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Labeling Gets Faster

June 27, 2011 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Clear Automation (Southington, CT) has announced its new 100 parts-per-minute label applicator system, which was designed with a Fanuc robot, Herma labeler, and a graphical touch-screen human machine interface. Bottles travel to the cell along a conveyor, upright in pucks, which are fed by a servo-driven screw that spreads them to match the pitch of a linear indexer.

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Keep Metal Out

June 27, 2011 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez (Erie, PA) has developed its heavy-duty Model CF Metal Separator, which can be installed directly above the material feed throat of an extruder, injection molding, or blow molding machine. It removes both magnetic and non-magnetic metal contaminants from a slow, downward moving column of material, reducing machine downtime, costly repairs, and improving product purity.

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100 Hospitalized After Tyson Chlorine Leak

June 27, 2011 9:18 am | by Kurt Voight, Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Approximately 300 people at a Tyson Foods processing plant were evacuated and 100 sent to local hospitals after an accidental mixture of chemicals created a chlorine gas inside part of the plant Monday morning. The workers were forced from Tyson's Berry Street plant in Springdale, company spokesman Gary Mickelson said.

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OSHA Cites CAT for Serious Safety Violations

June 27, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Caterpillar Inc. for three safety violations and has proposed a $66,000 fine following a December 2010 accident that injured an employee. OSHA said in a news release Monday that the employee was injured while trying to clear a jammed piece of equipment in a Caterpillar plant in East Peoria.

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Army Awards $286 Million Contract to General Dynamics

June 27, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

CAMDEN, Arkansas (AP) — The U.S. Army has awarded a $286 million contract to General Dynamics for the production of air-to-ground rockets. Under the contract, the Hydra-70 rockets are to be delivered by April 2015, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics, announced in a news release Monday.

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GM To Restart Post-Bankruptcy Talks With UAW

June 27, 2011 8:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The head of General Motors Co.'s North American operations believes that new contract talks with the United Auto Workers will be different from the contentious bargaining of the past. Mark Reuss, GM president for North America, said Monday that the two sides have been talking informally for the past 18 months about items that can benefit both the company and the union.

Black & Decker Offers $1 Billion for Niscayah

June 27, 2011 7:07 am | News | Comments

NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut (AP) — Tool maker Stanley Black & Decker Inc. said Monday it has offered almost $1.04 billion for the Swedish commercial security and monitoring company Niscayah, topping a competing bid. The offer amounts to roughly $2.78 per share, or 18 Swedish krona, Stanley said, and added that is 15 percent above Niscayah's closing price on Friday.

Consumer Spending Falls 0.1 Percent In May

June 27, 2011 7:00 am | News | Comments

CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in a year, Americans have stopped spending more. Consumer spending failed to budge from April to May, evidence that high gas prices and unemployment are squeezing household budgets. When adjusted for inflation, spending actually dropped 0.

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The Tech-Dependent Future Of Automotives 

June 27, 2011 5:55 am | Videos | Comments

The automotive industry is a little more than 100 years old, and one can't help but wonder how advancements in technology will allow automotive leaders to address the negative effects and leverage the positive effects that cars and trucks have on our world. Bill Ford is a car guy — his great-grandfather was Henry Ford, and he grew up inside the massive Ford Motor Co.

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The Spirit Of Solar Power

June 27, 2011 5:53 am | Videos | Comments

The Solar Impulse is a solar-powered aircraft with the wingspan of a passenger plane and the power of something much smaller, like a scooter. While it might appear to be useless technology right now — it’s only able to hold a pilot and a large pack of batteries — Bertrand Piccard, the President of Solar Impulse, says that his product is exactly like Charles Lindburgh’s Spirit of St.

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China's Currency Manipulation And American Jobs

June 27, 2011 5:32 am | Articles | Comments

Washington, DC — New research released on the eve of the one-year anniversary of China’s announcement that it would adopt a more “flexible” exchange rate policy reaffirms the need for Congress to pass tough legislation to address currency manipulation, said the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) and the sponsors of the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act .

Fiat And Chrysler Workers Join Global Union Network

June 27, 2011 4:50 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

MILAN (AP) — As the Fiat and Chrysler automakers go global, so do their unions. Fiat and Chrysler unions worldwide this week agreed to join in a global network aimed at a constant flow of information and defining a common strategy. The unions said they may try to replicate a worldwide framework agreement for minimum union rights that exists at Volkswagen, Psa-Peugeot and Renault.

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Nissan Aims High For 8 Percent Global Marketshare

June 27, 2011 4:42 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn unveiled an ambitious six-year plan for growth Monday, including a target of boosting the carmaker's share of the global auto market to 8 percent. Nissan Motor Corp. hopes to reach the market share target in the fiscal year ending March 2017, in part by focusing on growth in countries such as China, Brazil, Russia and India.

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A Look Inside Harley-Davidson's 'Weird' History

June 27, 2011 4:32 am | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press | News | Comments

In this June 7, 2011 photo is a mine vehicle, powered by a Harley motor, at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. The cart, which was created by a mine worker in northern California around 1926, is part of a new exhibit, "Collection X: Weird, Wild Wonders of the Harley-Davidson Museum," which runs through Aug.

U.S. Space Pioneer Charged With Aiding Iran

June 27, 2011 4:29 am | by Douglas Birch, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Growing up in a provincial town in Iran, Nader Modanlo was fascinated by the flickering TV images of astronauts walking on the moon. As a teenager, he came to the United States, where he earned degrees in aerospace engineering, became a U.S. citizen and co-founded a pioneering satellite telecommunications company that at one point was worth up to $500 million.

Obama: Technology Will Fuel Manufacturing Jobs

June 27, 2011 4:22 am | by Jim Kuhnhnen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says technological innovations such as robots can help pump jobs into the economy and spur growth in clean energy and advanced manufacturing. In his radio and Internet address Saturday, the president echoed a plan he unveiled in Pittsburgh Friday to join the federal government, universities and corporations and reignite American manufacturing with an emphasis on cutting-edge research and new technologies.

Chinese Order Could Help Saab Pay Its Employees

June 27, 2011 4:20 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Troubled car maker Saab Automobile AB has received a euro13 million ($18.4 million) car order from a Chinese company that could help pay this month's salaries, its owner Swedish Automobile AB said Monday. The company, previously known as Spyker Cars, claimed the deal with an unnamed Chinese company would provide the ailing car brand with enough funds to also pay back parts of its debt to suppliers.

Obama Ready For 'Renaissance In American Manufacturing'

June 24, 2011 7:33 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Barack Obama called on Friday for a "renaissance in American manufacturing" that would replace shuttered steel mills with plants producing robotics, nanotechnology and other high-tech advances. The president said this resurgence is how the country will create new jobs and stay competitive in a global marketplace where other countries are making great strides.

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Alcoa Gets $1 Billion Aluminum Deal From Airbus

June 24, 2011 7:15 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Alcoa Inc. has reached a multi-year deal to supply Airbus with aluminum sheet and plate products, the company said Friday. The agreement was brokered this week at the Paris Air Show. Specific financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal has a value of about $1 billion over its life, Alcoa said.

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GE To Invest $63 Million In Energy-Efficiency Companies

June 24, 2011 7:05 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. and its venture-capital partners say they will invest $63 million in 10 companies that provide technology such as energy-efficiency to the home. GE said Thursday that the investment is the second round of funding in a $200 million competitive program it calls "ecomagination.

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