Casella USA (Amherst, NH) has unveiled the new CEL-630 data logging meter designed to simplify the task of measuring workplace noise in environments prone to variable or fast-changing noise levels. The device provides the operator with an overall average result, along with a time history of every reading.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies sold fewer products overseas in February but the trade deficit narrowed because of a big decline in oil imports. The trade deficit fell 2.6 percent to $45.8 billion in February, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Exports, which had hit an all-time high in January, edged down 1.
PARIS (AP) — One of Renault's top executives will lose his job amid a wide-scale corporate shakeout following a deeply embarrassing scandal that saw France's partially state-owned car maker falsely accuse three of its executives of espionage. In a statement Monday, Renault said Chief Operating Officer Patrick Pelata would be removed from his position and given unspecified duties within the Renault-Nissan alliance.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc. is investing $168 million in an alternative power project that aims to produce enough solar energy to light 140,000 homes. The commitment announced Monday is part of the financing that BrightSource Energy needs to build solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Intel Corp. has launched a new chip for tablet computers, as the world's most powerful semiconductor company aims to become a contender in the market for mobile chips. Intel's chips are in 80 percent of laptops and desktop PCs, but it's had less success getting its chips into smaller devices such as cellphones and tablets.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A piece of granite being moved at a Louisville business had fallen, pinning and killing a worker. The accident occurred Monday afternoon at KBR Manufacturing killing 50-year-old Sylvia Walters of Taylorsville, according to WAVE-TV in Louisville. Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says other employees found Walters under the stone and called for help.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A report Gov. Jay Nixon touted Monday as a five-year economic blueprint for Missouri recommends that the state promote the development of seven specific industries with a mixture of tax incentives, specialized job training and expanded infrastructure projects. The industries, announced previously, are advanced manufacturing, energy, bioscience, health sciences, information technology, financial and professional services, and transportation.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Experts said a North Dakota wind turbine's rotor and blades crashed to the ground because they weren't properly aligned with a power shaft atop the turbine's steel tower, which caused the rotor's connecting bolts to fail. The March 14 accident north of Rugby will prompt more frequent inspections of other turbines, said Scott Winneguth, director of wind plant engineering for Iberdrola Renewables Inc.
Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT February U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $329.43 million, according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 10.
Exposure to ionizing radiation is believed to be dangerous for humans. The rays or particles can damage human tissue based on the exposure; typically, the more radiation, the more damage. As Japan’s nuclear disaster continues, the Fukushima 50 and others risking their lives to prevent a nuclear catastrophe have been exposed to dangerous levels of radiation as they attempt to stabilize the power plants.
The System One centrifugal pumps from Blackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) are designed for high-volume, severe-duty applications. The System One has a stiffer heavy-duty shaft and larger bearings, which means that operators can expect improved mean time between failures for reduced maintenance costs.
Pres-On (Addison, IL) is now offering an EPDM tape that combines the flexibility of standard open-cell foam tapes with the sealing qualities of closed-cell foam tapes. The Pres-On P9400 seals out damaging dust, wind, water, and noise with a variety of roll widths, lengths, and thicknesses. It is excellent for filling joints and spaces, as well as for sealing HVAC installations.
Stanley Proto (Conyers, GA) has developed nine new Interchangeable Head torque wrenches and 125 head attachments. The wrenches consist of three electronic, two micrometer, and four pre-set versions, and come in 1/4”, 3/8”, and 1/2” drives. Torque values range from 25 inch-pounds to 250 foot-pounds.
Falcon Electric, Inc. (Irwindale, CA) has announced it has obtained UL listing for its CE-approved 220VAC SSG Series UPS product line. The SSG Series UPS are designed to operate in temperature environments beyond the capability of standard UPS products, with an operational temperature range of -4° to 131°F.
I blew it. I made a whopper of a mistake at Jameco last month. I still feel horrible, and I’m embarrassed about the error, and I've apologized to everyone. All of us say things like "I'm only human" and "We all make mistakes," but too often these generalized comments disappear when it comes to specifics.
Here is what manufacturers should do to ensure their I-9 processes are in compliance with federal immigration laws, so as to avoid costly fines and disruptions. Recently, in the course of one week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency charged with enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, instituted 1,000 new worksite investigations.
DETROIT (AP) — Honda Motor Co. says it will add a week to production slowdowns at its 11 North American auto plants. The company said in late March that it would shut down assembly lines for several hours a day because of parts shortages from Japan. Now Honda says the temporary shutdowns will be extended to the week of April 18.
TOKYO (AP) — Sharp Corp. has suspended domestic production of large-sized LCD panels because of a shortfall of industrial gas after a massive earthquake and tsunami. The Osaka-based company is one of the world's largest makers of LCD TVs and panels. Spokeswoman Miyuki Nakayama says the company has decided to focus on making smaller panels — under 10 inches (25 centimeters) — because it has a stockpile of larger ones.
How old is too old for an airplane? Most travelers don't think twice about it — although there's something unsettling about easing into your seat and finding the armrest still has an ashtray built in. But fliers may be more worried than usual after a 5-foot hole opened in the roof of a 15-year-old Southwest jet earlier this month.
by Josh Brown, Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Where workers once assembled Ford pickups, they now will sort, package and ship plastic pellets. Billions of them. Hampton Roads, meet the nurdle. Nurdles, which range in size from a BB to a gum ball, come in various shapes and colors.