DETROIT (AP) — Pontiac, whose muscle cars drag-raced down boulevards, parked at drive-ins and roared across movie screens, is going out of business on Sunday. The 84-year-old brand, moribund since General Motors decided to kill it last year as it collapsed into bankruptcy, had been in decline for years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The manufacturing sector likely grew in October for the 15th straight month, but at the slowest pace in almost a year. Economists expect that the Institute for Supply Management's index of manufacturing activity will drop to 54, according to a survey from Thomson Reuters, from 54.
The universal dolly, designed to carry both pad- and pole-mounted transformers, from Tiiger, Inc. (Mt. Juliet, TN) uses a unique three-wheel design to provide a stable load platform that can be easily repositioned for loading and unloading. The high-yield steel construction and low-pressure turf tires allow the system to carry transformers up to 1,000 pounds.
The SEEKER 100 (DCS100) Wireless Video Inspection System from General Tool & Instruments (New York, NY) is able to wirelessly connect to a Windows computer, enabling video to be viewed on the computer or streamed live over the Internet via Skype. Designed for HVAC/R applications — such as detecting leaks, inspecting corrosion and deposit buildup, or reading hidden parts and serial numbers — the system allows users to visually inspect inaccessible or hazardous areas without requiring disassembly or teardown.
Columbus McKinnon Corporation (CMCO — Amherst, NY) announces the launch of a new line of wire rope hoists in capacities from 25 to 50 tons. The core of the Yale Global Max HC is a double-girder style, which contains numerous features that set it apart from other hoists. The external hoist motor helps optimize cooling by preventing heat transfer in either direction, and allows for easy maintenance.
Union Process, Inc. (Akron, OH) has produced a video on 11 factors required to select the proper grinding media for a particular application. This video takes the viewer through determinations for size, consistency, initially feed size, shape, specific gravity, grinding efficiency, pH, discoloration, contamination, availability, and cost.
A new laser-guided 1,000 amp sub-arc welding facility has been introduced by the T.W. Woods Group to help handle large and challenging pipelines, pressure vessels, cylinders, tanks, and other material handling and metal fabrication tasks in which it specializes. The high speed, high efficiency facility — which delivers crack-free high quality butt welds in thick steel — is part of an ongoing multi-million dollar expansion of the company’s Tomago facility to serve customers in industries including energy, mining, minerals processing, materials handling, metals, manufacturing, process engineering, energy, and water.
by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info As I near the close of yet another issue of Chem.Info, I can’t seem to tune out “The Heat is On,” an old relic from Glenn Frey, which has played like a broken record in my brain over the last couple of weeks. (Why that song in particular? I have no idea.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Halliburton Co. acknowledged that it skipped a critical test on the final formulation of cement used to seal BP's oil well before it blew out catastrophically in the Gulf of Mexico. The company, which was BP's cementing contractor, came under increased scrutiny when investigators from the president's oil spill commission revealed Thursday that tests performed by the company before the deadly blowout showed the cement to be unstable.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automakers Honda and Mazda posted hefty profits despite a strengthening yen as the global recovery and government incentives for green cars drove sales higher. Honda, the manufacturer of the Insight hybrid, Accord sedan and Asimo human-shaped robot, said Friday its second quarter profit more than doubled to 135.
NEW YORK (AP) — Specialty vehicle maker Oshkosh Corp. on Thursday reported lower net income for its fiscal fourth-quarter that missed Wall Street expectations. For the three months ended Sept. 30, the Oshkosh, Wis., company earned $116.6 million, or $1.28 per share. That's compared with $140.
SUSSEX, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin company that prints Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and L.L. Bean catalogs says it plans to hire hundreds of people immediately. Quad/Graphics is restarting equipment in Wisconsin that was shut down during the recession. The Sussex company is closing plants in Ohio, Mississippi, Tennessee and Nevada and moving production to Wisconsin.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — As the Notre Dame football team drilled on its practice field, Declan Sullivan stood high above the turf in a hydraulic lift, videotaping the session so players could get an aerial view of their performance. Suddenly, the wind, already whipping so much that Sullivan tweeted that it was "terrifying," surged as high as 51 mph.
SEATTLE (AP) — A swell of spending by businesses on new computers, software and servers helped push Microsoft Corp.'s earnings for the most recent quarter past Wall Street's expectations. Business spending on technology slowed to a trickle during the economic downturn. Microsoft's report, released after the market closed Thursday, is the most recent evidence that corporate spending is back in full swing.
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man and the company he heads have been indicted by a grand jury for violating federal arms export laws by shipping military aircraft engines to the Venezuelan air force and providing training on how to maintain them. The indictment announced on Thursday alleges that Floyd D.
Southworth Products (Portland, ME) has redesigned its Dandy Lift line of lifter/transporters for a higher level of convenience and comfort to make work faster and safer. The hydraulic systems offer infinite height adjustment, with a 20:1 mechanical advantage. Seven models are available with a range of capacities (330 to 1,760 pounds), lifting heights (29” to 49.
Moyno, Inc. (Springfield, OH) has developed the Moyno L-Frame Progressing Cavity Pump for handling clean, thin, shear-sensitive products to viscous, corrosive, abrasive slurries, and sludges. According to the company, they are built for dependable performance and maximum operating efficiency.
The Linear Positioning Stages from H2W Technologies (Santa Clarita, CA) use a moving magnet voice technology to provide a high resolution (from 50 nm), zero cogging, high reliability, and a long service life. The stages can be mounted horizontally or vertically, and are ideal for short stroke positioning applications, according to the company.
Metabo Corporation (West Chester, PA) has introduced a new angle grinder in the Metabo Metal Master series — the W24-180 — which is designed for cutting and grinding metal. With a 7” wheel, the tool offers 124 inch-pounds of torque and a no-load speed of 8,500 rpm. The 15 A, 4.
Struggling to strike a balance between keeping expenditure and turnover low, suppliers are modifying their starkly utilitarian factory complexes, bearing employee comfort and recreational needs in mind. by Gordon Styles, Engineer & Managing Director, Star Prototype The growing demands of China's new generation of workers are eroding the cost competitiveness of many export products, particularly those in labor-intensive industries such as garments, footwear and bags.