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EPA: Iowa Company To Pay Penalty, Clean Up Oil

September 26, 2011 9:27 am | News | Comments

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — Federal authorities say an eastern Iowa steel company will pay a nearly $55,000 penalty and clean up oil leaking from storage tanks on its Bettendorf property. The Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release Monday that several violations of federal regulations were noted during a March 2010 inspection of Sivyer Steel Corp.

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Redesigned CSD Compressor Series

September 26, 2011 7:43 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Kaeser Compressors (Fredericksburg, VA) has introduced the redesigned CSD rotary screw compressor series. Available in flows from 186-565 cfm (60-125hp) and pressures to 217 psi, the new CSD models offer reliability, efficiency, and easy maintenance. CSD compressors come standard with several new features including the Sigma Control 2 intelligent compressor control.

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MultiCal 2500 Precision Calibrator

September 26, 2011 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new MultiCal 2500 Secondary Standard Precision Calibrator from E Instruments International (Langhorne, PA) is a full-featured temperature, pressure, and DC calibrator intended for research and development, metrology, manufacturing, and calibration applications. The MultiCal 2500 features include: Accuracy of +/-0.

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Magnum Bin Transport Trucks

September 26, 2011 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Quantum Storage Systems (North Miami Beach, FL) has announced its new line of Magnum Bin Transport Trucks, constructed of heavy-duty, all-welded angle frame. Each truck features twin tubular handles with smooth radius bend for extra comfort plus four bolt-on urethane casters (2 swivel and 2 rigid) for easy replacement and tracking.

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COMM+4 PCIe Serial Interface

September 26, 2011 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems, Inc. (Liberty, SC) has introduced the COMM+4 PCIe serial interface, for expanding serial communications in a variety of test and measurement, process control, and point-of-sale applications. The interface provides four multifunction serial ports, each individually field-configurable for RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485.

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Coca-Cola To Invest $3B In Russia

September 26, 2011 5:32 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. and Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company SA, plan to invest $3 billion in Russia over the next five years as part of an ongoing push into emerging markets. Coca-Cola, the world's largest soft drink maker, has been investing in emerging markets in order to expand its presence there.

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U.S. Steel Sees Savings From Natural Gas Vehicles

September 26, 2011 5:28 am | News | Comments

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A pilot program that retrofits vehicles to use natural gas is generating thousands in savings for United States Steel Corp. and has the company looking to expand the venture. The company began operating a compressed natural gas fueling station and seven retrofitted vehicles in Gary in December.

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Toyota Launches First "Minicar" In Japan

September 26, 2011 5:26 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is selling its first "minicar" in Japan as demand increases for the tiny vehicles which are popular for short commutes. Toyota Motor Corp., Japan's top automaker, launched the Pixis Space minivehicle manufactured by group company Daihatsu Motor Co., on Monday. Minivehicles, or "kei," are defined under Japanese regulations as having maximum length of 3.

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Ford To Launch 15 New Vehicles By 2015 In China

September 26, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Ford's chief executive says the growth of China's auto market is sustainable as the company looks to launch 15 new vehicles by 2015 in the country. Alan Mulally said Monday that China is a sustainable market with the country's leadership focused on keeping inflation in check without derailing economic growth.

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UAW, Chrysler Talks Back On

September 26, 2011 5:19 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Contract talks between Chrysler and the United Auto Workers union have restarted after breaking down earlier this week over financial issues, the union and the company said Saturday. UAW President Bob King and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne had "productive discussions" on Friday and talks are continuing, both sides said in a statement.

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First Boeing 787 Delivered To ANA

September 26, 2011 5:16 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (Kyodo) — All Nippon Airways Co. received the first of Boeing Co.'s long-delayed 787s at the U.S. manufacturer's plant in Everett in the state of Washington on Sunday to launch the fuel-efficient, wide-body aircraft for passenger service in November. The Dreamliner, which was initially scheduled to be delivered to the Japanese carrier in May 2008 but saw a series of delays over the years, is due to arrive...

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Keeping A Watchful Eye On The Food We Eat

September 23, 2011 9:39 am | by Adam Aronson, Chief Executive Officer, Arrowsight | Articles | Comments

Preventingcross contamination from pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella has been the long-standing top priority for the meat industry. From harvesting through processing, contamination typically occurs due to inconsistent sanitary procedures. Meat producers have continuously improved handling practices, and over the last ten years our meat supply has become safer than ever before.

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Q&A: A Total Systems Approach

September 23, 2011 9:34 am | Blogs | Comments

Leading up to PACK EXPO Las Vegas (September 26-28; Las Vegas Convention Center) , this year's largest resource for packaging and processing innovation in North America, we spoke with Jonathan Titterton, Director of Sales & Marketing at Bosch Packaging Technologies (Booth #1423), Brian Barr, packaging sales manager at Heat and Control (Booth #2433) and Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education & Workforce Development at PMMI,...

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Signs Of China Slowdown Add To Dim Global Outlook

September 23, 2011 9:27 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Signs that the powerhouse Chinese economy is slowing have spooked global markets and sharpened fears that the world economy will not escape another recession, so much so that a small, preliminary survey of Chinese manufacturers contributed to a global stock market plunge this week.

Texas Instruments Buys National For $6.5B

September 23, 2011 9:25 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Texas Instruments Inc. said Friday that it completed its $6.5 billion purchase of National Semiconductor Corp. The deal had cleared regulatory reviews earlier this week. Under the terms of the deal, Texas Instruments agreed to pay $25 for each outstanding share of National common stock.

Samsung To Step Up Apple Patent War

September 23, 2011 9:23 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A top Samsung executive says the company will take a bolder stance in its patent battle with smartphone and tablet rival Apple, which Samsung claims has been "free riding" on its patented wireless technologies. "We'll be pursuing our rights for this in a more aggressive way from now on," Lee Younghee, head of global marketing for mobile communications, said Friday in an interview.

UAW Shifts Focus To Ford

September 23, 2011 9:19 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union shifted the focus of its contract talks to Ford Wednesday night after failing to reach a deal with Chrysler. The move could mean trouble in the talks with Chrysler, which was close enough to a deal with the union that CEO Sergio Marchionne flew from Europe to the U.

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Ford CEO: Recovery Is Slow But On Right Track

September 23, 2011 9:17 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — At his first press conference as CEO of Ford, Alan Mulally was asked how he could run such a complex company with no experience in the car business. The former Boeing executive responded that cars, which have around 10,000 parts, are indeed very sophisticated. Then he smiled and noted that a jumbo jet has 4 million parts — and it flies.

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Union: Documents Show Boeing Aimed To Trump Unions

September 23, 2011 9:14 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The union in a high-profile labor dispute with Boeing Co. says newly released documents show the company opened a new plant in South Carolina to limit the power of employee unions in Washington state. The Machinists union says the documents bolster the government's lawsuit accusing the company of retaliating against unions by opening a second production line for the 787 aircraft in Charleston.

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Sebastian Thrun: Google's Driverless Car

September 23, 2011 7:36 am | Videos | Comments

Sebastian Thrun helped build Google's amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents. Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go.

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