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High-Pressure Pumping

May 31, 2011 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Harvard Apparatus (Holliston, MA) has released the new PHD ULTRA 4400 Syringe Pump for demanding high-pressure applications, with high accuracy and smooth flow from 3.06 pl/min to 215.8 ml/min. According to the company, the pump delivers more than 200 pounds of linear pumping force, and has an easy-to-use touchscreen, color LCD, and icon interface.

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New Process Technology Increases Production Capacity

May 31, 2011 6:17 am | Articles | Comments

GEA Liquid Processing in Skanderborg, Denmark — a technology company of GEA Process Engineering - has delivered new process technology to Urtekram International A/S. The new technology  BATCH FORMULA™  is an advanced mixing system that has contributed both to an increase of production capacity and continued maintenance of product quality.

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China Suspends Hundreds Of Battery Plants For Poisoning

May 31, 2011 5:13 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China has detained 74 people and suspended production at hundreds of battery factories in a widening crackdown on heavy metals pollution after dozens of people were sickened by lead and cadmium poisoning. The government in eastern China's Zhejiang province said Monday that some of the people were detained in connection with pollution that sickened 172 people, including 53 children, near a battery factory in the city of Taizhou.

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Japanese Manufacturing Rebounds After Record Drop

May 31, 2011 5:04 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's unemployment rate in April rose for the first time in six months, while the nation's industrial production rebounded weakly from a record drop following March's earthquake and tsunami. But output was seen picking up strongly in May and June as automakers and other manufacturers get back on line.

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Workers At Japan Nuclear Plant Exceeded Radiation Limits

May 31, 2011 4:53 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Two workers at Japan's crippled nuclear plant might have exceeded a radiation exposure limit amid concerns about the risks the workers face struggling to contain the crisis. The two control room operators are being tested further and don't have immediate health problems, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

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Nokia: Competition Has Crushed Expected Earnings

May 31, 2011 4:49 am | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. says its second-quarter and full year earnings will be worse than earlier expected because of tough competition, especially in the smartphone market. The world's largest mobile phone maker says its second-quarter result will be "substantially below its previously expected range of euro6.

Ill. Senate Proposes An End To Worker's Compensation

May 31, 2011 4:42 am | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A proposal to end workers' compensation in Illinois moved a step closer to reality when it was approved by a state Senate committee. The legislation now goes to the Senate floor. Approval there would put abolition on the governor's desk. The Senate Executive Committee split along party lines in the 9-6 vote.

Honda To Add 1,000 Jobs At Ind. Civic Plant

May 31, 2011 4:39 am | News | Comments

GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Honda says it will add 1,000 jobs at its southeastern Indiana plant by the end of the year as it adds a second shift. Greensburg plant spokeswoman Anita Sipes said Tuesday that the additional shift will double its workforce. Sipes says the second shift has been planned since the factory opened in 2008 but the recession put those plans on hold.

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Visualizing Our Humanity

May 27, 2011 7:01 am | Videos | Comments

Artist Aaron Koblin takes vast amounts of data — sometimes at the expense of a vast number of “sheep” — and weaves them into stunning visualizations. If you’re having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Ill. Company To Open Cardboard Ga. Facility, Hire 50

May 27, 2011 6:57 am | News | Comments

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — An Illinois-based manufacturer says it will establish a corrugated cardboard sheet-feeder plant in Conyers, bringing 50 jobs to the area. Corrugated Supplies Co. announced Thursday it will put the plant in the former Solo Cup distribution center. The company says plant operations are expected to begin in September.

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Tate & Lyle Reopens Alabama Sweetener Plant

May 27, 2011 6:51 am | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Sugar and sweeteners company Tate & Lyle PLC says it plans to reopen a mothballed U.S.plant to meet surging demand for sweeteners after reporting a strong rise in full-year earnings. The London-based company on Friday reported net earnings of 163 million pounds ($268 million), up from 15 million pounds a year ago.

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High Energy Costs Take A Bite Out Of Economic Growth

May 27, 2011 6:37 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy hit a soft patch in the first three months of this year, caused by a big jump in oil prices, and the impact of those higher prices are likely to weigh on growth for the rest of the year. After growing at an annual rate of 3.1 percent in the final three months of last year, the economy slowed to just 1.

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Timken Buys Philadelphia Gear For $200 Million

May 27, 2011 6:32 am | News | Comments

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Timken Co. is buying Philadelphia Gear Corp. for $200 million in order to expand its offerings, the auto parts supplier said Friday. Philadelphia Gear, based in King of Prussia, Pa., provides gear drives and components to the industrial and military sectors. Timken makes bearings, assemblies and alloy steels for auto producers and othermanufacturers.

Regulators Investigate Nissan, Jeep Safety Issues

May 27, 2011 6:29 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating brake problems with the Nissan Altima and complaints of air bag troubles with the Jeep Wrangler. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website Friday that brake fluid can leak on the Altima midsize car, causing a loss of stopping power.

Three Tenn. Workers Burned In Chemical Explosion

May 27, 2011 6:25 am | by Kristin Hall, Associated Press | News | Comments

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — Three workers have been critically injured in an explosion at a Middle Tennessee chemical plant where a January flash fire killed another worker. Gallatin Police said the accident that injured five at the Hoeganaes (HAY'-gan-eez) Corp. plant was reported at 6:37 a.m.

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Packager Invests $22 Million In Utah Plant, Adds 125 Jobs

May 27, 2011 4:56 am | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A foodservice packaging manufacturer has announced plans to invest in a new multimillion-dollar plant in southern Utah. Genpak says it will expand its operations with a new $22 million plant in Cedar City that will add 125 new jobs over the next five years to the company that already employs nearly 200 people in southern Utah.

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Chrysler Supplier To Open Ill. Plant With 200 Jobs

May 27, 2011 4:38 am | News | Comments

BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) — A supplier for Chrysler plans to open a new facility in northern Illinois, bringing 200 jobs to Belvidere. The Rockford Register Star reports Thursday that International Automotive Components will open a 172,000-square foot assembly plant in Belvidere. The company supplies vehicle interiors for the automaker Chrysler Group LLC.

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Japanese Auto Production Plummeted In April

May 27, 2011 4:30 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automakers' global vehicle production plunged in April, especially in Japan where supplier plants were destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Toyota Motor Corp. reported Friday that Japan production in April fell 74.5 percent to 79,341 vehicles while its global production declined 48 percent to 346,297 vehicles.

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Manufacturers Recall Pool Drains For Entrapment Hazard

May 27, 2011 4:27 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight manufacturers have voluntarily recalled about one million pool and in-ground spa drain covers because of incorrect water flow ratings. The U.S. Product Safety Commission announced the recall Thursday. The agency says the recalled covers could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers.

Global Economies Growing, But More Slowly

May 27, 2011 4:20 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the United States to Europe and even to booming China, the global economy is showing signs of strain. Most major economies are expected to keep growing. But evidence is mounting that many around the world are struggling to expand as fast as they did last year. European governments are struggling with debts and squeezed budgets.

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