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Feed Your Terminal Blocks

March 19, 2010 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering, Inc. (Stamford, CT) offers a new series of feed-through terminal blocks with a tension clamp connection for fast wire termination and a reliable, secure connection. The YBK terminal blocks are DIN rail mountable and come in gray, blue, red, yellow, beige, and green.

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Company Dividends A Factor In Death Of Golden Flake Heir?

March 19, 2010 4:53 am | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An angry letter and a bag of Golden Flake chips were taped inside Major Bashinsky's abandoned car when it was found near downtown Birmingham. Days later the snack food heir's body was fished out of a public golf course pond a few miles away, and now police are trying to find out if the chips that made his family wealthy had anything to do with his death.

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Boeing Speeds Up Production On 777, 747

March 19, 2010 4:31 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing will speed up production plans for its 777 and 747 models in anticipation of greater demand from commercial airlines in a couple of years. Both are wide-body planes capable of carrying more than 300 passengers and flying longer routes. They're also more fuel-efficient than other aircraft models.

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China To U.S.: Back Off Our Currency

March 19, 2010 4:17 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China is sending a Cabinet official to Washington in a bid to defuse trade tensions, the government said Friday, as it called on U.S. leaders to cool the "politicization and emotionalization" of a currency dispute. A deputy commerce minister, Zhong Shan, will go to Washington on Wednesday to meet with American trade, commerce and Treasury officials and members of Congress, the Commerce Ministry said.

'Runaway' NY Prius Driver Never Used Brakes

March 19, 2010 4:16 am | by Jim Fitzgerald and Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Computer data from a Toyota Prius that crashed in suburban New York City show that at the time of the accident the throttle was open and the driver was not applying the brakes, U.S. safety officials said Thursday. The disclosure prompted an angry response from the police captain investigating the cause of the accident.

Pin The Integrity On The Upper Management

March 18, 2010 12:17 pm | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Let’s talk about CEOs, all right? CEOs are important people, to say the least. They’re the figureheads of some of the world’s biggest entities, entire nations notwithstanding. They get to make the big decisions that either carry a company into our hearts and minds (not to mention wallets), or drive them into bankruptcy.

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Biden: Manufacturing Is Essential To Middle Class

March 18, 2010 12:05 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Manufacturing jobs are essential to support a vibrant middle class and the Obama Administration is working to boost U.S. manufacturing of growing technologies, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday. "We're going to make sure that we don't just build the same old economy on top of the one that just collapsed," Biden said during a visit with Energy Secretary Steven Chu to Cree Inc.

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Chemical Maker Violates U.S.-Cuba Embargo

March 18, 2010 12:04 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Specialty chemicals maker Innospec Inc. pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges of bribery, defrauding the United Nations and violating the U.S. embargo against Cuba, U.S. authorities said. The Justice Department said Innospec entered a guilty plea before a federal judge in Washington to charges of wire fraud in connection with kickbacks it paid to the former Iraqi government under the UN oil-for-food program and bribes to officials in the Iraqi Oil Ministry.

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Strong-As-Steel Epoxy

March 18, 2010 7:20 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

IMSEAL-800, a high-strength epoxy resin from IMPCO, Inc. (East Providence, RI) seals gross (visible) porosity in castings and other metal parts. It completely fills blowholes, cracks, and other defects where welding or brazing would be impractical. Other features include: A leak-proof, pressure-tight seal that can be drilled, tapped, machined, and otherwise processed without worry.

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Riding On Electricity

March 18, 2010 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yale Materials Handling Corporation (Greenville, NC) has launched two new electric rider lift truck models — the 3-wheeled ERP030-040VT and the 4-wheeled ERP030-040VF — both of which provide lifting capacities of 3,000 to 4,000 lbs. Dual AC drive motors rotate the drive tires in opposite directions, which creates the zero turn radius.

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A Decade Later, Still Burning Bright

March 18, 2010 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dialight (Farmingdale, NJ) now offers the DuroSite High Bay fixture, which incorporates Cree’s Xlamp XP-G LEDs and delivers nearly 12,000 lumens while consuming only 150 watts. The DuroSite can sustain an 80 percent capacity after 60,000 operating hours and is virtually maintenance free, lasting upwards of 10 years.

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Shock-Free Hot-Swapping

March 18, 2010 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 770 Series WINSTA MIDI and 890 Series MINI Pluggable Connectors from WAGO Corporation (Germantown, WI) are now UL-recognized 600V devices for disconnection under load. This means the MIDI and MINI connectors can be used as a safe means of disconnecting hot-swappable components (small motors, LED drivers, pumps, or actuators), because its design prevents against hazardous shocks.

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Ford Shares Reach Five-Year High

March 17, 2010 10:37 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Shares of Ford Motor Co. surged to a five-year high Wednesday after a ratings agency upgraded the automaker's debt and said Ford has the potential to improve its finances even further. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker's stock hit $14.11 per share in afternoon trading, a 4 percent surge to levels not seen since January 2005.

Toyota: 'Runaway' Prius A Lie

March 17, 2010 9:56 am | Articles | Comments

While testing the Prius that took its driver for a high-speed ride last week, Toyota found no software or mechanical fault, and called into question the validity of the driver's statements. Engineers were unable to recreate the issue the driver allegedly experienced, and even claim that the wear on the car's brakes are inconsistent with his story.

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Indonesia: We're A BRIC Too

March 17, 2010 7:45 am | Articles | Comments

Indonesia has long been considered a third-rate competitor in the new running for industrialization in the 21st century. But massive developments in the last decade have catapulted the 4th most populous country into the industrial limelight. Some have called for Indonesia’s inclusion into the BRIC group — an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, and China — as the most promising of industrial nations.

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Manufacturing Invincible Black Boxes

March 17, 2010 7:43 am | Articles | Comments

Airline accidents are rare events, but when they do occur, investigators pore through every detail of the wreckage to determine if the crash was the result of human error or mechanical failure. The black box is one of the many keys to solving these massive puzzles, but they have to survive the perils of a crashed, burning plane.

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The Ultimate Rube Goldberg Machine

March 17, 2010 7:42 am | Articles | Comments

OK Go, known for their low-budget and very-viral music videos, takes on the Rube Goldberg machine for their latest project. With the help of Synn Labs and director James Frost, the band designed and built what is arguably the most impressive Rube Goldberg machine to date. Any engineer or manufacturer can not only see the fun and whimsy in this creation, but also its incredible attention to detail and immaculate craftsmanship.

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China's Communist Billionaires

March 17, 2010 7:41 am | Articles | Comments

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that China is a Communist country. When the government used to condemn its richest citizens for greed, a newfound love for capitalism has sprouted among the more than 1 billion citizens, creating a new land of immense wealth. With all those people and all that productivity, China now has the world’s most billionaires except for the U.

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Senators Rally To 'Confront' Chinese Currency Manipulation

March 17, 2010 4:58 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of 14 U.S. senators unveiled legislation Tuesday that seeks to increase pressure on China to let its currency to rise in value against the dollar, saying Chinese "currency manipulation" is hurting the U.S. economy. The bill calls for stiff trade sanctions if China does not act.

China Set To Begin Rio Tinto Bribery Trials

March 17, 2010 4:47 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — A Shanghai court will Monday begin hearing China's case against four employees of mining giant Rio Tinto, including one Australian, on charges of stealing commercial secrets and bribe-taking. Stern Hu, the Australian national, will be among the four defendants appearing at the Shanghai No.

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