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Chinese Auto Sales Dip From March, Still Show Big Growth

May 10, 2010 4:34 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — The surge in China's auto sales has begun to falter with growth in passenger car sales for April easing to just over half the previous month's increase. There were 1.11 million passenger cars sold in April, up 34 percent from a year earlier, the state-affiliated China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Monday.

Automakers Unleash Electric Experiments On Oregon

May 10, 2010 4:26 am | by Richard Read | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Automakers are racing to unleash electric vehicles in Oregon, one of the nation's first significant test markets for plug-in cars. The Nissan Leaf, a four-door hatchback with 100-mile range, leads the pack of zero-emission sedans, with a suggested retail price of $23,780 after tax credits.

LaHood: More Fines Possible For Toyota

May 10, 2010 4:25 am | by Jay Alabaster, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Monday that Washington wants to see results from Toyota's efforts to improve safety, and more fines would be imposed if needed. "If a fine is required, I think everyone recognizes now that safety is our number one priority, and we will do all that we can to uphold the laws in our country," he said.

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When The Utilities Cut You Off

May 7, 2010 8:58 am | Articles | Comments

American Crystal Sugar Company (ACS) is an agricultural cooperative involved in the growing and processing of sugar beets. It operates five sugar factories in the Red River Valley (northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota) and one plant in Montana under the name Sidney Sugars, Inc.

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Wal-Mart Garbage, Phony Warranties & Diabolical Enablers

May 7, 2010 8:50 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

To say that I’m going to move forward with an unbiased opinion would be a flat lie. As the recent victim of techno-junk profiteering, I have bone-picking on the mind and a slew of conspirators who profited, however minimally, from a recent purchase of a bottom-shelf DVD player from a corporate punching bag.

Better Than HVAC

May 7, 2010 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Trane (Chicago, IL) has developed the Performance Climate Changer air handler, with capacities up to 60,000 cfm. The air handler features energy recovery, airflow monitoring, and advanced humidity control options that improve the building environment and better control temperature and humidity.

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Breathe Easy

May 7, 2010 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

3M (St. Paul, MN) has expanded its reusable facepiece respirator line with the 3M Ultimate FX Full Facepiece Reusable Respirator FF-400 Series, designed for flexibility in extreme environments. The new facepiece enables a wide peripheral view, along with a quick assembly and disassembly.

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Keep Your Hands Cut-Free

May 7, 2010 6:33 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Professional (Roswell, GA) has redeveloped its Jackson Safety G60 Purple Nitrile Cut Resistant Gloves, which now provide a higher level of cut resistance with more dexterity and comfort features. The gloves are ideal for use in metal fabrication, glass handling, automotive assembly, and other applications involving the handling of sharp parts.

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Hydrogen Powers The 21st Century

May 7, 2010 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plug Power (Latham, NY) has developed the GenDrive GD-160 and GD-170, which are fuel cell power units for a variety of material handling operations, including forklifts. The GenDrive holds enough fuel to sustain a counterbalanced truck at full-speed throughout an entire shift, without any reduction of power, unlike batteries.

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Toyota Expected To Find Profits Despite Recalls

May 7, 2010 5:22 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp., the world's top automaker, reports earnings for the fiscal fourth quarter on Tuesday. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Toyota is fighting a serious quality crisis, having recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide since October for gas pedal defects, a faulty floor mat and a braking software glitch.

Private Employers Add 231,000 Jobs In April

May 7, 2010 4:46 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — More confident employers stepped up job creation in April, expanding payrolls by 290,000, the most in four years. The jobless rate rose to 9.9 percent as people streamed back into the market looking for work. The hiring of 66,000 temporary government workers to conduct the census helped overall payroll growth last month.

Lettuce Recalled For E.coli, Three In Critical Condition

May 7, 2010 4:33 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A food company is recalling lettuce sold in 23 states and the District of Columbia because of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people, three of them with life-threatening symptoms. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that 12 people had been hospitalized and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was looking at 10 other cases probably linked to the outbreak.

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Consumer Reports Lifts 'Don't Buy' Lexus Rating

May 7, 2010 4:31 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Consumer Reports magazine is lifting a "Don't Buy" recommendation for a Lexus sport utility vehicle that failed an emergency handling test. The magazine said Friday that the 2010 Lexus GX 460 luxury SUV passed the test after a dealership updated software that runs its electronic stability control system.

S. Korean Electric Automaker Plans $50M Hawaii Plant

May 7, 2010 4:28 am | by Mark Niesse, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — South Korean electric car manufacturer CT&T announced plans Thursday to build an assembly plant in Hawaii that will eventually produce up to 10,000 vehicles a year and employ as many as 400 people. The plant would make small two-seaters that reach speeds up to 40 mph and be deployed onto Hawaii's city and neighborhood roads.

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Doctors Reattach Arm Lost In BMW Industrial Accident

May 7, 2010 4:27 am | News | Comments

GREER, S.C. (AP) — Doctors have reattached the arm of a worker at the BMW plant in South Carolina who had the limb severed in a workplace accident. Multiple media outlets reported the employee had his arm severed between the elbow and wrist Wednesday morning at the plant in Greer. BMW spokesman Bobby Hitt says the man was driving a device similar to a forklift when he went through a doorway and his arm struck a beam and was severed.

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BP Workers Ease Containment Dam Into Gulf

May 7, 2010 4:26 am | by Harry R. Weber and Tamara Lush, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

The containment vessel is lowered into the Gulf of Mexico at the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig collapse, Thursday, May 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — Workers eased a giant concrete-and-steel box into the Gulf of Mexico late Thursday, starting the long process of lowering the contraption over the blown-out oil well at the bottom of the sea in an untested bid to capture most of the gushing crude and avert a wider environmental disaster.

Wireless Sensors In Real-Time

May 6, 2010 12:23 pm | by Aaron LaJoie, Electrochem Solutions | Articles | Comments

The ability to make real-time decisions based on pressure, temperature or flow measurements while a process is running can provide significant advantages in a measurement and control system. These advantages can be expressed in different ways, such as cost savings through improved resource management or reduced reliability upon mobile workers.

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When 'Slackers' Take Over Manufacturing

May 6, 2010 10:01 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

We all know that manufacturing has an old age problem . Something has to be done—and rather quickly—to fill in the massive gaps that the Boomers will leave in this industry once they retire. One of the main initiatives to solve this crisis of sorts is to market manufacturing as a career option for the members of Generation Y, of which I am a part.

Bench Press 1,320 Pounds

May 6, 2010 8:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gorbel Inc. (Fishers, NY) has expanded their line of G-Force Q and iQ Intelligent Lifting Devices to include a 1,320lb capacity unit. The G-Force technology combines the responsiveness and flexibility of a human operator with the mechanical power of a machine, according to Gorbel, and can make a workforce more productive by enabling them to safely perform complex lifting and handling tasks.

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A Manufacturing Photo Shoot

May 6, 2010 8:52 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The latest photoelectric sensors from Balluff (Florence, KY) are designed to detect issues such as skew, material shifts, object alignment, and web material drag—all issues that force production levels to be less than optimal. The EdgeMaster comes in four types, the first of which is the BAV MA series, with a fixed dual-optical axis edge detection system.

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