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Fundamentals Of RCA Workshop

February 5, 2013 3:55 pm | by Reliability Center, Inc. | Events

This training is intended to provide facility personnel with the knowledge to differentiate between several popular problem solving methodologies. They will learn why each method was created, when each method should be applied, and how to solve a real life problem using each method.

Make RCA Easier With PROACT Templates Webinar

February 5, 2013 3:52 pm | by Reliability Center, Inc. | Events

Where do you start in an analysis and how do you streamline and manage this process? Beat 'paralysis by analysis' with this valuable webinar where you will learn RCI's proven methods and tools that work

Make RCA Easier With PROACT Templates Webinar

February 5, 2013 3:52 pm | by Reliability Center, Inc. | Events

Where do you start in an analysis and how do you streamline and manage this process? Beat 'paralysis by analysis' with this valuable webinar where you will learn RCI's proven methods and tools that work!

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24 VDC Sensor/Transmitter

February 5, 2013 3:35 pm | by ENMET Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The 24 VDC Sensor/Transmitter features a PID sensor, which can be calibrated for ppm/ppb level detection of a wide range of toxic hydrocarbon gases and organic compounds

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CE Series Compactor Enclosure

February 5, 2013 3:33 pm | by Zoneworks | Product Releases | Comments

The CE Series Compactor Enclosure is a flexible, custom-designed product that encloses compactors and dumpsters at the loading dock.

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LedgeGuard Mezzanine Safety Gate

February 5, 2013 3:31 pm | by Garlock Safety Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The system has two gates, and one is always closed so there is always fall protection in place: Raising one gate automatically lowers the other.

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Forklift Broom Attachment

February 5, 2013 3:29 pm | by Osborn | Product Releases | Comments

Available in three models: Magamate, Maximate, and Midimate, Broomate provides maximum sweeping power with minimal maintenance, says the company.

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Barnes Distribution Featured At February NADA Show

February 5, 2013 3:25 pm | News | Comments

Barnes Distribution, a business of Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE: B), and a leader in high security key cutting machines and vendor-managed inventory for maintenance, repair and operating parts and supplies, announced they will exhibit as featured vendors in both the General Motors and Ford Motor Company’s exhibit space.

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Mercedes-Benz Names New CEO For AL Plant

February 5, 2013 1:41 pm | by The Tuscaloosa News | News | Comments

Markus Schaefer, the Mercedes-Benz executive who developed a plan to move Mercedes sedan production to Tuscaloosa County and then was named president and CEO of Vance plant, has been promoted to head of production planning for all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. Schaefer will return to Germany and work out of the company's headquarters in Stuttgart, effective July 1.

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Hino To Lay Off Workers At WV Plant

February 5, 2013 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hino Motors Manufacturing USA plans to cut production at its Williamstown plant and lay off temporary workers. Hino spokesman Sandy Ring tells media outlets that the cuts are due to unexpected soft sales in the fourth quarter. Ring says the number of layoffs hasn't yet been determined. The cuts are expected to occur at the end of the month.

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Japan 787 Probe Finds Thermal Runaway In Battery

February 5, 2013 1:37 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An investigation into a lithium ion battery that overheated on a Boeing 787 flight in Japan last month found evidence of the same type of "thermal runaway" seen in a similar incident in Boston, officials said Tuesday. The Japan Transportation Safety Board said that CAT scans and other analysis found damage to all eight cells in the battery that overheated on the All Nippon Airways 787 on Jan. 16.

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BP Profit Drops 79 Percent In Q4 Due To Settlement

February 5, 2013 1:34 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and gas giant BP's profit fell nearly 80 percent in the fourth quarter in results released Tuesday, dragged down by payouts related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP said that net profit fell to $1.62 billion in the three months ending Dec. 31, down from $7.69 billion in the same period the year before. BP took a loss of $3.85 billion for its settlement of all federal criminal charges with the U.S. government.

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Delphi Earnings Fall On Restructuring Charges

February 5, 2013 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Delphi Automotive saw its fourth-quarter net income cut in half as the auto parts retailer booked restructuring and acquisition costs. The company, formerly part of General Motors, made $136 million, or 43 cents per share, from October through December, compared with $290 million, or 88 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 3.3 percent to $3.8 billion.

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Dell In $24.4B Founder-Led Deal To Go Private

February 5, 2013 1:30 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Slumping personal computer maker Dell is bowing out of the stock market in a $24.4 billion buyout that represents the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up the financing for such risky maneuvers. The complex agreement announced Tuesday will allow Dell Inc.'s management, including founder Michael Dell, to attempt a company turnaround away from the glare and financial pressures of Wall Street.

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Toyota 2.0? Miss Reliable Gets A Makeover

February 5, 2013 12:11 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

The Crown, Toyota's oldest sedan still in production is a symbol of proud tradition. It's conservative evolution over the years has been typical for a company known more for being reliable than racy. But it's newest version is a sign of changes to come.

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Boeing Asks Permission To Conduct 787 Test Flights

February 5, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say they are evaluating a Boeing request to conduct test flights of its 787 Dreamliners, which were grounded nearly three weeks ago after a battery fire in one plane and smoke in another. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the request, but officials declined to elaborate.

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Toyota Raises Annual Forecasts On Profit Rise

February 5, 2013 10:16 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. raised its fiscal year profit forecast Tuesday to triple what it eked out for the disaster-struck previous year, as the world's top automaker continued on a comeback roll as sales surged, especially in the U.S. Toyota's October-December profit jumped 23 percent to 99.91 billion yen ($1.09 billion), compared to the same period the previous year. Quarterly sales edged up 9 percent to 5.3 trillion yen ($58 billion).

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AR Senators Mull Role In Osceola Steel Mill

February 5, 2013 10:14 am | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Mike Beebe and state economic officials told Arkansas senators Monday that the state borrowing $125 million to help fund a planned $1 billion steel mill in Osceola is a good investment. Arkansas Teacher Retirement System trustees endorsed the project by agreeing to invest $60 million. Beebe said the prospect of a long-term economic boost in northeast Arkansas is worth the risk of the state investment in Big River Steel LLC.

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Mitsubishi Recalls Electric Cars For Brake Problem

February 5, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi is recalling about 1,400 of its i-MiEV electric cars in the U.S. because a brake pump can fail. The automaker says the recall affects 2012 models made from Dec. 2, 2011 through Sept. 7, 2012. A defective vacuum pump can stop working. That can reduce braking power, increase stopping distances and raise the risk of a crash.

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Jamaica Breaks Ground On Rare-Earth Project

February 5, 2013 10:11 am | by David McFadden, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jamaican and Japanese officials on Monday launched a pilot project designed to investigate whether rare-earth elements can be commercially extracted from the island's bauxite waste. Researchers with Japan's Nippon Light Metal Co. Ltd. believe they have found high concentrations of rare-earth elements in the island's red mud, a byproduct of bauxite refining into alumina, the basic material for manufacturing aluminum.

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