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Huntsville-Built 'Hermes' Becomes A Help For Soldiers

August 2, 2010 4:25 am | by Kenneth Kesner, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — There are eyes and brains on the table at Advanced Optical Systems, next to a big metal hand with a powerful grip. The rugged little cameras, black boxes of bristling circuit boards, LED beacons and the automatic cargo hook assembly housed in what looks like a desktop beer keg are part of the company's Hermes autonomous pickup and delivery system.

'Gorilla' Glass Gets Revived After 50 Years

August 2, 2010 4:24 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CORNING, N.Y. (AP) — An ultra-strong glass that has been looking for a purpose since its invention in 1962 is poised to become a multibillion-dollar bonanza for Corning Inc. The 159-year-old glass pioneer is ramping up production of what it calls Gorilla glass, expecting it to be the hot new face of touch-screen tablets and high-end TVs.

Video Case Study: RFID And Guided Missiles

July 30, 2010 7:58 am | Articles | Comments

In the lastest edition of The RFID Network , Louis Sirico visits an aerospace and defense manufacturing facility, where RFID technology is being used to help simplify the complex process of building unmanned aircraft and guided missiles for the Department of Defense.

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The Big-Idea Man

July 30, 2010 7:46 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

While the Big-Idea Man has become easy to strike through on budgets during a down economy, even the big idea itself has come under scrutiny because the industry’s competitive landscape no longer lends itself to the plodding and planning associated with big idea execution. He was an elusive character.

The Ultimate Dock Compatibility

July 30, 2010 7:10 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Manual Safety-Chock from  Serco  (Carrollton, TX) provides loading docks with a versatile wheel restraint solution, capable of engaging and restraining the wide range of trailers that come to the dock, including trucks with lift gates, damaged rear impact guards, or different axle configurations.

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Intelligent Smoke Detectors

July 30, 2010 7:09 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Fireray 5000 Auto Alignment Beam Detector range from Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE — Mentor, OH) has been certified to meet rigorous loss prevention standards. The Fireray 5000 is a beam-type smoke detector that covers large areas with fewer units than traditional “point” type sensors.

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Lockring Bushings Get Accurate

July 30, 2010 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

ETP Shaft locking bushings from Zero-Max (Plymouth, MN) produce accurate and concentric mounting compared to mechanical shaft locking bushings. In addition, the ETP bushings incorporate a double-walled sleeve that encapsulates a pressure medium, and are ideal where repeated mounting and dismantling of components is required.

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Easy-To-Install Collets

July 30, 2010 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Royal Products (Hauppauge, NY) has developed the Quick-Grip CNC Collet Chucks for workholding. When installing the collet, a special installation tool compresses the rear end of the collet so it can be inserted, and upon expansion, the collet locks into place via a hook-and-groove arrangement.

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Honda Posts Record Profit, Mazda Minimizes Losses

July 30, 2010 5:10 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Honda's quarterly profit ballooned to a record $3.2 billion while Mazda reduced its losses, rounding out a tale of recovery among Japanese automakers. Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. have also reported stronger results but the prospect of a continued recovery for the Japanese automakers remains shaky.

Economic Recovery Idles As Consumers Close Wallets

July 30, 2010 5:05 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The recovery lost momentum in the second quarter as growth slowed to a 2.4 percent pace, its most sluggish showing in nearly a year and too weak to drive down unemployment. Weaker spending by consumers, less growth coming from companies restocking shrunken stockpiles and a bigger drag from the nation's trade deficits were the main factors behind the second quarter's slowdown.

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Will CAT Choose North Carolina?

July 30, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina hopes to be picked as the site for a new plant planned by heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. that will employ about 500 employees and contract workers. An official announcement on the company's decision is expected Friday afternoon. Sites in Forsyth County, Spartanburg, S.

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Obama Heads To Michigan To Tout Auto Bailout

July 30, 2010 4:28 am | by Charles Babington, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is going to the heart of the U.S. auto industry to push an important election-year claim: his administration's unpopular auto industry bailout has turned into an economic good-news story. With Americans facing a still-limping economy and potentially pivotal congressional elections in three months, the White House sees progress in the auto industry as a concrete area of improvement — and one with direct ties to the president's own actions.

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Kia Tallies 61 Percent Surge In 2Q Profit

July 30, 2010 4:26 am | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kia Motors posted a 61 percent surge in quarterly profit, boosted by sales of popular new models in South Korea and increased demand overseas. Kia, an affiliate of Hyundai Motor Co., earned 557.8 billion won ($471 million) in the April-to-June quarter, it said Friday.

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1 Dead, 2 Sick Due To Mysterious Gas

July 30, 2010 4:22 am | News | Comments

SEWICKLEY, Pa. (AP) — A sewage plant employee became faint and died Thursday while working in a 30-foot hole, and three other people who tried to rescue him were overcome by an unknown gas and had to be hospitalized, officials said. Jack Hogan, 31, of Baden, was the worker who died, said Sewickley Borough Manager Kevin Flannery.

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UAW Head: Look For General Motors IPO In August

July 30, 2010 4:20 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will file paperwork in mid-August to start the process of selling stock to the public, the head of the United Auto Workers union said Thursday. President Bob King said GM would file the paperwork, called a registration statement, along with its second-quarter earnings.

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10 Tips To Better Pricing

July 29, 2010 11:09 am | Articles | Comments

Pricing is one of the most powerful — yet underutilized — strategies available to businesses. A McKinsey & Company study of the Global 1200 found that if companies increased prices by just 1 percent, and demand remained constant, on average operating profits would increase by 11 percent.

Raise The Roof, Literally

July 29, 2010 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rooflifters (Miami, FL) is offering a solution to expand the cubic space area in any manufacturing facility or warehouse. The company can raise an existing roof to any desired height while keeping it intact, and with minimal demolition, in order to increase clear height to meet current standards.

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Sensing With A Big Memory

July 29, 2010 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new humidity and temperature HygroLog HL-20/21 data logger from ROTRONIC (Bassersdorf, Switzerland) is a compact device that uses the company’s AirChip 3000 technology and Hygromer sensors.  According to the company, the HL-20/21 is ideal for pharmaceutical clean rooms, warehouses, production rooms, and more.

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RFID Made Simple

July 29, 2010 6:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IO-Link-based RFID systems from Balluff (Florence, KY) allows customers to connect their RFID system to their network as easily as connecting discrete I/O. The IO-Link protocol enables users to connect RFID processors to an industrial network via a gateway using standard discrete sensor wiring.

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In-Plant Gyrating

July 29, 2010 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

ROTEX Global, LLC (Cincinnati, OH) now offers a full line of Gyratory Reciprocating Screeners designed to accurately separate dry materials at high production rates. These self-contained production screening machines utilize a unique gyratory-reciprocating motion and a positive mesh cleaning system that provides accurate separations.

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