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GM Spins $1.2B Loss Into Positive Outlook

November 16, 2009 3:14 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. says it lost $1.2 billion from the time it left bankruptcy protection through Sept. 30, far better than it has reported in previous quarters and a sign that the auto giant is starting to turn around its business. The company also says it will begin repaying $6.

Getting More Than Satisfaction From Your Relationships

November 13, 2009 8:49 am | by Andy Kaiser, Yaskawa | Articles | Comments

I want to ask you to look at a widely accepted business relationship from a little different perspective. As a decision-maker, you are constantly interfacing with numerous vendors who are requesting your time, attention, consideration, and ultimately, a purchase order.  Eventually, you must make decisions regarding the best possible value regarding equipment and services required to either expand or maintain operations at your facility.

Lift Trucks Keep Ben & Jerry's Churning

November 13, 2009 8:44 am | by Susan Comfort, Product Manager of Class II Lift Trucks, The Raymond Corporation | Articles | Comments

Americans love ice cream. Over the last 10 years, total production of ice cream and related frozen deserts has been over 1.5 billion gallons, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This high demand led ice cream manufacturer Ben & Jerry’s, maker of popular, quirky flavors like Cherry Garcia and Phish Food, to reevaluate its operations.

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Nano Manometer

November 13, 2009 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MP100 from E-Instruments (Langhorne, PA) is a compact and rugged manometer for the HVAC professional. The meter includes leak test procedures and air velocity with density compensation. A large backlit LCD display helps readability in either light or dark environments.

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The UPS With Smarts

November 13, 2009 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite (Chicago, IL) has a new high-wattage 2200VA SmartPro UPS system, which protects mission-critical equipment. The system provides 2200VA/1920W capacity for loads in just 2U of rack space and offers high-efficiency operation. Additional features include: Eight outlets with three separately breakered, individually-controllable load banks to support remote reboot or automated load shedding.

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Jetting With Precision

November 13, 2009 5:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson ASYMTEK (Carlsbad, CA) introduces the CPJ+ (Calibrated Process Jetting Plus), which reduces process variability to maintain a constant Takt time by ensuring consistent flow rates. Using the proprietary Fluidmove software for Windows XP, the CPJ+ automatically compensates for fluid viscosity changes over time and batch-to-batch variations.

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Keep The Cold Air Movin'

November 13, 2009 5:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

MovinCool (Long Beach, CA) now offers the CM25 self-contained, ceiling-mounted air conditioner with a total capacity of 25,000 Btu/h. The compact CM25 was designed for server rooms with its 20” height, build-in mounting bracket, and vibration isolators. A variable-speed inverter compressor and inverter fan motor gives the CM25 a 14 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio).

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FDA Challenges Makers Of Alcoholic Energy Drinks

November 13, 2009 5:03 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is challenging makers of alcohol-infused energy drinks to prove their beverages are safe, citing complaints that the products can cause dangerous behavior and injury. The FDA issued a letter to 30 beverage manufacturers, saying they have 30 days to show evidence that the combination of caffeine and alcohol is safe.

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Tenn. Home To New 'Solar Way' And $1.2B Plant

November 13, 2009 3:50 am | News | Comments

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. and Tennessee officials on Thursday broke ground on a $1.2 billion plant and renamed the road leading to the sprawling facility "Solar Way." The plant will produce polysilicon, a raw material used to make solar cells and semiconductor devices.

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China Rejects $28 Billion In Steel Contracts

November 13, 2009 3:42 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have rejected $28 billion worth of steel and other proposed industrial projects as they try to curb chaotic overinvestment the government worries could lead to economic trouble, officials said Friday. Business groups and economists have warned that Beijing's huge stimulus might fuel a dangerous boom and bust.

World's Richest Men: 'Darkest Hour' Behind Us

November 13, 2009 3:31 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Capitalism is still alive and well, say the world's two richest men, despite lingering shocks from the longest, deepest recession since the Great Depression. "The financial panic is behind us," said famed investor Warren Buffett, who recently made what he called an "all-in wager" on the U.

