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Get To The Root Cause

October 21, 2010 9:15 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

RCI (Hopewell, VA) has launched their PROACTOnDemand Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) version of its PROACT Root Cause Analysis Software application. Instant access to PROACT RCA software allows users to begin analysis instantly, and accommodates most common RCA methods. RCI supports users at every step with: An interactive “frequently asked questions” utility, along with movies, tutorials, and PDF manuals.

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Get Smarter Vehicle Safety

October 21, 2010 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Keytroller, LLC (Tampa, FL) has introduced the SMARTEST: an inexpensive and easy-to-install dual video drive camera system that can protect a company from false claims in regard to accidents that company vehicles are involved in. SMARTEST records digital both forward and rearward while the vehicle’s ignition is on.

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Prevent Door Panel Damage

October 21, 2010 9:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

APS Resource’s (Mequon, WI) FLEX-BACK panel helps prevent one of the most frequent and costly maintenance problems in manufacturing facilities and warehouses: lower door panel damage. The FLEX-BACK panel is constructed of a high-impact polymer skin and flexible tube frame, which bends upon impact and returns to its normal operating position.

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The Value Of Laser-Driven Gas Analysis

October 21, 2010 4:57 am | Articles | Comments

Laser-driven gas analysis for molecular process control spurred a relatively new technological trend that has had a major effect on the manufacturing industry, particularly semiconductor fabrication, industrial gas production, and High Brightness LEDs.  Ease of implementation, low cost of ownership, and the technology’s level of cleanliness have made it a very attractive option for these manufacturers.

Why Isn't China Exporting Tech Materials? 

October 21, 2010 4:36 am | Videos | Comments

China supplies approximately 90 percent of the rare earth materials to the rest of the world for use in the manufacturing of tech goods, among other uses. Needless to say, the recent news about China holding back exports of these important materials to countries such as Japan is rather disconcerting.

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Controlling Gadgets On Your Sleeve

October 21, 2010 4:35 am | Videos | Comments

A researcher from Georgia Tech visited CNN to show off some of their newest innovations in the way we control all of our electronic gadgetry: conductive fibers embroidered right onto the sleeve of a jacket or shirt. The wires can then be run right through the fabric to whatever gadget might be in your pocket at the time, allowing you to answer your phone with the swipe of the sleeve.

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Chrysler Picking Fiat Dealers In U.S.

October 20, 2010 5:42 am | News | Comments

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC is starting to pick dealers to sell Fiats in the U.S. when the Italian-designed cars start arriving in December. The automaker said Wednesday that it wants Fiat dealers in 119 U.S. markets — mostly in areas that have a high number of small-car registrations — and will name more dealers by year's end.

Verizon To Sell Samsung's iPad Rival For $600

October 20, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The first big-name competitor to the iPad in the U.S. won't be undercutting it in price. Verizon Wireless on Wednesday said it will start selling Samsung Electronics Co.'s tablet computer, which is half the size of the iPad, for $600. That's more than the basic version of Apple Inc.

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Groveport, OH Chosen For $13.5M Silicon Mfg Plant

October 20, 2010 5:26 am | News | Comments

Meritex announced today a new 30,700 square foot lease to Iosil Energy Corporation, located in Groveport, Ohio. Iosil, an Albuquerque, New Mexico based company, is an innovator in solar technology and chose Columbus, Ohio for its new pilot manufacturing plant. The company plans to create 20 new to the region engineering and manufacturing jobs in its production of high purity polysilicon, the essential raw material for solar cells.

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Lockheed Martin Says 3Q Profit Fell 28 Percent

October 20, 2010 5:17 am | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's getting harder to make a buck in the planes-and-missiles business. Even as the big defense contractor Lockheed Martin was explaining why its third-quarter profit shrank 28 percent, British Prime Minister David Cameron was laying out sweeping defense cuts on Tuesday.

Boeing Tops 3Q Forecasts, Sells More Commercial Planes

October 20, 2010 4:28 am | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Boeing posted an $837 million third-quarter profit on Wednesday and raised its profit guidance for the full year as it sold more commercial airplanes. Boeing has already made plans to raise production rates on the 737, its best-selling plane. The improved 2010 guidance reflects a strong outlook for commercial planes.

4 Deaths Prompt Graco Stroller Recall

October 20, 2010 4:17 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Baby gear maker Graco is recalling about 2 million strollers after receiving reports that four infants died in the strollers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall Wednesday, said the four infants became trapped inside the strollers and were strangled.

China Raises Key Rate For 1st Time Since Crisis

October 19, 2010 5:09 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China raised its key interest rate Tuesday for the first time since the global crisis as it tries to control inflation and rapid growth even as other Asian economies move to keep their recoveries on track. The rate hike, China's first since 2007, reflected Beijing's focus on guiding growth to a more sustainable level rather than reving up the economy after it expanded by 10.

Boeing Pares Benefits; Cites Health Care Legislation

October 19, 2010 4:59 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aerospace giant Boeing is joining the list of companies that say the new health care law could have a potential downside for their workers. In a letter mailed to employees late last week, the company cited the overhaul as part of the reason it is asking some 90,000 nonunion workers to pay significantly more for their health plan next year.

FDA: Iowa Company's Eggs OK To Sell After Recall

October 19, 2010 4:41 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of two Iowa farms that recalled millions of eggs this summer will start shipping its products to stores again, but the second farm could be shut down if it doesn't clean up, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday. In an Oct. 15 letter to Hillandale Farms the FDA said the company has adequately cleaned up its facilities after it was linked to 1,600 salmonella illnesses earlier this year.

Honda Reaches No-Waste With 8 North American Plants

October 19, 2010 4:33 am | News | Comments

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Honda Motor Co. said Monday that eight of its 14 North American plants are now sending no waste from manufacturing activities to landfills, and it expects none will be sending waste to landfills by next year. In its sixth annual North American environmental impact report, Honda said 90 percent of the parts in its new cars can be recycled.

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Plant Managers May Face Charges Over Death Of Pregnant Worker

October 19, 2010 4:29 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The owner and the manager of a San Francisco printing plant are facing charges in connection to the death of a pregnant worker who was crushed by a machine. The owner of Digital Pre-Press International, Sanjay Sakhuja, and manager Alick Yeung were charged with involuntary manslaughter in the January 2008 death of 26-year-old Margarita Mojica.

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BP To Link Bonuses To Safety Performance

October 19, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — BP employees' performance on safety issues will be the only measure for awarding fourth-quarter bonuses, the British oil company said Tuesday as it tries to tighten performance and clean up its image after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In a statement sent to employees Monday, CEO Bob Dudley said the bonus policy was intended to reinforce the message that safety is the company's priority and to insure that "a low-probability, high-impact incident such as the Deepwater Horizon tragedy never happens again.

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GE To Invest $432M To Revamp Appliance Business

October 18, 2010 5:13 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — GE says it will spend $432 million to establish four U.S.-based refrigeration design and manufacturing plants that will be centers for the company's new energy efficient line of refrigerators and other appliances. General Electric Co. said Monday the move will also create 500 new jobs by 2014.

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Labor Unions Face "Enthusiasm Challenge"

October 18, 2010 5:06 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Aaron Jones has heard the frustrations as he goes door-to-door among union households — the economy remains poor; issues important to workers are stalled in Congress; Republicans seem more energized this election. Put mildly: "There is an enthusiasm challenge," said Jones, the leader of a five-person voter canvassing crew for a local chapter of the Service Employees International Union.

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