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Daimler AG: Mercedes Benz, Meet Alabama

December 2, 2009 3:21 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

December 2, 2009 FRANKFURT (AP) — German carmaker Daimler AG said Wednesday it will move some of its Mercedes Benz C-Class car production to its Tuscaloosa, Ala., plant to take advantage of a growing market, lower production costs and to avoid currency fluctuations. Daimler said production of the new generation of the C-Class should start there in 2014.

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Northrop Abandoning $35b DOD Tanker Battle

December 2, 2009 3:15 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

December 2, 2009 Northrop Grumman Corp. said on Tuesday it won't bid on a huge contract to make a new Air Force tanker plane unless the Defense Department changes the rules. Northrop has been tussling for years with Boeing Co. over a contract worth at least $35 billion to build 179 new Air Force tankers.

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To Be Honest, I'm Lying

December 1, 2009 9:39 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

December 2, 2009 Recently, opinion columnist Stanley Fish asked his New York Times readers to weigh in on their least favorite popular phrases— And the Winner: ‘No Problem’ —things people found to be overused, latently offensive, or just simply redundant.

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Weld Anywhere

December 1, 2009 6:21 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Goff’s Enterprises (Pewaukee, WI) have designed a portable Weld/Grind Cell that features Goff’s weld/spark resistant curtain material, made for demanding industrial environments. The cell is ideal for a welding or grinding process that has just been added to the production line, or when your welding needs must be portable.

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Marking Lasers Fit Old Workflows

December 1, 2009 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TruMark 5020, a new fiber laser marker from TRUMPF (Farmington, CT), is ideal for applications on metals and plastics with high speed and excellent edge quality requirements. The 5020’s dynamic scanner module is able to convert pulse frequencies of up to 1 MHz into a correspondingly high processing speed.

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Magnetic Drilling With Safety In Mind

December 1, 2009 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hougen Manufacturing (Flint, MI) has launched a new line of portable magnetic drills, upgrading the long-standing HMD914 with a lightweight body and an ergonomic handle. In addition, the HMD914S features a swivel base drill-to-magnet coupling that provides versatility and precise positioning, which makes it ideal for challenging fabrication or jobs involving horizontal or overhead drilling.

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Compact, Precise Rototic Welders

December 1, 2009 6:19 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Motoman’s (Dayton, OH) new 6-axis MA1400 “Master Arc” welding robot significantly increases uptime by integrating the torch into the upper arm, and is available in floor-, wall-, or ceiling-mounted configurations. The MA1400 is ideal for high-density layouts with multiple robots working in close proximity due to its integrated cabling, which reduces interference and cable wear.

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Another Recession Possible For Midwest

December 1, 2009 4:12 am | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Rural areas in middle America are being hit particularly hard by what could be another dip into recession for the region, according to a survey of business leaders and supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states released Tuesday. November's Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region stood at 47.

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Newsprint Plant Still Running Despite Steep Declines

December 1, 2009 3:59 am | by Ruth Jensen | News | Comments

GRENADA, Miss. (AP) — The AbitibiBowater newsprint plant in Grenada now employs 181 people — its lowest number on record — but Manager Wade Taylor says they "have been willing to do whatever is necessary to keep the plant going." Newsprint sales have been shrinking over the years, and this year was difficult, Taylor said.

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Sharp Showcases New LCD Plant, 'Mother Glass'

December 1, 2009 3:50 am | News | Comments

SAKAI, Japan (AP) — Huge sheets of glass are guided by robotic arms, sliding and turning in a towering germ-free plant, the world's first making giant "10th generation" panels for flat screen TVs. Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp.'s futuristic-looking plant doesn't have a single worker on the floor.

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Boeing Completes 'Important Milestone' In 787 Hoopla

December 1, 2009 3:43 am | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Boeing Co. has completed a key test of the long-expected 787 jetliner, which an analyst called an "important sign of progress" Tuesday. The Chicago-based aerospace giant said Monday it completed the test, five months after it delayed the first test flight and said it needed to reinforce small areas near the connection of the wings and fuselage.

Mysterious Slaughterhouse Illness? Pig Brain Mist

December 1, 2009 3:34 am | by Chris Williams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doctors at the Mayo Clinic and government public health experts have confirmed the mysterious illnesses in 24 slaughterhouse workers in Minnesota and Indiana from 2006 to 2008 was caused by an autoimmune response to a mist of pig brain tissue. Their article was published Monday in the British medical journal Lancet Neurology.

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Nokia Sues Bevy Of LCD Makers For Price Fixing

December 1, 2009 3:20 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp., the world's biggest mobile phone maker, said Tuesday it has filed suits against several leading liquid crystal display makers — including Philips, Toshiba, Sharp and Samsung — for alleged price fixing. Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant said the suits — filed last month in the United States and Britain — came amid international criminal investigations in the U.

Precision Waterjet Cutting

November 30, 2009 10:58 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Koike Aronson/Ransome, Inc. (Arcade, NY) introduces the KOIKEJET waterjet cutting system, which features a precision ground ball screw drive for a smooth and accurate cutting motion, as well as laser alignment, initial height sensing, and adjustable water level control for improved cutting efficiency.

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Not A Spark In Sight

November 30, 2009 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The non-sparking, non-magnetic Hand Tools from CS Unitec (Norwalk, CT) are manufactured from aluminum-bronze or copper-beryllium and meet ATEX regulations for safe use in areas where hazardous, flammable, or combustible vapors, liquids, dusts, or residues may be present.

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Fast And Flexible Cabling

November 30, 2009 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

TURCK (Minnapolis, MN) announces new A-Size 3 and 4-pin 7/8 16UN powerfast connectors that provide up to 600 volts and 15 amps of power, providing a modular wiring system designed to handle high current applications. The cordsets are available with a tray rated, exposed run PVC flexlife cable, with or without STOOW rating, and 14 AWG wires that allow for replacing hard wiring with a robust, quick disconnect system that saves time and money.

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Adjustable Angle Grinder

November 30, 2009 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

FEIN Power Tools (Pittsburgh, PA) has recently launched its new line of WS 14 compact angle grinder, including a feature called TipStar, which offers a switchless power option. The range of WS 14 range grinders covers the 5” to 6” grinding bandwidth. The WSG 14-70 E can be easily adjusted between 2,500 rpm and 7,000 rpm.

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Improving Control Valve Performance

November 30, 2009 7:52 am | by Fabian C. Gonzalez, Flowserve Corporation | Articles | Comments

The increasing demand on facilities to improve profitability has driven many plant managers to prioritize maintenance activities while striving to increase plant output. Historically, refineries, chemical plants and power plants have focused on achieving cost savings through capital and personnel reductions, and improving output by reducing unplanned downtime.

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Microsoft Provides New Outlook On Lean IT

November 30, 2009 6:37 am | Articles | Comments

Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. is a U.S. $1 billion global provider of manufacturing equipment and services. The company’s employees rely on up-to-date messaging technology to conduct business with partners and customers around the world. Barry-Wehmiller wanted to upgrade to Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 e-mail messaging and collaboration software.

In Your Facebook

November 30, 2009 5:36 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I like to consider myself a true connoisseur of irony. So the circumstances regarding a recent article that Product Design & Development's esteemed associate editor Meaghan Ziemba forwarded on was not lost on me. You see, she e-mailed a collection of editors an article where the author spouted on about the death of e-mail as a form of communication.

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