DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. reported its highest quarterly profit in more than a decade, helped by demand for fuel-efficient cars and a big gain from selling its stake in its former auto parts business. The company did well in the key North American market, thanks to strong sales, but growth slowed in China and the company lost money in Europe.
An updated VT Series ergonomic vacuum lifter from Anver Corp. (Hudson, MA) has a stronger and more secure handlebar, plus a proprietary lifting tube and tube attachment system. The Anver VT Tube Lifter features a handlebar that secures at six points (front, center, and rear) for rigidity, and is fully adjustable to let operators tailor it to their own requirements.
Rotor Clip Company, Inc. (Somerset, NJ) has introduced its newest line of spiral retaining springs specifically designed to withstand the rigors and functional stresses of the wind power industry. A machined lughole — specially-designed to accommodate Rotor Clip’s V-Orbis tool — makes installation and removal easier than traditionally-designed spiral rings, which cannot be easily removed without damage to either the ring or application.
The CleanAC kit, from Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. (CRT; Shelby, NC), is an annual, four-step allocation process that rids HVAC handler units of build-up and accumulation by cleaning, sanitizing, and protecting both the evaporator coil and the condensate pan. By using the CleanAC kit, users can help buildings maintain positive indoor air quality and avoid odor problems originating in the HVAC system.
The Garland Company, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) has announced upgrades to its R-Mer Edge fascia and coping systems for low-slope roofing, which is the first line of defense against high winds, says the company. The systems are certified to conform to ANSI/SPRI ES-1, which formalizes the International Building Code (IBC) specifications for resistance to wind-related failures.
Scientists at Sao Paulo's State University in Brazil have found that certain plants — such as agave, pineapple, and banana skins — can be used to make more resistant, eco-friendly plastics. According to some, these plastics are remarkably strong, and with any luck, this technology will continue to be developed in the coming years.
Our Biggest Blunder List With all the hype about RFID over the past few years, a lot of people have claimed to have more expertise than they actually possess. Here are some of the mistakes made and lessons learned the hard way in no particular order or project: 1) Assuming that because you are an industry expert in a given area that you know how to implement an RFID system.
Children start designing and making things from the time that they can hold a crayon and spill glue — it comes naturally and is generally encouraged by parents and teachers alike. It’s about expression, ideas, and innovation — exactly the same concepts that lie behind successful design, engineering, and manufacturing.
Muskegon, Michigan, May 4, 2011– Reid Supply Company, one of the country's leading suppliers of industrial products , now offers a free online Carbon Footprint Calculator and other calculators to help industry and education take proactive steps to lower their energy use. Many manufacturers and educators needed a resource to find Carbon Footprint Calculators, Fuel Cost Calculators, Performance Benchmarking Tools, Facility Assessment Wizards, Workplace Posters, Energy Posters, and more.
Intel has announced that it will begin manufacturing a new type of transistor for its computer chips. Instead of the typical “flat” transistors, it will use three-dimensional ones, which has been a development a decade in the making. As with most things computers, their hope is to do things faster, cheaper, and while using much less power.
By all accounts, the United States economy is back on track following the Great Recession. But is the future bright for each and every economic class? Experts Chrystia Freeland and David Frum take an in-depth look at a new report on globalization and its economic impact on the American middle class.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The data breach of Sony's PlayStation Network resulted from a "very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack designed to steal personal and credit card information for illegal purposes," a Sony executive said. In a letter to members of the House Commerce Committee released Wednesday, Kazuo Hirai, chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, defended the company's handling of the breach.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a win for Big Business, the Florida House approved a bill on Wednesday that makes it more difficult for injured plaintiffs to win product liability damages from auto makers and othermanufacturers. The measure (SB 142) was approved by a vote of 80-35 and will be sent to Republican Gov.
The 2012 Fiat 500 hatchback is the newest and arguably the cutest small car in the United States, with federal government fuel mileage ratings that are at the top of the subcompact class. The four-passenger, two-door 500, which is the first Fiat to be sold by the automaker in this country since 1983, is rated at 30 miles per gallon in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway with standard manual transmission.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Intel Corp. said Wednesday that it has redesigned the electronic switches on its chips so that computers can keep getting cheaper and more powerful. The switches, known as transistors, have typically been flat. By adding a third dimension — "fins" that jut up from the base — Intel will be able to make the transistors and chips smaller.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Boeing Co. says federal labor regulators unfairly twisted or misquoted statements by company executives to make a case that the company illegally retaliated against union workers. The company is urging the National Labor Relations Board to withdraw a complaint that accuses Boeing of locating a new plant in South Carolina in part to avoid future labor disruptions in Washington state.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — General Motors is putting more muscle into making Corvettes. The automaker said Wednesday it will invest $131 million — and add about 250 jobs — at the south-central Kentucky assembly plant that produces the classic muscle car. The investment allows GM to produce the next-generation Corvette at the Bowling Green plant.
CrossMatch Technologies, based in Palm Beach, Florida, has developed some of the high-tech devices that the U.S. military uses out in the field. One of them includes SEEK, which can capture fingerprints, facial images, or iris images, allowing operatives to determine the identities of captured or killed combatants without having to wait for a DNA test.
Mayekawa Manufacturing has developed the HAMDAS-R, a robotic system for automated ham boning. What makes it unique is the ability to be flexible for the variety of meat that would theoretically come down the line, while still producing consistent results. We’ll try to stay away from any robots-taking-over-the-world jokes here, but this would be a remarkably intimidating tool for them to use.
A student at The University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, Japan, has developed the “Oral Communication Device,“ which is a robotic way to transmit a “kiss“ over a computer. As the student demonstrates, one user initiates the kiss, while the other experiences it through a second device.