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India's Economy Primed To Grow 10 Percent A Year

September 28, 2010 4:47 am | by Vijay Joshi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — India's economy could easily grow 10 percent a year if the government makes dramatic improvements to infrastructure, boosts productivity and improves education standards, a top Indian policymaker said Tuesday. At a time when developed countries are barely growing, India expects to achieve a growth rate of 8.


California Bans Cadmium In Children's Jewelry

September 28, 2010 4:45 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California became the largest U.S. state to limit the toxic metal cadmium in children's jewelry on Monday, effectively creating a new national standard ahead of promised federal action. Lawmakers and public health officials have worried that kids who suck or bite jewelry containing cadmium — a known carcinogen — could suffer long-term poisoning, including problems with their kidneys and bones.

RIM Announces 'Enterprise-Ready' Mobile Tablet

September 28, 2010 4:44 am | by Andrew Vanacore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The company that gave us the BlackBerry — still the dominant phone in corporate circles — thinks its business customers will have room in their briefcases for at least one more device: the PlayBook. Research in Motion Ltd. showed off the tablet for the first time Monday and is set to launch it early 2011, with an international rollout later in the year.


Oracle Sues Chip Makers Over Price-Fixing

September 28, 2010 4:42 am | News | Comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Oracle Corp. is suing Micron Technology Inc. in federal court, saying the semiconductor maker and other companies artificially inflated prices for microchips. Oracle says Micron and other conspirators, including South Korea's Hynix and Samsung and Germany's Infineon, artificially inflated prices above what Oracle's Sun Microsystems business should have paid for them.

Senate Dems Try To Punish Firms That Export Jobs

September 28, 2010 4:40 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

UPDATE: 11:52am WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax legislation that would have punished U.S. firms that export jobs has failed in the Senate. The bill failed to reach the 60 votes required to advance in the 100-member chamber. Democrats held the vote Tuesday nonetheless to display their commitment to economic recovery just five weeks before the Nov.


Chrysler Ends Suspensions, Fires Boozing Workers

September 28, 2010 4:39 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC says it has fired 13 plant workers a Detroit TV station caught drinking alcohol and smoking what appeared to be marijuana during breaks. Chrysler manufacturing chief Scott Garberding told WJBK-TV in a Sept. 22 report that the automaker identified some of the workers from Detroit's Jefferson North plant on tape and was pursuing the others.


Safety Noncompliance Is A Major Problem 

September 27, 2010 12:20 pm | Articles | Comments

Approximately 98 percent of safety professionals surveyed in a study by Kimblerly-Clark Professional reported that workers in their organizations had at some point neglected to wear the necessary safety equipment while on the job. Nearly  all  of the safety professionals in a recently-released survey said that workers in their organizations had at some point failed to wear the necessary safety equipment while on the job.


Can RFID Tags Survive A Flamethrower?

September 27, 2010 11:53 am | Videos | Comments

In the latest edition of the RFID Network , durable RFID tags are put to the test in a number of extreme environments, including sledge hammer hits from an awfully strong-looking man. If that isn't enough, other tags get welded to metal plate, and a select few suffer the fate of a flamethrower. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Diamonds Make For Better Polishing

September 27, 2010 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Pro Polish floor polishing system from General Equipment Company (Owatonna, MN) was designed for use with popular models of single- and dual-head, low-speed surface grinders, and works well with concrete, marble, and any other surface that can be polished. The system uses a series of seven 10-inch diameter diamond-polishing pads, which have a chemistry that is specially formulated to operate at the lower rotational speeds found in surface grinding equipment.


Learn To Solder

September 27, 2010 11:01 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

STI Electronics, Inc. (Madison, AL) announces that its Through-Hole Solder Training Kits are an economic way to ensure each employee receives consistent skills training for through-hole component types and wire terminal attachments, which are encountered in production. The kits are updated versions of the industry-standard certification kits created for the Military Certification Programs.


