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A Tough Industrial Computer

April 25, 2011 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Everest E200 rugged industrial computer, from Glacier Computer (New Milford, CT), can now provide an optional Windows CE Thin Client, which is a minimal version that can support a Remote Desktop device. The E2000 will also run the full version of Windows CE 6.0. The E2000 is engineered to withstand extremes of vibration, shock, and moisture while providing users easy access to critical information with the capability to be mounted on vehicles or fixed structures.

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Get A New Pump, Without The Hassle

April 25, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Grundfos Pumps (Olathe, KS) has released the CR(N)-H and CRNE-H stainless steel horizontal end suction pumps, which were designed to be used in a variety of applications, including washing and cleaning, paper industries, and more. According to the company, the CR(N)-H can bolt directly to the piping and pump case footprint of a traditional ANSI pump.

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Laser Cutting Gets Better

April 25, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cincinnati Incorporated (Cincinnati, OH) has expanded its laser cutting product line with the CL-900 series fiber laser cutting system, which combines a low operating cost with high-performance 12,000 ipm linear-motor axis drives. The CL-900 cuts mild steel two to three times faster than conventional lasers, while reducing operating costs by up to 40 percent.

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Lash Any Cable

April 25, 2011 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Machine Products Company, Inc. (GMP; Trevose, PA) has added new cable lashers to its line of aerial utility tools and equipment. The Apollo Lasher, the C2 Lasher, the J2 Lasher, and the G Lasher are designed for the placement of new cables and lashing previously-installed cables. Each come with dual wire magazines for housing stainless steel lashing wire, a 6’ towing bridle, and a storage chest.

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Wis. Welcomes Robot-Controlled Medical Manufacturer

April 25, 2011 7:21 am | News | Comments

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — An Australian company that makes containers for needles and medical waste is opening a processing plant in Racine County. Daniels Sharpsmart has leased a 22,000 square-foot building in Yorkville. The company will install a sterilization system controlled by robots that alone will cost $1.

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iPhone Location Tracking Sets Off Privacy Firestorm

April 25, 2011 7:17 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If you're worried about privacy, you can turn off the function on your smartphone that tracks where you go. But that means giving up the services that probably made you want a smartphone in the first place. After all, how smart is an iPhone or an Android if you can't use it to map your car trip or scan reviews of nearby restaurants? The debate over digital privacy flamed higher this week with news that Apple Inc.

Johnson Controls Sees Earnings Climb 29 Percent

April 25, 2011 6:21 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Johnson Controls Inc.'s fiscal second-quarter earnings climbed 29 percent on higher revenue as each of its main business segments reported double-digit sales increases amid a recovering global economy. But the Milwaukee company, which makes auto parts and building climate control systems, forecast third-quarter earnings and revenue below Wall Street expectations, however.

Why China Is Vulnerable — Part 2

April 25, 2011 5:39 am | Articles | Comments

For the first part of Perry's analysis, go here . Reason #5: The Brain Drain Many people in this country complain that the Chinese are sending their best and their brightest over here for their schooling, and that those kids then return home with the knowledge they’ve acquired in the U.

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Hurling Bricks At Mach 5

April 25, 2011 5:18 am | Videos | Comments

General Atomics has been testing a new railgun that can hurl "hypersonic bricks" at Mach 5 (roughly 3,800mph). Their new projectile, outfitted with a sabot , can travel 4.34 miles downrange — with the gun pointed completely parallel with the ground — even after punching through a steel plate.

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Iran Uncovers Second Industrial Computer Virus

April 25, 2011 4:49 am | by Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press | News | Comments

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has been hit by a second computer virus, a senior military official said Monday, suggesting it was part of a concerted campaign to undermine the country's disputed nuclear program. Gholam Reza Jalali, the head of an Iranian military unit in charge of combatting sabotage, said that experts discovered the "espionage virus," which he called "Stars.

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Merck To Add 150 Jobs At Durham, N.C. Plant

April 25, 2011 4:45 am | News | Comments

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A major pharmaceutical company will add 150 workers in Durham as it expands to produce chickenpox and other live-virus vaccines. The Herald-Sun of Durham reported Monday that Merck & Co.'s plant will begin making Varivax, a chickenpox vaccine recently approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

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GM Likely To Reclaim 'No. 1' Title From Toyota Soon

April 25, 2011 4:40 am | by Sharon Silke Carty and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is almost certain to claim the title of world's biggest automaker this year, retaking the top spot from Toyota, which has been hurt by production problems since the Japanese earthquake and still can't escape the shadow of major safety recalls. The No. 1 title, a morale booster for the winner's employees and managers, would cap GM's remarkable comeback from bankruptcy.

Global Automakers Unveil Cheap, Small Chinese Cars

April 25, 2011 4:37 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Some of the new Chinese cars unveiled at this week's Shanghai Auto Show are affordable for millions of buyers — a happy development for Beijing that might prove costly for the global automakers producing them. General Motors Co. unveiled the 630 sedan, the first model from its new Baojun badge developed with Chinese joint venture partners.

Toyota's Production Fell 62.7 Percent After Earthquake

April 25, 2011 4:30 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's car production in Japan plummeted a staggering 62.7 percent in March due to a parts supply crunch following the earthquake and tsunami. Toyota Motor Corp., the world's top-selling automaker last year, said Monday its domestic production in March was 129,491 vehicles — the lowest since 1976 when Toyota began maintaining production figures.

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Ford Expected To Unveil More Profits, Less Debt

April 25, 2011 4:29 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co., the second-largest U.S.-based automaker, is scheduled to report first-quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday. Ford had a very successful 2010, earning $6.6 billion, more than double what it made in 2009 and its largest profit since 1999. The company also cut the staggering debt it amassed to stay in business and avoid bankruptcy protection during the recession.

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Let Them Eat Bugs

April 22, 2011 10:06 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Food prices are on the rise again, the polar icecaps are melting and the rainforest is burning. These problems have plagued the earth for years, but now one scientist claims he has one simple solution for all of them: eat bugs. Dutch Professor Arnold van Huis  has dedicated himself to convincing the world to eat insects.

How An Hourglass Is Made

April 22, 2011 9:57 am | Videos | Comments

Marc Newson, director of this short film, says, “Each hand-made hourglass comprises highly durable borosilicate glass and millions of stainless steel nanoballs, and is available in a 10- or 60-minute timer.” The only thing more stunning than the filming of the process is the incredible craftsmanship that goes into each product.

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Better Dock Safety

April 22, 2011 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rite-Hite (Milwaukee, WI) has developed the Dok-Guardian Safety Barrier, which is a simple, easy-to-use safety solution for almost any loading dock.

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Improved Shaft Sealing

April 22, 2011 9:46 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The SKF (Norristown, PA) SPEEDI-SLEEVE was designed for shaft sealing applications with an enhanced sealing system, improved reliability, and extended maintenance intervals. According to the company, the system is useful for industrial gearboxes, electrical equipment, crushers, conveyors, fans, and pumps.

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Get New 'In-Sight' On Your Operations

April 22, 2011 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) has released a new version of In-Sight Explorer, which now includes an all-in-one surface inspection tool, and all-in-one bead width and position tool, and a robust ID tool that reads multiple codes at one time. The new Flexible Flaw Detection (FFD) edge and surface inspection tool works for both color and grayscale applications.

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