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AMD's Positive Outlook Shows Recovery For PCs

July 13, 2010 4:40 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the world's No. 2 maker of computer microprocessors, is scheduled to report its second-quarter results Thursday after the market closes. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Many investors are worried about the strength of the personal computer market with economic troubles in Europe and concerns about slowing demand in China.

Alcan Workers Rescind Strike, Get Free Health Care

July 13, 2010 4:32 am | News | Comments

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Union workers called off a planned strike at the Alcan Rolled Products aluminum rolling mill in Ravenswood on Monday. Some 700 members of the United Steelworkers had been scheduled to walk off the job Tuesday. But Local 5668 rescinded its strike notice in response to an offer Sunday by Alcan to continue talking, representative Randy Moore said.

U.S. Trade Deficit Climbs To $42.3 Billion

July 13, 2010 4:21 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit widened in May to the highest level in 18 months as a rebounding economy pushed up demand for imports of foreign-made cars, computers and clothing. The trade deficit increased 4.8 percent to $42.3 billion, the largest imbalance since November 2008, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

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Want A Corvette? Build The Engine Yourself

July 13, 2010 4:16 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Corvette owners could soon be revving up an engine they built with their own hands. General Motors Co. said Monday that buyers who order a 2011 Corvette Z06 or ZR1 can help assemble their cars' high-performance LS7 and LS9 engines. The automaker believes the program is the first of its kind in the industry.

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Eating The Counterfeit Elephant

July 12, 2010 11:06 am | Articles | Comments

While the Internet has definitely made the industry more prolific, counterfeiting has a history that predates the Internet by centuries. There weren’t designer handbags or electronics hundreds of years ago to counterfeit, so people worked with what they had literature, for one, is a good example.

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The Boeing Supply Chain Model

July 12, 2010 8:10 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

On January 29, 2003, Boeing decided to design an all-new airplane made out of composites. They called it the 787 and the design idea was to make the plane light and fuel-efficient, to be a long range airplane.  The dream for this aircraft was to move manufacturing to its Tier 1 suppliers who would coordinate with Tier 2 and 3 suppliers, and all Boeing would have to do was assemble the parts and save a whole bunch of time, effort, and money.

The Value Of Change

July 12, 2010 8:05 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Hydro's long-term strategy is to build its portfolio of services to include second-stage manufacturing processes: fabrication, bending and CNC machining. Hydro Aluminum’s MO-based extrusion plant took dozens of incremental steps to close production gaps, create value-added services, and improve safety and quality.

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Lights That Handle Any Emergency

July 12, 2010 6:36 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Chloride Systems (Burgaw, NC) has developed the Max-Lite Series of emergency lighting products, which are ideal for locations where oil-, water-, and dust-resistant equipment are required. The lights are certified to NSF Standard 2 Splash Zone, and are UL-listed for use in damp and wet locations in temperatures ranging from 0° to 40°C.

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PVC And Hytrel Combine

July 12, 2010 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hytrel-lined PVC tubing is designed to provide the flexibility and durability of PVC with the unique properties of Hytrel, and is now available from NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA). The tubing is useful in applications where different performance is needed for the inside and outside of the tube, and typical applications include air sampling, computer equipment, gas delivery, and general fluid transfer.

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Low-Cost, Durable Workstations

July 12, 2010 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lista International Corporation (Holliston, MA) introduces its new All-Purpose Workbench, a high-quality, general purpose workbench capable of supporting 1,000 pounds. There are dozens of choices for storage, adjustability and configurability, available accessories and options, mobility, and colors, giving users a bunch system best suited for their particular needs.

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Get Into Tip Top Shape

July 12, 2010 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The P-433 Ship Shape bulk container from Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (Ashtabula, OH) is now available with an optional hinged panel that opens for visual and ergonomic access to goods. The hinged panel permits these high-volume containers to replace smaller bins or totes in order to increase efficiency in picking, assembly, and other operations.

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Energy Policy — A Moving Target

July 12, 2010 6:28 am | by Dr. Rosalie Lober, Biofuels Digest columnist | Articles | Comments

Policies, similar to vision statements and strategies, are not always the living documents we expect them to be. To remain current, they must evolve and change with time and adjust to current realities. Our energy policies certainly are in this category.

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Manufacturing Technology Up 52.9 Percent In 2010

July 12, 2010 6:28 am | News | Comments

May U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $178.34 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association and AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology.  This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 22.

WWII-Era 'Rosie The Riveter' Workers Recognized

July 12, 2010 5:17 am | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In 1943, four women working at a Goodyear Aircraft factory in Akron, Ohio, signed their names on the wing of the airplane they were putting together. Sixty-seven years later, one local "Rosie the Riveter" is being recognized for her contributions to the war effort.

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Armstrong To Close Penn. Plant, 150 Jobs Lost

July 12, 2010 4:56 am | News | Comments

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — About 150 western Pennsylvania workers have been told they will lose their jobs with the closing of a specialty ceiling tile plant. Armstrong World Industries announced Friday that the 107-year-old Beaver County plant will close in phases over the next year.

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Johnson & Johnson Buys Micrus For $480 Million

July 12, 2010 4:52 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Monday it will pay $480 million for medical device maker Micrus Endovascular, adding a range of treatments for stroke and brain aneurysms. Johnson & Johnson said it will pay $23.40 per share, marking a 5.5 percent premium to Micrus' closing price on Friday.

Judge OKs Class-Action Suit Against Apple, AT&T

July 12, 2010 4:44 am | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — A federal judge says a monopoly abuse lawsuit against Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc.'s mobile phone unit can move forward as a class action. The lawsuit consolidates several filed by iPhone buyers starting in late 2007, a few months after the first generation of Apple's smart phone went on sale.

VW Promises To Use Locally-Sourced American Parts

July 12, 2010 4:37 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says it's seeking to use more locally acquired parts in its auto production in North America. CEO Martin Winterkorn told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily newspaper for its Monday edition that it's not enough to produce cars in North America, but "we also need to get parts and components from there.

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The Professor Who Battled Toyota And Survived

July 12, 2010 4:36 am | by Jim Suhr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — It's the kind of publicity any university might dream about: An instructor uncovers a possible flaw that's causing some of the world's most popular cars to accelerate suddenly. His ground-breaking work attracts interest from Congress and reporters worldwide. But as Southern Illinois University's David Gilbert sought to show that electronics might be to blame for the problem in Toyotas, the world's largest automaker tried to cast doubt on his findings.

The PT Cruiser A Symbol Of Chrysler's Demise

July 12, 2010 4:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A decade ago, the PT Cruiser roared onto the road with trendsetting looks and Al Capone swagger. In a sea of bland Honda Civics and Toyota Camrys, it was a retro hit. Chrysler could barely keep up with demand. On Friday morning, the last Cruiser rolled off the assembly line in Mexico, finally killed off after years of declining popularity.

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