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Workforce Productivity Could Lead To More Jobs

December 1, 2010 3:48 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The work force was more productive in the summer than originally thought, reflecting the fact that the economy produced more goods and services than first estimated. Despite the revision, the efficiency of U.S. workers is increasing at a much slower pace than last year and economists say that could signal more hiring in the near future.

Electronics Maker Buys Last Of City's Former GM Plants

December 1, 2010 3:43 am | News | Comments

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — An Indianapolis electronics company says it will buy a former General Motors plant in Anderson as part of an expansion that will create up to 100 jobs by 2013. Northwind Electronics LLC makes electrical systems for work vehicles. CEO Phillip Berry says the company currently employs 10 people in Indianapolis and had been looking for possible locations for expansion.

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Manufacturing Rallies For 16th Straight Month Of Growth

December 1, 2010 3:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The manufacturing sector likely grew in November for the 16th straight month, though at a slightly slower pace than the previous month. Still, the continued expansion of manufacturing is a good sign for the economy. The factory sector led the nation out of recession late last year, but many economists have feared that its growth would end when companies finish replenishing their stockpiles of goods.

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Toyota Sues The 'Old GM' Over Nummi Abandonment

December 1, 2010 3:32 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is suing the company handling bankrupt General Motors' assets, demanding $73 million in damages from the shuttering of a joint-venture California plant. Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Paul Nolasco said Tuesday the lawsuit was filed Nov. 24 for research and development costs that weren't recouped because of the shuttering of New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.

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Photo Of The Day: The Rally To Save Jobs

December 1, 2010 3:28 am | News | Comments

Steve Zemantic, a carpenter at Pratt & Whitney East Hartford holds up a sign at a rally near headquarters in East Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. The jet engine maker says it will shut two plants when its labor contract expires Sunday. The last strike against Pratt & Whitney was an 11-day walkout in December 2001.

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'Food Fight': New Pallet Solutions For Manufacturers

November 30, 2010 8:24 am | Articles | Comments

Wooden pallets are no longer the only option for manufacturers when shipping and receiving goods to customers and from suppliers. In this installment of "Food Fight," from sister publication Food Manufacturing , industry experts go head-to-head on the topic: Wood Pallet Alternatives: Plastic vs.

Smaller Means Better

November 30, 2010 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Akro-Mils (Akron, OH) has introduced a smaller-sized bin and new rack design for its Easy Flow Gravity Hopper system. The smaller and lighter 31620BLUE hopper has a six-gallon holding capacity. According to the company, the other features of the system includes: A large, angled top opening that allows for easy filling.

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Portable Dot Peen Marking

November 30, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Mini Mark, from Kwik Mark (McHenry, IL) is a portable dot peen marking system designed for both handheld applications and integration into existing and new machinery. Preloaded leadscrews and ball slides help increase performance and durability. The detached controls feature the latest in embedded technology, with CF card storage and network (LAN) and RS-232 connectivity.

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Non-Metallic Can Still Be Tough

November 30, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stahlin (Belding, MI) now offers Non-Metallic Enclosures in their J Series enclosure line. They offer 14 standard size options from 3x3” to 24x16”. According to the company, they are designed to be reliable and durable while protecting delicate systems in industrial environments.

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Hoses Get Stainless Steel Braids

November 30, 2010 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parker PAGE International Hose (Fort Worth, TX) has developed the Stainless Steel Braided Convoluted Hose Assemblies in SCW and SCWV designs. The tubing in these assemblies is made from virgin PTFE in natural or static dissipative style in order to provide better flex life. According to the company, the hoses show no signs of stress cracking after 1 million cycles of flex testing.

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Expanding Production With Form, Fill, And Seal

November 30, 2010 4:56 am | Articles | Comments

The use of fresh cut vegetables for foodservice has seen significant growth in the past few years, driven by hygiene regulations, customer preference for fresher meals, and convenience factors, such as quicker cooking times and reduced prep time. However, innovative new packaging and processing developments are essential to the industry‘s further growth.

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Applied Settles Industrial Theft Charges From Samsung

November 30, 2010 4:19 am | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Applied Materials Inc. has settled industrial theft claims from Samsung Electronics Co., agreeing to give the South Korean electronics company discounts on purchases of semiconductor manufacturing equipment for three years. Applied, a U.S. company which makes equipment for chip manufacturers, says the settlement announced Tuesday resolves claims and potential litigation over the "alleged acquisition, misappropriation and misuse" of Samsung computer chip technology.

Japanese Factories Slow Down, Unemployment Rises

November 30, 2010 4:07 am | by Jay Alabaster, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's factories cut production for the fifth straight month in October, the government said Tuesday, but the decrease wasn't as bad as expected and a turnaround may be on the horizon. Meanwhile, unemployment worsened slightly and consumer spending fell in October, showing improvements for average households may still take time.

GM Adds 700 Workers To Canadian Camaro Plant

November 30, 2010 4:03 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. has added 700 workers to its Oshawa, Ontario, factory near Toronto to make the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible muscle car and the new Buick Regal midsize car, the company said Monday. Camaro convertible production is scheduled to start in January, while the plant will start making Regals early in the spring.

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ABB Acquires Baldor Electric For $4.2 Billion In Cash

November 30, 2010 3:59 am | News | Comments

ZURICH, Switerland and FORT SMITH, Ark. — ABB,  the leading power and automation technology group, and Baldor Electric Company, a North American leader in industrial motors, have agreed that ABB will acquire Baldor in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4.2 billion, including $1.

Pratt & Whitney Workers Rally One Last Time To Stop Layoffs

November 30, 2010 3:56 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Workers at jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut fear they may be running out of time to prevent job losses. The Machinists union beat the subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. in federal court earlier this year, preventing it from shutting two engine repair shops and shipping 1,000 jobs to Columbus, Ga.

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Toyota To Replace 650,000 Prius Pumps, Not A Recall

November 30, 2010 3:55 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is replacing the pumps that cool the hybrid system in 650,000 Prius cars — the Japanese automaker's prized green vehicle — in a new blow to the automaker's reputation for quality. Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Paul Nolasco said Tuesday the fix is needed in Prius cars for model years 2004 through to 2007.

Garland Company Closes Out Award-Winning Year

November 29, 2010 9:39 am | News | Comments

Despite the continuing recession, The Garland Company, Inc., a mid-sized roofing manufacturer headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, has been the recipient of several achievement awards in 2010. In May, the company was honored with a Manny Award from Ohio’s Inside Business magazine.

Easily-Programmable Motion Control

November 29, 2010 9:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America (Waukegan, IL) has released the MP2600iec motion controller, which provides motion control of 1 or 1.5 axis along with machine control. The machine controller supports all five IEC61131-3 programming languages: Ladder Diagram, Function Block, Structures Text, Sequential Function Chart, and Instruction List.

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More Efficient, Cheaper Electric Pumps

November 29, 2010 9:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ZE series of 600 bar electric pumps from Enerpac (Milwaukee, WI) have been engineered to save power and increase reliability by reducing the number of moving parts it incorporates, according to the company. The enclosed, fan-cooled electric motor supplies extended life and stands up to harsh industrial environments.

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