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Cyber Attacks On Utilities, Industries Rise

September 30, 2011 5:03 am | by Douglas Birch, Associated Press | News | Comments

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — U.S. utilities and industries face a rising number of cyber break-ins by attackers using more sophisticated methods, a senior Homeland Security Department official said during the government's first media tour of secretive defense labs intended to protect the nation's power grid, water systems and other vulnerable infrastructure.

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Durable Robots Tackle Triathlon

September 29, 2011 11:31 am | Videos | Comments

Panasonic's battery-powered robots gear up for the Ironman triathlon challenge in Hawaii. Reuter's Tara Cleary reports. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

September 29, 2011 11:29 am | by Steve Staedler, LePoidevin Marketing | Articles | Comments

Using Twitter can lead to increased trade show booth traffic. In the weeks leading up to a tradeshow I recently attended with a client, I began Tweeting on their behalf. Using the show’s hash tag (#), I drummed up some pre-show interest and caught the eye of several attending industry trade magazine editors.

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Are You A 'Worker' Or An 'Employee'?

September 29, 2011 11:26 am | Blogs | Comments

In any given article about manufacturing, you'll perhaps see a few mentions of the company's "workers." Take a similar article about Google, or Apple, for example, and you'll see a different reality. Instead of being powered by "workers," these technology giants have campuses populated by "employees," "engineers," "ninjas" (a term that makes me cringe).

Tucson Armor Maker To Open New Plant

September 29, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson-based armor maker is set to open a new manufacturing plant. Bourque Industries says the new plant on the city's east side could eventually employ 200 people. The company says the plant will produce advanced ballistic armor for military and law enforcement use and ultra-high-performing metal alloys for various industrial applications.

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GM To Offer Center Air Bag In 2012

September 29, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. said Thursday it will install a center air bag on three of its models next year to better protect drivers and front-seat passengers. The new bag inflates from the right side of the driver's seat and is designed to protect people when their vehicles are hit on the opposite side of where they are sitting.

Firm Promises Payments To Moberly For Plant

September 29, 2011 9:04 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The former CEO of a firm behind a Missouri artificial sweetener plant in Moberly agreed that his new company will pay the city $250,000 by Monday and $3.2 million more within a month for the project now to be turned over to that company. The Columbia Daily Tribune reported (http://bit.

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Ford To Start Retooling Claycomo Plant In April

September 29, 2011 9:01 am | News | Comments

CLAYCOMO, Mo. (AP) — Workers at the Ford Claycomo plant are being told to prepare for a yearlong layoff when the assembly line where Ford Escape SUV's are built is retooled. United Auto Workers Local 249 members told The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/pB3OnH ) they learned this week that the shutdown was planned to begin in April and could last for 12 to 14 months.

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Auto Parts Firm To Pay $200M For Price Fixing

September 29, 2011 8:58 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Tokyo-headquartered auto parts supplier has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $200 million fine in what the Justice Department said Thursday is an investigation of an international price-fixing and bid-rigging cartel . Because Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd. and three of its executives conspired with competitors, "automobile manufacturers paid noncompetitive and higher prices for parts in cars sold to U.

Dozens Arrested In Drug Raid At Boeing Plant

September 29, 2011 8:55 am | by Patrick Walters, Associated Press | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — More than three dozen people have been charged in a prescription drug sweep that included a raid on a Boeing plant near Philadelphia that makes military helicopters. The arrests happened Thursday morning at the 5,400-employee plant in Ridley Park. Federal authorities say 37 people are charged with illegal distribution of a prescription drug.

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Low Profile Bushings

September 29, 2011 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Modern Linear, Inc. (San Rafael, CA) has released a new low profile bushing. Ideal for lower profile applications, this bushing can save space and create a lower profile carriage assembly. Available is sizes one through four, concentric and eccentric, this bushing is compatible with all other components.

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Manufacturing Solutions Suite

September 29, 2011 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Ubisense Manufacturing Solutions Suite from Ubisense (Cambridge, U.K.) provides real-time visibility of production operations to increase throughput, improve quality control, and achieve a smarter workflow. The suite is a comprehensive collection of software applications that leverage location information to precisely pinpoint critical assets moving through complex production environments.

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FasMate FN-Series Connectors

September 29, 2011 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

FasMate FN-Series connectors from FasTest (Minneapolis, MN) provide quick connections to threaded ports, delivering fast results in diverse applications. Used in pressure and vacuum testing, filling, flushing, and performance testing, these connectors feature easy actuation and a split collet design to create instantaneous connections, eliminating the need for thread sealant and wrench tightening, and preventing costly port thread damage and unnecessary downtime.

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SoundStik Ultra Sound

September 29, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SoundStik from VOscope (Wynnewood, OK) is designed to listen to a non audible range of sounds in the automotive, industrial, and service trades. This ultrasound technology allows smart, cost effective preventative maintenance and quick findings of potential or existing problems in major areas, such as: air/vacuum leaks, electrical noise, friction wear, seal/fit integrity, and fluid turbulence.

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Meet The Leader Of The Bionic Age

September 28, 2011 10:19 am | Videos | Comments

At the MIT Biomechatronics lab, professor Hugh Herr is creating robotic prosthetics that mimic the functions of real limbs, leading to a new bionic age. A mountaineering accident that cost Herr both of his legs served as the inspiration behind his work. Now he's trying to advance technology not only for himself, but for the benefit of others.

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HP's Decade Of Struggles

September 28, 2011 10:17 am | Videos | Comments

It hasn't been a great decade for tech giant HP, which has struggled to come up with a vision for the future in the last several years. Despite being the biggest company in the IT industry, HP has had a lot of mistakes and missteps over the past 10 years or so. CNN Money takes a look at HP's recent past and tries to project what the company will do in the future.

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Heinz Ketchup Gets A Facelift

September 28, 2011 10:15 am | Videos | Comments

Same taste, saucier look. Heinz redesigned its ketchup packets so you can choose whether to dip or squeeze, a feat of engineering that took 3 years to develop. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Biotech Jobs Budding In The Rust Belt

September 28, 2011 10:13 am | Videos | Comments

Ohio has seen 20 percent job growth in the BioTech sector over the last 10 years due to both big businesses and startups. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Tom Egen On PACK EXPO Las Vegas

September 28, 2011 10:08 am | Videos | Comments

Tom Egan, VP of Industry Services with PMMI, discusses current trends, new technologies, and safety in the packaging industry, and what to look forward to at this year's PACK EXPO Las Vegas. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Carbures To Build First U.S. Facility In SC

September 28, 2011 9:00 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Carbures LLC is putting its first American facility in South Carolina's Greenville County and creating at least 50 jobs over the next five years. Officials announced Wednesday the maker of carbon fiber composite structures expects to invest $6.5 million on its new design and manufacturing facility.

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