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The New 'Blue Collar'

August 18, 2010 10:12 am | Articles | Comments

The roles of programmer, machinist, and quality control engineer are rolled into one at this new-age manufacturing plant. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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IMTS: A Leader In Manufacturing Technology

August 18, 2010 7:38 am | News | Comments

The Emerging Technology Center at the 2010 IMTS has some big shoes to fill: none other than the Apollo 11 moon landing. Check out this teaser video to see what new technologies IMTS is bringing to the table, which include nanotechnology and more. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

IMTS: What It's All About

August 18, 2010 7:34 am | News | Comments

The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, on Sept. 13-18, 2010, is shaping up to be an interesting event. Douglas Woods, president of AMT, explains what makes IMTS different. 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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Rockwell Collins Gets $140 Million Air Force Contract

August 18, 2010 5:19 am | News | Comments

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids-based Rockwell Collins has been awarded a $140 million contact by the U.S. Air Force to develop a high performance system for testing military weapons. The technology is called the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System, or CRIIS. The company says in a news release Tuesday that the system will give the military the ability to effectively test weapons systems so the next generation weapons can be deployed to the field more quickly.

Brewer Battles With Bottling Tradition: Resuables

August 18, 2010 4:58 am | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

ST. MARYS, Pa. (AP) — For years, it was the way breweries did business: sell bottles, then take back the empties. It just made sense, especially to folks weaned in the lean days of the Great Depression and World War II, that bottles should be scrubbed and refilled, not thrown away. These days, in a culture where nearly everything is disposable, recycling is a rite and energy costs are high, the decision of whether to toss tradition into the trash heap lies with one brewery about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

GM Partners With China's SAIC For Fuel-Efficient Engines

August 18, 2010 4:43 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. and Chinese partner SAIC announced Wednesday plans for joint development of fuel-efficient small engines and transmissions, focusing squarely on the fastest-growing part of China's huge auto market. The companies, which run several joint ventures including their flagship Shanghai GM, will develop a 1 liter to 1.

Foxconn Holds Morale Parades For Disheartened Workers

August 18, 2010 4:42 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Young workers who normally spend their days assembling iPhones and other high-tech gadgets packed a stadium at their massive campus Wednesday, waving pompoms and shouting slogans at a rally to raise morale following a string of suicides at the company's heavily regimented factories.

Deere Posts 47 Percent Jump In 3Q Profit

August 18, 2010 4:40 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Deere & Co. said Wednesday its third-quarter profit grew 47 percent because American and Canadian farmers bought enough of the company's large equipment to offset a sharp downturn in Europe, but Deere kept its forecast for the year conservative. The company reported $617 million net income, or $1.

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Union: Navistar To Leave Fort Wayne, Ind.

August 18, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A union official at the Navistar International plant in Fort Wayne says the company has told workers it plans to phase out its operations in that city within three years. United Auto Workers Local 2911 President Tom Burkholder says workers got that message Tuesday but it could be a negotiating stategy.

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Vacuums For Gases

August 17, 2010 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

The KNF (Trenton, NJ) N860-Series diaphragm vacuum pumps can sample, transfer, or evacuate air and gases. The compact pumps have structured diaphragm that optimize pneumatic performance and a long service life. N680 pumps feature multi-port valves to tolerate condensation without damage, perform oil-free transfer with an uncontaminated flow, and run quietly with low vibration.

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Abrasives Made Easier

August 17, 2010 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MIGHTY-LOK 3 from The Malish Corporation (Willoughby, OH) is a multi-purpose pad driver that can be used with pads, bonnets, diamond discs, and abrasive pucks. The driver is available in sizes ranging from 13” to 20” and includes a molded riser and universal Malish NP-9200 Tru-Fit Clutch Plate built in to the block.

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Better Gears Make Better Robots

August 17, 2010 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba Machine (Elk Grove, IL) has developed TH-A Series rigid gears for its SCARA 6-axis robots, providing quicker acceleration/deceleration, a longer life span, and easier maintenance. With the new gears, axis one and two of the TH-A combine to provide a near 360° working area. The TH-A’s arms are constructed of aluminum casing, and span from 650mm to 1,200mm.

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Nomex Stands Up To Combat

August 17, 2010 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wiley X (Livermore, CA) has introduced the Wiley X Hybrid Glove, with an 80/20 Nomex/Kevlar weave and an injected molded knuckle protector that can be slipped in and out in seconds to protect the hands. A goatskin rubber helps reinforce high-wear areas on the palm and underside of the fingers.

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FDA: Put Up Or Shut Up

August 17, 2010 4:56 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

A battle for jurisdiction over chemicals in food production is ongoing between government agencies like the FDA and food manufacturers. Both groups appear to believe they are in the best position to protect public health.    Despite organizational failings, the FDA is in the position to best oversee food safety.

Industry: Put Your Studies Where Your Mouth Is

August 17, 2010 4:56 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

In order to mitigate the potentially heavy regulatory changes coming down the pike, food manufacturers and chemical producers need to be the ones to uncover and disclose the effects of their products on public health. A  Washington Post article  published Monday reported on the lack of information possessed by federal agencies — the FDA and EPA, specifically — about the potential health and environmental risks posed by the chemicals often found in foods and food packaging.

Lawsuits Filed In Deadly Conn. Power Plant Explosion

August 17, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A lawyer for a New Jersey man says he'll be filing a $6 million federal lawsuit over injuries his client suffered in a Connecticut power plant explosion that killed six people in February. Attorney William Bloss says the lawsuit will be filed Tuesday morning in U.

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Industrial Production Rose 1 Percent In July

August 17, 2010 4:23 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industrial production rose in July on the strength of U.S. manufacturing, as auto factories stayed open and businesses replaced worn-out equipment. Output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities increased 1.0 percent last month, the Federal Reserve reported Tuesday.

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Death Toll In Fireworks Blast Rises To 19

August 17, 2010 4:21 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — The death toll from a massive explosion at a fireworks factory in northeast China rose Tuesday to at least 19 workers, with five still missing. Up to 50 people were working at the fireworks factory in the Heilongjiang province city of Yichun when it was rocked by the explosion Monday, damaging nearby buildings and sparking secondary blasts, according to a statement on the local government's website.

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14 Protestors Arrested At Honeywell's Kansas City Plant

August 17, 2010 4:19 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Fourteen protesters have been arrested at the construction site of a Kansas City plant that will make parts for nuclear arms. The Kansas City Star reports Monday's arrests came as about 75 people locked arms and marched onto the excavation site. The $685 million Honeywell plant is being built in southern Kansas City.

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GM Recalls 250,000 Crossovers For Unlatching Seat Belts

August 17, 2010 4:18 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors is recalling nearly 250,000 crossover vehicles worldwide to inspect second-row seat belts that could be damaged and not latch. GM says the recall affects 2009-2010 models of the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook. Most of the recalled vehicles are in the United States but some are also in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere.

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