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GAO: Employers Keep Workers Quiet On Injuries

November 17, 2009 3:53 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some employers are pressuring workers not to report illnesses and injuries, just one problem that has led to widespread underreporting of workplace safety issues, according to congressional investigators. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors often didn't interview workers to verify what employers claim when keeping tabs on accident and illness rates, the Government Accountability Office report released Monday states.

Coca-Cola Focuses On New Billion-Strong Middle Class

November 17, 2009 3:46 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. seeks to double its business in the next decade as it caters to the expected billion people worldwide who will join the middle class by 2020. The world's largest soft drink maker told analysts and investors at a meeting Monday that its systemwide revenue will reach $200 billion by 2020.

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Chinese Solar Panel Maker Finds Home In Arizona

November 17, 2009 3:33 am | by Terry Tang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday announced plans for a Chinese-owned solar panel maker to build its U.S. headquarters and a manufacturing plant in the Phoenix area, propelling one of the nation's sunniest states toward a bigger global presence in the renewable energy industry. Suntech Power Holdings Co.

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Dell To Use Crushed Bamboo In Packaging

November 17, 2009 3:30 am | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Bamboo has sprouted all over. It's being used everywhere from floorboards to tableware to inline skates and T-shirts, as consumers increasingly seek out products considered gentler on the Earth. Now computer maker Dell Inc. is using the fast-growing member of the grass family as a replacement for paper, plastic and foam packaging materials.

10 Steps To Reduce Air Compressor Energy Costs

November 16, 2009 11:12 am | by Paul Humphreys, Atlas Copco Compressors | Articles | Comments

Value, by definition, is a fair return on purchased goods or services. However, real value is routinely sacrificed for the bottom line; initial expenditures or outlays are counted, but the regular operational and periodic maintenance costs go ignored, left to continually, and guilefully, add up.

Pulling Is A One-Man Job

November 16, 2009 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Industrial Pulley Puller (Marion, IA) is the portable, one-man hydraulic tool that removes any object from a shaft in minutes without torches, hammers, or crowbars. According to the company, the Hydraulic Industrial Pulley Puller makes the entire process an easy job for just one person.

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Tough Cyanoacrylate

November 16, 2009 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Permabond’s (Somerset, NJ) 791 adhesive is a surface insensitive cyanoacrylate, ideal for applications involving close-fitting components, and meets the specifications for Commercial Standard A-A-3098 Type II Class I. Permabond 791 has a high tensile strength and a very high shear strength, lending it to applications that previously required a slower-curing structural adhesive.

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Big, But Quiet, Generators

November 16, 2009 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The QAS 600 generator from Atlas Copco (Commerce City, CO) is the largest in the range, rated at 575 kVA at 60 Hz and powered by a Volvo TAD 1641 GE diesel engine coupled to a 239-gallon standard fuel tank. The QAS 600 is housed in zinc-plated steel with a powder coat finish, which provides protection against corrosion.

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Squeaky-Clean Doors

November 16, 2009 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new FasTrax Clean high-performance door from Rite-Hite Doors, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) has been designed to withstand the rigors of harsh washdown environments while allowing users to maintain the highest levels of cleanliness. The door’s design minimizes areas where unwanted materials can be trapped, making it USDA- and FDA-compliant.

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Asphalt Manufacturer Gets Rapid-Response Safety Upgrade

November 16, 2009 6:36 am | Articles | Comments

When the crux of your business revolves around 20-hour days spent loading and unloading asphalt into and out of trucks, safety is a primary concern. And when you’re relying on 20-year-old shop-built loading racks for these crucial functions, it’s probably time for an upgrade. That was the reality for Premier Modified Asphalt (formerly known as Premier Emulsions), a Phoenix, AZ-based asphalt-emulsion and asphalt-rubber manufacturer.

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Durable Electronic Cutters

November 16, 2009 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Techni-Tool (Worcester, PA) announces the Tec-Cut Infinity Elite fine electronics pliers and cutters. The six new micro-cutter models can cut electronic wires from 18 to 20 AWG, and have a micro-sized head for fitting into tight spaces. Cutter heads are available in oval and tapered styles, with a choice of semi-flush, flush, and full-flush cuts.

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Get The Green Light On Alignment

November 16, 2009 6:17 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Seiffert Industrial (Richardson, TX) now offers the RollCheck Green , a visual tool used to speed up parallel roll alignment checks using the latest in green laser technology. Reflected beam technology provides an accurate, fast, and simple way to measure and correct vertical angle (pitch) and horizontal angle (parallelism) between the rolls.

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Safe Chemical Dispensing

November 16, 2009 6:17 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The 100 percent metal-free DrumQuik PUR chemical dispensing system from Colder Products Company (St. Paul, MN) provides safe and economic extraction of high-purity chemicals from drums, jerry cans, and intermediate bulk containers. The system is composed of two components: a PVDF coupler and a HDPE drum insert assembly, which contains a bung closure and dip-tube.

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When ‘Frames Per Second’ Aren’t Enough

November 16, 2009 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus (Waltham, MA) introduces the new i -SPEED LT, i -SPEED TR, and i -SPEED FS high-speed video cameras. The FS model is designed with a highly accurate IRIG-B time synchronization (sub 5 microseconds) and time stamping, a global shutter speed to 0.2 microseconds, and a top frame speed of 1,000,000 frames per second.

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October Retail Beats Expectations Through Autos

November 16, 2009 4:03 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales rose more than expected in October, but the gain largely reflected a big rebound in auto sales. Sales fell at many other retail stores as consumer spending remains under pressure, raising questions about the durability of the recovery. The Commerce Department said Monday that retail sales rose 1.

Pfizer Gets Eminent Domain, Does Nothing With Land

November 16, 2009 3:54 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — After drug giant Pfizer Inc. ( NYSE:PFE ) announced that it was opening a new research center here, city officials aggressively moved to acquire surrounding land for an economic development project — triggering an epic fight over eminent domain that reached the U.

Gen Xers The New Workplace 'Curmudgeons'

November 16, 2009 3:47 am | by Martha Irvine, AP National Writer | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — They're antsy and edgy, tired of waiting for promotion opportunities at work as their elders put off retirement. A good number of them are just waiting for the economy to pick up so they can hop to the next job, find something more fulfilling and get what they think they deserve.

Mass. Struggles Turning Green Tech Into Green Jobs

November 16, 2009 3:36 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — In June, lithium-ion battery maker Boston-Power Inc. unveiled plans for a new manufacturing plant in Auburn that it said would employ 600 workers — a big gain in the state's drive for green jobs. Five months later, the Westborough-based company has scrapped its plans and is scoping out sites in China and other parts of Asia.

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GE Teams With China To Battle Boeing, Airbus

November 16, 2009 3:26 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric's ( NYSE:GE ) aviation unit is teaming with Aviation Industry Corp. of China to develop and market electronic systems for commercial aircraft customers, including the C919 narrow-body aircraft that China hopes will compete with jets made by industry giants Boeing ( NYSE:BA ) and Airbus.

GM Spins $1.2B Loss Into Positive Outlook

November 16, 2009 3:14 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. says it lost $1.2 billion from the time it left bankruptcy protection through Sept. 30, far better than it has reported in previous quarters and a sign that the auto giant is starting to turn around its business. The company also says it will begin repaying $6.

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