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Bonded Rubber For Better Parts

June 20, 2011 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Robinson Rubber Products (Minneapolis, MN) has developed several new ways to bond molded rubber components to parts, which can eliminate secondary operations and extra components, plus reduce weight and costs. The company can use 20 engineering-grade polymers and 1,500 unique formulations to develop a custom formula for a user’s need.

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How Is Your Air Quality?

June 20, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

E Instruments International (Langhorne, PA) has developed the AMI300 indoor air quality monitor for any AIQ application. According to the company, the tool can provide information on CO, CO2, temperature, humidity, air flow and velocity, and more. There are also a number of wireless probes available.

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Safe Electricity In Hazardous Places

June 20, 2011 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Appleton Electric (Rosemont, IL), an Emerson Industrial Automation brand, is now offering the Appleton 20 Amp 125 Vac portable U-Line receptacle and GFCI for use in Class I, Division 1 and 2 Hazardous Locations. According to the company, it offers open neutral protection to safeguard plant personnel against the risk of electrical shock, while also protecting the connected apparatus against damage from short circuits and current overload.

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High-Accuracy Pressure Detection

June 20, 2011 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

OMEGA Engineering (Stamford, CT) has developed the PXM309 Metric series pressure transducer with a static accuracy of 0.25 percent and a 1 percent total error band (TEB) over a range of -20 to 85°C. All units are supplied with a 5-point NIST traceable calibration certificate. Additional features include: An all-stainless steel construction and solid state internals, which make the PXM309 ideal for most industrial applications.

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Last N.H. Paper Mill: We Will Survive, Succeed

June 20, 2011 4:54 am | by Kathy McCormack, Associated Press | News | Comments

GORHAM, N.H. (AP) — A cheaper source of fuel, a dedicated sales team and workforce, and an investment in a tissue machine will help the last paper mill in New Hampshire's North Country succeed, state and mill industry representatives say. The changes come to the mill in Gorham as the papermaking industry fights growing competition from overseas plants in recent years.

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Blaze At Vacant Camden Plant Forces Evacuation

June 20, 2011 4:49 am | News | Comments

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A blaze erupted at a vacant chemical plant just before sunrise Sunday in one of the country's poorest cities, causing the building to partially collapse and forcing firefighters to evacuate nearby homes. The fire at Concord Chemical Inc. in Camden, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, comes more than a week after fires at an abandoned tire factory and a downtown warehouse.

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Boeing, Airbus Get Competing Multi-Billion Dollar Deals

June 20, 2011 4:44 am | by Jamey Keaten, Associated Press | News | Comments

Qatar Airways orders Boeing planes in $1.7B deal   LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Boeing Co. announced the first big-ticket order in its rivalry with Airbus at the start of the Paris Air Show on Monday, saying Qatar Airways has ordered six 777 jets in a $1.7 billion deal. The upstart, fast-growing Gulf carrier is buying extended versions of the long-range jet, the 777-300, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker said during a news conference alongside Boeing's commercial aircraft chief.

Celebrating 120 Years Of Pa. Bologna-Making

June 20, 2011 4:37 am | by Brad Rhen, Associated Press | News | Comments

WEAVERTOWN, Pa. (AP) — For nearly 120 years, Lebanon bologna has been made at a small plant in a tiny village just north of Lebanon. Located along Weavertown Road in North Lebanon Township, the plant was originally built in 1893 by Daniel Weaver, who began making Weaver's Lebanon Bologna in 1885.

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GE Reaches Tentative Agreement With Biggest Unions

June 20, 2011 4:34 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Corp. said Monday that it agreed on tentative labor deals with two of its biggest unions after a month of talks. The conglomerate's agreements with IUE-CWA and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America are subject to review by union negotiating committees and ratification by union members by June 30.

