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Saving Time And Money Through Recall Remediation

June 22, 2011 6:38 am | by Michael Curran-Hays, Senior Partner, Life Science, Kepner-Tregoe, Inc. | Articles | Comments

At one time or another everyone has heard the mantra, “The customer is always right!” When a company is in the midst of a regulatory recall and its new “best friend” is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company must clearly understand that the FDA is their customer AND it is imperative to get the recall “right.

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China's Solar City Showcases Heavy Green Investment

June 22, 2011 5:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BAODING, China (AP) — Solar panels jut out of streetlights in China's self-proclaimed Clean Energy City. Tiny wind turbines twirl atop public buildings. Schools are due to teach students about "green living." In the scramble to profit from demand for clean energy, this city southwest of Beijing is promoting itself as a manufacturing center for solar, wind and other gear by transforming into a living showcase of environmental technology.

Nokia To Outsource 2,800 Jobs To Accenture

June 22, 2011 5:00 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. said Wednesday it has completed a deal to outsource Symbian software development to Accenture, including the transfer of 2,800 workers to the global management-consulting firm. The announcement came two months after Nokia disclosed the plan as part of its aim to cut costs by $1.

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Boeing May Deliver First 787s As Early As August

June 22, 2011 4:46 am | by Slobodan Lekic, AP Aviation Writer | News | Comments

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Boeing will deliver the first of its much-delayed 787 wide-bodied jets to launch customer All Nippon Airways as early as August, officials said Wednesday. At a joint ceremony at the Paris Air Show, the two companies showcased the new plane — known as the Dreamliner — saying it will allow airlines to open up a number of new long-haul routes.

Chicago's Biggest Hot Dog Makers Start Wiener War

June 22, 2011 4:41 am | by Don Babwin, Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — This is a dog fight Chicago will relish. Vienna Beef, one of the world's most famous hot dog makers, is suing the owner of a rival hot dog company, accusing him of either stealing Vienna's 118-year-old recipe or lying to customers by claiming that he's using it. The rival is none other than a grandson of one of the two men who founded the company after their hot dogs became a hit at the 1893 World's Fair.

Rolls Royce Pays $100 Million To Settle Engine Disintegration

June 22, 2011 4:39 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's flagship carrier Qantas said Wednesday it has reached a 95 million Australian dollar ($100 million) settlement with engine maker Rolls-Royce over last year's mid-air disintegration of a superjumbo engine, which temporarily forced the grounding of its entire fleet of A380s.

Obama's Commerce Pick Criticizes NLRB In Boeing Case

June 22, 2011 4:35 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's pick to head the Commerce Department criticized a federal labor board's lawsuit against the Boeing Co. on Tuesday over the aerospace giant's decision to locate a new plant in South Carolina. The nominee, John Bryson, recently stepped down from Boeing's board.

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Growth, Change, And Growing Pains

June 21, 2011 11:03 am | by Michael Keating , Vice President, Client Services from Crisis Management International | Articles | Comments

Business Continuity Management (BCM) has changed rapidly in recent years. Today, many BCM programs are a byproduct of enterprise risk management programs or part of customer-driven service level agreements. But BCM is still looking for a place to call home in many organizations, with BCM ownership all over the map.

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A Plane That's Delayed When There's Not Enough Sunshine

June 21, 2011 9:37 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — The plane making one of the biggest splashes at the Paris Air Show carries a grand total of one person and is often delayed because there's too much wind or too little sun. Andre Borschberg pilots the Solar Impulse, a prototype aircraft powered exclusively by sunlight.

Experts, Manufacturers Disagree On Improved Helmets

June 21, 2011 9:34 am | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Improved helmet design has helped reduce concussions in impact sports such as football and hockey, but it may be impossible to design a helmet that completely eliminates them, according to a panel of sports science professors outlining the latest findings. Helmets "certainly help to mitigate forces that are distributed by impact to the skull and the intracranial cavity and the brain," said Kevin Guskiewicz, a professor of sports science at North Carolina and an expert on football helmets.

