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Ultracut Long-Lasting Coolant

September 30, 2011 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rustlick (Glenview, IL) has released a new premium, long-lasting semi-synthetic coolant. Ultracut 380R is ideal for a wide range of machining and grinding applications. This coolant delivers resistance to microbials and is stable in a wide range of light to heavy-duty applications, including machining, cutting, grinding, milling, broaching, threading, and turning.

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Heavy-Duty Air Cylinders

September 30, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The NITRA pneumatic line from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) now includes D-Series heavy-duty air cylinders, ideal for applications where abusive conditions are a concern. The heavy-duty double-acting cylinders are constructed with high quality aluminum components, including a magnetic piston fitted with a PTFE wear band.

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Flexadux Expandable Hose

September 30, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Flexaust (Warsaw, IN) has introduced a new expandable hose for easy handling and storage in a variety of vacuum and dust collection applications. Flexaust Flexadux PV R-4 Stretch is a medium weight PVC hose reinforced with a spring steel wire helix that expands up to 7 times its original length to provide optimum flexibility.

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UAW Chief Says Auto Bailout Was Right Move

September 30, 2011 5:22 am | News | Comments

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers leader in Spring Hill said restarting assembly at the General Motors Co. plant and creating some 1,700 new jobs two years after shutting it down shows the auto industry bailout was the right move and President Barack Obama deserves credit.

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AM General To Lay Off 350

September 30, 2011 5:18 am | by Tom Coyne, Associated Press | News | Comments

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The northern Indiana-based company that makes Humvees for the military plans to lay off about 350 workers nationwide next month because of defense budget cuts and the drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, company officials said Thursday. AM General's new production of Humvees for the U.

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Toyota Case Dismissed Due To Damage Threshold

September 30, 2011 5:14 am | News | Comments

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge in California has dismissed a case against Toyota Motor Corp. that was supposed to be the first to reach trial out of hundreds of sudden acceleration complaints filed in federal court. U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna ruled Thursday that the court doesn't have jurisdiction because damages could not reach a $50,000 threshold under the law.

NASA Selects New Orleans For Rocket Project

September 30, 2011 5:09 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A year after the space shuttle program ended a major employment presence in southeastern Louisiana, NASA chose the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to build some components of its new heavy-lift rocket — provided the project is funded by Congress, a federal lawmaker said.

With Kindle Fire, Amazon's Digital Ambitions Burn

September 30, 2011 5:07 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon's unveiling of the Kindle Fire tablet computer sends a bright-hot message: The online retailer is ready to rival iPad maker Apple in an effort to be the world's top digital content provider. It may sound odd coming from a company that pioneered online sales of physical products, selling its first book, Douglas Hofstadter's "Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental...

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Cyber Attacks On Utilities, Industries Rise

September 30, 2011 5:03 am | by Douglas Birch, Associated Press | News | Comments

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — U.S. utilities and industries face a rising number of cyber break-ins by attackers using more sophisticated methods, a senior Homeland Security Department official said during the government's first media tour of secretive defense labs intended to protect the nation's power grid, water systems and other vulnerable infrastructure.

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Durable Robots Tackle Triathlon

September 29, 2011 11:31 am | Videos | Comments

Panasonic's battery-powered robots gear up for the Ironman triathlon challenge in Hawaii. Reuter's Tara Cleary reports. 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.

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To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

September 29, 2011 11:29 am | by Steve Staedler, LePoidevin Marketing | Articles | Comments

Using Twitter can lead to increased trade show booth traffic. In the weeks leading up to a tradeshow I recently attended with a client, I began Tweeting on their behalf. Using the show’s hash tag (#), I drummed up some pre-show interest and caught the eye of several attending industry trade magazine editors.

Are You A 'Worker' Or An 'Employee'?

September 29, 2011 11:26 am | Blogs | Comments

In any given article about manufacturing, you'll perhaps see a few mentions of the company's "workers." Take a similar article about Google, or Apple, for example, and you'll see a different reality. Instead of being powered by "workers," these technology giants have campuses populated by "employees," "engineers," "ninjas" (a term that makes me cringe).

Tucson Armor Maker To Open New Plant

September 29, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson-based armor maker is set to open a new manufacturing plant. Bourque Industries says the new plant on the city's east side could eventually employ 200 people. The company says the plant will produce advanced ballistic armor for military and law enforcement use and ultra-high-performing metal alloys for various industrial applications.

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GM To Offer Center Air Bag In 2012

September 29, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. said Thursday it will install a center air bag on three of its models next year to better protect drivers and front-seat passengers. The new bag inflates from the right side of the driver's seat and is designed to protect people when their vehicles are hit on the opposite side of where they are sitting.

Firm Promises Payments To Moberly For Plant

September 29, 2011 9:04 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The former CEO of a firm behind a Missouri artificial sweetener plant in Moberly agreed that his new company will pay the city $250,000 by Monday and $3.2 million more within a month for the project now to be turned over to that company. The Columbia Daily Tribune reported (http://bit.

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Ford To Start Retooling Claycomo Plant In April

September 29, 2011 9:01 am | News | Comments

CLAYCOMO, Mo. (AP) — Workers at the Ford Claycomo plant are being told to prepare for a yearlong layoff when the assembly line where Ford Escape SUV's are built is retooled. United Auto Workers Local 249 members told The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/pB3OnH ) they learned this week that the shutdown was planned to begin in April and could last for 12 to 14 months.

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Auto Parts Firm To Pay $200M For Price Fixing

September 29, 2011 8:58 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Tokyo-headquartered auto parts supplier has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $200 million fine in what the Justice Department said Thursday is an investigation of an international price-fixing and bid-rigging cartel . Because Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd. and three of its executives conspired with competitors, "automobile manufacturers paid noncompetitive and higher prices for parts in cars sold to U.

Dozens Arrested In Drug Raid At Boeing Plant

September 29, 2011 8:55 am | by Patrick Walters, Associated Press | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — More than three dozen people have been charged in a prescription drug sweep that included a raid on a Boeing plant near Philadelphia that makes military helicopters. The arrests happened Thursday morning at the 5,400-employee plant in Ridley Park. Federal authorities say 37 people are charged with illegal distribution of a prescription drug.

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Low Profile Bushings

September 29, 2011 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Modern Linear, Inc. (San Rafael, CA) has released a new low profile bushing. Ideal for lower profile applications, this bushing can save space and create a lower profile carriage assembly. Available is sizes one through four, concentric and eccentric, this bushing is compatible with all other components.

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Manufacturing Solutions Suite

September 29, 2011 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Ubisense Manufacturing Solutions Suite from Ubisense (Cambridge, U.K.) provides real-time visibility of production operations to increase throughput, improve quality control, and achieve a smarter workflow. The suite is a comprehensive collection of software applications that leverage location information to precisely pinpoint critical assets moving through complex production environments.

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