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Safety That’s Cool

September 10, 2009 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gateway Safety (Cleveland, OH) has developed the Serpent Ventilated Safety Helmet, designed to offset the adverse effects of working in hot weather. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, workers in hot environments face the risk of heat stress, which can lower mental alertness and physical performance, particularly when wearing safety clothing.

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Strike A Chord

September 10, 2009 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Tool & Forge (Fort Worth, TX) has three styles of drop-forged, heavy-duty striking wrenches, including the offset 12 point, straight-pattern 12 point, and “roughneck” straight-pattern six point. All three styles are produced using alloy steel and are heat-treated for extended life, especially when used on difficult fasteners requiring large amounts of force.

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Double Decker Racing

September 10, 2009 5:13 am | by Top Gear | Articles | Comments

Top Gear's crew heads to the mainland to take on their German counterparts in a no-holds-barred car race. The only problem? They're racing home-made double decker cars. The driver on top controls the steering, while the bottom participant navigates the throttle, brake, and gearbox.

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SUV-Sized Engines

September 10, 2009 5:11 am | by Caterpillar Inc | Articles | Comments

Caterpillar, along with MaK, creates massive marine engines for cruise ships and other large boats at this manufacturing facility in Germany. Watch how these incredible machines are built with the same precision and delicacy you would see in a car's engine.

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Shades Of Green

September 10, 2009 5:07 am | by Faro Technologies and Discovery | Articles | Comments

The Discovery Channel has recently featured FARO technologies in a documentary entitled "Shades of Green," a behind-the-scenes look at how those massive turbines progress from design and engineering to manufacturing.

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Robots With A Taste For Flesh

September 10, 2009 5:00 am | by New Scientist | Articles | Comments

James Auger, at the Royal College of Art in London, has built a series of furniture that do a little more than decorate your home. A table that eats mice? Yes, it's true. A fuel cell hidden inside the table can decompose a trapped mouse and generate enough electricity to not only power a table-top display, but also capture the next sorry rodent.

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Forklift Safety: 16 and Paralyzed

September 10, 2009 4:53 am | by Work Safe BC | Articles | Comments

John Higgins was a regular 16-year-old who found a good-paying job, and was eager to help most anyone around the workplace. All was well, up until a simple mistake — along with improper forklift training — led to an accident that left John with a broken back and without a kidney.

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Goodyear-Steelworkers Contract To Protect 6 Plants

September 9, 2009 5:46 am | News | Comments

September 9, 2009 AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The United Steelworkers says the union's tentative contract with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. protects six U.S. tire plants from closing for the next four years. Union members on Tuesday received a summary of the deal reached with the Akron, Ohio-based tire maker on Aug.

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German Labor Anxiously Awaiting GM's Opel Decision

September 9, 2009 4:45 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

September 9, 2009 FRANKFURT (AP) — German workers and politicians waited anxiously Wednesday for a decision by the board of General Motors Co. on the fate of its Opel unit, with thousands of jobs at stake and national elections less than three weeks away. The automaker had little to say about the second day of the meeting in Detroit on Wednesday.

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Chinese Geely Group Considers Volvo Buyout

September 9, 2009 4:33 am | News | Comments

September 9, 2009 SHANGHAI (AP) — Geely Group, one of China's main independent automakers, is considering bidding for Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo Cars unit in alliance with an unnamed investment partner, a company spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Geely, based in the eastern city of Hangzhou, is among several Chinese automakers that reportedly have shown interest in the Swedish automaker, though company officials had earlier denied such reports.

Global Air Travel May Not Recover Until 2011

September 9, 2009 4:27 am | by Jeremiah Marquez, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

September 9, 2009 HONG KONG (AP) — International air travel, whacked by the economic downturn, is starting to stabilize but may not recover until 2011 as companies and passengers continue to scale back, executives at aviation giants Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS said Wednesday. Passenger travel, somewhat better so far in the second half of 2009 than in the first, was still expected to slump between 6 percent and 8 percent for the year, said Randy Tinseth, a Boeing vice president for marketing.

Mitsubishi To Hire 1,300 In Thailand

September 9, 2009 4:21 am | News | Comments

September 9, 2009 TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is hiring 1,300 workers in Thailand, the latest sign of a global auto recovery, coming a day after Toyota announced it was adding 800 employees in Japan. Mitsubishi, Japan's fifth biggest automaker, said Wednesday it's hiring the workers for its two auto assembly plants and one engine plant in Thailand.

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Inquiry Of Egg Hatchery Finds Welfare Violations

September 9, 2009 4:09 am | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a northwest Iowa egg hatchery where a video shows unwanted chicks being tossed alive into a grinder says an independent investigation found animal welfare policy violations at the plant. But West Des Moines-based Hy-Line North America said in a Tuesday statement that it won't release further details.

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Kraft To Focus On European Brands

September 9, 2009 4:05 am | News | Comments

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. said Wednesday it plans to focus on higher-margin, priority brands to boost productivity in Europe and will continue to cut costs as the food maker hopes to continue expanding worldwide. Kraft, which recently made a $16.7 billion offer for Cadbury PLC, said it will focus on brands such as Milka and Cote d'Or chocolates; Oreos and Mikado biscuits; Carte Noire and Kenco coffee; and Philadelphia cream cheese.

Hyper-Creatives

September 9, 2009 4:01 am | by by Jerry W. Thomas, President, Decision Analyst, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Every change in the marketplace, every upheaval in the economy, every shift in technology, and every change in consumer attitudes and outlook creates opportunities for successful new products. Since these changes are amplified during tough times, new product opportunities are actually more numerous during economic turbulence.

Ten Doors, 6.5 Million Pounds of Poultry

September 9, 2009 3:37 am | Blogs | Comments

Fieldale Farms Corp. is not just a major supplier of poultry to the nation’s leading foodservice and restaurant chains. It is the tenth largest privately owned company in the world. This company sells hundreds of millions of dollars of its product every year across the US and to over 50 countries.

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German Labor Anxiously Awaiting Opel Decision

September 8, 2009 8:05 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

FRANKFURT (AP) — General Motors Co.'s board begins a two-day meeting in Detroit on Tuesday with European labor organizations pressing for a decision on the fate of its European unit Opel, where thousands of German jobs are on the line. A person familiar with the meeting said GM's board won't make any decision about the automaker, whose brands also include Britain's Vauxhall, until Wednesday.

200 Ordered To Stay Indoors After WV Toxic Leak

September 8, 2009 7:39 am | News | Comments

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A factory employee is being treated for exposure to a toxic chemical and about 200 people were ordered to stay indoors after a leak from a railroad car in West Virginia. Fire officials say three businesses also were evacuated Tuesday morning in the Ohio River city of Huntington.

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High-Heat Ceramic Sealant

September 8, 2009 5:29 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Cotronics (Brooklyn, NY) has engineered the Thermeez 7030, a ceramic-based sealer that is ideal in high-temperature (up to 1,800°F) applications, notably exhaust systems, diesel engines, gas turbines, and heating plants. Unlike epoxy-based adhesives, the 7030 sealer provides high expansion even in the warmest environments.

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Ferret Out Your Ferrite

September 8, 2009 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) has developed the Feritscope, which measures the ferrite content in austenitic and duplex steel. Welds that must survive the rigors of processing plants, where heat, aggressive media, and pressure are all present, can crack if the ferrite content is too low, and become weak if the content is too high.

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