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An Inorganic-Based Epoxy

April 26, 2011 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) has developed the EP30LTE-LO, which uses a special blend of polymeric and inorganic materials. The two-component epoxy combines outstanding performance with a low thermal expansion coefficient. According to the company, it is serviceable over the wide range of -60 to 250°F, and cures at room temperature, with 85 percent of its maximum strength developed within 48 hours.

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Google Inspires Tinkerers With 'Garage' Workshops

April 26, 2011 5:32 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Amid all the free food and other goodies that come with a job at Google Inc., there's one benefit a lot of employees don't even know about: a cluster of high-tech workshops that have become a tinkerer's paradise. Workers escape from their computer screens and office chairs to weld, drill and saw on expensive machinery they won't find at Home Depot.

Sue Me

April 26, 2011 5:16 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Coming off a two-day stint of gripping jury duty, I’ve cemented my belief that our culture is too eager to self-diagnose, place blame, and sue anything that may negatively impact our lives, regardless of fault. Long story, short: Woman A is loading groceries into the trunk of her car.

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Nissan Recalls 200,000 SUVs For Snapping Steering Column

April 26, 2011 4:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. is recalling nearly 200,000 Pathfinder and Infiniti QX4 sport utility vehicles sold in the U.S. because of a problem that could cause the steering column to break and the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The recall, announced Monday, comes mere months after Japan's No. 2 automaker launched two other major recalls, including one that involved more than 2 million vehicles.

American Companies: Chinese Protectionism Is Rising

April 26, 2011 4:45 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese protectionism has increased since the 2008 global crisis and U.S. companies are being hurt by Beijing's policies aimed at developing its technology industries, a business group said Tuesday. A report by the American Chamber of Commerce in China adds to mounting complaints that Beijing is violating the spirit of its free-trade pledges by limiting market access and trying to shield its fledgling technology industries from competition.

Saab Inches Closer To Death Thanks To Spyker Cars

April 26, 2011 4:43 am | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Spyker Cars says conditions proposed by the European Investment Bank are stalling plans to secure financing for troubled automaker Saab. Spyker says it will meet EIB officials later Tuesday but is also considering other financial options with partners, including Chinese car manufacturers.

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Alcoa Hires 280 For Window- And Door-Making

April 26, 2011 4:38 am | News | Comments

CRANBERRY, Pa. (AP) — A company that makes windows and doors plans to hire 280 full-time and seasonal workers at its plant near Pittsburgh. Alcoa Inc. bought the window company, Traco Inc., in August. And now an Alcoa spokesman tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the aluminum giant plans to add workers at Traco's plant in Cranberry, about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh.

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Volt, Leaf Get Top Electric-Car Safety Ratings

April 26, 2011 4:28 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf got top safety ratings in some of the first-ever tests of electric cars by an insurer-funded research group. Both cars earned top scores for front, side and rear-impact crashes and for rollover crash protection, according to results released Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Boeing's Woes May Have Been Caused By Faulty Riveting

April 26, 2011 4:26 am | by David Koenig and Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators trying to determine why the roof of a Southwest Airlines jet cracked open in flight have issued preliminary findings suggesting there may have been flaws in the riveting work when Boeing built the plane 15 years ago. The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that some of the rivets used to bind the Boeing 737's aluminum panels together were sunk in holes larger than the rivet shafts.

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Ford Posts Highest First-Quarter Profit In 13 Years

April 26, 2011 4:23 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford posted its best first-quarter profit in 13 years, as its new, more fuel-efficient vehicles reached showrooms during a surge in gasoline prices. New arrivals such as the Ford Explorer and Fiesta small car are selling well. Company profits are growing around the world.

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Going Green In Manufacturing

April 25, 2011 11:44 am | by Richard Travers, President, Freeaire Corporation | Articles | Comments

As energy costs continue to climb, manufacturers are searching for ways to reduce their energy usage to both save money and reduce their environmental impact.  Food Manufacturing  spoke with Richard Travers of Freeaire Corporation about how manufacturers can utilize “greener” processes and renewable resources.

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Visiting Star Prototype In China

April 25, 2011 11:25 am | by Jon Buford, Founder, Makible.com | Articles | Comments

What we are trying to do with Makible is pretty different from how products are currently brought to the market. Two key points is that the initial volume for production is quite low — within 500 to 1,000 units of an item — and the other is the speed to market, which we are working on one to two months to start with.

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Cracking Boeing Jets Likely Flawed At Manufacturing

April 25, 2011 7:43 am | by David Koenig and Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators trying to determine why the roof of a Southwest Airlines jet peeled open in flight this month are focusing on the manufacturing process at Boeing. Government and industry officials say investigators noticed that the stricken jet and five other Southwest planes that had cracks in their metal skins were all built at about the same time in the same Boeing plant.

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Ford Idles Three Overseas Plants On Part Shortages

April 25, 2011 7:36 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says it has idled three overseas factories to conserve auto parts following last month's earthquake in Japan. Assembly plants in Pretoria, South Africa, and Nanjing, China, will be down this week. Spokesman Todd Nissen says the factories had been scheduled to shut down for a week later this year, but the downtime was pulled ahead.

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The Dangers Of Unsecured Wireless Networks

April 25, 2011 7:32 am | News | Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lying on his family room floor with assault weapons trained on him, shouts of "pedophile!" and "pornographer!" stinging like his fresh cuts and bruises, the Buffalo homeowner didn't need long to figure out the reason for the early morning wake-up call from a swarm of federal agents.

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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