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Experts Conflicted On How To Prevent Workplace Shootings

August 9, 2010 4:51 am | by Ben Dobbin, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Criminologists call it murder by proxy — rampages by employees who go after their boss, supervisors and even co-workers they link to the source of their outrage. The message is: Look who's doing the firing now. These eruptions of workplace violence often occur in similarly brutal ways.

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China Closes Polluting Factories For Being 'Backward'

August 9, 2010 4:49 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China's government has ordered 2,087 steel and cement mills and other factories with poor energy efficiency to close as it struggles to cut waste and improve the country's battered environment. The "backward" facilities produce steel, coke, aluminum, paper and other materials in areas throughout China and must close by late September, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced Sunday.

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HP CEO Ousted Over Sexual Harassment Claim

August 9, 2010 4:47 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The woman at the center of the sexual harassment claim that forced the resignation of Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd revealed her identity Sunday and said she is "surprised and saddened" that Hurd lost his job. Jodie Fisher, 50, an actress and businesswoman, knew Hurd through her contract jobs with HP's marketing department from 2007 to 2009.

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Seal Or Sell? BP Has Option On Remaining Oil

August 6, 2010 5:02 am | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The vast oil reservoir beneath BP's blown-out well could still be worth billions of dollars even after it spewed crude into the Gulf of Mexico for more than three months — but the multinational company blamed for causing the disaster isn't saying whether it plans to cash in on this potential windfall.

Convicted Toyota Driver Rejects Offer Of Freedom

August 6, 2010 4:47 am | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Toyota driver convicted in a crash that killed three people has rejected a prosecutor's offer to ask a judge to vacate his sentence and set him free. Koua Fong Lee is serving an eight-year sentence for criminal vehicular homicide in the 2006 crash. He petitioned for a new trial, saying he did all he could to stop his accelerating Toyota Camry before the crash.

GM CEO Expects To Sell All Stock In 1 Batch

August 6, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Eager to get out from under government control, GM expects to sell its stock in one swoop when it offers shares to the public sometime later this year, its CEO said Thursday. Some experts had expected General Motors Co. to sell only a partial stake at first, followed by several smaller sales, but Ed Whitacre told reporters at an auto conference Thursday, "Our anticipation is we'd roll it out there all at once.

Boeing Receives Order To Build 3 Satellites

August 6, 2010 4:33 am | News | Comments

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Boeing Co. said Friday it won a contract from British satellite-telecommunications provider Inmarsat to build three communications satellites. Boeing said it was a fixed-price contract with options, but provided no other financial details. The satellites have an expected 15-year life span.

Bridgestone Returns To Profit On Auto Recovery

August 6, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Bridgestone Corp. returned to profit in the first half and raised its full year forecast Friday amid a recovery in global auto demand that lifted tire sales. The Japanese tire maker, running neck and neck with Michelin SCA of France as the world's biggest, posted a 44.5 billion yen ($517.

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Wheat Rots In India As World Grain Prices Soar

August 6, 2010 4:15 am | News | Comments

MUMBAI, India (AP) — A wheat stockpile in India that could feed 210 million people for a year is starting to spoil because the government lacks enough warehouses to store it — a lightning rod for local discontent that could send ripples through the world market for the grain. According to a government estimate obtained by The Associated Press, 17.

Addressing Supply Chain Challenges 

August 5, 2010 11:41 am | Articles | Comments

Planning in the service supply chain is a critical factor to achieving customer service at a low cost. Doing so is not without challenges, and many mid-market manufacturers and distributors simply so not have the resources to address service supply chain planning in the same ways as their larger competitors.

Dematic Group Announces Intent To Acquire HK Systems

August 5, 2010 4:51 am | News | Comments

Luxembourg — Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated material handling solutions and services, announces it has signed an agreement in principle to purchase HK Systems, a North American automated material handling and software solutions provider. The transaction is expected to close sometime in the third quarter of 2010.

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Lubricants Go 5S

August 4, 2010 11:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sprayon (Cleveland, OH) is now integrating their chemical and lubricant products with a packaging and identification system, based on the principles of 5S and Kanban, to create the Sprayon System. The system communicates what products are to be used for each application, and ensures users always have the right product on hand when it is needed.

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Industrial Baskets

August 4, 2010 11:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Salco Engineering and Manufacturing (Jackson, MI) has developed in-process parts holding baskets and wash baskets for use in assembly lines, robotic systems, and any other system that requires conveyor movement. The baskets feature ergonomic handles, giving users a firm grip and preventing stress normally placed on fingers, hands, and arms when lifting and carrying rod handle baskets.

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Alloys Survive Pressure, Heat

August 4, 2010 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Penn Stainless Products (Quakertown, PA) added a new line of 330 Plate and Processed Flat Bar to its family of high-temperature products. According to the company, 330 is ideal for high-temperature, high-pressure applications. In addition, the alloy can be used where resistance to the combined effects of thermal cycling and carburization is necessary.

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Get A True Picture Of Water Cooling

August 4, 2010 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE (Trevose, PA) has introduced the TrueSense platform for optimizing productivity and increasing water savings through the monitoring and control of cooling water systems. According to the company, TrueSense automation capabilities allow users to free up time and resources to focus on critical processes.

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Bagel Bakery Goes HI-SPEED

August 4, 2010 9:44 am | Articles | Comments

When a 30-year-old, U.S.D.A.-certified bakery wanted to increase production and improve quality and process control, Mettler-Toledo HI-SPEED developed an innovative solution for the Pacific Northwest business. The commercial bakery business can be tough, so keeping production and quality control up is the only way to stay competitive.

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Active Listening Really Pays Off

August 4, 2010 9:39 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Chances are, you probably learned about active listening at some point during your schooling. Lean forward, make eye contact and nod to let the speaker know you’re listening, right? I always thought these tips were silly because you could do all these things and still not be listening. However, these actions do accomplish one goal: They make the speaker think you’re listening—even if you really aren’t.

High-Temperature Lubrication

August 4, 2010 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZYP Coatings, Inc. (Oak Ridge, TN) introduces is 4-oz. Boron Nitride Aerosol Lubricoat spray can. The small container allows users to test the boron nitride coating on various substrates at temperatures up to 1,000°C in air, and over 1,800°C in inert/nitrogen atmospheres. According to the company, boron nitride is chemically inert and provides non-stick, release, and barrier-layers to reactive materials.

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Stronger AC Motors

August 4, 2010 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) has expanded the power range of its Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 755 AC drives to 450 kW/700 hp, in order to provide users with increased application flexibility. The 755 AC is well-suited for motor control applications in material handling, metalworking, and more, according to the company.

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High-Flow Water Filtering

August 4, 2010 9:14 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The M-90 automatic water filter from Forsta Filters (Los Angeles, CA) is less than 12” tall, making it easy to incorporate into nearly any piping system. An automatic backwash feature allows the filter to clean itself as needed, and it requires almost no routine maintenance, according to the company.

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