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CSB Releases 7 Guidelines To Reduce Workplace Explosions

March 4, 2010 7:30 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press Write | News | Comments

r MILWAUKEE (AP) — There was no reason to think the storage tank was unsafe. All it contained was recycled water and organic waste. So when a damaged part needed repair, three workers approached the top of the 80-foot-tall tank on a catwalk and one worker began welding. Moments later an explosion tore through the massive tank.

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Measure Your Facility In 1,500,000 Ways

March 4, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HygroLog NL-HT data logger from Rotronic USA (Hauppauge, NY) uses HygroClip2 sensors and the AirChip3000 to record many different physical parameters while meeting all requirements for FDA, CFR Part 11, and GAMP compliance. The HydroLog is ideal for applications in which long-term recording of humidity and temperature is critical, according to the company, such as pharmaceutical, food, and electronics manufacturers.

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No Need For Night-Lights

March 4, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HEPC Series of emergency power controls from High-Lites (Wallingford, CT) adapt locally switched lighting fixtures for operation during power interruptions, with a design that bypasses the local switch. HEPC power controls also save energy by eliminate the need for night-light circuits.

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Servomotors In Three Weeks Flat

March 4, 2010 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens Industry, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) announces a new service for its line of 1FK7 servomotors, which allows customers to place an order for any Siemens customizable servomotor and have it drop-shipped in three weeks. A diverse range of options are available, creating more than 100,000 possible configurations, according to the company, including all compact (CT) and high-dynamic (HD) servomotors.

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Can You Gauge Your Tube Fittings?

March 4, 2010 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hy-Lok USA (Mobile, AL) now offers leak-free double ferrule compression tube fittings, which are specifically designed for interchangeability with other major manufacturers. The Hy-Lok fittings are ideal for engine or turbine manufacturers. The tube fittings are also gaugeable, which is important in maintaining maximum safety during the installation of compression tube fittings.

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Puerto Rican Hand Sanitizer Contaminated With Bacteria

March 4, 2010 5:21 am | News | Comments

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers in Puerto Rico that two locally produced hand sanitizers contain high levels of bacteria. The agency says "Bee-Shield Hand Sanitizer" with Aloe Vera and "MD Quality Hand Sanitizer" are distributed only in the U.

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GE Transportation Plans Tobacco-Free Facility

March 4, 2010 4:16 am | News | Comments

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The union representing about 4,000 workers at the GE Transportation plant near Erie plan to discuss the company's plans to make the facility tobacco-free by next year. General Electric Co. experimented in 2007 by offering $750 to workers who quit smoking and earlier this year discounted its health insurance premiums for workers who don't smoke.

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Govt. Slow-Moving On Standards Overhaul For Deadly Blinds

March 4, 2010 4:12 am | by Christine Simmons, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — When 3-year-old Brandyn Coppedge became entangled on a window blind cord, it took less than a minute for the toddler to strangle. His father says the safety device designed to prevent such a tragedy had broken, but the window blind was never recalled. "They need to make the product safer," said Navy Chief Petty Officer Phillip Coppedge, who lives in Norfolk, Va.

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Toyota NUMMI Layoffs Cost California $2.3 Billion

March 4, 2010 4:10 am | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A new report says it will cost California taxpayers $2.3 billion to replace jobs lost from the closure of a factory that makes Toyota cars and trucks. The report released Wednesday also says the layoffs that result from closing Fremont-based New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.

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ConAgra To Close Damaged Slim Jim Plant

March 3, 2010 11:24 am | by Mike Baker, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. said Wednesday it will close a Slim Jim production facility in North Carolina that was damaged during a deadly explosion last year, cutting hundreds of jobs in North Carolina while adding capacity in Ohio. The Omaha, Neb.-based food manufacturer said the Garner site will close in late 2011 and production will transition to a facility in Troy, Ohio.

Tweeting For Popcorn

March 3, 2010 10:36 am | Articles | Comments

Every once in a blue moon, someone comes up with a machine that’s utterly… worthless. Well, worthless but cool. A couple of guys hooked a hopper filled with popcorn to an Archimedes’s screw that only turns when someone uses the #popcorn hashtag on our favorite social media website, Twitter.

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Aww, Shucks!

March 3, 2010 10:35 am | Articles | Comments

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame meets up with some oyster shuckers to learn the ins-and-outs of a dirty business. If you thought your job was tough, just think about shelling out thousands of oysters a day for $0.50 a pound. 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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The Shredder's Endless Appetite

March 3, 2010 10:27 am | Articles | Comments

SSI has built one of the world’s toughest shredders, capable of handling almost anything they toss into its ever-hungry jaws. In this video, the Monster takes on everything from George Foreman grills to football helmets. 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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Are Sodas The New Cigarettes?

March 3, 2010 10:25 am | Articles | Comments

After the death of the federal bill imposing additional taxes on sweetened beverages, California state senate majority leader Dean Flores discusses the possibility of imposing the tax on the state level. What do you all think? Should consumers be penalized for consuming soda (as they are with cigarettes), or does this all come down to personal freedom and responsibility? Visit msnbc.

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Big Bonuses Don't Equal Big Results

March 3, 2010 10:13 am | Articles | Comments

Daniel Pink, former speechwriter for Al Gore, makes a “case” for a revolution in the way Americans do business: our old ideas of big rewards for big success are blatantly false. Pink points to a number of studies that have demonstrated how people engaged in creative work perform better without the added stress of meeting specific, performance-based rewards.

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Lawmakers Mull Overhaul Of Auto Safety Regulations

March 3, 2010 6:28 am | by Ken Thomas and Stephen Manning, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — After skewering top Toyota executives in three congressional hearings, lawmakers and federal safety officials will now decide if the auto industry needs new regulations to ensure that the company's huge safety recalls aren't repeated. Hearings over two weeks in the Senate and House focused mostly on Toyota's foot-dragging on problems of sudden unintended acceleration and whether the Transportation Department's safety division failed to hold the company accountable for big safety problems that have been linked to 52 deaths.

Senators: Stop Stimulus, Investment In Foreign Manufacturers

March 3, 2010 6:26 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of Democratic senators is urging the Obama administration to suspend an economic stimulus program aimed at financing renewable energy, complaining that money is going to projects that are creating jobs in foreign countries. The four senators, led by Chuck Schumer of New York, wrote to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Tuesday to request a moratorium on the Recovery Act program.

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Nissan Recalling 540,000 Vehicles For Loosening Brakes

March 3, 2010 6:12 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. is recalling about 540,000 pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and minivans to fix problems with brake pedals and fuel gauges. Most of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S., with smaller numbers scattered across the globe. The brake pedal recall affects 179,000 vehicles in the U.

540 Minn. Steelworkers Recalled For April Restart

March 3, 2010 6:11 am | News | Comments

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — More steelworkers are returning to Hibbing Taconite as the idled plant prepares for an April restart. Frank Jenko, president of United Steelworkers Local 2705, confirmed Tuesday that more workers are back. Jenko says by mid-March the majority — if not all — of Hibbing Taconite's 540 hourly employees should be back.

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Engineer Deaths Won't Stop Tesla's Model S Plans

March 3, 2010 6:10 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — The death of three Tesla engineers in a plane crash last month was a heavy blow for the tight-knit Californian electric car maker, but it is holding onto its plan of producing and selling the new Model S within three years, its chief designer said Wednesday at the Geneva Motor Show.

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