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Two Die In Chinese Foxconn Explosion

May 20, 2011 8:40 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese media reports say two people have died following an explosion at a factory in southwestern China belonging to electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group. The cause of Friday evening's blast during a shift change at the plant in Chengdu wasn't immediately known.

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Shell Plant To Be Biggest Man-Made Floating Object Ever

May 20, 2011 8:36 am | News | Comments

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC will construct the biggest floating man-made object ever, a natural gas processing plant longer than four football fields and more massive than any aircraft carrier. The "Prelude FLNG" facility, to be anchored off the Australian coast, will be made of 260,000 tons of steel — five times more than Sydney's famed Harbour Bridge, Shell said Friday.

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A More 'Friendly' Lift

May 20, 2011 8:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

The pneumatically-powered Famatec Friendly ergonomic manipulator from Haeco (Loveland, OH) allows an operator to effortlessly suspend, rotate, tilt, and transfer a product weighing up to 880 pounds. When equipped with the end-of-arm tooling, it can be used to manipulate, transfer, or install various products, such as pallets, wheels, small engines, wood, glass plate, and more with a working radius of 20 feet.

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Stop Humidity Plant-Wide

May 20, 2011 8:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dectron Inc. (Roswell, GA) is introducing the DRY-O-TRON DK/RK Series make-up air dehumidifier system for various industrial applications. The DK (indoor) and RK (rooftop) offer reduced energy costs with features like gas-phase air purification, electronically-commutated (EC) motors, several energy recovery method options, and digital scroll compressor technology, according to the company.

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Get Decontaminated

May 20, 2011 8:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Emergency Shower Decontamination Booth from HEMCO Corp. (Independence, MO) complies with ANSI and OSHA requirements, and is made from one piece of seamless chemical-resistant fiberglass. The shower comes equipped with a pull rod-activated shower and push handle eye/face wash for quick rinsing of eyes, face, and body.

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Sanitation-Approved Hoses

May 20, 2011 8:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA) is now offering the Nylobrade braid-reinforced PVC hose, which is now certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) for Standards 51 and 61. According to the company, Nylobrade is an appropriate choice for applications involving water at temperatures up to 140°F and food process applications.

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The 'Lost Generation' Of Workers

May 20, 2011 6:28 am | Videos | Comments

How many people are really and truly unemployed in the United States today? There is no accurate answer to that question. Though the economy has shown fairly strong signs of life, unemployment is still a problem. Furthermore, the U.S. must retrain long-term unemployed Americans or risk a creating a "lost generation" of workers.

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Economic Forecast: Growth to Continue at Moderate Pace

May 20, 2011 6:12 am | Articles | Comments

The U.S. economic outlook continues to show modest improvement, but while the manufacturing recovery is on track, caution flags remain for the overall economy. The Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) will expand by 2.

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Expect The Unexpected

May 20, 2011 6:03 am | by by Amy Lawrence, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

I suffer from Not-Enough-Hours-In-The-Day Syndrome. I barely have enough time during the day for daily maintenance, let alone preventative maintenance.  Since I have a company computer, I assumed that all of my antivirus software was current and that I was protected from threats. I didn’t think I needed to download any anti-spyware or anti-malware programs.

NFL Turns To Fords For Advice On Labor Negotiation

May 20, 2011 4:40 am | by Larry Lage, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell isn't above seeking a little advice as the lockout approaches its 10th week with no end in sight. Goodell said Thursday he leans on the Ford family, which owns the Detroit Lions, to draw on their labor relations experience in the automobile industry.

Site Of Deadly Slim Jim Explosion Shuts DOwn

May 20, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

GARNER, N.C. (AP) — Production of Slim Jim snacks is ending at a plant in Garner were an explosion killed four people in 2009. The closing of the ConAgra plant Friday puts 200 employees out of work. ConAgra announced in February it intended to close the plant. Investigators have said contractors were purging gas lines at the time of the blast, causing the building's roof to collapse.

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Panasonic Sees Light After Disaster's Darkness

May 20, 2011 4:22 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Panasonic Corp., which faces a tough road this year after Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, believes it can turn disaster into opportunity as the country rethinks its energy policy. President Fumio Ohtsubo said Friday his company's recent efforts to move toward environmentally friendly products and renewable energy technologies would eventually pay off.

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Two Wis. Companies Fined In Fatal Forklift Collision

May 20, 2011 4:21 am | News | Comments

HOWARD, Wis. (AP) — Two companies involved in an industrial accident that killed an Appleton man have been cited for violations of federal safety rules. The accident occurred Dec. 2 at Hattiesburg Paper Co. in Green Bay when a forklift struck and toppled a lift that had hoisted two men 30 feet off the ground.

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Five Burned In Cement Plant Maintenance Accident

May 20, 2011 4:20 am | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — Five workers were burned, three of them critically, in an accident at a cement plant near Dallas. The accident happened late Thursday afternoon at the TXI Cement Co. plant in Midlothian, about 25 miles southwest of Dallas. In a statement issued Thursday evening, TXI said it had few details on how the five were injured, but that they suffered their burns while doing maintenance work in a kiln in the main processing area of the plant.

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CAT: Sales Rose 66 Percent Over Last Year

May 19, 2011 9:48 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar says sales of its construction and mining equipment remained strong in April when global sales soared 66 percent over last year. The company provided an update on its sales Thursday in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Latin America continued to be the strongest region with equipment sales growing 72 percent over last year.

Mass., Ga., Minn., Pa. Unemloyment Levels Drop In April

May 19, 2011 9:45 am | News | Comments

Mass. jobless rates dips to 7.8 percent in April  BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts unemployment rate continued falling in April. In April the rate dropped to 7.8 percent, down from 8 percent in March and well below the national unemployment rate of 9 percent. That's down from a state high of 8.

Bobcat Returns Some Work To Closed Bismarck Plant

May 19, 2011 9:37 am | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bobcat Co. plans to bring back some production to its shuttered Bismarck factory through the hiring of 35 workers by a logistics company that assembles machines, officials said. The Bismarck Tribune reported Thursday that Menlo Worldwide Logistics will use part of the 463,000-square-foot production plant that Bobcat closed in December 2009, putting some 500 employees out of work.

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Ga.-Based Koyo Bearings To Add 50 Jobs

May 19, 2011 9:34 am | News | Comments

DAHLONEGA, Ga. (AP) — Koyo Bearings USA, which plans to complete an expansion of its Lumpkin Countyplant next year, will add 50 employees and is holding a job fair. The 70,000-square-foot addition will increase the plant's production of roller bearings. Ground was broken earlier this month.

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FBI Seeks Unibomber's DNA In Tylenol Tampering Case

May 19, 2011 9:33 am | by Karen Hawkins, Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — The FBI has requested a DNA sample from "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski as part of its investigation into the 1982 deaths of seven Chicago-area people who took cyanide-laced Tylenol from packages that had been tampered with, officials said Thursday. Kaczynski, who pleaded guilty in 1998 to setting 16 explosions that killed three people and is serving a life sentence in federal prison, has declined to voluntarily provide a DNA sample.

Mo. Railcar Worker Dies After Equipment Fall

May 19, 2011 9:28 am | News | Comments

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A St. Joseph man died when a piece of equipment fell on him at the Herzog plant. Buchanan County officers say 40-year-old Robert V. Montgomery died Wednesday afternoon when the equipment fell on him as he worked on a piece of a railcar. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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