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American Airlines Files For Bankruptcy

November 29, 2011 4:00 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK, Nov. 29 (Kyodo) — American Airlines' parent AMR Corp. and some of its subsidiaries including American Airlines filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in a bankruptcy court in New York on Tuesday. The U.S. airline, which partners Japan Airlines, said it expects to continue normal flight operations.

Iconic Steuben Glass Closes Rochester Crystal Plant

November 29, 2011 3:55 am | News | Comments

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — It's the end of the line for Steuben Glass, an American icon of handcrafted crystal for over a century. The company's lone factory in Corning in western New York shuts down Tuesday, ending a high-end glassmaking tradition dating back to 1903. Most of the 60 workers are being axed.

Utility Shutters Recently-Completed Coal Plant

November 29, 2011 3:46 am | News | Comments

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota cooperative recently spent $437 million to build a coal-burning power plant in North Dakota. Now it plans to shut it down. Great River Energy, of Maple Grove, says a combination of factors caused it to reconsider running the plant, about 85 miles west of Fargo, N.

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ConAgra Foods Becomes Agro Tech's Majority Owner

November 29, 2011 3:41 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. is paying $10 million to become the majority owner of Indian food company Agro Tech Foods Ltd. as ConAgra looks to broaden its international presence. ConAgra, whose brands include Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Hunt's and Peter Pan, said Tuesday that it made the payment to an unnamed third party to boost its ownership stake in Agro to more than 50 percent.

Ohio Insulation Plant A Total Loss After Fire

November 29, 2011 3:33 am | News | Comments

NEWCOMERSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Fire investigators say an eastern Ohio insulation factory where nearly 100 people worked is a total loss. The fire that started Sunday night collapsed the roof and destroyed the manufacturing plant at Janesville Acoustics in Newcomerstown, about 85 miles south of Cleveland.

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Buy Battery Free

November 28, 2011 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

PowerMasterSeries cordless power tools  are now available from Metabo Corporation (West Chester, PA) for purchase without the battery.  Because the batteries are interchangeable among the tools, operators can now carry additional tools without the need for several extra batteries.

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System One Centrifugal Pumps

November 28, 2011 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) has announced that its System One centrifugal pumps are designed for high-volume, severe-duty applications—making them ideal for critical applications in the water and wastewater industries. Designed around the seal where 90 percent of pump failures occur, the System One has a stiffer heavy-duty shaft and larger bearings resulting in the widest operational window off the Best Efficiency Point than any standard...

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Hazardous Area Telephone

November 28, 2011 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

FHF Safety Products (Edison, NJ) has launched the new Ex-ResistTel Hazardous Area Telephone for hazardous areas. Developed for United States and Canadian markets, the telephone is UL Approved for Class 1, Division 2 Groups A, B, C, and D. The telephone’s rugged glass fiber reinforced polymer construction requires no additional enclosure and has type 4x environmental ratings.

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Electromagnetic Vibratory Feeder

November 28, 2011 7:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez (Erie, PA) has introduced the new HS-8 Electromagnetic Vibratory Feeder with quick stop and high conveying speed capabilities for improved efficiency in packaging, weighing, batching, and bagging operations. E-Z Tune technology enables customers who build their own trays to significantly reduce the time spent tuning feeders.

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Nissan To Recall 56,000 SUVs

November 28, 2011 6:55 am | News | Comments

TOKYO, Nov. 24 (Kyodo) — Nissan Motor Co. will recall about 56,000 vehicles of two models for possible fuel leakage and faulty tail lamps, according to its report submitted Thursday to the transport ministry. The two are the Dualis and X-Trail sport utility models produced between April 2007 and October 2010.

FDA Approves Expansion Of BioMarin Plant

November 28, 2011 6:52 am | News | Comments

NOVATO, Calif. (AP) — BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. said Monday the Food and Drug Administration approved the expansion of a manufacturing facility where the company makes several of its drugs and a key experimental drug. The company said the manufacturing facility in Novato now has the capacity to produce $1 billion in products, twice its previous capacity.

Plant Can Now Make 350 Boxes A Minute

November 28, 2011 6:50 am | News | Comments

MONROE, La. (AP) — A box plant started seven years ago with 40 employees, one contract and a $500,000 state grant has just completed a $4.5 million upgrade, with a new machine that can make up to 350 boxes a minute. That's double the speed of the original box press, which is still in use at Louisiana Corrugated Products LLC, operating partner Kingsley McCrocklin told The News-Star (http://tnsne.

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Report: Top-Selling Cars In Latin America Unsafe

November 28, 2011 6:48 am | News | Comments

SAO PAULO (AP) — Some of Latin America's top-selling cars pose high risks of life-threatening injuries and are two decades behind the best safety standards in Europe and North America, a safety assessment agency said Thursday. Tests show cars produced by four automakers in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico are unsafe to drive, the Uruguay-based Latin New Car Assessment Program said in a report released in Sao Paulo.

Would-Be Automaker Drops Plans For LA Plant

November 28, 2011 6:45 am | News | Comments

MONROE, La. (AP) — Start-up auto maker Next Autoworks Co. withdrew its application Wednesday for more than $320 million in federal loans to fund a plant in Ouachita Parish, ending a project more than two years in development. A company statement said the U.S. Department of Energy notified Next Autoworks on Tuesday that its loan application with the agency's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program would not be approved.

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GM To Offer Free Loaner Cars To Volt Owners

November 28, 2011 6:42 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Autos Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will offer free loaner cars to Chevrolet Volt owners if they're concerned about the cars catching fire. The move comes after last week's announcement that the government is investigating fires involving the Volt's lithium-ion batteries. The company says it will contact the owners to reassure them that the cars are safe.

Energy Absorber Could Improve Road Safety

November 28, 2011 6:03 am | Videos | Comments

A system designed to absorb the impact of collisions could have revolutionary implications for road safety according to its developers. The system converts linear kinetic energy, like that generated in a car crash, into rotary energy that can be expended safely in a flywheel. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Eliminating "Out of Spec" Batches Can Save Ingredient Costs

November 28, 2011 6:01 am | by Del Williams | Articles | Comments

Advanced batch and lot tracking systems enable consistent, repeatable, error-free batch results by avoiding operator error. Squeezed by rising commodity cost and price conscious consumers, wholesale bakers and other food processors are examining their processes to minimize waste and inefficiency.

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Meet Rezero, The Dancing Ballbot

November 28, 2011 5:56 am | Videos | Comments

Onstage at TEDGlobal, Péter Fankhauser demonstrates Rezero, a robot that balances on a ball. Designed and built by a group of engineering students, Rezero is the first ballbot made to move quickly and gracefully, and even dance. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Avoiding Incidents Through Prevention And Protection

November 28, 2011 5:50 am | Articles | Comments

When an arc flash occurs, an enormous amount of concentrated energy explodes outward from the point of origin. There is an immediate high-intensity flash, which could cause vision damage or blindness. Temperatures within the arc can reach 35,000 degrees F; the resulting thermal exposure can cause severe burns.

In Memory of Engineers

November 28, 2011 5:18 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

October was a bad month for the technology world -- we lost a number of incredible thinkers, engineers, and innovators. In order to honor the effect these people have had on our lives, I've been trying to dissect exactly how we remember their accomplishments. They're not necessarily famous or news-worthy people, generally, preferring their computer monitors to flashing paparazzi lights.

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