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UL-Listed Power Supplies

April 11, 2011 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Falcon Electric, Inc. (Irwindale, CA) has announced it has obtained UL listing for its CE-approved 220VAC SSG Series UPS product line. The SSG Series UPS are designed to operate in temperature environments beyond the capability of standard UPS products, with an operational temperature range of -4° to 131°F.

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Embrace Your Failure

April 11, 2011 7:40 am | by Greg Harris, Vice President, Marketing, Jameco | Articles | Comments

I blew it. I made a whopper of a mistake at Jameco last month. I still feel horrible, and I’m embarrassed about the error, and I've apologized to everyone. All of us say things like "I'm only human" and "We all make mistakes," but too often these generalized comments disappear when it comes to specifics.

I-9 Audits: What Companies Can Do To Reduce Liability Later

April 11, 2011 5:04 am | by Valentine Brown, Duane Morris LLP | Articles | Comments

Here is what manufacturers should do to ensure their I-9 processes are in compliance with federal immigration laws, so as to avoid costly fines and disruptions. Recently, in the course of one week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency charged with enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, instituted 1,000 new worksite investigations.

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Honda Stops North American Production For Another Week

April 11, 2011 4:45 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Honda Motor Co. says it will add a week to production slowdowns at its 11 North American auto plants. The company said in late March that it would shut down assembly lines for several hours a day because of parts shortages from Japan. Now Honda says the temporary shutdowns will be extended to the week of April 18.

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Sharp Suspends LCD Manufacturing Over Gas Shortage

April 11, 2011 4:44 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Sharp Corp. has suspended domestic production of large-sized LCD panels because of a shortfall of industrial gas after a massive earthquake and tsunami. The Osaka-based company is one of the world's largest makers of LCD TVs and panels. Spokeswoman Miyuki Nakayama says the company has decided to focus on making smaller panels — under 10 inches (25 centimeters) — because it has a stockpile of larger ones.

How Old Is Too Old For An Airplane?

April 11, 2011 4:40 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

How old is too old for an airplane? Most travelers don't think twice about it — although there's something unsettling about easing into your seat and finding the armrest still has an ashtray built in. But fliers may be more worried than usual after a 5-foot hole opened in the roof of a 15-year-old Southwest jet earlier this month.

From Making Fords To... Nurdles?

April 11, 2011 4:24 am | News | Comments

by Josh Brown, Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Where workers once assembled Ford pickups, they now will sort, package and ship plastic pellets. Billions of them. Hampton Roads, meet the nurdle. Nurdles, which range in size from a BB to a gum ball, come in various shapes and colors.

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Once-Busy Georgia Industrial Town, Now A Dead Zone

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

by Rodney Manley, Associated Press EAST DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) — Quitting time on Nathaniel Drive once meant traffic, bumper to bumper, from the bridge spanning the Oconee River into Dublin back to the textile plants that spun the fabric of a thriving local economy. Now, Nathaniel is a lonely, almost lifeless 3.

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Wis. Company Sends Massive Pump To Japan's Nuclear Plant

April 11, 2011 4:18 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — A massive Russian cargo plane roared into Atlanta on Friday to pick up one of the world's largest concrete pumps, which has been retrofitted to pour water on a Japanese nuclear power plant stricken by an earthquake and tsunami. The 190,000-pound (86,180-kilogram) pump designed by Wisconsin-based Putzmeister America Inc.

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Hear The Un-Hearable

April 8, 2011 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spectronics Corporation (Westbury, NY) has introduced the Spectroline Marksman ultrasonic diagnostic tool, which converts and amplifies inaudible ultrasonic sound into audible “natural” sound. This allows maintenance staff to hear sounds that signify problems such as compressed air leaks, electrical discharge, and natural gas, propane, seal, or gasket leaks.

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Tough Grinding Wheels

April 8, 2011 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

To expand their Vortec Pro bonded abrasives product line, Weiler Corporation (Cresco, PA) has added 12” and 14” cutting wheels in aluminum oxide and silicon carbide grains for general purpose cutting. According to the company, they are designed for use with steel, iron, and other ferrous metals, with a resin-bond formulation for aggressive stock removal and fast cutting.

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A Better Tool Storage Solution

April 8, 2011 9:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lista International Corporation (Holliston, MA) has developed new Technician Series toolboxes, technician carts, and cart garages. The toolboxes use a rugged design with drawers that are full extension, with a 440 pound capacity. According to the company, the addition of worktops transform the toolbox cabinet into a work area, and can come with surfaces in stainless steel, butcher block, galvanized steel, plastic laminate, or retainer top with a rubber mat.

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Get Everything In Alignment

April 8, 2011 9:23 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Pinpoint Laser Systems (Peabody, MA) has announced a new four-axis Microgage Receiver, which provides useful alignment information for evaluating and correcting machinery alignment problems. The 4D Receiver measures two linear axes, and their two angular components: yaw and pitch. According to the company, the tool is ideal for aligning lathes, turning centers, spindles, as well as linear slides, injection molding machinery, and more.

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It Pays to Keep Employees Fit

April 8, 2011 5:57 am | by Preston Diamond | Articles | Comments

Healthier employees lead to lower premiums, according to numerous studies. If companies can help their workers improve their health without cutting benefits or shifting more premium costs to employees, where is the downside? After all, Fortune 1000 companies have been using wellness programs for years to combat the rising costs of healthcare.

Photo Of The Day: Firefighters Versus Plant Blaze

April 8, 2011 4:56 am | News | Comments

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire that broke out in a Czech plastic plant in Chropyne, about 250 km east of Prague, Czech Republic, on Friday, April 8, 2011. An official says more than a hundred firefighters have been battling a huge fire that hit the factory in the eastern Czech Republic.

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N.C. Company Hires 61 To Produce EV Batteries

April 8, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

EAST BEND, N.C. (AP) — EcoVolt Power Corp. says it is hiring 61 workers and investing $20 million in East Bend to produce environmentally-friendly automotive batteries. The Winston-Salem Journal reports Friday that the New York-based manufacturer should be shipping some 6 million automotive starter batteries annually from Yadkin County within three years.

Gov't Wants More E-85 Fuel At Pumps Nationwide

April 8, 2011 4:35 am | by Michael J. Crumb, Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government wants to increase production and use of a higher blend of ethanol fuel by giving financial help to gas stations that install more pumps for the fuel, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in advance of a formal announcement planned for Friday.

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HP: Former Exec Stole Trade Secrets For Oracle

April 8, 2011 4:32 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. has filed a lawsuit against a former executive over allegations he took trade secrets with him when he went to work for rival Oracle Corp. The case against Adrian Jones, who was a senior vice president in HP's server, storage and networking division in Asia, shows the growing rancor between the Silicon Valley technology titans.

Toyota To Resume Japanese Manufacturing, For Now

April 8, 2011 4:29 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it will resume car production at all its plants in Japan at half capacity from April 18 to 27 after the March earthquake and tsunami forced it to halt manufacturing due to shortages of parts and power. Toyota, the world's No. 1 automaker, said production at its 18 plants will then halt from April 28 to May 9, a period that includes Golden Week holidays when factories would normally close.

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Fire, Explosions Rock Iowa Manufacturing Plant

April 8, 2011 4:27 am | News | Comments

HULL, Iowa (AP) — No one was hurt by explosions and a fire at a manufacturing plant in the northwest Iowa town of Hull. Authorities say the fire started inside the K & O Manufacturing Co., Inc., plant a little before 5 p.m. Thursday. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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