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The Right Torque, Every Time

January 11, 2010 3:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mountz, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has introduced new torque tool options for ensuring the correct torque is applied in applications involving RF/COAX and SMA connectors. In applications using stainless steel or beryllium-copper bodies, the correct tightening of connectors is important to ensure optimum performance.

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WTO To Probe 'Protectionist' Tarriffs On Chinese Tires

January 11, 2010 3:35 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization will launch an investigation into American import taxes on Chinese tires at a meeting of trade diplomats next week, according to a statement Monday. The dispute focuses on a three-year tariff approved in September by President Barack Obama, which aims to slow China's rapid export growth and protect American jobs in the tire sector.

GM Exec: Will Be 'Solidly Profitable' Once Industry Returns

January 11, 2010 3:34 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. should be "solidly profitable" when demand for new cars and trucks rebounds to normal levels, a top executive said on the eve of the Detroit auto show. Bob Lutz, GM's vice chairman, said during a speech Sunday to the Society of Automotive Analysts that the U.

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Ford Sweeps 2010 North American Car, Truck Awards

January 11, 2010 3:30 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The Ford Fusion Hybrid midsize sedan wins the 2010 North American Car of the Year, while the Ford Transit Connect takes truck of the year at the Detroit auto show. Forty-nine auto journalists made the picks. Finalists for the car award included the Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Ford Unveils New Focus To Be Sold Globally

January 11, 2010 3:27 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is unveiling the 2012 Focus, a small sedan that is the company's first truly global car. The new Focus, due in European and North American showrooms early next year, was designed and engineered to be sold worldwide using almost all the same parts, unlike past versions.

Cities Struggle To Revive Abandoned Automaking Plants

January 11, 2010 3:23 am | by David Runk and Jeff Karoub, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WIXOM, Mich. (AP) — Henry Ford's great-grandson arrived at the shuttered auto plant to brag about a plan to revive the vast empty space: Investors would transform it into a modern factory to make solar panels and high-tech energy systems instead of Town Cars and Thunderbirds. "I can't imagine a better way to reuse the facility," Bill Ford said during his visit to the former Wixom Assemblyplant in September.

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Out With the Old, In With the Kardashians

January 11, 2010 3:02 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I recently watched a video on the prospected “obsolete” technology of 2010 —a compilation developed by the Huffington Post which highlighted once prosaic things that were now going the way of the dinosaur. Before I pressed PLAY, I pondered the obsolete… it stood to reason that things like analog television would make the list of the recently tapping out… or DVD in the wake of BluRay? Maybe the Snuggie was past its prime.

Good Housekeeping With Industrial Vacuums

January 8, 2010 11:11 am | Articles | Comments

Under intense scrutiny since the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s (CSB), released its 2006 Combustible Dust Hazard Study, OSHA is taking action to amend is General Industry Housekeeping provision, 1910.22. The amendment to the housekeeping requirements comes as a result of employers’ misinterpretation of housekeeping standards already included in the provision.

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Panasonic Aims For No. 1 'Green' Electronics Company

January 8, 2010 4:03 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Panasonic Corp. said Friday it aims to catapult sales by more than a third in three years in an aggressive bid to become the dominant electronics company in green technologies. The Japanese electronics giant is targeting revenue of 9.5 trillion yen ($101.7 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 2013, up from the 7 trillion yen ($74.

NY Seeks Change On Tax Breaks For Manufacturing Jobs

January 8, 2010 4:02 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Paterson administration wants to change the way New York businesses get tax breaks for job creation, proposing credits for research and development, capital investment and payroll costs for new jobs in high technology, biotechnology, clean energy, finance and manufacturing.

Executives Covered Up Death Toll In Chinese Gas Leak

January 8, 2010 3:42 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — State media says 21 workers were killed by a gas leak at a factory in northern China earlier this week after executives were caught underreporting the number of deaths. The Xinhua News Agency says workers were poisoned after a gas pipeline broke at the Hebei Puyang Iron and Steel Co.

TVA Coal Spill A $428 Million Payday To Contractors

January 8, 2010 3:34 am | News | Comments

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cleaning up the Tennessee Valley Authority's coal ash spill at Kingston is already delivering big paydays for some contractors and it's a tab rate payers should be watching. The nation's largest public utility has open contracts that total $428.5 million. A review of the contracts by The Knoxville News Sentinel shows that 10 firms are under contract to make more than $10 million each from the first phase of the cleanup.

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Dutch Spyker Tosses Out Last-Ditch Bid For Saab

January 8, 2010 3:23 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Hopes to keep Swedish car company Saab alive flickered Thursday as Dutch exotic automaker Spyker Cars made another bid to buy the troubled brand from General Motors, but a person briefed on the dealings said GM remains skeptical that Saab can be saved. Spyker confirmed in a statement issued Thursday evening that it made the last-minute offer, which came a day after GM's interim CEO, Ed Whitacre Jr.

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Ind. Steel Plant Explosion Kills 1, Injures 4

January 8, 2010 3:20 am | News | Comments

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An explosion at a steel plant in Indiana killed one worker and injured four more on Thursday, a fire official said. Portage Fire Chief Bill Lundy said the evening blast at the Beta Steel Corp. plant may have happened because water somehow met with molten steel.

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Suspect In ABB Shooting Unhappy At Work, Says Neighbors

January 8, 2010 3:18 am | by Cheryl Wittenauer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The man widely identified as the gunman in a fatal shooting spree at a St. Louis industrialplant was described as an amicable family man and good neighbor, who would rake an elder's leaves and bring him holiday treats. But 51-year-old Timothy Hendron of Webster Groves, a St.

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What Does It Mean To Have A Creative Workforce?

January 7, 2010 11:25 am | by Mike Collins, Author of Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

In November 2007, a study by the Conference Board and Americans for the Arts in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators, interviewed school superintendents and business executives to find out their views of creativity. Both groups thought creativity was important in the American workplace.

Shooting At St. Louis ABB Plant Claims Three Victims

January 7, 2010 10:33 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An employee of a St. Louis manufacturing plant walked in with an assault rifle and a handgun on Thursday morning and opened fire, killing at least three people and wounding five others, authorities said. Several hours after the shooting, police were still inside Swiss-based ABB Group's plant, going room to room in a search for both the gunman and additional victims, police Capt.

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Ergonomics Can Save Money, Save Lives

January 7, 2010 8:13 am | by Patrick Penfield Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University | Articles | Comments

When we go to work, let’s face it:  the last thing on our mind is getting injured or even dying. Unfortunately, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that in 2008, 5,071 workers died on the job. That’s an alarming number! The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses reported in 2008 was 3.

Fusion-Busting Lubricant

January 7, 2010 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

K88, a penetrating fluid from LPS Laboratories (Tucker, GA), is now available. The fluid features a high solvency, low surface tension, and special additives to enhance penetration, lubrication, and corrosion attack. According to the company, KB 88 meets local, state, and federal VOC regulations, such as those of the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

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Slip Rings Keep Things Rolling

January 7, 2010 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

DEUBLIN Company (Waukegan, IL) introduces the Slip Rings, an electrical device that allows the transmission of power from a stationary to a rotating structure. The rings from DEUBLIN can be easily configured for both power and signal connections, and are compatible with Ethernet, Profinet, RS-232, RS-485, RS-422, CAN, as well as generic analog signals.

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