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The Battle Of The Bulbs

February 9, 2011 9:43 am | Videos | Comments

A new law hopes to phase-out the incandescent light bulb in favor of more energy-efficient versions, and, like everything else in this country, the opposition force is moving to have the law repealed. In case that movement falls through, however, some incandescent-lovers are going to extreme lengths to avoid CFL, LED, and halogen bulbs, such as hoarding five-year supplies.

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Is Detroit Having A 'Renaissance'?

February 9, 2011 9:42 am | Videos | Comments

Chrysler's Super Bowl ad featuring the "Motor City" and rapper Eminem has received a great deal of buzz in the days following its premiere, and now many are left wondering if Detroit is about to experience a "renaissance." CNBC sat down with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing to discuss some of the new policies he's putting in place to encourage growth in the inner city.

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Toyota Cars Declared Safe To Drive

February 9, 2011 9:41 am | Videos | Comments

As many of you have heard, the government has said — after a 10-month investigation — that the Toyota recalls were caused by sticky accelerators and floor mats, not any electronic flaws. After 8 million recalled vehicles, Toyota is simply trying to move past the controversy, but some aren't done fighting.

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Food Fight: Metal vs. Plastic Belting

February 9, 2011 4:23 am | Articles | Comments

Plastic vs. Metal Belting . Virtually every manufacturer employs conveying systems in their processing operations. Different conveyor belting options are available to manufacturers, and each presents its own benefits to various applications. IMPO sister publication Food Manufacturing asks two experts to sound off: Jamie Card, Marketing Specialist, Wire Belt Company of America Processing plants face many different challenges, including increased pressure to avoid downtime and keep lines running.

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FBI Raids Detroit Offices Of Japanese Auto Parts Supplier

February 9, 2011 3:45 am | News | Comments

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The FBI has raided the suburban Detroit offices of the Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp. A subpoena and search warrant were served Tuesday at the offices of TK Holdings Inc. in Auburn Hills. Takata spokeswoman Alby Berman tells WXYZ-TV she's unsure of the reason for the raid.

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GM's Hourly Workers Could Get Highest-Ever Bonuses

February 9, 2011 3:42 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Hourly workers at General Motors Co. could get $3,000 or more in profit-sharing this year, their biggest checks ever, according to a newspaper report Tuesday. The Detroit company, just a year and a half out of bankruptcy protection, made $4.2 billion in the first three quarters of this year and is expected to post a fourth-quarter profit in the coming weeks.

'Reshoring' Group Aims To Bring Manufacturing To Illinois

February 9, 2011 3:39 am | News | Comments

In his Jan 25, 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama focused on the need to create jobs, especially manufacturing and technical jobs, and the challenge of doing so in an increasingly competitive world.  The Illinois Reshoring Initiative today announces its program to apply the principles of the national Reshoring Initiative to revitalize Illinois manufacturing by reshoring: bringing back many of the most desirable jobs that have been lost to decades of offshoring.

GM: Chinese Sales Reach Month-To-Month High

February 9, 2011 3:33 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. says its vehicle sales in China, the world's largest auto market, hit a monthly record high of 268,071 in January, though year-on-year growth was sharply lower. GM said Wednesday that its sales in China in January rose 22.3 percent from a year earlier, a much smaller increase than the 97 percent growth seen in January 2010, when sales totaled 219,192 vehicles.

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Consultant Gets 2 1/2 Years For Stealing 'Gorilla' Glass

February 9, 2011 3:30 am | News | Comments

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A California consultant drew a reduced 2 1/2-year prison sentence Tuesday for conspiring to steal highly valuable flat-panel-glass blueprints from Corning Inc. and turn them over to a rival business in Taiwan. Yeong Lin, 70, of Fountain Valley, Calif., pleaded guilty in June 2007 to a federal charge of theft of trade secrets.

