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Number Seeking Unemployment Falls Below 400,000

July 29, 2011 5:00 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign the job market may be healing after a recent slump. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 398,000.

FaciliWorks 8i Available In The Cloud

July 28, 2011 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

FaciliWorks 8i CMMS/EAM software from CyberMetrics (Phoenix, AZ) is now available in the cloud. FaciliWorks 8i can help reduce maintenance costs, improve productivity, and eliminate time and money spent on software maintenance. This software can, Track and coordinate assets, preventative maintenance schedules, personnel, tools, parts, procedures, budgets, suppliers and purchasing.

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LIFEPLUS TC3-W High-Frequency Smart Charger

July 28, 2011 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

HAWKER (Ooltewah, TN) has introduced the LIFEPLUS TC3-W high-frequency smart charger, equipped with wireless capabilities for real-time data collection and monitoring. The TC3 offers four different charge profile options: Ionic—employing periodic current pulses which both identify the battery’s capacity and state of charge,this profile provides the optimal recharge with minimal heating.

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Expanded Line Of ERD Actuators

July 28, 2011 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) has expanded its line of ERD electric rod-style actuators. Enhancements such as ball screws, motor mounts for NEMA, and metric stepper and servo motors make it possible to employ ERD actuators in more types of motion control applications. All three sizes of the ERD are available, with an optional external guide system that prevent rod deflection and rotation during operation.

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Steel-Lite Series

July 28, 2011 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Steel-Lite Series from Chloride Systems (Burgaw, NC) is ideal for locations where explosive materials may be present. The Steel-Lite Series is UL listed for Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C, and D; Class I, Zone 2; Class II, Division 2, Groups F and G. Standard Intelli-Charge self-diagnostics electronics continuously monitor all critical functions and the optional self-testing feature satisfies the monthly testing requirements in NFPA 101 and the IBC.

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Are The Long-Term Unemployed Facing Discrimination?

July 28, 2011 9:58 am | Videos | Comments

Are the nation's unemployed being discriminated against if they've been out of work for a significant amount of time? CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports on the challenge to find work for people that have been unemployed for more than six months. Then, Chris Wragge talks to John Challenger, CEO of the job placement firm, Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc.

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Trending Right Now...

July 28, 2011 9:43 am | by Martin Stevens, CEO, A1 Technologies | Articles | Comments

When you start to talk about “trending,” immediate reactions will almost certainly take you to Internet search engines, popular culture references, and the topic of the day on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Even within the 3D digital technology sector, trends are often dominated by the medium of film and television, where there are serious investors and therefore serious amounts of money involved.

Overcoming Commodity Prices with Private Labels

July 28, 2011 9:38 am | by Brian Boyle, Senior Managing Director, Food & Beverage Group, McGladrey Capital Markets LLC | Articles | Comments

Without question, the rise of commodity prices has a direct impact upon food manufacturers. Most noticeable is the impact they have on gross margins. When food manufacturers sell through retail or commercial food service channels, there is typically a lag time between the fluctuation itself and the time when a manufacturer can adjust its prices towards the retailer to offset those changes.

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Police Investigating Blaze At Tire Plant

July 28, 2011 9:21 am | News | Comments

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — Investigators searched a western Pennsylvania tire plant Thursday, a day after a reported explosion and fire in cold storage area of what a company official said is the oldest tire manufacturing plant in North America. The fire at Specialty Tires of America in Indiana, Pa.

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GE Aviation Plans $56M Expansion

July 28, 2011 9:18 am | News | Comments

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — GE Aviation, a unit of the General Electric Co., plans to spend $56 million to build a second manufacturing plant in Mississippi to produce advanced composite components for aircraft engines and systems. GE Aviation plans to employ 250 workers at the new Ellisville plant when full production is achieved around 2018.

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Workers Unionizing At IKEA's Only U.S. Plant

July 28, 2011 9:13 am | by Steve Szkotak, Associated Press | News | Comments

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Workers at IKEA's only U.S. factory overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to unionize amid complaints they have been paid less, injured more and treated worse than the thousands of Europeans who work for the Swedish furniture giant. The vote among workers at IKEA subsidiary Swedwood Danville was 221-69, according to IKEA and the union that will represent them in collective bargaining, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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Officials Investigating Death Of Maintenance Worker

July 28, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating the death of a Georgia maintenance worker who was hit in the head by a heavy machine at a Gordon County industrial plant. Gordon County Deputy Coroner Bo Nicholson says Shin Gyun Kim of Rossville taken by helicopter to a hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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2,000 Delta Employees Taking Buyouts

July 28, 2011 9:10 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

With high fuel prices slicing last year's profit in half, Delta Air Lines said 2,000 workers are taking voluntary buyouts, it will cut its fall schedule more than expected and it won't fly routes where it can't make money. Airlines have been raising fares to cover higher fuel bills. Delta's fuel cost rose 36 percent to $2.

Ford Can't Keep Up With Demand

July 28, 2011 9:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford can't make enough Focus cars to keep up with rising demand because of equipment problems that have caused a shortage of dashboards, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Machinery that makes the skin that covers dashboards at a Ford parts factory outside Detroit works intermittently.

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Type II AccuFlow Safety Can

July 28, 2011 8:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Type II AccuFlow Safety Can from Justrite Mfg. Co. (Mattoon, IL) was built to meet OSHA and the National Fire Protection Association requirements. Protection features include an internal stainless steel flame arrester that dissipates heat to prevent flashback ignition and a gasketed, self-closing leak proof lid that automatically vents to guard against explosion.

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Navigator Series Of Portable Scales

July 28, 2011 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

OHAUS Corporation (Pine Brook, NJ) has launched the Navigator Series of portable scales. The Navigator Series offers sensors for “touchless” operation, fast response time, and overload protection. The touch-free control of tare, zero, print, function, and display backlight helps to minimize touching the keypad, avoiding cross-contamination.

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MiniTest 650 Measures Anything

July 28, 2011 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MiniTest 650 from Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) is ideal for any measuring task in the finishing industry. Its dual sensor identifies the substrate material and upon contact with the surface, the gage automatically switches to the suitable measuring principle based on the user’s application.

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Yard And Dock Management System

July 28, 2011 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 4SIGHT Yard and Dock Management System from 4Front Engineered Solutions (Carrollton, TX) combines RFID and GPS technology to increase productivity in loading docks and yards. Designed to alleviate bottlenecks in the dock and yard areas, 4SIGHT enables facility managers to effectively schedule and facilitate loading and unloading at various dock positions.

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MISUMI Adds Over 8,700 In-Stock Components

July 27, 2011 12:27 pm | News | Comments

MISUMI USA , Inc., a subsidiary of MISUMI Corporation, part of MISUMI Group, Inc ., has announced the addition of a significant number of frequently ordered components to its distribution center in Elk Grove Village, IL, near Chicago.  As the result of increasing demand for certain sizes and styles of many popular MISUMI mechanical and factory automation components, more than 8,700 items have been added to the local stock, effective immediately.

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A War Of Economic Survival

July 27, 2011 12:13 pm | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

Many see the U.S. economy as recovering. Still, there are structural changes in the economy that are subtle but very important. The U.S. is ignoring manufacturing, budget deficits, trade deficits, China’s manipulation of their currency, the decline of R&D, the loss of our technologies to China, and the decline of good paying jobs for the middle class.

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