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DIO-16-LPCIe PCI Express Digital I/O Adapter

August 3, 2011 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems (Liberty, SC) has introduced the DIO-16-LPCIe low profile PCI Express digital I/O interface adapter. The DIO016-LPCIe provides eight optically isolated inputs and eight Reed relay outputs for a variety of monitoring and control applications. Sealevel PCIe serial and digital I/O boards are PCI Express X1 compliant and will work in any PCIe slot.

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Eric Giler Demos Wireless Electricity

August 3, 2011 6:05 am | Videos | Comments

Eric Giler wants to untangle our wired lives with cable-free electric power. Here, he covers what this sci-fi tech offers, and demos MIT's breakthrough version, WiTricity -- a near-to-market invention that may soon recharge your cell phone, car, pacemaker. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Cutting A New Cloth For Growth

August 3, 2011 6:01 am | Videos | Comments

A factory in mid-town Manhattan remains a testament to one man's determination to keep jobs local as the economy slowly recovers. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Save Money On Gas, Ride A Golf Cart?

August 3, 2011 5:57 am | Videos | Comments

When gas prices go up, residents of Peachtree City, Ga. get around by driving golf carts. There are a few other golf cart communities in the U.S. but most are retirement communities. In Peachtree City, just about everyone gets around on golf carts. It's an interesting, and unique, way of embracing sustainability.

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How to Create Strong Passwords

August 3, 2011 5:53 am | Videos | Comments

Is your password too weak? Do you use the same one for multiple sites? Here's how to build strong, site-specific passwords. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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A Robot That Flies Like A Bird

August 3, 2011 5:48 am | Videos | Comments

Plenty of robots can fly -- but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. Check out this soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Locked-Out Honeywell Workers Reach Deal

August 3, 2011 5:08 am | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Locked-out Honeywell workers at a southern Illinois plant that helps make nuclear fuel agreed Tuesday to a three-year contract, ending a labor dispute that festered for more than a year in the otherwise tranquil confines of Superman's adoptive hometown. The ratification of the deal reached about two weeks ago does not mean the roughly 230 union-backed workers in Metropolis will return immediately to their Honeywell jobs at the nation's only site that begins refining uranium for eventual use in nuclear power plants.

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BAE Wins $108M Contract For U.S. Army, Marines

August 3, 2011 5:07 am | News | Comments

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Defense contractor BAE Systems PLC said Tuesday that it has won a $108.4 million contract modification to provide 45 vehicles and parts for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. The contract calls for it to provide 29 of the M88A2 Hercules vehicles to the Army and 16 to the Marines, beginning in April 2013 and running through December 2013.

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Ford Plans To Sell Supplier To French Parts-Maker

August 3, 2011 5:05 am | News | Comments

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says there's a tentative deal to sell a Saline auto parts plant to a French components maker. Ford spokeswoman Della DiPietro said Tuesday a memorandum of understanding was signed for a sale to Faurecia SA. The French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen SA is Faurecia's majority owner.

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Toyota Tells Suppliers To Prepare For Growth

August 3, 2011 5:02 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has told its suppliers in Japan to prepare for ramped up production in 2012 and following years, signaling that the automaker is confident it's back on a growth track after being hit by massive recalls and the tsunami disaster. Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Paul Nolasco said Wednesday that there was a meeting with suppliers earlier this week so they could be ready to increase production.

Worker Dies In Machine Accident At Bakery

August 3, 2011 5:00 am | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — A worker has died following an industrial accident at a Dallas bakery. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans say the accident happened early Tuesday at CSM Bakery Products. Rescue crews arrived to find the man trapped by a piece of machinery. Evans says the man was crushed after somehow ending up on a conveyor belt.

Fire Destroys PA Recycling Plant

August 3, 2011 4:55 am | News | Comments

NAZARETH, Pa. (AP) — A fire has destroyed an eastern Pennsylvania recycling plant and sent massive clouds of black smoke high into the air. The fire began Tuesday morning at Nicos Polymers Group in Plainfield Township, 55 miles north of Philadelphia. Two hundred firefighters spent much of the day knocking down the heavy flames at the 180,000-square-foot fabricated steel structure.

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New Bulk Bag Filling Line

August 2, 2011 11:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new Bulk Bag Filling Line from Flexicon (Bethlehem, PA) automatically dispenses pallets, fills bulk bags, and accumulates filled bags for removal by forklift. The dispenser, which holds up to 15 pallets, is equipped with a powered roller conveyor that removes the bottom-most pallet from the stack, and positions it beneath the cantilevered fill head.

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ORBIS Double-Deck Recycled Plastic Pallets

August 2, 2011 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

C&H Distributors (Milwaukee, WI) have added to their recycled product line and now offer a variety of ORBIS reusable plastic pallets made from 100 percent recycled material. The ORBIS Double-Deck Plastic Pallet permits greater stability and support of heavy loads. 100 percent recyclable structural foam construction means pallets will not absorb moisture and are easy to clean and repair.

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LPS Monitor Senses Water Leaks

August 2, 2011 11:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new LPS monitor from CAT PUMPS (Minneapolis, MN) is designed to sense water leakage past the low pressure seals and alert maintenance personnel that the pump seals need replacing before pump drive components are at risk. Models are available for PLC or PC interfaces, and an indicator light model is are available when a PC or PLC interface is not used.

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GE To Produce 228 Wind Turbines

August 2, 2011 9:02 am | News | Comments

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — General Electric Co. and Wind Capital Group said Monday that they reached a deal for 228 wind turbines along with operations and maintenance services for a pair of projects in Oklahoma and Kansas. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the agreement, GE will supply 94 of its 1.

Americans Cut Spending For First Time In 2 Years

August 2, 2011 9:00 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut their spending in June for the first time in nearly two years after seeing their incomes grow by the smallest amount in nine months. The latest data offered a troubling sign for an economy that is adding few jobs and barely growing. Consumer spending dropped 0.

U.S. Auto Industry Remains Unsure With Weak July Sales

August 2, 2011 8:57 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Car buyers kept visiting dealerships in July, but not in big enough numbers to shake the auto industry's unease about its recovery. Analysts predicted only a slight rise in U.S. sales of new cars and trucks for July. A lack of discounts and continuing shortages of Japanese cars kept many buyers away, causing sales to sputter for the third straight month.

Workers Fired For Collecting Unemployment

August 2, 2011 8:53 am | News | Comments

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A recreational vehicle factory in northern Indiana has fired more than 20 people for collecting unemployment benefits while also collecting paychecks for their jobs. Keystone RV fired the workers from the Goshen factory Monday after reviewing monthly reports from the state Department of Workforce Development for a year, said Timothy Edwards, the factory's human resources manager.

850 Hanford Workers Face Layoffs

August 2, 2011 8:50 am | News | Comments

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — About 850 union members are facing layoffs in two months as Hanford contractors cut workers because federal stimulus money for cleanup work at the nuclear reservation in Washington state is running out. The president of the Hanford Atomic Trades Council, Dave Molnaa, told the Tri-City Herald on Monday he has not seen layoffs of that magnitude since the mid-1990s.

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