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Spider-Like Robots Boogie Down

May 26, 2010 7:21 am | Articles | Comments

If you’re looking to see some hexapod robots boogie, or at least listen to some tedious electronic music, look no further. I’ll be honest — some of these robots have moves I’m pretty jealous of. 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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J&J CEO: We're Sorry For Bad Products, Recalls

May 26, 2010 7:19 am | Articles | Comments

Johnson & Johnson has been under fire recently for a spate of poorly-manufactured products, and like other major companies mired recalls, the pharmaceutical giant is working hard to restore its image. Bill Wheldon, J&J's CEO, apologizes for the failure to see its manufacturing practices falter, and for the workers themselves who did not follow GMP.

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Oil Regulators Took Bribes, Did Drugs On The Job

May 26, 2010 7:16 am | Articles | Comments

More evidence comes to light that our federal oil regulators were doing their jobs, and then some: CNN reports that some of these "watchdogs," so to speak, took company gifts and used government computers to watch pornography while they were supposed to be working. One even dabbled in drugs, partaking in crystal meth while on the job.

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Tanker Deal Would Bring Boeing Jobs To Michigan

May 26, 2010 4:55 am | News | Comments

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Boeing Co. says it will bring about 450 new jobs and $25 million in annual economic impact to Michigan if it wins the Pentagon's contract to build a new fleet of aerial refueling jets. The Chicago-based company said Tuesday components would come from Eaton Aerospace in Jackson and Grand Rapids, General Electric in Grand Rapids, Honeywell International in Boyne City, and LaSalle Electric Supply in Livonia.

EPA: Most Texas Refineries Break Clean Air Act

May 26, 2010 4:47 am | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency moved Tuesday to end a long-running dispute with Texas over how the state regulates emissions, including cancer-causing toxins such as benzene and butadiene, from dozens of refineries that produce a third of the nation's gasoline and billions of dollars of petrochemicals.

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Nissan Breaks Ground On 1,300-Job Tenn. Battery Plant

May 26, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — Nissan North America Inc. is breaking ground on a lithium-ion battery plant as part of its plan to build electric cars and eventually create up to 1,300 jobs in Tennessee. The battery plant at Smyrna is part of a $1.7 billion investment in the new battery plant and initial production of the all-electric Leaf starting in 2012.

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J & J Promises Overhaul Of Shoddy Manufacturing

May 26, 2010 4:23 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday it has hired an outside consulting firm to help fix manufacturing problems that triggered a massive recall of children's medicines and which have drawn ire from federal lawmakers and regulators. The maker of Tylenol, Motrin and other medications laid out plans to restructure its manufacturing operations in the wake of the latest in a series of recalls that have tarnished the company's household brands.

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Foxconn's Full Disclosure: We Can't Fix Everything

May 26, 2010 4:21 am | by William Foreman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The head of Foxconn bowed deeply several times and apologized Wednesday for a spate of suicides at the factory that makes Apple iPods and iPhones, promising the electronics giant will try to stop more deaths. But the usually media-shy executive, Foxconn Technology Group Chairman Terry Gou, cautioned there was only so much his company could do.

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Maintenance Worker Dies At Okla. Lime Plant

May 26, 2010 4:19 am | News | Comments

MARBLE CITY, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an employee performing maintenance on a machine at a limeplant has been killed. Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart says his office received a call about 4 p.m. Monday of an industrial accident at the U.S. Lime & Minerals Inc. in Marble City.

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Energy-Efficient CNC Machining

May 25, 2010 11:23 am | by Jack Lundee | Articles | Comments

With heavy development of prototypes and the never-slowing business-to-business construction/adaptation of plastic, metals, and wood, laser sintering and stereolithography  have become widely energy efficient. These large machines have rapidly become greener by yielding the same, if not better ouput.

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Economic Terrorism

May 25, 2010 10:49 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

“We have never seen a problem of this size or magnitude in world history. There’s more counterfeiting going on in China now then we have ever seen before,” says Dan Chow, a law professor at Ohio State University who specializes in Chinese counterfeiting.

Keep Pallets Cool

May 25, 2010 8:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Zoneworks (Milwaukee, WI) now offers insulated pallet covers to maintain product temperatures at any point throughout the supply chain. The covers are custom-designed with advanced materials and flexible structure that helps maintain the proper temperature of heated or cooled palletized products.

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Take A 'Peek' At Air Nozzles

May 25, 2010 8:46 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The PEEK Super Air Nozzles from EXAIR (Cincinnati, OH) can deliver strong blowing force while providing non-marring protection should the nozzle come in contact with other surfaces. The thermoplastic construction offers excellent resistance to chemicals, fatigue, and temperatures up to 320°F.

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No More Spreadsheets

May 25, 2010 8:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation (Everett, WA) has introduced the Fluke Manual MET/CAL software, an application for calibration professionals who need to collect, store, and report calibration data consistently and efficiently. The MET/CAL offers a database-driven solution addressing the mechanical workload by providing all the tools needed to calibrate torque gages and tools.

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Gas Detection Gets Personal

May 25, 2010 8:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crowcon (Erlanger, KY) has expanded the capabilities of its Tetra:3 (T3) personal multi-gas detector with an additional toxic gas sensor for ammonia (NH3). The existing sensor range includes flammable gases, oxygen (O2), hydrogen sulphide (H2S), carbon dioxide (CO2), and more.

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Congress Prepares To Quadruple Oil Taxes

May 25, 2010 5:04 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to the massive BP oil spill, Congress is getting ready to quadruple — to 32 cents a barrel — a tax on oil used to help finance cleanups. The increase would raise nearly $11 billion over the next decade. The tax is levied on oil produced in the U.

Toyota Halts Lexus Sales, Waits For Replacement Parts

May 25, 2010 4:58 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. has stopped sales of the Lexus LS sedan for about three weeks while it works to get parts to dealers to fix a problem with the vehicle's steering system, a spokesman said Monday. Toyota on Friday recalled about 3,800 2009 and 2010 LS 460 and LS 600h sedans in the U.

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Electric Boat To Add 450 Jobs, Invest $55 Million

May 25, 2010 4:51 am | News | Comments

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Officials with submarine maker Electric Boat say the company will add 450 jobs at its Rhode Island facility over the next five years, and spend more than $55 million on new infrastructure as part of the expansion of the Virginia-class nuclear submarine program. Electric Boat president John Casey said Monday that this year alone the General Dynamics Corp.

BP Responsible For Exxon Valdez Disaster, Too

May 25, 2010 4:34 am | by Naoki Schwartz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Since a busted oil well began spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico a month ago, the catastrophe has constantly been measured against the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. The Alaska spill leaked nearly 11 million gallons of crude, killed countless wildlife and tarnished the owner of the damaged tanker, Exxon.

Toshiba Invests In American Nuclear Power

May 25, 2010 4:31 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Nuclear power giants Toshiba Corp. and The Babcock & Wilcox Co. said Tuesday they will jointly invest $200 million to foster uranium enrichment technology being developed by USEC Inc. Tokyo-based Toshiba and B&W of Lynchburg, Virginia will contribute equally to the investment, which will be provided to USEC in three stages, the companies said in a statement.

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