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GM To Guarantee Battery Packs Longer Than Engines

July 14, 2010 4:38 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will guarantee the battery in the Chevrolet Volt electric car for a longer period than its conventional car warranties, according to a person briefed on the plans. GM guarantees conventional car engines and transmissions for five years or 100,000 miles, but will guarantee the Volt battery for longer, the person said, who did not want to be identified because an announcement was scheduled Wednesday afternoon at the company's battery pack assembly plant south of Detroit.

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Five Men Burned By Hot Tar At Asphalt Plant

July 14, 2010 4:36 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say five men were taken to hospitals after being burned at an asphalt plant in Wichita. KFDI reports two of the men were flown to a hospital with critical burns following the accident Tuesday afternoon at Shilling Construction Co. The other three were taken to hospitals by ambulance.

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Police Outline Shooting At N.M. Manufacturer

July 14, 2010 4:36 am | by Sue Major Holmes, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A gunman storming through his former workplace fired without provocation or warning at his first victim, then moved on in a spree that left three dead and four injured, police said Tuesday. A day after the shooting that ended with Robert Reza turning the gun on himself, Chief Ray Schultz detailed the 37-year-old's rampage at solar manufacturer Emcore Corp.

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Spread The Word: There Isn't A 'Next China'

July 13, 2010 11:47 am | by Josh Green, CEO, Panjiva | Articles | Comments

Prices of products made in China are rising. In the short term, this is bad news for consumers and businesses that buy products made in China (read: everyone). As a result, a lot of people in the manufacturing world are asking, "Where's the 'Next China?'" The answer to this question is vitally important, but not particularly uplifting.

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Lessons From The Fonz: Nix The Water-Skis

July 13, 2010 10:16 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I wasn’t familiar with the term “jump the shark” until just a few years ago. For those of you not “in the know,” jumping the shark is when something hits a point past its prime culturally, and anyone with a hipster bone in their body becomes collectively “over it.

Refine Your Condition-Monitoring To Prevent Recurring Failures

July 13, 2010 7:52 am | by Paul Michalicka, SKF USA Inc. | Articles | Comments

Are your condition monitoring technologies deployed and integrated in the most efficient way? Have they succeeded in improving machine availability and reducing recurring equipment failures? If your answer is not a resounding "yes," then it might be time to review your condition-monitoring strategy.

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The Ultimate Dock Compatability

July 13, 2010 7:08 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Manual Safety-Chock from Serco (Carrollton, TX) provides loading docks with a versatile wheel restraint solution, capable of engaging and restraining the wide range of trailers that come to the dock, including trucks with lift gates, damaged rear impact guards, or different axle configurations.

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Aluminum Versus Stainless Steel

July 13, 2010 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Parker Hannifin Corporation (Columbus, OH) has introduced a new line of SAE aluminum tube fittings that are approximately 65 percent lighter than equivalent steel and stainless steel fittings, according to the company. The aluminum fittings can reduce the costs of converting a system from steel or stainless steel because no component redesign is necessary.

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Keep Your Rollers Organized

July 13, 2010 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Proofer Storage Stand from the Paul N. Gardner Co., Inc. (Pompano Beach, FL) safety stores six proofer rollers and the proofer assembly. The rollers are suspended by their journals to protect the engraved surface area, and rollers with wide or narrow hubs can also be stored.

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Metal Detection With Hawks And Eagles

July 13, 2010 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez (Erie, PA) has released the Metalarm MA3600 Metal Detector, which is available in two models: the Hawk and the Eagle. Both have pulse induction technology, with balanced coil detection sensitivity and performance. They are microprocessor-based with self diagnostics and fault indication, which allow for a varied operating frequency to better suit different applications and sensitivities.

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Elkhart To Be Home To Norwegian Electric Car Maker

July 13, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Officials of a northern Indiana city have asked that the "For Lease" sign be taken down from the property where a company announced six months ago that it planned to start making electric cars. Norwegian-based Think Global says it remains committed to opening a factory in Elkhart, although it's still waiting on a decision about a federal loan it has sought.

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Support Grows For Innocence Of Jailed Toyota Driver

July 13, 2010 4:48 am | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The case of Koua Fong Lee, a Toyota driver imprisoned for a crash that killed three people, has spurred a grass roots movement among people who believe the St. Paul man is innocent. More than 5,500 people have signed up for a "Free Koua Fong Lee" page on Facebook, created by a Los Angeles man.

Tyco Electronics Scoops Up ADC For $1.24 Billion

July 13, 2010 4:41 am | News | Comments

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Tyco Electronics Ltd. says it's acquiring ADC Communications in a deal valued at $1.24 billion. Switzerland-based Tyco, which was spun off from Tyco International, says it will pay $12.75 per share in cash for the networking equipment maker. Shares of ADC, based in Eden Prairie, Minn.

AMD's Positive Outlook Shows Recovery For PCs

July 13, 2010 4:40 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the world's No. 2 maker of computer microprocessors, is scheduled to report its second-quarter results Thursday after the market closes. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Many investors are worried about the strength of the personal computer market with economic troubles in Europe and concerns about slowing demand in China.

Alcan Workers Rescind Strike, Get Free Health Care

July 13, 2010 4:32 am | News | Comments

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Union workers called off a planned strike at the Alcan Rolled Products aluminum rolling mill in Ravenswood on Monday. Some 700 members of the United Steelworkers had been scheduled to walk off the job Tuesday. But Local 5668 rescinded its strike notice in response to an offer Sunday by Alcan to continue talking, representative Randy Moore said.

U.S. Trade Deficit Climbs To $42.3 Billion

July 13, 2010 4:21 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit widened in May to the highest level in 18 months as a rebounding economy pushed up demand for imports of foreign-made cars, computers and clothing. The trade deficit increased 4.8 percent to $42.3 billion, the largest imbalance since November 2008, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Want A Corvette? Build The Engine Yourself

July 13, 2010 4:16 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Corvette owners could soon be revving up an engine they built with their own hands. General Motors Co. said Monday that buyers who order a 2011 Corvette Z06 or ZR1 can help assemble their cars' high-performance LS7 and LS9 engines. The automaker believes the program is the first of its kind in the industry.

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Eating The Counterfeit Elephant

July 12, 2010 11:06 am | Articles | Comments

While the Internet has definitely made the industry more prolific, counterfeiting has a history that predates the Internet by centuries. There weren’t designer handbags or electronics hundreds of years ago to counterfeit, so people worked with what they had literature, for one, is a good example.

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The Boeing Supply Chain Model

July 12, 2010 8:10 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

On January 29, 2003, Boeing decided to design an all-new airplane made out of composites. They called it the 787 and the design idea was to make the plane light and fuel-efficient, to be a long range airplane.  The dream for this aircraft was to move manufacturing to its Tier 1 suppliers who would coordinate with Tier 2 and 3 suppliers, and all Boeing would have to do was assemble the parts and save a whole bunch of time, effort, and money.

The Value Of Change

July 12, 2010 8:05 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Hydro's long-term strategy is to build its portfolio of services to include second-stage manufacturing processes: fabrication, bending and CNC machining. Hydro Aluminum’s MO-based extrusion plant took dozens of incremental steps to close production gaps, create value-added services, and improve safety and quality.

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