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Apple Rumored To Unveil 'iPad 2' Today

March 2, 2011 4:04 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple Inc. is expected to unveil the second generation of its wildly successful iPad Wednesday at a media event in San Francisco. Apple sold more than 15 million of the original touch-screen tablet computers in the first nine months on the market. An updated device will help the company widen its head start against competitors, most of whom are just beginning to sell their first tablets.

Economy Perks Up After 217,000 Jobs Added In February

March 2, 2011 4:00 am | by David K. Randall, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures reversed course and pointed to a higher opening Wednesday after a report said that private companies are adding more jobs than economists had expected. Payroll-processor ADP said that private-sector employment increased by 217,000 from January to February on a seasonally-adjusted basis, well above the 180,000 new jobs that analysts had predicted.

Buffett: Economy Doesn't Need So Much Coddling

March 2, 2011 3:50 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says the U.S. economy continues to improve and doesn't need as much government help as it is currently getting. Buffett appeared Wednesday on CNBC four days after releasing his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders. The CEO says most of the businesses Berkshire owns, except the ones that make housing-related products, continue to inch along and improve.

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Calif. Startup Manufactures EVs In China, Sells In U.S.

March 2, 2011 3:38 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — A startup California developer of electric cars said Wednesday its first model will be manufactured in China and go on sale in the United States this year. CODA Automotive Inc.'s four-door sedan will be produced by a Chinese partner based on one of its models that has been adapted for electric drive and to meet U.

Nissan Unveils New Leaf-Based Sports Car

March 2, 2011 3:34 am | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — What do you get if you cross Nissan's Leaf electric compact with one of the Japanese car maker's Z-car racers? Possibly the Esflow, an unlikely mashup the Yokohama-based constructor unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show this week. On the outside it's all flash, with a gleaming silver aluminum body and sexy sportscar curves inspired by Nissan's long racing lineage.

In A Good Omen, Automotive Sales Rise 27 Percent

March 2, 2011 3:28 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A 27 percent increase in U.S. auto sales last month is a good sign for the industry despite political volatility in the Middle East and rising oil prices, a Citi Investment Research analyst said Wednesday. Analyst Itay Michaeli said in a note to investors that U.S. sales of 990,000 cars and trucks for February came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 13.

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Complex, Yet Gentle Conveying

March 1, 2011 6:53 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The recently-introduced line of CABLEflow Tubular Cable Drag Conveyors from Spiroflow Systems (Charlotte, NC) are designed for applications requiring gentle handling and conveying both to and from multiple points in a circuit. They can transfer friable bulk products from single or multiple in-feed points to single or multiple discharge points with little or no damage.

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Better Flame Detection

March 1, 2011 6:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 3600-L/LB UV/IR Optical Flame Detectors from Sierra Monitor Corporation (Milpitas, CA) are used to monitor for flames from gasoline, methane, heptanes, ethanol, and diesel fuel, and carry an ATEX approval. The detectors sense the radiant energy in both the UV and IR spectrums, and analyze the signals for frequency, intensity, and duration.

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Make Washdowns Easier, Cleaner

March 1, 2011 6:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZONEWORKS (Milwaukee, WI) has developed the SCW Wash-down Curtain Wall to isolate production lines for cleaning, all while operating at peak capacity on other lines. The flexible fabric wall is ideal for any plant with harsh wash-down environments, allowing users to minimize overspray and reduce the potential for cross-contamination during routine processes.

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High-Torque Electrical Actuators

March 1, 2011 6:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

The P-Series, PA-PD Series, D Series, and PL Series Electric Actuators from ProMation (Brooksville, FL) are designed for rugged, industrial use. They are available in a variety of models, such as quarter-turn reversing, quarter-turn reversing spring return, and linear drive models to provide on/off, jog, or proportional control.

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Fuel Prices Force Automakers To Think Greener

March 1, 2011 3:54 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — Just when carmakers thought it safe to roll out new models in the wake of the economic crisis — 170 premiers are advertised for the Geneva Auto Show opening this week — a spike in fuel prices has cast a new shadow over the industry and redoubled attention on green technologies.

U.S. Manufacturing Hits New High Since May 2004

March 1, 2011 3:38 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturers likely increased production at a slightly faster pace in February than in January, when output rose at the quickest pace since May 2004. Economists forecast that the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index ticked up to 60.9 in February from 60.

UAW, Caterpillar Avoid Walkout With New Contract

March 1, 2011 3:33 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The United Auto Workers say the union has reached a tentative labor agreement with Caterpillar Inc., averting a possible walkout. The UAW says the tentative six-year deal was reached Monday night. Union members will vote on it this weekend. Both Caterpillar and the union issued releases on the agreement Monday night, but neither revealed any details about the proposed contract.

Harley's Kansas City Union Approve $15 Million In Cuts

March 1, 2011 3:28 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Union workers at the Harley-Davidson plant in Kansas City approved a contract that the company says was needed to keep the plant in Missouri. The seven-year contract approved Monday will mean the loss of about 145 full-time workers. The company will add about 145 positions for workers to fill in when needed.

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Body Armor Contractor Execs Charged With Fraud

March 1, 2011 3:24 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators on Monday charged a U.S. defense contractor and three of its former board members with accounting fraud, saying the company overstated earnings to investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission said DHB Industries Inc. settled the civil charges without receiving any penalty.

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Illegal Immigrant-Hirer Now Faces Discrimination Lawsuit

March 1, 2011 3:18 am | by Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi company that pleaded guilty to conspiracy related to the nation's largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants is now facing a lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against non-immigrants who applied for jobs. A discrimination lawsuit filed Friday in U.

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The Brainstorm: Virtual And Remote Teams

February 28, 2011 10:00 am | Articles | Comments

IMPO sister publication, Product Design & Development , talks with industry to get their perspective on issues critical to the design engineering marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What does it take for virtual or remote teams to succeed? Can you build an effective long-distance design team? Kevin Simmons, Design Development Director, Industrial Designer,  DD STUDIO Being a full-service design and engineering consultancy, DD Studio has communicated at various levels over the course of 27 years with molders and manufacturers in the Far East on behalf of our clients.

Rotary Valves Deliver Sweet Benefits

February 28, 2011 9:41 am | Articles | Comments

Each and every working hour, 10,000 pounds of sugar is processed at the Lance Private Brands bakery in Burlington, Iowa. The company produces about 5 million pounds of product per week: 180,000 cases of crackers and numerous pallets of sandwich creams and wire-cut premium-brand cookies for major stores around the country.

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Try Out Camfil Farr's Filters

February 28, 2011 8:04 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Camfil Farr (Jonesboro, AR) announces its 30/30 Test Drive program, which allows facilities to use and evaluate the company’s air filters in their own systems — at no cost or obligation — for 90 days. The 30/30 high-capacity MERV 8 pleated panel filter is ideal for medium-efficiency filtration in almost any application, according to the company.

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Washdown-Safe Electrical Boxes

February 28, 2011 8:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Calpipe (Hammond, IN) has developed a stainless steel single-gang weatherproof in-use box with a lockable cover, which is ideal for corrosive or harsh environments, such as wash-down applications. The casted, 316 stainless steel receptacle cover is compliant with the NEC and NEMA 3R requirement.

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