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Tesla And Toyota Announce NUMMI Joint-Venture

May 21, 2010 4:09 am | by Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The heads of Tesla Motors Inc. and Toyota Motors Corp. surprised the auto world Thursday by announcing a partnership to develop and build electric cars at a recently shuttered auto plant in the San Francisco Bay area. Akio Toyoda, CEO of the world's largest automaker, said Toyota will invest $50 million in Tesla when the company begins selling stock to the public, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company will purchase the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.

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When The Little Things Matter A Lot

May 20, 2010 10:58 am | Articles | Comments

Pharma Tech Industries (PTI), a contract manufacturer and packer of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and personal care products, is focused on exceeding customers’ expectations. To consistently achieve their high quality standards, they rely on x-ray and metal detection systems from Mettler-Toledo Safeline and checkweighers from Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed.

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Take Your Work Anywhere

May 20, 2010 10:32 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Lista International Corporation (Holliston, MA) has developed its durable Mobile MRO Workstations, which feature high-density storage cabinets on wheels. The stations can be easily maneuvered to bring parts, tools, supplies, and equipment directly to job sites, saving time and increasing productivity.

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Protecting Delicate Electronics

May 20, 2010 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Polyflex FR fire-resistant impregnation resin from IMPCO (East Providence, RI) is suitable for sealing electronic connectors, wires, and wiring assemblies against corrosion. Polyflex FR can create a permanent flame-retardant barrier that prevents corrosion-related failures by uniformly filling all gaps and pores, and will not reliquify, melt, or burn.

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Smarter Light Curtains

May 20, 2010 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Carlo Gavazzi (Buffalo Grove, IL) announces the launch of the BFD Series, a light curtain that enhances the safe and efficient operation of industrial doors. The BFD’s sequential blanking algorithm allows it to distinguish between a door closing and an object or person in the door, according to the company.

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Monitor Batteries With A Blinky

May 20, 2010 10:28 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Philadelphia Scientific (Montgomeryville, PA) has expanded its line of battery water monitors to include the Blinky, Smart Blinky, and Smart Blinky Remote, which are all designed to meet the battery maintenance needs and budgets of any warehouse or distribution center, according to the company.

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New Mexico Shines Brightly For Solar Manufacturers

May 19, 2010 7:37 am | Articles | Comments

While New Mexico is facing a tough economy like anyone else, they have the advantage of more than 300 days of sunshine every year. Gov. Bill Richardson is pushing hard to bring more solar manufacturers into his state, all with the hope of becoming the nation's capitol for the green technology. 2,500 new jobs have already been created, and everyone is hopeful for more.

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Turning The Tide

May 19, 2010 7:32 am | Articles | Comments

Unlike the wind or the sun, our ocean's tides are reliable like clockwork. That's why South Korea has decided to build what will become the world's largest tidal power plant, which is projected to power up to half a million homes. The massive turbines certainly look more menacing than the white windmills that have been popping up around the U.

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Top 10 Things Overheard At BP

May 19, 2010 7:30 am | Articles | Comments

"Tell everyone it's our free oil giveaway bonanza." If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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Building A Duct Tape Bridge

May 19, 2010 7:30 am | Articles | Comments

Duct tape can fix anything, right? It's used by maintenance professionals, in one form or another, on countless jobs. But can it be used to build something, too? Jamie and Adam of Mythbusters fame once again do the impossible—they build a 100-foot bridge entirely out of the sticky stuff. Does it work? Do one of the Mythbusters fall to a sticky death? Watch the video to find out.

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Washing Off All Of This Oil

May 19, 2010 4:55 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

What’s scary about running a business is the sometimes latent and foreboding knowledge that there are far-reaching effects to everything . As we’ve seen time and again—and especially lately—natural disasters can have the ability to shut us down completely, whether or not we even operate in the hard hit areas.

Nissan To Recall 48,700 Trucks And SUVs

May 19, 2010 4:53 am | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is planning to recall 48,700 trucks and sport utility vehicles for problems with a suspension part that could lead to a rough ride. Spokesman Colin Price says the company is working on details with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and expects the recall to begin this week.

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EU Fines Memory Chip Cartel $403 Million

May 19, 2010 4:46 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union fined 10 producers of memory chips, including Samsung, a combined euro331 million ($403 million) on Wednesday for colluding in a price-fixing cartel. The EU Commission said that the companies, mostly non-European, rigged the market between 1998 and 2002 by sharing secret information which allowed them to set prices and quotations for Dynamic Random Access Memory chips in Europe.

Ex-Hummer Manufacturer Goes 'Green' With Electric Transit

May 19, 2010 4:37 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — AM General LLC, best known as the maker of hulking Humvees and gas-guzzling Hummers, is going greener with a new foray into the electric vehicle business. The South Bend, Ind., company will handle final assembly of Ford Motor Co.'s electric Transit Connect commercial vans, which will go on sale next spring.

Geithner Pushes China On Currency, Intellectual Property Issues

May 19, 2010 4:36 am | by George Tibbits, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner visited some of the top exporters in Washington state on Tuesday in advance of a trip to encourage China to open more of its markets to American companies and their products. After going to Boeing Co.'s 737 jetliner plant in Renton, Geithner and Gov.

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Military Robots Become A Soldier's Lifesaver

May 19, 2010 4:34 am | by Verena Schmitt-Roschmann, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HAMMELBURG, Germany (AP) — On the outside, it looks like a normal SUV. But the prototype "autonomous robot car" — fitted with sensors and scanners, multifocal camera systems and powerful computers — might one day help avoid military fatalities from bombings and ambushes — or so its designers hope.

Deere Finds Green With 16 Percent Profit Jump

May 19, 2010 4:33 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Deere & Co. said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit jumped 16 percent as sales of farm and construction equipment improved, so the maker of iconic green and yellow machinery raised its outlook for the second time this year. The Moline, Ill.-based company said it generated $547.5 million in net income, or $1.

Our Economic Report Cards Are Improving—Enough Whining

May 18, 2010 7:54 am | by Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins Associates | Articles | Comments

I know some fathers who are never happy with their child’s report card. Consider this lecture from a dad to his fourth-grade son, Johnny: "Well, Johnny, you went up in five subjects and down in none, but you still have one A-, one B+ and two Bs on this report card, and I really do not see you putting all your effort into being a straight-A student.

Fueling The World On Orange Peels

May 18, 2010 7:50 am | by Dr. Rosalie Lober, Biofuels Digest columnist | Articles | Comments

It is the integration of intent, goals, actions and partnerships that differentiates sustainable biofuels companies from the rest. Integrated companies have deep roots. The leaders of these companies create solid alliances with companies that support their missions through sourcing, distribution, technology and long lasting relationships.

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Cooler Summers, Warmer Winters

May 18, 2010 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kelley Company (Carrollton, TX) has launched a new High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) Fan series, designed to provide facilities with an energy-efficient and cost-effective cooling and heating solution. The fans create a horizontal floor jet that consistently circulates air in large spaces, which provides an 8-10 degree cooling sensation.

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