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S.C. Company To Hire 100 For Boeing Support

March 14, 2011 5:01 am | News | Comments

HANAHAN, S.C. (AP) — A company in Hanahan plans to hire between 75 and 100 workers to provide warehouse services for the new Boeing plant. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that New Breed Logistics will store and deliver parts from suppliers to the aircraft manufacturer. The Boeing plant is supposed to open in North Charleston this summer.

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Use Pirated Windows And Microsoft Will Take Your Product

March 14, 2011 4:52 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Microsoft backed anti-software-and-hardware piracy measure moving through the Washington state Legislature is drawing sharp opposition from other giant technology companies and a group of big-name retailers, setting up a contentious political fight among these multi-national companies that could spread to other states.

Lockheed Martin CEO's Pay Falls In 'Demanding' Year

March 14, 2011 4:50 am | News | Comments

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The CEO of defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. received 2010 compensation worth $19.1 million, 7 percent less than in 2009, according to an Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing by the company. Robert J. Stevens got a bigger annual bonus, and his stock awards grew slightly.

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China Arrests 3,001 For Piracy Of Liquor, Cell Phones

March 14, 2011 4:46 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have arrested 3,001 people in their latest crackdown on rampant product piracy and seized fake or counterfeit medicines, liquor, mobile phones and other goods, officials said Sunday. The campaign launched in October comes as Beijing faces pressure from the United States and other trading partners to stamp out product copying.

Big Agriculture, Lawmakers Battle Undercover Videos

March 14, 2011 4:38 am | by Andrew Duffelmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Angered by repeated releases of secretly filmed videos claiming to show the mistreatment of farm animals, Iowa's agriculture industry is pushing legislation that would make it illegal for animal rights activists to produce and distribute such images. Agriculture committees in the Iowa House and Senate have approved a bill that would prohibit such recordings and punish people who take agriculture jobs only to gain access to animals to record their treatment.

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Q&A: Growing Your Business With Accounts Receivable Financing

March 11, 2011 10:16 am | by Gene Knapp, Vice President-Commercial, Coface Credit Management North America, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The recession has caused many banks to reduce or cut credit for businesses, making it difficult for many manufacturers to obtain operational funds. Some companies are turning to accounts receivable financing to obtain these needed funds and grow their businesses.

Read Up On Better Design

March 11, 2011 8:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Design for Reliability (by Daniel T. Daley), is a new book available from Industrial Press (New York, NY) that addresses the process from the manufacturer’s viewpoint, allowing readers to deliver the goods that their customers want. According to the company, the book is ideal for anyone involved in the design, development, or purchase of new assets.

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Monitor Gas With More Reliability

March 11, 2011 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Model X-40 from Detcon (The Woodlands, TX) is a low-power alarm and control system designed to monitor multiple gas detection sensors and a wide range of other field devices. It is available in two packages — the Model X40-8 and Model X40-32 — both of which can be customized and expanded based on individual application needs.

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More Efficient Condensers

March 11, 2011 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Luvata Grenada (Grenada, MS) has announced its new range of air-cooled condensers that reduce refrigerant charge and perform 25 percent more efficiently. The 800mm series air-cooled condensers are available with enhanced copper tube/aluminum fin, or with all-aluminum Microchannel coils, both of which are compatible with environmentally- friendly refrigerants.

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Custom, Effective Safety Nets

March 11, 2011 8:08 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Custom-designed, OSHA-compliant safety nets from Carron Net Company (Two Rivers, WI) can help protect workers from falling objects, and reduce costly product damage. According to the company, the nets are cost-effective and easy-to-install to protect pallet racks, conveyors, mezzanines, and floor-stacked loads from loads up to 5,000 pounds.

