TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is in talks with Daimler AG about sharing its gas-electric hybrid technology with the German automaker, Japanese media reports said Friday. Toyota Motor Corp., the world's top automaker, said it has a policy of sharing its hybrid technology with other automakers to help make it widespread but declined to comment on any specific talks with other automakers.
LONDON (AP) — World stock markets mostly rose Friday as positive earnings news from technology companies such as Oracle and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion helped shore up sentiment. Figures showing that U.S. consumer prices rose 0.3 percent in August — roughly in line with expectations — had little impact on the markets on a day when trading is likely to be volatile given that many futures and options contracts have to be settled in both Europe and the U.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally told a crowd of business and government leaders Thursday that he's committed to Missouri but doesn't have any news about a new product line for the Claycomo assembly plant near Kansas City. There had been speculation that Mulally might make news when he spoke during a gathering of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and during a separate economic development conference in Kansas City.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rehabilitating New York's Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Cutting a new highway through Nelsonville, Ohio. Building a trio of battery factories in Michigan. In a report being released Friday by Vice President Joe Biden, the White House pushes back against criticism of its $814 billion stimulus program and highlights 100 projects that it says are creating jobs and growing the economy.
NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Gwinnett County officials say a man was crushed to death by machinery at plant near Norcross. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Gwinnett County fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge says the 48-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was employed at the RockTenn plant.
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Johnson & Johnson division responsible for most of the company's 11 product recalls announced her retirement late Thursday, shortly after a congressional committee probing the recalls invited her to a second hearing on the case. J&J, reeling from an unprecedented spate of recalls that includes more than 135 million bottles of infants' and children's Tylenol and other nonprescription medicines, said Colleen Goggins will retire on March 1 after almost 30 "successful and distinguished" years with the company.
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Apex Industrial (Mason, OH) has announced its SkyHook industrial vending machine, which makes it easier to vend MRO products of irregular shapes and sizes. According to the company, any product with a hang-tab or hole punch can be vended in this system, without repackaging. The system is installed by plugging it into a power outlet and connecting it to the Internet, which allows real-time usage, inventory, and restocking information.
Pro-Fit Carry Systems (Puyallup, WA) now offers their “one-stop-shop” for tool organization: the Modular Zippered Tech Bag with a removable shoulder strap. The lightweight nylon pouch provides pockets for small tools, and includes three modular Velcro tool panels, which can be easily inserted or removed.
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation (Milwaukee, WI) introduces new wood-cutting SAWZALL Blades, in both standard and The Ax profiles, to deliver durability against nail impact and a quick plunge cut, according to the company. A notable change has been the shift from a 6 TPI (teeth per inch) pattern to a more aggressive 5 TPI pattern.
Geerpres, Inc. (Muskegon, MI) has introduced a new high-capacity, powder-coated cart that blends the most beneficial features of stainless steel and modular plastic carts. The “Hybrid” High-Capacity Cart features a powder-coated metal construction and a center divided cabinet that includes locking and non-locking compartments.
Metering dry powders in the pharmaceutical industry is not a new idea. Several common applications have been utilizing gravimetric and volumetric dry material feeders for many years. Until recently, these feeders were customized versions of industrial or food grade equipment or one-off type machines engineered for a specific application.
From the open plains of the asphalt jungle, the clever and illustrious plastic bag faces numerous challenges on its migration to the Pacific Ocean. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.
Tech Shop, in Menlo Park, CA, provides prospective tinkerers with all the tools they could need to make their inventions come to life — everything from sandblasters to welding equipment. And while some members are there to entertain themselves and build something small, others have big dreams.
Rajan Suri, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of industrial and systems engineering, has a strategy that could keep manufacturers strong in the downtrodden economy: quick response manufacturing. QRM can allow manufacturers to reduce lead times, cut inventory, and increase profitability.
After watching this video, you might take that free over-the-air TV or morning radio show a little less for granted. The 1,700-foot towers that broadcast those signals need occasional maintenance, just like any other piece of machinery. That means a brave soul — like the men in the video below — have to make the treacherous journey.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — American Cast Iron Pipe Co. says it plans to lay off another 59 workers in Birmingham. The layoff announced Tuesday is the company's second in a little more than two months. The Birmingham News reports the Birmingham-based maker of iron and steel pipes used for water, oil and natural gas transmission says the layoffs will take effect Oct.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Industrial production rose modestly in August and the manufacturing sector grew for the 12th time in 14 months. Output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities edged up 0.2 percent last month, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. It rose 0.6 percent in July.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. has moved to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits over claims stemming from sudden acceleration in its vehicles. The auto giant filed a motion Tuesday with a federal court in Santa Ana, saying attorneys for Toyota drivers had failed to identify any defects in the vehicles.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned drug giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. of possible sanctions if it fails to correct "significant violations" of good manufacturing practices at one of its two plants in Puerto Rico. The drugmaker said it has already begun correcting problems mentioned in the warning letter that the U.