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GM Returns To Building Electric Motors In-House

January 26, 2010 3:21 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Corp. is back in the electric motor business. The automaker said Tuesday that starting in 2013, it plans to build its own electric motors for hybrid and electric vehicles. GM has been getting electric motors for those vehicles from suppliers, but wants to make the motors in-house in order to lower costs and improve quality and reliability.

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U.S. Sodexo Workers Demand French Protections, Benefits

January 25, 2010 11:09 am | by Fannie Dassie, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — A group of U.S. employees at French food services giant Sodexo on Monday demanded workplace protections in North America similar to those their colleagues in France enjoy. Their tactics were viewed with curiosity in France, where it is more common to see French labor unions pressing for more rights from big American employers.

Ford Adds 1,200 Jobs To Chicago Assembly Line

January 25, 2010 11:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A person briefed on the matter says Ford Motor Co. will add 1,200 jobs at its Chicago assembly plant to build the new Ford Explorer starting later this year. The company and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn are scheduled to make the announcement on Tuesday at the factory. Quinn told reporters in Chicago on Monday that an unspecified company would be announcing 1,200 new jobs in Illinois.

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Biofuel 'Pests' Key to Energy Conversion & Storage

January 25, 2010 8:06 am | Articles | Comments

In South Dakota,  news that researchers have discovered that an obscure but fast-growing moth species  has a potentially destructive appetite for switchgrass, raises a question. Is the appearance of this destructive pest good news or bad news? Generally,  pests and invasive species are considered very, very bad news .

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Automated Manufacturing System Quadruples Production

January 25, 2010 8:05 am | Articles | Comments

Research Products Company, headquartered in Salina, Kansas, manufactures food additives for the baking and grain milling industries. Products include flour bleaching and maturing services, vitamin and mineral premixes, and others that help the company’s customers create nutritious food for their consumers.

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Extendable, Versatile Pallets

January 25, 2010 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sun Technologies (Blomfield Hills, MI) has developed the Mini Floor & Pallet, which is a 2’ x 4’ x 2’ Polypropylene riser platform. The pallet holds up to 1,000 pounds, yet weighs only 8.5 pounds. In addition, the sections can be connected by the length or the width with clips, which are included.

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Pressure Transmitting Through The Gauntlet

January 25, 2010 7:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Tel-Tru Manufacturing Company (Rochester, NY) has expanded its Silicon Glass Fused Sensor Series of pressure transmitters. The P621 sanitary model features a single-piece 316L stainless steel sensing element with a high-output silicon glass fused strain gauge. This combination maximizes cycle life even in the presence of pressure spikes, vibration, and aggressive fluid media.

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Jib Cranes Get Personal

January 25, 2010 7:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gorbel Inc. (Fishers, NY) has expanded its line of G-Force Intelligent Lifting Devices to include the new G-Jib, a redesign of an enclosed track workstation jib crane. The G-Jib utilizes an industrial processor-controlled servo drive system to deliver unmatched lifting precision and speed.

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Gas Detection, Wirelessly

January 25, 2010 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

From Detcon (The Woodlands, TX) comes the Model 700 gas detection sensors, which now include wireless technology as an integration option, in addition to standard 4-20mA analog and Modbus RS-485 outputs. The Model 700 is designed to work with the Model RXT-300 wireless gas detection system, which is a wireless Modbus replacement and links one master to one or more slaves.

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Chemical Emergencies: Yesterday & Tomorrow

January 25, 2010 3:55 am | by Chris Cowles, Global Marketing Manager, SAFER Systems | Articles | Comments

On Wednesday, December 9, 2009, there was an explosion at a chemical plant just outside of Houston in Pasadena, Texas, injuring two workers at the plant. You may not have heard about this because there was, very fortunately, no off-site toxic release or loss of lives from this tank explosion.

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DuPont Idles Plants After Recent Series Of Accidents

January 25, 2010 3:44 am | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State and county officials say DuPont is planning safety checks that are expected to temporarily idle most manufacturing at its Belle chemical plant. Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper and a spokesman for Gov. Joe Manchin confirmed DuPont's plans Saturday afternoon.

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Bubble Wrap Now 'Over The Hill,' Still Fun As Ever

January 25, 2010 3:42 am | by David Porter, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. (AP) — People have walked to the altar dressed in it, protected their garden plants with it, even put it on display at highbrow art museums. Mostly, they like the sound it makes when they destroy it, piece by piece, which largely explains the appeal of Bubble Wrap, the stress reducer disguised as package cushioning that maintains an inexplicable hold on pop culture.

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More Melamine-Tainted Milk In China's QA Nightmare

January 25, 2010 3:38 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Melamine-tainted dairy products were pulled from convenience store shelves in southern China more than a year after hundreds of thousands of children had been sickened in a massive milk safety scandal, a government spokeswoman said Monday. The announcement calls into question the effectiveness of a crackdown launched by Chinese officials to improve product safety after a number of scandals, including the contamination of baby formula in 2008 and the recent discovery of the toxic metal cadmium in cheap jewelry.

Chrysler's Ohio Stamping Plant Stays Alive 3 More Months

January 25, 2010 3:31 am | News | Comments

TWINSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Union leaders say Chrysler's stamping plant in Ohio will stay open until June 26, three months longer than the company had planned. Doug Rice, president of the United Auto Workers Local 122, said Friday that Chrysler wanted to build up a bank of parts and then close the plant in March, but rising steel prices delayed those plans.

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Military Body Armor Execs Charged With Fraud

January 25, 2010 3:30 am | News | Comments

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) -- A federal jury is hearing the case of two former top executives of the nation's leading supplier of body armor to the U.S. military. They're charged with insider trading, fraud and tax evasion in an alleged $185 million scheme. Opening statements were scheduled Monday in Central Islip (EYE'-slihp), N.

RI Meatpacker Recalls 1.24 Million Pounds Of Salami

January 25, 2010 3:19 am | News | Comments

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island meat company recalled 1.24 million pounds of pepper-coated salami on Saturday, after officials conducting a months-long, multistate investigation of a salmonella outbreak compared shopping receipts of those who got sick. The recall by Daniele International Inc.

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Oil Refineries Desperate For Boomer Replacements

January 25, 2010 3:18 am | by Peter Johnson | News | Comments

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Concerned about the graying of its work force, three Billings area oil refineries persuaded MSU-Billings College of Technology to create a two-year program in process-plant technology. Almost 50 students are starting the concentrated, two-year program this semester, hoping to take advantage of median Montana wages of $51,200 in the industry.

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Safety, Especially At Low Speeds

January 25, 2010 3:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omron (Fremont, CA) introduces the G9SX-LM Low-speed Safety Monitoring Unit, which consists of two proximity sensors and a G9SX safety controller with fault diagnostics, to monitor motor rotation speed and facilitate safe machine maintenance. The G9SX-LM allows an operator to access the machine for maintenance work while it is running at a safe, maximum threshold of 10 Hz.

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The New 'Super' Power: Air

January 25, 2010 3:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

EXAIR’s (Cincinnati, OH) new Large Super Air Nozzle has been engineered to maximize entrained airflow and force while reducing compressed air use and noise. The design directs air to a single point of convergence, delivering 23 pounds of blowing force when mounted 12” from the target.

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Get A Hybrid... Workspace

January 25, 2010 3:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Hybrid Systems from Shure (Washington, MO) can be customized to numerous configurations according to customer specification, with increased under-bench storage, making them ideal for an existing facility in need of remodeling. The workbench systems are offered in 4’, 5’, 6’, 8’, and 10’ lengths to accommodate different configurations.

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