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Wind Power Is Still Possible, Just Think Small-Scale

July 2, 2010 4:58 am | by Steve Everly, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — If Abigail Stutzman has anything to say about it, small wind turbines will someday dot backyards across the Midwest. The fifth-grader at Starside Elementary School in De Soto has an interest in the environment, including helping to recycle much of her family's trash.

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The Blind Driving The Blind

July 2, 2010 4:38 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Could a blind person drive a car? Researchers are trying to make that far-fetched notion a reality. The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology that helps a blind person drive a car independently.

Toshiba To Build Batteries For Future Mitsubishi EVs

July 2, 2010 4:32 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. said Friday it's jumping into the battery business for electric vehicles in a development deal with Mitsubishi Motors Corp. It's the first EV battery deal with a major automaker for Toshiba, which already makes batteries for laptops and cell phones, said company spokesman Ken Shinjo.

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GM: China A Better Market Than The U.S.

July 2, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. says its first-half sales of vehicles in China overtook the U.S. for the first time amid a fitful recovery in American demand. The 1.21 million GM-brand vehicles sold in China in January to June — a near 50 percent gain over a year earlier — compared with 1.

Unemployment Drops, Manufacturing Pitches In

July 2, 2010 4:29 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A wave of census layoffs cut the nation's payrolls in June for the first time in six months, while private employers added a modest number of jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent, its lowest level in almost a year. Employers cut 125,000 jobs last month, the most since October, the Labor Department said Friday.

Jackpot Winners Won't Quit Working For Chrysler

July 2, 2010 4:27 am | by John Seewer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CURTICE, Ohio (AP) — A year ago, William Shanteau and his 13 co-workers at a Detroit auto plant were worried their jobs could be gone at any moment. Now they're all millionaires after winning a share of last week's $96.9 million Powerball drawing. Most of the group from the paint shop at a Chrysler plant that makes Jeep Grand Cherokees still plan to keep working, Shanteau said Thursday after working a 12-hour shift.

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Remove Fasteners With Heat

July 1, 2010 12:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) is now offering the Mini-Ductor II, a handheld, portable induction heater designed to safely and accurately heat nuts, bolts, and other fasteners, making removal easier. The Mini-Ductor II uses electromagnetic fields to heat the fasteners precisely while leaving the surrounding area untouched.

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Vertical, Sustainable Conveyors

July 1, 2010 12:28 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The DynaCon Vertical Lift Conveyor from Dynamic Conveyor (Muskegon, MI) is ideal for more sustainable material handling, according to the company, due to its ability to save space in crowded manufacturing facilities and be reconfigured when needs change. The Vertical Lift is designed to meet ANSI/ASME B20.

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Two-In-One Grooves

July 1, 2010 12:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Combo Roll Groovers from Reed Manufacturing Company (Erie, PA) are now available in a new model for larger pipe, the RGCOMBO812, which forms standard rolled grooves in 8” to 12” steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. The two-in-one tool yields cost savings by allowing a complete change in minutes from power machine operation to manual work, according to the company.

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A Blast Of Ice

July 1, 2010 12:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cold Jet, LLC (Cincinnati, OH) has announced the new Aero V, a compact, single-hose electric dry ice blast cleaning system. The Aero V uses a compact variable feed system with an aerodynamic rotor to ensure high reliability and smooth pulse-free dry ice blasting performance.

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Indiana Manufacturer Battles Guns-At-Work Law

July 1, 2010 12:06 pm | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A northwestern Indiana steel company is disregarding a new state law that lets workers bring their guns to work, while other businesses are weighing a possible legal challenge. A memo to ArcelorMittal workers in East Chicago and Burns Harbor says that federal law pre-empts the state law and that the company will strictly enforce its firearms ban.

Indiana Manufacturer Battles Lifted Handgun Ban

July 1, 2010 12:06 pm | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A northwestern Indiana steel company is disregarding a new state law that lets workers bring their guns to work, while other businesses are weighing a possible legal challenge. A memo to ArcelorMittal workers in East Chicago and Burns Harbor says that federal law pre-empts the state law and that the company will strictly enforce its firearms ban.

Seafood Supply Chains Jump 'Sideways' To Avoid Gulf

July 1, 2010 11:00 am | by Michael Hill, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — At the Carioto Produce and Seafood warehouse, shrimp from India and Vietnam stock the freezer, while a refrigerated aisle is stacked with bags of clams from Rhode Island, cockles from New Zealand, a fresh 5-pound fillet of lane snapper from Nicaragua and mahi-mahi from Ecuador.

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Makeup Can't Cover Manipulation In L'Oreal Case

July 1, 2010 10:59 am | by Angela Doland, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NANTERRE, France (AP) — Judges on Thursday postponed a highly awaited trial on whether a schemer manipulated France's richest woman out of euro1 billion ($1.2 billion) after secret recordings emerged suggesting the L'Oreal heiress was evading taxes by keeping millions in Swiss bank accounts. The recordings have implications that reach beyond the trial, shaking the highest echelons of power in France and embarrassing the government — in part because the wife of a leading minister worked for the company managing Liliane Bettencourt's fortune.

Industrial-Sized Straining

July 1, 2010 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kochek Company (Putnam, CT) has introduced a new all-aluminum strainer designed with a self-leveling float system that makes drafting possible under almost any condition. The high intake ratio allows for maximum volume flow rates while the vortex shield protects against whirlpooling.

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Energy-Efficient Dry Pumps

July 1, 2010 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Edwards (Tewksbury, MA) has launched a new range of dry pumps that enable full process integration. The compact GXS pump features screw technology that enables users to optimize their processes, resulting in a low cost of ownership. According to the company, the GXS has a service life of up to five years and is virtually maintenance-free, even in harsh conditions.

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Cut Anything

July 1, 2010 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The pneumatic saw and quick-clamp assembly from ESCO Tool (Holliston, MA) lets users cut steel plate up to 2” thick and 15’ wide anywhere there is a 90 psi compressed air supply. The APS-438 Air-Powered Saw and Quick-Clamp lets workers take the saw to the steel plate rather than transporting the plate to a large table saw.

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Manufacturing, Up Close

July 1, 2010 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus America Inc. (Center Valley, PA) has signed an agreement with Hirox-USA, Inc. (Hackensack, NJ) to distribute the Hirox KH-7700 Digital Microscope system. The KH-7700 is an all-in-one portable digital microscopy system designed to provide observation for industrial and quality applications.

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Demand Signals At The Speed Of Light

July 1, 2010 5:33 am | by Glenn Steinberg, Managing Partner, Global Americas Distribution Sector, IBM Global Business Services | Articles | Comments

When it comes to getting the right amount of the right products to market, we need to get the right demand signals to make our critical manufacturing and inventory management decisions. For better or worse, we depend on many aspects of these demands signals: where they come from (our transactional systems, marketing activities, customer research), how complete they are, how accurate they are and how fast we get them.

Are We Safer, Yet?

July 1, 2010 5:30 am | by Scott Orlosky, In Safety | Articles | Comments

Safety has been in the news a lot lately. Remember the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in April and the HUGE ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil debacle?  As always there is enough finger pointing going on to implicate a whole host of manufacturers and operators.

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