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BP Responsible For Exxon Valdez Disaster, Too

May 25, 2010 4:34 am | by Naoki Schwartz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Since a busted oil well began spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico a month ago, the catastrophe has constantly been measured against the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. The Alaska spill leaked nearly 11 million gallons of crude, killed countless wildlife and tarnished the owner of the damaged tanker, Exxon.

Toshiba Invests In American Nuclear Power

May 25, 2010 4:31 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Nuclear power giants Toshiba Corp. and The Babcock & Wilcox Co. said Tuesday they will jointly invest $200 million to foster uranium enrichment technology being developed by USEC Inc. Tokyo-based Toshiba and B&W of Lynchburg, Virginia will contribute equally to the investment, which will be provided to USEC in three stages, the companies said in a statement.

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GE To Build First Freshwater Wind Farm Near Cleveland

May 25, 2010 4:30 am | by Meghan Barr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CLEVELAND (AP) — General Electric Co. announced Monday that it plans to harness the power of winds blowing across Lake Erie by developing the world's first freshwater wind farm several miles offshore from downtown Cleveland. GE and the nonprofit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., or LEEDCo, announced a partnership to develop five wind turbines about 6 miles north of Cleveland Browns stadium.

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Supervisor Hid Child Laborers In Facility Basement

May 25, 2010 4:28 am | News | Comments

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A former supervisor at a kosher slaughterhouse raided by federal agents testified Monday that when child labor inspectors toured the facility, he took two workers he thought were underage and hid them in the basement. Former supervisor Brian Griffith testified Monday against former plant manager Sholom Rubashkin, who is being tried on 83 counts of child labor violations.

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See Into Machines

May 24, 2010 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VisionView operator interface Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) is a low-cost DIN rail-mount adapter that provides direct VGA output for the VisionView application software, allowing operators to connect to any size VGA monitor without a PC. The new hardware option enables operators to connect the VisionView VGA to an Ethernet network using an RJ-45 LAN cable, and at a resolution of 640 x 480 and 800 x 480, plus XGA resolutions of 1024 x 768.

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Flipping The Switch On Safety

May 24, 2010 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pilz (Canton, MI) offers safe, economical safety gate and position monitoring with the PSENmag, which provide non-contact safety switches on the input side and evaluation devices on the output side. The PSENmag switches have a compact design and rugged housing, ensuring a long product service life.

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Soldering Made Accurate

May 24, 2010 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools Inc. (Gainesville, GA) has announced that the company now manufactures Pillarhouse AP-1 universal nozzles for its entire line of selective soldering machines. The nozzles can consistently apply flux and solder to component leads without disturbing nearby SMT components.

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Industrial Torch Accessories

May 24, 2010 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thermal Dynamics (St. Louis, MO) has released a new electrode (p/n 9-8232) and 120A cutting tip (p/n 9-8233) specifically-designed for the automated SL 100SV torch. In automated applications, this pair provides an increased part life and improved cut surfaces. The 1Torch performs with virtually all plasma cutting power supplies, not to mention high-frequency, CD, and touch start systems.

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Building Faster Retractable Conveyors

May 24, 2010 6:32 am | Articles | Comments

Retractable conveyor systems are used in many industries, but most often in food and pharmaceutical. The determining factor in the performance of these systems is speed.  The sytem comprises transpositors, shuttles, dealers and reciprocators, which can be thought of as: Dealers deal out rows of products.

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Battle Bots Educate Youth On Manufacturing, Engineering

May 24, 2010 6:24 am | by Pamela Kan, President, Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation | Articles | Comments

I first learned about the FIRST program while traveling with one of my salesmen. We called on several companies where somewhere within the course of the meeting one of the engineers would reveal their involvement as a mentor in a group called FIRST . I realize now that these mentors during the time of the competition are extremely dedicated and devote many hours to their teams and probably think of little else.

