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OnLine Programming Ups Versatility

November 17, 2009 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the release of its latest VersaMax Micro Plus controller firmware revision 4.0. The new OnLine Programming feature enables the user to edit and download logic to the PLC without stopping it, which saves significant downtime and potential expense for lost productivity and scrap.

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Ford Fusion: Motor Trend's 'Car of the Year'

November 17, 2009 8:57 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The 2010 Ford Fusion is MOTOR TREND magazine's pick for its prestigious Car of the Year® award The Fusion bested a field of 23 contenders - including the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class - to win the prominent award Fusion is now among America's top 10-selling vehicles and the No.

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World's Fastest Computer Used For Science, Not Bombs

November 17, 2009 6:07 am | by Duncan Mansfield, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At least for the moment, the world's fastest supercomputer is devoted to solving scientific questions that may save the planet — climate change, renewable energy, new medicines — rather than advances in nuclear weapons that might blow it up. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory's high-performance Jaguar XT5 computer, built by Seattle-based Cray Inc.

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Honeywell Nabs $11.4 Million "Smart Grid" Grant

November 17, 2009 5:33 am | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON ) today announced it has been awarded an $11.4-million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the largest single energy grid modernization investment in U.S. history. The grant, one of several awarded from a smart grid funding package under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), solidifies Honeywell's position as a key player in helping the U.

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No Tricks, Just Tofurkey

November 17, 2009 5:14 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Ever. In fact, I find watching sports and eating carbohydrates to be two of the most enjoyable activities in which to indulge during winter. Each year I pretend to help with the cooking, eat, doze, and then force my grown adult brothers to watch the cartoon version of Dr.

GE Pounces On Chinese Aerospace, Energy Markets

November 17, 2009 4:17 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. said Tuesday it is forming joint ventures with major Chinese groups that operate aerospace, energy and rail businesses. GE, which currently runs 36 wholly owned or joint venture companies in China, did not disclose the value of the deals. "These agreements share common themes — rapid growth potential, clean technologies and job creation," said General Electric Co.

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GE Establishes More Chinese Ventures

November 17, 2009 4:16 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. said Tuesday it is forming joint ventures with major Chinese groups that operate aerospace, energy and rail businesses. GE, which currently runs 36 wholly owned or joint venture companies in China, did not disclose the value of the deals. "These agreements share common themes — rapid growth potential, clean technologies and job creation," said General Electric Co.

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Woman Walks On Train Tracks, Nearly Dies, Sues

November 17, 2009 4:10 am | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Helen Gable was taking pictures on the railroad tracks in Tupelo in 2006 when a train nearly cut off her leg as she tried to get out of the way. Gable and her husband are suing the railroad company for nearly $6 million. Gable says the company should have posted trespassing signs to keep people away.

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Mass. Residents Sue Over Chemical Explosion

November 17, 2009 4:05 am | News | Comments

DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — Two Massachusetts residents are suing a company that supplied chemicals they say were involved in huge explosion that damaged more than 270 homes and businesses in 2006. Deborah Riva, whose home was destroyed by the blast in Danvers, and Robert Corrieri, who lost his boat, want Salem Superior Court to grant class-action status to a lawsuit they filed Monday against Covington, Ky.

GAO: Employers Keep Workers Quiet On Injuries

November 17, 2009 3:53 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some employers are pressuring workers not to report illnesses and injuries, just one problem that has led to widespread underreporting of workplace safety issues, according to congressional investigators. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors often didn't interview workers to verify what employers claim when keeping tabs on accident and illness rates, the Government Accountability Office report released Monday states.

Coca-Cola Focuses On New Billion-Strong Middle Class

November 17, 2009 3:46 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. seeks to double its business in the next decade as it caters to the expected billion people worldwide who will join the middle class by 2020. The world's largest soft drink maker told analysts and investors at a meeting Monday that its systemwide revenue will reach $200 billion by 2020.

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Chinese Solar Panel Maker Finds Home In Arizona

November 17, 2009 3:33 am | by Terry Tang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday announced plans for a Chinese-owned solar panel maker to build its U.S. headquarters and a manufacturing plant in the Phoenix area, propelling one of the nation's sunniest states toward a bigger global presence in the renewable energy industry. Suntech Power Holdings Co.

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Dell To Use Crushed Bamboo In Packaging

November 17, 2009 3:30 am | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Bamboo has sprouted all over. It's being used everywhere from floorboards to tableware to inline skates and T-shirts, as consumers increasingly seek out products considered gentler on the Earth. Now computer maker Dell Inc. is using the fast-growing member of the grass family as a replacement for paper, plastic and foam packaging materials.

10 Steps To Reduce Air Compressor Energy Costs

November 16, 2009 11:12 am | by Paul Humphreys, Atlas Copco Compressors | Articles | Comments

Value, by definition, is a fair return on purchased goods or services. However, real value is routinely sacrificed for the bottom line; initial expenditures or outlays are counted, but the regular operational and periodic maintenance costs go ignored, left to continually, and guilefully, add up.

Pulling Is A One-Man Job

November 16, 2009 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Industrial Pulley Puller (Marion, IA) is the portable, one-man hydraulic tool that removes any object from a shaft in minutes without torches, hammers, or crowbars. According to the company, the Hydraulic Industrial Pulley Puller makes the entire process an easy job for just one person.

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Tough Cyanoacrylate

November 16, 2009 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Permabond’s (Somerset, NJ) 791 adhesive is a surface insensitive cyanoacrylate, ideal for applications involving close-fitting components, and meets the specifications for Commercial Standard A-A-3098 Type II Class I. Permabond 791 has a high tensile strength and a very high shear strength, lending it to applications that previously required a slower-curing structural adhesive.

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Big, But Quiet, Generators

November 16, 2009 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The QAS 600 generator from Atlas Copco (Commerce City, CO) is the largest in the range, rated at 575 kVA at 60 Hz and powered by a Volvo TAD 1641 GE diesel engine coupled to a 239-gallon standard fuel tank. The QAS 600 is housed in zinc-plated steel with a powder coat finish, which provides protection against corrosion.

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Squeaky-Clean Doors

November 16, 2009 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new FasTrax Clean high-performance door from Rite-Hite Doors, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) has been designed to withstand the rigors of harsh washdown environments while allowing users to maintain the highest levels of cleanliness. The door’s design minimizes areas where unwanted materials can be trapped, making it USDA- and FDA-compliant.

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Asphalt Manufacturer Gets Rapid-Response Safety Upgrade

November 16, 2009 6:36 am | Articles | Comments

When the crux of your business revolves around 20-hour days spent loading and unloading asphalt into and out of trucks, safety is a primary concern. And when you’re relying on 20-year-old shop-built loading racks for these crucial functions, it’s probably time for an upgrade. That was the reality for Premier Modified Asphalt (formerly known as Premier Emulsions), a Phoenix, AZ-based asphalt-emulsion and asphalt-rubber manufacturer.

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Durable Electronic Cutters

November 16, 2009 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Techni-Tool (Worcester, PA) announces the Tec-Cut Infinity Elite fine electronics pliers and cutters. The six new micro-cutter models can cut electronic wires from 18 to 20 AWG, and have a micro-sized head for fitting into tight spaces. Cutter heads are available in oval and tapered styles, with a choice of semi-flush, flush, and full-flush cuts.

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