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Honda Invests $97 Million In Ala. Assembly Plant

May 10, 2011 8:51 am | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Ala. (AP) — Honda Motor Co. Ltd. plans to invest $97 million in its auto assembly plant in Lincoln, creating 20 jobs. The Talladega County Commission voted Monday night to approve the tax abatements for the project, which is expected to be completed in late 2012. The project comes as Honda prepares to add production of the Acura MDX luxury sports utility vehicle to its assembly lines.

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Friend Of Campbell Soup Heir Pleads Guilty To Extortion

May 10, 2011 8:49 am | by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A longtime friend to a Campbell Soup heiress admits she tried to extort the Pennsylvania billionaire in an email titled "When the Soup Boils." Agnes O'Brien pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending extortionist threats to Mary Alice Dorrance Malone. She'll get six years' probation as part of the plea.

A Crane And Scale, Together

May 10, 2011 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Alliance/CAS Caston II Crane Scale from Alliance Scale, Inc. (Canton, MA) is a low-cost wireless option for light- and medium-duty weighing applications of pipe, bar stock, castings, and related items for loading and unloading operations. The system has a handheld wireless remote control, on/off, zero, and tare functions, and auto span calibration.

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Re-Use Your Plant's Heat

May 10, 2011 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DUOTHERM heat recovery system from Boge America, Inc. (Powder Springs, GA) is an ideal solution for compressed air users wanting to optimize the energy usage of their existing compressed air system through heat recovery, according to the company. The heat recovery system can recover up to 94 percent of the input energy used in compression in the form of heat.

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Gas Alarms With Many Channels

May 10, 2011 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Oldham (Arras, France), an Industrial Scientific company, introduced the WX Series of gas detection alarm controllers with three models: WX4 (four-channel), WX16 (16-channel), and WX64 (64-channel). Each model is designed for continuous monitoring of its respective number of analog or digital gas measurements.

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New Test Leads With A 'Twist'

May 10, 2011 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation (Everett, WA) has announced the availability of the new TL175 TwistGuard Test Leads, which have a manually-adjustable test tip guard for use in different measurement environments. By twisting the teat lead, the user can change the exposed tip length from 4/25” to 3/4”.

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Time To 'Open-Source' Your Smarts

May 10, 2011 6:03 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Since we launched the IMPO Insider back in August 2009, I’ve searched the Internet to the end and back for the best videos to feature in our Thursday newsletters. After all of that, I’ve seen some great content across the whole spectrum—funny, sad, uplifting, amusing, frightening.

Stay Away From 'The Avalaunche'

May 10, 2011 5:33 am | Videos | Comments

Most likely encouraged by the increasing amount of media hype around his inventions, Joerg Sprave has developed his most powerful slingshot yet — “The Avalaunche” — that shoots six 20mm steel balls. According to Joerg, each ball carries 60 Joules as it strikes the target, enough to punch through wood or make slurry out of watermelon.

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Former GM CEO Dies At 77

May 10, 2011 5:07 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. says former Chairman and CEO Robert Stempel has died. The automaker announced Stempel's death in a statement Monday. The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press report he was 77 and died Saturday in Florida. Stempel led the company from 1990-92 until he was forced out in a boardroom coup.

Northrop Grumman Unveils Budget-Friendly Aircraft

May 10, 2011 4:59 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Northrop Grumman Corp. on Monday unveiled a new type of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft that can be flown either robotically or with a pilot aboard. The defense contractor said the Firebird aircraft would allow the military to simultaneously gather real-time high-definition video, view infrared imagery, use radar and eavesdrop on communications.

Fiat Could Own Most Of Chrysler By The Year's End

May 10, 2011 4:50 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Italian automaker Fiat SpA could own more than 70 percent of Chrysler Group within a year once it repays its government loans and exercises other options, Chrysler said Monday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Fiat may acquire the U.S. Treasury's 8.

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Toyota To Throttle Back Up Earlier Than Expected

May 10, 2011 4:44 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's global car production, disrupted by parts shortages after Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami, will likely return to normal two to three months earlier than expected, a report said Tuesday. Japans' top business daily Nikkei said Toyota's output will normalize earlier than the end of this year as parts shortages are easing.

Beijing: Want Balanced Trade? Give Us Your Technology

May 10, 2011 4:39 am | by Martin Crutsinger and Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — China is using high-level meetings to urge the United States to allow more technology exports into the booming Chinese economy as a way of balancing trade. The United States, meanwhile, has criticized the communist-led nation's latest crackdown on democracy advocates, arguing that long-term stability depends on respecting human rights.

Two Injured In Louisville Plant Explosion

May 10, 2011 4:36 am | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two people have been injured in a plant explosion in Louisville's Rubbertown district. A MetroSafe Communications supervisor said the explosion at Eckart Aluminum happened around 7 p.m. EDT Monday and occurred indoors at the plant, The Courier-Journal reported.

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SCADA Security for Critical Infrastructure

May 9, 2011 12:13 pm | by Frank Dickman, Consulting Engineer | Articles | Comments

The economy of every developed country in the world depends on the supply of oil, gas and water, as fuels for transportation, heat, electric current production and survival. The average American consumes 2 gallons of gasoline, 220 cubic feet of natural gas for heating and cooking, 30 kilowatt-hours of electricity — produced primarily from fossil fuels, and 150 gallons of water a day.

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Officials Investigate 2.7 Million F-150s With Bad Fuel Tanks

May 9, 2011 9:04 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating a fuel tank problem that could affect more than 2.7 million Ford F-150 pickup trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that the steel straps holding up the truck's gas tank can rust and break, possibly causing a fuel spill and fire.

Nvidia Buys Icera To Compete In Mobile Marketplace

May 9, 2011 8:58 am | News | Comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Nvidia Corp., which makes processing chips for phones and tablet computers, said Monday that it will buy Icera Inc., a British maker of data-modem chips for wireless devices, for $367 million in cash. The acquisition complements Nvidia's line of Tegra processing chips, and sets the company up to compete against Qualcomm Inc.

Double Your MIG Guns' Life

May 9, 2011 8:53 am | by Tregakiss offers step--step video instructions at www.youtube.com/TregaskissWelds . IMPO Product Releases | Comments

To help companies increase the life of their MIG guns, Tregaskiss (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is offering its unique Double-Life MIG Gun System, which features identical connections on the front and back ends of the MIG gun. When the front end or cable becomes worn, welding operators can flip-flop the gun’s components for new components.

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A Better Heat Treating Sheet

May 9, 2011 8:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Brand Products (Downers Grove, IL) has introduced its 12” x 24” type 321 Heat Treating Sheets, which the company says is a more economical alternative to the standard tool wrap rolls. The sheet design keeps handling to a minimum and can accommodate a majority of parts, which means less risk of being cut.

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Robotic Tooling That Survives Washdowns

May 9, 2011 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

The QC-77 Robotic Tool Changer, developed by ATI Industrial Automation (Apex, NC) allows robots to automatically change end-effectors or other peripheral tooling in extremely stringent food-processing environments. A stainless-steel design resists attack by organic and inorganic compounds while withstanding aggressive washdown methods.

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