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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.

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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.

Not Your Typical Chicken Wire

July 9, 2010 7:49 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Direct Metals Company, LLC (Kennesaw, GA) adds its Hardware Cloth as a compliment to its wiremesh product line, with either woven or welded wires in a square or rectangular grid. The Hardware Cloth is available in plain steel, hot dipped galvanized, aluminum, stainless steel, or with a PVC coating.

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Going Solar Is Simple

July 9, 2010 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bentek Solar (San Jose, CA) offers a line of solar combiners that are high-quality, easy to install, and safe for the complex electro-mechanical and power distribution systems in the solar industry. They feature NEMA 3R/4 or 4X enclosures, including steel, fiberglass, or stainless options.

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Easy-To-Use Laser Alignment

July 9, 2010 7:48 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The TKSA shaft alignment tools from SKF (Landsdale, PA) represent the latest generation of laser-enabled technology to align shafts in a fraction of the time compared with traditional methods, according to the company. The TKSA 20 and TKSA 40 display real-time alignment values to confirm results of alignment corrections as they are performed, and no special training is required.

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Feed Cables Faster

July 9, 2010 7:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Greenlee (Rockford, IL) has updated its 6810 Cable Feeder to be more effective when used with low friction cables, such as the Southwire SIMpull. As a result, the feeder now comes equipped with new tires that are capable of operating pressures up to 50 psi, compared to 22 psi for the previous version.

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Five Steps To Safety

July 9, 2010 6:30 am | by Dana A. Weeks, Marketing Communications, Pilz Automation Safety L.P. | Articles | Comments

The most important commodity in a plant is not the machinery, but rather it’s the employees. A safe and healthy work environment positively influences employee morale, health, and productivity. If you invest in safety from the beginning your company will save money in the long run. Work related injury and illness can be costly.

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A Manufacturer’s Worst Nightmare

July 9, 2010 6:12 am | by Matt Williams, Global Applications Engineering Manager, Tyco Electronics | Articles | Comments

Although high-profile automobile recalls seem to make headlines on a regular basis, most home appliance recalls are handled quietly and efficiently, receiving little public attention. In fact, you may not even be aware that your blender, coffee maker, refrigerator or dishwasher is on a recall list.

EADS Submits Bid For $35 Billion Air Force Contract

July 9, 2010 5:08 am | by Stephen Manning, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The European defense contractor EADS said it sumbitted its official bid Thursday for the Air Force's long-delayed, $35 billion aerial refueling plane contract. European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., the parent of the aerospace company Airbus, said its North American division delivered copies of its 8,800 page proposal to an Air Force base in Ohio a day before the Pentagon's deadline for bids.

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Owner Of Abandoned Plant Sues For Expensive Graffiti

July 9, 2010 5:05 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit officials say a company's admission in a civil lawsuit against a small art gallery to owning the long-abandoned Packard Motor Car plant could jump-start the process of getting the blighted structure torn down. Bioresource Inc. earlier this week filed a lawsuit against the operators of the 555 Arts gallery for the return of an 8-foot section of wall featuring artwork and a message by elusive British graffiti artist Banksy.

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Get Ready To Get Training

July 9, 2010 5:02 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

It’s true—some U.S. manufacturers are having trouble finding highly-skilled workers to fill available positions, according to a recent article from the New York Times . It sounds unbelievable. According to the most recent statistics , there are 14.6 million Americans looking for work.

Google, Microsoft, Apple Sued Over Smartphones

July 9, 2010 4:47 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The patent-holding company that won a settlement of more than $600 million from the maker of the BlackBerry said Friday it has sued six other makers of phones and phone software. Patent company NTP Inc. is suing Apple Inc., Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., HTC Corp., Motorola Inc.

Chrysler Recalls Cars For Brakes, Ford For Liners

July 9, 2010 4:43 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says Chrysler is recalling about 22,000 sport utility vehicles and trucks to fix brake tubes that could lead to the loss of brake fluid. Ford Motor Co., meanwhile, is recalling more than 30,000 2010 Transit Connect vans to replace pushpins holding the liners above the driver's head.

China's Sour Melamine Problem Continues

July 9, 2010 4:37 am | by Alexa Olesen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials have found large batches of milk powder laced with a deadly industrial chemical in at least three provinces that was apparently left over from a milk scandal in 2008 that killed six babies and sickened hundreds of thousands. The discovery shows that toxic milk remains a danger in China despite a crackdown in which dozens of people were arrested and two — a dairy farmer and a milk salesmen — were executed for producing or selling toxic milk.

Toyota Done With Apologies, Wants To 'Move Forward'

July 9, 2010 4:33 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — The president of Toyota Motor Corp. said he has spent the last year apologizing for the automaker's missteps and now hopes to lead the company past its recall crisis and restore confidence in its vehicles. Akio Toyoda, speaking to U.S. reporters on Friday, also reiterated the company's commitment to fuel-efficient vehicles and said the automaker is testing an electric car prototype with technology from Tesla Motors Inc.

Simple Blower Packages

July 8, 2010 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

AIRLANCO (Falls City, NE) Positive Displacement Blower Packages come in pressure, vacuum, and combination models to accommodate any dense phase pneumatic conveying situation. They are self-contained for easy installation and feature heavy-duty frames and adjustable motor bases, plus inlet and outlet silencers for a quieter working environment.

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Hone Your Soldering Skills

July 8, 2010 6:33 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Practical Components (Alamitos, CA) has released the WTK-1 Terminal and Wire training kit, which includes everything customers need to train and practice their wire soldering skills. The kit contains three different gauges of wire and five styles of terminals, representative of what is available in the marketplace.

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When Concrete Isn't Dense Enough

July 8, 2010 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The LIQUID-HARD ULTRA lithium concrete densifier and chemical hardener from W.R. Meadows (Hampshire, IL) is a ready-to-use, colorless liquid, which dustproofs concrete at a molecular level, according to the company. The finished surface offers an improvement in abrasion and chemical resistance and will improve the durability the surface compared to untreated concrete.

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