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HP Paints Rosy Outlook Despite Missing A CEO

September 29, 2010 3:21 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. offered a rosy financial outlook Tuesday without giving any guidance on the biggest issue hanging over the world's largest technology company: the identity of its next CEO. The leading maker of personal computers and printers has been looking for a new leader since its board pressured Mark Hurd, its CEO of five years, to step down in an early August scandal revolving around allegations of sexual harassment and deceptive expense reports.

Kid's Science Kits May Be No More Thanks To CPSC

September 29, 2010 3:16 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the tools that teachers use to get kids jazzed about science — hands-on science kits — could face an uncertain future amid a debate on safety. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has been mired for weeks in deliberation as it writes guidelines on what makes a product a "children's product.

Caterpillar To Build Mini Excavators In China

September 29, 2010 3:13 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest marker of construction and mining equipment, said Wednesday it plans to open a new facility in Wujiang, China, to build mini hydraulic excavators. The company currently supplies Chinese customers with mini excavators produced at a facility in Xuzhou, China, and with machines produced in Sagami, Japan.

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Iowa-Based AMS 'Anxious' To Build Electric Cars

September 29, 2010 3:12 am | News | Comments

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Webster City company is close to beginning production of electric vehicles. AMS Inc. owner Joe Fleming says the firm is about two weeks away from producing the autos and is putting final preparations in place. The Webster City Freeman Journal reports Tuesday that the company will start out assembling about 38 cars a week and increase that to about 100 cars a week in December.

Warehouse Shooter Quarreled With Woman He Shot 11 Times

September 29, 2010 3:09 am | News | Comments

CRETE, Neb. (AP) — Investigators say the man who shot three co-workers at a cold-storage warehouse in southeast Nebraska and then fatally shot himself had argued with the woman he shot 11 times. The Saline County Sheriff's office released an update Tuesday on its investigation of the Sept.

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Hershey Approves $200 Million Expansion Project

September 29, 2010 3:07 am | News | Comments

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Chocolate maker Hershey has gained township approval for a $200 million expansion project that would shift production from a century-old plant to a modern facility nearby. Derry Township supervisors on Tuesday approved the final land development plans for the 243,000-square-foot expansion at a plant in West Hershey.

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Automated Cable Security

September 28, 2010 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Seatek Company (Stamford, CT) has introduced a new model in its Roto-Split line — the RS-101B — which is equipped with an auto-clamping feature that eliminates the need for a thumb screw when cutting different sizes of AC/MC cable. Any cable from 14-2 to 10-4 or 3/8” Flex is secured just by squeezing the bottom lever, preventing the application of too much force to aluminum casing.

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Better Avoidance Detection

September 28, 2010 7:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omron Scientific Technologies Inc. (Fremont, CA) introduces its compact Type 3 safety laser scanner — the OS32C Safety Laser Scanner — with a 104.5mm profile and low 5W power consumption. According to the company, the OS32C is easy to install, making it ideal for solving presence detection and collision avoidance applications.

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Prevent Mold And Bacteria

September 28, 2010 7:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sycamore Systems LLC (Montgomery, IL) provides protection against the spread of mold, bacteria, and staph infections with antimicrobial Exchangemaster lockers. Non-organic silver ions kill bacteria on contact within two hours, and provide 24/7 antimicrobial protection. Check out www.lyonworkspace.

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Vibration Analysis Goes Wireless

September 28, 2010 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Process Management (Austin, TX) has extended the capabilities of its CSI 9420 Wireless Vibration Transmitter to deliver more detailed information for machinery analysis. The CSI 9420 can now also use Emerson’s Smart Wireless network to send high-resolution spectra to vibration expects for detailed diagnosis of machinery issues.

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Eliminate Contract Termination During Its Term

September 28, 2010 5:43 am | by Roberta F. Howell | Articles | Comments

The first column of this series discussed strategies for minimizing the risks of terminating a distribution relationship by carefully structuring the relationship from the beginning.  In this column, we identify strategies for minimizing the risks of termination during the contract term.

India's Economy Primed To Grow 10 Percent A Year

September 28, 2010 4:47 am | by Vijay Joshi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — India's economy could easily grow 10 percent a year if the government makes dramatic improvements to infrastructure, boosts productivity and improves education standards, a top Indian policymaker said Tuesday. At a time when developed countries are barely growing, India expects to achieve a growth rate of 8.

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California Bans Cadmium In Children's Jewelry

September 28, 2010 4:45 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California became the largest U.S. state to limit the toxic metal cadmium in children's jewelry on Monday, effectively creating a new national standard ahead of promised federal action. Lawmakers and public health officials have worried that kids who suck or bite jewelry containing cadmium — a known carcinogen — could suffer long-term poisoning, including problems with their kidneys and bones.

RIM Announces 'Enterprise-Ready' Mobile Tablet

September 28, 2010 4:44 am | by Andrew Vanacore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The company that gave us the BlackBerry — still the dominant phone in corporate circles — thinks its business customers will have room in their briefcases for at least one more device: the PlayBook. Research in Motion Ltd. showed off the tablet for the first time Monday and is set to launch it early 2011, with an international rollout later in the year.

Oracle Sues Chip Makers Over Price-Fixing

September 28, 2010 4:42 am | News | Comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Oracle Corp. is suing Micron Technology Inc. in federal court, saying the semiconductor maker and other companies artificially inflated prices for microchips. Oracle says Micron and other conspirators, including South Korea's Hynix and Samsung and Germany's Infineon, artificially inflated prices above what Oracle's Sun Microsystems business should have paid for them.

Senate Dems Try To Punish Firms That Export Jobs

September 28, 2010 4:40 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

UPDATE: 11:52am WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax legislation that would have punished U.S. firms that export jobs has failed in the Senate. The bill failed to reach the 60 votes required to advance in the 100-member chamber. Democrats held the vote Tuesday nonetheless to display their commitment to economic recovery just five weeks before the Nov.

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Chrysler Ends Suspensions, Fires Boozing Workers

September 28, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC says it has fired 13 plant workers a Detroit TV station caught drinking alcohol and smoking what appeared to be marijuana during breaks. Chrysler manufacturing chief Scott Garberding told WJBK-TV in a Sept. 22 report that the automaker identified some of the workers from Detroit's Jefferson North plant on tape and was pursuing the others.

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Safety Noncompliance Is A Major Problem 

September 27, 2010 12:20 pm | Articles | Comments

Approximately 98 percent of safety professionals surveyed in a study by Kimblerly-Clark Professional reported that workers in their organizations had at some point neglected to wear the necessary safety equipment while on the job. Nearly  all  of the safety professionals in a recently-released survey said that workers in their organizations had at some point failed to wear the necessary safety equipment while on the job.

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Can RFID Tags Survive A Flamethrower?

September 27, 2010 11:53 am | Videos | Comments

In the latest edition of the RFID Network , durable RFID tags are put to the test in a number of extreme environments, including sledge hammer hits from an awfully strong-looking man. If that isn't enough, other tags get welded to metal plate, and a select few suffer the fate of a flamethrower. 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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Diamonds Make For Better Polishing

September 27, 2010 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Pro Polish floor polishing system from General Equipment Company (Owatonna, MN) was designed for use with popular models of single- and dual-head, low-speed surface grinders, and works well with concrete, marble, and any other surface that can be polished. The system uses a series of seven 10-inch diameter diamond-polishing pads, which have a chemistry that is specially formulated to operate at the lower rotational speeds found in surface grinding equipment.

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