. Authorities say the man was badly burned and fell 20 feet to the ground after he somehow touched live wires around 11:20 a.m. Thursday.

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Caterpillar Laying Off About 60 At IL Plant

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. is laying off about 60 employees at a plant in central Illinois as the company deals with declining profits. The Journal Star in Peoria reports that Caterpillar said Thursday that it will lay off workers at a foundry in Mapleton starting in early May. The town is just south of Peoria, where Caterpillar is based.

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Tests Detail Pollutants At Former Ford-Owned Site

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Testing on a site formerly owned by Ford Motor Co. in suburban Detroit where chemical solvents have been found shows pollutants are more widely dispersed than initially suspected. Results were discussed Wednesday at a public meeting, and there's concern a park and area homes could be affected.

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New Corvette To Start Around $52,000

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Autos Writer | News | Comments

General Motors said Friday that a base model of the 2014 Corvette Stingray will start at just under $52,000. Considering everything that GM put into the newest Corvette, the $1,400 price increase over the current model seems pretty modest. The 2014 Corvette goes on sale this summer. The latest version was completely redone, and shares only two parts with the current model, which is nine years old.

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Technology And The Digital Revolution

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

The story of Silicon Valley Silicon Alley is a tale of two digital cities competing for national dominance. Google's Jared Cohen and New York City's Chief Digital Officer Rachel Hunt join the NOW panel to talk about the age of American innovation.

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Entrematic Strengthens N. America Offering With 4Front Acquisition

April 26, 2013 5:01 pm | News | Comments

Entrematic’s presence in North America is strengthened by its most recent acquisition of4Front, the U.S.-based loading dock and warehouse products company with its industry-leading brands, including Kelley and Serco. By combining long established brands under one umbrella, Entrematic now boasts one of the world’s most complete ranges of entrance automation products, supported by dedicated specialists with extensive experience.

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HeatSeeker™ Thermal Imager

April 26, 2013 5:00 pm | by IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. | Product Releases | Comments

The HeatSeeker™ incorporates an auto hot/cold tracker, a new technology that automatically pinpoints the hottest and coldest temperatures within a single screen by highlighting both with dual cursors.

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SniffIT Leak Detectors

April 26, 2013 4:59 pm | by Nolek | Product Releases | Comments

The SniffIT Digital® series of leak detectors will first be released in two versions: The SniffIT X1 Pro & Lite for detecting helium and hydrogen, and the SniffIT X3 Pro & Lite for refrigerant gases.

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Machine Guarding

April 26, 2013 4:56 pm | by Tapeswitch Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The AIE is a double key, stainless steel, access interlock suitable for machine guarding on hinged and sliding doors, gates and fences.

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StressPly®SA Self-Adhered Membrane

April 26, 2013 4:54 pm | by The Garland Company, Inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

StressPly SA FR Mineral is an SBS, dual fiberglass and polyester reinforced membrane incorporating a fire retardant compound and a mineral surface.

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BoxBolt® Fasteners

April 26, 2013 4:52 pm | by LNA Solutions, Inc. IMPO Product Releases | Comments

BoxBolt provides a safe, secure means of connecting rectangular, circular, or square hollow tube steel in applications where access to the tube is limited to the opposite side of the connection, according to the company.

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Limitless™ Wireless Solutions

April 26, 2013 4:50 pm | by Honeywell | Product Releases | Comments

The battery-operated Limitless™ Wireless Non-Contact Switch allows customers to choose either top sensing or side sensing.

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High Speed Pick & Pack Robot

April 26, 2013 4:48 pm | by QComp Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

This fast and flexible system is designed to minimize labor-intensive picking and packing tasks and handle the newest package designs, such as stand up pouches.

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NEMA 4X Alarm System

April 26, 2013 4:46 pm | by Detcon | Product Releases | Comments

The Model X40 NEMA 4X version alarm and control system has received CE Mark approval and now complies with European Union health and safety requirements.

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Pallet Stretch Wrappers

April 26, 2013 4:44 pm | by Phoenix | Product Releases | Comments

From five loads per day to 100 loads per hour, all Phoenix is focused on building a rugged line of pallet stretch wrapper equipment.

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Hydraulic Hose Reels

April 26, 2013 4:41 pm | by Jet Products LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Jet hydraulic hose reels also have a premium seal system that is pressure-compensated and leak-proof; it provides reliable service under all conditions, including cold storage, says the company.

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Air Care Spa

April 26, 2013 4:36 pm | by Rubbermaid Commercial Products | Product Releases | Comments

The Air Care Spa Collection fragrances and Executive Series™ cleaning solutions that feature quiet casters and an improved aesthetic and visual identity.

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Compact, Rugged LED

April 26, 2013 4:33 pm | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Rated IP66 waterproof and constructed of machined aluminum with an unbreakable polycarbonate lens, this LED light is extremely durable and resistant to the effects of water and dampness, says the company.

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