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EPA Hopes To Tighten Bush-Era Pollution Restrictions

July 7, 2010 4:42 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing a new rule to tighten restrictions on pollution from coal-burning power plants in the eastern half of the country, a key step to cut emissions that cause smog. The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the new rule represented its most consequential effort yet to tackle deadly pollution that contributes to smog and soot that hangs over more than half the country.

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FDA Approves First In-Eye Telescope

July 7, 2010 4:39 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have approved a first-of-its-kind technology to counter a leading cause of blindness in older adults — a tiny telescope implanted inside the eye. The Implantable Miniature Telescope aims to help in the end stages of incurable age-related macular degeneration, a creeping loss of central vision that blocks reading, watching TV, eventually even recognizing faces.

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Toyota Learns To Take Its Time With New Vehicles

July 7, 2010 4:38 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is extending the time it takes to develop new vehicles by about four weeks for more quality checks in the wake of its massive safety-related recalls, a top executive said Wednesday. Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada said the company has learned a lot from its recalls of more than 8.

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Executives Charged For Running Bankrupt Company

July 7, 2010 4:32 am | News | Comments

SALEM, S.D. (AP) — Two men at the helm of Salem's largest employer when it collapsed into bankruptcy now face criminal charges. Randy Bauer, 52, of Appleton, Wis., and Jason Ollerich, 37, of Sioux Falls, each are charged with four counts of theft by deception, Attorney General Marty Jackley said.

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Researchers Discover Cheaper Adhesive By Accident

July 7, 2010 4:29 am | by Greg Bolt, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Researchers at Oregon State University appear to have landed themselves in a sticky business thanks to a discovery made entirely by accident. The researchers, led by wood science Professor Kaichang Li, recently stumbled on a new form of adhesive that they say is just as good as those currently used in various tapes, stick-on notes and stamps.

Clean Parts Faster

July 6, 2010 6:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The five-gallon Oil Eater Table-Top Parts Cleaner from Kafko International Ltd. (Skokie, IL) makes the cleaning of greasy parts faster, easier, and safer, according to the company. The water-soluable Oil Eater solution flows through the integral cleaning brush, allowing for an easier clean-up.

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Step Up Your Monitoring

July 6, 2010 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Union Process, Inc. (Akron OH) is now offering an optional data acquisition package to provide customers with real-time data for monitoring conditions in the manufacturing facility, as well as improving quality control and making test comparisons easier. The software package is designed to interface with the Baldor VS1SP variable frequency drive, and enables customers to monitor the following parameters: Voltage to the motor.

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Ventilate And Perforate Easily

July 6, 2010 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schober USA (Fairfield, OH) announces five VentPerf-Hot systems for the online or offline micro-perforation of film and other specialty materials. According to the company, the VentPerf-Hot systems are ideal for packaging or ventilation applications, with a system to fit any need.

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Polyurethane Coatings For Tough Environments

July 6, 2010 6:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sherwin-Williams (Cleveland, OH) introduces Polysiloxane 1K, a single-component polysiloxane finish coat that provides weathering and chemical resistance like other polyurethanes. The 1K coat also has long-term color and gloss retention, extending the system’s life cycle in harsh environments, making it an ideal steel coating choice for maintenance in industrial environments.

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The Tax Downfall

July 6, 2010 5:40 am | by by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Photo via flickr user alancleaver_2000 . The economic recovery may be in full swing, but many manufacturers are still struggling and some federal tax policies have the potential to send these manufacturers to the soup line. Of the manufacturers in the U.S., approximately 70 percent are mid-size to small manufacturers.

So Boring It Must Be Important

July 6, 2010 5:39 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

As we do our planning for the content of each print issue of  IMPO , as well as the overall strategy for www.impomag.com  and our daily e-newsletter, we’re faced with three primary marching orders. Keep it interesting. Keep in pertinent. Address the readers' critical issues.

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Toyota Knew Of Lexus Engine Problem In 2008

July 6, 2010 5:02 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota knew two years ago about the engine problem behind its latest Lexus recall, even changing the spring part to correct it, but did not think a recall was warranted until recently, a company official said Tuesday. Toyota Motor Corp. started Monday a global recall over engine defects in its Lexus luxury models sold around the world, as well as the Crown sold in Japan, moving to repair some 270,000 vehicles to replace valve springs — crucial engine components that are flawed and could cause vehicles to stall.

Nissan Accelerates To Front Of Green Car Chase

July 6, 2010 4:54 am | by Yuri Kageyama,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan is readying a new hybrid system for its Infiniti luxury model, set to go on sale later this year, while revamping technology for regular gas engines to send a green message. Nissan Motor Co. is a leader among global automakers in zero-emission electric cars, with its Leaf being rolled out in a few months time.

Massey Energy Exec Trades Tie For Oxygen Mask

July 6, 2010 4:43 am | by Tim Huber, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One of Massey Energy's top executives has traded his power office for the soot-covered depths of the West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 men. Chris Adkins, chief operating officer of the S&P 500 coal company, led Massey exploration teams into the Upper Big Branch for nearly a month, spokesman Jeff Gillenwater said.

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The Murky Waters Of A GM IPO

July 6, 2010 4:32 am | by Rachel Beck, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Think back to what seemed to be a lifetime ago — like a whole three years — and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who didn't have GM stock in some part of their portfolio. It was one of the most widely held stocks in the world, and one of the world's best-known brands.

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Laid-Off Bobcat Workers Don't Miss Their Jobs

July 6, 2010 4:30 am | by Christopher Bjorke, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Six months later, there is no boss and no time clock and the sun is overhead, instead of a factory roof. "I love the freedom. The biggest thing is I'm in control of my own destiny," said Dale Lang, a former Bobcat employee who now works for himself, running a lawn care business.

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Obama Grants $2 Billion For Solar Manufacturing

July 6, 2010 4:29 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is handing out nearly $2 billion for new solar plants that President Barack Obama says will create thousands of jobs and increase the use of renewable energy sources. Obama announced the initiative in his weekly radio and online address Saturday, saying the money is part of his plan to bring new industries to the U.

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Counterfeit Crimes

July 2, 2010 7:03 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

It’s more profitable to sell counterfeit electronic components than it is to sell narcotics. When it comes to counterfeit products, the limelight has been focused on counterfeit DVDs, music, Gucci purses and Hermes scarves. The proliferation of counterfeit components in the electronics industry receives little attention, but poses a greater threat to public health and safety.

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UV Disinfection: A Bright Idea For Food Safety

July 2, 2010 7:03 am | by Jon McClean, President, Engineered Treatment Systems LLC | Articles | Comments

In a market that is driven by cost and  the need to produce product that is free from infection, whilst using fewer chemicals, ultra violet (UV) disinfection  is adopted  increasingly by poultry and meat processors for a variety of applications. Infection from organisms such as Salmonella Typhimurium and Listeria will contaminate brine chillers, wash water, feed water, spray and drench water and will also infect poultry and meat marinades.

120-Year-Old Steam Locomotive Revived

July 2, 2010 6:44 am | by Ed Marcum, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 120-year-old steam locomotive that spent 55 of those years sitting out in the weather at Chilhowee Park will be back on the tracks this weekend for the first time since 1953, hauling passengers for the Three Rivers Rambler train excursion. Locomotive No. 154 will make its first run in 57 years at 11 a.

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