Defunct Soda CEO Pleads Not Guilty In $806 Million Fraud

June 20, 2011 4:30 am | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The former chief executive of a defunct western Pennsylvania soft-drink maker is scheduled to change his not guilty plea to charges that he perpetrated an $806 million bank fraud then allegedly sold or tried to sell millions of dollars' worth of gold, jewels and other valuables he's accused of buying with money stolen from the company.

To Win With Customers, Know Their Processes

June 17, 2011 11:35 am | by Alan Nicol | Articles | Comments

We innovate our products and solutions with what we believe are features that our customers need, but do we really solve their problems, or is our newest solution simply novel? To ensure that your new offering is a winner, understand your customers’ processes and problems and ensure your new innovation will truly make life better.

Rollup Doors Retrofitted With Air Doors

June 17, 2011 11:33 am | Articles | Comments

Walnut Creek, Calif. — When federal and international sanitary inspections mandated flying insect infiltration reductions at a California pharmaceutical manufacturing plant’s four shipping doors, project engineers started thinking far outside the box to save the facility more than $75,000 in necessary door retrofit costs.

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GM To Unveil Mich.-Built Chevy Sonic At Under $15,000

June 17, 2011 9:38 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors said Friday that pricing for its new Chevrolet Sonic will start at just under $15,000 when the sub-compact car hits dealer lots this fall. Base models of the 2012 Sonic will start at $14,495 including the destination charge, but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees.

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Worker Killed In Calif. Sewer Plant Explosion

June 17, 2011 9:20 am | News | Comments

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a water tank explosion that killed a worker at a sewage treatment plant in Redding. The Shasta County coroner's office says 54-year-old Fred Crumb died Thursday afternoon after suffering critical head injuries in the explosion. The Redding Record-Searchlight reports that Crumb was critically injured when the explosion blew the top off a 4,500-gallon steel tank at the Clear Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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French Authorities Investigate Two More E. Coli Cases

June 17, 2011 8:53 am | by Cecile Brisson, Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — French authorities are investigating two new suspected cases of E. coli linked to hamburger patties that have already sickened seven children, the health minister said Friday. Health authorities have ordered a recall of 10 tons of the frozen beef patties produced in France and sold by the German supermarket chain Lidl, but say there is no link to a deadly outbreak of the virus in neighboring Germany.

Lawyers Prepare Defense In Xcel Criminal Case

June 17, 2011 8:02 am | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — The criminal trial over the deaths of five workers at a Colorado hydroelectric plant has reached the half-way point. Federal prosecutors rested their case against Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy and a subsidiary on Thursday, allowing company lawyers to begin presenting their case Friday.

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GM To Invest $65 Million In N.Y., Tenn. Plants

June 17, 2011 7:59 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will invest $65 million in two plants and create or retain 163 jobs at those sites so it can make more four-cylinder engines. GM will add capacity at its Tonawanda, NY, plant to make engines for its Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers. It will invest $33 million there and create or retain 100 jobs.

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Manufacturing To Lift Economy Out Of Slump

June 17, 2011 7:57 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A private research group said the economy is rebounding from its spring slump and should grow modestly through the fall. The Conference Board said Friday that its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.8 percent last month. That's an improvement from April, when the index dropped 0.

CAT To Expand Texas Plant With $130 Million Investment

June 17, 2011 7:55 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. says it will expand its hydraulic excavator plantcurrently under construction in Victoria, Texas, and add 100 more jobs to the original plans for 500 employees. Caterpillar announced the $130 million, 850,000 square foot plant in August.

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Gauging The War On NASA, Science

June 17, 2011 7:30 am | Videos | Comments

Republican presidential candidates are certainly showing their disdain toward NASA, so MSNBC sat down with Neil deGrasse Tyson, legendary astrophysicist, to talk about the larger implications of cutting science funding, even in troubling economic times. Tyson says that abandoning all big science projects will prevent our country from achieving the kind of “zeitgeist” that swept America up in the 1960’s, which will in turn prevent future innovation.

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