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ULT-DIN Loop Detector

August 15, 2013 5:24 pm | by EMX Industries Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

 The small loop detector housing includes full-fledged detector features such as Ultrameter TM, two output relays, and 10 sensitivity settings.

High Inertia Motors

August 15, 2013 5:20 pm | by Baldor Electric Company | Product Releases | Comments

The high inertia motor is specially designed to withstand the increased temperature rise during start and stall conditions, and have stall times longer than their start times, says the company.

Modular Traveling Knife

August 15, 2013 5:18 pm | by AZCO Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

The rotary shear cut blade cuts against a hardened anvil. The crush cut blade is used for perforating, crush cutting, or score cutting.

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WOB-L® Piston Compressors

August 15, 2013 5:15 pm | by Thomas | Product Releases | Comments

Series 2665 WOB-L® Piston Compressors are designed to stand up to the rigors of use in air vending systems. 

84-Tooth Long Handle Ratchets

August 15, 2013 5:14 pm | by GearWrench | Product Releases | Comments

The handle on the new ratchets is over 25 percent longer than standard ratchets, offering increased reach and greater leverage, says the company.

Fast Industrial Hotspot

August 15, 2013 5:12 pm | by ProSoft Technology | Product Releases | Comments

The 802.11abgn Fast Industrial Hotspot is a high-speed wireless Ethernet solution designed for plant-floor automation, SCADA systems, mobile worker Wi-Fi infrastructure, and process control systems.

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Professional Work Lights,

August 15, 2013 5:09 pm | by Associated Equipment Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

This new cordless lighting products utilize the latest Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery technology for long life and better brightness, says the company.

Ford To Restate Hybrid Gas Mileage

August 15, 2013 3:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford will reduce gas mileage estimates for its C-Max hybrid, following a government investigation into consumer complaints that the car's actual mileage was lower, a person familiar with the matter said. Ford will drop the combined city-highway mileage listed on the window sticker from 47 mpg to 43 mpg (20 kpl to 18.3 kpl), according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the change has not been formally announced.

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Fewest Americans Since 2007 Seek Jobless Benefits

August 15, 2013 3:05 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, the fewest since October 2007 — a sign of dwindling layoffs and steady if modest job growth. The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average fell 4,000 to 332,000, the fewest since November 2007 and the fifth straight decline.

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Court Reinstates Job Retaliation Lawsuit

August 15, 2013 3:02 pm | by Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit by a Kentucky man who claims he was passed over for a job overseeing waste disposal from a nuclear plant because he is a whistleblower. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered a federal judge to determine whether executives with EnergySolutions Inc. learned of Gary Vander Boegh's whistleblowing before bypassing him for the landfill manager's job.

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Lenovo Mobile Sales Drive Profit Growth

August 15, 2013 3:00 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lenovo Group says it is evolving quickly into a supplier of wireless computing, driven by booming sales of smartphones and tablets as consumers shift away from desktop computers. Sales of wireless devices rose 105 percent in the three months ended June 30, driving a 23 percent rise in profit to $174 million, Lenovo announced Thursday. Total revenue rose 10 percent to $8.8 billion.

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Berkshire Buys Up GM Stock, Cuts Kraft

August 15, 2013 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has sharply boosted its stake in General Motors, while again cutting its stakes in packaged food companies Kraft and Mondelez. As of June 30, Berkshire had 40 million shares of the auto maker, according to a filing on Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That's up 60 percent from the stake reported as of March 31.

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Cleveland State Trains Manufacturing Job Seekers

August 15, 2013 2:18 pm | by Scientific Management Techniques | News | Comments

Cleveland State Community College has partnered with Cormetec Corporation to help recruit, assess, and train job seekers for open positions in advanced manufacturing operator positions. CSCC recently graduated their first class from their new OneSource Workforce Readiness Manufacturing Skills Training program. 

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U.S. Manufacturing Output Slipped In July

August 15, 2013 1:58 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Output at U.S. factories declined slightly in July, reflecting a drop in auto production. The decline was expected to be temporary given the banner sales year automakers are having. Manufacturing output edged down 0.1 percent in July compared with June, the Federal Reserve reported Thursday. It was the first drop since declines in March and April.

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A Quadcopter Drone For The Masses?

August 15, 2013 1:56 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, are revolutionizing warfare. Now, some of that technology is coming home from the war, to amuse us and give us an aerial perspective on our surroundings. It's easy to see these agile, relatively stable aircraft being put to a number of uses, from aerial photography to package delivery — at least once the dangers can be managed and the legal issues worked through.

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IAG To Buy 62 Airbus Planes

August 15, 2013 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

International Airlines Group has ordered 62 Airbus aircraft in the A320 family, with a list price of $5.4 billion, to replace aging planes and expand the fleet of its Vueling discount carrier. IAG, the parent of British Airways and Iberia, says it negotiated a "substantial discount" on the list price without providing further details.

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Brazilian State Of Sao Paulo To Sue Siemens

August 15, 2013 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Brazilian state of Sao Paulo plans to file a lawsuit against German engineering giant Siemens AG to recover funds lost to an alleged price-fixing cartel involved in the construction and upkeep of the subway and train systems of the cities of Sao Paulo and Brasilia. The state government said in a statement posted on its website Tuesday night that Siemens told Brazil's antitrust agency, CADE, of the existence of the cartel in May.

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VA Chemical Plant To Close By End Of 2014

August 15, 2013 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Petersburg chemical plant plans to close by the end of 2014, laying off 240 employees. Boehringer Ingelheim Chemicals Inc. said Thursday that it will begin to phase out operations starting in December 2013. The Petersburg facility that has been in operation since the late 1970s manufactures active ingredients for the pharmaceutical industry.

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Apple Breaks $500 Threshold

August 15, 2013 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc.'s shares surged passed the $500 threshold — their highest level since January. The gains came a day after activist investor Carl Icahn said he thinks the iPhone maker should do more to revive its stock price. The outspoken billionaire said in Twitter posts Tuesday that he had acquired an unspecified stake in Apple and had spoken to its CEO about boosting share repurchase plans. 

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The Most Difficult Discipline

August 15, 2013 12:38 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Why is it that the most important, most powerful, most effective methods, tools, or practices are also the most difficult? Answering that question might be a challenge to keep the philosophy professors busy for a good, long time. For now, accept your grandfather’s axiom that what is worth doing, is worth taking our time to do.

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