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WTO: U.S.-China Protectionism Damaging Global Trade

February 9, 2010 3:43 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The global economic crisis has not led to a return to trade protectionism to the extent feared, but free trade remains under threat, the World Trade Organization's director general said Tuesday. "I still believe we're not out of the woods, but this notion that for the moment .

Criminal Probe Launched Into Deadly Power Plant Blast

February 9, 2010 3:30 am | by John Christoffersen, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Authorities launched a criminal investigation Monday into the cause of an explosion that killed five people at a power plant under construction, saying they could not rule out criminal negligence. "If everything went right, we wouldn't all be here right now," Middletown Mayor Sebastian Guiliano said.

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Toyota Recalls 437,000 Priuses For Braking Software

February 9, 2010 3:29 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota says it is recalling about 437,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicles worldwide to fix brake problems — the latest in a string of embarrassing safety lapses at the world's largest automaker. "I don't see Toyota as an infallible company that never makes mistakes," President Akio Toyoda said at a press conference Tuesday in Tokyo.

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Conn. Governor Calls For Review Of Safety Codes

February 8, 2010 10:20 am | by John Christoffersen, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's governor is calling for a review of state safety codes following a deadly explosion at a power plant in Middletown. Rell announced Monday that she is creating two panels — one to identify the cause and origin of Sunday's explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems plant and any contributing factors, such as construction problems, worker safety issues and licensing or permitting matters.

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Caterpillar Backs Experimental Clean-Coal Plant

February 8, 2010 10:14 am | News | Comments

MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest maker of mining and construction equipment, plans to join a coalition of companies planning to build an experimental clean-coal power plant known as FutureGen, key politicians announced Monday. Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin said the addition of Caterpillar comes on the heels of a decision by Chicago-based Exelon Corp.

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Driving Biofuels Into The Future

February 8, 2010 10:06 am | Articles | Comments

Novozymes North America president Adam Monroe talks about how his company could produce more than 9 billion tons of biofuel from municipal and agriculture feedstock, like cardboard or paper. With new vehicles that can run on a biofuel/gasoline or diesel mix, this technology seems to be on the verge of becoming mainstream.

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Nothing Says Love Like Chocolate

February 8, 2010 10:05 am | Articles | Comments

With Valentine’s Day coming up this Sunday, we’re doing our part at IMPO to remind the guys out there (and the gals, too) that the day just isn’t complete without some chocolate for your special someone. What better way to get motivated than to learn how all those little candies are made? How sweet.

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The Nexus One Manufacturing Story

February 8, 2010 10:01 am | Articles | Comments

Innovators and engineers from Google and HTC got together to make the Nexus One, the embodiment of Google’s ideal smartphone. And while the consumer electronics world has been buzzing about both the hardware and software that went into the phone, little attention has been focused on how it was made.

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Designing The Stop Sign By Committee

February 8, 2010 10:01 am | Articles | Comments

This video asks the simple, yet horrifying question: What if there were no stop signs … and a major corporation was charged with inventing one? 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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'Groove' With Vinyl Manufacturing

February 8, 2010 9:59 am | Articles | Comments

For some music fanatics out there, vinyl never went out of style. That said, the decades-old analogue form of music is making its very loud comeback, and that progression can be seen no better than in the success of Gotta Groove Records , who specialize in 7" and 12" vinyl creation/manufacturing using PVC molding.

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Painting Upside-Down

February 8, 2010 7:56 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Gasoila Chemicals (Cleveland, OH) has released a new line of FAS-MARK Cap and Cover Paint, an acrylic, upside-down spray paint, which can be used to mark and identify manholes or tank cover valves. The specially-designed cap enables fast, upside-down application with little or no over spray, and the paint can be applied directly to metal and other clean, dry surfaces.

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Transporting Electronics, Safely

February 8, 2010 7:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new transit rack case, the E-TR, for the safe and reliable transport of electronic systems, is now available from Optima EPS (Fremont, CA). The E-TR cases are available in 4U and 12U heights. Optima’s transit rack cases are compliant to MIL-STD 810F and rated to IP65, along with being stable in temperatures from -40°F to +158°F.

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Steering On Any Wheel

February 8, 2010 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kinetic Technologies, Inc. (Wickliffe, OH) introduces the ProFlow TrakSteer series of 4-wheel-steer industrial carts for towing loads up to 2,000 lbs. The steering improves tracking of carts in long trains and is helpful for cornering or maneuvering in tight aisles. The carts have a one-piece formed flat steel deck with welded stiffeners, an 11” deck height, and a quiet operation.

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Get In The Flow

February 8, 2010 7:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eaton Corporation (Cleveland, OH) has announced the availability of its new Flowline II Single Bag Filter Vessel. The vessel includes a one-piece body design to eliminate the multiple welds typically used to fabricate bag vessel bodies. The Flowline II series also feature the standard “no tools required” four-bolt cover closure, and the concave displacement cover prevents spills.

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Stalking Better Food Traceability

February 8, 2010 7:07 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, while I was meandering around the web seeking interesting videos, I came across a video that I found somewhat interesting. When the narrator—who looked to be about my age and was wearing a t-shirt from my favorite band—mentioned that he lived in a nearby town, I decided immediately that we were to be best friends for life.

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Inside Design: The Piranha Kayak Paddle Prototype

February 8, 2010 7:00 am | by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

After retiring from the Navy, US Naval Survival Instructor Ed Halm launched the Backwater Paddle Company in 2007. After retiring from the Navy, US Naval Survival Instructor Ed Halm launched the Backwater Paddle Company in 2007. Given Halm’s vast paddling and military survival experience, he identified potential paddling problems and provided distinctive solutions to the paddle sports market in an immeasurable way — leading up to the patented Backwater Paddle design.

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GM Announces Heavy-Duty Biofuel Pickups

February 8, 2010 6:38 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors said Monday its new lineup of heavy-duty diesel pickups will be capable of running on a biodiesel blend fuel. The pickups will run on B20 fuel, which is a mix of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent conventional diesel. The new Duramax engine, which can run on the biodiesel blend, will power the redesigned 2011 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickups, as well as the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.

Lockheed Tests Unmanned Helicopter

February 8, 2010 5:42 am | News | Comments

DUGWAY, Utah (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. said Monday it and Kaman Corp. successfully demonstrated an unmanned helicopter designed to resupply troops in Afghanistan. The defense contractor said it conducted a series of remote-control flight tests for the K-MAX aircraft last week in subfreezing temperatures at the U.

Step-by-Step To Finding The Perfect Workbench

February 8, 2010 5:12 am | by James Anderson, Vertical Market Manager, Lista International | Articles | Comments

Purchasing a workbench or workstation may at first seem like a simple task. Your employees have work to do, and they need an efficient, comfortable, and practical place to do it. But behind that deceptively simple proposition may lurk a number of variables that must be considered to make sure you get what you actually need.

A Top Down Approach

February 8, 2010 5:09 am | by Penny Gift, Product Manager, Republic Powdered Metals | Articles | Comments

The concept of restoration as a cool roof solution is not new. In fact, the energy crisis of the 1970s required facility managers to look for every option possible for reducing energy use within their buildings. Reflective roof restoration became popular not only for extending the roof’s life, but for reducing energy consumption and creating a more comfortable work environment.

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