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France Threatens Blacklist Of U.S. Electronics Manufacturer

September 2, 2009 4:27 am | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — A French minister on Wednesday threatened to ask French automakers to blacklist an American electronics company if managers don't find a way to keep its French plant open. Industry Minister Christian Estrosi has been trying to broker a deal with executives of Illinois-based Molex Inc.

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Pfizer To Pay Record $2.3b Settlement

September 2, 2009 4:21 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — People familiar with a record legal settlement to be announced Wednesday say that Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drugmaker, will pay $2.3 billion in connection with illegal drug promotions. The U.S. Justice Department plans a news conference later in the day to announce the terms of the deal.

Factory Orders Rise 1.3 Percent In July

September 2, 2009 4:16 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories rose less than expected in July as reduced demand for petroleum products offset a jump in orders for aircraft and other transportation goods. Still, orders rose for the fifth time in six months, a sign that the manufacturing sector is continuing to recover from a steep downturn.

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Ex-Toyota Lawyer Files Lawsuit Over Cover-Up

September 2, 2009 4:11 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (Kyodo) — A former lawyer of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. filed a lawsuit against the company in late July, alleging he was pressured to conceal information from victims of rollover accidents involving sport utility vehicles and trucks, U.S. media reported Tuesday. In the lawsuit, Dimitrios Biller accused the U.

Interoffice Email Crisis: 2009

September 1, 2009 12:05 pm | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

“Now I know my pet carrier didn’t just grow legs and walk out of the office itself. I understand if you mistook it for your own, but if the culprit would stop by my desk to drop it off this afternoon, Crash and Burn would certainly appreciate it. For the record, Crash and Burn are kittens.

Roll Out The Cable

September 1, 2009 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

igus (East Providence, RI) has developed the Rol-E-Chain cable carriers, which have built-in wheels to facilitate travel over long distances, such as on a crane. The wheels are integrated into the cable carrier’s side links to reduce friction, which allows travels over 2,600 feet at speeds up to 32.

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Laser System Sensors

September 1, 2009 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

SICK (Minneapolis, MN) announces the LMS100 and LMS111 series of non-safety rated laser measurement system sensors. The LMS111 system is a non-contact sensor specifically designed for outdoor anti-collision environments, while the LMS100 is designed for indoor profiling.

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Powder-Coated and Impact-Resistant

September 1, 2009 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Tool & Forge (Fort Worth, TX) has added powder coated handles to its line of broached crank handles. The black epoxy powder coating offers an improved appearance over a basic mill finish, and is impact, abrasion, and chemical resistant. The 11 stock sizes are available with square bores from 1/2 to 1”.

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Versatile Shoe Pump

September 1, 2009 11:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Megator (Pittsburgh, PA) introduces the Positive Displacement Sliding Shoe Pump, which is self-priming, and features exceptional suction performance and versatility. The pump can run dry without damage, but also pumps at constant capacity against carrying heads up to 250 feet (110 psi).

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Mergers, Acquisitions & Free Cable

September 1, 2009 11:36 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

After dinner on Friday night I found that our cable TV had been disconnected. When I called my cable provider to report the problem, I was told that they would send someone out on Sunday afternoon — would I prefer they came between 1 and 5 p.m. or between 3 and 5 p.

1,200-Worker Automotive Plant Closing In AL

September 1, 2009 9:56 am | News | Comments

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Continental Automotive Systems U.S. says it will close its automotive parts plant in Huntsville by Dec. 31 next year, laying off more than 1,000 workers. Monday's announcement comes a month after Continental warned that cutting costs in product development and manufacturing were necessary to save the company.

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Get Trapped For Safety

September 1, 2009 8:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Castell’s (Erlanger, KY) portfolio of trapped key interlocks and loading dock guarding systems has been added to Tapeswitch’s product lineup, now available in the U.S. The interlocks ensure personnel follow a predetermined sequence of tasks to control process risks by locking valves, actuators, switches, doors, or entire processes until the correct key is used.

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Air-Powered Disc Sanders

September 1, 2009 8:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dynabrade, Inc. (Clarence, NY) introduces a new series of air-powered vacuum disc sanders. The new tool is effective at removing coatings while capturing contaminants through the vacuum. The sanders are available in 2, 3, 5, and 7” diameters, and the vacuum shroud diverts dust and debris to the vacuum source.

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Integrated Drive For Cavity Pumps

September 1, 2009 8:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

seepex (Enon, OH) has developed a new integrated drive for its popular line of metering and general transfer progressive cavity pumps. The new drive features a single reduction gear box and an inverter-rated 1/2 HP electric induction motor. Because external control enclosures are not required for high pressure or run-dry protection, installation is simple and quick.

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Stay Away From The Ledge

September 1, 2009 8:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Garlock Safety Systems (Plymouth, MN) has developed the LedgeGuard mezzanine safety gate system, which has two gates, one of which is always closed. The inside gate is closed when pallets are being handled by a forklift, prevented personnel from falling. When raised personnel open the inside gate to access the pallet, the opposite gate closes.

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Raytheon To Assist With Taiwan Missle Defense

September 1, 2009 8:39 am | News | Comments

TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — Defense contractor Raytheon Co. said Tuesday it has been awarded a contract worth $26.9 million to provide technical assistance to Taiwan's missile defense system. The award from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command represents a modification to a technical assistance contract granted in 2008.

Kansas City Rejected In New Harley Plant Survey

September 1, 2009 8:34 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc. says it will not build a second manufacturing plant in Kansas City. The Kansas City Star reports that the motorcycle manufacturer told city officials Monday that the city did not make the cut as Harley-Davidson looks to build a potential replacement for its plant in York, Pa.

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GE To Expand SC Aviation Business, Hire 140

September 1, 2009 6:20 am | News | Comments

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — General Electric Co.'s aviation business says it will expand operations in South Carolina and add 100 jobs by 2013. The state Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that GE Aviation will move from its 50,000 square-foot building in Greenville to a 150,000 square-foot site in the city.

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Man Confirms Guilty Plea In July 5 WI Meatpacking Fire

September 1, 2009 6:11 am | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of two brothers accused of starting a $50 million fire at a Cudahy meatpacking plant pleaded guilty Tuesday. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Kurtis Popp fired a military flare July 5 given to him by his brother. The flare landed on a roof at the Patrick Cudahy Inc. meatpacking plant and ignited the fire.

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Manufacturing Indexes Showing Growth After 18 Months

September 1, 2009 4:39 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. manufacturing, aided by government rebates to first-time homebuyers and car buyers, likely experienced some growth in August after shrinking for 18 months. Economists expect a national measure of manufacturing activity to show the sector grew last month. That hasn't happened since January 2008, as a recession triggered by the U.

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