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Japanese Manufacturing Could Take Years, Billions To Recover

March 16, 2011 4:48 am | by Kelvin Chan and Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — It took only minutes for the earthquake and tsunami to devastate Japan's northeast. Rebuilding will take years — if it can be afforded. The relentless wall of water that the quake unleashed killed thousands, swept away whole towns, inundated roads and knocked ports, oil refineries, steel plants and factories out of action.

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IOSHA Fines Notre Dame For Blatant Scissor Lift Disregard

March 16, 2011 4:41 am | News | Comments

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The 20-year-old Notre Dame student who was killed when the hydraulic lift he was on fell over as he filmed the football team on a windy day had expressed displeasure about practice being held outside, according to a state report released Tuesday. Declan Sullivan wasn't happy when he found out the team would be practicing outside last Oct.

Toyota, Subaru Scale Back U.S. Production After Quake

March 16, 2011 4:35 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Two Japanese automakers are scaling back production at North American plants as they assess their ability to get parts from Japan after that country's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Subaru of America said Tuesday it has suspended overtime at its only North American plant in Lafayette, Ind.

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Ford's Mulally Praises Louisville As 'Center Of Excellence'

March 16, 2011 4:29 am | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally previewed his company's next Kentucky-made vehicle Tuesday night, saying the new version of the Escape small SUV that will roll off the assembly line at a retooled Louisville manufacturing plant will be transformational. Mulally also praised the automaker's partnership with Louisville, calling the city where Ford has twomanufacturing plants a "center of excellence.

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Toyota Matches Employee Donations For Earthquake Relief

March 16, 2011 4:25 am | News | Comments

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Toyota manufacturing employees in North America who donate money to earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan will have their gifts matched by the company. Employees, temporary workers and contractors are all eligible, and there is no cap on the match. Spokesman Rick Hesterberg told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the Erlanger-based manufacturing operations will match donations dollar for dollar.

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Mo. Lawmakers Approve Of Major Worker's Comp. Overhaul

March 16, 2011 4:22 am | by Chris Blank, Associated Press | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators gave first-round approval Tuesday to legislation that restricts employees from suing co-workers over injuries incurred on the job. The legislation also expressly states that occupational diseases, such as health problems associated with asbestos exposure in a workplace, are covered by the state workers' compensation system.

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Guard Your Forks

March 15, 2011 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pharmaseal Scrubs LLC (Riviera Beach, FL) has introduced the Truck-Gard modular protective covers for Class 3 Walkie pallet trucks in all makes and models. The covers allow full functionality of the truck with the cover on, including battery charging. All nameplates, placards, controls, and safety components are easily-accessible as well.

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Electrically-Heated And Independent

March 15, 2011 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Quincy (Woodstock, IL) now offers the #49C-650D, an electrically-heated oven, which is available in NFPA 86 Class ‘A’ or Class ‘B’ configurations. According to the company, the oven is a popular choice among heat processors for most curing, drying, and pre-heating needs.

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Heavier-Duty Work Stands

March 15, 2011 7:07 am | by Learn more visiting www.dewalt.com . | Product Releases | Comments

DeWalt (Towson, MD) has announced the launch of four new jobsite work standings, including the Heavy Duty Miter Saw Stand (DWX723), the Compact Miter Saw Stand (DWX724), the Heavy Duty Work Stand (DWX725), and the Heavy Duty Work Stand with Miter Saw Mounting Brackets (DWX725B). All four of the miter saw stands feature screw-attached, non-marring polymer feet that are secure and won’t mark flooring surfaces.

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Flexible, High-Performance Bonds

March 15, 2011 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

For applications where flexible, high-performance bonds are required, Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed its Polymer System EP37-3FLF, which is suitable for castings with wider cross-section thicknesses. According to the company, the polymer is serviceable over the wide range of 4K to 250°F, and it cures at room temperature in two to three days, or faster at elevated temperatures.

