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Meet 'The iPhone Doc'

September 27, 2011 6:58 am | Videos | Comments

'"Dr. Brendan" (also known as the "iPhone Doc") has seen his iPhone repair business boom as Apple's popularity soars. Just last year, he was fixing a wide range of Apple products from a tiny New York City apartment. Now he has four stores, eight employees, and boasts 300 percent growth since January.


Digital Counting Scale

September 27, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

A battery operated electronic counting scale that provides pre-sets for common operations, a sealed keypad, and an LCD display is available from Alliance Scale, Inc. (Canton, MA). The Alliance/Ohaus EC Series Digital Counting Scale features a sealed keypad and three-window backlit LCD that displays weight, APW, and count.


Pressure, Leak Detector

September 27, 2011 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The filtec Pressure/ Leak Detector from filtec (Torrance, CA) inspects bottles for low pressure caused by misplaced caps, stress cracks, and other defects in PET and HDPE containers. The detector uses a beltless system, so there’s no squeezing of the bottles to detect improper pressure—eliminating the possibility of product spillage from defective bottles and the resulting belt contamination.


Close-Coupled Positive Displacement Pump

September 27, 2011 6:45 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Moyno 1000 close-coupled positive displacement pump from Moyno, Inc. (Springfield, OH) is ideal where space is a premium. The compact, close-coupled configuration is designed for a variety of services including shear sensitive chemical feeds, adhesives, and polymer metering. The pin-type universal joint is sealed and lubricated, providing long life with minimum maintenance.


Traco Power AC/DC Converter Series

September 27, 2011 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. (Wrentham, MA) has announced the Traco Power TMP 4 to 10 watt AC/DC converter series. The TMP series AC/DC Power Modules is a new range of fully encapsulated power supplies in a compact module. They feature chassis mounting with a screw terminal block connection or direct PCB mounting with solder pins.


Navy Awards Contracts To Bath, Ingalls

September 27, 2011 5:16 am | News | Comments

BATH, Maine (AP) — Maine's Bath Iron Works has been awarded an extra ship, winning contracts for two out of three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be built for the Navy. For the contract, the Navy agreed to award one ship apiece to Bath Iron Works and to the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Mississippi.

Paramount Unveils First African Military Plane

September 27, 2011 5:14 am | News | Comments

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A South African arms company has unveiled what it calls the first all-African military plane. Johannesburg-based Paramount Group boss Ivor Ichikowitz, showing reporters the AHRLAC on Tuesday, says the lightweight aircraft can be used for peacekeeping missions and reconnaissance and is armed to defend itself.

Lockheed Martin To Lay Off 540

September 27, 2011 5:11 am | News | Comments

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. is laying off 540 employees in plane-making operations in Texas, Georgia and California. The company said Monday it expected most of the affected workers to leave by year-end. The layoffs are part of a move announced in June to eliminate 1,500 jobs in the aeronautics business as Lockheed cut costs in response to pressure to limit U.


Cessna Unveils New Business Jet

September 27, 2011 5:08 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Cessna Aircraft Co. introduced on Monday a new light business jet which it plans to build at one of its Kansas facilities. The Citation M2, unveiled to prospective buyers at a customer event in Wichita, aims to fill the market gap between the company's Citation Mustang and the Citation CJ planes.


Senators To Investigate Mamtek Project

September 27, 2011 5:06 am | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State senators said Monday they planned to investigate a so-far unfulfilled central Missouri project that was to use public incentives and employ several hundred people to manufacture artificial sweetener. The project by Mamtek U.S. Inc. was backed by $39 million in industrial development bonds issued by Moberly to finance the construction of a factory.


China Orders More Control Over Rare Earth Metals

September 27, 2011 5:03 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China's Ministry of Land and Resources has ordered a further tightening of controls on strategically vital rare earths used in advanced manufacturing, for the sake of what it says is "sustainable and healthy development." The order seen Tuesday on the ministry's website calls for tighter controls over unauthorized exploration, mining, processing and sales of such minerals, which are used in mobile phones and other high-tech products.

