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Inside Microsoft: The Kinect Frontier

July 6, 2011 8:26 am | Videos | Comments

Jaron Lanier, the "father" of virtual-reality, says the Kinect was the riskiest and one of the most successful product developments of 2010 while Google executive Eric Schmidt criticized Microsoft's ability to innovate. Lanier says Microsoft's Kinect is just the first step, and some say it could be the gateway to a new form of computing.


Do Americans Lack Necessary Trade Skills?

July 6, 2011 8:09 am | Videos | Comments

Chandrakant Patel, HP Fellow and Director, discusses U.S. sustainability, how to make today's wireless hyper-connectivity more efficient, the data centers of the future, and the importance of learning trade skills, not just computer science, for the next generation of American workers. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


The Flying Car Is Ready

July 6, 2011 7:34 am | Videos | Comments

The new Transition, dubbed "the flying car," is really an airplane that can legally and safely be driven on the road. It can also be parked in a single car garage and parked in a home's driveway--perfect for for your personal aviation adventure. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Atlas Copco Portable Air Becomes Portable Energy

July 6, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

Geert Follens, president, Portable Energy Division With effect from July 1, the Portable Air Division is changing its name to the Portable Energy Division, a name which more accurately reflects the division’sextended product portfolio. The new Portable Energy division focuses on five “pillars”, each one relating to a product group: air (on-site compressors), power (on-site generators), light (on-site light towers), water (on-site pumps), and used equipment.

OSHA Cites Howard For 17 Violations

July 6, 2011 5:06 am | News | Comments

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Howard Industries for 17 safety and health violations following the January death of a worker who was electrocuted while calibrating a transformer test station. Authorities say the worker was testing electrical transformers when he was electrocuted.


Aecom Receives $72M Army Contracts

July 6, 2011 5:04 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aecom Technology Corp., which handles construction management and other services for governments and corporations, said on Tuesday that it has gotten two contracts worth as much as $72 million for work at the Letterkenny U.S. Army Depot near Chambersburg, Pa. The work under the two contracts includes production engineering and manufacturing related to the Army's mine-resistant truck.

Furnace At PA Facility Damaged

July 6, 2011 5:02 am | News | Comments

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — AK Steel said Tuesday that a furnace at its Butler, Pa., facility was damage last Friday when molten steel breached the furnace shell. Steel production at the plant resumed Saturday using other electric furnaces at the plant. Workers have begun repairing the furnace, but the company said it doesn't yet have a cost estimate for the repairs, or a completion date.


Bulletproof Clipboards Made From Scrap Armor

July 6, 2011 4:59 am | News | Comments

Greg Latshaw, AP Member Exchange POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) — Company CEOs draw their inspiration differently, and for George Tunis of Hardwire LLC in Pocomoke City, Md., it's a jagged piece of metal shrapnel that moves him. "We keep that around because it helps remind us what those guys are faced with," said Tunis, the company founder, who keeps the black fragment to recall the damage improvised explosive devices can do.


Impala Owners Sue GM Over Tire Wear

July 6, 2011 4:55 am | News | Comments

Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — A lawsuit claims General Motors Co. treated the police better than it did average citizens when taking care of a defective part in 2007 and 2008 Chevrolet Impalas. The lawsuit alleges that Impalas from the two model years have defective spindle rods, which connect the suspension to the rear wheels.

Tech Company Files Patent Lawsuit Against Ford

July 6, 2011 4:51 am | News | Comments

TACOMA, Washington (AP) — A technology company has filed a lawsuit against Ford Motor Co., claiming several of the electronic features the automaker includes in its vehicles violate the company's patents. Eagle Harbor Holdings LLC and subsidiary, MediusTech LLC, filed the patent infringement case against the Dearborn, Michigan, car company in federal court in Tacoma, Washington state, on Thursday.

New Stretch Wrap Delivery System

July 5, 2011 9:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lantech (Louisville, KY) introduces metered film delivery, a new way to dispense stretch film as it’s applied to the load during the wrapping process. The new dispensing system is capable of delivering and managing containment force, the pressure applied to the load by the layers of stretch film.


Consume Less Compressed Air

July 5, 2011 6:49 am | by Jon Barber, Director, Spraying Systems Co. | Articles | Comments

You probably don’t spend much time thinking about all the applications in your plant that require compressed air, but it is a costly utility that can easily account for one-third of a plant’s total electricity usage. Yet, compressed air is often viewed as a fixed cost and overlooked when process improvements are considered.


Solve Your Email Woes with Lean

July 5, 2011 5:46 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions, LLC | Articles | Comments

The Lean methodology was developed for and within a manufacturing environment. That does not mean that it cannot be adapted to the office environment. Use the Lean principles to solve your email troubles and be and feel more efficient.

Diversey To Close Sturtevant Plant

July 5, 2011 5:10 am | News | Comments

STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — Diversey Inc. has informed the state it will lay off about 57 employees when it shuts down its Sturtevant plant in mid-September. The cleaning-products company said this week it plans to close the manufacturing facility permanently. The company says its lease with the facility has ended and it plans to move its production to other company plants.


Toyota To Invest $500M In Ontario Assembly Plants

July 5, 2011 5:08 am | News | Comments

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail is reporting that Toyota Canada and the federal and Ontario governments will announce Tuesday a $500 million investment to upgrade the automaker's two Ontario assembly plants. Sources tell the Globe that the governments will invest about $60 million each.


AutoNation Sales Up 10 Percent From One Year Ago

July 5, 2011 5:06 am | News | Comments

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Car dealer AutoNation Inc. said Monday its new vehicle sales rose 3 percent in June compared with the previous year, a smaller increase than the overall U.S. sales gain for the month. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., company, the largest U.S. dealership chain, said it sold 16,564 new vehicles in June.

Airlines Position For Big Gains In Efficiency

July 5, 2011 5:02 am | News | Comments

Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer Planes are being built out of the same lightweight materials used for Formula 1 race cars. Their engines are being redesigned to squeeze more thrust out of every gallon of fuel. And governments are developing air-traffic systems that will allow airlines to fly shorter routes.

Saab's $40M Deal To Lease Plants Approved

July 5, 2011 4:57 am | News | Comments

Malin Rising, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — The European Investment Bank on Monday approved Saab's plan to improve its ailing finances with a $40 million deal to sell and lease back property. If the deal is also approved by Sweden's government and the national debt office, which is expected, Saab will have cleared a key hurdle in its attempts to resolve a cash shortage that has left it struggling to pay suppliers and staff.


Orders To U.S. Manufacturers On The Rise

July 5, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses likely increased their orders for manufactured goods in May, evidence that supply chain interruptions stemming from Japan's earthquake are fading and the economy could pick up soon. Economists forecast that orders to U.S. factories rose 0.9 percent in May, after falling 1.


New Moyno Mag Drive 500 Series Pumps

July 1, 2011 8:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

New Moyno, Inc. (Springfield, OH) Mag Drive 500 Series pumps are the first cavity wobble stator pumps to offer magnetic drives. The sealless, magnetic drive design provides zero leakage. The pumps can handle toxic, caustic, flammable, and explosive liquids. Features include the lack of mechanical seals, a low-shear and pulsation-fee pumping action, and flow rates from 0.



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