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FasMate FN-Series Connectors

September 29, 2011 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

FasMate FN-Series connectors from FasTest (Minneapolis, MN) provide quick connections to threaded ports, delivering fast results in diverse applications. Used in pressure and vacuum testing, filling, flushing, and performance testing, these connectors feature easy actuation and a split collet design to create instantaneous connections, eliminating the need for thread sealant and wrench tightening, and preventing costly port thread damage and...

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SoundStik Ultra Sound

September 29, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SoundStik from VOscope (Wynnewood, OK) is designed to listen to a non audible range of sounds in the automotive, industrial, and service trades. This ultrasound technology allows smart, cost effective preventative maintenance and quick findings of potential or existing problems in major areas, such as: air/vacuum leaks, electrical noise, friction wear, seal/fit integrity, and fluid turbulence.

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Meet The Leader Of The Bionic Age

September 28, 2011 10:19 am | Videos | Comments

At the MIT Biomechatronics lab, professor Hugh Herr is creating robotic prosthetics that mimic the functions of real limbs, leading to a new bionic age. A mountaineering accident that cost Herr both of his legs served as the inspiration behind his work. Now he's trying to advance technology not only for himself, but for the benefit of others.

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HP's Decade Of Struggles

September 28, 2011 10:17 am | Videos | Comments

It hasn't been a great decade for tech giant HP, which has struggled to come up with a vision for the future in the last several years. Despite being the biggest company in the IT industry, HP has had a lot of mistakes and missteps over the past 10 years or so. CNN Money takes a look at HP's recent past and tries to project what the company will do in the future.

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Heinz Ketchup Gets A Facelift

September 28, 2011 10:15 am | Videos | Comments

Same taste, saucier look. Heinz redesigned its ketchup packets so you can choose whether to dip or squeeze, a feat of engineering that took 3 years to develop. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Biotech Jobs Budding In The Rust Belt

September 28, 2011 10:13 am | Videos | Comments

Ohio has seen 20 percent job growth in the BioTech sector over the last 10 years due to both big businesses and startups. 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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Tom Egen On PACK EXPO Las Vegas

September 28, 2011 10:08 am | Videos | Comments

Tom Egan, VP of Industry Services with PMMI, discusses current trends, new technologies, and safety in the packaging industry, and what to look forward to at this year's PACK EXPO Las Vegas. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Carbures To Build First U.S. Facility In SC

September 28, 2011 9:00 am | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Carbures LLC is putting its first American facility in South Carolina's Greenville County and creating at least 50 jobs over the next five years. Officials announced Wednesday the maker of carbon fiber composite structures expects to invest $6.5 million on its new design and manufacturing facility.

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Labor Board Rejects Claim By Crystal Sugar Workers

September 28, 2011 8:58 am | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has rejected a complaint by American Crystal Sugar union workers that the company failed to negotiate in good faith. About 1,300 union workers have been locked out of five sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa in the company's first labor impasse in 30 years.

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Energy Dept Approves Solar Loans Worth $1B

September 28, 2011 8:55 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a Friday deadline, the Energy Department has approved two loan guarantees worth more than $1billion for solar energy projects in Nevada and Arizona. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the department has completed a $737 million loan guarantee to Tonopah Solar Energy for a 110 megawatt solar tower in Nevada, and a $337 million guarantee for Mesquite Solar 1 to develop a 150 megawatt solar plant in Arizona.

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Microsoft, Samsung Expand Smartphone Partnership

September 28, 2011 8:53 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft and Samsung Electronics have agreed to cross-license each other's patent portfolios, with Microsoft getting royalties for the mobile phones and tablets Samsung sells that run the Android operating system. Microsoft Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday that they also will work together to develop and market Microsoft's Windows Phone software.

Unemployment Rates Fell In Most U.S. Cities

September 28, 2011 8:51 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in roughly two-thirds of U.S. cities last month, despite zero job growth nationwide. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 237 of the nation's largest metro areas in August from July. They rose in 103 and stayed the same in 32.

General Motors Workers Ratify New Labor Contract

September 28, 2011 8:49 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Factory workers at General Motors have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new four-year contract with the company that has profit-sharing instead of pay raises for most workers and promises thousands of new jobs. The United Auto Workers union said Wednesday that 65 percent of production workers voted for the deal, while 63 percent of skilled trades workers such as electricians were in favor.

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Hazardous Location Control Panels

September 28, 2011 6:21 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Mokon (Buffalo, NY) now offers power and process control panels approved for use in hazardous locations in both Canada and the United States. Typical features available on Mokon’s power and process control panels include UL and cUL approval with UL 508A labels, ESA electrical approval and CSA compatibility, and CE Mark and directives compliance.

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Insulated Metal Building Curbs

September 28, 2011 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thybar Corporation (Addison, IL) has introduced a new line of laser cut, all welded construction, insulated metal building curbs. Each curb is custom designed to accommodate any rooftop equipment and to conform to any roof pitch. The curbs are fabricated using #14 & #18 Ga. AZ-55 Galvalume material with all welded construction, built-in diverter, and integral conforming notches.

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Twin Shaft Vibratory Drive

September 28, 2011 6:19 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The new twin shaft vibratory drive from The Witte Co. (Washington, NJ) features a proprietary design that produces the linear vibration required to deliver consistent motion to its high capacity fluid bed dryers, coolers, screeners, and conveyors. Developed for smooth, high volume, 24/7 operation, the twin shaft drive operates at comfortable sound pressure levels of less than 80 dBA, 11 percent quieter than OSHA’s permissible industry...

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Rechargeable UV LED Spotlight

September 28, 2011 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronic’s Magnalight (Kemp, TX) has introduced the RL-85-3W-1-UV365 rechargeable UV LED spotlight. This rechargeable UV LED spotlight produces a 365 nanometer ultraviolet light beam that is effective for illuminating UV identifiers, even at a distance, making it ideal for commercial and professional applications.

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Worker Severely Injured In Warehouse Accident

September 28, 2011 5:26 am | News | Comments

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Police on Long Island say a worker was severely injured after becoming entangled in a piece of machinery. Julio Granados suffered severe blood loss and traumatic injuries to both legs in the accident Tuesday afternoon at Clare Rose Distributors in Shirley. Suffolk County Police say the 56-year-old man got trapped in a large compacting baler.

Clinton Talks Job Strategy In NY

September 28, 2011 5:24 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In an often rousing speech, former President Bill Clinton urged New York to keep looking to the future to create a better state, saying America got in trouble by resting on its laurels — the same thing that brought down every major civilization that built wealth and shared the prosperity but became interested mainly in holding onto its position.

Toyota Global Production Bounces Back In August

September 28, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday its global production rose for the first time in a year in August as Japanese automakers continued to recover from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Worldwide output at Japan's biggest automaker climbed 10.6 percent from a year earlier to 626,817 vehicles.

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