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Manufacturing Training Center To Open In Central Ind.

June 10, 2011 6:57 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A $13.5 million center aimed at training workers to fill manufacturing jobs that are growing steadily more complex is opening in central Indiana. The Republic of Columbus reports that the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence will open Friday in a 43,000-square-foot facility on Columbus Municipal Airport property.

Learn All About Unit Handling Conveyors

June 10, 2011 6:27 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (Naples, FL) has developed the CEMA Application Guide for Unit Handling Conveyors , a book that is meant to be a resource for experienced and novice engineers to learn about the design, application, and maintenance of the most widely used types of unit handling conveying equipment.

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Grip Difficult Products

June 10, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

SAS Automation (Xenia, OH) has introduced the complete size range of PIAB Dual Durometer vacuum cups for handling difficult-to-grip parts. The cups are ideal for uneven surfaces, porous surfaces (such as corrugated cardboard and paper), and rough surfaces. According to the company, they are made with a specially-developed material that features the elasticity of rubber and the wear resistance of polyurethane.

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Explosion Venting In Tough Places

June 10, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Oseco (Broken Arrow, OK) helps protect personnel and equipment during deflagrations in high cycling/high vacuum applications with the new MV-RD explosion vent. It provides extended in-service life, lower burst pressure (pstat) in smaller sizes, and a two-year warranty. The product was designed for dust collectors and bag houses that experience vacuum pressures up to 12 psig / 24.

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Prevent Cabling Scratches

June 10, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Catamount Twist Tail Cable Tie from Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) allows the user to remove the tail end of the tie without the use of tools. The design allows the user to simply bend and twist off the tail after installation, leaving no sharp edges to scratch cables or hands. The system is available in white or ultraviolet-resistant black 6.

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16 Attorney Generals Weigh In On Boeing V. NLRB Case

June 10, 2011 4:39 am | by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys general in 16 states weighed in Thursday on a federal lawsuit filed by the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that its complaint against Boeing Co. for building a South Carolina assembly plant hurts states' abilities to keep manufacturing jobs. The 16 attorneys general — all but one of whom are Republicans — oppose the lawsuit filed in April by the NLRB claiming that Boeing located a new 787 passenger aircraft assembly line in South Carolina to retaliate against Washington state union workers who went on strike in 2008.

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ITT Corp. To Expand Utah Operations, Add 2,700 Jobs

June 10, 2011 4:35 am | by Josh Loftin, Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An aerospace company says it will expand operations in Utah and potentially bring 2,700 new jobs to the state over the next 15 years. ITT Corporation Vice President Jim Barber says the company, based in White Plains, N.Y., will increase manufacturing positions for their aircraft materials plant in Salt Lake City.

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Multi-Alarm Blaze At Abandoned Plant Damages Homes

June 10, 2011 4:28 am | by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press | News | Comments

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A multi-alarm blaze that burned for hours was declared under control after it consumed an abandoned tire factory in southern New Jersey and damaged several nearby row homes. The fire in Camden broke out around 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the vacant Reliable Tire Co. factory building and burned fiercely for several hours.

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Tyson Says Worker's Stabbing Death An Accident

June 10, 2011 4:24 am | News | Comments

HOLCOMB, Kan. (AP) — Tyson officials say a worker's death at the plant appears to be an accident, although law enforcement officials continue to investigate. Thirty-year-old Cesar Muniz died from a stab wound on Tuesday after being stabbed at the Tyson plantnorthwest of Holcomb.

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Toyota: Annual Profit Will Dive 31 Percent

June 10, 2011 4:22 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota forecasts its annual profit to dive 31 percent, hammered by production disruptions from parts shortages, but its outlook Friday projects a robust recovery from the earthquake and tsunami in coming months. Toyota Motor Corp. had not given an earnings forecast earlier because of uncertainties about its production outlook after the March 11 disaster wiped out key parts suppliers in northeastern Japan.

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GM Recalling 47,000 Cadillacs For Faulty Air Bags

June 10, 2011 4:20 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling more than 47,000 Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles in the U.S. because of a problem with the passenger side air bags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents posted on its website Friday, said that the right side head protection air bag won't inflate in a crash if no one is in the front seat.

Epilepsy Maker Fined For False Marketing

June 9, 2011 9:28 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of epilepsy treatment Keppra agreed Thursday to pay more than $34 million for marketing the medication to treat migraine headaches in violation of U.S. drug laws. The U.S. subsidiary of Belgian manufacturer UCB pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington to a misdemeanor in connection with the misbranding.

Business Inventories Rose In April Despite Slowdown

June 9, 2011 9:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale companies added to their stockpiles in April for a 16th straight month, a sign that businesses were confident in future sales gains. However, fresh data since then has shown the economy has weakened, suggesting supply levels could shrink in the months to come. Inventories rose 0.

Alcoa: New Alloys Will Compete With Carbon Fiber

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Aluminum maker Alcoa Inc. said Thursday that it has developed new alloys and engineering techniques that will give it a chance to compete against the non-aluminum parts increasingly used by airplane makers. Big planes have used aluminum for their skin and other parts for decades.

Opel: GM Is Not Putting Us Up For Sale

June 9, 2011 9:15 am | News | Comments

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — General Motors' European subsidiary Opel on Thursday firmly dismissed as speculation media reports that it's up for sale. Reports in Germany's Spiegel and Auto Bild publications saying it could be sold to a Chinese firm or to competitor Volkswagen AG are "pure speculation," the company said.

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Chinese Auto Sales Fall For Second Month

June 9, 2011 9:12 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China's auto sales fell in May compared with a year earlier, as buyers wary of traffic quotas and rising fuel prices shunned showrooms, according to industry data released Thursday. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported that sales of passenger cars, including sedans, multipurpose and sport utility vehicles, slipped to 1.

Family Sues After Young Son Dies In Escalator Accident

June 9, 2011 9:09 am | by Mark Pratt, Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — The family of a 4-year-old Massachusetts boy who died after falling from a mall escalator says in a lawsuit that the escalator was in a "dangerous and defective" condition that directly led to the child's death. The escalator's condition was in violation of state building codes, escalator safety standards and the industry standards established by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the parents of Mark DiBona of Dudley said in their suit filed Wednesday in Worcester Superior Court.

Prettier, Stronger Paneling

June 9, 2011 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Garland Company, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) is offering the R-Mer Guard wall panels that give owners a lateral aesthetic option for exterior walls. The R-Mer Guard is a concealed clip system that is engineered for strength and longevity, and it has been tested to meet extreme wind uplift, as well as air and water penetration.

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Cordless, High-Speed Grinders

June 9, 2011 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Makita (La Mirada, CA) had added to its line-up of 18V LXT Lithium-Ion tools, which now includes more than 40 cordless products. The 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/4” Die Grinder (model LXDG01) combines speed and portability in a compact size, according to the company. It offers 25,000 RPM speeds for faster grinding, and weighs only 4.

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Let Your Drives Go Wireless

June 9, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Radio Drive Series Interface (RDSI) module, for the Flex M receiver, is now available from Magnetek, Inc. (Menomonee Falls, WI). The RDSI module was designed to allow users to communicate with the company’s IMPULSE drives through a serial interface, reducing system cost by eliminating wiring and labor.

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