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Smart Switch For RadioLinx Ethernet Radios

August 1, 2011 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Prosoft Technology (Bakersfield, CA) has announced the new Smart Switch feature, supported in the RadioLinx Industrial Frequency Hopping Ethernet Radios for the 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz spectrums. With Smart Switch technology, the Ethernet radios are able to route packets over the network, managing the wireless network like a standard Ethernet switch, and creating peer-to-peer wireless Ethernet communication.

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July Another Weak Month For Auto Sales

August 1, 2011 9:27 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Car shoppers worried about the U.S. economy last month and that kept sales in a funk. U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks are expected to rise only slightly in July, as the debate over the debt limit and other economic worries kept buyers at home. Automakers are scheduled to report July sales starting around 11 a.

Lockheed Martin Wins $60M Army Contract

August 1, 2011 9:24 am | News | Comments

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Defense contractor Lockheed Martin said Monday that it has received a $60 million contract from the Army to provide a night vision sensor for Apache attack helicopters. The follow-on pact includes 23 Arrowhead night vision sensor kits for the National Guard, plus U.

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Honda Considers New Mexico Plant For Fit Subcompact

August 1, 2011 9:22 am | News | Comments

TOKYO, Aug. 1 (Kyodo) — Honda Motor Co. is considering building a new plant in Mexico to make the Fit subcompact, which is currently exported to North America from Japan, company officials said Monday. Honda may begin building the plant as soon as next year with the aim of starting production in 2014, the officials said.

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China Secretly Recruited 10,000 Workers For Aircraft Program

August 1, 2011 9:19 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI, Aug. 1 (Kyodo) — After China confirmed for the first time last week that it is pursuing an aircraft carrier program, residents in Changxing Island just north of Shanghai said authorities have secretly recruited 10,000 workers in an apparent move to build China's first domestic aircraft carrier.

New Mileage Standards Aim For Less Fuel Use

August 1, 2011 9:14 am | by Dina Cappiello, Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and automakers ushered in what could be the largest cut in fuel consumption since the 1970s on Friday with a deal that would save drivers money at the pump and dramatically cut heat-trapping gases coming from tailpipes. The agreement pledges to double overall fuel economy to 54.

Manufacturing Growth Hits Lowest Level In 2 Years

August 1, 2011 9:11 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturers had their weakest growth in two years in July, a sign that the economy could weaken this summer. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 50.9 percent in July from 55.

EAM 8.5 Does More

August 1, 2011 7:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Infor (Alpharetta, GA) has developed new functionality for its leading asset management solution, Infor Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) 8.5. These enhancements allow users to be more effective in managing their assets: Graphical Scheduling Planning Board—a streamlined, graphical process to schedule resources with advanced filtering across multiple weeks.

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M20 Tank Cleaning Machine

August 1, 2011 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

The M20 Tank Cleaning Machine from Lechler (Charles, IL) is designed to clean the largest tanks and handle difficult cleaning applications. Available in a two or four-nozzle model, the M20 provides high impact cleaning at low inlet pressures. It systematically sweeps the entire tank interior within a specified cycle time, based on the number of nozzles and inlet liquid pressure.

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New Low Flow Centrifugal Pump

August 1, 2011 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ruhrpumpen (Tulsa, OK) has added the new centrifugal pump model CPP-L to its standard product line. The CPP-L is the low flow version of the CPP-21. The new pump complies with the ANSI B73.1 Standard and can be used to replace existing equipment without piping or base changes. The radial vane impellers for the CPP-L are designed to provide better hydraulic control and reduce the thrust load to prolong the bearing and seal’s life.

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Tuff-Seal Interlocking Floor Tiles

August 1, 2011 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tuff-Seal Interlocking Floor Tiles from Flooring Adventures, LLC (Chester, VA) feature a hidden interlock system for a seamless look that is water-tight and easy to install. The floor tiles are available in twelve colors and three patterns, and are slip and chemical-resistant. Designed for both new construction and renovations, the floor tiles are ideal for cosmetic cover up in moisture prone areas.

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China's E-Cars Struggle In First Gear

August 1, 2011 6:40 am | Videos | Comments

China's goal is to put half-a-million green cars on the road by 2015; but so far neither carmakers nor the government are anywhere near fulfilling that target. 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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The Future Of Energy Measurement

August 1, 2011 6:31 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Imagine being able to monitor the energy usage of a single streetlamp, then using the collected data to predict when the lamp will burn out, allowing for repairs before anyone gets left in the dark. Or, visualize being able to pull out an iPad on the commute to work to check if the coffeepot was left on or the security system was enabled.

From Sustainability To Success: Managing Resources Efficiently

August 1, 2011 6:25 am | by M. Razeem, Project Engineer – Sustainability, OCTAL Petrochemicals | Articles | Comments

The diverse forces driving our 21st century world of business have resulted in complexities far beyond those required for successfully operating a company during the 20th century. Stakeholder demands are more significant.

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American Axle 2Q Profit Nearly Doubles

August 1, 2011 5:37 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Auto parts supplier American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. said Friday that its second-quarter profit nearly doubled on higher sales stemming from the continued increase in vehicle production. The Detroit-based company also boosted its profit prediction for the full year, citing updated production schedules at its customers and continued recovery in consumer demand for full-size pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

GM Received $17M In TN Grants Before Moving Jobs To MI

August 1, 2011 5:35 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — General Motors received nearly $17 million in job-training grants from the state of Tennessee nearly three years ago, tapping an unexpected source of cash at a time the automaker teetered on the brink of collapse, according to a published report. Those grants made GM the biggest single recipient of cash for job training from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, according to a database obtained by The Tennessean.

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Tyson Plans $48M Plant Renovation

August 1, 2011 5:33 am | News | Comments

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. is moving ahead with a $48 million renovation at one of its plants in Council Bluffs. The Springville, Ark.-based company says Friday it will convert its cooked meats plant into a dry sausage and pepperoni operation. The project includes new equipment and a 60,000 square foot addition.

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NC Chicken Plants Closing, Over 1,000 Losing Jobs

August 1, 2011 5:31 am | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — All North Carolina operations of a chicken processor bought out of bankruptcy earlier this year are closing, leaving more than 1,000 people jobless. The closure of the Townsends plants in Siler City and Mocksville also ends contracts with about 200 chicken farmers in four counties, the News & Observer of Raleigh reported Saturday.

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Man Dies After Accident At Steel Plant

August 1, 2011 5:28 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A 51-year-old man is dead after an accident at the Keystone Steel & Wire Co. plant in central Illinois. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says maintenance worker David Hezlet of Cuba, Ill., was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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1,200 Workers Locked Out Of American Crystal Plants

August 1, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The union representing sugar processors says over 1,200 employees have been turned away from seven American Crystal Sugar plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa. Their labor contract expired at midnight Sunday after workers overwhelmingly rejected the company's final offer.

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