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Paint Patch Protection

October 3, 2011 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Computype Inc. (St. Paul, MN) has launched a paint patch label, a clear laminate applied directly over a label to cover and protect barcodes or other tracking identification information during paint applications. The paint “patch” can be easily removed by a glove-handed operator by peeling off the laminate, leaving the label and paint job perfectly intact.

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OH Uranium Plant Says Layoffs Possible

October 3, 2011 5:37 am | by Kantele Franko, Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The developer of a uranium enrichment project in southern Ohio said Friday it is suspending contracts with some suppliers and notifying about 450 workers in Ohio, Tennessee and Maryland that they might be laid off if uncertainty about funding means it has to stop most activity on the project.

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Gov't Backs More Solar Loans As Deadline Looms

October 3, 2011 5:34 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Energy Department on Friday approved four more solar energy loan guarantees worth nearly $5 billion, hours before a controversial loan program was set to expire. Meanwhile, the Justice Department moved to take away control of a failed solar panel maker from its management and transfer it to a court-appointed trustee.

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UAW, Ford Near Agreement

October 3, 2011 5:31 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers may be nearing a tentative contract agreement with Ford. The union has called leaders from factories across the nation to Detroit on Tuesday. That usually means a deal has been reached. But a person briefed on the negotiations says talks ended Sunday night with no agreement.

Union Seeks Meeting With Sugar Beet Growers

October 3, 2011 5:26 am | News | Comments

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Union officials representing 1,300 locked out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers have mailed letters asking for a meeting with members of the sugar beet cooperative that owns the company as the harvest begins. The union workers have been locked out of five sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa in the company's first labor impasse in 30 years.

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Hitachi To Pay $21M For Price Fixing

October 3, 2011 5:22 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc. has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $21.1 million criminal fine for participating in conspiracies to rig bids and fix prices for optical disk drives. A felony charge filed in federal court in San Francisco alleges Hitachi-LG Data Storage conspired to eliminate competition over optical disk drives sold to Dell Inc.

Apple To Unveil New iPhone This Week

October 3, 2011 5:20 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple fans are amped. The computer and gadget maker is expected to announce a new, more powerful version of its wildly popular smartphone this week — more than a year after it unveiled the iPhone 4. Last week, Apple Inc. e-mailed invitations to a media event at its headquarters in Cupertino on Tuesday morning.

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Bringing Production Jobs Back 'Home'

September 30, 2011 11:23 am | Videos | Comments

This is the story of one manufacturer that spent several years chasing cheaper costs by sending production to China. Now he's doing his best to bring some of that work back to the United States. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy 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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Fuel Cells Materialize

September 30, 2011 11:20 am | by Kim Ukura | Blogs | Comments

, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development As fuel cell technology continues to develop, engineers face a number of concerns when trying to specify materials for the components and housing materials of this technology. ReliOn , a developer of modular, fault-tolerant, proton exchange membrane fuel cell technology, is currently developing a portfolio of stationary fuel cells for emergency and backup power requirements,...

Examining Airbus And Boeing Supply Chain Issues

September 30, 2011 11:15 am | Articles | Comments

During June's Paris Air Show, Airbus and Boeing both secured hundreds of requests for new planes. This included orders everything from small, single-aisle short range planes to massive, double-decker long haul jets. But this spike in demand also brings to light a critical issue for both companies -- their supply chains are already showing signs of stress, prompting concern over whether they will be able to meet surging demand.

Gear From Gift Wrap Plant Sold At Auction

September 30, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Equipment that had been used to manufacture Christmas gift wrap until a few weeks ago has been auctioned at a Memphis plant. The closing of the Cleo, Inc., plant put 588 people out of work, but also ended employment for as many as 2,700 seasonal workers each year.

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Toyota Begins Four-Cylinder Production In AL

September 30, 2011 9:13 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it has begun manufacturing four-cylinder engines at a subsidiary in Huntsville, Alabama, with the aim of meeting expected market demand and "increasing the autonomy" of its operations in North America by localizing production.

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Japan Factory Production On The Rise

September 30, 2011 9:11 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's factory production rose for the fifth straight month in August, almost restoring it to levels recorded before the March earthquake and tsunami disasters. The improvement, however, is clouded by uncertainty ahead as Japanese manufacturers contend with a persistently strong yen and a fragile global economy.

Signal Maker: Not To Blame For Shanghai Rail Crash

September 30, 2011 9:08 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — The China-based maker of signaling systems for the Shanghai subway line where two trains crashed this week, injuring 284 people, said Thursday that its equipment was not at fault. "Our signal system has nothing to do with this incident," Casco Signal Ltd., a joint venture of China Railway Signal and Communication Corp.

IN Unemployment Overhaul Continues

September 30, 2011 9:06 am | by Tim LoBianco, Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana workers taking voluntary buyouts will no longer be eligible for state unemployment benefits in Indiana beginning Saturday, and severance pay will be counted against unemployment payouts. The changes are part of Indiana's plan to pay off a $2 billion loan that the state took from the federal government to continue paying unemployment claims.

U.S. To Take Closer Look At Google's Motorola Deal

September 30, 2011 9:03 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is taking a closer look at Google's proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of cellphone maker Motorola Mobility, raising the hurdle that must be cleared before the deal can be completed. The extended review disclosed Wednesday had been widely expected since Google Inc.

High Flex Silicone Cables

September 30, 2011 6:30 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

High Flex Unshielded Silicone Cables from Cicoil (Valencia, CA) Cables are designed for applications that require absolute reliability in severe environments. Cicoil’s unique silicone extruded cable is unaffected when exposed to extreme temperatures (-65 degrees C to +260 degrees C), vibration, flames, water, UV light, ozone, radiation, and most chemicals.

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Ultracut Long-Lasting Coolant

September 30, 2011 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rustlick (Glenview, IL) has released a new premium, long-lasting semi-synthetic coolant. Ultracut 380R is ideal for a wide range of machining and grinding applications. This coolant delivers resistance to microbials and is stable in a wide range of light to heavy-duty applications, including machining, cutting, grinding, milling, broaching, threading, and turning.

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Heavy-Duty Air Cylinders

September 30, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The NITRA pneumatic line from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) now includes D-Series heavy-duty air cylinders, ideal for applications where abusive conditions are a concern. The heavy-duty double-acting cylinders are constructed with high quality aluminum components, including a magnetic piston fitted with a PTFE wear band.

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Flexadux Expandable Hose

September 30, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Flexaust (Warsaw, IN) has introduced a new expandable hose for easy handling and storage in a variety of vacuum and dust collection applications. Flexaust Flexadux PV R-4 Stretch is a medium weight PVC hose reinforced with a spring steel wire helix that expands up to 7 times its original length to provide optimum flexibility.

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