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All The Better To Arrest You With!

November 4, 2009 5:39 am | Articles | Comments

Sometimes, traditional handcuffs just aren't enough. They're awkward, potentially painful, and easy to get out of (for the smaller-boned of us). Simply put, traditional handcuffs are a thing of the past. To fix the nagging issues of the old design, engineers have used CNC machines and a new rigid locking mechanism to create a modern version that's harder to break free from, more comfortable, and easier to use.

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Mexican Blue Jeans: An American Tradition

November 4, 2009 5:14 am | Articles | Comments

The Mount Vernon Mill in Georgia is one of the last functioning cotton mills in the country, making a product that's truly American: blue jeans. But the mill only weaves denim. The sewing and hemming work has largely been outsourced to foreign companies, largely Mexican, that turn the long rolls of denim into jeans with labels that read: "Made in Mexico of U.

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Merck Eager For More Takeovers

November 4, 2009 4:04 am | News | Comments

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) — The new Merck & Co. becomes the world's second-biggest drugmaker overnight, and it's boasting a fat wallet to fund future deals. That's after the maker of vaccines and cholesterol and diabetes drugs bought Schering-Plough Corp. yesterday for $41.1 billion.

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Okla. Home To 1,400 Trashy New Jobs

November 4, 2009 3:55 am | News | Comments

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — City officials in Okmulgee say a Florida-based waste recycling company will build a plant and bring about 1,400 jobs to the northeastern Oklahoma town. Mayor Brian Priegel says Destin-based Waste Not Technologies will build an 800,000 square-foot office and manufacturing park on a 250-acre site.

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MillerCoors Collects 37 Percent Profit Jump

November 4, 2009 3:52 am | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — MillerCoors, a U.S. joint venture between Molson Coors Brewing Co. and SABMiller PLC, said Wednesday that its third-quarter profit climbed on cost-control efforts as well as the strength of beer brands like MGD 64. The maker of Blue Moon and Miller Genuine Draft said its earnings rose 37 percent to $229.

Kansas Backs Boeing In $35b Tanker Battle

November 4, 2009 3:43 am | by John Milburn, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — With hundreds of new jobs at stake, Kansas officials are keeping an eye on the competition for an Air Force contract to build a new refueling plane. Chicago-based Boeing Co., which has a plant in Wichita, is competing with Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corp.

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Honda Begins Production Of American-Made Crossover

November 4, 2009 3:33 am | News | Comments

EAST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) — Honda Motor Co. says it has begun mass production in Ohio of its new crossover utility vehicle. The automaker says the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour began rolling off the line Monday night at the company's factory in East Liberty. It's the largest vehicle ever produced at the plant, which also makes the Honda CR-V and Honda Element.

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GM Gets Cold Feet, Abandons Opel Sale

November 4, 2009 3:20 am | by Melissa Eddy, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's politicians fumed with anger and Opel workers cancelled cost concessions and readied walkouts after General Motors Co. abandoned the sale of its European subsidiary to parts maker Magna International and Russian bank Sberbank. Klaus Franz, Adam Opel GmbH's top employee representative, called it a "black day" and said workers would start brief work stoppages Thursday.

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Coloring Supplier Ramps Up Safety Efforts

November 3, 2009 10:02 am | Articles | Comments

Founded in 1865 in New York City as a manufacturer of burnt sugars for the brewing industry, D.D. Williamson & Co., Inc, has grown to become the world’s leading supplier of caramel coloring and natural coloring for use in food production. Now headquartered in Louisville, KY, D.D. Williamson has nine operations on five continents that produce food colorings that are used in 1.

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TFT Panels For Your Interfaces

November 3, 2009 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect’s (Cumming, GA) line of C-more operator interfaces now includes two new 6” TFT color panels with LED backlights. Both panels are NEMA 4/4Z, IP65 compliant when mounted correctly for indoor use. Individual features of the two models include: EA7-T6CL-R: 320x240 resolution QVGA display supporting 65,536 colors.

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Dust-Eliminating Conveyor

November 3, 2009 9:43 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The new MARTIN Carryback Capture System from Martin Engineering (Neponset, IL) is a scavenger conveyor system that transfers belt cleaning residue back into the material stream, avoiding cleanup labor and injuries. The design helps prevent material accumulation that can impede conveyor components and increase system downtime.

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Catalogs In The Third Dimension

November 3, 2009 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

PARTsolutions (Milford, OH) has expanded its partnership with Hamilton Caster to supply and embed its 3D cataloguing software directly to the Hamilton website. When Hamilton wanted to make CAD a more integral part of its customers’ product selection, PARTsolutions offered their software, which can help automate the process of creating, migrating, and translating 3D content.

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Labeling Is OK

November 3, 2009 9:40 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Brady Worldwide, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) is releasing its new 5S Marking Supplies, designed to help lean manufacturers organize their workplace, control space usage, and manage inventory. According to the company, its marking tools can help a company improve workflow and reduce downtime by giving every tool a clearly designated location.

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Keep Collisions At Bay

November 3, 2009 5:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aptos Industries Inc. (Aptos, CA) is introducing a new model of the Rolls Up Door Guard to supplement the RUDG1, which fits doors with minimum dimensions of 10’ x 14’. The new model—the RUDG2—fit smaller doors, down to a height of only eight feet.

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Nokia Siemens To Slash 5,700 Jobs

November 3, 2009 3:37 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Siemens Networks said Tuesday it will lay off up to 5,700 workers globally as part of a move to cut annual costs by euro500 million ($740 million). The mobile network equipment maker — a joint venture between Finland's Nokia Corp. and Siemens AG of Germany — said it will reduce its five business units to three by January, and strengthen its business through partnerships and acquisitions.

Toyota Finds No Fault In Deadly Floormat Recall

November 3, 2009 3:31 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its vehicles are not at risk of accelerating out of control unless the driver's side floor mat is improperly installed or is not meant for that vehicle. The Japanese automaker said the conclusion is the result of a U.S. government investigation into unintended acceleration of some Lexus vehicles.

Stanley Works Sees Green In Black & Decker Takeover

November 3, 2009 3:18 am | by Ashley M. Heher, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Tool makers Stanley Works and Black & Decker Corp. are betting that together they can wring out more profit and better position themselves for a housing market recovery than they could apart. Battered by the housing slump and economic recession, two of the industry's most iconic brands are now merging.

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GM To Use $2.8b Bailout Cash To Buy Ailing Delphi

November 3, 2009 3:11 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors says it has received permission to use $2.8 billion of its government aid to help buy part of troubled auto parts supplier Delphi Corp., the automaker's former parts division. The Detroit automaker said in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the Treasury Department granted the release of $1.

Retailers Drop Mich. Blueberry Grower For Child Labor

November 3, 2009 3:10 am | News | Comments

JAMES PRICHARD Associated Press Writer — November 3, 2009 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Wal-Mart and two other top retailers said Friday they are suspending business with a large southwestern Michigan blueberry grower after investigators found children as young as 6 working in the grower's fields.

What A Piece Of Junk

November 2, 2009 11:13 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Professionally, I’ve always considered myself a fairly progressive and forward-looking individual. Not the smoke and mirrors forward-looking that you can find at the bottom of nine out of 10 “news stories” that cross the wires, but the type that looks at something new and either sees value or, I see it as a potentially never-ending crevasse into which we will always be able to dive, but no amount of money will ever cushion the fall.

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