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Toyota To Idle Thai Plant Over Political Unrest

May 14, 2010 4:37 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota said Friday it will halt production at one of its four auto plants in Thailand and transfer the workers to the other factories in a move the carmaker says is unrelated to political unrest in the Southeast Asian country. Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Takanori Yokoi said decision to stop production at a Toyota factory on the outskirts of the Thai capital Bangkok was made in November last year.

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Ohio Unlikely To Land $1 Billion Russian Steel Plant

May 14, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The governor is acknowledging that hope has faded for a Russian steelmaking company's plans for a $1 billion steel mill in southern Ohio. Amanda Wurst, spokeswoman for Gov. Ted Strickland, said Thursday the state has not heard from Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works for some time.

The 'Clouds Are Breaking' On Manufacturing

May 14, 2010 4:28 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industrial production is growing more strongly, more evidence that manufacturing is helping to power the economic recovery. Output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities rose 0.6 percent in April, according to economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters. If they are right, that would mark an improvement from the 0.

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The Great Neck Invests $1 Billion In S.C Plant

May 14, 2010 4:26 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is getting some big economic news with word of a New York-based paper products company spending up to $1 billion on a new plant. State Rep. Dan Cooper of Piedmont says Friday's announcement would be good news for Anderson County, which has a 12.5 percent unemployment rate.

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EPA Moves To Regulate Industrial Greenhouse Gases

May 14, 2010 4:25 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency moved Thursday to more tightly control air pollution from large power plants, factories and oil refineries, a step to limit emissions widely blamed for global warming. The EPA said it is completing a rule requiring large polluters to reduce the amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that they release into the air.

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The Evolution Of Innovation

May 13, 2010 12:15 pm | by by Paul Livingstone, Senior Editor, R&D Magazine | Blogs | Comments

In 1957, the Russians launched Sputnik. Two students at the Advanced Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins were able to find the signal that the Russians were broadcasting from the tiny satellite, and used it find the exact location of the silvery ball. It was a harmless trick until the government asked them to reverse the method to find objects on the ground.

Manufacturing Tech Consumption Up 33.7 Percent

May 13, 2010 10:52 am | News | Comments

March U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $258.00 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, and AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 58.

Reduce Your Shrinkage

May 13, 2010 9:53 am | Articles | Comments

Seeing 250,000 pounds of product go to waste each year can bring a tear to any company’s eye. For powdered food processor Allied Blending & Ingredients, Inc., (Keokuk, IA) there was little comfort in knowing that product shrinkage on this order — one percent — is actually the industry norm when handling 25 million pounds of ingredients each year.

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Reversing Trends In Recalls And Liability Lawsuits

May 13, 2010 9:52 am | by Randall Goodden, Author, Lawsuit! Reducing the Risk of Product Liability for Manufacturers | Articles | Comments

A very special conference will be taking place at the Sheraton Gateway Suites by O’Hare Airport in Rosemont IL July 14 and 15. It is  The 6th Annual Midwest Product Safety & Liability Prevention Conference . The Conference is sponsored by the  International Product Safety & Liability Prevention Association  along with  Randall Goodden International .

Lifting Is Just Dandy

May 13, 2010 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Southworth Products Corp. (Portland, ME) introduces the new Dandy Lift with a battery-powered lift mechanism. The Powered Dandy Lift is a clean and quiet product for transporting, lifting, and positioning loads in industrial environments. A 24-volt battery aids in lifting and lowering, and the lift comes in five models with capacities from 220 to 500 lbs.

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Manufacturing On Your iPhone

May 13, 2010 6:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Mechanical Engineering Tools of the Trade iPhone app from Martin Sprocket & Gear (Arlington, TX) allows for accessible power transmission information. The application includes 200 key formulas and conversions used by industrial professions, making notepads and calculators obsolete.

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When It's Good To Be Square

May 13, 2010 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

IRISS, Inc. (Bradenton, FL) has expanded its product line of Custom Application Products (CAP) to include a Square Infrared Window capable of passing durability and impact requirements. IRISS custom-builds the square windows because round windows sometimes do not provide complete coverage, or because so many windows are required they become cost prohibitive to the customer.

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Tobacco Battles Burning Out

May 13, 2010 4:58 am | by by Amanda Earing, News Editor | Blogs | Comments

Recent  legislation  proposed by the Australian government would force tobacco companies to use plain, logo-free packaging on their cigarettes, in an attempt to make the products less attractive to consumers. But Australia isn’t the first government to regulate tobacco in effort to stomp out the industry’s hold on the health of millions of consumers.

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Turning Gas Cylinders Into Missiles

May 12, 2010 8:50 am | Articles | Comments

You probably have a number of cylinders laying around your plant, whether they're used for welding or other compressed gasses, but if not cared for delicately, they could become a serious safety hazrard. Flammability aside, a malfunction or breakage of the cylinder's cap could lead to a massive discharge.

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Making Robots 'Safe For Work'

May 12, 2010 7:39 am | Articles | Comments

With automation becoming an ever-important aspect of manufacturing, more thought must be put into the safe interaction between humans and their robotic "coworkers." While Asimov's First Law of Robotics states that a robot must not hurt a human, we all know this is not the case in a manufacturing setting.

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The Real-Life Tony Stark

May 12, 2010 6:37 am | Articles | Comments

Elon Musk revolutionized the way we pay online with PayPal, and then moved on to Tesla Motors, where he's still trying to change the way Americans drive from point A to point B. As if that wasn't enough, Musk founded SpaceX, which builds space-capable rockets, with the hope of eventually shuttling people and cargo into space.

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Volvo Has An Accident

May 12, 2010 6:33 am | Articles | Comments

Volvo brought in a stockpile of journalists and reporters to see the latest model of its S60 sedan, with the City Safety crash-avoidance system, which is meant to use multiple sensors to help a driver stop quickly enough to prevent a rear-ending accident. Volvo drove a semi out onto their test track, and then launched one of their S60s at 30 mph, a perfect speed for demonstrating the effectivenss of their new system.

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Ford Leads The Way For American Automakers

May 12, 2010 5:15 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Stephen Manning, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the depths of the auto industry's collapse a year ago, Ford told shareholders at its annual meeting that they might have to wait until 2011 before the company started making money again. It turns out they didn't have to wait that long. Thanks to well-reviewed cars and trucks, aggressive cost-cutting and goodwill from consumers for avoiding a taxpayer bailout, Ford Motor Co.

'Green' Movement Hopes Oil Spill Will Spur Major Change

May 12, 2010 4:45 am | by Tamara Lush, Associated Press | News | Comments

VENICE, La. (AP) — In the weeks after an oil rig exploded and killed 11 men in the Gulf of Mexico, worried environmental groups scoured the water for oil plumes, set up animal triage centers and stretched boom across shorelines. Activists hope their involvement doesn't end there; maybe, they contend, this is the catalyst that America's green movement needs.

Nikon Workers Protest Over Gas Poisoning

May 12, 2010 4:29 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Officials in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi are investigating after workers from a factory of Japanese camera maker Nikon Corp. protested over the handling of an apparent gas poisoning incident. Local media reports said more than 50 workers at Nikon Imaging (China) Co.

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