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USDA Says 'Cheese'

March 15, 2011 5:34 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

On Jan. 31, 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2010 Dietary Guidelines (better late than never). The food industry reactions are varied and anything but tepid. The Salt Institute calls the Guidelines “drastic, simplistic and unrealistic” after the recommendations suggested cutting sodium.

Middle East Unrest, Global Economic Instability

March 15, 2011 5:12 am | Articles | Comments

INSIGHT Inc., a top international provider of supply chain planning solutions for the world's foremost companies, reminds companies that in an era of globe-spanning operations, multiple events over the past year once again underscore the critical need to develop comprehensive business continuity plans in light of supply chain vulnerabilities.

Renault: Security Agent Invented Industrial Espionage Claims

March 15, 2011 4:43 am | by Pierre-Antoine Souchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — A security agent for Renault has been charged with fraud and accused of inventing industrial espionage claims that led the French carmaker to wrongly suspect — and suspend — three executives, the state prosecutor said Monday. The cloak-and-dagger affair, in the public eye since January, was deeply embarrassing for France's second biggest carmaker, which announced that all executives involved, including president Carlos Ghosn and chief operating officer Patrick Pelata, would forego all stock option benefits for 2011 and the "variable portion" of their 2010 earnings.

Texas Instruments: 'Substantial' Damage To Tokyo Plant

March 15, 2011 4:39 am | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — Chip maker Texas Instruments Inc. said Monday that "substantial" damage to one of its majormanufacturing plants near Tokyo in last week's earthquake will result in extra costs and lost revenue in the first half of this year. The Miho plant, which produces mostly analog chips but also makes digital light processing technology used in televisions and projectors, won't return to full production until mid-July.

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Investigation Of Chemical Plant Explosion Begins

March 15, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — Investigators working to determine the cause of a chemical plant explosion that shook a neighborhood and sent four people to the hospital were still waiting Monday for clearance from structural engineers to get into the building. The blast and fire happened Sunday night at Bostik Inc.

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Oklahoma Prof. Turns Soda Waste Into Ethanol

March 15, 2011 4:34 am | by Kristi Eaton, Associated Press | News | Comments

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma State University professor says she's found a way to turn byproducts from the production of soda pop into ethanol. Biosystems and agricultural engineering associate professor Danielle Bellmer said that by adjusting the pH levels she has found that the leftover materials from soda manufacturing can be converted into ethanol.

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Japansese Automakers Halt Production Post-Earthquake

March 15, 2011 4:30 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota, Honda and Nissan are halting production in Japan for most of the week as they review damage to plants, roads and ports following the deadly earthquake and tsunami. Analysts say U.S. dealers have an adequate supply of vehicles and do not expect car shoppers to find fewer choices at dealerships.

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GE's Immelt Sees Compensation Double In 2010

March 15, 2011 4:28 am | News | Comments

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — General Electric Co. Chairman and CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt's 2010 compensation more than doubled to $15.2 million as the company benefited from a recovering economy. Immelt's $3.3 million salary was unchanged from the previous year, according to an Associated Press analysis of a company filing on Monday.

Springs With Sinusoidal Reliability

March 14, 2011 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rotor Clip Company, Inc. (Somerset, NJ) now offers its MST-series of Truwave wave springs. The single-turn metric wave springs are available in sizes from 16mm to 170mm and are ideal for short deflection applications, according to the company. Advantages of the Truwave springs include: The ability for the springs to be installed automatically via a tapered mandrel similar to the automatic installation of retaining rings.

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Vacuum More With Less

March 14, 2011 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Piab (Hingham, MA) has launched its piCOMPACT10 range, the manifold-mounted and functional ejector system based on MICRO COAX technology. Products in the piCOMPACT10 range are ideal for pick-and-place operations where efficient handling of small, heavy parts is crucial. By using Piab’s MICRO COAX cartridges, the new range provides three times more vacuum flow, resulting in substantial sustainability benefits, as well as energy and cost savings.

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