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The New Standard For Heavy Lifting

April 17, 2013 5:20 pm | by Wildeck, Inc. | Videos | Comments

At ProMat 2013, Wildeck introduced the 4XLift™, "the new standard for heavy lifting." The heavy-duty four-post 4XLift includes, as standard, Wildeck's patented AutoSenz® D-Series Overload Detection System that continuously monitors motor current and stops the lift in its tracks should a jam occur.

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How A U.S. Shoemaker Stays Competitive

April 17, 2013 4:45 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Okabashi Brands was founded in the 1980s when U.S. manufacturing was shrinking. Staying competitive compared to imports is a challenge, says Bahman Irvani, CEO. But thanks to automation, a U.S. workforce, and recycling methods, Okabashi is a success story.

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Purell's Long Path To Success

April 17, 2013 4:42 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Now the top pick among careful parents and germaphobes alike, Purell's market success wasn't always so obvious. After a decade of rising sales and steady marketing, the anti-bacterial hand sanitizer has become wildly successful, surpassing analyst predictions on its way to the top.

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Turbos Vs. Superchargers

April 17, 2013 4:39 pm | by CNETTV | Videos | Comments

CNET walks through the difference between two high tech automotive trends, turbos and superchargers, to increase power with less fuel. Both turbos and superchargers are air pumps, they ram more air into the intake portion of the engine. And when more air goes in, that means the engine can combine more fuel with to get a bigger 'charge.'

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'Smart Gun' Won't Work In The Wrong Hands

April 17, 2013 4:35 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

What if technology could keep guns out of the wrong hands? Some are developing 'smart guns' that may do just that. The New Jersey Institute of Technology has spent the last thirteen years developing a gun that analyzes a person's grip and only fires for its owner.

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Auto Black Boxes In Every Vehicle By 2014?

April 17, 2013 2:14 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos | Comments

Most drivers don't realize that over 90 percent of new cars are being made with a black box. Similar to a flight cockpit recorder, it is called an Event Data Recorder (EDS). It records everything that is happening in your car. At issue is your right to privacy.

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Opel: German Plant To End Production

April 17, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' loss-making Opel division has confirmed it plans to end production at a plant in Germany by the end of 2014. Adam Opel AG said Wednesday in a statement that the Bochum plant would wind down production as part of its plan to reduce costs and turn the division around. The plant's 3,200 workers make the Zafira compact.

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White House Threatens Veto On Cybersecurity Bill

April 17, 2013 2:05 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House on Tuesday threatened a veto against a House bill intended to improve cybersecurity through information-sharing, warning lawmakers that the president won't sign the measure unless changes are made to protect privacy and civil liberties.

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Judge Approves Fisker Supplier Claims Settlement

April 17, 2013 2:03 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A Delaware bankruptcy judge is approving a settlement between electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. and its former battery supplier. The settlement approved Wednesday reduces Fisker's claims against the company formerly known as A123 Systems Inc., now called B456 Systems Inc., by almost 90 percent.

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Ozark Manufacturer Announces $26M Expansion

April 17, 2013 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say SGL Carbon will invest $26 million in the company's manufacturing plant in Ozark, where it will add a new workshop. SGL Carbon now employs 90 workers at its plant, which makes graphite electrodes that are used in a process to recycle steel scrap.

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PA Governor Winds Up South America Trade Mission

April 17, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett was headed home Tuesday from a 10-day trade mission to South America with high hopes for the future but few concrete accomplishments to talk about. In a teleconference with Pennsylvania reporters, Corbett described a whirlwind schedule of meetings and events in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Santiago, Chile.

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Apple Stock Falls On Supplier News

April 17, 2013 1:56 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Shares of Apple Inc. fell below $400 for the first time in a year and half on Wednesday, after a supplier hinted at a slowdown in iPhone and iPad production. The stock was down $21.89, or 5.1 percent, at $404.35 in early afternoon trading. Earlier in the day, it hit $398.11, the lowest level since Dec. 2011.

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Daimler Selling Rest Of EADS Stake

April 17, 2013 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker Daimler AG says it is selling its remaining 7.5 percent stake in EADS, the parent company of aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Daimler helped found EADS but now is cashing out to focus on its core business of making cars. It sold a 7.5 percent stake last year. The Daimler stake of 61.1 million shares would be worth about 2.3 billion euros at Tuesday's price of 37.20 euros a share.

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Toyota's Hybrid Vehicle Sales Pass 5 Million

April 17, 2013 10:11 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota's global sales of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles have surpassed 5 million in a milestone for a technology that was initially greeted with skepticism. The Japanese automaker, which said Wednesday it had sold 5.125 million hybrid vehicles as of the end of March, started selling the Prius, the world's first mass produced hybrid passenger car, in 1997.

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No Helmets Required For Elio Vehicle Under Bill

April 17, 2013 10:09 am | by Littice Bacon-Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House Transportation Committee backed a proposal Tuesday that would pave the way for the production of a three-wheeled vehicle called the Elio by removing the requirement that occupants wear helmets. Officials with Elio Motors, located in the former General Motors plant in Shreveport, said the helmet requirement could harm sales by sending a signal to consumers that the vehicle was unsafe.

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Taiwan Tech Industry Faces Up To Samsung

April 17, 2013 10:04 am | by Annie Huang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwanese companies have long viewed tech giant Samsung as a major threat and the battle has recently appeared to tilt in favor of the South Korean rival as Taiwan's smartphone, memory chip and display panel makers suffered sagging exports.

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China's LDK Solar Misses $23.8M Bond Payment

April 17, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LDK Solar Co. said Tuesday that it failed to make a $23.8 million bond payment this week because of a "temporary cash-flow shortage" but negotiated to delay some of the obligation. Payment on the 4.75 percent convertible notes was due Monday. LDK said it agreed with two bondholders to delay $16.6 million in payments.

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Coca-Cola's Independent Bottlers See Shifting Role

April 17, 2013 10:01 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coca-Cola has struck preliminary deals to begin handing back more of its U.S. distribution network to independent bottlers, a move that's expected to improve profit margins in its flagship market. The world's biggest beverage maker had purchased its biggest North American bottler in 2010 to make it easier to introduce new products and clean up a messy patchwork of factories.

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Rugged Tablet PC Requirements In Food Manufacturing

April 17, 2013 8:05 am | by Matt Miller, President, MobileDemand | Blogs | Comments

The food manufacturing industry defines the kind of variable, often-extreme working environment in which a rugged tablet PC thrives. Refrigerated areas must be at or below 45 degrees, freezers at or below zero, and hot food must remain at 140 degrees or just higher. Rugged tablets have to endure these highly variable temperatures and move among them as needed.

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CAGI Data Sheets: An Apples To Apples Performance Comparison

April 17, 2013 8:00 am | by Werner Rauer, Compressors Product Manager, Kaeser Compressors, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Comparing compressor performances across different manufacturers has long been a difficult task. For a many years, it was all too easy to present data that, although accurate, was potentially misleading. Manufacturers were selective about what information they published as well as what conditions they chose to specify performance. The result was a numbers game that the buyer frequently lost.

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