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China Promises Currency Reform, More U.S. Imports

May 24, 2010 5:00 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China promised currency reforms Monday as it opened a high-level dialogue with Washington but said it will decide the pace and pressed for an end to U.S. curbs on high-tech exports. President Hu Jintao made the pledge at the start of the two-day meeting, apparently trying to defuse a key irritant as officials began wide-ranging talks on financial market reforms, trade and reviving global growth.

Professor: Engineers Aren't What They Used To Be

May 24, 2010 4:41 am | by Amy Rolph | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Adam Bruckner has noticed a disturbing trend during his 38 years as a University of Washington professor of aeronautics engineering. His tests are less rigorous. His students, less prepared. Even the format of classes is changing, morphing into something that requires less manpower and smaller amounts of state money.

Oil Boom Manufacturing Experiencing Unfortunate Boom

May 24, 2010 4:40 am | by Kevin Spears | News | Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Nearly a mile of newly made oil-containment boom, which provides a final and desperate line of defense against an enormous slick in the Gulf of Mexico, gets trucked out of a small factory in Cape Canaveral each day. "We're maxed out," said Sean Geary, sales manager at American Boom & Barrier Corp.

Marble Manufacturer Fires Up Furnace For The Last Time

May 24, 2010 4:37 am | by Michael Sangiacomo | News | Comments

MARIETTA, Ohio (AP) — David McCullough will say a little prayer early Monday, fire up a massive gas furnace for perhaps the last time and do what he does best — produce pretty marbles. McCullough may have to work his magic on the furnace, which has sat idle for months in Jabo Inc.'s tiny factory near Marietta.

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300 Motts Workers Strike Over Wage, 401(k) Cuts

May 24, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

WILLIAMSON, N.Y. (AP) — About 300 workers at a Mott's apple juice plant in western New York have gone on strike over proposed wage and benefit reductions. The unionized hourly employees at the Mott's plant in Williamson, 20 miles east of Rochester, walked off the job Sunday after contract negotiations on Friday failed to reach an agreement.

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Will The Volt Recharge Detroit Automaking?

May 24, 2010 4:27 am | by Sharon Cohen, AP National Writer | News | Comments

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — He stands all day, bent over noisy machines, cutting giant sheets of steel and feeding them into monster-sized presses so powerful the concrete floor rumbles beneath his size-16 feet. This is how Steve Prucnell builds cars. In 22 years, the parts haven't changed much.

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Ford Investing $135 Million In Two Detroit Plants

May 24, 2010 4:26 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Two Ford Motor Co. factories near Detroit will see 170 additional jobs in the next two years as the automaker brings battery pack and gas-electric hybrid transmission assembly to the United States. The company said Monday it will create a "center of excellence" for electric vehicle development in the Detroit area, and it intends to add more than 50 engineers to work on the next generation of electric vehicles.

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For Cutting, Wavy Is Better

May 21, 2010 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS, Southbridge, MA) has engineered a line of professional-grade blades, the Wavy Scallop Edge Blades, that combine the ability to cut tough materials with a longer blade life to outperform standard beveled edge blades. The new product can be used in numerous applications, such as cutting reinforced hydraulic hose or rubber belting.

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Hoses Ready For Anything

May 21, 2010 7:31 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

A flexible, wire-reinforced Santoprene thermoplastic rubber hose from Flexaust (Warsaw, IN) is well-suited for a wide range of ventilation and light bulk handling applications, according to the manufacturer. The Flexadux TR T-6 hose is highly resistant to chemicals, moisture, UV, and abrasion, and is capable of handling toxic fumes, dust, wood chips, and similar materials.

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Conveyors Go Dust-Free

May 21, 2010 7:30 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The DustPruf family of conveyors from Dorner Manufacturing (Hartland, WI) includes the 2300 and 5300 series, and now integrates SmartSlot technology into the frame. This slot provides all the integration and add-on capabilities of a T-slot, without the inherent drawbacks of slots that collect contaminants or debris.

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