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Hyundai Offering Buyers $1.49 Gas Guarantee

June 30, 2009 7:09 am | Articles | Comments

Hyundai Motor America said Tuesday it will launch an incentive program that guarantees the price of gas at $1.49 a gallon for a year for U.S. consumers who buy or lease its vehicles by Aug. 31, as the automaker looks to win over customers uncertain about the direction of fuel prices.

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Caterpillar Unveils Hybrid Diesel-Electric Bulldozer

June 30, 2009 6:56 am | Articles | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. is launching a line of diesel-electric hybrid bulldozers it says will improve fuel efficiency 30 percent while maintaining the power the company's customers expect. According to Caterpillar, the D7E, which was 10 years in the making, is to go into production in East Peoria in October.

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ERP Software

June 30, 2009 5:32 am | Articles | Comments

According to DEACOM, its Integrated Accounting and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software System integrates all areas of a process manufacturing business– laboratory and formula management, inventory management, Material Requirements Planning (MRP), lot tracking, production, quality control (QC), expiration date management, sales, purchasing, CRM, environmental reporting, electronic document management, labor tracking, Point of Sale (POS), and accounting– in a single software solution.

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88. Narrow-Aisle Reach Truck

June 30, 2009 5:29 am | Articles | Comments

Specifically engineered for the unique challenges of a narrow-aisle warehouse environment, the Crown RR 5700 features the industry’s first traction control system, enhanced execution of load-handling functions, and the fastest lift and travel speeds among other available reach trucks.

Ergonomic Chair

June 26, 2009 11:31 am | Articles | Comments

BioFit Engineered Products has announced its new Intensive Plus line of 500-lb. capacity, continuous use chairs, recently rated compliant with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) requirements for 24-hour intensive use in severe environments. Featuring a fully contoured profile, the Intensive Plus chair has a 21" wide saddle-shaped seat with a waterfall front to ensure even weight distribution, and comes standard with an executive style seat pan control so users can quickly and easily adjust the seat position.

Distributed Control Technology

June 26, 2009 11:08 am | Articles | Comments

Bardac introduces the all new drive.web technology, which uses distributed control over Ethernet to provide integration for drives systems of any size or complexity without the need for a PLC or system computer. According to the company, innovative configuration tools incorporate dynamic graphical function blocks, drag and drop connections, powerful navigation features and self documenting signal flow diagrams.

GE To Build Michigan Manufacturing Research Center

June 26, 2009 6:36 am | Articles | Comments

General Electric Co. said Friday it will build a $100 million manufacturing technology center in Michigan that will eventually employ more than 1,100 workers. The Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center will include a GE research and development facility with scientists and engineers who will develop manufacturing technologies for GE's renewable energy, aircraft engine, gas turbine and other products.

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Lawmakers Vote To Continue Production Of F-22 Jets

June 26, 2009 5:53 am | by DONNA BORAK | Articles | Comments

Congressional supporters of an advanced jet fighter won battles Thursday to build more of the aircraft. But with the Obama administration threatening to veto the move, they're a long way from winning the war.

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Report: China Likely To Reject Hummer Acquisition

June 26, 2009 5:45 am | Articles | Comments

China's planning agency is likely to reject a Chinese company's bid to acquire General Motors Corp.'s Hummer unit, in part because its gas-guzzling vehicles conflict with Beijing's conservation goals, state radio reported. The National Development and Reform Commission also is likely to say Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp.

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GM Recalling 900 Workers In Michigan

June 25, 2009 6:15 am | by Tom Krisher AP Auto Writer | Articles | Comments

A bright spot has surfaced in a sea of negative auto sales statistics for General Motors Corp. The company said Friday it will recall 900 workers and restore the second shift at a factory near Lansing, Mich., because of increased sales of its Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia large crossover vehicles.

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California Weighs Global Warming Fee On Industry

June 25, 2009 4:35 am | by SAMANTHA YOUNG, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

Nearly three years after California adopted its landmark global warming law, the state is poised to impose the nation's first statewide carbon fee on utilities, oil refineries and other industries. The money will go toward funding a regulatory bureaucracy that will oversee the law and ensure the state lowers its greenhouse gas emissions.

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White House Threatens Veto Over F-22 Jet Fighters

June 25, 2009 4:14 am | by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press Writer | Articles | Comments

Preparing for a possible showdown with Congress, the White House threatened on Wednesday to veto legislation authorizing a $680 billion military budget if it contains money for jet fighters the U.S. Defense Department does not want.

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NC Regulators Investigating 10 Firms In Slim Jim Blast

June 24, 2009 12:50 pm | Articles | Comments

North Carolina safety regulators said Friday they are investigating 10 companies in the natural gas explosion that killed three people at a Slim Jim plant, including two cited in a lawsuit brought by injured workers.

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Ford, Nissan, Tesla's Electric Plans Get $8B Jolt

June 24, 2009 12:36 pm | by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press Writers | Articles | Comments

Cultivating the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles, the Obama administration said Tuesday it would lend $5.9 billion to Ford Motor Co. and about $2.1 billion to Nissan Motor Co. and Tesla Motors Inc.

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Coffee Crisis: 2009

June 24, 2009 12:03 pm | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

I’m writing from the heart of a brewing crisis in office parks around the nation and, quite possibly, around the world. In cube farms everywhere, production has been brought to a stand still because amateur office baristas are not heeding the Rules for Brewing posted above the Bloomfield Koffee King and making coffee two to three times stronger than the recommended dose.

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Sourcing Success

June 24, 2009 11:33 am | by Karen Langhauser, Editor-in-Chief, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

When Bryan Pullen purchased Summit Spring in 2004 (against the advice of his attorney) he knew he was buying not only a piece of history, but something so rare that he couldn't pass it up. In the late 1800's, tourists travelled by horse-drawn carriages to the highest point of Cumberland County, Maine to experience the healing powers of Summit Spring.

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Reduce Fatigue With The Press Of A Button

June 24, 2009 11:05 am | Articles | Comments

Featuring optic sensors that require no force to actuate, the model TB-2 Start Bar reduces fatigue and injuries caused by repeatedly pressing a mechanical start switch. The angle and spacing of the sensors coincide with the natural motion of the operator's hands, reducing hand and wrist stress.

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Weigh Up Your Options

June 24, 2009 8:11 am | Articles | Comments

Rice Lake Weighing System’s new MotoWeigh™ line of legal-for-trade dynamic weighing equipment includes case weighers, checkweighers, conveyor scales, and in-process conveyors, in aluminum or stainless steel, for either dry or washdown environments.

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More Sockets, Wrenches And Turning Power

June 24, 2009 7:18 am | Articles | Comments

Snap-on® Industrial has expanded its line of ¾” Dr. Flank Drive® impact sockets and combination wrenches. The 3/4” Dr. Flank Drive impact sockets for shallow 6 point and shallow 12 point fractional sockets now incorporate sizes from 9/16” to 2-3/8”, and deep 6 point sockets extend from 9/16” to 2”.

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Clamp Down On Corrosion

June 24, 2009 6:08 am | Articles | Comments

NewAge® Industries’ line of nylon hose clamps now withstand temperatures ranging from –40°F to 302°F (–40°C to 150°C). The Kwik Clamps™  also feature a double row of teeth, designed to ensure a strong bond that will not vibrate loose, and they’re made from U.

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