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A Luminary In Electrical Safety

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

Thomas & Betts (Memphis, TN) has introduced a new Push-In Luminaire Disconnect that enables technicians to change ballasts safely and easily without having to trip the main power breaker. The disconnect is ideal for all fluorescent lighting applications up to 4A, 600V, and complies with 2008 NEC 4010.

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Capital Investment Makes Manufacturing RVs A Plush Ride

May 21, 2010 5:39 am | Articles | Comments

Advanced Machine & Engineering Co., (AME) offers its line of Amlok® cylinder rod locks for a variety of applications in myriad industries. One recent installation is on the worker lift platforms at a major RV manufacturer in the Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana area, home to that industry’s leading producers of motor homes, fifth wheel campers, trailers, and other vehicles.

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Contract Manufacturing Is Healthier Than Ever

May 21, 2010 5:38 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

"The thought of U.S. medical device innovators investing millions of dollars on market research and product development time only to compromise the quality and intellectual property of the device by outsourcing to an offshore partner just to save a few dollars. I just don’t get it." - Chris Coghlin, President & CEO, Coghlin Companies In the latest  PD&D Fireside Chat , Chris Coghlin, president and CEO of  Coghlin Companies , discusses the impending limitations new taxes will cause in medical device development, ongoing medical device innovation, protecting his company against counterfeit components, the cool projects he witnesses on the plant floor everyday, and more.

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Govt. Aims To Up Fuel Economy Ante Past 2016

May 21, 2010 4:36 am | by Erica Werner, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to a day when cars and trucks use far less gasoline or none at all, President Barack Obama plans to order the government to prepare fuel efficiency standards for many years from now and renew its focus on electric-powered vehicles. Obama is also asking federal agencies to extend a national fuel-efficiency program to big rig and work trucks for the first time, beginning in 2014.

Obama Pushes For More Nuclear Power

May 21, 2010 4:28 am | by Erica Werner, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is poised to ask Congress to agree to $9 billion more in loan guarantees for the nuclear energy industry, a Democratic aide said Thursday, in a renewed push for nuclear power as the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico highlights the risks of fossil fuel production.

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PepsiCo To Invest $2.5 Billion In Chinese Manufacturing

May 21, 2010 4:15 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. said Friday that it plans to invest an additional $2.5 billion in China in the next three years on new plants and research facilities as the food and beverage maker builds up its presence in the growing market. The company made the announcement in a news release Friday from Shanghai, site of the Shanghai Expo, where PepsiCo is a sponsor of the USA Pavilion.

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Polaris Moves Wisconsin Jobs To Mexico

May 21, 2010 4:13 am | News | Comments

OSCEOLA, Wis. (AP) — Polaris Industries Inc. says it will shut down its parts plant in the western Wisconsin city of Osceola (ahss-see-OH'-luh). The Medina, Minn.-based maker of snowmobiles, ATVs and Victory motorcycles says it's moving many of the operations to a new facility in the Monterrey-Saltillo area of Mexico.

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More Suicides Plague Foxconn's Manufacturing Workers

May 21, 2010 4:12 am | by William Foreman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — A worker at Foxconn Technology Group, which makes iPhones and iPads, jumped to his death Friday from a building in the southern Chinese boomtown of Shenzhen — the ninth suicide this year at the world's largest contract maker of electronics, state-run media reported.

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Tesla And Toyota Announce NUMMI Joint-Venture

May 21, 2010 4:09 am | by Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The heads of Tesla Motors Inc. and Toyota Motors Corp. surprised the auto world Thursday by announcing a partnership to develop and build electric cars at a recently shuttered auto plant in the San Francisco Bay area. Akio Toyoda, CEO of the world's largest automaker, said Toyota will invest $50 million in Tesla when the company begins selling stock to the public, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company will purchase the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.

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When The Little Things Matter A Lot

May 20, 2010 10:58 am | Articles | Comments

Pharma Tech Industries (PTI), a contract manufacturer and packer of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and personal care products, is focused on exceeding customers’ expectations. To consistently achieve their high quality standards, they rely on x-ray and metal detection systems from Mettler-Toledo Safeline and checkweighers from Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed.

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Take Your Work Anywhere

May 20, 2010 10:32 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Lista International Corporation (Holliston, MA) has developed its durable Mobile MRO Workstations, which feature high-density storage cabinets on wheels. The stations can be easily maneuvered to bring parts, tools, supplies, and equipment directly to job sites, saving time and increasing productivity.

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Protecting Delicate Electronics

May 20, 2010 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Polyflex FR fire-resistant impregnation resin from IMPCO (East Providence, RI) is suitable for sealing electronic connectors, wires, and wiring assemblies against corrosion. Polyflex FR can create a permanent flame-retardant barrier that prevents corrosion-related failures by uniformly filling all gaps and pores, and will not reliquify, melt, or burn.

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Smarter Light Curtains

May 20, 2010 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Carlo Gavazzi (Buffalo Grove, IL) announces the launch of the BFD Series, a light curtain that enhances the safe and efficient operation of industrial doors. The BFD’s sequential blanking algorithm allows it to distinguish between a door closing and an object or person in the door, according to the company.

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Monitor Batteries With A Blinky

May 20, 2010 10:28 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Philadelphia Scientific (Montgomeryville, PA) has expanded its line of battery water monitors to include the Blinky, Smart Blinky, and Smart Blinky Remote, which are all designed to meet the battery maintenance needs and budgets of any warehouse or distribution center, according to the company.

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New Mexico Shines Brightly For Solar Manufacturers

May 19, 2010 7:37 am | Articles | Comments

While New Mexico is facing a tough economy like anyone else, they have the advantage of more than 300 days of sunshine every year. Gov. Bill Richardson is pushing hard to bring more solar manufacturers into his state, all with the hope of becoming the nation's capitol for the green technology. 2,500 new jobs have already been created, and everyone is hopeful for more.

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Turning The Tide

May 19, 2010 7:32 am | Articles | Comments

Unlike the wind or the sun, our ocean's tides are reliable like clockwork. That's why South Korea has decided to build what will become the world's largest tidal power plant, which is projected to power up to half a million homes. The massive turbines certainly look more menacing than the white windmills that have been popping up around the U.

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Top 10 Things Overheard At BP

May 19, 2010 7:30 am | Articles | Comments

"Tell everyone it's our free oil giveaway bonanza." 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 Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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Building A Duct Tape Bridge

May 19, 2010 7:30 am | Articles | Comments

Duct tape can fix anything, right? It's used by maintenance professionals, in one form or another, on countless jobs. But can it be used to build something, too? Jamie and Adam of Mythbusters fame once again do the impossible—they build a 100-foot bridge entirely out of the sticky stuff. Does it work? Do one of the Mythbusters fall to a sticky death? Watch the video to find out.

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Washing Off All Of This Oil

May 19, 2010 4:55 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

What’s scary about running a business is the sometimes latent and foreboding knowledge that there are far-reaching effects to everything . As we’ve seen time and again—and especially lately—natural disasters can have the ability to shut us down completely, whether or not we even operate in the hard hit areas.

Nissan To Recall 48,700 Trucks And SUVs

May 19, 2010 4:53 am | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is planning to recall 48,700 trucks and sport utility vehicles for problems with a suspension part that could lead to a rough ride. Spokesman Colin Price says the company is working on details with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and expects the recall to begin this week.

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