OSHA Fines Recycler After Double Amputation Accident

June 21, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

VERONA, Miss. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Glen, Miss.-based Triple P Farms Inc. for four safety violations. OSHA has proposed penalties of $73,500. The company has 15 days to appeal. OSHA said Tuesday it began an inspection in February after a worker had both legs amputated when his foot got caught in a baling machine as he attempted to clear cardboard that had jammed at a business in Verona.

FDA Introduces Graphic Images On Cigarette Packs

June 21, 2011 8:45 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Rotting teeth. Diseased lungs. A corpse of a smoker. Nine new warning labels featuring graphic images that convey the dangers of smoking will be required by the Food and Drug Administration to be on U.S. cigarette packs by 2012. Other images include a man with a tracheotomy smoking and a mother holding a baby with smoke swirling around them.

GM To Temporarily Close Two Pickup Plants In July

June 21, 2011 8:36 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. plans to close two U.S. pickup truck plants for two weeks in July at a time when pickup sales are starting to wane and trucks are stacking up on dealer lots. The company said the shutdowns at the Flint, Michigan, and Fort Wayne, Indiana, factories have been scheduled for months to do maintenance on equipment and help to outfit the Flint plant for a third shift that's coming in August.

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Honda To Cut Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 20 Percent

June 21, 2011 8:34 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Honda Motor Co. said Tuesday that it will cut the global carbon dioxide emissions from the vehicles it makes by 20 percent by the end of this decade. The company said in its annual environmental report that it was setting the goal to address climate change and energy issues. The cut is based on 2000 emissions levels.

Dicing Up Chickens At Warp-Speed

June 21, 2011 8:21 am | Videos | Comments

Mayekawa Mfg. has developed an automated chicken de-boning system that is able to accurately and repeatedly strip breast meat from carcasses that are fed into the machine. According to the company, it’s ten times faster than doing the work manually. Putting aside the debate between robotic and human work, it’s sort of mesmerizing to see the machinery in action.

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Fluid For Machining Any Metal

June 21, 2011 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

CIMCOOL Fluid Technology (Cincinnati, OH) has created CIMTECH 609, a hybrid fluid developed for grinding performance and improved machining ability. According to the company, it works with most aluminum alloys, titanium, exotic alloys, cast iron, carbon steels, high speed steel, high alloy steels, and stainless steels.

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Take Your Scales On The Go

June 21, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

OHAUS Corporation (Parsippany, NJ) has announced the Defender 3000 Series of wheeled bench scales, which combine the OHAUS 3000 Series indicator with the Defender “T” wheeled platform. According to the company, the Defender 3000 is designed with an ergonomic platform to allow moving without lifting the scale.

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Keep Torque Wrenches Calibrated

June 21, 2011 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TechAngle Electronic Torque Wrench from Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) now comes with a cycle-counting feature to keep track of calibration cycles. The wrench allows users to set the torque value in Newton-meters, foot-pounds, or inch-pounds, and angle of rotation. The cycle counting feature helps users meet the ISO standard 6789:2003, which specifies calibration requirement for torque wrenches at one year or 5,000 cycles.

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Bearings In Extreme Heat

June 21, 2011 7:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Metallized Carbon Corporation (Ossining, NY) has developed cast iron pillow blocks and flange blocks with self-lubricating, carbon-graphite bearing inserts for applications where oil/grease lubrication cannot be used. According to the company, the bearings provide and a long, maintenance-free life in high-temperature applications were grease would melt or carbonize.

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A Supervisor's Greatest Discovery

June 21, 2011 7:17 am | by Bruce Hamilton, OldLeanDude.org | Articles | Comments

The following is a true story but told with time compression — a nine month period shortened to three — in order to cover the events as painlessly as possible: Paul was a shift supervisor with 32 years on the floor. Hitting schedules was his job. His manager, Bob, related this to me: “Paul is a hard worker who has held nearly every position in production.

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