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CAT Says Heavy Equipment Sales Up

August 18, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar says global sales of its heavy equipment grew 35 percent in July even though last year's numbers were strong. The world's largest maker of mining and construction equipment provided an update on sales Thursday in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

GM To Build Electric Cadillac

August 18, 2011 9:05 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors confirmed Wednesday that it will build a luxury version of its Chevrolet Volt hybrid. The company said it is moving forward with the Cadillac ELR, which will run on electricity and carry a four-cylinder gasoline engine to generate power when the batteries run out of juice.

First Erasable Electronic Paper

August 18, 2011 6:20 am | Videos | Comments

Taiwanese researchers are taking recycling to a new level with ''i2R e-Paper'', a rewritable electronic paper that can be re-used up to 260 times. The developers say their e-paper will soon replace the conventional paper used for signs and posters. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Turning A Valve Upgrade Requirement Into Opportunity

August 18, 2011 6:16 am | Articles | Comments

Grand Rapids, MI– With the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Section 58 safety regulation coming into effect July 1, 2011, Owatonna, MN-based Pirkl Gas, Inc., knew that an upgrade to its propane facility was going to be in order. The new regulation dramatically alters the types of equipment that can legally be used in propane-gas systems, requiring all bulk-storage tanks with a volume of more than 4,000 gallons of water capacity to have their storage tanks fitted with either internal valves or an Emergency Shutoff Valve.


Find & Unload Your Dead Weight

August 18, 2011 6:11 am | by Alan Nichol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions LLC | Articles | Comments

A lesson I learned from one of the Six Sigma masters is to dig into the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system of a business and plot out the sales vs. inventory numbers of various products. We have ERP and MRP systems to help make it easy to mine the data of our daily or yearly productions, but it’s amazing how few of us know how to do so or use these systems for such purposes.

VOC-TRAQ Volatile Organic Compound Detector

August 17, 2011 12:13 pm IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The VOC-TRAQ total volatile organic compound (TVOC) detector from Baseline Industries (Lyons, CO) monitors and records PID detectable TVOCs using any PC with a Windows operating system. Designed for ease of use, the USB compatible VOC-TRAQ can operate while connected to a PC, or it can remotely store up to 36,000 sample readings with the detector’s internal memory using the optional rechargeable power supply.


Original Series Air Operated Double-Diaphragm Pumps

August 17, 2011 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Wilden (Grand Terrace, CA) has announced that its Original Series metal Air Operated Double-Diaphragm Pumps (AODD) feature a design that is ideal for demanding liquid-transfer applications that feature a large amount of solids. This design makes them ideal for use in the pulp-and-paper industry.


Cimperial 1072-HFP

August 17, 2011 12:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cimperial 1072-HFP from CIMCOOL Fluid Technology (Cincinnati, OH) is a single fluid to prevent, control, and reduce foam—even when fluids are used in high pressure delivery systems. Developed for use in high fluid pressure applications, it is recommended for all metals and all heavy-duty machining operations.


Witte Vibrating Packer

August 17, 2011 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Witte vibrating packer from The Witte Co. (Washington, NJ) gently vibrates flexible bulk bags, intermediate bulk containers, and other bulk shipping containers to increase their bulk density for improved efficiency in packaging operations. Applying linear vibration from underneath the bulk container, the packer creates a fluidizing action that removes air from in between the particles while protecting particle integrity, shape, and size.


Google Deal Sparks Speculation

August 17, 2011 10:35 am | Videos | Comments

Google's $12.5 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility has the potential to shake up the smartphone business landscape, and position Google to better compete with rival Apple. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Turtle Heads Home After Pioneering Medical Treatment

August 17, 2011 10:30 am | Videos | Comments

A resilient green sea turtle has been returned to the ocean off the Florida coast after ground-breaking treatment to repair injuries caused by a collision with a motor boat. Doctors used a method usually reserved for humans to save the animal's life. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Small Town America Still In Pain

August 17, 2011 10:21 am | Videos | Comments

Wall Street may just be waking up to signs of a slowing economy, but in small towns like Tehachapi, California tough times never stopped. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.


Unemployment Rate Dips, Economy Adds 117K Jobs

August 17, 2011 10:20 am | Videos | Comments

Hiring picked up slightly in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent, an optimistic sign after the worst day on Wall Street in nearly three years. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Chopsticks Made In The U.S.A.

August 17, 2011 10:19 am | Videos | Comments

Nadia Bilchick explains why a company in Georgia is making chopsticks for China. Making 600 chopsticks per minute, a Korean immigrant's company is producing up to six million chopsticks per day to export to China. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Putin Says Russian Aircrafts An "Absolute Strategic Priority"

August 17, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

ZHUKOVSKY, Russia (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed Wednesday to keep the development of national aerospace industries a top priority for his government. Putin spoke at Moscow's International Aviation and Space Show at Zhukovsky air base outside the capital, saying that supporting aircraft makers will be an "absolute strategic priority.

Kia Suppliers Plan To Meet Increased Demand

August 17, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

WEST POINT, Ga. (AP) — Suppliers for the Kia Motors plant in West Point say they're considering expanding their workforces in preparation for the automaker's plan to construct the Optima sedan. The LaGrange Daily News reports ( that the Georgia plant is scheduled to begin producing the 2012 model-year Optima later this year.


Rally Defends Corporate Jet Owners

August 17, 2011 9:10 am | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A top lobbyist representing the makers of corporate jets and other business aircraft is urging industry employees to tell President Barack Obama to stop criticizing their customers. Pete Bunce, president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, told employees of Rockwell Collins during a rally in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday they need to speak out in defense of their jobs.

FL To Spend $2M On Training Programs

August 17, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will spend $2 million on three new training programs for seaport, air cargo and other international trade jobs. Workforce Florida, a public-private job-creation partnership, announced the Quick Response Training grants Wednesday in Jacksonville.

KS Gov. Says Being Green Will Bring Jobs

August 17, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Renewable energy development in Kansas could help lure businesses to the state, Gov. Sam Brownback said. "I want Kansas to be known as the Renewable State," Brownback said. "To get there, we have to balance the three E's: Energy, Economy and the Environment.


Boeing Completes 787-8 Flight Testing

August 17, 2011 9:04 am | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Boeing said Wednesday that it recently completed the flight tests required for type certification of its new 787-8 aircraft with Rolls Royce engines. The final flight occurred Saturday onboard the ninth 787 to be built. The 14-person crew completed emergency simulations during a 90-minute flight between Billings, Mont.


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