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Don’t Get Lost In The Regulations Storm

March 24, 2011 7:59 am | by Jay Tourigny, MicroCare Medical | Articles | Comments

Suppliers that are up to date and well versed on globally changing regulations and deadlines are better equipped to provide their customers with sound recommendations of products and equipment to use and processes to implement. With the medical device industry expanding globally, it is more important than ever for device designers and manufacturers to ensure their products and processes are compliant with not only U.

Wide-Range, Pressure-Sensitive Film

March 24, 2011 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sensor Products Inc. (Madison, NJ) has announced the Fuji Prescale pressure film, which reveals pressures from two to 43,200 PSI. The Mylar tactile pressure-indicating sensor film instantly reveals surface pressure magnitude and distribution between contact or impacting surfaces. When placed between the surfaces, it permanently changes color directly proportional to the pressure applied.

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Challenge Your Heavy-Duty Cranes

March 24, 2011 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SMARTON crane system is designed for optimum flexibility and reliability in challenging environments, with a compact design that allows industrial halls to be smaller than before. Konecranes (Springfield, OH) has developed the cranes with capacities from 160 to 500 tons, which makes them ideal for automotive and general manufacturing, automatic storage systems, workshops, and more.

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A Better All-In-One Tool

March 24, 2011 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

According to Hyde Tools (Southbridge, MA), tool clutter has pushed many users toward tools with multiple uses, such as its 14-in-1 Multi-tool, with four screw bits in the handle, plus 10 other common uses. Hyde’s newest tool combines a high-quality, lightweight design with a tool that can scrape paint, spread compound, clean rollers, remove putty, scrape convex surfaces, open cans, and pull nails, among others.

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More Versatile Filling

March 24, 2011 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RingDex, from Dispense Works (McHenry, IL), is an affordable filling system with a unique modular design that can improve previously manual and tedious filling/capping operations. The RingDex allows quick changeovers for low- to medium-volume protection with a removable indexing ring and quick-release tooling to accommodate different size bottles, vials, caps, tips, etc.

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Starch Producer Transforms Waste To Energy

March 24, 2011 5:46 am | Articles | Comments

Processing 1,200 tons of cassava roots a day, Chockyuenyong Industrial, headed by Tawatchai Yuenyong, uses Global Water Engineering (GWE) anaerobic technology, supplied by local GWE agent Retech Energy, with a capacity of 3,200 m3 effluent  a day. The installation provides wastewater cleanliness while generating green power and carbon credit profits as well, says GWE CEO Jean Pierre Ombregt, whose company has completed more than 300 water and wastewater projects in more than 60 countries.

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Equipping Business For Success In An Improving Economy

March 24, 2011 5:27 am | by William G. Sutton, CAE, President, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association | Articles | Comments

Businesses are ramping up to meet increasing demand and market opportunities in response to continued signs of economic improvement. Acquiring equipment to operate and grow is critical, and for smart businesses, equipment financing is a key acquisition strategy. Equipment financing is tailored to individual business considerations, including that of maintaining cash reserves.

Merging Man And Machine

March 24, 2011 4:22 am | Videos | Comments

Will man and machine actually merge at some point in the future? Some people think so, if only to compete in a increasingly technology-oriented world. Futurist Ray Kurzweil believes that corporations, as well as other large entities, will be created and destroyed based on whether or not they embrace the fusion of humanity and technology.

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The New King Of DIY

March 24, 2011 4:14 am | Videos | Comments

A lot of people like to do a little "home-grown" science, but Ben Krasnow takes that tendency to a whole new level with a homemade scanning electron microscope. The video is a little long, but the dedication and eye for precision are quite impressive, to say the least. 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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UAW President Says Ford CEO's Pay Is Excessive

March 23, 2011 4:40 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — United Auto Workers President Bob King on Tuesday criticized the nearly $60 million in stock awards given to Ford CEO Alan Mulally earlier this month. King spoke at a union meeting that sets goals for bargaining a new labor contract with automakers later this year. "I think Alan Mulally is a great CEO, but I don't think any human being in the world deserves that much money," King said at the opening of a three-day UAW convention in Detroit.

Steve Jobs Deposed To Testify In Apple Antitrust Case

March 23, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs, who is currently out on medical leave, will be deposed to testify in an antitrust suit related to its iPod music players and iTunes store. In a Monday filing in the U.S. district court for the Northern District of California in San Jose, Magistrate Judge Howard R.

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Judge Suspends California Cap-And-Trade Program

March 23, 2011 4:33 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A judge has temporarily halted California's ambitious program to provide financial incentives for the state's largest polluters to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled Friday that the state failed to properly consider alternatives to its so-called cap-and-trade program.

Census: Detroit Saw Population Plummet 25% In Past Decade

March 23, 2011 4:29 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Hammered by the auto industry's slump, Detroit saw its population plummet 25 percent over the past decade, according to census numbers released Tuesday that reflect the severity of an economic downturn in the only state where overall population declined. The statistics show that the Motor City's population fell from 951,270 in 2000 to 713,777 last year.

GM To Sell Shares Of Failed Former Financial Arm For $1B

March 23, 2011 4:24 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. said Tuesday it will sell all of its series A preferred shares in Ally Financial Inc., its former finance arm which was bailed out by the federal government, for $1 billion. The shares to be sold represent all of Ally's series A preferred stock outstanding, the automaker said.

Economic Toll From Japan Disaster Could Exceed $300B

March 23, 2011 4:18 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — The government expects the economic toll from Japan's earthquake and tsunami could exceed $300 billion, considerably higher than other estimates, a report said Wednesday, Economy Minister Kaoru Yosano will present the estimate of 15 trillion yen to 25 trillion yen ($185 billion to $300 billion) at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun said.

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Dow Climbs Above 12,000 On Major Business Dealings

March 21, 2011 10:47 am | by Stan Choe, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks climbed Monday on the strength of a major telecommunications deal and signs that that Japan's nuclear crisis was stabilizing. AT&T Inc. said it would buy rival T-Mobile USA for $39 billion, creating the largest U.S. cellphone company. Charles Schwab Corp. said it would buy online brokerage services provider OptionsXpress for $1 billion.

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GM Lays Off U.S. Workers Due To Earthquake

March 21, 2011 10:06 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. on Monday is halting some production and temporarily laying off workers at a Buffalo engine plant, another sign that Japan's disaster is affecting automakers around the globe. GM's Tonawanda plant in Buffalo, New York, makes four- and five-cylinder engines for the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon compact pickups, which are assembled at a GM plant in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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Boeing's Newest Jumbo Jet Takes Flight

March 21, 2011 9:12 am | Videos | Comments

On Monday, Boeing first flew its new 747-8 jumbo jet, which can hold up to 467 passengers and fly 8,000 nautical miles. The first video shows the four-engine beast lift into the air, and the second, of course, shows its successful landing back to the ground. 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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Protecting The Robots That Protect Soldiers

March 21, 2011 8:47 am | by Abbott Koloff, Associated Press | News | Comments

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Because bomb-disarming robots cost about $140,000 apiece, Bernard Reger's superiors asked him to design a virtual training system that does not require using robots that might get blown up during an exercise or fall off a cliff. The Army already marketed a computer war game, America's Army, as part of a recruiting campaign.

Organic Grease Clogs City's Sewer Systems

March 21, 2011 8:07 am | News | Comments

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. (AP) — Officials blame grease that an organic food company is releasing into the sewer system for ruining equipment at an eastern Indiana town's treatment plant. The Western Wayne Sewer District Board says the material from Really Cool Foods has been clogging pumps and damaging sewage equipment at the Cambridge City facility.

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