The Best Defense? Your Offense.

September 26, 2011 12:15 pm | by Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC | Articles | Comments

A food manufacturing facility might just be a pest’s dream come true. Unlimited supplies of food, lots of hiding places, a warm shelter in the winter and a cool escape in the summer. But it goes without saying that pests in your facility aren’t just a nuisance, they’re unacceptable.


New Trends in Learning Reflect a Changing Workforce

September 26, 2011 12:13 pm | by Laurie Keyser Brunner, Senior Vice President of Global Client Services, ESI International | Articles | Comments

The economy continues to create uncertainty in commercial and government organizations with sluggish growth, reduced resources, and tightening budgets being the order of the day. Even as we await more favourable market conditions, one thing is clear: The makeup of today’s workforce is forever changed.

EU Eases Cap-And-Trade Plan For Airlines

September 26, 2011 9:48 am | by Don Melvin, Associated Press | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — An EU program aimed at slowing climate change will allow airlines to emit 85 percent of their carbon dioxide limits for free in the hope they will use the money to modernize their fleets, an official said Monday. The European Union's existing cap-and-trade system limits the carbon dioxide emissions of power plants and big factories in the bloc by issuing permits for each ton of carbon they can emit.


Auto Part Plant To Add 140 Jobs

September 26, 2011 9:46 am | News | Comments

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Automotive parts company Cooper-Standard Automotive plans to add nearly 140 jobs at a North Carolina plant by the end of next year. Gov. Beverly Perdue's office said Monday the added jobs are part of an $18 million expansion by Cooper-Standard at a Goldsboro plant that makes rubber, metal and plastic seals and trim.


CT To Raise Unemployment Max

September 26, 2011 9:44 am | News | Comments

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Labor Department says the maximum unemployment insurance benefit is rising to $573 a week. The $18 increase is to take effect Sunday. The benefit is set by the state legislature and is based on average manufacturing wages. An increase is limited by law to $18 a year, or 60 percent of the average wage, whichever is less.

Samsung Seeks iPhone, iPad Sale Ban

September 26, 2011 9:41 am | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | News | Comments

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Samsung asked a Dutch court Monday to slap an injunction on Apple Inc. to prevent it from selling iPhones and iPad tablets in the Netherlands, saying Apple does not have licenses to use 3G mobile technology in the devices. The legal battle is the latest round in a series of claims and counterclaims of patent breaches by the rival technology heavyweights playing out in courtrooms around the world.

Honda Shows Fuel Efficient Motorcycle Engine

September 26, 2011 9:39 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Honda has developed a new fuel-efficient motorcycle engine that will be used in a scooter that goes on sale globally next year. Honda Motor Co. said Monday that the new engine for 125-cc scooters is 25 percent more fuel efficient than similar conventional ones. It targets people who use scooters to commute not only in Japan but also in Southeast Asia and other nations, according to Tokyo-based Honda, which also makes the Odyssey minivan and Civic sedan.

EPA: Iowa Company To Pay Penalty, Clean Up Oil

September 26, 2011 9:27 am | News | Comments

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — Federal authorities say an eastern Iowa steel company will pay a nearly $55,000 penalty and clean up oil leaking from storage tanks on its Bettendorf property. The Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release Monday that several violations of federal regulations were noted during a March 2010 inspection of Sivyer Steel Corp.


Redesigned CSD Compressor Series

September 26, 2011 7:43 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Kaeser Compressors (Fredericksburg, VA) has introduced the redesigned CSD rotary screw compressor series. Available in flows from 186-565 cfm (60-125hp) and pressures to 217 psi, the new CSD models offer reliability, efficiency, and easy maintenance. CSD compressors come standard with several new features including the Sigma Control 2 intelligent compressor control.



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