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TwisterBand TB30

July 26, 2011 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

TwisterBand TB30 from igus (East Providence, RI) is a compact carrier system that makes rapid rotating movements possible up to 3,000 degrees and depends only on the belt length or design height in the axis of rotations. The smaller masses involved allow lower centrifugal forces and rotary speeds up to 720 degrees.

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VAC-U-MAX Model 860/02

July 26, 2011 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VAC-U-MAX Model 860/02 from VAC-U-MAX (Belleville, NJ) uses the VAC-U-MAX Air-Powered Vacuum cover with manual pulse-jet filter cleaning and non-stick filtration that captures 99.9 percent of particles as small as 0.5 microns. The portable frame includes a collection hopper with automatic discharge valve and polybag loading accessory.

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Lumetronic Slider Light

July 26, 2011 9:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Lumetronic Slider Light from National Electric (Commerce, CA) utilizes Lumetronic LEDs, the next step in rechargeable work lights with more efficient LEDs and nearly three times the brightness of ordinary LED rechargeable worklights. Its oval shape prevents rolling and fits easily in pockets.

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SafeSite Series LED Area Light

July 26, 2011 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dialight (Farmingdale, NJ) has unveiled its new SafeSite Series LED Area Light, a compact, high-output Class I and Class II, Div 1 certified LED Area Light. Approved for use in Class I, Div 1 Groups B, C, Dl; and Class II, Div 1 Groups E, F, and G hazardous locations, the light is designed to replace up to 150-watt HID fixtures.

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Manufacturer Plans Move To Vacant Auto Factory

July 26, 2011 9:26 am | News | Comments

GRABILL, Ind. (AP) — A company that makes metal and plastic molded parts plans on moving into a closed auto parts factory in northeastern Indiana and potentially hire 400 workers in the next few years. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced Tuesday that R3 Composites Corp.

TN Plant Gets 4,300 Applications For 60 Jobs

July 26, 2011 9:23 am | News | Comments

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A new solar plant in southeastern Tennessee received more than 4,300 applications for its first 60 jobs. Wacker (VAHK'-er) Chemical Corp. spokesman Bill Toth said Monday that applicants who were not picked for the first jobs will be considered as hiring continues.

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Ford Plans Took Toll On 2Q Profit

July 26, 2011 9:22 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford's ambitious plans to grow in Asia took a toll on its second-quarter profit, with higher costs to design and sell new cars offsetting rising sales. The company earned $2.4 billion, or 59 cents per share, down 8 percent from $2.6 billion, or 61 cents per share, a year earlier.

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Heat Contributed To Death Of IN Worker

July 26, 2011 9:20 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A coroner says a southern Indiana man who collapsed while working at a foundry died of a heart attack complicated by extreme heat. Authorities say 50-year-old Charles Hulse of North Vernon collapsed while at his work station at CE Systems Inc. in Columbus. Bartholomew County Chief Deputy Coroner Larry Fisher says Hulse was on medication for hypertension and high cholesterol.

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Judge: Whirlpool Can Change Retirees' Benefits

July 26, 2011 9:18 am | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Whirlpool can change benefits for about 3,000 people who had retired from Maytag. Whirlpool bought Maytag in 2006 and later closed the Maytag corporate headquarters and a factory in Newton. Whirlpool had said it wanted to change the retirees' medical benefits to bring them in line with current Whirlpool employees.

Gun-Maker To Pay $600K In Gun-Death Lawsuit

July 26, 2011 9:16 am | by Denise Lavoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts gun-maker has agreed to pay nearly $600,000 to the families of one man who was killed and another man who was wounded in a shooting involving a gun allegedly stolen from the company, a national gun-control group announced Tuesday. Danny Guzman, 26, was slain outside a Worcester nightclub in 1999.

Koda Restores Process Flow With Air Cannon Network

July 26, 2011 6:25 am | Articles | Comments

An innovative Minnesota energy company has eliminated labor-intensive air lancing to clean biomass ash from boiler walls by installing a series of high-powered air cannons to dislodge accumulations and restore process flow. The air cannon network at Koda Energy (Shakopee, MN) helps the facility avoid the daily shutdowns and maintenance hours that manual cleaning required, allowing the facility to run at its rated capacity.

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NY Aluminum Plant Launches $200M Expansion

July 26, 2011 5:24 am | News | Comments

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) — An aluminum plant in northern New York has launched a $200 million expansion to meet rising demand for sheet aluminum for the auto industry, and expects to create 100 new jobs. Novelis's plant in Scriba, 33 miles northwest of Syracuse, currently employs 650 people.

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United Tech Wins $350M Japan Air Contract

July 26, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — United Technologies Corp. has won a maintenance contract worth up to $350 million to support Japan Airlines' fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft. United Technologies said Monday that its subsidiary, Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., would provide the maintenance for the fleet of 35 aircraft.

Nissan Plans $8B China Expansion

July 26, 2011 5:20 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Nissan announced an $8 billion expansion plan for China on Tuesday as part of a global strategy to focus on faster-growing emerging markets and reduce reliance on the United States. Nissan's plan with its local partner, Dongfeng Group, calls for opening new factories to meet surging demand and introducing 30 new models by 2015.

Worker Killed In Fall At VA Plant

July 26, 2011 5:19 am | News | Comments

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a worker who fell from a lift at a Walker Manufacturing plant in Harrisonburg. Harrisonburg Fire Department battalion chief Jeff Morris says the accident was reported at 2:42 p.m. Monday. Morris tells the Daily News-Record that the man fell from an 8-foot lift.

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Rockwell Wins $160M Air Force Contract

July 26, 2011 5:17 am | News | Comments

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Aviation electronic systems maker Rockwell Collins said Monday it has won a $160 million contract to update communications systems for U.S. Air Force jets that refuel aircraft. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, company will update the flight management system, displays, data communications and surveillance systems of the KC-10 tankers to meet future air traffic control requirements, Rockwell Collins said in a statement.

Chrysler Reports 2Q Loss Due To Bail Out Repayment

July 26, 2011 5:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler retreated to a loss for the second quarter, but only because the expense of shedding its government debt erased what would have been a modest profit. The company, just two years out of bankruptcy protection, maintained that there are healthy signs despite the loss.

Home Brew Electric Volvo

July 25, 2011 11:28 am | Videos | Comments

Not only did Mike Ahern electrify his Volvo 240 -- he gets most of the electricity to power it from Solyndra solar panels on his home. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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List of Most 'Toxic 20' States

July 25, 2011 10:26 am | Articles | Comments

Residents of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida live in states with the most toxic air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants, according to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The study used publicly available data in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).

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Fueling The Growth Of Smart Grid Technology

July 25, 2011 10:21 am | by Whitney Sommers, Freelance Writer | Articles | Comments

Smart grid technology is being newly incorporated in all kinds of products and devices. Various software and integration methods are coming into play whereby new products can be brought to market faster and more cohesively to work with smart grid infrastructures. Cutting edge companies who have been able to utilize technologies such as PLM, SCADA, and ERP early on to develop clean technologies for the smart grid have benefited from early adoption.

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