A Strong Skeleton

September 27, 2010 11:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kundel Industries (Austintown, OH) has developed the istrut, which is a modular strut aluminum building system that addresses the gap between standard strut and heavy-duty structural frame. At its core, istrut has an aluminum body, which creates a structural skeleton with high strength-to-weight ratios.


21-In-One Screwdrivers

September 27, 2010 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ideal Industries, Inc. (Sycamore, IL) has introduced the 21-in-1 Twist-a-Nut multi-bit, dual-ratcheting screwdriver for more versatility and 50 percent more torquing power than standard ratchets. IDEAL has configured the tool so that the four bits more frequently used by electricians are pre-loaded into the driver shaft with an additional 12 specialty bits securely stored for quick access within the handle.


Raytheon's Real-Life 'Iron Man' Suit

September 27, 2010 8:07 am | Videos | Comments

Raytheon — which has been in the news lately for a variety of military technologies, including a "death ray" — has not announced is XOS 2 exoskeleton, which has been developed to provide users additional strength and support when lifting or carrying heavy objects. This new model uses 50 percent less power than its predecessor, which brings the "Iron Man"-esque technology one step closer to seeing international deployment.


The 'Very Light' Future Of Automobiles

September 27, 2010 8:03 am | Videos | Comments

The Very Light Car, built by the fledgling company Edison2, has recently been announced as the winner of the mainstream class in the Progressive Automotive X Prize, a $10 million competition to build production-ready cars that get more than 100 mpg. The car's construction is based on a simple principle: being as light weight as possible.


If At First You Don’t Succeed, Dry Again

September 27, 2010 7:58 am | Articles | Comments

When it comes to fenestration, the components of today’s energy efficient doors and windows should be made with the same attention to resource management. Recently the Amesbury Group’s Textile Facility, part of its Sealing Solutions Division, completed a compressed air reduction project which will yield a $41,000 annual electricity cost savings in their extrusion department.


The 'Greening' Of The Metal Fabrication Industry

September 27, 2010 7:07 am | by Gerald Shankel, President and CEO, Fabricators Manufacturers Association, International | Articles | Comments

Use of the term “a win-win” in the business world has become a cliché. However, because this article will address how the green movement today permeates throughout the metal forming and fabricating industry, it’s certainly appropriate to “recycle” the phrase here.

After A Year-Long Shortage, Canned Pumpkins Return

September 27, 2010 4:58 am | by Sarah Skidmore, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Pumpkin lovers can relax: A nearly yearlong shortage of the canned stuff is over. That means an end to the hoarding, rationing and even pumpkin profiteering that have been going on since heavy rain ruined last year's harvest and caused a shortfall. But the country's top producer says this year's crop is healthy and cans are arriving in stores.


Tenn. Court Eases Burden On Job Discrimination Lawsuits

September 27, 2010 4:57 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a decision that some legal observers found surprising, the state Supreme Court has reversed precedent and made it easier for workers to sue their employers when they believe they were fired illegally. The court ruled 3-2 this week that employers must prove that workers' claims of discrimination or retaliation are false or else face a trial, according to The Tennessean.

Nucor Creates Job Security Despite Deep Recession

September 27, 2010 4:54 am | by Shannon Spears Harris, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

HICKMAN, Ark. (AP) — For employees at Nucor-Yamato Steel, there is plenty of incentive to get the job done right. The majority of their pay comes from production-based bonuses, and even though the recent financial downturn has had a negative effect on the amount of jobs available, Nucor-Yamato is proud of the fact that it has never once laid off an employee because of lack of work.


'Stuxnet' Computer Worm Affecting Siemens PLCs

September 27, 2010 4:52 am | by Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful computer code attacking industrial facilities around the world, but mainly in Iran, probably was created by experts working for a country or a well-funded private group, according to an analysis by a leading computer security company. The malicious code, called Stuxnet, was designed to go after several "high-value targets," said Liam O Murchu, manager of security response operations at Symantec Corp.



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