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Finding Fault In Tainted Egg Cases Difficult, At Best

November 8, 2010 3:39 am | by Michael J. Crumb, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thousands of people likely were sickened by salmonella-contaminated eggs from two Iowa companies last summer, but lawyers said far fewer have the proof needed for a successful lawsuit and most cases filed will be settled out of court. So far, attorneys in Seattle, Houston, Chicago and Minneapolis have filed at least 10 cases related to recalls by Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa.

China's Diesel Shortage Brings Industry To A Halt

November 8, 2010 3:33 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Aggravated Chinese truck drivers parked for hours to buy rationed diesel Monday as shortages blamed on a government conservation campaign and possible hoarding by state oil companies disrupted industry and trade. Supplies ran low after thousands of factories bought diesel generators to cope with power cuts imposed by authorities to meet energy-saving goals.

Fire Destroys 90 Percent Of Louisiana Manufacturer

November 8, 2010 3:33 am | News | Comments

BASTROP, La. (AP) — A fire has destroyed one of the main industries in Bastrop. The News Star reports that a fire spread through Southern Plug and Manufacturing on Friday, burning for nearly 12 hours. General Manager Bob Green says that roughly 90 percent of the facility was gone, and the blaze caused several million dollars in damage.

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Chrysler Loses Less This Quarter, Thanks To A New Jeep

November 8, 2010 3:29 am | News | Comments

by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler's new Jeep Grand Cherokee is a hit with drivers, bringing the automaker within sight of profitability and lifting its share of the U.S. market. Chrysler said Monday it cut its losses in half between the second and third quarters, helped by the strong-selling Jeep.

Rolls-Royce Engines To Blame For A380 Near-Crashes

November 8, 2010 3:27 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SYDNEY (AP) — Tests have uncovered oil leaks in three Rolls-Royce engines on Qantas' grounded Airbus A380s, the airline's CEO said Monday, as engineers tried to zero in on the cause of an engine failure on board one of the carrier's superjumbo jets last week. Australia's national carrier grounded its six double-decker A380s, the world's newest and largest airliner, after an engine burst minutes into a flight from Singapore to Sydney last week, scattering debris over Indonesia's Batam island.

Sweetening The Wastewater

November 5, 2010 11:13 am | by David Delasanta, President, CASTion Corp. | Articles | Comments

Many food and beverage manufacturers produce wastewater that is high in organic content, and must therefore be treated before it is discharged into streams or into the municipal sewer system. Strict regulations protect the environment and the public water treatment systems from being overloaded and degrading the water quality.

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Work In The Dark

November 5, 2010 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The portable and cordless HEMIPRO High Power Worklights from Cliplight Manufacturing (Toronto, ON, Canada) and Go Distribution are designed to provide 50,000 hours of halo-free LED illumination. The high-power LEDs are housed in a light-but-rugged casing designed to handle workplace rigors.

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Keep Forklifts In Check

November 5, 2010 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Safety Sentry Warning Signal Alarm from Erich Industries (Verona, WI) can alert workers of a nearby vehicle backing into the dock position. The Safety Sentry uses a 105 dB siren and strobe light in combination with motion sensing technology. According to the company, at least one dock-related fatality occurs each year nationwide, and the Safety Sentry could help prevent a similar incident.

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Packaging Cushions Go Hybrid

November 5, 2010 9:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pregis Corp. (Deerfield, IL) has introduced a new hybrid cushioning system that can handle multiple roll widths (up to 32”) via a dispenser head than is 60 percent smaller than previous models. The Air Speed HV Versa can provide cushioning in three different widths: 24” wide cushions from 32” rolls, as well as 18” and 12” wide size.

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More Flexible Cables

November 5, 2010 9:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Belden (St. Louis, MO) has enhanced their Belden Infinity C-TC+ and FCC cables with the addition of Belden high-performance Belflex jackets, which offer resistance to sunlight, oil, and abrasion. They also provide flexing capabilities and the ability to withstand temperature ranges of -40°C to 90°C (cold impact) and -50°C to 90°C (cold bend).

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We're All Just Bugs

November 5, 2010 6:10 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

A number of news sources — including the Associated Press — have recently reported that Google has been quietly working on research and development of hardware and software solutions toward a lofty goal: autonomous cars. According to a post on Google’s corporate blog, the self-driving vehicles have rolled over 140,000 miles on California roads with drivers sitting behind the wheel, ready to intervene in case of a malfunction.

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Job Market Gets Stronger In October, Manufacturing Slips

November 5, 2010 5:07 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy generated a net gain in jobs for the first time in five months in October, as businesses stepped up their painfully slow pace of hiring. But the unemployment rate, measured by a separate survey of households, remained stuck at 9.6 percent for the third straight month.

Trucks Outsell Cars For First Time In Five Years

November 5, 2010 4:49 am | by Sharon Silke Carty, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Trucks outsold cars by the highest margin in nearly five years in October, a sign the economy may be starting to improve. These trucks aren't the tractor-trailers that haul freight. They're pickups, sport utility vehicles, minivans and smaller SUVs. The category — known as light-duty trucks — made up 54 percent of all new U.

Plant Worker Dies After Being Trapped Under Machinery

November 5, 2010 4:49 am | News | Comments

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — Officials in Forsyth County say a worker at the county's water plant died after being trapped under a piece of machinery. Capt. Jason Shivers of the Forsyth County fire department says the man, whose name has not been released, worked for a subcontractor at the plant.

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Panasonic To Invest $30 Million In Tesla Motors

November 5, 2010 4:46 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Panasonic Corp. is investing $30 million in Tesla Motors Inc., the U.S. maker of electric sports cars, eyeing expansion in the global market for green vehicles, both sides said Thursday. Panasonic, Japan's biggest electronics maker, will acquire about a 2 percent stake in Tesla, purchasing Tesla common stock at $21.

Toyota's Profit Quadruples Despite Recall Woes

November 5, 2010 4:45 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's second quarter profit more than quadrupled despite lingering worries about the safety of its cars after massive recalls that are still dogging its sales in the U.S. Toyota reported July-September profit of 98.7 billion yen ($1.2 billion) on Friday, up dramatically from 21.

GM Predicts Massive Profits Post-Gov't Ownership

November 5, 2010 4:44 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has the potential to make huge pretax profits once global auto sales fully recover, the company's chief financial officer said Thursday in a video presentation that was posted online. The video with CFO Chris Liddell's comments is the foundation for GM's "road show" — presentations that start Friday and aim to court investors for an initial public stock offering.

Flap Discs In All Shapes And Sizes

November 5, 2010 4:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

A line of Type 29 ceramic flap discs are now available from Rex-Cut Products, Inc. (Fall River, MA). The Rex-Cut Sigma Ceramic Flap Discs provide aggressive stock removal with smooth operator control on steel and stainless steel, according to the company, and feature a slight angle that provides a greater contact area.

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Better HVAC Drives

November 5, 2010 4:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Firmware version 3.50 is now available for Danfoss’ (Milwaukee, WI) VLT HVAC Drives, and provides on-board BACnet communication to maximize installation, expansion, and modification flexibility. A “Smart-Start” functionality allows for faster commissioning of the drive and motor.

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Protect Your Ball Bearings

November 5, 2010 4:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DayLube high-performance grease from Dayton Progress Corporation (Dayton, OH) uses nanoceramic particles, which provide continuous lubrication to steel surfaces with a lower coefficient of friction at all temperatures than traditional PTFE greases. According to the company, the grease does not soften or run out — after 100,000 production strokes, it showed no evidence of breaking down.

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