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How An Air Motor Operates With Energy Efficiency

March 11, 2011 5:11 am | by DEPRAG SCHULZ | Articles | Comments

 An air motor is often the right choice when it comes to specifying a drive system for a manual device or a complex industrial system, whether as a high torque motor in the agitator system of a paint and coating manufacturer, as a highly durable stainless steel motor in newspaper print production, or as a compact power pack for an innovative roller transport device.

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Better Robotics With Better Drives

March 11, 2011 3:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Baldor Electric (Fort Smith, AR) has developed their Ethernet-compatible PowerLink servo drives, which have been used in a variety of applications, such as a conformal coating machine with three-dimensional spraying accuracy at Advanced Coating Robotics (ACR). The drives, equipped with Baldor’s motion control software, offer real-time interpolated control via a simple plug-together system building approach.

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Stretch Wrapping Gets Easier

March 11, 2011 3:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Load Seeking Clamp 4.0, available on the SL automatic stretch wrapper from Lantech (Louisville, KY), was designed to reduce film breaks. At the beginning of the wrap cycle, the Load Seeking Clamp 4.0 goes to the edge of the load, creating clamp-to-load contact regardless of the width of the load.

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Versatile, Modular Fume Hoods

March 11, 2011 3:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

HEMCO (Independence, MO) has announced the UniMax Floor Mount Fume Hood, which comes in sizes from 6’ to 24’ wide, 4’ to 8’ deep, and 7’ to 16’ high. According to the company, tall apparatus or long, integrated instrumentation systems can be easily accommodated into the hoods, which are constructed of chemical-resistant, non-conductive modular panels in a composite resin material.

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Stop Porosity, Leaks

March 11, 2011 3:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

WeldSeal from IMPCO Inc. (East Providence, RI) is a brush-on methacrylate compound formulated for sealing porosity in welds that will contain gases under pressure, or liquids. The low dynamic viscosity allows it to move into pores and seams, or close-fitting ferrous metal surfaces. Additional benefits include: A mixture that is a VOC-free, low-viscosity, and pale blue liquid that can be easily applied by a brush.

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CPSC Starts Public Database For Dangerous Products

March 11, 2011 3:48 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a last-minute attempt to derail it, the government launched a public database Friday that allows people to report and search safety complaints on thousands of products — from cribs and toys to power tools and hair dryers. SaferProducts.gov, overseen by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, went live as scheduled over the objections of manufacturers and a stalled GOP effort on Capitol Hill to withhold money for the project until critics' concerns were addressed.

Japan Evacuates Residents Near Nuclear Plant After Quake

March 11, 2011 3:42 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan ordered thousands of residents near a northeastern nuclear power plant to evacuate on Friday following a massive earthquake that caused a problem in the plant's cooling system. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the Fukushima No. 1 power plant was not leaking radiation.

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GM CFO Unexpectedly Quits, Likely For CEO Snub

March 11, 2011 3:29 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The chief financial officer who guided General Motors Co. to its first profitable year since 2004 and led its successful return to the stock market is leaving after being passed over for the top job. Chris Liddell will step down on April 1 after just 15 months at GM. He'll be replaced by Treasurer Dan Ammann, a former Wall Street banker, the company said in a surprise announcement on Thursday.

Pharmaceutical CEO Pleads Guilty To Misbranding Drugs

March 11, 2011 3:24 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The former chairman and CEO of St. Louis-based KV Pharmaceutical Co. was fined $1 million after pleading guilty Thursday to misdemeanor counts related to manufacturing oversized tablets of a pain-relief drug called morphine sulfate. Marc S. Hermelin, 69, also was sentenced to a month in prison after pleading guilty to two federal counts of misbranding drugs.

Automakers Try To Stay Ahead Of Hackers

March 11, 2011 3:20 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Could modern cars operating with the help of internal computers be vulnerable to hackers? Could someone tamper with your software-controlled brakes or stop the engine from afar? The familiar problem for personal computers is being studied in automobiles as internal computer networks become as critical to vehicles as tires and engines, and as auto companies push to bring the Internet to motorists.

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