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Afraid Of The Dark?

April 9, 2010 6:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bossco International (San Diego, CA) announces its newest product, a battery-operated lighted wrench set. According to the company, the new self -supported battery operated wrenches use replaceable CR 2032 lithium batteries, which allow users to take the wrenches with them.

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Bubble Wrap Goes 'Green'

April 9, 2010 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bubble Wrap brand from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) now offers recycled-grade cushioning with a minimum of 50 percent pre-consumer recycled content, the highest in the market. The material combines the recycled content with Barrier Bubble technology, which helps the cushioning retain air longer and promote reusability, according to Sealed Air.

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When The Lights Go Out

April 9, 2010 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Electric Portable Power unit from Schumacher Electric (Mount Prospect, IL) has a 22 amp hour rechargeable lead-acid battery that can provide limited light and power, which allows you to show down your workstation in the case of a power outage. The Portable Power unit can provide light up to 66 hours using the included light, or a 4-watt fluorescent work light can be used for up to 68 hours.

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800 Workers Strike Over Tightened Drinking-At-Work Policies

April 9, 2010 4:47 am | News | Comments

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Scores of Carlsberg workers walked off their jobs in protest Thursday after the Danish brewer tightened laid-back rules on workplace drinking and removed beer coolers from work sites, a company spokesman said. The warehouse and production workers in Denmark are rebelling against the company's new alcohol policy, which allows them to drink beer only during lunch hours in the canteen.

Race Car To Climb Mountain — Without A Driver

April 9, 2010 4:35 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — It can traverse rough terrain, accelerate quickly and negotiate sharp turns like other high-performance sports cars, but there's one thing that sets this Audi coupe apart: It doesn't need a driver. The car, named Shelley, is the latest creation by Stanford University researchers who are developing technology that could help make driving safer and one day allow ordinary vehicles to drive on their own.

U.S.-China Relations Improving, Could Solve Currency Debate

April 9, 2010 4:32 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI, China (AP) — For months, economists have expected Beijing to start boosting the value of its currency about now to ease strains in its fast-growing economy. The big question: Would Chinese leaders put off changes to avoid looking weak in the face of mounting U.S. pressure for action? Washington has helped to defuse that conflict with conciliatory gestures including Thursday's impromptu visit to Beijing by U.

OSHA Proposes Fine For 2,000-Pound Ammonia Leak

April 9, 2010 4:14 am | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal work safety officials want to fine the company that owns a commercial Maine freezer that had an ammonia leak, which may have contaminated millions of pounds of food. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing fines of up to $9,000 for Americold Logistics because of a January leak in Portland caused when a refrigeration unit fell from the ceiling.

Hugo Boss, Union Discuss Alternatives To Closure

April 9, 2010 4:12 am | News | Comments

BROOKLYN, Ohio (AP) — Hugo Boss and union leaders have met with a federal mediator without reaching an immediate agreement on the planned closure of a men's suit factory near Cleveland, which could cost 375 jobs. The union wants to prevent the scheduled April 27 shutdown of the Brooklyn, Ohio, plant and avoid big pay cuts.

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Slim Jim Workers Sue Firms, Town Over Deadly Explosion

April 9, 2010 4:11 am | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — About two dozen factory workers are accusing more than a dozen design, manufacturing and installation firms of negligence in a deadly explosion that ripped through a Slim Jim production plant in North Carolina last year. Their lawsuit also accuses inspectors for the town of Garner of failing to properly oversee the installation of a commercial water heater.

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Australian Rio Tinto Exec Will Not Appeal 10-Year Sentence

April 9, 2010 4:09 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — An Australian former Rio Tinto executive decided voluntarily not to appeal a 10-year prison sentence in a high-profile bribery and commercial spying case and is "peaceful and relaxed," his lawyer said Friday. Stern Hu's decision, announced Thursday, prompted suggestions he was concerned an appeal might lead to an even more severe sentence in a case that rattled foreign businesses in China.

Time For Action: When Windows Can't Protect You

April 8, 2010 7:01 am | by Torsten Roessel | Articles | Comments

All things come to an end. And so it is with Microsoft Extended Support and Security Updates for Windows 2000, which will cease in July of this year. Any manufacturer with industrial applications based on Windows 2000 may wisely be considering a newer operating system right now, in order to remain in production with the needed security support.

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Get An Edge On Inventory

April 8, 2010 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Edge 5000 Series from Apex Industrial Technology (Loveland, OH) is a rugged and easy-to-use Internet Appliance that tracks, manages, and controls critical tools or supplies. The Edge is designed to deliver in harsh factory environments with a heavy-duty construction, including an option steel front door.

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Keep A Rat-Free Facility

April 8, 2010 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bug Blocker security screen door from Rasco Industries, Inc. (Loretto, MN) keeps out birds, pests, and rodents while providing accessibility to your employees. The aluminum extrusion frame is strong, corrosion-resistant, and the screen material is a tough stainless steel wire mesh.

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Reclaim Your Floor Space

April 8, 2010 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

FastPic Systems (Westbrook, ME) has developed the FastPic inventory management software, which allows manufacturers to manage and control inventory while processing transactions in real-time. When additional parts are needed, an operator can select the order to process in the FastPic software, and seamless integration of Shuttle VLMs allows the units to begin retrieving the required parts immediately.

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LEGO-Like Crane Kits

April 8, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Demag Cranes & Components (Cleveland, OH) offers pre-engineered single girder crane kits in either top running or under running configurations that allow installers to do their own on-site assembly. The kits are shipped with all necessary components except the steel beams.

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Boeing: 787 Wing And Fuselage Stress Tests Complete

April 8, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Boeing Co. says the stress tests for its new 787 jetliner's wing and fuselage went as planned. On March 28, workers at Boeing's Everett, Wash., plant bent the wing of a special test 787 by 150 percent of the most extreme forces it would experience in flight — about 25 feet upward at the wing tip.

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Toyota Official: 'We Need To Come Clean'

April 8, 2010 4:09 am | by Ken Thomas and Larry Margasak, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five days before Toyota announced a massive recall, a U.S. public relations executive at the automaker warned colleagues in an internal e-mail: "We need to come clean" about accelerator problems, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday. "We are not protecting our customers by keeping this quiet," wrote Irv Miller, group vice president for environment and public affairs.

The Color Of Spinach

April 7, 2010 11:08 am | Articles | Comments

Tony Bordieri of State Garden, Inc., a MA-based processor of fresh produce, details how his company was able to preserve customer confidence and limit profit loss during the recent spinach recall. This video is an excerpt of a webcast that discussed maintaining profitability in the event of a recall, and can be downloaded for free at www.

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From Segways To Robotic Arms

April 7, 2010 11:07 am | Articles | Comments

Dean Kamen, well-known for inventing the Segway, visits Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report to show off the LUKE arm (yes, its named after Luke Skywalker and his unfortunate incident with Darth Vader). The robotic appendage was commissioned by the Department of Defense and DARPA, with the goal of accomplishing a simple mission: to provide amputees with the accuracy and touch sensitivity to pick up something as small as a raisin, or as fragile as a grape.

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The iPad — Will It Blend?

April 7, 2010 11:06 am | Articles | Comments

A tragedy? For many, absolutely. Amusing? At IMPO , we like to see product destruction in all its forms, whether or not it involves a highly-coveted new gadget. The people at Blendtec certainly seem to share that passion. 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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