Boeing Patches Up Faulty 787 Wings After Delays

November 13, 2009 3:23 am | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Boeing Co. ( NYSE:BA ) said Thursday it has finished fixing structural flaws in the first of its long-delayed 787 jetliners. The problem forced the company to postpone test flying the jet for a fifth time earlier this year. The Chicago-based airplane maker said the repair within the joint where the wings attach to the plane's fuselage is "a significant step" toward the first test flight of the aircraft, which has been delayed due to a series of production glitches and a two-month labor strike late last year.

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Manufacturers Face Shortage Of Highly-Skilled Workers

November 13, 2009 3:17 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich.— As employers across the country continue to shed hundreds of thousands of jobs, many manufacturers are facing an ironic dilemma. As they eliminate positions—mainly repetitive, assembly type jobs—they still have unfilled job openings for high-skilled workers. According to a recent survey conducted by Deloitte, The Manufacturing Institute and Oracle, “almost one-third of responding companies report some level of shortages today.

Defense Secretary To Truckmakers: 'You Are Saving Lives'

November 13, 2009 3:15 am | News | Comments

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates commended workers at Oshkosh Corp. ( NYSE:OSK ), telling them Thursday that the military trucks they produce that are being used in Afghanistan are saving soldiers' lives. The newest trucks, designed to be agile enough to maneuver through the nation's rugged terrain yet strong enough to withstand the blasts of roadside bombs, began landing in Afghanistan last month.

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Get Attracted To Magnetic Safety

November 12, 2009 11:05 am | by Bill Dudenhoefer, Manager—Separation Products, Eriez Manufacturing Company | Articles | Comments

Industrial strength magnetic separation equipment has been used in manufacturing facilities for decades. These magnetic separators remove unwanted ferrous metals from bulk products to improve product purity, protect sensitive processing equipment from damage, and prevent fires or explosions.

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Engineers Compete For $400,000 In 'Astronaut Glove Challenge'

November 12, 2009 10:25 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Reporters and the public are invited to attend the 2009 Astronaut Glove Challenge on Nov. 19 at the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville, Fla., near NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The $400,000 prize challenge is a nationwide competition that focuses on developing improved pressure suit gloves for astronauts to use while working in the vacuum of space.

Avoiding The Cliché

November 12, 2009 10:17 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

A couple of weeks before we start production on a new issue of IMPO , our staff gets together to talk basically about three things — where we stand right now, where we want to go and how we intend to get there. This scope of attention deals not only with the financial elements that any business endeavor must broach, but also the quality of our end products, in both print and on the web, as well as the process we take in getting there.

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The $435 Tube Of Lip Gloss

November 12, 2009 9:39 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

I have never stolen anything in my life. It’s not something I consider particularly notable, simply because I feel it should be intuitive; a default. I was raised by hard-working parents who themselves were raised by folks who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps.

Keep Tabs On Consumables Consumption

November 12, 2009 6:54 am | Articles | Comments

Lakeshore Technologies processes ingredients for the food and pharmaceutical industries, serving customers such as Cadbury, Schweppes, Kellogg’s, Pfizer, and Ocean Spray. Their facility in Lakeshore, Michigan spans 75,000 sq. ft., with 7-8 employees per shift. Like many companies that don’t have a dedicated inventory control manager, they found it difficult to keep their stock in balance, opting to over-stock inventory rather than risk stock-outs.

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Oxygen-Safe Sealing

November 12, 2009 6:14 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The MH052 pipe sealant from Permabond Engineering Adhesives (Somerset, NJ) has BAM approval for use in oxygen-rich environments (up to 145 psi and 140°F) due to its unique, stable formation. Normally, anaerobic sealants cannot be used in oxygen-rich environments due to instability, which could cause fire or explosions.

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