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Ford Expected To Unveil More Profits, Less Debt

April 25, 2011 4:29 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co., the second-largest U.S.-based automaker, is scheduled to report first-quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday. Ford had a very successful 2010, earning $6.6 billion, more than double what it made in 2009 and its largest profit since 1999. The company also cut the staggering debt it amassed to stay in business and avoid bankruptcy protection during the recession.

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Let Them Eat Bugs

April 22, 2011 10:06 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Food prices are on the rise again, the polar icecaps are melting and the rainforest is burning. These problems have plagued the earth for years, but now one scientist claims he has one simple solution for all of them: eat bugs. Dutch Professor Arnold van Huis  has dedicated himself to convincing the world to eat insects.

How An Hourglass Is Made

April 22, 2011 9:57 am | Videos | Comments

Marc Newson, director of this short film, says, “Each hand-made hourglass comprises highly durable borosilicate glass and millions of stainless steel nanoballs, and is available in a 10- or 60-minute timer.” The only thing more stunning than the filming of the process is the incredible craftsmanship that goes into each product.

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Better Dock Safety

April 22, 2011 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rite-Hite (Milwaukee, WI) has developed the Dok-Guardian Safety Barrier, which is a simple, easy-to-use safety solution for almost any loading dock.

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Improved Shaft Sealing

April 22, 2011 9:46 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The SKF (Norristown, PA) SPEEDI-SLEEVE was designed for shaft sealing applications with an enhanced sealing system, improved reliability, and extended maintenance intervals. According to the company, the system is useful for industrial gearboxes, electrical equipment, crushers, conveyors, fans, and pumps.

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Get New 'In-Sight' On Your Operations

April 22, 2011 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) has released a new version of In-Sight Explorer, which now includes an all-in-one surface inspection tool, and all-in-one bead width and position tool, and a robust ID tool that reads multiple codes at one time. The new Flexible Flaw Detection (FFD) edge and surface inspection tool works for both color and grayscale applications.

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Welding That Adjusts To Any Power

April 22, 2011 9:45 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Hobart Welding Products (Appleton, WI) has introduced the Handler 210MVP, a new wire feet welder that is now available with a Multi-Voltage Plug (MVP) that provides the flexibility to use either 115V or 230V input power. A simple twist allows users to choose the correct plug, which allows them to start welding faster.

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Snap-on Income Rose 53 Percent On High Demand

April 22, 2011 4:57 am | News | Comments

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc. said Thursday its first-quarter net income rose 53 percent as demand for its tools rose in all business segments. The company said net income increased to $56.2 million, or 96 cents per share, from $36.8 million, or 63 cents per share. Sales rose 11.

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Kia To Hire 700 Georgians For Optima Production

April 22, 2011 4:40 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Kia Motors announced plans Thursday to begin manufacturing the Optima midsize sedan at itsplant in Georgia, a move expected to add about 700 jobs at the complex. Production on the 2012 Optima is set to begin in the third quarter of this year, Kia Motors said. The plant in West Point currently employs about 2,300 people and the work force is expected to grow to nearly 3,000 by year's end, according to the company.

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Boeing Accused Of Illegally Retaliating Against Union

April 22, 2011 4:38 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal labor regulators are accusing Boeing Co. of illegally retaliating for a 2008 union strike by adding a non-union assembly line in South Carolina for its new 787 passenger jet. The complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board said the remedy should include moving the South Carolina assembly work back to Washington state, where it would be under union jurisdiction.

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Samsung Files Retaliatory Lawsuit Against Apple

April 22, 2011 4:33 am | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. said it is suing Apple Inc. for patent rights violations, only days after Apple sued Samsung for the same reason. Samsung is accusing Apple of violating its rights to 10 smartphone and computer patents. The company filed lawsuits Thursday in Seoul, Tokyo and Mannheim, Germany.

Japanese Automakers Begin To Test Cars For Radiation

April 22, 2011 4:31 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automakers have begun checking the level of radiation on cars to be exported from the country in a bid to ease worries among foreign consumers, an industry group said Friday. The automakers will inspect radiation inside cars and on tires before shipment, said Hirokazu Furukawa, a spokesman for the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

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Toyota: Production Won't Normalize Until November

April 22, 2011 4:29 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's global car production, disrupted by parts shortages from Japan's earthquake and tsunami, won't return to normal until November or December — imperiling its spot as the world's top-selling automaker. President Akio Toyoda apologized to customers for the delays due to the March 11 disasters that damaged suppliers in northeastern Japan, affecting automakers around the world.

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Shale Gas: A Game-Changing Resource

April 21, 2011 9:07 am | by Gail McMinn, Executive Vice President of Commercial Services, U.S. Energy Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Natural gas has a reputation of being a reliable and clean fuel, but purchasing this energy source isn’t always easy. Natural gas prices can be extremely volatile for reasons that are often unclear. Energy industry experts point to a variety of reasons for changing natural gas prices, including  shifts in demand, weather, supply excesses, or constraints and the amount of gas in storage.

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Fault-Free Wire Dispensing

April 21, 2011 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lincoln Electric (Cleveland, OH) has introduced a new Stem and Wood Reel Dispensing System, which was designed for larger wire sizes from 1/16” to 3/16” in diameter. The system allows for accurate wire placement when using large diameter wire, and is compatible with up to 2,200-pound bulk stems.

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Keep Electronics Safe From Overcurrent

April 21, 2011 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

The family of PolyTron polymer positive temperature coefficient (PPTC) resettable overcurrent protective devices — from Cooper Bussmann (St. Louis, MO) — offers low resistance, fast trip times, and reliable protection, according to the company. The devices are ideal for protecting applications that are sensitive to high ambient operating temperatures or subject to frequent overcurrent conditions, such as I/O ports or process-control applications.

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Protect Almost Any Roof

April 21, 2011 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Garland Company, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) has recently upgraded its multipurpose liquid waterproofing roof restoration system. The White-Knight Plus/White-Stallion Plus is a reflective, multi-purpose, single-component aliphatic urethane coating designed to maintain, restore, and upgrade the performance of existing single-ply, metal, smooth BUR, and modified bitumen roofs.

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Customize Your New Industrial Scale

April 21, 2011 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

CombiScale Inc. (Opa Locka, FL) has announced the release of a new PrimoWeigher 360 combination scale with 16 heads and 2.5 liter buckets. The PrimoWeigher 260 is the first open frame scale where all electronics are located remotely in a electrical enclosure. This allows them to be safeguarded during washdown, and from machine vibration, but they are still located at eye level for servicing.

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The Brainstorm: The 'Going Green' Movement

April 21, 2011 4:11 am | Articles | Comments

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm we talk with industry leaders to get their perspective on issues critical to the design engineering marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What role has the “going green” movement played in new product designs? ___ Scott Frankel, Director, Cooling Technologies Group,  NMB Technologies At NMB, the green movement has given us an opportunity to dedicate a significant amount of our R&D resources into improving the overall efficiencies of our products.

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Boeing Plans Massive Solar Array For S.C. Plant

April 20, 2011 4:56 am | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Boeing Co. announced Tuesday that the roof of its new 787 jet assembly plant will be covered with solar panels and its South Carolina operation will be powered entirely with renewable energy. South Carolina Electric & Gas will install and maintain the thin panels that will cover the space of about eight football fields atop the massive assembly building.

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