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New DryLube Bearings

August 4, 2011 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

New DryLube Bearings from SKF (Lansdale, PA) eliminate the need for grease relubrication and are designed to perform virtually maintenance-free over a wide temperature range. Filled with a dry lubricant based on graphite or molybdenum disulfide and a resin binder, the dry lubricant maintains a thin film on the bearing’s rolling elements to protect against metal-to-metal contact and any potential damage caused by solid contaminants.

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Flat Return Conveyor Guard

August 4, 2011 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MSHA and OSHA accepted Flat Return Conveyor Guard from ASGCO (Allentown, PA) is a modular powder coated all steel guard that is typically mounted to the conveyor steel to guard against moving equipment and protect workers from injury. They are pre-engineered panels that install easily and prevent workers from unauthorized access to moving parts and equipment.

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PristineFG Food-Grade Lubricant

August 4, 2011 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

PristineFG food-grade lubricant for rotary compressors from Sullair (Michigan City, IN) is a long-lasting synthetic lubricant that maintains product quality and increases equipment performance. Now available for use by food processors and packagers, beverage bottlers, and pharmaceutical manufacturers, this lubricant complies with current FDA and USDA H1 regulations.

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Black & Decker Agrees To Pay $960K Penalty

August 4, 2011 9:09 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Consumer Product Safety Commission, the federal consumer watchdog agency, said Wednesday that Black & Decker agreed to pay a $960,000 civil penalty to settle allegations it knowingly failed to report some safety problems with its Grasshog XP Weed Trimmer/Edger.

Greenbrier Gets $285M Railcar Order

August 4, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — The Greenbrier Cos. said Thursday it has received orders for 3,700 new railcars valued at about $285 million. The orders are primarily for double-stack intermodal cars, boxcars, covered hopper cars and tank cars for North America and various car types for the European market.

Hitachi, Mitsubishi Deny Deal Talks

August 4, 2011 9:05 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese manufacturing giants Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. denied Thursday they are in talks to combine their businesses, just hours after Hitachi's president said an announcement was imminent. Both companies reiterated that media reports about a possible business combination were untrue but the speculation made waves with investors who pushed up shares of both companies.

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Tyson Truck Driver At AR Plant Killed

August 4, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods says a truck driver has been killed outside its plant in Springdale. Company spokesman Worth Sparkman says the driver was accidentally pinned between two truck trailers outside of its Berry Street plant about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Sparkman declined to release the driver's name of age.

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GM Doubles 2Q Profits

August 4, 2011 9:01 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — After years of big discounts, GM is finally getting a good price for its cars and trucks, and it's helping the company's bottom line. General Motors Co. surprised Wall Street Thursday by doubling its second-quarter profit. A big reason was higher prices for its vehicles worldwide.

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CA Begins Ground Turkey Recall

August 4, 2011 8:59 am | by Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California stores began recalling ground turkey meat Wednesday following an outbreak of salmonella that has killed one and sickened dozens across the nation. The fresh and frozen tainted meat has been sold in California under the brand names of Kroger, Honeysuckle White and Riverside, according to the state Department of Public Health spokesman Mike Sicilia.

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Fehrer Plans $14M SC Plant Renovation

August 3, 2011 9:29 am | News | Comments

DUNCAN, S.C. (AP) — Auto parts producer Fehrer (FAIR'-er) Automotive is expanding in South Carolina, creating 130 new jobs over five years. State and local officials announced Tuesday the company plans to invest $14 million renovating an existing 100,000-square-foot facility in Spartanburg County.

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SC BMW Adds 100 Jobs Amid X3 Demand

August 3, 2011 9:28 am | News | Comments

GREER, S.C. (AP) — German automaker BMW is adding 100 new jobs at its South Carolina plant and shifting to a six-day work week as it ramps up production for its vehicles. BMW Group Board Member Harald Krueger announced Wednesday the company will be looking for engineers, information technology specialists and production management associates to work at the plant in Greer.

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Alcoa Pays To Settle Discrimination Claims

August 3, 2011 9:26 am | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal officials said on Tuesday that an Alcoa Inc. subsidiary in central Pennsylvania will pay more than $540,000 to settle claims that it discriminated against minorities and women. Alcoa Mill Products Inc. will pay about $485,000 in back wages to 37 Hispanics and African-American men who were denied jobs at the plant in Lancaster.

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UAW President Asks Industry To Work With Labor

August 3, 2011 9:24 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — United Auto Workers President Bob King is calling on industry leaders to reject what he says is a multi-billion-dollar campaign to destroy organized labor. Speaking to a conference of vehicle and parts manufacturers Thursday in Traverse City, Mich., King said the union is sincere in its push for a more cooperative relationship with management.

Chrysler Says Improved Engines Will Boost MPG

August 3, 2011 9:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Carmakers will squeeze more miles out gasoline and diesel engines to meet the tougher fuel economy standards announced by the government last week, the CEO of Chrysler said Wednesday. Sergio Marchionne, also head of Italy's Fiat SpA, said changes to the internal combustion engine, and not electric or hydrogen fuel cell technology, will be the answer to meeting the new standards.

Factory Orders Fall Again In June

August 3, 2011 9:18 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses cut back on orders for airplanes, autos and heavy machinery in June, lowering demand for factory goods for the second time in three months. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders to U.S. factories fell 0.8 percent in June. A key category that tracks business investment plans managed a small increase, offering a positive sign amid other gloomy reports on the economy.

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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