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Accuracy: The Good, Bad, & Ugly

August 26, 2011 5:56 am | by Jim Tennermann, Life Science Market Manager for the Americas, Vaisala | Articles | Comments

Measurement accuracy is a subjective concept applied to all kinds of measurements. Generally speaking, accuracy refers to the degree of closeness of the measurement to a true value. This definition is usually good enough, but not always. The subjective nature of accuracy allows for a wide variety of claims that may technically be true, but misleading at the same time.

Coolerado Heat And Mass Exchanger

August 26, 2011 5:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Air conditioners from Coolerado (Denver, CO) provide 100 percent fresh, filtered, and comfortable air with no added humidity. With the fan being the only component being powered with the system, energy consumption can be reduced by 90 percent. The Coolerado heat and mass exchanger consists of several plates of a special material, designed to wick water evenly on one side and transfer heat through the other.

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W18LTX Cordless Angle Grinder

August 26, 2011 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Metabo Corporation (Westchester, PA) has introduced its first professional-grade cordless angle grinder, complete with a rotating battery pack, making it ideal for grinding and cutting applications in hard to reach areas. The W18LTX cordless angle grinder is part of the PowerMasterSeries of 18 volt lithium-ion cordless power tools.

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BT Series Blow-Through Feeder/Airlock

August 26, 2011 5:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The BT Series Blow-Through Feeder/Airlock from ACS Valves (Caledonia, Ontario, Canada) is designed to ensure optimal bulk density and throughput of hard-to-convey materials such as fine powders and flakes that, in high-pressure pneumatic conveying applications, can easily over-aerate and reduce material feed efficiency.

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Microfiber Surface Cleaning Tools

August 26, 2011 5:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Briarwood Products (Cleveland, OH) has introduced the 18 inch and 24 inch Microfiber Surface Cleaning Tools, designed for any surface cleaning application. The Microfiber Cleaning Tools are durable, easy to clean, and can fit any standard threaded handle. With an easy 360 degree swivel radius, these tools are able to slide under furniture and equipment and are also able to fit into tight corners, increasing efficiency and preventing injury.

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Ohio Truck Plant Recalls Workers Laid Off In 2006

August 26, 2011 5:24 am | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Navistar International Corp. has taken back the last of a group of workers laid off from an Ohio truck plant nearly five years ago. Union president Jason Barlow says 20 members of his United Auto Workers local received recall letters on Friday and returned to work Monday at the plant in Springfield.

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Toyota Supplier To Set Up Steel Factory In Quake-Hit Iwate

August 26, 2011 5:22 am | News | Comments

TOKYO, Aug. 25 (Kyodo) — S.S.C, which processes steel sheets mainly for Toyota Motor Corp., said Thursday it will set up a factory in Oshu, Iwate Prefecture, in line with Toyota's strategy of enhancing its group production in northeastern Japan ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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Mitsubishi Plant To End Production Of Three Models

August 26, 2011 5:20 am | News | Comments

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — The Mitsubishi plant in central Illinois will produce its last Eclipse coupes, Spyder convertibles and Endeavor SUVs this week. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph (http://bit.ly/pZPz76 ) reports that the assembly line in Normal is scheduled to be retooled to begin producing the Outlander Sport crossover SUV by mid-2012.

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OSHA Cites UP For Retaliating Against Workers

August 26, 2011 5:18 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal authorities say Union Pacific Corp. should pay $612,215 for retaliating against three employees who raised safety concerns, but the railroad disagrees with the finding. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it determined the Omaha-based railroad violated the rights of two conductors based in Kansas City, Mo.

GM To Cut Truck Production Next Month

August 26, 2011 5:15 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is cutting its production of pickup trucks next month, a sign that truck sales aren't as robust as the company had hoped. Spokesman Tom Wickham said Thursday that GM cancelled five scheduled overtime shifts on Saturdays in September and October.

