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Ford Expands F-150 Recall To 1.2 Million Vehicles

April 15, 2011 4:25 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford bowed to pressure from regulators on Thursday and widened a recall of America's top-selling vehicle, the F-150 pickup, because its air bags can deploy at the wrong time. The recall now covers nearly 1.2 million F-150s built for the 2004 and 2005 model years and some built for 2006.

Bearings For High-Temperatures

April 14, 2011 6:30 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Graphite Metallizing Corporation (Yonkers, NY) is announcing a family of tin-based babbit GRAPHALLOY materials for high-temperature bearing applications. The materials are available in NSF-certified grades for drinking water, and are FDA-accepted. They are environmentally-safe through the elimination of the need for grease or oil.

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Shine UV Light On Your Problems

April 14, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Magnalight (Kemp, TX), a Larson Electronics company, has added the RL-8510W-1-UV365 handheld LED ultraviolet spotlight to their line of specialty LED lights. The light produces UV light in the 365 Nm range and has a pistol grip shape to provide comfortable handling, plus a machined aluminum body for extreme durability.

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Get Rid Of Humidity

April 14, 2011 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Atlas Sales & Rentals, Inc. (Torrance, CA) is now offering a portable dehumidifier that offers high water removal capacity in a portable unit, for both low and high humidity settings. The DA 3500i dehumidifier removes 170 pints at AHAM* (80°F / 60% RH) while drawing only 10.5 amps, making it ideal for challenging drying applications.

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Go On A 'Star Teck'

April 14, 2011 6:29 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) has developed the Star Teck Extreme Director Cable Fitting, which is an adjustable, range-taking fitting, used to terminate metal-clad and Teck cable. The tool easily adjusts from 90 to 180 degrees, allowing for faster, more cost-efficient installation. A full circular bore provides for easy cable insertion, and alignment guides serve as reference points for ensuring that fittings are installed at the same angle.

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Loss-In-Weight System Improves Pet Food Quality

April 14, 2011 5:05 am | Articles | Comments

The original system at Chenango Valley Pet Foods (CVPF) consisted of a stainless steel tank on legs with a dual hose peristaltic pump with an inverter drive. The pump discharged through a 2-inch sanitary tube line and passed through a 1-inch coriolis style flow meter on its way to the mill/extruder.

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Three Steps To Improve Supply Chain Management

April 14, 2011 5:03 am | by Bobby Kaemmer, Vice President, Cadre Technologies | Articles | Comments

Information is a powerful dimension that these companies should fully employ to gain a distinct advantage by coupling the necessary inventory and operational processes with customer service, order entry, and financial management processes. In the past decade, volumes have been written about the value of supply chain visibility and execution systems.

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Saving Lives By Cutting Out Drivers

April 13, 2011 9:18 am | Videos | Comments

Sebastain Thrun helped build Google’s driverless car, which can navigate through almost any real-life driving scenario, all without any human interaction. At the end of the day, the project isn’t about the technology itself, but rather what it can do for everyone on the road. As Thrun explains, the benefits for machine-controlled motoring are numerous, if done correctly.

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Robots Master The Art Of Flying

April 13, 2011 6:55 am | Videos | Comments

The SmartBird — a development from Festo, a manufacturer and developer of automation technology for industrial markets — is an ultralight, robotic replica of a bird, down to the subtle motions that make natural flight possible. The bird can take off, fly, and land autonomousy thanks to wings that beat just like a real bird's.

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Manufacturing A 'Better' Putter

April 13, 2011 6:47 am | Videos | Comments

Robert Bettinardi takes us inside his manufacturing facility, where his company makes sophisticated milled putters from solid blocks of carbon steel. Some of you golfers might take offense to some of what Mr. Bettinardi says in regards to his own product versus the traditional putter, but it's not difficult to appreciate the engineering and dedication put into the manufacturing process itself.

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The Science Of Space Debris

April 13, 2011 6:46 am | Videos | Comments

Holger Krag, a space debris analyst for the European Space Agency, explains how a piece of space debris — even as small as a cherry — will strike a manned craft or a satellite with the force of a hand grenade. With so much at stake, how do we protect our astronauts from being pelted by the 16,000 bits of junk soaring through Earth's orbit? If you’re having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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EU Fines P&G, Unilever Over Laundry Detergent Cartel

April 13, 2011 5:07 am | by Gabriele Steinhauser, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union regulators on Wednesday fined consumer products companies Procter & Gamble and Unilever a total of euro315.2 million ($456 million) for fixing prices of powdered laundry detergent together with Henkel in eight EU countries. Germany's Henkel AG escaped a fine because it blew the whistle on the cartel.

BRICS Gather, Discuss Plans For Taking On U.S., Europe

April 13, 2011 5:00 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — The leaders of the world's largest emerging economies gather this week in southern China for what could be a watershed moment in their quest for a bigger say in the global financial architecture. Thursday's summit comes at a crucial moment for the expanded five-member bloc known as the BRICS, which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China, and, for the first time, South Africa.

Xerox CEO Awarded $10.6 Million In 2010 Pay

April 13, 2011 4:48 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Xerox Corp. awarded CEO Ursula Burns a compensation package last year that the company valued at $10.6 million, a 7 percent increase from the year before as Burns assumed the title of chairwoman and orchestrated the printer and copier maker's deeper push into technology services.

Subaru Stops Lafayette Production Line For Four Days

April 13, 2011 4:44 am | News | Comments

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Subaru of America is halting production on one of its Lafayette plant's production lines for four days due to a parts shortage caused by Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Subaru spokeswoman Jennifer McGarvey tells the Kokomo Tribune that the automaker will halt production on the plant's Toyota Camry line Friday, next Monday and on April 21 and April 25.

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GM Invests $100 Million In Fuel-Injection Innovations

April 13, 2011 4:39 am | News | Comments

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — General Motors Corp. is investing $100 million to manufacture fuel-injection technology at its Rochester plant in upstate New York, securing hundreds of existing jobs and creating 30 new ones. The automaker says Tuesday that the factory, which employs around 800 people, got the project over a sister plant in the Midwest.

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Airbus A380 Collision Proves Big Planes Are Troublesome

April 13, 2011 4:35 am | by Chris Hawley and Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A frightening collision between one of the world's largest airliners and a commuter jet on a dark, wet tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport is underscoring worries about ground accidents as U.S. airports begin handling a new generation of giant planes. A total of 586 passengers and crew members were aboard the two aircraft Monday night when the left wing of an Airbus A380 operated by Air France clipped a Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet flown by Comair, spinning the smaller plane nearly 90 degrees.

Cool Your Electrical Enclosures

April 12, 2011 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kooltronic, Inc. (Pennington, NJ) has announced additions to its 480V Panel Mounted Air Conditioners, which were designed to cool the interior of electrical enclosures. The new models have expanded the capacity to 5,000 to 26,000 BTU-H, and are now available in either NEMA 4 or 4X in 480V configurations.

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Cable Splitting Made Easier

April 12, 2011 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Seatek Company (Stamford, CT) has introduced a new model in the Roto-Split line — the RS-101B — with an auto-clamping feature that eliminates the need to fuss with a thumb screw when cutting different sizes of AC/MC cable. Any cable from 14-2 to 10-4 or 3/8” Flex can be secured without adjustment by squeezing the bottom lever.

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