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Transforming Sales Prospects Into Profitable Customers

June 13, 2011 4:58 am | by Jerry Miller, Managing Director, Cincom Acquire | Articles | Comments

Transforming your sales pipeline into profits depends on how well customer expectations are identified and exceeded. The highest-selling manufacturing companies have an obsession for delivering strong value over and over again. This obsession dominates these companies’ mindsets and forces a new urgency to exceed customer expectations on a consistent basis.

OSHA Fines Tyson $70,000 For Deadly Silo Collapse

June 13, 2011 4:35 am | News | Comments

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Tyson Foods Inc. $70,000 in the wake of a fatal collapse at the company's Nashville, Ark., feed mill. The Texarkana Gazette reports OSHA cited Tyson earlier this month, saying a collapsed grain silo was "structurally unsound.

Spyker, Saab Becomes Chinese-Owned With New Investment

June 13, 2011 4:32 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Saab Automobile AB said Monday it has signed a nonbinding agreement with two Chinese companies, which will inject a total of euro245 million ($351 million) into Saab-owner Spyker Cars NV. Saab said Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. will invest euro136 million for a 29.

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First Toyota Accelerator Lawsuit Gets Utah Court Date

June 13, 2011 4:29 am | by Andrew Dalton, Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES. (AP) — After years of legal wrangling, the first of hundreds of lawsuits over acceleration problems against Toyota Motor Corp. has been scheduled for trial. A crash that killed two people in Utah will be the first lawsuit to be weighed in court, a federal judge said Friday. U.

China's Export Hub Home To Protests Over Police Abuse

June 13, 2011 4:25 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Protesters in southern China's manufacturing hub torched emergency vehicles in an outburst of anger against police abuse of migrant workers, eyewitnesses said Monday. Sunday night's rioting followed three days of steadily growing unrest in the town of Xintang in Guangdong province, the linchpin of China's crucial export industry.

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Manufacturers Should Be Wary Of Formaldehyde, Styrene

June 13, 2011 4:21 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The strong-smelling chemical formaldehyde causes cancer, while styrene, a second industrial chemical that's used worldwide in the manufacture of fiberglass and food containers, may cause cancer, the National Institutes of Health says. The NIH said Friday that people with higher measures of exposure to formaldehyde are at increased risk for certain types of rare cancers, including those affecting the upper part of the throat behind the nose.

Harley-Davidson Embraces High-Tech Manufacturing

June 13, 2011 4:17 am | by Lauren Boyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

YORK, Pa. (AP) — A fleet of automated guided carriers — robotic smart carts — perform a mechanical ballet along the concrete floor of a building once solely reserved for making Harley-Davidson Softail motorcycles. By August, more than 100 of the orange go-cart-sized bots will snake through on five rows of thin magnetic tape, carrying in-process Trike, Touring and Softail motorcycles through a futuristic assembly line that can be reconfigured within days to meet production demand.

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Is Solar Becoming The Cheapest Energy?

June 10, 2011 9:49 am | Videos | Comments

Thomas Dinwoodie, the founder and CTO of Sunpower, claims that new solar power construction will end up being a cheaper alternative to new coal or nuclear power. He cites the enormous construction costs that go along with a nuclear plant, compared to the plummeting costs of solar arrays. He also takes issue with the government’s assessment that solar is in fact not the cheaper alternative.

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Focusing On Cost Savings With Graphite-Mold Casting Process

June 10, 2011 9:38 am | by Graphicast, Inc. | Articles | Comments

National Optronics, a Virginia manufacturer of high-precision machines for surfacing and finishing plastic eyeglass lenses, has learned firsthand the benefits of involving a casting house at the design stage in the production of certain parts. A leading manufacturer of lens processing equipment is saving time and money, thanks to an economical casting process.

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Studies: Knowing When To Respond

June 10, 2011 9:15 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

I continually am amazed by the flood of new studies suggesting that consumers eat this; avoid that; disregard this study; ignore that study, the results of which overturned some other study that should be reconsidered; and so on. Savvy consumers looking to keep themselves and their families healthy are likely too overwhelmed to know what to think.

Celebrating The Pioneers of American Industrial Design

June 10, 2011 8:58 am | by the U.S. Postal Service | News | Comments

The Pioneers of American Industrial Design stamp pane honors 12 of the nation’s most important and influential industrial designers — according to the United States Postal Service. Encompassing everything from furniture and electric kitchen appliances to corporate office buildings and passenger trains, the work of these designers helped shape the look of everyday life in the 20th century.

P&G Settles Diaper Rash Lawsuit For Millions

June 10, 2011 7:39 am | by Dan Sewell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — Consumer products maker Procter & Gamble says it has agreed to settle a lawsuit by parents who claimed a new version of Pampers diapers caused skin rashes and other problems for their babies. P&G will pay attorney fees, estimated at $2.7 million, and $1,000 to each child of 59 plaintiffs, under terms subject to final approval in U.

GM To Invest $47 Million In Ohio Four-Cylinder Plant

June 10, 2011 7:33 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will spend $47 million at a factory in Defiance, Ohio, so it can build more parts that go into the company's small four-cylinder engine. The investment won't create any new jobs at the plant about 60 miles from Toledo. But it will buy equipment so the factory can crank out more parts for the 1.

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Ford To Lay Off 150 At Buffalo Stamping Plant

June 10, 2011 7:21 am | News | Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. plans to lay off 150 people from its Buffalo Stamping Plant in September. The automaker says the New York layoffs will result from the closing of one of two Canadian assembly plants which Buffalo supplies. The layoffs were disclosed Thursday in a notice to the New York Labor Department.

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Saab Production Again Halted Over Lack Of Supplies

June 10, 2011 7:04 am | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Struggling Swedish car maker Saab Automobile AB says its production plant in Trollhattan will be closed all of next week while it negotiates with suppliers to get a stable material flow to the factory. The Spyker-owned auto group earlier this week said it expects some startup hiccups after recovering from a longer standstill while looking to secure funding.

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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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