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Fire Damages ND Fertilizer Plant

August 26, 2011 5:14 am | News | Comments

LITCHVILLE, N.D. (AP) — A fire at a fertilizer plant in the southeastern North Dakota town of Litchville destroyed a building and about $300,000 worth of dry fertilizer. Fire Chief Darren Miedema tells The Jamestown Sun that no one was hurt in the fire early Tuesday. The cause of the blaze wasn't immediately determined, but Dakota Plains Cooperative President Ken Astrup says the fire might have been sparked by lightning.

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PIG LEAKTRAPPER Absorbent Bag

August 25, 2011 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PIG LEAKTRAPPER Universal Absorbent Bag from New Pig Corporation (Tipton, PA) is designed to secure to leaking nozzles, faucets, and valves. The bag captures the nuisance leaks and drips at their source, before they hit the ground or contaminate soil, and helps facilities to avoid EPA violations.

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Custom Shelving Systems

August 25, 2011 10:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Quantum Storage Systems (North Miami Beach, FL) provides custom shelving systems configured to meet your specific needs. Offered with either wire or steel shelving, bins are manufactured in the U.S. and are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles. The heavy-duty polypropylene bin construction ensures years of usage.

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PB 304 Multipurpose Mallet

August 25, 2011 10:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools Inc. (Gainesville, GA) has introduced the PB 304 Multipurpose Mallet from PB Swiss Tools. The wooden handle consists of FSC-certified hickory from the U.S. and the dimensions of the mallets are adapted to the weights of the hammer heads. Cushioning the recoil by weights in the mallet body allows full and precise strikes.

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CIMTECH 46C Metalworking Fluid

August 25, 2011 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

CIMTECH 46C Metalworking Fluid from CIMCOOL (Cincinnati, OH) has Boeing approval under BAC 5008REVr-Areas 5 and 6. CIMTECH 46C is recommended for moderate duty grinding of hard metals such as cobalt, stellite, and titanium alloys. Designed to meet the strict performance and chemical requirements of aerospace manufacturing, the metalworking fluid has exceptional foam and odor control.

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Kayak, Canoe Maker Bringing Jobs To SC

August 25, 2011 9:05 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A company that makes canoes, kayaks and paddles is expanding in South Carolina's Greenville County, creating 72 jobs over the next five years. Confluence Watersports said Wednesday it will consolidate its separate manufacturing and distribution operations into one location in Greenville along Interstate 85.

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Maker Of Anti-DWI Ignition Locks Sues DMV

August 25, 2011 9:03 am | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Morrisville maker of electronic devices intended to thwart drunken drivers filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the top official at the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. In its suit, Monitech Inc. says DMV Commissioner Mike Robertson broke state bidding rules by withholding the renewal of its state contract.

Delta To Buy 100 Boeing 737 Jets

August 25, 2011 9:01 am | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Delta Air Lines on Thursday confirmed its plan to buy 100 Boeing 737 jets as part of a fleet upgrade, with delivery set for 2013 to 2018. The order announced Thursday is valued at $8.5 billion at list prices, although airlines commonly get discounts. The newer planes offer perks for travelers including a roomier cabin, less engine noise and more room in overhead bins.

Apple Must Show It Can Still Deliver Without Jobs

August 25, 2011 8:59 am | by Jordan Robertson,Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With Steve Jobs bowing out as CEO, Apple Inc. must persuade investors and consumers that it doesn't need the force behind the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad in charge to keep the technology hits coming. Tim Cook, his hand-picked successor, has handled the top job repeatedly in the absence of the ailing Jobs, who resigned as chief executive Wednesday and was elected chairman of Apple's board.

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New Rule Requires Union Rights Posters At Work

August 25, 2011 8:57 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has approved a new rule that requires private employers to notify workers about their right to form a union. The rule requires businesses to prominently display posters that explain the right to bargain collectively, distribute union literature and engage in other union activities without reprisal.

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