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Gov't: No Electronic Flaws Caused Toyota Crashes

February 9, 2011 3:26 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Electronic flaws weren't to blame for the reports of sudden, unintended acceleration that led to the recall of thousands of Toyota vehicles, the government said Tuesday. Some of the acceleration cases could have been caused by mechanical defects — sticking accelerator pedals and gas pedals that can become trapped in floor mats — that have been dealt with in recalls, the government said.

Consumer Choice: Beyond The Labels

February 8, 2011 6:49 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

At a time when many businesses — especially those in the manufacturing sector — are hurting, facing employee layoffs and severe cutbacks, companies in the food industry are faring better. As 2010 data is released, it paints a picture of a fairly resilient industry, one not as vulnerable to the whims of consumers or the general state of the economy.

Labeling Goes Portable

February 8, 2011 5:38 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Visual Workplace, Inc. (Bryon Center, MI) has introduced LabelShop, a portable labeling and bar code machine that enables users to quickly create adhesive-backed bar codes and labels. The system features a large keyboard and an LCD display for ease of use. Three 26’ long rolls of white label tape comes in widths of 0.

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Find Any Hydraulic Leaks

February 8, 2011 5:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spectronics Corporation (Westbury, NY) has introduced the OPK-341 Industrial Leak Detection Kit, an effective and efficient way to pinpoint the exact source of fluid leaks in hydraulic equipment, compressors, engines, and gearboxes. The OPTIMAX 3000 is a cordless, rechargeable blue light LED inspection flashlight.

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Get In Control Of Vibration

February 8, 2011 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Reid Supply (Muskegon, MI) is now offering hundreds of new products in its vibration control lines. These products can significantly cut down on the excessive motion that causes harmful noise levels on the plant floor. In addition, controlling excess motion also increases the service life of industrial equipment, as well as their support structures.

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Seal Up Your Welds

February 8, 2011 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

WeldSeal, a brush-on methacylate compound formulated for sealing porosity in welds that well contain gases under pressure or liquids, is now available from IMPCO Inc. (East Providence, RI). The WeldSeals low dynamic viscosity enables it to wick into pores and seams, allowing any excess material on the surface to be easily rinsed away with water.

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Boeing Begins Production At MidAmerica Assembly Plant

February 8, 2011 4:05 am | News | Comments

MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) — The Boeing Corp. says it has begun production at its new military aircraft assembly plant at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah. The Chicago-based aerospace giant announced Monday that it has 14 employees at work at the building that was formerly the airport's 50,000-square-foot warehouse.

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Gov't To Release Findings On Toyota Investigation

February 8, 2011 3:51 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is completing a 10-month investigation into runaway Toyotas, preparing a review that could address whether faulty electronics played a role in the Japanese automaker's safety recalls. The Transportation Department said it would issue on Tuesday the findings of its study, which has examined whether electronics or electromagnetic interference played a factor in Toyota Motor Corp.

AP: Manufacturing Lowers 'Main Street' Economic Stress

February 8, 2011 3:42 am | by Martin Crutsinger and Mike Schneider, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's economic stress inched up in December because higher foreclosures outweighed lower unemployment, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis. Bankruptcy levels remained largely unchanged from November. But the depressed housing market took a toll. Foreclosure rates rose in 33 states, most sharply in Utah, New Jersey, Nevada and Arizona.

Super Bowl Ad Recharges Love Of Detroit Automaking

February 8, 2011 3:39 am | by Jeff Karoub and Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — To a pulsating beat, hip-hop star Eminem drives a sleek Chrysler through the streets of Detroit, proudly cruising by the city's landmarks, towering skyscrapers and the hopeful faces of its people. His journey ends with an unapologetic message: "This is the Motor City, and this is what we do.

Intel Continues Shipping Faulty Chips, Makes Buyers Promise

February 8, 2011 3:35 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Intel Corp. has resumed shipments of a chip with a known flaw. But in order to get it, computer makers must promise not to use it in designs that trigger the serious performance problem. Intel stopped production of the faulty "chipset" last month, after discovering that it would cause some computers to gradually lose their ability to talk to their hard disk and DVD drives.

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